Because the Waycross Ware County Chamber is so active within the community, we always tend to have something going on. We don’t just mean our ribbon cuttings, Rise and Shine Breakfasts and Business After Hours and that sort of thing, we mean things that have a large impact to and within our community.
So if you want to keep up with what’s happening in Waycross and Ware County, you’ve found the right place.
The Georgia Chamber Celebrates Start of 2017 Legislative Session The Georgia Chamber of Commerce was honored to host Georgians from all across the state for their annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast at the Georgia World Congress Center on January 10, 2017. State and federal lawmakers, business leaders, and guests gathered to kick-off the 2017 session of the Georgia General Assembly by hearing from our state’s foremost policy makers. In opening remarks, 2017 Georgia Chamber Chairman Bill Linginfelter focused on “Georgia 2030”, the Chamber’s strategic plan to meet the next decade’s challenges. According to Linginfelter, his priority for the year ahead would be, “to continue to work with our elected leaders to protect the positive, pro-business reputation of Georgia.” Welcoming the sellout crowd, Georgia Chamber President and CEO Chris Clark described his vision for 2017. Clark cited early engagement in the 2018 election cycle, protecting and improving Georgia’s legal environment, and using the GeorgiaLeads program to strengthen Georgia’s workforce, as a few of his top priorities. Furthermore, Clark unveiled plans to expand the Chamber’s footprint in rural Georgia and take the their strategic plan statewide with the newly chartered “Authentic Georgia” initiative. “We are excited to announce that for the first time in our history, the Chamber will open a regional office in Tifton, Georgia in 2017,” Clark announced Tuesday. Attendees at the 2017 Eggs & Issues Breakfast were thrilled to welcome U.S Senator David Perdue via video address. Perdue elaborated on new opportunities to advance pro-business policies in our nation’s capital. Perdue told guests, “There is a sense of urgency in Washington to get things done and I’m excited to get to work.” The Chamber was also honored to welcome Governor Nathan Deal to Eggs & Issues and hear his plans for the 2017 legislative session. Under Governor Deal’s leadership, “Georgia” has become synonymous with job growth and economic prosperity, and his priorities for the upcoming year look to continue our state’s successes. In their addresses, both Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Speaker David Ralston pledged to continue keeping Georgia open for business while addressing needs for education reform and transportation investment, respectively. With over 2,300 attendees, the Georgia Chamber’s 2017 Eggs and Issues Breakfast was a resounding...read more
The Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (GACCE) is proud to announce its 2015-16 Executive Committee: Chair – Yulonda Darden Beauford, GCCE, Clayton County Chamber Chair-Elect – Daniel Jackson, GCCE, Carroll County Chamber First Vice Chair/Secretary – Tommy Jennings, Barrow County Chamber Second Vice Chair/Treasurer – Brian Anderson, GCCE, Greater Columbus Chamber Immediate Past Chair – Dinah Rowe, GCCE, Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County Chamber GACCE has also placed the following members on its Board of Directors: Region 1 – Denise Duncan, Pickens County Chamber Region 2 – Christie Haynes, Dawson County Chamber Region 3 – Stephanie Snodgrass, Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber Region 4 – Lori Showalter Smith, GCCE, Thomaston-Upson County Chamber Region 5 – Bob Hughes, Madison-Morgan County Chamber Region 6 – Roddie Anne Blackwell, Eatonton-Putnam Chamber Region 7 – Sue Parr, GCCE, Augusta Metro Chamber Region 7 – Tammy Shepherd, GCCE, Columbia County Chamber Region 8 – Angela Smith, Sumter County Chamber Region 9 – Keri Crosby, Baxley-Appling County Chamber Region 10 – Kyle Kornegay, Blakely-Early County Chamber Region 11 – Eva Byrd, Waycross-Ware County Chamber Region 12 – Mandy Harrison, Darien-McIntosh County Chamber Permanent Appointment – Chris Clark – Georgia Chamber Ex-Officio Appointment – Saralyn Stafford – Georgia DCA Ex-Officio Appointment – Mary Ellen McClanahan – GDEcD Ex-Officio Appointment – Kevin Shea – GEDA The following members were also placed on the Board to fill one-year appointments at the discretion of the GACCE Chair: April Bragg, Robins Regional Chamber Katerina Taylor, DeKalb Chamber Cindy Williams, Blairsville-Union County Chamber The 2015-16 Executive Committee and Board of Directors began their term July 1, 2015. The GACCE Board of Directors were officially announced during the association’s 2015 Executive Leadership Conference at Jekyll Island Club Hotel held last week. GACCE is the professional society of chamber executives and staff. The mission of GACCE is to educate, engage, and empower chamber...read more