GRA BLOG

January 21, 2022

GRA welcomes 12 new Trustees

Incoming group hails from various backgrounds, areas of the state

The January 20 meeting of the GRA Board of Trustees brought the addition of 10 new members serving three-year terms and 2 new ex-officio members:

Deborah Backus, vice president of research and innovation, Shepherd Center Elizabeth (Beth) Chandler, vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, Rollins, Inc. Delvecchio S. Finley, president and CEO, Atrium Health Navicent (AHN) Thomas (Tom) P. Hackett, president and chief operating officer, Truist Securities Tom O’Brien, president and chief executive office, Axion Biosystems Sachin Shailendra, president, SG Contracting, Inc. Dr. Hugh F.

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December 20, 2021

He worked to find a way

Remembering U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson

We at GRA have been reading this morning’s tributes to the late Sen. Johnny Isakson, who died yesterday after battling Parkinson’s Disease. The words of praise describe a true public servant, a man who was courageous, courteous and considerate, dedicated to making the world better.

To these qualities we would add one more: Dogged determination.

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October 28, 2021

Prescience Pays Off

How the State of Georgia’s past investment in GRA helped bring about a major manufacturing operation

Today’s news that the Korean company SKC will soon make semiconductor parts in Covington, Ga. is one of those extraordinary “full circle” stories.

First, as economic development news goes, it’s a big story: SKC and its business partners will invest more than $473 million in a first-of-its-kind endeavor – using glass to manufacture substrates for semiconductor chips, as opposed to silicon or other material. The operation will create 400-plus jobs in Newton County.

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