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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Atlanta, Ga — The Georgia Chamber supports the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The U.S. healthcare system relies on over 27,000 medical workers that come through the DACA program, making this win critical to the nation’s ability to serve its population during a global pandemic. “DACA…

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