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Congressman Johnson announces 2014 winners of CBCF scholarships

Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced the winners of the 2014 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Spouses Education Scholarships. The five winners hail from across the Fourth Congressional Dis


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Cybersecurity Workers: The Hot, New Career


$25 million education grant to fund pipeline of new talent


CAU President Carlton E. Brown

The rapid growth of cybercrime is creating a growing need for cybersecurity professionals across a range of industries, from financial services, health care, and retail to the U.S. government itself. And Clark Atlanta University (CAU) recently announced that it is joining a pipeline that will help provide graduates to fill the need.

CAU will share in a $25 million grant for cybersecurity education with 12 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The Department of Energy will provide the grant over the next five years to a new cybersecurity consortium comprising of 13 HBCUs, two national labs and a K-12 school district. 

The initiative builds upon President Obama’s focus on the critical need to fill the growing demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals in the U.S. job market, while also diversifying the pipeline of talent in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The consortium also highlights the Obama administration’s continued commitment to HBCUs.

“We are extremely grateful for the Department of Energy’s ongoing support of our University and for President Obama’s knowledge and understanding of the value and contributions of HBCUs to American life,”...


Osmose Utilities Services to create 100 jobs in Fayette County

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Osmose Utilities Services, Inc., an inspection, maintenance and rehabilitation service provider for electric utilities and telecommunication companies, will build a new headquarters in Peachtree City, creating as many as 100 new jobs over the next year.  

“The fact that Osmose operates around the country, yet chose to locate and expand its headquarters to Georgia, is a huge compliment to the state and our workforce,” said Gov. Nathan Deal. “Georgia’s No. 1 business climate creates a reliable and stable home for companies and corporations, big and small. Here, they will continue to discover an abundance of resources, talent and infrastructure necessary for growth.”

Osmose will build a facility for its new headquarters at 635 Highway 74 South in Peachtree City. The newly created jobs resulting from the project will include executive, administrative, IT/technology and supervisory positions. “Our work within the utility industry spans all 50 states, but we are excited to be expanding our corporate headquarters into Peachtree City, Georgia,” said Osmose President and CEO Larry Larson. “In addition to being a highly desirable place to call home, Fayette and the surrounding counties offer an excellent talent pool we can draw from as our business continues to grow.”

Lindsay Martin,...


Rockdale Chamber invites you to explore South Africa and Ireland


The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce is rolling out its welcome mat this year to South Africa and Ireland, and you’re invited to take advantage of the steep discounts the Chamber is able to offer for the trips.     

In past years, the Chamber has traveled to China, Japan, Italy, Germany and Austria, giving people the chance to vacation at dream destinations. The trips are open not only to locals, but those who have friends and family members in other states.

“We want people to see the world and we’re open to new places that people would like for us to book as destinations,” said Fred Boscarino, president of the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce.  

The 14-day South Africa trip is scheduled Oct. 1 – 14. The package includes a complimentary ride from the Chamber to the airport, round-trip airfare from Atlanta, 4.5 star hotel stays, transportation from the airport in South Africa, as well as throughout the trip, breakfast, lunch and dinner on select days and tours with English-speaking guides. The cost for the two-week vacation is $5,249 per person, double occupancy. Single rooms are available for an additional $6,199.

Those who book their trip with the Chamber now until April...


Ready to start a business?


Are you looking to start a new business? Want to turn your passion into a profit in 2015? It's time to register for the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneurial Academy. The academy, which begins on Feb. 16 and runs for seven weeks, is accepting registrations now.


“The Entrepreneurial Academy is a course designed with the entrepreneur or small business in mind. Whether you have an existing business or dreams of starting one in the future, this academy has something for you,” said Chamber President Fred Boscarino. “Experienced business people who have been there, and tried that, will share their experiences to help you avoid common pitfalls and be better prepared to establish your business for growth and prosperity.”

Boscarino says the Entrepreneurial Academy has drawn participants from Stockbridge, College Park, Stone Mountain, Forest Park, Lithonia, Decatur and even McDonough.


Seasoned business professionals present a new topic each week the academy is held. Instructors include technology consultants, life coaches, bankers, financial planners, and representatives from H&R Block.



The format ranges from panel discussions to lectures to hands-on training. In addition to gaining valuable information, participants will also have the opportunity to network with other like-minded individuals who...


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