January 2022 Features

  • Georgia Lottery Raises $376.5M for HOPE, Pre-K in Second Quarter of FY22

    January 31, 2022

    The Georgia Lottery Corp. announced it generated $376,513,000 in profits for the second quarter of fiscal year 2022, bringing the total transferred to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account since inception to more than $24.6 billion.

  • Georgia Chamber Announces Inaugural Members of Hub Chamber Council

    January 28, 2022

    Acknowledging Georgia’s larger cities and counties outside of the Metro Atlanta region have their own unique issues and concerns that demand a more coordinated and specific program of work, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce along with its chamber partners are proud to announce the creation of the Hub Chamber Council.

  • 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.