published Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Business Briefs: Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce hits record in members at 2,246

Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce grows to 2,246 members

A three-day effort by the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce has led to a historic high in membership for the business group.

The "Your Chamber Connection Event" signed up 451 new members, bringing the total for the year to 2,246, said Sandra Brewer, the group's vice president of member investor services. That's the most members in the Chamber's 127-year history. "It was a great team effort."

She said 400 volunteers took part in the initiative that garnered $167,000 in new membership dues. "It showcased the nature of business in Chattanooga and the strength of Chamber membership," Brewer said.

Academy opens Tuesday in Gordon

The Gordon County College and Career Academy will hold an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday in Calhoun, Ga., on its new building. Industry professionals will demonstrate real-world applications of the training provided in the academy's new, state-of-the-art labs.

Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle will speak at the event at the 305 Beamer Road location at 4:30 p.m.

Gordon County Schools, in partnership with Georgia Northwestern Technical College, received a $3.1 million grant from the Technical College System of Georgia in December 2010 to build the training academy for high school students.

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