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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OCTOBER 2017 NEWS

RIBBON CUTTING & OPEN HOUSE...



FEATURED BUSINESS OF THE MONTH...
Our featured
BUSINESS of the MONTH

Stitches of Monticello
Mindy Clotfelter
Monticello, GA  31064
404-543-8949
mjclotfelter@bellsouth.net

Custom Home Decor, Window Treatments, Custom Blinds, Quilting, Custom Memory Quilts, Monogramming, Wedding Gifts, and Baby Shower Gifts
Stop by the Visitors' Center during the month of October and see Mindy's beautiful work displayed in the Visitors' Center front window.

SPLOST MAKES CENTS!  WATCH YOUR PENNIES CONTINUE TO GROW...
 
SPLOST VOTING DATE November 7, 2017


We are looking for citizens to serve on a SPLOST committee.

Please contact the Chamber of Commerce office if you are willing to help promote the continuation of SPLOST in our community.  
       706.468.8994
A special-purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST) is a financing method for funding capital outlay projects in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is an optional 1% sales tax levied by any county for the purpose of funding the building of parks, schools, roads, and other public facilities.

We go to the polls on November 7th to vote about SPLOST. The 2017 SPLOST referendum continues the one penny sales tax. Our Jasper County sales tax rate would remain 7%. Be sure to vote...

HURRICANE IRMA...
The Visitors' Center was very busy on Thursday, September 7th with Irma evacuees coming through town.  On Friday, town was gridlocked with traffic all day.  The evacuees that stopped needed a refreshment or lunch break and directions.   

On Saturday, we were open for the Market on the Square and the Visitors' Center was very busy.   We stayed open the entire day serving over 100 visitors...! (helped find room reservations, provided restroom breaks, handed out peanuts, fried pies donated by Howard farm, water, etc)  The Monticello Motel and Reese Hall Gardens & Kitchen were also booked.   

So many people reached out to those who lost power or had fallen trees, etc.  What  a wonderful and caring community we have....!!!

2017 LEADERSHIP JASPER GRADUATES...
Congratulations to our Leadership Jasper 2017 class! 

This group of 15 just graduated during First Friday Breakfast.....!!!
Tamala Alexander, Susan Denney, Joanne Jordan, Kim McMichael, Rachel Torrance, Towonder Dennis, Wendi Helms, Jacki Tyler, Carol Atkinson, Robin Carey, Robert Crumbie, Gail Harrell, Rev. Nathaniel Long. (not pictured: Trey Gafnea, Joseph Hinton)

Photo below includes Leadership Class facilitator Bob Troutead, Chamber President Pam Mayer, Representative Susan Holmes, and NE Georgia Regional Director, External Affairs with AT&T Paul Chambers who was the guest speaker.   If you are interested in our 2018 class, please contact the Chamber office.

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT NEWS...

Congratulations to Tricia Armistead, CPA and Scott Smith for each receiving a $200.00 facade grant from the Downtown Development Authority.  

Monticello 2017-2018 Facade Grant   The Downtown Development Authority would like to thank you for investing in downtown Monticello!   Click here for  Facade Grant Request Form
  • Five Downtown businesses will be awarded a façade grant during the DDA 2017-2018 calendar year.
  • Façade grants will be awarded to businesses that spend at least $800.00 on painting, signage, or awnings.
  • Before façade grants can be awarded, submit before and after photographs and receipts.
  • Façade grant award is $200.00  (one award per business per calendar year).
Several members of the Monticello Downtown Development Authority (DDA) stopped by to meet and greet the Monticello City Council during the Council's September meeting.  A DDA is designed to be a catalyst in the development of a community's downtown district.  The members of the newly reactivated DDA look forward to working with City Council and the Monticello business community. 
 
Left to right:  Council David Wease, Cynthia Miller, Mayer ProTem Stone Workman, DDA member Towonder Dennis, Wanda Cummings, Diana Moreno, Council Jenny Murphy, Mayor Bryan Standifer, Council and DDA member Larry Thurman.   DDA members not in attendance:  Russ Watts, Martha King, and Judy Hunsucker.

IT'S FALL YA'LL...
Let's decorate for FALL YA'LL...!  
Come on Jasper County - let's get ready for Fall.  Catch the Fall spirit and decorate your storefront and/or windows. Make it inviting for our community and tourists to stop and shop with us this season.

Definition of Tourist:  Anyone in the county that doesn't have a Jasper County car tag.              
 Trick or Treat with the Chamber of Commerce!  JOIN US on the Square October 31st from 4:30pm to 6:00pm and hand out your candy to those trick-or-treating.  You can bring  a table or just bring a lawn chair and hand out your candy on the Square  or set up by one of the business owners around the Square.

It is so much fun and a delight to see our community enjoying this event.  JOIN US...

MARKET ON THE SQUARE...
The last day of this season for Market on the Square is this Saturday - September 30th and you are in for a treat!  Everyone who participated this year is invited back to be on the Square.   
We will have authors, artists (inside visitors center), market vendors, direct sales vendors, health related vendors, and more! 

Stop by and THANK the vendors for being on the Square each week during the market season!

We THANK YOU for supporting them this year and look forward to seeing  you the first weekend in May, 2018.    

COMMUNITY CALENDAR and EVENT NEWSLETTER...
Want to know more about community events?  Be sure to read our newsletter from "Explore Jasper County Tourism and Events".  We have so many activities and events in our community - we are trying to keep our community calendar up to date AND send out a monthly newsletter.  We also Facebook the tourism and events:  www.facebook.com/jaspercountygeorgia-tourismandevents   Note:  If you have an event or item of interest that you would like promoted, please email your flyer or information to jasperchamber@bellsouth.net.

EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2017 ANNUAL DEER FESTIVAL...
We are busy planning for the 51st Annual Deer Festival.  Look for an email newsletter next week (1st week in October) with everything you'd like to know about the festival.   It is right around the corner...November 4th.  

MEETING DATES...
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
Monticello Government Complex
2nd Monday of each month - 6:30 p.m.

Monticello Jasper County Chamber of Commerce
Monticello Government Complex - Council Room
2nd Thursday of each month -
12:30 p.m.