Georgia Connector Magazine Spring 2012 : Page 28

 NUMBER years later and has continued to gain popularity and five-star customer ous growth is highly anticipated. Still, the Barrow County School System understands that investment in reviews. Kitchen manager, Marcus Crawford, says sales this January were above normal, even though their regular lunchtime crowd has shifted since a progressive future comes from the ground up. Chosen to participate in the recent courthouse move. Crawford has been working for Po-Boys since the Direct to Discovery (D2D) program, middle and high schools in the system are now utilizing innovative technology to improve performance Michael and Rebecca Welch took over the restaurant. and encourage interest in science and math. The exciting Winder and the Barrow community still function Barrow County Facts program brings classrooms and teachers in touch with like a “good, old country town,” says Crawford. “Every-CHAMBER OF COMMERCE scientists in Georgia Tech labs through access to Internet body takes care of everyone else around them.” As do the Thomas R. Jennings, president 2, enhancing the classroom experience and bringing the Welch’s, Crawford, and their entire crew by providing 6 Porter Street P.O. Box 456 importance of these fields to light for young people. Such tasty southern favorites that are easy on the budget and Winder, Ga. 30680 an opportunity serves to give learners a heads-up in areas served with smiling faces. 770.867.9444 of study like nanotechnology and biomedicine. Likewise, Promisingly, mainstays around the county are enjoy-FB/BarrowCounty Chamber a $2.6 million grant from the Georgia College and Career ing longevity while newer ventures bud around them. BARROW ECONOMIC Academy will go to Barrow County, one among four to “Barrow over the past five years has consistently ranked DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL Linda Moore, vice president receive the funds, for establishing a new career oriented in the top five fastest growing counties in the state. As the 2085 Hwy 211 NW Braselton, Ga. 30517 academy that will give high school students a chance at economy improves, there is little doubt that the trend will advanced educational opportunities. The institute will continue,” explains EDC vice president, Linda Moore. 770-867-9440 impact the county in a number of positive ways, which With several downtown revitalization efforts an-WINDER CULTURAL ARTS CENTER includes providing an essential connection between high ticipated and new entertainment venues opening, new Don Wildsmith, Cultural Arts director 105 East Athens Street schools, higher learning institutions and the business growth is on the horizon. Moore highlighted that Auburn Winder, Ga. 30680 sector. By taking a vested interest in strong educational and Statham are undergoing downtown improvements values today, Barrow County is securing a substantial and scheduling regular events that are sure to attract visi-County Population: 69,367 Average Household Income: $47,864 workforce for the future. tors, while the area has also garnered attraction from na-Whether one chooses Barrow as a home, a place of tional companies. LARGEST EMPLOYERS Public Barrow County School System 2183 business, or a place to visit, an abundance of opportuni-“ Near Winder and Bethlehem, the Barrow Crossing Private Harrison Poultry 876 ties await. Support local artists by taking in a community and Gateway developments at the intersection of Hwy 81 MUNICIPALITIES theater performance of A Christmas Carol in the winter and the University Parkway continue to attract highly rec-Auburn, Bethlehem, Braselton, Carl, Statham & Winder (County Seat) or help a child achieve their dream by volunteering at ognized names in the retail and entertainment sectors,” ex-Camp-Will-Away during the summer. Treat the family plains Moore. No doubt, the newly opened Carmike Gate-way Cinemas 12, located in Bethlehem off Hwy 316 (University Parkway), to a movie on the BigD screen or treat the taste buds to some lip-smacking guarantees to draw sizeable crowds and additional businesses. This movie-good barbecue. Get pampered at Chateau Élan or hone useful skills at La-goers’ Shangri-la offers leading DIGITAL cinema presentation, state-of-the-nier Technical College. Though it may be clear to see how the Barrow area is a place rich with innovative growth, technological advancement and art 3D and sound technology, as well as luxurious auditorium features. With innovative and creative business turning toward Barrow, utilizing business sense, it remains that, as Jennings points out, “the richest assets the highly convenient Barrow County Airport and the world-class meet-are the individuals who make the community of Barrow County a warm, ing destination of Chateau Élan Winery and Resort in Braselton, continu-safe place to live, work, play, and learn.” IS A MAGIC 28 w w w . G eorg ia C o n n ec tor . c om Spr ing 2012

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