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  • City, County Officials Unite At Xccelerator

    September 19, 2019

    A very distinguished line up of city and county government officials came together to share insight into local government and strategies for creating an empowered community with the participants of Valdosta’s Community Xccelerator, which meets at the Willis L. Miller Library.

  • GDOT Celebrates Success of Northwest Corridor Express Lanes

    September 19, 2019

    Opened a year ago this week, the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes were another piece of the puzzle for the Georgia Department of Transportation in the seemingly impossible fight against traffic congestion in Metro Atlanta. A year in, the project has been more successful than imagined.

  • Georgia Chamber CEO Chris Clark: Rural Renaissance Op-Ed

    September 18, 2019

    I’m a child of rural Georgia. I was born and raised in Ben Hill and Irwin Counties with ample time spent in Brooks and Colquitt Counties. I stayed in rural environments through college at Georgia Southern and grad school at Georgia College. My first chamber job was on the banks of the Ocmulgee River in Hawkinsville.

  • Senator David Perdue: Johnny Isakson Is One Of The Greatest Among Us

    September 18, 2019

    U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke on the Senate floor to honor the legacy of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), who plans to retire at the end of 2019.

  • Jennifer Abshire: Maximize Your Philanthropic Dollars through Strategic Giving

    September 17, 2019

    Philanthropic giving is an increasingly important aspect of any business model. Consumers research and choose to do business with companies that support causes they believe in. Like any success you find in business, successful philanthropic giving requires strategic planning.

  • Kabbage Launches the Only Interactive Index Analyzing Revenue Trends of U.S. Small Businesses

    September 17, 2019

    Kabbage, Inc., a data and technology company providing small businesses cash flow solutions, launched the Kabbage Small Business Revenue Index. Drawing from the 2 million live data connections Kabbage maintains across its customer base of over 200,000 small businesses, the Kabbage Small Business Revenue Index is the only interactive tool analyzing live revenue trends of U.S. small businesses.

  • Georgia Ports Draw $5B Investment, 12K Jobs to Georgia

    September 13, 2019

    Port-related announcements of expansions and new business accounted for nearly $5 billion in investment and 12,000 jobs across the state of Georgia in Fiscal Year 2019, a year in which the Port of Savannah moved a record 4.5 million twenty-foot equivalent container units.

  • Kia Motors Produces Three Millionth Vehicle in the U.S.

    September 13, 2019

    Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) reached another milestone when the plant’s three millionth vehicle – a white 2020 Telluride SX Prestige – rolled off the assembly line in West Point, Georgia.

  • 2018 Saw Record-Breaking Accomplishments of Georgia's Tourism Industry

    September 12, 2019

    Governor Brian P. Kemp recognized the performance and impact of the state’s tourism industry while attending the 2019 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference in LaGrange. Visitors in Georgia spent an estimated $31 billion in 2018 – a 4.8% increase over 2017 numbers.

  • Georgia Power's State-of-the-art Automation Solutions Featured in North America's First Smart City Laboratory

    September 12, 2019

    Georgia Power and the City of Peachtree Corners are celebrating the opening of the Curiosity Lab, a 1.5-mile intelligent mobility and smart city laboratory. The new living laboratory will be the first of its kind in the country and provide lab users with access to Georgia Power's state-of-the-art automation solutions and subject matter experts on the company's latest smart energy technologies and solutions.

  • Governor Kemp Announces Record Year for Global Commerce and Film

    September 12, 2019

    Governor Brian Kemp joined the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) to announce the record-breaking impact the Global Commerce and Film Divisions had in Georgia during fiscal year 2019 (FY19), which ran from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ronald Dean Selected as New SGMC CEO

    August 29, 2019

    The Hospital Authority of Valdosta & Lowndes County, Georgia is pleased to announce that Ronald E. Dean, MBA, FACHE will become its new chief executive officer. The Hospital Authority approved Dean’s selection on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at a called-meeting of the Authority.

  • 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.

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