Buzz: Georgia again gets high marks for top business climate. Chieftains selling Christmas cards, ornaments created by local artist Judy Frasure.

Buzz: Georgia again gets high marks for top business climate. Chieftains selling Christmas cards, ornaments created by local artist Judy Frasure.

Georgia has been named the No. 1 state for business climate for the eighth consecutive year by Site Selection magazine.

“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 Gov. Brian Kemp, who took office in January 2019. “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.

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.


Chieftains will host a holiday fundraiser selling Christmas cards and ornaments created exclusively for the museum by local artist Judy Frasure. Visitors to the museum may have seen Frasure’s artwork for sale in the form of notecards in the gift shop since 2019. The artist’s work features pen and ink drawings of all types of flora and fauna, each hand-painted by the artist to highlight watercolor elements. Ms. Frasure also created a line of notecards for Chieftains with designs taken from the art of textile designer Frankie Welch as part of our “Style With Substance” in-house exhibition last fall.

For the 2020 holiday fundraiser, Frasure has created two designs that focus on Cherokee history and culture. One design, titled “Cherokee Christmas,” depicts a wreath made from plants important to the Cherokee and the Moravians, a missionary group that ministered to the Cherokee and introduced them to the Christmas holiday as early as the mid-1700s. The words “Merry Christmas” are shown on this design both in English and the Cherokee language. The second design represents a hand-folded paper Moravian star, a symbol of Advent in the Moravian Church. Each design contains information on the back both about the design and the connection it has to the Cherokee people.

Beginning Friday, Chieftains will sell notecards and paper ornaments in both designs for the holiday fundraiser in the museum store as well as the museum’s online store. Notecards come in a pack of six and sell for $10 in-store/ $12 online; ornaments will sell for $8 each in-store/$10 each online. The museum will also sell combination packs of ornaments and cards together for $15 in-store/$17 online as well as a combination pack that features a Moravian Star craft kit that will show customers how to fold their own paper stars which sells for $20 in-store/$22 online.

These original artworks make wonderful gifts for family, friends, or for anyone on your gift list this year. To purchase items in the museum store, visit Chieftain Museum during regular operating hours, 10am-3pm Wednesday or 10am-4pm Thursday through Saturday. To participate in the fundraiser online, visit the museum’s website at www.chieftainsmuseum.org and click on the “Store” link.

All proceeds will go directly toward supporting Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home.

For more: chieftainsmuseum.org or contact them at (706) 291-9494.


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