Update given for fireworks details in Ellijay

Community, News

ELLIJAY, Ga. – The City of Ellijay is offering a few updates to its Fourth of July Celebration this year with an official start time and clarification on viewing.

According to Gilmer Chamber President/CEO Paige Hutto, the fireworks for this year’s celebration are starting at 8:45 p.m. As previously reported, they will be launched from the area behind Ellijay Elementary School. These details are very similar to previous years for the celebration.

However, other details are coming brand new this year. The city is trying to take steps forward this year as they attempt to improve awareness and marketing for the celebration in addition to providing options for citizens wishing to continue social distancing.

The Chamber has been updating citizens in that area. like their post last week about the fireworks display saying, “the awesome folks at the City of Ellijay are working out specifics on how to keep our citizens safe during the fireworks show.”

Hutto clarified that while meetings are being held over details for safety and viewing zones, they are not currently closing off areas. Hutto explained that the city is not trying to set places where you can or cannot watch from, but rather finding options for viewing to help the crowds spread out, and seeking ideas so that everyone can enjoy the show safely.

She confirmed that city officials have been talking about this event for some time and making decisions to provide for citizens and that the Chamber is dedicated to spreading any new details the city has as soon as they come available just as they did with the aforementioned post.

Chamber Office Re-Opened – A Message from Gilmer Chamber Board of Directors

Community, Gilmer County Chamber
Gilmer CHamber
A Message from your Gilmer Chamber Board of Directors:
May Network Luncheon Registration
Limited seats available. Click here to register and get your webinar link!
A Word From Our President & CEO
As we begin the process of reopening to a changed world, I want to assure each of you that your Gilmer Chamber is here to serve you. It is our honor to serve our community and our membership. Your success means the world to us and we want to make sure you know that we are HERE for you.
I also want to give you an update on our operational plans over the next several months. The main office in East Ellijay is back open and fully staffed. Our hours of operation are Monday-Friday 9a to 5p. The lobby doors are open, but we have limited access to brochures and areas of the building.
The Downtown Welcome Center is closed until at least late May but we will reevaluate each week. We will also continue to use teleconference/virtual capabilities at least through the end of May for all meetings.
Again, please call on us if we can help you navigate the reopening of your business.
Warmest Regards,
Events might look a little different for the time being, but we are still finding ways to bring the events our community loves to life in new ways! Be on the lookout for more info on Taste of Ellijay Restaurant week!
Business Resources
The following business resources may be useful for you and your business as Georgia begins reopening. If you have any questions or need any further guidance, please feel free to reach out to Paige.
Membership Announcements
Renewing Members
As of 05/01/2020
  • Cartecay United Methodist Church
  • Coosawattee River Tubing Company
  • Covenant Community of Ellijay
  • Gronholm Patent Services
  • Joyce Kosirowsky
  • Noontootla Creek Farms
  • Republican Party of Gilmer County
  • Scott Chastain
  • Twin City Motors
Gilmer Chamber | 706-635-7400 | info@gilmerchamber.com | http://www.gilmerchamber.com/
The Gilmer Chamber is a 650+ member organization serving the North Georgia communities of Ellijay, East Ellijay, and Cherry Log. The Chamber serves as the destination marketing agency for the county and provides networking opportunities and business resources for its members. The mission of the Gilmer Chamber is to promote a strong business environment that enhances the quality of our community. The vision of the Gilmer Chamber is to be the leader in making Gilmer County the best place to visit, live, work, invest and play. For more information on joining the Chamber or getting involved, please call 706-635-7400 or e-mail info@gilmerchamber.com.
Gilmer Chamber | P.O. Box 505Ellijay, GA 30540


Gilmer Chamber – Pay it Forward Gilmer

Business, Gilmer County Chamber
pay it forward
April 16, 2020
Have you ever pulled up to pay at a drive thru only to find out that your ticket had already been covered? That feeling is the essence of the Pay it Forward Challenge.
Your business can contact the Chamber to get the funds and media package you need to start this process. From there you can begin contacting loyal customers to let them know that they have been gifted a $25 gift card and asking them to pass on the favor.
In receiving a gift card to your business and passing on the favor, customers help business owners continue to generate revenue. Thank you to Faith, Hope, and Charity for providing the funds necessary to get this process started for our local businesses! Contact The Chamber to get your business set up with this program today!
Check out this short video for a more in-depth explanation of the process:
Pay it Forward Gilmer Challenge
Business News
  • Sugars End Dental
  • Queen Law Office LLC
  • C-Scapes, Inc.
  • Lynette Nelson
  • AirMedCare Network
Couldn’t Make it to the April Network Luncheon?
If you were unable to attend our first-ever network Luncheon, no worries! We have pulled video highlights here for you:
Gilmer Chamber April Network Luncheon
Sponsor’s Note
Penelope Marshall with Amicalola EMC shares the impact that AEMC has in Gilmer County and tells what they are doing to keep employees and customers safe at this time.
Gilmer Chamber April Network Luncheon
Keynote Speech
Gilmer County Commission Chair Charlie Paris delivers a State of the County Address.
Gilmer Chamber April Network Luncheon
Membership Update
Membership Manager Ellen Grant lists new members to the Chamber and talks about exciting opportunities coming up for our members.
Gilmer Chamber April Network Luncheon
Chamber Update
President and CEO Paige Green talks about what the Chamber is doing to respond to COVID-19 and shares some exciting opportunities that the Chamber will be offering for our business community.
Good News from Gilmer
Share the Sunshine Challenge Winners
Our Share the Sunshine Contest is still going strong! Here are the individuals that have won so far and the businesses they chose for their $150 gift card. You too can win an awesome prize! Simply share what you’re doing to stay positive with us on Facebook, use #SharetheSunshine, tag the Gilmer Chamber, and make sure your post is public for a chance to win!
  • Kathy Romanick: Heaven Sent Massage
  • Kathleen Hodgens: Mr. P’s
  • Kristin Taffin: Cantabury
  • Janice Clayton: Whimz
  • Laura Wilson: Live the Trail
  • Courtney Keough: Spectra
  • Beau Lowman: ACE
  • Pam Burns: Back Porch Bistro
  • Haley Robinson: Belle’s Boutique
  • Cindy Ashurst-First: Gilmer Food Pantry
  • Jenny Jannsen: Black Bear Antiques
  • DeeAnne Stenberg: Abby’s Ice Cream

Ellijay City Council Candidate Forum heralds coming election day

Election, News
Ellijay City Council Candidate Forum

ELLIJAY, Ga. – The Gilmer Chamber hosted their 2019 Ellijay City Council Candidate Forum this week, and with only five days to election day, the final stretch of the race is still seeing the candidates working hard for votes in the city.

However, its not just the voters watching this election as local business owners and even some of the county’s Commissioner Candidates were on hand to listen to these speeches. Though not all live in the city limits to be eligible to vote, business owners said they were present as they wanted to know what the city’s future, and therefore their businesses, hold.

The City Council Candidate Forum lasted from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. Each candidate was given 3 minutes to speak to citizens about their campaign. Afterwards, these candidates took time to speak personally with attendees in a “Mix & Mingle” format.

With one candidate absent, those present for the forum included incumbents Al Fuller and Katie Lancey and new candidates Jerry Baxter, Tom Crawford, Jerry Davis, Brent Defoor, Sandy Ott, Kevin Pritchett, and Brad Simmons. Charles Barclay was not present.

However, this forum isn’t the only stop this week on the campaign trail as FYN spotted candidates at the 2019 Chili Challenge speaking to citizens and enjoying the event. And with five days left until Election day, the candidates are working harder than ever trying to get last minute moments with voters. This year’s election format could see five completely new candidates on the council. With the previous withdrawal of candidate Lynelle Reece Stewart, there will definitely be, at least, three new faces to the council next year.

For citizens of Ellijay, Tuesday will be very busy as they not only vote for the newest Ellijay City Council but, as citizens of the county as well, also for their new Post 1 Commissioner to fill in the remainder of Dallas Miller’s term on the Board of Commissioners.

Gilmer Chamber: Spring Activities Are Starting Up!

Gilmer County Chamber

Karla and BKP are at the Gilmer County Library! Karla discusses the upcoming events in the county and talks about all of the holidays that are celebrated this week.

Gilmer Chamber presents Karla’s Korner: Catching a Braves Game and Other Activities

Gilmer County Chamber

Karla and BKP discuss fun activities to do when leaving Gilmer County. Braves games, Amicalola State Park and Fort Mountain State Park are great options for a fun family day!

Gilmer County Chamber: Upcoming Events in Gilmer County

Gilmer County Chamber

Karla and BKP discuss the upcoming events in Gilmer County!

Gilmer Chamber: A Busy Time in Ellijay!

Gilmer County Chamber

There is so much to do in Ellijay in the coming days and weeks that you’re crazy if you can’t find something to do! Head over to the Gilmer Chamber website to check their Calendar of Events and see what you can get into!

Gilmer Chamber: Easter is Coming Soon!

Gilmer County Chamber

Karla and BKP go over the different events happening in the county.

Gilmer Chamber: What’s Happening in Ellijay?

Gilmer County Chamber

Karla and Brian talk about the opening of the new downtown Welcome Center and discuss different events happening in our local area!

Gilmer Chamber: Opening a new Welcome Center!

Gilmer County Chamber

Karla and BKP discuss the brand new Welcome Center and St. Petrick’s Day

Gilmer Chamber: Happy Valentine’s Day!

Business, Gilmer County Chamber

Karla and BKP announce all of the upcoming events in the area and talk about Valentine’s Day!

Gilmer Chamber: Valentine’s Day Events

Gilmer County Chamber

Karla discusses the upcoming events happening in our area!

Gilmer Chamber: New Year’s Resolutions and Local Events

Business, Gilmer County Chamber

Karla and BKP discuss their resolutions and the local events coming up as 2018 winds down.

Gilmer Chamber: Upcoming Events in Gilmer County!

Gilmer County Chamber

Karla and BKP discuss the upcoming events in the county!

Gilmer Chamber: Recapping the Annual Chamber Meeting

Business, Gilmer County Chamber

Karla and Brian look back on the successful meeting from last week, talk about the award winners, and go over a few events that are upcoming.

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