Changes in Chamblee Chamber of Commerce Leadership

Chamblee, GA, December 22, 2014 – There are a couple of leadership changes taking place at the Chamblee Chamber of Commerce.

Arthur 'Art' Freeman

Founding CEO, Art Freeman and Founding President and Chairman of the Board, Van Pappas both announced Thursday during the December Chamber Breakfast, that they will be leaving the Chamber in their official capacity.

Freeman was instrumental in the organizations formation as he provided the procedural and executional expertise necessary to bring a Chamber of Commerce to a more than one-hundred-year-old city that never had one.

Chamblee did have the Chamblee Business Association (CBA), formerly the Chamblee Area Business and Professional Coalition, but in order to have a stronger position on behalf of Chamblee businesses in the areas of Governmental Affairs, Economic Development and Advocacy, the decision was made by the CBA to form a Chamber.

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Chamblee holds groundbreaking ceremony for new mixed-use development, “The Olmsted.”

CHAMBLEE, GA, November 12, 2014 – by The Post –  The City of Chamblee together with the Chamblee Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Development Authority hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday at the future site of ‘The Olmsted.’

Cocke Finkelstein Inc. (CFI), in a joint venture with Macauley + Schmit (MS) and Origin Capital Partners, will develop a 283-unit, Class A live-work community adjacent to the Chamblee MARTA station that will become the “Southern Gateway” to the city’s historic downtown, complete with the name “Chamblee” on the rooftop. 

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Interim CEO Lee May speaks to Chamblee Business Community

CHAMBLEE, GA, July 18 – Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May attended Thursdays Chamblee Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Meeting where he addressed the local business community. Mayors, Elected Officials, City Officials, County Officials and the business community gathered in the Chamblee Civic Center to enjoy breakfast prepared by Senior Connections. The event was sponsored by Peachtree-DeKalb Airport.

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Chamblee Chamber opening Tuesday

The Chamblee Chamber of Commerce will officially open its new offices during the monthly after-hours mixer on Tuesday, May 12, 2014.

The mixer runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 5382 Peachtree Road, Chamblee, GA 30341. Food and beverages will be provided.

Admission is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. First-time guests can attend for free.

Chamblee Chamber of Commerce Announces Its First Official Event on April 16, 2014

Apr. 3, 2014 – ATLANTA — Chamblee.- The newly formed Chamblee Chamber of Commerce announces its first official event; a business luncheon & forum co-hosted with the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce featuring a keynote address by Sam Zamarripa, the first Hispanic to serve in the Georgia State Senate (2003-2007) and current Co-Chairman of “The Essential Economy Council”; a bipartisan, nonprofit organization that creates research and educates on the value, patterns and trends of low wage positions in the state.

The event will take place at the Chamblee Civic Center on April 16th at 11:30am (3540 Broad St., Chamblee, GA, 30341)

“We are excited to host this Business Luncheon in our house and discuss such key issues as immigration and workforce that directly affects our business community. Chamblee is one of the most diverse cities in the county with over 58% Hispanics/Latinos plus a wide variety of minorities, representing over 25 different countries, within its city limits” noted Arthur Freeman, CEO of the newly formed Chamblee Chamber of Commerce.

The event is open to the public. Community, business leaders and media are encouraged to attend. Please contact or 404-378-8000 ext. 224 for details.

The Chamblee Chamber of Commerce fosters economic development and partnerships focusing on minority businesses and ventures within the City of Chamblee and welcomes interested parties and businesses to their formal launch announcement on April 8th at the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant located at 3829 Clairmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30341 at 5:00 pm.


About The Chamblee Chamber of Commerce
A non-profit 501 (c) (6) organization, “The Chamblee Chamber” advances and promotes economic development within the City of Chamblee. It represents a large number of minority businesses and advocates and supports with its collective voice in favor of the local economy.

For more information or to become a member, contact Barbara Barber at

New Chamblee Chamber of Commerce is ready for business

Source: Champion Newspaper, March 28, 2014

Chamblee business owners will have a stronger voice in the community, the county and the state trough the new Chamber of Commerce that will start operating in April 2.

According to its CEO Art Freeman, the Chamblee Chamber expects to have more than 250 members and will represent the interests of many businesses and trade associations as an independent business advocacy organization.

“What the Chamblee Chamber of Commerce can do that business association cannot is get involved at the political level not just within the city politics but to the national level because the chamber represents the entire spectrum of governmental affairs,” Freeman said.

…read the whole article on The Champion website.