Over our proud 85 year history, our chamber has accomplished many great things that some thought were impossible. We have helped bring industry to our community when there were no jobs. We've come together to move Bartow Forward and build a facility that has become a point of pride for all of us. Now we've launched a bold initiative to actually do something about our business environment and to help those who are not employed. "Ringing the Bell" has generated so much excitement in our community. Citizens are understanding the value of "Buying Bartow", and as of Thursday, eighty-five people have rang the bell. "85 x $22,018 (per capita income) = $1.8 earned in new wages." The real value of this program is to the momma or daddy who now has a job that was not employed in December. We invite Bartow County residents who have been hired by a local business since Jan. 1, to call the Chamber to sign up for a time to "Ring the Bell." Please do all you can to encourage everyone to support our efforts and to keep the momentum going. If we all believe we can make a difference, we can!
Joe Frank Harris Jr. is President and CEO of the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce and can be contacted at 770-382-1466.