Georgia United Credit Union 2014 Scholarship Winners Announced

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A total of $12,500 was awarded and disbursed to 13 high school seniors through Georgia United Credit Union’s 2014 scholarship programs. After a record number of entries, recipients were chosen based on an essay competition, with consideration given to academic accomplishments, leadership and participation in both school and community activities. The top winners for 2014 were Colin Humble of George Walton Comprehensive High School and Joseph Long of Loganville High School, respectively.




Colin Humble George Walton Comp High School, Marietta


Morgan Winn Lakeside High School, Decatur


Rose Foisy Brunswick High School, Brunswick


Samuel Potts Eastside High School, Covington


Baylor Ward Clarke Central High School, Athens


Robert Howard Northwest Whitfield HS, Cohutta


Gabrielle Abraham Elite Scholars Academy, Hampton


Colleen Garnto West Laurens High School, Dublin


Rachel Stokes Luella High School, Locust Grove


Margaret Clark Greater Atlanta Christian, Norcross


Anya Delaremore

Arabia Mountain High School, Lithonia




Joseph Long Loganville High School, Loganville


Ameet Kallarackal Blessed Trinity Catholic High School, Roswell

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

8 Things you might not know about your State Captiol

State CapitolAs you might already know, the State Capitol Building, located in downtown Atlanta, is the head office for Georgia’s state government. It houses the offices of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, the State Senate, and House of Representatives.

But here are some things you might not have known about the State Capitol Building:

1. Construction on the building began in 1885 and completed in 1889.
2. The building’s original designs were provided by the Chicago architectural firm of Edbrooke and Burnham, while construction was completed by the Toledo, Ohio, company of Miles and Horn.
3. To fund the building, the state appropriated one million dollars for the Capitol’s construction, and used all but $118 of that budget.
4. The outside of the building is covered with limestone from Indiana, but the inside consists of marble and granite originating from Georgia.
5. Atop the building is a statue known as “Miss Freedom,” which – at one point – used to be called “the Goddess of Liberty.” This 1,600 pound structure is 26-ft. tall, and is made of copper that has been painted white. Miss Freedom points West, towards the capitol’s entrance.
6. The Capitol’s Dome consisted of tin until 1959 when it was covered with gold leaf originating from Dahlonega, Ga.
7. On April 14, GBA will begin renovating the Capitol building west steps that will be completed by December. In recent years, ceiling plaster was added in both the North and South wings of the building.
8. Surprisingly, the building remained undamaged when tornadoes struck Atlanta in 2008.

The Georgia Building Authority (GBA) is responsible for all services associated with the management of 36 buildings and various facilities located in the Capitol Hill Complex in Atlanta, including the Georgia State Capitol building. GBA provides maintenance, renovations, housekeeping, landscaping, food service, event catering, recycling, parking, and building access services to state employees housed in GBA-managed facilities.


Governor’s Office of Workforce Development Joins Georgia Department of Economic Development

Georgia Logo NewsThe Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced today that the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development (GOWD) has been repositioned under the umbrella of GDEcD as the new Workforce Division.  This streamlined structure is intended to ensure that the state’s workforce development efforts are aligned with the economic realities of the marketplace and what businesses need to succeed in Georgia.

“I am excited that the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development is now part of GDEcD – their resources and knowledgeable staff will only enhance our economic development portfolio,” said Chris Carr, Commissioner GDEcD. “By aligning these entities, the state gains an enhanced ability to attract new business and to ensure that existing industry continues to thrive in a business-friendly climate.”

As GDEcD works to bring new investment opportunities to our state and to support existing industry, a critical component of this mission is meeting the workforce needs of Georgia companies. The Workforce Division, formally GOWD, adds a workforce development team to Georgia’s economic development assets providing additional resources to new and existing companies in Georgia.

“This move to a streamlined structure highlights Governor Deal’s understanding that workforce issues are paramount to economic development in the state,” said Ben Hames, Georgia Department of Economic Development Deputy Commissioner, Workforce Division. “We are looking forward to having a seat at the table where we believe we will be able to contribute to the great work already being done by GDEcD to keep Georgia the No. 1 place in the nation to do business.”

Earlier this year, Governor Deal announced the creation of the Governor’s High Demand Career Initiative to bring together the leadership of GDEcD, the University System of Georgia, the Technical College System of Georgia and key business leaders across the state. With decision makers from each of these entities at one table, GDEcD will get a clear picture of what Georgia businesses need and pair them with existing assets and/or collectively tackle any gaps. The new Workforce Division will take the lead on this initiative in order to make sure the state’s economic development infrastructure is meeting the workforce needs of Georgia businesses. Governor Deal will kick off the initiative with a series of meetings in Atlanta, Dalton and Statesboro over the next two months. The first meeting will take place in Atlanta at the Georgia Tech Research Institute on April 15 from 8:30am – 11:30am. To learn more – visit

About GDEcD

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drive the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspire tourists to visit Georgia and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects. Visit and