Gov. Kemp Announces New Economic Development Role to Empower Small Businesses

Atlanta, GA – As part of the State of Georgia’s recognition of National Small Business Week 2021, Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced a new position in state government to support and empower Georgia’s small business community. According to Georgia Department of Labor data, businesses with fewer than 500 employees account for 99.8% of businesses in Georgia, and through a recommendation of Governor Kemp’s Georgians First Commission, the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) has established a Director of Small Business Outreach to build on the Department’s current portfolio of services and provide greater direct engagement with this community. GDEcD’s former Director of Creative Industry Partnerships, Allen Fox, will serve in this role.

Gov. Kemp Announces HOPE Scholarship Has Helped More Than 2 Million Georgians

Atlanta, GA– Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced the HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) Scholarship Program has helped more than 2 million Georgia students pursue postsecondary education in Georgia.

Gov. Kemp, General Carden, General King Release Video on 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Atlanta, GA – Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp, Adjutant General of the Georgia Department of Defense Major General Thomas Carden, and Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Major General John F. King released a video in honor of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Gov. Kemp Names 45 Appointments to Various Boards and Commissions

Atlanta, GA– Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced 45 appointments to various boards and commissions.

Gov. Kemp Announces Bioplastics Company to Open Facility in Savannah, Creating Over 100 Jobs

Atlanta, GA – Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that bioplastics company NANTRenewables, a subsidiary of NantWorks, will invest up to $29 million to build a manufacturing facility at SeaPoint Industrial Terminal Complex in Savannah. This venture will create 134 manufacturing jobs in Chatham County. Hiring is expected to begin in early 2022.

Gov. Kemp Urges Atlanta City Council to Support Law Enforcement and First Responder Training Needs

Atlanta, GA - Governor Brian Kemp today sent a letter to members of the Atlanta City Council urging them to support a new law enforcement and first responder training center. An excerpt from the letter is below, and a full copy is available upon request:

Gov. Kemp Announces August Net Tax Revenues Up 12.7 Percent

Atlanta, GA - Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Georgia’s August net tax collections totaled nearly $2.13 billion, for an increase of $240 million, or 12.7 percent, compared to August 2020, when net tax collections totaled almost $1.89 billion. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $4.28 billion, for an increase of $248.7 million, or 6.2 percent, compared to FY 2021 after two months.

Gov. Kemp Announces New Chief Operating Officer and Additional Staff

Atlanta, GA - Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced recent additions to the Governor's Office staff in operations, policy and legislative affairs, and communications.

"I am proud to announce changes and additions to my office staff in operations, policy and legislative affairs, and communications,” said Governor Kemp. “During unprecedented times, I am grateful to these experienced professionals for their dedication to making Georgia an even better place to live, work, and raise a family."

Governor Appoints 20 to the Georgia Tourism Foundation

Atlanta, GA – Today Governor Brian P. Kemp announced 20 appointments to the Georgia Tourism Foundation. Governor Kemp highlighted the important role of the Georgia Tourism Foundation Board of Directors during his remarks Wednesday at the 2021 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference presented by Explore Georgia, the tourism division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD).

Governor Kemp Directs $5.8 Million to Aid Georgia’s Tourism Industry

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp announced the allocation of $5.8 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to Explore Georgia, the tourism division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD). Kemp shared the news with tourism industry professionals from across the state at the Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference, an annual industry event. During the event, the Governor applauded the industry’s success and recognized the impact of travel and tourism on the state.