Features

  • Phoebe Hires New President and Chief Executive Officer

    January 18, 2019

    J. Scott Steiner, FACHE, will become the next President and Chief Executive Officer of Phoebe Putney Health System on March 1, 2019. Since 2007, Steiner has served as an executive with Tenet Healthcare Corporation, a Fortune 500 company based in Dallas, TX, operating 70 hospitals and 470 outpatient centers in 47 states.

  • Top State Officials, Chamber Leaders Team Up to Champion Economic Priorities for All Georgians at “Eggs and Issues" Breakfast

    January 18, 2019

    Invoking references to the upcoming Super Bowl, the Atlanta United MLS Champions, the Georgia-Georgia Tech rivalry, and some inside baseball lingo, speakers at the 2019 Georgia Chamber’s “Eggs and Issues Breakfast” emphasized the need for teamwork and partnerships as the General Assembly convenes.

  • Georgia Posts Record-Setting Year in 2018

    January 17, 2019

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that 2018 was another banner year for Georgia with increases in jobs, work force and employed residents. The unemployment rate, Butler noted, fell nearly a full point over the year. Month to month, communities all across the state routinely set records.

  • Albany State Has $250M Economic Impact on Albany Area

    January 16, 2019

    Albany State University had a $250 million economic impact on the Albany region in 2017, according to a December 2018 study released and commissioned by the University System of Georgia.

  • Georgia Oyster Industry Shucks Wild-Grown Strategy; Discovers Pearl of Great Price in Aquaculture

    January 14, 2019

    In a few years, Georgia oysters may earn a spot next to Georgia peaches, peanuts, Vidalia onions, and shrimp as one of the state’s official foods and crops.The science of aquaculture for cultivating and harvesting oysters adds another aspect to the term “farm-to-table,” as the state oyster farming industry foresees a significant revivification of what was once a thriving business during the early decades of the previous century.

  • Saving for a Major Financial Purchase

    January 09, 2019

    You work hard to earn a living. You saved diligently for a down payment and bought a house. You're saving consistently for retirement, but that seems to be a long way off. Now, it's time to save for something fun.

  • Young Gamechangers Start New Year with Project in Monroe on January 31st

    January 08, 2019

    Instead of starting a diet or taking up a new hobby, 48 of Georgia’s brightest young professionals will celebrate the beginning of 2019 by kicking off an ambitious new project in Monroe, GA. As part of the Young Gamechangers program they will research the area’s industries, explore natural resources, gather historical data, and meet with business and community leaders.

  • Commentary: Bob Hanner One of Georgia’s Last True Statesmen

    January 07, 2019

    A good man passed away on January 2nd. Bob Hanner, 73, had served 38 years in the Georgia General Assembly, transitioning from south Georgia Democrat to south Georgia Republican before leaving the Legislature in 2013.

  • Gallup: The Most Generous Countries in the World

    December 21, 2018

    The United States is often considered the most generous country in the world. Why? Because Americans donate a lot of money. Its people, its foundations and its companies donated roughly $410 billion in 2017 -- or about 2.1% of its own GDP. In fact, the amount Americans donated was more than the entire GDP of all but about 40 countries in the world.

  • Georgia Sets Jobs Record in November

    December 20, 2018

    Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that Georgia set a new record in November for total jobs as the state’s unemployment rate continued to fall. Georgia, Butler noted, has added nearly 100,000 jobs over the past year. Its unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest rate since January 2001. Labor force and employed residents are also up over the past 12 months.

  • 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.

  • OmniTRAX Works with Georgia-Pacific to Bring Jobs and Economic Growth to Southwest Georgia

    December 19, 2018

    OmniTRAX, Inc., one of the largest privately held transportation service companies in North America and an affiliate of The Broe Group, is partnering with Georgia-Pacific to ensure efficient and cost-effective rail transportation for the company’s new plant in Albany, Ga.

  • 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.

  • Albany Museum of Art Offers Two Holiday Art Camps

    December 18, 2018

    A pair of upcoming art camps at the Albany Museum of Art will help parents ease their children into and out of the winter holidays. The Libby Womack Holiday workshop is set for Dec. 20-21, 2018—just before Christmas. A Parents Holiday Recovery Camp is scheduled for immediately after New year’s Day—Jan 2-4, 2019.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Twelve DCSS Schools ‘Beating the Odds,’ State Says

    December 11, 2018

    Twelve schools within the Dougherty County School System are outperforming schools across Georgia with similar student populations and another five are within “expected range”, state officials announced Thursday.

  • The City of Albany and Dougherty County Holds 10th Annual Neighborhood Watch Association Recognition Event on Wednesday

    December 11, 2018

    The City of Albany and Dougherty County will hold the Tenth Annual Neighborhood Watch Association Recognition Event on Wednesday, December 12th.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • UGA Forecast: Georgia Economy Still Riding Expansion Wave into 2019

    December 07, 2018

    Georgia’s economic growth will outpace the nation’s for the sixth straight year, according to the latest forecast from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business.

  • 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.

  • #GivingTuesday 2018 Was Another Record Day of Generosity for Georgia

    December 05, 2018

    This November, we asked Georgia to #showyourlove for nonprofits, and our state came together in a record outpouring of generosity and community spirit. Today, we are thrilled to report that our second GAgives on #GivingTuesday campaign netted a grand total of $7.8 million in donations to our state's nonprofits – an increase of 15% from 2017 – including gifts of nearly $3.4 million through GAgives.org, and another $4.4 million across two dozen other donation platforms.

  • Report: Georgia’s Colleges and Universities Generate $16.8B Economic Impact

    December 04, 2018

    In 2017, the University System of Georgia had a $16.8 billion economic impact on the state of Georgia.. The report also found that the USG created 163,754 jobs last year, and 2.2 of those jobs were created for every one USG job in an institution’s home town.

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