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  • Great Promise Partnerships Program Kicks off New Year

    January 27, 2022

    On Monday, January 10th, the Great Promise Partnerships Program held an employee onboarding orientation for incoming Valdosta High School seniors Aiyana Matchett, Samara Willis, Jessiah Ogundu, Aaliyah Daniels, and Tyren Martin.

  • Delta is Driving Change for the Earth and the People on It

    January 27, 2022

    Delta is accelerating its efforts to build a more sustainable and people-first future for air travel. Starting this month, the airline will refresh its onboard product offerings with artisan-made amenity kits, recycled bedding, reusable and biodegradable service ware and premium canned wine.

  • Georgia Ports Authority Tops 5.5M TEUs, 650K Units in 2021

    January 26, 2022

    The Port of Savannah moved a record 5.6 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in Calendar Year 2021, growing volumes by a million TEUs, or 20 percent, compared to 2020. In Brunswick, Colonel’s Island Terminal handled 649,550 units of cars, trucks and machinery, an increase of 10.6 percent.

  • CEOs Eye 2022 With Optimism and a Dash of Uncertainty

    January 25, 2022

    175 CEOs across 15 industries shared their perspectives, expectations, thoughts, and priorities for the next 12 months.

  • South Georgia Film Festival Returns For 6th Year

    January 24, 2022

    Back again, the sixth Annual South Georgia Film Festival returns in-person, online, and outside! Featuring some amazing guests and attending filmmakers, the area’s top event for the film industry is back March 4th-7th to celebrate the art and industry in South Georgia.

  • Robert Bunch Named President, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield in Georgia

    January 24, 2022

    Anthem announced that Robert Bunch has been named President, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Georgia.

  • Georgia Resources Fire Up Shooting Sports Industry

    January 21, 2022

    In a state that treasures individual freedoms, the right to bear arms is highly honored by an ever-increasing number of Georgia citizens. This avid consumer base, coupled with a pro-business environment and gun-friendly legislation, has attracted many advanced manufacturers in the defense, law enforcement, firearms, and shooting sports industries.

  • Georgia’s Economic Recovery Leads to One of the Nation’s Lowest Unemployment Rates

    January 20, 2022

    Today, Commissioner Butler announced an all-time low unemployment rate for December 2021 of 2.6 percent, dropping two tenths of a point from November’s rate of 2.8 percent. The national December 2021 unemployment rate was down three-tenths to 3.9 percent.

  • CEO Optimism Hits 10-Year High: Three-Quarters Expect a Stronger Global Economy in 2022

    January 19, 2022

    CEOs continued to face pressure generated by the ongoing COVID pandemic and market conditions such as rising inflation, supply chain disruptions and the 'Great Resignation' in parts of the world. Despite the array of shifting headwinds, the CEOs that we surveyed are the most optimistic they have been in 10 years about the prospects for a stronger economy in the coming year.

  • TAG President: Four Megatrends Shaping the Market for Tech Jobs in 2022

    January 18, 2022

    The technology ecosystem is moving into 2022 with momentum and a job market hungry for skilled talent. According to Microsoft, the U.S. is estimated to have 13 million new tech jobs by 2025. While this is good news for people with tech skills, it’s a risk for the innovation economy.

  • 2022 Bird Supper Tickets on Sale Now!

    January 13, 2022

    Tickets are on sale for the 2022 Lowndes County Bird Supper, scheduled for Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at the historic Georgia Railroad Depot, in Atlanta, beginning at 5 p.m. The traditional event, sponsored by the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners and the City of Valdosta, brings together hundreds of state officials and local businesses, professional and government personnel for a dinner of quail and meaningful conversations.

  • AG Chris Carr Recognizes Human Trafficking Awareness Month

    January 12, 2022

    Attorney General Chris Carr is encouraging all Georgians to join in recognizing this January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Throughout the month, the Office of the Attorney General will share information and resources to help support victims and to ultimately raise awareness of the state’s ongoing efforts to combat human trafficking in Georgia.

  • FEMA Grant to Create Economic Recovery Training Program for U.S. Businesses

    January 11, 2022

    As the nation’s communities have grown in complexity through innovation and technological advances, the potential for massive economic damage in the wake of disasters has increased.

  • Valdosta 101 Provides Behind-the-Scenes View of Local Government

    January 10, 2022

    Valdostans and other local citizens who want an inside look at their city government are urged to sign up for the 13th annual Valdosta Government 101 Citizens Orientation, which takes place from April 11 - May 16, 2022.

  • Hourly Earnings Growth Ends the Year at a New High; Job Growth Also Continues at U.S. Small Businesses

    January 05, 2022

    Workers saw record hourly earnings growth and employment levels continued to rise as 2021 drew to a close.

  • Charlene Lake Shares AT&T’s Commitment to Closing the Digital Divide

    January 04, 2022

    At AT&T, we believe it’s our responsibility to create connections people need now and in the future and stand ready to work with leaders across the state to leverage our resources, financial capital, skilled workforce and expertise to maximize outcomes for Georgians.

  • Aprio Expands with Merger of Valdosta's Henderson & Godbee, LLP

    January 03, 2022

    Aprio, LLP, a nationally recognized business advisory and CPA firm, announced that the Atlanta-headquartered firm will combine with Henderson & Godbee, LLP of Valdosta.

  • Gov. Kemp Proposes Program to Support Georgia Farmers and Food Banks

    January 03, 2022

    Governor Brian Kemp joined a number of statewide stakeholders to announce a proposal which will benefit Georgia farmers and food banks.

  • goBeyondProfit’s Top 2021 CEO Insights Curated for You

    December 30, 2021

    We blinked and the year is over. In an ever-changing business climate, goBeyondProfit shared candid insights from peers and ideas for leading with generosity. Below you’ll find a curated selection of the most relevant, talked about resources.

  • Rivian to Build $5B Electric Truck Plant in Georgia, Largest Economic Development Project in State History

    December 17, 2021

    At an event with company leaders, Governor Brian Kemp announced yesterday that Rivian will invest $5 billion in a carbon-conscious campus in Georgia for its electric adventure vehicles. Across operations, Rivian will create approximately 7,500 jobs in the state.

  • 'Tis the Season: More than 109 Million Americans to Travel for the Holidays; 34% More Georgians than 2020

    December 17, 2021

    Americans who had to cancel getaways and get-togethers last year because of the pandemic are making up for lost time this holiday season. More than 109 million people — an almost 34% increase from 2020 — will travel 50 miles or more as they hit the road, board airplanes or take other transportation out of town between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2.

  • Georgia Employs Highest Number of Georgians Ever

    December 16, 2021

    Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced today that the state now employs the highest number of Georgians ever, surpassing the number of employed prior to the pandemic by over 3,000.

  • Georgia Ranks First in New Election Integrity Scorecard

    December 15, 2021

    Georgia has ranked first on the Heritage Foundation’s new Election Integrity Scorecard. After passage of Georgia’s new election law, SB202, Georgia received 83 out of a total possible 100 points, and top marks in voter ID implementation, voter list accuracy, and citizenship verification. Georgia was ranked as the top state in the country for Election Integrity.

  • Georgia’s Economy Well On its Way ‘Back to Normal’ by End of 2022

    December 14, 2021

    Consumer spending, housing, business investment and local governments fuel growth. The Georgia economy is on track to exceed its pre-pandemic peak and make a full recovery by the end of 2022, recovering faster than the national economy.

  • White House Appoints SBA Southeast Regional Administrator

    December 14, 2021

    Allen Thomas of Greenville, North Carolina has been sworn in as Region IV (4) Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration. He has oversight of the federal Agency for nine district offices located across eight states; Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

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