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Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Emerging Technologies Groundbreaking Ceremony Held at Chattahoochee Tech

October 23, 2020

Community leaders gathered with Chattahoochee Technical College staff and faculty for a groundbreaking ceremony held Thursday, Oct. 15, at the North Metro Campus for the college’s $8,905,000 Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Emerging Technologies.

Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Commissioner Greg Dozier and Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce Chair Josh Brock served as two of the featured speakers at this event.  Also delivering remarks were Chattahoochee Tech Board of Directors Former Chair Jim Hawk and Chattahoochee Tech Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Mark Goddard, along with Scott Gordon, of Clark Patterson Lee, and Tom Gay, of Gay Construction. Representing the college in the groundbreaking ceremony was Chattahoochee Tech President Dr. Ron Newcomb.

“Local industries have an increasing need for a trained workforce in advanced manufacturing technologies,” said Dr. Ron Newcomb. “This facility will be dedicated to advanced manufacturing training, and will allow us to answer employer needs within our community.”

Dr. Ron Newcomb, Chattahoochee Tech President

The 20,001-square-foot Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Emerging Technologies will house the college’s Precision Machining and Manufacturing program as well as the Industrial Maintenance and Electrical Technology program. This facility also will feature high-tech labs in emerging technologies and robotics. Non-credit skilled workforce training in industrial maintenance will be available for local industry in this facility through the college’s Office of Economic Development.

For more information, visit www.ChattahoocheeTech.edu.

Engineering professor secures two external grants

October 22, 2020

Kennesaw State University engineering professor Sylvia Bhattacharya was recently named the recipient of two competitive grants awarded by the U.S. Army and Google, respectively.

Bhattacharya, an assistant professor of electrical engineering technology in the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, was first awarded research funding by the Army for her project “Multimodal Inference of Human State Cognitive Processes in Risky Environments,” in which she will study the behavior of drivers and passengers in combat zones. The agreement, which has been funded for one year, has the option of two additional years, pushing the total funds to more than $486,000. 

In a separate effort, Bhattacharya has received $18,000 from Google’s exploreCSR initiative, which aims to encourage underrepresented groups to pursue graduate studies and research careers in computing.

“I am very humbled to receive these grants as they highlight two of my passions: research and opening doors for underrepresented students,” said Bhattacharya, who joined the University in August 2019 after earning her doctorate in electrical engineering at Florida State University. “Though they represent two vastly different efforts, it is my hope that they can serve as a springboard for our students who have an interest in research.”

Sylvia Bhattacharya, an assistant professor of electrical engineering technology in the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

The Army grant builds on her doctoral dissertation, in which she studied the behaviors of drivers in autonomous vehicles interacting with their fellow passengers. Using data provided by the Army, Bhattacharya will now expand her research to include that of the passengers as she tries to understand what environmental threats may exist by changes in their physical state, such as increased heart rates and muscles tightening. Using a machine learning algorithm, she hopes to be able to classify information in such a way that it is easier to determine a potentially threatening situation based on the motorists’ behavior.

With funding from exploreCSR, she will also build a one-on-one mentoring program to help undergraduate women determine their career paths and to expose them to graduate study opportunities.

“It has become very clear that there aren’t enough role models for women in the field of engineering. Through this program, we will introduce our students to faculty across KSU and beyond, and involve them in group projects that allow them to sharpen their skills. In the end, we hope to show how applicable computing skills are to just about any field.”

Sylvia Bhattacharya

Despite being with the University for just more than a year, engineering Dean Ian Ferguson said the impact of researchers like Bhattacharya is almost immediately felt.

“As a College, we are committed to conducting research that has a social impact and always seek to generate new opportunities for our students, and Dr. Bhattacharya is truly the embodiment of those efforts. Over the past year, we have already increased our research funding by 24 percent.  I don’t believe we could have reached this level if it weren’t for the tenacity and drive our faculty show on a regular basis.”

Dean Ian Ferguson

Powder Springs-based businesses, nonprofits eligible for grant funds

October 22, 2020

The City of Powder Springs has opened a second-round application process for its Small Business Grant Program, which will award grants of up to $5,000 to qualifying businesses and nonprofits that apply before the Nov. 5 deadline.

The city is finalizing its review of first-round applications. Applicants will be notified via email of their status.

Applicants must have their primary location or headquarters within the Powder Springs city limits (franchisees may apply if the business is wholly owned by an individual), and meet other requirements such as holding all necessary permits and licenses, as well as at least one year of continuous operation prior to March 1, 2020. Both home-based businesses and those with a physical commercial location are eligible to apply. 

As the city is using federal CARES Act funding for the grant, all operating assistance must be compliant with federal regulations. Grant funds may be used for:
• Rent/leases/equipment rental
• Utility payments
• Marketing
• PPE and other supplies/costs to ensure employee and customer safety
• Rehiring and/or maintaining full time W-2 or 1099 employees

Businesses may apply for the Powder Springs Small Business Grant program even if they have received CARES Act funds through other programs, including the U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program or the SelectCobb Small Business Grant program. However, if awarded, recipients may not use grant funds for expenses that have already been covered through other programs.

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Nov. 5, 2020, and will be reviewed by city staff and awarded based on need and availability of funds.

The City is also using its CARES Act funds for housing and utility assistance, devices and Wi-Fi hotspots for students attending local schools, and city expenses including PPE and technology upgrades to facilitate teleworking.

Celebrate ‘Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce’ Day

October 21, 2020

Chambers of commerce have never been more crucial, helping their communities through the pandemic and focusing on economic recovery far into the future.

What is Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day?

Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day celebrates the catalytic work that is happening within chamber of commerce organizations. Celebrated annually on the third Wednesday in October, this day provides an opportunity to recognize and highlight the organizations, professionals and volunteers who work to transform communities.

How Members Can Celebrate:

Join other chamber of commerce advocates as they commit to supporting their local organization.

  • Consider volunteering with the chamber of commerce in your area
  • Encourage someone who is not a member to join your local chamber of commerce
  • Attend the next event hosted by your chamber
  • Post a photo on social media about why you support your chamber using #ChamberStrong
  • Write your favorite chamber professional a thank you note
  • Make sure your membership is current with your local chamber of commerce

Help CFR reach its goal of 1,000 boxes to support families in need

October 21, 2020

The Center for Family Resources is thankful for the ability to serve our community and support families in need.

This Thanksgiving you can help us bring hope home for the holidays. Due to the challenges created by the current global health crisis, many families across Cobb County find themselves dealing with unemployment, decreased hours, difficulties accessing childcare, food insecurity and overall economic instability.

During these challenging times, the CFR is working to bridge the gap for Cobb families in crisis by providing comprehensive services that address a variety of issues.

Ready to get your colleagues, your neighborhood, your family or your civic group involved in something impactful this holiday season?  Then register to be a Smart Stuffer Packing Partner. Each box should cost approximately $60-$65 and contains food to not only make a traditional holiday meal, but also other staple food items such as cereal, peanut butter and jelly, pasta and beans, and canned meat.

Below are links to the Registration Page with instructions on how to complete the Food Box, where and when to deliver and more!

Download the Smart Stuffer Packing Partner Flyer >>

REGISTER HERE


Interested in sponsoring?

Become a Thanks for Giving 2020 Sponsor and bring hope home this holiday season. Sponsorships help underwrite the costs of the event as well as our ability to provide gift cards to each family so they can complete their holiday meal.

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2020 Sponsors

For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities, contact: VerondaWilliams@thecfr.org

Give thanks by giving back. Helping others is a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving. We give thanks to generous donors like you. What are you thankful for? Let us know by contributing to the “I’m thankful for” campaign today.

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Croy Awarded the 2020 General Aviation Airport Project of the Year for Covington Municipal Airport

October 21, 2020
(l to r) Croy Executive Vice President – Eddie Wade, PE – and Croy Vice President and Aviation Division Manager – Rebecca Collins, PE – stand alongside Covington Municipal Airport Manager – John King – and Croy Project Manager – Katie Eleam – at the 2020 Georgia Airports Association Annual Conference and Expo in Savannah, Ga.

Georgia-based, multi-discipline consulting firm Croy Engineering, in partnership with Covington Municipal Airport, was awarded the 2020 General Aviation Project of the Year Award by the Georgia Airports Association during its annual 2020 Conference and Expo in Savannah, Ga. The Award recognizes Croy’s work on the extension of Runway 28 and parallel taxiway project, which involved meeting challenging schedule deadlines on-time and under budget.

“This is a tremendous honor to receive this Project of the Year award from the Georgia Airports Association – an organization that promotes safe and efficient airport systems across the state. It was also a pleasure working with Croy during this project. Despite the many challenges encountered, their team continued to deliver quality design and prompt service to ensure all requirements were met. We could not have successfully completed this project without them.”

John King, Airport Manager for Covington Municipal Airport

This award-winning project consisted of a 500-foot extension to the end of Runway 28, as well as construction of a partial parallel taxiway. In addition, it involved design services to widen the airport’s existing runway from 75 feet to 100 feet, overlay it, and conduct lighting replacement. The Croy team overcame several challenges during the project, including completing the design of the extension on a tight timeline in order to award the project by the required deadline. Once this date was met, the project then faced wet weather conditions during the construction stage. However, under Croy’s management, all project elements were successfully completed on-time and under budget.

“We congratulate John and Covington Municipal Airport on this significant statewide award, and we look forward to continuing to work together on infrastructure improvements to develop this community asset. This award is also a testament to the continued excellence in design, project delivery, and customer service our team continues to provide to our many general aviation clients.”

Rebecca Collins, PE, Vice President and Aviation Division Manager for Croy

Croy’s experienced aviation team currently provides planning, design, construction management, inspection, and surveying services to more than 30 airports across the Southeast. In addition, in the past five years, the firm has completed more than 100 projects funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). The team works to develop county, municipal, regional, and international airports – helping municipalities and airport authorities get projects funded, designed, and constructed.


ABOUT CROY

Croy is an award-winning, multi-discipline consulting engineering firm headquartered in Georgia, in addition to having a presence in Alabama, Tennessee, and South Carolina. As a top Georgia-based engineering firm, Croy leverages its strong local presence and deep community ties to offer a range of services, including aviation, environmental, land acquisition, planning, site development, surveying, transportation, traffic, and municipal engineering, to local and national clients. Learn more at croyengineering.com or connect on any of the firm’s social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Instagram.

The First US Woman VP elected on Skal International Executive Board

October 20, 2020

On October 17th 2020, during the 81st Annual General Meeting held online, Burcin Turkkan representing United States has been elected as the Senior Vice President on the Skal International Executive Board. Turkkan is the first female Skal USA member to be elected on the Skal International Executive Board and reaching the ranking of Senior Vice President at the Skal International level.

Due to the pandemic, Skal International, the world’s largest Travel and Tourism Association, held its Annual General Meeting online for the first time ever. The AGM was well attended with over 281 delegates representing over 90 countries. United States was present with 51 delegates representing 45 Skal Clubs in the USA. The online AGM was live streamlined on Youtube and watched by 1,266 viewers at the time on the live stream.

“I am humbled by the support of the membership worldwide in electing me senior Vice President on the Skal International Board. I will continue to serve for the best interest of the membership in general while proudly representing United States on the Executive Board.” Said Burcin Turkkan, Vice President Elect Skal EB 20201.

Burcin Turkkan, owner of USEH International Inc, a Travel and Tourism Industry professional for over 20 years based in Atlanta, GA, is currently serving on the Skal International Board as Director of Membership, Strategy, and Innovation. She has been elected on the International Board in 2019 during the 80th Skal International World Congress held in Miami, FL. Prior to her election on the Skal International board, Turkkan has served on Skal Atlanta Board for 4 years followed by  Skal USA National Committee for 4 years and led the National Committee as President in 2018.

“As being the world’s largest travel and tourism association with 86 years of history, it is at this time where Skal International will step up in bringing the travel and tourism industry professionals together and stand strong during these difficult times. Skal International, with its recent Digital Transformation will continue to serve its members especially during these times to stay connected worldwide and continue to support them in doing business among friends and encourage others to join the Skal movement worldwide.” added Burcin Turkkan.

Originally, the 2020 World Congress was scheduled to be held in Opatja Kvarner, Croatia. However, it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The 2021 Skal International World Congress is scheduled to take place in Quebec City between October 12-17, 2021, where Turkkan will stand for elections again, this time for President.

Turkkan will serve on the Skal International Executive Board 2021 as Senior VP under the leadership of President Elect Bill Rheaume, who is from Canadian Rockies, Skal Canada. The SI EB consists of one President, two Vice Presidents and three Directors representing various member countries within Skal International.

Skål International is the world’s largest global network of Tourism Professionals promoting Tourism, Business and Friendship worldwide since 1934. Its members are Directors and Executives of the Tourism sector who relate to each other to address issues of common interest, improving a business network and promoting destinations. SKAL International USA is currently the largest National Committee in Skal International with over 1,800 members and 45 clubs nationwide. For more information about Skål International and membership, please visit skal.org.

Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Emerging Technologies Groundbreaking Ceremony Held at Chattahoochee Tech

October 16, 2020

Community leaders gathered with Chattahoochee Technical College staff and faculty for a groundbreaking ceremony held Thursday, Oct. 15, at the North Metro Campus for the college’s $8,905,000 Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Emerging Technologies.

Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Commissioner Greg Dozier and Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce Chair Josh Brock served as two of the featured speakers at this event.  Also delivering remarks were Chattahoochee Tech Board of Directors Former Chair Jim Hawk and Chattahoochee Tech Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Mark Goddard, along with Scott Gordon, of Clark Patterson Lee, and Tom Gay, of Gay Construction. Representing the college in the groundbreaking ceremony was Chattahoochee Tech President Dr. Ron Newcomb.

“Local industries have an increasing need for a trained workforce in advanced manufacturing technologies,” said Dr. Ron Newcomb. “This facility will be dedicated to advanced manufacturing training, and will allow us to answer employer needs within our community.”

The 20,001-square-foot Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Emerging Technologies will house the college’s Precision Machining and Manufacturing program as well as the Industrial Maintenance and Electrical Technology program. This facility also will feature high-tech labs in emerging technologies and robotics. Non-credit skilled workforce training in industrial maintenance will be available for local industry in this facility through the college’s Office of Economic Development.

For more information, visit http://www.ChattahoocheeTech.edu.

About Chattahoochee Technical College:

Chattahoochee Technical College awards certificates, diplomas and associate degrees in more than 50 programs of study for students to become highly skilled professionals in some of the nation’s fastest-growing, high-demand career fields. A Unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), Chattahoochee Tech is the largest technical college in the state with eight campus locations serving the counties of Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Gilmer, Paulding, and Pickens. The college also offers customized workforce training, continuing education classes, and adult education programs that include free GED prep. More information is available at www.ChattahoocheeTech.edu.

KSU President Pamela Whitten to Headline November Marquee Monday

October 15, 2020

Pamela Whitten, president of Kennesaw State University, will join the Cobb Chamber and the Cobb County business community for the November Marquee Monday event at the Coca-Cola Roxy on November 9, 2020.

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Whitten was named Kennesaw State University’s fifth president on June 12, 2018. As president, she has made improving the student education experience her top priority—enhancing the availability of in-demand courses, growing summer enrollment, initiating new faculty and advisor hiring, creating scholarships, and strengthening the research capacity of the university. With more than 8,100 freshman in the class of 2024, Kennesaw State has the largest freshman class enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs in the state of Georgia—and an overall student body of 40,900.

KSU also recently received a $2 million grant to strengthen two of the university’s outreach programs—Thrive and Achieve Atlanta. Both programs help promising students achieve academic success and progress toward graduation.

Doors open at the Coca-Cola Roxy at 11:15 a.m., with the program starting at 11:45 a.m. Limited in-person attendance is available until November 4. Virtual registration is open until the day of, at no cost for Chamber members and $5 for general admission. Walk-up admissions and at-door payment cannot be granted.

To help provide a safe and smooth entry to our November Marquee Monday event, in-person attendees can opt to use SymTem, an all-in-one COVID-19 screening tool created by InfoMart. In advance of the event, in-person attendees will receive an email prompting them to take a virtual health screening through the SymTem app. Once the screening is complete and the attendee is deemed symptom free and safe to attend this event, they receive a digital badge to show Chamber staff upon arrival.


Marquee Monday is proud to list the following sponsors:

  • Marquee Sponsor, Superior Plumbing
  • Program Sponsors, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Gold Sponsor, Town Center CID
  • Host Sponsor, Coca-Cola Roxy
  • Catering Sponsor, Delaware North
  • Tables Sponsor, Peachtree Tents & Events
  • Production Sponsor, Next Page Events

For more information about the 2020 Marquee Monday event series, contact Jani Dix at jdix@cobbchamber.org.

Tidal Wave Auto Spa 12th Annual Charity Day

October 14, 2020

Giving back to the communities we call home is a core value for Tidal Wave Auto Spa. Our 12th Annual Charity Day was held Friday, September 18, 2020. Companywide Tidal Wave Auto Spa raised $132,632 for 43 charities across the nation.

Tidal Wave Auto Spa of Marietta at Powder Springs St. raised $998.42 for the MDE School. MDE School is a not-for-profit, private school established in 2009 as a full-service k-12 educational center for students with language-based learning disabilities.

Tidal Wave Auto Spa of Marietta at Powder Springs St. is located at 1255 Powder Springs St. Marietta, GA and is open every day from 8:00 AM-9:00 PM.

ABOUT: Tidal Wave Auto Spa’s wave of success began in 2004 and is headquartered in downtown Thomaston, GA. Tidal Wave is one of the fastest growing car wash chains in the country and is a recognized leader in the industry with 52 locations across 8 states and 18 currently under construction. Locations span the southeast including Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Texas. In the Midwest there are locations in Missouri and Kansas.