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 bill that would allow tasting at distilleries across the state has made its way through the Georgia General Assembly and awaits the governor's signature.
Proponents of the bill, including master distiller Dwight Bearden, who will oversee operations at Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery, say the measure will drive economic development.
Judging from the line waiting for the doors to open and the steady customer flow all day, Dawson County residents have welcomed the opening of a new Goodwill store on Ga. 400.
The Dawson County Humane Society opened its Resale Shop and Boutique last Thursday to excited patrons from around the county.
State transportation officials are now saying changes to the county's busiest crossing will begin early next year.
Dawson County's office of tourism development has requested an additional $41,000 to cover its portion of the rent at the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center on Ga. 400.
Gold Creek Foods, founded and headquartered in Dawsonville, acquired a forth distribution and production facility.
For the second consecutive summer, Amanda Head returns to the Dawson Community News as part of the Georgia Press Association's college internship program.
The Dawson Community News earned four first-place awards and nine overall Friday night in the Georgia Press Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest.
A convenience store in southern Dawson County is once again able to sell beer and wine.
Friends, family and colleagues are mourning the death of a well-respected business leader known for his generosity and civic involvement.
County road improvements and a park in downtown Dawsonville top the wish lists of potential projects to be funded if voters approve a 1-cent sales tax extension in November.
The last six months have been hard on the employees at Impulse Manufacturing in Dawsonville.
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