It was 1967 in historic Fayette County when a young woman named Carolyn Cary thought up the idea of starting the Fayette Chamber of Commerce. For four years, she worked tirelessly out of her very own living room jumpstarting the Chamber, creating the notable establishment that it stands to be today.

Today, the Fayette Chamber of Commerce has more than 750 member businesses and organizations, with their mission being to promote business and enhance economic and community development through leadership, service, and advocacy for Fayette County.

Today, Carolyn still lives in Fayetteville and although retired, you can still find her writing weekly columns for “The Citizen,” Fayetteville’s local newspaper, along with continuing to be a vital resource to the Chamber and Fayette County. Needless to say, her inspiring efforts are appreciated by more than just this quaint southern town.

It’s been fifty years since Carolyn Cary dreamt up that grand, ever-changing idea of opening a Fayette County Chamber. Because of her, the Fayette Chamber of Commerce is now a piece of the city’s heart that will continue to not only impact its community, but the entire state of Georgia.

To find out more about the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, please visit their website at


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