On February 20, Betsy Sheppard, a Member of the Board of Directors of the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce and co-owner of Gilbert & Sheppard Group, was part of a delegation of some 50 area notables who met with Georgia legislators at the State Capitol in Atlanta to celebrate “Apple Day.”
The delegation included some of the region’s renowned apple growers, current and past participants in the Leadership Gilmer Program (Betsy graduated from this program in 2013), as well as members of the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, the Ellijay Downtown Development Authority and Gilmer County’s Economic Development Authority.
“We treated members of the Georgia House and Senate to fresh apples, fried apple pies, dried apples and other apple products to highlight our signature crop – and to highlight Gilmer County as an economic growth area in Northeast Georgia, as well as a vibrant tourist destination,” notes Betsy. “We want to be the ‘Apple of Georgia’s Eye,’ and with Apple Day, we created lots of additional awareness for our city, county and region.”
Apple pageant beauty queens also made the trip, and Minister Butch Jones of the Ellijay Church of Christ served as the Chaplain of the Day in the House.
The presentation at the Capitol was another illustration of how the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce actively supports the industries and businesses that operate in Gilmer County. The organization contributes to the planning processes that guide how Gilmer County will grow new business and industry in the future.