The mission of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce is to serve its members by developing an environment conducive to business. Since 1903 we have served our members and the community by fostering relationships and strengthening the ties that have secured Athens’ position as the hub of northeast Georgia.
Today 246 West Hancock Avenue serves as the primary hub for business in Athens by housing not only the Chamber of Commerce, but also the Department of Economic Development of Athens-Clarke County, Industrial Development Authority and Athens Cultural Affairs Commission. Under the leadership of former Mayor, Doc Eldridge, the Chamber has realized its vision of being the regional leader on issues vital to a thriving business community.
Chamber members are active participants in the community; providing leadership on non-profit boards, sponsoring events and allowing their employees time to volunteer. Future and present leaders of the community benefit from the Chamber’s LEAD Athens program, formerly Leadership Athens. LEAD/Leadership of Athens Alumni include Judge Steve Jones, Cardee Kilpatrick, former Mayors Heidi Davison and Doc Eldridge, Representative Spencer Frye, Michael Thurmond, Barbara Dooley, Paul Cramer and Chief Jack Lumpkin. Founded in 1982, LEAD Athens stands for: Leadership, Education, Awareness and Development.