United States Chamber of Commerce Accredited

The Accrediting Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce designated the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce as an Accredited Chamber with 5-Stars. Learn More

Member Driven.
Business Focused.

Advocating economic growth in the
Greater Augusta area.

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Mission:

The Columbia County Chamber Foundation works collaboratively to develop workforce, leadership, and community betterment initiatives for the economic success of the Greater Augusta Area.

Purpose:

In accordance with its by-laws, the Columbia County Chamber Foundation is established and sustained for charitable and educational purposes, civic, community, and economic projects and other endeavors as may be approved from time to time by the Board of Directors. The Foundation has been created to develop, sponsor, and provide educational programming, develop and foster a high level of civic concern, community development, and activity on the part of participants in any Foundation program(s).

Vision:

The Columbia County Chamber Foundation’s vision is to foster economic prosperity in the Greater Augusta area.

Guiding Principles:

  • Support positive economic growth and quality of life
  • Operate a fiscally sound organization
  • Be a visible advocate and supporter of business and educational initiatives

Why Support the Foundation?

Funds raised by the Foundation go to support the five initiatives of Workforce and Education. The Columbia County Chamber Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization, so all donations are tax deductible. 

Workforce & Education is a program of the Chamber Foundation designed to help bridge the gap between local schools and employers by building a stronger workforce for the future. 

Workforce and Education Initiatives:

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2021 Foundation Board of Directors

Carrie Hodge 2021 | Columbia County Chamber

Carrie Hodge

Chair

South State Bank

Matt Forshee 1 | Columbia County Chamber

Matt Forshee

Vice Chair

Georgia Power Company

Phyllis Salazar | Columbia County Chamber

Phyllis Salazar

Immediate Past Chair

First Community Bank

Ralph Alee | Columbia County Chamber

Ralph Alee

Secretary

Augusta University

Sean Petro | Columbia County Chamber

Sean Petro

Columbia County School District

Stephen Swafford | Columbia County Chamber

Stephan Swafford

Right At Home

Rob Clifton | Columbia County Chamber

Rob Clifton

Clifton Construction

Jen Davis | Columbia County Chamber

Jenifer Davis

Premier Networx

Bonita Jenkins update | Columbia County Chamber

Bonita Jenkins

Augusta Technical College

Nathan Krupa | Columbia County Chamber

Nathan Krupa

Golden Harvest Food Bank

Linda Hughes | Columbia County Chamber

Linda Hughes

University Health Care System

Russ Lahodny 2020  | Columbia County Chamber

Russell Lahodny

Columbia County Chamber

Susan Hall | Columbia County Chamber

Susan Hall

John Deere Commercial Products