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Tourism spending up in Georgia

Tourism spending up in Georgia

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal says domestic and international visitors spent $21 billion in Georgia in 2010.

The U.S. Travel Association says that's up 8.3 percent from 2009.

The increase in visitor spending contributed $1.56 billion in state and local tax revenue to Georgia.

Deal said that in a challenging economic climate, tourism has been a source of strength for the state.

More than 233,800 jobs in Georgia are directly attributed to the tourism industry, accounting for $6.8 billion in payroll in 2010.

The U.S. Department of Commerce reported the number of international travelers to Georgia increased 19 percent in 2010, with expenditures up by 15 percent to $2.1 billion.

The Associated Press

Save 20% at great Atlanta restaurants throughout the month of July

Save 20% at great Atlanta restaurants throughout the month of July

Atlanta --  The first annual Dinner & A Cause Card benefiting the “Children of Conservation” project is now available.  The card costs only $50 and offers holders a 20% discount at great Atlanta restaurants while contributing 100% of the profits to the education of children and protection of wildlife in third world countries.  Giving Never Tasted So Good!  

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

ATLANTA (AP) -- As many parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration take effect, a Latino community group is organizing "a day without immigrants" to protest the measure.

The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights is calling for a day of non-compliance, asking businesses to close and community members to stay home and not work or shop Friday.

Alan Conner, owner of Dakota Blue restaurant in Grant Park, said he thinks the law is unjust and planned to close for lunch Friday in solidarity.

But some urge caution. Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, says skipping work without authorization could cost people jobs in a tough economic climate.

Groups are also organizing a "march for justice" on Saturday at the state Capitol to protest the law.

(The Associated Press)

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Floyd unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in May

Floyd unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in May

ATLANTA -- The unemployment rate in Metro Atlanta rose to 9.7 percent in May 2011, according to Georgia labor commissioner Mark Butler.

This is up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.6 percent in April.

Butler said the rate rose for two reasons. More than 21,000 new job seekers entered the labor force, but only about 15,000 of them found jobs. Also, Atlanta had a net loss of 900 jobs; an increase of 1,100 jobs in manufacturing and construction was offset by a loss of 2,000 service-related jobs.

The lowest area unemployment rate, at 7.2 percent, was recorded in Metro Athens, while the highest was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region in the Dublin area, at 12 percent.

Floyd County's unemployment rate was 10.5 percent.

May marked the 46th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent, up from 9 percent in April.

5 Berry alums win accomplishment awards

5 Berry alums win accomplishment awards

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College recently honored five distinguished alumni for their many accomplishments since college.

The Berry grads all demonstrate outstanding achievement, service and entrepreneurial spirit. They were recognized during the school's annual Alumni Awards and Golden Guard Gala.

Distinguished Achievement Award

Internationally known for his expertise in the field of nuclear energy, Jimmy T. Bell ('60) is CEO of Bell Consultants, a private consulting firm founded after his retirement as head of the chemical development section at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Bell works with national and international clients and consults with the Department of Energy and private environmental companies in projects relating to the nuclear fuel cycle and waste management technologies.

Among his many achievements is his work to clean up post-Cold War nuclear sites throughout the United States.

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