Chamber needs a president

By Justin Boron

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce is searching for a new president since Matt Carlson, its former president, resigned abruptly.

Jack Hancock, the organization's new chairman, said it was a "mutual decision" and Carlson left for a better opportunity.

The president runs the day-to-day operations of the Chamber.

The average tenure of a president is three to five years, Hancock said.

Carlson was hired last April.

Shane Short, the owner of Southern Crescent Promotions, will manage the office until a permanent replacement is found.

Hancock said the gap will not inhibit the organization's progress on its goals for this year, which include extending the scope of small business in the community.

The county has many small businesses, he said, but the mid-range businesses with larger staffs have yet to open here.

"There may be a need for that larger small business," Hancock said. "Those size businesses you have to grow."

He also said the Chamber wants to become the "hub of contact" for new business coming to the county.