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.”

The latest updates on the reopening of I-85 can be found at www.I85rebuild.org or www.dot.ga.gov.

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.

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.