Posts Tagged ‘Georgia’

Governor Deal announces September as Balloon Month

Governor Nathan Deal issued a proclamation declaring September as Balloon Month. Maxine Burton, president and founder, and Bob Burton, CEO, lead the campaign for this International Balloon Month. International Balloon Month seeks to raise awareness of the joy of balloons and spotlight the economic impact the multi-billion dollar balloon industry has on the state of Georgia and the world.

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Prepare for Severe Weather

The time of year has arrived during which inclement weather is more likely to impact your ability to operate normally.  The following information outlines the sources of communications that you may rely upon to assist you in related preparations.

The Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) will notify HR leaders by email and coordinate updates through additional communication sources as follows:

  • DOAS help desk (404-656-2705)
  • 1-800-Georgia help desk
  • and websites
  • DOAS’ Facebook and Twitter
  • ABC-WSB-TV Channel 2-Metro Atlanta only
  • WSB Radio 95.5 FM and 750 AM-Metro Atlanta
  • Peach State Radio—Outside Metro Atlanta

Agencies subject to State Personnel Board rules will find procedures for managing absences and compensation on the DOAS website.

Please coordinate with your internal business units to establish or update the list of employees or work groups that you deem essential to operations during inclement weather or other emergency situations.

Take a minute to review the state’s Inclement Weather Policy, including where to find out about state office closures. You might also want to review the State’s recent advisory on absences due to emergency closures.

You can also prepare for severe weather with planning and safety tips from


Georgia launches new tourism and film website

Georgia Travel Guide Walking Dead

To attract visitors interested in Georgia’s entertainment industry, Georgia’s Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) has launched a new website:

This interactive website promotes Georgia’s film and music history, film tours, Georgia-filmed productions, film locations, destinations, festivals and other events.

By increasing visitation to entertainment-related destinations across the state, the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office’s new website seeks to enhance the film industry’s long-term impact on Georgia tourism.

Georgia’s 2013 travel guide also showcases the connections between Georgia’s entertainment and tourism industries with dual covers featuring Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band, and the most-watched television series in basic cable history, “The Walking Dead,” filmed in Senoia. is an opportunity to help drive tourism to Georgia by showcasing filming locations across the state,” said Lee Thomas, Director of the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment division. “’Catching Fire,’ the sequel to ‘The Hunger Games,’ opens in theaters on November 22. Not only did this production create hundreds of jobs in Georgia, but it is anticipated that the momentum generated by Lionsgate’s billion dollar franchise will benefit our tourism industry by bringing fans to Georgia.”

Georgia-filmed movies to be released in the next few months include Tyler Perry’s “Temptation” on March 29; “42” starring Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman on April 12; and “The Internship” starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson on June 7. Other Georgia projects slated to hit theaters are “Prisoners” starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal on September 20; “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” on November 22; Tyler Perry’s “Madea Christmas” on December 13; and “Last Vegas” starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro and Kevin Kline on December 20.

In addition, a record number of television shows are shot in Georgia including AMC’s “The Walking Dead;” CW’s “The Vampire Diaries;” BET’s “Reed Between the Lines,” “The Game,” and “Let’s Stay Together;” “Family Feud;” USA’s “Necessary Roughness” and “Royal Pains;” Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva” and the new series “Devious Maids.”

Feature films in preproduction or currently in production in Georgia include “Anchorman 2” starring Will Ferrell; “Prisoners” starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal; “Need for Speed” starring Aaron Paul and Michael Keaton; and “The Good Lie” starring Reese Witherspoon.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development’ 157 state employees plan, manage and mobilize 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.

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