Carroll County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Daniel Jackson said this year has been a successful one economic development.
“In general terms, we had a very good year for the chamber, Carroll Tomorrow and the Burson Center,” said Jackson. “In terms of economic development, we had a big year highlighted with the opening of Colorado Premium. We also had several other existing industries who grew and expanded and others are considering expansion projects in 2018.”
Jackson said the retail, service industry, restaurant, and hotel sectors all experienced growth, expansion and new businesses openings.
He singled out the Burson Center as having a very good year highlighted by receiving an internal award in March. Jackson said the Tinker’s Box should be open and operating by the end of the first quarter of 2018.
“The chamber leadership programs went well with impressive participants and excellent programs,” he said. “The Legislative Affairs Committee kept us connected with local, state, and U.S. elected officials and informed on legislative activity. Carroll County continues to be a leader not only in Georgia but in the nation related to workforce development. The Workforce Education Task Force, the Carroll County Education Collaborative, the 2nd Annual Education Summit, the opportunity to present at Harvard’s JFF conference, and the recent national recognition and award for youth work-based work all demonstrate the value and importance this community places on workforce development.”
He noted the success of the chamber’s #thinkcarrollfirst campaign and said they are looking to further promote and enhance that initiative in 2018.
Jackson said the chamber had many outstanding programs this year highlighted by outstanding speakers such as the Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Gretchen Corbin and the new director of the CDC, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald.
“The success of any organization or community ultimately is tied to leadership and this is a community blessed with visionary and gifted leaders,” said Jackson.