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    FIBER INTERNET COMING SOON TO CLARKSVILLE

    There have been many changes made to the Clarksville Light & Water functionality since John Lester came on board as General Manager in 2013. One of the major enhancements has been the addition of the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, known as SCADA. SCADA allows the Clarksville Light & Water staff to monitor and control all facets of the operation in real time, which allows for optimum efficiency. It also allows for opportunity.

       SCADA runs on a fiber-optic system which has been installed around the city of Clarksville. Lester recognized the opportunity to utilize the fiber-optic system by incorporating internet utility for the city. Fiber-optic communication is the leading premium option for internet usage in regards to speed, cost, and overall efficiency. 

       Now, healthcare centers, government entities, and educational institutions are opting into the service. The Clarksville School District will be connected to the network, and is using this as an opportunity to provide free wireless internet to students at various locations.

       Local businesses are in the early stages of opting into the service, and are currently in communication with Lester regarding the process.   Residential access is being considered for availability in 2018.

        Students at the Clarksville School District voted on a name for the publicly-owned fiber network. The name “Clarksville Connected” was chosen.

       For more information on the fiber-optic service and how it will impact the city of Clarksville, visit ClarksvilleConnected.net.

     

    OARK BURGERS IN CLARKSVILLE

    The Oark General Store has been a dining staple for years, popularly known as a restaurant worth the 30-minute drive from Clarksville. Now, Oark burgers are available right at the foot of highway 21, in the brand-new Motion Fuels gas station. Now Clarksvillagers can fill up on gas and burgers at the same time.

     The Oark Burger Co., owned by Jake Eisele, is now open for business, and offers burgers, fries, chicken, and homemade pies. 

     

    PARIS BOUTIQUE EXPANDS TO CLARKSVILLE

    A boutique native to Paris has expanded to Clarksville. Island Cowgirl Boutique offers modern clothing for women and children at competitive prices. Annette Berry opened Clarksville's Island Cowgirl Boutique in April at 1122 S Rogers.

     

    THE CHAMBER IS YOUR BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER

    Chambers of Commerce across America are membership based nonprofits with a goal of furthering the interests of business. They coordinate business networking events and engage in activities to advocate on behalf of business. Clarksville-Johnson County Chamber collaborates with business, universities, government, education and tourism to further community and economic development. Chambers of Commerce are business resource centers. Knowledgeable staff will help connect the dots for business by introducing resources that “fit” the business needs, such as financing options, how to construct a cash flow, how to register a business, identify a business model, workforce resources, or connect to historic building resources, to name a few technical assistance resources.

       Chambers of Commerce support community and economic development because collectively members desire to see the communities prosper and attract new residents. It is common for chamber membership to strategically be involved with community betterment or improvement. In the future, watch for the chamber to publicize in the Graphic and on the chamber website quarterly lunch meetings to bring helpful information to local businesses. In the past, these information lunches have been membership oriented, but going forward non-members may participate to connect to the valuable information being shared.

     

    DOWNTOWN LIGHTS TO BE REVAMPED

       Members of the Clarksville Downtown Development Committee have been considering replacing the street lights lining downtown Main Street in collaboration with Clarksville Light & Water. The group is in the early stages of the process, and are considering potential choices and their costs.

       For more information regarding the downtown lighting project, attend the upcoming Downtown Development meeting, Wednesday, June 7 at noon in the Chamber Board Room.

     

    NEW GROUP TO BRING ART TO CLARKSVILLE

       A group of artists and art enthusiasts have created a guild dedicated to  bringing more art to Clarksville. The group is called The Johnson County Art Guild.

       The goals of the art guild are to develop new avenues for art to be experienced, improve the community through artistic advancement, and to help local artists enhance their skills.

       The Johnson County Art Guild meets in the Chamber Board Room every third Monday of each month, and is currently looking for new members. Email deenaharkinsart@yahoo.com for more information.

     

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 9 AM
    Utilize Your Membership

    Chamber Board Room

    John Williams discusses how chamber members can fully engage their membership benefits. 

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 12 PM
    Downtown Development 
    Committee Meeting
    Chamber Board Room

    Discussion of potential street light replacements for downtown Main Street.The public is encouraged to attend. 

    FRI, JUNE 9 - SUN, JUNE 11
    Lightning on Ludwig 
    Hydroplane Boat Races
    w/ Sat. Night Performance 
    by On The Verge
    Johnson County’s third annual boat racing event, which brings the sport’s top racers to Lake Ludwig to compete. 

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 12 PM
    Quarterly Business Lunch

    Clarksville Country Club

    The Quarterly Business Lunch features delicous food, and an informational presentation regarding Clarksville’s progression and development. Leading consultant for the comprehensive plan,“Imagine Clarksville,” James Walden will be speaking. 
    Please click here to RSVP. 

    FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 6 PM
    Music on the Square

    featuring Tipsy Gypsy

    Clarksville’s free live music event at the courthouse square in downtown.

     

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