December 2017 Features

  • Georgia Public Service Commission Approves Continued Construction of Nuclear Power Plant Vogtle Project

    December 22, 2017

    The Georgia Public Service Commission unanimously approved the continued construction of Georgia Power Company’s Plant Vogtle Construction project but with conditions that will reduce the Company’s revenue requirement by $1.7 billion over the construction and operation of the plant.

  • After 75 Years, UGA Returns to the Rose Bowl

    December 22, 2017

    When UGA’s football team played in the Rose Bowl in 1943, halfback Frank Sinkwich commanded the field. Now 75 years later, fullback Frank Sinkwich IV, great-grandson of Frank Sinkwich, will join his teammates in Pasadena when the Bulldogs play Oklahoma in the 104th Rose Bowl game.

  • Records Set for Jobs and Workforce in Georgia

    December 21, 2017

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that Georgia’s jobs, employment and labor force numbers continued to grow in November and unemployment insurance claims fell.

  • UPS Pre-Orders 125 Tesla Electric Trucks

    December 20, 2017

    UPS, which operates one of the largest commercial trucking fleets in the world, announced it has placed a reservation for 125 of Tesla’s new fully-electric Semi tractors. The new tractors will join UPS’s extensive alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle fleet, comprised of trucks and tractors propelled by electricity, natural gas, propane and other non-traditional fuels.

  • Frank Facts and Figures for Future Franchisees

    December 18, 2017

    If interested in becoming a franchisee, the best next step may be to contact a franchise consultant, such as Leslie Kuban of FranNet. On top of several personal, intangible, key decisions and issues a potential franchise owner has to make, Kuban maintains a consultant can be an invaluable resource in conjunction with CPAs, attorneys, bankers and others who refer interested franchising parties to her.

  • UGA Experts Predict Another Good Year for Georgia’s Economy; Growth to Outpace the Nation

    December 15, 2017

    Georgia’s economy will match its performance last year, propelled by economic development projects, solid population growth and a housing recovery, according to the economic forecast from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business.

  • Assurant to Create 335 Jobs in Gwinnett County

    December 14, 2017

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Assurant, Inc., a global leader in risk management solutions, will create 335 new jobs and invest $2.2 million in a technical support center in Duluth. “Georgia’s top-ranked economic environment and skilled workforce continue to attract industry leaders like Assurant,” said Deal. “Assurant recognizes the benefits of operating in the No. 1 state for business and will build upon Georgia’s strategic resources to grow in all areas of technological innovation.

  • Emory Healthcare Provided $73.5M in Charity Care in FY 2016-2017

    December 12, 2017

    In fiscal year 2017, Emory Healthcare provided $73.5 million in charity care, which includes care for patients with no health insurance, not even Medicare or Medicaid, and no resources of their own. Over this same time, Emory medical faculty also provided $24.6 million in unreimbursed care at Grady Memorial Hospital.

  • Chuck McMullen and Amy Odom Lead New Atlanta Office of Parker Poe Consulting

    December 12, 2017

    Parker Poe Consulting, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, is strengthening its position as a leading Southeastern government relations resource through the addition of experienced lobbyists Chuck McMullen and Amy Odom.

  • New Economic Impact Study Shows SCAD Generates $600M for the State of Georgia

    December 11, 2017

    The Savannah College of Art and Design announced the results of a new economic development and impact study, detailing the university's tremendous positive influence on the communities and economies of Savannah, Atlanta, and the state of Georgia. Conducted over the course of six months by Tripp Umbach, the leading national consulting firm for not-for-profit, arts, and tourism sectors, the report confirms SCAD's transformative contributions to Georgia through education, cultural enrichment, jobs, public safety, and urban renewal during fiscal year 2017.

  • Synovus Brings in More Than $74,000 for Action Ministries’ Hunger Relief Programs

    December 07, 2017

    This fall, Synovus raised over $74,000 in its annual campaigns in support of Action Ministries’ hunger relief programs. The donations will provide both Feed the Hungry Food Boxes and Superpacks. The Synovus Atlanta’s Feed the Hungry / What’s In the Box campaign will provide 11,688 boxes of food — more than 233,760 meals — for families in Synovus Atlanta’s service area.

  • Apply These 5 Techniques to Help Employees Return to Work After a Medical Absence

    December 07, 2017

    When a worker gets hurt or sick and misses a substantial amount of time, it can be hard for you as a business owner to know what to do. The situation can become even more challenging when it’s time for the employee to return to work after a medical absence. If you don’t have a plan for dealing with people’s return as well as their absence, this could become a major distraction.

  • Eric Tanenblatt: These Georgia Businesses Are Changing How We View Social Responsibility

    December 06, 2017

    The spirit of consumption that envelops our nation each year in the days that follow Thanksgiving was punctuated this year by something remarkable, something pointedly not about self-indulgence or flashy gadgets: a “global day of giving” that encouraged and celebrated altruism. The occasion, dubbed “Giving Tuesday” in the mode of our year-end shopping calendar, was said to have raised in excess of $200 million, a significant increase from years prior.

  • Corporate Travel Community Ranks Delta No.1 U.S. Airline for Historic 7th Consecutive Year

    December 05, 2017

    Delta Air Lines earned the top overall score for an unprecedented seventh consecutive year in the Business Travel News Airline Survey, sweeping all ten categories and improving on the scores achieved in 2016.