April 2018 Features

  • “State of Education in Metro Atlanta” Report Highlights Cradle-To-Career Continuum for Student Success

    April 30, 2018

    Learn4Life released its second annual “State of Education in Metro Atlanta” report. This year’s report highlights the cradle-to-career approach driving this collaborative effort to improve outcomes for all students. It also celebrates effective literacy strategies impacting students across the eight school districts that are a part of the L4L partnership.

  • Georgia Tech Research Institute Center Working to Improve Tornado Warning Time

    April 27, 2018

    For John Trostel, Madeline Frank, Jessica Losego, and Tom Perry, a day without clouds isn’t necessarily an ideal day. The four researchers are part of the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Severe Storms Research Center, and for them, a day without clouds is a day without new information on how deadly tornadoes and severe thunderstorms develop and move across the Peach State.

  • National Bank of Commerce Acquires Marietta Bank, Creating $4B Institution

    April 26, 2018

    National Commerce Corporation, the parent company of National Bank of Commerce, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, and Landmark Bancshares, Inc., the parent company of First Landmark Bank, headquartered in Marietta, Georgia, jointly announced the signing of a definitive agreement providing for the merger of Landmark with and into NCC.

  • Atlanta BeltLine Funds More Affordable Housing in Southwest Atlanta

    April 26, 2018

    Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. announced the development of a new 91-unit, senior housing facility located on the Westside Trail. Through a $500,000 BeltLine Affordable Housing Trust Fund loan from Invest Atlanta to The Woda Group, Inc. and Parallel Housing, Inc., this investment will help fund affordable housing projects in the Adair Park Historic District.

  • Pandora to Create 250 Jobs in Fulton County

    April 26, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Pandora, the largest music streaming service in the U.S., will expand its presence and create 250 jobs in Atlanta over the next three years.

  • Georgia Employers Association Legal & Benefits Workshop Covers the Bases for Georgia Employers

    April 26, 2018

    Georgia's thriving economy is producing excellent opportunities for business and associated challenges for business leaders and human resource professionals. Competition for the best employees is intense and the regulatory and legal environment continues to change rapidly. The upcoming Georgia Employers' Association Legal and Benefits Workshop is intended to help Georgia businesses keep all of the bases covered.

  • AT&T & Atlanta-based CitySwitch Sign Deal for Building, Leasing New Cell Towers Beginning in 2018

    April 25, 2018

    AT&T and CitySwitch signed an agreement for building new cell towers to-suit based on future wireless network needs. CitySwitch will begin tower construction plans as early as the second half of 2018 and will lease completed sites to AT&T.

  • InComm Expansion to Create More Than 150 Jobs in Georgia

    April 25, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced that InComm, a leading prepaid product and payment technology company based in Atlanta, will create more than 150 jobs and invest over $20 million in capital developments in metro Atlanta and Columbus.

  • SOS Brian Kemp Announces Commission Members to Review Georgia's Next Voting System

    April 25, 2018

    Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced his list of appointees to the Secure, Accessible & Fair Elections Commission, which is tasked with studying options for Georgia’s next voting system. The SAFE Commission will conduct thorough discussions on all options – including the feasibility of using all hand-marked paper ballots to all electronic machines with a voter-verified paper trail – and travel the state to solicit feedback from stakeholders.

  • Inside Atlanta Technical College: Our One-On-One with President Dr. Victoria Seals

    April 24, 2018

    Georgia CEO recently visited with the president of Atlanta Technical College (ATC), Dr. Victoria Seals. During our one-on-one, Dr. Seals shared the challenges and triumphs of her first year at the helm that commenced on December 1st of last year.

  • Georgia Chamber Launches Scorecard Website for 2017-18 Session

    April 24, 2018

    The Georgia Chamber of Commerce launches its Scorecard website recapping the 2017-2018 Legislative Session and how each legislator voted on top-priority bills for the organization.

  • Chick-fil-A Executive to Keynote at the Business Opportunity Exchange

    April 23, 2018

    The Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council is hosting its annual supplier diversity and small business development conference – the Business Opportunity Exchange – on April 26th and 27th at the World Headquarters of the Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta.

  • Atlanta CVB's William Pate: Unused Vacation Time Costs Workers and City Tourism

    April 23, 2018

    Have you started planning your summer vacation yet? If you haven’t, you are not alone. American workers are facing a troubling trend in the workplace – we are not using our vacation time. For tourist destinations like Atlanta, this can have a significant impact on the hospitality business.

  • AG Chris Carr: We Must Continue Efforts to Strengthen State's Response to the Opioid Epidemic

    April 23, 2018

    As the former Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, I am very proud of the fact that our state is the top state in the nation in which to do business. The recognition highlights the collaborative mindset we apply to economic development in our state, and it highlights the many opportunities that our Georgia families enjoy as a result of having a thriving business environment.

  • State Economic Competitiveness Rankings Reveal Upward Standings Tied to Federal Tax Reform

    April 23, 2018

    The American Legislative Exchange Council released the much anticipated 2018 edition of Rich States, Poor States. Utah again earns the top spot for states with the best economic outlook, followed by Idaho, Indiana, North Dakota and Arizona. Several states' success in increased rankings can be tied directly to the success of federal tax reform and the resources it gave to lawmakers to cut taxes at the state level.

  • Senator David Perdue: Trump’s North Korea Policy Is Succeeding

    April 20, 2018

    CIA Director and Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo’s recent meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was an important step to lay the groundwork for the upcoming meeting planned between President Trump and Kim.

  • Georgia Commute Options Launches "Drive Change" Campaign To Reduce Traffic Congestion In Metro Atlanta

    April 19, 2018

    Georgia Commute Options, a program managed by the Atlanta Regional Commission, announced the launch of a new campaign, "Drive Change," focused on reducing congestion and smog emissions stemming from single-occupancy vehicle travel across 19 counties in metro Atlanta. The "Drive Change" campaign encourages commuters, employers and schools to consider clean commute options instead of driving alone to and from work.

  • Atlanta Selected as Finalist For U.S. Army Futures Command

    April 19, 2018

    U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) applauded the announcement by U.S. Army senior leaders that Atlanta would advance to additional consideration as home to its new Futures Command.

  • Georgia Sets Employment Records in March

    April 19, 2018

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that Georgia continued to set records in March even as the number of jobs dipped slightly.

  • Delta Offsets Carbon Emissions for 170,000+ Customers Today

    April 19, 2018

    Delta is helping customers travel a little cleaner today by offsetting carbon emissions on all domestic travel into and out of seven major airports with high corporate travel demand. The investment comes in honor of Earth Month and the airline's commitment to carbon-neutral growth.

  • Atlanta Augmented Reality Startup Car360 Acquired by Online Retailer Caravana

    April 18, 2018

    Carvana, a leading e-commerce platform for buying used cars, has acquired fellow technology innovator Car360, accelerating Carvana’s 360-degree photo technology capabilities with 3D computer vision and augmented reality.

  • Goodyear, Bridgestone Joint Venture Picks Atlanta for Headquarters

    April 18, 2018

    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Bridgestone Americas, Inc. announced they are forming one of the largest tire distribution joint ventures in the United States. TireHub, LLC, will provide U.S. tire dealers and retailers with a comprehensive range of passenger and light truck tires from two of the world's leading tire companies, with an emphasis on satisfying rapidly growing demand for larger rim diameter premium tires.

  • AG Chris Carr and Legal Community Commence 7th Annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy

    April 18, 2018

    April 16th marked the first day of the 7th Annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy, a two-week food and fund drive led by Georgia’s legal community. The 2018 competition is presented by the Office of the Attorney General and the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia to benefit the Georgia Food Bank Association.

  • Ex-Mercer University Baseball Player-Turned Entrepreneur Hits It Out of the Park

    April 17, 2018

    “A cup of coffee” is a baseball idiom used to describe a brief opportunity of time spent by a minor league player in the major leagues before being summarily sent down again. On a college level, Mercer University student, Shane Buerster, experienced that expression when cut from the school baseball team in his sophomore season, even though he had been a very good player throughout high school. Shane went one step further, however, and took the time to actually smell the coffee.

  • Three Companies Named Georgia’s 2018 Manufacturers of the Year

    April 17, 2018

    At a luncheon held Thursday, Gov. Nathan Deal named three of Georgia’s leading companies as the 2018 Manufacturers of the Year. Pratt & Whitney in Columbus, Ga., won in the category of 500 or more employees; NIBCO in Greensboro, Ga., won in the category of 150-500 employees; and, Alpharetta-based Metcam won in the category of 150 or fewer employees.