New building boosts economic development

The new, 10,500 square foot Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce office building is truly something to be proud of and will certainly boost economic development opportunities in the area. The new building provides a much better representation of our business community to potential prospects, international visitors, those interested in locating a facility here or others doing business with us. The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce is now the technology-focused gateway for business and visitors to our community.

The new building is not your standard office complex and contains a host of unique features. Visually distinct with spectacular architectural details, the facility is open, airy and gives the feel of water, lake, mountains – of Lake Sidney Lanier and the Blue Ridge Mountains!

The building contains state-of-the-art technology features and opportunities in the future for a technology room. Along with spacious offices and the latest in computer technology, the facility also includes increased meeting room space, two conference rooms and an expanded Welcome Center.

The building project is part of the Hallmark Initiative, a $2.8 million economic development program designed to make the Gainesville-Hall County area a regional leader in high-tech industry, particularly pharmaceuticals and telecommunications. In addition to the building project, the HALLmark Initiative has played a vital role in creating jobs.

Over the past year, your Chamber has assisted numerous local businesses in expansion projects. These expansions replaced 500 lost jobs due to the economy. Where would our job level be without the Chamber’s economic development initiative?

Through the Economic Development Council and other programs – Career Academy, Drugs Don’t Work, Small Business Seminars, Freeport Initiative, Partners in Education, Industry Roundtable, Environment & Beautification, and many, many more – we remain successful in our efforts to promote business in Gainesville-Hall County.