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Contact: Marjorie Dykes, Ga. Manufacturing Alliance

770-338-0051

Supply chain and logistics panel addresses leading trends at the Georgia Manufacturing Summit Oct. 10 at Cobb Galleria

Atlanta, GA – What are some of the key issues that are keeping manufacturing leaders up at night? The Georgia Manufacturing Summit’s breakout session on “Trends to Track in Supply Chain” will offer helpful insight on some of these critical business issues that manufacturers face. The panel will be tackling four key themes: “the Four T’s”: Technology, Transportation, Talent & Trade/Tariffs.

“We’ve approached this panel discussion by tackling topics that I hear top-of-mind from speaking with hundreds of manufacturing professionals and leaders,” said Scott Luton, Executive Vice President of APICS Atlanta and moderator for the session. “With a few exceptions, what has made manufacturers successful over the last 20 years won’t necessarily make them successful over the next 20 years.”

The panel will be comprised of experts in supply chain management including:

Karin Bursa – Executive VP of Marketing of Logility

Karin is known for her strategic vision, industry knowledge and expertise in the development, support and marketing of software solutions to accelerate and automate operations including advanced analytics, supply chain management, manufacturing, and operations.

John Holly – Deputy Chief People Officer for Kumho Tire

John is responsible for recruiting, selecting, training/developing and managing the various people needs for an international competitor in the tire industry.

Chris Jones – Executive VP of Marketing for Decartes

With over 30 years of experience in Supply Chain, Chris is primarily responsible for providing innovative supply chain management solutions to improve logistics performance and productivity.

Brent Rogers — VP of Distribution and Transportation for Southwire

Brent’s responsibilities include overseeing Southwire’s transportation network which encompasses nearly 300,000 shipments annually across North America and 800 employees across 11 distribution centers.

“To overcome the obstacles and outperform the competition, today’s manufacturers need the right combination of people and processes supported by advanced technology that can keep employees focused on the crucial activities that drive their businesses forward,” said Karin Bursa, executive vice president at Logility. “I am excited to share with the Georgia Manufacturing Summit audience how innovative software solutions create new opportunities for manufacturers to spur profitable growth and improve customer service.”

Held October 10th at the Cobb Galleria, the 2018 Georgia Manufacturing Summit is expected to attract over 800 attendees from across the Southeast and will be focused on the Aerospace Industry, the number one export for the state of Georgia. Mark Burns, President of Gulfstream, and Eric Rojek, V.P. of Sales & Marketing for Thrush Aircraft will be this year’s keynote speakers. It is Georgia’s manufacturing event of the year and allows attendees from all segments of the manufacturing industry to make face-to-face connections with other manufacturers, customers, service providers, and suppliers.

In addition to the keynote presentations, this event will have over 30 of the top industry leaders from Chart Industries, Cloud & Wire, KIA, Kumho Tire, Nisshinbo, Pratt & Whitney, Southwire and more provide educational workshops to discuss Disruptive Technologies, Financial Perspectives, International Manufacturing, Sales & Marketing, Supply Chain Trends, and Workforce Development. To learn more and to register: www.GeorgiaManufacturingSummit.com

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Contact: Amy Henderson

678-686-6226

City, county leaders hold first-ever joint meeting of policy-making committees 

ATHENS — The policy-making bodies of GMA and ACCG met for the first time on Wednesday, Sept. 12 to discuss issues cities and counties have in common and how local leaders can work together to solve problems.

In an all-day session facilitated by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia, the city and county leaders identified common issues such as infrastructure funding, the opioid crisis and economic development.

“City and county officials serve the same people,” said GMA Legislative Policy Council Chairman Phil Best, mayor of Dublin and GMA First Vice President. “It benefits the taxpayers for city and county leaders to work together on as many issues as possible. And where we do have differences, we need to have strong relationships that let us work through those problems with respect and consideration for each other’s viewpoints.”

“ACCG’s work with our partners at the Georgia Municipal Association extends back decades but hosting the first-ever joint meeting between our respective policy councils is something that we believe will provide a significant benefit to counties and cities throughout the state,” said Oglethorpe County Chairman Billy Pittard who serves as Chair of ACCG’s Policy Council. “County and city officials have shared constituencies and face similar challenges when trying to provide services with limited or non-existent resources. Working together on mutual areas of concern will allow us to have a unified voice when lobbying on behalf of those we were elected to serve.”

“The strength of local government is dependent upon the collaborative efforts between all of its leaders and the entities they represent,” said ACCG President and Harris County Chairman Harry Lange. “The collaboration between ACCG and GMA on key policy issues is a true representation of that strength and, ultimately, the solid foundation that supports Georgia’s vibrant communities. I am excited about the future of our two organizations, both with new executive directors, and the benefits the citizens of the cities and counties of Georgia will reap from the cooperative efforts of ACCG and GMA.”

“Too often, the focus is on the issues that divide us,” said GMA Second Vice President Vince Williams, mayor of Union City. “This meeting reminded us of all the things we have in common, and how, by working together, we can accomplish many things for the betterment of Georgia.”

Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to its 521 member cities.

ACCG is a nonprofit instrumentality of Georgia’s county governments. Formed in 1914 with 19 charter county members, today ACCG serves as the consensus building, training and legislative organization for all 159 county governments in the state.

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Contact: Joy Carter Crosby

229-386-3690

Plains, peanuts and a President: 22nd annual Plains Peanut festival celebrates harvest, honors President Jimmy Carter 

TIFTON, Ga. – The 22nd annual Plains Peanut Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22 in Plains, Georgia, home of President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter. The event highlights the harvest of its cash crop, peanuts, which has big potential across the globe by providing a sustainable and nutritious product and fighting malnutrition. Georgia leads the nation in annual peanut production, accounting for nearly half of all the peanuts grown in the United States.

Farmers across the United States have begun harvesting peanuts, the sustainable crop that helps to replenish the soil with nutrients. Peanuts are also known for their health benefits. Peanuts contain more protein than any other nut and research continues to show that consuming a little less than a serving of peanuts a day is an effective way to reduce heart disease. Globally, peanuts are helping fight malnutrition by providing a therapeutic, ready-to-eat peanut product made in Fitzgerald, Georgia, from MANA Nutrition.

Festival events begin on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. with a One Mile Fun Run followed by a 5K road race. Mr. Peanut will be cheering on the runners in the Fun Run. Additional festivities throughout the day include free entertainment, historical and educational displays, food vendors, as well as arts and crafts booths.

The Peanut Institute, National Peanut Board, American Peanut Shellers Association, Georgia Peanut Commission, Planters, Jif, National Peanut Buying Points Association and Mars will display exhibits in the Planters Peanut Pavilion beginning at 9:00 a.m.

The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, and the American Peanut Shellers Association will be honored as the Grand Marshall. The American Peanut Shellers Association is the oldest organization in the peanut industry and celebrates its 100th anniversary this upcoming year. The association, based out of Albany, Georgia, was incorporated in 1919 and handles 90 percent of the peanuts grown in the United States.

SAM Shortline will have train rides and President and Mrs. Carter will be signing books. The festival street dance featuring Good Vibrations will perform live on Main Street beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Sponsors of this year’s peanut festival include American Blanching Company, American Peanut Shellers Association, Birdsong Peanuts, Georgia Federal-State Inspection, Georgia Peanut Commission, Golden Peanut & Tree Nuts, Hardy Farms, MANA Nutrition, Mars Company, National Peanut Board, National Peanut Buying Points Association, Planters/Heinz/Kraft, Premium Peanut, The J. M. Smucker Company and The Peanut Institute. The Plains Better Hometown Program coordinates the festival annually. For more information and to view a schedule of activities, visit the official website of the Plains Peanut Festival at www.plainsgeorgia.com.

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Contact: Neisha McGee, 404-223-2493, gmcgee@gachamber.com

Alex Coffey, 404-223-2263, acoffey@gachamber.com

Christina Tuck, 404-223-2272, ctuck@gachamber.com

Georgia Chamber named State Chamber of the Year

ATLANTA– September 13, 2018- The Council of State Chambers, (COSC) named the Georgia Chamber of Commerce the 2018 State Chamber of Year at its annual award ceremony held in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“I am proud to say for the second year the Georgia Chamber has been named Chamber of the Year by two accrediting organizations. Our success is the result of hard work and dedication of our investors, Governmental Affairs Council, Board Members, local chambers and staff who have been instrumental in our efforts to strengthen our organization and represent the state of Georgia as the largest business advocacy organization.”

The State Chamber of the Year recognizes member-chambers who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and measurable success over the course of the last year, legislative session, or election cycle in areas of achievement including, Public Policy, Political Engagement, Membership and Development, Best Communications Program, and Membership Services. The selection of the State Chamber of the Year is a thoroughly vetted, three-stage process consisting of application review, finalists interview, and awards ceremony in which finalists and recipients are selected by a panel of three experienced chamber professionals.

The Georgia Chamber was recognized for the success of their current 8 for 18 initiative, which serves as a statewide prosperity agenda and nonpartisan resource that seeks to inform elected officials, political candidates, and voters on a series of policy recommendations and issue areas that are critical to Georgia’s economic future. The Chamber has successfully used this 8 for 18 platform to showcase their top priorities for 2018, statewide endorsements, and candidate assessments taken by candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Secretary of State.

The annual State Chamber of the Year award highlights innovative initiatives and best practices that advance state chamber’s mission and efforts to provide deserved recognition to state chambers and their leaders who have distinguished themselves by providing exceptional services and results for their members and communities.

For more information on the Georgia Chambers 8 for 18 initiative, visit www.8for18.com.

About the Georgia Chamber of Commerce

As the state’s largest business organization, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce represents investors in every county of our state with a diverse cross-section of over 500 industry sectors. Our membership includes both small storefronts and large corporations-no matter the size or type of business, we provide proactive policy, aggressive advocacy and meaningful investor services that impact your bottom line. Our number one mission is keeping, growing and creating jobs to make Georgia a better state for business. We work to ensure economic competitiveness, innovative solutions to challenges that state faces, and a commitment to high quality of life.  The Georgia Chamber serves as a partner for local chambers across the state. While we have many of the same goals, the Georgia Chamber focuses on statewide issues that impact Georgia’s entire business community.

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Contact: Neisha McGee, 404-223-2493, gmcgee@gachamber.com

Georgia Chamber announces launch of the Georgia Screen Entertainment Coalition

ATLANT(September 12, 2018) | Today, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of the Georgia Screen Entertainment Coalition (GSEC), a statewide advocacy group focused on ensuring the long-term viability and success of Georgia’s screen entertainment industry.

“The founding members of GSEC represent Georgia’s top industry and private sector leaders, coming together in a unique collaboration with Georgia’s deep crew base, united by their commitment to protect and promote the screen entertainment industry in our state,” said Chris Clark, President & CEO of the Georgia Chamber. “With the incredible economic impact this industry has on our state, we’re proud to introduce GSEC as the unified, cohesive voice of the industry at the Capitol.”

“Georgia’s screen entertainment industry has become one of the most competitive in the world, thanks in large part to the leadership of Governor Deal and the General Assembly,” said Frank Patterson, GSEC Chair and President of Pinewood Atlanta Studios. “GSEC’s ultimate goal is to serve as the expert resource for policymakers as they steward the state’s successful tax credit program and develop legislation that will impact this industry and our partners.”

GSEC will advocate for policies that strengthen infrastructure and support workforce development within the screen entertainment industry. GSEC will also serve as a voice and resource for the Georgia owned and operated local businesses who provide services and products to the industry. “We’re proud to be part of the leadership shaping the future of this industry in Georgia,” said Steve Mensch, Vice-Chair of GSEC and President and General Manager of Studio Operations at Tyler Perry Studios. “The scale of private investment in production infrastructure in Georgia is indicative of the enormous potential for additional job creation and positive economic impact for all Georgians.”

GSEC seeks to educate policymakers and the general public about the tax credits that have made Georgia a very cost-effective and popular location for film, television, and digital media production. Bolstered by the 2008 Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act, Georgia earned the nation’s number one spot for feature film production and is currently number two in the world. The record 455 film and television productions shot in Georgia during FY 2018 represent a total economic impact of $9.5 billion, and $2.7 billion in direct spending.

The screen entertainment industry has contributed to the relocation or expansion of more than 300 new businesses within the state since 2010. Other media platforms such as eSports, video game development, digital animation, virtual reality/augmented reality, and mobile app development continue to round out and contribute to the overall success of Georgia’s screen entertainment industry.

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The Georgia Screen Entertainment Coalition (GSEC) is the state’s leading advocate for film, television, and digital entertainment production at the Georgia state Capitol. An affiliate of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, GSEC advocates for public policy that positively impacts theentertainment industry, as well as the Georgia-grown businesses that serve the industry. GSEC’s 24 founding members represent the broad business and entertainment ecosystem.

The Executive Committee includes: Atlanta Metro Studios, Blackhall Studios, Georgia Chamber, IATSE Local 479, Pinewood Atlanta Studios & Tyler Perry Studios.

Members Include: Bento Box Entertainment, Cinelease, Columbus GA Film Commission, DeltaAirlines, Floyd County Productions, the Georgia Department of Economic Development- Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, (ex officio), Georgia Film Academy (ex officio), Georgia Game Developers Association, Georgia Film Tax Credit Fund, Georgia Power, Greenberg Traurig, Herc Entertainment Rentals, Lightnin Rentals, MBS Equipment Company, the Savannah Area Film Office, Synovus, Teamsters- Local 728, and Turner Broadcasting.

GSEC invites businesses, both directly and indirectly serving Georgia’s entertainment industry to join as a partner and fellow advocate at the Georgia State Capitol. For a full list of the founding members and additional information about GSEC leadership and advocacy efforts, visit www.GSEcoalition.com or contact Kelsey Moore, Executive Director, Georgia Screen Entertainment Coalition at kmoore@GSEcoalition.com.

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Contact: Neisha McGee, 404-223-2493, gmcgee@gachamber.com

Alex Coffey, 404-223-2263, acoffey@gachamber.com

Christina Tuck, 404-223-2272, ctuck@gachamber.com

Georgia Chamber of Commerce: 8 for 18 Infrastructure Op-Ed

It’s no secret that the state of Georgia is the transportation hub of the Southeast. Atlanta was founded as the terminus of the Western and Atlantic railroad and the state’s transportation leadership legacy is clear: we now boast the world’s busiest airport; the fourth busiest port in the U.S.; the largest rail network in the Southeast; and the 12th largest air cargo hub in North America. Additionally, 80 percent of the U.S. population is within a two-day truck drive and Georgia interstates facilitate the movement of more than $620 billion of cargo each year.

Over the last decade, that momentum has increased dramatically as Georgia leaders have advanced important legislation to improve infrastructure. Since 2012, thirteen counties and four regions have passed local transportation project funding referenda to repair and expand local infrastructure.  In 2015, Governor Nathan Deal signed the Transportation Funding Act to provide predictable and sustainable revenue for the repair and maintenance of statewide roads and bridges. In May 2018, Governor Deal also signed legislation into law creating the Atlanta Region Transit Link Authority creating integrated transit planning for the 13- county Metro Atlanta area and opportunities for those counties to raise funds through transportation local optional sales taxes. Over the last eight years under the leadership of Governor Deal, Speaker David Ralston, and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, the state has invested almost $300 million in the Savannah Harbor deepening project.

However, our state is growing – rapidly. By 2030, Georgia will experience an estimated 60% growth in port traffic; 16% energy demand growth; and 1.4 million more cars on our roads. Georgia’s population will grow by 19% and flights through Hartsfield Jackson International Airport will increase by 130,000.

Clearly, Georgia leaders must prioritize investment in infrastructure to keep up with this growth and remain competitive. Investments are needed to expand our freight and logistics network by completing the Savannah Harbor deepening project; improve the Port of Brunswick; expand Hartsfield Jackson International Airport cargo capacities; and build a plan to expand all our statewide freight assets. The expansion of broadband technologies is essential to economic development, health care, education, and public safety. Providing solutions that lead to improved economic opportunities including critical infrastructure needs that increase access to broadband, continues to be a priority for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.  As the quality of life and business climate are directly impacted by broadband connectivity, we must be intentional in our efforts to create an effective and sustainable solution in expanding broadband deployment.

We also must encourage infrastructure development through streamlining the regulatory framework and market-based incentives. Georgia can’t afford to be grounded by lagging infrastructure. Companies depend on the ability to move their products efficiently through the state. When businesses thrive, opportunities for employment and improved quality of life will abound for citizens.

It is also critical that people are able to move efficiently throughout our great state. There must be increased focus on growing and developing transit networks statewide. Strategic plans that include benchmarks for predictable commutes for commuters and job access for consumers must be developed and maintained to strategically prioritize investments. Georgia must increase mobility by driving down congestion, allowing individuals to spend more time at work, school, and home with their families.

Building and maintaining modern infrastructure is more than transportation. The state of Georgia must modernize investments in energy infrastructure to include a diverse mix of sustainable, reliable and affordable sources. Additionally, Georgia must continue to fund water management and conservation efforts to ensure long-term, statewide quality water access. Our state must have the necessary resources to support growth of existing businesses, attract new businesses and increase economic opportunities for Georgians.

Georgia has been named the number one state in the nation in which to do business for five consecutive years. To further this success, our state must prioritize investments in infrastructure that increase opportunities for mobility for Georgians. Put simply, infrastructure investment equals economic opportunity, and opportunity should define Georgia’s future.

This is the second in a series of eight opinion pieces by Chris Clark, President & CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, on the Georgia Chamber’s 8 for ‘18 initiative. For more information on these issues and to see how candidates for statewide office responded to the Georgia Chamber questionnaire, visit 8for18.com

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Contact: Rob McClure, 877-700-8047, rob@thelifefm.com

“Today’s Gospel” for Statesboro and Southeast Georgia

Statesboro, Ga. – The award-winning LifeFM Radio Network would like to announce the on-air debut of its new station, WQTS 102.9 FM.
Beginning on Friday, Sept. 7, Bulloch County and surrounding area residents can enjoy the top sounds in Southern Gospel, featuring long-time favorite groups such as Greater Vision, The Hoppers and the Booth Brothers, plus present-day artists and bluegrass music.
The opportunity to launch a station in the southeastern area of Georgia was welcomed with much enthusiasm by co-founder Rob McClure and his LifeFM staff, headquartered in Greenville, S.C. In addition to the non-commercial, all-music format offered on its broadcasts, The LifeFM plans to provide a closer connection to Southern Gospel music fans. “We hope to bring more quality Christian events to the local community,” states McClure.
The LifeFM Network consists of 25 radio stations, covering geography from Illinois to Florida. Since the launch of its first station in October 2010, The LifeFM Network has continued to make a mark in the industry, receiving the 2017 Radio Impact Dove Award from the Gospel Music Association. Rodney Baucom, The LifeFM’s Program Director, is an award-winning broadcaster who presently hosts the weekly Singing News Top 20 Countdown Show. Baucom also hosts The LifeFM’s Get-Up & Go Morning Show, aired live every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00.
The LifeFm is a 100 percent listener-supported radio ministry of the nonprofit 501(c)3 Power Foundation. The LifeFM tells its audience that they are “Living Life Together.” Navigating through the challenges of each day can be tricky and tiresome, but The LifeFM strives to remind them that they are not alone.
More information about The LifeFM Network can be found at: thelifefm.com.

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The content and accuracy of all information contained in this press release is the responsibility of the originating company or group. All information contained in this press release may be independently checked prior to any use or publication. Information and/or opinions expressed in this press release are not necessarily the views of Georgia Press Association or its affiliates.


Contact: Neisha McGee, 404-223-2493, gmcgee@gachamber.com

Alex Coffey, 404-223-2263, acoffey@gachamber.com

Christina Tuck, 404-223-2272, ctuck@gachamber.com

Georgia Chamber of Commerce: 8 for 18 Business and Legal Climate Op-Ed

Over the last decade, Georgia’s business climate has been highly ranked by a number of national publications. You have no doubt heard that Georgia has been ranked the Best State for Business for five years in a row. Private and public sector leaders have worked hard with Governor Deal to bring new investments and jobs, improving the quality of life for Georgians. To continue this prosperity, Georgia leaders must maintain the momentum and prioritize improvements in our business and legal climate. Keeping Georgia open for business leads off our discussion of the Georgia Chamber’s 8 for 18 initiative, which highlights the issues that our elected officials must address during the 2018 election cycle.

While Georgia has made great progress in criminal reform our neighboring states have taken steps to improve their civil judicial systems.  Entrepreneurs in Georgia are too often trapped in a legal system that hasn’t kept up with a fast-changing digital business world. While there is more work to do in the coming years, Georgia voters have the opportunity this November to make great strides in improving our legal fairness by voting Yes on Amendment #2 to create a statewide business court. A statewide business court reduces litigation costs by removing complex, time consuming cases from the general docket and allows this opportunity to be available to all Georgia business owners, regardless of zip code. Statewide business courts already exist in the Metro Atlanta area and we need to expand this opportunity to the rest of Georgia. Businesses of all sizes will benefit from a system that helps speed up complex litigation between two businesses and lets our existing courts focus on serving everyday citizens.

But our legal climate isn’t the only area where Georgia can make improvements. The state made significant progress this year when Congress and the General Assembly both passed legislation that reduced federal and state income taxes at the personal and corporate levels. Taxes are a bottom line issue for companies of all sizes, and we’ve been thrilled to see so many Georgia companies immediately pass these tax cuts on to their employees through bonuses, raises and by further investing in their communities. A strong tax policy environment will help businesses of all sizes make long-term investments that will help Georgia for generations to come. Even with these successes, there are still issues that have the potential to slow down our economy while helping maintain Georgia’s strong credit rating.

Small businesses constantly tell us they are frustrated by the level of government regulations that make it hard to start or expand their operations. Our regulatory environment should encourage innovation. Small businesses want to work to remove outdated mandates and regulations allowing authentic, innovative ideas to flourish in our state. Permitting and licensing reform should be pursued to make it easier for individuals to transition into new careers, and government services should be modernized to lower costs and improve these services. Our systems should be pathways to opportunities, not obstacles to prosperity.

Georgia’s success has been the result of the partnership between the private and public sectors, providing consistent leadership and deliberate actions. To continue our success and further prosperity for more Georgians, our leaders must stay focused on the issues that matter most to ensure we remain competitive. Our opportunities are numerous when we work together to bridge gaps and find common ground for success.

This is the first of a series of opinion pieces by Chris Clark, President & CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, on the Georgia Chamber’s 8 for 18 initiative. For more information on these issues and to see how candidates for statewide office responded to the Georgia Chamber questionnaire, visit www.8for18.com.

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Contact: Carol Coussons de Reyes, 770-634-3566, carol@missionzero.net

Mission ZerO announces suicide prevention awareness fundraiser/event

Working to prevent suicide in elementary-aged kids by creating healthier lives

Lawrenceville— 9/4/18Today at the Event, Mission ZerO announced they are hosting a suicide prevention awareness event/fundraiser on September 29, 2018.

“It’s really important to know that suicidal thoughts and actions can happen in elementary school aged children, in fact, according to the CDC, it’s the third-leading cause of death,” said Carol Coussons de Reyes, Founder and President at Mission ZerO.

Community Impact

Mission ZerO has hosted two summer camps, called Survivor Camp in summer of 2017 and 2018. We were asked to do more and we are stepping up with this event to do more.

Survivor Camp is a great place for social emotional learning to take place,” said Carol Coussons de Reyes, Founder and President of Mission ZerO. “We mix kids that have survived an attempt with kids that have challenges with fear, anxiety, anger, or sadness.”

Awareness/Fundraiser Event

September 29 we are hosting this event at Chateau Elan in Braselton, GA. We will have speakers including Ellyn Jeager and Pierluigi Mancini. There will be a fundraising auction that includes a painting of the Obama Family by Jerome Lawrence, Mission ZerO jewelry, a painting of an angel by Lois Curtis, and more!

Founded in 2018, Mission ZerO is dedicated to creating healthier lives for children.

For more information on Mission ZerO: www.missionzero.net

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The content and accuracy of all information contained in this press release is the responsibility of the originating company or group. All information contained in this press release may be independently checked prior to any use or publication. Information and/or opinions expressed in this press release are not necessarily the views of Georgia Press Association or its affiliates.


Contact: Neisha McGee, 404-223-2493, gmcgee@gachamber.com

Alex Coffey, 404-223-2263, acoffey@gachamber.com

Christina Tuck, 404-223-2272, ctuck@gachamber.com

Georgia Chamber of Commerce endorses candidates for state legislature 

Atlanta, GA – August 30, 2018 – The Georgia Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of several candidates running for state House and Senate in the upcoming General Election. Endorsees include Matt Bentley­—House District 40, Alex Kaufman—House District 51, Bonnie Rich—House District 97, Noel Williams —House District 148, Greg Dolezal— Senate District 27, Matt Reeves—Senate District 48, Randy Robertson—Senate District 29, Donna Sheldon—House District 107, and Ken Wright —House District 79.

“As the advocacy arm for businesses statewide, the Chamber is committed to electing strong, pro-business candidates for office who are dedicated to improving the quality of life and business climate,” said Chris Clark, Georgia Chamber President & CEO. “We look forward to working with each candidate if elected to build on Georgia’s legacy as the best state for business.”

“The Chamber is a long-time proponent of policies that advance legislation to secure economic growth and competitiveness. We are proud to endorse candidates who are proven allies of the business community,” said David Raynor, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs. “I am confident in their ability to represent Georgia businesses of every size, sector, and region with principled leadership.”

As the unified voice of the business community, the Georgia Chamber is a nonpartisan organization that is dedicated to working with elected officials to ensure a future of economic growth for Georgia businesses, workers, and families. For more information about Georgia Chamber endorsements, visit www.gachamber.com.

About the Georgia Chamber of Commerce

As the state’s largest business organization, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce represents investors in every county of our state with a diverse cross-section of over 500 industry sectors. Our membership includes both small storefronts and large corporations-no matter the size or type of business, we provide proactive policy, aggressive advocacy and meaningful investor services that impact your bottom line. Our number one mission is keeping, growing and creating jobs to make Georgia a better state for business. We work to ensure economic competitiveness, innovative solutions to challenges that state faces, and a commitment to high quality of life.  The Georgia Chamber serves as a partner for local chambers across the state. While we have many of the same goals, the Georgia Chamber focuses on statewide issues that impact Georgia’s entire business community.

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Contact: Susan Moore, smoore@mag.org, 877-921-7196, www.healtheparadigm.com

MAG applauds innovative patient data analytics solution’s early adopters 

(August 29, 2018) Four medical practices in Georgia that have more than 40 physicians who care for thousands of patients have announced that they are now using HealtheParadigm – an innovative health IT solution that enables physicians to generate sophisticated patient data analytics that they can use to improve patient outcomes and meet today’s quality metrics.

The practices include Albany Surgical, PC, Cairo Medical Care, LLC, Griner Medical Group, LLC, in Valdosta, and North Atlanta Primary Care, PC.

“This is a significant development for patients and physicians and Georgia’s overall health care system,” says Frank McDonald, M.D., M.B.A., the president of the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG), which endorses HealtheParadigm. “We applaud these physicians and practices for demonstrating great vision and leadership.”

North Atlanta Primary Care CEO and Medical Director Thomas Bat, M.D., explains that, “There are dramatic changes taking place within the health care system, which means that we need to adapt and evolve as physicians and practices. Having assessed this solution in great depth and detail, we are confident that HealtheParadigm will help us to deliver better patient care in a better and more cost-effective and efficient way –and we are also convinced that it will give us a strategic business advantage.”

Griner Medical Group Chief Medical Officer Brian Griner, M.D., adds that, “Deploying the MAG-endorsed HealtheParadigm across our practices drives the common goal of delivering the best possible patient care and benefits our entire state’s medical community. We are excited to be a part of this physician-led solution.”

North Atlanta Primary Care has nearly 90,000 active patients, while the Griner Medical Group has about 15,000.

Dr. McDonald stresses that, HealtheParadigm enables physicians to share patient data in a near real-time and seamless way – whether the patient or physician is in downtown Atlanta or a small town in a rural part of the state, 24/7.”

He also notes that, “Physicians can use HealtheParadigm’s data analytics dashboard features to enhance patient care and reduce duplicities and inefficiencies and costs.”

And Dr. McDonald explains that, “HealtheParadigm enables the use of sophisticated analyses across patients’ longitudinal medical records, which includes clinical data submitted by every other participant that is part of the HealtheParadigm health information exchange network.”

Finally, Dr. McDonald believes that HealtheParadigm participants have “additional peace of mind” knowing that its advisory committee consists of physicians from different specialties and practice settings.

A number of other medical practices are expected to begin using HealtheParadigm in the near future.

About HealtheParadigm

HealtheParadigm is a physician-led health information network endorsed by the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) and delivered in partnership with KAMMCO. HealtheParadigm offers a suite of health information technology tools to help health professionals share patient information while employing powerful analytic reports designed to help improve clinical outcomes, reduce inefficiencies, and positively impact patient safety.

HealtheParadigm is a member of the KAMMCO Network. KAMMCO is a physician-led healthcare organization affiliated with the Kansas Medical Society that is uniquely positioned to help physicians, other healthcare providers, integrated delivery networks, accountable care organizations, and others seeking to improve patient outcomes and adapt to new performance-based payment models through the use of data analytics and business intelligence tools. The KAMMCO physician-led health information exchange model is now delivering analytics products and services in partnership with medical societies in six states beyond Kansas, including South Carolina, Connecticut, New Jersey, Missouri, Louisiana and Georgia. Go to www.healtheparadigm.com/Home.aspx for additional information on HealtheParadigm.

About Medical Association of Georgia
Founded in 1849, MAG is the leading advocate for physicians in the state of Georgia with more than 7,800 members, including physicians in every specialty and practice setting. MAG focuses on legislative, legal and third party payer issues.

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Contact: Neisha McGee, 404-223-2493, gmcgee@gachamber.com

Alex Coffey, 404-223-2263, acoffey@gachamber.com

Christina Tuck, 404-223-2272, ctuck@gachamber.com

Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce establish partnership 

Atlanta, GA – August 29, 2018 – On Tuesday, August 28th, the Georgia Chamber and Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of their strategic partnership as their newest initiative to promote inclusive economic growth and development. As both organizations have a long-standing history of supporting businesses across the state, their alliance seeks to foster the relationships between Hispanic and Non-Hispanic businesses, elected officials, governmental agencies, and industry leaders.

“Today marks the beginning of a unique partnership that will increase economic opportunity and mobility throughout the Hispanic business community. With a growing Hispanic population, there has been a 73% increase in Hispanic-owned businesses. We are committed to working with our partners to ensure that our state provides the climate and resources necessary for minority businesses to expand their operations to build a competitive and highly skilled workforce,” said Chris Clark, Georgia Chamber President & CEO. “Hispanic entrepreneurship is extremely important to our state and our country. We are proud to partner with the Georgia Hispanic Chamber and look forward to working with them in our pursuit to support the growth and diversification of Georgia’s emerging industries and communities.”

“A diverse workforce is integral to a strong economy. We are excited to announce our partnership with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. As the state’s advocate for Hispanic businesses, we are dedicated to working with stakeholders and community leaders for the implementation of policies that support the enterprises that drive our local economies,” said Georgia Hispanic Chamber President & CEO, Santiago Marquez. “Through our collaborative effort we will work to facilitate entrepreneurship, growth, and job creation to ensure that Georgia not only remains the best place to live but is also an ideal location for Hispanic-owned businesses to thrive! It is an honor and a privilege to be part of a partnership that is dedicated to improving the quality of life and business climate for Latino businesses and the communities they serve.”

Minority business development is a critical component of Georgia’s economy as Georgia is home to a diverse business community of large and small companies across various sectors, which employ and serve a multicultural demographic. Through their leadership, the Georgia Chamber and Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will actively promote the economic growth, development, and interests of minority-owned businesses statewide. To learn more about the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce visit https://ghcc.org/. Click here to learn more about the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Photos from the official signing ceremony can be accessed here.

About the Georgia Chamber of Commerce

As the state’s largest business organization, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce represents investors in every county of our state with a diverse cross-section of over 500 industry sectors. Our membership includes both small storefronts and large corporations-no matter the size or type of business, we provide proactive policy, aggressive advocacy and meaningful investor services that impact your bottom line. Our number one mission is keeping, growing and creating jobs to make Georgia a better state for business. We work to ensure economic competitiveness, innovative solutions to challenges that state faces, and a commitment to high quality of life.  The Georgia Chamber serves as a partner for local chambers across the state. While we have many of the same goals, the Georgia Chamber focuses on statewide issues that impact Georgia’s entire business community.

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Contact: Neisha McGee, 404-223-2493, gmcgee@gachamber.com

Alex Coffey, 404-223-2263, acoffey@gachamber.com

Christina Tuck, 404-223-2272, ctuck@gachamber.com

Georgia Chamber of Commerce announces InVenture Prize Competition 

Atlanta, GA –August 28, 2018– The Georgia Chamber is proud to announce its newest initiative to establish Georgia as a leading state for innovation, entrepreneurship, and small business success.

In partnership with the Georgia Department of Education, University System of Georgia, Technical College System of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology, and private colleges the Chamber launched its “Georgia InVenture Prize” statewide competition. As a concept modeled after Georgia Tech’s existing InVenture Prize contest, the initiative seeks to enhance entrepreneurial culture and strengthen Georgia’s pipeline of inventors and start-up companies.

The statewide initiative will provide opportunities for growth and development in emerging industries across all sectors. Students in K-12 and higher education are eligible to participate. The Georgia colleges and universities competition will represent teams comprised of full-time, degree-seeking, undergraduate students who are the original creators and owners of the invention or intellectual property conceptualizing their business plan. A First Place, Second Place, and People’s Choice Award will be awarded upon the conclusion of the final round. Divisions featured in the K-12 contest include high school, middle school, elementary school, and K-2.  This contest will represent teams from Georgia’s public and private schools throughout the state. Both contests will be judged on the quality of their idea, business model, entrepreneurship, and probability of success.

“As the largest statewide business advocate, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce understands the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation, as it is a long-standing Chamber position to support the implementation of policies that promote commercialization, research activity, and collaboration among the private and public sectors,” said Chris Clark, Georgia Chamber President & CEO. “We encourage participation and look forward to working with our Georgia InVenture Prize partners in our continued efforts to develop local talent and increase access to venture capital.”

To learn more about the Georgia InVenture Prize Competition, or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, visit www.georgiainventureprize.org. Pictures from the InVenture Prize Summit can be accessed here.

About the Georgia Chamber of Commerce

As the state’s largest business organization, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce represents investors in every county of our state with a diverse cross-section of over 500 industry sectors. Our membership includes both small storefronts and large corporations-no matter the size or type of business, we provide proactive policy, aggressive advocacy and meaningful investor services that impact your bottom line. Our number one mission is keeping, growing and creating jobs to make Georgia a better state for business. We work to ensure economic competitiveness, innovative solutions to challenges that state faces, and a commitment to high quality of life.  The Georgia Chamber serves as a partner for local chambers across the state. While we have many of the same goals, the Georgia Chamber focuses on statewide issues that impact Georgia’s entire business community.

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Contact: Kathryn Igou

Turknett Leadership Group
770-270-1723

  2018 Leadership Character Awards announced by Turknett Leadership Group and Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership

Atlanta-based Turknett Leadership Group and The Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership have announced the nominees for the 13th Leadership Character Awards. The awards will be held at a luncheon on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the Georgia Aquarium.
Andrew J. Young- civil and human rights pioneer, former U.S Ambassador to the UN, and former Atlanta Mayor – will be the 2018 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Leadership Character. “It is a privilege to recognize Ambassador Young with this prestigious award. Few of us have been tested the way he has been throughout his life yet he continues to serve the needs of others. He is a role model of courage, character and servant leadership,” said Pat Falotico, CEO, Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.
The award recognizes exceptional leaders who exemplify the highest standards of character, integrity, and servant leadership over a lifetime of organizational service and service to the larger community.
Since 2003, the Turknett Leadership Character Awards have recognized Georgia leaders who demonstrate character in leadership based on alignment with The Leadership Character Model™, a model developed by Bob and Lyn Turknett in 1995. Nominated individuals demonstrate integrity, balance respect and responsibility, and pass Robert Greenleaf’s Best Test™ of servant leadership by nurturing servant leadership in others.
All nominees are recognized at the event, and a top nominee in each category will be selected by the Advisory Board. Members of the 2018 Advisory Board include: Ann Cramer, Senior Consultant with Coxe Curry & Associates; Tom Crawford, Principal/Founder of Crawford Corporate Coaching, former Leadership Character Award winner; David Ratcliffe, former President, and CEO of Southern Company; Conchita Robinson, President and CEO of C Robinson Associates, Inc.; Ann Stallard, Senior Advisor of Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs and former Leadership Character Award winner; and Advisor Emeritus, Dr. Betty Siegel, President Emeritus & Endowed Chair of Siegel Institute of Leadership, Ethics & Character, Kennesaw State University.
2018 Nominees
CEO/President/Managing Partner – Large Company Category:
* John Dwyer, President – AT&T Prepaid Portfolio
* Alex Gregory, Immediate Past CEO/Chairman – YKK
* Shane Jackson, President – Jackson Healthcare
CEO/President/Managing Partner – Small/Medium Company Category:
* Clint Bailey, Managing Partner – HUNTER Technical
* Tom Burnside, CEO – LendingPoint
* Aaron Goldman, President – Perennial Properties
* Walter Griggs, President/CEO – SquarePac
* Mark Lloyd, Owner/CEO – The Lloyd Group, Inc.
* Donna Morgan, President/CEO – Columbus Hospice of GA & AL
* Arnie Silverman, President – Silverman CPM
* Katerina Taylor, President/CEO – DeKalb Chamber of Commerce
* Moira Vetter, CEO – Modo Modo Agency
Executive/Manager Category:
* Monica Anderton, VP HR – Mondi Paper
* Michael Blake, Director – Brady Ware
* Martin Davis, EVP & CIO – Southern Company
* Rich DeAugustinis, VP Global Communications & Planning – Coca-Cola
* Resha Gadson, Associate Director – AT&T
* Stacy Hughes, SVP – Global Payments
* Angela Long, VP/Chief People Officer – Colonial Pipeline Co.
* Dianne Miller, Director – AT&T
* Leon Morales, Managing Director – DNA Behavior International
* Greg Morrison, SVP/CIO – Cox Enterprises
* Kishia Powell, Commissioner – City of Atlanta Watershed Project
* Nzinga Shaw, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer – Atlanta Hawks/Phillips Arena
Education Category:
* Dr. Robiaun Charles, VP for College Advancement – Agnes Scott College
* Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, President/Dean – Morehouse School of Medicine
* Rita Sheffey, Assistant Dean for Public Service – Emory University School of Law
* Mark Whitlock, Founding CEO – Central Education Center
Non-Profit Category:
* Maria Balais, Executive Director – Leadership DeKalb
* Larry Campbell, Executive Director – Corners Outreach
* Robin Collins, VP – League of Women Voters of Georgia
* Darlene Duke, Executive Director – Sweetwater Mission
* Patrick Gahan, Founder – Enduring Hearts
* Jack Harris, President/CEO – Junior Achievement of Georgia
* Kevin James, Acting CEO – 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
* Kwame Johnson, President/CEO – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta
* Matt Lindenberg, Founder/President – Global Conservation Corps
* Beth Messer,Chief Program Officer – Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta
* Dr. Amy Pelissero, Head of School – Global Village Project
* Len Ramano, President/CEO – Christian City
* Cati Stone, Executive Director – Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta
* Viola Thompson, President/CEO – IT Senior Management Forum
* Kyle Waide, President/CEO – Atlanta Community Food Bank
* Dave Ward, President & CEO – Tommy Nobis Center
* Dr. Dakira Watkins, Director of Student Services – Year Up
Inspiritor Category:
* Donna Buchanan, Former COO – United Way Greater Atlanta
* Randy Hain, Founder – Serviam Partners
* Nikki Jefferson, SR HR Business Partner /Mgr. – Cox Communications
* Lloyd Knight, Director – UPS
* Bill McGahan, Chair/Founder – Georgia Works!
* Rose McKeever, Nurse Navigator – DeKalb Medical
* Tricia Molloy, President – Working with Wisdom
* Brenda Morant, CEO – Womens’ International Think Tank
* Dianne Rogers, Charter Member – GA Commission on Women
* Theresa Spralling, Associate Director – AT&T
* Richard “Ricky” Steele, CEO – Steele Technology Partners
* Forrest Tuff, CEO – One Vision Productions, LLC
* Dr. Lana Wachniak – Orange Duffel Bag Initiative
The awards will once again be presented under the auspices of the Greenleaf Center for Servant LeadershipTM, a nonprofit [501(c)3] with international reach. Net proceeds from this year’s awards will be used to fund Greenleaf’s Servant Leadership Journey Online™ scholarships for student members of their Georgia chapters of Golden Key International Honor Society and Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity.
Pat Falotico, Bob and Lyn Turknett, and the Host Committee invite everyone in the community to attend the Leadership Character Awards. 2018 Host Committee members include:
Cathy Adams, Federal Home Loan Bank
Teanna Alexis, AT&T
Ron Alston, SunTrust Bank
Letty Ashworth*, Delta
Veronica Biggins, Diversified Search
Becky Blalock, Retired – So. Company
Shan Cooper*, Community Servant
Amy Corn, Marketing/Communication
Paulette Corbin, Corbin Executive Coaching
Tracy Crump, Foundation of Wesley Woods
Tom Darrow, Talent Connections & Career Spa
Kathy Dowling, United Way Women United
Nellie Duke*, Georgia Women’s Institute
Rita Evans, Merrill Lynch
Tracy Garner*, AT&T
Mary Ellen*/Patsy Garrett, Merrill Lynch
Kym Harris, Ph.D., Your SweetSpot Coaching & Consulting
Ardie S. Harrison, Board Member VEO
Steve Hennessy, Hennessy Automobile Companies
Bob Hope, Hope-Beckham, Inc.
Stuart Johnson*, Barnes & Thornburg
Bob Littell, Littell Consulting Services
Wonya Lucas, Public Broadcasting Atlanta
Allyson Lundquist
Susan O’Dwyer, Aprio
Michael Petrik*, Alston & Bird LLP
Katerina Taylor, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce
Liz Ward, United Way Greater ATL
Jessie Pottsdamer Watson
John Yates*, Morris, Manning & Martin LLP
* Indicates former Leadership Character Award Winner
For ticket information, please go to https://members.greenleaf.org/event/lca18. Barnes & Thornburg LLP will be the presenting sponsor for the 2018 Awards, and are also
sponsoring at the time of this release. Additional information about sponsorship can be
found at https://www.leadershipcharacterawards.org/sponsors/.
About the Leadership Character Awards
Since 2003, the Turknett Leadership Character Awards have recognized Georgia leaders who display character in leadership based on alignment with The Leadership Character Model™, a model developed by Bob and Lyn Turknett in 1995. The 2018 Awards will be presented under the auspices of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and will be held on October 9, 2018 at the Georgia Aquarium.
About the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership
Founded in 1964, the Greenleaf Center is an international nonprofit organization that
serves students, individuals, workplaces and the community by growing servant-leaders
through education and programming. Robert K. Greenleaf was the author of “The
Servant as Leader,” a landmark essay that coined the phrase “servant-leader” and
launched the modern servant leadership movement. Today the Greenleaf Center
nurtures students, enhances workplaces and builds the servant leader community
through education, leadership development and conferences. To find out more, please
visit www.greenleaf.org.
About Turknett Leadership Group
TLG’s expertise is Leadership. With over 30 years’ experience, TLG is Atlanta’s premiere resource for Executive Coaching, Talent Assessment, Leadership Team Development, Culture Assessment and Change, and more. Through an approach grounded in science and guided by the Leadership Character Model™, TLG helps organizations hire the best people, identify and develop high potentials, and create high-performing cultures. To find out more, please visit www.turknett.com.

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Contact: Neisha McGee, 404-223-2493, gmcgee@gachamber.com

Alex Coffey, 404-223-2263, acoffey@gachamber.com

Christina Tuck, 404-223-2272, ctuck@gachamber.com

Georgia Chamber of Commerce hosts annual Congressional Luncheon 

Atlanta, GA – August 24, 2018 – On Tuesday, August 21st, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Congressional Luncheon at the Marriott City Center in Macon. With over 1,500 industry leaders and elected officials in attendance, gubernatorial candidates discussed issues surrounding economic prosperity and the state’s business climate.

“The Chamber’s annual Congressional Luncheon provides a one-of-a kind opportunity to facilitate productive conversations with our members of Congress. This year, we were honored to have our candidates for governor join us to share their plans for Georgia’s economic future,” said Chris Clark, Georgia Chamber President & CEO. “As we prepare for a new administration we must remain vigilant in our efforts to elect candidates who support policies that maintain our current growth and strengthen our economy.”

In their first appearance together since the primary and runoff elections, both candidates detailed their initiatives to create jobs, expand access to healthcare, advance rural development, and ensure small business success.

“It was a privilege to join the Georgia Chamber at their Congressional Luncheon to discuss my economic vision for Georgia where equality fosters prosperity and every family and business have the freedom and opportunity to succeed,” said former Minority Leader and Democratic Candidate Stacey Abrams.

“It was an honor to be with the Georgia Chamber at their Congressional Luncheon to discuss my plan to ensure that all parts of our state – including rural Georgia – have opportunities to grow and thrive,” said Secretary of State and Republican nominee Brian Kemp.

Other special guests included Congressmen Rick Allen, Sanford Bishop, Buddy Carter, Drew Ferguson, and Jody Hice. Additionally, this year’s event featured breakout sessions, where members of Congress provided insight into issues regarding trade and defense.

The Georgia Chamber has engaged with each candidate through the Chamber’s “8for18” initiative which serves as an educational platform that seeks to inform political candidates and voters on issues critical to Georgia’s business community.

Photos from the luncheon can be accessed here. Candidate responses and additional information about the “8 for 18” initiative can be found on the website at www.8for18.com. Click here to watch the candidate forum in its entirety.

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Contact: Marjorie Dykes, Ga. Manufacturing Alliance

770-338-0051

Disruptive technology leaders converge at Georgia Manufacturing Summit Oct. 10 at Cobb Galleria

Atlanta, GA — The pace of Disruptive Technologies can be affected by a host of issues, including cyber security, government regulation, and most importantly, the consumers’ ability to adapt and accept change. In this era of endless innovation, the only prediction you can be 100% assured of is that the future will look very different from today.

The Disruptive Technologies Educational Tour, held in conjunction with The Georgia Manufacturing Summit, will address some of these challenges by providing a full day dedicated to the discussion of the technologies most likely to impact Georgia’s manufacturing companies today and in the future. Cloud & Wire, the Technology Education Partner, has assembled a notable lineup of industry influencers and subject matter experts to educate Summit attendees on: Artificial Intelligence • Cyber Security • Global Communication • Internet of Things  • Network Planning • Robotics • Software-defined data centers, and more.

Hot topics covered will be:

  1. Why Georgia manufacturers are moving to private collocated data centers and not the public cloud.
  2. Simplifying the management of corporate and remote facilities in the modern data center.
  3. Leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning to secure your intellectual property.
  4. The unfair advantage of moving your computer and analytics to the Cloud.
  5. The Internet of Things and ways to enable manufacturers for better success.
  6. The new era of telephone and communications for manufacturing in the Cloud.

“We will help manufacturers and industry leaders reshape their technology future,” said Rob Hootselle, CEO of Cloud & Wire. “Our expert panel of experts from Darktrace, Jive, Nutanix, Stormagic, and QTS will discuss the roadblocks to adopting new technologies, how to avoid the most common pitfalls that threaten a successful rollout, and how to build a culture of change for your team throughout the entire supply chain.”

Now a fixture in Georgia’s technology scene, Mr. Hootselle, is recognized as an early pioneer for two emerging market disruptors in the enterprise flash storage and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure space. He has worked alongside some of the most influential tech leaders of our time, including Doron Kempel, David Flynn, and Steve Wozniak of Apple fame. He has helped create new markets for two of the fastest growing technology manufacturers of all-time, Fusion-io and SimpliVity, and recently helped with the eventual sale of Tegile Systems to Western Digital, the largest storage manufacturer in the world. Mr. Hootselle has presented his views on modern technology advances at over 45 technology conferences and is the host of the Disruptive Technologies Tour.

Held October 10th at the Cobb Galleria, the 2018 Georgia Manufacturing Summit is expected to attract over 800 attendees from across the Southeast and will be focused on the Aerospace Industry, the number one export for the state of Georgia. Mark Burns, President of Gulfstream, and Eric Rojek, V.P. of Sales & Marketing for Thrush Aviation will be this year’s keynote speakers. It is Georgia’s manufacturing event of the year and allows attendees to make face-to-face connections with other manufacturers, customers, service providers, and suppliers. In addition to the keynote presentations, this event will have over 30 of the top industry leaders provide educational workshops to discuss Disruptive Technologies, Financial Perspectives, International Manufacturing, Sales & Marketing, Supply Chain Trends, and Workforce Development. To learn more and to register: www.GeorgiaManufacturingSummit.com

About the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance:

The Georgia Manufacturing Summit is a tradeshow produced by the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA). GMA is a membership-based industry organization founded in 2008 to support Georgia’s manufacturing community. GMA provides monthly plant tours, educational sessions, tradeshows, and unique networking opportunities designed to help make profitable business connections for its members. The Georgia Manufacturing Directory, Georgia Manufacturing Summit, Georgia Manufacturing Calendar, and BuyFromGeorgia.com are additional resources produced by GMA. To learn more about the organization, membership, and upcoming events, please call 770-338-0051 or visit their website www.GeorgiaManufacturingAlliance.com.

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Contact: James Nixon, 404-223-2294, LeadershipGeorgia.com

Leadership Georgia announces 2018 award winners 

Leadership Georgia honors Johnson, Hunt and Staub

(ATLANTA, Ga.) – The Leadership Georgia Board of Trustees is pleased to announce recipients of three coveted awards to be presented at this year’s annual gala. Leadership Georgia’s Annual Gala and Awards Presentation has become a signature event for honoring and celebrating the outstanding accomplishments and contributions that have been made by alumni and others to Leadership Georgia, our communities and the state as a whole. Over 650 people attend the event to honor the award recipients, reconnect with friends, and relive memories in true Leadership.

This year’s awards and honorees are:

The FREDERICK B. KERR Service Award – Honorable Horace J. Johnson Jr. of Covington

An award presented in memory of Frederick B. Kerr to Leadership Georgia members who have demonstrated enthusiastic and active support of Leadership Georgia on a continuing and consistent basis.

Judge Horace J. Johnson Jr., a Newton County native, has served his hometown community as a superior court judge in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit since 2002.  Judge Johnson, an Emory University and University of Georgia School of Law grad, was one of the first black students to integrate Newton County Schools. Judge Johnson presides over a Parental Accountability Court, serves as past president of the Council of Superior Court Judges of Georgia, is founder of Newton Mentoring and serves on the Judicial Council of Georgia.

Through the years, he has been appointed to various statewide and community boards and committees, including the Georgia Accountability Courts Funding Committee; the Access, Fairness, Public Trust & Confidence Committee, and the Judicial Council’s Domestic Violence Committee. Judge Johnson and his wife, Michelle, are proud parents of two sons. The Johnsons are alumni of the 2002 class of Leadership Georgia and Judge Johnson served as the 2009 president of the organization.

The J. W. FANNING Award – Mrs. Julie Ewing Hunt of Tifton

An award presented in memory of J.W. Fanning to a Georgian whose statewide contributions through progressive leadership and service have been broad in scope and rich in achievement.

Hunt is the president of J.H. Services, Inc. She is an entrepreneur with experience in the restaurant, advertising and real estate industries, as well as a former school teacher. Hunt serves as a member of the Georgia Ports Authority, a member of the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College President’s Club, an emeritus trustee of the University of Georgia Foundation and a former Regent of the University System of Georgia. She is the chair of the Tifton-Tift County Tourism Association and a past president of the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce. She is also the chamber’s 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year recipient.

Hunt is a former member of the Commission for the Privatization of State Government and the Georgia Economic Development Authority. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Valdosta State University. Hunt has two children and seven grandchildren. She resides in Tifton.

The E. DALE THREADGILL Community Service Award – Mr. Eddie Staub of Gainesville

An award presented in honor of E. Dale Threadgill to Leadership Georgia members who have taken the principles learned in Leadership Georgia and put them to work in their communities.

Eddie Staub is founder and executive director of Eagle Ranch, a community uniquely designed to help make life better for children and families going through a crisis. For nearly 35 years, Eagle Ranch has served as Georgia’s foremost family reunification program. Staub has been honored for Eagle Ranch’s contributions to youth and families throughout Georgia.

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Staub graduated with a B.S. in science education from Auburn University and was a member of the varsity baseball team. He also has a master’s degree in physiology from Auburn. He is married to the former Kayanne Morris of Atlanta, and they have five children. The Staubs are alumni of the 1999 class of Leadership Georgia.

The 2018 Leadership Georgia Annual Gala will be held Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in beautiful Athens, Georgia, at the Classic Center! “We as vested Georgians are privileged to honor these great individuals who have had significant impacts on their communities and the state at-large,” stated James Nixon, trustee and chair of the 2018 awards committee.

Leadership Georgia is excited about the Annual Gala and Awards Presentation that gives the 4,000-plus alumni the opportunity to connect, honor and continue the legacy of Leadership Georgia. In addition to the fun of reconnecting with friends, the event is a unique way Leadership Georgia ensures its continued success. Proceeds from the Gala and Awards Presentation offset the costs of future programs, thus enabling Leadership Georgia to continue its legacy of developing and inspiring leaders from all walks of life in Georgia. More information on Leadership Georgia is available at leadershipgeorgia.com.

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About Leadership Georgia …

Leadership Georgia stands apart as one of the nation’s oldest and most successful leadership-training programs for young business, civic and community leaders with the desire and potential to work together for a better Georgia. Its primary purpose is to identify, train and inspire a network of emerging young leaders, whose ages typically range from 25 to 45 years old. Affiliated with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the organization has fielded numerous highly influential state and national leaders. Among the ranks of Leadership Georgia alumni, there are leaders in business, not-for-profit organizations and elected officials, including U.S. senators, U.S. congressmen, state legislators and a Georgia secretary of state. Leadership Georgia 270 Peachtree St. Suite 2200, Atlanta, GA 30303. www.leadershipgeorgia.com

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Contact: Neisha McGee, 404-223-2493, gmcgee@gachamber.com

Alex Coffey, 404-223-2263, acoffey@gachamber.com

Christina Tuck, 404-223-2272, ctuck@gachamber.com

Georgia Chamber of Commerce announces endorsements for statewide candidates 

Atlanta, GA – August 21, 2018 – The Georgia Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of Gary Black for Commissioner of Agriculture, Chris Carr for Attorney General, Mark Butler for Commissioner of Labor, Chuck Eaton for Public Service Commissioner District 3, and Tricia Pridemore for Public Service Commissioner District 5 in the 2018 general election.

“The Chamber is proud to announce our support and endorsement of their candidacy in this year’s election,” said Chris Clark, Georgia Chamber President & CEO. “We look forward to working with each candidate to strengthen our growing economy and remain increasingly competitive in our efforts to maintain our status of being the No. 1 state in which to do business. Each of these incumbents have demonstrated unwavering commitment for economic growth and have proven their ability to represent the interests of Georgia businesses and working families.”

“The administration and operation of these governmental agencies play a vital role in advancing economic opportunities, and it is critical that we elect pro-business officials who are dedicated to protecting and promoting sound policy,” said Georgia Chamber Political Affairs Council Chairman, Ben J. Tarbutton, III. “I am confident that these candidates will continue to provide the effective leadership that Georgians deserve.”

As the largest statewide business advocate, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce has a membership of over 40,000 investors. The Chamber is dedicated to working with all elected leaders to improve the quality of life and business climate in every community throughout the state.

About the Georgia Chamber of Commerce

As the state’s largest business organization, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce represents investors in every county of our state with a diverse cross-section of over 500 industry sectors. Our membership includes both small storefronts and large corporations-no matter the size or type of business, we provide proactive policy, aggressive advocacy and meaningful investor services that impact your bottom line. Our number one mission is keeping, growing and creating jobs to make Georgia a better state for business. We work to ensure economic competitiveness, innovative solutions to challenges that state faces, and a commitment to high quality of life.  The Georgia Chamber serves as a partner for local chambers across the state. While we have many of the same goals, the Georgia Chamber focuses on statewide issues that impact Georgia’s entire business community.

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Contact: Jessie Bland

229-386-3472

Applications now being accepted for Peanut Leadership Academy XI 

TIFTON, Ga. – Applications are now being accepted for Class XI of the Peanut Leadership Academy. To be eligible for participation, candidates must derive their primary livelihood from farming and currently produce peanuts, make a commitment to the program and agree to attend all sessions except in times of illness or a family emergency, be between the ages of 22 and 45 and provide a completed application.

The Peanut Leadership Academy is a cooperative effort between Syngenta Crop Protection, the American Peanut Shellers Association and grower organizations. The program began in 1998 with the first class of 14 peanut growers from Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Since then, the academy has grown to include growers from Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and sheller representatives.

During the program, participants are taught how to become more effective spokespeople for the peanut industry, develop industry relationships and further grow their leadership skills. Five sessions take place throughout the 18-month class and require approximately 20 days of travel. During the sessions, activities are structured to give participants a thorough understanding of the United States peanut industry and include industry tours, meetings with industry leaders and professional development training. Each class also has one leadership session in Washington, D.C., where participants have an opportunity to visit with members of Congress on issues affecting the peanut industry.

To download a copy of the upcoming class application, visit www.southernpeanutfarmers.org. Applications must be postmarked by Oct. 15, 2018, for consideration. The first session will begin in December 2018.

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Contact: Marjorie Dykes, Ga. Manufacturing Alliance

770-338-0051

Gulfstream President Mark Burns to be lunch keynote speaker at Georgia Manufacturing Summit

Atlanta, GA – Gulfstream Aerospace President, Mark Burns, will be the lunch keynote at the Georgia Manufacturing Summit, held October 10, 2018, at the Cobb Galleria. Mr. Burns has spent more than 34 years with Gulfstream, joining the organization in 1983 as a computer-aided design (CAD) operator. He was named President of Gulfstream in July 2015 after spending more than seven years as the leader of the company’s Product Support organization. He also serves as a Vice President of Gulfstream’s parent company General Dynamics, a role he’s held since February 2014.

“Gulfstream has a reputation for excellence with a focus on innovation,” said Jason Moss, CEO for the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, the producer of the Summit. “They have a history of producing record-setting aircraft, cutting edge technologies, and global support initiatives that service customers worldwide.”

Gulfstream has led the evolution of business and personal aviation since the 1958 debut of the Gulfstream I, the world’s first purpose-built business aircraft. Today, Gulfstream produces the world’s most advanced business aircraft, with innovations from nose to tail and wingtip to wingtip, all while offering unmatched worldwide customer support and service. A relentless pursuit of performance, efficiency, and innovation is what makes Gulfstream jets the world’s most advanced business aircraft.

Headquartered in Savannah, Georgia, Gulfstream manufactures large and ultra-large aircraft and is one of the largest employers in this region. The five-building campus maintains engineers and support staff integral to the engineering, manufacturing, testing and development of past, current, and future Gulfstream aircraft. Gulfstream Laboratories features the only hemi-anechoic chamber used in the development of business aircraft.

Gulfstream just announced that the U.S. Air Force has awarded the company a contract to provide contractor logistics support services (CLS) for the Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, and U.S. Coast Guard C-20 and C-37 fleets. Gulfstream’s highly skilled support team and network of facilities will provide critical support around the world for a variety of missions. Gulfstream currently operates facilities on four continents and employs more than 15,000 people worldwide.

Mr. Burns will share Gulfstream’s success story as the Lunch Keynote at the Summit which is expected to attract over 800 attendees from across the Southeast. This year will focuse on the Aerospace Industry, the number one export for the state of Georgia. Eric Rojek, V.P. of Sales & Marketing for Thrush Aircraft will be also be the Breakfast Keynote Speaker. Thrush Aircraft is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of agricultural aircraft manufacturing 50 planes a year with 70% of these being exported outside of the U.S.

The Summit is considered Georgia’s manufacturing event of the year and allows attendees to make face-to-face connections with other manufacturers, customers, service providers, and suppliers. In addition to the Keynote presentations, this event will have over 30 of the top industry leaders provide educational sessions to discuss Disruptive Technologies, Financial Perspectives, International Manufacturing, Sales & Marketing, Supply Chain Trends, and Workforce Development. To learn more and to register: www.GeorgiaManufacturingSummit.com

About the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance:

The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) is a membership-based industry organization founded in 2008 to support Georgia’s manufacturing community. GMA provides monthly plant tours, educational sessions, tradeshows, and unique networking opportunities designed to help make profitable business connections for its members. The Georgia Manufacturing Directory, Georgia Manufacturing Summit, Georgia Manufacturing Calendar, and BuyFromGeorgia.com are additional resources produced by GMA. To learn more about the organization, membership, and upcoming events, please call 770-338-0051 or visit their website www.GeorgiaManufacturingAlliance.com.

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Contact: Ashley Bush

770-832-4577

Southwire launches 2017 sustainability report

Annual report features updated materiality assessment, highlights progress toward sustainability goals

Carrollton, GA – August 15, 2018: Building upon the company’s strong commitment to sustainability, Southwire recently launched its 2017 sustainability report, written in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards: Core option. This online report details Southwire’s progress toward its sustainability commitments and features the company’s management approach and achievements in its most significant, or “material,” sustainability topics.

The report covers all areas of sustainability at Southwire, including the company’s most significant impacts, opportunities, sustainability goals and strategies, which align with its five tenets—Growing Green, Living Well, Giving Back, Doing Right and Building Worth.

“At Southwire, we work hard every day to discover, develop and distribute sustainable solutions that exceed the expectations of our stakeholders around the world. In doing so, our goal is simple: We want to go from good to great,” said President and CEO, Rich Stinson. “We continue to build on our nearly seven decades of rich history by looking to the future—a future where needs will be met through high-end systems and solutions, and a future guided by the technologies, forces and trends shaping our industry. This report helps us clearly define the steps we are taking to ensure the sustainability of our business and maximize the positive impact we can have for our stakeholders.”

Southwire released its first GRI report in 2015, detailing the company’s progress on sustainability goals from 2014. This first report demonstrated Southwire’s strong commitment to transparency around the company’s sustainability initiatives. Southwire’s 2017 report features an updated materiality assessment, further guiding Southwire’s focus on the sustainability topics most significant to the business and its stakeholders.

“As we look toward the 2021 goals we’ve set for our company, it’s incredibly important that we focus on the topics that will most significantly contribute to our progress and our improvement,” said Jeff Herrin, SVP of Sustainability, EHS and Quality. “Our updated materiality assessment helps to clarify what is most important to those we interact with daily and those who will be influenced by our decisions, both today and in the future.”

As referenced in the report, 2017 yielded positive growth for Southwire, highlighted by strong business results, the definition of a five-year growth strategy, a deeper focus on the environment, significant efforts toward safety improvements and much more. A major highlight of the 2017 report included the company’s commitment to the UN Global Compact.

“We signed the UN Global Compact in July of 2017, becoming one of more than 12,000 signatories in 170 countries who are working to take actions that advance societal goals,” said Herrin. “To be a company that can sustain itself through many generations, it is important to align with these initiatives so that our communities around the world continue to prosper and thrive.”

Some of Southwire’s other notable accomplishments for 2017, within its tenets of sustainability, include the successful acquisition and integration of DCN Cables; the grand opening of its Thorn Customer Solutions Center; the development of a formalized inclusivity program and record efforts through Giving Back, specifically in the area of disaster relief.

“As I’ve said before, it is our priority that Southwire remains generationally sustainable for 100 years and beyond,” said Stinson. “I am incredibly proud to lead this great organization, made up of now more than 7,500 talented people across the globe that are working together to ensure we remain an industry and community leader for years to come.”

Full access to Southwire’s 2017 sustainability report is available at southwiresustainability.com.

A leader in technology and innovation and an emerging influence in the industrial electrical space, Southwire Company, LLC, is one of North America’s largest wire and cable producers. Southwire and its subsidiaries manufacture building wire and cable, metal-clad cable, portable and electronic cord products, OEM wire products and engineered products. In addition, Southwire supplies assembled products, contractor equipment and hand tools. For more on Southwire’s products, its community involvement and its vision of sustainability, visit southwiresustainability.com.

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Contact: Joy Crosby

229-386-3690

Georgia Peanut Commission seeks National Peanut Board nominees for Alternate position

TIFTON, Ga. – The Georgia Peanut Commission seeks eligible peanut producers who are interested in serving as an alternate member on the National Peanut Board. The Georgia Peanut Commission will hold a nominations election to select two nominees for alternate position to the National Peanut Board during a meeting on Sept. 13, 2018, at noon at the GPC headquarters in Tifton, Ga. All eligible peanut producers are encouraged to participate. Eligible producers are those who are engaged in the production and sale of peanuts and who own or share the ownership and risk of loss of the crop.

Neil Lee of Bronwood, Ga., serves as the current alternate for the state of Georgia. The term for the current Georgia alternate expires Dec. 31, 2018.

The United States Department of Agriculture requires two nominees from each state for the alternate position. The National Peanut Board will submit Georgia’s slate of nominees to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, who makes the appointments.

The National Peanut Board encourages inclusion of persons of any race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation and marital or family status. NPB encourages all persons who qualify as peanut producers to attend the meeting and run for nomination.

It is USDA’s policy that membership on industry-government boards and committees accurately reflect the diversity of individuals served by the programs.

About the Georgia Peanut Commission

The Georgia Peanut Commission has been working on the behalf of Georgia’s peanut farmers since 1961 in the areas of promotion, research and education.

About the National Peanut Board

The National Peanut Board represents all USA peanut farmers and their families. The mission of the Board is to improve the economic condition of USA peanut farmers and their families through compelling promotion and groundbreaking research.

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Contact: Carol Pryor

Expanding transportation for people with disabilities

Georgia test case presents viable transportation option

ATLANTA, GA. – August 8 —Veterans, older adults and people with disabilities have countless obstacles to employment opportunities in Georgia and across the nation. Transportation should not be one of them.

Through a test case introducing Lyft as a flexible, cost-effective transportation option for people with disabilities, Georgia has used this transportation option for adults using supported employment services through a Medicaid Waiver Program.

The purpose of the test case was to respond to the major barrier to work that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience: lack of affordable, flexible transportation. The solution is just as viable for older adults and veterans who are unable to drive.

The compelling force behind the test case has been a mother who has been a long time advocate for a daughter with disabilities. In recognition of her efforts and leadership in developing and expanding the test case, Carol Pryor of Atlanta was presented the Aging and Disability Resource Connection 2018 Service Award.

Carol recognized the transportation barrier which is ever present for many Georgians with disabilities.

Utilizing the test case model on a wider scale will create tremendous opportunities for people with disabilities who are trained and ready to work. Success of the Georgia test case has generated interest among legislators, agencies and non-profit organizations in multiple states. Implementation of the test case model throughout the nation is the long-term goal.

The Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services is reviewing Georgia’s test case as a viable transportation option for senior mobility. When a scalable and sustainable model is implemented, Georgia will be the first state in the nation to have created a solution to address the dire need for transportation among older adults and people with disabilities and to provide people with disabilities an opportunity to work and live a life of inclusion in their communities.

https://news.gsu.edu/2018/07/17/how-the-gig-economy-could-aid-planning-for-older-adult-and-disability-services-in-georgia/

To learn more, visit the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities at https://dbhdd.georgia.gov/ or the Georgia DHS Division of Aging Services at https://aging.georgia.gov/.

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Contact: Marjorie Dykes, Ga. Manufacturing Alliance

770-338-0051

Thrush Aircraft VP will be a keynote speaker at Georgia Manufacturing Summit on Oct. 10

Atlanta, GA — Understanding the impact that the aerospace industry has on manufacturing will be a key topic at the 2018 Georgia Manufacturing Summit. Held October 10th at the Cobb Galleria, this year’s breakfast Keynote Speaker will be Eric Rojek, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Thrush Aircraft, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of agricultural aircraft.   Mr. Rojek leads Thrush’s global marketing strategy, communications, and brand positioning efforts.

“The aerospace industry benefits greatly from the depth of manufacturing capabilities in Georgia,” said Eric Rojek. “Capabilities that are not only vital to the success of our nation, but that allow us to continue building upon Georgia’s rich legacy of success in aviation.”

Headquartered in Albany, Georgia, Thrush Aircraft manufactures a full range of aerial application aircraft used in agriculture, forestry, and firefighting roles worldwide. Founded in 2003, Thrush is well-known for building the most durable aircraft in the aerial application industry, as well as the best flying – from both pilot and operator perspectives. Today there are more than 2,200 Thrush aircraft operating in some 80 countries.

This versatility is part of what has made Thrush a favorite of operators, both large and small. Major operators who rely on Thrush include such familiar names as Dole Fresh Fruit, Del Monte Fresh Fruit, Aerovic, FumiPalma, as well as many governments around the world.

“Thrush boasts a well-rounded management team with a wealth of experience in all areas of manufacturing,” said Jason Moss, CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance the producer of the Summit. “Their veteran labor force has aerial agriculture experience dating back to the mid-1960s, including all aspects of design, tooling production, planning, product manufacturing, and support.”

The 2018 Summit is expected to attract over 800 attendees from across the Southeast and will be focused on the Aerospace Industry. It is Georgia’s manufacturing event of the year and allows attendees to make face-to-face connections with other manufacturers, customers, service providers, and suppliers. In addition to the Keynote presentations, this year’s event will have over 30 of the top industry leaders provide educational workshops to discuss Disruptive Technologies, Financial Perspectives, International Manufacturing, Supply Chain Trends, and Workforce Development. To register: www.GeorgiaManufacturingSummit.com

About the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance:

The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) is a membership-based industry organization founded in 2008 to support Georgia’s manufacturing community. GMA provides monthly plant tours, educational sessions, tradeshows, and unique networking opportunities designed to help make profitable business connections for its members. The Georgia Manufacturing Directory, Georgia Manufacturing Summit, Georgia Manufacturing Calendar, and BuyFromGeorgia.com are additional resources produced by GMA. To learn more about the organization, membership, and upcoming events, please call 770-338-0051 or visit their website www.GeorgiaManufacturingAlliance.com.

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Contact: Marjorie Dykes, Ga. Manufacturing Alliance

770-338-0051

17 consumer product manufacturers highlighted in Buy from Georgia campaign

Atlanta, GA — From Alpharetta to Savannah, each region in Georgia was highlighted in the Buy From Georgia Campaign that focused on manufacturers that make consumer products. The campaign kicked off with a tour of Scientific Games on June 27th and ended on July 31st with a tour of Sunny Delight. Over 500 people attended the tours which included everything from food preparation to firearms to golf carts.

“It was fascinating to see the diversity of manufacturing capabilities across so many different segments of manufacturing,” said Jason Moss, CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. “The common thread at each facility was the pride that the employees took in creating each product. Although we saw very impressive automation in the factories that we toured, there was a huge focus on continuous improvement using lean and six sigma principles.”

The Buy From Georgia Tour Series included:

Scientific Games Plant Tour (Lottery Cards) •   June 27 • Alpharetta

Okabashi Plant Tour (Shoes) •   July 10   •   Buford

Sherwin Williams Plant Tour (Paint) •   July 16 •   Covington

Millennium Mats (Mats) •   July 17   •   Suwanee

Georgia Gifts & More (Souvenirs/Gift Items) • July 18 • Atlanta

Prep Cook (Food items) • July 18 • Atlanta

Club Car Plant Tour (Golf Carts) •   July 20   •   Augusta

Hon Company Plant Tour (Office Furniture) • July 23 • Cedartown

Southwire 12 For Life Plant Tour (Wire) • July 23   •   Carrollton

Duracell Plant Tour (Batteries) •   July 24   •   LaGrange

Henkel Plant Tour (Adhesive Products) • July 24 • LaGrange

Kumho Tire Plant Tour (Tires)   • July 25 • Macon

Savannah Bee Plant Tour (Honey & Beauty Products) • July 26 • Savannah

EmployAbility Tour (T-shirts) •   July 26   •   Savannah

Ghost Coast Distillery Tour (Whiskey) • July 26 • Savannah

Daniel Defense (Firearms) • July 27 • Black Creek

Sunny Delight (Beverages) • July 31 • Atlanta

“Our organization was founded in 2008 and even after 10 years of touring the state, I am more impressed than ever with the innovations, technologies, and the people that make manufacturing the number 1 industry in Georgia,” continued Moss. “It is our goal to bring awareness to the great products manufactured in our state, and we developed a tool that helps connect the general consumer to products manufactured in Georgia. The BuyFromGA.com website features 100s of items that are manufactured in Georgia, and we hope every resident will go to this site and purchase items Made in Georgia.”

ABOUT GMA: The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) is a membership-based industry organization founded in 2008 to support Georgia’s manufacturing community. GMA provides monthly plant tours, educational sessions, tradeshows, and unique networking opportunities designed to help make profitable business connections for its members. The Georgia Manufacturing Directory, Georgia Manufacturing Summit, and Georgia Manufacturing Calendar are additional resources produced by GMA. To learn more about the organization, membership, and upcoming events, please call 770-338-0051 or visit their website http://www.GeorgiaManufacturingAlliance.com.

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