ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NEWSLETTER                               June 2017

7th Annual Camp DEM Prepares Future Workforce

"They have an opportunity to learn about physics, chemistry, design, engineering, manufacturing. They get to do a lot of cool stuff," said Christie Shelton, one of about 60 volunteers helping to run the camp.

The camp was free for all students, and meals and snacks were provided, said Shelton, thanks to 24 local sponsors. The majority of the students are from Dalton or Whitfield County, but a few do come from surrounding areas.

Barbara Ward, workforce development director for the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce which presents the camp, said the camp would not be possible without those sponsors and the group of volunteers. But, ultimately, it's about the students.

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ISO Rating Drops to Class 3 in Whitfield County 

Property owners in Whitfield County can look forward to a big savings soon on their homeowner's insurance bills, thanks to an upcoming change in the county's ISO rating.

"That's huge," said Whitfield County Fire Chief Ed O'Brien. "We had hoped to drop to a Class 4, so we are very excited to hear that we actually are going down to a Class 3."

The new rating takes effect on Sept. 1.

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Engineered Floors to Open New Whitfield County Plant 
Engineered Floors has broken ground on a carpet tile manufacturing facility in south Whitfield County.  The initial phase of the plant, expected to open in January 2018, will total 520,000 square feet.  

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Owner Is Eager to Begin Revitalizing Walnut Square Mall
From new murals on the interior to upgrades to the exterior, Walnut Square Mall will be seeing big changes designed to bring in upscale dining and shopping businesses, according to a spokesman for the mall's owner. 

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Local Industry Leaders Spotlighted in Floor Covering Weekly
"I've been in the industry for almost 30 years and the last five years have been the most explosive in my time," said Brian Carson, President, Mohawk Flooring North America.

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