About Chris Clark

Authored 26 articles.


  • Georgia Chamber CEO Chris Clark: Secure Your Vote, Georgia

    Features, October 13, 2020

    2020 will go down in history as one of humanity’s most challenging moments in time. We started the year with a strong economy, and in the blink of an eye we were crippled by a global pandemic. Needless to say, this year we have witnessed extreme highs and lows; yet, we are still here, still moving forward one step at a time, and still with one challenge before us as we usher in 2021.

  • Chris Clark: The State of Rural Resiliency

    Features, October 05, 2020

    My rural upbringing has taught me a lot about working har d, finding ways to overcome even the most seemingly impossible challenges, and realizing that my faith can keep me grounded when the ground is shaky. I’ve seen small towns grow, decay and reinvent themselves time and time again; yet this time, with a global pandemic still in our midst, and a recession that many economists are saying will take 10-years to overcome, rural America is facing the greatest challenge of its time.

  • Chris Clark: D.C. Fly-in Emphasizes Importance of Vote

    Features, September 28, 2020

    Last week has been nothing short of extraordinary. From economic recovery and foreign affairs to health care, transportation, rural initiatives, agriculture and so much more, last week’s all-virtual Georgia Chamber D.C. Fly-In reported record attendance and conveyed a strong message that business and government can and must work together for a better future and more rapid recovery from the COVID recession.

  • Chris Clark: Building a Global Talent Pipeline

    Features, September 14, 2020

    Even before COVID-19 hit our borders and changed virtually every business plan and legislative priority for 2020, the war for talent was being fought across every industry sector around the world.

  • Chris Clark: The 2020 Census. Just Do It.

    Features, August 31, 2020

    When Nike launched its “Just Do It” campaign in 1988, no one had any idea what would become of such a simple phrase.

  • Chris Clark: How Small Businesses Recover and Become More Resilient

    Features, August 11, 2020

    Growing up in Fitzgerald, I witnessed the evolution of entrepreneurial spirit as small businesses would open, some close, and new small businesses would take their place. There is an economic cycle of 20-years that supply and demand generally drive.

  • Chris Clark: New Talent for the New Georgia Economy

    Features, August 04, 2020

    Talent and workforce have long been key factors in the decision of businesses to locate or expand in a community. When I first started in economic development in the 1990s, I quickly learned that the mantra for site consultants was “location-location-location.” However, as the years went on, the factor of ‘location’ was surpassed by the community's availability of a skilled workforce.

  • Chris Clark: The Call for Rural Resiliency

    Features, July 27, 2020

    My Fitzgerald roots ground me and millions of other small-town Americans to a strong work ethic, value of family, and a deep-rooted faith. We believe in community and helping each other through the tough times. And we celebrate in parades and on back porches when things are good. Of course, those occasions often come from long battles and commitment.

  • Chris Clark: Reclaiming A Stronger, More Resilient Economy

    Features, July 20, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic and the recession it has caused have been described as unprecedented. It has introduced new terms into our common language such as “social distancing” and “elbow bumping”. Simply put, it’s made us rethink how we shop, worship, educate and interact.

  • Chris Clark: What You Can Do As COVID-19 Continues

    Features, July 06, 2020

    Political pundits and healthcare researchers can argue second wave or simply a continuation of the original COVID-19 pandemic. However, the fact remains that the virus which hit us so hard in the spring continues to be a potent force as we head into the summer months.

  • Chris Clark: The Inequality of Opportunity

    Features, June 22, 2020

    We are in an important national conversation on systemic racism and the underlying inequality of economic opportunity in America. The Georgia Chamber and the business community will directly engage in dialogue and actively advocate for policies that create long term job growth, mobility, and equality for all Georgians. Doing so is essential for our collective prosperity.

  • Chris Clark: Immediate Action for a Strong Economic Recovery

    Features, June 12, 2020

    In 2008, I was called to Governor Perdue’s office, given the responsibility of Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and immediately challenged to build a budget that would cut spending by 40%. Like all agency heads during the early days of the Great Recession, we worked hard to steward the public dollars while protecting employees, citizens, and in our case, Georgia’s incredible environment. And not only did we survive, we also laid a foundation for the future.

  • Georgia Chamber CEO Chris Clark: Free Enterprise Responds

    Features, April 30, 2020

    Over the last few weeks, the power of free enterprise has been on full display as companies around the world have shifted, planned, reprogrammed and adjusted to protect employees and customers across a very different economic landscape.

  • Georgia Chamber CEO Chris Clark: Act Now

    Features, April 15, 2020

    As leaders begin discussions about reopening the economy, we know that it does not signal an end to the pandemic nor an abatement of the financial crisis for which we all face an inevitably long and rather costly recession. It is instead a call for the business community to engage and the government to prepare and consider additional action at the local, state and federal levels.

  • Georgia Chamber CEO Chris Clark: How Small Businesses Move Forward

    Features, April 08, 2020

    As Georgians track the daily statistics on COVID-19, praying for our families as well as those combating the pandemic, we are also gaining a clearer picture for another set of startling data. The economic impact of Coronavirus will, by many expert projections, lead to a prolonged recession.

  • Georgia Chamber CEO: The Current Job of Business

    Features, April 03, 2020

    Our daily news feeds overwhelm us with statistics, predictions and partisanship at every turn. Anxiety and worry consume many of our friends and neighbors. We pour over our ledger sheets as we check in on customers and clients. However, in this temporarily chaotic time, we want to recognize the incredible sacrifice and leadership borne out of this crisis and recommend a few ways for how we all can rise to the challenge.

  • Georgia Chamber CEO: Lawsuit Reform Essential to Georgia Business Growth

    News, February 24, 2020

  • Georgia Chamber CEO Chris Clark: Rural Renaissance Op-Ed

    Features, September 18, 2019

    I’m a child of rural Georgia. I was born and raised in Ben Hill and Irwin Counties with ample time spent in Brooks and Colquitt Counties. I stayed in rural environments through college at Georgia Southern and grad school at Georgia College. My first chamber job was on the banks of the Ocmulgee River in Hawkinsville.

  • Georgia Chamber's Chris Clark: The Value of Chambers of Commerce

    Features, September 03, 2019

    Since the first Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1599 in France, businesses have banded together for the common interest of economic growth and prosperity. In 1768, the New York Chamber established the first new world outpost to push back against ‘foreign’ governmental overreach. The Georgia Chamber was incorporated in 1915 by local chambers to promote small businesses, support rural communities and to protect our largest employers from job killing policy.

  • Georgia Chamber President Chris Clark 8 for 18 Infrastructure Op-Ed

    News, October 10, 2018

  • Georgia Chamber President Chris Clark: Tactics for Keeping Georgia’s Economy Strong

    News, October 01, 2018

  • Georgia Chamber CEO Chris Clark: 8 for 18 Business and Legal Climate

    News, September 11, 2018

  • Georgia Chamber of Commerce President: There Are No Easy Choices in Fixing Failing Schools

    News, October 28, 2016

  • Chris Clark on Transportation Funding: Time to Finish the Drill

    News, March 30, 2015

  • Georgia Chamber CEO Chris Clark on Transportation Funding: We Can’t Afford to Wait

    Features, February 27, 2015

    There are few things more important to any community than transportation, and the same goes for any business. No matter what size or location our communities need safe, efficient connectivity for both residents and businesses. This is why improving Georgia’s transportation infrastructure has long been a focus of the Georgia Chamber and why it is our highest priority for the 2015 legislative session.

  • Chris Clark: The 26th Georgia Quail Hunt was Again a Success

    News, February 28, 2014