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  • Senators Isakson, Perdue Secure Long-Awaited Disaster Aid Funding for Georgia

    May 24, 2019

    U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., praised Senate approval of critical disaster relief funding for Georgia and other states impacted by hurricanes, wildfires, floods and other natural disasters. Isakson and Perdue have fought for months to secure disaster funding for Georgia, which was devastated by Hurricane Michael in October 2018.

  • Beer Industry Contributes $8.1B Annually to Georgia's Economy

    May 23, 2019

    Just ahead of Memorial Day, which marks one of the top beer selling holidays of the year and the start of the summer beer selling season, a new economic impact study shows America's beer industry contributes $8.1 billion annually to Georgia's economy and supports 54,084 jobs in the state.

  • Georgia Credit Union Affiliates Awards Volunteer of Year to Southeastern Credit Union Board Chair

    May 22, 2019

    Georgia Credit Union Affiliates, the state trade association for credit unions, recently awarded a 2018 Volunteer of the Year distinction to Anthony Payton, Board member for Southeastern Credit Union.

  • SGRC Receives 2019 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award

    May 22, 2019

    The Southern Georgia Regional Commission (SGRC) in Valdosta has been awarded a 2019 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the Southern Georgia Regional Transportation Sales Tax Initiative.

  • Sen. Isakson Talks Middle East, Trade, National Security, Disaster Aid, Veterans

    May 21, 2019

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., outlined top pressing national and state priorities in an episode of the “Inside the Box” podcast on Thursday. During the interview, Isakson shared his views on his recent trip to Iraq, the increased tensions with Iran, his leadership on the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, U.S. trade relationships, national security and his work to secure federal disaster aid for Georgia.

  • Coleman Talley LLP Wins 8th Consecutive Georgia Legal Food Frenzy with Record Breaking Point Total

    May 20, 2019

    Attorney General Chris Carr announced that Valdosta-based law firm Coleman Talley LLP won the Grand Prize in the 2019 Georgia Legal Food Frenzy Competition, a statewide effort among legal organizations to raise money for Georgia’s food banks. Coleman Talley received the Bar President’s Award for the third year in a row, having raised $34,250.

  • AG Chris Carr: Georgia Legal Food Frenzy Generates 1.7 Million Meals for Children in Need

    May 20, 2019

    Attorney General Chris Carr announced that law firms and legal organizations across Georgia raised a record breaking 419,321 dollars and 17,617 pounds of food during the 8th Annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy. This is the equivalent of 1.7 million meals for Georgia’s food banks and a 9.5 percent increase from last year.

  • Valdosta Youth Council Completes Productive Fourth Year

    May 17, 2019

    The 15-member Valdosta Youth Council (VYC), initiated by Mayor John Gayle in 2015, successfully completed the 2018-2019 academic year with a variety of accomplishments. The VYC, now in its fourth program year, was created for youth to build leadership skills and learn about civic responsibility, to gain a better understanding of municipal government, and to prepare youth for a lifetime of public and community service.

  • Isakson, Perdue Help Secure $35M in Disaster Relief

    May 16, 2019

    Last week we wrote about the work U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) are doing to secure much needed disaster relief funds for Georgia farmers impacted by Hurricane Michael.

  • Gulfstream Reinforces Reliability And Capabilities With World Speed Record

    May 16, 2019

    Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced the high-performing Gulfstream G550 recently established a new city-pair speed record, connecting Shanghai with Seattle in 10 hours and 29 minutes, bringing the number of records the jet has earned to 55.

  • ACG Atlanta Announces 40 Fastest-Growing Companies In Georgia

    May 14, 2019

    The Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, announced the 2019 Georgia Fast 40, recognizing the top 40 fastest-growing middle-market companies in Georgia.

  • Governor Kemp Signs Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

    May 13, 2019

    Governor Brian P. Kemp signed the fiscal year 2020 budget. Joined by lawmakers, law enforcement officials, educators, and local leaders in Camilla, Georgia, Governor Kemp's signature of the balanced budget caps a historic first legislative session.

  • SGMC Provides Economic Stability & Growth

    May 09, 2019

    In 2017, South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta generated $790,166,384 in revenue for the local and state economy, according to a recently-released report by the Georgia Hospital Association, the state’s largest hospital trade association.

  • General Assembly launches Georgia-Japan Legislative Caucus

    May 09, 2019

    James Magazine’s May-June issue includes a feature which highlights Georgia’s important economic relationship with Japan, and how the state has benefited significantly from the relationship with various industries, including the automotive and manufacturing sectors.

  • Speaker Ralston Announces Members of the House Rural Development Council for 2019-2020 Term

    May 08, 2019

    Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) today announced the members of the House Rural Development Council for the 2019-2020 legislative term. This Council, which was reauthorized by House Resolution 214, will continue working with rural communities to find ways to encourage economic growth.

  • UGA SBDC at VSU Offers Workshops in Federal, State, Local Government Contracts

    May 07, 2019

    The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center at Valdosta State University will present Doing Business with GDOT for Routine Maintenance Service Contracts-Procurement and Intro to Government Contracting and Small Business Certifications-Procurement on Tuesday, May 14th.

  • Georgia’s Tourism Industry Breaks Economic Impact Record

    May 07, 2019

    Georgia Tourism, a division of The Georgia Department of Economic Development, announced that the state’s tourism industry generated a record-breaking $66.2 billion in business sales impact in 2018, up 4.7 percent, according to the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics.

  • U.S. Chamber's Donohue to Congress: ‘The Time Has Come’ for a 21st Century Infrastructure System

    May 07, 2019

    Rebuilding and modernizing America’s infrastructure is a major priority for the business community. “This year, we are calling on our lawmakers to take bipartisan action on a meaningful infrastructure package now,” said U.S. Chamber and CEO Tom Donohue in February at the America's Infrastructure: Time to Invest event.

  • She Creates Business Reaches Sold Out Crowd

    May 06, 2019

    More than 80 business owners came together Thursday, May 2nd for a standing-room only conference dedicated to women in business. The She Creates Business conference, now in its third year, was originally started in Thomasville and was brought to Valdosta by the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce.

  • U.S. Small Business Owners Confident in their Business and the U.S. Economy

    May 06, 2019

    The annual Small Business Pulse Survey from SunTrust reveals a strong small business community, with two-thirds of small business decision makers reporting strength in their local economy (68 percent) and the U.S. economy (65 percent).

  • AT&T Creating ‘Opportunity Youth’ Internships

    May 02, 2019

    AT&T, with non-profit Year Up, is opening the door to internships across the U.S. for opportunity youth, defined as talented young adults seeking work who are underemployed or unemployed.

  • Georgia Chamber Issues 2019 Legislative Scorecard

    May 01, 2019

    The Georgia Chamber of Commerce released its 2019 Legislative Scorecard highlighting how elected officials voted on the business community’s top issues during this year’s Session of the Georgia General Assembly.

  • Isakson, Perdue Continue Bipartisan Push for Critical Disaster Relief

    May 01, 2019

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., today continued their push for Congress to pass critical disaster relief funding for states impacted by hurricanes, wildfires, floods and other natural disasters at a press conference in Washington, D.C. It has been more than six months since Georgia was devastated by Hurricane Michael in October 2018.

  • Congressman Austin Scott Visits the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber

    April 30, 2019

    U.S. Representative Austin Scott joined Valdosta Chamber leaders on Wednesday, April 17th for a roundtable discussion on policy issues ranging from transportation to military affairs.

  • Fundraising Releases Show Some Trends

    April 29, 2019

    We are still about a year away from primary voting season but, it being a presidential year, fundraising is well underway. That is going to be a difficult task for some candidates this time around. With about 80 or so Democratic candidates for president announced so far, okay maybe that number is more like 15 but it is still a lot, a lot of money is going to be directed toward the race for the White House.

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