The 2015 State of Education Address, presented by Regions Bank, was held on September 16, 2015, at Athens State University.The Chamber of Commerce was delighted to provide the Athens City Schools superintendent, Trey Holladay and the Limestone County Schools superintendent, Dr. Tom Sisk, a forum to present The State of the Education Address. Both the city and county school systems used this opportunity to highlight each school system's progress in education and present an "annual report" regarding the challenges from the past year and an outlook for the year ahead. Both superintendents did an excellent job informing everyone about the state of our schools. Athens/Limestone County is extremely fortunate to have such wonderful schools with amazing administration, teachers and faculty. Their commitment and desire to give the children in our a community the best possible education and learning environments is very motivating.
Summer is winding down and local businesses are gearing up to support our area schools. Each school year the Chamber of Commerce organizes the Partners in Education program for area schools. These partnerships are resulting in better schools, better communities and a better future for our young people. Last week the Chamber hosted the Partners in Education Breakfast. The breakfast allows the schools and business partners an opportunity to meet and talk with one another about opportunities for support and volunteerism. The Chamber would also like to thank the sponsors for the breakfast, Premier Sponsor-Steelcase, Silver Sponsor-Redstone Federal Credit Union, and Silver Sponsors- The News Courier, Athens First United Methodist Church, Syndesi Solutions, The Lauderdale Group(Allstate Insurance), and Hobbs Jewelers, and our Attendee Appreciation Gift was sponsored by Berea Baptist Church. We are looking forward to another great school year! The Chamber would like to thank each business for their commitment to our schools and the Partners-In-Education Program.
Athens City Schools
Athens Elementary LawLers Barbecue Express 3
Athens High School BBVA Compass Bank
Athens Intermediate School Athens Rehab and Senior Care
Athens Middle School Henry G. Griggs Jr. D.M.D., M.S., LLC
Brookhill Elementary First National Bank/Athens
Cowart Elementary Regions Bank
Julian Newman Elementary Athens-Limestone Hospital
Renaissance Center-AHS First United Methodist Church
Athens Limestone Private Schools
Athens Bible School Outpatient Diagnostic Center
Lindsey Lane Christian Academy United Way of Athens and Limestone County
Limestone County Schools
Ardmore High School First National Bank/Ardmore
Blue Springs Elementary School Redstone Federal Credit Union
Career Technical Center Morgan Metals
Cedar Hill Elementary First National Bank/Ardmore
Clements High School Bank Independent
Creekside Elementary Chick-Fil-A
East Limestone High School Hobbs Jewelers
Elkmont High School Steelcase
Johnson Elementary Lowe’s
Owens Elementary Family Resource Center
Piney Chapel Elementary Sarrell Dental
Tanner High School Rogers Group
West Limestone High School West Limestone Family Care
The Chamber’s first Membership Appreciation Event, an Ice Cream Social, was held on July 9, at Big Spring Park. The Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce has over 550 members consisting of a diverse group of businesses, industries, and individuals.
The Chamber is appreciative for each members’ support and commitment and thanks them for their decision to “do business” in Athens. Their impact in the business community is greatly appreciated. The event was a perfect opportunity for the Chamber to recognize their members for their support and thank them for all they do in the community. The Ice Cream Social also allowed members to network with other business representatives and community leaders.
A thriving business community is vital to the success of Athens and Limestone County and the Chamber is proud of its members and honored to recognize them at the appreciation event.
We would also like to thank our Member Appreciation Event Sponsors:
Premier: Athens City Schools
Gold: Redstone Federal Credit Union and Family Security Credit Union
Silver: Bama Concrete and A-Z Office Resources
Each year it is our honor to work with our Chamber Member businesses to help coordinate Job Shadowing opportunities for our area students. Junior and Senior students enrolled with Athens City, Limestone County, and local private institutions are eligible to participate in the program. Students are required to complete an application, present recommendations from teachers, and select 3 career professions they would like to shadow. Based on the student’s career requests, the Chamber then reaches out to our business members and assigns a professional for that student to observe. Students will spend one business day observing the profession they are assigned. The program was developed to help students begin identifying career interests and to learn about academic, technical and personal skills required for a particular career. Participating students will also learn the connection between school, work and goals for the future as they observe the daily routine of career professionals. This program is a wonderful opportunity for our students to be exposed to career choices and help them plan for their education and career paths.