February 2016 Features

  • Emory University President: Investment in Transit Expansion is Critical for Metro Region's Economic Health

    February 24, 2016

    Investing an additional half-penny in public transportation will result in significant benefits for Georgia citizens in the Atlanta metro area and beyond, says President of Emory University James W. Wagner.

  • Georgia Business Leaders: Don’t Pass Bill that Could Bruise Georgia’s Brand

    February 22, 2016

    The United States is the world’s greatest experiment in democracy. Americans have shown for more than 200 years that religious pluralism, freedom of speech and respect for diversity can not only coexist with economic prosperity but can also actively aid in its expansion. In time, Georgia became “The State Too Busy to Hate.” It has boomed into the eighth-largest state and is now home to 20 Fortune 500 and 33 Fortune 1000 companies and thousands more job creators, big and small. Georgia Prospers, a coalition of more than 300 businesses dedicated to promoting non-discrimination policies and equal treatment for all, follows in that tradition.

  • Former Columbus Chamber President Mike Gaymon Pens Book "A View from the Backhoe"

    February 22, 2016

    It has been more than a year since Mike Gaymon retired from the Greater Columbus, GA Chamber of Commerce where he was known as a bold and effective leader that helped transform the Columbus community. Gaymon traded in the boardrooms and business meetings for a backhoe and a quieter life in the country where he has spent time reflecting on his decades-long career as a Chamber executive. It was this new view from atop a backhoe that inspired his book, aptly tilted, A View from the Backhoe.

  • Staymobile Experiences Monumental Growth in 2015

    February 19, 2016

    According to a recent study by Motorola, 50 percent of people have experienced a cracked smartphone screen. With more than 200 billion smartphones in the U.S., the mobile device repair industry continues to see exponential growth. Leading this charge in 2015 was Staymobile, which dominated the industry by more than tripling the number of locations and workforce and expanding its footprint into the Midwest. Additional moves by the company included the relocation of its headquarters as well as new strategic partnerships and leadership.

  • Mayor Kasim Reed Outlines New Public Safety Initiatives

    February 17, 2016

    In a media briefing yesterday morning, Mayor Kasim Reed outlined new public safety initiatives for 2016, including his three priorities of addressing repeat offenders, launching the Westside Security Plan and expanding Operation Shield, all in partnership with the Atlanta Police Foundation.

  • Southwest Georgia Shines During 28th Annual Georgia Quail Hunt

    February 11, 2016

    Albany and Southwest Georgia welcomed a record number of guests this week to the 28th Annual Georgia Quail Hunt. Nearly 30 site location consultants as well as recruitment and expansion prospects arrived in Southwest Georgia this week to learn about doing business in Georgia while enjoying the traditional quail hunting experience.