119 W. Washington Street
     Post Office Box 133

     Monticello, Georgia 31064

    
     Phone: 706-468-8994

   Email:  jasperchamber@bellsouth.net

           Website: www.jaspercountycoc.com 

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JULY 2017 - NEWS FROM THE MONTICELLO-JASPER COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

REGIONAL VISITOR'S INFORMATION CENTER...
The Monticello-Jasper County Visitors' Center was just named a Georgia Regional Visitor's Information Center!  Congratulations to our Tourism Director Katie Cannon for accomplishing this goal for the Chamber of Commerce.  

A regional visitor's center gives us more visibility at the State level. When you come in you will be able to find information from all regions of the state. You will notice new signage going up and a new look as you walk in our door.   This is an exciting time as you will not have to go far to find the travel information that you are looking for. 

Stop by the Visitors' Center and pick up a Georgia Travel Guide and the new Georgia Eats Magazine. While you are here ask about the new Brew's and Q's Passport for the Historic Heartland Travel Region. 

Did you know we've had over 1,000 visitor's this year? As far away as  Paris, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Canada, and London.  United States:   Washington, California, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and more.

LEADERSHIP JASPER 2017...
  Leadership Jasper 2017 recently spent the day with the Development Authority of Jasper County's Director David Dyer. The topic of the day was Jasper County Industry. The class enjoyed a driving tour of the counties industries.  The tour included a visit to the showroom of Thompson & Thwaite and discussion with proprietor Burt Thompson and visited with Jim Skinner and toured Norton Packaging facility. They stopped for a photo opportunity at Shire Industries.  Field Representative Greg Ziesenhene with Senator David Perdue's office also joined the class for the day.  
 
LEADERSHIP JASPER CLASS PROJECT    
Please donate classroom items for our Jasper County teachers.  

Items will be  distributed to Jasper County Charter School's Pre-k, Primary School, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and Piedmont Academy.

Donation sites:  Bank of Monticello,  Bulldog Gym, Hamilton State Bank, Heartland Chiropractic, Jasper County Library,  Monticello Baptist Church, Monticello Drug,   Monticello First United Methodist Church, Monticello Presbyterian Church, Chamber of Commerce/Visitors' Center. More drop off sites available soon - check our Facebook page for locations.

CAMERA READY NEWS....
More filming in Jasper County...

We are very excited that scenes for the movie RAMPAGE was filmed in Jasper County in June.  The production filmed in the Northern section of Jasper County just off Highway 83 North.

The movie is being filmed in Georgia and will premier summer of 2017.  Stars in Rampage include Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jeffrey Dean Morgan aka Negan of Walking Dead.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS - PILOT CITY PARTNER...
Monticello/Jasper County community is the pilot partner for DCA's new Community Assistance Teams initiative!  
DCA's goal is to help co
mmunities explore the range of technical expertise that they have to offer.  JOIN US for BUSINESS AFTER HOURS.  Meet and 
greet the DCA TEAM and welcome them to Monticello and Jasper County!
 

Put this date on your calendar and JOIN US - JASPER COUNTY JOB FAIR - AUGUST 17, 2017
JASPER COUNTY JOB FAIR... JOIN US!

The job fair is hosted by Southern Crescent Technical College and sponsored by the Development Authority of Jasper County and Chamber of Commerce.

The industries of Jasper County have been
invited to participate.  Applications will be accepted, on-site interviews and information about job training will be available.

Southern Crescent will also have an open house. Enjoy refreshments and meet with faculty.

Please put August 17th on your calendar.  If you have a business in Jasper County and need to hire, contact the Chamber office.   Share our flyer on Facebook... 

JACKSON LAKE POKER RUN...The Chamber of Commerce sponsored a dock during the annual Poker Run on June 17th.  150 Chamber goodie bags were disbursed at the dock with over 350 people visiting the booth during the day.  A big thank you goes to YOUR Chamber Chair Tony Lewis, Chamber Treasurer Tracey Nelson, and Chamber Advisor Skip Davis for representing us at the dock for the event.  A portion of the monies collected from this annual event will be disbursed to several community organizations.

Over $1,000.00 Raised For Jasper County Animal Control...
The Chamber of Commerce organizes a Golf Tournament fundraiser each year and selects an organization to benefit.  A portion of this years golf proceeds went to assist Jasper County Animal Control. Over $1,000.00 was raised for the animals and animal shelter.  A "fill the window" campaign was held in the Visitors' Center and dog food, cat food, kitty liter, cleaning supplies, blankets, toys, flea and tick preventatives from the community was collected.  They received $305.00 in donations from the tournament players and the Chamber had a such a great response in golf sponsorship's this year an additional donation in the amount of $500.00 was presented.
Pictured:   Back row:  Towonder Dennis   Middle row:  Tom Joye, Tracey Nelson, Linda Simmons, Dana Leach, Russel Watts   Front row:  Kristy Tribble Animal Control, Rebecca Perkins Animal Control, Pam Mayer President, and Tony Lewis Chair.

FIRST FRIDAY BREAKFAST well attended...
Group Learns about Shire
Kathy Mudd * Thu, Jun 08, 2017
The Monticello News
     Gabe Khouli with Shire International at Stanton Springs, near the intersection of Newton, Morgan and Walton Counties just off I-20 spoke to community leaders and others at the Monticello-Jasper County Chamber of Commerce First Friday breakfast last week.
     Mr. Khouli talked about how the plant had begun and how the site is growing. The manufacturing plant covers some two million sq. ft., and was begun as Baxter. It then changed to Baxalta, then was purchased by Shire. Shire is dedicated to serving patients with rare diseases. 
     Mr. Khouli explained there are 7,000 known rare diseases, the vast majority of which have no treatment. Some five percent have treatment, he said. He distinguished rare diseases by saying sometimes it takes as much as five to seven years for an accurate diagnosis.  He said that Shire is leading the way in immunology, and works to treat immune deficiency which some 300 diseases are classified as. 
     Shire International has some 24,000 employees in more than 65 countries, and provides therapies to some 100 countries. The local plant will have 1,500 employees at full ramp up. It is a $1 billion investment.
     He said the plant is in the process of transitioning to an operating facility and achieving FDA licensing. He said some 900 systems have to be tested, validated, and proven, then the results sent to FDA who will then give the green light for production. 
     He explained they will be doing conformance runs through the beginning of fall. They are anticipating FDA approval in early 2018. Full ramp up is a four-to-five year process, with obviously some of that already behind them. 
     He said that the plant is hiring for all positions including manufacturing, quality control, engineering, maintenance, warehouse/supply chain, IT, and more. Interested persons may investigate openings by visiting Shire.com.
     Besides the possibilities for good jobs for Jasperites, the development will pay some $5.2 million in taxes to Jasper County alone in its first 10 years of production. 
     The breakfast was sponsored by Wholistic Farms, Community Supported Agriculture, which is operated by Shane and Jennifer Whitmire.
     Jasper County Development Authority Director David Dyer introduced Mr. Khouli, and recognized Steve Jordan and Carl Pennamon as members of the Four County Development Authority which attracted Shire to the area.


DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY NEWS...
Join us and welcome the members of the Monticello Downtown Development Authority... 
Wanda Cummings, Towonder Dennis, Martha King, Diana Moreno, Larry Thurman, and Russ Watts.  (One seat remains vacant - to be filled in July)

This is an exciting time for the City of Monticello and the Chamber of Commerce looks forward to working with this group as they focus on revitalizing the Central Business District as well as within the city limits of Monticello.  
Meeting Dates to put on your calendar...
Monticello City Council Meeting
Monticello Government Complex - Council Room (Visitors' Center)
2nd Tuesday of each month  -  7 o'clock p.m.
Jasper County Commission Meeting
Jasper County Courthouse - Ground Floor/Basement Floor
1st Monday of each month -  6 o'clock p.m.
Development Authority of Jasper County
www.dajc.com
Monticello Government Complex - Third Floor (enter Visitors' Center)
1st Tuesday of each month -  12:30 p.m.
Monticello Downtown Development Authority
To be set...currently being reorganized
Monticello Jasper County Chamber of Commerce
Monticello Government Complex - Council Room
2nd Thursday of each month -
12:30 p.m.

Vacant Buildings Available...
Interested in starting a new business or relocating a business...?   There are several vacant buildings available around the Square,  in the city of Monticello, and throughout the county. Interested?
Small Business Class...
Interested in starting a business? This class is offered by the University of Georgia - Small Business Development Center in  Athens.   Date of Class:   September 12th. Class fee is $69.00.   For more information click here
For Resources and Available Information...  
Development Authority of Jasper County - David Dyer, 706-468-0657.  
Monticello-Jasper County Chamber of Commerce - Pam Mayer, 706-468-8994
Looking for a job?  Hiring?  

Please let us know and we will get it posted on the Development Authority of Jasper County's Facebook page.  

A recent facebook post about hiring reached 16,892 people another reached 2,959.


ARE YOU USING OUR CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY?
We are proud of our 2017 Chamber members ...  2017 Chamber Membership Directory   

Our Cornerstone Membership is growing...
Abbey Hospice, Bank of Monticello, Central Georgia EMC, Evercore Insurance,
Georgia Pacific,  Harrison Family Farm, Heartland Clinic of Chiropractic,
Lewis & Malone Heating and Air, Inc.,  Monticello First United Methodist Church,
Norton Packaging, Paul and State Representative Susan Holmes, 
Reese Hall Gardens and Kitchen, Stitches of Monticello, The Monticello News,
Tricia Armistead, CPA, PC, Venture Medical Associates, LLC


 51st ANNUAL DEER FESTIVAL 2017...
Yes!  It is time to market and promote the Deer Festival.   Deer Dash and Vendor Booth applications are ready.   Click Here   to our website for vendor applications or deer dash registration forms.  

  Would you like JASPER to make a visit to your organization, business or event?   
Contact us at the Chamber and JASPER (the mascot) will be happy to make an appearance. 

EMAIL NOT ENDORSED BY THE MONTICELLO-JASPER COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
One of our local businesses brought this Email to our attention this week.  The Chamber of Commerce does not recognize this Email or Business and they are not Chamber members.
 A little research shows their Facebook page out of date (2012) and no website.
 
From: Molly Scott [mailto:MollyS@itdatagroup.net]
Subject: Business Contacts - Monticello-Jasper Chamber
 
  Hi,
  I found that you are a member of "Monticello-Jasper County Chamber". Would you be interested in acquiring list of potential clients and customers to sell or market your products and services as per your required location? If you are interested, please let me know the below format. So that I can get you list of prospective clients and customer with their company name, contact name, job title, phone number, e-mail and much more information as per your requirement. I assure that these contacts can make a remarkable growth in your revenue as well as your customer base with your powerful marketing strategies.
 
Kindly provide your target industry, location and job title below so that I can send few samples for you to understand quality of our service along with exact counts, cost and more information based on your requirement
 
Industries you would like to target : __________________(Any industry/Technology)
Job Title you would like to target : ___________________(Any)
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Looking forward for your response.
Best Regards,
M olly Scott  Marketing Manager