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Monthly Archives: October 2017

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DeKalb Chamber Urges Residents to Vote in General Election

DeKalb Chamber Urges Residents to Vote in General Election

DECATUR, Ga., Oct. 23, 2017 – The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce calls for local residents to participate in the upcoming General Election on November 7.

On the ballot, voters will decide whether to adopt a new equalized homestead options sales tax (EHOST) that will reduce property taxes for homeowners; to impose a six-year special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) that will generate funds for the county’s capital projects; and to continue to freeze property taxes for the duration of the SPLOST.

The DeKalb County SPLOST is expected to generate $388 million; each city in DeKalb will receive a portion of $248.7 million based on population.

“With a backlog of more than 318 miles of road to pave, the SPLOST will help provide the resources we need to fix our roads,” said Frederick L. Daniels, Jr., Chamber Board Chairman. “The SPLOST referendum must pass in order for us to raise the necessary funds for infrastructure, public safety and other needs.”

“This election is critical to the future development of DeKalb County and we encourage all residents to get out and vote,” said Katerina Taylor, Chamber President and CEO. “As we work to attract, promote and sustain business and economic development in DeKalb, we must enhance the quality of place for those who currently and potentially have a stake in the county. A ‘yes’ vote for the SPLOST will help grow our businesses and encourage future development.”

DeKalb early voting runs through November 3. For polling locations and more information, visit www.dekalbvotes.com.

To view the full SPLOST project list, visit www.dekalbcountyga.gov/splost.

ABOUT DEKALB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based organization with the mission to support, promote and sustain business development in DeKalb County. With 79 years of service in the community, DeKalb Chamber focuses on four critical areas including education, workforce and economic development, public policy, and business member services. We are the primary resource for businesses in DeKalb County. For more information on DeKalb Chamber, please visit their website at www.dekalbchamber.org or call 404-378-8000.

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DeKalb Chamber Board Chairman Appointed to Executive Committee of National Transit Association

DeKalb Chamber Board Chairman Appointed to Executive Committee of National Transit Association

DECATUR, Ga., Oct. 26, 2017 – DeKalb Chamber Board Chairman Frederick L. Daniels, Jr., has been named to the executive committee of the American Public Transportation Association, an association that advocates for public transportation. He will serve a two-year term as an at-large member of the board.

“In his time serving as our Board Chairman, Fred has proven himself as a strategic and decisive leader and we know he will represent DeKalb County well in this endeavor,” said Katerina Taylor, President and CEO of the DeKalb Chamber. “Fred’s leadership and unique experience on the APTA board will be beneficial for our region as we look to expand MARTA and explore other transportation needs.”

“I am honored to serve on the APTA executive committee, as this service will allow me to continue to advocate for more transit in DeKalb, the Region and throughout the nation,” said Daniels.

Daniels is the Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Citizens Trust Bank and represents DeKalb County on the MARTA board of directors. He served a two-year term as the MARTA Board Chair in 2011 and 2012.

He is an advocate for economic empowerment and has served on the boards for South DeKalb Business Association, Partnership for Community Action, Greater Atlanta Urban League, and East DeKalb Community Improvement District.

For more information on Daniels and to download his head shot and bio, click here.

ABOUT DEKALB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based organization with the mission to support, promote and sustain business development in DeKalb County. With 79 years of service in the community, DeKalb Chamber focuses on four critical areas including education, workforce and economic development, public policy, and business member services. We are the primary resource for businesses in DeKalb County. For more information on DeKalb Chamber, please visit their website at www.dekalbchamber.org or call 404-378-8000.

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DeKalb Chamber President Receives Power25 Award from Walker’s Legacy

DeKalb Chamber President Receives Power25 Award from Walker’s Legacy

DECATUR, Ga., Oct. 17, 2017 – Katerina Taylor, President & CEO of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, received a Walker’s Legacy Power25 Award, a national award that recognizes the achievements of local business and community leaders. Recipients of the Walker’s Legacy Power25 Atlanta Awards are women who have thrived in an array of industries, including technology, media, corporate, business, and education.

Walker’s Legacy is a global platform for the professional and entrepreneurial multicultural woman. The organization inspires, equips and engages through thought-provoking content, educational programming, and a global community. The Power 25 honor was given to 25 women in major metropolitan cities across the country, including Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and New York City.

As the first-female President of DeKalb Chamber, Taylor has sustained the financial health of the DeKalb Chamber, increasing operational efficiency, increasing the organization’s overall budget, and developing a more progressive and valuable programming. Taylor also established the WELD Program, Women Executive Leaders of DeKalb, a resource group to address women in business and their unique challenges and opportunities, and the DeKalb Chamber MiniMag, a digital publication shinning a spotlight on Emerging Entrepreneurs.

To download a headshot and/or a bio of Taylor, click here.

ABOUT DEKALB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based organization with the mission to support, promote and sustain business development in DeKalb County. With 79 years of service in the community, DeKalb Chamber focuses on four critical areas including education, workforce and economic development, public policy, and business member services. We are the primary resource for businesses in DeKalb County. For more information on DeKalb Chamber, please visit their website at www.dekalbchamber.org or call 404-378-8000.

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PRIME Business Advisors — Harnessing the Power of Networking

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce is excited to share our October digital magazine featuring Pete Hajjar, Founder and Profit Growth Expert of PRIME Business Advisors. Pete is an active member of DeKalb Chamber, also serving as a member of the Board of Directors; Co-Chair of the Small Business Advisory Council; and a member of the Governmental Affairs Committee. In this issue, Pete discusses how PRIME Business Advisors leverages its membership to find success through Chamber networking opportunities.

 

 

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DeKalb Schools Superintendent to Deliver State of the District Address

DeKalb Schools Superintendent to Deliver State of the District Address

DECATUR, Ga., Oct. 4, 2017 – Dr. R. Stephen Green, DeKalb County School District Superintendent, will deliver the 2017 State of the District to more than 100 business and community leaders on Thursday, Oct. 12.

The State of the District Address will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Stone Ridge Event Center on 1750 Stone Ridge Drive, Suite A in Stone Mountain. Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green will discuss the school district’s E-SPLOST projects and progress, five-year accreditation, new marketing campaign and more.

“With Dr. Green at the helm of the DeKalb County School District, our schools have shown major improvements,” said Katerina Taylor, President and CEO of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce. “This district address will highlight Dr. Green’s work to propel our students for success and provide an update on the major projects underway as a result of E-SPLOST.”

The district address is open to the public. Tickets to attend are $45 for Chamber members and $55 for nonmembers. To purchase your tickets, please visit bit.ly/2017dcsdaddress.

For more information on the State of the District Address, please contact Emily Yang at eyang@dekalbchamber.org or 404-378-8000.

ABOUT DEKALB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based organization with the mission to support, promote and sustain business development in DeKalb County. With 79 years of service in the community, DeKalb Chamber focuses on four critical areas including education, workforce and economic development, public policy, and business member services. We are the primary resource for businesses in DeKalb County. For more information on DeKalb Chamber, please visit their website at www.dekalbchamber.org or call 404-378-8000.

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