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  • Simple Year-end Action Allows Businesses to Improve Rural Healthcare without Cost

    December 05, 2019

    The goBeyondProfit initiative shares Georgia businesses’ interest in understanding the state’s social needs and finding clear and actionable solutions to them. Consequently, it is highlighting a year-end opportunity that allows businesses and individuals to address the crisis in rural healthcare with a simple tax credit contribution that costs them nothing.

  • Small Business Wage Growth Hits New High, Job Growth Consistent in November

    December 05, 2019

    The tight labor market continues to positively impact wage growth, according to the latest Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch. Hourly earnings grew 3.11 percent among employees of small businesses, the highest level since reporting began in 2011.

  • Phenix City Citizens Help Plan Future

    December 04, 2019

    In September 2018, the Phenix City Housing Authority and the City of Phenix City were awarded a $250,000 Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Planning Grant was to develop a community-driven Transformation Plan for the Frederick Douglass / Five Points neighborhood — the ‘heart’ of Phenix City.

  • Learning about Kelly Loeffler & a GOP Split

    December 04, 2019

    With Gov. Brian Kemp poised to name Atlanta businesswoman and lifelong Republican Kelly Loeffler as Georgia’s interim U.S. senator to replace Johnny Isakson, all eyes will be on the Loeffler introductory rollout.

  • Georgia and Japan: A Valued Partnership

    December 03, 2019

    Recently, PSC Commissioner Tim Echols joined a bipartisan group of legislators and officials on a study tour to Japan sponsored by the Japan Foundation. Not only did the trip help to understand Japanese cultural distinctives, but being in Tokyo amidst 13 million Japanese gave us a first-hand look at three recurring traits of this great culture that is one of Georgia's primary trading partners.

  • Georgia Council for the Arts Awards More than $570,000 in Grant Funding

    December 03, 2019

    The Georgia Department of Economic Development's Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) today announced the recipients of the Vibrant Communities Grant and the new Cultural Facilities Grant. Seventy-nine entities in 58 counties received more than $570,000 in funding.

  • Charlie Harper: On The Passing Of House Rules Chairman Jay Powell

    December 03, 2019

    Alfred Jackson “Jay” Powell passed away last week at the too young age of 67. He was perhaps one of the most powerful people in Georgia that you may never have heard of. Powell was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2008 representing his home county of Mitchell along with portions of Decatur and Colquitt counties. He served as Mayor of Camilla Georgia for the decade prior to his service in the House.

  • Homelessness: Where Does Georgia Rank?

    November 22, 2019

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development delivers an annual estimate to Congress of homeless people in the country. And based on the latest estimates from the federal government, there were 552,830 people experiencing homelessness across the United States in January 2018. This is based on the latest HUD study — which provides a snapshot of homelessness across the country on a single night.

  • Sen. Isakson Honored for Lasting Impact on Georgia’s Economy, Business Community

    November 21, 2019

    A new video and a recent Atlanta Business Chronicle article highlight the legacy and impact of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., on Georgia’s economy as the longtime businessman prepares to leave the Senate on Dec. 31.

  • 2020 Election: Both Parties Look at “the Numbers”

    November 21, 2019

    With another Democratic party presidential debate being held this week at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, focus naturally turns to Georgia and its importance in the 2020 election cycle. Is Georgia a “swing state” up for grabs? Both parties are “doing the math” after looking at turnout numbers to answer that question.

  • Columbus Chamber Begins Nationwide Search for President & CEO

    November 20, 2019

    The Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce has retained Jorgenson Consulting, a national executive search firm located in Greensboro, North Carolina to assist in the search for its next President and CEO.

  • Kia Motors Celebrates Decade of Manufacturing in Georgia

    November 20, 2019

    Kia Motors Corporation celebrated its 10th anniversary of vehicle production in West Point, Georgia, U.S.A. The facility, named Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG), was the company’s first manufacturing hub to open in North America. It has so far helped create more than 15,000 local jobs and produced more than three million vehicles.

  • Debate Stage Symbolizes State Policy That's Working

    November 20, 2019

    As Democratic presidential candidates on Wednesday debate in Atlanta, they’ll do so on a studio soundstage that is one of many built in the state since the introduction of Georgia’s film tax credit.

  • Governor Brian Kemp: Our Plan to Make Health Insurance Accessible, Affordable in Georgia

    November 19, 2019

    Georgia is experiencing historic job growth and unmatched economic opportunity in every corner of the state. Participation in the job market is at record highs, unemployment recently dropped to a twenty-year low, and we were named the “#1 State for Business” for the seventh year in a row. But even with rising wages and 30,000 new private sector jobs this year alone, far too many hardworking Georgians struggle to access and afford health insurance coverage.

  • Piedmont Transplant Institute to Open New Clinic in Columbus

    November 15, 2019

    Piedmont Transplant Institute has opened a new satellite clinic in Columbus, providing patients in rural Georgia with access to sub-specialty care.

  • Greater Women’s Business Council Recognizes 10 Companies Committed to the Advancement of Women-Owned Businesses at 2019 LACE Awards

    November 15, 2019

    The Greater Women’s Business Council (GWBC), the largest provider of certification and development resources for women business enterprises (WBEs) in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, hosted its annual LACE (Ladies Achieving Continuous Excellence) Awards Gala on Nov. 8 at the St. Regis hotel in Atlanta.

  • Georgia Power Ranked #1 in Segment by J.D. Power for Business Customer Satisfaction

    November 14, 2019

    For the second year in a row, Georgia Power has been ranked number one for business customer satisfaction among Large Utilities in the South by J.D. Power in its 2019 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study.

  • Ted Williams, Warren Buffett & a Secret to Your Company’s Community Impact

    November 13, 2019

    One of goBeyondProfit's founding members was asked to serve on a panel of CEOs discussing best practices in Community Impact. Panelist Keith Reynolds Jennings kindly agreed to share his insights here for Georgia readers.

  • University System of Georgia Enrollment Increases to Record High

    November 13, 2019

    The headcount enrollment for the 26 institutions of the University System of Georgia in Fall 2019 was 333,507, representing an increase of 1.5 percent (4,795 students) over the Fall 2018 enrollment of 328,712, according to USG’s Fall 2019 Semester Enrollment Report.

  • Secretary Of State Brad Raffensperger Launches Columbus Financial Literacy Program To Empower Women With Financial Tools

    November 12, 2019

    Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is pleased to announce that “She Leads,” a financial empowerment seminar, is coming to Columbus. The event will take place Wednesday, November 20th, 2019.

  • Mercer Board Approves New Names for Two Academic Units, Authorizes Major Construction Projects in Columbus and Atlanta

    November 11, 2019

    Mercer University’s Board of Trustees approved name changes for the College of Liberal Arts and Stetson School of Business and Economics and authorized work to begin on major health sciences facilities on the Atlanta and Columbus campuses.

  • President Jimmy Carter Honored as 2019 Distinguished Conservationist at 26th Annual ecoBenefête

    November 11, 2019

    The Georgia Conservancy honored Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter as its 2019 Distinguished Conservationist at the Atlanta History Center on November 7th. The Distinguished Conservationist Award, bestowed at that Conservancy’s annual gala, ecoBenefête, recognizes President Carter’s profound and lasting impact on the conservation and protection of Georgia’s natural resources.

  • Georgia Receives Top Business Ranking for Record-Breaking Seventh Straight Year

    November 07, 2019

    Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that Georgia’s business climate has been named No. 1 in the nation by Site Selection Magazine, an internationally circulated business publication covering corporate real estate and economic development, for the seventh year in a row. Georgia is the only state that has received the distinction seven consecutive times in the history of Site Selection’s rankings.

  • Bill Would Eliminate Taxes from Military Retirements

    November 07, 2019

    A group of Georgia state representatives are hoping to remove income tax from military retirements. One of the co-signers of HB-7 is newcomer Rep. Philip Singleton (R-Sharpsburg) who was sworn in as the newest state representative for Newnan’s District 71 less than a month ago. At his swearing in ceremony he announced his plans to form the House Veteran Caucus.

  • Aflac's New Group Worksite Life Insurance Includes Advanced Claim Payment, First-Responder and Living Benefits Riders

    November 06, 2019

    Aflac, the leader in supplemental insurance sales at U.S. worksites, announced the launch of its new group worksite life insurance. It is the latest product in the company's life portfolio, designed to help a wide array of individuals and families pay the bills if something happens to a primary wage earner.

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