July 2015

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Chamber Link July 2015 10 Economic Development The Mission of the Dalton - Whitfield County Joint Development Authority is to facilitate the long-term, positive eco- nomic growth of the community by attracting/retaining jobs, diverse investments and growing the tax base. The Development Authority repre- sents a public-private partnership funded by Whitfield County, City of Dalton and Grow Greater Dalton. BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chair: Kevin Harris - ArrowStar LLC Vice Chair: Lamar Lyle – Lyle Industries Secretary-Treasurer: Frank Robertson – Robertson and Company Bill Davies – BB&T Bob Kinard - Kinard Realty, Inc. David Renz - Bentcreek Sales Inc. Frank Robertson – Robertson and Company Sara "Skeeter" Pierce – Lawson Winchester Wealth Management STAFF Carl Campbell Executive Director, Economic Development Summer Nix Project Manager Barbara Ward Director of Workforce Development Guest Column by: Anna Kate Sisson, Summer Intern My experience interning with the JDA was a series of firsts. I actually began working with the Dalton- Whitfield Joint Development Authority in March of my senior year at Dalton High School. This is the first time a high school student has been an intern in economic devel- opment. Also, it was my first part time job. On my first day, I had no idea what to expect. A thousand different scenarios raced through my mind of how my day could go. Would I be able to handle all of my tasks? Will I get along with my coworkers? Will my boss like me? I definitely did not want to ruin this opportunity. My first day went amazingly well, and each day that followed I continued to learn and grow more comfortable. I enjoyed working with my boss, Summer, and all of the staff of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce; when I was offered the summer internship, there was no hesitation. Once again, this is the first time that a college freshman has ever been a summer intern- typically it is junior and senior college students. Working at the JDA has taught me so many valuable skills that will help me be a successful student in my quickly approaching college years. I have become more familiar with all of the Microsoft office programs as I have updated and designed numerous marketing pieces and profiles. I have been introduced to many software pro- grams that I never knew existed which are actually quite impressive and can be used for numerous projects. I am never bored. There is always something to do, something to improve, or someone to help. Whether I am helping prepare for a prospect visit, updating our Community Profile, or out in the community collecting Cost of Living Index information, there is always something different to be done. I have definitely broadened my horizon of the world of business. I have learned incredible communication skills, independence, organi- zational skills, time management, and each day the list continues to grow. The best part of working with the JDA is the people that I work with. Carl Campbell and Summer Nix are absolutely fabulous. They are incredibly easy to talk to and share ideas with- which I have learned is extremely important in the business world. They always check in to see if I have questions or if they can help me in any way, shape, or form. I could not have asked for two better people to work for or a better company to gain experience with. Interning with the JDA

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