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  • Georgia Named "Top State for Business" for 6th Straight Year

    September 11, 2019

    Governor Brian Kemp announced that Georgia has been named the “Top State for Business” by Area Development, a leading publication covering corporate site selection and relocation, for the sixth year in a row. The results are determined by the publication’s poll of site consultants.

  • UPS To Hire About 100,000 For Holiday Season

    September 10, 2019

    UPS announced that it expects to hire about 100,000 seasonal employees to support the anticipated annual increase in package volume that will begin in November and continue through January 2020. That's enough people to populate a city the size of Albany, N.Y.

  • AG Chris Carr: Georgia's Working to End Substance Addiction, Overcome Stigma

    September 09, 2019

    September is National Recovery Month, and today, an estimated 180,000 Georgians are living with an opioid-use disorder. To put this staggering number into perspective, that means we have a population the size of Macon coping with the malicious effects caused by the opioid crisis.

  • The Average Online Purchase Delivery Now Takes 2-3 Days, Thanks to Amazon. Small Businesses Are Finding Ways to Keep Up.

    September 09, 2019

    When an online shopper clicks "Purchase" on an Amazon order, they often don't think about the large reaction they set off with their order – and all the technology and manpower required to get an item from a warehouse to their doorstep within two days or less.

  • Georgia Banks Earn $1.2B during Second Quarter 2019

    September 06, 2019

    Georgia’s 166 state-based FDIC insured banks earned $1.2 billion in the second quarter of 2019, an increase of 9.1% from first quarter.

  • U.S. Mint Honors Georgia’s Secret Garden

    September 06, 2019

    In 1734, just two years after General James Oglethorpe founded Georgia as a British Colony, he established the continent’s first public agricultural experimental garden in the new city of Savannah. The Trustees’ Garden, modeled after botanical gardens at some of England’s most prominent universities, was to experiment with growing a wide array of commercial produce such as silk, cotton, and wine, as well as medical botanicals.

  • US Chamber CEO Tom Donahue: Lift the Tariffs, and Restart Trade Talks with China Now

    September 06, 2019

    Amid all the talk of a possible recession, it’s important for everyone to remember this: Economic expansions do not die of natural causes. They often die because of missteps and policy mistakes. And the biggest mistake our leaders could make right now — putting our economy at greater risk of a downturn — is to stoke further uncertainty.

  • GWBC Keynote Speaker Enlivens, Enlightens Attendees on Forgiveness in the Workplace

    September 05, 2019

    This past week the annual Greater Women's Business Council (GWBC) “Power of Partnering” Marketplace spotlighted Dr. Shawne Duperon, who spoke on the importance of forgiveness for a leader in the workplace, and how to be a forgiving leader.

  • Top Health Leaders in Southeast Convene in Atlanta September 26th for 6th Annual “Health Connect South”

    September 04, 2019

    Health Connect South (HCS) will convene the 6th annual gathering of the Southeast region's top health leaders at Georgia Aquarium on September 26th.

  • SBA Administrator Ashley Bell: Entrepreneurs Need to Prepare for Natural Disaster- the Time is Now

    September 04, 2019

    September is National Preparedness Month. I view this as not a celebration, but as a critical reminder for entrepreneurs across the Southeast of how important it is to be prepared in case of any natural disaster, whether it is a hurricane, tornado, wild fire, algae bloom – the list goes on. In order for a small business to survive a natural disaster, it must be prepared.

  • Georgia Chamber's Chris Clark: The Value of Chambers of Commerce

    September 03, 2019

    Since the first Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1599 in France, businesses have banded together for the common interest of economic growth and prosperity. In 1768, the New York Chamber established the first new world outpost to push back against ‘foreign’ governmental overreach. The Georgia Chamber was incorporated in 1915 by local chambers to promote small businesses, support rural communities and to protect our largest employers from job killing policy.

  • Abrams v. Von Spakovsky on “Voter Suppression”

    September 03, 2019

    Defeated 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams recently expanded her voting rights group to 20 competitive states to protect against threats of “voter suppression.” However, former Georgian and senior Heritage Foundation legal fellow Hans von Spakovsky declared before a Georgia Public Policy Foundation audience yesterday that “voter suppression is a myth.”

  • Governor Kemp, Dept. of Community Affairs Announce $41M in Grants to 59 Communities

    August 30, 2019

    Governor Brian Kemp announced that fifty-nine Georgia communities will receive a total of $41 million in federal assistance to help grow their local economies.

  • Picking A Charitable Partner: First Steps to Finding the Best Fit

    August 27, 2019

    “How do I evaluate which charities are best for my business to support?” Business leaders ask goBeyondProfit this question often, in their quest to find the best charitable partner. Beyond choosing charities by their proximity, relevance to your business and resonance with staff and customers, we wanted to share a few evaluation insights and resources from national and local experts.

  • Study Says More Than Half of Americans Aren't Using Their Vacation Days

    August 26, 2019

    Last year, more than half of U.S. residents did not use all of their vacation days, equating to 768 million unused days, according to research from the U.S. Travel Association. Travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, explains how travel insurance can help protect vacation investments when unforeseen work commitments arise.

  • CSU’s Leadership Institute to Bring 2019 Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum to Columbus August 26-27

    August 23, 2019

    For the 14th year, the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum, hosted by the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University, will bring a lineup of the best and brightest minds in the world to Columbus. This year’s event, themed “Science of Leadership” bring speakers from all realms of science and technology and features a futurist, revolutionist, entrepreneur and astronaut.

  • ‘Sustainable Highway’ The Ray Announces New Partnership

    August 23, 2019

    Having already been called the world’s “first sustainable highway,” that 18 mile stretch of I-85 near Columbus called “The Ray” is setting its sights even higher as it formalizes a partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The new agreement seeks to increase opportunity for the living transportation innovation laboratory.

  • WGTC Foundation Raises $61,000 at Black Tie & Boots

    August 22, 2019

    West Georgia Technical College had another record breaking year at its annual fundraiser, Black Tie & Boots. The WGTC Foundation raised $61,000 for scholarships and general student support at the 18th annual event earlier this month with over 40 event partners participating.

  • University System of Georgia Increases Statewide Economic Impact to $17.7B

    August 21, 2019

    The University System of Georgia (USG) in fiscal year 2018 had a $17.7 billion impact on communities across Georgia, an increase of almost 5 percent over the previous fiscal year. It also created 168,284 direct and indirect jobs, a nearly 3 percent increase over last fiscal year.

  • Chao Tells Georgia Leaders Rural Areas Key Focus of New Transportation and Infrastructure Funding

    August 15, 2019

    More than 2,000 Georgia business leaders, state and federal officials, and policy advocates broke into applause Tuesday at the Georgia Chamber’s annual Congressional Luncheon in Macon when U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced that Georgia will receive more than $189 million in transportation grants to expand infrastructure.

  • Georgia Sets Another Jobs Record in July

    August 15, 2019

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that Georgia added jobs again in July as the state’s unemployment rate approached an all-time low. The commissioner also noted that preliminary figures showed Georgia’s number of employed residents continued to climb. Meanwhile, Georgia’s workforce dipped slightly again.

  • Georgia Restaurant Association Honors Grace Award Winners

    August 13, 2019

    The winners of the 2019 Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence (GRACE) Awards were announced Sunday, August 11th at the Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta. The GRACE Awards Gala is the Georgia Restaurant Association’s (GRA) annual black tie event honoring Georgia’s restaurant industry.

  • Creating a Skilled Workforce is Ongoing Challenge for Georgia Industries

    August 12, 2019

    Communities and business districts looking to grow know that economic development and the availability of a skilled workforce go hand in hand. In Georgia’s tight labor market, new ways to attract employees are as important as ever.

  • Governor Kemp: Back to School, Not the Status Quo

    August 08, 2019

    In the coming weeks, thousands of Georgia students will return to school and officially begin the 2019-2020 academic year.

  • Georgia Awarded A+ for Small Business Friendliness

    August 07, 2019

    Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Thumbtack, a website and app that finds local professionals for projects, announced its 2019 Small Business Friendliness Survey, ranking forty-nine (49) states and forty-four (44) cities based on licensing requirements, tax regulations, and labor and hiring regulations.

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