As 2014 comes to a close we can see the signs of economic recovery continue to grow into a strengthening economy. In Forsyth County, our unemployment rate has decreased to 5.4 percent. We saw 23 new and existing companies create 1,047 new jobs and invest nearly $104 million dollars in new capital investment.
With the economy in a steady upward turn, now is the time to seize the opportunities that recovery will bring. With your support, we will expand the reach of our economic development efforts. We will provide additional support to the fastest growing industry in our community healthcare. Now is the time to make additional investments in resources to encourage more visitors to our community by targeting the lucrative amateur sports market. We have made important strides in this area, but there is more work to do and expanding those efforts will yield real economic opportunity for our retail and
Economies are built on relationships and leadership. We are blessed to have both of these in Cumming and Forsyth County. The Chamber is an
integral part of facilitating those relationships and fostering strong leaders. Your Chamber is the sole economic development entity in our community. This streamlined approach to serving the needs of business clients gives us a competitive advantage. The partnership with the City, County and School System make us a strong player on a global stage. The Chamber will continue to work with leaders in Cumming and Forsyth County to concenter the process of business interaction with our local government to ensure it is clear to the region and the nation we have the most business-
friendly community in the country. Cumming and Forsyth County have already taken strong steps in that direction and I thank them for their continued support.
We have opportunities for growth in 2015. While the Chamber is on sound financial footing, the new services will require greater resources. While our membership numbers have recovered from the impact of the recession, we still have opportunities for growth and increasing our market share, especially in healthcare, international business and small business. The Chamber is our venue to channel the incredible collective resources of great business people to create economic opportunity for everyone. The opportunity is what makes us remarkable and sets us apart from so many places around the world. As incoming Chairman, I look forward to working with each of you to expand that opportunity for everyone in our community to reach their potential and achieve more than we could imagine.
HorizonsA publication of the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce
Northside Hospital-Forsyth Premier Corporate Sponsor
Forsyth County Government
Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta
Alpharetta Childrens Dentistry
jTech NetworksThe City of Cumming
Georgia PowerDeKalb Office
Lou Sobh Honda
2015: Letter from the Chairman
Atlanta Landscape Group
Mark Bond, Chairman,
Chamber Bd. of Dir.
2 HORIZONS January 2015
For almost 60 years, Hayes, James & Associates, Inc. has provided civil engineering, land planning and surveying based on a foundation of excellent service. In 1957, Clarence Higginbotham and Eugene Edwin James formed the land surveying company, Higginbotham and James Mapping Corporation. Their company was the second survey and engineering company to be incorporated in Gwinnett County.
In 1969, the firm incorporated as Hayes, James & Associates after Higginbotham left to become Gwinnett Countys first County Engineer. The Hayes, James & Associates corporate office is located in Norcross. The firm also maintains a location in Blue Ridge to better serve its clients in the north Georgia region. The firms current president, Mark Bond, is the 2015 Chairman of the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Since 1989, Hayes, James & Associates have continued to expand their services to a variety of market sectors. Their talented staff professionals have successfully guided thousands of diverse projects from concept to construction. The staff maintains a high level of technical knowledge and proficiency through daily work experiences and continuing education. This assures that the engineering documents, surveys and land plans produced by
the firm are of the highest quality.Hayes, James & Associates
employees take pride in their ability to communicate and work well with people. Their clients include municipal and county governments and residential, industrial and commercial developers. Their knowledge, experience and commitment to service has allowed for success and long lasting relationships. This is evidenced by 22 consecutive years of work for Forsyth County government.
Many of Hayes, James & Associates Forsyth County projects were designed to better the quality of life for county residents. Examples of these include the Fowler Membrane
Water Reclamation Facility and numerous recreational parks.
The Fowler Membrane plant project was the first water reclamation facility designed and developed by Forsyth County. Hayes, James & Associates was responsible for program management for the design, construction and operation of this urban water reuse system in Forsyth County with a value of approximately $27,000,000. The firm developed the preliminary design for the 2.5 MGD bio-membrane reactor treatment system and assisted the county in the development of the Request for
Proposals, selection of the Design/Build/Operate firm and contract negotiation. Other duties included the oversight of design 1and
construction activities, review and approval of payment applications and permitting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
Hayes, James & Associates also provided site civil engineering and construction phase services for Central Park, Chattahoochee Pointe Park, the Coal Mountain Park Miracle League Field and others. Additions and renovations were designed at Midway Park, Bennett Park and Sharon Springs Park. In addition to active recreation elements, many of these projects
included passive recreation opportunities.
In addition to the projects Hayes, James & Associates has worked on in Forsyth County, the firm is also a supporter of local economic development and quality of life. The company is a member of the Chambers Chairmans Cabinet, the prestigious Investors Council and has sponsored various Chamber functions such as the Annual Dinner & Celebration and the State of the County Address. The company also supports numerous
charities including the Relay for Life, the Gwinnett Childrens Shelter, the Appalachian Childrens Center and the Norcross Cooperative Ministries.
Hayes, James supports Forsyth
Midway Recreation Park
Fowler Membrane Water Reclamation Facility
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Partners in Education
On Monday, December 9, 2014 the communitys business and educational leaders gathered for the Annual Principal for a Day Luncheon. The event was presented by Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta.
During the month of November Forsyth County Schools principals provided community leaders with a unique opportunity to serve as a pr incipal in their schools for one day. The P r i n c i p a l f o r a D a y
Luncheon allowed each of t h e p r i n c i p a l s a n d c o m m u n i t y l e a d e r s t o reunite and reflect on their experiences.
At Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta, pediatrics is such a passion, stated Linda Cole, Senior Vice President of Operations at Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta. The opportunity to get to go into where they are doing their work every day was such a u n i q u e a n d e x c i t i n g opportunity.
Business Relationships are Principle for PrincipalsStan Vangilder of Georgia Power and Kelly Mill Elementary Principal, Ron McAllister participate in Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta Cape Day.
4 HORIZONS January 2015
Resolve to Get the Most Out of Your Membership
T is the season of New Years resolutions. All through January gyms will be crowded but Chamber events should be too because, as I tell many new Chamber members, your Chamber membership is very similar to a gym membership- the value you get is a result of the effort you put in. I frequently tell people that if you visit your gym sporadically you most likely come out feeling tired and frustrated. The same situation is true when utilizing your Chamber membership. You cannot see results until you consistently make the Chamber a part of your business operations. Similar to a
personal trainer, each Chamber member has a personal Membership Services Executive dedicated to helping you reach your professional goals. So this season, along with your other resolutions, resolve to get the most out of your Chamber membership. The first step is to spend some time with your Membership Services Executive putting together a Member
Engagement Plan. This plan will decide how you can best use your budget and time to receive the most value
from your membership.Perhaps the most
unique opportunity the
Chamber offers is for businesses to participate in distinct, community-wide events. Sponsoring these locally-focused
annual events is a marketing tactic that can set your business
apart from the rest. While there are multiple exciting options from the Celebration of Excellence Luncheon highlighting Forsyth County Sch