August 2019 Features

  • Governor Kemp, Dept. of Community Affairs Announce $41M in Grants to 59 Communities

    August 30, 2019

    Governor Brian Kemp announced that fifty-nine Georgia communities will receive a total of $41 million in federal assistance to help grow their local economies.

  • The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Announces $17.5M Grant to Support Westside Park

    August 28, 2019

    The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has awarded a $17.5 million grant to Atlanta BeltLine Partnership to support development of Westside Park.

  • Atlanta Financial Institution Fund Closes at $200M, Looks to Invest in Fintech Startups

    August 28, 2019

    Algo Capital, the financial institution focused on accelerating access, adoption and liquidity of the Algo, the native digital currency of the Algorand blockchain, announced the closing of its Algo VC Fund at $200 million, surpassing the firm’s original goal of $100 million. The fund will invest in category-leading businesses that are building on the Algorand technology platform and seeks to accelerate the use and acceptance of the Algo as a means of payment.

  • Picking A Charitable Partner: First Steps to Finding the Best Fit

    August 27, 2019

    “How do I evaluate which charities are best for my business to support?” Business leaders ask goBeyondProfit this question often, in their quest to find the best charitable partner. Beyond choosing charities by their proximity, relevance to your business and resonance with staff and customers, we wanted to share a few evaluation insights and resources from national and local experts.

  • North American Properties Reveals Retail Lineup at Revel

    August 27, 2019

    North American Properties announced the first nine tenants coming to Revel, the $900 million mixed-use community anchored by Infinite Energy Center in Gwinnett County, Georgia. The tenant lineup, which includes Superica, Regal and The Painted Pin, marks the beginning of what will be a vibrant, 118-acre destination.

  • Research, Sponsored Activity Awards Top $1B at Georgia Tech

    August 27, 2019

    Research, economic development and other sponsored activities at Georgia Tech passed a significant milestone during the fiscal year that concluded on June 30, recording more than a billion dollars in new grants, contracts and other awards. The record amount comes from federal government agencies, companies, private organizations, the state of Georgia and other sources.

  • SunTrust Foundation Awards $2.7M in Grants to Winners of the 2019 Lighting the Way Awards

    August 26, 2019

    The SunTrust Foundation announced the winners of the 2019 Lighting the Way Awards, giving a total of $2.7 million in grants to 36 nonprofit organizations across the South and Midwest. The awards support the work of the organizations to build self-sufficient families and more financially confident communities through financial education, financial counseling, career readiness/workforce development and small business/entrepreneurship. Each nonprofit was awarded a $75,000 grant.

  • Barco to Expand Operations in Gwinnett County, Adding 50 New Jobs

    August 26, 2019

    The Georgia Department of Economic Development announced that Barco, a manufacturer of electronics for business, entertainment, and the medical field, is expanding its operations in Gwinnett County, investing $5 million and adding 50 new jobs to its existing facility in Gwinnett.

  • Study Says More Than Half of Americans Aren't Using Their Vacation Days

    August 26, 2019

    Last year, more than half of U.S. residents did not use all of their vacation days, equating to 768 million unused days, according to research from the U.S. Travel Association. Travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, explains how travel insurance can help protect vacation investments when unforeseen work commitments arise.

  • Council for Quality Growth Announces State of The BeltLine

    August 23, 2019

    The Council for Quality Growth in collaboration with Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) and the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABP) announces the State of the BeltLine on August 27th.

  • CSU’s Leadership Institute to Bring 2019 Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum to Columbus August 26-27

    August 23, 2019

    For the 14th year, the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum, hosted by the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University, will bring a lineup of the best and brightest minds in the world to Columbus. This year’s event, themed “Science of Leadership” bring speakers from all realms of science and technology and features a futurist, revolutionist, entrepreneur and astronaut.

  • ‘Sustainable Highway’ The Ray Announces New Partnership

    August 23, 2019

    Having already been called the world’s “first sustainable highway,” that 18 mile stretch of I-85 near Columbus called “The Ray” is setting its sights even higher as it formalizes a partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The new agreement seeks to increase opportunity for the living transportation innovation laboratory.

  • University System of Georgia Increases Statewide Economic Impact to $17.7B

    August 21, 2019

    The University System of Georgia (USG) in fiscal year 2018 had a $17.7 billion impact on communities across Georgia, an increase of almost 5 percent over the previous fiscal year. It also created 168,284 direct and indirect jobs, a nearly 3 percent increase over last fiscal year.

  • Novelis and Georgia Institute of Technology Establish Novelis Innovation Hub at Georgia Tech

    August 21, 2019

    Novelis Inc., the world leader in aluminum sheet products, technologies and recycling, announced a new collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology to establish the Novelis Innovation Hub at Georgia Tech.

  • Westside Works’ Community NET Program Connecting More Westside Residents to Workforce Training and Employment Opportunities Thanks to $250,000 Contribution from AT&T

    August 19, 2019

    Efforts to help Westside residents connect to a positive future got a boost as AT&T contributed $250,000 to Westside Works, a long-term neighborhood program focused on creating employment opportunities and job training for Westside community residents.

  • Chao Tells Georgia Leaders Rural Areas Key Focus of New Transportation and Infrastructure Funding

    August 15, 2019

    More than 2,000 Georgia business leaders, state and federal officials, and policy advocates broke into applause Tuesday at the Georgia Chamber’s annual Congressional Luncheon in Macon when U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced that Georgia will receive more than $189 million in transportation grants to expand infrastructure.

  • Georgia Sets Another Jobs Record in July

    August 15, 2019

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that Georgia added jobs again in July as the state’s unemployment rate approached an all-time low. The commissioner also noted that preliminary figures showed Georgia’s number of employed residents continued to climb. Meanwhile, Georgia’s workforce dipped slightly again.

  • Georgia Restaurant Association Honors Grace Award Winners

    August 13, 2019

    The winners of the 2019 Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence (GRACE) Awards were announced Sunday, August 11th at the Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta. The GRACE Awards Gala is the Georgia Restaurant Association’s (GRA) annual black tie event honoring Georgia’s restaurant industry.

  • Georgia Organics Releases "Expanding Organic Edibles Across Atlanta"

    August 12, 2019

    Georgia Organics released a new report, Expanding Organic Edibles Across Atlanta, that is the first in-depth analysis of the barriers and opportunities to expand more fruit production in Atlanta and cities across the nation.

  • Creating a Skilled Workforce is Ongoing Challenge for Georgia Industries

    August 12, 2019

    Communities and business districts looking to grow know that economic development and the availability of a skilled workforce go hand in hand. In Georgia’s tight labor market, new ways to attract employees are as important as ever.

  • Delta to Become Largest U.S. Carrier Serving Tokyo-Haneda in 2020

    August 12, 2019

    Under a final decision announced by the U.S. Department of Transporation, Delta will become the largest U.S. carrier serving Haneda, with seven daily flights between Haneda and Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta, Honolulu, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Portland, Ore.

  • AT&T Atlanta Employees Head Back to School

    August 08, 2019

    AT&T is teaming with the Westside Future Fund to help get two Atlanta public schools back-to-school ready. Yesterday, over 150 AT&T employees enjoyed a day of volunteerism on Westside Future Fund projects at Brown Middle School and Jones Elementary – both located in Atlanta’s historic Westside. The volunteers helped teachers and faculty prepare the classrooms for the first day of school.

  • Governor Kemp: Back to School, Not the Status Quo

    August 08, 2019

    In the coming weeks, thousands of Georgia students will return to school and officially begin the 2019-2020 academic year.

  • Georgia Awarded A+ for Small Business Friendliness

    August 07, 2019

    Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Thumbtack, a website and app that finds local professionals for projects, announced its 2019 Small Business Friendliness Survey, ranking forty-nine (49) states and forty-four (44) cities based on licensing requirements, tax regulations, and labor and hiring regulations.

  • Highlights from the goBeyondProfit CEO Forum

    August 06, 2019

    In Case You Missed It: goBeyondProfit hosted their first ever CEO Forum on April 23rd. Take a moment to watch the highlights of the event which featured a panel with Delta CEO Ed Bastain, AT&T Georgia President Vennesa Harrison, and retired Home Depot CEO Frank Blake.