August 2015

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Chamber Link August 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 As an upcoming senior in college with graduation just around the corner, interning for the Dalton- Whitfield County Joint Development Authority (JDA) and Chamber of Commerce has been an extremely rewarding experi- ence. I have been interning with the JDA since early June. The weekend before my first day was nerve-racking. As Monday morning came approaching fast I was more nervous than ever before and all I could do was wonder. I wondered if my outfit was business professional enough, wondered if everyone would be nice and wondered what kind of stuff I would have to do. Would I be one of those interns there to fetch people's coffee, copy and fax stuff? My first day went completely different than I had ever expected. It was amazing! Everybody at the office was nice and helpful. The work I was assigned I enjoyed, as well as, being benefical. In case you were wondering my outfit was perfectly fine, and I never had to fetch their coffee. They also treated me as an equal member of their amazing team. Not many people can say they enjoy the work they do, but while I interned at the JDA I enjoyed all the work I did. Working for the JDA has helped me improve and broaden my skills in a variety of ways. Anywhere from improving my Microsoft Office skills, to communicating with people in the office and com- munity efficiently, and to updating, redesigning and designing marketing pieces for the chamber and other local businesses. All of which will benefit me in the future as I begin my career path. Not only has the internship benefited me, but I also enjoyed every minute of it. Everyone has been extremely nice, helpful, believed in me and wanted to help me learn and grow. My bosses and coworkers are absolutely incredible and personable. Not many people can say their bosses surprise them with giant cups of Starbucks coffee or take them to lunch but mine do! My Internship Experiance Guest Column by Michala Eskew The Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority offers 1-2 summer intern positions every year. Visit our website ( or email Summer Nix ( for more infomraiton.

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