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Inaugural FoCo Expo unites businesses, community



FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The community gathered for networking, food and fun Aug. 29 at the inaugural FoCo Expo where area business representatives talked to the public about services they offer.

The event was held at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center and was hosted by the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber Vice President of Community Development Tony Peters set up the inaugural event to encourage local patronage.

“The intent of the event is to bring the community and business community together under one roof to enjoy food trucks, Cherry Street Brewing and activities,” Peters said.

The chamber spent five months organizing the event after receiving positive feedback about its regular expo.

“The biggest complaint was the vendors never felt like they had enough foot traffic,” Peters said. “The feedback and coronation went around, ‘how do you get people to come here?’”

Adding food trucks, drinks and kids’ activities seemed like the perfect fit, Peters said, and he was hoping to attract a large crowd of 1,500 attendees.

“We want to start laying the groundwork for the Forsyth County community to buy local,” Peters said. “We have 65 excellent local vendors here, and outside the food trucks, we want people to understand how much great local business is in their backyard.”

Scott Rucker, owner of Rucker Pet, said they wanted to meet people and network at the event.

“I wanted everyone to come by and visit,” Rucker said. “The community support has been great. It’s definitely been a great place to have a business. The Board of Commissioners does a great job at what they do, the tax rate is low and people are very supportive of local family-owned businesses.”

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