Our local LaGrange/Troup County Chamber of Commerce is a tremendous organization that has deep roots in the community. From organizing ribbon cuttings, welcoming new members, and hosting large events, they are always in the now and working hard for us all. However, there is another branch of the Chamber that is also performing and working to help connect young business professionals in the community. That organization is called HYPE and this past Thursday, February 2 they hosted their first meeting of the year and laid out their plans for 2017.
HYPE, or Helping Young Professional Engage, is a diverse group of young men and women working in their community that have come together to engage with one another and to help motivate one another. This is a group of young business professionals, generally between the ages of 23 to 45 but not exclusive on those parameters, that is working in positive directions. There are many benefits to being a member of HYPE, including discounted fees at events, volunteer opportunities, and incredible times of networking and fellowship. Membership is free to those that are already members of the Chamber of Commerce and a small yearly fee for those that are not. At their first annual meeting this past Thursday, they laid out the calendar of events for the upcoming year.
Thursday night at the Fields Golf Course, the HYPE group gathered together to meet new potential members and engage in fun activities. Through ice breakers, group photo sessions, a golf ball chipping tournament, and even a cart tour of the grounds, new members had an opportunity to mingle and converse with one another. The new board members were voted upon that night as well, with many returning faces as well as some new ones.
As far as the list of events for the upcoming year, there is certainly an exciting slate of announcements. Just in the coming months alone, there is a Mardi Gras parade watching party, a trip to see a Columbus Cottonmouths hockey game, a lunch with community leaders, a wing night/happy hour at the Brickhouse, and a social media do’s and don’ts luncheon. The rest of the calendar year holds exciting times like glow in the dark golf, top golf, shooting classes at FMJ, the Bark at the Park dog walk, the ropes course at Callaway Gardens and so much more. It is truly an exciting group and a great time.
Communities need programs like the HYPE organization. These young men and women are the future of our town and the more that they meet with one another, network together, and make business relationships all around, we will continue to see business strengthen and grow here. This is a great thing for the local economy and for anyone wanting to make LaGrange/Troup County their home for the future.
Jeremy Andrews Staff Writer