• Georgia Lawmakers Explore Legislative Agenda at 2018 Biennial Institute

    December 20, 2018

    More than 200 members of the Georgia General Assembly attended policy presentations at the 31st Biennial Institute for Georgia Legislators, coordinated by the Institute of Government to help lawmakers prepare for the next legislative cycle.

  • Hapag-Lloyd America to Create More Than 360 Jobs in Peachtree Corners

    December 19, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Hapag-Lloyd America, LLC, a multinational transportation company, will create 363 jobs and invest $5.5 million in an expansion of the Hapag-Lloyd Quality Service Center in Gwinnett County. New jobs will include positions in administration, technical support and customer service.

  • New County Commissioners Launch Careers at Institute Training Conference

    December 19, 2018

    Nearly 140 newly elected county commissioners gained critical knowledge of government operations and management during a four-day training session coordinated by the Institute of Government in partnership with ACCG, Georgia’s County Association.

  • UPS: Number of Packages Returned Expected to Peak Before Christmas, Reflecting E-Commerce Shift

    December 19, 2018

    National Returns Day is expected to occur prior to Christmas, reflecting just how deeply e-commerce is reshaping the retail universe, according to UPS. Consumers who got a jump on online shopping in the days before Black Friday are expected to begin returning more than 1 million packages each day in December, jumpstarting the holiday returns season earlier than ever.

  • Ameris Bancorp and Fidelity Southern Corporation Announce Merger Agreement

    December 18, 2018

    Ameris Bancorp, the parent company of Ameris Bank, and Fidelity Southern Corporation, the parent company of Fidelity Bank, jointly announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Fidelity will merge with and into Ameris in an all-stock transaction.

  • Accenture Opens Innovation Hub in Atlanta’s Technology Square

    December 18, 2018

    Accenture opened a new innovation hub in Atlanta as a destination where clients can co-innovate with their Accenture teams to ideate, rapidly prototype and then scale innovative products and services for the digital economy.

  • Is Christmas too Commercial? Well, That’s the Reason it Became Popular.

    December 18, 2018

    It’s that time of the year again when some people will argue about the meaning of Christmas, others will be guilted into gift-giving and some will claim commercialization has ruined the holiday altogether. But then there’s Dr. Ruth McClelland-Nugent, a pop culture scholar, who says the root of these external and internal conflicts actually lies in the creation of our modern celebration of Christmas.

  • Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority Holds First Board Meeting

    December 17, 2018

    The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) Board of Directors held its inaugural meeting beginning the next phase of transit for the region. The 16-member board is comprised of six members appointed by state officials with the remaining members elected by local delegations to represent 10 transit districts across a 13-county region.

  • Cobb Chamber Names Dana Johnson as Executive Vice President of Economic Development & Executive Director of Select Cobb

    December 17, 2018

    Following an extensive search and selection process with a large pool of highly qualified applicants across the state, the Cobb Chamber announced that Dana Johnson will join its staff as Executive Vice President of Economic Development and Executive Director of Select Cobb, the organization’s economic development strategy.

  • Emory's Board of Trustees Elects New Members

    December 14, 2018

    Emory University’s Board of Trustees has elected two new members: Sarah Beth Brown, global customer director of The Coca-Cola Company; and Edward Jenner Wood III, chair of the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation.

  • Spelman Receives $30M Gift to Support New Center for Innovation & the Arts

    December 14, 2018

    Spelman College has received the largest gift from living donors in its 137-year history from long-standing Spelman trustee Ronda Stryker and spouse William Johnston. The transformative $30 million gift will help build the Center for Innovation & the Arts, the College's first new academic facility since 1996.

  • Georgia Power Continues to Make Progress on Ash Pond Closures

    December 14, 2018

    Georgia Power announced the latest progress on its plan to safely close all 29 ash ponds at 11 active and retired coal-fired power plant sites across the state. The company is in the process of completely excavating 19 ash ponds located adjacent to lakes or rivers with the remaining 10 being closed in place using advanced engineering methods and closure technologies.

  • Norfolk Southern to Locate Headquarters in Atlanta

    December 13, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal was joined by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to announce that Norfolk Southern Corporation, one of the nation’s premier transportation companies, will locate its headquarters in Fulton County, creating 850 jobs and investing $575 million.

  • Delta Extends Branded Fares to Boarding Order, Launches Color Palette to Tie it All Together

    December 13, 2018

    Zone boarding, an aviation standard for decades, will soon be a thing of the past for Delta customers as the airline makes a global shift to boarding by branded fare purchased. This is the latest evolution in Delta’s multi-year work to bring consistency, simplicity and clarity to the gate and boarding experience, efforts that have driven all-time high customer experience scores.

  • Ben Andrews Named ATDC Statewide Program Manager

    December 12, 2018

    Ben Andrews has been named statewide program manager of Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center, effective immediately. In this role, Andrews will oversee the ATDC @ initiative, which takes the incubator’s education, resources, and programming to various cities across the state. He will work with ATDC’s catalysts in current ATDC @cities, which include Athens, Augusta, Peachtree Corners, and Savannah.

  • Travel Tech Giant Travelport Being Acquired in $4.4B Deal

    December 12, 2018

    Travelport Worldwide Limited, a leading travel technology company, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Siris Capital Group, LLC and Evergreen Coast Capital Corp. in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $4.4 billion. Evergreen is the private equity affiliate of Elliott Management Corporation.

  • Juanita Powell Baranco Shares Why She is A Founding Member of goBeyondProfit

    December 11, 2018

    Juanita Powell Baranco talks about why she believes every business leader should join in this commitment to strengthen our communities. ”The minute I heard about it, the minute I understood the goals and aspirations of this organization, I signed on immediately. It did not take long because I absolutely believe that every aspect of our economy, every aspect of our society – education, health, you need that business input. You need the thought processes of business. Your voice is absolutely needed.”

  • Georgia Economic Forecast Favorable, Stronger than U.S. Average for Sixth Consecutive Year

    December 11, 2018

    Benjamin Ayers, Dean of the Terry School of Business of The University of Georgia, has forecasted a positive, annual economic outlook for the state for the sixth consecutive year to an audience including approximately 600 Atlanta business leaders, government officials, and chamber members.

  • Xenia Hotels & Resorts Completes $53.5M Acquisition of Newly Branded Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead

    December 11, 2018

    Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc. today announced its acquisition of the former Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, a 127-room luxury hotel located in the upscale Buckheadarea of Atlanta, Georgia, for $53.5 million, or approximately $421,000 per key.

  • Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Awards $1.84M in Grants to 29 Organizations

    December 11, 2018

    Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta recognizes 29 high performing nonprofits with a total of $1.84 million in funding from its annual and highly competitive General Operating Support grants. These organizations meet the high standards of an extremely rigorous review process that is widely viewed as the gold standard of nonprofit excellence.

  • MARTA Board of Directors Elects New Leadership

    December 10, 2018

    The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) board of directors has elected Fulton County representative and former Vice Chair Freda B. Hardage as chair of the MARTA board of directors.

  • Emory Proton Therapy Center Celebrates Official Opening in Midtown Atlanta

    December 10, 2018

    The Emory Proton Therapy Center, the first and only facility of its kind in the state of Georgia, officially opened its doors on December 6th in Midtown Atlanta with a VIP ribbon-cutting ceremony. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Emory University President Claire E. Sterk, and Atlanta Braves Vice Chair Emeritus John Schuerholz were among the dignitaries who celebrated the opening and delivered remarks to more than 200 special guests.

  • James Quincey to Succeed Muhtar Kent as Chairman of The Coca-Cola Company

    December 07, 2018

    James Quincey was elected as the 14th chairman of The Coca-Cola Company, succeeding Muhtar Kent, who plans to retire in April after a Coca-Cola system career that started in 1978.

  • Technical College System of Georgia Announces Four New College and Career Academies

    December 07, 2018

    The board of the Technical College System of Georgia approved grants totaling $12 million to establish new College and Career Academies in Ben Hill County, Jackson County, Jones County and Sumter County.

  • Eric Tanenblatt: The George Bush I knew

    December 06, 2018

    George Herbert Walker Bush, whose careful custodianship of the unraveling of the old Soviet Union shaped a safer world for hundreds of millions, was mourned by a grateful nation Wednesday in a state funeral that brought together Republicans and Democrats in an increasingly rare demonstration of civility.

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