Sumter County Chamber of Commerce
409 Elm Avenue
Americus, Georgia
Chamber Weekly  Newsletter

Chamber Honors Platinum Trustees and Launches Chairman Advisory Council

In appreciation of the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce’s Platinum Trustees and Past Chairmen, the Board of Directors hosted a special excursion train of the SAM Shortline on May 3 to thank the Trustees and previous Chairs for their continued support and increased financial contributions to the Chamber and its programs.  “Trains and Trustees,” was the first event of its kind, taking the Chamber’s leadership and highest investors from the Church Street Depot in Americus through the southeastern end of the County to stop for the sunset dinner and program on Lake Blackshear.

Current Chairman Jay Roberts (Georgia Power Company) thanked guests for their continued support stating, “Let me say THANK YOU for being here and investing of yourselves well above and beyond what we ask of our members. It is your financial support and leadership that drives this Chamber every year and has allowed us the flexibility to work on the strategy about how we might better provide our business community with a greater return on investment in 2017.  We want to truly express our gratitude for your efforts and take a few moments to acknowledge each of you here tonight.”
By investing above the standard rates of most Chamber members, Platinum Trustees enable the Chamber to provide additional benefits to the community through annual educational scholarships to GED students at South Georgia Technical College and deserving high school students looking to expand their educational horizons at a college of their choice upon graduation.

The Chamber’s Platinum Trustees are:  Air Evac LifeTeam, AT&T, BarNETt Computers, Citizens Bank of Americus, City of Americus, Clinic Drug Store, Concentra Solutions, Georgia Power Company, Georgia Southwestern State University, Habitat for Humanity, Heart of Georgia Railroad, Magnolia Manor, MedSpa of Americus, Imerys Refractory Minerals, Parker’s Heating and Air, PharmaCentra, Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, Rotary Club of Americus, SB&T Bank, South Georgia Technical College, Sumter EMC, The Staffing People and Williams Office Equipment.

“Trains and Trustees” also served as the launching for the Chamber’s new Chairman’s Advisory Council. The Chairman’s Advisory Council is compiled of the Chamber’s Past Chairmen and Chairwomen with the mission to serve as a resource for the Chamber Board of Directors in their efforts guiding the Chamber in 2017 as well into future years. Their leadership, experience and expertise are vital to the organization and to the greater Sumter County business community.  As this program rolls out, the Advisory Council will provide guidance and direction to new Chamber programs, fundraising opportunities and special events, creating greater return on investment for the Chamber’s members and the businesses and industry of Sumter County.

For more information about the Platinum Trustee program or the Chairman’s Advisory Council, please contact the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce at 229.924.2646, or at


Georgia has taken the number one spot globally for film production.

More top 100 feature films released at the domestic box office in 2016 were made in Georgia than any other place, according to a new industry study by FilmL.A. - Los Angeles' film office.

The rapid growth of the film and television industry in Georgia and the state's steadfast commitment to its support is remarkable," the group said in its report. "With 17 projects in 2016, the first-ranked Peach State hosted nearly three times as many feature films as fifth-place New York and Louisiana."

The steadfast commitment came in large part to Georgia's generous use of tax credits, which are worth hundreds of millions of dollars as the state has tried to lure both movie and TV productions here.

Gov. Nathan Deal, who just helped host a "Georgia Night in L.A." reception in Los Angeles, has been a consistent advocate of the approach while pushing executives and studios to put down roots that would keep them here. He also backed creation of ancillary efforts such as the Georgia Film Academy, which aims to provide training for Georgians to get industry-supported jobs. 

GaPundit, May 26, 2017.
Join us for a homegrown Independence Day!
Plains, Trains, and Fireworks

July 1, 2017
7:00 PM 
Fireworks to blow at 9:30 PM

Ride over on the Sam Shortline and join us in the City of Plains for the second annual street dance and fireworks show! This is one event that you and your family won't want to miss! 

DeSoto Fireworks Show

July 4, 2017
9:00 PM

The City of DeSoto will be sponsoring a fireworks show and refreshments on July 4th at the ballpark in DeSoto (old Southeast School.) Bring your lawn-chairs to kick back and enjoy the show!

2017 Crisp Motorsports Racing Schedule

June 3 – Southern Pro Am Trucks Series presented by McCorkle Drilling Inc. plus All Local Classes including Legends & Bandoleros from Atlanta Motor Speedway

June 24 – All Local Classes including Legends & Bandoleros from Atlanta Motor Speedway (Regional Qualifier)

July 8 – Pro Late Models presented by Lyle Farms plus All Local Classes including Legends & Bandoleros from Atlanta Motor Speedway

July 22 – All Local Classes including Legends & Bandoleros from Atlanta Motor Speedway

August 5 – Southern Pro Am Truck Series presented by K & M Auto Parts plus All Local Classes

August 19 – Pro Late Models presented by Sunbelt Ford of Cordele plus All Local Classes

September 2 – Southern Super Series 125 presented by Lyle Farms plus All Local Classes

For more information or how you and your company can get involved, please contact:  

Wayne Lyle:  229-938-1262 or 229-853-3113  Robert Cripe: 229-938-8814

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Georgia Employers' Association Hosting Upcoming Workshop

Today’s workplace can be complicated, and if you’re looking for answers, we know just the place to find them! Join the Georgia Employers’ Association on June 22, 2017, from 9 am to 3 pm at the Galleria Marriott, as they host ‘Understanding Best Practices for Today’s Workplace.’  

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THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Did you know that stay interviews are a highly effective technique that many Human Resource professionals use to reduce employee turnover? These interviews, otherwise known as employee listening or skip level meetings, create a thriving business environment while ensuring that top talent continues to stick around long-term. 

Join our HR experts, Mike McCurdy from the Georgia Employers Association, and Nichole Upshaw, Executive Director of HR at Racetrac, as they uncover the secrets to utilizing methods such as stay interviews to further your company's overall success. This webinar will leave participants with a new perspective on how to address critical areas of their business and how to create strategic plans for keeping employees involved and engaged.

Additionally, this webinar comes with one hour of SHRM and HCRI credit.

This webinar is expected to fill up quick, so register today while space is still available!
Upcoming Events

SCDA Job Announcement - June 1, 100 Brady Road, 10 AM
Americus Snoball and Shaved Ice Ribbon Cutting, June 2, 143 S. Jackson St, 4 PM
First Friday, June 2, Downtown Americus, 5 PM
Leadership Development Division Meeting - June 5, Rees Park, 12 PM
SCDA - Sumter County Schools Land Closing Ceremony - June 7, 901 SGTC Pkwy, 12:30 PM
Governmental Affairs Division Meeting - June 8, Georgia Power, 9 AM
One Sumter Branding Reveal - June 12, Plains, 6 PM
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