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As Leaves Turn to Bold Colors, How Will You Work to Be Part of Positive Change in Our Community?
by: Donald Jones,
Advocacy Committee Chair
Granville Area Chamber of Commerce
As the weather turns crisp, and the trees begin to show the natural cycle of change many of us anticipate every Fall, our community has the opportunity to reflect on the changes around us, and to make a difference in the future of our community.
Change is all around us. Newark has committed strongly to a better future for its downtown through a revival around Courthouse Square, and the new Canal Market District/Farm Market to be completed in 2016 will transform the city core by creating an even stronger connection to the local food industry by creating a vibrant new public space for events and festivals. At the same time, the 161 corridor between Columbus and Newark will continue to bring new economic opportunities to Licking County, as will be discussed by Jerry Newton, Licking County's Planning & Development Director at this month's Granville Area Chamber of Commerce member meeting.
As change is all around us, we, as engaged members of the business community of the Granville area, must reflect on how these trends will, or should, impact our community. We all cherish the particular "magic" of a place like Granville that we call home and/or work. But, at the same time, we need to consider how Granville needs to respond to regional economic trends, and how we, as a community, can leverage these changes to sustain our community into the future while maintaining the character of this Village and Township we love.
Your Chamber Board is committed to actively engaging in conversation with leaders and stakeholders in our community to set a path forward that ensures that we keep Granville a vibrant place to live, work and raise our families, all while encouraging more economic development and a more vibrant business environment in the Village and Township. This will continue to keep our community first class in the services, education and quality of life that it provides.
There are three ways that you, as Chamber members, can actively engage in helping be part of making our community better into the future:
QUESTION: First, this year's docket of candidates for Village and Township offices is particularly wide and diverse. The Chamber, in partnership with the Granville Sentinel, is holding a Candidate Forum on October 8 at Granville High School's Performing Arts Center so that you, and citizens like you, can hear their positions and ideas on the pressing issues within our community. We will use a question and answer forum to encourage a civil and informative dialogue. You will not only be able to hear from your candidates, but have the opportunity to mix and mingle with them in a reception following the Forum sponsored by the Chamber Alliance. Attend, listen to your candidates, and engage with them on the pressing issues of today.
VOTE: Whether you attend the Forum or not, it is integral to the body politic that as many as possible engage in our electoral process to choose our leaders for years to come. Early voting starts this week, and there are many important issues on the ballot in addition to local races. It's a fact: your lives on a day to day basis are more greatly impacted by those you elect at the local level than national races (e.g. roads, schools, police, fire, water, local business). Your Chamber encourages you to make your voice heard by the vote you cast.
SERVE: Finally, the Chamber is currently seeking nominations for members of the Board. I can say that in my two years that I have served on the Board of the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce, that I have never had the honor to work with such a talented group of people committed to the betterment of our community. This is a Board that wishes to be active in making our community a place we can even be more proud of. But, we need additional individuals who are willing to serve. If you feel that you have a passion for our community and making it a vibrant place for business, I encourage you to consider running for a position on the Board.
Fall is a time of change. Unlike the inevitable falling of the leaves and passing into winter, we as members of this Chamber and our community, have the ability to encourage new green shoots of economic vibrancy and a better business environment, right here and right now as the cold of Winter comes closer. Will you work to be part of that change? Become informed on the issues. Vote to make a difference. Consider serving to make your community better, and be part of positive change for our community!
Congratulations to our own Michelle Newman Brady who recently completed her first IRONMAN competition in Chattanooga, TN. This extraordinary athletic event included a 2.4 mile swim in the Tennessee River, a 116 mile bike course in North Georgia, and concluded with a 26.2 mile run.
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Where: DoubleTree by Hilton, 50 N. 2nd Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
Who & What: Our October Member Meeting & Luncheon will feature a presentation by Jerry Newton, Licking County's Planning & Development Director. Jerry will focus his comments on the topic of "Growth and development along the 161 corridor between Columbus and Newark". Licking County Chamber of Commerce members are also invited and welcome to attend this month's Program (Please RSVP to (740) 587-4490 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
WELCOME, BETH! We're pleased to announce that Beth Jeffries has recently joined the Chamber staff and is now ably handling our bookkeeping and accounting duties and responsibilities. She works full time as Academic Administrative Assistant for the Physics & Astronomy Department at Denison and is able to augment her work there with part-time support for us here at the Chamber. Beth is a seasoned expert in the use of Quick Books accounting software and we're delighted to have her as part of the team!
30th Annual Christmas Candlelight Walking Tour - Call for Volunteers, Sponsors, and Donors.
We're only two months away from this marquee event, and we're eager to finalize our list of event sponsors. Don't miss out - this is the perfect year (30th Anniversary!) to promote your business as a CCWT sponsor! We're also actively seeking donations for the Candlelight Tour's Gift Basket as well as able volunteers who are eager to support this iconic event. Give us a call and let us know how you are able to help make this the best Walking Tour ever! And, don't forget to sponsor a tree...hurry, they're going fast! Stop in at the GACC office or email email@example.com for additional information on how you can support this special event.
7th Annual Granville Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing a great success
A superb day, a superb golf course, and superb participation combined for a highly successful Golf Outing on September 21st! We were blessed to have 7 proud Eagle sponsors and 4 Birdie sponsors whose generosity contributed greatly to the event's success (see a full list of sponsors here). We were also pleased to be back at the par 71 Denison Golf Club at Granville for the day's activities. A total of 16 foursomes participated and scores ranged from 12 under par to 1 over par. Top honors went to the First Federal Savings & Loan team who were followed closely by The Edwards Group/Putnam Investments foursome. Closest to the Pin (M/W) prizes were awarded to Gary Baker and Debbie Hartshorn and Longest Drive (M/W) honors went to John Bishop and Dena Speranza. The Longest Putt award was earned by Ken Hoover. A 2015 Dodge Charger sat waiting to be won by anyone making a Hole In One on Hole # 14...alas, no one quite accomplished that goal, but Craig Hicks of the Denison squad came very close...better luck next year Craig! Thanks again to all who sponsored, all who played, and all who donated raffle prizes or their time to make this Outing our most successful ever! See a full gallery of photos from DiBlasio Photography here. (Huge thanks to Chad DiBlasio for capturing this day so beautifully!)
Craig Hicks, Sports Information Director at Denison University, says "I'm still dreaming about zipping around in that Charger when I sleep. The women watching the hole said it came about an inch from going in. It ran right past the hole. At least I've got a story to tell my buddies!"
CANDIDATE FORUM: Thursday, October 8, 2015, 7pm.Granville area voters can get to know the candidates for Village Council, Granville Township Trustees Board and the Board of Education in a candidate forum Thursday, Oct. 8. The event, co-sponsored by the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce and The Granville Sentinel, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center of Granville High School. Share the event link on Facebook here, or access the event information on the GACC website here!
BEGGAR'S NIGHT: Thursday, October 29, 2015, 5:30-7pm. Granville's official "trick or treat" night will be held on October 29. Grab your costume, a bucket, and get ready to collect some candy during this fun fall event.
Put your best foot forward on the official community app of Granville!
One of the great features of the Granville App is that business listings can be quickly and easily updated. Have a new phone number? Want some photos added? Just let us know! Please send any edits or additions to Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org
The better the listings, the more users visit the app. So let's update your look now and get customers headed your way. Last, do you have a special deal running you would like users to know about? Deals and specials within the app are FREE to GACC members.
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