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

February 6, 2023

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

Incoming Remarks from New President & CEO, Bert Brantley

Well, Savannah really knows how to throw a welcome party! 
I am thrilled to begin my service to the membership and staff of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. These next few years have the potential to be an era of incredible opportunity in our Coastal Region, and our commitment here at the Chamber is to ensure that prosperity extends to every part of our community. From the expansion at the Savannah Convention Center to major projects at the Georgia Ports Authority, along with significant private sector investments happening across the region, the Savannah area will play an outsized role in the continued success of our state. 
I also want to take a moment to sincerely thank Bill Hubbard for his amazing career at the Chamber. His legacy will continue to live on, and all of us here wish him nothing but all the best as he enjoys retirement. 
Lastly, I would like to thank you for your continued investment in the Chamber as we continue to be the voice for our businesses, foster cooperative partnerships, and enhance our members' success.

We hope you enjoy this week's newsletter, and I look forward to seeing you at a Chamber event soon!

Bert Brantley
President & CEO



Coffee Chats at Front Porch Improve | Wednesday, February 15

Join the Savannah Area Chamber for Coffee chats this February at the Front Porch Improv. Kickstart your day with lots of laughs and business networking with area professionals.

The event starts with 30 minutes of open networking followed by participants giving their best 10-15 second “elevator pitch” about themselves and their company. More networking follows to allow members to plug in further. Bring plenty of business cards and join us for Coffee Chats.

So rise and shine for coffee chats with the Chamber, this time with a lighthearted, entertaining twist!

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Business on the Move at Locally Made Savannah | Wednesday, February 22

Join the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce for Business on the Move at Locally Made Savannah on Wednesday, February 22. Take this lively opportunity to peruse through crafts from local artisans while introducing your business to area professionals and making new connections.

Business on the Moves are a special networking opportunity offered several times a year to highlight Chamber businesses. Locally Made Savannah is in the heart of the historic shopping district, selling a collective of local treasures made by over 300 artisans. Their in-house soda pop shop also serves up quirky sweet treats for visitors.

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More Networking
Savannah Chatham Day - Legislative Oyster Roast (EVENT SOLD OUT)
TuesdaY, march 7
Courses & Conversations at Georgia Tech
Wednesday, march 15
Coffee Chats at the Clyde Market


Legislative Update

Last week, legislators met for day nine of the legislative session and worked through Thursday, February 2, when the Georgia House passed House Bill 18, the Fiscal Year 2023 Amended Budget. This year's amended budget increases spending by over 7% of what was initially appropriated during the last session. The revised spending plan includes $1 billion worth of property tax grants to Georgia homeowners, $1 billion in income tax rebates, and increased funding for road building and school safety grants. 

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Visit Savannah Hosts U.S. Travel Association's Annual Conference Planning Committee

Last week, Visit Savannah welcomed the planning committee for U.S. Travel  Association's Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations (ESTO) Conference. ESTO is the premier annual learning and knowledge-sharing forum for destination marketing professionals. This year the ESTO Conference will be held in Savannah from August 19-22 and will welcome more than 1,000 attendees.

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The Visit Savannah Marketing & Communication Team Visits Charleston

Last week, the Visit Savannah Marketing & Communications team visited Charleston, South Carolina, for a one-day retreat. The team had a productive day observing and discussing the visitor experience: including restaurant, shopping and attraction options, as well as directional signage and historical markers. Everyone participated in a walking tour, explored local shops and restaurants, and drove to Folly Beach to experience their beach community.

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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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MLK Visitor Center Decks the Halls for Groundhog's Day

Last week, Visit Savannah’s MLK Visitor Center Manager John Reed, was interviewed by WTOC about his favorite and uniquely American holiday: Groundhog's Day! John has kept the holiday traditions alive by furnishing the Visitor Center with decorations, educating Savannah’s visitors about the holiday’s history, and even serving up Groundhog-themed cookies from Two Smart Cookies.

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