February 2019 Features

  • SMB's See Technology as Key to Reaching New Customers, Entering New Markets & Streamlining Operations

    February 28, 2019

    Technology is a primary driver helping the nation's small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) to reach their goals, according to new research from CompTIA, the leading trade association for the global technology industry.

  • First Kia Telluride Crosses Brunswick Docks

    February 27, 2019

    The first of Kia’s new Telluride vehicles were loaded for export onto the Roll-on/Roll-off vessel Sirius at the Port of Brunswick. The 8-person SUVs are destined for ports around the Arabian Peninsula.

  • Valdosta Chamber’s WEST, Inc. Elects 2019 Officers

    February 25, 2019

    Training young entrepreneurs, giving recognition to STAR students and teachers, and acknowledging the accomplishments of adult learners are the major goals of WEST, Inc. This charitable foundation is an arm of the Valdosta Chamber. WEST stands for Workforce Education Support Team. The WEST, Inc. Board met recently to review progress in 2018 and to elect new officers for 2019.

  • Silicon Valley Keynote Speakers Address State of Georgia Technology at TAG Summit

    February 21, 2019

    Over 1,200 technology professionals interactively participated in the 2019 Technology Association of Georgia Summit at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta last week. They heard from two keynote speakers—gurus from Silicon Valley: Guy Kawasaki and Tifini Bova—as well as from leaders within the Georgia tech market describe the most prominent and relevant trends that are sparking, disrupting and driving innovation.

  • UGA, Georgia Power Partner on Workforce Development Guide

    February 21, 2019

    A new guide from the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government will help schools and businesses throughout Georgia connect to provide on-the-job learning experiences for students.

  • Governor & DNR Leaders Honor 2018 Forestry for Wildlife Partners

    February 20, 2019

    Gov. Brian Kemp recognized three corporate forest landowners today for their stewardship and land management practices benefiting wildlife across Georgia. Georgia Power, Weyerhaeuser and CatchMark Timber Trust were honored as 2018 partners in the Forestry for Wildlife Partnership.

  • State's Top Food Products Make the Final Round of University of Georgia's 2019 Flavor of Georgia Contest

    February 18, 2019

    Judges selected 33 products to compete in the final round of the University of Georgia’s 2019 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest set for March 19th in Atlanta.

  • Sen. Isakson: Budgeting Could Prevent Shutdowns

    February 18, 2019

    Our nation’s annual budget process is broken, a reality we recently experienced firsthand during a budget disagreement that shut down operations for several federal agencies. A government shutdown does not solve our nation’s problems, and the constant threat of stopping our government’s operations unnecessarily harms our economy at a time when we’re experiencing record economic growth.

  • Georgia Employers’ Association 2019 Leadership Series to Commence

    February 15, 2019

    Georgia Employers’ Association provides an abundance of educational and leadership training for the business community across Georgia. An annual offering, the Leadership Series provides practical skills and tools that lead personnel, team leaders, supervisors and future front-runners need to succeed in our ever-evolving business climate.

  • New Survey Report Highlights the State of Georgia's Manufacturing Industry

    February 14, 2019

    Aprio, LLP, a nationally-recognized CPA-led business advisory firm, Georgia Tech's Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership and Kennesaw State University released a report today on the state of the manufacturing industry based on the results of the 2018 Georgia Manufacturing Survey.

  • South Georgia Film Festival Announces 2019 Film Lineup

    February 13, 2019

    The third annual South Georgia Film Festival announced its 2019 lineup of films, with 113 total films to be screened over 3 days (March 1, 2, & 3, 2019). The festival has expanded this year with two screening locations on the Valdosta State University campus, as well as more feature films and more international films.

  • Gov. Kemp Names Members of Georgians First Commission

    February 13, 2019

    Governor Brian P. Kemp announced eighteen (18) appointments to the Georgians First Commission, a task force created by executive order on his first day in office. The commission will review state regulations, policies, and procedures to streamline government, remove inefficiencies, and secure Georgia’s place as the top state for small business in the country.

  • AT&T Expands Ultra-Fast Internet Speeds to 1 Million Georgia Locations

    February 13, 2019

    To continue to improve how our customers connect, AT&T is investing to expand and enhance its 100% fiber network powered by AT&T Fiber and deliver our fastest internet speeds to more customers. Ultra-fast internet speeds are now available to more than 1 million locations across the state of Georgia, including in parts of more than 31 counties and 73 cities.

  • UGA SBDC at VSU Presents Six-Week Guardian Bank Entrepreneurship Academy

    February 12, 2019

    The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center at Valdosta State University has partnered with Wiregrass Georgia Technical College to present a six-week Guardian Bank Entrepreneurship Academy.

  • Charlie Harper: Kia Puts West Point On World Stage

    February 12, 2019

    One of the unexpected highlights of Atlanta’s Super Bowl was an ad by Kia announcing its new full size Telluride SUV. While the vehicle was shown, it was the people of West Point Georgia that were featured, and the divide between rural and urban America highlighted.

  • Senator Isakson to Receive ‘John McCain Service to Country Award’ for Support of National Service

    February 12, 2019

    In recognition of his strong support for national service, Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) will receive the inaugural John S. McCain Service to Country Award from Voices for National Service, a diverse coalition of national service programs, state service commissions and individual champions who work to ensure Americans of all ages can serve and volunteer in their community.

  • TAG Unveils the Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia

    February 11, 2019

    The Technology Association of Georgia has announced the Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia.

  • Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership at Georgia Tech Hosts Manufacturing Growth Lunch and Learn Series in Valdosta

    February 07, 2019

    Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP) at Georgia Tech hosted a Manufacturing Growth lunch and learn series named Making Automation Part of Your Strategic Plan at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College on Thursday, January 31st.

  • BB&T and SunTrust to Combine in Merger of Equals to Create Premier Financial Institution

    February 07, 2019

    SunTrust Banks, Inc. and BB&T Corporation announced today that both companies' boards of directors have unanimously approved a definitive agreement to combine in an all-stock merger of equals valued at approximately $66 billion. The combined company will be the sixth-largest U.S. bank based on assets and deposits.

  • Conger LP Gas, Short & Paulk to Host South Georgia Home Showcase

    February 06, 2019

    Conger LP Gas and Short & Paulk Supply Company will host the second annual South Georgia Home Showcase on February 11th and 12th in Tifton, Georgia at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. The event will feature over 100 home improvement and propane manufacturers.

  • Governor Kemp Celebrates Georgia Tourism Industry, Unveils 2019 Travel Guide

    February 06, 2019

    Governor Brian Kemp was joined by Georgia tourism industry professionals from across the state for the annual Tourism, Hospitality & Arts Day at the Capitol to recognize the importance of the tourism industry in Georgia.

  • Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center Enters 33rd Year of Continuous Service to Georgia Businesses

    February 05, 2019

    February marks an important milestone for the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC) as it enters its 33rd year of continuous operation in aiding Georgia businesses that are pursuing government contracts.

  • Equifax to Provide Free Credit Report Service to Consumers Impacted by Partial Government Shutdown

    February 05, 2019

    Equifax Inc., a global information solutions company, announced that it will provide a free credit report service to consumers employed by the federal government who were impacted by the partial shutdown.

  • Valdosta Wins Live, Work, Play City Award

    February 04, 2019

    The city of Valdosta is one of nine recipients of the 2019 Live, Work, Play Award given by the Georgia Municipal Association and Georgia Trend. The city and its eight counterparts were recognized Sunday at the GMA's annual Mayor's Day conference.

  • Kia Motors Reveals New Brand Personality in 90 Second Super Bowl Ad

    February 04, 2019

    Kia’s Longest-Ever Super Bowl Ad Showcases the “Give It Everything” Spirit of the Brand and its West Point, GA Manufacturing Facility, home of the all-new 2020 Telluride SUV.