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     On January 18, 1909, a Chamber of Commerce first organized in Jackson, but by 1937 the chamber lapsed into inactivity. In May 1957, however, J. T. Beckham and Vincent Jones re-organized the Butts County Chamber of Commerce at a meeting in the courthouse with 123 charter members formed out of the Downtown Merchants Association. The first officers were: Vincent Jones, president; J. T Beckham, vice-president; Elizabeth McMichael, secretary and Candler Webb, treasurer. On June 7, 1957, the Butts County Chamber of Commerce officially registered with the Georgia Secretary of State’s Corporations Division (History of Butts County Georgia, 1825-1976, Revised Edition, 2012).

     In January 2021, the Butts County Chamber of Commerce moved to a new location - the Historic Butts County Courthouse.  The courthouse is now a Welcome Center for Butts County. Also located in the courthouse are the Jackson-Butts County Council for Arts, Butts County Historical Society, and the Butts County Development Authority.

Meet the Board of Directors

About Natalie Jones

Natalie Jones — President

Jones Petroleum

Amanda Rivers

Amanda Rivers — Past President

Rivers Ranch

LaTara Miller headshot

LaTara Miller — Vice President

Central Georgia EMC

About Melissa Harris

Kristie Head-Stodghill — Secretary

WellStar Sylvan Grove Hospital

Rae Johnston

Rae Johnston — Treasurer

Haisten & Johnston

Chewy Adams

Derrick "Chewy" Adams

Butts County Fire Department

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Amy Washington

AWI Trucking

Brad Johnson headshot

Brad Johnson

Butts County Administration

Carlos Duffey

Carlos Duffey

City of Jackson Mayor

About Matt Garrison

Matt Garrison

Butts County Sheriff's Department

Kaleb Holton

Kaleb Holton

United Bank

About Melissa Harris

Melissa Harris

Ameris Bank

About Jennifer Vasil

Jennifer Vasil

Westbury Medical Care & Rehab

Sister Ward headshot

Sister Ward

Georgia Power

Joy Wedemeier Headshot

Joy Wedemeier

City of Jackson

Brent Lowe headshot

Brent Lowe

Butts County School Superintendent

Ike English Headshot

Ike English

Dauset Trails Nature Center

Brent Watts

Brent Watts

Butts County Schools

Jared Godin headshot

Jared Godin

Jackson Lake Homeowners Association

John Harkness Headshot

John Harkness

Butts County IDA

Kim Freshwater headshot

Kim Freshwater

Kim Freshwater, REALTOR

Meet the Current Staff

About Lisa Durden

Lisa Durden

Executive Director

Willie Norsworthy

Willie Norsworthy


About Bridget Daniels

Bridget Daniel

Tourism Director

Morgan Morris

Morgan Morris

Web & Graphic Designer

Our Mission

To promote business and act as a catalyst for economic and community development in Butts County.