Georgia Cyber Academy Board of Directors Appoints Michael Kooi as Superintendent

 The Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Kooi as the new Superintendent.

With a career spanning multiple facets of education and leadership, Mr. Kooi’s diverse background has prepared him well for this role. He began his career as a commercial litigation attorney before transitioning to work as an attorney for the Florida Department of Education. Mr. Kooi subsequently held positions such as Policy Chief for Education in the Florida House of Representatives, Executive Director of the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools, and Executive Director of the Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice at the Florida Department of Education. His extensive experience also includes serving as the Education Division Director for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget in Atlanta. Mr. Kooi also served as the Managing Director of Capital Education Solutions, LLC. He held the position of Executive Director for Georgia Cyber Academy from 2017 through 2022 and most recently served as Interim Superintendent for the school.

As Superintendent, Mr. Kooi will continue to lead the dedicated staff at GCA, directing their efforts towards achieving academic excellence for every student. His deep understanding of education policy, combined with his experience in managing diverse educational organizations, will be invaluable in furthering the school’s mission to provide quality education in a virtual environment.

“I am honored and excited to serve as the Superintendent of Georgia Cyber Academy,” said Mr. Kooi. “GCA has established itself as a leader in online education in Georgia, and I am committed to working with our faculty and staff to ensure our students receive the highest level of education. Together, we will continue to foster a nurturing and engaging virtual learning environment that empowers students to reach their full potential.”

The GCA Board of Directors extends its congratulations and confidence to Mr. Kooi, knowing that under his leadership, the school will continue to deliver outstanding educational opportunities to students across Georgia.

About Georgia Cyber Academy:
Georgia Cyber Academy is a leading online public charter school serving students from kindergarten through 12th grade in Georgia. With a focus on personalized education and flexible learning, GCA offers a comprehensive curriculum, dedicated teachers, and a supportive virtual community, enabling students to achieve academic success from the comfort of their homes.

Georgia Cyber Academy
Maria Blencowe
404-334-4790 ext. 1104



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Kia America and Kia Georgia Contribute $100,000 to the American Red Cross of Georgia in Support of Tornado Relief Initiatives


Kia America and Kia Georgia announced a joint $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross of Georgia to help those affected by recent tornadoes across Georgia, which destroyed or caused major damage to more than 500 homes in the state and affected at least a dozen team members from Kias U.S. manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia. The donation will support the non-profit as it works to facilitate temporary shelter and support for tornado victims. In addition to the monetary donation, Kia will also collect supplies for tornado victims and disaster relief workers.

We are devastated by the tornado destruction across Georgia, which has impacted the lives of many, including Kia team members and families. We are committed to supporting the American Red Cross of Georgias disaster relief efforts for those impacted by the tornadoes, said Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America and Kia America. As proud members of the community, Kia thanks the American Red Cross of Georgia for its relentless support for those in need, during times of disaster and beyond.

Kias support of the American Red Cross is a further extension of the brands Accelerate The Good charitable initiative, which has provided nearly $14 million to those in need since 2019. In addition to disaster relief, Kia has also made donations to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital to treat and defeat childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases; established scholarships for students in need looking to pursue their dreams of higher education; provided PPE to medical facilities nationwide during the pandemic; and partnered with animal welfare organizations including those that help rescue and preserve the endangered sea turtle population and those that help shelter animals find their forever homes.

The Red Cross of Georgia is grateful to Kia America and Kia Georgia for their generous donation to help provide relief to those impacted by disasters here in our state, said Dee Dixon, Regional Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Georgia. With this support, our dedicated Red Cross volunteers will continue to deliver safe shelter, food, comfort and hope to those in need.

Kia will encourage its employees, dealer network and vendor partners to provide additional support via a donation microsite in partnership with the American Red Cross of Georgia and by donating supplies on-site at its West Point, Georgia plant. For information on how to donate please visit

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The National Bank of Georgia adopts Bloomberg E-Bond Solution for Repos


Bloomberg and the National Bank of Georgia (NBG) announced the launch of the Bloomberg E-Bond technology solution for local currency Repo instruments, or repurchase agreements. The Bloomberg E-Bond solution provides electronic trading functionality for participants in the Georgian Repo market and provides market surveillance tools to the National Bank. The solution provides the primary trade negotiation system for local currency Repo trading in Georgia’s inter-dealer market. It commenced operation and became the National Bank of Georgia’s official market platform for repurchase agreements on November 28, 2022.

The Georgia E-Bond Repo solution allows local market participants to trade Repo and Reverse Repo via two trade negotiating modes, VTR (voice trade affirmation) and RFQ (request for a quote). Georgia E-Bond provides a complete, consolidated marketplace for Georgian Repos, offering market participants a robust and flexible set of tools supporting the full trade workflow. This includes pre-trade price discovery and analytics, the ability to handle multi-dealer RFQ, downstream integration with banks’ middle and back-office systems, and integrated trade capture and reporting tools.

“Well functioning financial markets are an important priority for the NBG, as they support stable economic growth, financial stability and monetary policy implementation. To foster local financial markets development, we have been working in close cooperation with Bloomberg to launch Georgian Repo E-Bond”, said Archil Mestvirishvili, Vice Governor of the NBG.  “Bloomberg has been a provider of choice for local market participants and the central bank for more than a decade. Therefore, we are delighted to be the first market globally to adopt Bloomberg’s new solution for the Repo market, which offers a much better user-friendly experience and full integration with our securities settlement system for automated, fast and secure processing of interbank securities transactions”.

“We are delighted to expand the set of instruments supported by the Bloomberg E-Bond technology solution and to launch the first Repo E-Bond, in Georgia in partnership with the National Bank of Georgia. The solution will contribute to increasing the transparency, liquidity and efficiency of the Georgian Repo market,” said Katharine Furber, Bloomberg’s Head of Emerging Markets Trading Product. “Debt markets require robust technical infrastructure solutions that are tailored to local market requirements, and our extensive experience in supporting fixed income trading processes allows us to provide solutions that can easily be adapted to the needs and requirements of institutions such as the National Bank.”

The E-Bond technology solution is fully integrated with Bloomberg’s data, news, analytics and communications tools to provide local Georgian clients active in the Repo market with a single, comprehensive solution.

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Discovery and Georgia Aquarium Enter Into All-New Multi-Platform Content Partnership To Document Animal Experiences and Global Conservation Efforts

Discovery and Georgia Aquarium together will increase the availability of aquatic animal conservation and animal care content through an exciting new multi-platform partnership. This collaboration will provide Discovery’s multi-platform audiences and discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service, with immediate access to innovative real-time content that will highlight Georgia Aquarium’s global conservation efforts and major milestones of the animals who call the 11 million gallons of water at the Atlanta-based aquarium home.

The content created by the all-new partnership will include milestone moments with animals, featuring celebrations of the birth of animals; day to day activities at the aquarium; and expert-led analysis of animal stories in the news. Other content will include virtual field trips; social media live stream events with animals and aquarists; in-depth photo galleries on; and content that will help raise awareness of endangered aquatic species.

“We are pleased to partner with Georgia Aquarium to bring the Discovery audiences up-close to a wide range of very special creatures as we celebrate aquatic animals and their milestones with excitement and immediacy,” said Kristen Variola, Senior Vice President, Multiplatform Production and Digital Strategy, Discovery. “We hope to inspire and educate across all our platforms about not just aquatic animals, but the environments they inhabit while fostering a connection to our natural world.”

“We are thrilled for this new partnership with Discovery which allows us to bring Georgia Aquarium to an even larger audience and connect them with the waters of the world,” said Dr. Brian Davis, President and CEO of Georgia Aquarium. “It is our hope to highlight the issues facing our aquatic ecosystems and what people can do to preserve these unique habitats. Partnering with Discovery, their incredible reach and innovative platforms, will be instrumental in continuing our mission of inspiring a healthy respect for the aquatic world.”

The Aquarium, which ran for two seasons on Animal Planet (2019-2020) and provided viewers with a behind the scenes look at Georgia Aquarium, is available in its entirety on discovery+.