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  • Study Says More Than Half of Americans Aren't Using Their Vacation Days

    August 26, 2019

    Last year, more than half of U.S. residents did not use all of their vacation days, equating to 768 million unused days, according to research from the U.S. Travel Association. Travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, explains how travel insurance can help protect vacation investments when unforeseen work commitments arise.

  • Parsons Corporation Among First to Locate at Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta

    August 23, 2019

    Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Parsons Corporation, a leading cybersecurity technology provider, will open a new office in the Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta. The company will create twenty-six jobs with room for future growth.

  • CSU’s Leadership Institute to Bring 2019 Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum to Columbus August 26-27

    August 23, 2019

    For the 14th year, the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum, hosted by the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University, will bring a lineup of the best and brightest minds in the world to Columbus. This year’s event, themed “Science of Leadership” bring speakers from all realms of science and technology and features a futurist, revolutionist, entrepreneur and astronaut.

  • ‘Sustainable Highway’ The Ray Announces New Partnership

    August 23, 2019

    Having already been called the world’s “first sustainable highway,” that 18 mile stretch of I-85 near Columbus called “The Ray” is setting its sights even higher as it formalizes a partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The new agreement seeks to increase opportunity for the living transportation innovation laboratory.

  • Jim Hudson Automotive Group Will Donate $50,000 To Help Feed The Hungry in CSRA

    August 22, 2019

    This year the Jim Hudson Automotive Group will provide meals to the hungry by donating $50,000 to the Golden Harvest Food Bank. The charitable donation is a result of their successful 8th Annual Jim Hudson 2000 Sales Event.

  • University System of Georgia Increases Statewide Economic Impact to $17.7B

    August 21, 2019

    The University System of Georgia (USG) in fiscal year 2018 had a $17.7 billion impact on communities across Georgia, an increase of almost 5 percent over the previous fiscal year. It also created 168,284 direct and indirect jobs, a nearly 3 percent increase over last fiscal year.

  • Chao Tells Georgia Leaders Rural Areas Key Focus of New Transportation and Infrastructure Funding

    August 15, 2019

    More than 2,000 Georgia business leaders, state and federal officials, and policy advocates broke into applause Tuesday at the Georgia Chamber’s annual Congressional Luncheon in Macon when U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced that Georgia will receive more than $189 million in transportation grants to expand infrastructure.

  • Georgia Sets Another Jobs Record in July

    August 15, 2019

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that Georgia added jobs again in July as the state’s unemployment rate approached an all-time low. The commissioner also noted that preliminary figures showed Georgia’s number of employed residents continued to climb. Meanwhile, Georgia’s workforce dipped slightly again.

  • Youth Leadership Columbia County Class of 2020 Announcement

    August 13, 2019

    The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the Youth Leadership Columbia County Class of 2020. The 2020 class is comprised of 30 students, who represent five Columbia County public schools and two private schools in our area. The juniors and sophomores are some of the best and brightest among their peers, excelling in leadership, academics, athletics, music and the arts.

  • Georgia Restaurant Association Honors Grace Award Winners

    August 13, 2019

    The winners of the 2019 Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence (GRACE) Awards were announced Sunday, August 11th at the Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta. The GRACE Awards Gala is the Georgia Restaurant Association’s (GRA) annual black tie event honoring Georgia’s restaurant industry.

  • Creating a Skilled Workforce is Ongoing Challenge for Georgia Industries

    August 12, 2019

    Communities and business districts looking to grow know that economic development and the availability of a skilled workforce go hand in hand. In Georgia’s tight labor market, new ways to attract employees are as important as ever.

  • Governor Kemp: Back to School, Not the Status Quo

    August 08, 2019

    In the coming weeks, thousands of Georgia students will return to school and officially begin the 2019-2020 academic year.

  • Georgia Awarded A+ for Small Business Friendliness

    August 07, 2019

    Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Thumbtack, a website and app that finds local professionals for projects, announced its 2019 Small Business Friendliness Survey, ranking forty-nine (49) states and forty-four (44) cities based on licensing requirements, tax regulations, and labor and hiring regulations.

  • Highlights from the goBeyondProfit CEO Forum

    August 06, 2019

    In Case You Missed It: goBeyondProfit hosted their first ever CEO Forum on April 23rd. Take a moment to watch the highlights of the event which featured a panel with Delta CEO Ed Bastain, AT&T Georgia President Vennesa Harrison, and retired Home Depot CEO Frank Blake.

  • AG Carr: Consumer Protection Division Yields More than $109M for Georgia Consumers and State Treasury in FY19

    August 06, 2019

    Attorney General Chris Carr announced that the Georgia Department of Law’s Consumer Protection Division generated more than $109 million for consumers and the State Treasury in fiscal year 2019 (FY19).

  • FILM Augusta Releases 2019 Mid-Year Report

    August 05, 2019

    FILM Augusta is proud of its accomplishments as the film commission for the City of Augusta. This division of the Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau continues to successfully position and promote Augusta’s River Region as a preferred destination for film production. Relationships with local filmmakers and crew continue to strengthen, ensuring success for all involved.

  • Georgia Among the Most Military Friendly States in the Nation

    August 05, 2019

    Three years ago Georgia set out on a mission — to become the most military friendly state in the nation. And at least one state lawmaker believes Georgia has accomplished that goal, thanks in part to the creation of the Georgia House Military Affairs Working Group by Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge).

  • What are The Fastest Growing Jobs in Georgia?

    August 01, 2019

    COMMERCIALCafé has released its most recent analysis on the fastest growing jobs, both nationwide and by state. The most compelling facts of the study are the top seven fastest growing jobs in the last decade nationwide and the jobs that are growing fastest by individual state.

  • Augusta Metro Chamber Presents Augusta Digital Inclusion Summit, August 1st

    July 31, 2019

    The Augusta Metro Chamber's Business Education Advisory Council (BEAC) presents Augusta Digital Inclusion Summit on Thursday, August 1st.

  • U.S. Workers See Undeniable Value in STEM Education and Skills

    July 31, 2019

    Randstad US released the U.S. data from the global quarterly Randstad Workmonitor survey for Q2 2019. According to the survey, if U.S. employees could go back in time to age 18, 68 percent say they would focus on a field of study within science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). This sentiment is indicative of the perceived high value of a STEM education and career path over other educational tracks.

  • Fort Gordon Cyber District/Alliance for Education Selected as 2018-2019 CyberPatriot Center of Excellence of the Year

    July 30, 2019

    Fort Gordon Cyber District / Alliance for Cyber Education was selected the 2018-2019 CyberPatriot Center of Excellence of the Year.

  • Georgia Chooses Dominion Voting Systems to Install New Statewide Voting System

    July 30, 2019

    After a competitive selection process, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger selects Dominion Voting Systems to implement its new verified paper ballot system. Implementation of the new secure voting system will start immediately and be in place and fully operational for the March 24th, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary.

  • Military a Dominant Force in Georgia’s Economy

    July 29, 2019

    Georgia is known for many things — peaches, peanuts, The Masters… but what about the military? Many people are unaware of the impact the military plays on Georgia and its economy. Georgia has the fifth largest military population in America with an economic impact of over $28 billion yearly. The top five are California, Virginia, Texas, North Carolina and Georgia.

  • Georgia Power, PulteGroup Celebrate Opening of Atlanta's First Smart Neighborhood

    July 26, 2019

    Georgia Power and PulteGroup are celebrating the opening of Atlanta's first Smart Neighborhood. Leaders from Georgia Power, PulteGroup, the Georgia Public Service Commission, U.S. Department of Energy, City of Atlanta and the project's technology partners joined together to officially open the neighborhood today at PulteGroup's development in Atlanta's Upper West Side, one of the city's most vibrant and popular areas.

  • Georgia Centers of Innovation's Steve Justice: A Tale of Two Georgia River Cities

    July 25, 2019

    Our team recently visited two cities on opposite borders of the state, yet bound by geography, history, and a desire to embrace innovation to move their communities forward. I am referring to Augusta and Columbus; historic Georgia communities located on our state’s eastern and western borders. Augusta and Columbus are building strong local innovation ecosystems to address growing their economies for the 21st century.

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