ICYMI: Gov. Kemp and First Lady Working to Fight Gangs, Unmask Georgia Students, Create Jobs, and Keep Georgia No. 1 for Biz

Atlanta, GA – In case you missed it, Governor Brian P. Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp spent the past two weeks continuing to fulfill their promises to hardworking Georgians.

Gov. Kemp Awards $13M in Settlement Funds to Help Fight Opioid Crisis

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced the award of $13,081,929 in funds from the State of Georgia's settlement with McKinsey & Company to be used to address the negative effects of opioid misuse and to invest in opioid abatement strategies. The funds will be utilized to expand Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) availability, increase detoxification service capacity, promote stigma reduction, increase access to naloxone for emergency service providers, and expand training on naloxone to community providers.

Gov. Kemp: Aspen Aerogels to Open Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Bulloch County

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that Aspen Aerogels (NYSE: ASPN) (“Aspen,” the “Company”), a technology leader in aerogel-based sustainability and electrification solutions, plans to construct an advanced manufacturing facility at Bulloch County’s Southern Gateway Commerce Park. Aspen intends to invest a minimum of $325 million and to create more than 250 advanced manufacturing jobs at their new site near Statesboro, where production is expected to begin in late 2023.

Gov. Kemp Announces Record-breaking Job Creation from Economic Development Projects in First Half of FY22

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), today announced that economic development projects secured in every region of the State of Georgia resulted in record-breaking job creation for the first half of the fiscal year (July 1 and December 31, 2021). These 160 locations or expansions supported by GDEcD’s Global Commerce division will result in the creation of nearly 24,400 jobs and $9.8 billion investment in the state.

Gov. Kemp: Georgia-based Outdoor Recycled Furniture Company SoPoly to Expand in Dodge County

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that Georgia-based, post-consumer recycled furniture manufacturer SoPoly will create approximately 200 jobs in expanding operations in Dodge County as they celebrate their first anniversary. SoPoly has already begun hiring for new positions and plans to invest $5 million in their Eastman operations due to demand for their outdoor furniture products.

Gov. Kemp: Georgia Announces Record Year for International Trade

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today joined the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) in announcing that the State of Georgia achieved a record-breaking year for international trade. In 2021, Georgia’s total trade reached $166.11 billion across 223 countries and territories. As reported by GDEcD’s International Trade team, Georgia set a record for exports of $42.36 billion in 2021.

First Lady Marty Kemp Announces New Members of GRACE Commission

Atlanta, GA - Today, First Lady Marty Kemp announced that Governor Brian P. Kemp issued an Executive Order expanding the Georgians for Refuge, Action, Compassion, and Education (GRACE) Commission from 22 to 23 members. Since its inception in 2019, the commission, comprised of public officials, law-enforcement, for-profit and non-profit organizations, healthcare officials, and subject matter experts, has been dedicated to educating the public and advocating for innovative methods to end human trafficking in Georgia.

Gov. Kemp Names 48 Appointments

Atlanta, GA– Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced 48 appointments to various boards and commissions.

Gov. Kemp Introduces "Unmask Georgia Students Act"

Atlanta, GA –Governor Brian P. Kemp's floor leader Senator Clint Dixon (R - Gwinnett) today will introduce the "Unmask Georgia Students Act," empowering parents of public school students with the right to choose whether their child must wear a mask while on school grounds.

Gov. Kemp Announces Four Judicial Appointments

Atlanta, GA - Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced he will appoint The Honorable Andrew Pinson to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of Georgia created by the retirement of The Honorable David E. Nahmias. Judge Pinson and his successor to the Georgia Court of Appeals, The Honorable Ben Land, have both previously undergone the application and review process with the Judicial Nominating Commission.