RSS Feeds en-us Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:48:44 -0400 Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:48:44 -0400 RSS Feeds GBAN Legislative Update - February 20, 2015 As a business community, we need to let our elected leaders know that we hope they will vote yes when the Transportation Funding Act of 2015 comes to the floor. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:14:31 -0500 Local School System Governance Options While much of the debate around improving education in Georgia has been based around funding and school choice, the issues of school district governance has also been an important piece of reform. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:58:15 -0500 Statement on the Introduction of Transportation Funding Legislation Statement from Chris Clark, president and CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO, Metro Atlanta Chamber, on the introduction of transportation funding legislation: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:23:27 -0500 Georgia Chamber Commends Review of Common Core The Georgia Chamber has long supported efforts to ensure that students throughout our state are taught to rigorous academic standards that will prepare them for post-secondary education or the workplace and that will allow our state to remain a globally competitive location for business. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:06:05 -0500 Georgia Chamber Comments on Proposed EPA Rules The federal Environmental Protection Agency and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers have proposed new regulations that would greatly expand the regulatory jurisdiction over waters throughout the United States as part of the “Clean Water Act.” Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:57:02 -0500 Small Business Owners Must Ensure That Our Voice is Heard at the Capitol As a small business owner myself, I understand that the issues our lawmakers consider in Atlanta and DC often seem far removed from the everyday projects we need to manage in order to successfully run our business. During the 2014 general assembly session, however, I received proof that this is not the case, and that small business owners can help pass bills that will help their business. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:33:31 -0500 GBAN Action Alert: Two EPA Rulemaking Actions Need Your Comments The EPA has proposed significant changes with regard to the definition of "Waters of the United States" that would give them regulatory authority over a much wider footprint of temporary wetlands and waterways, ponds, streams and ditches - including those on private property Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:05:14 -0400 Georgia Repays UI Federal Loan, Resulting in Cost Savings for Employers As businesses can attest, the economic recession of the past few years has been difficult. While Georgia is rebounding, the past several years put a strain on our unemployment system. As a result, the state had to borrow more than $721 million from the federal government to fulfill its unemployment claims obligation. Tue, 27 May 2014 17:25:34 -0400 Georgia Chamber Commends Senate, Congress for Approval of Funds for Savannah Harbor Project With today’s Senate passage of H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), the bill, having been passed by the House on Tuesday, is cleared for President Obama’s signature into law. Thu, 22 May 2014 14:56:44 -0400 Georgia Chamber Praises Zell Miller HOPE Grant Expansion This morning Governor Nathan Deal signed into law Georgia Chamber supported House Bill 697. The law expands the Zell Miller HOPE Grant program to provide full tuition for technical college students in technical certificate and diploma programs with a GPA of 3.5 or greater. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:46:28 -0400 Expanding, Improving Connections Good for our State It is hard to remember a world that wasn’t connected by the internet. Over the past few decades, it has gone from being a resource used primarily by universities to a way of life for us all. We turn to it for information and entertainment, communication and business transactions. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:09:53 -0400 Georgia Chamber Provides Input for Case Impacting Corporate Board Members’ Personal Liability Current Georgia law protects corporate board directors and officers from personal liability when they “make good faith business decisions in an informed and deliberate manner.” Tue, 29 Apr 2014 05:59:55 -0400 Better Standards for a Better Georgia Coalition Announces Support for Common Core 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” 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 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 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 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 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 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 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