Pierce County Chamber of CommerceAugust/2014
New Members

Jaime Williamson

Mortgage Advisor
 Atlantic Coast Bank


 Wendy Mattox 

Agent - Cobblestone Realty

 Moccasin Creek 

Off Road Park


Varnadore Electric, Inc.

 Community Home Care

 South Georgia Green Kleen


Belinda Jo Adams

 A-1 Cleaning and Restoration

Click here to learn why Chamber membership is right for you.



Upcoming Community Events

August 1st & 2nd
 Shop Local!

Click Photo for Satilla Riverkeeper Gala Info

August Chamber Events 

Wednesday, August 6: Programs & Events Committee Meeting - 10:00 AM Chamber Board Room

ednesday, August 13:

Chamber Board of Directors Meeting - 12:00 noon - Chamber Board Room

onday, August 18: 

Education Committee Meeting 1:00 PM - Chamber Board Room

ednesday, August 27: Opportunity Tour - 10:00 AM-12:00 noon - PC Nutrition Program

Dear Members,

When I have the opportunity to spend time with our Chamber members, I am reminded of the love these folks have for this community. During our Lunch & Learn the other day, I looked around that room of professionals and was awestruck by the creativity and dedication I witnessed. These intelligent folks could live anywhere and do anything, but they have chosen to do business in Pierce County.


Last Thursday when I toured Moccasin Creek Off Road Park from the back seat of a monster truck (so glad the paparazzi didn't catch the ascent on film), I was struck by the owner's passion and vision. Our local entrepreneurs have invested heavily in our community. Let's appreciate and support these investments and encourage smart, authentic and sustainable business growth in Pierce County. 



Angela B. Manders, Executive Director

Pierce County Chamber of Commerce

Opportunity Tour
PC School System Nutrition Department

Do you struggle to plan, prepare and pay for appealing, healthy meals your family will eat? Now, imagine doing that for a family of 4000! This is the challenge faced by the Pierce County School System's Nutrition Department as they prepare two meals a day for students, faculty and staff. Rhonda Cooper, Director of Nutrition Services, and her team invite you to see how it's done!


The Chamber's Opportunity Tour for August will be an interactive, high-energy, behind-the-scenes expedition to our local cafeterias. The tour is limited to the first 15 eager participants.


Amid the growing concerns surrounding childhood obesity, diabetes, and other diet-related health issues, nutrition is a high-stakes topic for our community and business leaders. Make your reservations today!


Opportunity Tour

Pierce County School System Nutrition Department

Tentatively set for Wednesday, August 27th


Lunch will be provided! 


Business After Hours
Okefenokee Country Club
Make plans to attend our quarterly Business After Hours! Okefenokee Country Club will host the next BAH event on Thursday, September 25 from 5 PM to 7 PM. 
Come take a tour, enjoy some good food, learn about new programs, and network with other professionals from around the region.
Kas Asbury, OCC General Manager, and his staff are looking forward to seeing you!
Lunch & Learn
Social Media Marketing

The Chamber's first Lunch & Learn class with Coastal Pines was well-attended and extremely informative! The thirty participants received timely data and practical applications for various forms of social media. 


Ben Bryson, Assistant Director of Library Services for Coastal Pines Technical College, gave the participants tips on engaging the audience and using the built-in analytical features to evaluate online presence. Ben explained a social media strategic planning worksheet that is user-friendly and can be applied to any organization. 


Thank you, Ben,  Jason Rubenbauer, and Coastal Pines, for providing this training for the Chamber members! Be on the lookout for the next class in the Lunch & Learn Series.

Meet Your Chamber
Board of Directors
Richard Highsmith is a Key Account Manager for Georgia Power and has been with the company for 20 years.  He and his wife, LaShea, have two sons.  Heath is 19 years old and attends South Georgia College, and Hagan is 14 years old and is a freshman at Pierce County High School. 
Richard enjoys hunting, fishing and playing softball. He and his family attend New Life Assembly of God in Blackshear. 
When asked why he agreed to serve on the Chamber board, Richard said, "The main reason I wanted to serve is to help the community of Pierce County grow and prosper. One of our goals at Georgia Power is to be 'A Citizen Wherever We  Serve,' and I feel that serving on this board is a good way to give back to the community and represent Georgia Power."
Richard, we appreciate your dedication to the Pierce County Chamber of Commerce.
The Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors: Dana Bowen, Jon Tindall, Chris Sinclair, Jonathan Coleman, Richard Highsmith, Stephen James, and Joy Williams
City Park
A letter from our Main Street Manager

The City Park in Downtown Blackshear hosts hundreds of happy children and adults every week. Stay long enough and you will see many dog owners walking beloved pets through the park and children on the beautiful tennis court learning to play.

The City of Blackshear takes great pride in its green spaces and works hard to keep them safe and satisfactory for all citizens. Though you may have noticed recent renovations, repairs, demolition and even a few trees missing, there is no need for concern.

The City of Blackshear is removing some old, rotten water oaks at the end of their lifespan and replacing them with live oaks, which give additional shade and live about 200 more years. Also, the old pavilion that used to be in the center of the park will be replaced with a larger stage available for birthday parties, band performances, and other events.

More improvements happening in and around the park are part of a Park Master Plan developed over several years with the University of Georgia design team.

Along with the stage, playground upgrades, and landscaping changes, plans have begun for renovating the Historic Train Depot as a public space for weddings, family reunions, and other social gatherings. Many of the improvements are possible with money raised through the City of Blackshear's Main Street Program, some SPLOST dollars, and even $250,000 in Federal TE Funds.

While we ask for patience in the development stages, we will try to provide you with a great finished product. Our goal is to make the City of Blackshear a great place to live, work, play and raise a family not only for this generation, but the many to follow.

Tommy Lowmon, The City of Blackshear's Main Street Manager