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North Fulton Chamber hosts forum on Connect 400

North Fulton Chamber hosts forum on Connect 400

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast forum last week for regional transportation leaders to discuss MARTA's Connect 400 Transit Initiative.

About 90 people attended the forum. Attendees included business and community leaders in the GA 400 corridor, according to Chamber spokeswoman Debbie Ryals.

Connect 400 is an 18-month study that covers GA 400 from northbound Interstate 285 to McGinnis Ferry Road in Johns Creek.

"This study is a huge step toward advancing exploration of new transportation alternatives in this market," Ann Hanlon, COO of the North Fulton Community Improvement District, said in a statement.

Rylas said Connect 400 will identify the GA 400 corridor's needs and look at alternatives that will allow smoother sailing for all drivers. The Chamber's forum gathered input about the corridor's transportation needs from the local leaders in attendance.

Peachtree Corners hires first city manager

Peachtree Corners hires first city manager

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. -- Julian L. Jackson has been named the first-ever city manager of the new city of Peachtree Corners.

Jackson's new position will take effect on Oct. 1. He joins Peachtree Corners from Monroe, Ga., where he has served as city administrator since 2000.

"It is truly an honor to be selected as the first city manager of Peachtree Corners," Jackson said in a statement. "I am very excited about this unique opportunity."

In addition to his experience with the city of Monroe, Jackson has worked for Roswell and in several small communities in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. He is president of the Georgia City/County Management Association and serves on the board of directors of the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia.

Jackson has a doctorate and master's in public administration from Valdosta State University, and a bachelor's in accounting from the University of West Florida. He and wife Stacey have two sons.

'10 Guys in Pink Ties' raise awareness for breast cancer research

'10 Guys in Pink Ties' raise awareness for breast cancer research

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Members of the Roswell Rotary Club are going pink to support breast cancer awareness.

The "10 Guys in Pink Ties" have already reserved a table at the Power of Pink event, which will be held on Friday, Sept. 21 at Country Club of the South in Johns Creek.

Power of Pink will feature a luncheon, fashion show and silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the Atlanta chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Individual tickets are $75; tables are also available for $700. Buy tickets here.

Power of Pink is presented by North Fulton Hospital. The 10 Guys in Pink Ties are led by Power of Pink sponsor Steve Stroud of Stroud's Painting and Design.

CaraVita founder named Small Business Person of the Year

CaraVita founder named Small Business Person of the Year

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Beth Cayce is the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Person of the Year.

The honor is awarded annually to the most outstanding business executive in North Fulton County.

Cayce is the founder and CEO of CavaVita Home Care in Roswell. CaraVita provides in-home care services for more than 16,000 seniors in metro Atlanta, according to the chamber.

"I am honored to be named Small Business Person of the Year by the GNFCC and consider the award a reflection of the excellent work of my entire team," Cayce said after receiving her honor. "For CaraVita, the goal has always been to help the families of Roswell and north metro Atlanta meet the challenges of caregiving. We've worked tirelessly to help seniors achieve and maintain independence wherever possible."

Cayce received the award during the chamber's August Eggs & Enterprise breakfast.

Falcons to take over Eggs & Enterprise

Falcons to take over Eggs & Enterprise

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons will "rise up!" and take over the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce's next Eggs & Enterprise breakfast event.

Jim Smith, the Falcon's chief marketing officer and SVP, will attend the Aug. 28 meeting to talk about the team's upcoming season and many community engagements.

Smith will take the place of Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy, who had a conflict come up, according to a statement from chamber president Brandon Beach.

Eggs & Enterprise will be held at the Windward Marriott in Alpharetta. To register, visit gnfcc.com. The registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 24.

School board announces August community meetings

School board announces August community meetings

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each member of the Fulton County Board of Education sponsors a monthly meeting open to all members of the community.

The sessions provide an opportunity for direct contact with community members and give board members a chance to listen to local issues and concerns.

Board members have set the following meeting dates for August:

District 1 (Linda Schultz)
Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 9:30 a.m.
Mountain Park ES (11895 Mountain Park Road, Roswell)

District 2 (Katie Reeves)
Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 9:30 a.m.
Hopewell MS (13060 Cogburn Road, Milton)

District 3 (Gail Dean)
No meeting in August

District 4 (Linda Bryant)
No meeting in August

District 5 (Linda McCain)
District 7 (Julia Bernath)
Thursday, Aug. 16 at 9:30 a.m.
Johns Creek Environmental Campus (8100 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta)