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  • Over $11M in Transportation Projects Awarded to Northeast Region

    December 08, 2017

    On December 1st, The Georgia Department of Transportation officially awarded five transportation project contracts representing a total investment of $11,044,157.81 for infrastructure in Northeast Georgia.

  • Doc Eldridge to Resign as President and CEO of Athens Area Chamber

    December 07, 2017

    Doc Eldridge, President and CEO of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce since 2007, notified board Chair Dean Mannheimer and Chair-elect Dr. Shannon Wilder of his plans to resign from the Chamber effective March 1st, 2018. Eldridge, a longtime member of the recovery community in the Athens area, has accepted a position in community relations and business development with Twin Lakes Recovery Center, which provides treatment services for drug and alcohol abuse and has locations in Athens, Gainesville, and Monroe.

  • Georgia 4-H and AT&T Hold Technology Training at The Jasper County Senior Center

    December 07, 2017

    As part of AT&T’s continuing efforts to boost internet adoption, AT&T and Georgia 4-H held a technology class, teaching seniors how to safely navigate the digital world. The new statewide program bridges the generations and helps enhance connections across Georgia.

  • Apply These 5 Techniques to Help Employees Return to Work After a Medical Absence

    December 07, 2017

    When a worker gets hurt or sick and misses a substantial amount of time, it can be hard for you as a business owner to know what to do. The situation can become even more challenging when it’s time for the employee to return to work after a medical absence. If you don’t have a plan for dealing with people’s return as well as their absence, this could become a major distraction.

  • Eric Tanenblatt: These Georgia Businesses Are Changing How We View Social Responsibility

    December 06, 2017

    The spirit of consumption that envelops our nation each year in the days that follow Thanksgiving was punctuated this year by something remarkable, something pointedly not about self-indulgence or flashy gadgets: a “global day of giving” that encouraged and celebrated altruism. The occasion, dubbed “Giving Tuesday” in the mode of our year-end shopping calendar, was said to have raised in excess of $200 million, a significant increase from years prior.

  • Holiday Events and Happenings in Athens

    December 01, 2017

    The holiday season in Athens, Georgia, offers many opportunities for endless celebration. Now is the time to plan a holiday vacation in Georgia. Visitors can enjoy festive heritage events, artist markets for one-of-a-kind gifts, world-class entertainment and holiday productions, and, as always in Athens, live music.

  • UGA Alumni Association Announces Ninth Annual Bulldog 100 List

    November 30, 2017

    The University of Georgia Alumni Association has released the 2018 Bulldog 100. This annual program recognizes the fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni. More than 500 nominations were submitted for the 2018 list.

  • AT&T Launches Fixed Wireless Internet in Georgia to Enhance Connectivity in Rural and Underserved Areas

    November 29, 2017

    AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet is now available in rural and under served locations in parts of 44 counties in Georgia. In May 2017, AT&T launched Fixed Wireless Internet, an innovative service that delivers an internet connection with download speeds of at least 10Mbps to homes and small businesses. With Fixed Wireless Internet, customers can download, surf and stream their favorite movies or television shows

  • Athens-based National Engineering Firm, Williams & Associates, is Now W&A Engineering

    November 28, 2017

    Jon Williams established Williams & Associates nearly two decades ago in downtown Watkinsville, GA, with the idea of creating an all-encompassing design firm in Northeast Georgia to serve its growing communities. Since then, the company has grown into a national civil engineering firm working in more than 45 of the United States and acting as the on-call civil engineers and economic development consultants for more than 40 Georgia communities.

  • Governor Announces $35M for Cybersecurity Center Expansion in Augusta

    November 28, 2017

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced $35 million in funding for an expansion of the Hull McKnight Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center in Augusta. The second facility will serve as an incubator hub for technology startups as well as a training space for the state’s cybersecurity initiatives and workforce development programs.

  • Georgia Banks’ Earnings up 15% in Third Quarter

    November 27, 2017

    Georgia’s 178 FDIC-insured financial institutions earned $889.3 million during the third quarter of this year, up 15.2 percent over the same period in 2016. For the first nine months of the year, cumulative earnings were $2.5 billion, increasing by 10.3 percent over the same nine-month period in 2016.

  • Campus Kitchen: Feeding Seniors Across Athens

    November 17, 2017

    Five miles doesn’t seem like much. It’s a short car ride for some, and a morning jog for others. But for student volunteers in the University of Georgia Campus Kitchen program, 5 miles from the main campus in Athens takes them to Montine Brightwell’s doorstep to deliver food. The realization that such a vast community need is so close to campus is a wakeup call for students, according to volunteer Allison Vita.

  • The UPS Store Steps Up to Help Small Businesses Close the Deal on Small Business Saturday

    November 17, 2017

    Small Business Saturday is like the big game for many independent businesses, with millions of shoppers expected to shop small on Saturday, November 25th. But business owners won’t win the day simply by opening – they need to close deals by turning browsers into buyers.

  • Economic Developer Training at UGA Gives Georgia Advantage in Attracting New Industry

    November 17, 2017

    It didn't take long for Larry Brooks to connect the dots during one of his Georgia Certified Economic Developer classes. Brooks, executive director of the Walker County Development Authority, already was looking for a site to locate a new industry when he attended a financing course offered by the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government. In the class he learned he could use money from a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax to purchase land and develop it.

  • Georgia State Economist: Rebuild From Hurricane Season Expected to Boost 4Q Economy

    November 16, 2017

    Despite doom and gloom estimates due to an unusually active hurricane season, third quarter gross domestic product growth came in at 3.0 percent, according to Rajeev Dhawan of the Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business.

  • University System of Georgia Board of Regents Elects New Officers

    November 16, 2017

    The Board of Regents, the 19-member governing body for the University System of Georgia, elected Regent James M. Hull to a one-year term as the Board’s chair and Regent Don L. Waters to a one-year term as the Board’s vice chair.

  • Senator David Perdue: Keeping Our Promise To Veterans

    November 10, 2017

    We honor our veterans and their families for their sacrifices and unwavering dedication to our country. Our troops who wear the uniform represent the best, and I mean the very best, our country has to offer. It is because of their service that we enjoy the freedom that comes with being an American.

  • Georgia Power, Ron Clark Academy Celebrate Renewed STEM Partnership

    November 09, 2017

    Georgia Power and the world-renowned Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta continue to provide new skills and training for Georgia educators through the annual PowerED Fellows program. PowerED Fellows, funded by The Georgia Power Foundation Inc., receive a three-day professional developmental experience at the Ron Clark Academy focused on STEM-related best practices in teaching and student engagement to prepare the workforce of the future.

  • UGA Helps Coastal Community Keep its Head above Water

    November 07, 2017

    For the coastal city of St. Marys, changing sea levels and severe storms are local issues. With assistance from the University of Georgia, local leaders, property owners and schoolchildren are working together to protect their historic and picturesque community of about 17,500 people.

  • Georgia Manufacturing Alliance CEO Sets Tone of Annual Summit: "Significance of 'One’”

    November 06, 2017

    Prior to the introduction of two keynote speakers from renowned Georgia companies Coca Cola and Chick-fil-A, Jason Moss, Founder and CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, welcomed over 600 attendees to the third annual Georgia Manufacturing Summit. Moss set the theme for the conference recently held in Atlanta by invoking what he called “the significance of ‘one’,” be it one connection made; one idea shared; or one moment of clarity.

  • Georgia’s Tourism Industry Generates Record $60.8B in Economic Impact

    November 03, 2017

    Gov. Nathan Deal recognized several of the state’s top tourism professionals at the 2017 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference on Jekyll Island. The annual industry event, hosted by the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus, brought together more than 400 tourism industry professionals from across the state.

  • Oconee County Chamber of Commerce Hires New President

    November 01, 2017

    The Oconee County Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that Courtney Bernardi has been hired as its new president.

  • UGA Grows the Economy, Promotes Economic Prosperity in Rural Georgia

    October 31, 2017

    In 2005, Colquitt County was experiencing growing pains. Sanderson Farms had announced plans to build a chicken processing plant in the south Georgia community, bringing 1,400 jobs to the area. While the new plant was welcome, it presented challenges. The county had limited sewer capacity, few housing options and no round-the-clock child care, a necessity for parents working overnight shifts.

  • Site Selection Ranks Georgia No. 1 for Business for Fifth Straight Year

    October 31, 2017

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia has been named the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business for the fifth consecutive year by Site Selection, a leading economic development trade magazine. According to Site Selection, Georgia is the first state to hold this ranking for five consecutive years under the same governor.

  • Deadline Tomorrow to Nominate a Small Business for The 2018 Georgia Small Business ROCK STAR Awards

    October 30, 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.”

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