2017 Executive Leadership Conference  
Make Plans to Join Us in Jekyll Island!
The GACCE Board of Directors is pleased to invite you to the 2017 Executive Leadership Conference to be held:

Tuesday - Friday, August 1 - 4, 2017
Jekyll Island Club Hotel 
Jekyll Island, GA

This conference is geared toward Chamber Executives and senior level management, and we've got a great agenda lined up for you! To register for the event, click the button below...
GACCE Welcomes New Member 
Greater Lithonia Chamber
Greater Lithonia Chamber of Commerce
Kendra Price, President
Call on your ROCK STAR nominees! This link is a map of all the 2017 ROCK STAR nominees.  Please find the ones in your community and call on them, say hello and recognize their nomination.  We had some fabulous companies submitting this year and I wish I could reach out to all of them.  But I see this as a good opportunity for you to give them some love and attention.
Georgia will take a major step to keep our cyber defenses strong with its creation of a new Cyber Innovation and Training Center planned for Augusta, Georgia. We are holding a webinar to brief local government officials on May 11 from 2-3pm. Please click here to register.
Leadership Institute
Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer has been added to the 2017 Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum (JBLF) speaker lineup. The two-day event, hosted by the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University, brings the best and brightest minds in the world to Columbus. Spencer will be the keynote speaker for the Monday night dinner. We are taking question submissions for Octovia, and you can send us your burning questions about leadership, inspiration, and all things Hollywood. Tickets, tables, and sponsorships are still available at   www.JBLF.org
novi AMS
novi AMS rolls out new features and improvements every two weeks. Based on feedback from our current (and potential) clients, we constantly work to make the product better. Going live today, among many other upgrades, is ability to have optional membership dues items. Have you ever wanted to place a line-item on the dues invoice that was optional? Now you can!  Contact Mike Pennington at mike@noviams.com for more information.

POWER 10 is pleased to announce and welcome its newest team member, Paul Santiago, based in Jacksonville, FL. As Senior Counsel for POWER 10, Paul will handle both business development and project management duties.  Paul is a Navy veteran AND a veteran in the capital campaign industry.  He brings a tremendous amount of insight and experience to the firm and our clients.  
Project news: We recently finished our second successful campaign for Partnership Gwinnett (Gwinnett County, GA) and an over-goal campaign for an EDO we helped start, the Knox Regional Development Alliance (Elizabethtown, KY). We are excited to have been recently selected to manage fundraising projects for World Business Chicago (Chicago, IL); Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce (Killeen, TX); Johns Creek Advantage (Johns Creek, GA); Lake Lanier Olympic Park (Gainesville, GA); Hudgens Center for Arts and Learning (Duluth, GA); and Sidewalk Cinema + Film Center (Birmingham, AL).
R_R Design
One of our long-time clients in Texas, the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce, won first place in the TCCE 2016 Media Awards for their website. Want to bring the same panache to your Chamber? Email Heath Daniel today at heather@rhymeandreasondesign.com.  The company also handled the chamber's entire rebrand!
Fayette Chamber
The Chamber successfully led a campaign to pass a SPLOST to address aging infrastructure. While ESPLOSTS have had greater success in Fayette County, the last SPLOST was passed in 2004.  It was also the last time the Fayette Chamber had been involved in the SPLOST.  Two other SPLOSTS in 2009 and 2013 did not pass.

The president of the Fayette Chamber live posts from local government meetings.  The content reported ranges from good news proclamations to items that are relevant to business.  The posts have generated positive conversations and has earned some trust from some in the community that had an favorable view of the Fayette Chamber.
GA Chamber Georgia Chamber
The Chamber has recently welcomed two new staff members. Sarah Rettker, Investor Engagement Manager, will work  specifically with the Georgia Chamber's premium investors and Board members to help get them connected and help them stay connected within the Chamber and within Georgia's business community. Chelsey Ruppersburg, PhD, Political Affairs Manager, will manage the political affairs of the GA Chamber including the Chamber's Political Action Committee. She joined the Chamber from the campaign office of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, where she served as his deputy finance director.  She'll work with local chambers and communities on the Georgia Chamber's state and federal  political affairs initiatives.
Griffin-Spalding Chamber
The Chamber is seeking a new Executive Director, and you can find out more at the GACCE Job Page.
Newnan Coweta Chamber Newnan-Coweta Chamber
Cynthia Bennett has been named Director of Programs for the Chamber. Her duties include leading  Chamber programs such as the German Model Apprenticeship program, Leadership Coweta, the Business Women's Network, and the Chamber's Young Professionals. She is responsible for crafting and managing a dynamic small business support program and facilitating the Chamber's technology planning.
Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber
The Chamber's Executive Director - Lauren Radford - has resigned from the position to take a job with the City of Thomasville. The Chamber is now seeking a replacement for that position, and you can find out more at the GACCE Job Page.