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  • Thirty-six Georgia Companies Named GLOBE Award Winners for Entering New International Markets

    December 09, 2019

    The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) International Trade division and GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson joined Governor Brian P. Kemp to announce the winners of Georgia’s sixth annual GLOBE Awards at an event at the Capitol.

  • Simple Year-end Action Allows Businesses to Improve Rural Healthcare without Cost

    December 05, 2019

    The goBeyondProfit initiative shares Georgia businesses’ interest in understanding the state’s social needs and finding clear and actionable solutions to them. Consequently, it is highlighting a year-end opportunity that allows businesses and individuals to address the crisis in rural healthcare with a simple tax credit contribution that costs them nothing.

  • Small Business Wage Growth Hits New High, Job Growth Consistent in November

    December 05, 2019

    The tight labor market continues to positively impact wage growth, according to the latest Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch. Hourly earnings grew 3.11 percent among employees of small businesses, the highest level since reporting began in 2011.

  • Learning about Kelly Loeffler & a GOP Split

    December 04, 2019

    With Gov. Brian Kemp poised to name Atlanta businesswoman and lifelong Republican Kelly Loeffler as Georgia’s interim U.S. senator to replace Johnny Isakson, all eyes will be on the Loeffler introductory rollout.

  • Georgia and Japan: A Valued Partnership

    December 03, 2019

    Recently, PSC Commissioner Tim Echols joined a bipartisan group of legislators and officials on a study tour to Japan sponsored by the Japan Foundation. Not only did the trip help to understand Japanese cultural distinctives, but being in Tokyo amidst 13 million Japanese gave us a first-hand look at three recurring traits of this great culture that is one of Georgia's primary trading partners.

  • Georgia Council for the Arts Awards More than $570,000 in Grant Funding

    December 03, 2019

    The Georgia Department of Economic Development's Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) today announced the recipients of the Vibrant Communities Grant and the new Cultural Facilities Grant. Seventy-nine entities in 58 counties received more than $570,000 in funding.

  • Charlie Harper: On The Passing Of House Rules Chairman Jay Powell

    December 03, 2019

    Alfred Jackson “Jay” Powell passed away last week at the too young age of 67. He was perhaps one of the most powerful people in Georgia that you may never have heard of. Powell was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2008 representing his home county of Mitchell along with portions of Decatur and Colquitt counties. He served as Mayor of Camilla Georgia for the decade prior to his service in the House.

  • Homelessness: Where Does Georgia Rank?

    November 22, 2019

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development delivers an annual estimate to Congress of homeless people in the country. And based on the latest estimates from the federal government, there were 552,830 people experiencing homelessness across the United States in January 2018. This is based on the latest HUD study — which provides a snapshot of homelessness across the country on a single night.

  • Sen. Isakson Honored for Lasting Impact on Georgia’s Economy, Business Community

    November 21, 2019

    A new video and a recent Atlanta Business Chronicle article highlight the legacy and impact of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., on Georgia’s economy as the longtime businessman prepares to leave the Senate on Dec. 31.

  • 2020 Election: Both Parties Look at “the Numbers”

    November 21, 2019

    With another Democratic party presidential debate being held this week at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, focus naturally turns to Georgia and its importance in the 2020 election cycle. Is Georgia a “swing state” up for grabs? Both parties are “doing the math” after looking at turnout numbers to answer that question.

  • Kia Motors Celebrates Decade of Manufacturing in Georgia

    November 20, 2019

    Kia Motors Corporation celebrated its 10th anniversary of vehicle production in West Point, Georgia, U.S.A. The facility, named Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG), was the company’s first manufacturing hub to open in North America. It has so far helped create more than 15,000 local jobs and produced more than three million vehicles.

  • Debate Stage Symbolizes State Policy That's Working

    November 20, 2019

    As Democratic presidential candidates on Wednesday debate in Atlanta, they’ll do so on a studio soundstage that is one of many built in the state since the introduction of Georgia’s film tax credit.

  • Secretary Raffensperger Encourages Georgians To Support Small Business This Holiday Season

    November 20, 2019

    As families join together to celebrate Thanksgiving and the start of the 2019 holiday season, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger encourages Georgia to support small businesses.

  • Governor Brian Kemp: Our Plan to Make Health Insurance Accessible, Affordable in Georgia

    November 19, 2019

    Georgia is experiencing historic job growth and unmatched economic opportunity in every corner of the state. Participation in the job market is at record highs, unemployment recently dropped to a twenty-year low, and we were named the “#1 State for Business” for the seventh year in a row. But even with rising wages and 30,000 new private sector jobs this year alone, far too many hardworking Georgians struggle to access and afford health insurance coverage.

  • Greater Women’s Business Council Recognizes 10 Companies Committed to the Advancement of Women-Owned Businesses at 2019 LACE Awards

    November 15, 2019

    The Greater Women’s Business Council (GWBC), the largest provider of certification and development resources for women business enterprises (WBEs) in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, hosted its annual LACE (Ladies Achieving Continuous Excellence) Awards Gala on Nov. 8 at the St. Regis hotel in Atlanta.

  • Georgia Power Ranked #1 in Segment by J.D. Power for Business Customer Satisfaction

    November 14, 2019

    For the second year in a row, Georgia Power has been ranked number one for business customer satisfaction among Large Utilities in the South by J.D. Power in its 2019 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study.

  • Ted Williams, Warren Buffett & a Secret to Your Company’s Community Impact

    November 13, 2019

    One of goBeyondProfit's founding members was asked to serve on a panel of CEOs discussing best practices in Community Impact. Panelist Keith Reynolds Jennings kindly agreed to share his insights here for Georgia readers.

  • University System of Georgia Enrollment Increases to Record High

    November 13, 2019

    The headcount enrollment for the 26 institutions of the University System of Georgia in Fall 2019 was 333,507, representing an increase of 1.5 percent (4,795 students) over the Fall 2018 enrollment of 328,712, according to USG’s Fall 2019 Semester Enrollment Report.

  • Zac Brown Band Mack Truck Auctioned to Benefit Veterans at Camp Southern Ground

    November 12, 2019

    Mack Trucks recently announced that proceeds from their online auction of a customized Mack Anthem used by the Zac Brown Band during their 2018 Down the Rabbit Hole Live tour will benefit Camp Southern Ground, the passion-project of multi-platinum, Grammy-award winning artist, Zac Brown. During the summer months, the nonprofit camp in Fayetteville offers week-long inclusive, residential camps for children.

  • President Jimmy Carter Honored as 2019 Distinguished Conservationist at 26th Annual ecoBenefête

    November 11, 2019

    The Georgia Conservancy honored Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter as its 2019 Distinguished Conservationist at the Atlanta History Center on November 7th. The Distinguished Conservationist Award, bestowed at that Conservancy’s annual gala, ecoBenefête, recognizes President Carter’s profound and lasting impact on the conservation and protection of Georgia’s natural resources.

  • Georgia Receives Top Business Ranking for Record-Breaking Seventh Straight Year

    November 07, 2019

    Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that Georgia’s business climate has been named No. 1 in the nation by Site Selection Magazine, an internationally circulated business publication covering corporate real estate and economic development, for the seventh year in a row. Georgia is the only state that has received the distinction seven consecutive times in the history of Site Selection’s rankings.

  • Bill Would Eliminate Taxes from Military Retirements

    November 07, 2019

    A group of Georgia state representatives are hoping to remove income tax from military retirements. One of the co-signers of HB-7 is newcomer Rep. Philip Singleton (R-Sharpsburg) who was sworn in as the newest state representative for Newnan’s District 71 less than a month ago. At his swearing in ceremony he announced his plans to form the House Veteran Caucus.

  • For S&P 500 CEOs, Stock Awards Now Comprise More Than 50% of Total Compensation

    November 06, 2019

    A new report reveals that stock awards, which include restricted stock and performance-based shares, represented a record portion of CEO compensation in 2018. For S&P 500 CEOs, stock awards alone exceeded 50 percent for the first time. Moreover, they climbed to a record of nearly 40 percent for those in the Russell 3000.

  • Delta Increases Service between Atlanta, Key Regional Airports throughout Georgia

    November 05, 2019

    Delta is deepening its investment in communities throughout its hometown state of Georgia with more flying from Albany, Brunswick, Columbus and Valdosta to the airline's Atlanta hub. Each market will see one additional daily frequency to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport beginning next spring, increasing seat capacity to and from these Georgia communities by 35 percent in 2020.

  • Sen. Isakson Highlights Georgia Projects in Senate-Passed Federal Funding Measure

    November 04, 2019

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., applauded the Senate passage of H.R.3055, which includes important funding for agriculture, transportation and other Georgia priorities, while urging colleagues to end obstruction tactics to advance funding for other measures including for veterans, health care, water projects and national security.

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