• June Poll Shows Georgia Employee Trust and Loyalty Increased by Businesses’ Pandemic Response; Employees Report Heightened Productivity but Specific Concerns, Wishes for Recovery

    June 23, 2020

    A goBeyondProfit survey conducted earlier this month among working Georgians shows businesses’ pandemic response has increased their employees’ trust and loyalty. Respondents reported work productivity higher than before the pandemic and indicated better-than-neutral mental wellbeing, though they worry about job security and coronavirus exposure at work and among their family and friends.

  • Caroline Lewallen Takes the Helm as President of the CAES Alumni Association

    June 22, 2020

    Caroline Lewallen, a 2011 agricultural education graduate, has been elected to serve as president of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Alumni Association for the 2020-21 term beginning July 1st.

  • Chris Clark: The Inequality of Opportunity

    June 22, 2020

    We are in an important national conversation on systemic racism and the underlying inequality of economic opportunity in America. The Georgia Chamber and the business community will directly engage in dialogue and actively advocate for policies that create long term job growth, mobility, and equality for all Georgians. Doing so is essential for our collective prosperity.

  • New Report Examines Bioscience Industry’s Economic Impact in Georgia & Role in Global Pandemic

    June 22, 2020

    The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) released new data on the bioscience industry in the United States this week during the BIO Digital conference. The new report, The Bioscience Economy: Propelling Life-Saving Treatments, Supporting State & Local Communities, analyzes the bioscience industry’s economic footprint across the nation and in Georgia, the significant role of small- and mid-sized companies, and the industry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • States Whose Unemployment Rates Are Bouncing Back Most

    June 22, 2020

    With states opening up and the national unemployment rate now at 13.3% compared to the nearly historic high of 14.7% at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, WalletHub released its report on the States Whose Unemployment Rates Are Bouncing Back Most.

  • Athens Community Organizations Launch Ready, Set, Go Safely Campaign

    June 19, 2020

    As Georgia begins to reopen, Athens-Clarke County remains committed to the health and safety of residents, visitors, businesses, and employees as the community works together to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and safely reopen.

  • Georgia Bankers Association Elects and Installs Officers and Directors to its Board

    June 19, 2020

    Members of the Georgia Bankers Association (GBA) have elected and installed officers for the 2020-2021 fiscal year and added 10 members to its board of directors.

  • Lt. Gov. Duncan Unveils New Version of Hate-crimes Proposal in Georgia

    June 18, 2020

    Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan introduced hate crimes legislation that empowers communities by giving them the ability to seek a hate crimes charge from a grand jury if local prosecutors don’t. The bill would also create a separate offense for “bias-motivated intimidation” for alleged hate crimes, which satisfies the constitutional protections of due process by requiring an indictment.

  • Advisory Group to Review Names Used On University System of Georgia Campuses

    June 18, 2020

    Board of Regents Chairman Sachin Shailendra and Chancellor Steve Wrigley of the University System of Georgia (USG) have asked an advisory group to review and study the names of buildings and colleges on all USG campuses and report to the Board on any recommended changes.

  • Georgia Honors State’s 2020 ‘Small Business ROCK STARS’

    June 17, 2020

    Today, the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) teamed up to recognize Georgia’s 2020 Small Business ROCK STARS. Originally set to take place in April, the ceremony to celebrate the four winning businesses was transformed into a completely virtual production to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

  • GPA Elects Officers for FY2021

    June 16, 2020

    At its meeting Tuesday, the Georgia Ports Authority board elected officers for the coming fiscal year, selecting Will McKnight to serve a second year as chairman.

  • Raphael Bostic: A Moral and Economic Imperative to End Racism

    June 16, 2020

    As I have observed the protests against police brutality over the past few weeks, I have shared in the outrage of the truly horrific events that brought us to this point. I know many of you are feeling shocked and outraged. My first thoughts are for those who lost their lives and those suffering through these events in very real ways, and I stand with all those peacefully protesting for change.

  • Georgia Again Recognized for Excellence in Attracting Jobs and Investment

    June 15, 2020

    Governor Kemp announced that Georgia has received its 12th Shovel Award – its 11th consecutive such award – recognizing the state’s excellence in attracting investment and creating jobs.

  • Georgia Film, TV, Streaming Production Industry Is Open for Business

    June 15, 2020

    Governor Kemp announced that the major motion picture, television, and streaming companies plan to bring back and hire an estimated 40,000 production workers, who will be employed on an expected seventy-five production projects that will invest over $2 billion into the Georgia economy during the next eighteen months.

  • W&A Engineering Revamps Traditional Annual BBQ

    June 12, 2020

    For the past 20 years, W&A Engineering and Donald W. Hansford Law have teamed up to host their Annual BBQ as a way to give thanks to the communities that support them.

  • AT&T Connecting Rural Georgia

    June 12, 2020

    AT&T – through its participation in the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund – has extended high-speed internet service to nearly 54,000 homes and businesses in rural parts of 70 counties in the state.

  • Chris Clark: Immediate Action for a Strong Economic Recovery

    June 12, 2020

    In 2008, I was called to Governor Perdue’s office, given the responsibility of Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and immediately challenged to build a budget that would cut spending by 40%. Like all agency heads during the early days of the Great Recession, we worked hard to steward the public dollars while protecting employees, citizens, and in our case, Georgia’s incredible environment. And not only did we survive, we also laid a foundation for the future.

  • Georgia Legal Community Steps Up During COVID19, Provides 3.3 Million Meals for State’s Food Banks

    June 11, 2020

    Attorney General Chris Carr today announced that law firms and legal organizations across Georgia raised a record-breaking 852,090 dollars during the 9th Annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy. This is the equivalent of over 3,331,062 meals for Georgia’s food banks, and a staggering two-fold increase in donations from last year’s competition.

  • Delta Launches Unique Global Cleanliness Division to Drive Long-term Commitment to Clean

    June 11, 2020

    Delta is establishing the airline’s first Global Cleanliness division – a new department within the Customer Experience organization dedicated to innovating and evolving our already-high cleanliness standards.

  • Advantage Capital Invests $2M in GAXtracts, Bringing New Jobs and Economic Development to Rural Georgia

    June 10, 2020

    Advantage Capital today announced a $2 million investment in Watkinsville-based GAXtracts, an active pharmaceutical ingredients company focusing on manufacturing and processing products from industrial hemp.

  • Coalition of Georgia Businesses Urge Passage of Hate Crimes Legislation

    June 09, 2020

    Georgia Power, along with a coalition of leading Georgia businesses, have signed a letter asking the Georgia General Assembly to support, approve and sign into law a comprehensive, specific and clear bill against hate crimes.

  • GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson: Leadership in a Time of Crisis

    June 08, 2020

    As we navigate through these unprecedented times, I continue to be so impressed by the leadership and dedication of our city officials. Our cities and those who lead them have adapted quickly and successfully and uncovered new ways of conducting business, delivering services and protecting the public and employees.

  • Survey: Boards Face Growing Challenges & Sharp Divide Over Pandemic's Impact on Sustainability

    June 08, 2020

    New survey results show that most US public company boards have stepped up their efforts in the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, but shutting down businesses may have been the easy part.

  • Georgia Voting Adapts: Surges Past 1 Million Vote Milestone

    June 05, 2020

    Georgia voters have cast over 1 million ballots with less than one week to go until the June 9 statewide elections. Even as COVID-19 has complicated elections in other states, the office of the Secretary of State and local elections officials have maintained numerous different avenues for Georgia voters to exercise their right to vote.

  • U.S. Chamber Launches National Initiative to Address Inequality of Opportunity

    June 05, 2020

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced a national townhall on June 25th as part of an ongoing initiative to address inequality of opportunity through education, employment, entrepreneurship, and criminal justice reform.

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