Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce
E-LinkFebruary 2015

We hope you enjoy the February edition of E-link.  Remember you can always access our calendar of events here!
Dalton-Whitfield Archway Partnership  


Melissa Lu was recently honored for her work with the Dalton-Whitfield Archway Partnership.


The Dalton-Whitfield Archway Partnership is a community and economic development program administered and supported by the University of Georgia.

Archway was launched in our community on Aug. 31, 2009 and Melissa was hired Nov. 16, 2009. 


"There have been numerous accomplishments that have been made as a result of being an Archway community and we have been the recipient of valuable higher education resources as well.


Through her efforts, she has sparked many people to get involved in projects and volunteer for new projects that have already resulted in accomplishments that we are all proud of.


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Melissa Lu has worked tirelessly for Archway and

 this community and the accomplishments and resources are a result of her efforts and energy.

  Everything she did for Archway, she did with passion and vision for moving our community forward.


We want to recognize her today with a small token of our appreciation and to let her know that she is already missed.  We wish her well and we know that she will always be a part of Archway especially when we see the accomplishments that have been made," said Lynn Laughter, Chairman of the Archway Executive Committee. 



Congratulations to State Representative Tom Dickson who was recently named Commission Chairman, House Education 

Appropriations Subcommittee with the Georgia General Assembly by Governor Nathan Deal to serve on the Education Reform Commission. The commission will study the state's education system, including its funding formula, provide recommendations intended to improve the system, increase access to early learning programs, recruit and retain high-quality instructors, and expand school options for Georgia's families.



Congratulations to Katora Printup, Executive Director of the Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center, who was recently appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to serve on the State Commission on Family Violence


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SPLOST Special Election

The Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce has taken a position to support the upcoming Special Election on the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.  


 For more information on the SPLOST Special Election, please visit

President's Council


Volunteers Raise Your Hand!


Literacy Event Got Books?? Readers to Leaders is in need of books for their summer reading program, 'Power Lunch'. If you have any books, new or used, we would be glad to take them off of your hands! Any book that is acceptable for McKay's, is acceptable for Readers to Leaders. Books can be dropped off in Dalton at the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce at 100 S. Hamilton or at the North Georgia Regional Library on Cappes St.


Do you have plans for the summer? Readers to Leaders is looking for groups to adopt a summer 'Power Lunch' site. R2L will provide books and game ideas, Whitfield County will provide lunch for the students, all you need is time to spend with them, read to them, and play games with them. If your group or organization is interested in helping with the summer 'Power Lunch' program, please contact Melissa Morrison at 706-712-0961.


Pre-K registration is March 24th and 25th. Readers to Leaders is looking for volunteers to assist in the Children's Corner. We will be reading stories, doing crafts and playing games with the children while their parents are filling out the necessary papers for them to go to Pre-K. If you are interested, please email or call Melissa Morrison at


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Did you know that Whitfield County is one of seven counties in Georgia that does not have a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST)


The Chamber has recently taken a position to support the 2015 SPLOST issue on the March 17 Election Ballot. This SPLOST includes many areas of our community such as public safety and communication, quality of life, and roads, streets & bridges. One project in particular is our need for a Digital Emergency Response Communication System. Did you know our system uses outdated technology from the 1970's?


To hear more about the SPLOST Special Election join us at our Share the Vision breakfast on SPLOST sponsored by the Leadership Dalton-Whitfield Alumni Association.


The breakfast will be held on Tuesday, March 3rd from 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. at the Dalton Golf & Country Club.  Buffet Lines will open at 7:30. Tickets are available here for $15.00 each.  


Please join us for this important Breakfast!


For more information on SPLOST, please click here.

Welcome New Members

A Different Place

Institutional Wholesale Company (I. W. C)

Stone Ridge Apartments

Stone Brook Apartments

Thank You 
2015 Sponsors

Society for Human Resource Management


Northwest Georgia SHRM is an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. Whether you are new to the HR field or have many years of experience, we are a local starting point for networking, information, professional development and continued support of excellence in Human Resources.


Meeting info:

Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month at noon

Ryman Hall

2203 South Dixie Hwy.

Dalton, GA  30720


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