At its monthly meeting, Fayette Chamber Members discussed the rumor that had emerged earlier in the day that Fayette’s two branches of the Huntington Bank were among other Huntington area banks slated for closure by the end of the year. Huntington Bank came to Fayette in July of 2007.
That discussion was followed by updates on the status of initiatives by local civic leaders and Chamber members in their drive to facilitate the attraction of new ownership for the community’s recently shuttered Fayette Super Market. During that review, Chamber officers noted the leading role that anonymous private citizens and the Fayette Area Foundation have played in saving the facility for reuse as a locally owned and operated grocery outlet. Those efforts will be chronicled in upcoming meetings and public announcements.
Not lost on Chamber leaders and members is evidence that Fayette’s Industrial Sector has quietly and successfully weathered the “Great Recession” in a fashion that celebrated the collaborative efforts of our private sector. Over the past six years, Fayette has established a positive trend by filling vacant buildings, welcoming new industries, and successfully increasing the employment base.
The increased activity at Fayette Business Park as well as robust growth in other industrial operations in the local manufacturing sector has placed additional stress on Fayette’s streets and roads. At a time when positive economic indicators were scarce, local performance offered stability and cautious growth. Currently private sector leaders are assessing needs and developing potential sustainable plans to address these issues.
Members were also reminded that:
•Halloween will be celebrated on Friday, October 31st from 6 to 7:30.
•The Fall Fest and last year’s Main Street Ramble is taking a planned hiatus for 2014.
•A locally authored Community Development Plan will soon be available for member review.
•Fayette’s booth at the Fulton County Fair was another artistic and marketing success.
•The performance of 2013 Storefront Initiative exceeded expectations.
•Structural reorganization updates will be presented at the November annual meeting of the organization.
The next meeting is slated for Thursday, October 16th at 7:00 p.m. at the Fayette Opera House.