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FREE Diabetes Screening Event

Abundant Living Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Our mission is to screen, educate, and serve youth and adult prediabetes individuals in underserved communities by providing health awareness and options for a healthy lifestyle change.

Our vision is to address the lifestyle changes needed to reduce the prevalence of obesity, overweight, and prediabetes by addressing; eating habits, exercise, and stress reduction in the prediabetes population.  Our ultimate goal is to bring awareness through screening and education to reduce the incidence of diabetes and associated complications.

In this time of COVID-19, when pre-existing conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure are disproportionately affecting the African-American population, it is of paramount importance that we are aware of our status.  We must know our numbers and where we stand in terms of being free of diabetes.
The FREE Screening Event, where participants will also receive a $25.00 Kroger Gift Card is being offered. as an incentive for participation.  Please see the attached brochure and flyer
for more information.  Participants must register online as directed in the flyer.  You may also register from a link on the website:  www.abundantlivingfoundationinc.org.
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Film

What’s filming in Georgia in November 2020?

The floodgates opened in November for new film and TV productions in Georgia, hitting a post-pandemic high of 42 as of Nov. 10.

This is up from 27 just two weeks earlier and almost exactly the same as the number of productions on Nov. 11, 2019, when it was 36. On March 11, just before the virus shut everything down, the number was 39.

“It definitely seems busy,” said Sara Riney, an Atlanta set decoration buyer. “Most people I know have gone back to work. Prop houses will tell you it’s busy.”

Lee Thomas, deputy commissioner of the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, said in a statement that “we’re not quite at pre-pandemic levels yet, but our sound stages are filling up fast and productions from feature films to regular series are underway. Last fiscal year prior to COVID-19, we were on track for another record pace, and we’re working every day with our productions to help meet their needs.”

Many are returning shows such as the CW’s “Stargirl” and “Dynasty,” FXX’s “Archer,” the syndicated “Divorce Court” and OWN’s “Iyanla: Fix My Life.” Tyler Perry is also readying three of his shows to shoot consecutively. See more at AJC.

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RIAA Statement in Response to United States Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property

On November 9, the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator released a forward-looking plan to continue America’s bipartisan tradition of strong intellectual property policy and enforcement. The plan includes a vital commitment to review the impact of the copyright safe harbor in Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (1998) on IP protection and enforcement domestically and around the world.

RIAA’s Senior Vice President of International Policy George York issued the following statement in response to this critical development:

“RIAA welcomes the release of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator’s Joint Strategic Plan and its support for strong copyright protection and enforcement for American creators. In particular, we strongly support the Plan’s focus on continuing the review of outdated U.S. copyright safe harbors, which is vital to the long term growth of the U.S. creative economy – one of the most powerful positive contributors to the balance of trade. Given that the copyright safe harbors are currently undergoing re-evaluation in Congress and that both the current Administration and President-elect Biden have previously criticized overbroad immunity, it is no time to lock old flawed laws into trade agreements or otherwise pre-empt congressional reform. We applaud the inclusion of this vital piece of the IPEC’s Joint Strategic Plan and look forward to the new Administration carrying it forward to build on former Vice President and Senator Biden’s longstanding commitment to strong intellectual property laws that boost innovation and protect America’s artists and creators.”

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Georgia Shatters Previous Record, Earns Top Business Ranking for Eighth Consecutive Year

As the world’s greatest golfers teed off today at the Masters Tournament in Augusta to compete for the prized Green Jacket, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that the State of Georgia has shattered its own record by being named No. 1 for business climate for the eighth consecutive year by Site Selection magazine.

In 2019, Georgia became the only state to earn this distinction seven consecutive times in the history of Site Selection’s rankings, and it is now the only state to receive the honor eight times in a row. The announcement presentation followed a tour of Bridgestone Golf’s headquarters and research and development facility in Covington, Georgia, where the Governor was also presented with golf balls stamped with the “No. 1 State” artwork to commemorate the occasion.

“I’m so proud that Georgia has earned this top business distinction for a record-setting eight years, and it is an honor to accept this award from Site Selection magazine,” said Governor Kemp. “Our top-notch workforce development programs and pro-business environment, along with our strong logistics infrastructure, have further solidified the Peach State as the best place in the nation to live, work, raise a family, and start or grow a business. I thank our partners in both the public and private sectors, our world-class economic development team, and the hardworking Georgians throughout the state who helped us beat our own record with this unprecedented achievement.”

Site Selection magazine is an internationally circulated business publication covering corporate real estate and economic development. The publication’s rankings are 50% based on an index of seven criteria and 50% on the input received from a survey of independent site location experts who are asked to rank states based on their recent project experiences. This year, Georgia shares this top ranking with North Carolina.

“Our readers are keenly interested in our annual state business climate ranking, because they seek locations with the greatest prospects for success,” said Site Selection Editor in Chief Mark Arend. “Georgia’s eighth consecutive Top State Business Climate win reminds them that a Georgia location will contribute to their productivity and profitability long term.”

In a survey published with the rankings, workforce skills were the most important criteria to site selectors for the fifth consecutive year, with workforce development programs coming in second place. Transportation infrastructure, ease of permitting and regulatory procedures, along with state and local taxes completed the top five issues of importance to the process.

President and CEO of Bridgestone Golf Dan Murphy hosted Governor Kemp, alongside First Lady Marty Kemp, and members from both the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and Site Selection magazine, as they safely celebrated these accolades. The event also highlighted Bridgestone Golf’s continued success in the state as they celebrate their 30th anniversary in Covington. The Georgia Made™ company employs nearly 160 Georgians and has continued to make new investments in research and development. Earlier this week, Bridgestone re-signed Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau to long-term contract extensions, which includes DeChambeau significantly increasing his involvement in Bridgestone’s R&D processes for developing new golf ball technology.

“Georgia’s success is thanks to a long, proven track record of our state doing things the right way,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Whether entering or expanding in Georgia, it’s our goal to give every company we work with the peace of mind they need to know that they will have a long-term partner in the state. I want to thank Governor Kemp, Speaker David Ralston, Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, and our General Assembly for the consistent leadership that gives us a competitive edge and the support that helps our entire state find success.”

Site Selection magazine joins Area Development magazine in naming Georgia the top state for business for 2020 – the eighth and seventh consecutive year, respectively, that both publications have awarded Georgia the top ranking. Earlier this week, Governor Kemp also shared that Georgia remains on a record pace for economic development investments and job creation in the state during fiscal year 2021, increasing investments by 56% and jobs by 45% compared to the same timeframe last year.