May 2023 Features

  • Blue Bird Celebrates Grand Opening of Electric Vehicle Build-up Center in Fort Valley

    May 31, 2023

    Blue Bird Corporation celebrated the grand opening of its Electric Vehicle Build-up Center on the grounds of the company’s main U.S. manufacturing plant in Fort Valley. The opening marks an important milestone as the company continues to expand its electric school bus production capacity from 4 to 20 vehicles a day.

  • Vogtle Unit 3 Reaches 100% Energy Output for 1st Time

    May 30, 2023

    Georgia Power announced Monday Vogtle Unit 3 has safely reached 100 percent power, marking a major milestone towards commercial operation and service for customers. This milestone marks the maximum energy the unit is licensed to produce in the reactor core and is the first time the unit has reached its expected output.

  • Hyundai & LG Plan $4.3 Billion Battery Plant in Savannah

    May 30, 2023

    LG Energy Solution and Hyundai Motor Group announced an EV battery cell manufacturing joint venture in the U.S.

  • FBO Services to Transition to MidGa Regional Airport

    May 25, 2023

    Macon-Bibb County is currently in final negotiations for the Fixed Base Operator to transition from Lowe Aviation to the Middle Georgia Regional Airport. FBOs provide a variety of services to pilots and planes, include fueling, hangaring, and ground transportation. Henry Lowe will still maintain his charter business.

  • AAA: 1.3M Georgians Expected to Travel Memorial Day Weekend

    May 25, 2023

    AAA Travel expects there will be a significant number of Georgians planning to travel this Memorial Day holiday weekend.

  • PSC Commissioner Tim Echols: Cleaner Air is Not Free

    May 25, 2023

    Electricity generation is no longer the leading source of carbon emissions in our state, this according to Drawdown Georgia, a group of scientists and researchers from multiple universities led by Georgia Tech’s Dr. Marilyn Brown.

  • Jekyll Island Authority Board Selects New Executive Director

    May 24, 2023

    The Jekyll Island Authority Board of Directors has selected Mark Williams to serve as the new Executive Director of the JIA, succeeding current Executive Director Jones Hooks, who will retire June 30th. Williams is the current Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and a JIA Board member.

  • Vinson Institute Creates Workforce Planning Guide to Help Communities Tackle Challenges

    May 23, 2023

    Experts at the University of Georgia’s Vinson Institute of Government have partnered with Georgia Power to provide communities across the state with a comprehensive and accessible resource to address the growth opportunities provided by new industries.

  • Gen Z Surpasses Baby Boomers in Small Business Workforce Participation

    May 23, 2023

    According to a new report from Paychex, Inc., Generation Z (born 1997-2012) participation in the small business workforce has surpassed Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) and is the only segment in the labor market showing growth.

  • Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful holds 48th Annual Awards

    May 22, 2023

    On Thursday, May 18th, Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful held its annual Awards Luncheon at City Hall. About 200 people from our community joined the celebration as the organization presented awards to several people and organizations.

  • 2023 GLOBE Awards Celebrate Georgia Exporters Across Diverse Industries

    May 19, 2023

    The Georgia Department of Economic Development announced 27 Georgia business recipients of the 2023 GLOBE Award. Managed by the Department’s International Trade team, this state-led awards program highlights Georgia companies that expanded sales to new international markets in the previous year.

  • Governor Kemp Announces $225M in Grant Awards for Georgia Communities

    May 19, 2023

    Governor Brian Kemp announced preliminary grant awards totaling more than $225 million for 142 qualified projects that improve neighborhood assets like parks, recreation facilities, sidewalks, and healthy food access in communities all across the state disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 78th SFS: Defending Robins Around the Clock

    May 17, 2023

    As the sun begins to set, so marks the start of the night shift for Charlie Team with 78th Security Forces Squadron at Robins Air Force Base. These Defenders guard inside the gate on a 12-hour watch.

  • Georgia's Legal Community Provides 3.2M Meals to State’s Regional Food Banks

    May 17, 2023

    Attorney General Chris Carr announced that attorneys across Georgia raised a total of $829,239 during the 12th Annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy fundraising competition. This is the equivalent of 3.2 million meals for the state’s regional food banks to then distribute to Georgia children, seniors and families in need.

  • AAA: Georgian's Summer Travel Surging

    May 17, 2023

    If you haven’t booked your summer travel plans yet, AAA says you better do it soon. The Auto Club Group is seeing very strong bookings for cruises, tours, hotels, and flights.

  • Phil Horlock Returns to Blue Bird CEO Position

    May 16, 2023

    Blue Bird Corporation announced that Phil Horlock will again lead the company as CEO. Phil held this position for nearly 11 years between 2011 and 2021 and presently serves on the Board of Directors.

  • Secretary Raffensperger Builds Coalition of Influential State and Community Leaders to Take on Licensing Reform

    May 16, 2023

    Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is announcing the creation of the GA WORKS Licensing Commission. The commission seeks to evaluate the Professional Licensing Board’s future ability to meet the demands of a rapidly growing Georgia workforce, and pay specific attention to the regulatory burdens that impact the agency’s ability to get Georgians to work quickly and efficiently.

  • Companies Find Global Growth Opportunities with Georgia’s International Trade Team

    May 12, 2023

    Georgia’s status as a global gateway is a result of decades of strategic planning by Georgia leaders, starting when the state opened its first international trade offices 50 years ago this year.

  • Survey: US Job Satisfaction Hits All-Time High

    May 12, 2023

    American workers are more content than ever, according to The Conference Board Job Satisfaction 2023. The report finds improved satisfaction across nearly all 26 components—with gains in non-compensation factors like work-life balance outpacing even those from improved pay and benefits.

  • Technology Association of Georgia Announces 2023 Top 40 Innovative Companies

    May 11, 2023

    The Technology Association of Georgia recently announced the 2023 Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia.

  • Georgia City Solutions to Host Inaugural Community Impact Awards

    May 10, 2023

    Georgia City Solutions, the Georgia Municipal Association’s non-profit, will hold its inaugural Community Impact Awards event at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta on May 18. The event will showcase the impactful and innovative work GCS is doing to help Georgia cities thrive and provide all residents with opportunities to reach their full potential.

  • Nominations Now Open for New Youth LEAD Georgia Leadership Program

    May 10, 2023

    A new University of Georgia-run statewide youth leadership program is now accepting nominations for its inaugural class after a $1.5 million pledge from Chick-fil-A, Inc. to support the development of Youth LEAD Georgia

  • Visit Macon Launches New Photo Spots Trail App During National Travel & Tourism Week

    May 09, 2023

    Visit Macon launched its new ‘Macon Photo Spots’ Trail App on Sunday – for the ultimate photo worthy spots in Macon. The easy-to-use mobile app will serve as a local guide for visitors and the community to find the best photos that capture the uniqueness of Macon.

  • Georgia Is the Worst State for Identity Theft in the U.S.

    May 09, 2023

    Data breaches are on the rise, both throughout the U.S. and globally. Anyone and everyone is at risk of falling victim to a data breach or cyber attack, and hackers and cybercriminals come up with new ways to steal sensitive information and personal data every day.

  • Small Businesses Struggle to Retain and Engage Employees in Post-Pandemic Economy

    May 09, 2023

    Small business owners are facing a "nightmare" scenario in finding, hiring and retaining employees, according to new survey data from SCORE, mentors to America's small businesses and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration.