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January 2024 BOD Meeting

1000 Business Blvd, Evans, GA 30809

Wednesday, January 24 2024

4:00pm - 5:00pm EST

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  1. Call to Order
    Phyllis Salazar profile image
    4:00 pm EST
  2. Consent Agenda
    Angie Byrd profile image
    1. Previous Meeting Minutes
    2. Financial Reports
      1. SME Report
      2. Lodging Tax Report
  3. Reports
    1. Associate Director
      Ashley Swain profile image
    2. Executive Director
      Shelly Blackburn profile image
    3. Committee Reports and Updates
      1. Marketing
        Gina Thurman profile image
      2. Hospitality
        Shelly Blackburn profile image
    4. Ex-Officios
  4. Old Business
    1. Bylaws Committee
      Ben Dukes profile image
  5. New Business
    1. Certificate of Deposit
      Angie Byrd profile image
    2. Election of Officers
      Phyllis Salazar profile image
  6. Adjournment
    1. Next meeting: March 27

Minutes Tab

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January 2024 BOD Meeting

Wed Jan 24, 2024 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM UTC

Present: Angie Byrd, Ben Dukes, Phyllis Salazar, Jeanette Smith, and Gina Thurman

Absent: Paul Farrow and Kellie Johnson

Staff Present: Shelly Blackburn and Ashley Swain

Call to Order

Phyllis Salazar called the meeting to order at 4:02 pm.

Consent Agenda

Gina Thurman made a motion to approve the consent agenda, Ben Dukes seconded the motion and it carried 5-0.

Previous Meeting Minutes

Financial Reports

SME Report

Lodging Tax Report


Associate Director

Written report provided.

Executive Director

Written report provided.

Committee Reports and Updates


No report. Next meeting in February. 


Next meeting will be in April or May and will feature our extranet training.


Brian Marshall, CLS- Stomp is tonight, PAC is really busy. Casting Crowns in April right before Masters. Columbia County Cup in town. Chocolate and Wine event at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. Food Truck Fest back in March. Farmers Market to open soon. 

Augusta Sports Council-Shelly read an update from Michelle Pippin.  USSSA Military Softball will be back September 18-22; USA Cycling Masters & Jr Championships will be held July 22-28; Nike Peach Jam has switched to Stay to Play model, now accepting nominations for GAMES scholarships

Old Business

Bylaws Committee

Ben Dukes—Plan for revised bylaws to include three-year terms with staggered terms and create a formal advocacy committee. We hope to amend our contract with the county to align with the fiscal year.

New Business

Certificate of Deposit

Looking at moving excess money from the Money Market to a CD. First Community Bank offered 5.05% for $100,000 for 7 months. Gina Thurman made a motion to move $200,000 to a CD at First Community Bank. Jeanette Smith seconded the motion and it carried 5-0.

Election of Officers

Gina made a motion to approve the slate of officers which is Phyllis Salazar, Chair; Ben Dukes, Vice-Chair; and Angie Byrd, Secretary/Treasurer. Jeanette Smith seconded the motion and it carried 5-0.


The meeting adjourned at 5:03

Next meeting: March 27



Name Attendance

Shelly Blackburn

Angie Byrd

Ben Dukes

Paul Farrow

Kellie Johnson

Phyllis Salazar

Jeanette Smith

Ashley Swain

Gina Thurman

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