State Launches Internet Speedtest Pilot for Schools

Atlanta, GA - Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that the Georgia Broadband Deployment Initiative (GBDI) is launching the Speedtest® by Ookla® pilot project statewide through August. This project is designed to equip school leaders with the clearest picture possible of internet connectivity for Georgia’s students and teachers for the upcoming school year.

Gov. Kemp, GaDOE Issue Joint Statement: Georgia Will Seek Standardized Testing Waiver for 2020-21

Atlanta, GA - Today Governor Brian P. Kemp and State School Superintendent Richard Woods of the Georgia Department of Education issued the following joint statement:

Georgia Streamlines Certification for Educators

Atlanta, GA - On Thursday, June 11, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) voted to remove the edTPA assessment as a requirement for the certification of educators in Georgia, making it easier and less costly for teachers to get certified in the state.

Perspecta to Open Regional Headquarters at Georgia Cyber Center, Create 178 Jobs

Atlanta, GA - Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that Perspecta Inc. (PRSP), a leading U.S. government services provider, is opening a regional office at the Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta. This investment will deliver 178 jobs to Richmond County and the surrounding area in support of the U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) at Fort Gordon. The jobs will be located on base and at the Georgia Cyber Center.

Gov. Kemp, GEMA Provide PPE Distribution Totals

Atlanta, GA - Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that the state has received 22,188 resource requests to date. In response, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) has shipped millions in personal protective equipment and supplies.

Gov. Kemp Names Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Executive Director

Atlanta, GA - Today Governor Brian P. Kemp announced the appointment of Chris Wells to serve as Executive Director of the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency.

Georgia Tests 100% of Nursing Home Residents

Atlanta, GA - Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) has reported that 100% of nursing home residents in facilities with 25 or more beds have now been tested for COVID-19. This key milestone marks a 12% improvement in one week. Additionally, staff testing in nursing homes is up 12% week-over-week.

Priority COVID-19 Testing Available for All Georgia First Responders

Atlanta, GA - Today Governor Brian P. Kemp joined the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) to announce that the State of Georgia will begin COVID-19 priority testing for first responders at all specimen points of collection (SPOC) sites across the state.

Georgia Tests 97% of Nursing Home Residents

Atlanta, GA - The Georgia Department of Community Health’s (DCH) June 11, 2020 Long-Term Care Facility COVID-19 report indicated that 97% of nursing home residents in facilities with 25 or more beds have now been tested for COVID-19. This marks a 12% improvement in one week. Additionally, staff testing in nursing homes is up 13% week-over-week.

Georgia Film, TV, Streaming Production Industry Is Open for Business

Atlanta, GA - Governor Brian P. Kemp announced today that the major motion picture, television, and streaming companies plan to bring back and hire an estimated 40,000 production workers, who will be employed on an expected seventy-five production projects that will invest over $2 billion into the Georgia economy during the next eighteen months. This includes plans by producers to purchase goods and services from over 17,000 small Georgia businesses, according to the Motion Picture Association-America, which compiled the data from its members.