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U.S. Senator Tim Scott to Join U.S. Senator David Perdue at the Georgia Chamber Congressional Luncheon on August 11

Atlanta, GA (August 7, 2020) – The Georgia Chamber and senior U.S. Senator David Perdue announce that U.S. Senator Tim Scott will join the lineup of speakers at next Tuesday’s all-virtual Congressional Luncheon. Guest speakers for the luncheon will engage in a wide-ranging discussion on resiliency and recovery of the economy at the federal level. “We are grateful to have such a strong group of leaders willing…

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Georgia Chamber Supports Governor Kemp’s Signing of SB 359

The Georgia Chamber applauds Governor Kemp for signing Senate Bill 359 into law which protects Georgia businesses from liability due to the transmission of COVID-19. The bill provides a heightened standard of gross negligence for three types of claims: (1) claims for transmission of COVID-19, (2) claims for medical malpractice related to COVID-19, and (3) claims against manufacturers of personal protective equipment (PPE). The final bill…

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Op-Ed | How Small Businesses Recover and Become More Resilient

How Small Businesses Recover and Become More Resilient by Chris Clark, Georgia Chamber President & CEO Growing up in Fitzgerald, I witnessed the evolution of entrepreneurial spirit as small businesses would open, some close, and new small businesses would take their place. There is an economic cycle of 20-years that supply and demand generally drive. When I was little, our downtown was where we went…

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Op-Ed | The Call for Rural Resiliency

The Call for Rural Resiliency by Chris Clark, Georgia Chamber President & CEO My Fitzgerald roots ground me and millions of other small-town Americans to a strong work ethic, value of family, and a deep-rooted faith. We believe in community and helping each other through the tough times. And we celebrate in parades and on back porches when things are good. Of course, those occasions…

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Op-Ed | Chambers: The Transcendent Voice of Business

Chambers: The Transcendent Voice of Business By Peter Carter, Georgia Chamber Chairman When I think of today’s economy- riddled with a global pandemic, a strained healthcare system, racial inequalities, rural economic disparity, and a fickle market – it is hard to image a Chamber of Commerce playing a meaningful role. Like so many institutions, Chambers are struggling to provide relevance and value in a fundamentally…

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Op-Ed | What You Can Do As COVID-19 Continues

What You Can Do As COVID-19 Continues By Chris Clark, President & CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce Political pundits and healthcare researchers can argue second wave or simply a continuation of the original COVID-19 pandemic. However, the fact remains that the virus which hit us so hard in the spring continues to be a potent force as we head into the summer months. In recent…

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GBAN Legislative Update- June 26, 2020

Legislative Calendar The Georgia General Assembly convened on Saturday to complete legislative day 35 and reconvened on Monday, June 22 to complete legislative day 36 working through Friday, June 26 to complete legislative day 40, the final day of the session. Governor Brian Kemp will have 40 calendar days to consider legislation passed by the General Assembly. The Georgia Chamber tracked approximately 427 bills during…

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Georgia Chamber Strongly Opposes HB 1035

On Thursday, June 25, 2020, the Georgia Senate Rules Committee scheduled debate for HB 1035 increasing taxes to a proposal already designed to eliminate dozens of valuable incentives for our state. This bill raises cost for an already crippled and struggling business community seeking to reopen and rehire hardworking Georgians. The addition of a tax increase supplements funding cuts for historic preservation in our downtowns…

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Statement from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Metro Atlanta Chamber regarding the passage of HB 426 for Hate Crimes Legislation in Georgia

Joint Statement from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Metro Atlanta Chamber regarding the passage of HB 426 for Hate Crimes Legislation in Georgia: “Today marks a truly unprecedented moment in Georgia history. Our state and local leaders, business community, civic organizations, and our neighbors chose unity and helped to pass a comprehensive hate crimes bill in a historic and overwhelming bi-partisan vote. “To our…

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Georgia Chamber and GEDA Deliver Response to HB1035 Adoption

On Thursday, June 18, 2020, the Georgia Senate Finance Committee voted to pass HB1035 which eliminates dozens of valuable tax incentives that would harm manufacturers, who invested their own time and money to make PPE’s for our healthcare workers. The bill cuts rural programs at a time when every economic model shows that rural Georgia is suffering more and will take longer to recover. It…

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