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  • Jobs Increase in Valdosta, Unemployment Down in September

    October 26, 2017

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that metro Valdosta’s unemployment rate fell in September as the number of jobs increased and unemployment claims declined.

  • Southern Company Subsidiary PowerSecure Signs Contract to Help Restore Puerto Rico Electric Grid

    October 23, 2017

    PowerSecure, a subsidiary of Southern Company, has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for additional support to repair the power grid in Puerto Rico.

  • Jobs Decrease Slightly in State, as Hurricane Irma Impacts Coastal Georgia

    October 19, 2017

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that Hurricane Irma caused Georgia’s job numbers to fall and unemployment claims to rise in September.

  • Last Chance to Participate in the Georgia CEO Q4 Business Index Survey

    October 17, 2017

    Georgia CEO has partnered with Georgia Southern University College of Business to develop a statewide industry index to track economic conditions. The index results helps business owners, politicians and local leaders understand the economic environment of the state on a quarterly basis.

  • State of the Georgia Ports: Surge of Private Investments, Record Cargo Volumes

    October 16, 2017

    During his annual State of the Port Address, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch announced record cargo volumes, infrastructure development and two new customers bringing a combined 1 million square feet of additional distribution center space to Savannah.

  • Azalea Health and Prognosis Innovation Healthcare to Merge

    October 13, 2017

    Azalea Health, a leading provider of fully-integrated web-based healthcare solutions and services, announced today the merger of Houston-based Prognosis Innovation Healthcare, a leading provider of electronic health records to rural and community hospitals. This is the second such merger for Azalea in 2017, further solidifying its position as one of the preeminent cloud providers and advocates in the rural health space.

  • South Carolina and Georgia Play Role in AT&T’s Hurricane Maria Response

    October 13, 2017

    As the response to Hurricane Maria continues in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AT&T is utilizing South Carolina and Georgia resources in its recovery efforts.

  • Attorney General Carr Recognizes National Cyber Security Awareness Month

    October 09, 2017

    Attorney General Chris Carr is supporting National Cyber Security Awareness Month this October, an annual month-long collaborative effort launched in 2004 by the United States Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance.

  • Partnership Cancer Fund Transfers to SGMC Foundation

    October 06, 2017

    On Aug. 1, South Georgia Partnership for Health presented a check for $53,000 to South Georgia Medical Center’s Foundation. The funds will continue to support a Partnership Cancer Fund, but will now be operated under the Foundation Board of Trustees.

  • Georgia Historical Society Announces 2018 Georgia Trustees Ed Bastian and Paul Bowers

    October 06, 2017

    The Georgia Historical Society announced that Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines, and Paul Bowers, Chairman, President, and CEO of Georgia Power, have been selected as the newest Georgia Trustees. Bastian and Bowers will be inducted by Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Historical Society in February. This is the highest honor the State of Georgia can bestow.

  • Georgia Quick Start Again Named Number One Workforce Training Program in the U.S.

    October 05, 2017

    Georgia Quick Start, a division of the Technical College System of Georgia, has once again been voted the number one workforce training program in the U.S., according to a survey conducted by Area Development magazine, a trade publication for professional site locators. The magazine has conducted its survey of site professionals for eight years, and this marks the eighth consecutive time Quick Start was voted the best workforce training program in the country.

  • Stonecrest Announces Bid for Amazon HQ2 with "Amazon City"

    October 04, 2017

    The newly-incorporated city of Stonecrest will ask the DeKalb County legislative delegation in 2018 to create the city of Amazon, Ga. within a portion of its own city limits if the online retail giant picks the city to build its second world headquarters.

  • Technical College System of Georgia Extends State’s Workforce Development Ties with Germany

    September 29, 2017

    Leaders of the Bavarian State Ministry for Education, Culture and Science and the Technical College System of Georgia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that establishes a partnership giving Georgia and German students expanded educational opportunities. TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin and Georg Eisenreich, the Bavarian ministry’s State Secretary, signed the MOU in a ceremony held Sept. 26th in Munich.

  • Bank of America’s Evolution of Workplace Policies: Insights on New 16-Week Leave Policy for Mothers and Fathers

    September 27, 2017

    Bank of America recently expanded its parental leave policy from 12 to 16 weeks of paid leave for new mothers and fathers – one of the most competitive offerings across the industry. We sat down with BofA’s Jennifer Darwin, SVP of Corporate Communications for the Carolinas to learn more about this workplace evolution.

  • Wiregrass Tech is Preparing for Industry Needs

    September 22, 2017

    In the 1990’s there was a huge push for high school and college students to consider Health Occupation careers with the growing number of the baby boomer generation getting older. Now, Manufacturing and Construction industries are feeling the effects of an aging population. Wiregrass Georgia Technical College works closely with industries and businesses in the eleven counties it serves in South Georgia.

  • Area Development Names Georgia #1 State for Business for Fourth Year in a Row

    September 22, 2017

    Georgia did it again! Georgia has been ranked No. 1 on Area Development’s Top States for Doing Business survey, a distinction Georgia has now earned for the fourth consecutive year.

  • GDOT Explores Statewide Broadband and Wireless Expansion

    September 21, 2017

    Increasingly, the world is dependent on high-speed internet and reliable cell phone service. But many throughout Georgia rely on spotty or inconsistent cellular and slow internet. Better days may be ahead as Georgia DOT explores two initiatives—broadband and wireless—that use the state-owned right-of-way to expand the 511 Navigator system statewide, as well as enhance telecommunications for all Georgians.

  • Jobs Up, Unemployment Rate Down in Valdosta in August

    September 21, 2017

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that metro Valdosta’s unemployment and jobs picture looked bright in August. Butler said that in August the unemployment rate was just 4.8 percent and job growth continued to climb.

  • GDEcD's Global Commerce Generates $6.33B in Investments

    September 20, 2017

  • Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority Recognized as Top 25 Economic Development Organization in North America

    September 19, 2017

    The Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority was recognized last night as one of the top 25 digital economic development organizations in North America at the 2017 International Economic Development Council Annual Conference.

  • Nominations Open for 2018 Georgia Small Business ROCK STAR Awards

    September 18, 2017

    According to Mary Ellen McClanahan, Entrepreneur and Small Business director for the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), the future is bright. That’s why the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) and GDEcD work together each year to “spotlight Georgia’s best, brightest and most unique.”

  • Race for the Best Business Plan Is On in Valdosta

    September 15, 2017

    Matching 2017’s record, 16 registration packets for the 2018 Southwest Georgia Bank Business Plan Competition have been submitted to the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber, and the race for the best business plan is on.

  • Georgia Sets Record for Total Jobs in August

    September 14, 2017

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that Georgia set a record in August for total jobs, surpassing 4.5 million for the first time.

  • Third Annual J.W. Fanning Community Leadership Conference Set for February 2018

    September 13, 2017

    Individuals committed to improving their communities and organizations through leadership development are encouraged to mark their calendars to attend the 2018 Community Leadership Conference, Feb. 22-23, 2018, at UGA. Organized by the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, the Community Leadership Conference will again take place at the UGA Center for Continuing Education and Hotel.

  • Governor Expands State of Emergency to Include All 159 Counties

    September 11, 2017

    Acting on a recommendation from the state's Emergency Operations Command and ahead of heavy rains, strong wind and potential flooding from Hurricane Irma, Gov. Nathan Deal expanded the emergency declaration to include an additional 65 counties.

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