July 2018 Features

  • CEO Activism in 2018: Half of Americans Say CEO Activism Influences Government

    July 31, 2018

    Significantly more Americans in 2018 believe that CEOs who speak out on hotly debated current issues influence the decisions and actions of government (48 percent vs. 38 percent in 2017). This is according to CEO Activism in 2018: The Purposeful CEO, a survey of 1,006 adult Americans.

  • ACG Atlanta Announces New Board of Directors and Officers; Celebrates Chapter of Year Award

    July 30, 2018

    The Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, the global organization focused on driving middle-market growth, selected new officers and directors to serve on ACG Atlanta Board of Directors.

  • thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas Business Unit to Create More Than 650 Jobs in Cobb County

    July 27, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced that thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas Business Unit, one of the leading building transportation companies in North America and a subsidiary of thyssenkrupp AG, will create more than 650 new jobs and invest more than $200 million in its new headquarters and innovation complex in Cobb County. Upon completion, the new complex will include three facilities anchored by a state-of-the-art, 420-foot-tall elevator qualification and test tower, the tallest of its kind in the nation.

  • Novelis to Buy Global Aluminum Supplier for $2.6B, Keep HQ in Atlanta

    July 27, 2018

    Novelis Inc., the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Aleris Corporation, a global supplier of rolled aluminum products, for approximately $2.6 billion including the assumption of debt.

  • Delta Air Lines Launches Inaugural Flight to Shanghai

    July 26, 2018

    Asian drums and a Chinese lion dance marked the launch of Delta Air Lines’ most requested flight route by its passengers. The flight connects Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Delta’s largest hub, to one of the largest commercial centers in China.

  • Georgia’s Disability Employment Initiative Receives National Recognition for Demonstrating Best Practice

    July 26, 2018

    Georgia’s Disability Employment Initiative received national recognition this week by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy for demonstrating best practices and delivering superior service.

  • Synovus to Acquire FCB Financial Holdings, Inc. for $2.9 Billion

    July 24, 2018

    Synovus Financial Corp. and FCB Financial Holdings, Inc. today jointly announced their entry into a definitive merger agreement under which Synovus will acquire FCB Financial Holdings, Inc., owner of Florida Community Bank, Florida’s largest community bank.

  • Augusta-based MAU Workforce Solutions Acquires Atlanta-based 3Ci

    July 23, 2018

    MAU Workforce Solutions has acquired 3Ci -- extending its global reach by adding the Atlanta-based company’s expertise in the fast-growing technology sector.

  • ANN Completes $2.6B Acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions, Keeps Atlanta HQ

    July 23, 2018

    ABB announced it has completed its acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions, GE’s global electrification solutions business. The $2.6 billion transaction offers substantial value creation potential within ABB, including growth opportunities to be leveraged from coupling ABB’s digital offering, ABB Ability, with the extensive GEIS installed base.

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Receives 2018 Civil Rights Advocate Award

    July 20, 2018

    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was recently honored by the Federal Aviation Administration as winner of the 2018 Civil Rights Advocate and Partner ADA/Sec. 504 Award. The award lauded ATL’s efforts to enhance accessibility for passengers and guests with disabilities.

  • Genuine Parts Company Reports Record Sales And Earnings

    July 20, 2018

    Genuine Parts Company credited its acquisitions for fueling a record quarter.

  • Saladworks, the Nation's Leading Salad-Centric Franchise Brand, Opens First Atlanta Location

    July 19, 2018

    Saladworks, the nation's leading salad-centric franchise brand, has opened its first Atlanta-area location, with extensive plans to develop the market to build corporate locations alongside qualified franchise partners.

  • Georgia Lottery Transfers More than $1.14B to Education

    July 19, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that the Georgia Lottery Corp. transferred its fiscal year 2018 profits, a total of $1,143,514,000, to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account. This is the largest annual transfer on record, bringing the total funding raised for education programs to more than $19.8 billion during the 25-year history of the Georgia Lottery.

  • Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Names Amol Naik as Chief Resilience Officer

    July 18, 2018

    Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has announced that Amol Naik has been named Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Atlanta. In this role, he will be responsible for ensuring progress towards the Administration’s established goals of becoming more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges we face as a city.

  • Simon Malko Elected to Lead Morris, Manning & Martin

    July 18, 2018

    The partners of Am Law 200 law firm Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, have unanimously chosen Simon Malko as the firm’s new managing partner. On January 1, 2019, Malko will succeed the firm’s current managing partner, Louise Wells. He will work closely with Wells until her planned retirement at the end of this year.

  • How The Gig Economy Could Aid Planning for Older Adult and Disability Services in Georgia

    July 18, 2018

    It is well-known that the baby-boom generation is aging, with about 10,000 individuals turning 65 each day. This generation has the longest life expectancy to date and benefits from advances in health care and technology. However, this generation is also more disabled, dealing with more chronic health conditions and managing more prescription medications than previous generations.

  • Lab1886 in Atlanta - New Location for Daimler AG's Innovation Hub

    July 17, 2018

    Daimler AG is expanding its global innovation network. Lab1886's new location in Atlanta officially opened. Guests at the event included Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia, as well as Silicon Valley icon and investor Guy Kawasaki. By the end of 2018, there will be around 25 employees in Atlanta working on the development of new business ideas and innovative projects.

  • Techstars Atlanta Announces 2018 Class

    July 16, 2018

    Techstars Atlanta, presented in partnership with Cox Enterprises, today announced the 10 companies that earned coveted spots in its startup accelerator program for 2018. Applications were received from 42 countries around the globe, and the chosen participants hail from six U.S. states and Israel.

  • ACVB's William Pate Named Board Chair of Global Organization

    July 16, 2018

    Destinations International announced the 2018-2019 Board of Directors and Foundation Board of Trustees. William Pate, President and CEO of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, assumed the role of Chair of Destinations International and Jason Fulvi, CDME, Executive Vice President of VisitPITTSBURGH, assumed the role of Chair of the Destinations International Foundation.

  • Young Gamechangers to Present Big Ideas to Albany on August 10th

    July 16, 2018

    Since the beginning of the year 48 of Georgia’s brightest young professionals have researched Albany’s history, met with community leaders, toured campuses and neighborhoods, visited recreation areas, and re-imagined downtown in their quest to come up with big ideas and innovative solutions to some of the area’s most persistent challenges. Their hard work will be revealed when they present their final recommendations to the community on Friday, August 10th at Albany State University.

  • MARTA Reduces Debt Cost and Variable Rate Exposure

    July 13, 2018

    The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Board of Directors voted to approve a refunding of $176.8 million of variable rate bonds replaced with fixed rate bonds and a new issue of $117.5 million of variable rate debt.

  • Inside Creative Financial Group with the Laws: 2-Part Series on AT&T/DirectTV & Time Warner Executive Perks

    July 12, 2018

    Georgia CEO presents this special two-part series profile on the Creative Financial Group, Ltd, home based in Atlanta, Georgia. In part two of this series, we hear from Rob W. Law, CFP who leads the second generation of certified financial planners maintaining white-glove service in financial, estate, investment, retirement, and tax planning matters, in order to maximize returns and minimize risks for busy executives and their families.

  • Inside Creative Financial Group with the Laws: 2-Part Series on AT&T/DirectTV & Time Warner Executive Perks

    July 11, 2018

    Georgia CEO presents this special two-part series profile on the Creative Financial Group, Ltd, headquartered out of the Synovus Signature building in Overton Park in Atlanta, Georgia. We had the opportunity to sit down with Robert W. “Buzz” Law CFP who serves as President, and Rob W. Law, CFP, who heads up the second-generation of certified financial planners in place to maintain service continuity for clients.

  • First Building of $100 Million Georgia Cyber Center Opens in Augusta

    July 11, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday attended the opening of The Hull McKnight Building at The Georgia Cyber Center, a first-of-its-kind collaborative cybersecurity center located in Augusta. The $100 million Georgia Cyber Center is the single largest investment in a cybersecurity facility by a state government to-date, with the aim of strengthening the state of Georgia’s position as a national leader in cybersecurity.

  • Twilio Expands Footprint With New Atlanta Office

    July 10, 2018

    Twilio, the leading cloud communications platform, announced it is expanding the company's U.S. presence with a new office in Atlanta, Ga. Twilio expects to grow the Atlanta office to more than 50 people over the next few years, hiring for roles across the organization including sales, human resources, and engineering.