January 2018 Features

  • Georgia Forestry Foundation Launches New Brand

    January 18, 2018

    The Georgia Forestry Foundation is launching a new logo and brand identity to accurately reflect the growth of the foundation since 1990, when the previous logo was introduced. The Foundation has as its primary goal connecting 10 million Georgians to 22 million acres of working forests by promoting the abundant natural resource in Georgia’s backyard.

  • Young Albany Native Expands Landscaping Business with Merry Acres Landscape & Lawn Maintenance Acquisition

    January 17, 2018

    Mike Gonzalez isn’t someone to let the grass grow under his feet. The 26-year old Albany native started his own landscaping business in 2010. He says when started “cutting grass for a living” he couldn’t even legally drive yet. And now this ambitious self-made business owner is growing his expanding his Pro Outdoor LLC. Gonzalez recently acquired Merry Acres Landscape & Lawn Maintenance.

  • Leadership Development Helping Build a Stronger, More United South Georgia

    January 17, 2018

    Melissa Dark and Elena Carné own small businesses more than 75 miles apart in rural south Georgia. Through a regional program, led by the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia, the two have shared information that has resulted in better business practices.

  • Governor Deal: Budget Prioritizes Workforce Development, Education, Transportation Infrastructure

    January 12, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal released his budget recommendations to the General Assembly for the amended current and upcoming fiscal years. Budget priorities include building an educated workforce capable of meeting future job demands, expanding and improving services for Georgia’s most vulnerable citizens, and continuing to invest in transportation infrastructure and economic development.

  • Georgia Chamber’s “Eggs and Issues Breakfast” Attendees Hear Governor Deal, Lt. Governor Cagle, Speaker Ralston Address Successes, Visions and Challenges

    January 11, 2018

    Over 2,000 state and local Chamber of Commerce members, public officials and other attendees at the 2018 Georgia Chamber of Commerce “Eggs and Issues Breakfast” heard Governor Nathan Deal, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Speaker David Ralston repeat the mantra that Georgia has the No. 1 business climate in the U.S. for the fifth consecutive time. Yet, each cautioned that the 2018 General Assembly opening this week has its work cut out for them during what will eventually become an historic election year.

  • 50 Young Gamechangers Start New Year with Project in Albany

    January 10, 2018

    Some people start a diet or new hobby at the beginning of the year, but 50 of the state’s brightest young professionals will celebrate the beginning of 2018 by kicking off an ambitious new project in Albany, GA. As part of the Young Gamechangers program they’ll research the area’s industries, explore historical landmarks, learn about natural resources, and meet with business and community leaders. Over the next eight months these Young Gamechangers will create a comprehensive plan with ideas and innovative solutions for some of the area’s most persistent challenges.

  • NCR Officially Opens New Global Headquarters in Atlanta

    January 09, 2018

    NCR Corporation, a global leader in omni-channel solutions, opened its new global headquarters campus in Midtown Atlanta. The two-tower campus will provide the space needed to prepare for future growth and create innovations that will help power the digitally-connected economy.

  • Chamber-CVB Structure Benefits Albany, Taxpayers

    January 08, 2018

    Structure matters. It matters in art, it matters in engineering, and it matters in organizations. The discussion around the governance structure of the Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau is an important one for the city of Albany, for its tax-paying citizens and tax-paying businesses, and for its dollars-spending visitors.

  • Amazon’s Best of Prime 2017 Reveals the Year’s Biggest Trends —More than 5 Billion Items Shipped with Prime in 2017

    January 08, 2018

    Amazon announced its Best of Prime 2017 – revealing some of the Prime member favorites of the year. Built on a foundation of fast, free delivery, more than five billion items worldwide shipped with Prime in 2017, including free same-day, one-day, and two-day shipping.