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STEM Education Awards finalists announced

STEM Education Awards finalists announced

ATLANTA -- The Technology Association of Georgia and its Education Collaborative has announced the finalists for this year's Georgia STEM Education Awards.

The finalists were chosen from more than 170 applicants across eight categories.

"Recent studies show that Georgia will need to fill approximately 211,000 STEM-related jobs by 2018," TAG president and CEO Tino Mantella said in a statement. "The 2013 Georgia STEM Education Awards finalists are helping to prepare the tech-ready workforce to fill these jobs, and we applaud them for standing out as leaders in Georgia's educational community."

The award winners will be announced Sept. 27 at the second annual Georgia STEM Education Awards event in Savannah.

This year's finalists include:

Elementary School
* Brookwood ES (Whitfield)
* Hightower ES (DeKalb)
* Honey Creek ES (Rockdale)
* May Howard ES (Savannah-Chatham)
* Sope Creek ES (Cobb)

Coweta Young Professionals to meet July 25

Coweta Young Professionals to meet July 25

NEWNAN, Ga. -- The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce will hold a networking event for local young business professionals later this month.

The Young Professionals mixer will be Thursday, July 25 at 8 a.m. at the Newnan Chick-fil-A Dwarf House.

Among the discussion topics is the cha         mber's three pillars of professional development: business development, civic and charity work, and personal development.

The breakfast networking event costs $10. Those who pay $40 will receive a year of Young Professionals membership.

Visit newnancowetachamber.org for more information.

The Newnan Chick-fil-A Dwarf House is located at 505 Bullsboro Drive.

Business Women's Network to meet Friday

Business Women's Network to meet Friday

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Coweta County's Business Women's Network will hold a social event later this week.

Local businesswomen are invited to network, eat, drink and have fun on Friday, July 12 at the Coweta Club at Arbor Springs Plantation.

The networking event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Visit newnancowetachamber.org for more information or to sign up.

The Coweta Club is located at 300 Arbor Springs Parkway in Newnan.

Local nonprofits gain grant to help domestic violence victims in Georgia

Local nonprofits gain grant to help domestic violence victims in Georgia

ATLANTA -- The Judicial Council of Georgia Domestic Violence Committee awarded a grant on Friday that will go towards the work of nine nonprofit organizations in and near Atlanta. 

The grant of almost $1.6 million will help bring legal services to around 4,500 people with low income around Georgia who have suffered from domestic violence and are working to bounce back. A spokeswoman for the Judicial Council reported that the funds are given each year to develop domestic violence training and legal services for victims.

According to the spokeswoman, not included are divorces, deportations and other matters which are not related with the victim's safety, along with economic security. 

Yamaha to expand production, create jobs in Ga.

Yamaha to expand production, create jobs in Ga.

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Officials at Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corp. say they've opened a second assembly plant in Newnan and will hire 100 employees to work on a new utility vehicle.

The Japanese company also said this week that it has completed transferring all of its ATV production to the Coweta County plant.

The plant now employs 1,250 workers. In addition to the 100 to be hired, an additional 300 workers could be added in years to come.

The facility already produces Yamaha's Grizzly 700 FI all-terrain vehicle and the YFZ450R sport ATV. The new plant will produce the Viking side-by-side vehicle and other models.

City to hold vendor fair

City to hold vendor fair

NEWNAN, Ga. -- The city of Newnan and the Potts Company have teamed up to host a vendor fair in anticipation of two major projects.

The fair will be held Wednesday, June 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Newnan Utilities Wahoo Creek Administration Building.

The city is looking for trades and equipment for improvements to the Newnan Public Safety Complex and redevelopment of the University of West Georgia Hospital.

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City of Newnan spokeswoman Gina Snider said the vendor fair will include information about the bidding process, including how to acquire bid documents for the city's projects.

Contact the Potts Company at 770-483-9299 or estimating@pottsco.com for more information.

U-Haul ranks Atlanta No. 26 growth city

U-Haul ranks Atlanta No. 26 growth city

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- U-Haul International, Inc. ranks Atlanta No. 26 on its annual U-Haul National Migration Trend Report released Friday that measures the nation's top growth areas for families that moved during the past year. 

Pittsburg takes the top spot with the highest percentage of growth, U-Haul said. 

"The report, reflective of growth patterns in the United States during 2012, was complied based on nationwide trends in cities of all sizes and reflects communities with more than 5,000 families moving in or out of the area," said John "J.T." Taylor, president, U-Haul International, Inc.

"Growth cities were then determined by calculating the percentage of inbound moves vs. outbound moves for each area," Taylor added.

The U-Haul 2012 Top U.S. Growth Cities Report was compiled from more than 1.6 million U-Haul one-way truck transactions, the company said.