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  • Deloitte: Retailers Can Expect Jolly Holiday Shopping Season

    October 24, 2019

    For the 34th year, Deloitte commissioned a national survey of 4,410 consumers to better understand spending for the upcoming holiday season. Conducted online, Sept. 6-13, by an independent research company, the survey provides key insights into consumer behavior and what retailers can expect from shoppers as they tackle their holiday shopping.

  • Zell Miller Foundation Announces Leadership Institute Class Of 2020

    October 23, 2019

    The Zell Miller Foundation has announced the members of the Zell Miller Leadership Institute Class of 2020. The Leadership Institute is a year-long leadership development program designed to explore the life, legacy, and core values Zell Miller believed were essential to becoming a more effective leader.

  • Former Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Appointed Distinguished University Professor of Government at Mercer

    October 21, 2019

    Mercer University President William D. Underwood announced the appointment of two-term Georgia governor and Mercer alumnus Nathan Deal to the position of Distinguished University Professor of Government, effective Jan. 1st.

  • Lawmakers Hear Testimony on Casinos and Gambling

    October 21, 2019

    For the past two days, members of the House Special Committee on Economic Growth have listened to a long trail of speakers that included casino executives, sports betting operators and other key stakeholders — some speaking in favor of legalizing gambling in Georgia and others against the idea. The committee is charged with looking at the economic benefits of allowing gambling in the state.

  • Facing Some Economic Uncertainty, US Executives Focus on Building Resiliency

    October 21, 2019

    US executives are taking action to futureproof their organizations amid economic, geopolitical and regulatory uncertainty. Supported by stable pipelines and deal-closing intentions, 83% of US executives say they expect the domestic M&A market to improve, though only 46% plan to actively pursue M&A in the next year, according to the EY 21st Capital Confidence Barometer (CCB).

  • Macon-Bibb's Chris Floore Named Government Communicator of the Year

    October 18, 2019

    On October 14, PR News announced the winners of its annual PR People Awards, and Chris Floore, Public Affairs for Macon-Bibb County, was named Government Communicator of the Year. The annual awards program showcases the country’s top talent who set the benchmark for excellence in public relations, as well as the professionals and emerging leaders making communications matter. Winners will be recognized at a luncheon on December 12.

  • Georgia Sets Jobs Record in September

    October 18, 2019

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said that Georgia set a record again in September for total employed residents. The record came as Georgia continued to show improvement in other key measures like initial unemployment claims, labor force and the unemployment rate, according to preliminary numbers.

  • Dean Baldwin Painting to Build Hangar at Middle Georgia Regional Airport, Create 115 New Jobs in Macon-Bibb County

    October 17, 2019

    Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Dean Baldwin Painting, a private company providing full strip and paint services for military and commercial aircraft, will invest $21,450,000 to build a new, four bay service hangar at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport, creating 115 new jobs in Macon-Bibb County.

  • Georgia Lottery Celebrates Record First Quarter Transfer; $291.6M Raised for HOPE and Pre-K

    October 17, 2019

    The Georgia Lottery Corp. announced record profits for education for the first quarter of fiscal year 2020. Profits transferred to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account will amount to $291.61 million, surpassing last year’s record first quarter transfer by $6.32 million.

  • Georgia’s Rural Center Aims To Improve Health Outcomes For Rural Georgians

    October 16, 2019

    Well before sunrise on a crisp spring morning in rural Indiana, a small hospital receives an alert that an ambulance is in route, carrying a pregnant woman whose pre-term baby will need to be delivered by and receive critical neonatal care from a skeleton night-shift crew. In a county with no practicing pediatrician, obstetrician or neonatal specialist, the outlook for mother and child does not seem promising.

  • New Research Finds Public Investment in Trails, Walking and Biking Infrastructure Delivers Potential Economic Benefits of $138.5B Annually

    October 16, 2019

    Rails-to-Trails Conservancy released findings from "Active Transportation Transforms America," the nation's most comprehensive analysis of the quantifiable impact of trails, walking and biking on the places we live.

  • Mercer University, Robins Air Force Base Announce Partnership to Bring Software Development Center to Downtown Macon

    October 15, 2019

    Mercer University and Robins Air Force Base announced a partnership that will bring an innovative software development center and 50 new high-tech jobs to downtown Macon.

  • Georgia Manufacturing Alliance Summit Agenda Speaks Volumes about Manufacturing Success in State

    October 14, 2019

    Georgia Manufacturing Alliance Founder and CEO, Jason Moss, punctuated the success of the state’s manufacturing segment at its fifth annual Summit with an agenda that recognized employer successes, hosted top tier keynoters and panelists, and spoke volumes about the organization itself.

  • NewTown Macon Announces 2019 Partners in Progress Award Winners

    October 11, 2019

    Each year, NewTown recognizes businesses, organizations, and individuals who have demonstrated exceptional passion and commitment to the revitalization of downtown Macon. With support from Cadence Bank, NewTown Macon’s Partners in Progress awards are given following the organization’s annual Tour of Progress showcasing the growth and in change in downtown Macon.

  • SBA Small Business Lending Reflects Strong Economic Trends

    October 11, 2019

    The U.S. Small Business Administration announced FY19 lending numbers showing that it guaranteed over $28 billion to entrepreneurs that otherwise would not have access to capital to start, grow, or expand their small businesses.

  • Tim Lee and America’s Two Percent

    October 10, 2019

    America, home of the free – and the brave – remains so principally because of the sacrifice of the country’s two percent. A 2014 Pew Research Center report noted there were 90,107 government units in the U.S. — everything from county governments – more than 3,000 – to independent school district governments. While some serve in appointed positions, there are hundreds of thousands of Americans serving in elected office, mostly at the local level.

  • Gas South Named Inaugural Recipient of goBeyondProfit Champion Award

    October 09, 2019

    Today Gas South was named the inaugural winner of the goBeyondProfit Champion Award. This honor is given to companies who exhibit exemplary efforts to benefit their community and company by cultivating company culture, deploying company resources and focusing on community empowerment.

  • Georgia Chamber Hosted A Successful Rural Prosperity Summit

    October 04, 2019

    The Georgia Chamber of Commerce hosted a successful third annual Rural Prosperity Summit on Tuesday and Wednesday in Tifton. This year’s event hosted nearly 500 business leaders, community advocates and state elected officials, along with notable speakers who discussed vital topics centered around Georgia’s rural communities.

  • “Health Connect South 2019” Conference Provides Hundreds of Partnership Opportunities for Health Care Leaders

    October 03, 2019

    A record number of over 900 top-tier health care leaders in the Southeast interacted with a cadre of 68 keynoters, other speakers and panelists who presented multiple partnership opportunities at the “Health Connect South 2019” (HCS) conference. The sixth annual event was held recently at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

  • More GOP Names Surface for U.S. Senate Appointment

    October 03, 2019

    Over 500 Republican names have been submitted to Gov. Brian Kemp for consideration to be appointed to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Johnny Isakson on Dec. 31.

  • Georgia Power Named a Top U.S. Utility for Economic Development

    October 01, 2019

    For the 21st consecutive year, Georgia Power has been named a "Top U.S. Utility for Economic Development" by Site Selection magazine. Only 20 utilities were chosen for this honor out of more than 3,300 across the country.

  • U.S. Metro Areas Continue To Drive Nation's Economic Growth, Post Fifth Consecutive Year Of Increase

    October 01, 2019

    The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) released its 18th annual report and forecast on U.S. Metro Economies, showing that cities and metro regions continue to be the engines of U.S. economic growth. In 2018, these areas were home to 85.9% of the nation's population and 91.1% of real gross domestic product (GDP). The influence and contribution of metro economies to U.S. economic growth increased for the fifth consecutive year.

  • goBeyondProfit’s CEO Forum on Implementing Business Purpose will feature C-Suite Leaders of Georgia Power, Souper Jenny, H.J. Russell & Company, Cox Enterprises and Jackson Healthcare

    September 27, 2019

    On Wednesday, October 23, the statewide initiative goBeyondProfit will host a CEO Forum featuring five C-Suite leaders on Implementing Purpose in Your Daily Business. The free event is open to all via Facebook Live, and to members in person. The event will be held at Jackson Healthcare on Wednesday, October 23 from 3:30-5 pm.

  • ATL to Hold Transit “District Downloads”

    September 26, 2019

    The Atlanta Region-Transit Link Authority (ATL), mandated by state law to provide coordinated transit planning and funding for metro Atlanta, will hold 10 evening community engagement sessions dubbed “District Downloads.” The goal: Inform taxpayers about the expensive transit projects submitted to the ATL’s database as a part of its “Call for Projects” for inclusion in the ATL’s Regional Transit Plan (ARTP).

  • Georgia Sets Jobs Records in August

    September 20, 2019

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said that Georgia broke records again in August – posting all-time highs in jobs and employment. Georgia had even more positive news in the August preliminary numbers. The state added to its labor force for the first time in six months and saw new unemployment claims fall.

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