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  • 11th Annual Southern Automotive Conference Makes Georgia Debut, October 3rd–5th

    August 17, 2018

    The Georgia Automotive Manufacturers Association is proud to host the Southern Automotive Conference at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Oct. 3 – 5, 2018. The internationally-recognized event brings together thought leaders, Original Equipment Manufacturers, suppliers and service providers to discuss the latest innovations driving the industry forward.

  • Speaker Ralston & House Rural Development Council Leadership Announce Creation of Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation

    August 15, 2018

    House Speaker David Ralston and the leadership of the House Rural Development Council announced the creation of the Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation. The RDC is co-chaired by State Representatives Terry England (R-Auburn) and Jay Powell (R-Camilla). State Representative Sam Watson (R-Moultrie) serves as vice chair of the council.

  • Charlie Harper: Talk Of I-14 Grows – But Still Just Talk

    August 14, 2018

    Roughly 25 miles of Texas interstate highway has started making a stir in social media in Georgia and Alabama. Interstate 14 currently runs between Fort Hood and Belton Texas, just north of the Austin metro area. A few students from Georgia and Alabama operating at the “Youth Infrastructure Coalition” have dusted off old plans and are promoting a corridor that would run from Texas to Augusta Georgia, passing through Columbus and Macon along the way.

  • Wild Leap Debuts Alpha Abstraction Volume 2, Expands Brewhouse and Territories

    August 10, 2018

    Since opening 11 months ago, Wild Leap Brew Co. has burst onto the scene with a diverse lineup of handcrafted beers. An independent brewery located 60 miles south of Atlanta in LaGrange, Georgia, Wild Leap focuses on brewing top-shelf craft beer while exploring new brewing techniques, ingredients and unique flavors.

  • Significant Progress Made on Vogtle 3 & 4 Construction

    August 09, 2018

    Georgia Power announced that Southern Nuclear has made significant progress on construction of Vogtle 3 & 4 since assuming project management on behalf of the project co-owners (Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities) from Westinghouse following its bankruptcy in 2017.

  • AT&T Announces an Investment of More Than $5.3B in Georgia Networks During 2015-2017

    August 08, 2018

    AT&T has invested nearly $5.3 billion in their Georgia wireless and wired networks during 2015-2017. These investments have boosted reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.

  • Recap: Georgia Chamber of Commerce Hosts Annual Congressional Luncheon

    August 08, 2018

    On Tuesday, August 21st, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Congressional Luncheon at the Marriott City Center in Macon. With over 1,500 industry leaders and elected officials in attendance, gubernatorial candidates discussed issues surrounding economic prosperity and the state’s business climate.

  • Survey: One-third of Americans Thought about Starting a Business Last Year

    August 07, 2018

    LendingTree, the nation's leading online loan marketplace, today released its survey of aspiring small business owners, as the company celebrates a new milestone for its small business vertical – surpassing $1 billion in loan volume through LendingTree's small business marketplace.

  • Global Commerce Generates $5.56B in Investments in Past Year

    August 03, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced that the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Global Commerce Division helped create a total of 27,373 new jobs during FY 18, generating $5.56 billion in investments. This growth is the result of a record-breaking 419 expansion or relocation projects throughout the state.

  • Final Defense Bill Includes More Than 30 Georgia Priorities

    August 02, 2018

    As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a negotiator for the final defense bill, U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) praises final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. Senator Perdue helped secured more than 30 provisions of importance to Georgia in the annual defense bill, which now heads to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.

  • Georgia World Congress Center Authority Breaks Ground on Congress Center Expansion Project

    August 01, 2018

    Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s Board of Governors officially broke ground on the Georgia World Congress Center’s first major expansion since 2002. The $55 million expansion project, a component of the Authority’s 2020 Vision strategic plan, features a new 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall affixed between the convention center’s Buildings B and C that, once complete, will create over one million square feet of contiguous exhibition space.

  • AG Chris Carr Reveals Georgia’s Top Consumer Complaints for 2017

    August 01, 2018

    Attorney General Chris Carr announced Georgia’s top consumer complaints for 2017. This announcement falls on the heels of the latest report from the annual survey of state and local consumer agencies conducted by Consumer Federation of America. Georgia was one of forty agencies from twenty-three states that participated in the survey.

  • CEO Activism in 2018: Half of Americans Say CEO Activism Influences Government

    July 31, 2018

    Significantly more Americans in 2018 believe that CEOs who speak out on hotly debated current issues influence the decisions and actions of government (48 percent vs. 38 percent in 2017). This is according to CEO Activism in 2018: The Purposeful CEO, a survey of 1,006 adult Americans.

  • Georgia’s Disability Employment Initiative Receives National Recognition for Demonstrating Best Practice

    July 26, 2018

    Georgia’s Disability Employment Initiative received national recognition this week by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy for demonstrating best practices and delivering superior service.

  • Georgia Lottery Transfers More than $1.14B to Education

    July 19, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that the Georgia Lottery Corp. transferred its fiscal year 2018 profits, a total of $1,143,514,000, to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account. This is the largest annual transfer on record, bringing the total funding raised for education programs to more than $19.8 billion during the 25-year history of the Georgia Lottery.

  • How The Gig Economy Could Aid Planning for Older Adult and Disability Services in Georgia

    July 18, 2018

    It is well-known that the baby-boom generation is aging, with about 10,000 individuals turning 65 each day. This generation has the longest life expectancy to date and benefits from advances in health care and technology. However, this generation is also more disabled, dealing with more chronic health conditions and managing more prescription medications than previous generations.

  • Young Gamechangers to Present Big Ideas to Albany on August 10th

    July 16, 2018

    Since the beginning of the year 48 of Georgia’s brightest young professionals have researched Albany’s history, met with community leaders, toured campuses and neighborhoods, visited recreation areas, and re-imagined downtown in their quest to come up with big ideas and innovative solutions to some of the area’s most persistent challenges. Their hard work will be revealed when they present their final recommendations to the community on Friday, August 10th at Albany State University.

  • First Building of $100 Million Georgia Cyber Center Opens in Augusta

    July 11, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday attended the opening of The Hull McKnight Building at The Georgia Cyber Center, a first-of-its-kind collaborative cybersecurity center located in Augusta. The $100 million Georgia Cyber Center is the single largest investment in a cybersecurity facility by a state government to-date, with the aim of strengthening the state of Georgia’s position as a national leader in cybersecurity.

  • Georgia Council for the Arts Awards Grant Funding to 132 Organizations

    July 10, 2018

    The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) announced the recipients of its Partner, Project and Arts Education grants for fiscal year 2019. One hundred and thirty-two organizations throughout the state were collectively awarded more than $1 million in funding.

  • In Era Of Government Scarcity, Public-Private Partnerships Bridge Community Needs

    July 05, 2018

    Solving problems like poverty, or inequities in housing, education or healthcare, is an expensive undertaking, and the gap between what’s required and what’s actually available, especially from public resource pools, is dramatic and widening.

  • Summer Travel Report: Trending International Destinations in Every State

    July 05, 2018

    A new report from InsureMyTrip ranks the top trending international destinations for summer travelers state by state. The data shows twenty-three states favor trips to the United Kingdom, while other states prefer visiting Canada, Mexico or Italy. Results are based on all 2018 travel insurance purchases for international trips with June, July or August departures.

  • Hands-Free Law Will Become Effective on July 1st

    June 29, 2018

    House Bill 673, also known as the “Hands-Free Georgia Act,” will become effective on July 1, 2018. The legislation was introduced during the 2018 Legislative Session, passed both the Senate and House and was signed by Governor Nathan Deal on May 2nd.

  • Auburn Mayor Linda Blechinger Elected President of GMA

    June 28, 2018

    Auburn Mayor Linda Blechinger was elected president of the Georgia Municipal Association during the association’s annual meeting in Savannah on Sunday, June 24th. The city of Auburn has maintained its old southern charm while evolving to attract businesses and provide valued amenities to its residents. Community members, local and state leaders credit much of this redevelopment success to Blechinger.

  • How to Develop A Connected, State-Wide Innovation Ecosystem

    June 27, 2018

    Most entrepreneurs are jacks-of-all-trades who are equipped with the knowledge and abilities to solve business problems as they arise, but there are some obstacles that require a more specialized industry-centric approach. These are the challenges that keep business owners up at night because they don’t have the in-house expertise or resources necessary to develop a solution.

  • 50 Troup County Middle School Students Visited KMMG to Learn and Apply Key STEM Skills

    June 26, 2018

    Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc., welcomed 50 Troup County, Ga., middle school students last month to its manufacturing plant in West Point, Ga. The students participated in SAE International’s Motorized Toy Car competition.

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