Originally created 05/30/97

Chamber woos new business



Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Director Bob Reich hopes companies will aim their corporate ships toward the county's industrial horizons.

"Set Your Sails For Our Horizon" is the theme for the second annual Developer's Day, which will be June 14.

"The county's logo is New Horizons," he said. "Our logo is New Horizons. Our industrial park is Horizon South. I thought the theme was pretty good."

Developer's Day is aimed at statewide developers - including the Department of Industry, Trade & Tourism, Georgia Power, and Oglethorpe Power - who bring in companies that might build in Georgia

"We make sure they understand what we have to offer," he said. "It gives us a chance to woo the recruiters."

Last year, 20 groups toured Columbia County. This year, 29 have signed up for the event, which will include a tour of the Martinez facilities of golf carmaker Club Car.

Charlie Gatlin, who works in the Department of Industry, Trade & Tourism, said he is looking forward to visiting Columbia County.

"A lot of communities use these ... to educate us to the aspects of a particular community," he said. "That way we can do a better job of selling the county to a business that might be interested in the area."

Mr. Reich said the tour gives recruiters a first-hand look at the county.

"Instead of having a piece of paper with just Columbia County on it, they have seen what we have to offer," he said. "That makes us that much more competitive for projects down the road."

The county has a promotional tool in place to help sell it, too.

The Columbia County chamber, the Development Authority of Richmond County and the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce received federal funds through the Savannah River Regional Diversification Initiative to print promotional brochures.

The Columbia County and Augusta chambers have produced their brochures.