KAINE, CHAMBLISS, BAUCUS INTRODUCE TROOP TALENT ACT OF 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) introduced the Troop Talent Act of 2013. The bipartisan bill will help ease the transition of servicemembers from active duty to the civilian workforce by improving the alignment of specialty skills acquired in the military with civilian credentials or licenses required for post-service employment.
The Troop Talent Act is Kaine’s first bill in the U.S. Senate. Last week, Kaine, a member of the Armed Services Committee, made stops across the Commonwealth to speak with veterans, military personnel, and members of the business community about the bill, outlining how it will expand existing efforts to meet current workforce demands and match veterans’ skills with growth industries. As of February 2013, the veteran unemployment rate among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans was 9.4%, up from 7.6% in 2012. The number of veterans receiving unemployment benefits has more than doubled since 2002, rising from 44,810 to 89,725 in 2012. Continue reading “Kaine, Chambliss, Baucus Introduce Troop Talent Act of 2013” »
So today, as you may have seen on some other days reading That’s Just Peachy, is a ‘Blog Day’.
Usually, along with regular postings from the major media outlets, I try to comb through various Georgia-wide blogs for tidbits of info and opinion that we might not get from the AJC, Savannah Morning News, or Albany Herald. People also send me posts that they’ve written or seen somewhere and I’ll also include those on a regular basis.
Every now and again however is ‘Blog Day’. This just means that everything linked to today is from some Georgia-based blog.
Some are liberal, some are conservative. Some are about events in D.C., some are about events at the Gold Dome in Atlanta, some are about the peanut crop in South Georgia. Some are from sites you may have seen before, others perhaps not.
I encourage all readers to take an extra look today and see if there is anything you particularly like. If so, take some time and visit that writer’s main blog site. Maybe you’ll find some other pieces you like there and will go back to it.
Additionally, when you get the chance, take some time and scroll through the lists we have at the bottom of That’s Just Peachy to find other sources of info. They’re labeled for your convenience as either blogs, columnists, newspapers, etc. etc. These lists are probably the most comprehensive out there for that type of stuff so take advantage.
For Immediate Release: March 28, 2013 Commissioners Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, Tim Echols, Doug Everett (800) 282-5813; email@example.com
ATLANTA – Today, members of the Georgia Public Service Commission thanked the General Assembly for introducing a bill that would create more solar energy opportunities throughout the state.
Commissioners Tim Echols and Lauren “Bubba” McDonald said the legislation sends a strong signal to voters that legislators stand ready to open new doors for the solar industry and create economic opportunities for rural Georgia.
“I’m excited to see all that the General Assembly is considering with solar,” Commissioner Echols said. “We want to make sure we are finding new ways to bring renewable energy to Georgia. As a conservative and as a Republican, I want to see downward pressure on energy rates.” Continue reading “Georgia PSC Members Applaud General Assembly for Solar Bill” »
For Immediate Release
Technology Association of Georgia to Present Report on Georgia’s Technology Industry
TAG to share key findings from the report at meetings in Macon/Middle Georgia, Columbus and Savannah
ATLANTA (March 25, 2013) – The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, will share its 2013 State of the Industry: Technology in Georgia Report at meetings in key locations across the state including: Continue reading “Technology Association of Georgia to Present Report on Georgia’s Technology Industry” »
CNN Contributor and Senior Political Columnist at The Daily Beast John Avlon to Join Fellow No Labels Co-Founder and former Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders for an Update on Washington’s Congressional Problem Solvers
The No Labels co-founders will be joined by the national
President of the League of Women Voters to discuss working to fix Washington
ATLANTA, GA — No Labels activists will host No Labels co-founders John Avlon and Lisa Borders for an engaging update about how the development of No Labels’ congressional problem solvers group is helping to fix Washington dysfunction and gridlock. The problem solvers now includes 54 members of Congress.
Reps. Jack Kingston, John Barrow, and Sanford Bishop are all GA problem solvers! No Labels appreciates their interest and want the rest of the Ga. Delegation to join A.S.A.P.
The event is free and open to the public – 7 to 9 p.m. March 28 at the Loudermilk Center at 40 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, Ga., 30303. Public transportation (Five Points MARTA Station) and parking are available at the venue. Continue reading “Update on Washington’s Congressional Problem Solvers” »
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TAG Unveils the Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia
Companies to Present Their Innovations at the Georgia Technology Summit
ATLANTA (March 14, 2013) - The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) today announced the Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia. These companies were singled out from the Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies announced earlier this week for showing the highest degree of innovation, the broadest scope and financial impact of their innovations and the greatest effect of such innovation in promoting Georgia’s technology industry throughout the U.S. and globally.
The 2013 Top 10 Innovative Companies are:
- AirWatch- Mobile device application and content management
- Bright Light Systems- Energy efficient lighting systems
- Buzzy4Shots.com- Reusable electronic pain relief devices
- Catavolt-Enterprise Mobility Services
- Egos Ventures Inc.- Innovation Lab
- Merlin Mobility, Inc.- Augmented Reality Solutions
- NanoLumens- Flexible and fixed large-format LED display solutions
- NextInput –Force sensitive touch technology
- PGi- Audio/Video Web Conferencing Solutions
- SoloHealth- Interactive digital health and wellness kiosks
Each Top 10 company will present their innovation on-stage during the 2013 Georgia Technology Summit (GTS) on March 20th, 2013, at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Continue reading “TAG Unveils the Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia” »
Chambliss Joins Instagram
WASHINGTON- U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., today announced he has joined Instagram as @senchambliss. Instagram is a free, popular photo-sharing application that allows users to take photos, add special effects and share the images on social-networking platforms.
“I’m excited to add yet another way for people to connect with me on their mobile devices,” said Chambliss. “Instagram will allow my office and I to share behind-the-scenes photos, as well as highlight some of my past experiences during my 18 years in public service.”
Instagram currently has 100 million monthly active users and is available for download for your iPhone on iTunes or for an Android-based smartphone in the Google Play store. For more information on Instagram, visit their Web site: http://instagram.com/press/
In addition to Instagram, Sen. Chambliss can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Flicker, YouTube, and on your mobile phone.
REPRESENTATIVE ED LINDSEY OUT OF LINE
Young Democrats of Georgia Urge House Republican Caucus to Re-think Strategy
The Young Democrats of Georgia wish to issue the following statement regarding Rep. Ed Lindsey’s (R-Atlanta) unprecedented actions today against the Georgia House Democratic Caucus:
“The actions taken today by the Georgia House Majority Whip Ed Lindsey (R-Atlanta) in tabling several pieces of already passed local legislation sponsored by Georgia House Democrats demonstrates a complete lack of regard for our legislative process. House Republicans rejected Rep. Lindsey’s bill (HB 541) last week and in retribution, Lindsey took out his frustration on House Democrats along with cities and counties who rely on the state legislature to pass critical local legislation.
Counties and municipalities who had already seen their bills pass through the House saw that success stripped from them today because Rep. Lindsey had a tantrum over the fact that he failed to whip up enough votes for his bill to pass. His actions were petty, childish, and can only be seen as an unnecessary attack by a representative who has yet to rationalize why members of his own party didn’t like his bill.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Innovator behind Sharecare, WebMD, Forbes Travel Guide and HowStuffWorks honored by PwC US at the Technology Association of Georgia’s annual summit
ATLANTA, March 04, 2013 – The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and PwC US today announced that Jeff Arnold will be inducted into the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia at the Technology Association of Georgia’s 2013 Georgia Technology Summit on March 20, 2013 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.
Arnold is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sharecare, a leading health and wellness social network launched in October 2010 by Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz in partnership with Harpo Studios, Sony Pictures Television and Discovery Communications. Sharecare helps people live healthier lives by connecting them to personalized resources, including credible information, interactive tools and healthcare providers. The company helps health-conscious consumers, leading hospitals, non-profits, healthcare professionals and healthcare companies create a community where healthcare knowledge is built, shared and put into practice. Arnold is also Chairman of Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide, and originator of the prestigious Five Star ratings which has provided comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958 and recently launched a new social travel platform, Startle.com.
“Jeff Arnold has been instrumental in shaping Georgia’s technology community and, through his work, has helped millions of people find targeted content on the Internet,” said John Nee, leader of PwC’s technology practice in Atlanta. “With many achievements throughout his career, Jeff continues to strengthen the industry, because he is at the forefront of what consumers want and need. He truly exemplifies the essence of innovation and leadership, aligning with the mission of the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia. We are honored to welcome him into this prestigious group.” Continue reading “Jeff Arnold Inducted into the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia” »
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) co-sponsored S.379, the Decrease Spending Now Act, which would require the Obama administration to cut $45 billion in unused taxpayer dollars sitting in federal coffers. If enacted, this legislation would require the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to rescind funds from unobligated balances of discretionary appropriations and report to Congress and the secretary of the Treasury on these efforts within 60 days.
The legislation, introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), would not affect discretionary funds for the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration.
“We are in the middle of a fiscal crisis, and we must use every tool available to pay down our out-of-control debt and deficit,” said Chambliss.“Let’s correct past mistakes by rescinding unspent money and using it to pay down the debt before someone in Washington finds a way to spend it again.”
The bill’s Senate co-sponsors include Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Lee (R-UT), John McCain (R-AZ), Jim Risch (R-ID), John Thune (R-SD), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and David Vitter (R-LA).
The bill is also endorsed by the National Taxpayers Union.