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

January 30, 2023

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

Final Remarks from Outgoing President & CEO, Bill Hubbard

This week’s newsletter marks my last as I turn the page toward retirement. Thank you all for your support of the organization, our staff (past and present), as well as our community.   
I am proud of our 2,200+ member firms, our wonderful staff, the organization's financial stability, and especially our 90%-membership retention rate. Your support has always been there, no matter the needs. An engaged business community provides jobs, family incomes, quality of life, and the tax base for almost everything else. From Savannah Chatham Day, Leadership Savannah, Small Business Recognition/Awards, all the way to the alphabet of SPLOST (S, E, & T), etc., we are very fortunate to have a diverse and very healthy economy. Today, our region is flourishing with tourism, ports & logistics, manufacturing, small businesses, healthcare, military, and films – all these sectors show upward growth.  
Coming from the Midwest, I’ve come to profoundly appreciate southern graciousness. I certainly experienced that when we all work together, we are better. I urge us to lessen the social media banter and talk face-to-face with those who we agree with, and especially with those we do not.  I believe polite dialog and learning from others are the true foundations for success and better solutions. 
My successor, Bert Brantley, is looking forward to meeting everyone and is hosting a member open house this Wednesday, February 1, at 5 p.m. at Cohen’s Retreat.  His leadership and your support will move our Coastal Region onto greater heights and prosperity. 
Thank you to the many boards and chairpersons, staff, member volunteers, and so many great mayors, county chairmen, city/county managers, and all government elected officials who take on the too-often unappreciated challenge of leadership. 
Thank you very much for the wonderful opportunity. I look forward to seeing many of you around town
Bill Hubbard 


Speed Networking at The DeSoto | Tuesday, February 7

Join the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce for a speed networking luncheon at The DeSoto this February. Each attendee will have 30 seconds to introduce themselves and their company to Chamber members at their table. There will be table rotations after each round, so bring plenty of business cards when attending this members-only event!

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Savannah Chatham Day - Legislative Oyster Roast | Thursday, February 9

Please join us for Savannah Chatham Day in Atlanta! Chamber members will have the opportunity to network with our local legislative delegation and Georgia’s legislative leadership at an oyster roast and Low Country boil at the Georgia Rail Depot.

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More Networking
wednesDAY, februarY 1
Welcome Reception for New Chamber President & CEO Bert Brantley
wednesday, February 15
Coffee Chats at the Front Porch Improv
WEDNESDAY, February 22
Business on the Move at Locally Made
TuesdaY, march 7
Courses & Conversations at Georgia Tech
Wednesday, march 15
Coffee Chats at the Clyde Market


Meet New Chamber President & CEO Bert Brantley Wednesday, February 1

Chamber members will get the opportunity to meet and welcome new Chamber President Bert Brantley to our community on Wednesday, February 1 at Cohen's Retreat located at 5715 Skidaway Road from 5 – 7 p.m. Parking will be available on site.  

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Legislative Update

Last Monday, legislators returned to the gold dome for legislative day five and worked through Thursday, January 26, completing days 5 through 8 of the 40-day Session.

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The Savannah Hockey Classic Thanks Enmarket

The Savannah Sports Council and its volunteer hockey committee want to thank Enmarket for its five-year run as the title sponsor for the event. Hosted for the first time at the new Enmarket Arena this year, the Enmarket Savannah Hockey Classic was another profitable, successful event. 

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Visit Savannah Attends International Media Marketplace in New York

Last week, the Visit Savannah PR team traveled to New York for Travmedia's International Media Marketplace (IMM), the leading global networking event connecting the travel industry with top journalists, editors, influencers, and broadcasters. 

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Veterinary Critical Care Scouts Savannah for 2026 Annual Meeting

Visit Savannah's Mid-West Sales Director Kellie Linder welcomed Veterinary Critical Care (IVECCS) to Savannah for a site visit of the Savannah Convention Center and Historic District Hotels as a host city for their 2026 Annual Meeting.  

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

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

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Please support your fellow Chamber members by attending these upcoming ribbon cutting and grand opening events, and join us in congratulating the below members who recently hosted a celebration!

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A Musical Blast from the Past at City Market Visitor Information Center

City Market Visitor Center First Impression Specialist, Jack Helegson, welcomed the lead singers from the rock group "Crack the Sky," a popular band in the 70’s & 80’s. The vintage rockstars were vacationing on the Georgia Coast and wanted to stamp a Savannah visit on their itinerary.

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Chamber Supports Dining in the Dark Dinner Event

Last week, Chamber staffers attended the Dining in the Dark charity event put together by the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision.  

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