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  • Georgia Lottery Corp. Celebrates 25th Anniversary

    June 21, 2018

    The Georgia Lottery Corp. marked its 25th anniversary during a ceremony Wednesday at the Georgia State Capitol. Georgia Lottery President and CEO Gretchen Corbin was joined by Gov. Nathan Deal to commemorate the occasion, which was a celebration of the Georgia Lottery, Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program.

  • Georgia Retains AAA Ratings for 21st Consecutive Year

    June 21, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced Georgia again earned a rating of AAA, with a stable outlook, from each of the three main credit rating agencies — Moody’s, Fitch and Standard & Poor’s. Of the states that issue general obligation bonds, only nine currently meet this standard. These ratings resulted in low interest rates during the sale of state general obligation bonds to fund $1.32 billion for new projects.

  • Landmark Construction Named Nation’s Most Active Student Housing Contractor by Student Housing Business

    June 20, 2018

    Athens, Georgia-based general contractor Landmark Construction has been named the nation’s most active student housing contractor for the third consecutive year by Student Housing Business, an industry-leading publication.

  • Study Indicates Pet Friendly Companies Are More Likely to Attract, Engage and Retain Employees

    June 19, 2018

    A recent study conducted by Nationwide, in partnership with the Human Animal Bond Research Institute, reveals that 90 percent of employees in pet friendly workplaces feel highly connected to their company's mission; fully engaged with their work; and willing to recommend their employer to others. In contrast, less than 65 percent of employees in non-pet friendly workplaces made the same claims.

  • GE Appliances to Create 100 Jobs in Jackson County

    June 15, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced that GE Appliances, a manufacturer of household appliances, will create 100 jobs and invest $55 million in a new Southeast Region Appliance Distribution Center in Commerce. Construction of the new facility will be completed by April 2019.

  • Georgia Economy Achieves Record Job Creation & Employment in May

    June 15, 2018

    Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Georgia once again set records for employed residents, labor force and jobs for May, continuing a trend from previous months. The state is approaching the 5-million mark for employed residents. At the same time, Georgia posted more than 4.5 million jobs and a labor force of more than 5.1 million.

  • 5 Secrets to Building Great Company Culture You May Not Have Realized

    June 15, 2018

    One thing I’ve learned across all the companies I’ve created is just how vital company culture is. This is especially true when you’re starting a new company and can’t afford to hire experienced veterans who command high salaries. So, how can you put great people in place without spending the fortune you haven’t earned yet? You create such an amazing culture that people want to work for you.

  • GDEcD TPDRT Presents Music Tourism Report, includes Support for Classic Center Arena

    June 13, 2018

    The Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted the Georgia Department of Economic Development Tourism Product Development Resource Team at the Hyatt Place on Thursday, June 7th to present findings and recommendations. Tourism partners attended the presentation to hear the team’s report that provided guidance for future tourism product development in Athens.

  • Pamela Whitten Named President of Kennesaw State University

    June 13, 2018

    The Board of Regents named Dr. Pamela Whitten president of Kennesaw State University. Whitten will begin her new position July 16th . Whitten currently serves as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Georgia, a position she has held since 2014.

  • Mike Mathews Named New Airport Director for Athens-Ben Epps Airport

    June 12, 2018

    Manager Blaine Williams has named Mike Mathews as the new Director of the Athens-Ben Epps Airport for the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government. He will begin his new position on July 9, 2018. Mathews has served as the Director of the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport in Floyd County, outside Rome, Georgia, since 1997.

  • 4 Ways to Master Risk in Your Small Business Without Breaking a Sweat

    June 08, 2018

    Risk is something that few people enjoy. Sure, there are always daredevils who push things too far, but the majority of people are relatively cautious. And while there’s something to be said for protecting yourself, successful entrepreneurs don’t shy away from risk altogether.

  • AG Chris Carr: Frequently Asked Questions When It Comes to Open Records and Open Meetings

    June 07, 2018

  • To Find Your Happy Place, Try Spending That Well-Earned Time Off on Jekyll Island

    June 06, 2018

    If you're hesitant about slipping away from the office for a couple weeks to take your family on that long-awaited summer vacation, relax. Research shows that vacation travel is the one type of travel that has virtually everyone's approval. Nestled on the Atlantic coast between Savannah and Jacksonville, Jekyll Island boasts a rare combination of activities, attractions and natural wonders that capture the imagination, regardless of age or interests.

  • GDEcD Trade Mission to South America Opens New Markets

    June 05, 2018

    Recently, GDEcD International Trade Manager, Alice Carson, has been traveling across South America connecting Georgia businesses with new opportunities in Latin American markets. The mission involved stops in three countries: Colombia, Peru and Chile.

  • Aron Levine, Head of Consumer Banking & Merrill Edge, Offers Insight into Making a Difference in the Community this Year

    June 04, 2018

    Now that we’ve settled into 2018, if you’re anything like me, you’re re-thinking your progress on New Year’s resolutions. For some, this might mean evaluating your philanthropic or community involvement goals for the year. Or, you may be in the research stages of finding the specific causes or organizations you’ll support—either with your time or financial contribution.

  • Georgia Department of Economic Development Tourism Product Development Resource Team to Present Tourism Report to Athens

    May 31, 2018

    The Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau will host the Georgia Department of Economic Development Tourism Product Development Resource Team at the Hyatt Place on Thursday, June 7, at 6:00 p.m. to present findings and recommendations. The CVB encourages tourism partners and media to attend the presentation to hear the team’s report that will provide guidance for future tourism product development in Athens.

  • Connecting Georgia’s Communities to Spur Economic Development: RuralWorks

    May 31, 2018

    The newest division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Rural Georgia Initiatives, has one primary focus in mind: to help rural Georgia communities become more competitive for economic development projects and identify new strategies for attracting jobs and investment.

  • Georgia Department of Transportation Heads into 2018 Summer Construction Season

    May 30, 2018

    With Memorial Day in the rear view mirror, the unofficial start of summer has begun. For Georgia Department of Transportation, summer road construction is gearing up across Georgia. The Department announced plans for an active 2018 summer construction season, with hundreds of construction and maintenance projects along interstates and state routes across Georgia.

  • Athens Breaks Jobs Records in April

    May 29, 2018

    Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Athens prospered even as the state saw generally down numbers in April for several cities. In April, the Athens unemployment rate fell sharply, the number of employed residents continued to grow and total jobs climbed to a record-setting number.

  • Delta Offering More Trans-Atlantic Flying Than Ever

    May 29, 2018

    Memorial Day weekend marked the start of Delta's biggest ever summer on the trans-Atlantic. Some 11 routes – both new and old favorites – will begin over the next couple of days connecting the U.S. and nine countries in Europe.

  • U.S. CEOs' Confidence Soars As Hunt For Sustained Growth Continues

    May 29, 2018

    U.S. chief executives are highly confident in the growth prospects for their companies over the next three years and will focus on M&A and collaborative efforts such as accelerator or incubator programs for startup firms to achieve sustained growth, according to a study released today by KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax, and advisory firm.

  • Georgia Banks & Industry Groups Applaud Dodd-Frank Rollback

    May 24, 2018

    Georgia-based community banks, regional banks, and industry groups are applauding the significant rollback of Dodd-Frank Act regulations. As a member of the Senate Banking Committee, U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) helped craft the bipartisan rollback plan, which included three of his provisions. The rollback plan now heads to President Trump’s desk to become law.

  • Georgia DOT Restricts Construction-Related Closures Statewide During Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

    May 24, 2018

    To ease Memorial Day weekend traffic congestion, the Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures from Friday, May 25th through Tuesday, May 29th on Interstate Highways, and limiting lane closures on state routes that directly serve major tourist and recreation centers.

  • Barberitos Sets Sales Record on Cinco De Mayo

    May 23, 2018

    Barberitos, a fast-growing restaurant franchise specializing in burritos, tacos and quesadillas, had its two best sales days ever during this year's Cinco de Mayo celebration. Gross sales on Saturday, May 5, broke the previous storewide sales record that was set only the day before.

  • Walk, Run or Ride the Firefly Trail on May 24th

    May 22, 2018

    Everyone is invited to explore the new Firefly Trail at a free event Thursday, May 24th, from 6:30-8 p.m. on the new trail in East Athens. All parts of the nearly 1-mile first segment of the trail are open and in use, from East Broad Street to Old Winterville Road. Participants in Thursday's event are invited to start at any point and go at their own pace for as much of the trail as they wish.

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