Tuesday, October 23, 2012
2012 Tax & Banking Forum
As the economy continues to limp along, states must focus on their ability to maintain sufficient and predictable revenues as well as a healthy lending environment. Make plans to join us on November 9 at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta for the 2012 Tax & Banking Forum: Improving Georgia's Competitiveness Through Stronger Revenue and Lending Systems. Highlighted speakers include Economist Dr. Roger Tutterow, Department of Revenue Commissioner Doug MacGinnitie, Department of Banking and Finance Commissioner Robert Braswell and other business and government leaders discussing ways in which Georgia can improve its economic competitiveness. The closing keynote speaker is Caroline Harris, Chief Tax Policy Counsel of the US Chamber who will share her insights on the pressing fiscal issues facing Congress and the nation with expiring tax cuts, budget sequestration and the “fiscal cliff.” Up to 6 hours of CPE credit available for this event. A certificate of attendance will be provided to attendees. Click hereto view the agenda, and for registration, click here.
Next Steps for Georgia's Transportation & Logistics System: October 30
On Tuesday, October 30, the Georgia Chamber will host a revamped event, Next Steps for Georgia's Transportation and Logistics System, featuring a Transportation Roundtable Discussion hosted by the Georgia Transportation Alliance and the 2012 State of the Ports Luncheon, at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta. With Georgia’s ports being tremendous economic powerhouses, the luncheon will feature a conversation with Governor Nathan Deal, Georgia Ports Authority Director Curtis Foltz and Steve Larson, Vice President, Caterpillar Inc., and President of Caterpillar Logistics Inc. discussing the critical role Georgia’s transportation and logistics systems play in the state’s long-term economic development. Prior to the State of the Ports Luncheon, the Georgia Transportation Alliance will host a Transportation Roundtable Discussion to gather transportation and political thought leaders and stake holders together to discuss openly in today’s post-TSPLOST environment the next steps in transportation strategy, where we go from here in state transportation planning and how we will get there. For more information and to purchase tickets today, click here.
2012 Innovation in Education Conference: October 24
Learn what Georgia can do to bridge its education and workforce gap with competing states and nations at the Chamber's Innovation in Education forum on October 24 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta. Hear from education experts, business leaders and nationally acclaimed speakers - including a keynote address by Joel Klein, former New York City Schools Chancellor and current News Corp. education executive. The forum will also feature new Chamber research on school funding and workforce needs, a balanced debate on the November charter school referendum and a discussion of lessons from abroad. To see the full agenda for the event, click here. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
October Webinar: "Disaster Preparedness - Would Your Business Survive?"
Join us on October 31 for the monthly webinar presentation and discussion about potential risks for natural disasters in Georgia and steps to make your business better prepared for an emergency. "Disaster Preparedness:Would your Business Survive?" will include the following topics: Georgia's disaster risk, why preparedness is critical, resources available to help businesses prepare, necessary components of business preparedness plans, essential business functions, vulnerability assessments and more. Charlie English, Director of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and Lisa Janak-Newman, GEMA's Public Affairs Officer will be presenting. For more information on the webinar and to register, click here.
Additionally, the Georgia Chamber has created a Small Business Webinar Library as a resource to our small business investors to provide timely and informative educational resources to our small business members, including our webinar series that covers an array of relevant topics for business owners of all types. Click here to check it out!
Savannah International Clean Energy Conference: November 11-13
The Savannah International Clean Energy Conference will be held November 11-13 to explore the significance and global impact Energy Independence will have on clean energy, clean technologies and economic growth. It will be a global gathering of the who's who of the clean technology and clean energy industry from across the globe. With cleantech past the idea and validation stages, the pressure is on for successful technologies to scale in deployment. The clean technology footprint is growing rapidly and the winners are those who are leveraging global opportunities, partnering and using their connections to move beyond their competitors. The SICEC brings together top influences and leaders to discuss and debate the most pressing issues and provide timely information on a variety of sectors and best practices. Attendees will have the exposure to develop high-level connections with global cleantech leaders, potential partnership opportunities, knowledge of rising cleantech growth markets, and insight on landing cleantech investment capital. For more information, click here.
Georgia Grown Symposium Cultivates the Business of Food
Registration is now open for the first Georgia Grown Symposium on November 8-9 in Macon. Focused on “Growing Your Business through Georgia Grown,” you will not want to miss the two-day symposium at the Macon Marriott City Center, which will focus on the business of food as part of the state’s innovative Georgia Grown marketing program linking producers and consumers. Participants can choose among four tracks concentrating on finance, food safety, contracts and licensing, regulations, economic development and agritourism with workshops led by experts. The Georgia Chamber, Georgia Grown's first Founders Circle member, will host the event's November 8 networking reception. Click here to register today!