• Rob Betzel: 5 Technology Trends That Excite and Scare Me

    November 17, 2017

    As we head into the back end of 2017, now is a perfect time to talk about what is coming that excites and scares me over the next twelve months. These are the five things that excite and scare me in technology right now.

  • 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.

  • Lt. Governor Cagle Names Frito-Lay Business Partner of the Year

    November 16, 2017

    Lt. Governor Casey Cagle concluded his Tenth Annual two-day Business and Education Summit, uniting education and business leaders from across the state. In recognition of the company’s innovative partnership with Houston County College and Career Academy, Lt. Governor Cagle announced that Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, has been named Business Partner of the Year for 2017.

  • 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.

  • Economic Development at CGTC Continues to Meet Industry Demands for Training

    November 09, 2017

    As workforce training becomes a higher priority for companies growing in the central Georgia region, the Economic Development Division of Central Georgia Technical College accounted for 46 percent of the customized contract training hours delivered in the state.

  • 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.

  • Robins, Georgia Tech Partner for the Future

    November 08, 2017

    Robins Air Force Base and the Georgia Institute of Technology mutually entered into an Educational Partnership Agreement on Sept 29th. Georgia Tech also took the opportunity to welcome Team Robins as members into their Manufacturing Institute Industrial Partners program. Those two trailblazing actions, which are the result of many months of discussion and cooperation, will create avenues to greatly increase collaboration and synergistically merge each organization’s unique resources.

  • 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.

  • $2.1M Fundraising Goal Met to Implement “The Leader in Me”

    November 02, 2017

    The Leader in Me process will now be implemented in every Bibb County School District elementary and middle school thanks to a successful community-based fundraising campaign. The $2.1 million goal was met less than 10 months after the Business Education Partnership announced its goals in March of this year.

  • Amazon to Create More Than 500 Jobs in Macon

    November 01, 2017

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Amazon.com, Inc. will create more than 500 full-time jobs at a new fulfillment center in Macon-Bibb County. This will be Amazon’s fourth fulfillment center in the state.

  • 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.”

  • Macon Bacon Release 2018 Game Schedule

    October 27, 2017

    The Macon Bacon have released their inaugural season schedule featuring fireworks shows, special theme nights and more. The team will play a total of 52 games across the months of June through August. The Bacon will have 26 home games filled with fun theme nights and entertainment that the whole family will enjoy.

  • Employment increases in Middle Georgia, unemployment down in September

    October 26, 2017

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today the unemployment rate in the Middle Georgia region fell in September as the number of employed residents increased and unemployment insurance claims declined.

  • Southern Company Subsidiary PowerSecure Signs Contract to Help Restore Puerto Rico Electric Grid

    October 23, 2017

    PowerSecure, a subsidiary of Southern Company, has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for additional support to repair the power grid in Puerto Rico.

  • Macon Businesses Presented Prestigious Awards at Annual "Salute to Business" Awards Luncheon

    October 20, 2017

    At the annual "Salute to Business" Awards Luncheon and ceremony hosted by the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce and the Macon Economic Development Commission, awards were presented to the Startup of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Business of the Year and Outstanding Young Business Leader of the Year. More than 200 people attended the event held at The Armory Ballroom.

  • 28th Annual Georgia Invitational Golf Tournament Huge Success

    October 19, 2017

    The Museum of Aviation Foundation held its 28th Annual Georgia Invitational Golf Tournament on September 21 and 22, at the Pine Oaks Golf Course on Robins Air Force Base.

  • Jobs Decrease Slightly in State, as Hurricane Irma Impacts Coastal Georgia

    October 19, 2017

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that Hurricane Irma caused Georgia’s job numbers to fall and unemployment claims to rise in September.

  • Last Chance to Participate in the Georgia CEO Q4 Business Index Survey

    October 17, 2017

    Georgia CEO has partnered with Georgia Southern University College of Business to develop a statewide industry index to track economic conditions. The index results helps business owners, politicians and local leaders understand the economic environment of the state on a quarterly basis.

  • State of the Georgia Ports: Surge of Private Investments, Record Cargo Volumes

    October 16, 2017

    During his annual State of the Port Address, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch announced record cargo volumes, infrastructure development and two new customers bringing a combined 1 million square feet of additional distribution center space to Savannah.

  • South Carolina and Georgia Play Role in AT&T’s Hurricane Maria Response

    October 13, 2017

    As the response to Hurricane Maria continues in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AT&T is utilizing South Carolina and Georgia resources in its recovery efforts.