Kia Motors has contributed $600,000 to Troup County's THINC College and Career Academy as part of the plant's $3 million commitment to the school.
With the THINC College and Career Academy contribution, KMMG has donated more than $6.4 million to the local community since 2008.
Ricky Wolfe, chairman of the Troup County Board of Commissioners, thanked Kia for the support it is providing to Troup County's workforce.
"We expect the career academy to have a positive impact on many of the families in this area," said Wolfe.
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THINC is a charter school approved by the Troup County Board of Education that will use partnerships with local businesses and industries to better prepare students for college and careers.
Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia assemble the Sorento crossover vehicle and the Optima sedan.
Columbus companies can apply for Excalibur Awards
The Technology Association of Georgia, in collaboration with the Business and Technology Alliance of TAG, is seeking applications and nominations for the 2014 TAG Excalibur Awards.
The awards recognize Georgia companies and organizations that demonstrate the best use of technology, typically provided by a third-party, to solve complex issues and processes in business and education.
"There are a number of companies in the Columbus area that leverage technology to solve critical issues," said TAG President and CEO, Tino Mantella. "I urge tech-enabled companies from the local area to apply."
Interested companies have until Aug. 29 to be considered for this annual program. Semi-finalists will be selected by the Excalibur judging committee. Companies selected as semi-finalists will then be required to meet with the judges for an interview.
There are five categories -- Small Companies, Mid-sized Companies, Large Companies, Educational Organizations and Most Creative Solution.
The TAG Excalibur Awards ceremony will be held Oct. 24 at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.
To apply visit: https://tagonline.wufoo.com/forms/2014-excalibur-awards-application/.
If you would like to nominate a company, visit: http://www.tagonline.org/events/excalibur-awards/excalibur-nomination/
Carmike Cinemas to hold grand opening for Montgomery complex on Aug. 8
Columbus-based Carmike Cinemas said the grand opening of the new Chantilly 13 entertainment complex in Montgomery, Ala., featuring the 'BigD' experience, will take place Aug. 8. The theater opens its doors Thursday at noon.
A charitable event Thursday will benefit the community's River Region United Way by offering movie tickets, popcorn and drinks priced at $2 each until 5 p.m.
Carmike said will celebrate Chantilly 13's debut by offering guests who attend the opening week a free Coca-Cola Freestyle fountain drink (any size) with ticket purchase through close of business Aug. 14.
The new 13-screen theater seats more than 2,800 guests with stadium seating, comfortable high-back rocking luxury seats, retractable armrests and convenient cup holders. The BigD, Carmike's premium large-screen format auditorium, seats 580 patrons and features a screen that measures 81 feet wide by three stories tall.
Other amenities include an upscale lobby, multiple concession areas featuring Coca-Cola Freestyle drink centers, and one-stop ticketing and concessions stations for guest convenience.
"The new Chantilly 13 marks our 20th location in Alabama and we are excited to have Montgomery join a select list of communities offering Carmike's uniquely immersive BigD large screen experience," said David Passman, Carmike president and chief executive officer.
Carmike Cinemas operates 253 theaters with 2,670 screens in 37 states.
Village Mall gets improvements and name change to 'Auburn Mall'
Hull Storey Gibson Companies, owner of the Village Mall, it will change the name from Village Mall to Auburn Mall and make improvements to the interior and exterior of the property.
Improvements will include new signage, an electronic reader board, and installation of historical photographs and inspirational community murals throughout the inside of the mall.
"The city of Auburn deserves an enclosed mall that reflects its reputation as a wonderful place to live, work, visit and receive an education. We are working closely with Mayor Ham's office and the Auburn economic development team to improve the mall, attract national retailers to the community and create a first-class shopping experience," Jim Hull, managing principal of Hull Storey Gibson Companies, said in a statement.
Work to improve Auburn Mall will begin this month, the company said, with the installation of historical photographs and community murals. Exterior improvements will begin later this year and continue into 2015.
Hull Storey Gibson Companies, headquartered in Augusta, Ga., operates 21 enclosed malls, 20 shopping centers and 18 free-standing buildings comprising over 13 million square feet across Georgia, Alabama, North and South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.