Gov. Nathan Deal

Exit Interview: Gov. Deal leaving office with “a lot to be proud of”

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Jan. 4, 2019

When Nathan Deal took the oath of office as Georgia’s 82nd governor on a snowy day in January 2011, the Great Recession had swollen the Peach State’s unemployment rate to 10.4 percent.

The state government’s “rainy-day” fund, reserves to use in case of emergency, was down to a dangerously low $116 million.

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Gov. Deal: ‘We’re not going to have our hearts broken’ if state doesn’t land Amazon HQ2

By Maria Saporta Despite recent media reports indicating that Amazon has picked northern Virginia for its second headquarters, Gov. Nathan Deal has not given up that the company may pick Georgia. Amazon selected Atlanta as one of 20 cities that were finalists to win Amazon’s second headquarters, which eventually could lead to 50,000 jobs and […]

Norfolk Southern

Norfolk Southern eyes moving HQ to downtown Atlanta’s Gulch

The Fortune 500 company looking to move its corporate headquarters to the Gulch in downtown Atlanta is Norfolk Southern Corp.

The railroad company ranked as No. 284 on the Fortune 500 list, currently is based in Norfolk, Va. It opened its current 21-story headquarters in Norfolk in 1988. The headquarters relocation could bring as many as 1,400 jobs to Atlanta.

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Wildlife sanctuary tour by Atlanta Audubon on deck as Gov. Deal calls for more bird habitats

The Atlanta Audubon Society’s tour of wildlife sanctuaries in DeKalb County in September aims to highlight local efforts to provide places for birds to rest, eat and drink, and encourage others to create sanctuaries. The society’s campaign for more natural habitats coincides with Georgia’s efforts to draw attention to the loss of habitat for birds.

Gov. Deal’s ‘religious liberty’ veto downplayed business influence

By Maria Saporta
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on April 1, 2016

Even before the 2016 Georgia legislative session began, the business community at the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s annual meeting in December let it be known it would fight any religious liberty bill that could possibly cause discrimination.

And as various versions of a religious liberty bill were introduced, amended and ultimately passed both houses, the objections from business leaders, industries, organizations and major conventions grew even louder — with some saying they would boycott Georgia if the bill became law.

Gov. Nathan Deal

Business leaders thank Gov. Nathan Deal for vetoing HB 757

Business leaders Monday were quick to applaud Gov. Nathan Deal’s decision to veto of HB 757, even though many expressed concern that the controversy over “religious freedom” legislation would not be going away.

“The Georgia Chamber agrees with Governor Deal’s thoughtful reasoning to veto HB757,” according to a statement from Hank Linginfelter, an executive with AGL Resources who is the 2016 chair of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

Richard Dugas Pulte Homes

Georgia business groups urge governor to veto HB 757

Top Georgia business leaders now are looking toward Gov. Nathan Deal to continue his stance against discrimination – as it relates to HB 757 – also known as the religious freedom bill.

Richard Dugas, president and CEO of the Pulte Group who chairs the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Public Policy Advisory Board, spoke out strongly against the the bill, which has now passed both the Georgia House and Senate and will rest on the governor’s desk.