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Savannah Area Chamber

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

March 15, 2021

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

Governor Kemp and Local Officials to Break Ground on the Savannah Convention Center’s Expansion on Wednesday, March 17

Gov. Brian Kemp will be in Savannah on Wednesday to officially break ground on the expansion of the Savannah Convention Center. The ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. at the Center.  

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Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Power Hour | April 6

Social Media can be an intimidating beast in the world of digital marketing and content management. No matter your background, industry, age or experience, it’s important understand the power of social media and how to leverage it to achieve your organization’s goals. Visit Savannah's content and social media manager Shannon Lowery will cover the basics of effective social media strategy and provide a few immediate steps you can take to elevate your company’s social media presence. 

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Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

Georgia Power Sports Awards Luncheon | May 11

The Savannah Sports Council will host its 2021 Georgia Power Sports Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 11 at the Charles H. Morris Center. The luncheon will honor local athletes and partners who have excelled at their given sport, winner of the John S. Hodges OASIS Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the naming of our 2021 Scholarship Recipients. Sign up now to celebrate Savannah area sports!

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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


Georgia Legislative Update

Last week at the Capitol, the Georgia General Assembly met for legislative days 28-31 out of 40. Crossover day, which was on Monday March 8, was the 28th day of the 40-day legislative session and was the last day that a bill can be passed in one chamber and sent to the next chamber. The Georgia General Assembly will be reconvened on March 15 for the 32nd legislative day.

HB 469, Rep. Ron Stephen’s bill that extends the historic tax credits for the rehabilitation of historic structures, passed the House and is now in the Senate for consideration. HB 112, would extend the COVID-19 liability protections for Georgia businesses until July 2022. It passed the House, and last week it passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and can now be considered by the full Senate.

Savannah Welcomes Southwest Airlines

Officials from Visit Savannah along with Mayor Van Johnson and other city officials welcomed the inaugural flight of Southwest Airlines to the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. The low-fare airline will offer non-stop flights from Baltimore/Washington, Chicago, Nashville, Houston, and Dallas.

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Have Your Business Listed in the 2021-22 Savannah Insider’s Guide!

Make sure your hospitality business stands out by purchasing an ad that visitors are sure to see, in the new 2021-22 Savannah’s Insider’s Guide! The official Savannah Insider’s Guide is the visitor’s go-to guide for all the things to see and do during their stay. Featuring engaging editorial and comprehensive information about attractions, dining, lodging, retail and more, this is the booklet visitors will reference as they wander Savannah’s neighborhoods or plan their visit from home.

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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. 

Update on American Travel in the Period of Coronavirus—Week of March 15

Americans appeared to respond to the nation’s vaccination vision with increased optimism and record-setting travel sentiment and expected trips for their 2021. Still, the travel industry cannot lose sight that COVID-19 continues to be top-of-mind, with 43.1% of Spring Break travelers saying they remain “very concerned” about contracting the virus on their trip.

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Chamber Hosted a Business on the Move at The Baxly Apartments

On Tuesday, last week the Chamber hosted a Business on the Move at The Baxly Apartments. Business on the Moves are a special networking opportunity offered several times a year to highlight local Chamber businesses. The Baxly is a prime location to call home for those who want to live right in the middle of it all.  

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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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