Carrie Ashbee appointed Executive Director of the Georgia Foundation for Early Care and Learning

On April 28, 2017,  Governor Nathan Deal announced the appointment of Carrie Ashbee as the Executive Director of Georgia Foundation for the Early Care and Learning foundation, effective July 1.  Ashbee will oversee the newly created non-profit organization, with the primary purpose of supporting educational excellence for children and families. The program will promote partnerships between businesses, charities, institutions of higher education, local and public school systems and early care and education programs.

Ashbee previously worked in Washington D.C. , holding various positions such as executive assistant and scheduler with then-Congressman Deal.  In 2011, she joined Gov. Deal in Georgia as his executive assistant and later in her current position as Deputy Chief of Staff of Executive Office Operations.  Ashbee graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations. She is a native of Marietta, Georgia and currently serves as chair of the Capitol Arts Standards Committee overseeing the implementation of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. statue on Capitol grounds. Ashbee and her husband, Blake, have one daughter.

I-85 corridor to reopen by May 15

Gov. Nathan Deal, along with Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Commissioner Russell McMurry and State Transportation Board Chairman Robert L. Brown Jr., today announced the reopening of I-85, six weeks after a March 30 fire and bridge collapse closed the corridor. The northbound and southbound lanes of the I-85 bridge over Piedmont Road in Metro Atlanta are projected to open to traffic by morning rush hour on May 15. The new opening date is five weeks ahead of the original projected opening date of June 15.

“While this situation has been a tremendous challenge, the response from the people of Georgia has been nothing less than remarkable,” said Deal. “It is extraordinary that in just six weeks, this critical piece of infrastructure is nearly ready to reopen for motorist use following the fire and bridge collapse. I am grateful to President Trump and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for providing the financial assistance necessary to complete the bridge on an expedited timeframe. I’d also like to thank Commissioner Russell McMurry for his leadership throughout this project, as well as the leadership of MARTA, the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority and the State Road and Tollway Authority for leading the charge in providing alternative commute options. Most importantly, I thank the motoring public for their patience and the Atlanta business community for its flexibility. In Georgia, we get things done, and we have risen to the occasion for I-85 to be completed as efficiently and effectively as possible.”

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Christopher Nunn appointed Commissioner of DOAS

On March 17, 2017, Governor Deal announced the appointment of Christopher Nunn as the Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) effective April 1.   Commissioner Nunn has served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) since September 2015.  Before joining state government, Nunn ran a mid-sized, Atlanta-based professional services firm and spent many years as a management consultant focused on strategic planning, leadership development and process improvement.  His leadership at the DCA was instrumental in a variety of initiatives including team development and program sustainability.

Commissioner Nunn earned his bachelor’s degree from Emory University and a master’s degree from the University of St. Andrews. He is a native of Perry Georgia and currently lives in Atlanta with his wife Nancy and their two children.