April 2016

Dalton Daily CItizen, ChamberLink

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Chamber Link April 2016 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 On March 10th, 2016, the Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority (JDA) and local leaders hosted Georgia's International Representatives for dinner at The Farm Golf Club. Georgia has representatives in 11 strategic markets located throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas, connecting Georgia to the world. These trade representatives assist Georgia companies with market assessments, locating and pre-qualifying appropriate partners and customers, providing free marketing insight and guidance on local business practices, and arranging in-country business appointments. They also assist foreign companies looking to establish business or man- ufacturing operations in Georgia. There were 17 International Representatives on-hand for the March 10th dinner representing: Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Europe, Japan, South Korea, and Mexico. Also in attendance were select members of the Georgia Department of Economic Development Staff, including Deputy Commissioner of International Affairs, Ember Bishop and Commissioner of Economic Development, Chris Carr. Commissioner Carr and Executive Director of the JDA, Carl Campbell, made brief remarks to the group before dinner. We would like to thank the following local leaders for their attendance and support of economic development in Whitfield County: Lisa Adkisson (Georgia Department of Labor), Commission Chairman Mike Babb (Whitfield County), Ralph Boe (ArrowStar), Andreas Bruhwiler (ALROL of America), Mark Buckner (Dalton Utilities), Tom Bundros (Dalton Utilities), Elyse Davis (Georgia Power), Bryan Griffin (Georgia Power), Kevin Harris (ArrowStar & JDA Board Chairman), Bob Kinard (Kinard Realty & JDA Board Member), Ben Laughter (Bennie M. Laughter, LLC), Lynn Laughter (Laughter & Jones Financial Management & County Commissioner), Mayor Dennis Mock (City of Dalton), Debbie Mock, Commissioner Brittany Pittman (Murray County), David Renz (Bentcreek Sales & JDA Board Member), Ty Ross (City of Dalton), Harriette Stokes (North Georgia EMC), Kathryn West (North Georgia EMC), and Joe Yarbrough (Carpet & Rug Institute). To see more pictures from the event, visit the JDA Facebook page at Dalton Hosts Georgia's International Representatives

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