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The Savannah Chamber Weekly Digest
Everything You Need to Know From the Chamber

March 8, 2021

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

Georgia Legislative Update

Last week the Georgia General Assembly met for legislative days 25-27 out of 40.  Crossover day, which is the 28th day of the 40-day legislative session, is the last day for bills to move from one chamber to the other. The Georgia General Assembly will reconvene on March 8 for crossover day.

The Georgia House passed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Appropriations Bill, HB 81, the state’s $27.2 billion spending plan for FY 2022.  Several of the Chamber’s legislative priorities were included in HB 81:  funding for the Georgia Southern University’s Convocation Center construction project, the design construction and equipment for campus-wide HVAC and access control infrastructure at Savannah State University, and the design and construction of Savannah Technical College’s Culinary Institute.  Also, in the bill, the House agreed with Governor Kemp’s recommendation for an additional $90M for the Savannah Convention Center expansion project.  HB 81 now moves to the Senate for their recommendations and consideration.  

For more information on the Chamber’s legislative priorities, email Jared Downs or call 912.644.6406.


Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

Business on the Move at the Baxly | March 9

Join the Chamber for March’s Business on the Move event at The Baxly. The Baxly is a prime location to call home for those who want to live right in the middle of it all.  With spacious, open floor plans and a wide variety of in-house amenities, including a pool deck, game lounge, pet spa, and fitness center, you’ve got everything you need right at your front door. Business on the Move is a special networking opportunity offered several times a year to highlight local Chamber businesses.

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COVID-19 is still a concern in our community. The following guidelines will be enforced for all in-person networking events:

  • Social Distancing Required
  • Masks required when not eating or drinking
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided


Local Businesses Asked to Recommit to Savannah Safe Pledge this Spring

The Savannah Area Chamber and Visit Savannah, along with other area business advocacy organizations, are asking area businesses to recommit to the “Savannah Safe Pledge.” The “Savannah Safe Pledge” is a program developed by area business leaders, in conjunction with the City of Savannah, and adopted by more than 700 local businesses in May of 2020 to help businesses provide a safe environment for their staff and customers. 

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Marketing Team Meets with Global Traveler Magazine

The communications and marketing team at Visit Savannah had the opportunity to meet with the Publisher and Editor of Global Traveler Magazine, Mr. Fran Gallagher, while he was visiting Savannah. Savannah has been named “Best Weekend Getaway” in the magazine for the last three years running.

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Visit Savannah Sales Team Welcomes the Return of Convention Site Visits!

Jennifer Thompson with the Visit Savannah sales team hosted meeting planners with the Association Services Group last week for a site visit. This organization services more than 10 association groups around the southeast including the Southeast Fruit and Vegetable Association that meets in Savannah every January. The meeting planners met with 17 Savannah area hotels and the Convention Center in just 2 days.

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Welcome our newest members and remember to do business with our fellow Chamber members!


Thank you to these members for their continued support through their membership.


Please support your fellow Chamber members by attending these upcoming ribbon cutting and grand opening events!


We appreciate our members and each week provide insight about member companies and their services. 

SCORE Savannah Hosts Webinar: "Pivot: How to Adapt Your Business for Success in 2021"

Join SCORE Savannah on Monday, March 15 at 5 p.m. for a webinar lead by Michael Siegel, Savannah’s SCORE Chapter Chair and Certified SCORE Mentor. Is your business ready to face the challenges of today? Learn how to support your business with Savannah SCORE in this evening session. Helpful tips and scenarios will prepare participants to adapt, pivot, and transform their business during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Registration is required and cost is $20 per registration. 

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Destination Analysts: Visitor Centers and Traveler Sentiment

Destination Analysts continues to see positive signs related to spring travel with more growth expected into the summer and fall months.  According to a Destinations Analysis Survey, one good indicator is that over half of those planning upcoming travel have indicated their interest in again utilizing the services at local visitor centers.



Chamber Coffee Chats Networking Wrap-up!

On Tuesday last week the Chamber hosted Coffee Chats at The 5 Spot on Broughton. At this morning networking opportunity, participants smiling through their safety masks began with 30 minutes of open networking, then spent 30 minutes listening to each attendee share a 10-15 second “elevator pitch” about who they are and what they do, followed by more networking.

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Members Enjoyed the Spring Oyster Roast at Tubby’s Tank House-Thunderbolt

On Thursday last week the Chamber also hosted their Spring Oyster Roast at Tubby’s Tank House- Thunderbolt. Attendees enjoyed oysters, appetizers, beverages, and networking with fellow business professionals!

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As health and government officials are working to maintain the safety, security, and health of our communities, Savannah area small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy. All Savannah area employers need to consider how best to decrease the spread COVID-19 in their workplace in the event of an outbreak in Chatham and surrounding counties. Click here to explore what resources are available for individuals and businesses at this time.

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