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Workshop for Creative Entrepreneurs

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Athens’ Dalan Animal Health & Dr. Jeff Rapp of Athens Tech Honored as The Center for Global Health Innovation Names 2023 Golden Helix Award Winners

The Global Center for Medical Innovation’s Sherry Farrugia and Athens Technical College’s Jeffrey Rapp, PhD are the recipients of the 2023 Industry Growth Awards for their impact on the life sciences industry in the state. The Industry Growth Awards are the highest honors bestowed each year by CGHI. 
Innovation Awards are presented to the department, institution, company or individuals who are forging new ground by thinking outside traditional paradigms to create some unique technology. Dalan Animal Health – Paenibacillus Larvae Bacterin Honeybee Vaccine,

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With construction still underway, Athens film and TV studio buys more land for expansion

In anticipation of film and television industry demand for its 200,000 square feet of purpose-built production space, Athena Studios has announced the purchase of an additional 65 acres of land adjacent to the original 45-acre site currently under construction at 900 Athena Dr.
The expansion will add 350,000 square feet to the already massive facility, which is scheduled to open its initial phase on Mar. 1, 2023 with the ability to host productions of any size. The increased acreage will allow for the construction of backlot space, and will make Athena one of the largest production studios in Georgia.

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New Athens Music Walk of Fame inductees to be announced

Anyone who walks through downtown Athens will likely notice the large bronze guitar pick plaques shining up at them from the sidewalk. These plaques bear the names of notable musicians who found their start in the Classic City, of which there are quite a few.

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Athens Research and Technology, Inc. recognized as Exporter of the Year

Athens Research and Technology, an established life sciences company near the University of Georgia was recently recognized as one of Georgia’s Exporters of the Year. ART manufacturers bio-medically relevant proteins for use in research and further manufacturing. In spite of supply chain issues and quarantines, ART remained committed to their clients worldwide ensuring that materials vital to research and product development where delivered on time. ART’s purified proteins are often used for antigen testing and in pharmaceutical research.

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Biotech Company Dalan Animal Health Relocates to Athens, Georgia

Dalan Animal Health, Inc., a biotech company focused on insect health, announced today that it will relocate its headquarters to Athens, Georgia. The company is anticipated to create 20 new jobs over the next five years.
The company aims to bring to market the world’s first honeybee vaccine to improve the health and productivity of honeybee colonies.

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Twenty-Five Georgia Companies Recognized for Expanding into 70 International Markets in 2021

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today announced the recipients of the 2022 GLOBE Award. Managed by the Department’s International Trade team, this state-led awards program highlights Georgia companies that expanded sales to new international markets in the previous year. During calendar year 2021, the 25 GLOBE winners collectively exported to 70 countries.
The 2022 Exporters of the Year are:
Small company (1-20 employees): Athens Research & Technology, Athens, Clarke County
Mid-size company (21-100 employees): PureAir Filtration, Peachtree Corners, Gwinnett County
Large company (101+ employees): Interra International, Atlanta, Cobb County

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New Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital Tower Completed

After nearly four years of construction, the new tower at Piedmont Athens Regional opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting Apr. 21. The 229,000 square-foot tower—built on the site of a former structure dating back to 1919—includes 128 modernized inpatient rooms, a cafe, gift shop, pharmacy, clinical program support areas, outdoor courtyards and a patient and family resource center.

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Gov. Kemp: Boehringer Ingelheim Expands Global Innovation Capabilities, Invests $57 Million in Athens

Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that Boehringer Ingelheim, a global research-driven pharmaceutical development and manufacturing company based in Germany, will expand its Animal Health Global Innovation center in Athens, Georgia. The $57 million investment will increase laboratory space and bring additional research and development capabilities and activities, including 55 new positions, to the site.

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Athens Music Walk Of Fame Markets Music Tourism

The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission launched the Athens Music Walk of Fame in September 2020. The project was designed to celebrate the city’s rich musical heritage and promote recovery of Georgia’s Tourism industry from the COVID-19 pandemic. “Tourism really is a public good, that helps communities be vibrant, and be appealing for the residents as well. So, in addition to the restaurants that are able to thrive with visitor spending, there’s also a vibrant art scene that not only attracts visitors but will attract residents to want to live here because it makes it a better place,” said Hannah Smith,...

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Licensing agreement speeds access to UGA research tools, benefits life science research

In the course of their research, investigators at the University of Georgia frequently develop rare and unique materials, reagents, and tools for very specific purposes related to their own research. Now, through a new master licensing agreement between the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. and KeraFAST, investigators at universities, other nonprofit life science research institutions, and for-profit organizations around the globe will have speedy access to these one-of-a-kind materials.

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Piedmont Athens is ‘Building for the Future’ with New Patient Tower

Earlier this year, Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center celebrated the groundbreaking of the final phase of its $171 million expansion and renovation project. Hundreds of community supporters and hospital staff gathered on the front lawn of the hospital, standing where a new, seven-story patient tower would soon be built.

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National Beer Day: Alumnus brewing for a cause

Matt Stevens (AB’03, MPA’14) is the Director of Community and Culture at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. in Athens. For National Beer Day we’re asking the questions everyone wants to know – from how Creature Comfort’s philanthropy started to Stevens’ top three favorite beers.

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Brewing Education Scholarship Fund

Terrapin Beer Co along with Middle Tennessee State University has created a Brewing Education Scholarship Fund to support under-represented communities within the brewing industry.

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Athens, GA – Lyndon House – Ophelia

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Creature Comforts $11M Expansion

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Kindercore Vinyl

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Cove & RWDC Industries in Exclusive Agreement to Support Production of the ‘First’ Biodegradable Water Bottles

Materials innovation company Cove’s partnership with PHA supplier RWDC will supply Cove with PHA for the production of the first water bottles made of biodegradable material. After an extensive, three-year research and development effort, during which Cove worked with a number of PHA producers, the company determined that RWDC has the most advanced technology and is the best-suited partner for aggressive growth.

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Athens Creative Directory Invites Artists to Join Registry

Athens Creatives are invited to join a digital registry aimed at providing them a place to connect with other artists, patrons, and members of the community. The ACC Economic Development Department teamed up with CREATE Athens, a division of Envision Athens, and others to make Athens Creatives Directory a reality.

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Piedmont Athens Breaks Ground on New Patient Tower

Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center broke ground today on the final phase of its $171 million expansion and renovation project, which includes replacing the oldest section of the hospital – built 100 years ago – with a new, seven-story patient tower.

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Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Department Industry Night 2019

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Boehringer Ingelheim To Create 225 Jobs, Invest Over $120 Million in Georgia

Thursday, February 7, 2019 (Atlanta, GA) – Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc., a leading animal health company, will create 225 jobs and invest more than $120 million in Gwinnett, Clarke, and Hall counties. The company has located its North American headquarters in Duluth, creating 75 new jobs; is adding more than 100 new jobs at its manufacturing and R&D facility in Athens; and more than 50 jobs at the company’s Gainesville manufacturing facility. “We’re excited to welcome Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. to the Peach State,” said Governor Kemp. “As a...

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