Free Enterprise Responds By Chris Clark, President & CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce Over the last few weeks, the power of free enterprise has been on full display as companies around the world have shifted, planned, reprogrammed and adjusted to protect employees and customers across a very different economic landscape. At the same time, we…

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Act Now By Chris Clark, President & CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce As leaders begin discussions about reopening the economy, we know that it does not signal an end to the pandemic nor an abatement of the financial crisis for which we all face an inevitably long and rather costly recession. It is instead a…

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says restaurants in the city will be able to serve alcohol to-go during a temporary period. In a tweet, she said: “Thank you to all who sent helpful info to assist with our bars and restaurants. I’ve signed an Executive Order that will allow them to serve alcohol during this…

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GEORIGA BUSINESSES NEED YOUR HELP! WHAT: House Resolution 993, sponsored by Rep. Chuck Efstration (R – Dacula), would amend the Georgia Constitution to provide for the creation of a business court with statewide jurisdiction. The goal of this legislation is to provide a dependable forum to litigants throughout Georgia for the resolution of complex business cases. BENEFIT:…

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For Immediate Release GEORGIA CHAMBER’S GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES LEGISLATORS OF THE YEAR How they voted supports strong pro-business policy agenda ATLANTA – June 15, 2016 – Each year, the Georgia Chamber’s Government Affairs Council recognizes legislators for their votes on critical business legislation. During this year’s spring meeting Senator Jeff Mullis, Representative John Meadows…

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The Innovation & Technology Committee hosted a reception at Google Atlanta on April 13, 2016. Georgia Chamber President & CEO Chris Clark facilitated an interactive polling experience to determine innovation and technology issues affecting companies in the state and gain insight on where the Chamber should focus policy efforts.

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Also sponsored by Representative Brett Harrell (R-Snellville), House Bill 937 extends the sunset provision on the sales and use tax credit for competitive projects of regional significance through 2019. This credit for projects of regional significance is an essential tool used by the Department of Economic Development in recruiting new industry to Georgia

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Sponsored by Representative Brett Harrell (R-Snellville), House Bill 936 provides clarity to an existing tax credit program designed to entice job creation throughout the state. Also a priority for the Department of Economic Development, HB 936 provides that a “new full-time employee job” means a newly-created position requiring a minimum of 35 hours per week…

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Sponsored by Representative Brett Harrell (R-Snellville), House Bill 935 extends the inventory ad valorem tax exemption, also known as the Freeport exemption, to fulfillment centers. A priority for the Department of Economic Development, this legislation recognizes, and further promotes, the positive impact of internet commerce in Georgia.

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The annual IRS update bill was passed and signed into law midway through the 2016 session. Sponsored by Rep. David Knight (R-Griffin), House Bill 742 ensures the continued stability and compliance of the Georgia Revenue Code that is vital to the operation of businesses of all sizes. Of particular note, HB 742 increases the Section…

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