Reinhardt’s Funk Heritage Center to Participate in Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live!

Reinhardt University’s Funk Heritage Center will be participating in Smithsonian magazine’s “Museum Day Live!” Saturday, Sept. 23.

Museum Day Live! is an annual event promoting education through museum attendance.

“The Funk Heritage Center is pleased to join other museums throughout the nation offering free admission for Smithsonian magazine Museum Day Live! This is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to visit a museum in their community,” said Martha Hout, public relations coordinator for the Funk Heritage Center.

To obtain a ticket for Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live!, visit To learn more about the Funk Heritage Center at Reinhardt University, visit

Georgia Named Top State For Business For Fourth Consecutive Year

This week, Gov. Nathan Deal joined state and local economic development partners to highlight Georgia’s ranking as the top state for business and celebrate the expansion of Atlanta’s technology infrastructure.

“Georgia has once again been named the top state for business, reflecting our collaborative economic development efforts and ongoing investment in the workforce and infrastructure that make us a premier destination for companies looking to relocate or expand their operations,” said Deal. “This week alone, I announced the creation of 1,300 new jobs as a result of the expansion of two of Atlanta’s leading technology firms. These numbers are just the latest testament as to why we continue to hold this coveted position. I am confident that our business-friendly climate and partnership approach to business development will help Georgia remain the nation’s strongest economic engine for years to come.“

Recent highlights include:

  • This week, Deal announced the creation of 1,300 new technology-related jobs as a result of the expansion of Accenture, a Fortune Global 500 company specializing in international management and consulting, and OneTrust, a global privacy management software company.
  • This month, Area Development, a leading executive magazine covering corporate site selection and relocation, named Georgia the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business for the fourth consecutive year. The 2017 Top States for Doing Business rankings reflect the results of a recent survey that asked site consultants to provide their top state picks in 12 categories related to companies’ location and facility planning.
  • In addition to being the top state for business, Georgia ranked No. 1 for workforce development programs, and cooperative and responsive state government. View Area Development’s full report on the Top States for Doing Business here.
  • On Tuesday, Deal visited the new Honeywell North American Software Center and announced that the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Global Commerce Division helped create a total of 30,309 new jobs during FY 17, generating a record-breaking $6.33 billion in investments.
  • GDEcD was rated as the nation’s best state-level economic development organization by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). View the full report of IEDC’s “Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing” survey here.

Employment Up, Unemployment Rate Down in Northwest Georgia in August

ATLANTA – State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that Northwest Georgia’s unemployment and jobs picture looked bright in August.

Butler said Wednesday that in August the unemployment rate was just 4.7 percent, unemployment claims fell and employment growth continued to climb.

“The August numbers show Northwest Georgia’s economy and outlook for employment remains healthy,” said Butler.

The August unemployment rate was down from 5.1 percent in July. A decline of 2,570 in the labor force contributed to the decline in the monthly rate which can be attributed to school age workers returning to their educational institutions. The August rate compares favorably to last August when the rate was 5.6 percent.

Unemployment claims were down by 24.3 percent – another good sign for Northwest Georgia’s economy. Claims were down in manufacturing. Over the year, claims were down by 17.3 percent from August 2016.

There were 12,847 more area residents employed than in August 2016.

“Georgia continues to be one of the leaders in job creation and employment,” Butler said. “It’s great to see our employers continue to create jobs, and Georgians going back to work”.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL’s online job listing service at showed 3,259 new active job postings in Northwest Georgia for August.

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