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Cox Communications has announced that its employees will award nearly $60,000 to public and private schools in its Southeast Region through the Cox Charities Innovation in Education grants. The grant applications are now available to pre-k-12th grade teachers/classrooms at and will be accepted through April 9, 2019.Applicants will be notified of their funding status before the close of the 2018-2019 school year. Grant recipients will receive payments at the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

The Cox Charities Innovation in Education Program provides grants of up to $2,500 each to Southeast Region schools to fund classroom programs and curriculum that encourage and promote students’ ingenuity and imagination through the innovative use of technology. Teachers, librarians and principals may submit multiple applications for various programs within their schools.

“The classroom of today faces both material and technological needs,” said Fran Gladden, vice president of government and public affairs for the Cox Southeast Region. “Through the generosity of over 800 of our employees, we’re proud to see the dollars raised by our region’s Cox Charities program fueling innovation and connecting our classrooms and teachers to a much-needed educational edge.”

The Cox Southeast Region includes Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans in Louisiana, Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, Niceville, Destin, Gainesville and Ocala in Florida and Macon and Warner Robins in Georgia.

Cox Charities was created to strengthen Cox communities through the support of programs that positively impact communities in the areas of education, technology, social issues, conservation and the arts. In addition to the Innovation in Education grants, Cox Charities offers Community Investment grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations (with a grant cycle opening in late summer 2019). This year, employees in the Southeast region pledged over $160,000 to Cox Charities.



The Technical College System of Georgia named 2019 Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education delegate from Central Georgia Technical College, Virginia Scott, its Spirit and Social Media Award Winner for her enthusiasm amongst her fellow delegates during its recent adult education conference.

Scott, 32, earned her GED from the College’s Adult Education Division in 2017, and represented CGTC as a delegate at the EAGLE Leadership Institute in Atlanta in March.

Just four years ago, Scott was incarcerated, without custody of her children, and said she had deep thoughts of only ever being one of those “negative statistics”.

Scott turned the negative into a positive, becoming one of 22 delegates from each of the TCSG Adult Education programs attending the Leadership Institute. The Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs. TCSG also named its overall EAGLE Winner to represent the adult education programs statewide for the next year.

Scott enrolled in a local college this year and is now taking business and communications courses.



Governor Brian. P. Kemp joined the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Economic Developers Association to recognize Georgia’s 2019 “Small Business ROCK STARS” at an annual luncheon at the Georgia Aquarium today. Four Georgia-based companies were recognized for being outstanding, unique and impactful small businesses.

“As a small business owner for over thirty years, I am thrilled to declare March 18-22 Small Business Week in Georgia,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “Georgia’s small businesses are the driving force behind our successful economy and create jobs across our state – no matter the zip code. Congratulations to the 2019 Small Business ROCK STARS on your achievements, and thank you for calling Georgia home.”

This year’s 2019 Small Business ROCK STARS are:

  • ASW Distillery: Atlanta (Fulton County); Nine Employees
  • InPrime Legal: Marietta (Cobb County); 11 Employees
  • Oyster Fine Bamboo Fly Rods: Blue Ridge (Fannin County); Nine Employees
  • Southern Fiber Worx: Cordele (Crisp County); Six Employees

“Our small businesses truly reflect Georgia’s entrepreneurial spirit and fuel job growth, and I couldn’t be more proud to put a spotlight on our 2019 Small Business ROCK STARS,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “With nearly 800,000 registered small businesses in our state, supporting them is a critical component to our economic development success in Georgia.”

The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Entrepreneur and Small Business team created the Small Business ROCK STARS program to bring awareness of the important role that small businesses have in Georgia’s communities and economy. The 2019 Small Business ROCK STARS were recognized for having a big impact in their communities including increases in revenue, sales, exporting, product lines, job creation and overall economic impact. GDEcD and GEDA received more than 350 nominations, an increase of 600 percent over 2018. Of the nominations received for 2019, 75 Georgia counties were represented and 59 percent of the nominations were located outside of Metro Atlanta. The nominations were reviewed by a panel of judges.

“Every small business is significant and the Georgia Economic Developers Association welcomes the opportunity to shine the spotlight on our small businesses,” said GEDA President Kevin Shea. “We are grateful to be able to partner with the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Georgia CEO to sponsor this annual awards luncheon. Congratulations to all of our nominees and a special nod to the 2019 winners.”

At the luncheon Governor Kemp declared March 18-22, 2019 as Georgia Small Business Week to celebrate the achievements made my small businesses throughout the state.



The Carl Vinson VA Medical Center will celebrate the first anniversary of the new Macon Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) March 21, 2019 from 1-2 p.m. at the new location in Macon. The anniversary marks the first year the CBOC operated with an all-VA staff. The medical center’s interim director will recognize the accomplishments of the clinic’s staff.

The clinic is located at 5566 Thomaston Road, Macon, Georgia.

“The Macon employees have been working very hard for our Veterans,” said Robert F. Reeder, interim medical center director. “They accomplished so much over the last year.”

The Macon CBOC added the additional services of audiology and optometry, and an eye clinic for Veterans to pick out frames. They have a fully-staffed prosthetics department and more staff in the Mental Health Department. Also, an additional Georgia Veterans Service representative relocated to the clinic to handle benefits and claims.




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