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

August 14, 2023

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

Visit Savannah Hosts U.S. Travel Association's ESTO Conference, Bringing Over 1,200 Attendees August 19-22

Visit Savannah will welcome the U.S. Travel Association’s 39th annual Tourism Marketing Conference, “ESTO,” August 19-23 at the Savannah Convention Center.

ESTO is an annual conference for destination marketing professionals from city, regional, and state tourism offices. Each year the conference is held in a different destination and features four days of educational sessions, networking opportunities, and industry awards.

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Coffee Chats at The Cambria Hotel | Wednesday, August 16

Members are invited to attend the August Coffee Chats at The Cambria Hotel Savannah Downtown Historic District. Kickstart your day with a freshly brewed cup of coffee and stimulating business conversations with potential clients and business peers.

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2023 Chamber Business Expo | Thursday, September 14

Join us for the 2023 Chamber Business Expo and Business Connection on Thursday, September 14, from 3 – 7 p.m. at The Kehoe Ironworks Building. This popular Chamber event is FREE to attend and welcomes more than 500 members and guests for an afternoon of showcasing exhibitors’ products and services and business networking. 

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Savannah Area Chamber Join Statewide Chambers at Georgia Chamber's Congressional Luncheon

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Congressional Luncheon in Athens last Tuesday. The crowd of over 1,100 included chambers and chamber members from all over Georgia. Savannah Chamber president & CEO Bert Brantley with V.P. of Government Affairs Jared Downs, along with Chatham County Chairman Chester Ellis, joined our friends Courtney Rawlins with the Pooler Chamber and Pooler City Councilwoman Karen Williams at a joint Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce/Greater Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce table.

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Georgia Chamber Hub Council Hosts Policy Breakfast for State Leaders Alongside Georgia Chamber Congressional Luncheon

On Tuesday, August 8th, the Savannah Chamber joined the Georgia Chamber Hub Council as they hosted state leadership for a policy breakfast in conjunction with the Georgia Chamber’s Congressional Luncheon. The Hub Chamber Council membership is comprised of leaders from the 11 metropolitan hub cities outside of Atlanta and seeks to coordinate policy solutions to commonly shared challenges and goals statewide.

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Visit Savannah Leaders Meet with Travel + Leisure's Editor-in-Chief

Joseph Marinelli, President, and Angela Westerfield, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, met with Travel + Leisure’s Editor-in-Chief Jacqui Gifford in New York City last week. The group talked about Savannah again being named a favorite top 5 US City on T+L’s “World’s Best” 2023 list. The team is planning to visit  T + L’s Travel Advisors Summit in Las Vegas later this month.

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Chamber Attends Georgia WORKS Commission Meeting in Athens

The GA WORKS Commission (Growing All Workforce Opportunities by Remaking the Scope of Licensing Commission) met in Athens last Tuesday. The Commission heard from several organizations that addressed the barriers associated with the current licensing process in Georgia.

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Visit Savannah Hosts Group Tour Planners with Paula Deen

Savannah’s icon and friend, Paula Deen, joined Visit Savannah staff to welcome 17 group tour buyers and planners from around the country at The Lady & Sons. Ms. Deen, her son Bobby and her husband Mike, told stories and had lots of laughs with the group.

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Savannah Showcased at American Society of Association Executives

Visit Savannah staff, partners, board members, Mayor Van Johnson, and County Chairman Chester Ellis gathered at the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)'s annual meeting in Atlanta.

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Savannah Economic Development Authority Release 2022 Annual Report

Last week, Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) released their 2022 annual report. The touch points include the Hyundai Motor Group Project, Business Development, World Trade Center Savannah, Savannah’s Regional Film Commission, financials, and letters from the SEDA leadership.

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Georgia Ports Authority's Brampton Road Project Will Expedite Access to Nation's Busiest Container Terminal

The Brampton Road project will eliminate at-grade crossings to ease traffic congestion and offer truck drivers faster access to the nation’s busiest container terminal. Soon, trucks leaving Gate 3 will have just one stop light to navigate before accessing the freeway for a straight drive to Atlanta and other key markets.

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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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