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Manda Gwatney is 2018 Chairperson
Manda Gwatney will serve as Chair of the Chamber’s 2018 Board of Directors. Manda has been a solo practitioner at her own law firm since 2007. Her primary area of practice is as a Special Assistant Attorney General, representing state agencies in the area. She earned a Juris Doctor from Georgia State University of Law. Manda is in her second term as a member of the Chamber Board. She and her husband Michael have a daughter, Lora, who is a student at Fannin High School.
OTHER OFFICERS FOR 2018 INCLUDE:
Vice Chairman – Chairman Elect: Frankie Rigdon, ETC Communications Secretary: Lisa Vest, Hometown Foods IGA Treasurer: Rene’ Bidez, C.P.A. Past Chairman: Paul Gribble, Georgia Mountain Cabin Rentals
Newly Elected 2018 Board Members — Congratulations!
Three Year Term: Betsy Hyde, Fannin County School System; Dr. Jennifer Jabaley, Jabaley Eye Care; David Lillard, Mercier Orchards; Sandy Ott, University of North Georgia at Blue Ridge; Shannen Oyster, Oyster Fine Bamboo Fly Rods
One Year Term: Jenny Mundy, Dickey McCay Insurance; Brandon Holloway, Mountain Valley Community Bank
Invitations will be on the way soon!
$418.76 Savings to Every Fannin County Household Georgia Tech Economic Impact Study Says
Every Fannin County household saved $418.76 in 2016 property tax because of tourism, according to the Georgia Tech Economic Impact Study commissioned by the Chamber. Tourism generated more than $7 million in local and state tax revenues.
Direct visitor spending in 2016 reached $150 million: $34.2 million in Lodging $25.4 million in Transportation $61.5 million in Food Service
$17.6 million in Shopping
$11.7 million in Entertainment
In addition, one of every three jobs in Fannin County are supported by visitor spending, with a payroll of $24.5 million.
On an average day in 2016:
$93,150 was spent on lodging.
$410,960 was spent by visitors.
$19,178 in local and state tax revenues.
Ribbon Cuttings – Congratulations!
December 1 was the ribbon cutting for Blue Ridge Variety Mall. Located at 4177 East 1st St.,Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge Variety Mall is a charity thrift store offering a variety of items from clothing to furniture.
John E. Foster Realty is Fannin’s oldest real estate company, offering professional service since 1978. Blue Ridge Georgia, where art, culture and convenience is right around the corner, but solitude is at your doorstep.
Mountain Heaven Cabin is a beautifully decorated 2 bed 1 bath cabin on 2+ acres with views of the Rich Mountain Wilderness from the front door and offers a king-sized bed in the master bedroom and a daybed/trundle in the guest bedroom. Relax at the end of the day in the hot tub! Less than 10 minutes from downtown Blue Ridge, GA.
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