March 2018 Features

  • Georgia Sets Employment Records in February

    March 22, 2018

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that February was another record-setting month for Georgia, as the state reached new highs for jobs, employed residents and labor force. At the same time, unemployment claims fell and the unemployment rate remained unchanged.

  • Four Georgia Small Businesses Named Rock Stars

    March 21, 2018

    The Georgia Department of Economic Development, along with the Georgia Economic Developers Association, announced Georgia’s 2018 Small Business Rock Stars. GDEcD and GEDA hosted a luncheon where four Georgia companies were honored for being an outstanding, unique and impactful small business.

  • Georgia Aquarium Reveals Plans for New Expansion to Open in 2020

    March 21, 2018

    The largest aquarium in the United States is getting bigger. Georgia Aquarium revealed expansion plans for a new gallery featuring sharks—one of the most misunderstood species in the ocean—to open in late fall of 2020. An extension of the Aquarium’s conservation and education efforts, the new experience will help guests have a deeper appreciation for the important role sharks serve in the oceans and inspire them to join conservation efforts to protect our oceans.

  • Phoebe Introduces New Technology to Help Insure Patient Safety

    March 16, 2018

    Nationally, almost one million patients suffer falls in hospitals each year, often sustaining injuries that lengthen their stay and complicate their recovery. To help reduce the number of falls and injuries, Phoebe has implemented new technology, the AvaSys TeleSitter, which allows medical staff to both observe and talk with patients who are at a high risk of falling.

  • Mercedes-Benz USA Celebrates Grand Opening of New Headquarters in Atlanta

    March 16, 2018

    Mercedes-Benz USA held the official grand opening of its new headquarters in Sandy Springs, 14 miles outside of the heart of Atlanta. Among the distinguished guests joining Dietmar Exler, MBUSA president and CEO, were Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia; Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor of Atlanta; Axel Harries, Daimler vice president sales Mercedes-Benz Cars and product management Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars; and Rusty Paul, Mayor of Sandy Springs.

  • Georgia Congressional Delegation Pushes Georgia as Home to U.S. Army Futures Command

    March 16, 2018

    U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., joined the entire Georgia congressional delegation in urging the Pentagon to consider Georgia as home to the new Futures Command of the U.S. Army.

  • Georgia’s Chief Turnaround Office and the Synergy Around Rural Georgia

    March 15, 2018

    The schools and districts that make-up Cohort I of the turnaround focus (as outlined in HB 338) are primarily focused in rural, Southwest Georgia. While the turnaround team would love to take credit for the synergy of this rural focus, it was a force brewing well before the establishment of the Turnaround Office.

  • Paula Williams and Ripley Bell Make The Case for Museums on Capitol Hill

    March 14, 2018

    Executive Director Paula Williams and AMA Board President Ripley Bell were in Washington, D.C., February 26th-27th to petition our government and make the case for museums.

  • Georgia House Speaker David Ralston: A Call to Action for “Building a Stronger America”

    March 14, 2018

    From the world’s busiest airport to the fastest growing container port in America, Georgia leads the nation in moving people and goods. That didn’t happen by accident. On the contrary, for generations, Georgians have invested in the infrastructure necessary to facilitate our forward momentum.

  • ADEDC Accepting Nominations for 2018 Albany-Dougherty Industry Awards

    March 12, 2018

    Nominations are now open for the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission’s annual industry awards, part of Albany-Dougherty Industry Celebration Week. Industry week, now in its ninth year, is a week-long celebration of the community’s existing industries.

  • Governor Signs $25.4B Amended FY 2018 Budget

    March 12, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal signed the Amended FY 2018 budget at a signing ceremony in Polk County, authorizing $25.4 billion in spending for the current fiscal year. The state appropriations within HB 683 are based upon a 2.7 percent growth in general fund revenues over FY 2017 collections. This additional funding will address growth needs in education and human services, provide additional funding to local governments and school systems, and support statewide economic development efforts.

  • TAG Announces Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia

    March 09, 2018

    The Technology Association of Georgia announced the Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia. These companies were selected from the Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies for showing the highest degree of innovation, the broadest scope and financial impact of their innovations, and the greatest effect of such innovation in promoting Georgia's technology industry throughout the U.S. and globally.

  • Facebook to Invest $750M in Stanton Springs Data Center

    March 08, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Facebook will create at least 100 full-time jobs and invest $750 million in a new data center in Stanton Springs over the next five years. New jobs will include positions in engineering and management, as well as opportunities for data center technicians.

  • AG Chris Carr Kicks Off 7th Annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy

    March 06, 2018

    Attorney General Chris Carr announced that registration is open for the 7th Annual Legal Food Frenzy, a statewide food and fund drive competition among Georgia’s lawyers to help end hunger. The 2018 competition will take place April 16 – April 27, 2018 and is done in partnership with the Office of the Attorney General, the State Bar of Georgia, the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia and the Georgia Food Bank Association.

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO: Can the Government Nationalize a Business?

    March 05, 2018

    Is the federal government allowed to take over and run a private business in an emergency? That is the fundamental question at the heart of a case brought by Starr International Company against the federal government.

  • Experts Think Amazon Will Choose Atlanta or Northern Virginia as its Second Headquarters

    March 02, 2018

    Experts expect Amazon to choose either Northern Virginia or Atlanta for its new headquarters, according to the 2018 Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey. Austin and Denver were also commonly cited by experts as strong contenders.

  • Savannah Harbor Expansion Project on Schedule, Reaches Crucial Milestone

    March 01, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed outer harbor dredging at the Port of Savannah, marking the midpoint of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.