July 2019 Features

  • 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.

  • Joe Brownlee Assumes Role as Georgia Power’s Southwest Regional Director

    July 30, 2019

    Effective Monday, July 29, Joe Brownlee will assume the role of Georgia Power’s Southwest Regional Director in Valdosta. He succeeds Audrey King who assumed the role of Georgia Power’s Regional Director for Metro South – Atlanta earlier this month.

  • 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.

  • Albany Area Chamber Announces 2019 ‘Albany Under 40’ Finalists

    July 26, 2019

    The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce today announced the finalists of the 2019 Albany Under 40 awards, a program that honors and celebrates the Albany Area’s emerging leaders and professionals in a variety of business sectors, each representing a component of the area’s diversified talent pool and economy.

  • Blue Bird Donates School Bus to Boys & Girls Clubs

    July 26, 2019

    Children enrolled in Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany have a new means of transportation. At a private event at the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Unit in Plains, Georgia, Blue Bird employees delivered a gasoline-powered Blue Bird Vision school bus to President Jimmy Carter and the Clubs, which serve communities in Albany, Plains and Montezuma, 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.

  • Albany-Dougherty EDC Elects Cynthia George New Chair

    July 25, 2019

    The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission held its annual shareholders meeting, followed by its quarterly board meeting during which staff presented comprehensive updates and board members representing the ADEDC’s partner entities – the City of Albany, Dougherty County and the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce – elected Cynthia George as 2019-2020 ADEDC chair and approved a new contract for President Justin Strickland.

  • Albany Area Primary Health Care Set to Celebrate National Health Center Week & 40th Anniversary

    July 24, 2019

    National Health Center Week will take place on August 4-10, 2019 as a celebration of the nation’s 1400 Community Health Centers (CHCs) located across the United States. Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) is one of the largest medical groups in Southwest Georgia and the region’s largest Community Health Center. In 2018, AAPHC served over 41,311 patients across nine counties in Southwest Georgia.

  • Senoia, Summerville Ranked as Safest Cities in Georgia

    July 24, 2019

    Senoia, in Coweta County, has jumped into the top spot for the safest cities in Georgia, according to the latest survey performed by Safewise.com. Eleven new cities were added to Georgia’s safest list this year — meaning 78% of last year’s top cities made the cut again.

  • goBeyondProfit Launches Precedent-setting Award for Corporate Generosity that Demonstrates Both Community and Company Impacts

    July 23, 2019

    goBeyondProfit initiative, a no-cost resource for business leaders interested in evolving their corporate generosity as a business strategy, has announced a first of its kind award for Georgia business leaders and their Georgia’s companies -- the goBeyondProfit Champion.

  • Georgia Tourism Announces New List of “Georgia’s 100 Plates”

    July 19, 2019

    The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division announced the release of the 2019-2020 Explore Georgia Official State Culinary Guide. The fifth annual digest-sized guide features the wildly popular nomination-based “Georgia’s 100 Plates” list; a feature on five noteworthy female chefs; a guide to the best places to sample peaches, barbecue, craft beer, international cuisine and Southern dishes; as well as an exceptional selection of the state’s best food and drink festivals.

  • Senators Isakson, Perdue Introduce Bill to Help Fill Critical Vacancies at Georgia Military Depots

    July 19, 2019

    U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., introduced legislation on Monday to eliminate a current six-month waiting period before retired military service members may be hired as federal civilian employees.

  • Governor to Speak at PCOM South Georgia Ribbon Cutting on August 6th

    July 18, 2019

    With a greatly anticipated step in the accreditation process completed, PCOM South Georgia’s leadership team is planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony which will take place on August 6th at 2 p.m. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has confirmed that he will address attendees as the first four-year medical school in Southwest Georgia opens its doors.

  • Hurricane Season Is Here: Insights into What Georgia Companies Do Best to Help Those in Need

    July 18, 2019

    Luckily Hurricane Barry’s flooding wasn’t as catastrophic as it might have been, but hurricane season and tropical disturbances are already keeping meteorologists busy as weather forecasters try to prepare us for potential impact, storm damage and flooding.

  • Co-working Office Buildings on the Rise

    July 18, 2019

    Demand for co-working spaces is expected to show continued strong growth over the next few years, as more younger workers favor flexible office space over traditional office settings, according to BBG, a leading commercial real estate due diligence firm.

  • Albany State University Partners with Augusta University & University System of Georgia to Host Statewide Nursing Workforce Summit

    July 17, 2019

    Nursing professionals and health system representatives statewide gathered Thursday, July 11 to discuss needs and workforce demand within healthcare. The Nursing Workforce Summit, a collaboration between Albany State University (ASU), Augusta University (AU) and the University System of Georgia (USG), served as an opportunity for colleges and universities to hear directly from health system representatives concerning workforce needs.

  • Georgia Chamber to Host Rural Prosperity North Georgia Forum

    July 17, 2019

    The Georgia Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the first-ever Rural Prosperity North Georgia Forum on July 23rd at the University of North Georgia Convocation Center. Following the widely successful annual Rural Prosperity Summit in Tifton, the newly introduced North Georgia Forum focuses on the unique aspects of rural communities in North Georgia and seeks to bring solutions that cultivates prosperity for these portions of our state.

  • Albany Area Chamber Offers Members Health and Wellness Services Benefit

    July 16, 2019

    The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce announced a new member benefit that provides access to specialized occupational health and wellness services on-site at employer locations and at special Chamber member rates. The program, offered through a partnership with Phoebe Putney Health System and Phoebe Corporate Health, complements the Chamber’s other cost-saving member benefits.

  • Governor Kemp Appoints First State-wide Business Court Judge

    July 16, 2019

    Governor Brian P. Kemp appointed Walter W. Davis to serve as the first state-wide business court judge. The Georgia State-wide Business Court was approved by Georgia voters in the November 2018 election and codified with bipartisan support in the 2019 legislative session.

  • Georgia Lottery Raises Historic $1.2B for Education

    July 15, 2019

    Governor Brian P. Kemp is proud to announce that the Georgia Lottery has transferred its fiscal year (FY) 2019 profits - a total of $1,207,369,000 - to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account, marking the largest annual transfer in the Georgia Lottery’s 26-year history. Now, the total funds raised for education amounts to more than $21 billion.

  • Phoebe Completes New Community Health Needs Assessment

    July 12, 2019

    The Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital board of directors Wednesday approved updated community health priorities following a rigorous evaluation of the area’s most pressing public health issues. As a not-for-profit hospital, Phoebe undertakes a community health needs assessment (CHNA) every three years to identify health problems Phoebe should take an active leadership role in trying to solve.

  • MCLB Albany Moves One Step Closer to NetZero

    July 12, 2019

    During a ribbon-cutting ceremony aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, July 9th, base officials moved one step closer to achieving their NetZero energy resiliency goals. Phase Two of the Borehole Thermal Energy Storage Systems and Ground Source Heat Pumps that will serve buildings in the downtown area of the base were officially commissioned for use.

  • Masters Rental Tax Bills Stirring Opposition

    July 11, 2019

    Two bills that will be carried over to the 2020 General Assembly have various renters across the state up in arms, but resistance is especially strong at the home of the famed Masters golf tournament: Augusta.

  • Peter Carter: Airline Joint Ventures are Putting Atlanta Front and Center on the Global Stage

    July 10, 2019

    For Georgians, it has never been easier to travel internationally. Take for example, Delta’s non-stop flight between Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Seoul, Korea. This flight was made possible by Delta’s joint venture partnership with Korean Air, which gives travelers convenient access and a seamless experience across the Pacific, with easy connections beyond Seoul to more than 80 additional destinations across Asia.