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Cumming-Forsyth Chamber optimistic about 2017

Doug Jenkins is the 2017 chairman for the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce.
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The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce participated in 28 economic development projects in 2016.
•800+ jobs created
•$150 million dollars of capital investments added to the community
•232 small businesses served
•5,500+ hotel room nights generated
Nitta Corporation, a Japanese manufacturer of industrial belting, expanded in south Forsyth creating $8 million in capital investments and 20 new jobs.
Halcyon, a $370 million mixed-use development, broke ground at McFarland and Ronald Reagan parkways and will eventually boast 360,000 square feet of office and retail space.
Hydrema, a Danish manufacturer of high-technology earth-moving equipment, expanded in Forsyth County, creating its U.S. headquarters in North Forsyth and developing $1.6 million in new capital investment.
•A healthcare project from 2015, Towne Club Windermere, continued to expand in 2016, bringing $15 million in new capital investment to Forsyth County.
•Manufacturer, BMC Stock Holdings, located a manufacturing facility in Forsyth County creating $10 million in new capital investment and 60 local jobs.
Huddle, Inc., the nation’s leading ticket provider for high school sports, established its headquarters in Forsyth County, creating $50,000 in new capital investment and 25 new jobs.

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Doug Jenkins, the 2017 chairman for the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, said Forsyth County is not just one of the greatest communities in Georgia, but in the nation. And it’s only going to continue for 2017.
In Forsyth County, the unemployment rate has decreased to 4.4 percent, he said. In 2016, 28 new and existing companies created 800 new jobs and more than $135 million in new capital investment.
“Forsyth County continues to lead the state in population growth and job growth,” Jenkins said. “In addition, Forsyth County’s world class schools are internationally recognized. It’s easy to see why our community continues to be at the top of the most important lists in the country that measure prosperity and quality of life.”
Outstanding communities and economies do not develop by chance, he said.
“They are built on the foundation of leadership and relationships. We are blessed to have both of these in Cumming and Forsyth County. The chamber is an integral part of facilitating those relationships and fostering strong leaders,” Jenkins said.
The Cumming-Forsyth Chamber is the sole economic development entity in the community. “This streamlined approach to serving the needs of business clients gives us a competitive advantage,” Jenkins said. “The partnerships with the city of Cumming, the Forsyth County government and the school system make us a strong player on a global stage. The chamber will continue to work with leaders in Cumming and Forsyth County to facilitate the process of business interaction with our local government to ensure it is clear to the region and the nation that we have the most business-friendly community in the country. Cumming and Forsyth County have already taken strong steps in that direction and I thank them for their continued support.”
The chamber is also the community’s venue to channel the collective resources of business people to create economic opportunity.
“With the hiring of our new vice president of Community Development, the chamber will also take a lead role in the activities that further enhance a greater sense of place and promote the Cumming and Forsyth County brand,” Jenkins said. “As incoming chairman, I look forward to working with each of you to expand that opportunity for everyone in our community to reach their potential and achieve more than we could imagine.”
To learn about the chamber, visit cummingforsythchamber.org.

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