Easter Egg Hunt at the Governor’s Mansion

First Lady Sandra Deal will host the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Georgia Governor’s Mansion on Saturday, April 1st  from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Reservations are extremely limited and can only be taken by e-mail on March 20th at exactly 8:00 a.m.

Email reservations prior to March 20, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. will Not be processed.

Please email mansionevents@georgia.gov to reserve your spot for the 2017 Governor’s Mansion Easter Egg Hunt. Unfortunately, early reservations cannot be accepted. When making your reservation, please include the following:

  • Names of the adults who would like to attend
  • Names and ages of the children
  • Telephone number
  • Email address

Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black is Georgia Trend’s 2017 Georgian of the Year

“I believe the land and products of the land are actually a magnet to the soul,” says Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.

Commissioner Gary Black’s commitment to Georgia’s agriculture business has been phenomenal. Now in his second term as the state’s agriculture commissioner, Black is Georgia Trend’s 2017 Georgian of the Year.

“As agribusiness continues to be Georgia’s largest industry, Commissioner Black’s steadfast leadership has been essential to maintaining Georgia’s position as the No. 1 state in which to do business,” stated Gov. Nathan Deal.

Black firmly believes that healthy agriculture is the key to assuring a healthy economy for Georgia. He and his team have constantly worked to revamp the Georgia Grown program, an economic development effort that promotes locally grown products and assists agribusinesses, has united producers, processors, retailers and consumers statewide. The program initiatives emphasize the importance of agriculture related-jobs and the many contributions of farmers and ranchers to the industry’s success.

Georgia departments of agriculture, education, and public health are developing a 2020 Vision Program which aims to have all schools breakfast and lunch menus consist of 20 percent Georgia Grown products. Black looks forward to the long-term benefits of the program, and is positive that it will help improve academics, arts, and athletics within the community.

Join us in congratulating Commissioner Black for his steadfast leadership to the citizens of Georgia and this well deserved honor.

Gov. Deal Declares March as Georgia Purchasing Month

Governor Nathan Deal presents a Proclamation declaring March as 2017 Purchasing Month.

March is officially “Purchasing Month” in Georgia. It is a time set-aside to recognize the purchasing and materials management professions who play a significant role in the efficiency and effectiveness of both the public and private sectors by balancing and negotiating time, source and price of goods and services.

Throughout the month, DOAS and professional purchasing associations like the Georgia Chapter of NIGP, Inc. and Government Procurement Association of Georgia (GPAG), will engage in efforts to inform the public about the important role played by the purchasing profession in business, industry, and government.

On April 25 – 27, 2017, DOAS will host the inaugural Georgia Procurement Conference (GPC 2017) and Supplier Expo. GPC 2017, the state’s premier event for public procurement professionals and supplier partners, will provide opportunities to foster business partnerships between state government entities, suppliers and small businesses.