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Nov. 16, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI 

Lawmakers earmark $500M for storm recovery

Jill Nolin reports that the House has backed Gov. Nathan Deal’s nearly $500 million storm recovery proposals during a special legislative session and – in an unrelated move – agreed to give the state’s airlines a controversial tax break. The headliner was proposed aid for southwest Georgia, which included $270 million in funding and a $200 million tax credit program for timber growers and pecan farmers. Both easily cleared the House and now move on to the Senate.


Nov. 16, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

At Issue: Deal delivered

Kerwin Swint writes, who is the most popular political figure in Georgia? It’s not even close. A September poll by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the University of Georgia yielded interesting numbers.


Nov. 16, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia adds jobs, but storm tempers growth

Michael E. Kanell reports that Georgia added a modest number of jobs in October, but it was the 11th of the past 12 with growth, according to figures released by the state’s Department of Labor Thursday. Payrolls expanded by just 2,400 during October, far below the 10,900 average for the previous five Octobers — a month when retailers are typically gearing up for the holidays.


Nov. 16, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

AT&T names new state president for Georgia 

Staff reports that AT&T said Thursday it's named Venessa Harrison state president for Georgia, succeeding William Leahy, who recently retired after a nearly-four decade career with AT&T. Harrison comes to Georgia after serving as AT&T-North Carolina’s state president since 2013. A native of Raleigh, N.C., she began her telecommunications career in 1979 as a telephone operator.


Nov. 16, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Savannah tourism leaders expect 2018 to show gains

Katie Nussbaum reports, following a rough start to the year that included snow and ice the tourism industry is expected to end 2018 on a positive note, according to local industry leaders. “We’re optimistic. Hotel/motel tax collections are pacing about 5 to 5.5 percent ahead of last year’s record breaking pace, so we really feel good about that and overall occupancy levels are also right where they should be,” said Visit Savannah president Joseph Marinelli, who spoke at the Tourism Leadership Council’s annual State of Tourism luncheon Thursday alongside TLC president and CEO Michael Owens and executive director of the Georgia Travel Association, Kelsey Moore.


Nov. 16, 2018 Albany Herald

General Mills gives Georgia Organics $50,000 as seed money to help farmers

Staff reports that Georgia Organics used money raised through the Farmer Fund to provide financial assistance to three Georgia farms impacted by Hurricane Michael — including White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, officials from the organization announced Wednesday. The Farmer Fund, created in 2015, exists to support farmers in the face of natural disaster and help keep farmers farming.


Nov. 16, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

Pickens leads region in per capita income, Floyd fourth in NW Georgia

Doug Walker reports that residents of Pickens County are far and away the leaders when it comes to per capital personal income across the 15-county Northwest Georgia region. Pickens County is also the lone county in Northwest Georgia where per capital personal income exceeded the state figure. New data for 2017, produced by the Bureau of Economic Analysis within the U.S. Department of Commerce, indicates that the average Pickens County resident was paid $45,717 in 2017, over $1,000 per resident higher than the state average.


Nov. 16, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post

Wells Fargo economist: Urbanization a key to future economic success

Curt Yeomans reports that the customer service center, or call center as it is more commonly known, is not going to be a strong economic base for Gwinnett County’s future, an economist with Wells Fargo told the Gwinnett Chamber at the 1818 Club in Duluth on Wednesday. Wells Fargo Managing Director and Senior Economist Mark Vitner highlighted the differences between urbanized suburbs, using Gwinnett communities west of Interstate 85 as an example, and more rural communities with businesses whose employees perform more administrative functions.


Nov. 16, 2018

Led by SCAD’s Massive Increase, Georgia Outpaces Nation in Foreign Student Growth

Trevor Williams reports that Georgia’s foreign university student population grew by 5.9 percent last year, far outpacing a national growth rate that is flattening out amid concerns over visa denials and uncertainty around immigration policy. 


Nov. 16, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A rush for uncounted votes scrambles unsettled Georgia governor’s race

Greg Bluestein and Mark Niesse report that Georgia elections officials scrambled Thursday to count a cache of hundreds of ballots that were previously rejected as they raced to comply with the latest federal ruling in the too-close-to-call contest for governor. Democrat Stacey Abrams called the judge’s order a major victory to extend her quest to become the nation’s first black female governor, but Republican Brian Kemp said it would hardly dent his “insurmountable lead” in the race for Georgia’s top job.



Nov. 15, 2018 11 Alive

Kemp-Abrams governor's race: Federal judge issues split-decision in election lawsuit

Joe Henke reports that in a 43-page ruling, a federal judge has issued a split decision, siding with both Stacey Abrams' and Brian Kemp's campaigns. The case before the federal court judge significantly impacts election boards and ballots across the entire state of Georgia. The Georgia Democratic Party filed the lawsuit on Sunday, which surrounds the counting of both absentee and provisional ballots in the race for governor.


Nov. 15, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive

Brunswick Port revving up

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that last month’s Brunswick State of the Port event revealed solid success and ambitious plans for expansion projects that will increase capacity and provide new opportunities for handling cars, trucks and tractors. The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) expects to add 60 dockside acres to Brunswick’s roll-on/roll-off operation during the next year.


Nov. 15, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

GSU: Metro Atlanta’s economy will continue to grow in 2019

Michael E. Kanell reports, both the recent roller-coaster of the stock market and the added costs of tariffs are headwinds for Georgia’s economic growth, but neither will flip the economy off-track, according to a high-profile forecast from Georgia State University. Job growth will slow in the coming year, but remain solid, predicted Rajeev Dhawan, director of the Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State.


Nov. 15, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Hartsfield-Jackson is the world's busiest airport, but WSJ survey says it's not the best

Alex Gailey reports that Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport may be the world's busiest airport, but it isn't the best airport in the U.S.That's according to the first-ever Wall Street Journal U.S. airport rankings, which scored the top 20 biggest U.S. airports across 15 categories and surveyed more than 4,800 WSJ readers on categories including overall experience, ease of use, security and restaurants.


Nov. 15, 2018 Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University announces outstanding $5 million gift to the College of Business

Staff reports that the Georgia Southern University Foundation, Inc. received a $5 million gift, the single largest gift in University history, for the College of Business from Greg Parker, president, founder and CEO of The Parker Companies in Savannah. The University System of Georgia Board of Regents approved the name of the Gregory M. Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University.


Nov. 15, 2018 Columbus State University

Columbus State University to Provide New Affordable Online RN to BSN

Staff reports that Columbus State University (CSU) has partnered with University System of Georgia eCampus to provide an expanded, and more affordable, online program for students with an RN degree who want to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. As part of the new arrangement, CSU’s RN-BSN tuition will be reduced to just $199 per credit hour, which equates to less than a $6,000 total cost for most students to complete the program.


Nov. 15, 2018

Georgia Foreign Trade Zone Earns Top Ranking for Second Straight Year

Trevor Williams reports that another streak has begun: The Georgia Foreign Trade Zone was named best in the nation for the second year in a row by Site Selection magazine. The announcement came just days after the magazine chose Georgia as the best state for business for the sixth year running. 


Nov. 15, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald

Oconee tour shows off agriculture museum, businesses, education

Wayne Ford reports, as Janet Luke spoke recently on how important farming is to the legacy of her family in Bogart, she couldn’t help but note the devastation that hit farms in parts of south Georgia during Hurricane Michael. “It’s something you just don’t want to see on a farm,” Luke said this week as she addressed a group attending the annual Oconee County Chamber of Commerce Farm City Tour in Bogart.


Nov. 15, 2018 University of Georgia

U.S. EPA extends registration of weed killer dicamba

Clint Thompson reports that Georgia farmers scored what many view as a significant victory when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency extended the registration of the controversial weed killer dicamba for two years. The herbicide can be used for over-the-top weed control in cotton and soybean fields, according to Stanley Culpepper, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension weed specialist.


Nov. 15, 2018 Saporta Report

Bank of America awards $400,000 to two Atlanta nonprofits

Maria Saporta reports that two Atlanta nonprofits are celebrating being named the 2018 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders grant recipients. Quest Community Development Organization and Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE) will each receive $200,000 – a $400,000 investment from Bank of America to increase affordable housing and generate jobs.


Nov. 15, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Macon Telegraph

Georgia lawmakers pause on proposal to fund Mercer medical school in Columbus

Maggie Lee reports that state lawmakers will not consider money for a Mercer University medical school campus in Columbus during a special session that began this week. That’s after Gov. Nathan Deal nudged lawmakers to stick to hurricane relief, the main reason he called them to a session in Atlanta.


Nov. 15, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Political Insider

What Dems’ House takeover means for Georgia lawmakers

Tamar Hallerman reports, when U.S. Rep. Doug Collins first announced his bid to lead the powerful House Judiciary Committee, the Gainesville Republican presented a vision that included advancing prison reform legislation, overhauling immigration laws and bolstering intellectual property protections. But Democrats’ House takeover has forced Collins to readjust his pitch to his fellow Republicans.



Nov. 14, 2018 GPB

'We Don't Know What We're Gonna Do': Georgia Farmers A Month After Hurricane

Michael Elen Rivera, Leighton Rowell and Virginia Prescott report that Gov. Nathan Deal called a special legislative session starting Nov. 13 to discuss relief efforts for Hurricane Michael damage. Farmers in southwest Georgia were hit especially hard. Ricky Dollison, from Dollison Farms in Worth County, said he lost thirty pigs in one night and is still working to salvage swine. He and farmer Casey Cox, from Longleaf Ridge in Mitchell County, joined "On Second Thought" to discuss their hopes for the special legislative session.


Nov. 14, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Going Places

Kenna Simmons reports, you could call it the Amazon Effect, but it’s more accurate to dub it the Mercedes Movement. Or the State Farm Solution. Or the Pulte Homes Preference. There’s plenty to choose from among the companies deciding to locate their headquarters or large offices as close to transit as they can get.


Nov. 14, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Amazon headquarters decision: It’s not Atlanta

Matt Kempner, Michael E. Kanell and J. Scott Trubey report, in the end, Georgia didn’t convince Amazon that Atlanta is the best location for its second headquarters. Or even the second best. The Seattle-based tech giant made it official Tuesday, announcing that it will split its proposed $5 billion HQ2 project into two operations.


Nov. 14, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Norfolk Southern could occupy new Midtown HQ by 2021

Douglas Sams reports, on the day Atlanta officially lost its bid for Amazon’s HQ2, another Fortune 500 headquarters was preparing to roll into town. Rail giant Norfolk Southern Corp. could see construction on its $575 million Midtown headquarters start as early as next summer, and it could occupy the project in 2021, a company executive told Atlanta economic development officials Tuesday.


Nov. 14, 2018 WABE 90.1

For Ga. Farmers Impacted By Hurricane Michael, The Road To Recovery Looms Large

Emma Hurt reports that the Georgia legislature began a special session Tuesday to try to help Southwest Georgia recover from Hurricane Michael. While it’s been more than a month since the storm, farmers like father and son Willard and Greg Mims are still getting things in order. They are two of the five generations of their family who have farmed in Seminole County.


Nov. 14, 2018 Albany Herald

Georgia Water Coalition releases ‘Dirty Dozen’

Staff reports that Georgia’s leading water advocacy organizations released their “Dirty Dozen” for 2018 in a 29-page report highlighting 12 of the worst offenses to Georgia waters. Rather than identifying the “most polluted places” in Georgia, the Georgia Water Coalition’s Dirty Dozen report instead highlights the politics, policies and issues that threaten the health of Georgia’s water and the well-being of 10 million Georgians.


Nov. 14, 2018

Savannah Is Prioritizing These Six Countries for Trade and Investment Outreach

Trevor Williams reports that the World Trade Center Savannah’s most recent deep dive looking into where to focus its international outreach has turned up at least a few results that might seem unconventional to those outside the city. Three out of the five top contenders were European partners — Germany, the United Kingdom and Ireland — with longstanding investment ties to Georgia.


Nov. 14, 2018 Savannah Morning News  

Savannah Port sets all-time container record in October

DeAnn Komanecky reports that the Port of Savannah continues to break records with more container cargo moved in October than ever before. Savannah handled 413,800 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent container units) in October, the 24th consecutive month of year-over-year growth. Comparing the 2018 fiscal year-to-date (July-Oct.) with the same period last year, container trade in Savannah increased 8 percent, for a total of 1.53 million TEUs handled.


Nov. 14, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal

Hundreds gather in Marietta to honor Justice Harris Hines

Ross Williams reports that hundreds of people from all over the state came to Marietta Tuesday to pay their last respects to retired Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harris Hines. Hines’ funeral was held at his home church, First Presbyterian Church of Marietta with Rev. Joe Evans, Rev. Joe Brice, and Dr. Jim Speed officiating.


Nov. 14, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times

Longtime state lawmaker dies

Staff reports that a longtime north Georgia lawmaker who was one of the state’s most powerful legislators has died of stomach cancer. As chairman of the House Rules Committee, John Meadows was a powerful force at the Statehouse whose support was needed for a bill to advance through the legislative process.


Nov. 14, 2018 New York Times

Federal Judge Delays Certification of Georgia Election Results

Alan Blinder reports that a federal judge on Monday ordered a delay in the certification of Georgia’s election results, citing concerns about the state’s voter registration system and the handling of provisional ballots. The decision effectively deepened the turmoil in Georgia’s campaign for governor, a still unsettled contest that has been among the most acrimonious campaigns in the nation this year.


Nov. 14, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

State recognizes Georgia’s maternal death problem, faces uphill climb

Ariel Hart reports that the Georgia Department of Public Health staff told the agency’s advisory board that the state is doing what it can to curb maternal mortality. But it’s an uphill climb. The presentation to the board Tuesday followed The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s disclosure that the state’s rate of maternal death has been the worst in the nation, was called out by an international human rights organization, and has since gotten much worse.


Nov. 14, 2018 Georgia Health News 

Georgia women deserve Medicaid expansion – Opinion

Stephen Gurley writes, while Georgians may not yet know who will occupy the Governor’s Mansion in January, there is something Georgians know for sure: They want Medicaid expansion.  A recent AJC poll found that 73 percent of Georgians, including 51 percent of Republicans, support expanding Medicaid.



Nov. 13, 2018 University of Georgia

Former President Jimmy Carter joins the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame

J. Merritt Melancon reports he's easily the most famous peanut farmer in history, and he is now the first president of the United States to be inducted into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame. President Jimmy Carter was inducted into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame, housed at the University of Georgia, on November 9 at the 64th UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association Awards.


Nov. 13, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

The future of food – insects!

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the University of North Georgia’s (UNG) Oconee campus is a-buzz with interest in researching sustainable food sources. Alex Olvido, associate professor of biology at UNG, is studying yellow mealworm beetles as potential food for the future, and is providing his undergraduate students with valuable research experience.


Nov. 13, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Delta adding de-icing trucks to fleet at Atlanta airport

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines is adding more de-icing vehicles at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, in a move to ease flight delays and cancellations in the winter months. Atlanta-based Delta is adding 20 new de-ice trucks at the world’s busiest airport, where it operates its largest hub.


Nov. 13, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Marietta's Franklin Gateway receives regional redevelopment award

Dave Williams reports that Marietta, Ga.'s Franklin Gateway has received this year's Regional Redevelopment Award from Partnership Gwinnett. The project, a huge investment in an area desperately in need of revitalization, includes a headquarters and training facility built by Atlanta United and the Franklin Gateway Sports Complex.


Nov. 13, 2018 Mercer University

Mercer in Princeton Review’s Ranking of Best On-campus MBA Programs

Kyle Sears reports, Mercer University’s School of Business and Economics appears in The Princeton Review’s annual rankings of the best business schools, released on Nov. 7. Known for its rankings in dozens of categories based on students’ ratings of their colleges, The Princeton Review tallies its 19 categories of best business schools based largely on data from student surveys.


Nov. 13, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Unisys, Augusta Tech create cyber apprenticeship program

Damon Cline reports that Unisys Corp. is making it easier for Augusta Technical College cybersecurity students to get jobs at its Augusta Security Operations Center. The tech company on Monday announced a “Cybersecurity Support Technician Apprenticeship” partnership with the college in which students – veterans in particular – can work at the downtown facility while earning their cybersecurity certificates at the Georgia Cyber Center campus.


Nov. 13, 2018 Saporta Report

Downtown Connector’s bridges evolving from spartan crossings to garden-like settings

David Pendered reports that Atlanta’s Downtown Connector is a bit like a house that’s been expanded with additional rooms, in the form of bridges, and now there’s a lot of conversation about adding a second floor – in the form a platform above the highway that would host greenspace and buildings – and sprucing up the 10th Street Bridge.


Nov. 13, 2018

Georgia Investment Targeted on Bahamas Roadshow

Trevor Williams reports that the Bahamas may be “open for business” from anyone, but the island nation is betting that Georgia companies will be well suited to walk through its front door. “We will take advantage of all of the opportunities and the technical assistance and the joint ventures and the transfer of knowledge that we hope to be able to garner,” Ambassador Sidney S. Collie said in opening an investment roadshow in the Southeast that included stops in Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta. 


Nov. 13, 2018 Macon Telegraph

How peach pits helped American allies win World War I

Laura Corley reports that Americans provided soldiers with for defense in World War I was nuts. Literally. Dried peach pits, nut shells, cherry seeds and other fruit stones were patriotically deposited into receptacles set up inside grocery stores, schools and department stores during a nationwide nut-gathering campaign in 1918.


Nov. 13, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post

Carolyn Bourdeaux asks federal court to make Gwinnett count rejected absentee ballots

Curt Yeomans reports that Democratic 7th Congressional District candidate Carolyn Bourdeaux is asking a federal judge to make Gwinnett County elections officials count nearly 1,000 absentee ballots that had previously been rejected. The Bourdeaux campaign, in its emergency complaint against the county’s elections board, said the county had rejected the ballots for “immaterial reasons.”


Nov. 13, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Special session is a swan song for many Georgia politicos

Greg Bluestein reports that special legislative session that starts Tuesday will serve as a goodbye to many of the state’s most prominent state politicians. Gov. Nathan Deal called lawmakers back to Atlanta to provide more funding for Hurricane Michael victims and potentially approve a jet-fuel tax break, but it will also be a swan’s song for the Republican and dozens of legislators who didn’t stand for re-election or were ousted in last week’s vote.



Nov. 12, 2018  Newnan Times-Herald

Special session starts Tuesday

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that Georgia’s legislature will go into special session Tuesday to appropriate funding to help southern Georgia communities recover from the ravages of Hurricane Michael.  The Georgia General Assembly will also be called on to ratify an executive order from Gov. Nathan Deal that provided a sales tax exemption for jet fuel. 


Nov. 12, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Georgia writers honored

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, in 2000, the University of Georgia (UGA) Libraries initiated the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame to recognize our state’s writers, past and present, and their work reflecting the character of where we live. A ceremony was recently held in Athens honoring the 2018 Hall of Fame inductees, who are Furman Bisher, Michael Bishop, Tayari Jones, Frances Newman and Cynthia Shearer.


Nov. 12, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

UPS Freight workers approve new labor contract, avoiding strik

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that UPS Freight workers voted in favor of approving a new labor contract, avoiding the risk of a strike that could have affected shippers transporting their goods around the country. However, it’s possible the labor turmoil leading up to the contract vote could have a lasting impact on the company’s freight business and some of its workers.


 Nov. 12, 2018  Atlanta Business Chronicle

Why Atlanta apparently won’t be winning HQ2

Douglas Sams and Amy Week report that when an Amazon team visited Atlanta last March to assess the city for its second North American headquarters, they arrived at the airport and rode MARTA to their midtown hotel. The train broke down.


Nov. 12, 2018  Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern business students compete at national sales competition, land jobs

Staff reports that five students on the Georgia Southern University Sales Team landed jobs with AT&T after competing at the first-ever AT&T B2B Sales Program National Sales Competition Oct. 18–20 in Dallas, Texas. College of Business students David Stulack, Catherine Reece, Layla Enayati, Madalynn Keen and Britt Lee represented the University as one of 12 teams invited to compete in the final round of the competition.


Nov. 12, 2018  Albany Herald, UGA

Georgia pecan farmers struggling with low market prices

Clint Thompson reports that despite a low supply of Georgia-grown pecans, Georgia producers are faced with lower prices for what remains of the pecan crop after Hurricane Michael. “With the crop pretty much cut in half in Georgia, you would expect to see a change in the market going up, but we’re not seeing that at all right now,” said Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist.


Nov. 12, 2018  Georgia Health News

State OKs new hospital for Children’s Healthcare

Andy Miller reports that Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has received state approval for its planned 446-bed hospital in Brookhaven. The approval of the certificate-of-need application was announced late last week. The project was not opposed by any other hospital system.


Nov. 12, 2018  Macon Telegraph

The need for nurses is growing in Georgia. How will hospitals keep up with the demand?

Ally Norris is one of approximately 80,000 nurses serving as the bedrock of Georgia’s health care industry — attending to patients’ every need in hospitals, hospices, clinics and schools across the state. But Georgia faces a dire nursing shortage, and it’s only expected to get worse.


Nov. 12, 2018 GPB 

Brian Kemp Resigns as Secretary of State, Declares Himself Victor in Governor's Race

Ross Terrell reports that Republican Brian Kemp resigned as Georgia’s secretary of state Thursday. Gov. Nathan Deal said he has accepted the resignation and will name Robyn Crittenden, commissioner of the Department of Human Services, as the interim secretary.


Nov. 12, 2018  Gainesville Times

Stacy Abrams campaign asks judge to delay vote certification

Jeff Gill reports that another lawsuit has been filed in the still unsettled race for governor. Democrat Stacey Abrams’ campaign went to federal court Sunday asking a judge to delay vote certifications by one day until Wednesday. It also asks a judge to require that officials count any votes that were rejected improperly. The suit points to alleged problems with provisional and absentee votes in populous DeKalb and Gwinnett counties in metro Atlanta.


Nov. 12, 2018  Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia

A high-stakes December runoff even without an Abram-Kemp matchup

Greg Bluestein reports that even if the race for governor isn’t forced into a runoff, voting rights is set to dominate political debate through Dec. 4 with the runoff for Brian Kemp’s old job. The race pits Democrat John Barrow and Republican Brad Raffensperger, two candidates not necessarily beloved by their party’s bases, in a contest to turn out core supporters possibly without the luxury of a bigger-ticket contest.



Nov. 9, 2018 University of Georgia

UGA economist believes Georgia farmers need financial relief immediately

Clint Thompson reports that to avoid losing their farms following Hurricane Michael, Georgia farmers need financial relief as soon as possible, according to Jeff Dorfman, a professor and agricultural economist in the University of Georgia Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. South Georgia growers are still picking up the pieces after the hurricane hit Oct. 10-11, destroying homes and agricultural commodities. 


Nov. 9, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports that Global Callcenter Solutions (GCS) is investing $4.9 million into a new customer service and operations facility in Muscogee County and Perdue Foods invested $5 million in a new southeastern distribution center in Effingham County, creating more than 150 jobs.


Nov. 9, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Record number of stores will be closed Thanksgiving Day

Nancy Clanton reports that the holiday shopping season officially kicks off the day after Thanksgiving, with many stores opening Thanksgiving Day. This year, however, a record number of retailers have decided not to open Thanksgiving Day. released its official list of closings recently, with 75 stores confirming they will not be open.


Nov. 9, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Cherokee is Georgia's fastest growing metro county

Randy Southerland reports, the influx of new residents into Cherokee County has made it the fastest growing county in metro Atlanta, according to a recent report by the Atlanta Regional Commission. As the entire Atlanta-area region has grown, the biggest increases in population have been in the outer suburbs, with Cherokee leading the fastest growing at 19 percent between 2010 and 2018, the report states.


Nov. 9, 2018 Savannah Morning News

$500 million industrial park planned in South Effingham

G. G. Rigsby reports, developers on Thursday announced a $500 million industrial park will be constructed on 1,150 acres on Ga. 21 and the CSX rail line in southern Effingham County, aimed at light industrial and manufacturing warehouse customers. Stonemont Financial Group of Atlanta and Chesterfield, LLC, developers in Jacksonville, said construction will start in December on two speculative buildings totaling 562,000 square feet and should be done in October 2019.


Nov. 9, 2018 University of Georgia

Callaway gift to make Botanical Garden more accessible

Kelly Simmons reports that a $1 million gift from the Callaway Foundation will fund a new visitor entrance to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia, enhancing access to the galleries, classrooms, collections and displays.


Nov. 9, 2018 Emory University

Emory outlines legislative priorities after midterm elections

Cameron Taylor reports, most of the results from Tuesday’s midterm election are now in, but what do they mean for Emory? Over the last six months, the state affairs team met with both campaigns for governor and travelled across the state to expand Emory’s relationships with state legislators.


Nov. 9, 2018 Gainesville Times

Zac Brown Distillery in Lumpkin County shutting down

Nate McCullough reports, just months after a rebranding and reopening in north Georgia, the Zac Brown Distillery is shutting its doors. The distillery was producing whiskey, gin and brandy on Town Creek Church Road on the edge of Lumpkin County near the White County line.


Nov. 9, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Kimberly-Clark plant celebrates 50 years in Beech Island 

Damon Cline reports, in 1968, gas was 34 cents a gallon, The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” was the year’s top single and Kimberly-Clark Corp. launched a new disposable diaper called “Kimbies.” The company changed the name to “Huggies” 10 years later, but the mill it built in Beech Island, S.C., to produce the product only got bigger. And bigger. And bigger.


Nov. 9, 2018 Georgia Health News

Autumn upturn: Leapfrog safety ratings improve in Georgia

Andy Miller reports that the new Leapfrog Group report card on hospital safety found that 26 Georgia hospitals scored an “A” grade, up from 15 in the spring ratings. The Leapfrog Group’s report for the fall, released Thursday, said 35 percent of graded Georgia hospitals got a top mark for patient safety. That percentage put Georgia No. 17 among states in the widely viewed ratings. Just 21 percent of Georgia hospitals earned A’s in the Spring ratings.


Nov. 9, 2018 GPB

Abrams' Campaign Says "All Of The Votes Have Not Been Counted" In Georgia Governor Race

Stephen Fowler reports that as Republican Brian Kemp officially resigned as secretary of state and declared himself the next governor, Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams’ campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo said more votes are being found and counted. "By [Brian Kemp's] own admission there are at least 25,000 outstanding votes and hundreds, if not thousands more that we are learning about and discovering every day," Groh-Wargo said at a Thursday noon press conference.


Nov. 9, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Deal will seek $270 million from Georgia lawmakers for hurricane costs

James Salzer reports that Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday that lawmakers next week will be asked to approve a package worth about $270 million to help clean up and aid South Georgia areas hit last month by Hurricane Michael. Deal plans to make the formal call for the session, which is expected to start Tuesday and run five days, on Friday.



Nov. 8, 2018 WABE 90.1

New, Relatively Quick Timeline Laid Out For Next Round Of Supreme Court Water Wars Case

Molly Samuel reports, Georgia scored a procedural win on Wednesday in its years-long Supreme Court fight with Florida over water. Judge Paul J. Kelly Jr., a federal judge in New Mexico who recently took over management of the case, said he does not want more evidence collected.


Nov. 8, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia’s Top Restaurants

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, it’s official. Georgia Trend’s 2018 Silver Spoon Awards have been bestowed on the state’s best-of-the-best taste-tempting establishments. From Savannah to Columbus and Athens to Atlanta, Dining Editor Krista Reese spotlights the Top 10 restaurants, plus 10 notables that are worth a stop along the way. Congratulations to the winners and bon appétit!


Nov. 8, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia construction sector may run short on workers

Michael E. Kanell reports that construction sector in Georgia has done so well it seems to be out-pacing the economy’s ability to fuel its growth. Even while there’s murmuring about a possible recession, industry leaders say they expect the economy to keep expanding, but they have reached the point where more construction spending is testing their ability to do the work.


Nov. 8, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Norfolk Southern to add 850 jobs, retain more than 2,000 already in Atlanta, at new Midtown HQ

Douglas Sams reports that Norfolk Southern Corp. will create 850 jobs and retain well over 2,000 already working in the city, as part of a $575 million North American headquarters in Atlanta. The details about the new headquarters, which Norfolk Southern is relocating from Virginia, emerged in documents released by Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development arm. 


Nov. 8, 2018 Newnan Times-Herald

Entertainment park expected to bring 80 jobs to Coweta

Kandice Bell reports that Urban Air Adventure Park, which features trampoline and adventure-style park attractions, will open a new location in Newnan, bringing 80 jobs to the community. The adventure park will open in the former H.H. Gregg location at 231 Newnan Bypass Crossing.


Nov. 8, 2018

Aerotropolis Atlanta in Talks With New Beijing Airport

Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance is in talks with Beijing to cross-promote their airport areas for investment in a partnership similar to what the city has maintained with Paris in recent years. Alliance President and CEO Shannon James traveled to China in October for a Sustainable Airport Areas seminar hosted by Hubstart Paris, the economic development agency promoting the airport area in the greater Roissy region.


Nov. 8, 2018 Saporta Report

Georgia Trust’s 2019 ‘Places in Peril’ list includes two Atlanta theaters

Maria Saporta reports that two historic theaters in Atlanta made it on the Georgia Trust of Historic Preservation’s 2019 Places in Peril list – the Madison Theatre in East Atlanta and Rhodes Center in Midtown. The formal presentation of the list will occur Wednesday evening at a reception at Rhodes Hall at 1516 Peachtree St. N.W.


Nov. 8, 2018 Georgia State University

Military Times Ranks Georgia State Among Colleges That Are ‘Best for Vets’

John Millsaps reports that Georgia State University has been ranked No. 11 in the nation in the Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2019 survey. The annual rankings are the result of Military Times’ school-by-school survey of veteran and military student offerings and rates of academic achievement.


Nov. 8, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post

Bourdeaux not conceding in 7th congressional District race as provisional ballots are counted

Curt Yeomans reports that the nationally-watched 7th Congressional District race at a statistical tie, Democratic candidate Carolyn Bourdeaux is vowing to not give up as long as there are votes remaining to be counted. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., holds a razor thin lead of three-tenths of a percentage point over Bourdeaux in unofficial results, leaving the provisional and oversees ballots to be counted. Woodall received 50.16 percent of the votes cast, compared to 49.84 percent for Bourdeaux.


Nov. 8, 2018 Macon Telegraph

Kemp declares victory in governor’s race as Abrams camp holds on to runoff possibility

William Douglas, Chuck Williams and Maggie Lee report that Democrat Stacey Abrams is aggressively trying to whittle rival Brian Kemp’s slim lead down in Georgia’s gubernatorial race to force a mandatory runoff next month, but the Republican has declared victory.


Nov. 8, 2018 WSB Radio

Focus is on absentee, provisional ballots in Georgia governor's race

Tony Thomas reports that there is a huge focus on provisional and absentee ballots in Georgia’s governor race. In Gwinnett County, workers spent all day Wednesday carefully counting ballots. Slowly, one by one, county workers and volunteers opened each absentee ballot mailed or dropped off to the county, then scanned or examined them. 



Nov. 7, 2018 Fox5 Atlanta

Several key Georgia races 'too close to call'

Staff reports that if Georgians didn't believe that one vote could make a difference, this election should change things. After hours of counting votes, three key races were still too close to call early Wednesday morning. Those include the hotly contested race for Georgia's next governor and U.S. House seats in Districts 6 and 7.


Nov. 7, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Business Casual: Unity? Yes, Please

Susan Percy writes, the governor’s race, set against the backdrop of a contentious round of national mid-term elections, is among the most significant in the country. And it is close. So, a plea to the victor: Think unity.


Nov 7, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Delta's Election Day commercial shows different perspective

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines took the unusual step of debuting an Election Day commercial, showing aerial views of the country. Atlanta-based Delta’s CEO Ed Bastian explained the company’s decision on the national advertisement in a LinkedIn post.


Nov. 7, 2018 Macon Telegraph

Baldwin County votes against T-SPLOST, Monroe County voters approve its SPLOST

Linda S. Morris reports that voters in Baldwin County and Milledgeville shot down Tuesday efforts to pass the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax that would have provided the funding needed to resurface roads, replace bridges and pay for other infrastructure improvements.


Nov. 7, 2018 Macon Telegraph

How the 5 constitutional amendments on Georgia’s 2018 ballot fared at the polls

Joe Kovac Jr. reports that with 89 percent of precincts reporting statewide on Tuesday night, all five of the proposed state constitutional amendments on Georgia’s ballot were being favored by voters — largely by wide margins.


Nov. 7, 2018 Georgia Health News

Beck elected Georgia insurance commissioner

Andy Miller reports that Republican Jim Beck, former general manager of the Georgia Underwriting Association, has been elected Georgia’s next insurance commissioner. He defeated insurance agency owner Janice Laws.


Nov. 7, 2018 Georgia Secretary of State

November 6 General Election Results

Up-to-date results by county.


Nov. 7, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Philips to shut down Respironics facility in Kennesaw, affecting hundreds

Jessica Saunders reports that Philips is closing its Respironics facility in Kennesaw, Ga., affecting hundreds of workers. Between 350-400 workers will be affected by the end of operations in Kennesaw, which will take effect by the end of 2019, according to a Georgia Department of Labor notification and a company statement. 


Nov. 7, 2018

Belgian Firm to Finance, Operate Massive Georgia Solar Farm

Trevor Williams reports that the U.S. arm of Belgium’s Origis Energy has purchased a solar farm under construction near Warner Robins, Ga., from Arizona-based First Solar. Known as GA Solar 4, the 200-megawatt project in Twiggs County is expected to be the largest solar farm in the Southeast U.S. when completed. 


Nov. 7, 2018 

Brazil Seeking Georgia Products, from Peanut Butter to Industrial Machines

Trevor Williams reports that Brazil has been in the news of late more for political turmoil than economic dynamism, but the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s recent Trade newsletter shows that the country is still a major source of potential sales for firms in the state — at least in certain categories. 


Nov. 7, 2018 Saporta Report 

ATL, with or without Amazon, poised to cement its role as a major tech region

David Pendered reports, regardless of where Amazon locates its HQ2 and its possible HQ3, metro Atlanta has a bright future in the tech sector. With one caveat: The region needs to get its story in front of a broader section of the tech sector in order to fully build out tech’s potential, Michael Sengbusch, of Georgia Tech’s technology incubator, said Tuesday.


Nov. 7, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Why a Georgia runoff is typically an uphill fight for Democrats

Greg Bluestein reports that Stacey Abrams is urging Georgia voters to get ready for a Dec. 4 runoff once absentee ballots are tallied, and if that’s the case, she’s got her work cut out for her. Even as Brian Kemp and his allies say they’re confident he avoided overtime, they also recognize that statewide runoffs tend to favor the GOP. 



Nov. 6, 2018 Albany Herald, Gwinnett Daily Post

Site Selection magazine names Georgia No. 1 state for business for sixth consecutive year 

Curt Yeomans reports that Georgia is No. 1. Again. Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday that Site Selection magazine has named Georgia the top place in the nation to do business for the sixth year in a row. It’s an announcement that has become old hat for the governor as he has made it annually for most of his eight years in the state’s highest office.


Nov. 6, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Another leadership role for Tomlinson

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), a global association for owners and operators of toll facilities and related businesses, recently elected Chris Tomlinson to be its 2019 president. Tomlinson is executive director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) and the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) as well as interim executive director of the newly-created Atlanta-region Transit Link Authority (the ATL). All three state-level organizations are focused on providing innovative and reliable transportation solutions to improve mobility in Georgia.


Nov. 6, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

North GA chicken firm pays $2.25 million to settle collusion claims

Chris Joyner reports that Fieldale Farms, a Baldwin, Ga., chicken producer, has agreed to pay $2.2. million to extract itself from a federal, class-action lawsuit alleging massive price fixing by the major players in the broiler industry, a conspiracy the plaintiffs say was aided by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The settlement agreement is the latest development in one of a growing number of lawsuits targeting some of Georgia’s largest chicken producers.


Nov. 6, 2018 Saporta Report, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Gov. Deal: ‘We’re not going to have our hearts broken’ if state doesn’t land Amazon HQ2

Maria Saporta reports, despite recent media reports indicating that Amazon has picked northern Virginia for its second headquarters, Gov. Nathan Deal has not given up that the company may pick Georgia. Amazon selected Atlanta as one of 20 cities that were finalists to win Amazon’s second headquarters, which eventually could lead to 50,000 jobs and billions of dollars of investment.


Nov. 6, 2018

Deal: October tax revenues up 17.7 percent

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for October totaled roughly $2.01 billion, for an increase of $302.6 million, or 17.7 percent, compared to last year when net tax collections totaled $1.71 billion. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $7.83 billion, for an increase of $632.5 million, or 8.8 percent, compared to October 2017.


Nov. 6, 2018 Saporta Report

Atlanta City Council approves partially publicly financed Gulch redevelopment

Maggie Lee reports that Atlanta City Council has OK’d a deal that will let a developer tap something approaching $2 billion in tax money that will be collected in the Gulch over decades to build up the Gulch itself. The four pieces of legislation each got between eight and 14 “yes” votes. The votes came near midnight at a Council meeting that had begun at 1 p.m. on Monday with few breaks.


Nov. 6, 2018 WABE 90.1

Taking Stock Of Hurricane Michael’s Effects On Rare Wild Animals

Molly Samuel reports that Georgia and Florida farms and cities are still assessing the damage from Hurricane Michael, and beginning to put things back together. The storm also affected natural places and wild animals, and biologists are evaluating those impacts. Take the frosted flatwoods salamander, a sleek little silver and black animal that used to live in the sandy coastal plain in Georgia and other Southern states, where the longleaf pine forests grew.


Nov. 6, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Nearly 2 million-square-foot distribution center planned in Coweta County

David Allison reports that a nearly 2 million-square-foot warehouse/distribution center is planned in Coweta County south of Atlanta. Atlanta developer Ridgeline Property Group LLC is proposing two buildings with a total of about 1,952,760 square feet of leasable space on 213 acres adjoining Interstate 85, Collinsworth Road, Weldon Road, and Palmetto-Tyrone Road, according to new plans filed with the state of Georgia.


Nov. 6, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb Chamber hopes to woo decision makers with $40k Super Bowl soiree sponsorship

Ross Williams reports, when Super Bowl LIII comes to Atlanta in February, a lot of private jets will be flying into Cobb County International Airport. The airport is expecting about 800 corporate flights into and out of the airport starting the Thursday before the Super Bowl– normally it would see about 120 flights during that time.


Nov. 6, 2018 UGA

Georgia’s top food product contest ready for another year of delicious food and friendly competition

Merritt Melancon reports that each year the University of Georgia's Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest highlights the state's burgeoning Georgia-made food industry and helps separate the great products from the good ones. Registration for the 2019 contest, which is coordinated each year by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is now open at


Nov. 6, 2018

Metro Export Challenge Is Back: 30 Companies Take Home $5,000 Grants

Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta Metro Export Challenge has returned yet again this year, increasing the number of recipients of the $5,000 first-round grant funding to 30.   The awardees were announced Monday by ORBATL, an entity created to bring together a group of local organizations and trade resources to help (mainly) small and medium-sized companies looking to expand their export sales. 


Nov. 6, 2018 GPB

Where Will Georgia's Next Governor Draw The Line On Gerrymandering?

Leighton Rowell and Virginia Prescott report that no matter who she or he is, Georgia's next governor will have the power to reshape the state's politics — literally. In 2021, state legislators will redraw their own respective districts, as well as Georgia's congressional districts, based on data from the 2020 census. The next governor gets to approve or veto those new maps. 


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

Walls and waves: A look at three potential Georgia election scenarios 

Greg Bluestein reports that the election Tuesday will feature hundreds of races across Georgia headlined by the biggest prize: A cantankerous battle between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp for governor.



Nov. 5, 2018 Georgia Health News

Giving back: Immigrant doctors helping immigrant patients

Andy Miller reports, lower back pain and diarrhea brought Fuad Abdi Limo to a DeKalb County clinic founded to treat people just like him. Abdi Limo, a political refugee from Ethiopia, described his medical problems in Amharic, that country’s main language, to an interpreter, who then relayed the answers to Dr. Omar Akhras.


Nov. 5, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Research, Reputation and Revenue

Susan Percy reports that the facts and figures of Georgia’s research enterprise are impressive in their own right: Eight universities bringing in more than $2 billion in funding every year and generating discoveries that improve – or even save – lives, while sending a steady stream of new products to market.


Nov. 5, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Porsche boosting classic restoration, parts business

Todd C. Duncan reports that Porsche is putting greater emphasis on its Porsche Classic business initiatives in order to capitalize on the booming auto restoration and parts market, said officials of the German sports car manufacturer.


Nov. 5, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

ACVB Hall of Fame inductee: Gov. Nathan Deal 'gets' hospitality

Bill Chastain reports that Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is a 2018 Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) Hall of Fame inductee for many reasons, the least of which is he “gets it.” Those were the words of Ed Baker, executive in residence at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and a member of the ACVB Hall of Fame selection committee.


Nov. 5, 2018 Cartersville Daily Tribune

Ashley Capital investment to bring 'several hundred' jobs to Adairsville

James Swift reports, two major developments are in the works for the Georgia North industrial park in Adairsville — and half of the proposed project could be completed as early as next summer. Ashley Capital, a New York-based real estate investment firm, recently announced plans to construct a 766,000-square-foot building roughly a mile from Interstate 75.


Nov. 5, 2018 Athens Banner Herald, UGA 

New truffle species named after UGA professor

Bryce Ethridge reports that University of Georgia professor Tim Brenneman now has a newly discovered truffle species named after him: Tuber brennemanii. Brenneman, an expert in pecan diseases, collaborated with plant pathologist Matthew Smith at the University of Florida to help discover the species.


Nov. 5, 2018 Washington Post

Pence said Georgia ‘ain’t Hollywood,’ and he’s right. More box office hits are shot in Georgia.

Michael Brice-Saddler reports that Oprah Winfrey hit the campaign trail on Thursday, but not for herself, as many had hoped. Instead she was stumping in Georgia for Stacey Abrams, the state’s democratic candidate for governor.


Nov. 5, 2018 Saporta Report

Trout stocking program in North Georgia offsets shortfall from calcium deficiency

David Pendered reports that famed trout fishing spots in North Georgia will continue to provide opportunities for anglers following an agreement for the federal government to continue funding for three fish hatcheries that stock streams in Tennessee and Georgia. The agreement to stock Georgia’s streams for another three years was announced Tuesday.


Nov. 5, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal

Local leaders remember retired Chief Justice Harris Hines, "just an outstanding human being"

Ross Williams reports, those who know Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harris Hines say he had two qualities that made him an exceptional legal mind: hard work and kindness. His work ethic he picked up from his father Ruben, who was stationed at Fort McPherson during World War II. The kindness, he inherited from his mother Edith, who taught grade school in Atlanta.


Nov. 5, 2018 WABE 90.1

Data Guru Ryan Anderson Does Deep Dive Into Georgia’s Early Votes

Jim Burress reports that by day, Ryan Anderson works in marketing for a local agency. By night, weekend, early morning–whenever he’s not at his day job–he’s watching, crunching, and posting Georgia’s early voting numbers.  Anderson describes his website,, as “a simple website that takes publicly available early voting information and organizes it in a way that’s useful.”


Nov. 5, 2018 New York Times

How Voting Became a Central Issue in the Georgia Governor’s Race

Richard Fausset reports that Yotam Oren registered to vote last December, moments after the ceremony in which he became a United States citizen. He included a copy of his new naturalization certificate with his Georgia voter registration form. But soon afterward, Mr. Oren received a letter from his county elections office telling him that he was on “pending” voter status because his citizenship had not been verified, and that he would have to show proof of citizenship when he went to vote.


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

Brian Kemp under scrutiny after announcing probe of Democrats

Jeremy Redmon reports that Secretary of State Brian Kemp has had two roles this year: Running Georgia’s elections and running for governor of the state. Democrats, including former President Jimmy Carter, have called on him to step aside, warning repeatedly of potential conflicts of interest. Kemp is now facing renewed scrutiny after his office announced Sunday — without providing evidence and doing so just hours before Election Day — that it is investigating the Georgia Democratic Party for an alleged hack of the state’s voter registration system.



Nov. 2, 2018 WABE 90.1 

Vogtle Critics Say Regulators Broke The Rules In Nuclear Power Vote

Molly Samuel reports, did Georgia regulators break the rules when they decided last year to allow construction to continue at the only nuclear power construction project in the country? That’s the question in a case in Fulton County concerning the nuclear expansion at Plant Vogtle.


Nov. 2, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

New Georgia biotech operation opens

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, six years in the making, the Shire Georgia manufacturing facility officially opened last month in Social Circle. The state-of-the-art plasma manufacturing facility is one of the world’s largest biotech manufacturing sites, with a campus of more than 1-million square feet. Currently about 900 full-time employees work there. At full ramp up, Shire Georgia is expected to employ 1,500 in the manufacture of plasma protein therapies for patients across the country.


Nov. 2, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

UPS preparing for potential for strike affecting freight customers

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Sandy Springs-based UPS is telling its freight customers to make alternative shipping plans because of the potential of a strike as a union contract vote looms. UPS Freight, which handles bulk shipments on pallets from shippers to stores and other businesses, has about 11,000 workers represented by the Teamsters who will vote on a re-negotiated labor deal by Nov. 11. 


Nov. 2, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Emory eyes contributing $60 million for Clifton Corridor light rail

Douglas Sams reports that Emory University could contribute almost $60 million in land and operational investments for the long-sought-after expansion of light rail along the Clifton Corridor. The donations could include 10 acres of rights-of-way valued at $25.5 million for the recently approved transit line along Clifton Road in the heart of Emory University’s campus.


Nov. 2, 2018 WABE 90.1

University of Georgia UGA study links cottonseed oil with lower cholesterol

Cal Powell reports that researchers at the University of Georgia have found that a high-fat diet enriched with cottonseed oil drastically improved cholesterol profiles in young adult men. The researchers conducted a five-day outpatient feeding trial of 15 healthy, normal weight men to test the effects of diets enriched with cottonseed oil and olive oil on lipid profiles.


Nov. 2, 2018

Israeli CDC Director Eyes Deeper Health Ties During Atlanta Visit

Trevor Williams reports that the director of Israel’s Centers for Disease Control visited her counterpart in Atlanta Oct. 23 during a trip aimed at solidifying connections between the two organizations.  Tamar Shohat met with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield as she sought to “absorb” new knowledge and innovations while leading a two-person delegation. 


Nov. 2, 2018 Georgia Health News

‘D’ grade: Georgia’s preterm births rise

Andy Miller reports that Georgia’s preterm birth rate rose from 11.2 percent to 11.4 percent in 2017, keeping the state at a “D’’ grade in the annual Premature Birth Report Card from the March of Dimes. The state’s rate of babies born too soon (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) continued to reflect large racial disparities, with black women at 13.7 percent – 46 percent higher than the rate among all other women.


Nov. 2, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

From the Publisher: Burt’s Legacy

Ben Young writes, actor Burt Reynolds, who passed away in September, had a lifelong love affair with Georgia, despite having called Florida home. He began making movies here in the 1970s, a time when many consider our state’s burgeoning film industry first got started. Considering the industry’s FY 2018 $9.5-billion impact, I realize how much Georgia owes to Burt Reynolds.


Nov. 2, 2018 Saporta Report

Georgia nuclear plant vote gets day in court, brought by folks asking for more days in court

Maggie Lee reports, several parties are watching for a document to come from the Fulton County Superior Court judge who’s deciding what future there may be in a court case over how state regulators acted when they voted to continue the life of a late, over-budget nuclear power plant expansion.


Nov. 2, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal

Oprah campaigns for Abrams in Marietta, says failing to vote dishonors ancestors

Jon Gillooly reports, “Hello, Georgia! I just want to say y’all been on my mind,” Oprah Winfrey said, walking out on the Anderson Theatre stage Thursday. This is not Winfrey’s first visit to Marietta. A few years ago, she filmed at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art for the movie “Selma,” playing a character who was blocked from voting.


Nov. 2, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

‘This ain’t Hollywood’: Pence rallies for Kemp in Georgia

Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman report that Vice President Mike Pence said a vote for Brian Kemp is tantamount to support for President Donald Trump, as he assailed Democrat Stacey Abrams and her high-profile supporters at a Thursday rally that attracted thousands here. Claiming that Abrams is “bankrolled by Hollywood liberals,” he blasted Oprah Winfrey’s appearance Thursday with the Democrat at a pair of town halls in metro Atlanta, as well as actor Will Ferrell’s recent campaign appearance in Georgia.



Nov. 1, 2018

Deal: Fox Factory Holding Corp. to create up to 800 jobs in Hall County

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Fox Factory Holding Corp., a designer and manufacturer of performance-defining, ride dynamics products primarily for bicycles and powered vehicles, expects to create up to 800 jobs and invest up to $50 million in new Georgia facilities including the relocation of its corporate headquarters to Georgia.


Nov. 1, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

2018 Silver Spoon Awards – A Diner’s Market

Krista Reese reports, lucky us! As long as the current economy holds, Georgians will continue to enjoy their best dining scene … perhaps ever. The last crash, nearly a decade ago, helped to permanently redraw the restaurant landscape. High-end, nationally ranked culinary institutions, like Seeger’s and the Ritz-Carlton Dining Room in Atlanta, shuttered; the phenomena that later rose to replace the state’s most exciting restaurants often involved real estate designed around restaurant clusters (or even stalls), like Ponce City Market and SunTrust Park, home of the Braves.


Nov. 1, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Report: Norfolk Southern won’t move to Atlanta without Gulch deal

J. Scott Trubey reports that the CEO of Norfolk Southern reportedly said in an interview Wednesday his company won’t move its headquarters to Atlanta if the City Council spikes a development deal for downtown’s Gulch. The ultimatum comes just days before the council is expected to vote Monday on a blockbuster $1.9 billion financing package for the planned $5 billion downtown project.


Nov. 1, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Two hospitality giants remain in competition to land Congress Center hotel

Amy Wenk reports that two hospitality giants are now competing to flag a planned convention hotel at the Georgia World Congress Center. Hilton Worldwide and Hyatt Hotels Corp. have made it to the final round of negotiations for the hotel project that’s been in the works for about three years, Frank Poe, executive director of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority said Tuesday in an exclusive interview with Atlanta Business Chronicle.


Nov. 1, 2018 Georgia Southern University

College of Business students receive BB&T Emerging Leaders Certification during annual seminar

Staff reports that thirty-three College of Business students received The BB&T Leadership Institute Student Leadership Certification earlier this month after participating in the second annual BB&T Emerging Leaders Certification Seminar at Georgia Southern University Statesboro Campus.


Nov. 1, 2018 Aerospace Technology

Airbus and Georgia Tech open new facility to design aircraft 

Staff reports that Airbus, in collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in the US, has opened a new centre for overall aircraft design (OAD) activities.  The new Airbus/Georgia Tech Center features a model-based systems engineering (MBSE) design and will support the development and demonstration of a concurrent overall aircraft design process.


Nov. 1, 2018 Savannah Morning News

First Chatham Bank names new president, CEO

Staff reports that Kenneth R. Farrell has been elected President and Chief Executive Officer of First Chatham Bank, the bank announced this week. Farrell has more than four decades of experience in the industry and joined First Chatham as Executive Vice President and Senior Credit Officer in 2006, following an executive tenure with Barnett Bank and later Bank of America.


Nov. 1, 2018 Saporta Report

Crop loss in one Georgia county speaks to import of special legislative session

David Pendered reports that a heartbreaking report about the crop devastation Hurricane Michael inflicted on one Georgia county came out a few days after Gov. Nathan Deal announced his plans to call a special legislative session for the state to respond to catastrophic crop loss.


Nov. 1, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Young stars shines bright

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that  Georgia Trend’s 40 Under 40 event at the beautiful Georgia Aquarium was a joyous celebration of the state’s rising stars under the age of 40. These inspiring young leaders were chosen from more than 300 nominations and represent government, small and large businesses, nonprofits, education, healthcare, banking and professional sports.


Nov. 1, 2018

Strong Korean Relationships Worth the Investment, Say Atlanta Execs

Trevor Williams reports that if there’s one complaint Devinder Ahuja has about South Korea’s regulatory framework, it’s that the country’s labor laws make it nearly impossible to fire employees — or even discipline them for nonperformance. But in the Novelis senior vice president’s experience, investing in understanding Korean culture goes a long way toward ensuring you never have to.


Nov. 1, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

Bonds of up to $135 million approved for Berry retirement community

Doug Walker reports that the Development Authority of Floyd County approved a pair of bond packages Wednesday totaling up to $135 million for The Spires at Berry College continuing care retirement community. Berry broke ground on the 170-unit community earlier this month and the first units are expected to be built and ready in 2020.


Nov. 1, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

New Blue Ridge campus

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the University of North Georgia (UNG), which currently has five campuses across the state, recently broke ground on a new Blue Ridge campus. About 150 people attended the ceremony for the facility that’s scheduled to open in 2020. Georgia House of Representatives Speaker David Ralston, a UNG alumnus and District 7 representative, was instrumental in securing $5.5 million from the state’s FY 2019 budget for the campus.


Nov. 1, 2018 WABE 90.1

How Atlanta Became The Capital Of Income Inequality

Stephannie Stokes reports that Atlanta is the capital of income inequality. So says the Brookings Institution, which has ranked the city’s wealth disparity as the worst in the United States for three out of the last five years. The latest analysis found those in the city of Atlanta’s top income bracket made nearly 20 times more than those at the bottom.


Nov. 1, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A star-studded day: Oprah and Pence stump in Georgia

Greg Bluestein reports that the nationally-watched Georgia race for governor is about to get even more attention. Vice President Mike Pence is headed to Georgia on Thursday for a trio of events in conservative areas for Brian Kemp. Democrats are countering with a visit by Oprah Winfrey, who will appear with Stacey Abrams at a pair of town hall meetings.



Oct. 31, 2018 WABE 90.1, Gainesville Times, AP

Ga. Farmers Fear It Will Take Years To Recover From Storm Strike

Jeff Martin reports that Hurricane Michael left a snowy landscape of ruined white cotton on Georgia’s red clay, destroying a crop and likely bringing hard times to the region’s many small communities built on agriculture. When the storm struck, most of the cotton was still in the fields, “wide open and susceptible to the wind,” said farmer Ron Lee of McCleskey Cotton Co. in hard-hit southwest Georgia.


Oct. 31, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Sports Desk: Grad Made Good

Loran Smith writes, when looking for University of Georgia grads who can make even a Georgia Tech grad proud, you don’t need to look much further than Dr. Leah Brown-Acker, now an orthopaedic surgeon in Phoenix. Dr. Brown-Acker comes from a family of achievers.


Oct. 31, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Power electricity rates rising

Matt Kempner and Anastaciah Ondieki report that it used to be that millions of Georgians got a bargain on their monthly electric bills, paying Georgia Power residential rates that were nearly 10 percent lower than the national average. But in the last decade most of that advantage has slipped away.


Oct. 31, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Ohio company acquires Buckhead apartment community for $39M

Jessica Saunders reports that an Ohio real estate investment firm has acquired a Buckhead apartment complex for $39 million. The Connor Group acquired Ardmore & 28th as part of a $618 million, multi-state transaction that involved four acquisitions and 10 financings. The other properties involved were located in Denver, Dallas, Raleigh, N.C., and Chicago.


Oct. 31, 2018 Albany Herald

Clay County solar facility officially on drawing board

Staff reports that Lt. Governor Casey Cagle joined members of the Georgia House of Representatives and Clay County officials in the Rotunda at the Georgia State Capitol Tuesday to announce a significant capital investment that is coming to Clay County. Silicon Ranch Corporation, the U.S. solar platform for Shell and one of America’s largest independent solar power producers, will invest approximately $89 million in two solar projects in the city of Bluffton, according to a release from Cagle’s office.


Oct. 31, 2018

After 20 Years, Atlanta’s Ties With Nuremberg Go Beyond Cultural Roots

Trevor Williams reports that “Exchange” was the buzzword of the evening as Nuremberg and Atlanta celebrated 20 years of sister-city partnership Monday with the visit of a delegation focused on ratcheting up the business side of their relationship. During a reception held at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP,  a moment of silence was held for the 11 congregants killed in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting just a day earlier, nodding to the shared heritage of civil and human rights that forms the basis of the cities’ ties. 


Oct. 31, 2018 Saporta Report

Interested in the possibilities for metro Atlanta transit? So is Advance Atlanta.

Maggie Lee reports, with official interest growing in transit for metro Atlanta, a nonprofit says it’s an important time to make sure young workers across the region say what they want and that they get involved in decision-making. “We want to start getting out and showing that there is a growing group of young professionals who want transit outside of just Midtown and Downtown and DeKalb County,” said James Touchton, the new president of Advance Atlanta.


Oct. 31, 2018 Albany Herald

Georgia Smart Communities Challenge kicks off in Albany

Jennifer Parks reports that a team from Georgia Tech and officials with the city of Albany took part in an engagement workshop Tuesday in an effort to move the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge forward in the city. Four Georgia communities, including Albany, are seeking “smart solutions” through the Georgia Tech-led program to implement smart design solutions to some of the city’s challenges.


Oct. 31, 2018 University of Georgia

Synovus establishes five scholarships for incoming UGA students

Arden Baila reports that Synovus has established five need-based scholarships for incoming University of Georgia students intending to major in business. Part of the Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program, the scholarships will be awarded to students across Georgia beginning in fall 2019. The Synovus Georgia Commitment Scholarships are renewable for up to four years and will then be awarded in perpetuity.


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

Closing arguments: Medicaid, economy dominate final days of gov race  

Tia Mitchell and Greg Bluestone report that Democrat Stacey Abrams, in the final days of her bid for governor, has returned to the case she made at the beginning, that expansion of Medicaid will not only shore up struggling health care systems in Georgia but also create thousands of jobs. Republican Brian Kemp is closing out his campaign focusing on an economic message, crisscrossing conservative strongholds with Gov. Nathan Deal and other GOP leaders highlighting the number of jobs created over the past decade.



Oct. 30, 2018 Georgia Dept. of Education

Georgia Department of Education releases first scores from redesigned CCRPI

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Education today released the 2018 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores. As part of Georgia’s state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – the replacement for No Child Left Behind – the state was able to make improvements to the CCRPI calculation. The 2018 CCRPI is the first to use the new calculation – meaning comparisons between the 2018 CCRPI and any other year are not possible or valid. 


Oct. 30, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia Roundup

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Hall County’s Lake Lanier Aquatic Learning Center (LLAC), a floating classroom, recently moved to a new home at River Forks Park. The collaborative effort among the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Elachee Nature Science Center and Hall County Parks and Leisure Services will enable North Georgia’s K-12 students to learn about preserving and protecting natural resources.


Oct. 30, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta shows off new Airbus A220 jet

Kelly Yamanouchi reports, on the 10-year anniversary of Delta Air Lines’ merger with Northwest Airlines, Delta employees got a glimpse of a new jet that the carrier will use to upgrade its fleet. The 109-seat Airbus A220-100 has wider seats, large overhead bins and bigger windows — there’s even a window in one of the lavatories in the back of the plane.


Oct. 30, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta airport to be knocked off its perch as world's busiest

Eric Mandel reports that President Tayyip Erdogan opened the new $11.7 billion Istanbul Airport on Monday, but because of delays, it will not be fully operational until January. Al Jazerra reports that 2,000 aircraft from more than 250 carriers are expected to go through the airport by the end of 2018 to over 350 destinations. The countdown for the end of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's reign as the world's busiest airport has begun.


Oct. 30, 2018 Saporta Report

Atlanta Housing authority to vote on Wednesday on land sale to Southface

Maria Saporta reports that the board of the Atlanta Housing authority is looking to sell 1.8 acres of its Civic Center property to Southface Energy Institute, the environmental organization that promotes green building practices in metro Atlanta and Georgia. According to the posted agenda of its meeting on Oct. 31, the housing authority is seeking “authorization to seek disposition approval” from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and “authorization to consummate the sale” of 1.8 acres of the Civic Center site.


Oct. 30, 2018 Rome News Tribune

Lawmakers to hear from experts on school security

Diane Wagner reports that the House Study Committee on School Security will hold its third session today at 10 a.m. in Atlanta, but the proceedings also can be viewed online through a Livestream link on the chamber's website. Two local lawmakers, Rep. Eddie Lumsden, R-Armuchee, and Katie Dempsey, R-Rome, sit on the nine-member panel formed in the wake of the Feb. 14 shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.


Oct. 30, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Gwinnett small business award winners

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce recently presented its 2018 Pinnacle Small Business Awards, which honor the county’s entrepreneurs for their contributions to local economic growth. The Overall Gwinnett Small Business of the Year and the Small Business of the Year employing 25 or more is Winton Machine Company, which designs and builds machines for industries such as aerospace, electronics and HVAC, along with the military.


Oct. 30, 2018 WABE 90.1

Data Guru Ryan Anderson Does Deep Dive Into Georgia’s Early Votes

Jim Burress reports, by day, Ryan Anderson works in marketing for a local agency. By night, weekend, early morning–whenever he’s not at his day job–he’s watching, crunching, and posting Georgia’s early voting numbers.  Anderson describes his website,, as “a simple website that takes publicly available early voting information and organizes it in a way that’s useful.”


Oct. 30, 2018 Georgia Health News

Special Report: Doctors born in India filling medical gaps

Katja Ridderbusch reports that Dr. Alluri Raju vividly remembers how, more than 30 years ago, his ethnicity brought a patient to tears. Back then, the young physician was known in the small southwest Georgia town of Richland as “the Indian doctor.” “I had this patient in her 90s, a very nice and very sick lady,” he recalls. One time, when he made a house call to see her, she started crying. “I asked her why, and she said, ‘Oh, we treated you so badly.’ ”


Oct. 30, 2018 Albany Herald

Albany-Dougherty Chamber, EDC push for passage of Freeport Exemption

Terry Lewis reports, most voters have probably seen the ads and yard signs that proclaim “Vote Yes on Freeport.” Passage of the local measure would add a fourth tax-exempt freeport category for electronic fulfillment centers such as the Webstaurant Store on Mitchell Avenue in Albany. “Adding that fourth category would make Dougherty County an early adopter and make the county more attractive to recruiting new internet order fulfillment centers,” Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission President Justin Strickland said Monday.


Oct. 30, 2018 GPB

Obama To Campaign For Abrams Friday Ahead Of Election

Stephen Fowler reports that former President Barack Obama will campaign with Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams and other candidates on Friday.  According to the Democratic Party of Georgia, Obama and Abrams will be joined by Lt. Governor nominee Sarah Riggs Amico, 6th Congressional District nominee Lucy McBath and 7th Congressional District Nominee Carolyn Bourdeaux. 


Oct. 30, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Huge — maybe historic — turnout for early voting on Saturday

Helen Oliviero reports, with hundreds of people waiting in line outside the polls in Marietta on a chilly Saturday morning, Cobb County appears on track for a “historic turnout” for a gubernatorial election. Janine Eveler, director of elections and registration for Cobb County, said wait lines at the main election office on Whitlock Avenue were between three to four hours late Saturday morning. 



Oct. 29, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Report says Augusta-area economy grew $1.6B in three years

Damon Cline reports that nearly every sentient being in town knows the metro Augusta region is on a major economic upswing. But it’s always nice to put a number on it. Metro Augusta’s economy grew $1.65 billion between 2015 and 2018.


Oct. 29, 2018 Georgia Trend  - Exclusive!

Attracting girls to engineering

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Society of Women Engineers recently held its seventh annual Girls Engineer It Day at Savannah’s Woodville-Tompkins Technical and Career High School. Approximately 400 middle and high school students turned out for an afternoon of hands-on activities designed to expose them, their parents and educators to different types of engineering.


Oct. 29, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta’s first black flight dispatcher retires after 50-year career

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that when Joe Jackson walked into flight control at Delta Air Lines on his first day as an assistant dispatcher in 1980, he noticed something. “I didn’t see anyone else” who was black, said Jackson, who was 32 at the time. “The first time I came in and I looked around, the only thing I saw was older white men.”


Oct. 29, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola targeting Generation Z with new tomato juice and 'Sprite Lymonade'  

Alex Gailey reports that Coca-Cola is releasing a new lineup of drinks mainly targeting Generation Z with a variety of funky flavors and names. As part of its wider goal to become a "total beverage company," Coca-Cola debuted the new products at the 2018 NACS Show in Las Vegas. While overall customer satisfaction with sugary sodas continues to fall, Coca-Cola is investing more into convenience retail to attract and engage Generation Z.


Oct. 29, 2018 UGA

UGA wins national award for helping rural community sustain local health care

Kelly Simmons reports that the University of Georgia has received a national Award of Excellence from the University Economic Development Association for its work in rural Georgia to save a local hospital from closing and to improve medical service for community residents. The Archway Partnership, a unit of UGA’s Division of Public Service and Outreach, won the top award during the UEDA’s annual summit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Oct. 21-23.


Oct. 29, 2018 Saporta Report

Decatur-based coalition gets $29.97 million boost from Gates Foundation

Maria Saporta reports that the Bill & Melinda Gates has done it again. A coalition housed at the Decatur-based Task Force for Global Health has received a new five-year $29.97 million grant from the foundation, the nonprofit announced Friday morning. The grant will fund the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD) – to support research and to continue efforts to control and eliminate five neglected tropical diseases.


Oct. 29, 2018 WABE 90.1

State Dems: 4,700 Absentee Ballot Requests Missing In DeKalb County

Emma Hurt and Johnny Kauffman report that the Georgia Democratic Party, and the campaign of Democrat Stacey Abrams say 4,700 pre-completed absentee ballot requests went missing this fall after they arrived at the DeKalb County Board of Elections, potentially leaving voters confused, and unsure how to cast a ballot in the Nov. 6 midterm elections. But DeKalb County says there’s no evidence the ballot requests went missing.


Oct. 29, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal

Independents, undecided hold key to Georgia governor’s race

Don McKee reports that the race for Georgia governor remains very tight with Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams in a virtual tie – little changed over the course of the past two months despite millions of dollars being poured into each campaign. In a race that has drawn national attention, Democrats and liberal supporters around the country are hoping that Abrams will become the first black woman ever elected governor in this country.


Oct. 29, 2018 WSB Radio

Reports: Trump headed to Macon next Sunday to stump for Kemp

Greg Bluestein reports that President Donald Trump appears set to host a rally in Macon on Nov. 4 for Brian Kemp, seeking to give the Republican’s campaign for governor a major boost ahead of his showdown against Democrat Stacey Abrams. Multiple news outlets reported that Trump would include a stop in Macon as part of a nationwide blitz of campaign rallies across the nation before the Nov. 6 election.


Oct. 29, 2018 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

Local Republican Party leaders expect big crowd and Pence/Kemp rally

Charles Oliver reports that Vice President Mike Pence's rally Thursday in Dalton is aimed at firing up the Republican Party's base and getting supporters out to vote, say local GOP leaders. Pence and the Republican Party gubernatorial candidate, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, will appear at the convention center Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The two also have rallies scheduled for Savannah and the Augusta area that day.


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

Redistricting could let new governor shape Georgia politics for decade

James Salzer reports that one of the least talked about but possibly most politically far-reaching issues in this year’s race for governor is how the outcome could affect which party dominates Georgia politics in the 2020s. The next governor — either Republican Brian Kemp or Democrat Stacey Abrams — will preside over the drawing of new political boundaries for Congress and the state Legislature in 2021, with the power to approve or veto new maps drawn to comply with population changes that show up in the 2020 census.



Oct. 26, 2018

Deal: BlackRock to create Innovation Hub in Fulton County

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm and a technology solutions provider, has chosen Atlanta for the company’s newest Innovation Hub. BlackRock plans to build its presence in Fulton County, partner with the Atlanta business community and local universities, and create 1,000 career opportunities over the next several years. 


Oct. 26, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Fare: Pie in the Sky

Staff reports that this time of year, Clayton is often clogged with traffic from the annual pilgrimage of Atlantans headed to the North Georgia Mountains to buy apples and cider, rummage through the antique and junk shops and, of course, see the beginnings of the beautiful fall foliage.


Oct. 26, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta jobs and wages rise — along with hopes for holiday hiring

Michael E. Kanell reports, defying the local trend of a September hiring lull, metro Atlanta’s economy added jobs last month, according to a report Thursday from the Georgia Department of Labor. Despite worries about a trade war with China or the ups and downs of the stock market, companies are adding employees and many blue-collar workers are starting to see higher wages.


Oct. 26, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Family of Interface founder Ray Anderson carrying on his environmental mission

Maria Saporta reports that Ray C. Anderson, a corporate environmental evangelist, died more than seven years. But his legacy lives on – as strong as ever. The two major vehicles for Anderson’s continued influence over corporate America include the company he founded – Interface, Inc., and his philanthropy, the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.


Oct. 26, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Georgia Ports starts projects to grow capacity at Brunswick ports

Staff reports that Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch said Thursday that several infrastructure projects are planned to increase capacity at the Brunswick port. Lynch made the comments at the annual Brunswick State of the Port address. Lynch said over the next 12 months, GPA will add 60 dockside acres to the Roll-on/Roll-off operation.


Oct. 26, 2018

Bullish on Atlanta, Turkish Airlines Opens New Buckhead Sales and Operations Office 

Trevor Williams reports that Turkish Airlines opened a new sales and operations office in Buckhead Thursday as part of a broader plan to provide more hands-on service in the Atlanta market, where it flies five days per week from Istanbul. 


Oct. 26, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Defense Digital celebrates space at Georgia Cyber Center

Tom Corwin reports that Defense Digital Services, which seeks to pair Army technical talent with civilian experts to work on complex problems, celebrated Thursday its move into the Georgia Cyber Center as it and the U.S., Army Cyber Command seek greater partnerships with industry and academia in the Augusta area.


Oct. 26, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

AU Health closes on $85 million in tax-exempt bonds

Damon Cline reports that Augusta Univesity Health System on Thursday reported closing on $85 million worth of tax-exempt bonds, which system officials said would help pay off some of its variable-rate debt as well as fund major capital projects – including a proposed hospital in Columbia County.


Oct. 26, 2018 Georgia Health News 

Georgia No. 8 in youth obesity, report says

Andy Miller reports that nearly 1 in 5 Georgia youths from ages 10 to 17 are obese, according to a new report. The 18.4 percent figure gives Georgia the eighth-highest rate among states. The analysis, released this week, also showed racial and ethnic disparities in the obesity figures. In Georgia, the Hispanic youth obesity rate is highest, at 32.8 percent, while black youths were at 23.4 percent and whites at 13.5 percent.


Oct. 26, 2018 GPB

Judge: Counties Must Stop Rejecting Absentee Ballots With Signature Mismatch

Stephen Fowler reports that Georgia elections officials will no longer reject absentee mail-in ballots with signatures that do not match those on file. In a federal court order Thursday, a judge ruled that absentee ballots with a signature mismatch will now become provisional, county officials have to notify the voters of the mismatch via first-class mail and email if available, and voters can send an attorney to present their ID if they cannot come in person.


Oct. 26, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Kemp on the leaked audio, Abrams blasts ‘assassination’ attempts and Athens bragging rights

Greg Bluestein reports that Republican Brian Kemp called the backlash over the audio of him warning supporters about Stacey Abrams’ voter turnout operation “ridiculous,” and said it was an example of his attempts to energize conservative voters. 



Oct. 25, 2018 WABE 90.1

Judge Orders Ga. Officials To Accept ‘Signature Mismatches’ On Absentee Ballot 

Tasnim Shamma reports that a federal judge in Atlanta issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday for elections officials to accept ballots and ballot applications with signatures that don’t match what voters have on file.


Oct. 25, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Increasing global connections

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that a U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $2.25-million grant to Georgia State University (GSU) and Georgia Tech for establishment of the Atlanta Global Studies Center (AGSC). The interdisciplinary center will be located at both universities and focus on research, specialized instruction in international education and less-commonly-taught languages, such as Korean, Portuguese, Hindi and Arabic.


Oct. 25, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Seattle company backed by Google picks Atlanta for hundreds of jobs

Matt Kempner reports that Seattle-based company backed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says it has picked Atlanta for its second big office, but the project isn’t Amazon’s hotly pursued second headquarters.  Convoy, which also landed funding from Google, Microsoft’s Bill Gates and others, is hoping to shake up the nation’s trucking industry.


Oct. 25, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Walmart exec in Atlanta: We want to redevelop our parking lots into bustling town centers

Amy Wenk reports that the nation’s largest retailer wants to develop its sprawling parking lots into bustling town centers. Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) is evaluating whether to transform underused land at its stores across the U.S. (including Metro Atlanta) into new offerings such as restaurants, shops, food halls, parks, entertainment venues and more, said a top executive with Walmart during an Oct 23 retail conference in Atlanta.


Oct. 25, 2018

SEWON to Undertake $160 Million Expansion in Troup County, Hiring 100

Trevor Williams reports that South Korean automotive body frame supplier SEWON America is expanding its Troup County plant to the tune of $160 million as it gears up for new models to be made at nearby Kia and Hyundai plants. The move will create 100 new jobs in LaGrange, where the company arrived years ago to serve Kia’s West Point factory, which now churns out 360,000 vehicles per year. 


Oct. 25, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald

Ceremony to celebrate new FedEx facility in Braselton 

FedEx Ground on Thursday will play host to a grand opening ceremony to celebrate the opening of a new distribution center in Braselton. The ribbon cutting ceremony for the new 500,000-square-foot facility on Braselton Parkway starts at 11 a.m. FedEx Ground officials will join customers, state, and local officials at the celebration.


Oct. 25, 2018 Brunswick News

Finance committee to consider recommendation on $2.5 million beach restoration grant

Taylor Cooper reports that Glynn County Finance Committee is scheduled to meet Friday to consider recommending, among other things, the Glynn County Commission bypass the normal bidding process to hire an engineering firm specializing in coastal management. According to a county memo, the county is looking for a firm to help it figure how to most efficiently spend a $2.5 million grant from the state Department of Community Affairs — awarded through the OneGeorgia Authority — for beach restoration projects.


Oct. 25, 2018 Albany Herald

Georgia Department of Corrections: Recidivism rates down between 2014 and 2015

Staff reports that Georgia Department of Corrections has noted a significant decrease in recidivism rates due to the number of programs and services now available to offenders. The agency said that Fiscal Year 2015 data indicates that the three-year felony reconviction rates of program completers versus the general population has had a substantial impact.


Oct. 25, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

This duck is a cash cow. Five things to know about Aflac’s third-quarter financials.

Tony Adams reports, if it  weren’t so famous for its wildly popular Aflac duck campaign, the supplemental insurer headquartered on Wynnton Road in Columbus could easily promote itself as a cash cow. That’s because Aflac on Wednesday reported a surging profit in the third quarter of 2018, as well as for the first nine months of this year, giving investors in its stock and employees who rely on the company for their livelihood plenty to cheer about.


Oct. 25, 2018 Saporta Report

Impatience growing for information on Renew Atlanta construction projects  

Maggie Lee reports, as a $250 million Atlanta public program for road, bridge, sidewalk and public building works is going through a bit of a reset, there’s some impatience for information about what will — and won’t — get done.


Oct. 25, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Political Insider

Yet another poll raises the possibility of a Georgia gov runoff

Greg Bluestein reports that a new NBC News/Marist poll is the latest to raise the possibility of a runoff in the Georgia race to governor, showing both candidates hovering below the majority-vote threshold to win the contest outright. The poll showed Brian Kemp leading Stacey Abrams 46-45 – a statistically insignificant difference within the margin of error.



Oct. 24, 2018 WABE 90.1

Deal Calls For Special Legislative Session To Address Hurricane Costs

Sam Whitehead reports that Gov. Nathan Deal says he’s notified Georgia legislative leaders he plans to convene a special session of the Georgia General Assembly next month. It’s to address the damage caused by Hurricane Michael earlier this month. The governor says many communities in southwest Georgia sustained heavy losses from the storm and he wants to make sure those areas have the resources they need to recover.


Oct. 24, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Trendsetters: Spooky Success

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that in 20 spine-tingling years, the founders of Gwinnett County’s Netherworld Haunted House have turned their passion for scaring people into business success. Their chill-producing walk-through attraction has achieved national notoriety with its ghoulish special effects and live actors, luring more than 75,000 thrill seekers annually in the five- to six-week period around Halloween.


Oct. 24, 2018 Georgia Dept. of Agriculture

Updated Damage Assessments from Hurricane Michael Released

Staff reports that new and updated damage assessments continue to show unprecedented losses for Georgia’s number one industry. “These estimations are a clear indicator of the unfortunate devastation many of our farmers and farm families have had to endure," said Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black. "These staggering numbers are tough to read, but Georgia farmers have shown great resilience through this unsettling time and we will continue to stand with them.”


Oct. 24, 2018 Albany Herald

Southwest Georgia pecan crop hit hard by Michael

Terry Lewis reports that Georgia’s pecan industry was forever changed by Hurricane Michael, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Pecan Specialist Lenny Wells. In Dougherty, Lee and Mitchell counties, which produce 30 percent of Georgia’s pecan crop, Wells estimates that 30-40 percent of the pecan trees were destroyed.


Oct. 24, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta City Hall releases new deal terms for $5B Gulch project

J. Scott Trubey reports that Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ office on Tuesday released new terms for a proposed public financing package for the $5 billion development of downtown’s Gulch that removes a controversial extension of a special taxing district. The new deal reduces its dependence on bond financing, reducing long-term borrowing costs - including interest - that future tax dollars would cover.


Oct. 24, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Purchasing Power acquires Atlanta-based fintech company DoubleNet Pay  

Jessica Saunders reports that Atlanta-based employee purchase voluntary benefit program Purchasing Power has acquired the software technology assets of Atlanta-based fintech company DoubleNet Pay Inc. The value of the transaction wasn’t disclosed. The deal closed on Sept. 28. The acquisition gives Purchasing Power the technology to present automated savings and bill-paying capabilities to large U.S. employers and their employees. It’s the company’s first acquisition.


Oct. 24, 2018

Deal: Wincore Window Company to create 150 Jobs in Emanuel County

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Wincore Window Company LLC, a leading American manufacturer of premium vinyl windows and fiberglass entry door systems, will create 150 new jobs and invest $6.5 million in a manufacturing facility in Swainsboro.


Oct. 24, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Officials break ground for Eastern Wharf development in Savannah

Katie Nussbaum reports that a  few ceremoniously tossed shovelfuls of dirt marked the official start of the long anticipated Eastern Wharf development at the east end of River Street on Tuesday morning. Previously named the Savannah River Landing, the 54-acre, multi-use development is slated to bring housing, hospitality and retail and office space to the site.


Oct. 24, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald

More cakes on the way – Fire won’t stop Benson’s Bakery

Joe Johnson and Lee Shearer report that Monday’s fire at Benson’s Bakery sent towering plumes of smoke hundreds of feet into the sky as hot flames consumed a portion of the bakery complex in downtown Bogart. Amazingly, though, workers possibly started making cakes again at Benson’s as soon as Tuesday.


Oct. 24, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal

Home Depot could build new offices, bring 700 jobs to Cumberland

Ross Williams reports that Home Depot and the Development Authority of Cobb County have hammered out a plan to create 700 jobs in Cobb County. The Cobb-based home improvement retail company currently employs 14,000 people in the county between its Cumberland headquarters and its Marietta technology center located off Franklin Gateway.


Oct. 24, 2018 Gainesville Times

New industrial park could bring 2 million square feet of space off Ga. 365

Jeff Gill reports that a 4-year-old plan for a 476-acre, mixed-use development off Ga. 365 in North Hall has resurfaced as a larger, mostly industrial project that no longer has a residential component. Gainesville-based Capstone Property Group is proposing a 519-acre development consisting of 2 million square feet of industrial space, including as much a 1 million square feet for a single user, said Jonathan Collins of Capstone.


Oct. 24, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

TSYS news includes profit, reduced debt, Bass Pro/Cabela’s conversion, new board exec

Tony Adams reports that credit-card and payment processor TSYS, there were several milestones in the third quarter of 2018, with the firm reporting Tuesday a profit of $156 million on total revenues of just over $1 billion. “We were very pleased to continue our momentum and performance for the third quarter as all three of our segments delivered exceptional results,” said TSYS Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Troy Woods in a statement.


Oct. 24, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Synovus CEO talks of profit, helping hurricane victims, acquisition of Florida bank

Tony Adams reports that Synovus Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kessel Stelling unveiled his banking company’s third-quarter earnings report Tuesday, he also touched on Hurricanes Michael and Florence, as well as the firm’s pending $2.9 billion buyout of South Florida-based FCB Holdings Inc. The bottom line: Synovus, headquartered in Columbus, posted a profit, or net income, of $99.3 million, or 84 cents per share, in the July-through-September period.


Oct. 24, 2018 Georgia Health News

More transparency urged on tax donation program for rural hospitals

Andy Miller reports that tens of millions of dollars in business and individual donations have gone to Georgia rural hospitals this year, thanks to a popular state tax credit program. But how hospitals are spending that money this year has not been officially tracked, the state says. And right now, there apparently isn’t publicly available information on how much in donations that each eligible hospital has received so far in 2018.


Oct. 24, 2018 Brunswick News

Georgia oyster farming pitched to House panel

Wes Wolfe reports that there are many steps ahead before Georgia could open up the coast for oyster cultivation, but that process continued Tuesday morning as the meeting of the House Rural Development Council concluded at the College of Coastal Georgia. State Rep. Jeff Jones, R-St. Simons Island, is still working on language for a bill he hopes will pass the General Assembly in the 2019 session.


Oct. 24, 2018 GPB

Few Surprises In First Televised Georgia Governor Debate

Stephen Fowler reports that a fire alarm going off a few minutes into the live debate for Georgia’s governor was probably the most unpredictable part of the night. It’s the first time the three candidates shared the stage ahead of the Nov. 6 election, and the candidates largely stuck to campaign talking points. Republican secretary of state Brian Kemp reminded viewers about his plan to stop street gangs, Democrat Stacey Abrams continued her push for Medicaid expansion, and both major candidates sparred over voting rights in the election.


Oct. 24, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Political Insider

Abrams and Kemp both back jet-fuel tax break as new vote nears 

Greg Bluestein reports that both leading contenders for Georgia governor support a tax break for Delta Air Lines and other air carriers ahead of a special legislative session where lawmakers could get the chance to settle the controversial debate.  At Tuesday’s gubernatorial debate, both Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams said they supported the tax exemption, which could save the Atlanta-based airline about $40 million a year. 



Oct. 23, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times

Early Voting Robust Across Georgia

Jill Nolin reports that the first week of early voting in Georgia’s midterms attracted a steady stream of voters who, in some cases, were willing to wait in line for hours to cast a ballot. As of Thursday, nearly 400,000 people had already voted either in person or with an absentee ballot.


Oct. 23, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Organizations: Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort

Candice Dyer reports that the baby owl, known as an owlet, kept hopping around in circles. She had a cataract, which rendered her partially blind and unable to survive in the wild. The raptor found a home, though, at Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE), where staffers named her Gazer.


Oct. 23, 2018  Atlanta Journal-Constitution

NCR to buy payment processor JetPay for $184 million 

J. Scott Trubey reports that Atlanta-based NCR, which makes ATMs and checkout systems, on Monday announced a deal to buy a Pennsylvania company that processes payments. NCR said it will buy JetPay for $184 million through existing cash and credit lines, and the deal has been approved by the boards of both companies.


Oct. 23, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Macon-based swimming pool services giant sold to Authority Brands

Katishi Maake reports that Authority Brands LLC has acquired the nation's largest swimming pool services company, America's Swimming Pool Co. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Authority Brands is the parent company of two leading home service franchisors, The Cleaning Authority and Homewatch CareGivers.


Oct. 23, 2018 Emory University

The Marcus Foundation renews support for 15 physician researchers 

Holly Korshun reports that the Marcus Foundation has announced a new $5 million gift to the Department of Pediatrics in Emory University School of Medicine to renew support for 15 pediatric physician/researchers in the Marcus Society in Pediatrics. The Society was launched in 2005, and elevated in 2012 with a $5 million gift from The Marcus Foundation.


Oct. 23, 2018 Brunswick News

Oyster season opens Wednesday

Wes Wolfe reports, after a closure because of the length of the summer heat, Georgia oyster season is scheduled to open as of 6 a.m. Wednesday. For the past 10 years, the state Department of National Resources closed down commercial and recreational harvesting of oysters between June and September because the warmth of the water provides for a happy home for the Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria, which can be dangerous to people, if they ingest oysters with enough of a Vp buildup.


Oct. 23, 2018 Covington News

Justice Clarence Thomas joins local officials to dedicate Judicial Center addition

Darryl Welch reports that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas joined local officials and Newton County citizens Friday morning to dedicate the new addition to the Newton County Judicial Center. The $11 million addition was paid for using funds from the county’s 2011 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.


Oct. 23, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Women-owned companies increasing

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that October is National Women’s Small Business Month and there are more than 11.6 million reasons to celebrate. That’s the number of U.S. firms owned by women, which employ nearly 9 million workers and generate $1.7 trillion in sales, according to the National Association of Women Business Owners.


Oct. 23, 2018 Saporta Report

Proposal sputters for state takeover of Atlanta’s airport  

David Pendered reports that one apparent casualty of the campaign for Georgia governor is the proposed state takeover of Atlanta’s airport. The deadline for recommendations is Dec. 1, when the relevant Senate study committee is to be abolished, and just one hearing has been held out of the several that were discussed over the summer.


Oct. 23, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Layoff notices for some MOX employees expected to go out next month

Larry Taylor reports that the first wave of layoff notices to Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility employees at Savannah River Site is expected to go out in November. Employees were notified of the likely move Monday in an email from David Del Vecchio, the president and project manager of MOX Services LLC, the project’s prime contractor, a worker confirmed.


Oct. 23, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

What to watch at Tuesday’s first televised Georgia gov debate

Greg Bluestein reports that Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp will meet Tuesday for their first televised TV debate, a 7 p.m. showdown that will air on Georgia Public Broadcasting. It’s the first time the bitter rivals have shared a stage for a debate since the general election matchup was set, and both campaigns are preparing for what could be a critical moment in the nationally-watched race for Georgia governor



Oct. 22, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald

Hurricane Michael may be costliest disaster for Georgia agriculture

Lee Shearer reports that with damages estimated so far at $3 billion or more, Hurricane Michael is “the most expensive disaster Georgia has ever seen,” Georgia Commissioner of Public Health Patrick O’Neal recently told people attending a University of Georgia public health conference. After devastating parts of the Florida panhandle when it made landfall Oct. 10, Michael continued its path of destruction through Southwest Georgia, and officials are still adding up the losses.


Oct. 22, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

2018 Georgia’s Top 100 Public Companies

Anna Bentley and Suzanne Northington report that there’s a reason why Georgia has been consistently named the No. 1 place to do business in the country for five years in a row. A wealth of universities and tech colleges provide a pipeline of great talent. Flights from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport reach more than 80 percent of the country in less than 2 hours. The state’s ports handled 36 million tons of cargo last fiscal year, making it easy for companies to import goods and send their products around the globe.


Oct. 22, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Techstars Atlanta effort to spur growth

Michael E. Kanell reports that local experts say growth of Georgia’s tech sector is too important to be left to chance or nature: the field may be fertile, but it needs to be seeded, fertilized and fed.  Tech accounted last year for nearly 300,000 jobs with average pay of $85,681 a year and a total payroll of more than $25 billion, according to the Technology Association of Georgia.


Oct. 22, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta officials: We won’t fumble Super Bowl LIII

Dave Williams reports, from security to transportation to entertainment, Atlanta is ready to host Super Bowl LIII in February, officials representing the city and Mercedes-Benz Stadium said Friday. After all, it’s not like Atlanta hasn’t been the site of numerous sporting events over the years, including previous Super Bowls, NCAA Final Four tournaments and, just last January, college football’s national championship game.


Oct. 22, 2018 GPB

Long Road for Pecan Growers Hit by Hurricane Michael

Grant Blankenship reports that a lot of farms around southwest Georgia were hit with something like a bomb when Hurricane Michael plowed into the state last week. Cotton fields near harvest were blown bare and decades old pecan groves like the ones at Pine Knoll were leveled.


Oct. 22, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

Court rules state environmental agency must impose measures at Plant Hammond to reduce fish kill

Staff reports that a judge has instructed the state’s Environmental Protection Division should impose interim measures at Plant Hammond’s water intake to reduce the number of fish killed. According to a Coosa River Basin Initiative press release: An administrative law judge ruled the Georgia Environmental Protection Division must improve permit conditions by selecting a stop-gap measures to reduce the number of fish and aquatic species killed annually at Georgia Power’s Plant Hammond at its cooling water intake.


Oct. 22, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

SRNS honored for ash basin cleanup work

Staff reports that Savannah River Nuclear Solutions has received the Project Management Institute Award for Project Excellence for work completed at the Savannah River Site’s D-Area Ash Basin Project. The award recognizes global, large and complex projects that deliver superior performance of project management practices, superior organizational results, and positive impacts on society, according to a company news release.


Oct. 22, 2018

Cardlytics to Open First Asia Office in India

Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta-based Cardlytics plans to open its first Asia office next year in Visakhapatnam, an eastern Indian city making its case as a financial technology hub. The office will open in early 2019 and will ramp up to 80 employees by the following year, according to a news release by Cardlytics, which helps banks and other financial institutions manage their loyalty programs and better target marketing messages based on customers’ purchase history.


Oct. 22, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Fort Benning’s value to the Columbus economy a ‘massive’ $4.8 billion per year

Tony Adams reports, ponder this multibillion-dollar question: What if an employer guaranteeing nearly 22,000 good-paying jobs, and generating a ripple effect of about 37,000 more workers in the region around it, were to be on the market for any American city interested in it?


Oct. 22, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Komen’s fitness challenge

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, to help metro area residents get fit and raise money for local breast cancer services, Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta has launched the GET UP Fitness Challenge. Community involvement in the challenge will help achieve the organization’s goal of cutting breast cancer deaths in half by 2026. The organization is promoting regular exercise, which research has shown can lower the risk of breast cancer by 10 percent to 20 percent. 


Oct. 22, 2018 Georgia Health News

Ballot measure would help housing for people with mental illness

Andy Miller reports, at the end of the Georgia ballot this year is a referendum that, if approved, would help nonprofits provide permanent housing to homeless people with mental illness. Referendum B would allow a property tax exemption for nonprofit housing of these individuals in residences that get tax credit financing from for-profit business entities.


Oct. 22, 2018 Saporta Report 

Ron Johnson, president of Clark Atlanta University, to step down  

Maria Saporta reports that Clark Atlanta University President Ronald A. Johnson submitted his resignation Friday after a meeting with his board of trustees. In his letter of resignation, Johnson said he was resigning with a “heavy heart” and that he had made the decision for “personal reasons.” Johnson did say he was “reluctant” to leave and that he was “incredibly proud of what we accomplished together during this period of institutional transformation.” His departure will be effective Dec. 7.


Oct. 22, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Federal judge: Eagles Landing vote can proceed, but new city can’t shirk debt

Jim Galloway reports that a federal judge on Friday dismissed what is likely the last legal challenge to a Nov. 6 vote that could allow the creation of a city of Eagles Landing by dismantling a portion of the city of Stockbridge in Henry County.



Oct. 19, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Amazon plans tent warehouse in Effingham County

G. G. Riggsby reports that Amazon is planning a tent warehouse that will employ up to 100 people to sort packages in the Effingham Park of Commerce in southern Effingham County. The application for conditional use calls for a 9,400-square-foot “tent warehouse” that will be a maximum of 35 feet tall and will be used as a “postal sortation tent” that will operate for a “transitory period, 24 months max.”


Oct. 19, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

The Cutting Edge

Susan Percy reports, right up to the point that your bank account is drained or a hacker uses your stolen ID to file a phony tax return, you may be inclined to view big data breaches as theoretical problems. “If you lost access to an ATM or your bank account was at zero,” says Atlanta attorney and cybersecurity expert Justin Daniels, “that impact would come home to you.”


Oct. 19, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Norfolk Southern CEO talks potential Atlanta move as  Gulch vote nears

Scott Trubey reports that the CEO of Norfolk Southern told employees Thursday the company is looking to consolidate its headquarters in Atlanta, “but only if many aspects can be resolved,” the Virginian-Pilot newspaper reported.  Though the company had previously discussed a potential consolidation of its operations, the comments by CEO James Squires were the first formal acknowledgement of the railroad’s interest in a potential headquarters move from Norfolk, Va., to Atlanta.


Oct. 19, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Alpharetta company acquires biomedical firm in Tampa

Pam Huff reports that medical technology company out of Alpharetta has acquired Tampa-based Regenerative Medicine Solutions LLC, a biomedical services company in an all-stock transaction. Medovex Corp. was formed to acquire and develop a portfolio of medical tech products and services with disruptive characteristics, the statement said. RMS manages Lung Health Institute, which specializes in cellular therapies to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other chronic lung disorders.


Oct. 19, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

No cotton price spike after storm damage may be due to tariffs  

Doug Walker reports that while cotton crops in southern Georgia and Alabama have been nearly destroyed by Hurricane Michael — local farmers haven’t seen an expected spike in prices and that may be due to tariffs. Richard Lindsey, a former Alabama legislator from Centre who is a major cotton producer, said so far the hurricane seems to have had very little impact on prices. "We thought it would cause some pretty significant increases, but I think the tariff situation is overriding the storm situation. China has virtually quit buying from the United States," Lindsey said.


Oct. 19, 2018 Albany Herald

Hurricane Michael recovery efforts continue in Dougherty County

Terry Lewis reports, as power outages in Albany were getting closer and closer to restoration, the focus is beginning to shift toward cleaning up and offering recovery resources to those impacted by Hurricane Michael. The Dougherty County Emergency Management Agency, along with Albany and Dougherty County officials, gave an update Thursday afternoon to inform the public as to the county’s progress in the storm recovery effort.


Oct. 19, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coca-Cola gives $2 million for youth programs in Atlanta

Anastaciah Ondieki reports that the Coca-Cola Foundation has donated $2 million to support youth development programs in Atlanta. The grant to the Atlanta Police Foundation’s Vision Safe Atlanta campaign will fund programs like the At-Promise Center.


Oct. 19, 2018 LaGrange Daily News

Series filmed in LaGrange receiving lots of national attention

Alicia B. Hill reports that October, locals lined up for the chance to serve as extras during the filming of The Haunting at Hill House. Now, the show is on Netflix and is already receiving national acclaim. The Netflix original series was filmed around the state of Georgia and included several LaGrange locations.


Oct. 19, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Carpet giant's new HQ showcases environmental commitment

Maria Saporta reports that new corporate headquarters of Interface Inc. is hard to miss. The building — directly across from the MARTA Arts Center Station on West Peachtree Street in Midtown — is wrapped in recyclable polyester with images of large trees. “We wrapped the building with a forest to use Mother Nature as our guide,” said Jay Gould, who joined Interface in 2015 as chief operating officer and became its CEO in 2017.


Oct. 19, 2018 GPB

Farming Georgia Oysters Could Revive Coastal Economies

Leighton Rowell and Virginia Prescott report, Georgia was once a leader in the oyster canning business, but the last cannery closed in the 1960s. In decades since, the local bivalves had a reputation as too wild, too muddy and too much work, so they didn't show up on a lot of menus. In the past few years, however, a group of people attuned to the estuaries of Glynn, Camden, Liberty and McIntosh counties have helped revive the Georgia oyster — through farming.


Oct. 19, 2018 Saporta Report

Spaceport Camden: FAA fails to reveal potential hazards, environmental group SELC contends  

David Pendered reports that the Federal Aviation Authority has ignored a request for information about potential hazards related to rocket launches from a proposed spaceport in Camden County, along Georgia’s coast, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta by the Southern Environmental Law Center.


Oct. 19, 2018 New York Times

After Hurricane Michael, Georgia Farmers Debate: Bad Luck, or Climate Change?

Glenn Thrush reports, Renee Moss was standing in her ruined cotton field, boot-toeing a fallen boll that looked like a dirty snowball and debating her husband, Clayton, about how maybe, just maybe, Hurricane Michael was a result of climate change. Weather has always been a worry for farmers, and they have been slower to accept the role of human activity in causing climate change as a group than their counterparts in cities, according to surveys conducted over the last decade.


Oct. 19, 2018 Macon Telegraph

Early voting numbers are spiking in Georgia during showdown for the governor’s seat

Stanley Dunlap reports that Seth Clark was not discouraged by waiting over an hour to vote at the Macon-Bibb County elections office on Monday, the first day of early voting. He said he was pleased by the number of people he saw who were voting early for the Nov. 6 general election, especially when compared to the lower turnout that’s more common in a non-presidential election year.


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

Deal cements hometown legacy with sparkling new Hall County campus 

Greg Bluestein reports that the ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday in Gov. Nathan Deal’s hometown will celebrate the completion of one of the costliest state building projects in recent Georgia history. It will also mark a signature achievement for the Gainesville Republican. 



Oct. 18, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times, Dalton Daily Citizen-News

Pecans take hard hit: Prices not expected to climb

Jill Nolin reports that country’s top pecan producing state will likely end up with about half of its prized crop after Hurricane Michael ripped through southwest Georgia orchards last week. Still, nut lovers aren’t likely to feel the effects this holiday season. That’s largely because global affairs are keeping the price of that pecan pie in check, in spite of the hit to the nation’s pecan supply.


Oct. 18, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Statewide Stewardship

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, on Nov. 6, Georgians going to the polls will have an opportunity to vote on Amendment 1, the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act. The act calls for a percentage of taxes collected on recreational equipment to go toward funding the protection of the state’s natural resources, which will in turn lead to boosting our outdoor recreation economy.


Oct. 18, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Atlanta home sales dive from year ago

Michael E. Kanell reports that the retreat in Atlanta’s housing market is becoming a rout: the number of home sales last month took a double-digit tumble from a year ago, according to two reports issued this week. While the reports do not track exactly the same turf, they paint similar pictures of a cooling market: The Atlanta Realtors Association reports that sales were off 10.3 percent, while Re/Max Georgia, which covers more of the metro area, says sales were down a dramatic 15 percent.


Oct. 18, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta hotel developer buys long-vacant hole in Atlantic Station

Amy Wenk reports that affiliate of Atlanta-based Peachtree Hotel Group paid $3.75 million for the nearly one-acre site at 17th Street and Atlantic Drive, according to Fulton County property records. The deal closed Oct. 1. The site is a gap along Atlantic Station’s parking deck, sandwiched between the Twelve Midtown hotel and the BB&T Tower.


Oct. 18, 2018 Georgia Southern University

College of Business 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 – Young & Soaring

Staff reports that in the 40 Under 40 Class of 2018, 12 alumni hail from the College of Business. On Friday, September 28, all members from the Class of 2018 40 Under 40 were invited to campus for lunch to be recognized for their accomplishments. Following lunch, the College of Business hosted its alumni, along with approximately 30 business students to network and discuss building a legacy as a young professional.


Oct. 18, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Savannah and Brunswick ports post ‘impressive volumes’ for September

Staff reports that growth at the Georgia Ports continued in September with double-digit increases in cargo handled in Savannah and Brunswick. The Port of Savannah handled 364,900 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in September, for 23 consecutive months of growth.


Oct. 18, 2018 GPB

King Cotton Unable To Escape Hurricane Michael's Wrath

Ross Terrell reports that Georgia's agriculture industry suffered devastation at the hands of Hurricane Michael. Pecan trees were toppled, chicken houses destroyed, and seemingly all farmers in southwest Georgia are working to recover. Cotton was no exception. More than a million acres were planted this year before Michael hit. 


Oct. 18, 2018 Saporta Report

UPS leader David Abney talks about shipping in an age of some trade anxiety

Maggie Lee reports in a world with a trade-warring U.S. president, Eurosceptics in Great Britain and a China trying to expand its trade footprint, UPS CEO David Abney talked about what’s on his mind as someone who oversees a global shipping and logistics company during a Q & A on Wednesday. Abney made the case for freer trade, speaking to an audience of more than 100 people at a lunch on Wednesday hosted by the World Affairs Council of Atlanta.


Oct. 18, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive! 

Economic Development Around the State 

Christy Simo reports that a record 455 film and TV productions were shot in Georgia in FY 2018, generating $2.7 billion in direct spending and a total economic impact of $9.5 billion. The industry is responsible for more than 92,100 jobs and nearly $4.6 billion in wages in the state, and more than 300 new businesses have relocated or expanded in Georgia to support it.


Oct. 18, 2018

AGCO Chief Executive Knighted for Commitment to France’s Culture and Economy 

Trevor Williams reports, AGCO Corp.’s chief executive doesn’t paper over the differences between Germany, the country of his heritage, and France, where he has pursued a life of learning that culminated in his being knighted by the French government this week. When the tractor and agricultural products manufacturer decided to move the home of its Massey-Ferguson brand to Beauvais, France, from England, some feared there would be a clash of German directness and French sensitivity. 


Oct. 18, 2018 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

Rural hospital tax credits reopened

Jill Nolin reports, a tax credit program benefiting Georgia’s most fragile hospitals has not been maxed out after all. The state Department of Revenue announced Wednesday that the program will be reopened for donations. The agency did not say how much of the $60 million in tax credits remain untapped.


Oct. 18, 2018 Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Legislature in Limbo

Neil McGahee reports that the appointment of District 14 State Representative Christian Coomer to the Georgia Court of Appeals in September is already creating confusion among October's early voters. The ballots have already been printed with instructions to select incumbent Coomer or a write-in candidate to be the District 14 representative, leaving voters wondering what to do. "People think they should write-in the names of the candidates seeking the District 14 House seat," said Bartow Elections Supervisor Joseph Kirk. "But that is not necessary."


Oct. 18, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Stacey Abrams talks Medicaid, jobs, more in Chronicle editorial interview

Susan McCord reports that Stacey Abrams, Georgia’s Democratic candidate for governor, touched on plans to expand Medicaid, create jobs, improve mental health care and much more if she’s elected in a Wednesday interview with The Augusta Chronicle’s editorial board.


Oct. 18, 2018 New York Times

Stone Mountain: The Largest Confederate Monument Problem in the World

Richard Fausset reports, the Rev. Ferrell Brown, a white pastor at a suburban Atlanta megachurch, stood on the big bald top of Stone Mountain on a warm Saturday morning, sharing a stage with two relatives of those murdered at a black church in Charleston, S.C., three years ago. In front of him were 2,000 evangelical Christians — mostly a mix of black and white Southerners — who had come to the mountaintop to worship across racial barriers.


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

Experience, crime fuel debate in attorney general

Christian Boone reports, in a statewide race between two unlikely candidates, an issue generally confined to the local level has taken center stage. The Republican incumbent, Attorney General Chris Carr, and his Democrat opponent, Charlie Bailey, a former Fulton prosecutor, agree: Gangs constitute a growing threat to public safety.



Oct. 17, 2018 GPB

After Michael, Georgia Farmers 'Can't Walk Away,' But Struggle To Start Over  

Virginia Prescott, Leighton Rowell, Amy Kiley and Laraven Taylor report that Hurricane Michael swept across south Georgia last week, devastating the state's pecan orchards, cotton plants, chicken coops and peanut crops. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator Brock Long said Monday the true cost of the devastation won't be clear for some time. Irwin County pecan grower Randy Hudson and Berrien County cotton grower Mark Peele told "On Second Thought" they expect it could take generations for Georgia farmers to recoup their losses — if ever.


Oct. 17, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

At Issue: Battle of the Bases

Kerwin Swint writes, Nov. 6 beckons. Election Day 2018 is just around the corner, and with it comes some very important contests with very large stakes. Nationally, the big question will be, can Democrats win enough U.S. House seats to take a majority and hand the speaker’s gavel back to Nancy Pelosi?


Oct. 17, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mayor Bottoms names Atlanta’s first chief housing officer

J. Scott Trubey reports that Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Tuesday announced the appointment of the city’s first chief housing officer, a new cabinet position tasked with helping the mayor fulfill one of her most ambitious campaign pledges. Terri Lee, a well-respected senior city executive and current deputy commissioner in the city’s Department of Planning and Community Development, will serve as quarterback to the city’s various affordable housing initiatives.


Oct. 17, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

WebMD buys Atlanta-based oncology educator

Anthony Noto reports that WebMD continues its M&A streak. The New York–based company, known for its online portal that provides millions of Americans with health information, recently confirmed that it has acquired medical-education company Prime Oncology. The acquisition of Atlanta-based "prIME," expands the global reach of WebMD's Medscape Education segment.


Oct. 17, 2018 Saporta Report

New reports: Metro Atlanta’s housing prices rise, further pressuring lower cost homes  

David Pendered reports that a report released Tuesday suggests there’s no reason to suspect prices will decline anytime soon in the rental apartment sector. This would seem to increase pressure on advocates of affordable housing as they seek to entice developers to build units and price them at below-market rates. Likewise, a second report released Tuesday shows sales prices for single-family detached houses in metro Atlanta rose over the past year by a median rate of 9.5 percent.


Oct. 17, 2018

Panasonic to Move Some Asian Battery Production to Columbus, Ga.

Trevor Williams reports that Japan’s Panasonic is moving some production of specialized batteries from Indonesia to a plant in Columbus, Ga., by the end of 2018. It’s the latest example of a Japanese firm bringing more work to Georgia to be save on logistics costs and cut down lead times to end customers.


Oct. 17, 2018 Forbes

The Hidden Tragedy Of Hurricane Michael And Georgia Agriculture - How It Affects You

Marshall Shepherd reports, from Florida to Virginia, states are recovering from multiple punches thrown at them by Hurricane Michael. Meteorologically, Michael had the third-lowest pressure reading of any storm to strike the United States mainland. At 919 millibars, it ranks behind an unnamed Labor Day hurricane (1935) and Hurricane Camille (1969).


Oct. 17, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times

South Georgia rallies to help hurricane victims

Terry Richards reports that the Valdosta area is stepping up to the plate in helping the victims of Hurricane Michael. South Georgia residents and organizations are taking donations and sending all the help they can raise to areas of north Florida and southwest Georgia, which were ravaged last week by the storm. Shaun Eickenberry, owner of Winnersville Fitness, headed to Conttondale, Fla., Sunday with chainsaws to help clear debris and handed out water and other goods.


Oct. 17, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal

Reeves and Southwell to face off for House seat

Ross Williams reports that State Rep. Bert Reeves, R-Marietta, has represented District 34 since 2014, when he ousted fellow Republican Charles Gregory. Reeves again defended his seat in 2016 after Democrat Justin Holsomback dropped out of the race. Now a new Democratic challenger has his sights set on Reeves' seat. Matt Southwell, former president of Cobb Young Democrats and an IT professional from Kennesaw, hopes to give him the boot in next month’s election.


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

How Exact Match 2.0 happened -- but the real question is why

Jim Galloway reports that 2018 election could become one of the most litigated in state history. Already, in June, we saw Georgia’s practice of purging from its rolls hundreds of thousands of voters, some dead and many others simply disinterested, given shelter by the U.S. Supreme Court.



Oct. 16, 2018

Deal: White House approves request for federal assistance

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal received notice from the White House that Georgia’s request for federal aid has been approved, including individual assistance for six counties impacted by Hurricane Michael. Thirty-one counties have been approved for public assistance. Deal made the request for federal assistance on Friday, Oct. 12, and the request was granted on Sunday, Oct. 14.


Oct. 16, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Arts and humanities award winners

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal recently honored ten organizations and individuals that have contributed to the state’s vitality in arts and humanities. The seventh annual governor’s awards program was presented in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia Humanities.


Oct. 16, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

UPS ramps up operations of massive Southeast regional hub in Atlanta

Kelly Yamananouchi reports that spanning the size of 19 football fields, a massive new UPS Southeast shipping hub in Atlanta is aimed at helping the company sort millions of packages as online shopping continues to skyrocket. Sandy Springs-based UPS is getting about $50 million in city, county and state tax incentives for the highly-automated regional hub next to Fulton County Airport.


Oct. 16, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle to add 600 jobs in Atlanta, renames building 'Salesforce Tower'

Douglas Sams reports that Inc. is adding 600 jobs in Atlanta and naming an office tower after itself. In a news release today, the San Francisco-based software provider unveiled the new name of its Southeast regional office as “Salesforce Tower Atlanta,” which had been known as Atlanta Plaza.


Oct. 16, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times

Trump surveys Georgia hurricane damage; President, First Lady fly into Robins AFB

Thomas Lynn reports that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived in Warner Robins Monday afternoon to assess Hurricane Michael damage in middle Georgia. Trump was greeted by Gov. Nathan Deal at Robins Air Force Base prior to leaving the base to survey damage to homes, businesses and Georgia’s cotton and pecan crops.


Oct. 16, 2018 GPB

Trump Pledges Post-Storm Help to Georgia Farmers During Macon Visit

Bradley George reports that President Trump promised federal help for Georgia farmers affected by Hurricane Michael. The President spoke Monday during a visit to a Red Cross command center in Macon.


Oct. 16, 2018 Saporta Report

Battle over Plant Vogtle costs Jacksonville a downgrade in credit ratings, outlook

David Pendered reports that the battle among the owners of Plant Vogtle over its continued construction has led to a lowering of the credit ratings of about $2.1 billion in bonds sold by Jacksonville, Fl. The concern is the city’s reliability to repay its debts, according to a rating action issued by Moody’s Investors Service. In addition to the credit downgrade, the outlook on the city’s bonds was downgraded from stable to negative.


Oct. 16, 2018 Georgia Trend

North Fulton County: On the Move

Lori Johnston reports that North Fulton’s cities have become such destinations that even on a Saturday morning the roads are packed. Once they arrive, residents and visitors fill the sidewalks of Alpharetta’s Avalon, Roswell’s Canton Street and Milton’s Crabapple area, where restaurants, shops and spas await.


Oct. 16, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Paine College suffers setback in accreditation lawsuit

Susan McCord reports that a judge has granted the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ motion for summary judgement in a lawsuit filed by Paine College to prevent the loss of its accreditation, but Paine President Jerry L. Hardee said the historically black college’s fight isn’t over yet.


Oct. 16, 2018 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

New industrial customer could give big boost to Dalton Utilities' revenue

Charles Oliver reports that Dalton Utilities' proposed 2019 budget forecasts some $224 million in revenue next year, up from a projected $210.7 million this year, about a 6.3 percent increase. And officials say a large, new industrial customer will be driving a large part of that revenue increase. "The largest driver will be a new industrial customer that will be using about 35 megawatts (of power) from the utility," said Dalton Utilities CEO Tom Bundros on Monday.


Oct. 16, 2018 Georgia Health News

Poor adults’ health needs addressed better with Medicaid expansion, federal report says

Andy Miller reports that low-income adults in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid are more likely to have unmet medical needs than the poor in states that expanded the government-run program, a federal report says. The report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), released Monday, based its estimates from a 2016 national survey.


Oct. 16, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

A new clash over voting engulfs Georgia gov candidates

Greg Bluestein reports that the clash over ballot access in the Georgia race for governor intensified on Monday as Republican Brian Kemp went on national TV to claim that his Democratic opponent wants “illegals to vote.” Stacey Abrams responded in campaign stops across middle Georgia by accusing him of “cherry-picking information” to willfully mislead the public three weeks before the election.



Oct. 15, 2018 GPB

Post Michael, Georgia Pecan Farmers Take Stock

Stephen Fowler reports that could take years for some of Georgia's pecan crops to recover after Hurricane Michael tore through the southwest part of the state on Wednesday.  Tim Brown is with Apollo Pecan Nursery and Groves in Preston, Ga., about halfway between Columbus and Albany. "Some of the larger trees that are 30-40 years old are split completely to the ground," he said. "I mean, that's a long-term loss."


Oct. 15, 2018 Georgia Trend

A ghoulish gem

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Stone Mountain is home to the nation’s No. 1 haunted house – Netherworld – according to Hauntworld Magazine. Each year during October, the walk-through attraction’s originality and film-industry quality draws visitors from all over the world. To learn more about how Netherworld has turned a rich imagination into real-life gold, read “Spooky Success” in Georgia Trend’s current issue.


Oct. 15, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City of Atlanta, CIM Group said to be near new terms on Gulch deal

Scott Trubey reports that Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and developer CIM Group were said late Sunday to be near new terms for a public financing package to support a massive $5 billion mixed-use development in downtown Atlanta’s Gulch. CIM has proposed a mini-city with office towers, hotels, apartments and retail spanning 40 downtown acres from the Five Points MARTA station to Mercedes-Benz Stadium.


Oct. 15, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Irish bioscience company opens new $1.2 billion Georgia plant

Amy Wenk reports that an Irish bioscience company this week celebrated the grand opening of its $1.2 billion plasma manufacturing facility in Covington, Ga., the largest economic development investment in the state during Gov. Nathan Deal’s eight-year term. Dublin-based Shire PLC (Nasdaq: SHPG) acquired the more than one million-square-foot plant when it merged with Baxalta in 2016. Shire collects plasma from donors and manufactures life-saving treatments for rare diseases.


Oct. 15, 2018 Macon Telegraph

Hurricane Michael causes ‘absolute devastation’ to some Georgia crops

Wayne Crenshaw reports that Rodney Dawson has farmed 48 seasons through severe drought and storms, but the damage to his crop after Hurricane Michael is the worst he ever saw. He had 4,600 acres of cotton planted in Pulaski and Wilcox counties. It was one of the best crops he had in years, and he had just started to harvest it when the storm hit.


Oct. 15, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Gulfstream G500 to be on display next month

Staff reports that Gulfstream G500, the latest offering from Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., will be on display next month during the The Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival. The G500 will be on display Nov. 2 at the Flights & Fancy Aerport Gala and the following day it will be on display at the Aero Expo.


Oct. 15, 2018 Covington News

Isakson, Perdue applaud Senate confirmation of Judge Billy Ray to U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia 

Staff reports that U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., applauded the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Judge William M. “Billy” Ray, II, of Grayson, to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.


Oct. 15, 2018 Washington Post

A senator snatched a student's phone while being asked about Georgia voter registration uproar

Amy B. Wang reports that an attempted conversation between a Georgia Tech student and Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) ended abruptly with the lawmaker snatching the student’s cellphone away while he was being asked about potential voter suppression in the state. The senator’s office has said the exchange, part of which was captured on video, was a misunderstanding.


Oct. 15, 2018 WABE 90.1

Civil Rights Groups File Lawsuit On Pending Voter Registrations

Tasnim Shamma reports that six civil rights groups are suing Georgia’s secretary of state for putting more than 53,000 voter registration applications on hold. The lawsuit was filed in a federal district court in Atlanta regarding the applications pending with the Secretary of State’s office. Secretary of State Brian Kemp is also running for governor in Georgia and faces criticism for his “exact match” policy.


Oct. 15, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times

Kemp: Voter suppression story 'manufactured' 

Thomas Lynn reports that Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Republican gubernatorial candidate, shot back Sunday at critics who say he and his office are suppressing minority voter turnout. The Associated Press reported recently that more than 53,000 Georgia voters, most of whom are black, have had their registrations placed on hold because of some kind of mismatch with a driver's license or Social Security information.


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

Early voting in Georgia starts Monday, a decisive election moment

Greg Bluestein reports that Democrat Stacey Abrams is crisscrossing the state to rally supporters to head to the polls early. Republican Brian Kemp is hitting rural hotspots to mobilize his backers. And down-ticket candidates are scrambling to help the push. The contenders for Georgia public offices move into a new phase in the election Monday as the early, in-person voting period begins.



Oct. 12, 2018 Georgia Health News, WABE 90.1

Many nursing homes, hospitals rely on generators after deadly wrath of Michael

Andy Miller reports that Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday morning that all hospitals and nursing homes in the state had power in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, though many were having to use backup generators. He said much of southwest Georgia, where the storm hit hardest, was inaccessible due to debris in roads.


Oct. 12, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Political Notes: Ups, Downs and In-betweens

Susan Percy reports that the Georgia Chamber of Commerce has endorsed three incumbent state officials in the upcoming Nov. 6 election: Republicans Gary Black, commissioner of agriculture; Chris Carr, attorney general; and Mark Butler, commissioner of labor. In the Public Service Commission races, the chamber endorsements went to Commissioners Chuck Eaton, District 3, and Tricia Pridemore, District 5.


Oct. 12, 2018 Macon Telegraph

Hurricane Michael causes ‘absolute devastation’ to some Georgia crops

Wayne Crenshaw reports that Rodney Dawson has farmed 48 seasons through severe drought and storms, but the damage to his crop after Hurricane Michael is the worst he ever saw. He had 4,600 acres of cotton planted in Pulaski and Wilcox counties. It was one of the best crops he had in years, and he had just started to harvest it when the storm hit. He was able to harvest only about 300 acres.


Oct. 12, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times

Michael slams southwest Georgia

Jill Nolin reports that extent of the statewide damage from Tropical Storm Michael was still coming into focus Thursday, as remnants of the storm finished passing through central and northeast Georgia. But this much was becoming apparent: The southwest corner of Georgia – Decatur County, in particular – bore the brunt of the storm, which crossed state lines as a Category 3 hurricane. Details remained scarce Thursday, as state officials struggled to even communicate with local officials there.


Oct. 12, 2018 Brunswick News 

"We were just blessed," Hurricane Michael impact could have been "so much worse"

Taylor Cooper reports that the Golden Isles sustained very little damage from Hurricane Michael, according to county and utility officials. Michael hit the Florida panhandle Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service. By that evening, heavy wind and rain reached Glynn County.


Oct. 12, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta reports $1.3 billion quarterly profit

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines reported a profit of $1.3 billion for the third quarter, up 13 percent from a year ago despite higher fuel costs and a $30 million hit from Hurricane Florence.  With passengers paying more for premium tickets, Delta president Glen Hauenstein said in a written statement, the company had “record revenues” in the third quarter, which ended Sept 30.


Oct. 12, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia DOT to expand broadband along interstate highways

Dave Williams reports that a plan to extend across Georgia a fiber-optic network that provides traffic updates along interstate highways primarily in metro Atlanta could help increase broadband availability in underserved rural communities. The  state Department of Transportation (DOT) plans to release a request for proposals by the end of the month for a telecommunications contractor interested in maintaining the agency’s existing broadband fiber-optic network and expanding it along interstate corridors throughout the state.


Oct. 12, 2018 Georgia State University

Researcher Gets $699,362 Grant To Identify, Support Older Adults In Mental Health Distress

Angela Turk reports that assistant professor Laura Shannonhouse of Georgia State University’s College of Education & Human Development will be the principal investigator on a two-year, $699,362 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to conduct research on preventing suicide and promoting life with older adults.


Oct. 12, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post

Growth, new trends highlighted at fourth annual Georgia Manufacturing Summit

Curt Yeomans reports, for the last five years, the manufacturing sector in Georgia has grown by 14 percent, according to Georgia Manufacturing Alliance CEO Jason Moss. At the same time, the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance has been growing too.


Oct. 12, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal

Jordan, Aldredge face each other in rematch

Shaddi Abusaid reports, having already faced each other in a special election last year, two women will square off again next month in the battle for District 6. State Sen. Jen Jordan, D-Atlanta, an attorney, and Republican Leah Aldridge, an attorney and lactation consultant, met last year in the eight-candidate “jungle primary” to fill the seat vacated by former Sen. Hunter Hill, R-Smyrna, so he could run for governor.


Oct. 12, 2018 New York Times

Complaints of Voter Suppression Loom Over Georgia Governor’s Race

Astead W. Herndon reports that ensions escalated in the already bitter race to be Georgia’s next governor on Thursday after reports that the state had placed tens of thousands of voters’ registrations on a “pending” list, fueling charges of voter suppression and election rigging. The office of Brian Kemp, Georgia’s secretary of state and the Republican nominee for governor in November’s election, has stalled more than 53,000 voter applications, according to a recent report from The Associated Press.


Oct. 12, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

AJC/Channel 2 poll: Abrams and Kemp in tight race; Trump’s approval up  

Greg Bluestein reports that Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams remain locked in a tight race for Georgia governor less than a month before the election, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll that showed an increasingly dwindling number of undecided voters. The poll showed Kemp ahead of Abrams 47.7 percent to 46.3 percent, a statistically insignificant difference within the poll’s 2.8 percentage point margin of error.



Oct. 11, 2018

Deal expands state of emergency to include 108 counties

Staff reports that, acting on a recommendation from the state's Emergency Operations Command, Gov. Nathan Deal expanded the emergency declaration to an additional 16 counties. The state of emergency now includes 108 counties in Georgia.


Oct. 11, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Business Casual: Atlanta’s Airport

Susan Percy writes, no real surprise that the last legislative session produced an attempted state takeover of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. It’s a gem: the world’s busiest airport and arguably the single most valuable economic asset in the state.


Oct. 11, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS expands My Choice delivery planning service to Africa, Asia, South America

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that UPS is expanding its My Choice delivery planning service to 96 more countries. Sandy Springs-based UPS is introducing the service in Asia, Africa, South America, Central America, the Caribbean and Oceania. After the expansion is complete later this year, UPS will have the service in a total of 112 countries.


Oct. 11, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Savannah Harbor deepening project hits $1 billion

Dave Williams reports that the price tag for the long-anticipated Savannah Harbor deepening project has climbed above $1 billion. A water resources authorization bill the U.S. Senate passed overwhelmingly Wednesday requests an increase in the federal share of the project to $731.7 million, bringing the total cost of the work to just more than $1 billion.


Oct. 11, 2018 Georgia Health News

Michael poses serious danger, sparking mobilization in Georgia

Andy Miller reports that for the second time in a month, Georgia health officials are preparing to assist people affected by a major hurricane. But Hurricane Michael, which was pounding the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, threatens to inflict broader damage in Georgia than did Hurricane Florence, which hit mainly the Carolinas a month ago.


Oct. 11, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Flood warnings issued for Columbus area as Hurricane Michael drenches the Valley

Scott Berson reports that as Hurricane Florence continued to lash Georgia with punishing winds and hours of nonstop rain, the National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for many counties in the Chattahoochee Valley and middle Georgia.


Oct. 11, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Aircraft maintenance training facility planned at Paulding airport

Kelly Yamanouchi and Greg Bluestein report that Gov. Nathan Deal plans to announce plans for a $35 million aviation academy at Paulding County’s airport that could stymie a push by some officials to commercialize the facility. The question of whether Paulding officials would commercialize the airport and attract airline flights has created conflict in the county since 2013.


Oct. 11, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia’s Rising Stars

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that this year’s 40 Under 40 marks the 22nd time Georgia Trend has honored the state’s rising stars under the age of 40. They represent government, small and large businesses, nonprofits, education, healthcare, banking and professional sports. The magazine staff chose these inspiring young professionals from more than 300 nominations. Read each of their stories in this month’s “2018 40 Under 40.”


Oct. 11, 2018 Saporta Report

Former Technology Association of Georgia CEO lands new leadership role  

Maria Saporta reports that Tino J. Mantella, a veteran executive who led the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) from 2004 to 2016, will be the new president and CEO of the Turknett Leadership Group. In his 12 years at the helm of TAG, Mantella grew the organization from fewer than 500 members to more than 36,000. The Atlanta-based Turknett Leadership Group was founded by Bob and Lyn Turknett 30 years ago to help develop leaders through executive coaching, talent assessment and development, succession planning and cultural assessments.


Oct. 11, 2018

Atlanta to Host Israeli Medical Device Accelerator

Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta-based Global Center for Medical Innovation announced Wednesday that it will launch an accelerator to bring innovative Israeli medical-device companies to market in the U.S. The GCMI will partner with Haifa, Israel’s Rambam Health Care Campus to identify companies with promising technologies and whisk them to Atlanta for six months to a year, guiding them through the commercialization process and helping them access funding. 


Oct. 11, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

SRS completes first transfer of radioactive waste to mega disposal unit

Staff reports that about 8,500 gallons of low-level liquid waste from an underground waste tank at Savannah River Site have been treated and transferred to Saltstone Disposal Unit 6, the first transfer of radioactive liquid waste to the mega-volume unit.


Oct. 11, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Pharmacy ‘gag clause’ bills sponsored by Georgia’s Carter signed into law

Ariel Hart reports that President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening signed into law two bills that prohibit gag clauses for pharmacists who want to help their patients save money. The bill was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter of Pooler. He is the only pharmacist in Congress.



Oct. 10, 2018 GPB

Gov. Deal Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Hurricane Michael

Ellen Eldridge and J. Cindy Hill report, barely a month after cleanup from the last major hurricane to hit the Southeast, Hurricane Michael is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge along portions of the Florida Panhandle and damaging winds through Georgia, officials say. About 10 a.m. Tuesday, Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency in 92 counties in the state.


Oct. 10, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Gainesville/Hall County: The Total Package

Kenna Simmons reports, when Board of Commissioners Chair Richard Higgins says, “We’ve got it all in Hall,” you might think the native Hall County resident is just promoting a tagline. You’d be wrong. Not only does Higgins mean it, there are plenty of facts to back it up: Revitalized downtowns where the biggest concern is managing the growth that keeps heading their way.


Oct. 10, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta waives fees for bags, pets-in-cabin at airports in Hurricane Michael’s path

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines is temporarily waiving fees for checked baggage and pets in the cabin on flights at certain airports in the path of Hurricane Michael. Atlanta-based Delta is waiving all baggage fees including overweight and oversize fees and pet-in-cabin fees for flights to and from Panama City, Pensacola, Tallahassee and Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; and Mobile, Al. through Oct. 12.


Oct. 10, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Columbia Property Trust selling remaining Atlanta office portfolio

Douglas Sams reports that Columbia Property Trust is selling its remaining Atlanta office portfolio, including twin towers leased to AT&T and another building where Inspire Brands just added more than 1,000 jobs. Columbia is listing Lindbergh Center and its One and Three Glenlake Parkway buildings in the central Perimeter.


Oct. 10, 2018

Experts: Georgia’s Ties Show Value of Boosting U.S. Alliance With Japan 

Trevor Williams reports that at first glance, Japan and the U.S. might seem like unlikely allies: The cultures couldn’t be more different, and the origins of their modern partnership lie in a gruesome global war. But more than a half-century of common geopolitical goals has changed all that, and the painstakingly constructed people-to-people and investment connections have added mortar to the building blocks of strategic Pacific partnership. 


Oct. 10, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times

Hurricane Michael could hit pecan, cotton growers hard

Jill Nolin reports that Michael has the potential to deliver a blow to Georgia’s pecan and cotton growers, who have not yet harvested their crops. The state’s pecan growers, who suffered major losses last hurricane season, could stand to lose the most if Hurricane Michael – a category 2 storm that was expected Tuesday to strengthen to a category 3 – brings its devastating winds and rain to Georgia.


Oct. 10, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Jaguar Land Rover Classic cancels plans for Savannah Center

DeAnn Komaneck reports that Jaguar Land Rover Classic has cancelled plans to open a new operations hub in Savannah. Trip Tollison, president and CEO of the Savannah Economic Development Authority, made the announcement at the end of a SEDA meeting Tuesday. “This has nothing to do with your town, or state,” Chas Hallett, a spokesman for the United Kingdom’s Jaguar said.


Oct. 10, 2018 Saporta Report

Atlanta Police Foundation gets $2 million Coca-Cola pledge to fight crime  

Maria Saporta reports, at the Atlanta Police Foundation’s Crime is Toast breakfast Tuesday morning, Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey announced that the company was making a $2 million gift to the foundation’s upcoming Vision Safe Atlanta campaign.


Oct. 10, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Savannah moves up on best small cities list

Staff reports that Savannah has been voted the third best small city in the country by Readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine. Savannah jumped to the third spot from the seventh spot in 2017. Charleston took first place with Santa Fe, Savannah, Alexandria and Sarasota rounding out the top five.


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

On the Georgia trail: Trump and Herschel, another close poll and Grindr

Greg Bluestein reports that Donald Trump Jr. had a confession to make. He missed part of the invocation before his fundraising speech for Republican Brian Kemp in Athens to talk to a local icon. No, not his father, who lost Athens-Clarke County by a huge margin. He was chatting with Herschel Walker, the Georgia football legend and vocal supporter of Donald Trump.



Oct. 9, 2018 GPB

Georgia Schools Get Federal Grants For Security, Mental Healthcare

Emily Jones reports that several counties and school districts in Georgia have received federal grants aimed at improving school safety. The Department of Justice last week announced more than $70 million in grants through the STOP School Violence Act, signed earlier this year.


Oct. 9, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Cybersecurity in the spotlight

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, it’s the second annual Atlanta Cyber Week, sponsored by the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Baker Donelson law firm. If this year’s events resemble last year’s, more than 1,000 participants from five countries will attend to find out about the latest public-private collaborations in combating cyber threats. On the schedule for Friday, Oct. 12, is Georgia State University’s (GSU’s) Evidence-Based Cybersecurity Research Group, which is a team of computer science and information systems faculty, criminologists and sociologists who are partnering in research with cybersecurity experts from around the world.


Oct. 9, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Experian flaw, millions of consumers urged to change PIN

Michael E. Kanell reports that after report of an online flaw with customer logins, a consumer watchdog has urged consumers to change their passwords on Experian, one of the three agencies that hold data on hundreds of millions of Americans. The company says it’s not needed. But either way, news of the problem was another reminder of consumer dependence on companies to protect their personal information.


Oct. 9, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Retail, restaurant project planned near North Point Mall

Amy Wenk reports that an application was just filed for a new project at Encore and North Point parkways. The proposal is for a 10,500-square-foot, one-story retail building and a 6,800-square-foot, one-story restaurant building. The project signals more changes for Alpharetta’s aging mall area.


Oct. 9, 2018

Genuine Parts Announces Two U.K. Acquisitions 

Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta-based Genuine Parts Co. announced that its European auto parts subsidiary, Alliance Automotive Group, has purchased two of its suppliers in a move that should generate more than $100 million in annual revenue for GPC’s European operations. 


Oct. 9, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald

State approves $171 million Piedmont ARMC construction project

Joe Johnson reports that the state recently green-lighted a planned $171 million construction project at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center. Hospital officials announced Friday that the Georgia Department of Community Health granted a certificate of need for the project that is meant to provide updated technology and amenities to patients in the community.


Oct. 9, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Postal workers rally in Augusta to save office from privatization

Susan McCord reports that several postal workers’ unions joined forces in Augusta on Monday to protest President Donald Trump’s proposal to privatize the U.S. Postal Service. About 30 workers from the American Federation of Government Employees, the National Association of Letter Carriers, the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, the American Postal Workers Union, the AFL-CIO and supporters waved signs at the corner of Wrightsboro and Jackson roads and chanted, “U.S. Mail is not for sale.”


Oct. 9, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal

New $15 million unit planned for Kennestone

Ross Williams reports that WellStar Kennestone Hospital is drawing up plans to build a new $15 million, 28,000-square-foot clinical decision unit. A clinical decision unit is an area in the hospital where doctors can monitor and evaluate patients who do not meet criteria for inpatient admission but are not well enough to go home without further observation, said WellStar Executive Vice President Kem Mullins.


Oct. 9, 2018 Georgia Tech

The Business of Medicine: Georgia Tech and Morehouse School of Medicine Prescribe a Joint MD/MBA Degree

Staff reports, insurance. Contract negotiations. Data analytics. Leadership. Whether going into solo practice or working for a large hospital, future physicians will need these and other business skills to be successful. To help meet that need, Georgia Tech and Morehouse School of Medicine are partnering to offer a joint, five-year MD/MBA degree.


Oct. 9, 2018 Saporta Report

Multiple choice voting? Same day registration? Georgia candidates give mixed reviews of voting variation

Maggie Lee reports, what if every election day folks voted more than once — legally — ranking candidates from first to last? Or what if folks who weren’t registered at all showed up on Election Day and got a ballot? Some states are going down those roads, but Georgia candidates for the top election post aren’t sure they’d follow. Start with what’s called “ranked-choice voting.” Australia has used it for decades in federal elections and Maine is trying it with state ones.


Oct. 9, 2018 Macon Telegraph

More women are emerging in national politics. But Georgia local office is a little closer to parity.

Maggie Lee reports, women are getting on the tops of ballots in record numbers this year, inching toward a still far-off scenario of gender parity in highest office. But in some of the more modest chambers of Georgia’s local governments, women are already a little less rare. Joanie Rainey had been a teacher for more than two decades before she was elected to chair the Twiggs County Board of Education.


Oct. 9, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Georgia’s rural woes a big problem awaiting next governor

Max Blau reports, on a sweltering Wednesday morning in late September, scores of southwest Georgians filed into the gym of Stewart County’s main elementary school. Every kind of resident who lives here — teachers, tree farmers, librarians, paramedics and politicians — convened to find answers to an exceedingly complex question: How can its struggling economy be revitalized?



Oct. 8, 2018 Saporta Report

MARTA to seek its own lanes for streetcar expansion

Maggie Lee reports, in a car-loving city, MARTA planners are looking to get light rail its own lane as much as possible, as they plan a system across the city. MARTA inherited a streetcar that runs as slowly as the Downtown Atlanta traffic through which the city built it. Some Atlantans call it a “blue elephant” as they drive by, or sit with it in traffic.


Oct. 8, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Teaming Up

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Georgia, like the rest of the country, is grappling with a serious shortage of healthcare workers, and the situation is only getting worse. Roughly one in 10 of the state’s residents is 65 years old or older, and the group of seniors is expected to increase by more than 61 percent by 2030.


Oct. 8, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Teamsters union says UPS contract deal is approved, even without majority vote

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that a massive Teamsters labor contract deal for more than 200,000 UPS workers failed to get a majority vote in favor -- but the union said the deal has still been ratified because of a provision in its governing principles. The unusual outcome for the largest collective bargaining agreement in North America presents a predicament for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and its members at UPS.


Oct. 8, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

UGA planning $53 million renovation of high-rise student tower 

David Allison reports that the Board of Regents is now seeking bids from architects to design the project, with bids due Oct. 12. Construction is anticipated to begin in May 2019.


Oct. 8, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Depot development: $94 million development to bring life to downtown’s east end

Damon Cline reports that city leaders and an Alabama development group on Friday unveiled details of the long-awaited mixed-use complex at the corner of Sixth and Reynolds streets, a $94 million residential, office and retail project considered downtown’s largest private investment in more than a quarter-century.


Oct. 8, 2018 Georgia Health News

Piedmont Athens gets state OK for renovation

Andy Miller reports that Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center has received state approval for a $171 million hospital renovation and construction project. The project won’t add any beds to the hospital’s current capacity of 359, but it will include a new patient tower, which will replace what’s known as the 1919 Tower. As the name suggests, the present tower is nearly 100 years old – the oldest section of the hospital.


Oct. 8, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Celebrate Coffee

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, Café Campesino, which became Georgia’s first and only 100% fair trade, organic coffee company when it was founded, celebrated its 20th anniversary October 5-6 in Americus. Customers, friends and coffee lovers enjoyed events that included coffee tastings, a latte art class, panel discussions and opportunities to find out more about Koinonia Farm and Habitat for Humanity, two Americus organizations dedicated to social justice and affordable housing.


Oct. 8, 2018 GPB

Park Service Aims To Protect 'Species Of Concern' 

Emily Jones reports that the National Park Service is working on a plan to protect vulnerable nesting animals from predators. Lots of what the Park Service calls “species of concern” hang out at National Park sites throughout the southeast, including loggerhead, Kemp’s ridley, green and leatherback sea turtles; snowy and piping plovers and the southeastern and Perdido Key beach mice.


Oct. 8, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post

Northeast Georgia Medical Center joins national initiative for heart condition treatment

Isabel Hughes reports, though only half of all people treated for cardiogenic shock — a condition in which the heart suddenly can’t pump enough blood throughout the body — survive, a local hospital is hoping to help change that by joining the National Cardiogenic Shock Initiative.


Oct. 8, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Georgia gubernatorial candidates stake out education plans

Ty Tagami reports that the two candidates for Georgia governor want to invest heavily in education, but there are major differences between their proposals and questions about how they’d pay for them. Republican Brian Kemp had said little about education until late September, when he pledged to raise teacher pay.



Oct. 5, 2018

Deal: September tax revenues up 7.4 percent

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced yesterday that Georgia’s net tax collections for September totaled $2.23 billion, for an increase of $153.1 million, or 7.4 percent, compared to last year when net tax collections totaled nearly $2.08 billion. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $5.81 billion, for an increase of $329.9 million, or 6 percent, compared to September 2017.


Oct. 5, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

From The Publisher: Business Oasis?

Ben Young writes, as we move into the final days before the Nov. 6 election, it may be news to some voters – trapped in the 24-hour social media news cycle – that the success of our state depends largely on its standing in the world. Furthermore, the economies of many different parts of the world are so locked into Georgia that they, too, could suffer from a departure from business as usual in the Peach State.


Oct. 5, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

P20 Atlanta conference to be center of global payments world

J. Scott Trubey reports that the city of Atlanta next week will play host to Payments 20, a conference of the elite electronic transactions companies and regulators from the U.S., England and Canada in what’s been dubbed by organizers as the “Davos of payments.” The P20 conference, as it’s known for short, is in its second year, and comes to Atlanta after its inaugural conference last year in London.


Oct. 5, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Grady moving forward on $180M outpatient center

Alex Gailey reports that Grady memorial Hospital is moving forward to build a large ambulatory services center in an effort to expand on the hopsital’s existing outpatient clinics and services. The $180. Million project is one of Grady’s largest ever and will join other big health-care projects now underway in Atlanta including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s new hospital and campus and Piedmont Atlanta Hospital’s expansion.


Oct. 5, 2018 WABE 90.1

Georgia Tackles Broadband Expansion And Local Control

Tasnim Shamma reports that rural Georgia needs better internet access quickly, but state lawmakers said internet companies won’t expand to rural areas if there’s too much red tape. So state lawmakers and local elected officials will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday for the first time to talk about who has the right of way.


Oct. 5, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times

Rural tax credit benefits Lanier, Berrien hospitals

Staff reports that South Georgia Medical Center Berrien and Lanier campuses have received pledges of approximately $1.2 million in donations through the Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit program. The program has enabled Georgia taxpayers (businesses and individuals) to redirect their Georgia income tax liability to help support qualifying rural hospitals such as the ones in Berrien and Lanier counties, hospital officials said. 


Oct. 5, 2018 Covington News

Nisshinbo breaks ground for plant expansion expected to create 100 jobs

Darryl Welch reports that officials with Nisshinbo Automotive Manufacturing, Inc., joined by representatives from state and local governments, turned over ceremonial shovels of dirt Thursday morning to officially break ground for an expansion at the company’s Covington facility.  The $72 million expansion, announced in September by Gov. Nathan Deal, is expected to be completed by 2022. It will create 100 new jobs in Covington.


Oct. 5 2018 Saporta Report

Southern Co. on Vogtle: ‘ultimate outcome of these matters cannot be determined’

David Pendered reports that the following sentence concludes a federal filing that sets out terms of the agreement among Plant Vogtle’s partners that enables construction to continue: “The ultimate outcome of these matters cannot be determined at this time.” These words come at the end of the Form 8-K that Georgia Power and its parent, Southern Co., filed Sept. 26 with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission.


Oct. 5, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Help wanted: This company is looking to fill 600 jobs through a job fair

Linda S. Morris reports that anyone looking for a job during the holidays may be in luck. Kroger is hosting a job fair Saturday at all its stores in the Atlanta division, which includes all stores in Georgia, according to a news release. The company is trying to fill more than 600 full- and part-time position for the holidays. 


Oct. 5, 2018 Brunswick News

Plans proposed for next step of Jekyll shore rehab

Wes Wolfe reports that plans for Phase Two of shoreline rehabilitation on the north end of Jekyll Island’s oceanside are now open for public comment, with the release of those plans by the state Department of Natural Resources’ Coastal Resources Division at the end of September. The Jekyll Island Authority approved a proposal in April by S.J. Hamill of Charleston, S.C., to conduct the revetment project, at an announced cost of $4.98 million.


Oct. 5, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

Tourism chief: Bartow needs more hotel rooms

Doug Walker reports that Bartow County is losing a lot of money every night of the week, according to Cartersville-Bartow County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Ellen Archer. She told business leaders in Adairsville Thursday that studies have shown the county is losing an average of 205 hotel room nights every night and desperately needs at least two additional 100 room or larger properties.


Oct. 5, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Political Insider

On the Georgia trail: Go Fish, business backers and ‘socialist billionaires’

Greg Bluestein and Jennifer Brett report that Brian Kemp’s bus tour brought him Thursday to the scene of one of Georgia’s more controversial state investments: The Go Fish Center, a pet project of former Gov. Sonny Perdue that’s struggled with poor attendance.  That wasn’t the only aqua-related stop by Kemp, as his November contest against Democrat Stacey Abrams inches nearer. He held a fish fry in Rhine, where he drew about 250 supporters in a town with a population of around 400. 



Oct. 4, 2018 WABE 90.1

Study Starting To Expand Public Access To Chattahoochee River

Molly Samuel reports that some parts of the Chattahoochee River are already pretty well-visited. More than 2.7 million people visited the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area last year, according to the National Park Service. Other parts of the river in metro Atlanta are less accessible and less well-known.


Oct. 4, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Celebrating Georgia Pre-K Week

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that it’s the eighth annual Georgia Pre-K Week, in which hundreds of state and local leaders will visit classrooms and read to our youngest learners. Georgia Pre-K, the lottery-funded education program for four-year-olds, began in 1992 with then-Gov. Zell Miller’s pilot for 750 students. Since then, the program has built a foundation for future success for approximately 1.6 million children in public schools and private child-care facilities.


Oct. 4, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Delta says Hurricane Florence caused $30 million hit to finances

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines disclosed Tuesday that Hurricane Florence took a roughly $30 million hit on its finances. The Atlanta-based airline said the September storm negatively affected its pre-tax income and drove its unit revenues down half a percentage point, according to an investor update filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


Oct. 4, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Software firm Namely scales up in Atlanta, will look for more space

Douglas Sams reports that Atlanta office landlords ma want to keep an eye on software firm Namely. The New York-based company, which maintains two offices in Atlanta, continues to scale up. Now with about 100 employees in the Perimeter and in Buckhead, Namely is on pace to at least triple that headcounts over the next year.


Oct. 4 2018 

Foreign Presence Grows as Southern Automotive Conference Makes Georgia Debut 

Trevor Williams reports that Georgia’s argument as a hub for foreign automotive investment is getting a big boost this week as the South’s biggest industry conference makes its debut in Atlanta. This year’s Southern Automotive Conference gets under way Wednesday at the Cobb Galleria and lasts through Friday, when Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will address some of the expected 1,800 attendees and 300 exhibitors. 


Oct. 4, 2018 Savannah Morning News 

Savannah airport receives federal, state grants to fund expansion

Katie Nussbaum reports that the Savannah Airport Commission on Wednesday voted to accept a $7.6 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for a terminal apron expansion project. The grant was part of recent $205 million in supplemental funding for infrastructure grants to small airports in 34 states awarded by the FAA.


Oct. 4, 2018 Rome News-Tribune 

Synovus tops again in Rome area deposits market share

Doug Walker reports that Synovus Bank is once again the leader in Rome and Floyd county in terms of market share for deposits. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. report showed Synovus with nearly one-fifth of the local deposits, which are spread out among nine banks. The report does not take into account deposits at local credit unions.


Oct. 4, 2018 Emory University

Longtime GRA president joins Emory to direct new Biomedical Catalyst

Holly Korshun reports that C. Michael Cassidy joined Emory University on October 1 in a new position designed to provide vision and leadership in promoting biomedical innovation and enhancing the university’s economic engagement in the Atlanta region and beyond.  As director of the new Emory Biomedical Catalyst, Cassidy will lead efforts to enhance  innovation, entrepreneurship and development of intellectual property, as well as identifying and developing areas of frontier research.


Oct. 4, 2018 Brunswick News

Plans proposed for next step of Jekyll shore rehab

Wes Wolfe reports that plans for Phase Two of shoreline rehabilitation on the north end of Jekyll Island’s oceanside are now open for public comment, with the release of those plans by the state Department of Natural Resources’ Coastal Resources Division at the end of September. The Jekyll Island Authority approved a proposal in April by S.J. Hamill of Charleston, S.C., to conduct the revetment project, at an announced cost of $4.98 million.


Oct. 4, 2018 Georgia Health News

Georgia gets ‘D’ on handling mental health, addiction like other medical issues, report says

Andy Miller reports that Georgia was graded “D’’ on ensuring access to mental health and addiction treatment equal to that for physical illnesses, according to a report released Wednesday. The announcement comes on the 10th anniversary of a federal law on benefits signed by President George W. Bush.


Oct. 4, 2018 WABE 90.1

Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys Took Issue With Ga. Ballot Question — Here’s What Changed

Jim Burruss reports that aside from a slew of open seats up for vote on Election Day, Georgia voters will find seven statewide questions on the ballot. Five of those involve changes to the state’s constitution, including an amendment that would add specific rights and protections for crime victims.


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

Kavanaugh critics corner David Perdue at D.C. airport

Tamar Hallerman reports that group of liberal activists cornered Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue at a local airport on Monday, shouting after him to “stand up and do the right thing” by rejecting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as he slipped into the men’s bathroom. 



Oct. 3, 2018 WABE 90.1

Amazon Wage Increase Could Impact Thousands In Georgia

Tasnim Shamma reports that Amazon announced Tuesday that it’s raising the minimum wage for all of its employees to $15 an hour, and that’s expected to impact the more than 2,000 employees it has in Georgia. Atlanta is on the shortlist of 20 metro areas for the new site of Amazon’s second headquarters, and Amazon already has five fulfillment and customer service centers in Georgia that employ thousands.


Oct. 3, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Funding the Future

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, these days if you can get 80 percent of people to agree that it’s raining outside even as they’re soaking wet from the downpour, it’s pretty close to a miracle. But there’s a piece of legislation that passed last spring and will be on the statewide ballot in November that has the support of nearly 100 percent of the legislature and 80 percent of the public. And if the referendum passes next month, it will benefit residents in cities and rural areas, and even bring more visitors – with their all-important tourism dollars – to Georgia.


Oct. 3, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta partners with pet travel pod startup

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines is partnering with pet travel pod startup CarePod as the carrier changes its prices and policy for transporting pets. Atlanta-based Delta said it has struck a long-term partnership with Singapore-based CarePod, which also offers safety monitoring, tracking and logistics software for pet transport.


Oct. 3, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Fifth Third Bank renews sponsorship of Kennesaw State athletics

Dave Williams reports that Fifth Third Bancorp is extending its sponsorship agreement with the Kennesaw State University Athletic Association for four years, the bank announced Tuesday. The agreement, which now will run until 2023, grants Fifth Third naming rights to KSU's stadium and designation as the Official Bank of Kennesaw State Athletics. 


Oct. 3, 2018 Georgia Health News

Kaiser again rated top health plan in Georgia

Andy Miller reports that Kaiser Permanente has again been rated the top commercial health plan in Georgia by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. It’s the 14th straight year for Kaiser to lead the NCQA commercial plan ratings. Health plans were rated on a 1-to-5 scale, with 5 being the best.


Oct. 3, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal

Henry County may pilot new above-ground, $1.4B transit system

Noreen Cochran reports that Henry County residents may soon be the first in the U.S. to benefit from a futuristic transportation mode evoking comparisons to the 1960s sci-fi animated TV series “The Jetsons.” Boston-based personal mass transit company Transit X is ready to help clear the county’s streets of traffic by installing a 19-foot-high track—the same height as a traffic light—and sending commuters and consumers zipping along at speed limit rides.


Oct. 3, 2018 Reporter Newspapers

Hotel proposed for Sandy Springs’ Barfield Road

Evelyn Andrews reports that a 14-year-old plan to bring two new buildings to Barfield Road at Mount Vernon Highway in Sandy Springs has been updated with a proposed hotel. The original designs were approved in 2004 by Fulton County, before the city’s incorporation. Now the developer, MidCity Real Estate Partners, is seeking to have Sandy Springs approve a hotel in place of one of the office buildings, with construction to start next year.


Oct. 3, 2018

Iconic 1990 Savannah bridge deemed obsolete

Doug Richards reports that of Georgia’s largest bridges needs to be replaced, officials say. The bridge was built less than thirty years ago. And it works fine. But officials say the Talmadge Bridge is no longer big enough.  Visitors to Savannah’s historic River Street can watch giant container ships crisscross the city’s waterfront – and they can watch them pass below a cable-stayed bridge that suspends US Highway 17 over the Savannah River.


Oct. 3, 2018 Georgia Supreme Court

Justice Charles J. Bethel Sworn in

Staff reports that Charles Jones (“Charlie”) Bethel was sworn in yesterday by Governor Nathan Deal as the newest Justice on the Supreme Court of Georgia. Justice Bethel previously served as a judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals, the state’s intermediate appellate court.


Oct. 3, 2018 Brunswick News

Oyster Harvesting Remains Closed

Wes Wolfe reports, it’s been hot, and while the past few days have seen temperatures dip into otherwise tolerable numbers, it’s still been too warm to harvest oysters out of local waters. Oyster harvesting is typically closed June-September by the state Department of Natural Resources because of water temperatures higher than 81 degrees.


Oct. 3, 2018 University of Georgia

Insurance program at UGA ranked No. 1

David Dodson reports that University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business is ranked No. 1 for Risk Management and Insurance by U.S. News & World Report and its familiar Best Colleges guide. U.S. News has ranked specialized fields in business every year since the 1990s, and the Terry College’s Risk Management and Insurance program is perennially ranked as a Top 5 program nationally.


Oct. 3, 2018 Newnan Times-Herald

Journalist Removed from Kemp Campaign Event

Jeffrey Cullen-Dean reports that Brian Kemp stepped off his bus to fanfare and applause from his supporters at Sprayberry’s Barbecue on Jacson Street on Tuesday. Greg Palast, an investigative reporter, was waiting for him. “I’m investigating Brian Kemp,” Palast said.


Oct. 3 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Political Insider

‘Don’t talk to me.’ Kemp’s campaign battles Democratic operatives

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia Democrats have tried to rattle Brian Kemp with planesnames and automobiles. His campaign lashed back Tuesday in a different sort of way. A Democratic operative riding in a white van trailing his bus tour showed up at his stop in Cartersville on Tuesday, and was quickly greeted by a Kemp staffer holding a four-foot wooden stick affixed with a white sign and a bold blue arrow.



Oct. 2, 2018

Deal: BurningCastle LLC to create 50 jobs in Augusta

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that BurningCastle LLC, a professional information technology multiservice consulting company, will create 50 jobs and invest in the development of skilled IT staff in Augusta. New jobs include positions in IT and cybersecurity instruction.

Oct. 2, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Garden supporters honored

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, located at the University of Georgia in Athens, recently honored three of its most loyal supporters at the biennial Giving Tree Tribute. Kathy and Neely Young, Georgia Trend publisher emeritus, received the Garden of Georgia medal, which is the organization’s highest award for service and support. In addition, Sissie Morris*, of Augusta, was awarded the Southern Magnolia Award recognizing philanthropic contributions and continued service to the garden.


Oct. 2, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

All-women law firm hopes to change communities by empowering clients

Nedra Rhone reports that on the first day of biology lab at Spelman College, Shannon Worthy, then a freshman pre-med major, had an epiphany. She should have been dissecting the cat stretched out on her lab table, but when she saw it, she slumped against the wall and passed out. Worthy promptly changed her major to English.


Oct. 2, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Amazon expanding with third Jackson County center, could employ up to 600

Douglas Sams reports that a little over a year since Amazon began is search for a new North American headquarters, the company continues expanding its online fulfillment center network across Georgia. Amazon will occupy another 500,000 square feet of warehouse space and create several hundred additional jobs in Jackson County, sources familiar with the project say.


Oct. 2, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Gulfstream acquires aircraft engine housing manufacturer NORDAM

Staff reports that Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.announced on Monday that it has acquired The NORDAM Group Inc. manufacturing line that produces nacelles for the Gulfstream G500 and Gulfstream G600. A nacelle is the housing that holds the aircraft’s engine. Gulfstream had been operating the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based line since early September as part of an agreement with NORDAM to address its July bankruptcy filing.


Oct. 2, 2018 WABE 90.1

Georgia Takes First Steps Toward New Way of Testing Kids

Martha Dalton reports that standardized testing has caused controversy in Georgia and around the country in recent years. The state board of education gave the nod last week to the Cobb County School District, Putnam County Schools, and a consortium of districts called the Georgia MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Assessment Partnership to move ahead with plans to develop new tests for the 2018-19 school year.


Oct. 2, 2018 LaGrange Daily News

Hogansville’s corridors: Georgia Conservancy proposes plan to improve city’s entryways

Gabrielle Jansen reports, after developing a downtown masterplan for the city of Hogansville, the Georgia Conservancy was back in the city Thursday night for a forum on corridor plans. The conservancy evaluated and made ideas for the corridors that lead into Hogansville.


Oct. 2, 2018 Newnan Times-Herald

Vintech Industries to open 30,000-square-foot facility in Coweta

Staff reports that Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today announced that VINTECH INDUSTRIES (VINTECH), a leading Tier Two Supplier to the Global Automotive Industry, will make a significant investment in Newnan following the purchase of a facility in the South Newnan Industrial Park.


Oct. 2, 2018 Albany Herald

Phoebe Putney Health System hospitals receive $3.5 million through Georgia HEART

Staff reports that Georgia taxpayers earned nearly $3.5 million in tax credits by donating to Phoebe Worth Medical Center and Phoebe Sumter Medical Center this year through the Helping Enhance Access to Rural Treatment, or HEART, tax credit program.


Oct. 2, 2018 Georgia Health News

Many Georgia kids face barriers to health insurance, medical care

Andy Miller reports that than 80 percent of uninsured Georgia children were eligible for coverage in government health insurance programs in 2016, but were not enrolled, a new report says. Several barriers to enrollment and medical services can prevent kids from getting the care they need, said the report, from the advocacy group Voices for Georgia’s Children.


Oct. 2, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia

On fall Saturdays, football is fair game in Georgia politics

Greg Bluestein reports that Brian Kemp had just grabbed the megaphone to speak to a crowd of die-hard Georgia football fans when a low-flying plane rumbling overhead interrupted him. In the cloudy Saturday sky above Athens, the banner towed by the plane read something that would be unspeakable to any self-respecting Bulldog: “@BrianKemp says … Go Vols.”



Oct. 1, 2018 Saporta Report

Acclaimed brain researcher to lead new center affiliated with GSU, Georgia Tech, Emory

David Pendered reports that Metro Atlanta’s standing in public health and medical research has grown by another notch. A highly regarded brain researcher has agreed to serve as the founding director of a new institute at Georgia State University, in addition to assuming appointments at Georgia Tech and Emory University. Vince Calhoun joins Georgia State as a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Brain Health and Image Analysis.


Oct. 1, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Georgia Trend – Exclusive! Georgia Trend’s 2018 40 Under 40

Mary Ann DeMuth, Karen Kirkpatrick and Christy Simo report, for 22 years, Georgia Trend has celebrated the state’s rising stars under the age of 40. This year’s group of inspiring young leaders represents government, small and large businesses, nonprofits, education, healthcare, banking and professional sports. They were nominated by readers throughout the state who know them well.


Oct. 1, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

After wrangling over Georgia nuclear plant, cost concerns remain

Matt Kempner and Anastaciah Ondieki report that not many people can name the plant that their electricity comes from. But in Jefferson, at a gathering sponsored by Jackson EMC, plenty of customers were familiar with the trials and tribulations of expanding Plant Vogtle. Among the people who gather annually for chicken dinners, gospel music and raffle drawings put on by the electric cooperative, there are worries about the mounting headaches 130 miles away.


Oct. 1, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

WellStar plans new $15 million-unit at Kennestone Hospital

David Allison reports that WellStar Health System plans a new $15 million-unit at WellStar Kennestone Hospital. WellStar wants to create a new Clinical Decision Unit at the Marietta hospital, “increasing the number of observation beds associated with its existing services,” the health system said in a preliminary filing with the Georgia Department of Community Health.


Oct. 1, 2018 Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern and City of Hinesville to build business incubator, funded by $1.5 million in grants

Staff reports that Georgia Southern University will soon provide expanded resources for entrepreneurs in Hinesville with the addition of a new business incubator. On Sept. 7, Georgia Southern and the City of Hinesville Development Authority were co-awarded a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) to help fund the construction of a business incubator, which will be led by Georgia Southern’s Business Innovation Group (BIG).


Oct. 1, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta growth and increased funding drives transit projects

Damon Cline reports that transportation officials say they are doing their best to stay ahead of the curve and keep Augusta-Aiken’s traffic – along with its economy and quality of life – moving in the right direction. They say managing traffic in the multi-county, two-state region that sees an average of 13.1 new residents every day would be much more daunting had the Georgia side of the metro area not passed the special Transportation Investment Act sales tax, known as TIA, in 2012.


Oct. 1, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Augusta's Doctors Hospital plans $80 million expansion of burn center

David Allison reports that Augusta, Ga.'s Doctor's Hospital is planning an $80 million expansion of its burn center. The proposed project will include the construction of a 107,000-square-foot, four-story tower that will include 20 intensive care unit beds dedicated to burn patients and 56 medical/surgical beds dedicated to burn patients, the hospital says in a new filing with the Georgia Department of Community Health .


Oct. 1, 2018

Georgia State, Tech Win Prestigious International Education Grants 

Trevor Williams reports that years, Atlanta has enjoyed an embarrassment of riches when it comes to university research on international business education.  That trend is set to continue thanks to revelation that both Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology have once again won prestigious federal CIBER grants. 


Oct. 1, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Chamber honored

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, congratulations to the Georgia Chamber of Commerce for being named the 2018 State Chamber of the Year by the Council of State Chambers (COSC). The honor recognizes the chamber’s exceptional leadership and success in the past year, including its 8 for 18 initiative, a nonpartisan resource that informs elected officials, candidates for political office and voters about policies and recommendations that are important to Georgia’s economic future.


Oct. 1, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Deadline day: Georgia candidates hit a key fundraising mark

Greg Bluestein reports that Stacey Abrams invoked Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Sarah Riggs Amico’s husband made a last-ditch request. And U.S. Rep. Karen Handel brought up her favorite punching bag. The end of September brought the most important fundraising deadline yet in the race for top Georgia offices, as candidates scrambled to put the finishing touches on their third-quarter financial reports. 



Sept. 28, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Portside: Savannah Ocean Terminal earns name ‘little engine that could’

Mary Mayle reports that Georgia Ports’ sprawling facility along the Savannah River is often referred to as one of the state’s most important economic engines – a fact underlined and accented during GPA executive director Griff Lynch’s State of the Ports address last week.


Sept. 28, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

At Issue: Tariff Anxiety

Kerwin Swint reports that Georgia politics and industry are becoming embroiled in an issue most didn’t see coming: tariffs, and the increasing likelihood of a trade war with some of the country’s largest trading partners. Many remember President Trump’s words from the 2016 campaign trail about China, the European Union and unfair trade practices.


Sept. 28, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

CIM, Gulch supporters step up campaign to support $5 billion project

J. Scott Trubey and Stephen Deere report that amid growing frustration that their deal to transform downtown’s Gulch is caught up in the crosscurrents of Atlanta City Hall politics, CIM Group and its partners stepped up their push this week to convince City Council and the public to support their planned $5 billion development.


Sept. 28, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

American Airlines raising alcohol prices and Delta might follow

Lewis Lazare reports that American Airlines is raising the price for alcoholic beverages purchased in the economy cabin on domestic flights, a move that could quickly lead to matching moves by AA’s two principal domestic competitors, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines.


Sept. 28, 2018

East West Buys North Carolina Factory to Kick-Start U.S. Expansion

Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta-based East West Manufacturing has purchased a North Carolina factory in what it hopes will be the beginning of a string of acquisitions to beef up its domestic presence.  The company has built its reputation as a contract manufacturer sourcing products and components from a diverse array of Asian contract suppliers as well as from some of its own factories in China, Vietnam and India. 


Sept. 28, 2018 WABE 90.1

MARTA Shares New Vision For Transit Expansion Around Atlanta

Stephannie Stokes reports that MARTA gave a clearer idea of how it might expand around Atlanta on Thursday, and supporters of two big transit projects are celebrating. The transit agency’s latest list of expansion projects included nearly a half a billion dollars for light rail around parts of the BeltLine.


Sept. 28, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald

Georgia justice, prison reforms slowly showing results

Lee Shearer reports that even years ago, a special council created by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal studied the rapidly growing number of people in state prisons and called for a halt. Georgia was among the national leaders in convicting people of felonies during a time in which incarceration had risen dramatically in most states.


Sept. 28, 2018 Saporta Report

Acclaimed brain researcher to lead new center affiliated with GSU, Georgia Tech, Emory

David Pendered reports that Metro Atlanta’s standing in public health and medical research has grown by another notch. A highly regarded brain researcher has agreed to serve as the founding director of a new institute at Georgia State University, in addition to assuming appointments at Georgia Tech and Emory University. Vince Calhoun joins Georgia State as a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Brain Health and Image Analysis.


Sept. 28, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

‘All In Augusta’ tourism campaign seeks $6 million to develop new attractions

Damon Cline reports that Augusta tourism officials on Thursday launched a multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign to better market the city and fund new visitor attractions. The Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau-led “All In Augusta” campaign seeks to raise $6 million over five years from individuals and organizations throughout the region to help pay for promotions and projects identified in Destination Blueprint, the 2017 city-approved tourism plan.


Sept. 28, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Capitol Recap: Metro Atlanta voters show signs of a gender gap

Jim Denery reports that the political landscape is ever shifting — that’s what keeps pollsters employed. Right now, the biggest figurative sand dunes rolling across the horizon could be older female voters. That’s based on data supplied by Democratic operative Chris Huttman.



Sept. 27, 2018 WABE 90.1 

Companies Reach Deal To Keep Construction Going At Plant Vogtle

Molly Samuel reports, after days of negotiations, the four companies involved in the Plant Vogtle nuclear power expansion have voted to continue. The fate of the project had been up in the air after more than $2 billion in additional costs were announced last month. Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, MEAG and Dalton Utilities say they’ve reached agreements that will limit their financial exposure.


Sept. 27, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Baby Chicks are Hatching

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Zoo Atlanta’s Chilean flamingo breeding program is one of North America’s most successful and chicks are now hatching from another productive nesting season. Hatchlings are being nurtured behind the scenes, while eggs have been sent to other zoos to contribute to their populations’ viability.


Sept. 27, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

State official: Norfolk Southern Gulch land crucial to HQ hunt

Scott Trubey reports that a senior state official said Wednesday that Norfolk Southern is scouting Atlanta for a new headquarters, a project he said could create or relocate about 1,000 jobs to the city if the railroad giant decides to leave Virginia. Bert Brantley, chief operating officer of the state Department of Economic Development, said the Norfolk Southern allowed him to confirm that the Fortune 500 company is scouting Atlanta for a new headquarters.


Sept. 27, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Event software startup moves to Midtown, set to hire 100 in 2019  

Madison Hogan reports that Atlanta-based Gather, an event management software platform for restaurants and venues, has officially relocated to a new office to manage a growing team, which will more than double to 130 total employees by the end of the year and add at least 100 people in 2019. 


Sept. 27, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Savannah’s JCB earns U.S. Army contract extension

Staff reports that JCB has received an extension to its current production contract with the Department of Defense to manufacture High Mobility Engineer Excavators (HMEEs) for the United States Army. The $72.8 million deal for approximately 180 HMEEs will continue production through 2020.


Sept. 27, 2018

Annual Manufacturing Forum to Talk Trade and Tariffs Oct. 2

Trevor Williams reports that the annual event by trade group Next Generation Manufacturing is yet again homing in on international issues as factory owners in Georgia grapple with new realities in the global economy.  One among many panel discussions at the all-day event next Tuesday, Oct. 2, will focus on “The Three T’s — Tariffs, Taxes and Trade Deals and Their Effect on the Industry.” 


Sept. 27, 2018 University of Georgia

Farm Tour highlights diversity of agriculture industry

Clint Thompson reports that University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead traveled to South Georgia Sept. 25 to learn more about Georgia’s top industry—agriculture—during his annual Farm Tour. The tour’s stops highlighted the diversity of the agriculture industry, ranging from the Pure Flavor Greenhouse Complex in Fort Valley to Premium Peanut in Douglas.


Sept. 27, 2018 Emory University

NIH $3 million grant will enable Emory, Georgia Tech researchers to tackle sickle cell disease with new technologies

Holly Korschun reports that the National Institutes of Health has awarded a four-year, $3 million grant to a research team at Emory and Georgia Tech that will use new technologies to improve the effectiveness of blood transfusions in patients with sickle cell disease.


Sept. 27, 2018 Albany Herald

Albany makes Top 10 Cities for Empty-Nesters list

Staff reports, in a list compiled by, Albany ranked seventh in the top cities for empty-nesters this year. Albany may have landed itself on the “worst cities to live in” list by USA Today, but reported that Albany was found to be ideal for empty-nesters looking for a warmer, affordable climate after their children leave home. It is one of two cities from Georgia to make the list.


Sept. 27, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

The Jolt: A union assist to preserve Plant Vogtle reactors

Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman report that long before one more late-night deadline approached on Tuesday, Oglethorpe Power announced that the drop-dead hour for reaching an agreement on the continued construction of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in east Georgia had been extended to 5 p.m. today.



Sept. 26, 2018 11Alive

Delta Air Lines: All systems back after temporary glitch leads to nationwide ground stop

Christopher Buchanan reports that Delta Air Lines reports that technical problems have been resolved after previously ordering a ground stop on all flights nationwide as crews worked to fix the problem. "Delta employees are now working diligently to accommodate customers whose travel plans have been affected," the airline said in a statement, Tuesday.


Sept. 26, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economy: U.S. Outlook Mixed

Jeffrey Humphreys writes, this month, I broaden my column beyond the state’s borders and offer a look at the United States economic outlook for 2019. Overall, absent a major shock or big policy mistake, I expect the nine-year-old U.S. economic expansion will continue, though at a slower rate.


Sept. 26, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta’s home price increase strong, in mid-pack nationally

Michael E. Kanell reports that Metro Atlanta home prices are up 5.8 percent from a year ago, slightly less than the national pace, according to a high-profile national report issued Tuesday. That climb – which put Atlanta in the middle of the pack for large metro areas – is solid but less intense than in preceding months, according to the S&P Corelogic Case-Shiller Index, which tracks resales of homes.


Sept. 26, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia wood pellet maker invests $15M in 4th plant  

Jessica Saunders reports that a Georgia wood pellet supplier is investing $15 million in a production facility in Brantley County, Ga. Archer Forest Products, a division of Hazlehurst-based Fram Renewable Fuels, chose Brantley for its strategic location. The investment is expected to create 35 jobs, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.


Sept. 26, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

These breweries are in the middle of nowhere Georgia, but totally worth the drive

Jenna Eason reports, roll down the windows and enjoy Georgia’s warm breeze on your way to these breweries and a distillery in the middle-of-nowhere. After driving on bumpy roads with an endless supply of trees, muscadine grape vines come into view in front of an abandoned school building in which a brewery was built.


Sept. 26, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald

Amazon center in Jefferson looks to fill 1,200 jobs

Staff reports that Amazon is looking to fill more than 1,200 part-time positions at their new sorting center in Jefferson. The massive online retailer will host hiring events in Jefferson starting Monday. During these events, candidates also can receive help to complete an application and schedule a follow-up appointment.


Sept. 26, 2018 Georgia State University

Center Gets $100,000 Award, Expands Study Of Government Fiscal Integrity

Joy Woodson reports that the Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF) has received an additional $100,000 award from the Volcker Alliance to expand its work on fiscal integrity in state government. It is the third phase of research conducted by CSLF for the New York-based Volcker Alliance as part of its Truth and Integrity in Government Finance project. Researchers from eight universities – including the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University – are leading a multiyear study to improve budgeting and fiscal sustainability in all 50 states.


Sept. 26, 2018 Brunswick News

JIA approves grant application for Hopper Trail

Wes Wolfe reports that at present, the Jekyll Island Hopper Trail terminates not far from the M.E. Thompson Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway. There are hopes that securing a state Department of Transportation grant for additional construction can do something about that. “I suppose it’s commonly referred to as the ‘bike path to nowhere,’” said Jones Hooks, Jekyll Island Authority executive director, at the abbreviated JIA board meeting Tuesday.


Sept. 26, 2018 Georgia Health News

Medicaid expansion would benefit rural areas the most, report says

Andy Miller reports that the potential impact from Medicaid expansion would be bigger in rural Georgia than in urban areas of the state, according to a new report released Tuesday. Medicaid expansion would benefit low-income people across the state, said the report, by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families and the University of North Carolina’s Rural Health Project.


Sept. 26, 2018 Cartersville Daily-Tribune 

Scoggins to run for District 14 House seat

Neil B. McGahee reports that former Bartow County Probate Judge Mitchell Scoggins announced his candidacy for the District 14 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives. The seat was vacated by Christian Coomer, who was appointed to serve as a judge on the Appellate Court of Georgia.


Sept. 26, 2018 WABE 90.1

Deal’s Criminal Justice Reform Legacy And The Ga. Governor’s Race

Emma Hurt reports that the campaign trail, both major party candidates for Georgia governor have praised Republican Gov. Nathan Deal’s criminal justice reforms. But, while Democrat Stacey Abrams wants to continue and expand on his policies, Republican Brian Kemp is focused on other issues.


Sept. 26, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Georgia gov candidates wary of electrifying Vogtle debate

Greg Bluestein reports that the top candidates for Georgia governor have refused to wade deeply into the crackling debate over the fate of the only U.S. nuclear power plant under construction, a troubled $28 billion project.



Sept. 25, 2018 GPB

Plant Vogtle Secures Two Key Votes In Decision On Construction

Ross Terrell reports that two key players in the construction of Plant Vogtle have decided to continue on with the project.  Georgia Power and the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia have each agreed to move forward in  building the nuclear power facility, but Oglethorpe Power, which has a 30 percent stake in the project, only offered a conditional yes.


Sept. 25, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Collaboration and Cooperation

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, located in the heart of Georgia, Navicent Health is a powerhouse when it comes to economic impact, and it’s the lifeblood of its region’s healthcare. In the 24 years since incorporation as a nonprofit, the former Central Georgia Health System has become one of the area’s largest employers.


Sept. 25, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Air France to fly A380 super jumbo jet from Atlanta

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Air France plans to begin flying the super jumbo Airbus A380 jet from Atlanta to Paris starting next spring. As of March 31, 2019, Air France will operate one of its two daily flights from Hartsfield-Jackson International to Paris-Charles de Gaulle on its 516-passenger A380.


Sept. 25, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Falcons jump in Forbes ranking of NFL's most valuable franchises

Max Stendahl reports that Forbes has released its annual list of the most valuable franchises in the National Football League, and once again, the top spot is held by the Dallas Cowboys, worth an estimated $5 billion. The Patriots rank second with a $3.8 billion valuation. The Atlanta Falcons, meanwhile, owned by billionaire The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) co-founder Arthur Blank, saw their valuation increase 5 percent between the 2016 and 2017 seasons, according to Forbes.


Sept. 25, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus executive is among 2018 ‘Women to Watch’ for the fourth straight year

Tony Adams reports, she’s a rising star in the financial industry, as well as one of the most trusted advisers to her firm’s chairman and CEO. And, once again in 2018, Synovus executive Liz Wolverton is among the Top 25 “Women to Watch” in the banking sector — her fourth straight year to garner the honor from American Banker magazine.


Sept. 25, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Claxton Poultry to build 75-employee plant in Screven County

Staff reports that family-owned poultry processor Claxton Poultry Farms on Monday announced it will build a $12 million chicken deboning and packaging facility at the Screven County Industrial Park in Sylvania, Ga. Claxton Poultry, the brand name of Claxton, Ga.-based Norman W. Fries Inc., said construction of the plant should begin this year and employ at least 75 people.


Sept. 25, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post

Georgia Manufacturing Alliance holding annual summit in October

Curt Yeomans reports that Lawrenceville-based Georgia Manufacturing Alliance is expected hundreds of manufacturing professionals from across the state for its annual Georgia Manufacturing Summit next month. The summit is set to be held Oct. 10 at the Cobb Galleria Center, 2 Galleria Parkway in Atlanta.


Sept. 25, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Blockbuster Book Festival Coming!

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that ickets are now on sale for the Marcus Jewish Community Center’s 27th Book Festival. This year’s edition features more than 45 authors, including both local and nationally known celebrities. The Prologue to the Book Festival runs through Oct. 29 and includes appearances by authors Mitch Albom and actress Sally Field.


Sept. 25, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

2 vying for Coomer’s seat, no withdrawal notice filed yet

Staff reports that two people have already stepped forward saying they’ll run for state Rep. Christian Coomer’s seat — although he hasn’t filed a notice saying he’s not going to run yet. Former Bartow County probate judge Mitchell Scoggins says he’s going to run for the District 14 seat and Coomer’s father, Ken Coomer, has also announced he’s running for the position.


Sept. 25, 2018 WABE 90.1

Map: Check Out What’s On The Ballot In Georgia’s General Election

Maegan Smith reports, on Nov. 6, Georgia decides the candidates who will represent them in local, state and federal government. Beyond the historic gubernatorial election, there’s races for Georgia’s U.S. House seats and statewide executive positions. On top of that, there’s a host of other state and county races on the ballot.


Sept. 25, 2018 Georgia Health News

Will feds beat Georgia to an answer on surprise medical billing?

Andy Miller reports that legislative effort to end surprise medical bills has repeatedly led to stalemates – and frustration – at the Georgia General Assembly. Surprise billing occurs when consumers have procedures or visit ERs at hospitals in their insurance network, then get separate bills for hundreds or even thousands of dollars from non-network doctors who were involved in their care.


Sept. 25, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

Kemp was asked what he’d tell voters 'struggling with Trump.’ Here’s what he said: 

Greg Bluestein reports that Republican Brian Kemp isn’t about to put much daylight between him and President Donald Trump. He ran on a Trump-like platform and won the GOP nomination for governor with the help of the president’s surprise endorsement. But he also sees the stark gender gap emerging in polls



Sept. 24, 2018 Gainesville Times

Rail Port Eyed in Hall

Megan Reed reports that a proposed inland port in Hall County would use existing rail lines and connect Hall to the port in Savannah, making it easier for local businesses to import and export goods. The project is still in the early planning stages, but if everything goes according to plan, the port would likely open in 2021 according to John Trent, senior director of strategic operations with the Georgia Ports Authority.


Sept. 24, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Toasting Georgia’s Craft Beer Industry

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that thanks to Georgia’s alcohol-sales law that went into effect one year ago to allow craft brewers to sell directly to consumers, local breweries are booming from Bainbridge to Blue Ridge, enlivening downtowns and neighborhoods.


Sept. 24, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Troubled Georgia nuclear project faces another fateful moment

Matt Kempner and Anastaciah Ondieki report that the future is again in question for a multi-billion expansion of Plant Vogtle in Georgia. But consumers are likely to pay for the nuclear power project even if it’s never completed.


Sept. 24, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Data privacy company relocating from Midtown to Sandy Springs, adding at least 250 jobs

Douglas Sams reports, OneTrust will occupy 75,000 square feet at NorthPark Town Center, a collection of office buildings at Georgia 400, Abernathy Road and the Sandy Springs MARTA station.


Sept. 24, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Savannah’s Talmadge Bridge may need replacement for bigger ships

DeAnn Komanecky reports that the future of the Georgia Ports is never far from the mind of its executive director, Griff Lynch. Lynch let the public in on his vision, and that of the Georgia Ports Authority board, at the annual State of the Port event Thursday. A portion of GPA’s plans include a goal of doubling the container capacity of the Garden City Terminal and the possible replacement of the Talmadge Memorial Bridge that spans the Savannah River.


Sept. 24, 2018 Macon Telegraph

Title-pawn companies enjoy minimal oversight in Georgia. It could get worse for consumers

Kevin G. Hall and Michael Woodel reports that Georgians mark the 10th anniversary of the U.S. financial crisis, the worst downturn since the Great Depression, measures put in place to protect consumers and members of the armed forces face growing threat of rollback. Powerful forces are at work to overturn a number of consumer protections and big money has been pouring into campaign coffers.


Sept. 24, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

General Assembly spars with Georgia Power

Damon Cline reports, as if the quagmire at Plant Vogtle wasn’t serious enough, this past week 20 members of Georgia’s General Assembly sent a nastygram to the project’s co-owners about the “ever-escalating” cost of the two reactors under construction. This was not an insignificant event. Anyone who knows Peach State business and politics knows Georgia Power – Vogtle’s largest stakeholder – wields tremendous clout, as one would expect from a state-regulated electric utility.


Sept. 24, 2018 Saporta Report

Retiring Georgia parks director got her start in DeKalb County

David Pendered reports that after developing community parks in DeKalb County a generation or more before such parks were widely appreciated, Becky Kelley went on to oversee all parks in Georgia. As she retires in the coming weeks, Kelley on Wednesday is to receive recognition for her career’s work from the board of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.


Sept. 24, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia

After early misfire, NRA gives Kemp a late endorsement 

Greg Bluestein reports that the National Rifle Association endorsed Brian Kemp as the only candidate for governor “who can be trusted to protect our constitutional right to self-defense,” months after spurning him for another Republican rival. 



Sept. 21, 2018

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

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 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

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

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

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.


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