The August Network Luncheon was held Thursday, August 11, 2016 at Albert E. Harrison Hall. The luncheon was sponsored by Piedmont Mountainside Hospital – a not-for-profit 52-bed, acute care, community hospital located in Jasper, Georgia. Piedmont Mountainside offers intensive care, 24-hour emergency services with 15 beds and a fast track area and is a Certified Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. Piedmont Mountainside is dedicated to delivering unsurpassed medical care to the residents of surrounding communities. For more information on Piedmont Mountainside, visit piedmontmountainside.org or call 706-692-2441.
Our speaker at the August Luncheon was Commissioner Mark Butler, with the Georgia Department Labor. He shared information about employment and unemployment trends in Gilmer County. Commissioner Butler shared with chamber members that the Gilmer County June 2016 preliminary unemployment rate was 5.6 percent and that Gilmer’s labor force in June totaled 11, 995, the number of employed was 11,318, and unemployed 677. The June 2016 unemployment rate ranked 50th lowest in the state. He also shared that during the fourth quarter 2015, the industries with the most jobs in Gilmer County included manufacturing, 1,341, accommodation and food service, 1,292, retail trade, 1,188, local government, 1,012, and health care and social assistance, 739. Based upon 2015 annual data, Gilmer County’s average weekly wage ($563) ranked 139th in the state and average monthly employment ranked 66th in the state.
Following our speaker, our August Social Star winner was announced. Dan Parker- Remax Town & Country tackles one of the most challenging industries that someone could choose to call a career, Real Estate. To take on the world of social media in this competitive industry is an entire new level of challenge. Social media has changed the way realtors do business. Sometimes all it can take is posting a listing on Facebook, and in less than 24 hours, you may have a contract. People say that laughter is the best medicine, and this member uses humor to keep people engaged with his Facebook page, while also promoting available properties in the North Georgia area. He uses social media to the full extent possible to compete in the real estate industry, and that is why Mr. Dan is our August social star.
The luncheon was catered by Mr. P’s Takeout/Main Street Catering. We enjoyed a delicious lunch of chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, cole slaw and two desserts apple cake and chocolate eclair cake. Mr. P’s Takeout/Main Street Catering is located at 295 North Main Street, Ellijay. Be sure to like them on Facebook.
Our next luncheon will be held September 8, 2016 at the ETC Pavilion. Our sponsor will be Chattahoochee Technical College, and our speaker will be Charlie Paris, Chairman, Gilmer County Board of Commissioners. He will be presenting his annual State of the County address to chamber members. Click here for more information and to register to attend the event.