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Pancakes & Policy is next Monday, August 16th
at the UGA Innovation Hub!
Entrepreneurship is surging at the University of Georgia, fueled by an Innovation District initiative. During this event, Kyle Tschepikow, UGA’s Director for Strategy and Innovation, and Ian Biggs, UGA’s Director for Innovation District Programming and Startups, will talk about the future of the Innovation District and highlight exciting projects and programs that are driving startup activity.

This event will be held at the UGA Innovation Hub, the centerpiece of the University of Georgia's Innovation District. It offers a large, flexible open space for meetings and events, offices for UGA startup ventures, a makerspace, and meeting rooms for 1x1 support for faculty, student and staff entrepreneurs.
Thank you to our event sponsor:
Community Announcements
Envision Athens is now accepting nominations for Good Neighbor Awards. Please nominate your Athens-Clarke County neighbor who leads with love, and embodies our core values: unity, equity, prosperity, and compassion. Enter Good Neighbor Award submissions here!
Approximately 400 young adults age out of foster care each year. Many more experience homelessness. The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce is a drop-off location for baskets to supply young adults, who have aged out of the foster care system or who are faced with homelessness or housing insecurity, with basic needs and supplies.
Sponsor Spotlight
  • General Time is a 35 acre development that is transforming an old clock factory into a new social and commercial hub for Athens, Georgia.
  • This spring, rezoning into planned development was completed unanimously
  • Terrapin Beer Co. is active in their warehouse space on the north end of the property, with Wayfair right next door, now on target to open with 300+ Athens employees in 2022. 
  • Nearby, the machine sheds can be quickly readied for a local cafe, bakery, restaurant, or bike shop, with access to the one-mile mountain bike skills loop - coming this summer - and eventual connection to the Greenway. Special thanks to the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association
  • In 2022, construction will begin on 200 units of multi-family apartments with 1 & 2 bedrooms, targeting the young professionals Athens cultivates and welcomes.
  • The rest of the clock factory will follow, along with pin corner park amenity for large scale event and small venue experiences with a max capacity ~2,500.
  • General Time has contracted a local artist to create a new mural - with the help of youth from around the community - that will tell the story of the clock factory as it was and the property’s resurrection and future growth.
Chamber Champion Spotlight
Synovus Names Jody Patton Division
CEO and Promotes John Tebeau!

Synovus has appointed Jody Patton as CEO of its Northeast Georgia Division, effective July 1. Patton has served as Synovus’ Augusta market executive since January 2018. “Jody is an exceptional banker, with a wealth of knowledge of industries and economic development opportunities in Northeast Georgia,” said Wayne Akins, Synovus chief community banking officer.

Synovus also appointed John Tebeau as market executive for the Athens area. Tebeau joined Synovus in 1997 after graduating from The University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. He has also served in numerous leadership capacities in a variety of organizations including The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, The Boys of Girls Club of Athens, and Athens Area Homebuilders Association.
Upcoming Chamber Events
Join us for Women in Business Thursday, August 19 as we hear from Hinge Creative Co!
 Come and learn with Hannah about how to utilize Canva as one of the best small business tools out there. She'll walk you through some of the features used at Hinge Creative Co. internally and for clients. You'll learn about completing your brand kit, making unique visuals for your brand, and ways to use Canva's new features to increase your marketing efforts. Bring your laptop and blue light glasses and be ready to learn!

All attendees will be entered to win a month's worth of their subscription-based services!

Special Greetings to our New Members of the Week!
Welcome to the AACOC, OneRep Sales LLC!
The mission at oneRepSALES is to find, develop, quote, source and build relationships for our clients. Whether it’s the President of oneRepSALES or one of our expert Sales Professionals, our job is to make your job easier & more profitable…period!

Welcome to the AACOC, Sister Louisa's Church Athens!
With it's original location in Atlanta, the bar known simply as Church by locals joined the Athens bar scene in 2014 with a location on Clayton St. It has been named in many national publications for its uniquely campy quality.
Welcome to the AACOC, H.T.A Martial Arts!
H.T.A. Martial Arts Academy believes that developing and maintaining a sound body and mind are critical to getting the most out of life. In our adult program you will experience a unique approach to self-defense and exercise that benefits the body AND the mind.
COMING SOON!
Welcome to the AACOC, McAlister's Deli!
When you walk through the doors at McAlister's Deli, you'll be able to explore local favorites from New York to New Orleans to California to Savannah. Every regional favorite is handcrafted and made to order using fresh, high-quality ingredients. Be on the lookout for the newest location at 2033 W Broad St in Athens, opening this September!
Members in the News
Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty Welcomes New Agent Tara Brown!
Since 2002, Brown has been in the retail management industry building communication and leadership skills. This experience has created a well-regarded REALTOR® and Real Estate innovator. She utilizes her customer service mastery and makes it a priority to make her clients happy. She provides excellent service by building a relationship with every client through patience, perseverance, and understanding.
Aging well in Athens and surrounding communities

As many of us discovered through shelter-in-place restrictions, spending time outdoors isn't just "nice". It feels fundamentally healing. Read more about nature as a stress reliever in this article.

a•bridge: Aging Life Care Management is also hiring! Click here to view the job description for the open Care Manager/ Care Consultant position.
Community Events
MedLink Celebrates Community Health Center Week

MedLink has been proudly serving NEGA since 1976. As a federally qualified health center, they are able to offer uninsured and underinsured patients a sliding fee scale. No one is denied services due to a lack of income of insurance status. Many of their employees are bilingual, eliminating the language barrier and providing a more welcoming environment for all cultures.
Get Library Carded Campaign

Show your support for libraries this September by partnering with Athens-Clarke County Library for Library Card Sign Up Month. Sign up today to participate in "Get Library Carded!" and pledge to offer a discount or promotion of your choice to customers who present a library card at your business during the month of September. Participating businesses will be recognized with signage in the library (did you know Athens-Clarke County libraries see an average 25,000 visitors every month?), online at athenslibrary.org and on the libraries' social media. You will also receive a "We support Athens-Clarke County Libraries" vinyl door decal to display at your business. Contact Rhiannon Eades at reades@athenslibrary.org or 706-613-3670 with any questions.
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