Business & Economy

March 3, 2021 On Common Ground News

OP/ED: SBA rolls out changes to Payroll Protection Program to help small businesses

By Terri Denison SBA Georgia District Office Director     The U.S. Small Business Administration(SBA) continues to take steps to make the Paycheck Protection Program(PPP) more equitable for small businesses and underserved communities. Since the latest round of funding opened six weeks ago, the program has successfully reached smaller borrowers.   As of Feb. 28, […]

January 25, 2021 On Common Ground News

Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority announces Jevon Gibson as new CEO

Veteran health official takes helm   ATLANTA–Jevon Gibson has been named the new CEO of The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority (The FDHA), owner of Grady Health System . The FDHA is  the healthcare safety net for both Fulton and DeKalb County, providing critical components to the care of indigent citizens in metro Atlanta. The FDHA Board of Trustees […]
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January 21, 2021 On Common Ground News

Gwinnett County rolls out new publication, inGwinnett, highlighting events, services and more

The Gwinnett County Department of Community Services has combined its Gwinnett L.I.F.E., Gwinnett Extend and OneSTOP program guides into one publication called InGwinnett to make it easier for residents to learn about programs, events and experiences in our community. Published twice times a year, InGwinnett features information about six months’ worth of Community Services’ aquatic […]
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January 21, 2021 On Common Ground News

City of Atlanta reforms downtown sidewalk kiosks program, new plan will roll out this spring

  ATLANTA – Businesses will have the opportunity to operate sidewalk kiosks in downtown Atlanta under an enhanced licensing program the city is launching this spring.    Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced reforms to the city’s public kiosk program to enhance economic development and  create greater opportunities for entrepreneurs and microbusinesses. The program, managed by […]
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January 14, 2021 On Common Ground News

Starbucks announces $100 million investment to assist Atlanta small businesses

  Starbucks has announced new initiatives as part of its long-standing commitment to positively impact the communities it serves. The company will invest $100 million to launch the Starbucks Community Resilience Fund focused on supporting small businesses and community development projects in Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) neighborhoods. In addition, Starbucks is partnering […]
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January 6, 2021 On Common Ground News

Conyers-Rockdale to unveil new economic development strategy

  Rockdale County Government, the City of Conyers and the Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council are inviting the public to learn about the “Advancing Rockdale Economic Development Strategy” during a virtual event on Jan. 20, 3 to 4 p.m. Over the past 12 months, the county, city and Economic Development Council have partnered, with the support […]
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December 18, 2020 On Common Ground News

ByoPlanet® International expands operations in Athens, creates 250 Jobs

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp today announced that ByoPlanet® International, a leading producer of electrostatic spray technology, is investing nearly $7 million in expanding its Georgia manufacturing operations, delivering 250 jobs to Athens-Clarke County. “It’s a pleasure to see ByoPlanet International continue to grow their footprint in Athens,” saidKemp. “With a spray system born from innovative […]
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December 16, 2020 On Common Ground News

Georgia Power to update nearly 500 outdoor lights with energy efficient LEDs at International Horse Park in Conyers

CONYERS–Georgia Power recently secured a contract with the International Horse Park in Conyers to update 486 outdoor lights to energy efficient LED fixtures at the center. In addition to the lights that are expected to be upgraded in 2021, Georgia Power also worked with the horse park staff to present recommendations from an energy audit […]
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December 16, 2020 On Common Ground News

Gwinnett County purchases 39-acre Gwinnett Place Mall property

        County officials seek to bring new life to stalled shopping district through strategic investment and planning   The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved the Urban Redevelopment Agency of Gwinnett County’s (URA) purchase of 39 acres of the Gwinnett Place Mall site. The property is being purchased for $23 million from […]
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December 9, 2020 On Common Ground News

DeKalb County provides $1,500 training grants to job seekers

  DeKalb launches dislocated workers’ Career Pathway Initiative DECATUR—Today, DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond announced the allocation of $1 million for the Dislocated Workers’ Career Pathway Initiative for approximately 650 DeKalb residents who are participants in the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act program. These individuals became unemployed due to the pandemic and are preparing […]
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