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Monday, July 9, 2018

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Verity Business Solutions
Brooklyn Miller
(404) 520-3741
Upcoming Events
July 12: Ribbon Cutting, Nothing Bundt Cakes, 10:00-11:00 a.m. (cutting at 10:30 a.m.)
July 17: Business After Hours, AT&T, 5:15 p.m.
July 19: 8:00 a.m. Coffee, Athens Academy
July 26: Ladies of the Oconee Chamber Craft Night, Board & Brush, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Ribbon Cutting Alert
Thursday, July 12
Open House: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Cutting: 10:30 a.m.

Nothing Bundt Cakes
1021 Dowdy Rd, Suite 101
Athens, GA 30606
Business After Hours
July 17 | 5:15 p.m.

1850 Epps Bridge Parkway 
Athens, GA 30606
8:00 Coffee
July 19 | 8:00 a.m.

Athens Academy
1281 Spartan Lane
Athens, GA 30606

Athens Area Community Foundation to host public convening on the future of
post-secondary education and employment in Georgia

What: To address two of the biggest economic threats facing the state of Georgia today, improving college access and affordability and meeting the needs of our workforce, this convening will gather civic, education and political leaders with members of the local community to raise awareness and foster ongoing discussion necessary to create lasting educational and employment solutions.

When: Monday, July 30 th , 10:00am to 11:30am  

Where: Oconee County Civic Center, 2661 Hog Mountain Rd, Watkinsville, GA 30677   

Visuals: Community leaders, education leaders, and local citizens

Why: By the year 2025, 60 percent of jobs in Georgia will require some type of post-secondary education, such as a graduate certificate, an associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree. Currently, only about 47 percent of Georgia’s potential workforce meets that educational criteria.
To address this, Governor Nathan Deal launched Complete College Georgia in 2011 with the goal of closing the talent gap by raising students’ post-secondary school completion rate. This will help meet the ultimate goal of 250,000 additional credentialed or degreed employment candidates by the year 2025.
To meet this challenge, community and education leaders must arm themselves with knowledge of the opportunities and barriers to post-secondary education and find ways to support students on their way to the workforce. One component of the solution is gap funding, money that can help to keep in school the approximately 15,000 students annually who are removed from University System of Georgia (USG) and Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) classes due to unpaid balances of less than $1,200 per student.

Onsite Contact: For more information, contact Sarah McKinney, President/CEO at
706-357-7148 or . To register, visit .
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Board of Directors

Andrew Wallace, Chops & Hops
Anna Gillespie, University of North Georgia
Brad Tucker, Georgia Square Collision
Cindy Haddon, Walton EMC
Clint Watson, Creed Fitness
Cristi Donahue, Oconee State Bank
David Walton, Fox's Pizza
Lorie Petersen, BankSouth
Mychell Lang, Mutty Paws
Nathan Bartlett, Georgia Power
Ronda Holloway, Ronda Holloway CPA, PC
Stuart Cofer, Cofer's Home & Garden
Tammy Gilland, Piedmont Athens Regional
William Rennie, Law Office of Russell W. Wall, LLC.

Associate Board of Directors

Dr. Jason Branch, School Superintendent
John Thorsen, Athens Academy
Jared Clark, Westminster Christian Academy
Seth Hathaway, Prince Avenue Christian School
Chamber Executive Board

Chairman of the Board
Clint Watson, Creed Fitness

Chair Elect
Tammy Gilland, Piedmont Athens Regional

Ronda Holloway, Ronda Holloway CPA, PC

Cristi Donahue, Oconee State Bank

At Large
Stuart Cofer, Cofer's Home & Garden

Past Chair
Cindy Haddon, Walton EMC

Chamber President
Courtney Bernardi
Oconee Chamber of Commerce
55 Nancy Drive
Watkinsville, GA 30677
(706) 769-7947