Governor Kemp Issues New Executive Order on COVID-19 Guidance

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today signed Executive Order 02.15.21.01, providing additional and revised guidance for Empowering a Healthy Georgia in response to COVID-19.

Nearly 665,000 Georgia Seniors Have Received First COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

Atlanta, GA – As of 6 p.m., Friday, February 12, 664,966 seniors in Georgia had received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Georgia has now administered over 75 percent of total doses shipped to the state by the federal government.

Gov. Kemp Issues Statement on Retirement of Chief Justice Melton

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today issued the following statement on the announcement of Chief Justice Harold Melton’s retirement later this year:

Gov. Kemp Supports Georgia Jobs, Calls on President Biden to Overturn ITC Ruling on SK Innovation

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today issued the following statement urging Presidential review of the International Trade Commission’s (ITC) February 11 ruling. Without Presidential action, the long-term prospects of SK Innovation’s $2.6 billion electric vehicle battery production facility in Jackson County, Georgia, would be harmed significantly. Following the ITC’s order, there is a 60-day window for Presidential review during which time the Biden administration may overturn the findings that would affect SK, along with its customers, Ford and Volkswagen.

Over 1 Million Georgians Receive First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp and Dr. Toomey today applauded the news that more than 1 million Georgians have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. As of Friday, February 12, 1,010,521 Georgians had received at least one dose of vaccine, while 348,561 Georgians have completed the full series of doses. Georgia has now administered over 75 percent of doses shipped to the State.

CVS Now Open for Vaccine Appointments in Georgia

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today applauded the news that beginning tomorrow, February 12, CVS Pharmacy will begin vaccination appointments at 12 stores across Georgia.

Freshly Inc. to Open First Southeastern U.S. Facility in Austell, Creating 250 Jobs

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that fresh-prepared meal delivery service Freshly Inc. is investing $3.2 million in opening a distribution facility in Austell. The company will bring on 150 employees during the initial operating phase and plans to hire at least 250 at the Cobb facility by the end of 2021. The 134,000-square-foot facility will be Freshly’s largest dedicated order-assembly facility to date and will begin operating in mid-February.

Kemp, Duncan, Ralston Announce $1,000 Bonus for State Employees in Amended FY21 Budget

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today joined Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan, Speaker David Ralston, Speaker Pro Tempore Jan Jones, Majority Leader Jon Burns, House Appropriations Chairman Terry England, and Senate Appropriations Chairman Blake Tillery to announce that the amended FY21 budget for the State of Georgia will include a one-time bonus of $1,000 to state employees making less than $80,000 per year.

January Net Tax Revenues Up 7.5%

Atlanta, GA - The State of Georgia’s net tax collections for January totaled $2.53 billion, for an increase of $175.6 million, or 7.5 percent, compared to January 2020, when net tax collections approached $2.36 billion. Year-to-date net tax collections totaled $15.10 billion, for an increase of $898.1 million, or 6.3 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year, when net tax revenues totaled almost $14.21 billion.

Duncan, Ralston Announce EMC Partnership to Expand Broadband in Rural Middle Georgia;Central Georgia EMC, Southern Rivers Energy and Conexon expand broadband to 80,000 EMC members across 18 counties

Atlanta, GA – Efforts to provide broadband in unserved areas of Georgia took another leap forward when Governor Brian Kemp, Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan and Speaker David Ralston made a joint announcement at the State Capitol today. Governor Kemp announced that Central Georgia EMC (Jackson, GA) and Southern Rivers Energy (Barnesville, GA) will form a new partnership with Conexon to provide high-speed internet to 80,000 homes and businesses in 18 Middle Georgia counties: Bibb, Butts, Clayton, Coweta, Crawford, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Pike, Putnam, Spalding, and Upson.