Gov. Kemp: Georgia Named No. 1 for Business for Unprecedented 9th Year

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that Georgia has been named by Area Development magazine as the No. 1 state for business for the ninth consecutive year. No other state has earned this distinction for so many years. Governor Kemp was joined by executives from Kia Georgia, Bridgestone Golf, and Char-Broil’s parent company W.C. Bradley Company as well as members of the General Assembly, state and local economic developers, and local officials at the Kia Georgia Training Center in West Point to make the announcement.

Gov. Kemp, Emergency Management Officials Provide Update on Tropical Storm Ian Preparations

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today joined state and local emergency management officials, local leaders, and others in Savannah to provide an update on Tropical Storm Ian preparations and the state's planned response. The State of Emergency issued by Governor Kemp on Tuesday went into effect this morning at 7 a.m. for all 159 of Georgia's counties, making state resources available to local governments and entities within the hurricane impact area. The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) State Operations Center is now at a Level 1 full-scale activation and continues to monitor Tropical Storm Ian's progress. Teams from the relevant state agencies are also standing by to deploy to affected counties, when appropriate. The governor and emergency management officials are also coordinating with Georgia's utility providers, who have been staging equipment, inspecting the right-of-way paths of power lines, and preparing to respond to any power outages homes and businesses may experience.

Gov. Kemp, Former Gov. Deal, & EPD Director Dunn Announce Historic Lake Lanier Water Agreement

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp - joined by former Governor Nathan Deal; Environmental Protection Division Director Rick Dunn; local officials; and representatives from the water service providers for the cities of Buford and Gainesville, as well as Gwinnett, Cumming, and Forsyth Counties - today announced the historic Lake Lanier Water Service Provider agreement. Over 30 years in the making, this contract agreement enables these water service providers to draw from Lake Lanier's water supply through the year 2050.

Gov. Kemp Issues State of Emergency Ahead of Hurricane Ian

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today issued a State of Emergency order for all counties in Georgia in preparation for Hurricane Ian's impact later in the week. As the storm moves through the state beginning on Friday and exiting on Sunday, heavy rainfall and damaging winds will be possible throughout Georgia. The State of Emergency will go into effect at 7:00am on Thursday, September 29, and will expire at midnight on Friday, October 28. You can read executive order here.

Gov. Kemp, Emergency Management Officials to Activate State Operations Center Ahead of Tropical Storm Ian

Atlanta, GA – In coordination with Director Chris Stallings of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS), the National Weather Service, and other storm response partners, Governor Brian P. Kemp has ordered the activation of the State Operations Center on Monday, September 26, to prepare for any potential impact from Tropical Storm Ian later in the week. According to the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Tropical Storm Ian is expected to begin rapidly strengthening today and will continue to do so through Tuesday, at which point it will become a Category 4 hurricane. Though models suggest it will weaken before making landfall on Thursday, and its ultimate route is still undetermined, Ian could result in severe weather damage for large parts of Georgia.

Gov. Kemp Awards Over $30M in Second Round of Homelessness and Housing Insecurity Grants

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced the second round of grant awards for housing initiatives across Georgia focused on fighting homelessness and housing insecurity exacerbated by the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of $30,833,309 will be awarded from the American Rescue Plan and the State Fiscal Recovery Fund for the 8 projects included in this round of announcements. This is on top of the $62 million in awards for this program announced last month.

Gov. Kemp: Global Agriscience Manufacturer to Invest $35M in Jasper County

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that Profile Products, a global agriscience technology manufacturer, will invest nearly $35 million to launch a campus in Jasper County, creating 80 new jobs.

ICYMI: Governor and First Lady Kemp Dedicate Funding to Statewide Causes, Extend Suspension of State Gas Tax, Tour Flood-Damaged Communities

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp have been hard at work ensuring funding is distributed statewide to continue Georgia's recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds have been dedicated to essential areas such as education, public safety, housing, and other services, all focused on building a safer, stronger Georgia.

Gov. Kemp: Georgia-based Troy Acoustics Expanding, Investing $40M in Thomas County

Atlanta, GA – Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that Georgia-based Troy Acoustics Corporation (TAC) will invest almost $40 million in a new manufacturing facility in Thomas County. In addition to the 88 new jobs that will be created, the company will also retain the 17 positions it currently supports. TAC engineers sound-wall systems used in highway noise barriers, broadcasting and film production facilities, animal shelters, shooting ranges, and for general industry purposes.

Gov Kemp: August Net Tax Revenues Up 8.5%

Atlanta, GA – The State of Georgia’s net tax collections for August totaled nearly $2.31 billion for an increase of $180.4 million, or 8.5 percent, over August 2021 (FY 2022), when net tax collections approached $2.13 billion. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled roughly $4.52 billion after two months, for an increase of $234.6 million, or 5.5 percent, compared to FY 2022 as of the end of August.