New Fannin Youth Initiative

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Blue Ridge, Ga. – Life and career skills are something that all youth need when moving into adulthood, and thanks to a new innovative program some of the youth of Fannin County will have an opportunity to have a jump start on these skills as they work their way through high school.

Executive Director of the Development Authority, Christie Gribble, unveiled a new program aimed at garnering knowledge of real world situations and providing high school age children with an in-depth look at our local community.

“A function of economic development is workforce and community development,” Gribble spoke of the new project and the inspiration she received from attending the Leadership Fannin program, “As a local to Fannin County I learned a lot about the community.”

Leadership Fannin is an annual program hosted by the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce in which community members are nominated to participate in. Each yearly group is exposed to an indepth look at Fannin County through site visits and speakers on a variety of topics.

Gribble’s youth program dubbed the Fannin Youth Initiative (FYI), will be based on the Leadership Fannin program but geared toward a younger audience.

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Executive Director Christie Gribble tells the Board of Commissioners about the new Fannin Youth Initiative.

Students at Fannin County High School, grades 10 and 11, are eligible to apply. In its inaugural year FYI had 13 applicants.

The program itself is a partnership between the Fannin County School System, the Chamber of Commerce, the Development Authority, and a network of volunteers.

“This is a free program for students. It’s paid for by sponsorships,” Gribble said of the no cost opportunity, “We had sponsorships from TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) and Blue Ridge Mountain EMC this year.”

Students will be paired with a mentor for guidance and will get firsthand knowledge of economic development, entrepreneurship, small business, and tourism in our community.

According to Gribble one of the goals is to “help these students understand what you can do in the community if you do decide to stay and build a career here, or if you go off to college and want to come back. I want to show some success stories.”

Beyond being able to get out and meet with local workers, students will also be shown a variety of life skills needed to function as adults.

“We will show these students where you go to vote, jury duty, where you go to pay taxes, building permits,” Gribble spoke of students visiting the Fannin County Courthouse during the program. “These are things that not a lot of high school students know about.”

Participants will also get a firsthand look into state government with a trip to the Georgia State Capitol building.

Gribble noted that there will be school visits as well, and volunteers in the group will teach students about career building skills: “We will go into the school on a occasion and do some professional development such as communication skills, resume building, and interviewing skills.”

The program is set to begin Jan. 25 and run through April or May of this year. If all goes well with the inaugural “test run” of FYI, both the school and partnerships are open to expansion and possibly offering the program twice a year.


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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce June Newsletter

Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  Newsletter
June 2017

Leading the way to economic vitality and quality of life in Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Morganton and all of beautiful Fannin County, Georgia. Together we prosper.

Tuesday, June 20
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Vault Blue Ridge logo
260 West Main St.- Blue Ridge

Congratulations Leadership Fannin 2017

“This class was very engaged and enthusiastic from day one. I know they will be a wonderfully positive influence on our community.” – Wanda Dostall
Congratulations to the steering committee and participants of Leadership Fannin 2017! The Leadership Fannin is coordinated by Wanda Dostall. The 2017 Steering Committee members included: Mark Belongie, Chairman
Eddie Ayers and Lynn Dwyer, Knowing Your Community;
Sarah Dunn, Social Services;
Lou Ann Potito, Health Care;
Heather Finley, Education;
Dana Chastain, Local Government;
Christie Arp, Economic Development and
Jan Hackett and Paul Gribble, Tourism
Members of the Class of 2017
Ken Banwart, Heartwood Health, Art and Yoga; Ryan Beadnell, Harvest on Main; Connie Clark; Dawn Cochran, Fannin County Tax Assessors Office; Jeff DePaola, Mountain Place Realty; Kelly Devine, Coldwell Banker High Country Realty;  John Drullinger, Fannin County Animal Control; Tony Dyer, Park Sterling Bank; Pam Fink, LG Web Consulting; Courtnie Fowler, Mountain Top Cabin Rentals; Toots Greene; Kayla Garceau, Serenberry Vineyards;  Gene Holcombe, Blue Ridge Bed & Breakfast; Shannon Miller, Fannin County Board of Education; Ginger Mize; Don Mull; Brian Mundy, Mundy Heat & Air; Nancy Norton; Sandy Ott, University of North Georgia; Mel Rothchild; Cindy Stone, United Community Bank; Rita Suiter, Mercier Orchards;  and Richard Turner, Masseria.

Newsworthy …
Fannin Regional/Riverstone Merger
David Sanders, CEO of Fannin Regional Hospital, announced the merger of Fannin Regional Hospital with Riverstone MDPC to create Riverstone Medical Group.  Fannin Regional Hospital is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary with over 300 employees and an economic impact of over $100 million a year. “It certainly is our intent to continue to grow and expand services here locally and continue to have that positive impact.” – David Sanders

Keep Fannin Beautiful: Adopt-A-Road!

Interested in helping? Civic-minded organizations, businesses and individuals can adopt a stretch of county road in the community where they are living or elsewhere in the county. For more information on the Adopt-A-Road program, CLICK HERE.

Also, beginning June 1st, the Fannin County Land Development Office  will issue citations to garbage haulers who do not have garbage properly tarped or covered. This measure along with the Fannin County Adopt-A-Road program is a great way to help keep our roads clean!

Check Out the Trout Art Trail!

Blue Ridge has 9 beautiful trout sculptures produced by local artists for the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association — and they are on view in downtown and at the Chamber Welcome Center on Orvin Lance Drive. Open and print the map above to discover all nine!

Welcome New Members!

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Lularoe Spring Creek Boutique
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June Community Events Calendar
May 13 – June 10 SAAG Spring Art Show, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
May 18-June 4 No Sex Please, We’re British, Blue Ridge Community Theater
June 2Downtown Drum Circle, Downtown Blue Ridge
June 2Senior Fishing Rodeo, Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery
June 3 16th Annual Burra Burra Kids Carnival, Ducktown Basin Museum
June 3Family Fishing Festival, Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery
June 3 Breathe Deep, Move to the Groove Concert, Mercier Orchards
June 3 St. Luke’s Anniversary Concert, St. Lukes Episcopal Church
June 4 Firefly Music & Treo of Blue Ridge presents a Wine Pairing Music Event, Treo Blue Ridge
June 9 Second Saturday Merchant Walk, Downtown Blue Ridge
June 9 Movies in the Park presents Moana, Downtown City Park
June 9-11Gemini Music Fest Concert, Fox Mountain Artist Retreat & Campground
June 10Maria Howell & Noel Freidline Concert, Blue Ridge Community Theater
June 14-18Dancing Tree Festival 2017, Heartwood Community
June 17-July 22 Community Quilt and Fiber Arts Exhibit, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
June 17Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
June 18Sunday Supper on The Farm, The Cook’s Farm
June 23Classic Car Cruise-In, Dairy Queen
June 24Firefly Music presents Wade Hayes in Concert, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
June 30Firecracker Special Train Ride, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
July 1 Fireworks at Lake Blue Ridge, Lake Blue Ridge Marina
Recurring Events
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern


* Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Pickin’ In Horseshoe Bend Park
*Blue Ridge Farmers Market, Downtown Blue Ridge
* Brewery Tours & Tastings: Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing CompanyGrumpy Old Men and Mercier Orchards.
* Swan Drive-inNow Playing
In This Issue
Business After Hours
Leadership Fannin Class of 2017
Trout Art Trail
New Members
Community Events Calendar

Chamber Events
June 6 – Ribbon Cutting for CK Laboratories, 51 Overview Dr., Blue Ridge
10:00 a.m.
June 7 – Lunch N Leads, Blue Jeans Pizza and Pasta Factory
12:00 p.m.
June 8 – Ribbon Cutting for Cloud Hopper Aerial Pix, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce
10:00 a.m.
June 13 – Ribbon Cutting for MNM Cleaning & Management Services, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce
10:00 a.m.
June 13 – Golf Committee Meeting, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce
12:00 p.m.
June 14 – Board of Directors Meeting, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, Executive Committee Meeting at 11:00 a.m., Board Meeting at 12:00 p.m.
June 15 – Ribbon Cutting for The Mountain Life/Keller Williams Team, 1665 Appalachian Hwy., Blue Ridge
10:00 a.m.
June 20 – Business After Hours at The Vault Blue Ridge, 260 West Main St., Blue Ridge
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
June 22 – Ambassador Lunch, Location TBD
12:00 p.m.
Membership Renewals
Thank you!
3 Monkeys Antiques, Inc
Allie Harper
AngelFire 7 BBQ

Appalachian Physicians Group – Dr. Clifford Thompson and Dr. Jonathan Bloch, F.A.C.S.General Surgery

Appalachian Physicians Group – Dr. Emily Sue Burnham, Internal Medicine
Aska Lodge B&B, LLC
Best Solar Control
Blue Ridge Bird Seed Company
Blue Ridge Brewery
Blue Ridge Community Theater
Blue Ridge Cotton Company
Blue Ridge Flowers
Blue Ridge Framing Company
Blue Ridge Mineral Springs RV Park and Tent Camping
Blue Ridge Mountain Outfitters – Copperhill
Blue Ridge Village
Broadview Cove Apartments

Carol L. Smith – Coldwell Banker / High Coun

try Realty
Chester Brunnemeyer’s Bar & Grill
Copperhill Country Cabins
Eagles Rest
Edward Jones, Amanda Payne
Edwin C. Pound, III, MD, PC
Family Life Chiropractic Center
Fannin County Empty Stocking Program, Inc.
Free Time Hobbies
Georgia Foothills Hand Surgery
Gracious Me!
Hilburn Solutions, Inc.
Hometown Foods IGA
Iron Bridge General Store & Cafe
Jon Ron Toccoa River Outfitters
Kimberly Bruner, Coldwell Banker High Country Realty
Morganton Grill
Mountain Gateway Appraisal
Mountain Laurel Cabin Rentals
Mountain Property Limited
Multitudes Gallery
Nancy MacLean, Century 21 In The Mountains
Nevaeh Cabin Rentals
New Blue Home & Gift
North GA Stone
Nottely River Valley Vineyards
Out of the Blue, Inc.
RE/MAX – Town & Country
Reel’em In Guide Service
Rum Cake Lady Bakery & Cuban Cafe
Serenity in the Mountains Hair, Nails & Body Spa
Shamrock Septic Service
Southern Car & Truck Center
Stan Hamm, Real Estate Around the Mountains
The Diamond Center
The Mail Box Company
The Toccoa Lodge
The Vault of Blue Ridge, LLC
Toccoa Riverside Restaurant
Tupelo Tea
Zip Line Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge
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