News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

 Fannin County Chamber of Commerce
December 2017 Newsletter
News for Members
Leading the way to economic vitality and quality of life in Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Morganton and all of beautiful Fannin County, Georgia.

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.

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! 

Business After Hours

$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 RidgeBlue Ridge Variety Mall is a charity thrift store offering a variety of items from clothing to furniture.

Welcome New Members!
John E. Foster Realty & Appraisal
P.O. Box 310
Morganton, GA, 30560
John E. Foster
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

P.O. Box 72
Cherry Log, GA, 30522
Sandra Parrish Rink or Doug Rink
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.

Painted Pony Trading Co.

Mary Kirkconnell
Painted Pony Trading Company offers turquoise jewelry, unique clothing, arts and primitive crafts, along with home goods and wellness gifts.
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Recon Investment Strategies

James Oliver Cox IV
Recon Investment Strategies is a wealth management and retirement solutions firm. From investments to retirement to insurance, the decisions can be overwhelming. Whether you have significant assets to manage-or if you are just starting to accumulate wealth-they have the tools and background to provide the services that may fit your needs.

December Community Events Calendar
November 18 – January 6 – Holiday Show and Sale, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
November 23 – December 30 – Mountain Country Christmas in Lights, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
November 24 – December 17 – Gingerbread Village Display, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
November 24 – December 10 – White Christmas, Blue Ridge Community Theater
December 5 – Chorus Christmas Concert, Fannin Performing Arts Center
December 8-9 – Fannin County High School White Christmas Production,Fannin Performing Arts Center
December 9 – Holiday Shopping in Downtown Blue Ridge, Downtown Blue Ridge and Sycamore Crossing
December 9-10 – Santa Express Train Ride, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
December 9-10 – Christmas Trees, Southern Tree Plantation
December 12 – Three Guys and a Stage, Harvest on Main
December 13 – Christmas Hayride, Lebanon Baptist Church
December 15 – A Classic Frank Sinatra Christmas Show, Blue Ridge Community Theater
December 15 – Town Wide Caroling, Downtown Blue Ridge
December 16 – Santa’s Elves and More, Downtown Blue Ridge
December 16 – Carols by Candlelight Concert, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
December 16-17 – Christmas Trees, Southern Tree Plantation
December 16-23 – Santa Express Train Ride, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
December 16 – Visit Santa, Downtown Blue Ridge Gazebo
December 21-23 – Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!), Blue Ridge Community Theater
December 22 – Back Sliders Trombone Quartet, Sycamore Crossing in Downtown Blue Ridge
December 23 – Christmas Trees, Southern Tree Plantation
December 23-24 – Live Nativity, Seventh-day Adventist Church in Morganton
December 23 – Barbershop Quartet and More, Downtown Blue Ridge
December 31 – New Year’s Eve Train, Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad
December 31 – New Year’s Eve Gala, Brasstown Valley Resort
December 31 – New Year’s Eve Bash, Lodge at Copperhead
December 31 – New Year’s Eve Party, Bear Claw Vineyards
Recurring Events
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern


Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Brewery Tours & TastingsThursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing CompanyGrumpy Old Men and Mercier Orchards.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing
In This Issue
2018 Board Members
34th Annual Banquet
Business After Hours
Ribbon Cuttings
Welcome New Members
Community Events Calendar


Chamber Events
December 5 – Ribbon Cutting for Blue Ridge Cotton Company and gather, 550 East Main St., Blue Ridge
10:00 a.m.
December 6 – Lunch N Leads at Blue Jeans Pizza and Pasta Factory
12:00 p.m.
December 7 – Ambassador Lunch at Black Sheep Restaurant, 480 West Main St., Blue Ridge
12:00 p.m.
December 13 – Ribbon Cutting for Dr. Bloch and Dr. Thompson at Fannin Regional Hospital, 2855 Old Hwy. 5 
Ste. 108, Blue Ridge
10:30 a.m.
December 19 – Business After Hours at Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 West Main St., Blue Ridge
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

December 20 –  Board of Directors Meeting, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, Executive Board Meeting at 11:00 a.m., Board Meeting at 12:00 p.m.

December 25 – Christmas Day, Welcome Centers Closed
Member Renewals
 Thank you!
Appalachian Electronics, LLC/Steren Electronics Solutions
Appalachian Physicians Group -Dr. Hamidreza Doroodchi,Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
Benchmark Physical Therapy
Better Home and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers
Blue Ridge Dental
Blue Ridge Knife Company
Blue Ridge Lodge & RV Park
Bridgestreet Lending
Brotherhood Oil Quick Lube and Tire Center
Calvary Chapel Blue Ridge
Comfort Inn & Suites
Fishbone Studio
G & N Iron
Getaway Valet
Johnson Paving, LLC
Miller Well Drilling
Mountain Area Recommended Contractors & Provdiers
Mountain Place Home Management


Serenity Luxury Suites

Temple Baptist Church
Teresa Bidez, Coldwell Banker High Country Realty
The Track Shack
Toccoa House Properties, LLC
Turning Leaf – A Fine Art Gallery
Winkler & Winkler
Member Ads
White Christmas Poster
A Bryan White Christmas
Christmas Party at 5 Star
New Year_s Eve Train
New Year_s Eve Party at Bear Claw

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