The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce

     Week of  January 24, 2016

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DeKalb Chamber Supports GM Redevelopment Project

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce advocates for businesses primarily at the local level and as needed at the state and federal levels. The Chamber uses the following four measurements in considering positions on issues:
We believe in:
  • Maintaining and growing opportunities for existing and future DeKalb County businesses
  • Reducing the cost of doing business
  • Managing growth and supporting infrastructure improvements so that the marketability of the area is maintained and improved
  • Supporting policy that builds, attracts and retains a trained and trainable workforce
As it relates to the recent Tax Allocation District (TAD) proposal at the former GM Doraville Plant, the Chamber believes this initiative meets our four measurement requirements and ha s worked hard to bring the principal parties together to discuss the overall project. 

T he goal has always been to educate all parties so that each can make informed decisions about the future of this project. While we will continue to make the Chamber available to facilitate discussions, we recognize that it is up to the key stakeholders to make sound decisions for the communities and businesses that have entrusted them to lead their respective organizations.
For more information on Tax Allocation Districts, click here.
Quick Links

The DeKalb Chamber is pleased to welcome eight  new investor and business partners to our membership community! Please visit the  Online Membership Directory  or their websites to learn more about your new business partners! 
  • Cynthia Meertens State Farm Agency 
  • Dalton Education 
  • Gyro Pizza 
  • LA Fitness Decatur
  • Lenox Realty Atlanta, LLC   
  • Ridgecreek II Condominium Association, Inc.  

  • Servpro of Panthersville   
  • Willis Towers Watson 
Upcoming Community Events
206 Washington St SW, Atlanta,
February 10 - Begins at 7:45 a.m.

LA Fitness Decatur Grand Opening Ceremony
1496 Church Street, Decatur
February 17 - 3 p.m.

830 Westview Drive SW, Atlanta
February 23 - 9:00 a.m.

5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Atlanta
February 24 - 8:30 a.m.
Join the Chamber
How Can We Help?
Visit us on the web or  email  us to find out the benefits of joining the DeKalb Chamber!  Join Now!  

How to participate:


1. Print out the  #ThisIsMyDeKalb  page. Download  here .
2. Take a photo at work or your favorite location in DeKalb County with the #ThisIsMyDeKalb page.

3. Tweet us the photo  @DeKalbChamber

78th Annual Meeting & Business Luncheon
Presented by AT&T and Ogelthorpe Power
Thursday, February 18
11:10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Breakfast Club
Hosted by The Martial Arts Center
Tuesday, February 23
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

State of the County
Presented by Gas South
Thursday, March 10
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Come hear from keynote speaker
Keith Parker, General Manager & CEO of MARTA, who will share details about MARTA's impact in DeKalb, initiatives for small business, women- and minority-owned business, and its plans to expand in 2016.

At the meeting, Outgoing Board Chair Al Edwards, Managing Director of CERM, will pass the gavel to Incoming Board Chair Diane McClearen, Director of Community & External Relations at Oglethorpe Power. We will also install new board members and present awards to select companies and individuals for their outstanding contributions to the Chamber and/or the DeKalb community.

$100 for members *
$125 for
 nonmembers *
* Early Bird pricing. Tickets will go up Feb. 4.

Register online here .

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Rick Young for more details.

Presenting Sponsor
Additional Sponsors
Georgia Power

Grice Consulting Group
McBride Research Labs
Accepting Nominations for Economic Development Project of the Year Award
DeKalb Chamber is excited to announce the inaugural DeKalb Economic Development Project of the Year Award, recognizing the economic development accomplishments of completed work in 2015. 

The winner will receive the following recognition:
  • An award presentation at the Annual Meeting
  • A feature in the Atlanta Business Chronicle
  • A 1 hour spotlight radio interview on DeKalb Business Radio X
All finalist submissions will be highlighted via display at the Annual Meeting and on the DeKalb Chamber website.

Nominations are due by Wednesday, February 10. For more information and to download the nomination form, click here  
Accepting Nominations for 2016 Apex Awards

In May, DeKalb Chamber will host the 2016 Apex Awards, honoring businesses for their exemplary standards in business development, employee programs, business innovation and contribution to DeKalb County and the metro Atlanta region. 

Nominate a business or yourself for one of our APEX Awards. Deadline to nominate is Friday, March 8

For more information and to submit your nomination, please click here.
State of the County Set for March 10
Thursday, March 10 | 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Thalia N. Carlos Hellenic Center

J oin The Council for Quality Growth and DeKalb  Chamber of Commerce for the 2016 DeKalb State of the County with DeKalb County 
Interim CEO Lee May who will review 2015  accomplishments 
and unveil the vision for 2016.  

$50 - Members
$75 - Nonmembers

Click here to register online.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Rick Young for more details. 

Presenting Sponsor
Gas South

Gold Sponsor
Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District
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The DeKalb Business Report is a publication of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce

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