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  • Georgia Sets Jobs Record in September

    October 18, 2019

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said that Georgia set a record again in September for total employed residents. The record came as Georgia continued to show improvement in other key measures like initial unemployment claims, labor force and the unemployment rate, according to preliminary numbers.

  • Georgia Lottery Celebrates Record First Quarter Transfer; $291.6M Raised for HOPE and Pre-K

    October 17, 2019

    The Georgia Lottery Corp. announced record profits for education for the first quarter of fiscal year 2020. Profits transferred to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account will amount to $291.61 million, surpassing last year’s record first quarter transfer by $6.32 million.

  • Georgia’s Rural Center Aims To Improve Health Outcomes For Rural Georgians

    October 16, 2019

    Well before sunrise on a crisp spring morning in rural Indiana, a small hospital receives an alert that an ambulance is in route, carrying a pregnant woman whose pre-term baby will need to be delivered by and receive critical neonatal care from a skeleton night-shift crew. In a county with no practicing pediatrician, obstetrician or neonatal specialist, the outlook for mother and child does not seem promising.

  • New Research Finds Public Investment in Trails, Walking and Biking Infrastructure Delivers Potential Economic Benefits of $138.5B Annually

    October 16, 2019

    Rails-to-Trails Conservancy released findings from "Active Transportation Transforms America," the nation's most comprehensive analysis of the quantifiable impact of trails, walking and biking on the places we live.

  • Georgia Manufacturing Alliance Summit Agenda Speaks Volumes about Manufacturing Success in State

    October 14, 2019

    Georgia Manufacturing Alliance Founder and CEO, Jason Moss, punctuated the success of the state’s manufacturing segment at its fifth annual Summit with an agenda that recognized employer successes, hosted top tier keynoters and panelists, and spoke volumes about the organization itself.

  • Piedmont Columbus Regional Unveils Newly-Renovated TSYS Radiation Oncology Center

    October 11, 2019

    Piedmont Columbus Regional unveiled the newly renovated TSYS Radiation Oncology Center at the John B. Amos Cancer Center today – named in recognition of a $1 million gift from TSYS, a Global Payments company– who made the gift in support of the renovation of this specialized area designed for oncology patients undergoing radiation as a part of their cancer treatment.

  • SBA Small Business Lending Reflects Strong Economic Trends

    October 11, 2019

    The U.S. Small Business Administration announced FY19 lending numbers showing that it guaranteed over $28 billion to entrepreneurs that otherwise would not have access to capital to start, grow, or expand their small businesses.

  • Tim Lee and America’s Two Percent

    October 10, 2019

    America, home of the free – and the brave – remains so principally because of the sacrifice of the country’s two percent. A 2014 Pew Research Center report noted there were 90,107 government units in the U.S. — everything from county governments – more than 3,000 – to independent school district governments. While some serve in appointed positions, there are hundreds of thousands of Americans serving in elected office, mostly at the local level.

  • Gas South Named Inaugural Recipient of goBeyondProfit Champion Award

    October 09, 2019

    Today Gas South was named the inaugural winner of the goBeyondProfit Champion Award. This honor is given to companies who exhibit exemplary efforts to benefit their community and company by cultivating company culture, deploying company resources and focusing on community empowerment.

  • Columbus Technical College Names New President

    October 08, 2019

    Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Matt Arthur has appointed a new President to lead Columbus Technical College. Martha Ann Todd, who has been serving as Interim President at Columbus Technical College since July 1st, has been named President of Columbus Technical College.

  • Georgia Chamber Hosted A Successful Rural Prosperity Summit

    October 04, 2019

    The Georgia Chamber of Commerce hosted a successful third annual Rural Prosperity Summit on Tuesday and Wednesday in Tifton. This year’s event hosted nearly 500 business leaders, community advocates and state elected officials, along with notable speakers who discussed vital topics centered around Georgia’s rural communities.

  • “Health Connect South 2019” Conference Provides Hundreds of Partnership Opportunities for Health Care Leaders

    October 03, 2019

    A record number of over 900 top-tier health care leaders in the Southeast interacted with a cadre of 68 keynoters, other speakers and panelists who presented multiple partnership opportunities at the “Health Connect South 2019” (HCS) conference. The sixth annual event was held recently at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

  • More GOP Names Surface for U.S. Senate Appointment

    October 03, 2019

    Over 500 Republican names have been submitted to Gov. Brian Kemp for consideration to be appointed to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Johnny Isakson on Dec. 31.

  • President & CEO of VisitColumbusGA Honored at Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference

    October 01, 2019

    President & CEO of VisitColumbusGA, Peter Bowden, was among the state’s top tourism professionals recognized at the 2019 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference in LaGrange, September 11. Bowden received The Tom Kilgore Lifetime Achievement Award, which is named for Rep. Tom Kilgore of Douglasville, an early tourism champion. This award recognizes an individual who exemplifies outstanding lifetime commitment towards tourism.

  • Georgia Power Named a Top U.S. Utility for Economic Development

    October 01, 2019

    For the 21st consecutive year, Georgia Power has been named a "Top U.S. Utility for Economic Development" by Site Selection magazine. Only 20 utilities were chosen for this honor out of more than 3,300 across the country.

  • U.S. Metro Areas Continue To Drive Nation's Economic Growth, Post Fifth Consecutive Year Of Increase

    October 01, 2019

    The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) released its 18th annual report and forecast on U.S. Metro Economies, showing that cities and metro regions continue to be the engines of U.S. economic growth. In 2018, these areas were home to 85.9% of the nation's population and 91.1% of real gross domestic product (GDP). The influence and contribution of metro economies to U.S. economic growth increased for the fifth consecutive year.

  • goBeyondProfit’s CEO Forum on Implementing Business Purpose will feature C-Suite Leaders of Georgia Power, Souper Jenny, H.J. Russell & Company, Cox Enterprises and Jackson Healthcare

    September 27, 2019

    On Wednesday, October 23, the statewide initiative goBeyondProfit will host a CEO Forum featuring five C-Suite leaders on Implementing Purpose in Your Daily Business. The free event is open to all via Facebook Live, and to members in person. The event will be held at Jackson Healthcare on Wednesday, October 23 from 3:30-5 pm.

  • Aflac Shares 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report

    September 26, 2019

    Aflac, the leader in supplemental insurance sales at U.S. worksites, celebrated its 2018 corporate social responsibility, also known as CSR, accomplishments by unveiling its 2018 CSR Report: "Purpose … with feathers." The comprehensive report highlights the actions and initiatives led by the company's leaders, employees and independent sales agents, who demonstrate Aflac's purpose through their actions.

  • ATL to Hold Transit “District Downloads”

    September 26, 2019

    The Atlanta Region-Transit Link Authority (ATL), mandated by state law to provide coordinated transit planning and funding for metro Atlanta, will hold 10 evening community engagement sessions dubbed “District Downloads.” The goal: Inform taxpayers about the expensive transit projects submitted to the ATL’s database as a part of its “Call for Projects” for inclusion in the ATL’s Regional Transit Plan (ARTP).

  • Piedmont Columbus Regional Celebrates Completion of the John B. Amos Cancer Center

    September 23, 2019

    Piedmont Columbus Regional is proud to announce the completion of the renovation and expansion of the John B. Amos Cancer Center. This project was made possible by community support and philanthropy through the Piedmont Columbus Regional Foundation.

  • SBDC Announces Access to Capital Forum to Grow & Expand Your Business

    September 20, 2019

    The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center is partnering with the SBA Georgia District Office and the Columbus SCORE Chapter to bring the “Access to Capital Forum to Grow & Expand Your Business” on September 30th.

  • Georgia Sets Jobs Records in August

    September 20, 2019

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said that Georgia broke records again in August – posting all-time highs in jobs and employment. Georgia had even more positive news in the August preliminary numbers. The state added to its labor force for the first time in six months and saw new unemployment claims fall.

  • New Survey Data Indicates Increased Confidence And Investment In Innovation Among Fortune 1000

    September 20, 2019

    Fortune 1000 companies are showing increased confidence in their innovation strategies and investments according to Benchmarking Innovation Impact 2020, a new report from Innovation Leader, sponsored by KPMG LLP.

  • GDOT Celebrates Success of Northwest Corridor Express Lanes

    September 19, 2019

    Opened a year ago this week, the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes were another piece of the puzzle for the Georgia Department of Transportation in the seemingly impossible fight against traffic congestion in Metro Atlanta. A year in, the project has been more successful than imagined.

  • Georgia Chamber CEO Chris Clark: Rural Renaissance Op-Ed

    September 18, 2019

    I’m a child of rural Georgia. I was born and raised in Ben Hill and Irwin Counties with ample time spent in Brooks and Colquitt Counties. I stayed in rural environments through college at Georgia Southern and grad school at Georgia College. My first chamber job was on the banks of the Ocmulgee River in Hawkinsville.

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