December 2023 Features

  • Georgia Farm Bureau members will ‘Dig In’ to Agriculture at Annual Convention

    December 27, 2023

    Georgia Farm Bureau members will gather on Jekyll Island Dec. 3-5 for the organization’s 86th annual convention. Attendees will be ‘Diggin’ In’ to agriculture issues and advocacy as they participate in event activities.

  • goBeyondProfit - The Business Case for a Generosity Reboot

    December 22, 2023

    If you pay close attention, you will hear a growing disagreement between companies, employees, and the communities they serve. While they are bound together by a mutual interest in meaningful engagement, employees and community-serving nonprofits are begging for a relationship reboot.

  • Explore Georgia Announces Most Anticipated Hotel Openings for 2024

    December 22, 2023

    The Peach State is preparing to ring in the new year with a host of new hotel options that offer more than just a good night’s sleep. From a mountaintop golf resort to a lovingly restored historic mansion, here is a sampling of the new accommodations travelers can look forward to in Georgia come 2024.

  • Georgia’s Unemployment Holds Steady for the Holidays

    December 21, 2023

    Georgia Labor Commissioner Bruce Thompson announced today that Georgia's November unemployment rate was 3.4 percent, unchanged from a revised 3.4 percent for the third consecutive month. The unemployment rate was three-tenths lower than the national unemployment rate.

  • Georgia Named Among the States Where Small Businesses are Set to Boom in 2024

    December 21, 2023

    Business ideas and information site The Small Business Blog analyzed search data from Google Keyword Planner for more than 100 terms related to the term ‘side hustle’ and ‘small business’ - the peach state placed #7.

  • GDEcD: 50 Years of International Presence

    December 20, 2023

    Fifty years ago, state leadership under then-Governor Jimmy Carter began to establish Georgia’s physical presence abroad, kickstarting the state’s trajectory to becoming a global hub for business and innovation.

  • Christmas Begins After All The Christmas Stuff is Done

    December 20, 2023

    We’re almost there. The end of the year is in sight. We’re locked in on Christmas, when most of the country slows down or stops altogether for a much needed break. Productivity will be at its annual low.

  • Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority Welcomes Complete Resources Management to Allied Industrial Park

    December 19, 2023

    The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority (MBCIA) is pleased to announce Complete Resource Management, a leading waste management and recycling company, as the newest industry of the Allied Industrial Park.

  • Gov. Kemp Announces State Employee Retention Pay Supplement, New School Safety Funding

    December 19, 2023

    Governor Brian Kemp – joined by First Lady Marty Kemp, Speaker Jon Burns, Chairman Matt Hatchett of the House Appropriations Committee, announced a state employee retention pay supplement of $1,000 for each of the roughly 112,000 state employees and 196,000 educators and school support staff across the state.

  • Georgia’s Energy System – A Model for America

    December 18, 2023

    We start our cars and barely think about the complex systems under the hood. The same with flipping on a light switch. We just take for granted that the electricity will work. We enjoy reliable and affordable electric service here in Georgia thanks to careful planning and market-based management of a diversified energy system.

  • goBeyondProfit CEO Interviews: Heath Fountain, CEO of Colony Bank (Part 2)

    December 15, 2023

    In part 2 of our interview with Colony Bank and its CEO Heath Fountain we explore intentional leadership practices that effectively communicate strategic priorities to a dispersed workforce. With 40+ offices across the state, Colony Bank implements these practices daily.

  • Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority Hosts Annual Appreciation Lunch for Regional Project Managers

    December 14, 2023

    The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority (MBCIA) hosted a Holiday Appreciation Lunch at the Georgia Experience Center in Atlanta bringing in economic development project managers from across the state.

  • GDOT Outlines Need for Major Hike in Highway Funding

    December 14, 2023

    Georgia will need to spend at least $81 billion on transportation improvements by 2050 to keep people and freight moving on highways that otherwise will becoming increasingly congested, state Commissioner of Transportation Russell McMurry warned Wednesday.

  • Governors Kemp, Ivey Announce Agreement in Long-running Chattahoochee River Water Lawsuit

    December 13, 2023

    Governor Brian P. Kemp of Georgia and Governor Kay Ivey of Alabama announced that they have reached an agreement with the United States Army Corps of Engineers expected to end a lawsuit brought by Alabama while assuring both states’ citizens who live and work in the Mid- and Lower Chattahoochee River Basin of sufficient minimum water flows during times of drought.

  • Georgia Chamber CEO Chris Clark: It’s Time for Washington to Reverse Course on Interest Rates

    December 13, 2023

    It’s no surprise to anyone who has filled up their tank, been to the grocery store, or applied for a loan that sky-high inflation and increasing interest rates are placing an undue financial burden on citizens across the country and constraints on business investments.

  • Over Forty High School Students Complete Colony Bank's Leadership Academy

    December 12, 2023

    Over 40 high school students in Georgia recently graduated from the Colony Leadership Academy, the graduation ceremony took place on November 18th in Savannah and upon completion of the program, each student received up to a $1,000 scholarship to the college or university of their choice.

  • Georgia’s Economy is Headed for a “Soft Landing” but Could Still Hit Some Speed Bumps

    December 12, 2023

    Georgia’s post-COVID economic expansion is expected to slow but continue, with GDP increasing by 1.1% in 2024, according to economic forecasters at the University of Georgia Selig Center for Economic Growth.

  • Feds Providing More Funding for Passenger Rail in Georgia

    December 11, 2023

    The Biden administration is stepping up federal funding of three planned intercity passenger rail projects in Georgia. The Federal Rail Administration has awarded $1.5 million in grants to explore linking Atlanta with Savannah; Charlotte, N.C.; and Chattanooga, Tenn.

  • Blue Bird Donates Electric School Bus to Peach County Schools

    December 08, 2023

    Blue Bird Corporation, the leader in electric and low-emission school buses, has donated an advanced Blue Bird Vision electric school bus to Peach County Schools. Peach County is home to Blue Bird’s Fort Valley, manufacturing facility since the company’s founding nearly a century ago.

  • goBeyondProfit CEO Interviews: Heath Fountain, CEO of Colony Bank

    December 08, 2023

    Colony Bank and its CEO Heath Fountain were recently awarded the goBeyondProfit Champion Award for their commitment to a larger purpose beyond the bottom line. In our latest CEO interview with Colony Bank CEO, Heath Fountain, he clearly articulates not only the role that community banks play in improving lives but also offers practical ways to tie daily tasks and customer interactions back to the company purpose.

  • As Responsibilities Increase, US Corporate Boards are Taking a Fresh Look at Their Committees

    December 08, 2023

    Science and technology. Health and safety. ESG and sustainability. A few years ago, board committees on such topics were nearly non-existent. But as boards expand their role to address a broadening array of topics, they are not only assigning responsibilities to existing committees but also starting to form new types of committees.

  • SBA Delivers Over $1.4B in Funding to Georgia Small Businesses

    December 06, 2023

    The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced that the SBA delivered $50 billion in capital, disaster relief, and bonding to small businesses and disaster-impacted communities across America in Fiscal Year 2023.

  • Colony Bank Honored with the goBeyondProfit 2023 Champion Award

    December 05, 2023

    goBeyondProfit, a first-of-its-kind business leader initiative that inspires business generosity, today announced it has honored Fitzgerald-based Colony Bank and its CEO, Heath Fountain, with the goBeyondProfit Champion Award.

  • Retail Recruitment Expert & Macon-Bibb County Join Forces to Forge New Pathways for Economic Success

    December 05, 2023

    The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority has announced a joint partnership between MBCIA, The Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, NewTown Macon, Visit Macon, and the Urban Development Authority with the engagement of Retail Strategies, a unique retail recruitment consultant possessing a high degree of professional skill and experience in the area of urban development.

  • Governor Kemp Wants to Accelerate State Income Tax Cuts

    December 05, 2023

    Gov. Brian Kemp said Monday he will ask Georgia lawmakers to provide additional tax relief during the upcoming legislative session by accelerating a state income tax cut lawmakers adopted last year.