Monday, September 27, 2010

Georgia Work Ready Kick-Off Luncheon Set for September 29

A Kick-Off Luncheon for business owners and human resource professionals will be held at Summer Grove Golf Club at noon on September 29, 2010, sponsored by Georgia Work Ready in partnership
with the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce.  State Senator Mitch Seabaugh, will speak about the benefits to employers of the Work Ready Program.  There is no cost for the luncheon meeting for qualified employers.

How can employers benefit by attending this luncheon?  By learning the answers to often asked questions like "What would a better qualified workforce mean to your company?" "Are you interested in decreasing turnover in your workplace?" or "Would you like to have a complete understanding of
an applicant's strengths and weaknesses prior to meeting them?"

Available through the State's network of technical colleges, the Work Ready Program is designed to help employers through job profiling and Work Ready Certification.

Work Ready job profiles identify the job tasks and skill levels necessary to be successful in any job.  Companies match those profiles to employees' Work Ready Certificates-which measures core skills-to ensure the right person is placed in the right job every time.

Additional information can be located on web site or by calling Andy Dunn at Summer Grove Golf Club at 770-900-3618.

Attendees are asked to RSVP through the Chamber at by September 27 or by calling the Chamber at 770-253-2270.

About the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce

With almost 600 embers throughout Coweta County, the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing economic prosperity for all Coweta's citizens.  As the county's largest business organization, the Chamber works to provide business
leadership to foster an economic and cultural climate favorable to all business, in order to create a higher quality of life for all residents.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Asian Culture Festival Comes to Newnan Sept 25

The Asian American Business Association (AABA) will be hosting the second-annual Asian Culture Festival September 25th during the traditional time of the Chinese Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival. The event will be held at the Court Square in Newnan from 11:00am to 4:00pm and the opening ceremony will begin at 12:00 pm.

The festival features local vendor-booths, selling a variety of merchandise, food, and beverages; including concessions dedicated to promoting various aspects of Asian culture. Many local non-profit organizations will be in attendance, joined by various artists, dance and cultural performance groups, including live performances.

New to the festival this year, the Taipei Economics and Cultural Office (TECO) will be sponsoring a photo exhibition entitled “Taiwan Sublime”. The exhibit, opening on the day of the festival, showcases the work of four professional Taiwanese photographers, and is co-sponsored by the AABA and the Cultural Art Commission of Newnan City. The exhibit will be hosted at the Panoply Decorating Shop.

In an effort to increase awareness of the Far East culture, the Asian Culture Festival offers many opportunities for new business relationships and cultural exchange. We wish to invite the entire community, and those in the surrounding area to join with us, and help celebrate the Asian Culture Festival in downtown Newnan this year.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Chamber’s Young Professionals Group Hosts After-Hours September 28

The Young Professionals of Newnan-Coweta (YPNC) will host a “Meet and Greet” after-hours cocktail reception at 6pm on Tuesday, September 28 at Newnan’s newest hot spot Octane Coffee & Cocktails, 21 Bullsboro Drive, Newnan. This is a chance for young professionals from throughout the county to get together in a relaxed atmosphere, enjoy some social time, and get to know the area a bit better.

“These events continue to draw a large crowd of young professionals interested in networking and building a stronger base of local connections,” said Andy Dunn, YPNC Board Member and with Canongate Golf Clubs.

Attendees need not be a current member of the Chamber. Those planning to attend should make a reservation through the Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact the Newnan-Coweta Chamber, 770.253.2270, or email

“The YPNC has been a huge success thus far,” explained Dunn. “This is due to the efforts of the YPNC Board-of-Directors, the Newnan-Coweta Chamber, Canongate Golf Clubs, and our wonderful sponsors. Our Board of Directors will be expanding the YPNC’s programs as we move forward to achieve our mission in fostering positive relationships,” Dunn shared.

The Young Professionals is modeled after similar groups in other counties. The Young Professionals range in age from 21 to 40, and is open to every business who would like to get their staff involved with networking and representing their company on a different level. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact the Chamber for more details.

Visit to Oak Grove Plantation to Help Arnold Cemetery

Oct 2, 2010 from 9:00am-5:00pm
Newnan, Georgia 4537 North Highway 29

Fund Raiser for Arnold Cemetery (on property) $10.00 contribution (children free) tax deductible

Oak Grove Plantation is a restored 1830 plantation with outbuildings, complete with farm animals. Bring your family, a picnic lunch and enjoy the day. There are 5 acres of gardens, including herb garden, formal garden, secret garden, sunken garden, playhouse garden, the list goes on.

The gardens have been ongoing for 27 years. They are an interpretive restoration of what a 19th century plantation owner’s wife might have done. The owners grow heirloom plants and recent introductions. There will be extra plants from the gardens for sale to benefit the cemetery.

The gardens have been featured in Southern Living, Southern Living Landscape book, Country Gardens, Southern Homes, Atlanta Magazine and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. You can view pictures of the gardens at Oak Grove is the private residence of George and Liz Tedder.
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Chamber Announces Pre-Election Candidate Forums

The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce will host a Candidate Forum on Monday, October 18 to give Coweta County citizens the chance to hear ideas from and pose questions to those running for local and national office.

The Monday, October 18 Candidate Forum will be held at the Chamber’s offices (23 Bullsboro Drive) in Newnan at 6:30 p.m. and will feature U.S. Representative District Three challenger Democrat Frank Saunders and incumbent Republican Lynn Westmoreland. Also for the local school board elections the event will feature District One At Large Incumbent Michael Sumner and challenger April Parker as well as District One contenders Amy Dees, Andrew Krause, and Jimmy Harrison.

To learn more about the Candidates Forums, contact the Chamber at 770-253-2270 or

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Friday, September 3, 2010

'History with Elizabeth' at The Carnegie Topic Mill Villages (Newnan)

Come to The Carnegie for an intimate discussion with local Historian Elizabeth Beers to learn more about Newnan and its history. The event will be September 8 at 10 A.M.

“This program is a favorite with both newcomers and Newnanites alike as you can always learn something new about the city you live in from,” says Amy Mapel, Carnegie Coordinator.

A fourth generation Coweta Countian, Elizabeth is a descendant of early settlers. Proud of her heritage and always imbued with a strong sense of history, Ms. Beers has been actively involved in various professional, civic, community, church, and historical organizations. With her knowledge of the county and its people, she is a resource person, and has become known as the "unofficial local historian."

Please call the Carnegie at 770-683-1347 to reserve a spot today.

About the Carnegie
Carnegie is one of the most historically significant structures in downtown Newnan and was built in 1904. The building served as a library until 1987 when a new facility was constructed on Hospital Road. With its iconic lighted sign that states the ‘City of Homes’ on top of the building, citizens recognize the Carnegie when they drive through historic downtown.

The Carnegie was funded by the city of Newnan’s General Fund and partly by 2007 Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). The Carnegie’s cost to be renovated was over $1.5 million dollars to the city. For more information on the Carnegie, please visit or email