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The Harris County Journal * Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 * Page I I A Apply Jobs t Kia J I CHAMBER OFFICERS - Newly-installed officers for the Harris County Chamber of Commerce are (L-R) Gayla Arrington (Secretary), Barry Morgan (Chair), Lori Quinlan (Vice-Chair) and Donnie Koon (Treasurer). (Lynda Dawson continues as President but was in the hospital and unable to attend the Chamber's annual banquet iastThursday evening at Mountain Creek Inn at Cailaway Gardens.) Chamber Banquet Launches New Leaders, Enthusiasm By MICHAEL C. SNIDER Newly-appointed Harris County Chamber of Commerce Chair Barry Morgan, noting that Chamber President Lynda Dawson - hospitalized earlier that day - was the "engine that moved the chamber," kept the 20th Annual Banquet moving along last Thursday evening, accepting the gavel from out- going Chair Bill Edwards. Morgan, Callaway Gardens' chief financial officer, said, By J~N KUYKENOALL the past year," he said. "Our cur~nt production and main- More than 31,~ ~le tenance team members came have applied for ~s at the KIA Manufacturing facility in West Point, during thec~a~- panyJs second wave ~i~.,l- tion process. The company began man- ufacturing the 2011 Serento cars last Nov. In the fin'st wave of the hiring process, KIA employed 1~200 people in the first wave. The comlmny is now hiring for a w~or.d shift. "~ our fwst wave ef hir- ing we received 43,0t3 cations," said Randy Jac~ KIA's director of htuman resources and adminiltra- tion JACKSON said the sec- ond wave of hiring is differ- nt from the first. "In the fiwst round of hir- ing, we accepted applications in with virtually no automo- tive experience and now m, ak~ up a highly skilled auto- motive work force." Jackson reminds poten- tial applicants that automo- tive experience is not r~quired. Applicants may apply at All applicants are being direct.- e~! to the website for employ- lt1~ant. KIA is presently hiring production employees, who will assemble the vehicles, and maintenance workers, who will keep the assembly equipment operating proper- ly. The process for hiring, after completing an online application, is as follows: 1) The company will select applicants for inter- THE CHAMBER held its second-annual "silent auction" in the ballroom and the event, supported by over 300 cham- ber members and guests, added a festival-flair to the annu- al banquet. Judge John D. Allen, Chief Judge of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit, keynoted the banquet meeting, and pointed out that the Georgia prison system - the fastest-growing penal system in the country - is holding 60,000 prisoners. "Sixty-percent of those are in jail for non-violent crimes." Judge Allen, alsojudicial Court authority for the circuit's mental health court, said the courts need "alternatives other than incarceration." Morgan, noting that "Recycling is an important part of Callaway's mission," said he hoped Callaway Gardens and the Chamber working together could "Accelerate recycling in our county." Edwards, in his farewell comments, among other 2009 events, noted the emergence of KIA as an economic force, the appointment of School Supt. Craig Dowling, the opening of Creekside Intermediate School, a successful "Wheels O' Fire," in spite of the weather and the addition of 31 new busi- nesses to the Chamber membership. EDWARDS recalled President Dawson's emphasis that "We work for you, our members, to support the business community;" and Morgan urged chamber members to heed Dawson's challenge, urging them to respond to it - "What can the Chamber do for you," asked Dawson in her prepared comments delivered by Edwards. Edwards also broke the news that longtime office man- ager Robyn Simpson would be leaving the chamber for anoth- er position with a law firm in Columbus -- a genuine loss acknowledged by Edwards and seconded by those in atten- dance hearing the news for the firsttime. Chairman Morgan and Jill Ward, a former Chair, induct- ed new board members, along with the officers. Directors for 2010 are: Robert Archer, Dale Askins, Dr. Kathy Carlisle, Court Dowis, Charlie Mae Ferrell, Lon Marlowe, Geoff Robertson, Gary Stegman, Cristina Stevens, Dr. Jim Woods, Hank Arnold, Kara Cable, Ken Coolik, Jenny Eckman, Leanne Harden, Ken Pope, Tammy Segura, Don Stephens, Dr. Jim Trott and Robin Zimmerman, "No, I am not Lynda Dawson," then proceeded to preside online for 30 days," Jackson over the annual event in the style Dawson would have hon- said. "Now we plan to contin, views.. ored, ./: .... : ~,= = " : ~ ~---- :: : : W-- : : ...... : ~ : r...... a tnaaas~:m~ ~ f,t~t~=~,~,~.,.,,.u:,~. ~'.~,~,, :h,,~,~- : :[:~ uereceivingapplicati~on 2) Those who success-.., The banquet meetingwas h~ld~in the Menaboni Ball ~. "~,.,~'~'~"~':' ::Y=~'~'~"~'=:~,=~='~'~'~,~'~'r~,~, 7~ [ our website for the for~ee, fully complete the first inter- at Mountain Creek Inn - Wachovia (Well Fargo Co.) the Event - ~,Y'_" ' ~' 02~'.~' ~Y"~,~ ~'~'~.~'. ~.~. ~' kE ,27,,,~ yr. ~,:~..- .... t able fut~., view process will be invited L, namver zt~n:,*vwuat~_an~e[, rlg~ ~.W~ Mrs. W=c~ona) / Jac~n~idth,=~.~rr~m.v l'meb ~ ......... | ...... t Sponsor, Callaway Gardens, a Silver Sponsor, hosting the AI n ....... ~- - ~ .... . ........... t,=,,~ ........ ~.-~- .... t--~ ....... event Joey Loudermlk, Supenor Court Judge Gil McJ~ride 1-~--en~Di-~=~e~~= ~ ~. Th ..... ~ ........ and Ramona Loudermilk - / ~:~.~"" ......... ~=~:-: fu~l~=~m~;];eassess- . y P - [ "We have been pleased merit would then continue Area Rates Staff Photos By Michael C. Snider ~;. : ~ : [ with the way our team ~- through the process before a bets have develop~ dung final job offer is extended. :(/i~~L~Si::H(:~L ENVlR~MENT - Kia's new West l F~intplant, bu~tothelate,~technology, has been described PINE MOUNTAIN LEADERS LOOKING - Checking / as looking more like a surgical operating room than an out one of the'silent auction items on display at the l auto assembly plant. Harris County Chamber annual banquet are (L-R), Pine | ............... Mountain Tourism Association Director Hank Arnold, / 1=-I. v .,-. _ ~ _ and Pine Mountain City Council members Tammy Pierce t ~ IU~l~l~][oy]r][leIl][ l-~a[e and Jim Trott. The framed leaf and frog print was donat- [:=,,,.,,~ ~ _ ,.,, - =.., ~.~ ed by Pine Eden Chnstian Retreat Center. / for uec~moer up to/.lvv LEADERS TALK - Harris County Manager:Danny :: Bridges, right, talks with Iongtime Pine Mountain busi- ness and civic leader Don (Jabo) Taylor, left, and Valley Partnership and Columbus Chamber senior vice-presi- dent Dayton Preston during Harris County Chamber annual banquet By JOHN KUYKENDALL Harris County's unem- ployment rate increased slightly in December to 7.1 percent, up from 6.8 percent in November. The November. rate was down from October, which was 13.8 percent. At the current time, 1,132 Harris County residents are unemployed, according ~ ~ Georgia Department of Labor. Harris' Civili~ Labor Force is 15,958, of which 14,742 are employed. The Georgia unemploy- ment rate also showed a slight increase in December, up from 9.9 percent in % TaJbot 8 6% 8:6% % 6~8O/o t36~A ~ 108% 9;7O/o i07/,, tli0% November to 10 percent in December The elimination of sea- sonal positions were a factor in the December increase, according to the Department of Labor. Harris Co. Labor Statistics CHAMBER BANQUET SPONSORS - Representing Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Co., "presenting sponsors" for the Chamber of Commerce 20th Annual Banquet with Chamber Chairman Barry Morgan" (standing left), are (L-R), seat- ed, Connie McDaniel Tina Anderson, Denise Gas~l~ll; and standing (Morgan)/ Cherry Griffin, Shelley/" Slaughter (Hamilton manager), Jonathan Miles and Wes Burton (Pine Mountain manager). iU i i/ u