Quote for today ! Have a blessed Sunday! Enjoy life :)

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” Vince Lombardi

Bartow County Needs assessment survey

An important milestone with the Bartow County College & Career Academy (BCCCA) Needs Assessment Committee has been reached.  We have officially launched our survey (below) and are asking Bartow businesses to respond by the first week in May.  This is an important and rare opportunity for Bartow’s businesses to share their needs in a CONFIDENTIAL manner with the Bartow County School System and partnering colleges.  Summary responses will be used in at least the following ways:

  • ·       Developing a Charter for the BCCCA
  • ·       Writing a grant to help fund the BCCCA
  • ·       Developing the curriculum of the BCCCA
  • ·       Strategic planning for partnering local colleges including our own Chattahoochee Technical College & Georgia Highlands College
  • ·       Strategic planning of community partners in economic and workforce development



Multiple responses from an employer will not negatively impact the survey, but coordination of responses within each company is appreciated.




Please don’t hesitate for forward this link to other Bartow businesses.




Melinda Lemmon, CEcD, Executive Director Cartersville-Bartow County Dept. of Economic DevelopmentP.O. Box 307  |  122 W. Main Street  |  Cartersville, Georgia  30120 (O) 770-382-1466 Ext. 105  | (C) 404-218-2180  |  (F) 770-382-2704 melinda@locationbartow.comTHE www.LocationofChoice.com


Community News – help be a part of improving your Bartow County Community


From Bartow/Polk Alcohol Prevention Team

The team needs your input on this very series issue facing our community. Friday’s presentation called upon our Collaborative to help by completing a survey. Please visit:

www.prevention.uga.edu/homepage/polllistpublic.asp and use the code 1010.

If you wish to have a copy of Friday’s PowerPoint, please let me know. The Team has also created a GREAT Facebook page…check it out @ www.facebook.com/alcoholprevention.


From Jennifer Stephens, Cartersville Career Center

We are asking for help in identifying skill areas that should be covered in the Bartow County College and Career Academy (BCCCA) curriculum. This will help Bartow County produce the right candidates with the right set of skills to go to work employers. You can help by completing the following survey on survey monkey….


or you can contact Jennifer @ 770-387-3760 or Jennifer.Stephens@gdol.ga.gov.


From Liz Fox, Advocates for Bartow’s Children

We need volunteers for duck labeling on May 10, 4 pm @Riverside Park. You may contact Advocates @ 678-605-9023 or contact Brenda Cooper @ (BCooper@Centurybanknet.com)

Rockin’ on the River, free concert, will be held May 11, 7 pm @ Riverside Day Use Area.

5K Duck Dash & Fun Run will be held May 12, 8 am @ Cartersville Primary School and the one-of-a kind Duck Derby will be held May 12 from 10-5 @ Riverside Day Use Area…lots of Fun Activities for the whole family. Contact Advocates to adopt ducks or for more information……678-605-9023.


From Jamie Potts, AIDS Alliance of Northwest Georgia

Annual AIDS Walk Cartersville will take place Saturday, May 12, 2012 at Friendship Plaza in Cartersville. There will be food, prizes, and entertainment. The 2.1 mile Walk will begin at 11:00 a.m., registration beginning @ 10:00. Pre-registration fee is $20 for 13 and older and $10 for children 12 and under. Day-of registration increases to $25/$15. Register early by going to www.aanwg.org to register on line or download a registration form. Call the AIDS Alliance office at (770) 606-0953 if you would like to have a registration packet sent to you. For more information contact Jamie @ 770-606-0953 or jamie.potts@aanwg.org.




FREE Webinar sponsored by Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at 3:00 Eastern Time. The evaluation study includes students’ reports of bullying others and being bullied, students’ perceptions of adults’ responsiveness to bullying, students’ attitudes about bullying and teachers’ perceptions of bullying and school actions to address bullying within Pennsylvania program schools. To register for this online event visit the Webinar Registration Page The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.


Additionally, the Collaborative receives quite a bit of bullying prevention information from ParentFurther.com…might want to check them out.


Hearts for Families provides technical assistance and training for this national evidence-based program. Local trainings include:

Nurturing Skills for Families (basic home-based visitation component), June 4-8 in Rome-

$550 per person; Basic Home Visitation Training, June 4-5 in Rome-$250 per person; Nurturing Program for Parents and their Infants/Preschoolers – home-based, June 4-8 in Rome- $550 per person. For more information or to schedule a training, contact Gina Lord, glord@heartsforfamilies.org.


Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System is available on the CDC website. WISQARS is an interactive database system that provides customized reports of injury-related data. The module provides cost estimates for injury deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits where the patient was treated and released. The module allows users to create reports of: medical costs (e.g., treatment and rehabilitation), work loss costs (e.g., lost wages, fringe benefits, and self-reported household services), and combined costs (medical plus work loss) based on a number of variables including: intent and mechanism (cause) of injury, body region and diagnosis of injury, geographic location (for deaths only), sex, and age. For more information you can visit www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive!

-Howard Thurman

Tina G. Grubbs

Executive Director
Bartow Collaborative
475 East Main Street, # 218
Cartersville, Georgia 30121 678-719-2041

Bartow County Habitat for Humanity needs lunch donations for volunteer builders.

Dear community,


We still need lunch donations for this build season.  We will be building 3 houses back to back this year.  Thank you in advance for your wonderful dedication and hard work.


Saturday, May 12th    @ 8:30- Lowe’s Women’s Build- Men we need you also this date.  The walls will be build and put up this day.  We will need all the help we can get.

Saturday, May 19th    @ 8:30

Saturday, May 26th    @ 8:30

Saturday, June 2nd    @ 8:30

Saturday, June 9th     @ 8:30

Saturday, June 16th   @ 8:30

Saturday, June 23th   @ 8:30              



Robin H.

Executive Director

Bartow Area Habitat for Humanity

14 Eagle’s Court

P.O. Box 3392

Cartersville, GA  30120

Office:  770-382-6293 Ext. 20

Cell:  770-851-9958

ReSale Store:  770-383-9054

Fax:  770-382-5310

Email: director@bartowhabitat.org


American Cancer Society and Bartow County GA

American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is set for Friday, September 7th at 7:00 p.m. at Dellinger Park.


Last year was my first year to officially participate with this event. My participation along with 13 of my fellow co-workers actually took little effort, but we were able to raise thousands of dollars for much needed cancer research.


We have scheduled a meeting for next Wednesday (May 9th), 12:30 p.m. in the Human Resources Department Conference Room. If you have an interest in participating this year, please join us for a brief 20 minute meeting as we discuss how we can help this very worthy organization. (Bring your lunch if you would like)


Visit American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life – Bartow County website for more information:


News from the Great State of Georgia on Bills

As the period for Governor Deal to approve or veto legislation enters its final week, several important business measures supported by the Georgia Chamber were signed into law:


HB 797: The measure, which takes effect if voters approve a Constitutional amendment referendum this November, will restore an alternative route for creating charter schools in Georgia.  The bill is designed to give local communities an additional tool for providing students in their area access to the best possible education – whether it is in public schools or in public charter schools approved by either the local school board or the state. (SUPPORT)


HB 347:  Legislation that will accelerate Georgia’s repayment of a federal loan made to the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund while restoring long-term solvency to Georgia’s unemployment insurance system.  The Chamber believes that an expedited repayment plan is urgently needed to save businesses and their employees from increasing fees and assessments.  HB 347 offers a balanced approach in revising the current employer fee and employer assessment structure to repay the federal loan by 2014 – saving Georgia employers roughly $250 million in penalties.


SB 383: This bill revises international arbitration laws – solidifying Georgia’s position as a neutral location relating to commercial contract resolution.  SB 383 will now allow companies to settle disputes within state borders – helping to reduce costs while making Georgia’s legal system friendlier to domestic and international businesses. (SUPPORT)


SB 427/SB 428: This Chamber-led legislation is a state regulatory reform package – streamlining government and increasing transparency to help Georgia companies create jobs. SB 427 requires the timely processing of permits required by the Environmental Protection Division and SB 428 requires an annual federal rules and regulations report to be compiled by each agency to identify those requiring state implementation. (SUPPORT; Scorecard)


While the Chamber’s major legislative priorities have already been signed into law, our Government Affairs team is continuing to work with the Governor’s Office and monitor activity throughout the final week of bill signings.  The Governor has until May 8 to sign, veto or let bills become law without his signature.


The Governor’s office maintains a webpage dedicated to updating Georgians daily on signed legislation.


Rock the River May 11th

Rockin’ on the River Concert
presented by Cletus T and Bert Tilley
May 11, 6-9 p.m.
Advocates Young Professionals is proud to present their annual Rockin’ on the River Concert and Cornhole Tournament.
Join AYP and Advocates for Children on the eve of the Duck Derby as we ring in a Quacky weekend under the stars. Freeflight will be serenading the crowd with a number of covers sure to please any music enthusiast.
Bring your own picnic basket, beverages and dancing shoes for this free (that’s right, FREE!) event. Want to be closer to the action? You can purchase a table for eight for $100 by contacting Karen at Karen@AdvoChild.org or by filling out a registration form at www.AdvoChild.org.
In addition to live entertainment, food and art from local vendors and a rockin’ good time, AYP will be hosting a single elimination cornhole tournament. Registration can be found at http://www.AdvoChild.org but don’t delay! Spaces are filling up quickly.
Grab your friends and family, picnic basket and Advocates pride and come Rock the River with us next Friday!

Bartow County Chamber Event

Join us on Friday, May 11, at 11:30 am in the Anheuser-Busch Community Room for our May Lunch and Learn Seminar.  Doug Hood, with SBA Loan Consultant, will be speaking on How Can the SBA Loan Help My Business?
Doug Hood started his own business in 1997 to assist the small business community in their search for capital and to provide quality loan referrals to banks based in the Southeastern U.S.  He created an SBA outsource service that manages the entire SBA loan process for the bank client from beginning to end. Doug provides their client bank with a seamless service, invisible to the customer that immediately and positively impacts their bottom line.

Free for Chamber Members!

Lunch can be pre-ordered for $8. Lunch provided by HoneyBaked Ham.
$35 for Non-Chamber Members
(includes lunch).
Please RSVP by noonon Thursday, May 10 to

LaDonna Jordan, 770-382-1466×102.
Or, click here  to register online!