Welcome to the
Greater Valley Area!
Midway between Montgomery and Atlanta on the vital I-85 Corridor, the Greater Valley Area is four cities in three counties in two states. Our cities of LaFayette, Lanett and Valley are in Chambers County, Alabama, and West Point is in both Troup and Harris counties in Georgia. And the famed Chattahoochee River runs through it, offering unlimited scenic and recreational attractions. Home to KIA’s first US automotive plant in West Point, our area offers diverse economic and entrepreneurial opportunities, bountiful natural resources and an engaging lifestyle. You’ll never grow tired of exploring the potential!
Women's Networking Luncheon May 7
Guests at the 2014 Women's Networking Luncheon on May 7 will learn more about the value and pleasure of agritourism.
This is the subject of keynote speaker Jeff Manley, co-founder and operator of The Rock Ranch and President of the Georgia Agritourism Association. The Rock Ranch, located in Upson County, Ga., is a 1,500-acre working cattle ranch that doubles as a destination for family fun. It is owned by Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy and dedicated to "Growing Healthy Families".
This year, the luncheon will be at the historic West Point Depot, Museum and Visitors Center at 500 3rd Ave. in West Point, hosted by the Ambassadors of the Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce. Attendees may come as early as 11:30 a.m. EDT to view the tables, all decorated in themes that relate to agritourism. Lunch, beginning at noon, will offer a fresh buffet menu created by Ed and Ann Yeargan of Crème Fraiche.
Reservations are now open and will be accepted through Wednesday, April 30. Click here to register and pay online. Luncheon reservations are $20 per person or a table for eight for $140 – a savings of $20.
Agritourism is broadly defined as agriculturally based operations or activities that bring visitors to farms, ranches and gardens. It may include pick-your-own facilities, cultivating plants, horseback riding, learning about artisan crafts such as cheese-making, or just a relaxing stay on a farm. Agritourism is one of the fastest growing parts of the American tourism industry.
The Rock Ranch is a popular field trip destination for Georgia schools. It also offers families a wide choice of activities – everything from zip lines to pole fishing. There is lodging for overnight those wanting to make it more than one day of fun. The range of activities offers a unique bonding experience for families – for each other and for the land. Businesses and organizations find it a great place for conferences and retreats.
There are pick-your-own fields and a wide range of seasonal all-natural produce and premium beef for sale.
Jeff Manley, who lives with his wife and three children at The Rock Ranch, serves on the University of Georgia's College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Advisory Council, the Gordon State College Foundation Board and Southern Crescent Technical College's Board of Directors. He recently was appointed by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to the Georgia Tourism Foundation. Mr. Manley is a graduate of Berry College, Rome, Ga.
"His presentation is going to be really interesting to many people in our community – everyone from area garden clubs to those who love to grow their own and those looking for a great family experience that's also close to home," said Chamber Tourism and Community Marketing Assistant Debbie Kelley, who is Ambassador Co-Chair. "Mr. Manley is in demand as a speaker and we're fortunate to have him."
For more information about the Women's Networking Luncheon, contact the Chamber at 334.642.1411 or
Celebrity Bake Sale is Back!
The Celebrity Bake Sale is back to "sweeten" the area with a wide variety of tasty treats – cakes, cookies, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls and cheese straws – available to lucky winners of the drawing.
Introduced three years ago as a "new twist on bake sales" – the Celebrity Bake Sale brings a number of the area's best-known bakers, each donating a "signature" specialty to benefit Relay for Life. Tickets to the drawing remain a low $3 each.
This year, several notable new "celebrity bakers" have been added to the mix, and one baker, LuAnne Berlin, who has moved Miss Red's Place to Texas, will be returning for a visit and bringing two of her special cakes for the event. Click here to see a full list of bakers and their special offerings.
Ticket sales begin Wednesday, April 9, from Jr. Ambassadors, Ambassadors and at the Chamber office at 2102 S. Broad Ave., Lanett. Each person buying a ticket will also get a list of the items from which winners may choose. Ticket sales will end on Wednesday, April 23.
Winners in the drawing will find a ticket is a great $3 investment because any item offered has a retail value of $25-$30. Those who don't win can still feel good because ticket sales go a long way toward helping the Chamber of Commerce Jr. Ambassadors fund their Relay for Life team.
Drawings for the baked goods will be held Monday, April 28, Tuesday, April 29, and Wednesday, April 30. Winners will be notified by telephone and can make their choice. On Monday, April 28, the bakers will bring their fresh-baked items to the Chamber and beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, the first group of winners can pick up their prizes. Winners from the second drawing on April 29 can pick up their selections that day or Wednesday, April 30, and winners from the final drawing on April 30, can pick up their selections that day or before 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 1. Any items not picked up by 3 p.m. Thursday will be sold first come, first served, for $5 an item.
The first name drawn is able to choose an item from the entire list; the second name drawn will choose from the list minus the item the first winner chose. As the drawing continues, the list will dwindle until the last name drawn will automatically get the one item left. But every item on the list is a winner, so for a $3 investment, every winner will get something delicious.
For more information, contact the Chamber at 334.642.1411 or