RSS Feeds http://www.gachamber.com/ en-us Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:32:39 -0400 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:32:39 -0400 RSS Feeds http://www.gachamber.com/assets/images/logo_main.gif http://www.gachamber.com/ Better Standards for a Better Georgia Coalition Announces Support for Common Core http://www.gachamber.com/better_standards/ A coalition of Georgia business, education and community leaders came together today to announce its support for the continued implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Georgia’s public schools. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:09:59 -0500 Think “Georgia First” http://www.gachamber.com/blog_thinkgeorgiafirst/ Imagine the impact if Georgia companies did more business with each other — if we all thought “Georgia first” when purchasing goods or services. That’s the goal of Georgia2Georgia, an initiative recently announced by the Georgia Chamber. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 09:44:52 -0500 Georgia Chamber Announces 2014 Legislative Priorities http://www.gachamber.com/blog_2014legislativepriorities/ As the 152nd Georgia General Assembly officially convenes, the Georgia Chamber has identified a number of priorities focused on creating a better state of business in Georgia. In the past two General Assembly sessions, Georgia lawmakers passed a number of bills important to our state’s economic competitiveness and our ability to attract new jobs and investment. The Chamber will be working with Governor Deal and members of the General Assembly to build upon this positive momentum in 2014. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:54:12 -0500 Georgia Chamber Center for Competitiveness Weighs in on Georgia Supreme Court Case http://www.gachamber.com/DealvsColeman/ Georgia’s Open Records laws have been designed in a way that protects the state’s ability to attract jobs and investment to our state. The Georgia Chamber recently filed an amicus brief for a case in the Georgia Supreme Court that threatened those important protections. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:19:37 -0500 Georgia Chamber’s Energy & Natural Resources Policy Committee Visits Anheuser-Busch http://www.gachamber.com/blog_policycommitteevisitsanheuser-busch/ The Georgia Chamber’s Energy & Natural Resources Policy Committee recently joined Senators Ross Tolleson and Jack Murphy and Representatives Lynn Smith and Don Parsons on a trip north along I75 to visit the Anheuser-Busch Cartersville brewery located in Bartow County Mon, 04 Nov 2013 11:05:30 -0500 Statement from the Georgia Chamber on the Passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act http://www.gachamber.com/Passage_WRRDA/ On Wednesday, October 23, all fourteen members of Georgia's congressional delegation showed their strong support for economic growth and job creation in our state by unanimously supporting passage of HR 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act. This historic, bipartisan legislation impacts two of Georgia's most critical natural resource and economic development priorities - water supply and completion of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 09:03:51 -0400 Making of A Tech Powerhouse http://www.gachamber.com/blog_makingoftechpowerhouse/ So why have so many new startups – and existing tech giants – come to call Georgia, home? Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:49:18 -0400 2013 Congressional Luncheon: Saluting Senator Chambliss http://www.gachamber.com/blog_2013cl/ Last week, the Georgia Chamber held its annual Congressional Luncheon in Macon at the Macon Marriott Centreplex. Over 1,000 attendees gathered to celebrate the career and accomplishments of U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss – who will retire from public service at the end of his Senate term in 2014. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 10:48:28 -0400 Don’t Miss “Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet” Presented by Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. http://www.gachamber.com/blog_accesstocapital/ On August 14, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. will host an informative event for businesses -- "Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet". Please see the flyer below and I encourage you to attend if you are seeking startup, working or growth capital. You will have the opportunity to learn about various local sources and find out which are right for your business! Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:07:43 -0400 Level the Playing Field: Support E-Fairness http://www.gachamber.com/blog_efairness/ One of the most important elements to a thriving business climate is offering a level playing field to all companies who operate in Georgia. That is why earlier this week, the Georgia Chamber asked our members to contact Congress and urge them to pass legislation that finally addresses the issue of “e-fairness". For all businesses to effectively grow, we need a consistent, streamlined sales tax system that places no industry at a disadvantage while allowing for all state and local taxes to be administered fairly. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:38:44 -0400 Time to Look to Georgia’s Transportation Future http://www.gachamber.com/blog_georgiatransportationfuture/ As we approach the year mark since the 2012 primary election, community and business leaders continue to assess the results of the Transportation Investment Act. There is often a tone of chagrin in those conversations, as people try to figure out why the referendum passed in only 3 of 12 regions and to redefine a vision for Georgia’s transportation future. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:10:41 -0400 Implementation Delayed on ACA http://www.gachamber.com/blog/aca_delayed/ Yesterday, as employers across our state and nation struggle with the implementation of the new federal health care law, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that implementation of the employer mandate provisions would be delayed until January 2015. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:36:02 -0400 CMS Administrator to Keynote Georgia Chamber’s 2013 Health Care Conference June 19 in Atlanta http://www.gachamber.com/2013_hcfourm_release/ The Georgia Chamber will hold its 2013 Federal Health Care Conference at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center (800 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308) on Wednesday, June 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Attendees will hear from leading industry experts on the significant changes coming in 2014 as a result of the new federal health care law. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:52:10 -0400 Ninety-seven percent of the Georgia General Assembly Earns a Passing Grade from Georgia Chamber this Year http://www.gachamber.com/97_percent_passing_grade/ Last week, we released our 2013 Legislative Scorecard – on which members of the Georgia General Assembly were graded based on their votes related to certain pro-business measures addressed during this legislative session. Nearly every lawmaker in both the Georgia House and Senate earned a passing grade, with an 18-percent increase in passing scores as compared to our report last year. Fri, 31 May 2013 08:52:15 -0400 Don’t Miss the 2013 Federal Health Care Forum http://www.gachamber.com/blog_2013hcforum/ In just over seven months, the most significant impacts of the new federal health law will hit Georgia employers of all sizes. Is your business ready? Do you know how the new law will affect your health insurance, your employees and your bottom line? Now is the time to make sure you have a full understanding of the new requirements so that you can make the best possible decisions for your organization and your employees. Wed, 22 May 2013 13:46:16 -0400 Georgia Chamber Releases 2013 Legislative Scorecard http://www.gachamber.com/2013scorecard_release/ The Georgia Chamber of Commerce released its 2013 Legislative Scorecard on Monday – on which members of the Georgia General Assembly were graded based on their votes related to certain pro-business measures addressed during the 2013 legislative session. Nearly every lawmaker in both the Georgia House and Senate earned a passing grade, with an 18-percent increase in passing scores as compared to the Chamber’s 2012 report. Mon, 20 May 2013 13:01:38 -0400 Statement from Georgia Chamber on Gov. Deal Signing House Bill 244 http://www.gachamber.com/hb244_statement/ The following is a statement from Georgia Chamber President and CEO Chris Clark regarding Governor Deal signing House Bill 244 – which improves Georgia’s system for teacher and school administrator evaluations. Wed, 08 May 2013 15:53:03 -0400 Statement from Georgia Chamber on Gov. Deal Signing House Bill 318 http://www.gachamber.com/hb318_statement/ The following is a statement from Georgia Chamber President and CEO Chris Clark regarding Governor Deal signing House Bill 318 – the Georgia Tourism Development Act – which also identifies several sources of venture capital funding for Georgia businesses: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 11:46:23 -0400 2013 Regional Power Lunches Kicked Off This Week http://www.gachamber.com/blog_powerlunch2013/ This week the Georgia Chamber began our thirteen-stop Regional Power Lunch Series sponsored by Wells Fargo. At these events, we partner with local chambers to host our investors, local business leadersand elected officials in an effort to bring our investors together in each of the state’s 12 economic development regions to talk about the issues most important to the business community. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:56:24 -0400 Statement from Georgia Chamber on Gov. Deal Signing HOPE Grant Expansion http://www.gachamber.com/hopegrant_statement/ The following is a statement from Georgia Chamber President and CEO Chris Clark regarding Governor Deal signing House Bill 372, which expands access to the HOPE Grant for Georgia students who are seeking entry into the state’s technical college system Wed, 24 Apr 2013 14:39:31 -0400