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Sept. 21, 2018 Georgia.gov

Deal: Georgia named top state for business for fifth consecutive year by Area Development

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia has been named the No. 1 state for business for the fifth year in a row by Area Development, a leading corporate site selection and facility planning publication. Deal was joined by Area Development Publisher Dennis J. Shea to make the announcement at the 2018 State of the Ports Address in Savannah.

 

Sept. 21, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Dalton|Whitfield County: Investing in the Future

Randy Southerland reports that the word of the day is investment,” declares Rob Bradham, president and CEO of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce. It’s a word you’ll find on the lips of many here in this Northwest Georgia community that straddles I-75. It reflects a growing belief that this small city and region, which was built on the innovation of carpet industry pioneers in the last century, can create a new and prosperous reality in this one.

 

Sept. 21, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Petit out at MiMedx for acts ‘detrimental to the company’

Johnny Edwards reports that more dominoes have fallen in the ongoing investigations into financial dealings of Marietta-based MiMedx. The biopharma company announced late Thursday that Parker “Pete” Petit, who had resigned as CEO and chairman in July, has now resigned from the board of directors as well, effective immediately. Petit, a 79-year-old prominent Atlanta businessman, has been the face of the company for years, sparring publicly with short sellers and others who accused him of shady practices.

 

Sept. 21, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Research Alliance names first new CEO in 18 years

Maria Saporta reports that Russell Allen, president and CEO of Georgia Bio, was selected Thursday morning as the new president and CEO of the Georgia Research Alliance. Allen will succeed Michael Cassidy, who has been with GRA for 25 years and served as its president and CEO since 2000.

 

Sept. 21, 2018 Saporta Report

Atlanta agency greenlights $5 million tax break for Tech Square build

Maggie Lee reports that the board of Invest Atlanta has approved a deal worth $5 million in property tax breaks over 10 years to a Portman Holdings building that’s planned on West Peachtree Street. The 345,000 square foot building should attract tenants that will employ about 2,333 people at 712 West Peachtree Street, according to Invest Atlanta, the city’s development agency.

 

Sept. 21, 2018 University of Georgia

UGA physician tracks tuberculosis using cellphone records

Lauren Baggett reports that Tuberculosis is the ninth leading cause of death worldwide, and though the World Health Organization has said the average global burden of disease is on the decline, some areas of the world continue to feel its impact. Researchers at the University of Georgia have received a $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to understand the local epidemiology of TB in African urban settings and help these communities develop targeted interventions to reduce transmission.

 

Sept. 21, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

New STEM opportunities for Georgia students

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, thanks to a $3 million National Science Foundation grant, underrepresented minority students in Southwest Georgia will have more access to degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The grant, which was received by Columbus State University (CSU), helped create a regional consortium known as the Southwestern Georgia STEM Pathways Alliance Program. The consortium aims to increase the number of minority students who will pursue bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees in STEM fields at six institutions. 

 

Sept. 21, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Cumberland Island development talks continue in private

Mary Landers reports, with no resolution yet about controversial plans to develop land within Cumberland Island National Seashore, three environmental groups have written a pre-emptive letter to emphasize the protections written into the law that created the national park.

 

Sept. 21, 2018 Georgia Health News

CON laws: They spark constant fights, but will they be changed?

Andy Miller reports that four years ago, a sports medicine group began a quest to build a surgery and training center in Alpharetta, in Atlanta’s northern suburbs. The proposed multimillion-dollar center was to be known as the Legacy Sports institute. It was associated with famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews of Alabama, whose patients have included such sports luminaries as Bo Jackson, Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus, John Smoltz, Drew Brees and Brett Favre.

 

Sept. 21, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Coming soon: The ‘Nathan Deal Judicial Center’  

Greg Bluestein reports that a towering judicial complex that is one of the most expensive building projects in Georgia history could soon bear the name of the politician who has reshaped the state judiciary.   House Speaker David Ralston said this week at the State of the Ports gathering in Savannah that he’ll propose legislation next year that names the new state courts building after outgoing Gov. Nathan Deal. 

 

 




Sept. 20, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal

Vogtle fate rests in key vote, deadline Monday

Ross Williams reports that the future of the nation’s only new nuclear power plant under construction will soon come to a vote. Two of the utility companies with ownership stakes in Plant Vogtle have until Monday to decide whether to move forward with the project.

 

Sept. 20, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports that thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas is investing more than $200 million into a new headquarters and innovation complex in Cobb County, creating more than 650 new jobs when it opens in early 2022. And, Complete Flooring Supply Corp. (CFS), which supplies flooring for retailers across North America, is investing $30 million into a Gordon County facility, creating 100 jobs.

 

Sept. 20, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Delta raises checked baggage fees

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines is increasing the fee to check bags, matching moves by some other carriers. Atlanta-based Delta now charges $30 for a first checked bag and $40 for a second checked bag.

 

Sept. 20, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Atlanta software company FullStory growing rapidly, moving HQ to Brookwood area

Douglas Sams reports that rapidly growing Atlanta software company FullStory is more than doubling its workforce and relocating its headquarters to the Brookwood area. FullStory signed an agreement to lease and build-out a 49,200-square-foot headquarters that was once the Brookwood Kroger.

 

Sept. 20, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

Berry College ranked third for undergraduate teaching by U.S. News and World Report

Staff reports that U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 Best Colleges Rankings recently named Berry College #3 among universities in the South for its commitment to teaching undergraduates. Among college presidents, provosts, and admissions deans at regional universities in the South, Berry was singled out as having an “unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching as opposed to the postgraduate research that is a priority at many universities.”

 

Sept. 20, 2018 WABE 90.1

Growing Georgia Community Finds New Residents Pose Challenge For Transit

Stephannie Stokes reports that across the country, people are headed for the exurbs. Those are the areas at the fringe of metropolitan areas. According to the Brookings Institute, growth in the exurbs has quadrupled since 2012. But one community in Georgia is finding all of those new residents can come with new challenges — particularly for funding transit.

 

Sept. 20, 2018 11Alive

People are abandoning these three Georgia cities, report claims

Christopher Buchanan reports that Metro Atlanta may be known for its population boom, but a new study suggests that three other parts of Georgia aren't faring nearly as well. According to 24/7 Wall Street, the cities of Hinesville, Macon and Albany are ranked among the highest in the country in terms of population loss due to migration.

 

Sept. 20, 2018 Newnan Times-Herald

Blickle officially opens U.S. headquarters

Kandice Bell reports that Blickle U.S.A., which manufactures and distributes wheels and casters, has officially opened its U.S. headquarters at the Coweta Industrial Park.  The company hosted a celebration Friday, Sept. 14. The company employs manufacturing, engineering, laboratory, operations, customer service, marketing and sales personnel at the new facility, covering an area of 55,000 square feet.

 

Sept. 20, 2018 Georgia State University

Georgia State And Georgia Tech Awarded $2.25 Million Grant To Establish Atlanta Global Studies Center 

Homma Rafi reports that Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology have established the Atlanta Global Studies Center (AGSC), a National Resource Center and a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program funded by a $2.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

 

Sept. 20, 2018 Emory University

Emory receives $29 million from Wounded Warrior Project

Jennifer Johnson McEwan reports that Emory Healthcare Veterans Program has received a five-year, $29.2 million-dollar grant from Wounded Warrior Project to further its work providing transformative care for Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI),dd depression and anxiety.

 

Sept. 20, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Savannah River Remediation recognized with national safety awards

Staff reports that Savannah River Remediation (SRR) was nationally recognized again this year for its exceptional safety culture and performance. The National Safety Council (NSC) awarded the Savannah River Site (SRS) liquid waste contractor with three prestigious safety awards for safety statistics recorded in 2017, as well as ongoing performance.

 

Sept. 20, 2018 Saporta Report

Georgia Water Coalition honors 13 for cleaning waterways, including Interface carpets

David Pendered reports that the commercial carpet company founded by Ray Anderson, the corporate environmentalist who preached the value of sustainable manufacturing processes, was named Wednesday as a Water Hero in the second annual Clean 13 awards program sponsored by the Georgia Water Coalition.

 

Sept. 20, 2018 Georgia Health News

State’s obesity rate not the worst, but not good

Andy Miller reports that Georgia’s obesity rate for adults is about average among states, the CDC reports. But it’s still a startlingly high figure. Almost one in three residents in the state is obese. The overall 31.6 percent rate for 2017 in Georgia is slightly higher than the 30.5 percentage in 2014. It’s a rate that has climbed steadily, both here and nationally.

 

Sept. 20, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Redo of Georgia House election ordered after voters cast wrong ballots

Mark Niesse reports that a judge on Wednesday ordered a redo of an election for a North Georgia state House district where dozens of voters cast ballots in the wrong race. The repeat election will give state Rep. Dan Gasaway, a Republican from Homer, a second chance to retain his seat in the General Assembly after he had appeared to lose the party’s May 22 primary election by just 67 votes to Chris Erwin.

 

 



Sept. 19, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Jacksonville utility wants federal regulators to intervene on Plant Vogtle dispute

Nate Monroe reports that JEA has asked federal energy regulators to intervene in its dispute with a Georgia electric agency over a controversial agreement that obligates the Jacksonville’s ratepayers to help build two nuclear reactors in that state that are years behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget.

 

Sept. 19, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Trendsetters: Pain Management

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that throughout her career, Dr. Amy Baxter focused on pediatric pain management and led the crusade to teach other physicians about the importance of reducing needle pain. However, when the former emergency room pediatrician at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Scottish Rite Hospital witnessed her four-year-old child traumatized by an abrupt vaccination jab, she knew she had to do something more.

 

Sept. 19, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Georgia governor urges Atlanta to approve Gulch incentives

Greg Bluestein and J. Scott Trubey report that Gov. Nathan Deal urged the Atlanta City Council to break an impasse over an incentive package that could be worth $1.75 billion to redevelop the derelict Gulch in downtown Atlanta. The Republican said after an Atlanta Press Club event Tuesday that legislators should approve the plan to make way for a new mini-city on a “very unproductive piece of property in a prime location” in Georgia.

 

Sept. 19, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Connolly named CEO of Cousins Properties

Douglas Sams reports that Cousins Properties Inc. has named Colin Connolly as its new CEO. The move will become effective January 1. The prominent Atlanta real estate company’s current chairman and chief executive, Larry Gellerstedt, will move into a new role.

 

Sept. 19, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal

Study: SunTrust Park, Battery to have annual $18.9 million fiscal impact

Jon Gargis reports that though the Atlanta Braves cannot clench a playoff spot today, the organization’s arrival into Cobb County has brought in magic numbers of an economic variety. A new fiscal report claims the Braves’ arrival and resulting development since will bring an $18.9 million annual average fiscal impact to Cobb over the next two decades.

 

Sept. 19, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett BOC approves mysterious ‘Project Rocket’

Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County commissioners Tuesday approved a mysterious large distribution center near Stone Mountain that is expected to generate as many as 1,800 jobs in south Gwinnett. There has been speculation that the center will be an Amazon fulfillment center, but county officials have stayed tight-lipped on which company is behind the facility and it has officially only been referred to as “Project Rocket.”

 

Sept. 19, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Doctors Hospital celebrates $22 million ER expansion

Damon Cline reports that dozens of community members turned out Tuesday to celebrate Doctors Hospital’s new emergency department, but none were more pleased to see the $21.8 million facility than Sabrina Griffin. It wasn’t that long ago that she rushed her husband, Charles, to the hospital’s previous emergency room while he was suffering a heart attack.

 

Sept. 19, 2018 Macon Telegraph

Large manufacturing plant closure or sale will affect up to 1,000 workers

Linda S. Morris reports that Husqvarna, a large plant in McRae that makes gas-powered walk-behind lawnmowers, tillers and snow throwers, is planning to close affecting up to 1,000 workers. The closure is scheduled for the end of the second quarter of 2019, according to a news release.

 

Sept. 19, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com

Chinese Factory Marks Milestone as High-Level Delegation Urges Restraint in Trade War 

Trevor Williams reports that Georgia’s original Chinese investor, Sany America, celebrated a manufacturing milestone Sept. 18 with a high-level visit from the construction equipment giant’s billionaire co-founder and a top government official from its home province. The visit came amid a growing trade war between China and the U.S. that has seen a ratcheting up of tit-for-tat tariffs.

 

Sept. 19, 2018 Albany Herald

Sanford Bishop’s office announces nearly $9 million in grants for 2nd District

Staff reports that the office of U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, has announced that 12 communities within the 2nd Congressional District of Georgia have been awarded a total of nearly $9 million in Community Development Block Grants. The CDBG grants were awarded by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal using federal funding provided by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grants will be used to improve infrastructure and revitalize neighborhoods.

 

Sept. 19, 2018 Saporta Report

Governor to next year’s leaders: look at links between dropping out and prison

Maggie Lee reports, in a bit of a valedictory speech on Tuesday, outgoing Republican Governor Nathan Deal pointed to schools as a place the state needs to look if the incarceration rate is going to continue to fall. Nearly half of people entering Georgia’s prisons don’t have a high school diploma or GED, said Deal. Similarly, he said nearly half of people entering prison now didn’t have a job at the time of their arrest.

 

Sept. 19, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

On the beat: Of Deal’s pointed words, good timing and socialism 

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal is hosting a private fundraiser for Brian Kemp’s campaign in Gainesville on Thursday. The two might want to huddle about a key part of the Republican’s platform beforehand. Deal told reporters after an Atlanta Press Club event that he’s “hopeful” to hear more about what education plans Kemp and his opponent, Democrat Stacey Abrams, have put forward. 

 

 




Sept. 18, 2018 GPB

Judge Denies Request For Paper Ballots In Georgia's 2018 Elections

Stephen Fowler reports that Georgia will not have to move from its direct-recording electronic voting machines for this November’s elections. In a Monday night ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Totenberg denied a preliminary injunction that would have required more than 2,600 voting precincts in 159 counties to switch to an optically-scanned paper ballot system for the Nov. 6 election.

 

Sept. 18, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Gwinnett County: Gwinnett Grows Up

Kenna Simmons reports that Gwinnett is busy – busier than usual for the county that’s celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. Busier than it’s been since it regularly topped lists of the fastest-growing counties in the country back in the ’80s (the 1980s, that is).

 

Sept. 18, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bottoms halts vote on public financing for downtown Atlanta’s Gulch

J. Scott Trubey and Stephen Deere report that lacking the votes to win City Council approval, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms halted her push Monday for a vote on her proposal to provide up to $1.75 billion in public financing to help redevelop downtown’s Gulch. It was a setback for Bottoms in her first year in office.

 

Sept. 18, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Should UPS be concerned about Amazon ordering 20,000 vans?

David A. Mann reports, winter is coming, logistics world. Earlier this month, news broke that Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) ordered 20,000 delivery vans from Mercedes-Benz. CNN reports that this deal is a big leap from the Seattle-based e-commerce company's first order of 5,000 vans. Amazon will lease these to third-party partners, who will operate them for last-mile delivery — basically, getting packages from a shipping hub to your house.

 

Sept. 18, 2018 Brunswick News

Harbor funding nearing completion

Wes Wolfe reports that the U.S. House of Representatives passed compromise legislation Thursday that would send more than $5.2 million to the Port of Brunswick for operations and maintenance of the Brunswick harbor, money that’s slated to run through Sept. 30, 2019. “The ports of Brunswick and Savannah are critical economic drivers for our area, state and nation and they need adequate federal support,” U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-1, said in a statement.

 

Sept. 18, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Savannah port grows again, funds $92M rail expansion

DeAnn Komanecky reports, if there is one word that describes the Georgia Ports in 2018 it is “growth,” with another record-breaking month in the books. Containers moved in August in Savannah grew 8 percent over the same month in 2017. The Georgia Ports Authority said that 375,833 TEUs were handled this August. Last August Savannah handled 348,297 TEUs.

 

Sept. 18, 2018 Bloomberg News

Coca-Cola Is Eyeing the Cannabis Market

Jen Skerritt and Craig Giammona report that Aurora Cannabis Inc. led pot stocks higher after Coca-Cola Co. said it’s eyeing the cannabis drinks market, becoming the latest beverage company to tap into surging demand for marijuana products as traditional sales slow. Coca-Cola says it’s monitoring the nascent industry and is interested in drinks infused with CBD -- the non-psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that treats pain but doesn’t get you high.

 

Sept. 18, 2018 Saporta Report  

UPS Foundation, Arthur Blank each drop $1 million for Hurricane Florence relief

Maria Saporta reports that UPS Foundation announced Monday that it will provide more than $1 million to help disaster relief and long-term recovery assistance to communities impacted by Hurricane Florence. Arthur M. Blank, the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United also announced recently that it was pledging $1 million toward storm relief efforts. Its grant would be split between the American Red Cross of Georgia and Greater Carolinas Region as well as the United Way.

 

Sept. 18, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia’s aerospace industry flies high

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that when it comes to aerospace manufacturing, the United States is the world’s top producer, and Georgia ranks No. 3 among U.S. states, according to a recent report by PwC, an international professional services firm. With major manufacturers like Pratt & Whitney in Columbus, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. in Savannah and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Marietta, Georgia has gained roughly 1,700 aerospace-related jobs in the past five years. Pratt & Whitney alone added 500 jobs last year.

 

Sept. 18, 2018 Brunswick News

Aerospace company coming to Camden

Gordon Jackson reports that the Federal Aviation Administration has not given final for a license to conduct launches at a planned spaceport in Camden County. That hasn’t stopped ABL Space Systems from making a commitment to begin operations in St. Marys early next year. Officials from ABL signed an agreement with the Camden County Joint Development Authority, effective Jan. 1, to occupy a city-owned hangar at the St. Marys Industrial Park and to lease the adjacent site of the old municipal airport that permanently closed last year.

 

Sept. 18, 2018 Cartersville Daily Tribune-News

Atlanta company pursuing solar energy project in Bartow  

James Swift reports that Atlanta-based renewable energy development company has filed a request for a conditional use permit to potentially construct a solar energy project along Brown Farm Road in Bartow County. "The project is still in its planning stages at this time," said Beltline Energy LLC Manager of Site Acquisition Dan Stevenson.

 

Sept. 18, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

On the beat: Kemp’s shutdowns, a GOP tag-team and ‘Auntie Maxine’

Greg Bluestein reports that Secretary of State Brian Kemp slipped a new addition into his campaign trail speech this week: A reference to “shutting down” massage parlors that violated the law. His rivals from both sides of the aisle have bombarded him with attacks claiming his office ignored sexual assault claims lodged by clients of those spas, and the latest scathing TV spots prompted his campaign to demand they be taken down.

 

 




Sept. 17, 2018 Georgia Health News

Where people live longer – and where they don’t

Andy Miller reports that life expectancy at an English Avenue neighborhood address, in a low-income section of Atlanta, is 63.6 years. But less than 10 miles away, an address in the affluent Margaret Mitchell area of Atlanta, named after the famous writer, has a life expectancy of 87.2 years.

 

Sept. 17, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2018 Higher Education Directory

Christy Simo reports, as the parents of any high school student know, finding the right college for your child can be overwhelming. You and your student must consider size, culture, location, cost and job prospects upon graduation – among so many other factors. And it’s a decision that’s getting more daunting and more important every year.

 

Sept. 17, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

First Airbus A220 in Delta colors rolls out of paint shop

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines’ first Airbus A220 has been painted in Delta colors at a paint shop in Mirabel, Quebec. Atlanta-based Delta will be the first U.S. airline to take delivery of the A220.

 

Sept. 17, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

GPS Hospitality increases appetite for its 'largest ever' job fair 

Eric Mandel reports that Atlanta-based franchisee group GPS Hospitality has upped the appetite for its annual one-day hiring event. The fast-growing Burger King and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen franchisee is hosting a job fair event Sept. 19, with the goal of of hiring 1,700 new employees — 14,50 crew and 250 managers — in a single day.

 

Sept. 17, 2018 WABE 90.1

Google Kicks Off Global Science Fair In Atlanta

Martha Dalton reports that Google launched its global science fair at King Plow Arts Center on Atlanta’s west side Thursday. About a hundred students from Atlanta Public Schools attended the event. Students all over the world can submit their projects online until Dec. 12.

 

Sept. 17, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

New ‘FinTech Academy’ will likely include AU collaboration

Damon Cline reports that the recently announced Georgia FinTech Academy will be housed in Atlanta, but its tentacles will eventually extend to all University System of Georgia institutions, including Augusta University’s new School of Computer and Cyber Sciences. The statewide initiative to supply the growing financial-technology industry with talent “will span the 26-institution University System with virtual access to online courses and degrees through USG’s eCampus and cloud-based talent development program,” according to a statement this past week by Georgia State University.

 

Sept. 17, 2018 Georgia Tech

Students Learn From Andrew Young

Brice Zimmerman reports that Andrew J. Young called the Georgia Tech students to attention. “Now is the time to ask questions,” the civil rights leader said. “Whatever is on your mind about what is going on in the world today. Don’t be scared.” Young had just received the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage, which honors those who demonstrate leadership to improve the human condition despite personal risks and challenges.  

 

Sept. 17, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

New wheels for kids

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, at Navicent Health’s Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital in Macon, young patients have a new way to navigate the halls. Kid-sized, remote-controlled autos – operated by staff who accompany the children – will simulate the driving experience and hopefully help reduce fears as the kids go to and from procedures and diagnostic testing. A Jeep Wrangler is the first of what will be a full fleet of vehicles funded by an anonymous donor.

 

Sept. 17, 2018 Brunswick News

Big crowds flock to Jekyll Island for Shrimp & Grits

Buddy Hughes reports that the weekend brought a familiar vibe to Jekyll Island. The annual Shrimp & Grits Festival was back in full force over the weekend, a year after organizers had to cancel the festival because of Hurrricane Irma.

 

Sept. 17, 2018 Gainesville Times

Team USA claims top trophy as Dragon Boat Championship ends

Jeff Gill reports that smiles were all around as Jim O’Dell hoisted the Nations Cup among teammates at Lake Lanier Olympic Park Sunday, Sept. 16. For O’Dell, it was especially sweet grabbing the cup, which signifies the highest points total at the 2018 International Canoe Federation Dragon Boat World Championships.

 

Sept. 17, 2018 Saporta Report

Plans to widen U.S 17 near Brunswick would ease access to Golden Isles

David Pendered reports that a highway expansion project near Brunswick will require the use of land that’s part of the historic Hofwyl-Broadfield rice plantation. The road project is to improve access from I-95 to the Golden Isles and the regional airport. The road-widening project is the latest mark of development pressure that’s ever increasing along Georgia’s coastline.

 

Sept. 17, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Atlanta taxpayers unlikely to recoup illegal employee bonuses, prizes

J. Scott Trubey and Dan Klepal report that the city of Atlanta might be able to reclaim some of the $800,000 in bonuses and prizes handed out by former Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration and council members at the end of last year, but it would have to sue city employees to do it.

 

 




Sept. 14, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Board approves Georgia Historical Society expansion

Katie Nussbaum reports that the Georgia Historical Society moved a step closer to breaking ground on a new expansion to their Hodgson Hall headquarters as the Savannah Historic District Board of Review approved the design of the addition that will front Whitaker Street during their meeting on Wednesday.

 

Sept. 14, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Organizations: Georgia Innocence Project

Candice Dyer reports, in 1987, Clarence Harrison was sentenced to life in prison, plus 20 years, for rape. He served 16 years of that sentence before the Georgia Innocence Project (GIP) took on his case in 2003. The Decatur-based nonprofit eventually located two slides from the victim’s rape kit and used modern DNA testing to exonerate Harrison in 2004 – the organization’s first success story.

 

Sept. 14, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Plant Vogtle co-owner alleges Florida utility in breach of contract

Anastaciah Ondieki reports that rising construction costs related to the expansion of nuclear Plant Vogtle have led to frayed relations between two key players who filed competing federal lawsuits this week that further threaten the future of the $27 billion project.

 

Sept. 14, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

HowStuffWorks acquired by iHeartMedia, will keep headquarters in Atlanta

Madison Hogan reports that HowStuffWorks, a podcast network based in Atlanta, and its parent company Stuff Media have been acquired by iHeartMedia, a San Antonio-based mass media company. Though an original press release did not disclose the price, the Wall Street Journal reports the company was purchased for $55 million

 

Sept. 14, 2018 WABE 90.1

A River Flows Under Atlanta’s Airport, And People Hope To Make It A Destination

Molly Samuel reports, when you’re in a plane on the runway at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, or on the plane train heading to a terminal, the Flint River might be flowing somewhere beneath you. The river starts just north of the airport, and it’s not really much to see around its headwaters, woven into the cities through which it flows, through pipes and in ditches along roads.

 

Sept. 14, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com

Going Beyond: Already a Strong Investor, Switzerland Holds Even More Potential for Georgia

Trevor Williams reports that in a span of a few weeks earlier this year, Swiss companies made investments in Georgia that dwarf the state’s entire stock of realized investment from China, a nation of more than a billion people and the world’s second largest economy. 

 

Sept. 14, 2018 Georgia Health News

State’s uninsured rate up by a fraction, report says

Andy Miller reports that Georgia’s uninsured rate ticked up slightly, to 13.4 percent, in 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau reported this week. That’s the fourth-highest rate in the nation. The state trails only Texas, Oklahoma and Alaska. The uninsured rate in Georgia was 12.9 percent in 2016.

 

Sept. 14, 2018 University of Georgia

Peach State proves to be peanut powerhouse 

Cristina DeRevere reports that National Peanut Day is September 13. Although Georgia is known as the “Peach State,” it is also the No. 1 producer of peanuts in the U.S. Last year, American farmers produced almost 2 million tons of peanuts. The U.S. is ranked third in worldwide peanut production, behind China and India.

 

Sept. 14, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Kemp cracks the door open to Medicaid waivers  

Greg Bluestein, Tamar Hallerman and Jim Galloway report that Republican Brian Kemp has yet to roll out an in-depth healthcare policy, but he said his soon-to-be released plan won’t exclude the possibility of Medicaid waivers that would bring vast changes to the state’s medical system. “I’m not going to rule out anything that’s innovative,” the GOP candidate for governor said.

 

 




Sept. 13, 2018 Georgia.gov

Deal: Global Callcenter Solutions to create 600 jobs in Columbus

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Global Callcenter Solutions (GCS), a call center consulting company, will create 600 jobs and invest $4.9 million in Muscogee County. New jobs will include positions in customer service and operations. 

 

Sept. 13, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Business Casual: More Water Wars

Susan Percy reports, the summer’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the long-running water war between Georgia and neighboring Florida – with Alabama occasionally holding Florida’s coat – didn’t resolve anything. It merely kicked the can down the road in a cloud of legalese.

 

Sept. 13, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City of Atlanta, Delta added lease provision to block airport takeover

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Atlanta officials say a provision in bond and airline lease documents restricts any change of control of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport — and that the city has no plans to relinquish control.  A state Senate study committee is examining the idea of creating an authority to take control of Hartsfield-Jackson International.

 

Sept. 13, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Equifax bombshell: Was it hacked by China in 2015?

Mark Meltzer reports, two years before Equifax Inc. stunned the world with the announcement it had been hacked, the Atlanta-based credit-reporting company believed it was the victim of a theft at the hands of Chinese spies, The Wall Street Journal reports. In the previously undisclosed incident, security officials feared that former employees had removed thousands of pages of proprietary information before leaving and heading to jobs in China, The Journal says.

 

Sept. 13, 2018 GPB

Gov. Nathan Deal Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Hurricane Florence

Ross Terrell reports that the National Weather Service says Hurricane Florence should reach the state by late Sunday or early Monday. "The greatest impacts are going to be felt in the Savannah River valley and those far eastern counties," said  meterologist Brian Lynn. 

 

Sept. 13, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Savannah Economic Development Authority extends, updates film industry incentives

DeAnn Komanecky reports that members of the Savannah Economic Development Authority board have approved revisions and a renewal for incentives to attract film and television productions. In the last two years, incentives paid out totaled just over $1.1 million, Brynn Grant, Chief Operating Officer of SEDA said. The numbers from 2018 aren’t yet available.

 

Sept. 13, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

CRBI: Installation of liner to prevent leakage of toxins in ash pond at Plant Bowen a ‘step in the right direction’

Doug Walker reports that environmental groups across the state, including Rome's Coosa River Basin Initiative are reacting generally favorably Georgia Power plans to close coal ash ponds at its coal-fired generating facilities, including Plant Bowen near Cartersville.

 

Sept. 13, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Return to the Farm

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that several of the Southeast’s best chefs will unite with executive chef Kevin Gillespie, a Top Chef alum and owner of Atlanta’s Gunshow and Revival restaurants, for an evening of favorite Southern foods at the Atlanta History Center’s Back on the Farm event. The sixth annual benefit supporting the center’s Smith Family Farm activities will be held Friday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m.

 

Sept. 13, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post

Official from developer that bought Sears space at Gwinnett Place Mall joins CID board

Curt Yeomans reports, while luxury apartment developer Northwood Ravin’s plans for the former Sears lot at Gwinnett Place Mall remain a mystery, the company will be at least somewhat involved in efforts to improve the area. Northwood Ravin Director of Development Ben Yorker was elected to the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District Board of Directors on Wednesday, according to an announcement from the CID.

 

Sept. 13, 2018 Georgia Health News

One small group gets all the funding for ACA navigators in Georgia

Andy Miller reports that a small DeKalb County nonprofit has been given a statewide grant to provide navigators for people seeking to enroll in the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges. Navigators are people specially trained to advise and assist consumers who use the exchanges to buy health coverage.

 

Sept. 13, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kemp ratchets up focus on gang ‘crisis’ in governor’s race

Greg Bluestein reports, declaring gang violence a public safety “crisis,” two of the state’s top Republican candidates united Wednesday behind a plan to create a new unit in the state attorney general’s office devoted to fighting the crime. The joint event by Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr underscored the increasing role that public safety initiatives have played in Republican campaigns.

 

 




Sept. 12, 2018 Brunswick News

Organizers: Shrimp & Grits still set for weekend

Tyler H. Jones reports that umors of the demise of Jekyll Island’s Shrimp & Grits Festival have been greatly exaggerated, organizers said Monday. Despite the looming Hurricane Florence to the west and the ever-present social media rumor mill, the annual festival will continue as planned this Friday through Sunday, said Meggan Hood, a spokeswoman for the Jekyll Island Authority.

 

Sept. 12, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

A New Chapter

Jennifer Hafer reports, call all it the Southside no more. For the past four years, the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance has fueled revitalization of the area around Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. By definition, an aerotropolis is a city or urban area that has an airport in the center and is surrounded by development.

 

Sept. 12, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

‘Giant’ in Ga. wine industry made fortune in pharmaceuticals 

Matt Kempner reports that Don Panoz, a serial entrepreneur who helped build Georgia’s wine-making industry, launched motorsports businesses and founded the upscale Chateau Elan development in metro Atlanta’s exurbs, said earlier this year that the word retirement “isn’t in my vocabulary right now.”

 

Sept. 12, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Aquarium breaks ground on $100M expansion

Jessica Saunders reports that Georgia Aquarium has broken ground on its $100 million, 104,100-square-foot expansion that will feature an "interactive and immersive" shark exhibit. The Expansion 2020 general contractor is Kennesaw, Ga.-based Brasfield & Gorrie, which has a longstanding relationship with the aquarium.

 

Sept. 12, 2018 Saporta Report

City of Atlanta picks JFK deputy commissioner as new Hartsfield-Jackson GM

Maria Saporta reports that Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms officially announced John Selden‘s appointment as general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. “Hartsfield-Jackson is without question one of our city and state’s most valuable assets, with an annual economic impact of nearly $35 billion for metro Atlanta,” Bottoms said in a news release. 

 

Sept. 12, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Savannah Economic Development Authority extends, updates film industry incentives

DeAnn Komanecky reports that members of the Savannah Economic Development Authority board have approved revisions and a renewal for incentives to attract film and television productions. As of July this year, incentives paid out totaled $10.9 million, Brynn Grant, Chief Operating Officer of SEDA said. The payoff from productions in economic impact to date totaled $233 million.

 

Sept. 12, 2018 WABE 90.1

Tybee Island, Still Recovering From Hurricanes, Faces Sea Level Rise

Molly Samuel reports that when Hurricane Irma hit Georgia last September, Fran Galloway, who’s lived on Tybee Island for nine years, waited out the storm across the street from her house. She was at a neighbor’s, in one of those houses that’s raised up on stilts. Galloway’s little 1950s bungalow isn’t raised; it sits low on a concrete slab.

 

Sept. 12, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal

Braves to pay county nearly $1.4 million to resolve dispute

Jon Gargis reports that more than $1.6 million will change hands between Cobb County and the Atlanta Braves under an agreement approved Tuesday, ultimately resulting in the ballclub giving about $1.4 million to the county to settle a months-long dispute.

 

Sept. 12, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times

Regents recommend $1.3M for VSU performing arts center

Staff reports that Valdosta State University has received a state recommendation for $1.3 million in design-phase funding for a performing arts center. The project would utilize the property that was once the Ashley Cinemas location off of North Ashley Street.  

 

Sept. 12, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com

Human and Economic Ties Highlight Georgia-Japan Workforce Development

Phil Bolton reports that the extent of Japan‘s ties to Georgia sometimes provides unexpected surprises.  Such was the case at the “U.S.-Japan Dialogue” held earlier in September at the Georgia Institute of Technology‘s Academy of Medicine.

 

Sept. 12, 2018 Brunswick News

Study shows dramatic reduction in industrial water use

Wes Wolfe reports that there’s an inter-relation between the amount of water taken out of the ground locally, how much saltwater is moving into freshwater areas and how much usable water there is for everyone.  According to a study released by One Hundred Miles and the Georgia Water Coalition, industrial water usage has significantly declined over recent years.

 

Sept. 12, 2018 Albany Herald

Legal team selected in opioid investigation, litigation

Staff reports that a team of law firms was assembled to serve as co-counsel in investigation and litigation involving the manufacture, marketing, sale and distribution of prescription opioid products in Georgia through a selection process initiated by Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr.

 

Sept. 12, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Government funding agreement sets aside more money for Savannah port

Tamar Hallerman reports that a bipartisan spending deal Congress is expected to pass in the days ahead would set aside millions for deepening work at the Savannah harbor while leaving the door open for more federal money for one of Georgia’s top economic development projects.

 

 




Sept. 11, 2018 GPB

Hurricane Florence Likely To Send Evacuees To Georgia

Ellen Eldridge reports that hurricane season is in full swing with three named storms in the Atlantic. Hurricane Florence is currently churning toward the East Coast as a Category 4 storm. Forecasters say weather effects could begin as soon as Thursday.

 

Sept. 11, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Political Notes: Ups, Downs and In-betweens 

Susan Percy reports that veteran reporter and columnist Tom Crawford, who covered Georgia politics with wit and insight for more than 30 years, died this summer after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 67.

 

Sept. 11, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta Caps Fares for flights from cities in path of Hurricane Florence

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines said it is capping air fares for flights from certain cities in the path of Hurricane Florence. Atlanta-based Delta said through Sept 16, the fare cap is $299 each way in coach class for flights to Atlanta from coastal cities in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

 

Sept. 11, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Essendant terminates Genuine Parts deal because of 'superior' Staples proposal

Eric Mandel reports that Genuine Parts' deal with Essendant is dead. Genuine Parts Company (NYSE: GPC) Monday said that it received notice from Essendant Inc. (Nasdaq: ESND) of its intent to terminate the merger agreement with GPC's S.P. Richards business, instead picking what Essendant's Board of Director felt was a "superior proposal" from Staples Inc.

 

Sept. 11, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Enmarket acquires Joker Joe’s Truck Stop

Katie Nussbaum reports that Savannah-based Enmarket has purchased Joker Joe’s Truck Stop in Hardeeville, S.C., as the company moves to expand in the Palmetto State and significantly enlarge its diesel fuel business. Enmarket assumed operations of the 13,000-square-foot store late last week.

 

Sept. 11, 2018 University of North Georgia

UNG climbs the ranks of U.S. News & World Report annual Best Colleges List

Sylvia Carson reports that the University of North Georgia (UNG) is ranked 20th among all public regional universities in the South on the U.S. News & World Report 2019 Best Regional Universities list released today. In U.S. News’ annual ranking of universities and colleges, UNG was also ranked for the first time on the magazine’s Most Innovative Schools list, earning the 13th spot among regional universities in the South.

 

Sept. 11, 2018 University of Georgia

UGA researchers receive $5 million to help reduce energy costs of indoor farming

Merritt Melancon reports that one of the steepest barriers to profitable controlled-environment agriculture is the energy cost associated with providing the plants enough light, but new research being pioneered by University of Georgia could cut those costs by 50 percent.

 

Sept. 11, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Dragon Boats headed for Lake Lanier 

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that this week, Hall County is hosting the 2018 International Canoe Federation’s Dragon Boat Championship on Lake Lanier. It’s the first time the event has been held in the Americas and there will be plenty of festivities. Four days of competition kick off Wednesday, Sept. 12, with the opening ceremony featuring an Elton John tribute at Lake Lanier Olympic Park.

 

Sept. 11, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Georgia will have five constitutional amendments, two referendums on Nov. 6 ballot

Susan McCord reports that a new statewide “business court,” a crime victims’ bill of rights and an outdoor stewardship fund appear in amendments to the Georgia constitution going for voter approval.

 

Sept. 11, 2018 WABE 90.1

Georgia Will Keep Using Inaccurate Voter Registration Forms Ahead Of Midterms

Johnny Kauffman reports that Georgia election officials will continue passing out inaccurate voter registration applications ahead of the November midterm elections and until at least next year, the Secretary of State’s office told WABE on Friday.

 

Sept. 11, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The data driving Kemp, Abrams’ appeal to the center

Tamar Hallerman reports that Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp have been honing their pitches on kitchen table issues such as health care, the economy and education as the gubernatorial contest enters its final stretch. A new Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll explains why the rivals are broadening their focus beyond the base-pleasing social issues that helped them win their party primaries. 

 

 




Sept. 10, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Development authority seeks wetland permit for Bryan County ‘mega-site’

Jamie Parker reports that April 2015 the Savannah Harbor-Interstate 16 Corridor Joint Development Authority (JDA) filed an application with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a permit to build on a 1900 plus acre site just off Interstate 16 in Bryan County to construct a major manufacturing facility.

 

Sept. 10, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Keeping the Tourists Coming

Mary Ann DeMuth reports the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and the Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (CVBs) recently honored the state’s top tourism professionals for their work to ensure the industry remains successful. Their contributions have helped Georgia tourism generate a record $63.1 billion in economic impact and employ more than 460,000 residents.

 

Sept. 10, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Compass attacks Atlanta market with money and tech: rivals lash back 

Michael E. Kanell reports that an aggressive and controversial tech-based attack on the real estate market, a well-funded, ambitious New York-based firm has launched in Atlanta, vowing to snare 20 percent of the lucrative market within two years.

 

Sept. 10, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

University System of Georgia to ask state for $169M for construction, design of new projects

David Allison reports that the University of Georgia will ask the state for almost $169 million in fiscal year 2020 for construction and design of a list of new facilities, including big projects at Georgia State University, Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State University.

 

Sept. 10, 2018 Georgia Southern University

College of Business prepares accounting students for careers, internships through annual career fair

Staff reports, students in the School of Accountancy at Georgia Southern University have an advantage when it comes to finding internships and careers in the accounting field thanks to the dedication of professors and staff who continually work to mentor their students.

 

Sept. 10, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta native introduces boiled peanuts to Wyoming

Dean Poling reports that a Lowndes High School graduate has brought a taste of South Georgia to Wyoming. Payne Alderman, a Valdosta native, makes and sells boiled peanuts to folks visiting Jackson Hole, Wyo., a well-known ski and summer resort town in the valley between the Teton mountain range and the Gros Ventre range.

 

Sept. 10, 2018 University of Georgia

UGA climbs to 13th in U.S. News & World Report rankings

Staff reports that The University of Georgia jumped three spots to No. 13 in the U.S. News & World Report 2019 ranking of best public national universities, the highest ranking in UGA’s history.

 

Sept. 10, 2018 Georgia State University

Georgia State Rises To No. 2 In Nation In U.S. News Innovation, Commitment To Teaching Rankings

Andrea Jones reports that Georgia State University is ranked the second most innovative university in the nation and second in the country for its commitment to undergraduate teaching in the 2019 Best Colleges edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine.

 

Sept. 10, 2018 Emory University

Emory ranked among top national universities by U.S. News

Staff reports that Emory University has been ranked 21st among the nation’s top universities in the new 2019 Best Colleges guidebook from U.S. News & World Report. “Emory is consistently acclaimed as a leading research university and a dynamic creative community,” says Emory University President Claire E. Sterk.

 

Sept. 10, 2018 Macon Telegraph

There’s a shortage of psychiatric nurses. Georgia College wants to change that

Samantha Max reports, on a foggy September morning, Gail Godwin sat at a table in the common room at Daybreak, chatting with a visitor. Godwin is training to be a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, and she came to the resource center that day to offer behavioral health assessments for anyone in need of mental health care.

 

Sept. 10, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

On Georgia’s most popular politician and the race for governor 

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal is riding into the final months of his second term as governor as the most popular political figure in Georgia. And that could put him in prime position to influence the race to replace him.  The latest Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll shows 63 percent of likely voters approve of Deal’s performance, while only 1 in 5 disapprove.

 

 




Sept. 7, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Georgia Power customers to receive $25 bill credit in September for Vogtle project

Jozsef Papp reports that Georgia Power customers will be receiving a $25 credit on their bills this month for the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion. The credit is the third payment in 2018 bills credits for a total of $75, or $188 million overall, that was approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission to continue the construction of Vogtle 3 and 4 in December 2017, according to a Georgia Power news release. 

 

Sept. 7, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

From the Publisher: Affordable Housing

Ben Young writes, I’m encouraged to hear that Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (see our Q&A with her on page 16) has prioritized affordable housing at a time when the city has lots of transportation investment opportunities on the horizon and a shortage of about 340,000 affordable housing units in the five core metro counties.

 

Sept. 7, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A year later, Equifax slammed while boasting of change

Michael E. Kanell reports, a year after hackers broke into Equifax’s network and stole the personal information of 148 million Americans, a report by a consumer watchdog group is lambasting the credit reporting agency for not addressing its vulnerabilities earlier and for botching its response to the unprecedented breach.

 

Sept. 7, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Norfolk Southern eyes moving HQ to downtown Atlanta's Gulch 

Maria Saporta reports that the Fortune 500 company looking to move its corporate headquarters to the Gulch is Norfolk Southern Corp., the Atlanta Business Chronicle has learned. The railroad company, ranked as No. 284 on the Fortune 500 list, currently is based in Norfolk, Va.

 

Sept. 7, 2018 University of North Georgia

REED Summit connects students with healthcare industry professionals

J.K. Devine reports, as a University of North Georgia (UNG) freshman, Halee Stone knows she wants to work in the health care field, but is not sure which profession to pursue within the industry. To find a possible answer, the Ellijay, Georgia, resident attended the inaugural Regional Education and Economic Development (REED) Summit at the Convocation Center on UNG's Dahlonega Campus.

 

Sept. 7, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Savannah numbers rise as U.S. trade deficit jumps

DeAnn Komanecky reports that July trade numbers released Wednesday show an increase of $4.3 billion in the United States trade deficit for goods and services. The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that the deficit in July is at $50.1 billion, compared to $45.7 billion for June. That’s an increase of 9.5 percent.

 

Sept. 7, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

411 Yard Sale set for 1st week in October - will run through Cave Spring and Rome

Diane Young reports that 411 Yard Sale is returning the first week of October and prime spots are available in downtown Cave Spring. Held annually since 2003, the sale route runs 250 miles along U.S. 411 from Leeds, Alabama, to Knoxville, Tennessee.

 

Sept. 7, 2018 Saporta Report

MARTA OKs Gwinnett deal, while DeKalb demands services

Maggie Lee reports, as MARTA and Gwinnett move toward a possible embrace, some in DeKalb are feeling jilted. On Thursday afternoon, MARTA’s board of directors unanimously approved the contract under which Gwinnett County would join the transit system, if that county’s voters approve in March.

 

Sept. 7, 2018 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

Three potential buyers tour Dalton depot

Charles Oliver reports that the train depot at 110 Depot St. is of historical significance not just for Dalton but for the entire state, says Ben Sutton, historic properties coordinator for the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. The City Council wants to sell the depot and asked the Trust to help market it to potential buyers. On Thursday, Sutton and City Administrator Jason Parker led representatives from three potential bidders through the building.

 

Sept. 7, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

$3 million grant will help Columbus State prepare more minorities for STEM careers

Mark Rice reports that the National Science Foundation has awarded Columbus State University a $3 million grant to lead a regional effort to prepare more underrepresented minority undergraduate students for careers in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

 

Sept. 7, 2018 Georgia Health News

Southern health summit to explore opioid crisis, technology advances

Andy Miller reports that Health Connect South isn’t your typical health care conference. One of the gathering’s central goals is to foster collaboration among leaders and organizations in the industry. A past example is the alliance between pharmaceutical giant UCB and Georgia Tech, forged through the summit, to create a project to explore the potential of predictive analytics to help treatment decisions for people with epilepsy.

 

Sept. 7, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

DEAD EVEN: AJC/Channel 2 poll shows Georgia governor’s race is tied

Greg Bluestein reports that the race for Georgia governor couldn’t be closer just two months before the election, as an Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll showed Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp deadlocked at 45 percent.

 

 

 




Sept. 6, 2018 Georgia CEO

Leadership Georgia Announces 2018 Award Winners

Staff reports that Leadership Georgia Board of Trustees is pleased to announce recipients of three coveted awards to be presented at this year’s annual gala. Leadership Georgia’s Annual Gala and Awards Presentation has become a signature event for honoring and celebrating the outstanding accomplishments and contributions that have been made by alumni and others to Leadership Georgia, our communities and the state as a whole.

 

Sept. 6, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Neely Young Honored

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Georgia Trend Publisher Emeritus Neely Young was honored during the recent Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum in Columbus, which was hosted by the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University (CSU). Young received the 10th Annual Blanchard Award for Outstanding Stewardship and Ethics in Business.

 

Sept. 6, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia second in nation in number of women-owned businesses started

Anastaciah Ondieki reports that Yetunde Jude launched her hair products business in 2016, testing, mixing and packaging her merchandise at her kitchen table. A divorced mother of two, Jude juggles her full-time internet marketing job, her parenting responsibilities and her business, with her work day usually stretching beyond 12 hours.

 

Sept. 6, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Stockbridge Capital buys Midtown headquarters for Interface Inc.

Douglas Sams reports that Stockbridge Capital paid $24 million for “16th Street Station,” a once overlooked building at 1280 West Peachtree Street next to the Arts Center MARTA station.

 

Sept. 6, 2018 Georgia Southern University

Professional Development Day connects career-ready students with employers

Staff reports that Georgia Southern University College of Business will host the third annual Professional Development Day on Tuesday, October 2, starting at 9:30 a.m. Throughout the event, students practice the networking, leadership and other soft skills they have attained, while employers and recruiters gain access to Georgia Southern’s best and brightest.

 

Sept. 6, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Perdue Foods opens regional distribution center in Rincon

Rick Lott reports that state and community officials joined Wednesday to welcome the opening of Perdue Foods’ new Southeastern Distribution Center in Rincon. The company said it is creating more than 150 jobs with this new facility with over 47,000 square feet. The facility takes fresh packaged chicken products from Perdue plants which are then weighed, priced and labeled, and then are shipped to their customers in the region.

 

Sept. 6, 2018 WABE 90.1

Georgia Film Industry Means Big Boost for Micro-Niche Businesses

Beth Ward reports that Kelley Knight owns Modern Mystic, a metaphysical store that specializes in the spiritual, located on the second floor of Ponce City Market. Her shop began as a small tarot studio before blooming into a bigger retail space inside Paris on Ponce, and she credits the influx of people in film to the city for helping her business grow.

 

Sept. 6, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times

Sense of Purposity: Georgia Power donates backpacks, school supplies

Katelyn Umholtz reports that Georgia Power has given away more than 200 backpacks to Lowndes County and Valdosta City Schools in an effort to improve education. The bookbags were delivered by Georgia Power employees and volunteers to county schools Aug. 24 and city schools Aug. 31.

 

Sept. 6, 2018 Georgia State University

Researcher Gets $2.4 Million Grant To Study Diabetic Vascular Diseases

LaTina Emerson reports that Dr. Ming-Hui Zou, director of the Center for Molecular and Translational Medicine at Georgia State University, has received a four-year, $2.4 million federal grant to study cardiovascular complications in diabetes.

 

Sept. 6, 2018 GPB

Scientists Are Growing Georgia's Oyster Industry 

J. Cindy Hill reports that a record number of baby oysters were grown last year at the University of Georgia's nursery on Skidaway Island. When oyster seeds the size of sand grains permanently attach to a surface, they're called 'spat'. After two months in UGA's Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant Shellfish Lab they’re given to farmers who grow them in coastal waters for one year.

 

Sept. 6, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com

Singapore Firm Plans to Make Autonomous Robots Near New Atlanta HQ

Trevor Williams reports, missing or buried in many announcements about Singapore-based GreyOrange’s decision to put a U.S. headquarters in Atlanta was a potentially bigger coup for the metro area: A factory that will make 20,000 autonomous robots over three years starting in 2019. 

 

Sept. 6, 2018 ​Saporta Report

Problem-solvers growing with the help of thoughtful capital

Maggie Lee reports that Malika Whitley’s tasks sound pretty normal for a founder and CEO who’s growing an enterprise. She needs access to wealth and networks, she’s hiring people, she’s making sure she and the rest of ChopArt don’t get burnt out; she’s looking for more clients. But her pitch isn’t exactly typical bank loan officer stuff.

 

Sept. 6, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Georgia governor wants Gulch transformed from ‘hole in the ground’

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal endorsed the sweeping project to redevelop downtown Atlanta’s Gulch, saying Wednesday the proposal to build a mini-city will transform the forlorn lot into a “revenue producer rather than just a hole in the ground.”

 

 



Sept. 5, 2018 Georgia.gov

Deal: Nisshinbo Automotive Manufacturing, Inc. to create 100 jobs in Newton County

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Nisshinbo Automotive Manufacturing, Inc. (NAMI), a leading manufacturer and supplier of environmentally friendly brake pads, will create 100 jobs and invest $72 million in an expansion of its Covington facility. New jobs at the facility will include positions in production and administration.

 

Sept. 5, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Cheers!

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, who among us – at least those of us of a certain age – hasn’t wanted our very own neighborhood Cheers, the bar from the 1980’s TV show of the same name? Thanks to a change in Georgia’s craft brewery law last year, more of us are getting our wish, as breweries spring up around the state, providing community watering holes where everybody knows your name – or soon will.

 

Sept. 5, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hawks owner: Gulch project could be ‘engine” for downtown Atlanta

J. Scott Trubey reports that Atlanta Hawks lead owner Tony Ressler said plans to redevelop downtown’s Gulch will transform the city, but the complex project requires not only billions of dollars in private funding, but also a substantial public investment to make it a reality.

 

Sept. 5, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Chick-fil-A CEO, Georgia Tech leading idea to cap Downtown Connector

Douglas Sams and Maria Saporta report that Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy is working with Georgia Tech on a long-term master plan that would cap the Downtown Connector to create a park that links Midtown with the heart of Tech’s campus, according to multiple sources. Cathy pitched the idea in a meeting last month to Georgia Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson and Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry.

 

Sept. 5, 2018 WABE 90.1

Atlanta Is Hosting The Super Bowl. What Has That Looked Like Before?

Donnell Suggs reports that Atlanta has a reputation for hosting big events, but there’s no bigger event — at least when American sports are concerned — than the National Football League’s annual championship game, the Super Bowl. And the 53rd edition will be played right here on Feb. 3, 2019.

 

Sept. 5, 2018 SpeciCare

SpeciCare Builds Expert Leadership Team to Direct Company’s Impact on Functional Precision Medicine

Staff reports that SpeciCare, a leading provider of living tissue tumor storage that is shaping the field of functional precision medicine, is excited to announce the additions of Bob Martin, Pat deGrouchy and Chris Knowles to the company’s executive leadership team.

 

Sept. 5, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com

Chamber Event Highlights Belgium’s Innovation Capacity for Successes of Georgia Companies in Europe

Phil Bolton reports that Belgium‘s multilingualism with three official languages and a host of dialects and “minority languages” fuels the country’s creativity, a value which was repeatedly underscored at an evening meeting of the Belgian American Chamber of the South Aug. 30  held at the Atlantic Station law offices of Burr Forman LLP.

 

Sept. 5, 2018 Brunswick News

County to consider accepting $2.5 million grant for post-hurricane beach restoration

Taylor Cooper reports that Glynn County Commission is expected to consider accepting a $2.5 million grant on Thursday for post-hurricane “beach restoration activities” from the state Department of Community Affairs. Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill in March setting aside $10 million for beach renourishment projects, according to a memo attached to Thursday’s agenda.

 

Sept. 5, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Savannah River lab licenses technology

Staff reports that Savannah River National Laboratory has licensed its hydrogen isotope separation technology to Greenway Energy, a hydrogen technologies company. The license is for a system known as Thermal Cycling Absorption Process, which is used to separate hydrogen isotopes – protium, deuterium and tritium – using a continuous method based on palladium gas chromatography, according to a SRNL news release.

 

Sept. 5, 2018 GPB ​

Harold Melton Sworn In As New Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice

Ross Terrell reports that Georgia's new supreme court chief justice was sworn in today at the state capitol. Harold Melton was appointed to the state’s supreme court in 2005 by then Gov. Sonny Perdue. Perdue introduced the new chief justice before he took the oath and credited him with avoiding make the court a polarizing branch of government. Melton said that's a reflection of expectations from Georgia citizens and elected officials.

 

Sept. 5, 2018 Saporta Report 

Northwest express lanes to open Saturday in bid to boost mobility for commuters, truckers

David Pendered reports that Georgia’s major initiative to ease traffic congestion along I-75/I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties is to open this weekend. The Northwest Corridor Express Lanes are slated to open mid-day Saturday, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday. The project adds 29.7 miles of reversible express lanes to one of the region’s heavily traveled corridors.

 

Sept. 5, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post

Construction begins on 44-acre 985 Lanier Logistics Center in Buford

Curt Yeomans reports that a major logistics center that will provide more than 600,000-square feet of space is coming out of the ground in Buford. Architectural design firm Ware Malcomb announced on Tuesday that construction has begun on the 985 Lanier Logistics Center project. The 44-acre industrial park, which will have 615,572-square feet of space spread across three buildings once it is complete, will be located at Georgia Highway 13 and Lanier Islands Parkway.

 

Sept. 5, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Up to $50 million could be coming to Georgia farmers hit by tariffs

Tamar Hallerman reports that Georgia farmers could receive up to $50 million in federal payments under a Trump administration plan to offset losses from recent international trade fights, according to a new analysis from the American Farm Bureau Federation.

 

 

 




Sept. 4, 2018 Saporta Report

Atlanta’s ‘Riverwalk’ along the Chattahoochee gets major boost  

Maria Saporta reports that a vision to create a Chattahoochee River trail within the City of Atlanta is one big step closer to reality. Invest Atlanta, at its meeting on Aug. 29, voted to approve a pivotal land swap between the city and the development group of Chattahoochee Trails LLC and Kovach Development. In the swap, Atlanta will receive 22 acres while the developers will get about 8 acres.

 

Sept. 4, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Gordon State growth

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that construction is underway on a new student services center at Gordon State College in Barnesville. The 11,271-square-foot facility will centralize admissions and financial aid and feature computer stations, a parents’ waiting room and a 60-person event space. The $3.3-million project is funded by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

 

Sept. 4, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coca-Cola to acquire U.K.-based coffee giant Costa for $5.1 billion

Anastaciah Ondieki reports that Georgia-based Coca-Cola Company has entered into an agreement with the United Kingdom’s largest hospitality company to acquire its Costa Coffee brand for $5.1 billion.

 

Sept. 4, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Big new projects proposed in Forsyth, Bartow counties

David Allison reports that Lennar Georgia Inc. is proposing 398 multifamily units, 315 single-family detached residential units, and 60,000 square feet of commercial/retail space on 152 acres in the northwest quadrant of an intersection on Georgia 400 in Cumming.

 

Sept. 4, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Savannah area home sales have hot summer

Katie Nussbaum reports that the local real estate market had a summer as hot and record-breaking as Savannah’s temperatures with more than 1,500 homes selling across Bryan, Chatham and Effingham counties during June and July.

 

Sept. 4, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

Rosie the Riveters ring in Labor Day

Doug Walker reports, as many Romans took Labor Day off to mark the holiday with barbecue or hot dogs, a handful of strong-willed women, five local Rosie the Riveters, gathered at Richard B. Russell Airport Monday afternoon to celebrate the role women played in the labor force during World War II.

 

Sept. 4, 2018 WABE 90.1

Questions, Hope Surround Proposed Camden County Spaceport

Emma Hurt reports that Camden County, Georgia, right on the border with Florida, has a big idea for its future. Its leaders have spent millions trying to get a license from the FAA to launch rockets from a spaceport they don’t yet have. County officials are confident this will be an economic boon, but not everybody’s convinced.

 

Sept. 4, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com

Chamber Event Highlights Belgium’s Innovation Capacity for Successes of Georgia Companies in Europe

Phil Bolton reports that Belgium‘s multilingualism with three official languages and a host of dialects and “minority languages” fuels the country’s creativity, a value which was repeatedly underscored at an evening meeting of the Belgian American Chamber of the South Aug. 30  held at the Atlantic Station law offices of Burr Forman LLP.

 

Sept. 4, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times

Foster Care Number Spikes

Jill Nolin reports that the number of Georgia children in foster care has swelled in recent years, and in May, the number rose to a new high when more than 15,000 young Georgians were in state custody. But it could have been much worse, said a state official who has led recent agency efforts to rethink how it handles removing children from their home.

 

Sept. 4, 2018 Georgia Heath News, WABE 90.1

New Tax Break Urged To Help Working Poor In Georgia

Andy Miller reports that tax credits and health care have recently occupied a prominent place in Georgia politics, thanks to the success of a program that helps rural hospitals. Donors to these Georgia facilities can now get a 100 percent state tax credit for these contributions.

 

Sept. 4, 2018 Mercer University

School of Medicine to Partner with Georgia Department of Public Health on Key Women’s Health Issues

Kyle Sears reports that Dr. Jean Sumner, dean of Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM), recently announced the appointment of Dr. Jennifer Barkin, associate professor of community medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, as academic liaison to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), North Central Health District.

 

Sept. 4, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

With Labor Day, campaigns grow intense as Kemp, Abrams soften images

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia’s race for governor will reach a new fever pitch after Labor Day, as Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp scramble to seize distracted voters’ attention as summer fades and a final two-month stretch to November begins.

 

 




Aug. 31, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com

Georgia’s Ag Department Looks Overseas for New Markets to Compensate for Tariff Losses

Phil Bolton reports that newly arrived in July at the Georgia Department of Agriculture in charge of business development overseas for Georgia produce, Paul Thompson was off immediately to Indonesia. After seven and a half years at the Atlanta Farmers Market, Mr. Thompson’s calendar now is full of possible trips to all corners of the world, most often to accompany Ted McKinney, the under secretary of agriculture for trade and foreign agricultural affairs.

 

Aug. 31, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

The Business of Governing

Susan Percy reports that Keisha Lance Bottoms is Atlanta’s 60th mayor and only the second woman to hold the job. With the strong support of former Mayor Kasim Reed and former Mayor and Ambassador Andrew Young, she narrowly defeated fellow city council member Mary Norwood in a long, arduous and racially charged campaign that went to a runoff.

 

Aug. 31, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Porsche’s Experience Centers attract 250,000 visitors

Anastaciah Ondieki reports that Porsche’s two Experience Centers in Atlanta and Los Angeles have attracted a combined 250,000 visitors since the centers were established less than three years ago.

 

Aug. 31, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Power to excavate and close two more coal ash ponds

Dave Williams reports that Georgia Power Co. has decided to completely excavate and close two additional coal ash ponds as part of its efforts to safely and permanently close 29 ash ponds at 11 current and former coal-fired power plants across the state.

 

Aug. 31, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Elba Island LNG’s $2 billion Savannah expansion nears completion

Mary Landers reports that a $2 billion expansion of the Elba Island liquefied natural gas terminal is nearing completion on the Savannah River about five miles downstream from downtown. Initial in-service for the project is expected in the fourth quarter of 2018, with final units coming online by the third quarter of 2019.

 

Aug. 31, 2018 Albany Herald

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop announces $7.1 million in Georgia Environmental Finance Authority grants

Staff reports that Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., D-Albany, has announced that the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) has awarded loans totaling $7.1 million to five communities in Georgia’s Second Congressional District. The loans are expected to finance infrastructure improvements for water, sewer and solid waste treatment plants.

 

Aug. 31, 2018 Albany Herald

Georgia Rep. Gerald Greene secures nearly $3 million in grant funding for House District 151

Staff reports that Georgia Rep. Gerald Greene, R-Cuthbert, recently announced that several cities within House District 151 will receive more than $3 million in funding from Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant program.

 

Aug. 31, 2018 Albany Herald

Georgia Sen. Greg Kirk announces six community development block grants

Staff reports that Georgia Sen. Greg Kirk, R-Americus, recently announced that the cities of Rebecca, Rochelle and Sylvester, as well as Lee, Tift and Turner counties are receiving a total of $3.8 million in community development block grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

Aug. 31, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gov. Nathan Deal highlights link between conservation, economic development in final Environmental Address

Curt Yeomans reports that as Gov. Nathan Deal delivered his final Environmental Address at the Infinite Energy Forum on Thursday, he reflected on the state’s economic growth over the last eight years and offered a bit of advice: A clean environment helps attract jobs.

 

Aug. 31, 2018 Brunswick News

School officials hope to see bus-passing law reversed

Lauren McDonald reports that school officials across the state, including in Glynn County, are concerned by a new law that does not require vehicles to stop for school buses on certain roads.

 

Aug. 31, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Voting companies show paper ballot options for Georgia  

Mark Niesse reports that six election companies offered a first look Thursday at voting systems they’re trying to sell to Georgia, all of which have some sort of paper ballot combined with tabulation computers. All but one of the companies pitched touchscreen machines, similar to those currently in use, that print ballots as a backup to help ensure accurate results.

 

 




Aug. 30, 2018 Georgia.gov

Deal: Inspire Brands to create more than 1,100 jobs in Sandy Springs

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Inspire Brands will locate its new headquarters in Sandy Springs, creating more than 1,100 jobs and investing approximately $32 million in Fulton County over the next six years.

 

Aug. 30, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Augusta/Richmond County: A Bright Future

Lori Johnston reports that Masters Tournament patrons wove through roped lines to enter the Augusta National Golf Club’s new Golf Shop, not far from the No. 1 fairway. The queues were a Disney World-esque experience into a building that course officials say is twice as big as the previous store and took 20 weeks to complete for the 2018 Masters.

 

Aug. 30, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Study: Job growth should continue in Georgia this year 

Michael E. Kanell reports that solid job growth in Georgia will continue through this year and into the future, defying the odds against a pick-up in hiring so late in an expansion, according to a high-profile forecast from Georgia State University.

 

Aug. 30, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Confirmed: Starbucks bringing 500 jobs to Atlanta 

Amy Wenk reports that Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) will lease 85,000 square feet in Midtown, though a location was not revealed during this morning's meeting at Invest Atlanta.

 

Aug. 30, 2018 WABE 90.1

To Meet Workforce Needs, Ga. University System Creates A New Kind Of Degree

Martha Dalton reports that for years, Georgia colleges have heard from industries — especially in the tech field — that they’re not producing enough talent. So, university system officials realized it was time for a change. Tristan Denley, the system’s chief academic officer, says there was consensus around creating a new kind of degree program.

 

Aug. 30, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Relief for Georgia farmers on the way

Dee Ann Komanecky reports that farmers across the country and in Georgia can now get some relief from damage caused by retaliatory tariffs and, in some cases, weather. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details of the up to $12 billion “short-term” tariff relief strategy on Monday.

 

Aug. 30, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com

Georgia Manufacturers Talk Tariffs, Cybersecurity With View Toward October Summit

Trevor Williams reports that representatives from some of Georgia’s largest and most globally engaged companies came together Aug. 15 to share insights on headwinds facing international growth. The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance helped organize the executive town hall at the Duluth headquarters of AGCO Corp., the Fortune 500 agricultural equipment manufacturer.

 

Aug. 30, 2018 GPB

Atlanta's Philips Arena Renamed State Farm Arena

Ross Terrell reports that Philips Arena, located in downtown Atlanta and home to the NBA's Hawks, has a new name. It’s now State Farm Arena. The Hawks announced Wednesday they agreed to a 20-year naming rights deal with the insurance agency which currently has a regional hub in Dunwoody.

 

Aug. 30, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Chamber CEO: Georgia must pursue right priorities

Joe Hotchkiss reports that business leaders and politicians have to lay the groundwork now for business to keep thriving in Georgia. That’s the overall message the president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce delivered to Augusta-area business leaders Wednesday at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

 

Aug. 30, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia’s winning rocketeers

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that four Canton high school students represented the U.S. at the International Rocketry Challenge (IRC) in Paris last month and came home with first place. The Creekview High School rocketeers competed against teams from France, Japan and the UK to become the fourth consecutive U.S. team to win gold at the Farnborough International Airshow.

 

Aug. 30, 2018 Saporta Report  

Update: Up to $7.5 million grant from west side tax fund approved for aquarium

Maggie Lee reports that Atlanta’s development authority board is thankful for the philanthropy behind a valuable tourist draw Downtown, but not everyone thinks the city should show its appreciation by spending that $7.5 million from a special tax fund on the aquarium.

 

Aug. 30, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta Square free Wi-Fi takes first step

Ross Williams reports that the city will be shopping for Wi-Fi plans after council members gave the nod to a plan to install free Wi-Fi on Marietta Square and potentially Elizabeth Porter Park, which is set to open at the end of the month. At its Tuesday meeting, the council directed city staff to report back after comparing prices from different companies.

 

Aug. 30, 2018 Access WDUN

Habersham officials concede errors, ask for new House District 28 election

Rob Moore reports that Habersham County officials admit errors were made that cast into doubt the results of the May 22 Georgia House District 28 Primary Election. In a written statement issued Tuesday afternoon, Habersham County Commission Chairman provided details of the county’s position.

 

Aug. 30, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

A new watchdog coalition targets Georgia ‘dark money’ 

Greg Bluestein reports that an eclectic mix of politicians, activists and watchdog groups is preparing to launch a coalition to combat the growing influence of “dark money” in Georgia politics.  The group, which has yet to name itself, pledges to find ways to monitor how much outside spending from unknown sources is being spent in Georgia and promote legislation to increase transparency.

 

 




Aug. 29, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post

BOC postpones decision on mysterious ‘Project Rocket’ distribution center

Curt Yeomans reports that business officials behind the mysterious distribution center near Stone Mountain, so far referred to only as “Project Rocket,” are going to have to wait a few more weeks to find out if they have the blessing of commissioners.

 

Aug. 29, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia Roundup

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Energy, Georgia had 76,533 clean-energy jobs last year, a 2.21 percent increase over 2016. The U.S. Energy and Employment Report noted that the state’s largest portion of clean-energy jobs occurred in the construction industry for installation of energy-efficient products, such as HVAC systems and lighting.

 

Aug. 29, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS launches tech firm to help merchants find warehouse space

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that UPS says it has launched a technology company to help businesses selling products online to find warehouse space. It is aimed at helping small businesses with e-commerce and getting products delivered, through a digital platform to match merchants with available warehouse space.

 

Aug. 29, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola buys Moxie, the official state beverage of Maine

Eric Mandel reports that Coca-Cola is adding Moxie, a polarizing and beloved taste, to its soda portfolio, but there are no plans for its major distribution channel to venture beyond its home in the northeast. The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) said Tuesday it purchased the brand from Coca-Cola of Northern New England, an independent bottling partner of the larger company located in Bedford, New Hampshire.

 

Aug. 29, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Savannah set to unload two more downtown buildings for $14 million

Eric Curl reports that the city is preparing to sell two more downtown buildings in a deal that could raise more than $14 million for a new municipal complex the city manager wants built to centralize departments.

 

Aug. 29, 2018 WABE 90.1

Atlanta Among First In Line For 5G Service, And Now A Phone Is Coming

Jim Burress reports that the first 5G capable mobile phone will hit the market in the first half of 2019, Sprint and electronics manufacturer LG announced this week. Atlanta is among the first markets slated to get the next generation mobile service.

 

Aug. 29, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com

Porsche Names New Marketing Exec for the U.S.

Trevor Williams reports that Porsche Cars North America is bringing back one of its own to head up marketing for the North America from its base in Atlanta. Pedro Mota, who previously spent 13 years with the German luxury sports car brand in various roles, is returning to become vice president of the Americas after a stint as president over the U.S., Canada and Latin America for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

 

Aug. 29, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal

Georgia Chamber opposes Marietta Natural Gas

Ross Williams reports that the natural gas marketers trying to thwart Marietta’s plans to provide natural gas have a new ally. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce filed a friend of the court brief in the state court of appeals last week in support of the companies that want Marietta out of their business.

 

Aug. 29, 2018 Georgia Health News

The opioid epidemic is a threat to older people, too

Judi Kanne reports that a recent overdose case in the Atlanta suburb of Dunwoody involved a 55-year-old woman. The cause of her death was determined to be the toxic effects of cocaine, morphine and methamphetamine, says Patrick L. Bailey, director of the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office. Of those three drugs, morphine is an opioid.

 

Aug. 29, 2018 Brunswick News

Carter: House to concentrate on budget

Wes Wolfe reports, if you’ve seen U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter around a lot recently, there’s a reason — the usual August recess for the House of Representatives. Carter spoke Tuesday to the St. Simons Island Rotary Club about recent and forthcoming action in the House.

 

Aug. 29, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

A rural hospital tax credit becomes hot potato in Georgia gov race

Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway report that Saturday, at the state Democratic convention, we fell into a discussion with Kip Carr, the state party treasurer, about the roles that candidates for lieutenant governor would play in the general election. Carr noted that, given that Republican gubernatorial nominee Brian Kemp was now portraying himself as a friendly Ronald Reagan-type, Geoff Duncan, that party’s candidate for lieutenant governor, would have to become the attack dog.

 

 



Aug. 28, 2018 WABE 90.1

Atlanta Named First ‘Welcoming Region’ in U.S.

Jim Burress reports that the Trump administration is considering penalizing legal immigrants if they use government benefits such as Medicaid and food stamps. The details haven’t been finalized, but opponents say the consequences to immigrant families and the nation’s health system could be dire.

 

Aug. 28, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Form and Function

Jennifer Hafer reports, what do transportation, transit and trees have in common? Besides beginning with the letter “t,” they are all important ingredients for helping commuters get around west Metro Atlanta in a more seamless, connected and visually appealing way.

 

Aug. 28, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia’s banks report profitability in first half of 2018

Anastaciah Ondieki reports that Georgia-based banking institutions collectively earned $2.1 billion in the first half of the year, according to a report from the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission. Net incomes grew 31 percent compared to the same period last year.

 

Aug. 28, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Atlanta officials trying to land company that would bring 500 jobs to city

Amy Wenk and Douglas Sams report that Atlanta officials are trying to land a company that would bring 500 jobs to Midtown. Dubbed “Project Yogurt,” the unnamed company will invest $16 million into new office space, according to documents from Invest Atlanta.

 

Aug. 28, 2018 Brunswick News

State seeks movement in WOTUS case

Wes Wolfe reports that following a win by environmental advocates in a federal district court in South Carolina, the state of Georgia — and its 10 co-plaintiffs — are trying to speed up the process of trying to strike down an Obama administration Clean Water Act rule.

 

Aug. 28, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com

Delta Celebrates 20 Years of Linking Peru With Atlanta and the World

Trevor Williams reports that over two decades, Delta Air Lines Inc.’s nonstop flight from Atlanta to Peru has not only been a key link to help boost inbound tourist traffic.

 

Aug. 28, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald

Voxpro shutting down Athens call center

Lee Shearer reports that Voxpro is shutting down its Athens call center. Employees learned Thursday that the operation would close its doors in four weeks as the former Irish company now owned by a Canadian company, TELUS International, consolidates U.S. operations.

 

Aug. 28, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

What makes Mercedez-Benz Stadium different?

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, learn how the new home of the Falcons and the Atlanta United FC is also a force for positive change in nearby neighborhoods. Frank Fernandez, vice president of community development for The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, explains in this video. And for an in-depth look at the stadium’s impact, check out “More than Fun and Games” in our August issue.

 

Aug. 28, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Ignore social media at your own risk, AT&T exec says at forum led by Apple co-founder

Tony Adams reports that exploring mental obstacles both in one’s personal life and in business was among the messages delivered Monday during the Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum, an event that included an evening keynote address by Steve “The Woz” Wozniak, a co-founder of technology firm Apple Inc.

 

Aug. 28, 2018 Georgia State University

Researcher Gets $2.2 Million To Develop Effective, Affordable Therapies For RSV

Jennifer Rainey Marquez reports that Georgia State University has received a five-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to develop combination therapies for respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, and related respiratory viruses, which are top causes of infant hospitalization in the U.S.

 

Aug. 28, 2018 Georgia Health News

Clay County: Only one doctor, and soon no pharmacy 

Andy Miller reports that a southwest Georgia county that has just one physician is losing its only drugstore. Buy-Rite is shutting down its pharmacy in Clay County. The company says it has been losing money on the Fort Gaines drugstore for years.

 

Aug. 28, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Georgia honors McCain by bucking Trump example

Greg Bluestein reports that as Washington erupted over President Donald Trump’s defiance of protocol to honor U.S. Sen. John McCain, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal quietly worked out his own way to commemorate the former presidential candidate’s life. 

 

 




Aug. 27, 2018 WABE 90.1

Atlanta Street Renamed To Honor Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Tasnim Shamma reports that Freedom Parkway is now John Lewis Freedom Parkway. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and City Council members honored U.S. Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis with the new street name Wednesday. Bottoms also presented Lewis with the city of Atlanta’s highest honor, a Phoenix Award.

 

Aug. 27, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Savannah gets Classic

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, congratulations to Savannah and Chatham County for scoring the Jaguar Land Rover Classic operations hub – the first in the U.S. It’s a dedicated facility for authentic Jaguar and Land Rover Classic cars, parts, services and experiences and will include a state-of-the-art workshop for checking and repairing those that have been out of production for a decade or more.

 

Aug. 27, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Georgia’s banks report profitability in first half of 2018

Anastaciah Ondieki reports that Georgia-based banking institutions collectively earned $2.1 billion in the first half of the year, according to a report from the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission. Net incomes grew 31 percent compared to the same period last year. Lending and deposit rates increased across the board as the 175 banks issued $228.8 billion in loans.

 

Aug. 27, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Aerospace is $8B industry in Georgia, No. 1 in manufacturing

Doug DeLoach reports that at around $8 billion annually, the aerospace sector accounts for more exported goods than any other manufacturing category in Georgia.

 

Aug. 27, 2018 Saporta Report 

Greenways such as South Peachtree Creek Trail spur real estate values, revitalize neighborhoods 

Michael Keating reports, no question, trails, greenways and other parks infrastructure stimulate more construction and economic development. New housing is popping up near the recently opened South Peachtree Creek Trail in my neighborhood in Decatur. Pulte Homes is building mid-rise condos in the $300,000-plus range and townhomes in the $600,000-plus range on a 37-acre site adjacent to the trail.

 

Aug. 27, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald Athens Banner-Herald, UGA

UGA scientists reach breakthrough in brain injury research

Charlotte Betourney reports that researchers in the University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center have succeeded in reproducing the effects of traumatic brain injury and stimulating recovery in neuron cells grown in a petri dish. This makes them the first known scientific team in the country to do so using stem cell-derived neurons.

 

Aug. 27, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com

Delta Celebrates 20 Years of Linking Peru With Atlanta and the World

Trevor Williams reports that over two decades, Delta Air Lines Inc.’s nonstop flight from Atlanta to Peru has not only been a key link to help boost inbound tourist traffic. It’s also a conduit to the world for Peruvian crops and citizens, the airline said in announcing the 20th anniversary of service to Lima, the capital, earlier this month.

 

Aug. 27, 2018 Macon Telegraph  

Some ‘tiny houses’ may be built in Macon for some people who have no homes

Linda S. Morris reports that some “tiny houses” may be built in Macon. Georgia Behavioral Health Services Inc. has applied to the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission to rezone 945 Maynard St. and 958 Schaffer Place from a two-family residential district to a planned development residential district to develop five tiny houses to provide permanent housing for homeless individuals with disabilities.

 

Aug. 27, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Savannah River Remediation earns national safety awards

Savannah River Remediation was nationally recognized again this year for exceptional safety culture and performance. The National Safety Council awarded Savannah River Site’s liquid waste contractor with three prestigious safety awards for safety statistics recorded in 2017, as well as ongoing performance.

 

Aug. 27, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Proposal renaming Senate’s Russell building for McCain a quandary for Ga. lawmakers

Tamar Hallerman reports that Georgia’s two Republican U.S. senators face a difficult decision in the weeks ahead as colleagues seek to rename Richard Russell’s namesake Capitol Hill office building in honor of the late John McCain. Johnny Isakson, David Perdue and their staffs work out of the elegant Russell Senate Office Building on Constitution Avenue, named in honor of the towering Peach State senator.

 

 




Aug. 24, 2018 Georgia Health News

Unusual but welcome: Two health insurers opt to cut exchange rates

Andy Miller reports that of the four health insurers in the 2019 Georgia insurance exchange, in a surprising move, are set to make reductions in monthly premiums from the rates they offer this year. Such decreases in insurance rates rarely occur in health care.

 

Aug. 24, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Georgia Fare: City Pharmacy

Krista Reese reports, isn’t it great to see so many new restaurants using old buildings in ways you never expected? Ponce City Market in Atlanta kicked off the trend, transforming an enormous, long-vacant Sears (and later, City Hall East) from a white elephant into a vibrant, restaurant-driven model for an entire neighborhood’s renewal.

 

Aug. 24, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Despite mid-summer lull, metro Atlanta unemployment dips

Michael E. Kanell reports that with schools closed and many residents on vacation, the metro Atlanta economy typically taps the brakes in mid-summer, but the overall pace of hiring has been steady and the signals seem to be green going into the fall.

 

Aug. 24, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Gulch developer in discussions with possible Fortune 500 corporation — but it's not Amazon

Amy Wenk and Maria Saporta report that a massive project planned for downtown’s Gulch could lure a new corporate headquarters – but it’s not Amazon. Gulch developer CIM Group is in discussions with a  possible Fortune 500 corporation that could create up to 600 jobs, according to sources at the state and city. 

 

Aug. 24, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com

Arby’s to Expand Dramatically in South Korea

Phil Bolton reports that Atlanta’s recently formed Inspire Brands is teaming up with the S Fresh Co., a South Korean food service firm, to build 100 new Arby’s restaurants in South Korea, marking Arby’s largest expansion in Asia. Inspire Brands is majority owned by Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm and is a franchisor of restaurant brands that including more than 4,500 Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and R Taco locations.

 

Aug. 24, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

University Hospital Prompt Care coming to Martinez

Damon Cline reports that University Hospital’s corporate parent on Thursday approved spending more than $930,000 to develop an urgent care facility in Columbia County next to the entrance to the West Lake neighborhood.

 

Aug. 24, 2018 Georgia State University

Georgia State Ranks First In Degrees Awarded To African Americans 

Andrea Jones reports, for the sixth consecutive year, Georgia State University is first in the nation among not-for-profit colleges and universities in awarding bachelor’s degrees to African Americans, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

 

Aug. 24, 2018 WABE 90.1

Battle Between Kemp, Investment Firm Over $500K Loan Continues In Court

Grace Walker reports that attorneys for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp appeared in court Wednesday. It’s part of an ongoing legal battle between Kemp and an investment firm, which says he owes them $500,000.

 

Aug. 24, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Why Abrams is making a beeline for GOP territory in Georgia

Greg Bluestein reports that the crowd swelled outside from Nabila’s Garden Restaurant in downtown Fitzgerald to hear Democrat Stacey Abrams speak, and the hundreds crammed inside the Egyptian-owned soul food place craned their necks to catch a glimpse of the candidate for Georgia governor. 

 

 



Aug. 23, 2018 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

'Exciting day' as inland port holds official opening

Chris Whitfield reports, three years of preparation culminated Wednesday with the official opening of the Appalachian Regional Port, which Gov. Nathan Deal said will give the citizens of Murray County a "chance" to get a "slice of the pie" of the economic benefit from the Port of Savannah.

 

Aug. 23, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development around the state

Christy Simo reports, among news around the state, GE Appliances is investing $55 million in Jackson County to develop a Southeast Region Appliance Distribution Center. The facility will create 100 jobs when it is completed next April.

 

Aug. 23, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

State explores challenges, benefits of Atlanta airport takeover idea

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that state senators discussed Wednesday how creating an airport authority to run Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport could bring a change in management amid a federal investigation into corruption at Atlanta City Hall — and bring up the possibility of a second airport.

 

Aug. 23, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Metro Atlanta population growth continues unabated

Dave Williams reports that the 10-county Atlanta region added 75,800 new residents between April of last year and this April, the Atlanta Regional Commission reported Wednesday. Overall, metro Atlanta's population grew by 1.7 percent and now stands at 4,555,900 – more than the populations of 25 states.

 

Aug. 23, 2018 WABE 90.1

City Announces $2M Park Renovations Ahead Of Super Bowl

Kaitlyn Lewis reports that new equipment and renovations are coming to a park in Atlanta’s historic Westside community. The project is part of the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee’s Legacy 53 initiative and is made possible through contributions from the NFL Foundation, The Arthur M. Blank Foundation and ticket sales from the July 29 Atlanta Falcons pre-season practice, according to a press release.

 

Aug. 23, 2018 WSB Radio

Lawrenceville breaks ground on new downtown development

Sandra Parrish reports that the city of Lawrenceville has broken ground a major development project in the heart of its downtown. The 32-acre site, to be called SouthLawn, will include 600 single family houses and townhomes and 15,000-square feet of retail space.

 

Aug. 23, 2018 Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

ARC: Cherokee fastest growing county in metro Atlanta

Thomas Hartwell reports that Cherokee is the fastest growing county in the metro Atlanta area, with 7,100 people added to the population in the past year, according to Atlanta Regional Commission estimates released Wednesday.

 

Aug. 23, 2018 GPB

Jimmy Carter Cuts Ribbon On Rural Health Initiative

Grant Blankenship reports that a while back, Jimmy Carter needed a doctor. Not just for himself, but for everyone in his hometown of Plains, Georgia. The town’s single doctor had folded up shop a while back. Luckily for Carter, he served on the board of Mercer University, which has a medical school.

 

Aug. 23, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Startups ready to launch

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, m ore than 40 Georgia Tech student teams are preparing to pitch their startup companies and products Shark Tank-style at the Fox Theatre in downtown Atlanta. It’s the annual CREATE-X Startup Launch Demo Day, which is a Georgia Tech program that helps students become entrepreneurs. The presentations are the culmination of a 12-week program where students have access to coaching, funding and legal services to help launch their startups and market their products. Since it began four years ago, the program has created more than 115 student startups.

 

Aug. 23, 2018 University of Georgia

UGA-Tifton kicks off yearlong centennial celebration

Clint Thompson reports, for the past 100 years, research from the University of Georgia Tifton campus has impacted international agriculture, from the world’s food supply to its fields of play. UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Dean Sam Pardue and UGA-Tifton Assistant Dean Joe West shared the campus’s history with the Tifton, Georgia, community on Tuesday, Aug. 21, during a kickoff event commemorating UGA-Tifton’s centennial celebration.

 

Aug. 23, 2018 Brunswick News

Officials call Terry Creek Superfund fix 'unacceptable'

Wes Wolfe reports that commissioners for Glynn County and Brunswick did not seem pleased with the plan hashed out between Hercules and the Environmental Protection Agency for the Terry Creek outfall Superfund site, but all appearances are that the plan will go forward as agreed.

 

Aug. 23, 2018 Albany Herald

Georgia Tech announces ‘big data’ partnership

Naomi Thomas reports that  “Big data’’ health care analytics are the focus of a new program at Georgia Tech. The American College of Radiology’s Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute announced a five-year, $3 million research partnership last week with the Georgia Institute of Technology to establish the Health Economics and Analytics Lab (HEAL), with the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech.

 

Aug. 23, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia

How Kemp is handling fallout of Trump investigation 

Greg Bluestein reports that Republican Brian Kemp inextricably tied himself to Donald Trump from the moment he launched his campaign with a “Georgia First” mantra that echoed the president’s slogan, a link that only deepened with a late endorsement that fueled the secretary of state’s soaring GOP runoff victory.

 

 




Aug. 22, 2018 Saporta Report

Plant Vogtle: Vote to halt or continue construction expected by Sept. 30, rating action says

David Pendered reports that a vote on whether construction will continue at troubled Plant Vogtle is expected to come before its four co-owners by Sept. 30, according to a rating action issued by Moody’s Investors Service.

 

Aug. 22, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Organizations: Reforming Arts

Candice Dyer reports, women are the fastest-growing demographic in prisons. The number of women incarcerated in the United States increased by a staggering 646 percent, rising from 15,118 to 112,797 between 1980 and 2010. Reforming Arts, a nonprofit based in Atlanta, is working to change those statistics by tapping into inmates’ creativity and strengthening their critical thinking skills.

 

Aug. 22, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Power’s $448 million costs on Vogtle receive approval from PSC

Anastaciah Ondieki reports that tate regulators have unanimously approved $448 million in expenditures Georgia Power says it incurred between July and December last year while constructing twin nuclear reactors in Burke County. Georgia Power is required to go before the state Public Service Commission twice a year to report its spending on Plant Vogtle.

 

Aug. 22, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

City: Downtown 'Gulch' project will produce 37,000 permanent jobs

Staff reports that an ambitious picture has emerged as city council members discuss four pieces of proposed legislation that would help Los Angeles-based CIM Group's project get off the ground.

 

Aug. 22, 2018 University of North Georgia

UNG lands on Forbes Top Colleges list for 3rd straight year

Clark Leonard reports, for the third year in a row, the University of North Georgia (UNG) was named one of the nation's top higher education institutions by Forbes Magazine in its annual "America's Top Colleges" ranking. UNG is one of only six public universities in Georgia to be included on the 2018 list, and it ranked fourth among all public universities in the state.

 

Aug. 22, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle  

Update: Edible Arrangements to move 'small percentage' of employees to Atlanta for HQ relocation

Eric Mandel reports that Edible Arrangements' headquarters relocation will include "a small percentage" of employees relocating from Connecticut to Atlanta, with some layoffs on their way. The company on Tuesday made official its plans to relocate the company’s corporate headquarters to Atlanta, and that it will maintain a small office of approximately 20 employees in Wallingford, Conn., which is down from the current total of approximately 130.

 

Aug. 22, 2018 WABE 90.1

Immigrants In Atlanta Have $19 Billion In Spending Power

Tasnim Shamma reports that immigrants in metro Atlanta have more than $19.3 billion in spending power and paid nearly seven billion in state and local taxes in 2016. That’s according to a new report from the nonpartisan immigration think tank New American Economy.

 

Aug. 22, 2018 Brunswick News

USG releases plan for College 2025 Initiative  

Lauren McDonald reports that University System of Georgia recently released its recommendations for a system-wide improvement mission called the “College 2025 Initiative.” University system Chancellor Steve Wrigley launched the initiative in May 2017. A 22-member committee spent the past year working to create a report that included the final recommendations, released Aug. 14.

 

Aug. 22, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal, Rome News-Tribune

Southeastern Mills to build new warehouse and distribution center

Doug Walker reports that Southeastern Mills revealed plans for a 120,000 square-foot warehouse and distribution facility in the South Floyd Industrial Park. The Development Authority of Floyd County approved the sale of 15 acres to the company at $15,000 per acre and the company will have the right of first refusal for adjacent acreage.

 

Aug. 22, 2018 Savannah Morning News

275-unit family development planned for Savannah’s Indian Street

Katie Nussbaum reports, adding to the area’s growing list of luxury apartments, a seven-story multi-family development is slated to break ground later this month on Savannah’s riverside just east of the Talmadge Bridge.

 

Aug. 22, 2018 Georgia Health News

Georgia Tech teams with ‘big data’ experts to study medical imaging

Naomi Thomas reports that “Big data’’ health care analytics are the focus of a new program at Georgia Tech. Last week, the American College of Radiology’s Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute announced a five-year, $3 million research partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology to establish the Health Economics and Analytics Lab (HEAL), with the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech.

 

Aug. 22, 2018 Washington Post

The GOP turns to toilets to suppress more black voters

Dana Milbank writes, it warms the heart to see the newfound concern that Georgia has for its disabled residents. Election overseers were worried sick that the disabled in Randolph County, a rural hamlet where 60 percent of residents are black and nearly a third live in poverty, might arrive at their polling place and find they had to park on grass or, worse, that there was no railing next to the toilet seat.

 

Aug. 22, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Economic development is not just about Atlanta

Charlie Harper writes, it was not quite a year ago when Amazon launched its search for a second global headquarters location. Visions of landing up to 50,000 new high paying jobs have established a quest from Governors, Mayors, Chambers of Commerce in an economic development super bowl.

 

Aug. 22, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Georgia 6th: Handel unveils unconventional first ad

Tamar Hallerman reports, the first television spot commissioned by the campaign of U.S. Rep. Karen Handel this election cycle isn’t necessarily what you’d expect from the battle-hardened Roswell Republican. It doesn’t talk about Nancy Pelosi or the GOP tax cuts. There’s no mention of Democratic opponent Lucy McBath or even President Donald Trump. 

 

 




Aug. 21, 2018 Georgia.gov 

Deal: German company to create 100 jobs in Banks County

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that SELIT North America, a German manufacturer of polystyrene foams, will create 100 jobs and invest $45 million in a new manufacturing facility in Banks County. New jobs will include manufacturing and administrative positions.

 

Aug. 21, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

New funding for Georgia Historical Society

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Savannah-based Georgia Historical Society (GHS) has received a $500,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The grant will help support GHS’ Next Century Initiative capital campaign for expansion and renovation of the GHS Research Center. Improvements to the center will make GHS’ documents, photos, artifacts and other source material more accessible for researchers and provide more space for storage, processing and conservation of archival and library collections. The funding will also help maintain GHS’ historic structure, which is one of the nation’s oldest purpose-built libraries.

 

Aug. 21, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Consumer groups demand more details from Georgia Power on Vogtle

Anastaciah Ondieki reports, in the wake of the recent announcement of increased project costs at Plant Vogtle, consumer groups in the state are calling for the Public Service Commission to require Georgia Power to be more transparent during its bi-annual progress reports.

 

Aug. 21, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Deal: 20 corporate prospects with average of 850 new jobs eyeing Georgia

Amy Wenk and Maria Saporta report that Georgia now has significantly more economic development prospects eyeing the state than it has in past years, Gov. Nathan Deal told the Rotary Club of Atlanta on Monday. "We now have 20 good prospects, each of them going to bring an average of 850 jobs to our state," Deal told a room packed with Atlanta business leaders. That's up from an average of two or three similar-sized prospects  per years, he said. 

 

Aug. 21, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus looks to place new rules and fees, collect revenue on Airbnb rentals

Tony Adams reports that Columbus is moving toward regulating the popular online lodging marketplace called Airbnb, which connects individuals wishing to rent their home, cottage or bedroom to those visiting the city and needing a place to stay.

 

Aug. 21, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com

Canada, Japan and Korea’s Consuls General Talk Trade and Tariffs at Chatham County Summit

Phil Bolton reports that Nadia Theodore, Canada‘s consul general based in Atlanta, told Global Atlanta that she enjoyed the 2018 Georgia International Trade and Commerce Summit held in Chatham County earlier in August because it enabled her to meet with local officials, community leaders and businesspeople and not have to “preach to the choir.”

 

Aug. 21, 2018 Georgia Health News

Serious lead problems reported at Fort Benning 

Andy Miller reports that lead poisoning can cause severe damage to a child’s memory and thinking skills, as well as trigger behavioral problems.There is no safe lead level in children’s blood, the CDC says. Even low levels can affect IQ, a child’s ability to pay attention, and classroom achievement.

 

Aug. 21, 2018 Brunswick News

Georgia Supreme Court declines to hear multi-million class action suit against county

Taylor Cooper reports that Georgia Supreme Court declined Monday to hear the case of a class action lawsuit against Glynn County alleging it overcharged 7,500 homeowners on their property taxes.

 

Aug. 21, 2018 Saporta Report

A question for Georgia voters: set aside money for land stewardship? 

Maggie Lee reports that every year, the partisans of countless causes push for funding from the Georgia Legislature; some win and some lose. A question on Georgia ballots would put land conservation and stewardship a step above that fight, by setting aside part of an existing tax to pay for it. “Amendment one” would take part of the sales tax on “outdoor recreation equipment” — think a fishing pole or a mountain bike — and earmark it for things like land acquisition and improving the parks Georgia already has.

 

Aug. 21, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Internal poll suggests tight congressional race in Atlanta’s suburbs

Tamar Hallerman reports that an internal poll released by the campaign of U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall’s opponent showcases just how bullish some Democrats are feeling this year about flipping congressional seats long held by Republicans in the Atlanta suburbs. 

 

 




Aug. 20, 2018 Savannah Morning News

As sea level rises, Chatham property values take a hit

Mary Landers reports that Chatham County lost nearly $7 million in property value growth due to sea level rise flooding from 2005 to 2017, a new analysis suggests. Scientists from the non-profit First Street Foundation looked at losses in home value across five coastal states from Virginia through Florida.

 

Aug. 20, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

The Power to Choose

Kenna Simmons reports, when Pure Flavor, a Canadian company that grows greenhouse vegetables, went looking for 103 acres to build a new high-tech, $105-million, 75-acre greenhouse complex, Peach County was not on its list. Some 300 other sites were.

 

Aug. 20, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson shifts plan to add more gates

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the world’s busiest airport is mulling over how it can add more gates and become even busier. But the challenges Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport faces are numerous — finding space to build more gates, predicting airline growth in the years and decades to come, and figuring out how to keep the price tag under control.

 

Aug. 20, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Senators to Fed: Regional banks need more regulatory relief

Dave Williams reports that a group of Republican U.S. senators including Georgia's David Perdue is concerned the Federal Reserve Bank isn't fulfilling the intent of the Dodd-Frank Relief Act by easing up on federal regulations of regional banks.

 

Aug. 20, 2018 Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern’s Q1 2018 Economic Monitor reports expected upswing later in the year

Staff reports that Georgia Southern University’s latest Economic Monitor, which analyzes data and identifies trends affecting the regional economy, reports that the Savannah metro economy ticked up modestly despite Winter Storm Grayson, which blanketed the area in heavy snow and ice fall in early January.

 

Aug. 20, 2018 WABE 90.1

Varsity, ‘World’s Largest Drive-In,’ Celebrates 90 Years In Atlanta

Tasnim Shamma reports that the Varsity is known for its chili dogs, frosted orange drinks and sharp red and white “V” logo. The Midtown location at the corner of North Avenue and Spring Street also claims to be the world’s largest drive-in restaurant. The Atlanta landmark celebrated its 90th anniversary in Midtown on Saturday.

 

Aug. 20, 2018 Athens Banner Herald, UGA

UGA hiring initiative expands to recruit key research faculty

Krista Richmond reports that Yohannes Abate and Sudeep Bag both hope their “small” discoveries lead to big changes. “From plant biologists to animal biologists to physics to chemistry, UGA offers so much,” Abate said. “For my kind of research, this collaborative setup is key.”

 

Aug. 20, 2018 Albany Herald

MEAG credits helped Albany avoid ‘fiscal cliff’

Carlton Fletcher reports, $76,246,080. That’s how much the city of Albany’s Utilities Department — and its former incarnation as the Water, Gas & Light Commission — has received in credits over the past 10 years from the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, a 49-member collective whose unified purchasing power has allowed municipalities, counties and other MEAG entities to enjoy discounted electric rates.

 

Aug. 20, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

A ‘battle-tested’ Handel aims for another 6th District win

Greg Bluestein reports, a year after her special election victory, Republican U.S. Rep. Karen Handel formally launched her bid for re-election on Sunday by reprising a few favorite themes from that epic 2017 contest. She blasted the out-of-state money and national attention focusing on her Democratic opponent.

 

 

 




Aug. 17, 2018 WABE 90.1

Report: Georgia Off Film Production Pedestal — For Now

Donnell Suggs reports that Georgia is no longer top dog for the film industry, Canada is. At least for the time being, the state of Georgia is no longer king of the film and production industry in regards to both money made and number of projects taking place.

 

Aug. 17, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Trendsetters: Far-flung Flavors

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, for Pouch Pies of Athens and Norcross, international heritage is the recipe for success. The family of four owners – mom, dad and two daughters – have Scottish, Maltese and South African roots, and they’ve relied on their rich cultural background to introduce the Peach State to pies that are far from sweet.

 

Aug. 17, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Metro Atlanta home prices rise nearly twice as fast as nation’s

Michael E. Kanell reports, if you live in a desirable area and you’re thinking of selling your home, your timing is good. Of course, if you’re looking to buy – especially if you’re a first-timer looking for a good deal in a nice neighborhood– you may find yourself bidding against a lot of other people like yourself.

 

Aug. 17, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Ports Authority's 'inland' port open for business

Dave Williams reports that with rail cargo at the Port of Savannah growing faster than any other component of its business, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) is adding an “inland port,” connected by rail, just in time. Workers in Savannah on Aug. 14 loaded the first shipment of containers headed for the Appalachian Regional Port off of I-75 in Northwest Georgia's Murray County. 

 

Aug. 17, 2018 Georgia.gov

Deal: Georgia was home to a record 455 film and television projects in FY 18

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday announced that Georgia-lensed feature film and television productions generated a total economic impact of $9.5 billion during FY 2018. The record 455 film and television productions shot in Georgia represent $2.7 billion in direct spending in the state.

 

Aug. 17, 2018 Brunswick News

Another record year for Golden Isles tourism

Tyler H. Jones reports that lodging tax collection in Glynn County rose 3 percent over last year, setting another record for the fifth consecutive year. The tax brought in $6.9 million during the fiscal year that ended June 30, and additional last-minute collections in coming weeks could help the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau reach its $7 million target, according to Scott McQuade, bureau president.

 

Aug. 17, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com

MARTA Joined by Soccer in the Streets in Furthering Atlanta’s ‘League of Stations’

Phil Bolton reports that what began as an inspired vision of a network of soccer fields around Atlanta’s major transit stations in 2016 has taken another forward pass with the announcement that two new community pitches for  Station Soccer – West End are to be opened on Sept. 8 at 3 p.m.

 

Aug. 17, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post

Dozens of retail, restaurants planned for Revel development at Infinite Energy Center

Curt Yeomans reports that as many as 70 restaurants and retail shops could be part of the Revel development at the Infinite Energy Center, according to an official at the firm that is developing the project.

 

Aug. 17, 2018 Albany Herald

Georgia sets multiple labor records in July

Staff reports that Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that the state’s unemployment rate dipped below 4 percent for the first time in more than 15 years. At the same time, Georgia set records for jobs, labor force and number of employed residents as the state’s economy continued to boom, Butler said.

 

Aug. 17, 2018 GPB

Budget Stalemate Over In Macon-Bibb County

Grant Blankenship reports that the monthslong budget fight in Macon-Bibb County that had closed libraries and parked city buses is over. The Macon-Bibb County Commission voted 5 to 3 to approve a property tax increase Thursday. That will open up the flow of cash to the local health department, parks, public transit and other agencies that were either closed or near closing.

 

Aug. 17, 2018 University of Georgia

UGA Extension is now recruiting and training citizen scientists for Great Georgia Pollinator Census

Merritt Melancon reports that the bees and other pollinators that fuel Georgia agriculture are crucial to the state’s economy, but no one really knows how many there are. In honor of National Honey Day, August 18, UGA Cooperative Extension is announcing an ambitious plan to gauge the size and effect of the state’s pollinator population.

 

Aug. 17, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia

Ga. county under pressure to reject ‘ugly’ plan to close precincts 

Greg Bluestein reports that pressure is mounting on Randolph County officials to abandon a proposal to close seven out of nine polling places in a predominantly African-American area in southwest Georgia.

 

 




Aug. 16, 2018 Georgia.gov

Deal: Jaguar Land Rover Classic selects Savannah site as first outside of Europe

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Jaguar Land Rover Classic will create 75 jobs in Chatham County. The new operations hub in Savannah will be Jaguar Land Rover Classic’s first facility in the U.S.  “Georgia’s business-friendly climate and world-class logistics infrastructure continue to attract industry leaders like Jaguar Land Rover Classic,” said Deal.

 

Aug. 16, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia’s best bank

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Forbes magazine recently named United Community Bank, based in Blairsville, as the best bank in the state. For it’s inaugural Best-in-State Banks list, Forbes surveyed more than 25,000 U.S. banking customers about their bank and credit union relationships. Questions focused on customer satisfaction, trust, terms and conditions, digital and branch services, financial advice and overall recommendations. Only 124 banks throughout the country made the Forbes list.

 

Aug. 16, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Getting talented mothers back to work, a project launching in Atlanta

Michael E. Kanell reports that backed by local money, a group will launch a program next month aimed at bringing talented women off the economic sidelines, giving a boost to the economy and local companies while bolstering household finances. The Mom Project already offers online help in matching companies and workers, but the Atlanta initiative will be its first on-the-ground effort to train and place women who left the labor force to have and raise children.

 

Aug. 16, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Atlanta-based specialty building distributor buys Canadian manufacturer

Staff reports that Atlanta-based U.S. Lumber Group LLC is expanding its footprint, signing an agreement to buy Alexandria Moulding. U.S. Lumber, a two-step distributor of specialty building products in the eastern and midwestern United States, said Wednesday that adding the Alexandria, Ontario-based manufacturer will broaden its presence in Canada and the northern U.S.

 

Aug. 16, 2018 Macon Telegraph

Robins Air Force Base will fill 1,200 new jobs by the end of 2019. Here’s how to apply 

Linda S. Morris reports that the largest employer in Middle Georgia is getting even bigger. Robins Air Force Base announced plans Wednesday to hire 1,200 people at its Air Logistics Complex by the end of 2019.

 

Aug. 16, 2018 WABE 90.1  

Delta Air Lines Seeks 1,000 New Flight Attendants

Laurin Booker reports, want to get paid to travel? Delta Air Lines is looking to fill 1,000 flight attendant positions. Once hired, expect to work days and nights flying from city to city, starting next year, according to Delta.

 

Aug. 16, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Gulfstream’s G600 aircraft in testing

Staff reports that Gulfstream’s new G600 aircraft has started FAA certification field performance testing. The G600 is one of Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s new “ultra-long-range, large-cabin jets,” company officials said.

 

Aug. 16, 2018 Albany Herald

Donalsonville Hospital receives $625,000 in Georgia Heart tax credit program

Staff reports that more than $625,000 in financial support has been pledged to Donalsonville Hospital through the Georgia Heart rural hospital tax credit program for this year. Donors from all over the state of Georgia have chosen the Seminole County hospital as their rural hospital of choice through the tax credit program. Officials said the donation amount is 412 percent more than in 2017.

 

Aug. 16, 2018 Emory University 

Emory University Emory University Hospital ranked No.1, Emory Saint Joseph's ranked No. 2 in Georgia and Atlanta by U.S. News & World Report

Staff reports that for the seventh year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Emory University Hospital the No. 1 hospital in Georgia and metro Atlanta in its 2018-2019 Best Hospitals Guide. (Emory University Hospital includes Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital and Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods.)

 

Aug. 16, 2018 Albany Herald

ASU, Columbus State to offer nexus degrees

Jada Haynes reports that Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved Albany State and Columbus State universities’ request Wednesday to become the first to offer the University System’s newest college education credential called a nexus degree. The new degree is additionally valuable for people who may have a job but want to acquire a new skill or who have not yet completed a college degree and want to advance.

 

Aug. 16, 2018 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

New approaches sought for rural areas of the state 

Jill Nolin reports that as a new think tank focused on rural Georgia starts up, the state’s small-town lawmakers regrouped in hopes of drumming up fresh strategies for growing jobs in districts like theirs. “Everything that we do is geared towards possible legislation that will address the issues of rural Georgia and economic development in rural Georgia, so this is not just a feel-good presentation,” Rep. Jay Powell, R-Camilla, who co-chairs the House Rural Development Council, said to the group Tuesday.

 

Aug. 16, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia election officials warn of ‘chaos’ if judge orders paper ballots

Mark Niesse reports that the upcoming general election in Georgia will be “plunged into chaos” if a federal judge grants a request to immediately switch the state to paper ballots, according to attorneys for Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

 

 




Aug. 15, 2018 WABE 90.1 

New Rules On Financial Protections May Hurt Ga. Military Members

Tasnim Shamma reports that the nonprofit research group Center for Responsible Lending said changes proposed by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau could hurt Georgia’s military service members.

 

Aug. 15, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia's GEMS 

Anna Bentley reports, history is the cornerstone of Main Street America, a program founded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in response to the decline of the nation’s downtowns in the 1980s. Georgia’s program, now in its 38th year, includes 114 communities across the state.

 

Aug. 15, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Atlanta-based Home Depot sees $300M tariff hit, but it’s manageable

Michael E. Kanell reports that Home Depot, the state’s largest company, expects the current round of tariffs to add nearly $300 million to the cost of what it sells, but views the amount as “manageable.”

 

Aug. 15, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

UPS, airline mechanics reach labor deal after 4 years of negotiation

David A. Mann reports that airline mechanics at United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) say they've secured a significant raise in pay, improved retirement security and protected health care benefits under a tentative five-year contract agreement that recently came out of negotiations.

 

Aug. 15, 2018 Brunswick News

Land trust closes final tract for 258-acre park

Taylor Cooper reports that the St. Simons Land Trust has closed on the final chunk of a 258-acre chunk of land that will soon be a park adjacent to Musgrove plantation on the north end of St. Simons Island. The land trust plans to preserve the forest already on the property while making it accessible to the public as a park.

 

Aug. 15, 2018 Saporta Report

Proposed ‘Gulch’ development designed to suppress car use, promote alternative transit

David Pendered reports that the planned 27-acre development in the “Gulch” in Downtown Atlanta has won support from an array of governmental entities for its concept of building a mini city above the network of parking lots and a parking deck stretching between CNN Center and MARTA’s Five Points Station.

 

Aug. 15, 2018 Macon Telegraph

Proposed Macon tax increase hits another roadblock as deadline looms

Stanley Dunlap reports that a proposed Macon-Bibb County property tax hike hit a roadblock Tuesday. A county commissioner said Tuesday that he is no longer supporting a 3-mill tax increase that will be up for vote Thursday. That could mean the increase will not pass since it was only narrowly supported 5-4 by commissioners last week.

 

Aug. 15, 2018 Georgia Health News

Cancer report ranks Georgia low, cites state’s tobacco tax, funding

Andy Miller reports that the Georgia earned high marks in just two of nine categories related to fighting cancer, according to a recent report. The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) says in its report that only six states had fewer top ratings, labeled as “Green” in the organization’s color-coded grading system.

 

Aug. 15, 2018 GPB

New Defense Plan Lays Out End Of Georgia Based Mission Grant

Blankenship reports that the new Defense Spending Reauthorization Act lays out the path to the eventual end of a longstanding mission at one of Georgia’s largest military installations. For decades the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, or JSTARS program at Robins Air Force Base has provided aerial battlefield surveillance.

 

Aug. 15, 2018 Albany Herald

HB 951 establishes Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation

Staff reports that the Georgia House Speaker David Ralston and the leadership of the House Rural Development Council (RDC) announced on Tuesday the creation of the Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation following the passage of a piece of legislation that made it a reality.

 

Aug. 15, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett judge tosses Commissioner Tommy Hunter’s appeal of reprimand over ‘racist pig’ comment

Curt Yeomans reports that Commissioner Tommy Hunter’s appeal of the written reprimand his colleagues issued against him more than a year ago over disparaging remarks he made on Facebook about U.S. Rep. John Lewis has been dismissed by a Gwinnett County judge.

 

Aug. 15, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Amazon HQ2: While Atlanta debates incentives, Ga. poised to add more

Greg Bluestein reports, Note to Georgia lawmakers: The lucrative package of incentives that Atlanta could put forth to stimulate a mini-city worthy of Amazon’s second headquarters won’t excuse state officials from dangling their own goodies.

 

 

 




Aug. 14, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Georgia Ports continues to set growth records

Staff reports that Georgia Ports Authority reports that July was their second busiest month on record. For the month starting July 1, the GPA moved 378,767 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs), an increase of 12.7 percent, or 42,668 TEUs, compared to the same month last year.

 

Aug. 14, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Savannah unveils new ad campaign

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the jewel in Georgia’s coastal crown has launched an advertising campaign designed to lure business and leisure travelers to the city’s historic sites, award-winning restaurants and new hotels. With the tagline, “This isn’t ordinary. This is Savannah.,” the Chamber of Commerce – through its Visit Savannah marketing organization – is showcasing the city’s inviting beauty and enchanting ambience. Look for beautiful photos of iconic locations complemented by quirky appeals in print, digital and social media ads running nationally.

 

Aug. 14, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Lawsuits target Delta and vendor for cybersecurity breach

Kelly Yamanouchi reports, in the wake of a massive data breach involving chat software on Delta Air Lines’ website, potential class-action lawsuits point a finger at the airline for putting its customers’ information at risk. Atlanta-based Delta says it has no liability and the online chat provider, a company called [24]7.ai, is liable for the breach disclosed in April.

 

Aug. 14, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta eyeing two funding sources to hit $1B for Gulch project 

Dave Williams reports that the city of Atlanta is eyeing two revenue sources – but not the general fund budget – for bonds providing up to $1 billion to help transform the downtown Gulch area into a 13-block mixed-use development.

 

Aug. 14, 2018 Augusta Chronicle 

Georgia, Augusta rank high in food hardship, according to non-profit organization

Sarah LeBlanc reports that one in five adults and one in four children do not get enough nutritious food in Richmond County. A recent report finds Georgia ninth among states with the worst food hardship rates, and Augusta-Richmond County number 11 in metropolitan areas.

 

Aug. 14, 2018 Saporta Report 

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and Bobby Jones Foundation agree on plan to protect 25-foot stream buffer 

Maria Saporta reports that the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation have negotiated an agreement that would have less environmental impact on the 25-foot buffers along Tanyard and Peachtree creeks. Earlier this year, the Foundation had applied to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to encroach within the state-mandated 25-foot stream buffer. But the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper strongly objected to those plans.

 

Aug. 14, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

State senate challenger raffles trigger locks

Diane Wagner reports that a Democratic candidate for the Georgia Senate is raffling off 200 gun locks as part of his fundraising campaign. That's gun locks, not guns. "Part of it is a contrast to (Republican gubernatorial candidates) Michael Williams or Brian Kemp giving away bump stocks," Evan Ross said with a laugh.

 

Aug. 14, 2018 WABE 90.1 

Error On Ballot Form Sent By Abrams Campaign Sparks Questions And Response

Johnny Kauffman reports that errors on forms for requesting absentee ballots that were sent to 30,000 potential Georgia voters by the campaign of Democrat Stacey Abrams are leading to questions from county election officials and threaten to confuse administrators ahead of the November midterms.

 

Aug. 14, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

That makes three: Carter is latest prez to endorse in Georgia gov race

Greg Bluestein reports that another former president has backed Democrat Stacey Abrams’ campaign for Georgia governor. Weeks after Barack Obama gave Abrams his full-throated support, Georgia native Jimmy Carter called the Democrat the “right leader for our changing state who has consistently championed the values we share.”

 

 




Aug. 13, 2018 WABE 90.1

Could Georgia Have Paper Ballots By November? Look To Virginia

Lisa Hagen reports that a federal judge wants to know what it would take to shift Georgia to a paper ballot voting system in the three months before the November election. A former Virginia election official says it’s possible. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg ordered the Georgia secretary of state’s office, among others, to look into the “concrete realities” of moving to a paper ballot election in a time crunch.

 

Aug. 13, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Success in the West

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, these days, when people talk about the University of West Georgia (UWG), their excitement is palpable. Innovative academic programs on the main Carrollton campus and the Newnan satellite, new facilities, an energized faculty and staff and a deep commitment to community involvement are driving record-breaking accomplishments for the 112-year-old institution.

 

Aug. 13, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

As Amazon opens new facility, Georgia sees chance to boost HQ2 chances

J. Scott Trubey and Greg Bluestein report that the Amazon distribution hub in Jackson County has already been open a year. But a ceremonial grand opening Friday gave top Georgia officials another opportunity to pitch the state to the e-commerce giant on an even bigger prize.

 

Aug. 13, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Coca-Cola piloting Swiss sparkling water in Atlanta

Eric Mandel reports that Coca-Cola is gauging interest in a potential newcomer to its U.S. sparkling water portfolio with a pilot project in Atlanta. The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) hosted a tasting of its Valser water at Kevin Rathbun Steak on Thursday, pitching it as "America's first taste of Switzerland's finest water." It's part of a one-month campaign being tested at restaurants around the Big Peach.

 

Aug. 13, 2018 Georgia Health News

Emory’s takeover of DeKalb Medical set to occur next month

Andy Miller reports that now that the state has given its approval, DeKalb Medical will become part of Emory Healthcare on Sept. 1. The deal will continue to expand Emory’s reach in metro Atlanta. It’s one of Georgia’s leading hospital-based systems, along with WellStar, Piedmont and Northside.

 

Aug. 13, 2018 Georgia Historical Society

National Endowment for the Humanities Awards $500,000 Challenge Grant to Georgia Historical Society

Staff reports that National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced that the Georgia Historical Society (GHS) has received a challenge grant in the amount of $500,000 to help support the Next Century Initiative Capital Campaign. GHS is the first institution in Georgia to receive this award made under NEH’s new Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grant program, which will support infrastructure projects at museums, libraries, and colleges throughout the United States.

 

Aug. 13, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens summit touts conservation, preservation as economic development

Lee Shearer reports that outdoor recreation — fishing, bird watching, hiking and the like — is one of Georgia’s largest industries, but one of the most overlooked. Now, developing the outdoor recreation industry has become an economic development priority for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the group’s president and CEO, Chris Clark, said at a Georgia Conservancy-sponsored “Common Ground 2018” meeting last week.

 

Aug. 13, 2018 Columbus Ledger Enquirer 

Columbus High grad now CEO of tech company that won $100,000 from Gates Foundation

Mark Rice reports that a former Muscogee County School District student and her business partner have won $100,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, supporting their entrepreneurial effort to improve college graduation rates.

 


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Aug. 13, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia

How a misfired gun-related tweet put Abrams on the defensive

Greg Bluestein reports that erroneous quote of Stacey Abrams by a gun control activist quickly caught fire with Second Amendment supporters who back Republican Brian Kemp in the Georgia race for governor. It started at a private event at the Moms Demand Action “Gun Sense University” conference over the weekend, where the group’s founder Shannon Watts tweeted that Abrams told the crowd “we’re not going to allow guns for anyone, anywhere, anytime.”

 

 




Aug. 10, 2018 Georgia.gov 

Deal: Mannington Mills to create more than 200 jobs in Gordon County

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday announced that Mannington Mills, a flooring manufacturer, will create more than 200 jobs and invest $42 million in Calhoun by 2021. Mannington Mills purchased a 78-acre site and will expand upon the company’s presence in Georgia. 

 

Aug. 10, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

World-class transformation

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Atlanta City Council Member Ivory Lee Young Jr. talks about the $40-million-plus Rodney Cook Sr. Park in Vine City, across from Mercedes-Benz stadium. In this video, find out why he calls the park, which is under construction, a “catalytic force for transformation.”

 

Aug. 10, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Moody’s downgrades Georgia Power’s credit rating over new Plant Vogtle costs

Anastaciah Ondieki reports that Moody’s has downgraded Georgia Power’s credit rating, following the company’s announcement of increased construction costs at Plant Vogtle. The credit rating agency lowered the utility’s credit rating from A3 to Baa1, which according to the agency’s rating definitions signifies the company’s shift from low credit risk to moderate credit risk.

 

Aug. 10, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Braves plan $300 million in new development around SunTrust Park

Amy Wenk reports that another $300 million worth of new development is planned around the Atlanta Braves' Cobb County home, SunTrust Park. The latest announcement is a roughly $60 million project that will bring a new hotel, cinema and gourmet market to The Battery Atlanta, the mixed-use development that surrounds the ballpark.

 

Aug. 10, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com 

Invest Atlanta Is Deepening Innovation Ties With These Two Latin American Countries

Trevor Williams reports that Invest Atlanta is seeing growing momentum for its strategy to deepen the city’s innovation ties with Latin America, particularly with two key countries in the region. The economic development organization led an exploratory mission to Chile and Colombia last fall to better understand the best ways to link Atlanta’s growing tech scene with their emerging hub cities.

 

 Aug. 10, 2018 Savannah Morning News 

Georgia Power customers won’t pay $700 million in new Vogtle costs

DeAnn Komanecky reports that Georgia Power officials announced Wednesday the company – not customers – will pay $700 million in additional capital cost increases for Vogtle 3 and 4 nuclear plants. Customers, may, however, be on the hook for the $400 million balance of the revised project increase of $1.1 billion.

 

Aug. 10, 2018 Saporta Report 

Southern Co. retains credit rating in part by selling assets exceeding $4.7 billion 

David Pendered reports that the Southern Co.’s aggressive sales of assets helped it retain its credit rating, despite financial losses at Georgia Power that relate to Plant Vogtle. Those losses prompted Moody’s Investors Service to downgrade Georgia Power’s credit rating.

 

Aug. 10, 2018 Georgia Health News 

Good news for teachers, state employees as insurance rates hold steady for 2019 

Andy Miller reports, driven largely by rising medical costs, health insurance premiums are expected to rise next year for many U.S. workers. Not so for Georgia teachers and state employees. Their 2019 premiums, deductibles, copays and co-insurance will remain the same as this year in the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP), Georgia’s Department of Community Health said Thursday

 

Aug. 10, 2018 Rome News-Tribune 

Polk Medical Center reaps benefit of rural hospital tax credit         

Kevin Myrick reports, health care is never cheap. Add to the cost the issue of getting patients who live far from medical centers with greater resources the kind of care they need. Or the lack of medical equipment and technology that could change outcomes for the better.

 

Aug. 10, 2018 Albany Herald 

Southern Grown: Agriculture big business in region

Eve Copeland reports that Agribusiness contributes $73 billion to Georgia’s $972 billion economy each year, according to the University of Georgia’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, with 383,600 Georgians working in agriculture, forestry or a related field.

 

Aug. 10, 2018 WABE 90.1 

SNAP Users at Georgia Farmer’s Markets Get Temporary Relief

Grace Walker reports that shoppers who use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program  benefits, commonly known as food stamps, at farmer’s markets have been granted some temporary relief. The State of New York and the New York Farmer’s Market Federation have announced that they will step in to temporarily help farmer’s markets nationwide continue to process mobile SNAP transactions. 

 

Aug. 10, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Deal pitches Trump on Georgia’s criminal justice overhaul 

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal touted his criminal justice initiatives Thursday with President Donald Trump and a group of mostly Republican leaders, highlighting a decrease in incarceration rates and new education programs for inmates.

sis shortage for trucks, the port authorities have entered an agreement for a Southern States chassis pool.

 

 

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