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they don't just happen. ber and see their membership as a necessary (and tax-
Ask yourself how many people have chosen Colquitt deductible) business investment.
County as their home because of the welcome mat that Last year was a particularly active one for the
was laid out for them by the chamber. How many jobs chamber’s multiple committees through the leadership
were created and businesses and industries strength- of the staff and committee chairs.
ened through the chamber's support of the efforts of Tourism in Colquitt County is a booming
the city, county and the development authority? Who industry that helps increase tax revenue through both
would be the voice of business to our local, regional, retail sales and overnight guests in our local hotels.
state and national legislators? These are all good From the popularity of venues such as Spence Field
questions, and the answer to all of them is your for the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition, Calico Arts &
chamber. Crafts Shows, and annual automotive swap meets, to
The chamber staff and its board of directors, com- the multiple sports tournaments at the Moultrie
mittee chairs and volunteers are great community- YMCA, as well as art exhibits and productions at the
builders and together make a formidable team. In the Colquitt County Arts Center, the chamber’s Tourism
fall of 2008, we adopted an ambitious strategic plan Committee works hand-in-hand with organizers to
for 2009 – both in the budget and in the program of promote these events and even provides grants for
work – and did so during uncertain economic times marketing them.
when most businesses and organizations were trim- Its newest project was the construction of
ming expenses. beautiful brick and mortar welcome signs at each
Our chamber members, made up of more than 500 major thoroughfare into the community. Check out
businesses, industries, organizations, institutions and the first sign as you enter Moultrie on U.S. Highway
individuals, are the backbone of the chamber. The 319 from Tifton. This sign is the first of eight signs
overwhelming majority of them have chosen to stick the chamber’s Tourism Committee plans to raise funds
with the chamber despite their own budgetary for and build over the next few years.
difficulties and cutbacks over the past year. Our Where would we be without the businesses and
members continue to believe in the work of the cham- industries that support our community and
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