After serving as President and CEO of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce for over eight years, Christie Moore has announced that she will be leaving the organization in January to lead the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber.
In a letter to Dawson County chamber members on Wednesday afternoon, Moore expressed her gratitude to the community and pride for what they have been able to accomplish during her time in Dawson County.
“I believe the chamber is in the best position it has ever been, and I cannot wait to see what amazing things y’all do in the future,” Moore said in the letter.
Following the announcement of her resignation, Moore told the Dawson County News that the local community captured her heart during her time in North Georgia, stating that the decision to move on was hard and bittersweet.
“While I am excited about my next adventure, I am so sad to move away from our amazing Chamber team and the members of this community who have become more like family than friends,” she said.
Moore took control of the chamber in August 2012, following the retirement of longtime former chamber leaders Linda and Marty Williams. Previously she served as president and CEO of the Blakely-Early County Chamber of Commerce in southwest Georgia.
During Moore’s tenure as president, the group saw a boom in membership, a renewed focus on local tourism and a new level of business/community partnerships that otherwise may not have happened, longtime chamber member Carol Tyger said following the announcement.
"Seeing the membership grow, we used to struggle trying to get new members. We weren't as excited and she put some enthusiasm in it/ Now we've got so many new members," Tyger said.
"She has a way of being able to reach out to people in the community and draw them in.”
According to Moore, whether it was a big victory like the chamber growing past 500 members, the passage of ESPLOST and the creation of Dawson County’s College and Career Academy, or something small, like day to day interactions with new businesses, her time in the county was been lifechanging.
“Words will never be able to express the gratitude I feel for all the support you have given both the Chamber and me,” she said. “Our Chamber and the Dawson County community will always hold a special place in my heart.
Moore’s successor has not been named yet, but according to her announcement the Dawson County Chamber Executive Committee is in the process of finding and selecting a candidate to replace her.
Regardless of who fills the role, Tyger said that they will have big shoes to fill in the coming months. But luckily, she said, they already have a good framework for success thanks to Moore.
"She's just such a vital part of our community that we're really going to miss her," she said.