Press Releases

Contact:         Faith Peppers, 770-601-8008, pepper@uga.edu

UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences releases Back to School Special Section July 5 on CAES Media Newswire

It still feels like the middle of summer, but back-to-school season will be upon us before we know it.

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension personnel and UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Family and Consumer Sciences faculty produced a series of stories to help parents prepare for the upcoming school year.

These timely features, formatted for newspapers and online news outlets, provide news your readers can use just in time back-to-school supplements and special sections. High-resolution photographs are also available to illustrate most of the stories.

From building strong school-year routines to helping kids handle bullying, our researchers have provided advice to make this school year the best it can be.

To sign up to receive these and other public service stories from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UGA Cooperative Extension subscribe to our weekly newswire at www.caes.uga.edu/newswire/subscribe.html.

This year’s stories cover the following topics.

Children and sleep: How much sleep do children really need? Most Americans don’t get enough sleep, but the problem can be worse for children and teenagers. This story provides tips to ensure everyone gets enough sleep and includes and infographic.

Kids and smart speakers: With more and more families using smart speakers, we discuss their benefits to students and how to supervise children’s use of the speakers.

Bullying signs: As children reach their teenage years, it can be hard for parents to know what they’re thinking. One UGA Extension agent shares what she tells parents who wonder how to ask their child about bullying.

Healthy diets: The recipe to get kids to eat a healthier diet starts with parents who model healthy diets. With busy schedules, it’s not always easy for parents to make great dietary decisions for themselves, but it’s worth it, say child nutrition experts.

College prep begins in middle school: UGA recruiters talk about what it takes to prepare for college and the pitfalls that prevent students from getting into their first-choice schools. The first thing they want parents and students to know is that college preparation starts in middle school.

Cyberbullying: It’s become a perennial problem for middle and high school students. While parents are aware that cyberbullying happens, they may not know how to help their children if they become victims. Georgia 4-H anti-bullying specialists weigh in on the best way to support children and keep them safe.

Turning brains back on for fall: Summer can a great time for kids and parents to unwind from the stress of the school year, but come August, it’s time to get ready for the school year. It’s best to ease into school-year routines a few weeks before school starts. Child development researchers offer other tips to get students ready for school.

Radon poster contest: The UGA Radon Education Program announces its 2019 poster contest. The program hosts its poster contest each year to raise Georgians’ awareness of radon.

Kids need nature: UGA wildlife educator Nick Fuhrman discusses tactics for getting families outdoors this fall.

Money matters: It’s OK to talk about money. UGA financial literacy specialists discuss how and when to start talking to children about money management. The earlier the conversation starts, the better.

Vegetable fun: UGA Extension Family and Consumer Sciences specialists and agents share their best tips for encouraging kids to try new vegetables. This punchy “listicle” features a high-resolution photo of vegetables at a farmers market.

Live From the Lab: The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is hosting a series of Facebook Live broadcasts featuring CAES scientists discussing their research in a relaxed way and taking questions from the public and high school science classes across the state.

School garden helpers: About 25 percent of Georgia’s schools now have school gardens. These gardens offer a great chance for parents to get involved at their children’s schools. Becky Griffin, UGA Extension school and community gardens coordinator, has tips for how to get involved and help in school gardens.

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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:         Marjorie Dykes, Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, 770-338-0051,

email: marjorie@georgiamanufacturing.com

E2E Resources joins Georgia Manufacturing Alliance as developer sponsor

Atlanta, GA — The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance continues to grow at a rapid pace and has added E2E Resources, Inc. as an annual sponsor for 2018-2019. E2E is an employee benefits and HR company established 25 years ago with the focus of supporting small to large employers in providing employee benefits products and HR support.

“We joined the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance in their formative years because we recognized the value of increasing awareness for products that are Made in Georgia,” said Raymer Sale, President of E2E Resources. “Anything that we can do to support Georgia’s economy and employees is a great investment for us.”

The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance received the Buy From Georgia proclamation from Governor Deal on June 20th at the State Capitol. This proclamation promotes Georgia made products and encourages consumers to shop and buy local. The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance will tour 12 plants across the state in July that manufacturer products that can be brought on Amazon or purchased in a store including Club Car, Daniel Defense, Duracell Batteries, EmployAbility, Ghost Coast Distillery, HON Office Furniture, Millennium Mats, Okabashi Shoes, Savannah Bee Honey, Scientific Games, Sherwin Williams and Southwire.

E2E Resources uses a consultative approach to determine the client’s needs and desires. They custom design the products and support for their clients using a variety of proprietary tools including administration software, onboarding, HR support, and payroll. Their support system helps simplify and streamline a manufacturer’s experience through the entire HR process. To learn more: www.e2eresources.com

“E2E is an active member of the National Association of Health Underwriters, SHRM, and HRMA which provide important support for our manufacturers,” said Jason Moss, CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. “We are very excited to have one of the leading employee benefits agencies join GMA as an annual sponsor.”

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, Georgia Manufacturing Calendar, and Buy From Georgia website 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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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:         Amy Henderson, GMA 678/686-6226,

Cell: 404-387-0624; email: ahenderson@gmanet.com

Ga. Municipal Association: Cities recognized for adopting ethics ordinances

SAVANNAH – Three cities were recognized as the most recently certified Cities of Ethics at the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Annual Convention June 25. Forty-one additional cities were recognized for being recertified.

The cities of Hiawasee, Lawrenceville and Turin received the City of Ethics certification, while Adairsville, Aragon, Attapulgus, Ball Ground, Baxley, Blackshear, Blairsville, Blythe, Braselton, Brookhaven, Byron, Calhoun, Carl, Cave Springs, Cedartown, Covington, Dalton, Douglas, Eastman, Eton, Flovilla, Forsyth, Glennville, Good Hope, Hahira, Haralson, Hawkinsville, Homerville, Kingsland, LaGrange, Lyerly, McDonough, Milton, Peachtree Corners, Rome, Screven, St. Mary’s, Statham, Stone Mountain, Union City and Varnell were recertified.

In addition, Paulding County was recertified as a County of Ethics, and the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission, Northwest Georgia Regional Commission and Southwest Georgia Regional Commission were recertified as Organizations of Ethics.

The City of Ethics program began in 1999 and was developed by a panel of business and government leaders to encourage cities to adopt and adhere to a set of key ethical principles and adopt a local ethics ordinance. The ordinance must contain definitions, prohibited conduct and due process for officials accused of violations in areas such as financial disclosures, conflicts of interests and outside employment. The ordinance must also contain penalties for city officials who violate the ordinance.

GMA requires cities with the designation to recertify for the program, ensuring that ordinances maintain the standards of the program and city officials are regularly reminded of their ethical obligations as individuals and as a governing body. Each city is required to apply for recertification every four years.

A panel of attorneys reviewed the ordinances to determine if they comply with the criteria set by GMA. The cities received a plaque and are now authorized by GMA to use a “Certified City of Ethics” logo on city stationery, road signs, city vehicles and for other uses.

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.

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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:         Amy Henderson, GMA 678/686-6226,

Cell: 404-387-0624; email: ahenderson@gmanet.com

Ga. Municipal Association: Cities applaud Supreme Court online sales tax ruling

ATLANTA – The United States Supreme Court has ruled that internet retailers can be required to collect and remit sales taxes to states where they don’t have a physical presence. The 5-to-4 ruling overturned a 1992 case which said state and local governments could only collect from stores with a physical presence in the state. The ruling this week paves the way for Georgia to begin collecting sales taxes from online sales beginning in January. It’s estimated that local governments in Georgia could stand to gain an additional $300 million in revenue.

Collection of sales taxes from online sales has been a long-standing policy of GMA, and this session the General Assembly passed House Bill 61, sponsored by former Camilla Mayor and GMA President Jay Powell (R-Camilla).

“We’re especially grateful to Rep. Powell and the members of the General Assembly, along with Gov. Deal, for supporting that legislation, which, in light of the Supreme Court ruling this week, sets Georgia up to bring parity to Main Street stores and needed revenues for cities, counties and schools,” said GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority said, “Quill puts both local businesses and many interstate businesses with physical presence at a competitive disadvantage relative to remote sellers. Remote sellers can avoid the regulatory burdens of tax collection and can offer de facto lower prices caused by the widespread failure of consumers to pay the tax on their own.”

He also noted how one online retailer that does not collect taxes promotes the idea of “beautiful, peaceful homes.” “What Wayfair ignores in its subtle offer to assist in tax evasion is that creating a dream home assumes solvent state and local governments,” he wrote.

Other local government groups applauded the Supreme Court’s decision. In a statement released by the Council of State Governments, International City/County Management Association, National Association of Counties, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Governors Association, National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the groups said:

“State and local organizations applaud the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision recognizing that the 1992 Quill ruling put Main Street retailers at a competitive disadvantage to remote sellers and the efforts by states to simplify the sales tax collection process and giving those states remote sales tax collection authority. For 26 years Congress has failed to act and through the efforts of Justice Anthony Kennedy, the federal government has finally recognized the changing nature of commerce and state efforts to simplify the collection process.”

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.

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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:         Marjorie Dykes, Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, 770-338-0051,

email: marjorie@georgiamanufacturing.com

Buy from Georgia Proclamation presented to Ga. Manufacturing Alliance from Gov. Deal

Atlanta, GA – On June 20th Governor Nathan Deal presented the “Buy from Georgia Month” proclamation to the members of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance and manufacturing leaders from across the state. This was the 5th year that the Governor has presented this proclamation at the Georgia State Capitol to promote manufacturers and the goods they produce in Georgia.

“This event encourages our business community to come together to rally around two simple but powerful ideas,” said Jason Moss, CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. “It raises awareness of goods manufactured in our state and shows consumers how they can play an active role in supporting local jobs by purchasing items that are made locally.”

Studies show that the average consumer cannot name three things that are made in their state. The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance has developed a tool that helps connect the general consumer to products manufactured in Georgia. The www.BuyFromGA.com website features 100s of items that are manufactured in Georgia that consumers can purchase using their Amazon account.

“Over 440,000 people are employed in the 10,000 manufacturing facilities in Georgia,” continued Moss. “Thousands of jobs are directly impacted as a result of educating consumers about the importance of buying Georgia made products. The Buy From Georgia initiative is critical to the economic vitality of our state, and we will be touring some of the factories that have products listed on the BuyFromGa website.”

Jason Moss and his team will be traveling across the state to highlight name brands that people may see in the store each day and not be aware that these products are supporting Georgia’s economy. A KIA Sorento was donated from Columbus KIA Motorsports as the official tour vehicle and was specially wrapped with the BuyFromGA.com theme to help promote Georgia Made Products. The Tour Schedule includes:

  1. Scientific Games (Lottery Game Cards) June 27 • Alpharetta  

 

  1. Okabashi (Shoes) July 10   •   Buford

 

  1. Sherwin Williams (Paint Components) •   July 16 •   Covington

 

  1. Millennium Mats (Rubber & Carpeted Mats) July 17   •   Suwanee

 

  1. Club Car (Golf Carts) •   July 20   •   Augusta

 

  1. Hon Company (Office Furniture) July 23 • Cedartown

 

  1. Southwire (Wire & Cable)   July 23   •   Carrollton

 

  1. Duracell (Batteries) July 24   •   LaGrange

 

  1. Savannah Bee (Honey) July 26 • Savannah

 

  1. EmployAbility (Screen Printed T-shirts) • July 26   •   Savannah

 

  1. Ghost Coast (Vodka & Whiskey) July 26 • Savannah

 

  1. Daniel Defense (AR15 Rifles) • July 27 •   Black Creek

 

“Once a consumer walks through a factory and observes the manufacturing process, they are forever changed as they gain a new appreciation for the men and women who make things,” said Moss. “I believe that by helping more people experience what manufacturing is all about, we will naturally elevate the perception of our industry and entice a larger portion of the available workforce to join the manufacturing community.”

About 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, 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 at www.GeorgiaManufacturingAlliance.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:         Ashley K. Bush, Southwire, 770-832-4577

email: ashley.bush@southwire.com

Southwire named one of America’s best employers by Forbes

Carrollton, GA – June 14, 2018: Reflecting the company’s continued commitment to its employees, Southwire was named as one of America’s Best Employers in an annual list published by Forbes.

Forbes list of America’s Best Employers highlights the companies that employees like best. Through the support of Statista, an independent statistics and studies company, more than 30,000 people working at companies employing more than 1,000 people in their U.S. operations were surveyed about their employee experience.

Put simply, the respondents rated their probability of recommending the company to others as a great place to work. Southwire placed 297 out of the 500 companies recognized for this achievement.

“It is exciting to see Southwire’s name ranked on a list next to so many other large, highly respected companies,” said Rich Stinson, Southwire’s president and CEO. “We truly believe that our people are the heartbeat behind our company’s success, and we continue to find new ways to make Southwire a great place to work. This recognition is a tangible reflection of these efforts, and we are incredibly proud of this achievement.”

The company strives to remain generationally-sustainable for the next 100 years and beyond and has recently taken steps including the introduction of employee resource groups (ERGs) to further Southwire’s commitment to inclusivity, building on its strong total rewards platform, the growth of its robust employee volunteerism and community involvement efforts and, most recently, through the investment of approximately nine million dollars back into the lives of employees as a result of tax reform. Through this investment, full-time employees received one time bonuses, and Southwire announced an expansion of its parental leave policy and a strengthened commitment to education, industry partnerships and skilled trade development.

For the complete list of America’s Best Employers 2018, visit https://www.forbes.com/best-employers/list/

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A leader in technology and innovation, 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, utility cable 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 www.southwire.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:         Amy Henderson, GMA 678/686-6226,

Cell: 404-387-0624; email: ahenderson@gmanet.com

Applied Information joins GMA’s Business Alliance Program

ATLANTA – The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) is pleased to announce that Applied Information has joined the GMA Business Alliance Program. The program is intended to connect companies with municipal leaders to share knowledge and expertise to strengthen Georgia’s cities and support the mission of GMA.

Applied Information provides municipal leaders with a one-stop solution for Smart Cities transportation technology. The Glance Smart City Supervisory system deploys Internet of Things technology to monitor and manage all your traffic control devices from a desktop or smartphone enabling real-time control of traffic signals, school zone flashers and traffic calming devices. “Green to Scene” emergency vehicle traffic signal preemption provides faster, safer emergency services delivery. Transit vehicle priority provides on-time routes for buses and autonomous trolleys. The TravelSafely smartphone app, with red light running and “Get Ready for Green” audible alerts, comes with deployment and is free to download.

“Applied Information is a proud supporter of the Georgia Municipal Association and pleased to be a member of the Business Alliance Program,” said Bryan Mulligan, president of Applied Information, Inc. “Georgia’s cities are leaders in providing innovative services to their constituents and we are excited to share with GMA’s member cities about our Smart Cities transportation deployment solutions.”

“We value the commitment and expertise that Applied Information and other companies bring to our organization,” said GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson. “The Business Alliance Program business members and GMA’s combined efforts provide our municipal members with additional resources and information to help them operate their cities and provide the best services to their residents and businesses.”

About GMA:

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.

About Applied Information:

Applied Information is a leading developer of Smart Cities connected, intelligent transportation system (ITS) solutions designed to save lives, improve traffic, drive commerce and help the environment. Our cloud-based Glance Smart City Supervisory platform enables cities to more efficiently manage all its traffic control devices and ITS assets on one web-based application. We use Internet of Things (IoT) technology to make smarter Traffic Signals, School Beacons, Traffic Calming devices, and provide “Green to Scene” Emergency Vehicle Preemption. Other applications include Transit bus and autonomous trolley traffic signal priority and driver Work Zone notification. We connect the traveling public with the TravelSafely smartphone app to help to reduce distracted driving.  For more information on Applied Information visit www. appinfoinc.com/ or call 678.830.2170

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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:         Marjorie Dykes, Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, 770-338-0051,

email: marjorie@georgiamanufacturing.com

Ga. Manufacturing Alliance CEO featured on Business RadioX and Supply Chain Now Radio

Atlanta, GA — Jason Moss, the CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA), continues to be recognized as a leading voice of manufacturing in Georgia. His two guest appearances on Business RadioX and Supply Chain Now Radio addressed many new initiatives unfolding for the industry and issues that are pertinent for manufacturers in Georgia.

The first appearance was a special edition of Business RadioX on May 22, which was hosted by Centurion Advisory Group. Centurion is an annual sponsor of GMA and offers a suite of services built around 401K plan design and administration.

Mr. Moss was a guest of their monthly show along with Gail Moore, the owner of Custom Plastics and More. Ms. Moore is also the NW Chapter Director for the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. Topics of discussion included the state of manufacturing and workforce development. GMA has played an instrumental role in providing local connections and resources to help manufacturers be successful. To listen to this broadcast, visit: https://businessradiox.com/podcast/atlantabusinessradio/centurion-advisory-group/

“One of our new initiatives is our www.BuyFromGeorgia.com website which features consumer goods that are manufactured in Georgia,” said Mr. Moss. “This site helps manufacturers sell more products and connects consumers who want to buy and shop for local made products.”

Mr. Moss’s second appearance was on May 26th as part of Supply Chain Now Radio. This show is sponsored by APICS Atlanta and TalentStream; and is moderated by Scott W. Luton, Executive Vice President of APICS Atlanta. This special edition included Jason Moss, Tammy Grace, and Beau Groover. To listen to this broadcast, visit: https://businessradiox.com/podcast/supply-chain-now/supply-chain-now-radio-episode-13/

Jason Moss discussed the critical role that manufacturing plays in the end-to-end supply chain. The final result of any successful manufacturing process is to sell more products and services and GMA has developed two resources that help in this initiative – the Georgia Manufacturing Directory and the www.BuyFromGeorgia.com website.

Also featured was Tammy Gracek, Chief Operating Officer of Lund International, which was recently recognized as Gwinnett’s “2018 Large Manufacturer of the Year.” Ms. Gracek discussed the 11 brands that they currently manufacturer, 5 which are leading the industry, and the substantial growth of Lund through programs that empower their employees for continued success.

Beau Groover, President of The Effective Syndicate, also appeared on the show and discussed best practices for successfully utilizing Continuous Improvement in a strategic manner to drive growth & operational excellence.

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 the BuyFromGA.com website 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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Disclaimer

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:         Amy Henderson, GMA 678/686-6226,

Cell: 404-387-0624; email: ahenderson@gmanet.com

Duffield Aquatics joins GMA’s Business Alliance Program

ATLANTA – The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) is pleased to announce that Duffield Aquatics, Inc. has joined the GMA Business Alliance Program. The program is intended to connect companies with municipal leaders to share knowledge and expertise to strengthen Georgia’s cities and support the mission of GMA.

Duffield Aquatics, Inc. is a leading supplier of commercial swimming pool equipment providing service solutions to hundreds of world class facilities in the Southeastern United States for over 45 years. Duffield Aquatics provides factory trained, certified, and nationally accredited swimming pool professionals with the ultimate goal of providing the highest level of quality to every individual facility served. Through their SMART solutions systems, pool operators Save on resources while Maximizing their budget through Automated Responsive Technology.

“It is a true pleasure and honor to be working with the Georgia Municipal Association. We look forward to bringing our superior dedication to high quality pool maintenance and installation to GMA and every member city within the association,” said Alison Youngblood, Vice President of Duffield Aquatics. “We are very excited to be a BAP participant and I am personally very happy to begin this new relationship.”

“We value the commitment and expertise that Duffield Aquatics, Inc. and other companies bring to our organization,” said GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson. “The Business Alliance Program business members and GMA’s combined efforts provide our municipal members with additional resources and information to help them operate their cities and provide the best services to their residents and businesses.”

About GMA:

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

About Duffield Aquatics, Inc.:

Duffield Aquatics Inc. provides swimming pool equipment and maintenance service to commercial and institutional swimming pools. With over 45 years of experience, Duffield Aquatics, Inc. has set the benchmark for quality and customer satisfaction in providing commercial swimming equipment and providing support service. Our services cover the entire Southeastern USA, providing a wide range of swimming pool related solutions that you’re your swimming pool’s water clean, clear and safe. For more information on Duffield Aquatics visit www.duffieldaquatics.com or call 888-669-7551

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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:         Marjorie Dykes, Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, 770-338-0051,

email: marjorie@georgiamanufacturing.com

Northwest Chapter of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance Leading the Charge for Manufacturers in the State

Atlanta, GA – The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Northwest Chapter.  This chapter will cover the territory east of Interstate 75 and north of Interstate 20. Ms. Gail Moore is the North West Chapter Director for GMA and the co-founder of Custom Plastics and More.  Her company offers innovative solutions in plastic part fabrication, product design, project management, and secondary operations for a wide range of industries.

“We are seeing significant growth in manufacturing in our area and are excited to launch the Northwest Chapter of GMA,” said Gail Moore.  “The enthusiasm and support from local manufacturers and surrounding suppliers has been energizing, and we look forward to seeing our group solidify.”

The Northwest Chapter launched its first meeting with a Coffee and Connections Networking group and a tour of Fulfillment Strategies International in March.  They also had a tour of Seasons 4 in April and have 2 tours planned on May 17th which will highlight manufacturers in Buchanan, GA.

Chickmate Plant Tour   •   May 17   •   Buchanan (Morning Tour)

Chickmate feeders came from an idea by a progressive thinking farmer, Pat Awalt, who noticed a crack in the feed line and saw feed dropping onto the floor. He developed a more efficient method of feeding baby chickens and invented a baby chick feed dispenser that “automatically” feeds the young birds. Manufactured from high-quality plastics, Chickmate manufacturers 7 models of feed dispensers and 3 feed pan models for commercial chicken houses and are distributed worldwide.  Attendees will see the complete process of injection molding from raw material to finished product.

MCL Industries Plant Tour   •   May 17   •   Buchanan (Afternoon Tour)

MCL Industries has over 35 years of converting standard materials, custom co-extrusions, and multi-layered laminations.  MCL Industries uses unique combinations of laminating, die cutting, coating, and printing to meet a broad range of demands for electrical, automotive, consumer, industrial, and medical products. In addition to specialty die cut and fabricated parts, they offer raw material consulting, and new product design/development.

The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance invites local manufacturers and suppliers to attend these tours to understand the important services they offer and the economic impact they have in our state.   For registration information, please visit: https://www.georgiamanufacturingalliance.com/events/

About 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 Georgia Manufacturing Job Board 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 at www.GeorgiaManufacturingAlliance.com.

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Disclaimer

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:         Marjorie Dykes, Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, 770-338-0051,

email: marjorie@georgiamanufacturing.com

Buy from Georgia Month planned for June 20 at Capitol with Gov. Deal

Atlanta, GA – On June 20, 2018, Governor Nathan Deal will present the “Buy from Georgia” month proclamation to the members of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance and manufacturing leaders from across the state. This will be the 5th year that the Governor has presented this proclamation at the Georgia State Capitol to promote manufacturers and the goods they produce in Georgia.
Studies show that the average consumer cannot name three things that are made in their state. Georgia Manufacturing Alliance has developed a tool that helps connect the general consumer to products manufactured in Georgia. The www.BuyFromGA.com website features over 1,000 items that are manufactured in our state and consumers can purchase these products via this site using their Amazon account.
“Based on the rapid shift of consumers away from retail shopping, we developed the www.BuyFromGA.com website,” said Mr. Jason Moss, CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. “Since Amazon is the most successful and trusted online resource, shoppers who purchase through the www.BuyFromGA.com website receive all of the benefits of shopping through Amazon while supporting jobs and manufacturers in Georgia.”
Over 380,000 people are employed in the 9,500 manufacturing facilities in Georgia. Thousands of jobs are directly impacted as a result of educating consumers about the importance of buying Georgia made products. Some examples of products that are featured on www.BuyFromGA.com include: Ameriglo, Brawny Paper Towels, Bridgestone Golf Balls, Claxton Fruit Cakes, Clorox, Duracell Batteries, Hostess Snacks, Kumho Tires, HON Office Furniture, Okabashi Shoes, Primo Grills, Purina Dog Food, Quilted Northern Tissue, Savannah Bee Honey, SunnyD, Solo Cups, Wrigleys Gum, and Zoom Fishing Baits.
“June 20th will be a significant day for manufacturers in our state,” said Jason Moss. “We will continue to provide resources for our manufacturers to learn best business practices, connect with local suppliers, and promote their goods and services.”
To register for the Buy From Georgia proclamation event with Governor Deal, please visit: www.georgiamanufacturingalliance.com/events/2018-buy-from-ga-proclamation-with-governor-deal—atlanta- There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Press is encouraged to attend.
About 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 Georgia Manufacturing Job Board 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 at www.GeorgiaManufacturingAlliance.com.

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Contact:         Ashley K. Bush, Southwire, 770-832-4577, 678-684-7634

email: ashley.bush@southwire.com

Southwire, Carrollton’s 12 for Life hosts annual graduation ceremony

Carrollton, GA – May 10, 2018: On Thursday, May 10, 12 for Life® held its annual commencement ceremony, celebrating eleven years since the program’s inception in 2007.
12 for Life, a collaborative partnership that began between Southwire and Carroll County Schools in 2007, provides classroom instruction, on-the-job training, key work/life skills, mentoring and employment opportunities. Through 12 for Life, students are motivated to stay in school, graduate and move ahead to become successful, productive members of the communities in which they live.
190 students from Carroll, Haralson and Heard County Schools completed the requirements to receive their high school diplomas through the support of the Carrollton-area program. 12 for Life will recognize 388 graduates for 2018, including 43 students from the program’s Florence, Ala. location, 82 through the Great Promise Partnership and 73 from Textron Specialized Vehicles, Inc.’s Reaching Potential Through Manufacturing (RPM) program in Richmond County, Ga. These graduates mark a total of nearly 2,500 students who have completed 12 for Life to date.
“12 for Life creates possibilities for the youth in our communities,” said Kathleen Edge, executive vice president of Human Resources at Southwire. “The program provides resources and removes obstacles that would prevent students from achieving their highest potential. We are proud to celebrate our graduates once again and look forward to 12 for Life’s future.”
The 2018 ceremony was hosted at the Carroll County Schools Performing Arts Center. Attendees included students, teachers, families, school system representatives, Southwire employees, key government leaders including Richard Woods, Georgia’s state school superintendent, community leaders and friends. Scott Cowart, superintendent of the Carroll County School System, thanked attendees for their support and spoke to graduates about leaving a legacy as they transition into the new stage of their lives.
“We are proud of our partnership with Southwire and other school systems, and we are grateful for the support from family, friends, teachers and mentors,” said Cowart. “To graduates, I want to remind you that this is a successful conclusion of a journey, and as you transition into the next stage of your life, it is important to remember that you are part of the 12 for Life legacy. I hope you are proud of that because we are extremely proud of each of you.”
The graduation event was led by Joel Grubbs, 12 for Life site supervisor for the Carroll County School System. The keynote address for the ceremony was presented by Ashley Jordan, department manager for Southwire’s North Campus facility and 2009 graduate of 12 for Life. Jordan told her inspiring story and encouraged graduates to use the experience they have obtained through the program as they move forward.
“After today, whether you decide to further your education, pursue a career with Southwire, serve our country or stay home and raise a family, know that 12 for Life is your foundation to success,” said Jordan. “You can use your drive to succeed to be whoever you want to be and achieve anything you want in life.”
In addition to the recognition of each graduate, several awards and scholarships were granted during the ceremony. The Academic Achievement Award, given to the student with the highest GPA in the program, was presented to Maria Hernandez Diego, Central High School. Christin Scales, Bowdon High School, and Mason Donoho, Temple High School, received the Endurance Award, and Nathan Denney, also from Temple High School, received the 12 for Life Standard of Excellence Award. The Leadership Award was presented to Dustyn Moore, a Haralson County High School graduate.
23 students were recognized as recipients of a Southwire Scholarship. The Harold H. Charles Memorial Scholarship was presented to Skyler Hewett, Central High School, and Bob Uglum presented the Kiwanis Club of Carrollton Golden K 12 for Life Scholarship to Breonna Taylor of Villa Rica High School.
Throughout their time at 12 for Life, many of the graduates also completed college courses and received certifications related to their chosen career pathways.
The ceremony closed with a musical performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Yennifer Perez-Mazariego and inspirational remarks by graduates Sierra Richoux and Justin Dobbs, who recited “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost.
“I am so proud to be a part of 12 for Life,” said Richoux. “12 for Life has created opportunities for all of us. Regardless of the hand we were dealt, we have persevered through challenges and made it to today. We are the future of society, and I trust that you will choose to create your own path going forward.”
12 for Life will honor the graduates at its Florence location in an upcoming ceremony later this month.
• A leader in technology and innovation, 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, utility cable 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 www.southwire.com.

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Contact:         Megan Estes, Georgia 811, 770-823-3936,

email: mestes@georgia811.com

Survey reveals nearly 40 percent of homeowners who plan to dig will put themselves at risk by not calling Georgia 811 first

Making a free call to 811 or submitting an online request at www.Georgia811.com before digging for home improvement projects – including landscaping or installing a mailbox – can prevent damage to underground utility lines and keep communities safe 

Duluth, Georgia (March 29, 2018) – In observance of National Safe Digging Month in April, Georgia 811 today announced results from a recent national survey. The results revealed that 36 percent of homeowners whop plan to dig this year for projects like landscaping, installing a fence or mailbox, or building a deck, pond or patio and other DIY projects, will put themselves and their communities at risk by not calling 811 a few days beforehand to learn the approximate location of underground utilities.
Digging without know the approximate location of underground utilities can result in serious injuries, service disruptions and costly repairs when gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines are damaged.
The national public opinion survey of homeowners conducted in February by the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the national association dedicated to protecting underground utility lines, people who dig near them, and their communities, also revealed that 47 percent of homeowners who plan to dig this year have no experience with the 811 call before you dig process. The most popular planned projects cited among surveyed homeowners include:
* Planting a tree or shrub (63 percent)
* Building a fence (35 percent)
* Building a patio or deck (28 percent)
* Installing a mailbox (16 percent)
“Tens of million of Americans plan to do DIY digging projects this year, but according to our survey, 36 percent of them admit they will not call 811 beforehand, which puts homeowners and their communities at risk,” said Megan Estes, Corporate Communications Manager, Georgia 811. “Completing a locate request online at www.Georgia811.com or calling 811 at least 48 hours before any planned home improvement projects  that require digging – like installing a mailbox or planting a tree – is critical to preventing incidents like service outages and serious injuries.”
CGA’s 1,700 members, the U.S. Dept. of Transportation and Governor Nathan Deal have proclaimed April as National Safe Digging Month to bring extra attention to the issue of underground utility line safety and reduce the risk of unnecessary infrastructure damage.
As part of National Safe Digging Month, Georgia 811 encourages homeowners to take the following steps when planning a digging project this spring:
* Always submit a locate request at www.Georgia811.com or call 811 at least 48 hours before digging, regardless of the depth or familiarity of the property.
* Plan ahead. Call on Monday or Tuesday for work planned for an upcoming weekend, providing ample time for the approximate location of lines to be marked.
* Confirm that all lines have been marked.
* Consider moving the location of your project if it is near utility line markings.
* If a contractor has been hired, confirm that Georgia 811 has been contacted. Don’t allow work to begin if the lines aren’t marked.
* Visit www.Georgia811.com for complete info.
An underground utility line is damaged once every nine minutes nationwide because someone decided to dig without first contacting 811, according to industry data collected by CGA. There are more than 20 million miles of underground utilities in the United States, per data compiled by CGA from various industry groups. That figure equates to more than one football field’s length (105 yards) of buried utilities for every man, woman and child in the U.S.
Everyone who contacts Georgia 811 either online or by calling 811 will be able to create a locate request where the excavator’s information is communicated to local utility companies. Professional locators will then visit the dig site to mark the approximate location of underground utility lines with spray paint, flags or both. Once a sites has been accurately marked, it is safe to beg digging around the marked areas.
About Georgia 811
811 is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to preventing damage to Georgia’s underground utilties and promoting public safety. Georgia 811 is a communication system, connecting member utility companies with professional excavators and homeowners who are planning mechanized digging activity such as excavation, tunneling, grading, boring and demolition. For more information, visit Georgia 811 on the web at www.Georgia811.com.
About CGA
CGA is a member-driven association of nearly 1,700 individuals, organizations and sponsors in every facet of the underground utility industry. Established in 2000, CGA is committed to saving lives and preventing damage to North American underground infrastructure by promoting effective damage prevention practices. CGA has established itself as the leading organization in an effort to reduce damages to underground facilities in North America through shared responsibility among all stakeholders. For more information, visit CGA on the web at www.commongroundalliance.com.
About the study
SSRS conducted a national omnibus phone study between Feb. 21-25, 2018, on behalf of CGA. A total of 621 American homeowners ages 18+ were asked for their opinions on home and property improvement project topics. The survey had a margin of error of +/- 3.71 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.

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Contact:         Marjorie Dykes, Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, 770-338-0051,

email: marjorie@georgiamanufacturing.com

PNC Bank joins Georgia Manufacturing Alliance in supporting manufacturers across the state

Atlanta, GA — The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) is on the move with new members and sponsors joining their team as the excitement grows to strengthen the U.S. manufacturing sector. PNC Bank continues its support as a Developer Sponsor of GMA, further aligning the company with the manufacturing community.

“GMA helps support a thriving manufacturing ecosystem across Georgia by providing a forum for sharing valuable ideas and offering access to relevant information, resources, educational and networking opportunities,” said Jason Carr, senior vice president and commercial market lead for PNC Bank in Georgia. “Through our sponsorship with the GMA, PNC has the opportunity to connect and share invaluable insights and knowledge with GMA’s members.”

In 2017, PNC Bank was recognized with nine Greenwich Excellence Awards in Middle Market Banking, including Overall Client Satisfaction. With more than 160 years of experience helping manufacturers optimize their performance, PNC’s local team works closely with Georgia’s manufacturers to bring a depth of experience and financial services expertise to the region’s communities.

“As a Main Street bank, PNC can help GMA members and manufacturers address their most critical challenges, including access to capital, efficient cash cycle management, and risk mitigation,” said Jason Moss, CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. “We are excited to have PNC’s support for the manufacturing community and their vision for developing educational programs designed to help our members have a better bottom line.”

About PNC Bank: PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.

About GMA: The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) is a professional membership-based 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 BuyFromGA website are additional resources produced by GMA. To learn more please call 770-338-0051 or visit their website http://www.GeorgiaManufacturingAlliance.com.

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Contact:         Joy Carter Crosby, Georgia Peanut Commission 229-386-3690,

email: joycrosby@gapeanuts.com

Georgia Peanut Commission increases funding for research projects in 2018

Commission approves $581,896 in peanut research projects

TIFTON, Ga. – The Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) board of directors has approved $581,896 in research project funding for the 2018-19 research budget year. This action was taken during the commission’s March board meeting. The research projects approved include 34 project proposals submitted from the University of Georgia and USDA Agricultural Research Service.

“As a peanut grower, I’m proud to invest in the Georgia Peanut Commission and in the future of the peanut industry by supporting research that continues to demonstrate a return on our investment. The peanut industry continues to grow in Georgia and from that growth we are able to increase research funding again for the 2018 year,” says Donald Chase, GPC Research Committee chairman. “We are proud of our partnership with research institutions in the state and are excited about the potential benefits of these projects for farmers in the state and the entire peanut industry.”

Georgia’s peanut growers invest $2 per ton annually toward GPC programs which includes research, promotion and education. The research programs primarily focus on peanut breeding, conservation methods, irrigation and water management, as well as, pests, weed and disease management.

Additionally, GPC manages funding for the Southeastern Peanut Research Initiative which includes research funding of $1,238,996 for projects in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. These projects are funded through the National Peanut Board checkoff dollars from farmers.

For additional information and a complete list of the research projects funded by the Georgia Peanut Commission visit www.gapeanuts.com.

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Contact:         Ashley K. Bush, Southwire, 770-832-4577, 678-684-7634

email: ashley.bush@southwire.com

Southwire to invest $9 million into workforce following tax reform

Company to offer bonuses and extended parental leave and will introduce new programs and industry partnerships

Carrollton, GA – March 26, 2018: Southwire, North America’s leading manufacturer of wire and cable solutions, recently announced that it will reinvest approximately nine million dollars back into the lives, and pockets, of its employees, joining a growing list of companies that have made similar moves as a result of recent tax reform. In addition to global, one-time employee bonuses, the company said that it is expanding its parental leave policy and taking steps to strengthen its commitment to education, skilled trade development, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs and diversity in the workplace.

Full-time employees in the United States, with the exception of executives and upper management, will each receive a $1,000 bonus (USD), and full-time employees outside of the United States will receive an equivalent supplement. Part-time employees will also receive a bonus payment of $250 USD or an international equivalent. These investments will impact the majority of Southwire’s nearly 7,500 employees.

“Building organizational capability is one of the key components of our company’s strategy, and it is vital that we make the right decisions as we continually enhance Southwire’s great culture,” said Rich Stinson, Southwire’s president and CEO. “We’re off to a good start in 2018, and I am pleased to be able to share this benefit, both monetarily and through the extension of new and existing programs and partnerships, with the Southwire family.”

In addition to the one-time bonuses, Southwire will expand its parental leave policy to assist eligible parents.

“At Southwire, our desire is for all employees to focus on “The Whole You,” a concept which goes beyond standard benefits and provides access to resources that touch many aspects of an employee’s life,” said Kathleen Edge, EVP of Human Resources. “In doing so, we must offer programs and total rewards like these that reflect this commitment.”

Southwire will also offer a bridge scholarship program for eligible hourly employees seeking to further their education through a two-year degree, four-year degree or technical certification. The company also announced that plans are in the works to make strong investments into new and existing industry partnerships. The purpose of these investments is to accelerate the attraction of diverse candidates into Southwire’s manufacturing and STEM careers. More information on these new programs will be available soon.

“As we continue to grow, we’re also looking at significant modernization and safety improvement efforts into our manufacturing and distribution facilities,” said Stinson. “Our goal is to be a generationally sustainable business for the next century and beyond, and to get there, we must make considerations and investments like these. It is an exciting time to be part of Southwire!”

A leader in technology and innovation, 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, utility 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 www.southwire.com.

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Contact:         Terri Statham, Georgia EMC

email: terri.statham@georgiaemc.com

Thomaston-Upson community launches Community Heart & Soul

Upson EMC to support two-year initiative

(THOMASTON, Ga., March 26, 2018)—Residents of the Thomaston-Upson community have launched Community Heart & Soul®, a unique community development program designed by the Orton Family Foundation to build stronger, healthier and economically vibrant communities.

“Congratulations to the Thomaston-Upson community. Not only is Thomaston-Upson Community Heart & Soul the first in the state, the partnership between residents and the local electric cooperative, Upson EMC, represents an innovative alignment with potential to be a model for future projects,” said David Leckey, executive director, Orton Family Foundation. “Electric co-ops have long anchored their communities and have a vested interest in seeing their service areas thrive for the betterment of all their members. Partnering on resident-driven Community Heart & Soul is a natural fit.”

The Thomaston-Upson community (pop. 26,740) has been challenged by the departure of the textile industry, chiefly Thomaston Mills and B.F. Goodrich’s Martha Mills, which anchored the local economy throughout the 20th century.

“Our community has been through some hard times. We’re at the point where we are ready for positive change. We’re embracing what we have in common, and we’re going to involve everyone and really delve into what matters most,” said Jennifer Rogers, project coordinator, Thomaston-Upson Community Heart & Soul.

The Thomaston-Upson Community Heart & Soul program is a collaboration of local government, the Thomaston-Upson Chamber of Commerce and the Unite Upson Committee, chaired by Upson EMC President/CEO Neal Trice.

“Upson EMC is delighted to be a part of Thomaston-Upson Community Heart & Soul. We view our organization as a key partner in the community, and this unique program offers a way for us to work together with residents to engage everyone, recognize our strengths and achieve positive change,” said Trice.

Upson EMC is supported in the project by the Community Development team at Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (EMC), the statewide trade association that represents Upson EMC and 40 other electric co-ops across the state.

“I am honored to facilitate the first Community Heart & Soul program in Georgia,” said Jenny Robbins, manager of Georgia EMC’s Community Development team. “More importantly, Georgia EMC is delighted to support Upson EMC and the leaders of the Thomaston-Upson community. We look forward to watching all they will accomplish through this groundbreaking initiative.”

Community Heart & Soulwas developed by Orton as a catalyst for positive change in small cities and towns. By actively seeking the collective wisdom of all residents, including those whose voices are often missing, the resident-driven model helps build trust while taking into account the unique character of a town and the deep emotional connection of the people who live there—a town’s “Heart & Soul®.” These collective insights guide a community in making the best decisions about its future.

Community Heart & Soul continues to gain momentum across the country. The addition of Thomaston-Upson brings the total number of communities that have engaged in Community Heart & Soul to 44 in 17 states including: Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont and Washington.

About Upson EMC: Incorporated in 1937, Upson EMC is a member-owned electric membership cooperative serving portions of six counties including Upson, Pike, Talbot, Meriwether, Crawford and Taylor. It has over 1,352 miles of line serving 9,102 meters and 6,800 members. Upson EMC is one of 41electric cooperatives in Georgia. Cooperatives in Georgia serve 1.4 million meters and nationwide serve 12 million meters.

About Georgia EMC: Georgia EMC is the statewide trade association representing the state’s 41 electric cooperatives, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp. Collectively, Georgia’s customer-owned co-ops provide electricity and related services to 4.4 million people, nearly half of Georgia’s population, across 73 percent of the state’s land area. To learn more, visit www.georgiaemc.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Orton Family Foundation: The Orton Family Foundation is focused on building stronger, healthier and more economically vibrant small cities and towns across America. Founded in Vermont in 1995, the foundation devoted more than a decade to working with small towns to create a community development model that helps build trust and empowers residents to shape the future of their communities. Community Heart & Soul® projects are underway across the country creating positive change that is resident-driven and recognizes the value in the unique character of each place and the deep emotional connection of the people who live there.

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