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

October 9, 2023

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

Savannah Voted as a "US Best City" in Condé Nast Traveler's 2023 Readers' Choice Awards 

Condé Nast Traveler, the renowned travel and lifestyle publication, has unveiled the highly anticipated results of its 2023 Readers’ Choice Awards, and Savannah is among the winners in the coveted “Best Cities in the US” category. This recognition is a testament to Savannah’s enduring charm and appeal as a top-tier destination for travelers worldwide.

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Savannah Well Represented at Governor’s Workforce Summit

Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp hosted a Workforce Summit last week, and our region had prominent seats at the table. At the CEO Roundtable on Wednesday, Savannah Area Chamber President & CEO Bert Brantley joined Gulfstream’s Vice President for Law & Public Affairs Jay Neely for the 90-minute discussion featuring leaders across the state in various industries. Neely also served as a panelist on Thursday, highlighting the innovative practices Gulfstream uses to recruit and retain talented workers. Governor Kemp also used the Summit to announce a groundbreaking new program called Georgia MATCH.

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Georgia Legislative Women’s Caucus Meets in Savannah

On October 5, the Savannah Chamber, along with The Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Ports Authority, Georgia Power, Gulfstream, The Metro Atlanta Chamber, The Savannah Economic Development Authority, and The Tourism Leadership Council, hosted the Georgia Legislative Women’s Caucus for dinner at the Pirates House. This was the first time the Legislative Women’s Caucus had met since 2019, and they chose to meet in Savannah.

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Visit Savannah, Club Car, and The Landings Golf & Athletic Club Unite to Broadcast Savannah to Global TV Audiences

Visit Savannah, Club Car, and The Landings Golf & Athletic Club, have joined forces to bring the Club Car Championship to a massive global audience. Visit Savannah is now the official broadcast partner of the tournament, positioning it as one of only three regular-season events on the Korn Ferry Tour to be broadcast on network television. The agreement with Golf Channel extends through the 2025 tournament, with coverage spanning from Thursday’s opening round to the Sunday trophy presentation, reaching over 340 million potential households in more than 170 countries and territories, and distributed in 15+ markets via GOLFTV.

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Visit Savannah Teams Up with Digital Edge & Paradise Advertising for New Innovative Meetings Campaign

The Visit Savannah team recently journeyed to Jacksonville to engage in a collaborative meeting with two of their key strategic partners, Digital Edge and Paradise Advertising. Throughout this session, the teams engaged in a fruitful exchange of valuable insights cutting-edge concepts, and leveraged their combined wealth of expertise.

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CAT's Savannah Belles Ferry System Will See Fleet Upgrades in Q2 2024

New ferry boats are currently under construction in New York and are expected to be delivered to Chatham Area Transit (CAT) by the second quarter of next year. Chatham Area Transit (CAT) 's Executive Director Faye DiMassimo, Visit Savannah President Joseph Marinelli, and others will visit the plant in November to see the assembly site and get a progress update. 

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Chamber Attends Effingham County’s Community Leadership Retreat to Build Regional Approach to Growing Business

Last week, the Effingham Chamber of Commerce hosted a leadership retreat on St. Simon Island for their board, elected officials, and strategic community partners, including our own Jennifer Davenport, VP of Community Affairs and in-house counsel. The retreat featured speakers such as Speaker John Burns, Vice Chair of the State Transportation Board Ann Purcell, and numerous leaders in Effingham County.

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Help Your Newcomers with the Savannah Relocation Guide

Help newcomers prepare for relocation to beautiful Savannah and the coastal region by picking up your box of the Savannah Relocation Guide today! This relocation guide will cover everything newcomers need to know before moving to the Savannah area.

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New Accessibility Field in the Extranet

We are asking all of our hospitality members to take a moment to update their member profiles with any Accessibility offerings you might have available. Please select any option that applies to your business within the Member Extranet profile under 'Accessibility.' By communicating your accessibility capabilities to prospective visitors, you can help them plan their trips more easily and confidently.

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Advertise in the 2024 Official Tybee Island Insider's Guide

We are excited to announce that we will be combining Visit Savannah and Visit Tybee Island Insider Guides into one bigger, better and more sustainable guide. This will allow us to create more robust visibility for both destinations. The visitor industry in Savannah and Tybee Island continues to thrive, especially compared with national statistics.

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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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Get Your Tickets for 2023 Chamber Business Awards Luncheon▸

Register Your Team to Play in The 2023 Chamber Cup▸


Georgia Named Best State for Business for 10th Consecutive Year▸

Tomochichi Construction Update for the Renovation Project▸



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