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What is Super Tuesday?

You’ve heard about Super Tuesday, increasingly so in the past couple of weeks, but just what happens on that day and why is it important? Read Debbie Lord’s national story – Cox Media Group National Content Desk posted Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 where she answers the questions:

  • What is Super Tuesday?
  • Why is it called that?
  • Why do states have primaries mashed up on one day?
  • Which states are holding primaries or caucusing on Tuesday?
  • What’s at stake?
  • What is a Superdelegate?
  • How many delegates are needed to win the nomination?

 

Source: What is Super Tuesday; when is it; how does it work? | www.myajc.com

Georgia General Assembly

Welcome to the Georgia General Assembly!


 

A form of representative government has existed in Georgia since January 1751. Its modern embodiment, known as the Georgia General Assembly, is one of the largest state legislatures in the nation. The General Assembly consists of two chambers, the House of Representatives and the Senate.

 

The General Assembly has operated continuously since 1777, when Georgia became one of the thirteen original states and revoked its status as a colony of Great Britain. Since the General Assembly is the legislative body for the state, the location of its meetings has moved along with each move of the state capital. In its earliest days the legislature met first in Savannah, and subsequently in Augusta, Louisville, and Milledgeville. In 1868 the capital—and the assembly—settled permanently in Atlanta. Today the General Assembly meets in the state capitol, an impressive limestone and marble building with a distinctive gold dome and granite foundation. Each chamber is housed in a separate wing. 

Every two years, Georgia voters elect members of the legislature. These elections occur in even-numbered years (e.g., 2008, 2010, 2012). The qualifications for holding office in both houses, as well as the size of both chambers, are established in the Georgia state constitution.The New Georgia Encyclopedia

Tracking a Bill Through The General Assembly Track Legislation

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Source: Georgia General Assembly

DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Hosts 78th Annual Meeting

DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Hosts 78th Annual Meeting

DECATUR, Ga., – Feb. 24, 2016 – Among 400 business and community leaders, the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce hosted its 78th Annual Meeting & Business Luncheon on Thursday, February 18 at Georgia Aquarium. Presenting sponsors included AT&T and Oglethorpe Power.

Keith Parker, CEO & General Manager of MARTA, served as the Keynote Speaker of the event, sharing MARTA’s role in shaping economic growth and quality of life in DeKalb County. Parker shared expansion plans to come to DeKalb County, including mixed-used redevelopments at the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe and Avondale Estates stations.

Outgoing board Chair Al Edwards, Managing Director of CERM, passed the gavel to incoming board Chair Diane McClearen, Director of Community & External Relations at Oglethorpe Power. The newly elected board members are Erik Bryant, Vice President, Atlanta Commercial Group, BB&T; Tom Burns, Owner, Toro Properties Rehab LLC; John Funny, President & CEO, Grice Consulting Group; Vaughn Irons, Founder & CEO, APD Solutions; Andrew Lewis, Executive Vice President, Georgia Charter Schools Association; and, Jason Ressman, Director of Operations, Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina.

DeKalb Chamber also recognized businesses and individuals for their involvement and support of the organization and DeKalb County. John Kelley, Area Manager for Georgia Power, received the Sirius Award for his tireless work and vision for DeKalb County. Joshua Pacini, Realtor at PalmerHouse Properties, and Michele Rucker, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Atlanta-Northlake, received the Ambassador of the Year Award for their committed volunteerism with the organization.

This year, DeKalb Chamber presented its inaugural Economic Development Project of the Year Award to Selig Enterprises Inc. for their redevelopment of Suburban Plaza in Decatur. The award recognizes an economic development project that has made a significant economic contribution in DeKalb County.

The redevelopment will bring an estimated 400 to 450 full-and part-time jobs, and generate $150 to $200 million in annual sales, resulting in $3 to 4 million in sales taxes. Suburban Plaza tenants include Walmart, HomeGoods, Ross, Jo-Ann Fabrics, L.A. Fitness and Starbucks.

“DeKalb Chamber’s role in promoting the economic viability of our community is pivotal. The Economic Development Project of the Year Award is a way for us to show appreciation to the organizations who provide the vision and foundation for economic growth in DeKalb County,” said Vaughn D. Irons, Chair of the Chamber’s Economic Development Committee and CEO of APD Solutions. “Selig Enterprises’ work with the Suburban Plaza will attract new businesses and residents, and help boost the quality of life in DeKalb.”

During the meeting, DeKalb Chamber announced its creation of Industry Council initiative, an initiative that educates and connects local industry participants with the resources to help grow their business and positively impact DeKalb County. The first Industry Council Business training course begins April 13 through 14.

In addition, DeKalb Chamber is planning a business trip to Cuba in October. The trip is open to Chamber members, state leaders, and community stakeholders. For more information, please contact the DeKalb Chamber office at 404-378-8000 or visit the website at www.dekalbchamber.org.

ABOUT DEKALB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based organization with the mission to support, promote and sustain business development in DeKalb County. With 78 years of service in the community, DeKalb Chamber focuses on four critical areas including education, workforce and economic development, public policy, and business member services. We are the primary resource for businesses in DeKalb County. For more information on DeKalb Chamber, please visit their website at www.dekalbchamber.org or call 404-378-8000.

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The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Invites Chamber and Community Members to Explore Historic Cuba

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Invites Chamber and Community Members to Explore Historic Cuba

DECATUR, Ga., – Feb. 19, 2016 – The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce announced today that it will be offering a unique opportunity to explore the scenic landscape of historic Cuba during an exclusive 6-day journey available to chamber members and their family and friends.

“This is an awesome opportunity to witness first-hand the noteworthy history and beauty that lie in Cuba,” said Katerina Taylor, DeKalb Chamber President. “Plus, travelers can experience the country’s culture, learn about its current business climate, and connect with leaders across the state.”

Participants will experience all the history, art and local culture found in the city streets of Havana, Cuba, during their four-night stay at the Memories Miramar hotel. A tour of the city sends travelers to the remarkable “Plaza de Revolucion,” a local hub for political and cultural events, as well as the Prado, a picturesque boulevard showcasing grand Cuban architecture on each side.

The journey continues with tours of Havana’s four major squares, where travelers will learn of the historical significance behind many of the city’s oldest buildings that date back to Colonial times. Visits to the San Jose Craft Market and a local artist’s home studio give art lovers a chance to witness the creation of beautiful traditional Cuban pieces.

The trip will also feature a tour of Hemingway’s Cuban retreat, an antique American car ride, a lesson in local salsa dancing, an interactive discussion on Cuba’s healthcare system, an informative tour of a local tobacco farm and multiple chances to dine at popular local restaurants. With ample opportunities for learning, tasting, exploring and relaxing, this incredible journey to the history-filled city of Havana is sure to please.

Space is limited, so act fast. The journey to Cuba will take off on October 19, 2016. For more information, please contact Kim Childs at 404-378-8000 or kchild@dekalbchamber.org, or visit our website at www.dekalbchamber.org.

ABOUT DEKALB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based organization with the mission to support, promote and sustain business development in DeKalb County. With 78- years of service in the community, DeKalb Chamber focuses on four critical areas including education, workforce and economic development, public policy, and business member services. We are the primary resource for businesses in DeKalb County. For more information on DeKalb Chamber, please visit their website at www.dekalbchamber.org or call 404-378-8000.

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DeKalb Chamber Names Six to Board of Directors

DeKalb Chamber Names Six to Board of Directors

New board members to be recognized at DeKalb Chamber 78th Annual Meeting



DECATUR, Ga., – Feb. 5, 2016 – The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce announces the appointment of five new members to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors. New board members will serve a three year term.



“These board members will bring a new perspective along with a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help us as we continue to work towards creating a more prosperous business community in DeKalb,” said Katerina Taylor, DeKalb Chamber President & CEO.



The new board members include:



Erik Bryant, Vice President, Atlanta Commercial Group, BB&T;

Tom Burns, Owner, Toro Properties Rehab LLC;

John Funny, President & CEO, Grice Consulting Group;

Vaughn Irons, Founder & CEO, APD Solutions;

Andrew Lewis, Executive Vice President, Georgia Charter Schools Association;

• And, Jason Ressman, Director of Operations, Hyatt Regency Atlanta at Villa Christina



The new board members will be installed at the Chamber’s 78th Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker Street NW in Atlanta.



MARTA CEO & General Manager Keith Parker will serve as the keynote speaker during the event, addressing MARTA’s impact in DeKalb, initiatives for small business and women- and minority-owned business and the transit system’s expansion plans for 2016.



Tickets to the Annual Meeting are $125 for members and $100 for members. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.bit.ly/DC78th.



ABOUT DEKALB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based organization with the mission to support, promote and sustain business development in DeKalb County. With 78 years of service in the community, DeKalb Chamber focuses on four critical areas including education, workforce and economic development, public policy, and business member services. We are the primary resource for businesses in DeKalb County. For more information on DeKalb Chamber, please visit their website at www.dekalbchamber.org or call 404-378-8000.


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