March 2019 Features

  • Georgia State Awarded $300,000 Marcus Foundation Grant To Establish Seed Fund For Startup Companies

    March 29, 2019

    Georgia State University has received a $300,000 grant from The Marcus Foundation to aid student and community entrepreneurs in the development and establishment of new businesses.

  • PVH Corp. to Create 575 jobs, Invest $77.6M in Fulton County

    March 29, 2019

    Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that PVH Corp., one of the largest global apparel companies, will create 575 jobs and invest $77.6 million in a new distribution and warehouse facility in Palmetto, Georgia.

  • Atlanta Housing Board Selects New President And CEO

    March 29, 2019

    Following a 100-day national search, the Atlanta Housing Board of Commissioners selected Gregory D. Johnson to serve as the organization's president and CEO, pending agreement on terms of employment.

  • Healthcare Plan Headed to Governor’s Desk for Signature

    March 28, 2019

    State Rep. Jodi Lott (R-Evans) stood in the well Monday afternoon and urged House members to support SB 106, the Governor’s “Patients First Act.” “This is a big-picture debate. Health care is complicated,” said Lott, one of Governor Brian Kemp’s floor leaders in the House. “It’s complex. But voting for SB 106 is the start of moving the ball forward in Georgia. This is the first part. It’s the first piece of the pie. If this bill fails it won’t change the fact that healthcare is one of the Governor’s top priorities.”

  • Norfolk Southern Breaks Ground on New Atlanta Corporate Headquarters

    March 27, 2019

    Norfolk Southern joined by Georgia state and city leaders, held a groundbreaking ceremony to launch construction of its new corporate headquarters building in Atlanta.

  • POP Displays USA to Create 280 Jobs, Invest $7.9M in Fulton County

    March 27, 2019

    Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that POP Displays, a leader in the display industry, will create 280 jobs and invest $7.9 million in a new manufacturing and distribution facility in East Point.

  • Atlanta’s Cousins Properties to Merge with Sun Belt Competitor

    March 26, 2019

    Cousins Properties and TIER REIT, Inc. announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement to combine in a 100 percent stock-for-stock transaction. The transaction will create a Class A office REIT with a combined portfolio of over 21 million square feet located across the Sun Belt. The combined company will have an equity market capitalization of approximately $5.9 billion and a total market capitalization of approximately $7.8 billion.

  • Inaugural Beloved Benefit Raises $5M for Atlanta's Westside

    March 25, 2019

    The inaugural Beloved Benefit raised more than $5 million, while shining a spotlight on the ongoing revitalization of Atlanta's historic Westside. With all event costs underwritten by the Chick-fil-A Foundation and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, funds raised will directly benefit nonprofits serving the Westside community and its legacy residents.

  • Papa John's Names Shaquille O'Neal to its Board of Directors

    March 25, 2019

    Papa John’s International, Inc. announced that NBA Hall of Famer and restaurateur Shaquille O’Neal will be joining Papa John’s as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors and as an investor in nine Papa John’s restaurants in the Atlanta, Georgia area. In addition, Mr. O’Neal will enter into a marketing agreement to be an ambassador for the Papa John’s brand.

  • Georgia Power, DOE Finalize $1.67B Loan Guarantee for New Vogtle Units

    March 25, 2019

    U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and North America's Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey joined Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO Tom Fanning, Georgia Power Chairman, President and CEO Paul Bowers and hundreds of workers and special guests at the Vogtle 3 & 4 nuclear expansion project near Waynesboro, Georgia, to announce the closing of approximately $1.67 billion in additional Department of Energy (DOE) loan guarantees for the new Vogtle units.

  • First Atlanta Supply Chain Awards Recognizes Innovators and Rising Stars

    March 25, 2019

    Metro Atlanta established its reputation as a hub for supply chain over the course of decades, growing as the intersection of major U.S. interstates, home to the world’s most-traveled airport, and sharing proximity with the major shipping port of the Southeast. Metro Atlanta is also creating the next-generation thought leaders and organizations committing to revolutionize traditional supply chain networks with digital solutions.

  • Atlanta is a Hub for Women Entrepreneurs

    March 22, 2019

    Women make up more than 50 percent of the entrepreneurs in EO Atlanta’s Accelerator, a program for emerging businesses with between $250,000 and $999,999 in annual revenues.

  • Advanced Technology Development Center Announces the ATDC Startup Showcase Class of 2019

    March 22, 2019

    The Advanced Technology Development Center, Georgia’s technology incubator, announced five startups will be graduating from the program’s top-tier ATDC Signature portfolio at the 2019 ATDC Startup Showcase.

  • Korean Brake Manufacturer to Locate U.S. Headquarters in Henry County

    March 21, 2019

    Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Sangsin Technology America, a leading global brake friction materials and replacement parts manufacturer, will create 200 jobs and invest $20 million in its first North American manufacturing facility in McDonough, Georgia.

  • Atlanta’s Beautiful Briny Sea Awarded Grand Prize in UGA’s Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest

    March 21, 2019

    Suzi Sheffield and Atlanta’s Beautiful Briny Sea have taken the grand prize at the University of Georgia’s 2019 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest with their Gunpowder Finishing Salt, a tangy mix of Hawaiian volcanic salt, chipotle, black pepper, garlic, onion, and sumac.

  • The Labrador Retriever Reigns Supreme As Atlanta's Most Popular Breed Once Again

    March 21, 2019

    This year, the Labrador Retriever once again took Atlanta's number one spot in the American Kennel Club's 2018 ranking of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the U.S.

  • Georgia’s 2019 Small Business ROCK STARS Named

    March 19, 2019

    Governor Brian. P. Kemp joined the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Economic Developers Association to recognize Georgia’s 2019 “Small Business ROCK STARS” at an annual luncheon at the Georgia Aquarium today. Four Georgia-based companies were recognized for being outstanding, unique and impactful small businesses.

  • SunTrust Foundation Awards $5M Grant to Westside Future Fund

    March 19, 2019

    The SunTrust Foundation announced it awarded a $5 million grant to the Westside Future Fund. The grant will positively impact Atlanta’s historic Westside neighborhoods, whose footprint once housed more than 40,000 residents by supporting mixed-income housing and economic development.

  • U.S. Chamber Awards Cobb Chamber with 5-Star Accreditation

    March 19, 2019

    The United States Chamber of Commerce recently awarded the Cobb Chamber with 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures and positive impact on the community.

  • Why March Madness Costs Companies Billions Due to Employee Distraction and Poor Productivity

    March 18, 2019

    Recent statistics reveal that March Madness has become more popular than ever before, thanks in large part to the worldwide betting that takes place. Over 60 million people are expected to fill out brackets this year, with an estimated $10 million being put on the table. However, there is another cost which people may not expect: A downturn in employee productivity.

  • Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Delivers Second State of the City Address

    March 15, 2019

    At her second State of the City address, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced that the City of Atlanta will create a Department of Transportation to consolidate work being done across several departments, in an effort to streamline efficiency and better serve residents and businesses.

  • The Recycling Partnership Teams up with The Coca-Cola Foundation for Three-Year $4M Program to Decrease Waste in Atlanta

    March 15, 2019

    The Recycling Partnership with support from The Coca-Cola Foundation is launching a three-year $4 million-dollar program that will improve access to recycling, and dramatically increase the capture of more quality recyclable items in the City of Atlanta.

  • Steeplechase Continuing Georgia Tradition

    March 15, 2019

    Year two of the “Steeplechase Under New Ownership” era is coming up on April 6. Anthony-Scott and Phoebe Hobbs are the current owners of the Georgia Steeplechase, the spiritual successor to the famed Atlanta Steeplechase that ran for 52 years – same venue, same great racing… same great beverages if you’re into that kind of thing.

  • Dean Sam Pardue: Making Georgia and CAES No. 1 in Agriculture

    March 15, 2019

    As we celebrate National Agriculture Week 2019, many in the Southeast are still struggling to recover from hurricanes, tornadoes, whitefly outbreaks and record-breaking rainfall. Nature is both the nemesis and nurturer of agriculture - the ultimate “can’t live with it, can’t live without it” dilemma.

  • No. 1 for 21 Consecutive Years—Hartsfield-Jackson Confirmed as World’s Busiest Airport

    March 14, 2019

    In London during the annual Airport Economics & Finance Conference & Exhibition, Airports Council International (ACI) published its preliminary world airport traffic rankings, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) remains the world’s busiest airport for the 21st consecutive year.