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Walmart State Giving Program Seeking Applications from Nonprofits

Walmart State Giving Program Seeking Applications from Nonprofits

ATLANTA -- The Walmart Foundation is currently accepting applications from Georgia nonprofits for the first funding cycle of the State Giving Program.

Walmart established the State Giving Program to further support organizations that create opportunities for local citizens.

Selected by a council of Walmart associates who know first-hand the needs of their communities, the nonprofits receive grants starting at $25,000. These funds are used to establish new programs or elevate existing initiatives focused on education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental stability, health and wellness, and hunger.

Applications may be submitted online through Friday, Apr.

SunTrust Foundation Awards $50,000 to University System

SunTrust Foundation Awards $50,000 to University System

CARROLLTON, GA -- The SunTrust Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to the University System of Georgia Foundation to implement the "SunTrust Scholars" program at the University of West Georgia and nine other Metro Atlanta USG institutions.

This funding will be used to enable students facing significant financial barriers to attend the 10 schools.

"Educating more than 311,000 students each year is becoming increasingly challenging, especially in the tough economic times we face today," said USG Chancellor Erroll Davis.

Temple Industrial Park Achieves GRAD Status

Temple Industrial Park Achieves GRAD Status

TEMPLE, GA -- The Carroll County Development Authority, the City of Temple and Carroll Tomorrow announced on Friday, Jan. 28 that Temple Industrial Park has been named a Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) site by the Georgia Allies.

The 100-acre Temple site, located just 45 miles west of Atlanta near I-20, is one of only 15 designated sites in the state.

These recognized sites effectively address the rapid schedules of many industrial site selections.

Economic Uncertainty Persists at Year's End

Economic Uncertainty Persists at Year's End

CARROLLTON, GA -- The economy began recovering in 2010 from the deepest recession since the 1930s, but that recovery seemed to go in fits and spurts with no clear trajectory.

As for 2011, expect more growth, but with a continued pattern of uncertainty, said Bill Schaniel, an economist with the University of West Georgia.

"This year will be a year that will be remembered as being both not as good as some hoped -- there was no significant reduction in the unemployment rate -- but not as bad as many feared, as there was no double dip in the recession," said Schaniel. "This year did see the technical end of the recession, but for most people, the recession will end when there is significant job growth."

In 2010, the economy grew at a steady rate in the January-March quarter.

Campus Crest to Give Bicycles to Needy Children

Campus Crest to Give Bicycles to Needy Children

CARROLLTON, GA -- Campus Crest Communities, Inc., a developer and manager of student housing properties, will spread some holiday cheer to needy children in Carroll County this Christmas.

On Wednesday, Dec. 22, Campus Crest's co-founders -- CEO Ted Rollins and CIO Mike Hartnett -- will present 150 bicycles to children in need at Westside Full Gospel Baptist Church (719 North Aycock Street, Carrollton, 30017).

Campus Crest has maintained a relationship with Westside FGBC and its pastor, Walter Kight, since the company first developed a property in the area in 2006.

Pace of Recovery Dismal According to Top Economist

CARROLLTON, GA -- The economy is improving, albeit at a disappointingly lethargic pace, according to the chief economist of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Martin Regalia offered that assessment at the annual University of West Georgia Economic Forecast Breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

"The good news is we're growing again.

Economic Forecast Breakfast at UWG

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia's Richards College of Business and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce are hosting an Economic Forecast Breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in the UWG Campus Center Ballroom.

William "Joey" Smith, associate professor of economics at UWG, will give the forecast for the West Georgia region, and Martin A. Regalia, chief economist at the United States Chamber of Commerce, will give the forecast for the entire country.

Smith was a research associate at the Fiscal Research Center at Georgia State University, where he specialized in the study of growth patterns of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. Regalia, senior vice-president for economic and tax policy, oversees the Chamber's Council on Small Business and the Corporate Leadership Advisory Council.

Business leaders in all fields, educators, government officials and the general public are encouraged to attend.