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  • General Assembly launches Georgia-Japan Legislative Caucus

    May 09, 2019

    James Magazine’s May-June issue includes a feature which highlights Georgia’s important economic relationship with Japan, and how the state has benefited significantly from the relationship with various industries, including the automotive and manufacturing sectors.

  • Atlanta United License Plate Bill Signed into Law

    May 08, 2019

    Georgia Governor Brian Kemp visited the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground on Monday afternoon to sign into law the bill (SB-8) that will bring Atlanta United license plates to the state. The specialized plates will be available to the public for pre-order and mail delivery on May 28.

  • Speaker Ralston Announces Members of the House Rural Development Council for 2019-2020 Term

    May 08, 2019

    Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) today announced the members of the House Rural Development Council for the 2019-2020 legislative term. This Council, which was reauthorized by House Resolution 214, will continue working with rural communities to find ways to encourage economic growth.

  • Ameris Bancorp and Fidelity Southern Corporation Shareholders Approve Merger

    May 07, 2019

    Ameris Bancorp, the parent company of Ameris Bank, and Fidelity Southern Corporation, the parent company of Fidelity Bank, jointly announced that, at their respective special meetings of shareholders, shareholders of both companies have voted to approve all proposals necessary to complete the merger of Fidelity with and into Ameris.

  • Georgia’s Tourism Industry Breaks Economic Impact Record

    May 07, 2019

    Georgia Tourism, a division of The Georgia Department of Economic Development, announced that the state’s tourism industry generated a record-breaking $66.2 billion in business sales impact in 2018, up 4.7 percent, according to the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics.

  • Georgia State To Establish Graduate School To Expand, Strengthen Graduate And Professional Programs

    May 07, 2019

    Georgia State University will establish a new Graduate School as part of the university’s strategic efforts to expand and strengthen graduate and professional programs at the institution.

  • U.S. Chamber's Donohue to Congress: ‘The Time Has Come’ for a 21st Century Infrastructure System

    May 07, 2019

    Rebuilding and modernizing America’s infrastructure is a major priority for the business community. “This year, we are calling on our lawmakers to take bipartisan action on a meaningful infrastructure package now,” said U.S. Chamber and CEO Tom Donohue in February at the America's Infrastructure: Time to Invest event.

  • Council for Quality Growth Names Cousins Properties Executive Chairman Larry Gellerstedt III 2019 Four Pillar Honoree

    May 06, 2019

    The Council for Quality Growth will honor Cousins Properties Executive Chairman Larry Gellerstedt III with its 30th annual Four Pillar Award on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 at 6 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Ballroom. The prestigious Four Pillar Tribute recognizes an outstanding individual in the region and the state who demonstrates the ‘Four Pillars’ of leadership – Quality, Responsibility, Vision and Integrity – and exemplifies the Council’s mission of promoting balanced and responsible growth.

  • U.S. Small Business Owners Confident in their Business and the U.S. Economy

    May 06, 2019

    The annual Small Business Pulse Survey from SunTrust reveals a strong small business community, with two-thirds of small business decision makers reporting strength in their local economy (68 percent) and the U.S. economy (65 percent).

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration, City of East Point Sign Strategic Alliance

    May 02, 2019

    Officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the mayor of East Point, Georgia have signed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum, officially launching their partnership. The two-year alliance was created to foster small business development and growth for residents of the south-Atlanta suburb by educating them about the programs, services and resources available to them from the SBA.

  • AT&T Creating ‘Opportunity Youth’ Internships

    May 02, 2019

    AT&T, with non-profit Year Up, is opening the door to internships across the U.S. for opportunity youth, defined as talented young adults seeking work who are underemployed or unemployed.

  • Georgia DOT to Host Community Conversations on I-285 Top End Express Lanes Project

    May 01, 2019

    The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced dates for Community Conversations: I-285 Top End Express Lanes, a series of informational meetings focusing on improved trip time reliability around the I-285 Top End and SR 400 areas included in the proposed I-285 Top End Express Lanes in DeKalb, Fulton, and Cobb counties.

  • Atlanta’s Own ID3 Group Fabricates HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION

    May 01, 2019

    Fans of the Broadway musical HAMILTON will have the opportunity to dig deeper into the life and times of Alexander Hamilton thanks to a new exhibition that was fabricated by Atlanta’s own ID3 Group, a full-service fabrication company, and part of Exploring, Inc. The EXHIBITION debuted on April 27 in a freestanding temporary building on Northerly Island in Chicago with approximately 25,000 square feet of exhibit space.

  • Georgia Chamber Issues 2019 Legislative Scorecard

    May 01, 2019

    The Georgia Chamber of Commerce released its 2019 Legislative Scorecard highlighting how elected officials voted on the business community’s top issues during this year’s Session of the Georgia General Assembly.

  • Isakson, Perdue Continue Bipartisan Push for Critical Disaster Relief

    May 01, 2019

    U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., today continued their push for Congress to pass critical disaster relief funding for states impacted by hurricanes, wildfires, floods and other natural disasters at a press conference in Washington, D.C. It has been more than six months since Georgia was devastated by Hurricane Michael in October 2018.

  • Atlanta Jazz Festival Presents 31 Days of Jazz Starting on May 1st

    April 30, 2019

    The Atlanta Jazz Festival will host 31 Days of Jazz events starting on May 1st, leading up to the free 42nd Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 25th and Sunday, May 26th. The 31 Days of Jazz are exciting events held at various locations across metro Atlanta, including MARTA stations, restaurants, local neighborhood parks and more that encourage people to experience this diverse musical genre.

  • Hancock Askew & CO: Sales Tax Impact of South Dakota vs. Wayfair

    April 30, 2019

    On June 21, 2018, the US Supreme Court issued a decision that will drastically increase the power of States to force retailers to collect sales tax. In South Dakota v. Wayfair, the Supreme Court upheld a South Dakota statute allowing it to force retailers who had no employees, inventory, or assets in the State to collect South Dakota sales tax.

  • 23 Metro Atlanta Entrepreneurs Named Finalists for EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 Award in the Southeast

    April 29, 2019

    EY announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Award in the Southeast. Widely considered one of the most prestigious business awards programs in the U.S., the program recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities, while also transforming our world.

  • Fundraising Releases Show Some Trends

    April 29, 2019

    We are still about a year away from primary voting season but, it being a presidential year, fundraising is well underway. That is going to be a difficult task for some candidates this time around. With about 80 or so Democratic candidates for president announced so far, okay maybe that number is more like 15 but it is still a lot, a lot of money is going to be directed toward the race for the White House.

  • Georgia Power Receives Louis C. Brown MD Vanguard Award from the Morehouse School of Medicine

    April 26, 2019

    Georgia Power was honored Thursday night with the 2019 Louis C. Brown MD Vanguard Award for its leadership in improving health and wellbeing in Georgia by the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM).

  • Mayor Bottoms Announces $60M of New Funding for Affordable Housing

    April 26, 2019

    Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, in partnership with Atlanta Housing and Invest Atlanta, announced $60 million in new spending for affordable housing projects. The new funds were approved by Atlanta Housing Board of Commissioners on Wednesday evening. The funds are projected to create and preserve more than 2,000 new affordable housing units in the city of Atlanta.

  • New Law will Ensure Fairness, Strengthen Competition in Government Purchasing

    April 26, 2019

    State Rep. Mark Newton (R-Augusta) said he was looking for “transparency and clarity” when he introduced House Bill 315. The bill, which requires consultants to disclose any potential conflicts of interest when hired by city or county governments to develop bid specifications, sailed through the House and Senate this session. And last week, Governor Brian Kemp signed the legislation into law.

  • Corporate Generosity - Just a Nice Thing to Do and Only for Fortune 500 Shops? Think Again.

    April 25, 2019

    Over 100 Georgia influencers, representing businesses small and large, gathered April 23rd to hear C-suite insights into the exponential benefits of giving back. The take-away? It’s not only the right thing to do. It makes great business sense - especially here in Georgia. So, however you can, just do it.

  • Governor Brian Kemp Joins Global Fintech Leaders for FinTech South

    April 25, 2019

    The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) hosted more than 1,400 fintech leaders for the return of the landmark FinTech South conference April 22-23 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta.

  • EY wavespace Opens in Atlanta with Immersive Innovation Experience to Help Companies Drive Digital Business Transformation

    April 24, 2019

    Ernst & Young LLP (EY) launches its new EY wavespace center in Atlanta, expanding its global network of innovation centers that provide companies access to an immersive experience, including design-based thinking, technology intelligence and deep business expertise across disciplines and sectors to achieve breakthroughs in business transformation.

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