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  • New Law will Ensure Fairness, Strengthen Competition in Government Purchasing

    April 26, 2019

    State Rep. Mark Newton (R-Augusta) said he was looking for “transparency and clarity” when he introduced House Bill 315. The bill, which requires consultants to disclose any potential conflicts of interest when hired by city or county governments to develop bid specifications, sailed through the House and Senate this session. And last week, Governor Brian Kemp signed the legislation into law.

  • Corporate Generosity - Just a Nice Thing to Do and Only for Fortune 500 Shops? Think Again.

    April 25, 2019

    Over 100 Georgia influencers, representing businesses small and large, gathered April 23rd to hear C-suite insights into the exponential benefits of giving back. The take-away? It’s not only the right thing to do. It makes great business sense - especially here in Georgia. So, however you can, just do it.

  • Governor Brian Kemp Joins Global Fintech Leaders for FinTech South

    April 25, 2019

    The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) hosted more than 1,400 fintech leaders for the return of the landmark FinTech South conference April 22-23 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta.

  • Valdosta Celebrates Georgia Cities Week 2019

    April 23, 2019

    The City of Valdosta will celebrate Georgia Cities Week, April 21-27, with a variety of events throughout the week. The theme this year is “True Colors,” which spotlights Valdosta’s important role in creating community gathering spaces and driving economic development. The week also provides opportunities to show appreciation to our residents, public servants and city employees who serve the community year-round.

  • Valdosta Celebrates National Community Development Week

    April 22, 2019

    The City of Valdosta will participate in the 2019 observance of National Community Development Week, April 20-27, with a variety of events that highlight the city’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

  • Georgia Sets Job Records in March

    April 19, 2019

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said that Georgia set another record in March for total jobs in the state.

  • Georgia Power Lights up the Atlanta Skyline to Celebrate Linemen

    April 17, 2019

    The Atlanta skyline will look a little different during the month of April as Georgia Power shows appreciation for thousands of lineworkers throughout the state.

  • Governor Brian Kemp to Speak at VSU’s 227th Commencement Ceremony

    April 15, 2019

    Governor Brian Kemp will deliver the keynote address during Valdosta State University’s Spring 2019 commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, on the Front Lawn.

  • Corporate Generosity Research Shows Georgia Businesses are Seen - And Rewarded - As More Generous Than Other States

    April 12, 2019

    New research into corporate generosity shows Georgia businesses are seen by working adults in the state as doing well – 10 percentage points better than other states. But the stakes are consistently higher here, too. In every age group, on every metric, Georgia adults are more likely to factor generosity into employment and purchasing preferences than the U.S. average for their age group.

  • Senators Decry Lack of Action on Disaster Aid for Suffering States

    April 12, 2019

    U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., joined Senate colleagues, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in expressing disappointment in Congress’ failure to deliver critical disaster aid to their states to assist in recovery efforts from natural disasters in 2018 and 2019. It has been six months since Georgia and Florida took a direct hit from Hurricane Michael.

  • Georgia Chamber Hosted a Successful Georgia Inventure Prize

    April 09, 2019

    The Georgia Chamber of Commerce hosted a successful first annual Georgia InVenture Prize. Joined in partnership with the Technical College System of Georgia, Georgia Department of Education, University System of Georgia and Georgia Public Broadcasting, the Georgia Chamber was able to host the two-day competition, and is looking forward to watching the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs expand their skills.

  • Leadership Georgia Announces 2019 Award Recipients

    April 08, 2019

    The Leadership Georgia Board of Trustees today announced the recipients of the organization’s most prestigious awards, presented to Georgians who exemplify the principles of Leadership Georgia and whose impact through leadership and stewardship has helped shaped communities and the state.

  • CEO Confidence Increased Slightly in Q1

    April 05, 2019

    The Conference Board Measure of CEO Confidence, which had decreased sharply in the fourth quarter of 2018, increased slightly in the first quarter of 2019. The Measure now reads 43, up from 42 in the fourth quarter of 2018.

  • Bobby Jones Family Joins Forces with Disease-Fighting Foundation

    April 04, 2019

    Bobby Jones is the only golfer in history to win the Grand Slam – all four major championships in the same year, which now include The Masters, PGA Championship, U. S. Open, and Europe’s Open Championship. Remarkably, Jones earned his living as a lawyer and competed in golf as an amateur.

  • VSU Students to Compete in Statewide Business Competition April 3rd-4th

    April 03, 2019

    A pair of Valdosta State University students will compete in the inaugural Georgia InVenture Prize competition, a statewide invention and business contest, April 3-4 in Atlanta.

  • American Express and Delta Renew Industry-leading Partnership, Lay Foundation to Continue Innovating Customer Benefits

    April 03, 2019

    American Express and Delta Air Lines have signed an 11-year renewal extending their exclusive Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards from American Express portfolio through the end of 2029.

  • Locate South GeorgiaLEADS’ Third Cohort Celebrates Graduation & Commitment to Regional Leadership in Bainbridge

    April 02, 2019

    Locate South GeorgiaLEADS is proud to announce the graduation of its third cohort, with 25 graduates committed to the development of a strong leadership pipeline across South Georgia. Presented by Electric Cities of Georgia, Locate South GeorgiaLEADSspent the day in Bainbridge-Decatur County, learning firsthand from a community about leadership, resiliency and revitalization.

  • YEA! Students Pitch and Win Big

    April 01, 2019

    The students of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), a Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce program, were awarded startup funding to launch their businesses after pitching to a panel of local investors who awarded startup funds based on the merit of the idea and their potential for success.

  • Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce Receives Five-Star Accreditation

    March 29, 2019

    After an intensive self-evaluation process, the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce received the five-star accreditation designation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the second time. The Chamber received accreditation in1989, and has been five star accredited since 2013.

  • Leadership Development Helping Build a Stronger, More United South Georgia

    March 28, 2019

    Melissa Dark and Elena Carné own small businesses more than 75 miles apart in rural south Georgia. Through a regional program, led by the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia, the two have shared information that has resulted in better business practices.

  • Healthcare Plan Headed to Governor’s Desk for Signature

    March 28, 2019

    State Rep. Jodi Lott (R-Evans) stood in the well Monday afternoon and urged House members to support SB 106, the Governor’s “Patients First Act.” “This is a big-picture debate. Health care is complicated,” said Lott, one of Governor Brian Kemp’s floor leaders in the House. “It’s complex. But voting for SB 106 is the start of moving the ball forward in Georgia. This is the first part. It’s the first piece of the pie. If this bill fails it won’t change the fact that healthcare is one of the Governor’s top priorities.”

  • Georgia Power, DOE Finalize $1.67B Loan Guarantee for New Vogtle Units

    March 25, 2019

    U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and North America's Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey joined Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO Tom Fanning, Georgia Power Chairman, President and CEO Paul Bowers and hundreds of workers and special guests at the Vogtle 3 & 4 nuclear expansion project near Waynesboro, Georgia, to announce the closing of approximately $1.67 billion in additional Department of Energy (DOE) loan guarantees for the new Vogtle units.

  • Better Way Products to Create More Than 86 Jobs in Lowndes County

    March 20, 2019

    The Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority announced that Better Way Products, a subsidiary of Patrick Industries, Inc., an Indiana-based company that designs, engineers, and manufactures fiberglass parts will be relocating in the Azalea City Business Park.

  • Georgia’s 2019 Small Business ROCK STARS Named

    March 19, 2019

    Governor Brian. P. Kemp joined the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Economic Developers Association to recognize Georgia’s 2019 “Small Business ROCK STARS” at an annual luncheon at the Georgia Aquarium today. Four Georgia-based companies were recognized for being outstanding, unique and impactful small businesses.

  • UGA SBDC at VSU Offers Workshop in Online Version of QuickBooks April 9th

    March 18, 2019

    The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center at Valdosta State University will present QuickBooks Online: Conquering Your Fears from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9th.

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