March 2018 Features

  • Mercedes-Benz USA Celebrates Grand Opening of New Headquarters in Atlanta

    March 16, 2018

    Mercedes-Benz USA held the official grand opening of its new headquarters in Sandy Springs, 14 miles outside of the heart of Atlanta. Among the distinguished guests joining Dietmar Exler, MBUSA president and CEO, were Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia; Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor of Atlanta; Axel Harries, Daimler vice president sales Mercedes-Benz Cars and product management Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars; and Rusty Paul, Mayor of Sandy Springs.

  • Georgia Congressional Delegation Pushes Georgia as Home to U.S. Army Futures Command

    March 16, 2018

    U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., joined the entire Georgia congressional delegation in urging the Pentagon to consider Georgia as home to the new Futures Command of the U.S. Army.

  • Georgia’s Chief Turnaround Office and the Synergy Around Rural Georgia

    March 15, 2018

    The schools and districts that make-up Cohort I of the turnaround focus (as outlined in HB 338) are primarily focused in rural, Southwest Georgia. While the turnaround team would love to take credit for the synergy of this rural focus, it was a force brewing well before the establishment of the Turnaround Office.

  • Georgia House Speaker David Ralston: A Call to Action for “Building a Stronger America”

    March 14, 2018

    From the world’s busiest airport to the fastest growing container port in America, Georgia leads the nation in moving people and goods. That didn’t happen by accident. On the contrary, for generations, Georgians have invested in the infrastructure necessary to facilitate our forward momentum.

  • GEICO Breaks $1M Mark for United Way of Central Georgia

    March 12, 2018

    GEICO’s Regional Office in Macon raised $1.13 million during its 2017-18 United Way of Central Georgia fundraising campaign. For the fifth time in a row, the company has shattered the $1 million mark and for the 13th straight year it will lead the region in corporate UWCG giving.

  • Governor Signs $25.4B Amended FY 2018 Budget

    March 12, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal signed the Amended FY 2018 budget at a signing ceremony in Polk County, authorizing $25.4 billion in spending for the current fiscal year. The state appropriations within HB 683 are based upon a 2.7 percent growth in general fund revenues over FY 2017 collections. This additional funding will address growth needs in education and human services, provide additional funding to local governments and school systems, and support statewide economic development efforts.

  • TAG Announces Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia

    March 09, 2018

    The Technology Association of Georgia announced the Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia. These companies were selected from the Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies for showing the highest degree of innovation, the broadest scope and financial impact of their innovations, and the greatest effect of such innovation in promoting Georgia's technology industry throughout the U.S. and globally.

  • Macon Chamber of Commerce Relocating to New Offices to be Part of Growing Business Community Downtown

    March 08, 2018

    The Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce announced on Wednesday, March 7th it will be moving offices to 400 Poplar Street, a space they will be leasing from the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority. The move is so the Chamber can be closer to our partners in community enhancement and economic development.

  • Facebook to Invest $750M in Stanton Springs Data Center

    March 08, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Facebook will create at least 100 full-time jobs and invest $750 million in a new data center in Stanton Springs over the next five years. New jobs will include positions in engineering and management, as well as opportunities for data center technicians.

  • Gary McKenzie Named Vice President of GEICO’s Macon SE Regional Office

    March 07, 2018

    The GEICO board of directors has named Gary McKenzie regional vice president of the company’s Macon Southeast operations, which manages policies for customers in seven states. He previously served as assistant vice president of underwriting at GEICO’s Fredericksburg, Va., regional office.

  • AG Chris Carr Kicks Off 7th Annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy

    March 06, 2018

    Attorney General Chris Carr announced that registration is open for the 7th Annual Legal Food Frenzy, a statewide food and fund drive competition among Georgia’s lawyers to help end hunger. The 2018 competition will take place April 16 – April 27, 2018 and is done in partnership with the Office of the Attorney General, the State Bar of Georgia, the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia and the Georgia Food Bank Association.

  • UGA Innovations in Community Leadership Award Presented to Middle Georgia Program

    March 05, 2018

    The Middle Georgia Regional Commission is the recipient of the 2018 Innovations in Community Leadership Award, presented by the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia.

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO: Can the Government Nationalize a Business?

    March 05, 2018

    Is the federal government allowed to take over and run a private business in an emergency? That is the fundamental question at the heart of a case brought by Starr International Company against the federal government.

  • Experts Think Amazon Will Choose Atlanta or Northern Virginia as its Second Headquarters

    March 02, 2018

    Experts expect Amazon to choose either Northern Virginia or Atlanta for its new headquarters, according to the 2018 Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey. Austin and Denver were also commonly cited by experts as strong contenders.

  • Fickling & Company’s Epps Named to Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Marketing and Technology Advisory Council

    March 01, 2018

    Josh Epps, Chief Information Officer & Vice President of Fickling & Company in Macon, Georgia, has been elected to the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Marketing and Technology Advisory Council, a leadership group comprised of marketing and technology professionals from LeadingRE member brokerages.

  • Savannah Harbor Expansion Project on Schedule, Reaches Crucial Milestone

    March 01, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed outer harbor dredging at the Port of Savannah, marking the midpoint of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.