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Alan Chapman named acting transportation director for Gwinnett

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Gwinnett County Administrator Glenn Stephens has named an acting transportation department director. Alan Chapman, who currently serves as deputy transportation director, will run the department following Gwinnett DOT Director Kim Conroy’s retirement on Oct. 24.

County Administrator Glenn Stephens said, “I am thankful to have someone like Alan with the credentials and experience to lead the department during this transition. I know he will do a good job.”

Alan joined the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation in 1997 as project manager for the road improvements capital program and was promoted in 2004 to the role of deputy director where he oversees the preconstruction and construction divisions. Alan holds an MBA from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Georgia. Before coming to work for Gwinnett County, he was with the Georgia Department of Transportation and also worked as an engineering and construction consultant. He lives with his wife, Anne, and two daughters in Lawrenceville.

Jackson County Commission to hold final budget public hearing

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The Jackson County Board of Commissioners will conduct the last of three public hearings on the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, in the jury assembly room at the Jackson County Courthouse. (See related story)

Also during the commission meeting, items from the commission’s Oct. 6 work session agenda will be on the agenda including:

- Approval of the extension of the contract with Home Development Resources Inc., for the execution of the 2012 Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP) Grant. HDRI has been serving as the grant administrator and an extension is needed since the program is actually just getting under way with the release of funds to the county. CHIP funds will pay HDRI’s not to exceed proposal price of $39,910.

Community Development Director Gina Roy reminded that Jackson County had received the CHIP grant for 2012, 2013 and 2014, however, the 2012 funds had only been released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs approximately three months ago. Jackson County is to receive approximately $1 million funds to assist qualifying elderly in certain census tracts to renovate their homes. Areas of County Commission Districts 2 and 4 included and local contractors are hired to handle the renovation work, Roy said.

Roy said the purpose of CHIP is to invest in the community by helping current homeowners rehab their own homes to bring to building code standards and to help home buyers be placed in current homes in Jackson County by helping them with down payment assistance. Home values increase thus helping the tax digest. Continue reading Jackson County Commission to hold final budget public hearing

TICA celebrates grand opening with ceremonies, scholarship announcement

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Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce Josh Fenn hands over a large pair of scissors to TICA President Haruhiko Kimata and Gov. Nathan Deal for the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the grand opening event held Oct. 9. A community scholarship being established was also announced during the event. See LeAnne Akin's photo gallery of the celebration below.

Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce Josh Fenn hands over a large pair of scissors to TICA President Haruhiko Kimata and Gov. Nathan Deal for the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the grand opening event held Oct. 9. A community scholarship being established was also announced during the event. See LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery of the celebration below.

Toyota Industries Compressor Parts America, Co. (TICA), a subsidiary of Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO), held its grand opening ceremony on Oct. 9.
Approximately 160 invited guests attended the ceremony, including Governor Nathan Deal and TICO President Akira Onishi. TICA associates, wearing blue TICA T-shirts, filled a large section of the assembly room,
“I want to express my appreciation to Governor Deal, Mr. Akira Onishi and all our invited guests for attending our ceremony,” said Haruhiko Kimata, TICA’s President.
“The start-up of TICA marks an important milestone in TICO’s history. For the first time in 20 years, the complete compressor is made 100 percent in America. We could not have achieved this milestone without the hard work of our associates, who are our most important asset,” said Kimata.

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Braselton Farmers Market being extended through Dec. 19

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The Braselton Farmers Market which has been providing produce and other goodies throughout the summer is being extended to share the fall bounty of offerings. See previous scenes from the Braselton Farmers Market in LeAnne Akin's phot gallery below.)

The Braselton Farmers Market which has been providing produce and other goodies throughout the summer is being extended to share the fall bounty of offerings of market participants. See previous scenes from the Braselton Farmers Market in LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below.)

The Braselton Farmers Market is being extended to highlight the fall offerings from the farms and gardens and kitchens of participants. The farmers market will be continuing on Fridays at a new time. Located on Harrison Street in the town’s historic downtown, the market hours will now be 2-5 p.m. on Fridays through Dec. 19 except no markets on Oct. 24 and Nov. 28. Visit www.downtownbraselton.com.

 

Celebrating 30 years of Relay For Life with Oct. 23 community meeting

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This year marks the 30″ anniversary of Relay For Life! What began as one man’s trek around a track to raise money for cancer research has become the largest volunteer driven fundraising organization in the country. Being a volunteer driven organization means that our strength comes from our community, so we are asking the members of our community for their input, to help us decide on what our Relay For Life event will become.

On Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m., we will be holding a community wide meeting to introduce changes and options for Braselton-Hoschton’s Relay For Life. We need your input to help make the final decisions.

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