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Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce Awards Local Tourism Enhancement Grants

Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce Awards Local Tourism Enhancement Grants

The Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce awarded $1000.00 in local tourism enhancement grants to two Dodge County projects. A grant of $300.00 has been awarded to City of Chauncey for the restoration of the old Chauncey School, and a grant of $700.00 has been awarded to Pondtown Festival Association for the payment of artist fees for the 2014 Pondtown Festival.

The focus of the Local Tourism Enhancement grant is to strengthen and develop Dodge County's tourism portfolio, in order to attract more visitors and increase tourism’s economic impact throughout the county.

For more information on the Dodge County Local Tourism Enhancement grant, please call the Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce at 478-374-4723 or visit www.eastman-georgia.com.

Krispy Kreme Celebrates 76 Years Saturday

Krispy Kreme Celebrates 76 Years Saturday

(WXIA) -- In honor of its 76th birthday, Krispy Kreme is offering a second dozen glazed donuts for 76¢ to customers who purchase a dozen at regular price.

The offer is good on Saturday, July 13 at all Krispy Kreme locations in Georgia. No coupon is required.

Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce Announces Local Tourism Enhancement Grant

Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce Announces Local Tourism Enhancement Grant

June 21, 2013 – The Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce announced this week that it has up to $1000 available in local tourism enhancement grants to businesses, organizations, and individuals in Dodge County. The focus of the Local Tourism Enhancement grant is to strengthen and develop Dodge County's tourism portfolio, in order to attract more visitors and increase tourism’s economic impact throughout the county.

Leadership Dodge Focuses on Economic Impact of Healthcare

Leadership Dodge Focuses on Economic Impact of Healthcare

On June 11, 2013, Leadership Dodge held their session focusing on the economic impact of healthcare in Dodge County. Hosted and coordinated by Dodge County Hospital, the session discussed the importance of community support for the continual growth and financial stability of the hospital in relation to the economic development and growth of Dodge County. 

Freddie Dwozan, CEO of I.V. Care Options, Hospice Care Options, Inc., Medical Center Prescription Shop, and D&B Home Care, Inc. presented participants with an overall view of each of his companies’ operations and his passion for helping people heal. Dwozan described the origins of Camp Good Grief, a camp dedicated to helping children cope with grief following a loss in their lives. Funded by The Hospice Care Options Foundation, Camp Good Grief operates across southern Georgia, and the foundation also distributes “Brookie Bears” to grieving children to comfort them.

Forward Dodge Continues Progress

Forward Dodge Continues Progress

On Thursday, June 6, 2013, the Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce hosted a meeting of Forward Dodge. Phil Bearden presented a history of economic development in Dodge County focusing on the process from a state, regional, and local level. Bearden outlined why community involvement is an important component of the process as a support mechanism for the local chief economic developer, city and county officials, local authorities and state officials.

Task forces provided updates on the progress achieved since the May meeting, including exterior improvements to the spec building, working with DOT to develop welcome signage, continuing to map utilities, and identifying needs for future development in the airport area.

In today’s highly competitive environment, it is imperative to plan, communicate and implement a focused action plan.  Forward Dodge highlights specific areas needed for immediate action in maintaining and improving Dodge County’s many assets.

Leadership Dodge Attends Law Enforcement Session

Leadership Dodge Attends Law Enforcement Session

Leadership Dodge’s session on law enforcement was held Tuesday, May 14, 2013 with a focus on law enforcement and its economic impact on Dodge County. Sheriff Lynn Sheffield began with a tour of the new jail and discussed the sheriff department’s responsibilities, challenges, and cooperative efforts with city, state, and local agencies. The day ended at the courthouse with a discussion on the roles and duties, funding sources, and caseload of the Public Defender’s Office by Steve Harrison. District Attorney Vaughn described the duties and role of the District Attorney’s office.

The next Leadership Dodge class focuses on healthcare in Dodge County, and will be held June 11th.

For more information about the Leadership Dodge Program, please contact Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce at 478-374-4723 or visit www.eastman-georgia.com.

Local Business Experiences Job Boost From New Retailer Locating in Dodge County

Local Business Experiences Job Boost From New Retailer Locating in Dodge County

In the next week, Eastman residents will see the beginnings of the building housing the newest retailer to locate in Dodge County, Tractor Supply Company, and local construction firm, Graham and Studstill could not be happier.

Mark Studstill of Graham & Studstill serves as site work subcontractor on the Tractor Supply Company project. Studstill shared his enthusiasm for the economic boost his company and Dodge County has received as a result of the new building project, stating, “It’s an opportunity that this community needs to recognize the benefits of. Not too many new buildings have been constructed in the past few years. This money is staying local and adding new jobs for my company and this community. All of my employees are Dodge County residents.”