October 2015

Use the Community Calendar to keep up with what's going on in Pierce County.

Economic Development Day

The Leadership Pierce Class had an action-packed session on September 24. The day was spent learning about economic development in our community. 

Local guest speakers, including Chad Nimmer, Matt Carter, James Jacobs and Tommy Lowmon, discussed timber and agriculture, industry expansion, retention and recruitment, and downtown development. As Georgia Power's community and economic development manager in the South Region, Scott Purvis spent the day with the leadership team. Scott supports local communities through leadership development, strategic planning, existing industry retention and expansions, and with new companies considering an expansion or relocation to the area. 

The economic development session ended with a tour of one our largest private employers - Composite Research. The Composite Research campus spans over 10 acres and is home to a modern and environmentally friendly 90,000 square foot production facility. Since 1994, Composite Research has crafted top quality skiff boats, bay boats, and flats boats. Through consistent innovation, this manufacturer says its goal is simple - "to build the best boats possible for our customers." Thank you, Wally Bell, for investing in our community.

The next Leadership Pierce Class will be held on October 15 at Eagle Station where participants will focus on quality of life issues during our Community Living Expo.

Let's Put Our Cities on the Map
Free Google Workshop

People in our region are looking for what you offer-and they are looking online. That's why we are teaming up with Google and Jordan Tippet with the SBDC to host a free workshop to help you and your fellow businesses get online and on the map.
Let's Put Our Cities on the Map
November 3, 2015
10:00 a.m.
Pierce County Chamber of Commerce
200 SW Central Ave., Blackshear
Help more customers connect with your business on the web-it's free and easy to get started. We hope you will join us to learn more.  Together, we can help put Pierce County on the map.
See you there!

October 15


Are you trying to get the word out about your club, civic organization, or public service? If so, we invite you to participant in our Community Living Expo being held at Eagle Station on Thursday, October 15 from 3 to 7 p.m.


This quality of life expo is designed to educate the citizens of Pierce County about the abundant social and civic opportunities available in our community. The event is a component of the Leadership Pierce Class but will be open to the public from 5-7 p.m.


Your organization will have extended, one-on-one time with the community leaders taking part in the Leadership Pierce Class. Class members will become experts on your organization, assisting you with set up and distribution of information to the public.


There is no charge to participate. Click here for more information!


We invite the public to join us from 5-7 on October 15 at Eagle Station. You will be amazed by the social, civic, educational and recreational resources in our community!

Coastal Pines Technical College
On September 15, approximately 20 Chamber members were given a tour of Coastal Pines Technical College. If you are looking to change careers or have a teenager preparing for college, we encourage you to schedule a tour. Through joint enrollment classes and on-campus offerings, the amazing professionals at Coastal Pines are preparing our students for the workforce. 

Here is a sampling of the types of careers available through this institution located right in our own backyard: Accounting, Air Conditioning Technology, Auto Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Business and Office Technology, Commercial Truck Driving, Computer Information Systems, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Care and Education, Electrical Construction and Maintenance, Electrical Lineworker, Electronics and Telecommunications, Environmental Horticulture, Forestry Technology, Health Care Assistant, Medical Assisting, Nurse Aide, Paramedic Technology, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Railroad Systems Management Technology, Respiratory Therapy Technology, Surgical Technology, Timber Harvesting, and Welding and Joining Technology. 

October 8

The homecoming parade will be October 8th at 6 pm. The parade will follow the traditional route but in reverse, starting at Ware Street and ending at the Library/BOE area. 

Recreation Department participants, contact Shawn and Bonnie at the Rec Dept. All school participants, contact Malayna Wetherington and Ericka McIntosh at PCHS. All other participants (businesses, community organizations, political candidates, area beauty pageant winners, girl scouts, etc.) contact the Chamber of Commerce.  Registration ends Monday, October 5.  Go Bears!

October 22

Mark your calendars for the Chamber's next Business After Hours. The Barnard Company in Patterson invites you to tour its beautiful facility and enjoy the fall and Christmas d├ęcor! 

Kick off the holiday season with the Barnard Co. on Thursday, October 22 from 5-7. 

November 7

SAVE THE DATE! The annual Pecan Festival, sponsored by the Exchange Club, will be held November 7 in the Blackshear City Park. Rumor has it HBR Inflatables will be bringing the Meltdown, HBR Train, Bailey Bounce, Obstacle Course, the 35ft Edge and Rock Climb Slide!  

Vendor space is filling up. If you are interested in being a vendor, contact Chris Shimkus (cshimkus@agsouthfc.com). 

Once again, the Chamber will host the pecan dessert contest sponsored by Clough Pecan!  Yum! Yum!

November 14

The Satilla River Water Trail team will support the efforts of Rivers Alive by sponsoring the GA 121 Landing cleanup on November 14 from 9-11:30 a.m. We are looking for volunteers!

Rivers Alive is Georgia's annual volunteer waterway cleanup event that targets all waterways in the state. The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia's water resources. 

Volunteers will receive a free Rivers Alive volunteer t-shirt and a free lunch at the 121 landing after the cleanup!   More details.

Help us welcome this month's new members!

Lube Traveler
Brantley Printing & Office Supplies
Anytime Fitness
Klassy Ragz
Swee-T's Cafe
Mattress Clearance Center of Jesup

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The Pierce County Christmas Parade will be Friday, December 4 at 5:30
Register Here

E.L. Cravin's Haunted Funeral Parlor begins this weekend! 
Click below for more information!