Why vote YES??

The Connect River Valley Campaign kicked off in support of the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST) this morning.  The T-SPLOST will appear on the July 31st primary ballot.  You may ask yourself why this is so important–well, there are lots of reasons:

For starters, this T-SPLOST means more jobs, safer roads and local control of transportation. This one percent sales tax is expected to generate about $545 million in this area and will fund several projects over the next ten years in the sixteen county River Valley Region. This capital investment is expected to create over 16,000 jobs.  Projects slated for completion with T-SPLOST funds include the widening of SR 1/US 27 from Turnberry Lane in Columbus to State Road 315 in Harris County, as well as intersection improvements along Buena Vista Road, in an area known as the Columbus Spider Web (see the full list of River Valley projects).

The Connect River Valley Campaign is a committee of local residents who have been working to organize a successful effort to pass the referendum.  Lt. Gen. (R) Carmen Cavezza, Ph.D., former City Manger of Columbus and former Commanding General of Fort Benning, serves as co-chair of the campaign along side Betty Jackson, Vice President of Finance at Columbus Technical College.  Billy Blanchard, Regional Chief Executive Office of Synovus and President & C.E.O. of Columbus Bank and Trust is the campaign treasurer.

“T-SPLOST is the best option that we have in being able to meet our transportation needs for the region,” said Cavezza, committee co-chair.

Here are some more quick facts about why voting YES on July 31st is so important…

The Problems

  • Georgia is the third fastest growing state in the nation, but 49th in per capita spending on transportation.
  • Gas tax revenue, our primary source of transportation funding continues to decrease annually
  • Our roads and bridges continue to get older and are in need of repair
  • The Solution

    On July 31st, voters in our region will have the change to vote YES for a better future with more jobs, safe roads and local control.

    ECONOMIC IMPACT--Our River Valley Region’s projected revenue of $594,061,269 would create 16,040 jobs.

    LOCAL IMPACT75% of total revenue raised in the River Valley Region will go toward the regional project lists and 25% will go back to the cities and counties for local transportation projects. 100% of these funds stay in our area.

    LOCAL CONTROL–Every dollar raised in the local regions will be spent on local projects with local oversight. A local citizens’ accountability committee will be appointed in each region to ensure projects are completed on time and on budget.


  • Vote YES on July 31st
  • Encourage friends, family and co-workers to vote YES
  • Contribute to the Campaign
  • Like  Connect River Valley facebook page & share with your friends
  • Share the T-SPLOST videos on your facebook page
  • Speak to Local Groups
  • Write a letter to the editor
  • Make phone call prior to election day
  • Put signs in your yard
  • Wear a campaign t-shirt
  • Place a bumper sticker on your vehicle
  • For more information call–706-596-7013, visit our page on Facebook and visit the website

    “Where Did the Day Go!?”

    I used to consider myself a pretty organized person.  For those of you who are familiar with Emergenetics, I am primarily “green”–actually primarily is an understatement , I am over 51% green.  If you are not familiar with my color coding green stands for: Structural–I like precision, practicality and processes, a detailed organized plan is important for me–I like the idea of developing a concrete solution and meeting a clear objective.  I am a planner, an organizer–which means I am list maker and I like to stick to it. Hey, they don’t call me Anal Amy for nothing.


    I can definitely relate...in fact you could just paste my picture right on her face!

    Lately, I feel like I am missing my green and it is making me blue..boo hoo!  I frequently find myself asking “where did this day go” as 5:00p.m. rolls around.  I start my day off with great intentions but by 9:00am the emails are rolling in, the phone is ringing and my “to-do list” just keeps growing without scratching off any of the previous items. 

    Instead of making a call to “whine 1-1″ I have decided to be pro-active and resort to what I do best…making a list… here are my plans to better stay on track during the work day:


    Step 1: Put all your tasks in your calendar. Need to write a monthly report? Block off the time needed in your calendar. Need to research new business prospects? Schedule that time each week. By committing tasks to our calendar, we’re more likely to see them as true appointments that can’t be rescheduled or skipped.

    Step 2:One of the best ways is to eliminate – or at least minimize – your distractions. That means turning off the cell phone, shutting down e-mail and logging off Facebook. Even if you just take a quick look at the latest e-mail message, it’s still eating into your productive time.

    Step 3: Close your door. If you happen to have an office with a door, shut it for an hour or two each day to minimize interruptions. No door? Remember college professors and their “office hours?” Try a similar technique in which your staff or colleagues know you’re available between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. but for the rest of the day you don’t want to be disturbed unless it’s urgent.

    Step 4: Pick two or three items on your to-do list that can be done quickly and knock them out first thing in the morning. That way you have a sense of accomplishment and will feel energized about the rest of the day.

    Step 5: Recharge your batteries. It can be tempting to take your work home in an effort to catch up, but not taking a break can make it even harder to concentrate. Give yourself some time to unwind and chances are you’ll be able to tackle your tasks faster.

    Looking for more ideas to add time to your day? Check out this article from the Harvard Business Review, including tips like asking those around you ways we might be wasting time that we do not notice in ourselves.

    I’d like to hear from you–how do you stay productive and avoid distractions and interruptions at bay?

    It’s Official: The “I Am The Chamber” Campaign is Unveiled at Luncheon

    Today, we unveiled to the public our new Greater Columbus Chamber of Commercebenefits-driven” website and membership drive campaign: I Am The Chamber!

    To celebrate the culmination of the first stage of this monumental undertaking, we invited the many supportive Chamber members who volunteered their time, likeness, words, and wisdom to come down to the Depot for us to personally give them our utmost thanks for their participation to our cause.

    Bill Becker of Basset & Becker Advertising takes the podium to unveil the "I Am The Chamber" membership campaign.

    We were blessed with beautiful weather, perfect for grilling out. After burgers and dogs, we moved inside and Bill Becker from Basset & Becker Advertising walked everyone through the process that he and his team employed in creating the iamthechamber.com campaign, which included a quick tour of the website (with an emphasis on the member videos), multiple billboards, print ads, take-aways, large hanging banners, radio spots, and a television commercial. It was informative, yes, but a lot of fun, as well.

    It was stressed often during the course of the presentation today, so it will be reiterated here: this is just this beginning. It felt like a celebration, and there is reason to celebrate. We now have the tools necessary to accomplish our goals: to enhance our membership and guide our business community to a more prosperous future. But it’s not yet time for champagne and confetti. It is time to hit the streets. Let’s all be walking billboards. Let’s be living testimonials. Let’s keep the Chamber on the top of people’s minds. And more than anything, let’s keep people visiting iamthechamber.com. It’s all there.

    So, let’s enjoy today. We’ve all earned a little pat on the back. But again, this is just the beginning.

    ~ The Chamber

    P.S. How can you help? Here are three simple ways:
    1. ‘Like’ the IAmTheChamber Facebook page.
    2. Subscribe to this Blog.
    3. And share this simple message: “I Am The Chamber.”

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    Do you need a Political Liaison to assist your business in Columbus, Georgia? The Chamber can help.

    Sometimes our small and emerging businesses come up against local and state ordinanances and laws which inadvertently hinder our businesses from growing in new markets.

    Some measures are put into place for the safety of our communities, but  others stand in the way of business growth. Want to learn more about Political Liaison benefits available through the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce members?

    The chamber is on the side of your business, growth and our community.

    Join us today and let us show you how the Chamber can strengthen your company’s bottom-line with a free Business Analysis Assessment customized specifically for your company’s needs. There are many ways The Chamber can help you succeed.

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