January 2019 Features

  • Athens Technical College Adds $118.1M Economic Impact to the Region, Study Reveals

    January 31, 2019

    Athens Technical College’s economic impact on its surrounding communities continues to expand, adding $118.1 million to its service area for fiscal year 2016-2017. EMSI, a leading provider of economic impact studies and labor market data, examined Athens Technical College’s economic impact through its students, employees, and alumni for that one-year period.

  • Rick Jackson Shares Why He Founded goBeyondProfit

    January 31, 2019

    Rick Jackson, the CEO and Chairman of Jackson Healthcare shares why he launched goBeyondProfit – a fully funded venture for his peers and their companies. He believes that goBeyondProfit offers a tremendous opportunity for business leaders to learn from each other and make an even bigger impact in the communities where they live, work and serve.

  • 2019 Kicks Off with a Slight Increase in Small Business Hiring and Wage Growth

    January 31, 2019

    The Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch started the new year with slight gains in small business job and hourly earnings growth. The Small Business Jobs Index increased 0.04 percent in January to 98.92, though it remains down 0.96 year-over-year.

  • Glassdoor Reveals The 50 Best Jobs In America For 2019

    January 30, 2019

    With millions of U.S. workers looking for new jobs in the new year, Glassdoor, one of the world's largest job and recruiting sites, announced its annual jobs report identifying the 50 Best Jobs in America for 2019.

  • Georgia Public Service Commission Faces Busy and Challenging Case Load in 2019

    January 29, 2019

    The Georgia Public Service Commission will face an unprecedented number of major proceedings and rate cases in 2019, beginning with the filing of Georgia Power Company’s Integrated Resource Plan on January 31st.

  • Georgia Historical Society Set to Kickoff Free Public Events of the 2019 Georgia History Festival

    January 28, 2019

    With the Georgia Day Parade only one week away the Georgia Historical Society is set to kick off the 2019 Georgia History Festival with a full slate of free public events.

  • Flexing Georgia's Corporate "Do-Good" Muscles

    January 24, 2019

    Do Georgia businesses understand the great mutual value gained from corporate generosity? I wonder this frequently. It’s the reason I felt compelled to join with other Georgia business leaders in the goBeyondProfit initiative, banding together in virtual alignment around the value and importance of finding ways to give back beyond our daily business efforts.

  • goBeyondProfit and Georgia CEO Finalizing Corporate Philanthropy Research

    January 22, 2019

    goBeyondProfit, a not-for-profit initiative encouraging all Georgia businesses to prioritize community engagement, is conducting statewide corporate trend research in partnership with Georgia CEO. The survey will wrap up this week.

  • Michelle Nguyen Appointed as New ACC Economic Development Department Director

    January 21, 2019

    Manager Blaine Williams has appointed Michelle Nguyen as the Director for the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government's Economic Development Department. Nguyen, who has served as Interim Director since September 1st, begins in her new position immediately.

  • Outdoor Stewardship Fund to Protect Georgia’s Natural Assets

    January 21, 2019

    Passed with more than 82 percent of the vote, the Outdoor Stewardship Act is intended to “promote stewardship for state parks, state lands and wildlife management areas, support local parks and trails and protect critical conservation land.”

  • In 2019, CEOs are Most Concerned About Talent and a Recession

    January 21, 2019

    A new global survey reveals that CEOs view a recession as their biggest external concern for 2019. They cited attracting and retaining talent as their top internal concern.

  • Top State Officials, Chamber Leaders Team Up to Champion Economic Priorities for All Georgians at “Eggs and Issues" Breakfast

    January 18, 2019

    Invoking references to the upcoming Super Bowl, the Atlanta United MLS Champions, the Georgia-Georgia Tech rivalry, and some inside baseball lingo, speakers at the 2019 Georgia Chamber’s “Eggs and Issues Breakfast” emphasized the need for teamwork and partnerships as the General Assembly convenes.

  • Georgia Posts Record-Setting Year in 2018

    January 17, 2019

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that 2018 was another banner year for Georgia with increases in jobs, work force and employed residents. The unemployment rate, Butler noted, fell nearly a full point over the year. Month to month, communities all across the state routinely set records.

  • How to build credit with no credit history

    January 16, 2019

    Whether you're brand new to managing personal finances on your own or you've simply shied away from using credit in the past, either way you don't have an established credit history. And having no credit history can present a few challenges.

  • Georgia Oyster Industry Shucks Wild-Grown Strategy; Discovers Pearl of Great Price in Aquaculture

    January 14, 2019

    In a few years, Georgia oysters may earn a spot next to Georgia peaches, peanuts, Vidalia onions, and shrimp as one of the state’s official foods and crops.The science of aquaculture for cultivating and harvesting oysters adds another aspect to the term “farm-to-table,” as the state oyster farming industry foresees a significant revivification of what was once a thriving business during the early decades of the previous century.

  • Piedmont Healthcare’s Community Benefit Program Makes $500,000 in Grants to 34 Nonprofit Organizations throughout Georgia

    January 10, 2019

    Piedmont Healthcare’s community benefit program, which aims to improve the health and well-being of the community through direct service grants, has made more than $500,000 in awards during Fiscal Year 2019.

  • Saving for a Major Financial Purchase

    January 09, 2019

    You work hard to earn a living. You saved diligently for a down payment and bought a house. You're saving consistently for retirement, but that seems to be a long way off. Now, it's time to save for something fun.

  • Four Athens Selects Tiffany Rainey to Serve as Executive Director

    January 08, 2019

    Four Athens, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving high-growth startups and educating software coders since 2011, has announced the selection of Tiffany Rainey as its new Executive Director. She will fill the vacancy created when Jordan Burke, Four Athens’ Executive Director, stepped down to work in the private sector.

  • Young Gamechangers Start New Year with Project in Monroe on January 31st

    January 08, 2019

    Instead of starting a diet or taking up a new hobby, 48 of Georgia’s brightest young professionals will celebrate the beginning of 2019 by kicking off an ambitious new project in Monroe, GA. As part of the Young Gamechangers program they will research the area’s industries, explore natural resources, gather historical data, and meet with business and community leaders.