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We are so excited to announce Mask On, Athens! The official press release rolls out tomorrow. The gist: We are hosting a competition amongst local artists who will submit original artwork around the theme “Envision Athens.” After all submissions have been received, we will invite the community to vote for their favorite on our Facebook page. The winning design gets their artwork printed on fabric which will then be turned into face masks! The winning artist will also receive a cash prize of $1000.
These masks will be sold online via Satisfactory Printing, and we imagine we will have a limited supply for any local retailers interested in selling in their shops as well. Proceeds will benefit the Athens Creatives Directory, an all-new collaborative project between the Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Department and the Arts and Culture workgroup of Envision Athens, CREATE Athens. Serving as a central hub for creatives to post their work, the directory will stimulate the local creative economy by connecting consumers with producers of art.

Please share this exciting project with any Athens-based artist you know. All entries must be received by end of day on Friday, August 28. Please email lindsay@athensga.com for official rules and guidelines.
Meet Our Board of Directors!
Doug Broulliard, SELIT
Our President/CEO David Bradley recently interviewed Board Member Doug Brouillard with SELIT. Watch the video to learn more about him and his business!
Members in the News!
We have had several members add press releases to the Members in the News page on our website. Be sure to check it out and read all of the great things our members have been doing!
Upcoming Chamber Chats
Business & Community Update
Join us on August 26th at 9:00 as we get Business/Community Updates with:
When a Pandemic Brings Pivots Worth Keeping
Nearly five months into the coronavirus pandemic and the pivots keep coming! Back in April, we hosted four local business leaders to discuss their pivots worth keeping, and this time we're back with a fresh four stories you don't want to miss. Hear from Satisfactory Printing, Express Employment Professionals, Classic City Chef, and Prince Avenue Baptist Church. To continue supporting our local restaurants, your $15 ticket will come with your choice of a $15 gift card from a local restaurant focused on breakfast fare.
College and University Dialogue: Re-entry into the Classroom
Leadership from our post-secondary partners (University of GeorgiaAthens Technical College, University of North Georgia, and Piedmont College) will discuss what students, and the community, can expect when their respective schools start.  The question of when/how schools will reopen if multi-layered. Join us to discover the challenges these schools face and the steps they will take/have taken to overcome those challenges.
Pancakes & Policy with Rodney Bullard
Join us for an exclusive conversation with Chick-fil-A's Rodney Bullard on Wednesday, August 19th at 8:00 AM! Rodney is currently the Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation where he leads the company’s corporate community and philanthropic strategy, which is focused on fostering youth and furthering education. He will be discussing how we can be the bridge to tomorrow and a brighter future.
How Millennials Will Be Driving Retail, House & Home Trends Post-Pandemic
This Chamber Chat will be lead by Mark Kooyman, CEO/Discovery Chief of EXPERIENCE Insight Group. EXPERIENCE specializes in generating insights of relevancy to bring to life the emotional intangibles of the brand experience. The company has a rich resource of research tools to uncover rich insights about audience groups that can be cultivated to drive brand success. Mark will provide insights as to the changing dynamic of who is spending money and on what through this extraordinary time.

North Downtown Athens & Bethel Homes Redevelopment Virtual Planning Workshop
Join W&A Engineering for a virtual event this Thursday, August 13th through Saturday, August 15th for an interactive community workshop to get a look at the ideas for the redevelopment of North Downtown Athens and Bethel Homes and share your ideas. W&A Engineering is excited to be acting as the technical advisors for the master planning process. With safety as their top priority, they invite the community to join them virtually for the second round of community workshops. This virtual planning workshop will be held through a series of Zoom calls on topics ranging from sustainability to street networks to transit. Join one that interests you, or join them all! Be sure to catch us for the final wrap up on Saturday.
Good Neighbor Award Nominations
September 28th is recognized nationally as Good Neighbor Day. At its heart, Envision Athens is about the power of Good Neighbors...people who build community in a way that proves 1 + 1 > 2. To honor what makes Athens great, our neighbors, they are accepting nominations for the Envision Athens Good Neighbor Awards. The Good Neighbor Awards celebrate Athenians who lead our community through exhibiting the four core values of Envision Athens: unity, equity, prosperity, and compassion. Please submit your nomination before August 28th.
Jackson Oaks Job Fair
Jackson Oaks is hosting a job fair on Thursday, August 20th at 11:00 AM-3:00PM. They are seeking LPNs, Med Techs, CNAs, and Care Associates for several shifts. Please RSVP to Kerry at 706-387-7000 and bring a mask, your resume, and copies of any certifications.
Thank you to all of our 2020 Chamber Champions!
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