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  • 11th Annual Southern Automotive Conference Makes Georgia Debut, October 3rd–5th

    August 17, 2018

    The Georgia Automotive Manufacturers Association is proud to host the Southern Automotive Conference at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Oct. 3 – 5, 2018. The internationally-recognized event brings together thought leaders, Original Equipment Manufacturers, suppliers and service providers to discuss the latest innovations driving the industry forward.

  • M&R Marketing Group: 13 Ways Social Media Engages a B2B Audience

    August 16, 2018

    I can sense it – some of you read the title and have immediate doubts about social media’s impact on your B2B-focused company. So, I’ll jump right in: some sources say that social media drives more traffic to your website than search engines do. Over 31% of all visitors to a website originate from social media (Shareaholic).

  • Speaker Ralston & House Rural Development Council Leadership Announce Creation of Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation

    August 15, 2018

    House Speaker David Ralston and the leadership of the House Rural Development Council announced the creation of the Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation. The RDC is co-chaired by State Representatives Terry England (R-Auburn) and Jay Powell (R-Camilla). State Representative Sam Watson (R-Moultrie) serves as vice chair of the council.

  • Charlie Harper: Talk Of I-14 Grows – But Still Just Talk

    August 14, 2018

    Roughly 25 miles of Texas interstate highway has started making a stir in social media in Georgia and Alabama. Interstate 14 currently runs between Fort Hood and Belton Texas, just north of the Austin metro area. A few students from Georgia and Alabama operating at the “Youth Infrastructure Coalition” have dusted off old plans and are promoting a corridor that would run from Texas to Augusta Georgia, passing through Columbus and Macon along the way.

  • Solid Blue Bird Fiscal 2018 Third Quarter Performance Impacted by Commodities Headwind

    August 10, 2018

    Blue Bird Corporation, the leading independent designer and manufacturer of school buses, announced its fiscal 2018 third quarter results. Blue Bird Corporation delivered higher net income, up 9.3% from prior year as well as solid Adjusted EBITDA of $23.7 million. Strong earnings were delivered despite higher commodity costs.

  • The University of Georgia's Small Business Development Center to Host GrowSmart Program in Macon

    August 09, 2018

    The University of Georgia's Small Business Development Center in Macon will host the GrowSmart, program in Macon Sept. 18th – Oct.16th. In its fourteenth year, SBDC GrowSmart, the signature series of the University of Georgia SBDC, consists of five modules delivered over five weeks.

  • Significant Progress Made on Vogtle 3 & 4 Construction

    August 09, 2018

    Georgia Power announced that Southern Nuclear has made significant progress on construction of Vogtle 3 & 4 since assuming project management on behalf of the project co-owners (Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities) from Westinghouse following its bankruptcy in 2017.

  • AT&T Announces an Investment of More Than $5.3B in Georgia Networks During 2015-2017

    August 08, 2018

    AT&T has invested nearly $5.3 billion in their Georgia wireless and wired networks during 2015-2017. These investments have boosted reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.

  • Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders Named One of 2018’s Most Influential Women by CEO Connection

    August 07, 2018

    The Top 25 2018 Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market has been announced by CEO Connection, the only membership organization exclusively for mid-market CEOs. For the second consecutive year, Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, FACHE, President and CEO of Navicent Health has been included on CEO Connection’s listing.

  • Survey: One-third of Americans Thought about Starting a Business Last Year

    August 07, 2018

    LendingTree, the nation's leading online loan marketplace, today released its survey of aspiring small business owners, as the company celebrates a new milestone for its small business vertical – surpassing $1 billion in loan volume through LendingTree's small business marketplace.

  • Global Commerce Generates $5.56B in Investments in Past Year

    August 03, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced that the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Global Commerce Division helped create a total of 27,373 new jobs during FY 18, generating $5.56 billion in investments. This growth is the result of a record-breaking 419 expansion or relocation projects throughout the state.

  • Nichiha Corporation to Invest $120M in Macon-Bibb County Expansion

    August 02, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Nichiha Corporation, a global manufacturer of fiber cement products, will create 74 jobs and invest $120 million in an expansion of its manufacturing facility in Macon-Bibb County. New jobs will include positions in management and operations.

  • Final Defense Bill Includes More Than 30 Georgia Priorities

    August 02, 2018

    As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a negotiator for the final defense bill, U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) praises final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. Senator Perdue helped secured more than 30 provisions of importance to Georgia in the annual defense bill, which now heads to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.

  • Georgia World Congress Center Authority Breaks Ground on Congress Center Expansion Project

    August 01, 2018

    Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s Board of Governors officially broke ground on the Georgia World Congress Center’s first major expansion since 2002. The $55 million expansion project, a component of the Authority’s 2020 Vision strategic plan, features a new 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall affixed between the convention center’s Buildings B and C that, once complete, will create over one million square feet of contiguous exhibition space.

  • AG Chris Carr Reveals Georgia’s Top Consumer Complaints for 2017

    August 01, 2018

    Attorney General Chris Carr announced Georgia’s top consumer complaints for 2017. This announcement falls on the heels of the latest report from the annual survey of state and local consumer agencies conducted by Consumer Federation of America. Georgia was one of forty agencies from twenty-three states that participated in the survey.

  • CEO Activism in 2018: Half of Americans Say CEO Activism Influences Government

    July 31, 2018

    Significantly more Americans in 2018 believe that CEOs who speak out on hotly debated current issues influence the decisions and actions of government (48 percent vs. 38 percent in 2017). This is according to CEO Activism in 2018: The Purposeful CEO, a survey of 1,006 adult Americans.

  • Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce Names Yvonne D. Williams as CEO

    July 27, 2018

    The Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has named Yvonne D. Williams as the President/CEO of the Macon Chamber. Williams most recently served as Executive Director for the Griffin, GA Downtown Development Authority.

  • Georgia’s Disability Employment Initiative Receives National Recognition for Demonstrating Best Practice

    July 26, 2018

    Georgia’s Disability Employment Initiative received national recognition this week by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy for demonstrating best practices and delivering superior service.

  • Thousands of People Using Middle Georgia Regional Airport to Fly to Baltimore & DC

    July 24, 2018

    In the month of June, more passengers than previous months used Middle Georgia Regional Airport to fly to Baltimore Washington International Airport on Contour Airlines or to Biloxi on the weekend charter flight with Sun Country Air. More than 3,000 passengers came through the airport (1,521 boarding at MCN), which was an average of 89% of load capacity and a 7% increase from May.

  • Macon EDC & Macon Chamber to Host 2018 Workforce Summit August 16th

    July 23, 2018

    The Macon Economic Development Commission and the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce will host the 2018 Workforce Summit on Thursday, August 16th at the Goodwill Anderson Conference Center, on Eisenhower Parkway, in Macon.

  • Five Below to Create More Than 130 Jobs in Monroe County, Invest $70M

    July 19, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Five Below, a leading high-growth value retailer, will create 130 jobs and invest $70 million to build a new distribution center in Monroe County. The initial investment includes $42 million in land and building and approximately $28 million in machinery and equipment. Additional investment will occur over the next five years.

  • Georgia Lottery Transfers More than $1.14B to Education

    July 19, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that the Georgia Lottery Corp. transferred its fiscal year 2018 profits, a total of $1,143,514,000, to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account. This is the largest annual transfer on record, bringing the total funding raised for education programs to more than $19.8 billion during the 25-year history of the Georgia Lottery.

  • How The Gig Economy Could Aid Planning for Older Adult and Disability Services in Georgia

    July 18, 2018

    It is well-known that the baby-boom generation is aging, with about 10,000 individuals turning 65 each day. This generation has the longest life expectancy to date and benefits from advances in health care and technology. However, this generation is also more disabled, dealing with more chronic health conditions and managing more prescription medications than previous generations.

  • Peyton Anderson Foundation Announces Latest Grants

    July 17, 2018

    The Peyton Anderson Foundation announced its latest round of grant recipients, where 18 community organizations will receive $3,797,652 towards place-based projects that benefit the needs of thousands of Central Georgians.

  • Main Street Macon to Host Community Branding Session for Downtown Macon July 17th

    July 16, 2018

    Main Street Macon will work with two local designers to develop a distinct brand for downtown Macon. The community is invited to provide input in the creative process.

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