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A Huge Crowd Attends Business After Hours at OTC

A large crowd turned out Thursday afternoon for the Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce monthly “Business After Hours” held at the newly remodeled Okefenokee Technical College support building on Carswell Avenue. Republic Services, a local waste services provider, and Okefenokee Technical College teamed up to host the June 21 networking social.

Pete Pyrzenski, general manager of Republic Services, and Andy Brannen, OTC vice president for economic development, welcomed guests to the College’s Economic Development Training Center, formerly the OTC Child Care Center. A delicious low country boil was the highlight of the event. The meal, sponsored by Republic Services, was prepared by Kevin and Heidi Woods of KD’s Café.

As they entered the beautifully renovated building, guests were provided a large bib for the main event, door prize tickets, and the opportunity to participate in the Chamber Lottery. Pyrzenski and OTC Interim President Dr. Glenn Deibert greeted Chamber members, Republic Services and OTC staff attending the event. Pyrzenski joked about “talking trash,” and thanked Republic Services and Okefenokee Tech staff, as well as Jan Sanchez and Eva Byrd of the Chamber, for helping make the occasion a success.

Brannen invited everyone to tour the facility and consider the building for future events and training. Brannen noted that the rooms are available to the community for rental and encouraged business managers to consider OTC for customized training needs in order to advance or enhance services. To accommodate most needs, small rooms open up to form one large room and an onsite kitchen is available. Building 600, the Economic Development Training Center, is located on the north side of Carswell Avenue, across the street from OTC’s main campus.

Brannen thanked the Economic Development staff, Mark Deal and the OTC Horticulture Club, and Charlie Gibson and the OTC Student Ambassadors for helping with the event. The landscaping for the training center and beautiful flower arrangements were designed and made possible by the Environmental Horticulture program and OTC Horticulture Club.

The place setting on the dining tables included a miniature rolling trash container and water bottles, which served as event favors. Centerpieces, one-gallon flowering plants, were provided by the OTC Environmental Horticulture program and served as door prizes. Other door prizes included a large cooler, blankets, a grill, trash collection services, and sun visors provided by Republic Services and blankets, chairs, umbrellas, and OTC cosmetology salon services provided by Okefenokee Technical College. Danny Yarbrough was the lucky winner of the Chamber Lottery, over $30. Everyone laughed when he promptly handed over the “loot” to his wife, Carolyn.

Republic Services, incorporated in 1998, is a Fortune 500 organization that, through a series of successful mergers and acquisitions, quickly expanded to become one of the largest waste and recycling companies in the United States serving more than 13 million customers. The company takes pride in its strong community presence, financial discipline, and environmental stewardship.

Okefenokee Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, is a postsecondary institution of higher learning that educates through learner-centered occupational programs designed to meet the workforce development, literacy, and lifelong learning needs of Southeast Georgia. The College provides college-wide services; associate degree, diploma, and certificate programs; adult education programs; continuing education; and customized business and industry training through traditional and distance delivery formats at on-and off-campus locations.

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Dr. Glenn Deibert (left to right), OTC interim president, and Andy Brannen, OTC vice president for economic development, welcomed chamber executive director Jan Sanchez and Pete Pyrzenski of Republic Services to the college. Republic Services sponsored “Business After Hours” and OTC hosted the event.

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Guests attending Business After Hours enjoyed a low country boil and peach cobbler catered by Kevin and Heidi Woods of KD’s Café. Republic Services/Southland Waste sponsored the meal.

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A favorite part of Business After Hours is the door prize drawing. In this photo Wayne Kilmark won a pedicure from the OTC cosmetology salon.

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Danny Yarbrough (left, pointing to the winning ticket) was the lucky winner of the Chamber Lottery, which secured over $30. Everyone laughed when he promptly handed over the “loot” to his wife, Carolyn (right).

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Mayor Clarence Billups is shown handing over his winning ticket at Business After Hours. The event was hosted by Okefenokee Technical College.

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