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Page 4C November 27, 20l9 Wesmonem By Diane Glidewell teers for the program as news©mymcrnet it worked on the website and other ways to bolster The 2019 Leadership BECkPaCk Bhddies- , Monroe Class presented its Monroe county) Yah ” project to Monroe County never cease to ethaze me, Board of Education on sale BYrd- 13115 13 all for “ Nov. 12. The class decided 0hr ehlldreh- ' to work in support of the Baekpaek Bhddles Backpack Buddies pro, prov1des food for Mon- gram at the school system, fee 93th Students Who including creating a website receive free breakfast and for Monroe County Back— luneh at SChOOl bht the pack Buddies, as its project. m danger thOt havmg Class members gave a enough feed on Week' check for $4,755 to school ends or “heel hOhdaXS- social worker Gwen Byrd BaCkPaekS are filled Wlth to be used by Backpack foods that do not need Buddiesaswell as deliv- preparatlon for students ering over 200 pounds to take home With them of food to her Office for on weekends and school the program The group breaks. Volunteers pack has worked with Byrd in the haCkPaekS With f90d determining needs and the donated or bought Wlth best way to recruit volun- dehahOhS. Jonathan Icenhour of 2019 Leadership Monroe said several businesses, in- cluding Five Below, Central Georgia EMC and Forsyth CVS donated items, and the Leadership class held a raffle for a Yeti cooler to raise money. Kate Lastinger, president of the Leadership Mon- roe Class, thanked Jason Hickman for developing the website. She said it streamlines information for the community about how to help. It gives locations for dropping off dona- tions and lists the churches that are helping with the program. It is a way to get information about a child who could benefit from the program to Byrd and it is a way to donate once or to sign up to donate monthly. Lastinger said it costs Back- pack Buddies less than $4 per weekend per child. Icenhour said the website can be downloaded on an iPad, iPhone or touch computer. Mitchell Perry promoted Forsyth native Mitchell Perry has been promoted to supply chain manager by Freudenberg Performance Materials. Freudenberg is one of the world's leading manufacturers of high-qual- ity performance technical fabrics, nonwovens and textiles. The promotion is ef- fective Ian. 1. Perry is the son Mitchell Perry gained extensive financial, management and sales expe- rience. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science of Dr. and Mrs, Tom Perry of from the University of Geor- Forsyth. gia and a Masters of Business Perry joined Freudenberg Administration from Mercer in February 2017 as Finan- University. cial Analyst and has been an OutSide 0f work Perry integral part of the Finance enjoys playing golf, tennis Department since. Prior and basketball as well as to joining Freudenberg he Spending time With his fam- held several roles, includ- ily. He is a board member at ing Director of Operations, the Macon Soccer Club and Regional Manager and a new member of the Macon Financial Analyst, where he Civic Club. UGA Alumni George Emami is 2020 Bulldog 100 named to The Brokery LLC, owned by George Emami of Forsyth, has been named to the University of Georgia Alumni Association’s 2020 Bulldog 100 list of fastest growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni. The alumni website says that more than 533 nominations were submitted for the 2020 list, which is the 11th year alumni businesses have been so honored. It says the list includes businesses from industries as varied as technology, cosmetics, entertainment and education and based as far north as Virginia and as far west as Nevada. Of the 100 busi- nesses 84 are based in Georgia. The criteria to make the 2020 Bull- dog List were that the business has been operating since Ianuary 2015; it had verifiable revenue of $100,000 or more in the calendar year 2016; the CEO, president managing g h. partner or owner is a former UGA‘ student; and the business operate in a manner consistent with the Pillars of the Arch and in keeping with the values and image of the University of Georgia. Nominated companies were ranked on compounded annual growth rate for 2016, 2017 and 2018. The 2020 Bulldog 100 Celebration will be on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the West End Zone in Sanford Stadium starting at 6 pm. The Alumni Asso- ciation says the Bulldog 100 embody the best of what the University of Georgia stands for: the hard workers, the night owls and the early risers. The Brokery has offices in Ma- con and Forsyth and specializes in buying and selling residential and commercial real estate in Middle Georgia. Emami and his wife, Denise, live in Monroe County and have three children who attend Monroe County schools. Emami is a Monroe County George Emami commissioner and has served the county since 2017. trained workers outside of Forsyth CVB hosts regional Tourism Expo By Diane Glidewell Department of Economic ' Development Tourism Content Manager, spoke Forsyth Convention 8r 3130‘“ highlighting things Visitors Bureau (CVB) to do) lhehldlhg 5PeC1al hosted its first Tourism events, With hhks to hetell Expo at the La Quinta Inn motel accommodations 8r Suites conference room on Nov. 7. The opportunity to learn of ways to connect v to tourists through state and eateries. She talked of targeting specific audiences and tracking response from advertising. She promoted California, Georgia has a strong presence in film. She said there are currently 36 projects filming in the state. She encouraged local communities to tell any property owners interested in having their sites used in films to add them to the Reel Scout data base. To do so they submit photos, and Lamonica gave examples of the type of photos to sub- mit, generally broad, land- scape shots. She said there are currently 7,000-8,000 the community. She said A mixture of local and regional individuals involved in tourism related businesses listened to tips on how to bring more visitors to their communities at the Tourism Expo of the LoQuinto confer- there are 35 trillion web listings like Explore Geor- Explore Georgia a free gia’ to bring in film pro_ tool for communities pro- ductions and to make web- Wded by the State ' sites and other social media Mary Ahh hamomca 0f as productive as possible the Georgla F 11m thee attracted representatives sald all 159 Of Georglas from the Robins Air Force counties are now certified Base Aviation Museum, as “Cemem reed)”, ahdihave jasper County Chamber of a dehghated halSOh Wlth Commerce, Forsyth Cable, the Georg“! Fllm Olhee- Indian Springs Conference ’ Whleh was founded 1h Center and State Park as 1973 at Georgia Teeh by well as local hotel owners, theh'GOV- limmY carter- restauranteurs and retailers. She Said With the diverSitY Lindsey Isaacs, Georgia around the State and one . of the largest groups of PREGUALIFIGATIONS FOR GENERAL CONTRACTOR ADVER'HSEMEIIT The City of Forsyth is accepting Statements of Qualifications to pre-qualify General Contractors to bid on Forsyth City Hall proposed to be located at 28 East Main Street, Forsyth, GA 31029. Sealed qualifications will be received by Ms. Janice Hall, Forsyth City Manager, in the Welcome Center at 68 North Lee Street, Forsyth, GA 31029, up to 3:00 pm on December 16, 2019. This project is a new 10,500-square feet two-story city hall building with a 3,000-square feet basement. The project will be construction type VB with a steel frame and consist of offices, a council chambers, a bill-pay area with drive-through window, a basement used for storage, 43 parking spaces and associated site work. The project construction schedule is anticipated to be 12 months starting in March 2020. All proposals must demonstrate compliance with all aspects of Georgia state law and City of Forsyth policy, including minority and small business enterprise verification and other requirements. The owner retains the unqualified right to reject any and all proposals. The owner may or may not interview potential candidates to assist in the selection process. Please contact the Clark Nexsen construc- tion manager below to obtain the prequalification package. Clark Nexsen: Allan Burgamy, Senior Construction Manager Mailing Address: 440 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Macon, GA 31201 Phone Number: (478) 314-1255 E-Mail Address: “We'need local people Owens Insurance Agency 16 Eastlohnson St. Forsyth, GA 31029 AUTO 0 HOME 0 LIFE LONG-TERM CARE DISABILITY Rick Owens (478) 994-1 51 5 £473) 742-7966 properties in the data base. Films require all kinds of N I properties, and with stages ence room on OV' ‘ and fihn warehouse space to help with venues and around the state grow- details like permits,” said ing, the need for varied Lamonica. “It’s like a village sites for location filming behind the scenes.” is also growing. 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Provide descrip- During a lunch with a tive information to the choice of Indian cuisine user,” said Hough. “Who- and sandwiches, Casey ever is indexed best will Hough of Compass Media show up.” talked about how to make He said to use images that websites and other social support the local feel and to media most effective in keep the website updated, making travelers aware relevant and useful but not of attractions, events and accommodations. He said Heating We Service All Brands of Heating Air Conditioning Units Sewing Monroe County & Surrounding Areas for over 40 years Free Estimates Financing Available Juliette Rd. 0 Forsyth, GA 478-994-6127 Ga.Reg,CU 401419 turn to the experts”: jam too much On one page. He said Google is sensitive ‘ to overusing some words. He urged using primary and secondary headers and linking to relevant sites. He said Google will provide weekly reports on how a site is performing. CVB Executive Di- rector Gilda Stanbery thanked Navid Kapadia of La Quinta Inn 8t suites, Amy Knight of CoTique Boutique and others who helped facilitate the Tour- ism Expo and said she plans to make it an annual event with the importance of tourism to the Middle Georgia economy.