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Chattahoochee Tech Honors Cobb County Couple for 15 Years of Helping Students through Memorial Golf Tournament

(Acworth, Ga. – Oct. 9, 2018) Chattahoochee Technical College honored Alan and Claire Peterson, of Cobb County, as the college’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year on Monday, Oct. 8, at the 15th annual Mike Peterson Memorial Golf Tournament to thank them for their many years of dedicated service in raising over $146,000 through this annual event to benefit Chattahoochee Tech students.

Chattahoochee Technical College honored Alan and Claire Peterson
Chattahoochee Technical College honored Alan and Claire Peterson as the college’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year at the recent 15th annual Mike Peterson Memorial Golf Tournament. At this event, l-r, are Susan Stephens, Chattahoochee Tech Foundation Board of Trustees member, Claire Peterson, Alan Peterson, and Chattahoochee Technical College President Dr. Ron Newcomb.

As a token of the college’s appreciation, Chattahoochee Technical College President Dr. Ron Newcomb presented the Petersons with a glass sculpture at Cartersville Country Club, the site of this year’s tournament. The Petersons have organized a memorial golf tournament every fall since 2003 to celebrate the life of their son, Mike Peterson, an automotive enthusiast who passed away in 2002. All proceeds from the memorial golf tournaments have been donated to the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation in order to fund tool sets, each worth thousands of dollars, for Chattahoochee Technical College students in the Automotive Technology, Diesel Equipment Technology and Automotive Collision Repair programs.

“Alan and Claire Peterson’s steadfast commitment for so many years has been truly inspiring,” said Dr. Newcomb. “We are sincerely grateful for their impressive work to make a difference in the lives of Chattahoochee Tech students. Their support and dedication has succeeded in changing lives.”

The Chattahoochee Tech Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that supports the college by working diligently to help make higher education an affordable reality for students at Chattahoochee Technical College.

For more information, visit www.ChattahoocheeTech.edu.

Collins Fights to Make Elberton Post Office Handicap Accessible

WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) has written to the United States Postal Service in Washington today requesting action on behalf of residents of Elberton, Ga.

Currently, the post office there is inaccessible to residents with limited mobility, but the Postal Service has declined the community’s proposal to use local resources to make the facility handicap-accessible.

“As you may recall, I wrote to you on October 3, 2017 regarding the Elberton, Georgia Post Office, after it was brought to my attention that no ramp, walkway, or elevator exists that permits traditional handicap access at that location. In that letter, I requested your assistance in reviewing the availability of proper handicap access at the Elberton facility, and I asked that the Postal Service make the necessary changes to facilitate appropriate, safe, and comfortable access to this post office for all whom it serves,” wrote Collins.

“I am deeply concerned that barriers to access at the Elberton Post Office persist a year after my office raised concerns on behalf of Elberton residents, and I encourage the Postal Service to prioritize the accessibility of its public facilities across the nation. Over the past year, my office has worked with the community of Elberton to find possible solutions to ensure that everyone can access this public facility. The City of Elberton and a number of local organizations are willing to donate the resources needed to make the physical improvements to the facility. The community would fully implement these proposed improvements in order to provide disability access without prompting potentially extensive and costly efforts associated with changes to the Post Office’s [Americans with Disabilities Act] and [Architectural Barriers Act] exemptions,” he continued.

“I believe working with community partners to make the facility more accessible to residents would be mutually beneficial. While the existing policy may be well-intentioned, I encourage you to consider the impact that it may have by preventing the post office from improving its service to the community. I respectfully request that you provide my office with the reasoning behind this policy and allow the community to make physical improvements that enhance the facility’s accessibility to customers with limited mobility. I look forward to your reply and appreciate your attention to this matter.”

Collins’ letter is available in its entirety here.

Deal: Floor & Decor to Create 500 Jobs in Cobb County

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Floor & Decor, a multichannel specialty retailer of hard surface flooring and related accessories, will create 500 jobs over five years in the expansion and relocation of its headquarters in Atlanta. New jobs will include administrative and customer service positions.

“Floor & Decor’s headquarters expansion highlights how companies that call Georgia home find success for continued growth here in the No. 1 state for business,” said Deal. “Georgia is home to many of the nation’s flooring industry leaders who thrive here thanks to our skilled workforce, expansive logistics infrastructure and close proximity to the Southeastern market. Companies like Floor & Decor are a driving force in our state’s economy, as they invest in our communities and create quality jobs for Georgians. Our low-tax, business-friendly economic environment will continue to help Floor & Decor flourish well into the future.”

Floor & Decor operates 95 warehouse-format stores in 26 states, including seven in Georgia. In February, the company opened a state-of-the-art 1.4 million-square-foot distribution center outside of Savannah, which employs over 100 people.

“We’re pleased to reach this agreement, which will allow us to continue to expand in Georgia,” said Floor & Decor CEO Tom Taylor. “Floor & Decor was founded in Atlanta nearly 20 years ago, and we’re proud of the hundreds of high-quality jobs that we’ve created in Georgia. The state’s business-friendly environment and infrastructure make it the perfect place for us to support our stores and our customers.”

Founded in 2000, Floor & Decor stores offer a broad selection of in-stock tile, wood, laminate and natural stone flooring products, as well as decorative accessories and installation materials.

“The Cobb Chamber and SelectCobb are excited about Floor and Decor’s decision to expand its global headquarters in Cobb,” said Sharon Mason, president and CEO of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. “This announcement illustrates our strong partnerships, thriving business climate, and skilled workforce. Floor and Decor’s investment and job expansion will contribute to the success of Cobb County for years to come.”

“Congratulations to Floor & Decor on their headquarter expansion and relocation,” said Metro Atlanta Chamber President and CEO Hala Moddelmog. “It is wonderful to see one of our homegrown companies thriving in our region and continuing to invest in metro Atlanta. Floor & Decor has a strong presence in the distribution ecosystem, and they are a fantastic example of the nationwide supply chain network that has grown here, giving us the name #SupplyChainCity.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Director of Existing Industry & Regional Recruitment Lindsay Martin represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with Select Cobb, the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Georgia Power.

“Floor & Decor has been a great corporate citizen in Georgia,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Our pro-business environment sets the stage for existing industries to grow and collaborate with economic development partners throughout the state, and this is a tremendous example of such a partnership.”

About Floor & Decor

Floor & Decor is a leading specialty retailer of hard surface flooring, offering the broadest in-stock selection of tile, wood, stone, related tools and flooring accessories at everyday low prices. Founded in 2000, the company is headquartered in Atlanta.