Did You Know?
We are organizing a mask design contest!
The gist: local artists will submit their designs around a specified theme. The community will vote for their favorite, then the winning design will be printed onto cotton fabric and made into face masks. These limited edition, one-of-a-kind masks will be sold online and in various retail shops around town. We are still figuring out a lot of the details, including which arts-focused non-profit(s) we’d like to give the proceeds to, so stay tuned! If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor of this initiative to help cover production costs, please email Lindsay@athensga.com .
Premier Partner Spotlight
Jackson EMC is the largest electric cooperative in Georgia and one of the largest in the U.S. As a member-owned cooperative, Jackson EMC’s mission is to exceed our members’ expectations with reliable, courteous and personalized service. Jackson EMC provides electric service to more than 237,000 meters in 10 counties in northeast Georgia. Jackson EMC continues to serve its community, including supporting local schools and economic development efforts to bring jobs to the area. The Jackson EMC Foundation, which is funded by small donations made each month by the cooperative’s Operation Round Up participants, has granted funds totaling $80,000 thus far in 2020 to nonprofit organizations that provide services in Athens-Clarke County. Jackson EMC is proud to be a business partner with local businesses, such as RAI – which was featured in a recent video about Jackson EMC’s service. 
Meet Our Board of Directors!
Jeff Petrea, GA Power
Our President & CEO, David Bradley, recently interviewed another one of our Board Members, Jeff Petrea, to share more about him, his role at Georgia Power, and how he came to Athens. We hope you enjoy getting to learn more about our Board Members!
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Upcoming Chamber Chats
Business & Community Update
Join us tomorrow at 9:00 as we get Business/Community Updates with:
GA Chamber - Equality & Inclusion Discussion
Join the  Georgia Chamber of Commerce  on Thursday at 1:00 PM as they host Rev. James Woodall, State President of the NAACP Georgia, for a continued dialogue around the importance of equality and inclusion in our state. They will explore the challenges facing black Americans today and discuss how integral the need for intentional inclusion within the business community must be to the overall recovery and growth of our economy.
Pancakes & Policy
Our popular “Pancakes and Policy” breakfast meeting series will resume on Wednesday, July 29th with Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr as our featured guest for this virtual event. He will discuss current legal issues faced by the State of Georgia, with particular emphasis on matters impacting economic development. The cost to participate on the Zoom call is $25.00, which includes a $15.00 gift card to any Chamber member restaurant recognized on the registration page to help support them during these difficult times. 
Public Safety in Athens-Clarke County
Join us for a special Chamber Chat with Athens-Clarke County Chief of Police, Cleveland Spruill on August 4th at 9:00 AM. We expect to talk about the current status of the ACC Police Department, current challenges, and hopes for the future.
**Date has changed from July 23rd to August 4th**
Announcements
W&A Engineering: Building Better Communities
Grab a cool treat from  Lil Ice Cream Dude's Cool World Ice Cream Shop any day this week to help raise up to $500 for  Chess & Community ! It’s all a part of  W&A Engineering 's 20th Anniversary celebration, the Building Better Communities Local Business Partnership. Each month, it has been their goal to highlight fellow local businesses and nonprofit organizations that define Athens and help our community thrive.
Provisions of Hope Baskets
Lydia's Place is collecting Provisions of Hope Baskets July 20-August 30. These baskets help welcome a student who has overcome all obstacles to pursue secondary education. You can drop off baskets here at the AACOC or other locations listed on the flyer.
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Join the Amazon Talent Community!
When you join the Amazon talent community, you join a very special network of future Amazonians. Get updates for local Amazon events and open positions and learn more about what makes Amazon such a great company to work for.
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Thank you to all of our 2020 Chamber Champions!
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