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  • Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Hosting Business Expo

    October 14, 2019

    The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce will host over 80 vendors for a new Business Expo on Oct. 29 at The Classic Center from 3 to 7 p.m.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • North Athens Downtown Development Project Memorandum of Understanding Approved

    October 03, 2019

    At the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission Regular Session voting meeting on Tuesday, October 1, the Commission voted unanimously to enter into a memorandum of understanding between the Athens Housing Authority and the Athens-Clarke County Unified Governmentto support the North Athens Downtown Development Project.

  • “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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Athens Area Community Foundation Welcomes 2019-2020 Board

    September 25, 2019

    The Athens Area Community Foundation announced its new Board of Directors for the 2019-2020 year. The newly elected Board Members include: Mayor Kelly Girtz (ex-officio, no term); Clark Brown, Wealth Strategist at Vickery Financial; and Kirk Smith, President of The AdSmith. Rolling off of the board this year are Kathy Kirbo (ex-officio member), and Cynthia Lester (3rd term member).

  • Athens Makes List of Best College Towns for Startups

    September 20, 2019

    Athens, Georgia comes in at #8 for top college towns for starting a business, a new study from TollFreeForwarding has revealed.

  • 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.

  • Senator David Perdue: Johnny Isakson Is One Of The Greatest Among Us

    September 18, 2019

    U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke on the Senate floor to honor the legacy of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), who plans to retire at the end of 2019.

  • Jennifer Abshire: Maximize Your Philanthropic Dollars through Strategic Giving

    September 17, 2019

    Philanthropic giving is an increasingly important aspect of any business model. Consumers research and choose to do business with companies that support causes they believe in. Like any success you find in business, successful philanthropic giving requires strategic planning.

  • Kabbage Launches the Only Interactive Index Analyzing Revenue Trends of U.S. Small Businesses

    September 17, 2019

    Kabbage, Inc., a data and technology company providing small businesses cash flow solutions, launched the Kabbage Small Business Revenue Index. Drawing from the 2 million live data connections Kabbage maintains across its customer base of over 200,000 small businesses, the Kabbage Small Business Revenue Index is the only interactive tool analyzing live revenue trends of U.S. small businesses.

  • Georgia Ports Draw $5B Investment, 12K Jobs to Georgia

    September 13, 2019

    Port-related announcements of expansions and new business accounted for nearly $5 billion in investment and 12,000 jobs across the state of Georgia in Fiscal Year 2019, a year in which the Port of Savannah moved a record 4.5 million twenty-foot equivalent container units.

  • Kia Motors Produces Three Millionth Vehicle in the U.S.

    September 13, 2019

    Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) reached another milestone when the plant’s three millionth vehicle – a white 2020 Telluride SX Prestige – rolled off the assembly line in West Point, Georgia.

  • 2018 Saw Record-Breaking Accomplishments of Georgia's Tourism Industry

    September 12, 2019

    Governor Brian P. Kemp recognized the performance and impact of the state’s tourism industry while attending the 2019 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference in LaGrange. Visitors in Georgia spent an estimated $31 billion in 2018 – a 4.8% increase over 2017 numbers.

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