Health care offerings continue to expand in Dawson County with Northeast Georgia Health System's purchase of the former Moto 400 building near Ga. 400. The hospital system plans to renovate the 23,000-square-foot facility and develop a multi-purpose medical office building to serve the community's growing needs, according to a spokeswoman.
The Governor's Office of Workforce Development recently announced Dawson County is officially a Work Ready Community. Established in 2006, Work Ready is a certification process based on a skills assessment for job seekers and a job profiling system for businesses designed to generate a workforce that meets the needs of local businesses.
An economic development luncheon that aims to provide the region's business leaders and elected officials an opportunity to discuss the future of Ga. 400 will be held at 11:30 a.m. June 7 at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center. The 2012 Ga. 400 Summit will address numerous questions, including how the region's leaders can help reduce congestion and how they can improve the road's qualities.
Dawson County officials say a local motel owner still owes several thousand dollars in back taxes despite management's claims that most of the debt has been paid. As of Tuesday afternoon, Comfort Inn on Beartooth Parkway was nearly $10,000 behind in hotel/motel taxes, according to Kaye Molden, the county's senior accountant.
A local childcare center is closing its doors on Friday. "It's been a wonderful 12 years. This has become an extension of our family," said Barry Slaton, who with his father, Roger, opened Dawson Learning Center in August 2000.
The future of a landmark Dawson County eatery lies in the balance after the Georgia Department of Revenue seized the Dawsonville Pool Room at lunchtime May 9. According to a notice posted on the front door of the downtown restaurant, the seizure stems from nearly $84,000 in unpaid taxes and fees.
The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce is preparing for a leadership transition after its top two officials announced plans to retire. Longtime president Linda Williams and husband Marty Williams, vice president of travel and tourism, said last week they will step down together July 6.
Northside Hospital system recently bought a building with plans to expand its services in Dawson County. The hospital purchased the property at 91 Nordson Overlook in March, according to Russ Davis, director of marketing and public relations.
The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Small Business Development Center to offer a series of seminars designed to propel local business to the next level. Maximum Money is an interactive course geared to help entrepreneurs and managers develop sound financial strategies that boost business.
Sales were off to a slow start when package liquor stores opened for the first time Sunday in unincorporated Dawson County. "I had about 40 customers all day," said Mike Keeney, owner of RK Package on Prestige Lane.
Unemployed and underemployed Dawson County residents interested in enhancing job skills through continuing their education are encouraged to attend a program offered Thursday by the Georgia Mountains Workforce Development Center at Rock Creek Park. Sessions designed to give attendees information on services available through the workforce development center will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
A dental practice that has built a reputation on individual needs and comprehensive care for nearly two decades in neighboring Forsyth County has expanded its services in Dawsonville. Forsyth Dental Partners opened its second location April 3 at 2390 Thompson Road, Suite 200.
Several local leaders will be the guest speakers at tomorrow's Dawson County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Speakers include Mike Berg, chairman of the Dawson County Board of Commissioners; James Grogan, acting mayor for the City of Dawsonville; Elaine Wilson, chairwoman of the Dawson County School Board; Jim King, chairman of the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority; and Peter Hill, chairman of the Development Authority of Dawson County.
The Georgia Mountains YMCA is considering Dawson County for future expansion. Rich Gallagher, YMCA president and chief executive officer, confirmed Tuesday preliminary plans are in the works for a standalone YMCA facility in Dawsonville.
A major consideration for many parents looking for a place to plant their homestead is the quality of the local school system. Recognizing this, the Dawson/Lumpkin Homebuilders Association invited Keith Porter, superintendent of Dawson County schools, to speak at its monthly meeting.
A resolution signed last week outlines how much of the county's hotel-motel tax revenue will be split with the chamber of commerce for promoting tourism.
A local steel fabricator is in talks with Dawson County officials about possible tax incentives for an upcoming project.
This year, instead of waiting until the first minutes of Black Friday to begin at midnight, retailers opened their stores Thanksgiving night to give shoppers the deals they had been waiting on.
During a Nov. 12 joint work session and board meeting, the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority voted on several financial matters, two of which go hand-in-hand.
Thanksgiving is next week and with that comes the official start of another tradition - holiday shopping.
Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation has announced a second rate reduction for its customers.
County commissioners last week approved a rezoning that has potential to bring a large-scale tourism development to western Dawson.
Belk department store is hosting its semi-annual charity sale next month and is inviting local schools and nonprofit organizations to participate.
A German-based leader in welding and exhaust safety equipment recently bought more than 15 acres near Ga. 400 in Dawson County for its North American operations.
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