Chamber of Commerce Goes to School


Chamber Board checks out the three-dimensional beating heart, one of the biology lessons on Z-Space


Chamber of Commerce members take an anatomy lesson on Z-Space, the virtual reality technology which Fannin County School System obtained through ESPLOST funding.  At this time, only FCMS has Z-Space.  A future goal of the school system is obtaining Z-Space for FCHS.

Fannin County Chamber of Commerce went to FCHS on Wednesday, Sept. 21st  to learn about how ESPLOST affects technology and facilities in the Fannin County School System.  ESPLOST is the 1₵ sales tax which can only go to capital outlay for the Fannin County School System.  Last year it went towards improvements like the FCHS gym.  This year, Fannin County School System will build its $3 million Agriculture and Environmental Science facility with ESPLOST money.  Fannin County School System estimates that ESPLOST  will bring $4,790,939,12 this year.

Superintendent Mark Henson credits the multi-million dollar ESPLOST fund to the Chamber of Commerce and  its great work in promoting Fannin County as a tourist destination.  The visit to FCHS allowed the Chamber to see its tourism efforts translated into tangible results for Fannin’s children.  Currently, collaboration between the School Board and the school system is enhanced though

Cynthia Panter, Executive Director of School Board.  She is also Chair of the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce.

In other information from the meeting –

Wednesday, Oct. 5th is the is the annual Community Service Collaboration Conference at the Kiwanis Fairground. All community service organizations in the area will be sharing their missions, goals, programs and knowledge with each other.

Paul Gribble gave an analysis of the recent Blues and Barbeque.  He said that this year’s festival raised more money that it ever had for Snack in a Pack.

Manda Gwatney said that the Chamber is organizing a Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast for Fannin County State Patrol, Sheriff’s Office and municipal police officers in November.  The date is yet undecided.




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