July 19, 2018
Celebrating 40 years of Fayette Senior Services

In 1965 the Beatles released "Help!" with song lyrics reminding us at times we need assistance, particularly as self-assuredness and independence diminish or as we age. Nationally, 74 million+ people are ages 51-69 and in 2017 more than 50% was over 50. While some refer to this trend as the "Silver Tsumani," within the Atlanta metro region Fayette County hosts the largest aging population and the smallest demographic of millennials. 

In the 1990's when the first generation of baby boomers turned 50 many communities sought to attract retirees and pre-retirees to relocate, offering qualities including, safety, quality health care, airport proximity and housing opportunities. Sounds very similar to Fayette County! Incidentally, these qualities are similar to those millennials seek today.

Started in 1978, Fayette Senior Services (FSS) is a public/private partnership that provides meals, programming, recreational, life-long learning and championing for our senior population.    A few interesting facts:
A ging: Fayette County's median age is 43.5; 39% of our citizens are 50+. FSS serves about 2,205 members.
C ompassion: FSS offers a variety of social services including in-home care, adult day care, home repair services and more.
T ransportation: FSS provides transportation for adults 60+ and last year provided 19,119 rides to medical or personal appointments in Fayette County. Almost 2,000 of these included wheelchair transports. 
I ndependence: FSS serves as the county's Meals on Wheels provider, delivering more than 53,800 meals between January and June 2018. They can also include "ani-meals" for pets!
Vibrant:  FSS offers a variety of classes including,  Tai Chi, line dancing, pilates, yoga, walking groups, bridge, pool, etc.  and a fitness center promoting healthy eating and physical activity.
E nriching: FSS provides members with travel and learning opportunities. Members can dine together and socialize at the Ultimate CafĂ© which serves close to 27,000 meals.
FSS enables our over-50 population to remain ACTIVE , creating their stories and celebrating life. 

Make plans to join us for a special Business After Hours on Thursday, July 26, 5:30pm - 8:30pm as we celebrate this milestone with Fayette Senior Services, an organization dedicated to "Making Life Better!"

Early Voting for July 24 primary ends tomorrow!

Thursday, July 19 & Friday, July 20
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fayette County Public Meeting 140 Stonewall Avenue West
Peachtree City Library
201 Willowbend Road
Peachtree City
Tyrone Town Hall
881 Senoia Road
To see a sample runoff ballot, CLICK HERE and enter your voter information.


Fayette County is asking for public input for its transportation plan in order to identify project and transportation priorities, including a framework for a master path system for use by carts, bicycles and pedestrians. Your input on this survey is critical and will only take 5 minutes.


TONIGHT:  A Public Open House for the Highway 74 Corridor Study will be held Thursday, July 19 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Fairburn City Hall. No formal presentation, you are invited to drop inat anytime. 

The Atlanta Regional Commission approved $11 million in transportation project grants for Fayette County through 2023. Projects include:
  • large scale resurfacing of several major roads, 
  • multi-use paths and trails, including a multi-use bridge over Highway 54 near Piedmont Fayette Hospital
  • planning studies for improvement to Sandy Creek Road, Tyrone-Palmetto Road, and Banks Road, as well as SR 279 from the Fulton border to SR 85 at Corinth Road.
More information about these important grants can be found  HERE.


Tuesday, August 14
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Macon Mariott City Center

This annual event brings together over 1,000 of Georgia's elite state and federal elected officials, business leaders and community champions. H ear directly from members of Georgia's congressional delegation on policy and legislation that directly impacts Georgia's business climate.

Financial literacy?    Work ethic?   Global awareness?

What key skills and competencies do Fayette County students need to be successful in today's world?

The Chamber and Fayette County Public Schools are asking for YOUR input to identify the skills you believe students need. Please take a few minutes to take this survey!

C all for Science Fair Judges
Fayette County Schools is looking for judges for its middle and high school Annual Science and Engineering Fair on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. If you would be willing to serve in this role,  CLICK HERE for more information.

Digital Collective has been awarded a Prosperity Award- Honorable Mention with the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce. They will be recognized for their success on August 29 at the awards presentation and celebration at The Newnan Centre. 

Joan YoungFayette County Development Authority, has transitioned from an interim role to a permanent position as CEO. Young brings over 25 years of experience to the job, and is delighted to focus her energies on identifying, recruiting and expanding quality companies that represent the best business for Fayette County.  FCDA has also launched their new website: fayettega.org.

Georgia Academy of Dance and the Performing Arts  has received recognition by the Georgia Council of the Arts for the outstanding work of its Georgia Dance Theatre, and has been awarded a $10,000 grant for their high level of artistic standards and the experience of the Artistic Director and Artistic Staff. Founder and CEO Sherri Davis noted that this recognition is even more important because it was given from their peers.

The John Retreat Foundation International's Women's Rights project has been approved to receive donations on the Global Giving platform and online portal Benevity. These platforms will help spread the word about their missions in Cameroon.

Frank Patterson, Pinewood Atlanta Studios, is being recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of Atlanta's 2018 Most Admired CEOs in the area of Music, Film and TV. The recognition is for CEOs who define leadership in Atlanta and take success to a new level. An awards dinner will be held on August 23.
Benefit of the Week

Member Discounts
Chamber members receive discounts 
and savings from other members!
Chamber Events & Programming

July 20 Government Affairs Committee (change of venue: Fayette Senior Services)
July 26 Business After Hours: Fayette Senior Services
August 7 Exhibiting Excellence  (for Expo Exhibitors!)
August 10  Leading Women
August 14 Small Business Lunch Series: Top 6 Connect and Collaborate 
August 14 Ribbon Cutting: Capstone Educational Consultants
August 17 Pancakes and Policy: Legislative Update from Congressman Drew Ferguson
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