Nov. 17, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Jan Skutch reports that a representative of Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr will be in Savannah today for a public hearing on the proposed sale of the parent corporation of Memorial University Medical Center to a Nashville, Tenn.-based for profit health care provider as part of the sales process. The hearing will provide a detailed look at the proposed sale of all assets of Memorial Health Inc. to Hospital Corporation of America Healthcare Inc. through Savannah Health Services, its wholly owned subsidiary, and the continuation of its core services for area residents.
Nov. 17, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA), a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, awarded $300,000 in funding grants to 84 organizations in 64 counties across the state. Each of these Vibrant Communities grants will support arts programs that contribute in substantial ways to the local communities’ development.
Nov. 17, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
J. Scott Trubey reports that Metro Atlanta Chamber on Thursday unveiled its priorities for 2018, a slate of initiatives that include new job recruitment strategies, workforce development, an emphasis on economic mobility and a new digital platform to recruit young professionals to move and start their careers in the region.
Nov. 17, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Ellie Hensley reports that Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is preparing to start construction in 2018 on its more than $1 billion replacement hospital and pediatric campus in Brookhaven.
Nov. 17, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Jon Gargis reports that members of the Development Authority of Cobb County gave their final approval Thursday to the issuance of nearly $56.9 million in bonds to allow Georgia Tech to expand operations on part of Marietta’s Lockheed Martin campus. The Atlanta-based university had sought the bonds to buy 32 acres on the northern portion of Lockheed’s property adjacent to Dobbins Air Reserve Base and the Georgia Tech Research Institute, an applied research arm of the school.
Nov. 17, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that the Metro Atlanta Chamber has secured Marty Flanagan, CEO of Invesco, to serve as its chair in 2020, it was announced today at the business organization’s annual luncheon on the field of Mercedes-Benz Stadium in front of 2,000 people. The luncheon also had the symbolic passing of the baton from Jeffrey Sprecher, the 2017 Chamber chair who is the founder, chairman and CEO of Intercontinental Exchange, chairman of the New York Stock Exchange.
Nov. 17, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Stanley Dunlap reports that Navicent Health and Houston Healthcare officials are exploring a potential partnership that could be groundbreaking for the region. Details of how the two medical care companies join forces will be worked out over the next few months, but officials say it will be a “strategic combination” and not a merger.
Nov. 17, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Jon Gargis reports that a measure that would allow Dobbins Air Reserve Base to enter into partnerships with private companies, giving them access to the base’s runway and control tower, passed its final congressional hurdle Thursday.
Nov. 17, 2017 Rome News Tribune
Doug Walker reports that Balta Home USA became Floyd County’s 19th international company Thursday. Balta CEO Tom Debusschere made the trip from Belgium to Rome to cut the ribbon, formally opening the firm’s new distribution center in the former Florida Tile complex off Ga. 53 in Shannon.
Nov. 17, 2017 Newnan Times-Herald
Winston Skinner reports that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle likes the career-oriented education model at Central Educational Center, and he is talking about it on the campaign trail. Cagle is traveling the state in his run for governor, and he made a stop in Newnan where among his topics were the CEC model and the newer German-style apprenticeship program that has been piloted locally.
Nov. 17, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that Democrats in Georgia’s House of Representatives and Senate pre-filed legislation Wednesday to make it possible to remove Confederate monuments from places such as Stone Mountain. State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, pre-filed house Bill 650 while state Sen. Elena Parent, D-Atlanta, pre-filed Senate Bill 302. State law prohibits the defacing, removal or concealing of monuments to the Confederate States of America, including the carving on Stone Mountain.
Nov 17, 2017 Gainesville Times
Nick Bowman reports, with the GOP’s tax reform bill passed out of the House of Representatives on Thursday, U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, is hoping there’s an opening for criminal justice reform. The Gainesville Republican has not only been a supporter of his party’s tax reform proposal — which has attracted mixed reviews as experts debate whether the complicated proposal cuts or raises taxes and spending in the long term — Collins gaveled in the vote that passed the bill Thursday. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it faces an uncertain future.
Nov. 17, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that a prominent Jewish developer slammed Democrat Stacey Abrams for her vote against legislation that required firms bidding for state contracts to certify that they aren’t participating in an economic boycott of Israel. Steve Berman, founder of OA Development, wrote in the Atlanta Jewish Times that he was disappointed that Abrams was one of only a handful of legislators to speak against the bill on the Georgia House floor.
Nov. 16, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that a boat and a water tower are among the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2018 list of the 10 “Places in Peril” across the state. “It’s the first time we’ve had a boat,” said Mark McDonald, president and CEO of the Georgia Trust, which has been publishing the Places in Peril list for the past 13 years. “But it’s a Georgia boat with a Georgia pedigree.”
Nov. 16, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that Leadership Atlanta, the country’s oldest ongoing executive training program, is seeking nominations for its Class of 2019. Each year, the program selects roughly 80 regional leaders to participate in a nine-month program where they will explore important local issues and enhance their leadership effectiveness. Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 1, 2017, and applications are due Jan. 12, 2018.
Nov. 16, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that job growth in Atlanta will slow next year and in 2019, but the unemployment rate should remain below 5 percent, according to a report released Wednesday by Georgia State’s Economic Forecasting Center. The metro area will add about 51,900 jobs in 2018, compared to about 68,900 by the end of this year and more than 90,000 in 2016, said center director Rajeev Dhawan.
Nov. 16, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Mark Meltzer reports that Sea Island, the coastal Georgia resort that hosted the G8 Summit in 2004, has announced plans for a $25 million enhancement program of its The Lodge at Sea Island. The project will include six new cottages, a new state-of-the-art Golf Performance Center, an oceanfront pool and pool house, and a new putting course.
Nov. 16, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that in the biggest state health care licensing decision in years, Georgia regulators have approved Lee County’s bid to build a 60-bed, $123 million hospital. The certificate-of-need (CON) decision, announced Wednesday by the Department of Community Health, is being celebrated as a triumph for the southwest Georgia county and a significant setback to Phoebe Putney Health System, based in nearby Albany.
Nov. 16, 2017 WABE 90.1
Martha Dalton reports that education advocates unveiled ATL ACCESS Map Tuesday. The online tool details child care options across the five-county metro Atlanta region. Want to know how many child care centers are in a certain neighborhood? Or what the median income in that neighborhood is? Just point and click.
Nov. 16, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Staff reports that a defense spending bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday contains a provision that would allow Dobbins Air Reserve Base to enter into partnerships with private companies, giving them access to the base’s runway and control tower.
Nov. 16, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Dash Coleman reports that the Research Vessel Savannah moved slowly along Georgia’s coast in early October, Wynn Gale calmly arranged about a dozen shrimp on a table inside one of the boat’s laboratories. He inspected each specimen for dark gill coloration, and then he took a photo of the shrimp on his smartphone.
Nov. 16, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Staff reports that Evans resident Bobby Christine has been confirmed as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today applauded the Senate’s unanimous confirmation of Christine.
Nov. 16, 2017 Albany Herald
Jill Nolin reports that a long-time south Georgia legislator announced Wednesday that she plans to resign her post for a role with the state’s technical college system. Rep. Amy Carter, R-Valdosta, will step down at the end of the year to become executive director of advancement for the Technical College System of Georgia, where she will lead fundraising efforts. Carter, a veteran educator who was elected in 2006, said Wednesday that the decision – which will create a vacancy just as the Legislature reconvenes – was bittersweet.
Nov. 16, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Greg Bluestein reports that Republican candidates in Georgia routinely race to the party’s right flank, but the leading contenders in next year’s GOP race for governor have set a new pace as they try to outdo each other with attention-grabbing moves a year from the vote. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle opened a nasty feud with the liberal stronghold of Decatur, and he relayed every twist and turn of the fight to his supporters with campaign updates.
Nov. 15, 2017 GPB
Celeste Headlee and Ryan McFadin report that coal ash is a toxic substance. For years it was haphazardly dumped into rivers and ponds. Within the last 10 years or so, there has been a push to clean up the way coal ash is disposed. Georgia Power has vowed to close all its dump ponds. We talk with Chris Bowers, a senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center. We also hear from Jen Hilburn of Altamaha Riverkeeper.
Nov. 15, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Lori Johnston reports, Michael Thurmond’s motto as he approaches the end of his first year as DeKalb County’s CEO is: “We learn from our mistakes, but we don’t dwell on them.” A cloud of corruption, school district troubles, government and community leader arrests and sewer/water woes resulting in high, inaccurate bills, has hung over the county.
Nov. 15, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that a national retail mattress chain has sued an Atlanta-based commercial real estate broker for an alleged scheme of fraud and kickbacks. Mattress Firm, a 3,500-store chain, charged Colliers International’s Atlanta office, a senior vice president and two former executives in the office, with inflating rents paid by the company stores, as well as “bribes, high-priced gifts and kickbacks from developers,” according to Bisnow, an Internet web site devoted to news about commercial real estate.
Nov. 15, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Mark Meltzer reports that the new president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta said Tuesday he expects “more of the same” from the economy in the Southeast, with GDP growth continuing “a bit above 2 percent, the unemployment rate in the low 4s, and modest increases in real wage growth.”
Nov. 15, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that the Georgia Water Coalition on Tuesday announced its annual “Dirty Dozen” list spotlighting threats to the state’s water resources. The Savannah River appears twice on it for concerns related to two separate energy projects. The Altamaha River makes its fifth appearance for ongoing pollution from the Rayonier Advanced Materials pulp mill in Jesup. Streams, wells and wetlands are listed as at-risk statewide, pointing to a loosening regulatory climate at both the state and federal level.
Nov. 15, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that DeKalb Medical and Emory Healthcare have signed a letter of intent to develop a strategic partnership that could bring the two metro Atlanta health systems together under the Emory roof. The letter of intent means that DeKalb Medical, which has been seeking such a partnership, has ended discussions with other systems and is entering exclusive talks with Emory.
Nov. 15, 2017 Brunswick News
Sonny Perdue, U.S. secretary of agriculture, on Monday designated 83 counties in Georgia as primary natural disaster areas due to damage from Hurricane Irma. Counties declared under the disaster designation include Glynn, Brantley, Camden, McIntosh and Ware counties, among others.
Nov. 15, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that a group of nearly 20 residents gathered on the courthouse steps Tuesday to express their feelings about a Bibb County judge’s order that would allow a rail terminal and ethanol fuel transfer station to be built in south Macon. “Y’all don’t know how important it is that we keep this plant out of our neighborhood and out of that general area because of the fact it would affect so many people’s lives,” said Arthur Hubbard, who is the pastor at Stubbs Chapel on Barnes Ferry Road, which is near the proposed facility, and who was the spokesperson for the residents.
Nov. 15, 2017 Athens Banner Herald
Wayne Ford reports that an Athens-area rancher recently proved that sometimes you can fight city hall, or in this case a state agency. When a Jackson County cattleman saw a road crew planting wild cherry trees near his pasture on Oct. 18 he confronted the foreman telling him not to plant the trees.
Nov. 15, 2017 Saporta Report
Maggie Lee reports, what does the next Legislative session hold? Probably not approval of laws on casinos, religious freedom or an overhaul of DeKalb County’s government, according to a panel of the county’s delegates to the Gold Dome. That’s not to say such bills won’t appear — indeed, lawmakers can file anything they want, starting Wednesday.
Nov. 15, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that one of Gwinnett County’s three congressmen — the only one who is a Democrat — announced Monday that he will run for another term in the U.S. House of Representatives next year. U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., was first elected 11 years ago and is in his sixth term as a member of Congress. While his district is based out of DeKalb, it also includes the southern end of Gwinnett County, part of Newton County and all of Rockdale County.
Nov. 15, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
James Salzer reports that a Georgia Georgia Senate panel is expected to recommend what would be a fairly revolutionary change in the way lawmakers have traditionally passed hundreds of millions of dollars worth of special-interest tax breaks at the end of each General Assembly session.
Nov. 14, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Deann Komanecky reports that the Georgia Ports Authority approved rail and gate expansion projects on Monday that will double on-dock rail capacity and open service to inland markets. The board unanimously approved spending $42.2 million as part of GPA’s $128 million Mason Mega Rail Terminal project.
Nov. 14, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Ellen Berman reports that colleges and universities across Georgia are doing a lot more than providing degree-worthy educations. Within the hallowed halls of academic institutions, there are specialized laboratories where faculty, students and industry professionals are exploring innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems in the fields of science, medicine and technology.
Nov. 14, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
J. Scott Trubey reports, it's been a whirlwind 22 months for Mercedes-Benz USA since it announced its move from New Jersey to metro Atlanta. The company relocated and hired hundreds of employees. The German luxury carmaker opened a temporary office in Dunwoody. And then in September of last year, the company broke ground on its new home near Abernathy Road and Ga. 400 in Sandy Springs.
Nov. 14, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams reports that property owners near existing transit stations would be able to form self-taxing districts to raise money for rail expansion under legislation being pushed by a Gwinnett County lawmaker.
Nov. 14, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Randall O’Toole is at it again. Just as MARTA, Atlanta and possibly DeKalb County seem poised to help fund a transit line to the Emory University area, O’Toole – one of the nation’s outspoken critics of transit and smart growth policies – is out with new reports saying the transit era is over.
Nov. 14, 2017 Georgia Tech
Lance Wallace and Jonathan Bowers report that Veteran’s Day marks the first of several events planned this academic year to commemorate the establishment of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program at Georgia Tech 100 years ago.
Nov. 14, 2017 Albany Herald
Staff reports that Albany State University faculty and staff members have been awarded more than $3.5 million in grants from May to September to fund research.
Nov. 14, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Mark Rice reports that Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts is the newest school in the Muscogee County School District, but even this state-of-the-art facility has struggled to provide its students with enough modern equipment for science, technology, engineering and math. So the inaugural $5,000 STEM Education Grant from Pratt & Whitney, announced Monday, is expected to be put to good use.
Nov. 14, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Atlanta’s Fernbank Museum of Natural History offers much more than a collection of monstrous dinosaurs, which are admittedly awesome to see. Check out the video where new president and CEO Jennifer Grant Warner talks about the recent additions to the museum, including Fernbank Forest and a giant screen theater.
Nov. 14, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that prices of health care services have long been opaque to the average person. Individuals often don’t know whether they are being overcharged or not. But recent efforts by health insurers, state legislatures and private firms have begun to reveal more information about the cost of care for consumers.
Nov. 14, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Jeremy Redmon and Tamar Hallerman report that Banji Oyebisi felt a heavy weight lift off his shoulders when he learned he had won America’s diversity visa lottery. His native Nigeria beset with political upheaval and violence, Oyebisi immigrated to Georgia in 1996 and worked his way up from washing dishes to employing four people at his own technology consulting business in Sandy Springs.
Nov. 13, 2017 WABE 90.1
Molly Samuel reports that the future of the U.S. nuclear industry is on the line in Georgia, as regulators consider the future of the only nuclear power construction project in the country. The Georgia Public Service Commission heard four days of testimony this week on Plant Vogtle, which critics say is too expensive.
Nov. 13, 2017 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that representatives from the city of Peachtree Corners recently cut the ribbon signifying development has officially begun on an 11.5-mile multi-use trail system. The trail will link neighborhoods, the new town center, retail centers, restaurants and office parks, including Technology Park, providing access for walkers and cyclists.
Nov. 13, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
J. Scott Trubey reports that Cox Media Group on Friday announced four new members of its leadership team in Atlanta who will direct a plan to knit together its local print, web, radio and television operations. In Atlanta, CMG owns The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and radio and television properties, including WSB-TV and News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB radio.
Nov. 13, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Jessica Saunders reports that the layoffs come nearly five months after the global beverage maker announced more than 400 layoffs at its Atlanta headquarters. The two waves of layoffs combined total 600.
Nov. 13, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald, WUGA
Alexia Ridley reports that the personal-finance website, WalletHub, released its report on 2017’s Fattest States in America. Georgia was number 17 on the list. Analyst Jill Gonzalez says they studied all 50 states plus the District of Columbia.
Nov. 13, 2017 Rome News-Tribune
Doug Walker reports that proprietary technology first developed by Rome-based Hydro Dynamic Inc., now marketed through HDI’s wholly-owned subsidiary XtractMor, is now being used in the production of wine at a brewery in Pennsylvania. The Shock Wave Xtractor system has been marketed to breweries and executives have talked with a number of distilleries in the past couple of years.
Nov. 13, 2017 Albany Herald
Jon Gosa reports that a report published last week by the Georgia Water Coalition details the enormous withdrawals from the Florida aquifer by the agriculture industry, an industry second only to the energy sector in the amount of water used.
Nov. 13, 2017 University of Georgia
Emily Patuek reports that colleagues and friends of former U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss have now exceeded the goal of $1 million for the Chambliss Leadership Forum endowment at the University of Georgia. The fourth fundraising dinner for the program was held earlier this week at the Altria office in Washington, D.C. Chambliss and his wife, Julianne, attended along with UGA President Jere W. Morehead, current UGA student interns and members of the U.S. Congress.
Nov. 13, 2017 Emory University
Janet Christenbury and Denise Simpson report that the Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory University, along with Grady Memorial Hospital and collaborators at the University of Michigan, have been awarded a five-year project for almost $4 million to study motor vehicle crashes in the metro-Atlanta area that result in injuries treated at Grady. This project is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and will create a Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN) center, where the research will be conducted
Nov. 13, 2017 Brunswick News
Deborah Bayliss reports that a newly proposed bakery is the latest small business with plans to open in downtown Brunswick, riding a wave of economic growth pushed at least in part by new incentives offered by the city. Most of the businesses are slated to open sometime next year.
Nov. 13, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Staff reports that Savannah River Remediation has received an award for its project to close one of the tanks at Savannah River Site containing radioactive liquid waste. The Tank 12 Closure project received the 2017 Award for Project Excellence from the Project Management Institute last month at its annual Global Project Management Conference in Chicago.
Nov. 13, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that they may have intellectual or developmental disabilities, but that doesn’t mean that the former high school students taking part in a TSYS intern program can’t learn new things and dream big just like anyone else. “I want to be a veterinarian,” exclaimed Nick Brundidge from Shaw High during a recent visit to the TSYS North Center card production facility in Columbus.
Nov. 13, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that this small town of 3,700 on the Alabama border is emblematic of the way international trade has helped shape many communities — for better or for worse. Once home to a thriving textile sector, West Point suffered when most of its mills shuttered. But the tariff-cutting North American Free Trade Agreement — NAFTA — also helped spur new factories, including a 3,000-worker auto assembly plant churning out Kia vehicles.
Nov. 10, 2017 New York Times, Reuters
Staff reports that Equifax Inc on Thursday reported lower quarterly profit, and quarterly revenue missed estimates, as the credit bureau warned that its massive data breach had prompted some customers to hold back business.
Nov. 10, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports, in Amari Ruff’s previous startup business, which provided residential and commercial telecommunications installations, he learned a lot about trucking. He began that business with one truck and scaled it to 200 in less than four years before the firm was acquired.
Nov. 10, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that Alpharetta-based medical technology company, which had a $100 million judgment issued against it earlier this year, is selling the part of its business that was targeted in that suit. Halyard Health is selling its surgical and infection prevention business to Virginia-based Owens & Minor for $710 million, a deal to be completed early next year, the company announced earlier this month.
Nov. 10, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams reports that Airbnb and other short-term vacation rental companies are asking Georgia lawmakers to provide a statewide regulatory framework for the fast-growing online industry.
Nov. 10, 2017 Georgia Health News
Dannie Parker reports that at the University of Georgia’s Center for Vaccines and Immunology, long fluorescent-lighted hallways with card-access doors lead into multiple labs. Large observation windows display science in action — with researchers performing tasks that are not always clear to the lay person.
Nov. 10, 2017 Gainesville Times
Nick Watson reports that Bobby Cagle, the state’s Division of Family and Children Services director, is headed for Los Angeles County, with a population of 10 million and problems in its child welfare department that mirror Georgia’s. Cagle reflected on his time as the department’s head and its progress in his last week of the job.
Nov. 10, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that a property where travelers and truckers once stopped to get some rest during long trips on Interstate 85 is about to house a new local base of operations for state patrolmen who are tasked with keeping the interstate safe. Gwinnett County commissioners approved intergovernmental agreements and a memorandum of understanding with the state departments of public safety and transportation Tuesday to build a new Georgia State Patrol headquarters and HERO unit station.
Nov. 10, 2017 Brunswick News
Terry Dickson reports that St. Marys will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday morning for the resumption of Cumberland Island ferry service after Tropical Storm Irma shut it down for two months. As of Thursday, however, Cumberland Island National Seashore said its previously announced opening date of Sunday remained tentative.
Nov. 10, 2017 Albany Herald
Staff reports that Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Security Manager and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Gary Rice was one of nine people statewide who were recognized Thursday as winners of the Georgia Hospital Association’s Georgia Hospital Heroes award.
Nov. 10, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that Tas Smith, who has led Georgia Farm Bureau’s advocacy efforts at the national level since 2012, has been named the Georgia Farm Service Agency state director. As a part of GFB’s public policy team, Smith has worked to promote agricultural causes at the Georgia and U.S. capitols.
Nov. 10, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Ariel Hart reports that Nick Anderson prepared for weeks for open enrollment as an Affordable Care Act navigator in his west-central Georgia territory. And as he hit up local spots asking to post fliers and publicize the Nov. 1 start date, he noticed something different this year.
Nov. 9, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Georgia and many other states may seek federal approval soon to make changes to their health care programs through waiver requests, lawmakers and experts say. Opening the door Tuesday to one particular waiver idea was the head of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Seema Verma, the CMS administrator, told state Medicaid directors that the feds would be receptive to allowing work requirements for non-disabled adults covered in the government program.
Nov. 9, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy writes, just weeks after President Donald Trump announces his intention to toughen immigration laws to favor those with English proficiency and good job prospects, he rescinds DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that offered protection, including renewable work permits, for young people brought illegally to America as children prior to 2007.
Nov. 9, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that among large metros, Atlanta ranks fifth in the nation as a destination for Americans on the move and highest in the South, according to a report released Wednesday by a national real estate brokerage company. But the metro area with the biggest increase in interest — as measured by Redfin database searches — is Nashville.
Nov. 9, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that the expansion will create about 100 advanced manufacturing jobs at Alcon’s nearly 1 million square-foot Johns Creek campus. It is the company’s largest contact lens manufacturing hub in the world. Atlanta competed with two Alcon overseas locations for the investment.
Nov. 9, 2017 Emory University
Carol Clark reports that the U.S. state policies aimed at mitigating power plant emissions vary widely in effectiveness, finds a new study by researchers at Emory University. Nature Climate Change published the analysis, which shows that policies with mandatory compliance are associated with the largest reductions in power plant emissions. “Based on the results of our study, we recommend that states adopt a policy of mandatory greenhouse gas emissions registry and reporting for power plants,” says Eri Saikawa, an assistant professor in Emory’s Department of Environmental Sciences.
Nov. 9, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that when Jim Hill committed to cleaning the water for a small town in northern Argentina, he had no clue how to get it done, but he was driven by the “why.” During an initial trip in 2004, he learned that some 6,000 people in the dusty outpost of San Antonio de los Cobres had been drinking arsenic-tainted water for decades.
Nov. 9, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that the Atlanta chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), an organization dedicated to advancing women in the transportation industry, recently chose its Man of the Year. The honor went to Brandon Beach, executive director of the North Fulton Community Improvement District (CID) for his efforts to help women achieve leadership in the transportation industry.
Nov. 9, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Mark Rice reports that starting in January, Georgia college students will have more opportunities to receive free tuition as they pursue careers in high-demand industries. The state is adding five fast-growing career fields to the HOPE Career Grant, increasing the total number of qualified programs to 17, Columbus Technical College announced in a news release. The additional fields are aviation maintenance, automotive technology, distribution-materials management, electrical line work and construction.
Nov. 9, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Staff reports that Georgia Gwinnett College is giving students an opportunity to break into the movie business through a new degree program that was recently launched at the Lawrenceville-based school. The Cinema and Media Arts program is designed to offer a hands-on education covering different areas of film making, including screen writing, design and production and entertainment industry studies, school officials said.
Nov. 9, 2017 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that changes are ahead for coal ash pond dewatering at Plant McManus, but a Tuesday night meeting showed those changes are not yet thorough enough to meet the expectations of local environmental advocates and legislators. Jeff Larson, manager of the wastewater regulatory program for the state Environmental Protection Division’s Watershed Protection Branch, outlined at the event at Brunswick High School the draft changes to McManus’ “pollution permit,” which would govern testing and handling of coal ash and the dewatering process going forward.
Nov. 9, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
James Salzer reports that Democrats euphoric over flipping three state legislative seats Tuesday may have to spend the 2018 General Assembly session making sure they have a shot at winning re-election next fall. Majority parties — in Georgia that’s the Republicans — don’t like losing seats, and they could file legislation during the session to redraw the district boundaries of at least some of the new Democratic lawmakers.
Nov. 8, 2017 11Alive.com
Tim Darnell reports that two Atlanta city councilpersons, Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood appeared headed to a Dec. 5 runoff to determine who will be Atlanta's 60th mayor in history.
Nov. 8, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports that Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr is one of 41 attorneys general in the country involved in a bipartisan effort to curb the overuse and abuse of prescription opioids. The AGs are seeking information from five major drug companies in an attempt to determine whether manufacturers have engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing, sale and distribution of the drugs.
Nov. 8, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that several big concessionaires have been selected to open new restaurants on Concourse E at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The contract awards are subject to Atlanta City Council approval, but the city’s interim chief procurement officer sent notification letters to concessionaires about the companies that will be recommended for the contracts.
Nov. 8, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that management and IT consulting firm CapTech is expanding in Atlanta — a year after opening its office in Midtown. The Richmond, Va.-based company plans to double its workforce in Atlanta and add 50 jobs next year. As part of the expansion, CapTech has leased 6,000 square feet at Midtown’s Bank of America Plaza office tower.
Nov. 8, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that the cost of the nearly $1 billion Savannah harbor deepening project is measured not only in money, but also in wildlife. And it’s getting steeper. Take the story of two green sea turtles nicknamed Hopper and Manni. Sucked up by a hopper dredge in the outer harbor, they were rescued, rehabbed for about $10,000, and released, providing a rare — though pricey — happy ending for wildlife that tangles with dredging equipment.
Nov. 8, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that the digital revolution has swept over health care, as wearable devices, electronic medical records and other computerized innovations have become pervasive. Yet some frustrating connection problems and other technical hiccups have often thwarted the potential payoff of these breakthroughs, with improvements in the quality of care not always as dramatic as one would hope.
Nov. 8, 2017 WABE 90.1
Molly Samuel reports that Georgia Power is making its case to continue its nuclear expansion at Plant Vogtle. In a hearing Monday, the utility’s CEO, along with the heads of three other power companies involved in the project, told state regulators they still want to complete two new nuclear reactors, even though they’re years behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget.
Nov. 8, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that an environmental law firm believes Georgia Power Co. is doing a good job removing 550,000 tons of coal ash from an impoundment at a former coal-fired plant sitting in the estuary west of Brunswick. Now, it wants the company to do the same at all its coal ash storage sites in Georgia.
Nov. 8, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Emory University is ramping up its efforts to inform Georgia’s congressional members of the harm it says the current version of the House tax plan could cause to colleges and universities, which includes undermining funding for research, academic programs and student finances.
Nov. 8, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Joe Hotchkiss reports that the Georgia General Assembly has heavy lifting to do in 2018, and the important workloads can be divided into three buckets. That’s part of how the leader of the state’s Chamber of Commerce described Georgia’s political future Tuesday morning at the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast at the Legends Club.
Nov. 8, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that U.S. David Perdue, R-Ga., said Congress needs to act quickly to pass a proposed major overhaul of the American tax system that is being pushed by President Donald Trump. Perdue participated in a press conference with other Senate Republicans as well as members of Trump’s administration and grassroots leaders to promote the proposed tax reforms.
Nov. 8, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Staff reports on results of mayor, commission and issue votes across the mid-state area.
Nov. 8, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Jon Gargis reports that though the race was too close to call by press time, Cobb voters within state Senate District 6 appeared ready to turn the former Republican-held seat blue, favoring Democrats over GOP candidates by nearly 2-to-1.
Nov. 8, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Lee Shearer reports that Democrats Jonathan Wallace and Deborah Gonzalez appeared to win two seats in the Georgia House of Representatives formerly controlled by Republicans in Tuesday’s special elections. The results mean all three of the House members representing Clarke County will be Democats for the first time in years.
Nov. 8, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Maya Prabhu reports that Georgia Democrats have gained three legislative seats in Tuesday’s special elections. Deborah Gonzalez bested Houston Gaines to represent the Athens area, replacing former Athens Republican Rep. Regina Quick, who was appointed to a judgeship in August.
Nov. 7, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Georgia employers’ health care costs are lower than the national average, a recent survey has found. And the survey — done by New York-based Mercer, the world’s largest human resources consulting company — finds that employers in the Peach State offer what are called “consumer-driven health plans’’ at a greater rate than their national counterparts.
Nov. 7, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Amy Bonesteel reports that trains connecting some of Georgia’s historic towns were once the lifeblood of the northwest region of the state, delivering commerce and goods. Some 150 years later the trains are still bringing life to towns like Bremen and Tallapoosa in Haralson County, along with an exclusive group of tourists, called railfans, who gather to see locomotives.
Nov. 7, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
J. Scott Trubey reports that Georgia Ports Authority officials plan to hit Capitol Hill this week to press for more federal funding to deepen the Savannah River, and they’ll bring with them new figures to support their case that show record-breaking cargo traffic. The Savannah port saw container traffic increase by nearly a third in October, setting a new monthly record as the bustling harbor continues to see larger vessels from the expanded Panama Canal.
Nov. 7, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams reports that the CEOs of Georgia Power Co. and its three partners are in hearings that begin a crucial review process that will result in a decision of whether to let the four utilities finish the Plant Vogtle or pull the plug on the project.
Nov. 7, 2017 Georgia Southern University
Caroline Nimnicht reports, many high-paying careers are centered around the degree that you hold and can determine the title and position you attain. The Georgia Southern College of Business offers multiple graduate degrees that may be the strategic leap you need to advance your career.
Nov. 7, 2017 Port of Savannah
Staff reports that container trade at the Port of Savannah grew by 32 percent in October, with Garden City Terminal moving 410,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of nearly 100,000 TEUs. It was the first time in the port’s history that it topped 400,000 TEUs in a single month. For the fiscal year to date (July 1-Oct. 31), the Port of Savannah has moved 1.42 million TEUs, up by 155,050 or 12.3 percent.
Nov. 7, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Lindsey Moscarello reports, in efforts to improve healthcare and the economy, Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce invited representatives from related parties to the annual Healthcare Summit on Oct. 31. This year’s keynote speaker was Governor Nathan Deal. New President of Kaiser Permanente Health Plan Jim Simpson and presenting sponsor, Southeast Permanente Medical Group’s President and Executive Director, Dr. Mary Wilson presented opening remarks.
Nov. 7, 2017 Rome News-Tribune
Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Transportation announced Monday it has chosen the path it wants to use to link U.S. 411 from Floyd County to Interstate 75 in Bartow County. Alternative 2B for the Rome-Cartersville Development Corridor would cross over U.S. 41 and generally follow Old Grassdale Road. It would hit the interstate near Anheuser Busch, Gerdau Ameristeel Corp. and several other plants.
Nov. 7, 2017 Kennesaw State Univ.
Staff reports that Kennesaw State University has received a $1.25 million donation from The Coca-Cola Foundation for the creation of a scholarship program supporting first-generation students. The Coca-Cola First Generation and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholars program will provide scholarships and wraparound services to 35 students who identify as first generation – those who are first in their immediate families to seek college degrees.
Nov. 7, 2017 Georgia State University
Andrea Jones reports that Georgia State University has won the Technology Association of Georgia’s (TAG) Excalibur Award in the public/non-profit category for its nationally recognized success in implementing a virtual assistant to handle admissions questions and increase the number of students who successfully enroll at the university.
Nov. 7, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
John F. Greeman reports that Marv Lieberman, 72, is chief operating officer of Pit Barrel Cooker, a new player in the $1 billion U.S. barbeque grill business. Its 16-inch “Junior” grill is its latest to be manufactured in China. The first batch just shipped from the factory here that Lieberman is about to visit.
Nov. 7, 2017 Newnan Times-Herald
Kandice Bell reports that Coweta County’s unemployment rate has dropped, and more people are working in Coweta as the manufacturing sector has added about 935 jobs since last year. Coweta’s employment increased since the first quarter of 2016 and added about 1,567 jobs, according to an economic overview presented Tuesday by the University of West Georgia’s Dr. William (Joey) Smith, chairman of the university’s economics department.
Nov. 7, 2017 Rome News-Tribune
Doug Walker reports that few Floyd County residents are aware that one of, if not the largest hog farms in the entire state, is located west of Rome near Coosa. “We’re about the biggest in Georgia that I know of,” said Greg Bridges. The Bridges Farm is not your grandfather’s hog farm. Instead of huge hogs wallowing around in mud, the Bridges operation is completely enclosed, climate-controlled hog houses.
Nov. 7, 2017 WABE
Lisa Hagen reports, when it comes to running a fair and effective bail system, Georgia gets a failing grade, according to a new report. But change may be on the way. According to census data, Georgia had almost 20,000 unconvicted people in jail on a single day in 2013 (the latest data available for the state). And that’s not good, says Rachel Sottile Logvin with the nonprofit Pretrial Justice Institute.
Nov. 7, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that the University of Georgia’s epic season has captured the hearts of football fans — and a new crop of political candidates hungry for their votes. Like they do every football season, contenders are holding tailgates outside the state’s legendary stadium. But the undefeated Bulldogs and their No. 1 ranking — and the trove of potential supporters who pack the stands every Saturday — have drawn candidates to Athens like dogs to a fire hydrant.
Nov. 6, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Fulton County and the Atlanta school district face fiscal woes even though a judge has approved a temporary collection of property taxes. Their cost of borrowing could increase now that a bond rating house has cut the credit rating on one county debt and has placed a total of more than $500 million of county and Atlanta school debt under review for a possible credit downgrade in the future.
Nov. 6, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that seven-year-old Zayden Wright, from Augusta, was born with a congenital heart condition and has had more than 40 echocardiograms, six heart catheterizations and four open heart surgeries in his short life. When Make-A-Wish Georgia, an organization that grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical issues, stepped in and asked him what he’d wish for, Zayden said he wanted to go to Saturn in a red rocket ship.
Nov. 6, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Scott Trubey reports, could a mixed-use project, with more office space than Amazon needs for its planned massive second headquarters, be in the offing for downtown Atlanta? An unnamed group filed documents this week with the city of Atlanta suggesting a project of mammoth scope — more than 10 million square feet of total development. It would rise on 9-acres near Philips Arena in undeveloped swath of parking lots and rail beds known as the Gulch.
Nov. 6, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that the $20 million research park will be developed near the proposed Spaceport Camden, Georgia’s first commercial spaceport. The park expects to attract a constellation of aerospace manufacturers, launch providers, parts suppliers and satellite companies to locate assembly and R&D operations.
Nov. 6, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Phil Bolton reports, under a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, Georgia State University’s Urban Studies Institute is to track how climate change is affecting the Mexican cities Hermosillo and Mexico City and Valdivia, Chile. The institute also is to be studying seven American cities for their resilience to climate-driven extreme events.
Nov. 6, 2017 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that an advocacy group dedicated to shorebirds across the Western Hemisphere recently recognized the Georgia barrier islands as a place of significance. The island group, which includes Cumberland, Jekyll, Sapelo, St. Simons and others, became the 100th place so designated by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. The recognition comes primarily thanks to the islands’ ability to serve as migratory stops for more than 30 percent of the population of red knots and piping plovers.
Nov. 6, 2017 Georgia Tech
Lance Wallace reports that the next building on campus will be a "living building." Thursday marked the beginning of the construction phase of The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design. Formerly referred to as the Living Building at Georgia Tech, the project is on track to become the first Living Building Challenge 3.1-certified facility of its size and function in the Southeast. It will be located at the northwest corner of Ferst Drive and State Street.
Nov. 6, 2017 Mercer University
Staff reports that Mercer University’s Board of Trustees approved two new graduate programs, installed nine members and elected officers during its annual Homecoming meeting today. A new Master of Theological Studies will be offered through Mercer’s McAfee School of Theology on the University’s Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus in Atlanta beginning next fall. The 49-hour, two-year program will allow students to craft their own course of study, in consultation with their faculty supervisor.
Nov. 6, 2017 Rome News-Tribune
College and Career Ready Performance Index could see changes under Every Student Succeeds Act state plan
Spencer Lahr reports that the College and Career Ready Performance Index could experience a number of changes if the U.S. Department of Education approves the state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act submitted by the Georgia DOE on Sept. 18. In a news release, State School Superintendent Richard Woods indicated changes to the CCRPI in the ESSA plan were a response to feedback received from state education stakeholders.
Nov. 6, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Merritt Melancon and Josh Payne report, the University of Georgia’s Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest helps to highlight the state’s burgeoning food product scene with its annual competition. Registration for the 2018 contest, which is coordinated each year by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is now open at flavorofga.com.
Nov. 6, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman and Greg Bluestein report that President Donald Trump may be lacking in signature legislative achievements a year after his election victory, but he has one undeniable accomplishment: He has shaped the Republican Party — both in Georgia and nationally — to his will.
Nov. 3, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal recognized several of the state’s top tourism professionals at the 2017 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference on Jekyll Island. The annual industry event, hosted by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and the Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (GACVB), brought together more than 400 tourism industry professionals from across the state.
Nov. 3, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that the Georgia Conservancy, a statewide organization dedicated to environmental protection, sustainable growth and outdoor stewardship, named Gov. Nathan Deal as its 2017 Distinguished Conservationist. The honor recognizes the governor’s lasting impact on conserving and protecting the state’s natural resources during his two terms in office.
Nov. 3, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Matt Kempner reports, don’t read beyond this sentence if you don’t pay a power bill in Georgia and never will. Otherwise, get your wallet out. There’s a bit of show biz about to start Monday in hearings with elected state regulators. When it’s over, it’s likely to end up costing you and your Georgia descendents for decades to come.
Nov. 3, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports, in man-bites-dog news, Atlanta did not make it on a list of 25 metros likely to land Amazon.com’s $5 billion 'HQ2.' The study, by real estate research firm Reis Inc. (Nasdaq: REIS), included New Orleans (No. 7) and Chattanooga (No. 25). New York City, with its public transportation infrastructure and high quality of living amenities, topped the list.
Nov. 3, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Anthony Garzilli reports that Coca-Cola is coming to Jasper County. SouthernCarolina Regional Development Alliance announced Thursday that Coca-Cola Consolidated will invest more than $5 million in a new sales and distribution center at Cypress Ridge Industrial Park in Ridgeland, bringing 45 existing jobs and creating at least 20 new jobs.
Nov. 3, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports, in lieu of a traditional ground-breaking ceremony, Georgia Tech and the Kendeda Fund planted seeds Thursday to begin construction on what will be the most environmentally sustainable building in the Southeast. The goal is for the Living Building at Georgia Tech will follow construction guidelines so it will do little to no harm to the environment by using the greenest building materials and by being a net zero building in terms of energy and water use.
Nov. 3, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Lee Shearer reports that students are graduating from the University of Georgia at record levels, the university reported this week. Nearly two-thirds of entering freshmen come out four years later with undergraduate degrees, and about 85 percent have received a degree within six years of enrolling.
Nov. 3 2017 Valdosta Daily Times
Terry Richards reports that a trial date has been set in a lawsuit against the owners of a Valdosta-based company in connection with a 2016 Ferris wheel accident where three children were injured, according to federal court records. The jury trial, pitting the family of a child injured in the accident against Family Attractions Amusements LLC, is scheduled for Feb. 26, 2019, in federal district court in Greenville, Tenn., according to court documents.
Nov. 3, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Wayne Crenshaw reports, as Warner Robins voters are about chose a mayor, Col. Lyle Drew is settling in to the equivalent of that role at Robins Air Force Base. Drew became the commander of the 78th Air Base Wing on July 26. He is also the installation commander, overseeing the inner workings of the base such as security forces, the fire department and building and road maintenance.
Nov. 3, 2017 Rome News-Tribune
Diane Wagner reports that Georgia’s agencies maintain separate files and can’t easily share information. Georgia’s Joint Study Committee on Transparency and Open Access in Government on Thursday— chaired by Rome Republicans Sen. Chuck Hufstetler and Rep. Katie Dempsey — plans to recommend a state data integration plan to the General Assembly in 2018.
Nov. 3, 2017 Mariettta Daily Journal
Staff reports that Marietta’s Tricia Pridemore has filed paperwork to run as a Republican in the 2018 election for Public Service Commission. Stan Wise of east Cobb, chair of Georgia’s PSC, told the MDJ last month he won’t seek re-election. Serving on the PSC is a full-time position. Wise makes a salary of about $118,781, according to Bill Edge, PSC spokesman.
Nov. 3, 2017 New York Times
Richard Fausset reports, how important is it that the next mayor be black? That is the knotty question in Atlanta, the celebrated base of African-American cultural, economic and political power that has only had black mayors since the Ford administration — and also gave the world a man who spoke of judging people on the content of their character, not the color of their skin.
Nov. 3, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said Thursday the state didn’t “quit” a lawsuit representing the state’s top elections official, but that the office had to withdraw from the lawsuit because of a conflict of interest involving another state client. His statement comes a day after Secretary of State Brian Kemp confirmed that his office will be represented by former Gov. Roy Barnes in the lawsuit filed by a national election transparency group seeking to force the state to overhaul its election system.
Nov. 2, 2017 Brunswick News
Michael Hall reports that Honda moved 47,700 vehicles across the docks at the Colonel’s Island port terminal in the last fiscal year, nearly tripling the amount of cargo the company shipped through the Port of Brunswick, according to a release from port officials. American Honda Motor Company added 34,700 vehicles to its traffic through the local port in fiscal year 2017, a move made largely because of expansion at the terminal and its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, said Charles Kendig, assistant vice president for automobile operations at American Honda.
Nov. 2, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive
Ben Young writes, November is a good month for giving thanks while remembering the needs of others. Sharing is one of the positive lessons I take away from most Thanksgiving memories, and it’s important to keep the needs of the greater community in mind as we celebrate with our own feasts.
Nov. 2, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reportst that Atlanta’s home prices are still rising, but the rate of increase has been slowing, according to a nationally watched report issued Tuesday. The price of the average home sold in the metro area is up 5.4 percent from a year ago, edging 0.2 percent higher during the most recent month, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices.
Nov. 2, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that Coca-Cola isn't giving up on sugar just yet. While The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) pivots its direction away from sugar and toward options like sparkling water, the company is also adding two new flavors to its full-sugar core soda line -- Georgia Peach and California Raspberry -- in 2018. The Atlanta-based company is also reportedly adding a Green Apple Fanta to its fruit-flavored soda line next year.
Nov. 2, 2017 GPB
Celeste Headlee and Trevor Young report that Georgia Tech is not just looking at interstellar space, it’s also traveling through it. Georgia Tech student Michael Staab is a spacecraft flight controller for NASA. He piloted the Cassini spacecraft, which traveled around Saturn and nearby moons collecting data.
Nov. 2, 2017 Georgia Southern University
Staff reports that Pipeguard Robotics, a student-led innovative solution by a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), was named the winner of the BIG Pitch competition, sponsored by the Georgia Southern College of Business and the Business Innovation Group (BIG). The MIT team won the $10,000 award for its sustainable solution that will detect leaks inside pipes.
Nov. 2, 2017 Emory University
Carol Clark reports that National Science Foundation awarded two Emory physicists a $2 million Emergent Frontiers grant, for development of miniaturized optical transistors to take computers and telecommunications into a new era. “We are working to change some properties of light — such as making it travel in only one direction — by using atomically thin, two-dimensional materials,” says Ajit Srivastava, assistant professor of physics and principal investigator for the grant.
Nov. 2, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports, two was the operative number for the Atlanta Women’s Foundation annual luncheon – Numbers 2 Big to Ignore – at the Georgia World Congress Center. The lunch itself raised more than $1 million, including on-the-spot pledges from dozens of women who raised their hands to make donations from $500 to $10,000.
Nov. 2, 2017 Georgia Health News
Talia Levine reports, Daniel Parshley began working with the Glynn Environmental Coalition (GEC) just after its inception in 1989, and he became its project manager shortly thereafter. Glynn County, along the Georgia coast, has housed a multitude of industrial operations, and it is now home to four active Superfund sites.
Nov. 2, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Alva James-Johnson reports, perhaps you have noticed a new city logo with vibrant colors and playful fonts on the Columbus Consolidated Government website. Or maybe you’ve encountered it while surfing on social media. If so, you’re not imagining things. The logo, with the words “Columbus Georgia: We do amazing,” is part of a new branding initiative developed to promote the city’s colorful, fun, livelier side, as well as all the great things the community has achieved.
Nov. 2, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that an international shorebird conservation network designated Georgia’s barrier islands a landscape of hemispheric importance for shorebirds that fly between North and South America. The Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, or WHSRN, voted in October to designate Georgia’s chain of coastal islands its 100th site for recognition, said 100 Miles, a coastal conservation organization.
Nov. 2, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that the fact that the Attorney General’s office isn’t representing Secretary of State Brian Kemp in his ongoing legal battle with a national transparency organization isn’t a shock. What comes as a surprise is the attorney tapped to represent the office: Former Gov. Roy Barnes, a Democrat who has often sparred with Kemp.
Nov. 1, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that Amazon is building a “fulfillment center” in south Bibb County, creating more than 500 full-time jobs and making a $90 million investment. The announcement was made Tuesday by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority. The 1-million-square-foot warehouse will be built on about 97 acres on Sardis Church Road at Skipper Road.
Nov. 1, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports, just six days after claiming victory in a race that attracted national attention – and tons of money – Karen Handel was sworn in as Georgia’s 6th District representative. She is the state’s first Republican woman to serve in Congress, completing the term of Tom Price, President Donald Trump’s former secretary of health and human services.
Nov. 1, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Scott Trubey reports that Atlanta-based Cox Media Group said Tuesday it plans to sell its newspapers in West Palm Beach, Fla., and Texas. “We have made the decision that we will be better equipped to operate our newspapers in Atlanta and Ohio, where we have the integrated opportunity with our TV and radio operations,” CMG President Kim Guthrie said in a news release. “We are deeply grateful to the employees in Austin and Palm Beach for the great work they have done over the years.”
Nov. 1, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta is getting its first Amazon Books store, the Seattle-based Internet giant’s brick-and-mortar retail experiment. The nearly 5,000 square-foot store is expected to open in Lenox Square Mall, according to a filing with the city Tuesday. Nearly $1.5 million will be invested in the build-out, according to the filing.
Nov. 1, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Georgia stayed in 40th place among states in percentages of hospitals with top safety ratings, in the latest report from the Leapfrog Group. The report, released Tuesday, said that fewer than 20 percent of Georgia hospitals earned an “A’’ grade on patient safety.
Nov. 1, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that China’s largest television manufacturer is reviving its push to become a brand leader in the U.S., intensifying its outreach from its base in metro Atlanta. As it approaches the billion-dollar mark in U.S. sales, Hisense, the Qingdao, China-based maker of flat screens and appliances, now wants to compete on innovation and quality rather than its traditional differentiator: price.
Nov. 1, 2017 Rockdale Citizen
Staff reports that the highway 278 Community Improvement District has selected Thomas & Hutton to provide engineering, planning and landscape architecture services for the CID to develop a master plan for the district. The CID board and stakeholders will be working with Thomas & Hutton over the next several months to define improvements within the district.
Nov. 1, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that a recent dedication ceremony, the Georgia Historical Society unveiled a new marker honoring Atlanta-based barber and entrepreneur Alonzo Herndon. The marker is the latest addition to the society’s Georgia Civil Rights Trail, which provides public education about the role the state played in securing civil liberties for African Americans.
Nov. 1, 2017 Washington Post
David Von Drehle reports that First Baptist Church of Christ , founded in 1826, is one of the oldest congregations in this central Georgia city. Its towering red-brick sanctuary, dedicated in 1887, occupies a hilltop between downtown and nearby Mercer University — a physical prominence that evokes the stature of the church in local history.
Nov. 1, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that House Speaker David Ralston didn’t slam the door shut on a comeback of “religious liberty” legislation, but he came close. The Blue Ridge Republican told the AJC that any effort to revive the contentious legislation was not among his priorities. “We’ve been really busy in the House since last session looking at ways we can take this success, this economic climate, all over Georgia,” he said, citing a transit study effort and economic development efforts in rural Georgia.
Oct. 31, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia has been named the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business for the fifth consecutive year by Site Selection, a leading economic development trade magazine. According to Site Selection, Georgia is the first state to hold this ranking for five consecutive years under the same governor.
Oct. 31, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports, for the second year, the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) has chosen recipients of the Georgia Automotive Awards, which recognize state leaders in the auto industry and their efforts to build a robust business climate. Automotive companies and suppliers make up one of the state’s most important – and growing – industry sectors. Their presence and contributions help Georgia continue to attract investments from national and international companies.
Oct. 31, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
J. Scott Trubey reports that Georgia officials expect Amazon’s site selection team to begin making visits to prospect cities as soon as next month as the hunt for the e-commerce giant’s second headquarters — and 50,000 corporate jobs — enters its next phase. On Monday, state officials offered a glimpse into the official bid for HQ2, a proposal that included both urban and suburban sites, and highlighted the region’s workforce, research universities, transit and global connections through Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Oct. 31, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that in its pitch for Amazon’s $5 billion HQ2, Georgia culled a list of nearly 70 sites across metro Atlanta into a shortlist of nearly 10 sites. “We wanted to give Amazon some options and tell us what was compelling to them,” the state's deputy economic development chief Tom Croteau said at a quarterly board meeting Monday.
Oct. 31, 2017 University of Georgia
Kelly Simmons reports, in 2005, Colquitt County was experiencing growing pains. Sanderson Farms had announced plans to build a chicken processing plant in the south Georgia community, bringing 1,400 jobs to the area. While the new plant was welcome, it presented challenges. The county had limited sewer capacity, few housing options and no round-the-clock child care, a necessity for parents working overnight shifts.
Oct. 31, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Mark Rice reports that in a ceremony Monday afternoon, Columbus State University dedicated the TSYS Center for Cybersecurity, celebrating another chapter in the partnership between the university and the electronic payments processor – and demonstrating their commitment to developing and training employees for such an essential career field.
Oct. 31, 2017 Daily Report
Meredith Hobbs reports that for the first time in five years, the pass rate for the Georgia bar exam has gone up. According to newly released statistics from the Georgia Office of Bar Admissions, 66.9 percent of test-takers overall passed the state’s July bar exam. That’s up 1.1 percentage points from the 65.8 percent of test-takers who passed the July 2016 exam. The pass rate for first-time test-takers, typically a higher figure, showed even greater improvement. It jumped almost four percentage points, up from 72.4 percent last year to 76.3 percent for this year’s July test-takers.
Oct. 31, 2017 WABE 90.1
Johnny Kauffman reports that Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday he’ll ask state lawmakers to expand the HOPE Career Grant program, which covers full tuition for students with at least a 2.0 GPA who are pursuing certificates and degrees in fields the state has identified as in need of qualified workers.
Oct. 31, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that roughly twice a month, a charitable clinic in rural South Georgia gets a referral from a local hospital regarding a patient with diabetes. In each case, the patient had been treated in the hospital ER, and has no regular access to care.
Oct. 31, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Savannah Harbor deepening project is killing a few more protected fish and turtles than expected. A new federal report says the higher death rates are acceptable, in part because this may mean more of these sea creatures are in the area than were expected.
Oct. 31, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Atlanta was home to Georgia Trend’s 2017 40 Under 40 event last night, where we recognized 40 of Georgia’s best and brightest under the age of 40. Keynote speaker Daniel Shoy, president of the East Lake Foundation, inspired all in the room as he challenged us to ask ourselves “why are we here?” and “what is our purpose?” Then spoke about the challenges he faced as a young man growing up in the Bronx, and how those challenges led him to his own purpose, which he summed up in his personal mission statement: To inspire others so that they reach their God-given potential.
Oct. 31, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that crowded political fields get muddy. They exhaust voters who struggle to stay informed. They reduce pundits to clichés. Sometimes they yield results no one thought possible. Less than two weeks before the Nov. 7 election, Atlanta’s jam-packed mayoral ballot already appears to have produced a familiar twist: a small percentage of the electorate will likely decide a contest with immense ramifications.
Oct. 30, 2017 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that Cumberland Island has a few strikes against it during hurricane recovery, with one of those being there is no causeway to get there, unlike the islands of Jekyll and St. Simons. Hurricane Irma even sent the Cumberland Queen ferry to the bottom of the St. Marys River.
Oct. 30, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Jennifer Hafer reports that apples from Chile. Pears from Argentina. Avocados from Peru. Seasons for fresh fruits change every eight to 12 weeks, so in order for local grocery stores to stock their produce aisles with citrus in August and grapes in January, they look to South America to meet their customers’ demands.
Oct. 30, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Christopher Quinn reports that residents and passers-by in Atlanta may not know the name Scott Selig, but they see his fingerprints as they travel across the counties that make up this metropolitan area of nearly 6 million. The new town center being built in Sandy Springs? That’s Selig and Carter, the real estate development company.
Oct. 30, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Phil W. Hudson reports that the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has the Atlanta Opera's back. The Molly Blank Fund of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation granted the Atlanta Opera a $1.2 million, three-year grant to "allow the company to continue its intense focus on attracting new audiences by expanding the repertoire and creating new, innovative performance experiences throughout metro Atlanta."
Oct. 30, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports, buoyed by solid sales in Japan and a resurgent performance in the U.S., supplemental insurer Aflac on Wednesday reported a profit of $716 million in the third quarter of this year, a nearly 14 percent increase from the same July-September period of 2016.
Oct. 30, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that global credit-card and payment processor TSYS continued to rack up revenues and cut its debt load in the third quarter, with the Columbus-based company reporting Tuesday a profit of $123.1 million on total revenues of $1.2 billion. The profit, or net income, was more than 44 percent higher than the $85.3 million posted in the same July through September period of 2016.
Oct. 30, 2017 Cartersville Daily Tribune News
Staff reports that for the last three years, Phoenix Air Group, Inc., headquartered in Cartersville, has been aiding the U.S. government in its efforts to provide medical relief throughout the world. Phoenix Air has developed and supplied an airborne contagious disease bio-containment system to help safely transport Ebola patients from Africa.
Oct. 30, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Staff reports that Elan Technology, a Midway-based glass manufacturer, was honored this week by Gov. Nathan Deal as Georgia Innovator of the Year during the second annual Georgia Automotive Awards held in Atlanta. The manufacturer supplies the automotive industry with materials that can be used in a variety of applications and is the largest independent U.S. company in its field and has produced advanced ceramic technology and glass materials for over 70 years.
Oct. 30, 2017 Rome News-Tribune
Health care task force to hear from local, state and national experts on ways to reform primary care and mental health programs
Diane Wagner reports that the Georgia Health Care Reform Task Force will hold its final meeting today at Berry College, with a main focus on primary and preventative care. “The other areas of focus are on mental health and integrating mental health care in with primary care,” said Sen. Chuck Hufstetler.
Oct. 30, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that the Atlanta City Council is poised to wait until after the city election on Nov. 7 to consider rate hikes for art programs at Chastain Arts Center and Gallery and a new fee structure to rent the city’s gallery, Gallery 72. The proposals have been pending since they were introduced in April.
Oct. 30, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Phil Bolton reports that it wouldn’t have been a surprise if Ted Terry had gotten overlooked at the NYC Global Mayors Summit. After all, there were mayors from 30 cities around the world. Sao Paulo, Brazil; Ottawa, Canada; Athens, Greece; and Gothenburg, Sweden were all represented.
Oct. 30, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Jon Gargis reports that it soon could cost more to operate a business or seek a property rezoning in unincorporated Cobb, as the county is considering raising fees levied by its community development department. And those who park in the county’s parking decks after hours on weekdays or on Saturdays may need to prepare to fork over dollars on future visits.
Oct. 30, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday morning to thank former President Jimmy Carter for his remarks about “how badly I am treated by the press.” Trump was referring to a recent interview with the New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd that had the Georgia native asserting the “media have been harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I’ve know about.”
Oct. 27, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Piedmont Healthcare is continuing its hospital expansion push with an agreement to partner with a large Columbus system. The deal, announced Thursday, would bring Atlanta-based Piedmont’s hospital total to 10. Columbus Regional Health operates two hospitals in the city: Midtown Medical and Northside Medical.
Oct. 27, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, haggis, kilts, bagpipes — it must be the Highland Games, which celebrate all things Scottish at Stone Mountain each fall. This year’s event, the 45th, was held Oct. 20-22. Don your tartan and make plans to visit next year.
Oct. 27, 2017 Atlanta Journal- Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that UPS expects to handle a record 750 million packages over the holiday shopping period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve this year. The Sandy Spring-based shipping giant said it expects delivery volume to be up 5 percent this year over last year’s holiday peak season, as online shopping continues to grow.
Oct. 27, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Douglas Sams and Amy Wenk report that German discount grocery giant Lidl is dramatically scaling back its initial plans for dozens of new Georgia stores.
Oct. 27, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that in July, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch reported a record Fiscal 2017 to his board – 3.8 million containers and $373 million in revenues for the period ending June 30. After receiving congratulations all around, he could rest for all of five minutes before board Chairman Jimmy Allgood threw down the gauntlet.
Oct. 27, 2017 WABE 90.1
Susan Capelouto reports that fight the opioid crisis in Georgia, the state must consider bringing in federal dollars by expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, according to State Sen. Renee Unterman. She said the growing number of drug addicts in Georgia need help.
Oct. 27, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Bill Crane reports, with apologies to friends in Hollywood, Fla., “Hollywood” is a place (Los Angeles), a mind-set (creativity, artistry, La La Land) and an industry (nearing America’s largest single export). And according to no less an industry authority than FilmL.A. Inc., the Peach State is now the No. 1 filming location in the world.
Oct. 27, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald, WUGA
Alexia Ridley reports, another list and another high ranking for the University of Georgia. This time it’s WalletHub’s list of 2018’s Best Universities in America. The personal finance website ranked more than 1,000 institutions of higher learning throughout the country. UGA was in the top 100 nationally and in the top 20 regionally.
Oct. 27, 2017 University of Georgia
Leigh Beeson reports that more than 300 University of Georgia students have been inspired and trained to launch their own startup businesses, benefiting from UGA's comprehensive Entrepreneurship Program. Students like Tommy Naranjo, a third-year management and information systems major from Marietta, who partnered with third-year real estate major Preston Tucker to create PuppyFax LLC.
Oct. 27, 2017 Georgia State University
Jennifer French Giarratano reports that Georgia State University’s Urban Studies Institute (USI) faculty has received $1 million from a $12 million National Science Foundation grant for a project to help cities prepare for climate change by developing the knowledge needed to promote resilient cities in a future that will look very different from today. Sustainability scientist David Iwaniec, an assistant professor in the institute, leads research and management for the new transdisciplinary initiative.
Oct. 27, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that three years after he was ousted from the U.S. House, John Barrow is running for secretary of state in a race that could wind up as one of the most competitive races on next year’s ballot. At the heart of his campaign is winning over conservatives as well as energizing Democrats with a war on gerrymandered districts and a pledge to stay neutral on the bread-and-butter duties of the office.
Oct. 26, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the transfer of $4 million from the Governor’s Emergency Fund to the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency to fund critical and urgent restoration needs on Jekyll Island. “Due to Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, there is an immediate need for the rehabilitation of the rock revetment and restoration of armament on the north portion of Jekyll Island,” said Gov. Deal.
Oct. 26, 2017 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that Carrollton-based Southwire, which manufactures wire, cable and cord products, signed the UN Global Compact, a worldwide voluntary corporate citizenship initiative that pursues integration of sustainability practices in business strategies and operations.
Oct. 26, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that upscale hotels coming to the area around Hartsfield-Jackson International are sparking hopes of turning the long-struggling airport district into a destination. On Nov. 1, a Solis hotel opens next to the Porsche North America headquarters by the airport, bringing a new international name to an area that has been slow to spur development for years.
Oct. 26, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that health IT firm Athenahealth Inc. (Nasdaq: ATHN) has cut more than 60 jobs in Atlanta — as part of a corporate restructuring that involves $100 million in cost-cuts. On Oct. 19, Watertown, Mass, based Athenahealth said it would cut 9 percent of its more than 5,500 employees companywide. Athenahealth provides Internet-based electronic health records, practice management, and care coordination services to medical groups, hospitals and health systems.
Oct. 26, 2017 WABE 90.1
Martha Dalton reports that working parents with young children often say finding good child care is difficult and stressful. However, a report from the Early Care and Learning Council shows parents who have their children enrolled in high-quality child care centers are more productive at work. When companies provide care, employee absences decrease, and so does job turnover.
Oct. 26, 2017 GPB
Peach State is a leading exporter of illegal firearms. That’s largely due to the I-95 corridor, where guns flow from Georgia to other parts of the country with stricter gun laws. This route’s nicknamed the Iron Pipeline. Many of the illegal weapons end up in New York City. We talk about this with BuzzFeed News National Editor Tina Susman and New York City’s Public Advocate, Tish James.
Oct. 26, 2017 Brunswick News
Taylor Cooper reports that Coastal Regional Commission is reaping benefits from a partnership with the cybersecurity division of the Joint Chiefs of Staff after the commission allowed a team from the division to use its digital network for practice. A team of military cybersecurity experts from Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Texas Army National Guard convened in a room at the Coastal Regional Commission’s office in Darien, starting Saturday, to perform a week-long exercise.
Oct. 26, 2017 Valdosta Daily News
Staff reports that Georgia Power recently joined leaders from the Berrien County School District to present a $28,915 rebate check in recognition of the completion of energy-efficiency upgrades at its primary school and high school, according to an organizational press release.
Oct. 26, 2017 Saporta Report, Atlanta Business Chronicle
Maria Saporta reports that an affordable arts community will be bringing new life to the historic George Adair School in the Adair Park neighborhood in southwest Atlanta. The Creatives Project, an arts nonprofit, has joined forces with local developers Stryant Investments and Building Insights Inc. to offer affordable housing to artists and people in the creative industries. The project is being called the Academy Lofts Adair Park.
Oct. 26, 2017 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Savannah College of Art and Design’s (SCAD) annual film festival, which features works from award-winning professionals and student filmmakers. More than 50,000 people are expected to attend the eight-day event, which runs from Oct. 28 through Nov. 4 at various Savannah locations.
Oct. 26, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Georgia’s average premium for the “silver’’ plans in the insurance exchange will rise by 48 percent for 2018, higher than the average increase nationally, a consulting firm reported Wednesday. The analysis from Avalere found that premiums will increase by an average of 34 percent nationwide for silver plans, the most popular exchange policies. Georgia’s premium hike for silver policies will be exceeded by just seven states in the Avalere study.
Oct. 26, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, considered one of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans running for reelection in 2018, stepped onto the floor and announced his retirement after only one term. He then proceeded to give one of the most blistering rebukes of Trumpism your Insiders have ever heard on the record from a GOPer.
Oct. 25, 2017 GPB
Emily Cureton and Celeste Headlee report that hospital closures make it harder to get health care in rural Georgia. And they hit the economy hard, too. Yet, one South Georgia county’s attempt to open a new for-profit hospital is creating controversy. Some say Lee County’s plan for a medical center will put neighboring Dougherty County’s not-for-profit hospital out of business.
Oct. 25, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Amy Bonesteel reports, even when the students are gone for the summer, there’s nothing sleepy about downtown Athens. The area is buzzing with plans and construction, including two new hotels, student apartments and more tech-based business offices.
Oct. 25, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that passengers say airport security and border control are two of the biggest pain points of the travel experience, according to a new survey by the International Air Transport Association, an airline industry group. The survey with 10,657 responses from travelers around the world found that one of the top frustrations is the “intrusiveness of having to remove personal items,” cited by 60 percent of respondents.
Oct. 25, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK) just inked a major deal. The Atlanta-based company will create a $6 billion paper-based packaging company by forming a new partnership with International Paper Co.'s (NYSE: IP) North America Consumer Packaging business.
Oct. 25, 2017 Saporta Report
Maggie Lee reports that Fulton County’s top elected official said the county is seeking redress for “great harm” as he announced on Monday that Fulton is suing more than two dozen entities that manufacture or distribute opioid drugs. The 258-page complaint accuses drug companies of deceptive and unfair marketing, and of downplaying opioid addiction risk, in order to sell the drugs widely.
Oct. 25, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Staff reports that an Atlanta-based company has obtained a majority share of International Paper’s consumer packaging business but the fate of IP’s Augusta plant that is part of the transaction remained unclear Tuesday evening. Graphic Packaging Holding Co., will be the sole operator of the joint venture with a 79.5 percent ownership interest. International Paper retains a 20.5 percent ownership interest, valued at $1.14 billion, according to a press release from Graphic Packaging.
Oct. 25, 2017 Rome News-Tribune
Doug Walker reports that OTR Wheel Engineering, the Rome-based global manufacturer of off-road tires, rims and related equipment is also on the cutting edge of recycling tires by breaking them down into oils, carbon black and steel. The patented recycling process, done by an OTR subsidiary called Green Carbon Inc., also based in Rome, was shown off for members of the Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful board during a tour of the recycling facility on North Avenue in Rome Tuesday.
Oct. 25, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Lee Shearer reports that University of Georgia students will see food shortages in their lifetimes, UGA professor David Berle predicts. It’s impossible to tell how a future of food scarcity might play out, or how deep that scarcity could be, Berle said in a recent talk in the auditorium of UGA’s Odum School of Ecology.
Oct. 25, 2017 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter embarked on his first congressional re-election campaign two years ago with a sizable war chest for the 1st District, and the sort of financial support expected of an incumbent, cruising to victory while essentially unopposed.
Oct. 25, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that seven of the leading candidates for Atlanta mayor gathered Tuesday for a discussion about social justice and tolerance at the Ahavath Achim Synagogue. One of the more intriguing questions posed to the candidates by moderator Bill Nigut was a simple one: Does Atlanta still live up to its famous mantra as the City To Busy To Hate?
Oct. 24, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports, East Lake. Lake Claire. Vine City. Parkway Drive. Lakeview Avenue. Ponce de Leon Avenue. Atlanta is full of streets and neighborhoods with names that hark back to a different time – when the city’s natural environment defined communities before they became built up, paved over or tunneled under. Now a comprehensive effort is underway to bring back Atlanta’s natural amenities and make them part of our city’s future.
Oct. 24, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports, more than 800 people gathered recently in the heart of Midtown Atlanta for a live demolition of one of the original Colony Square buildings. The celebratory event served as an official groundbreaking for a redevelopment converting the dated office towers into an urban dining, entertainment and fitness experience.
Oct. 24, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines is hiring more than 1,000 flight attendants. The average entry-level flight attendant at Delta earns about $25,000 a year, “with an opportunity to earn more depending upon schedule,” according to the airline. Atlanta-based Delta said applicants must have a high school degree or GED, be at least 21 years old, be able to work in the United States and be fluent in English.
Oct. 24, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Mark Meltzer reports that Delta Air Lines is changing course from Microsoft to Apple. Delta is giving nearly 30,000 flight crew members Apple iPads and iPhones, switching from Microsoft hardware four years after a high-profile deal with that company, Fortune reports. The news was reported by tech news site AppleInsider late last week, citing a leaked internal Delta email.
Oct. 24, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Tom Corwin reports that the lasers scanned across the large wound in the heel of the foot and soon its exact dimensions popped up in a line down the right hand side of the screen. This and other technologies on display Monday are how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is using telemedicine and interactive devices to try and improve care and access to care for patients.
Oct. 24, 2017 Valdosta Daily Times
Jason A. Smith reports that Quitman’s town square came alive as vendors set up for the Seventh Annual Skillet Festival Saturday. Residents came out to enjoy the festival that celebrates home-made and produced goods, but some things were a little different at the festival from years past, said Kelly Hanks, executive director of the Quitman-Brooks County Chamber of Commerce.
Oct. 24, 2017 11Alive.com
Doug Richards reports that a new inland port opening next year will take 50,000 trucks off the road in Atlanta annually, according to the state Port Authority. The port is expected to shift all that truck traffic to freight trains. Interstate 285 is designed to bear the weight of truck traffic around Atlanta, and passenger vehicles often feel it. "They get one (truck) on each side (of my car) and it’s a little bit too much," said Robin Moon, a DeKalb County resident.
Oct. 24, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Ross Williams reports that Marietta may soon have a fourth locally designated historic district. The proposed district would be northwest of the Square, across North Marietta Parkway and could include homes on and around Polk Street, Maple Avenue, Moon Street and Holland Street. Marietta’s current three historic districts are Kennesaw Avenue, Church-Cherokee Streets and Forest Hills.
Oct. 24, 2017 WABE 90.1
Ross Terrell reports that Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport plans to move recycling and composting near airport grounds. The facility would take up 30 acres and cost $215,883 a year. It would also handle 20,000 tons of chipped yard trimmings from Atlanta’s Department of Public Works.
Oct. 24, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that a single mom and her medically fragile son recently moved from Georgia to Colorado in a bid to gain more coverage for his care. The medical benefits under Colorado Medicaid have made the move worthwhile. “It’s like night and day,’’ Sarah Allen, the mother, said Monday of the coverage options in her new home state. “It’s a massive difference.”
Oct. 24, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal’s top aide urged the candidates in the crowded gubernatorial field to strike a cautious note next year with “religious liberty” proposals and other socially conservative legislation, warning that embracing contentious measures could imperil the state’s bid for Amazon’s second headquarters.
Oct. 23, 2017 Georgia State University
Wendy Reiser Cromwell reports that Georgia State University College of Law has been ranked the No. 1 “Best Value” law school in the nation by The National Jurist magazine. The college topped the list on The National Jurist’s “Top 20 Best Value Law Schools” and has been consistently ranked a best value school for 10 years.
Oct. 23, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Anna Bentley reports, there are more than 50 nursing programs in the state of Georgia, spanning associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and bridge programs. Currently, nearly 130,000 registered nurses have active licenses in the state, making Georgia 12th in the nation for actively licensed RNs. And at the end of 2015, there were 3,240 physician assistants (PAs) in Georgia, the eighth largest number in the nation.
Oct. 23, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that a lawsuit has been filed against Coca-Cola charging the company with falsely advertising Diet Coke — allegations that the company vehemently rejects. The plaintiffs say that, instead of aiding in weight loss, the drink actually promotes weight gain and – worse – triggers other health problems, according to a report in Top Class Actions, a website that covers legal efforts pegged to consumers.
Oct. 23, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David L. Harris reports that Delta's $500 million terminal at Logan International might finally be back in its hands soon.
Oct. 23, 2017 WABE 90.1
Susanna Capelouto reports that Republican State Sen. Renee Unterman says it’s time for Georgia to ask for federal health care dollars that come with Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. Unterman, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, said she wanted Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but since that didn’t happen, Georgia has few choices.
Oct. 23, 2017 Savannah Morning News
DeAnn Komanecky reports that Savannah’s tourism industry has played a role in attracting a new business to Bull Street. Managed service provider EDTS, LLC, and its cyber security affiliate, EDTS Cyber, LLC., are headquartered in Augusta with offices also in Columbia, S.C., Greenville, S.C. and Ashville, N.C.
Oct. 23, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Augusta University looking at potential long-lasting method in sickle cell patients bone marrow transplants
Tom Corwin reports that Alexis Jones-Heggs, 32, is planning for a lot of things she just couldn’t do before. She would like to travel to the mountains. She wants to swim underwater. She wants to fly in an airplane for the first time and much more than that. But first, Jones-Heggs needs a stem cell transplant and she is hoping one of the two sisters who came with her to the Sickle Cell Center at Augusta University will be a good match.
Oct. 23, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Phil Bolton reports that the 8th France-Atlanta program already has taken off in the air with the beginning of the work on a 140-foot mural installation by the artist Jo Di Bona downtown and on the ground with the French American Chamber of Commerce’s Crystal Peach Awards held at the the Georgia Tech Wardlaw Center.
Oct. 23, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, once again Georgia Trend helped sponsor Marietta’s Chalktoberfest, a beautiful weekend of street artists, craft beer and vendors of all kinds. The winner this year was Cuong Nguyen for an amazingly detailed painting, shown above. Take a look at some of the other masterpieces in chalk.
Oct. 23, 2017 Gainesville Times
Jeff Gill reports that spirituals were sung, tributes given and a proclamation read as a large crowd gathered at a Gainesville cemetery Sunday to dedicate a memorial garden where more than 1,100 African-Americans are buried in unmarked graves. “It was very poignant, touching to learn more of black history,” said Diane Hutchens of Gainesville, as she walked among the graves at city-owned owned Alta Vista Cemetery after the ceremony.
Oct. 23, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Jay Jones reports that no one knows how Lilburn Trigg Myers, the namesake of the city of Lilburn, would take to being the face of Hope Springs Distillery’s Top Hat Vodka. Hope Springs owners Paul Allen and Betsey Dahlberg suspect that if anything, he would approve of their gumption to start Gwinnett County’s first distillery.
Oct. 23, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports, in a must-read interview with the New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, former President Jimmy Carter offered Donald Trump his services to negotiate with North Korea’s leader. But her sit-down with the Georgia native at his home in Plains was chock-full of other tidbits. The 93-year-old repeated that he and his wife Rosalynn voted for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in last year’s Democratic primary.
Oct. 20, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that Georgia announced it has acquired 19,500 acres straddling the Glynn-Wayne county line for $36 million — mostly from grants and donors — meaning the Altamaha River corridor is protected from development from the ocean to U.S. 84 at Jesup.
Oct. 20, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Christy Simo reports that global fashion and beauty retailer ASOS is opening its East Coast e-commerce fulfillment center in Union City. The $40-million investment will bring 1,600 new jobs to Fulton County over the next five years.
Oct. 20, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Scott Trubey reports that Athenahealth, the Massachusetts-based electronic medical records company with a substantial operation in metro Atlanta, said Thursday it plans to cut its workforce by 9 percent as part of a cost cutting plan. It’s unclear how many jobs in Atlanta might be affected, but before Thursday, Athenahealth had been in growth mode in the Atlanta area.
Oct. 20, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Maria Saporta and Amy Wenk report, since buying Underground Atlanta last April, WRS Inc. has been moving forward with development plans for the property.
Oct. 20, 2017 Brunswick News
Tyler H. Jones reports that import-export capacity at the Port of Brunswick's Colonel's Island shipping terminal increased by 50 percent this year, state officials said Thursday. The facility moved more than 600,000 vehicles in fiscal year 2017, and the Georgia Ports Authority hopes to see increased growth in the coming months, according to Griff Lynch, the authority's executive director, who spoke Thursday at the annual State of the Port luncheon on Jekyll Island.
Oct. 20, 2017 Albany Herald
Cindi Cox reports that Sylvester, home of Peter Pan peanut butter, holds its 54th annual peanut festival this weekend. The event is expected to draw 15,000 visitors to town.
Oct. 20, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Damon Cline reports that Augusta’s economic development agency on Thursday signed off on a $130 million industrial revenue bond issue to fund Starbucks’ plant expansion. Starbucks announced plans for the 140,000-square-foot addition over the summer. The expansion would create 100 new jobs and enable the instant beverage plant to produce bulk whole-bean and ground coffee for Starbucks stores, as well as 16- and 20-ounce packages for grocery stores.
Oct. 20, 2017 Saporta Report
Maggie Lee reports that one of the top bosses of Atlanta’s BeltLine said his organization is going to get focused on community, people, inclusion, equity and affordability. “It’s no secret that we have gotten off-center. The BeltLine is an exciting project and it’s supposed to be about the people, it’s supposed to be about communities, but we’ve gotten off-center,” said Clyde Higgs, COO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., the entity that oversees the planning and execution of the 22-mile trail that’s set to ring the central city.
Oct. 20, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Bobby Cagle, who as DFCS director is credited with stabilizing the long-troubled state agency, is departing for a child welfare position in Los Angeles. He is being replaced by the agency’s chief of staff, Virginia Pryor, who will be interim DFCS director, the governor’s office announced this week.
Oct. 20, 2017 Rome News Tribune
Health insurance group seeks to pair millennials with health plans, announces $39 million investment in Rome
Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development today announced that Candor, a healthcare coverage marketplace specializing in pairing millennial consumers with top health plans, will create 675 professional jobs over a 5-year period in Floyd County. Through 2023, the company plans to invest $39 million into the local economy as it hires, builds out and trains its technical, sales and customer management teams.
Oct. 20, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia economic recruiters have worked furiously to meet Thursday’s deadlines for proposals for Amazon’s second headquarters, a $5 billion bonanza offering 50,000 high-paying jobs that could be the biggest economic development deal Atlanta has ever seen.
Oct. 19, 2017 WABE 90.1
Martha Dalton reports that the state board of education tapped Eric Thomas to become Georgia’s first Chief Turnaround Officer for K-12 public schools Tuesday. Thomas will oversee efforts to help the state’s lowest-performing schools improve. The position is a requirement of the First Priority Act, Gov. Nathan Deal’s school turnaround legislation.
Oct. 19, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports that the Monastery of the Holy Spirit is a calm, peaceful, lovely, welcoming (to people of any faith or no faith) place in Conyers. It’s a great spot to escape the noisy world for a time.
Oct. 19, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that in the middle of a “Buy American” trade dispute over jets Delta Air Lines is buying from a Canadian manufacturer, Delta CEO Ed Bastian says the airline will not pay any of the massive tariffs proposed by the Trump administration. And, he now expects Delta will take delivery of the jets from a final assembly facility in Mobile, Ala., thanks to a blockbuster deal announced this week.
Oct. 19, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria and Maria Saporta report that more than 100 cities in the United States and Canada are expected to compete for Amazon's $5 billion second headquarters. Atlanta, by all accounts, is a favorite to land the 8 million-square-foot development.
Oct. 19, 2017 Rome News Tribune
Doug Walker reports that the Medical College of Georgia is in the process of creating a system of regional campuses in order to provide hospitals with much needed physicians. Dr. David Hess, who was chairman of the Neurology Department at MCG for the better part of 15 years before being named Dean, was at the Rome campus on Tuesday.
Oct. 19, 2017 Georgia State University
Joy Woodson reports that the Laura and John Arnold Foundation has awarded a grant of more than $300,000 to the Fiscal Research Center (FRC) and the Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF) at Georgia State University to evaluate taxes in Georgia and nationally. The Fiscal Research Center received $150,652 to evaluate Georgia’s job tax credit, the state’s primary employment incentive.
Oct. 19, 2017 Valdosta Daily Times
Staff reports that a South Georgia industry is expanding its operations, adding more than 30 jobs while increasing its facility size more than 100,000 square feet. Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, home of the number one branded hamburger roll in the United States, is expanding its bakery in Valdosta-Lowndes County to increase production capacity.
Oct. 19, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that an Oklahoma-based company that owns a fuel storage and transfer terminal in south Bibb County plans to add another storage tank at the site. The company, Magellan Terminal Holdings LP, has filed with the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission applications to rezone the property, for a conditional-use permit and for a variance. The applications are on the agenda for Monday’s meeting.
Oct. 19, 2017 Gainesville Times
Staff reports that Mansfield Energy Corp. of Gainesville has acquired Ohio-based energy supplier The R.W. Earhart Company. Earhart’s office in Troy will become a Mansfield regional office to serve customers in Ohio and Indiana, a Mansfield press release states. “We are very pleased to welcome Earhart into the Mansfield family,” said Michael F. Mansfield Sr., Mansfield’s CEO, in the release. “Earhart is an impressive, large regional company that has been exceptionally well run, serving key markets in our industry.
Oct. 19, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Katie Nussbaum reports that despite the effects of Hurricane Irma, a record number of passengers have traveled through Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport this year, putting the airport on track for another record year. Departing flights have accounted for 921,912 of those passengers and incoming flights make up the remaining 930,889 passengers. As of September, 1.85 million people have traveled through the airport, which is an increase of 11.6 percent or 186,091 people year-to-date.
Oct. 19, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that for many people in this country, October kicks off Open Enrollment season to sign up for health benefits. And it often brings a rise in deductibles and other costs as part of a benefits package. “This trend is concerning for Georgia consumers no matter how they get their health insurance and confirms the anecdotal reports we have received from consumers across the state,’’ said Laura Colbert, executive director of consumer group Georgians for a Healthy Future, when asked about the Commonwealth Fund’s findings
Oct. 19, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue moved to kill a set of Obama-era regulations on Wednesday that was designed to level the legal playing field between poultry farmers and the large processing companies that ultimately deliver that chicken to America’s dinner plates.
Oct. 18, 2017 WABE 90.1
Lisa George reports, in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, a lot of people — mostly young people — moved to Atlanta to work. And they stayed. So now, “It is one of the most quickly aging cities in the country,” according to Becky Kurtz, director of the Atlanta Area Agency on Aging, a part of the Atlanta Regional Commission.
Oct. 18, 2017 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports, most shoes sold in this country – roughly 98 percent – are manufactured elsewhere, but Buford-based Okabashi has carved out a niche among the 2 percent of footwear made in America. Its eco-friendly, ergonomic and economical shoes have become an American success story.
Oct. 18, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that government watchdogs have rejected an Equifax appeal of last week’s decision by the IRS to take away a $7.25 million contract from the embattled Atlanta company. According to a report in Politico, the Government Accountability Office on Monday denied a protest filed by Equifax, which had hoped to hold on to a contract to provide help to the Internal Revenue Service.
Oct. 18, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Amy Wenk reports that a big mixed-use project in Forsyth County will include a brewery and beer garden. Cherry Street Brewing will open a second location at Halcyon, a $370 million mixed-use village rising at Ga. 400 and McFarland Road.
Oct. 18, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Wayne Crenshaw reports that natural gas customers in Perry may see a 5 percent increase in their bills. The City Council on Tuesday held the first reading of an ordinance that would impose a 5 percent franchise fee on natural gas, which would then be passed along to customers.
Oct. 18, 2017 Saporta Report
Lyle Harris reports that Georgia Power is likely to get another shot-in-the-arm after announcing plans to complete construction on those ill-fated nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro. A more appropriate response to this epic boondoggle, of course, would be a swift kick in the pants. But don’t count on it.
Oct. 18, 2017 Georgia Health News
Judi Kanne reports, imagine being lost at 3 o’clock in the morning, approaching a house you think is your own, and then being fatally shot. That’s what happened to 72-year-old Ronald Westbrook, a man with Alzheimer’s disease who was mistaken for an intruder in Walker County in 2013.
Oct. 18, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Phil W. Hudson reports that Georgia is the No. 8 least energy-efficient state in the United States, according to a new report. According to WalletHub, the average American household spends at least $2,000 per year on utilities and another $1,900 on motor fuel and oil.
Oct. 18, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Lee Shearer reports that nation’s deepening opioid epidemic is hitting Georgia harder than most states, speakers said at a conference on the University of Georgia campus Tuesday. Some of the highest opioid use is in the Rust Belt and the Southeast, said Michael Crooks of Alliant Quality, a healthcare consulting firm, during a session of the UGA College of Public Health’s annual “State of the Public’s Health” conference in the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.
Oct. 18, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that the race for Atlanta mayor enters an unpredictable new phase Monday with the start of early voting framing a make-or-break dash to November for the crowded field of contenders. The airwaves will soon crackle with more ads. Mailboxes in Atlanta will get more stuffed with flyers, households with landlines more inundated with robocalls.
Oct. 17, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Chuck williams reports that Tyler Norager, a 31-year-old former Army infantryman, struggled to find the right words Monday morning. Now an aircraft engine mechanic in Utah, Norager made the trip to Fort Benning to witness the dedication of the Global War on Terrorism memorial at the National Infantry Museum.
Oct. 17, 2017 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Kenna Simmons reports, they started out as the very epitome of bedroom communities, places where C-level executives and their families established home bases as they commuted to and from jobs inside or near the Perimeter. But that was a long time ago, at least in Atlanta years.
Oct. 17, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that a Southern Co. subsidiary has sold several gas companies to South Jersey Industries for $1.7 billion. Southern Co. Gas today announced the deal early Monday. They said the deal is expected to be complete by the third quarter of next year.
Oct. 17, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that health insurer Anthem Inc.'s planned 21-story IT center in midtown Atlanta is a bet on the future of transportation. On Oct. 12, Anthem (NYSE: ANTM) said it would lease the 352,000-square-foot building at Tech Square, where it would house about 3,000 employees and contract workers.
Oct. 17, 2017 Emory University
Holly Korschun reports that the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has elected Allan I. Levey, MD, PhD, and Robert F. Breiman, MD, to its 2017 class of leading health scientists and international members. Levey is a neurologist and neuroscientist internationally recognized for his work in neurodegenerative disease. He is professor and chair of the Department of Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine, the Goizueta Foundation and Betty Gage Holland Endowed Chair for Alzheimer’s Disease Research, and director of the NIH-funded Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Breiman is director of the Emory Global Health Institute and professor in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health.
Oct. 17, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that when David A. Thomas was 10 years old, his ambition was to attend Morehouse College. On Sunday, the board of trustees of Atlanta-based Morehouse College named Thomas the 12th president of the prestigious historically-black institution. Thomas comes with a 30-year academic background working for Ivy League institutions.
Oct. 17, 2017 Georgia Tech
Tiffany Carter reports that Dr. Ning Fang of the Chemistry Department at Georgia State University has developed a new optical imaging technique, Single Particle Orientation and Rotational Tracking (SPORT), to image rotational motions in live cells and ultimately target cancer cells. Fang’s invention is a differential interference contrast (DIC) microscopy-based imaging tool, which tracks plasmonic nanoparticles of various shapes and sizes.
Oct. 17, 2017 Rome News Tribune
ACA subsidy cut to hit Northwest Georgians: More than 16,000 in Floyd and surrounding counties get insurance through the exchange
Diane Wagner reports that more than 3,500 Floyd County residents buy their insurance through the state’s Affordable Care Act exchange, according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Another 12,800 are enrolled in the six surrounding Northwest Georgia counties of Chattooga, Polk, Bartow, Gordon, Catoosa and Walker.
Oct. 17, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Ross Williams reports that the Federal Railroad Association last month passed a major milestone in the creation of a new high-speed rail service that would run from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to downtown Chattanooga. The association released documents called a record of decision and a tier I environmental impact statement last month. Those documents summarize the potential economic impacts of the project and lay out the preferred path the rail could take.
Oct. 17, 2017 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that this month marks the 30th anniversary of the Atlanta Apartment Association’s (AAA) support of the Atlanta Community Food Bank through Food-A-Thon, a combination food and fundraising drive. Food-A-Thon is the AAA’s annual community service project and it enlists the aid of apartment residents, owners, managers, suppliers and related service professionals who donate food items and funds to the Food Bank.
Oct. 17, 2017 Albany Herald
Jim Hendricks reports that motorists suspected of DUI can’t be compelled to submit to a breath test, Georgia’s Supreme Court rules. Justices also say that the sheriff of a county can determine whether a private process server can operate in that county.
Oct. 17, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Georgia’s preterm birth rate rose in 2016 after years of decrease, a disturbing trend that is mirrored by national data, state officials said Monday. Preterm birth is when a baby is born too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy have been completed. It’s also called premature birth.
Oct. 16, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that Kirk Lyman-Barner’s phone began buzzing at 7:30 a.m. Friday and didn’t stop for hours. An Americus insurance broker who specializes in Obamacare policies, Lyman-Barner is used to being a familiar face around town. But even his morning coffee run at Cafe Campesino was interrupted repeatedly by clients, all of whom were worried about how much their monthly health care premiums would increase due to the latest headlines coming out of Washington.
Oct. 16, 2017 WABE 90.1
Tasnim Shamma reports that this week, leaders from the U.S., Mexico and Canada are meeting in Arlington, Va., to talk about reworking NAFTA. It’s the fourth round of negotiations and was extended an additional two days through Tuesday, Oct. 17 to discuss more than two dozen negotiation topics, agriculture is expected to be among them.
Oct. 16, 2017 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports that Jason Moss says the very word “manufacturing” makes a lot of people think of Lucy and Ethel in the candy factory, the classic I Love Lucy scene. “They think of it as a production-line-only job. That’s far from the truth,” says Moss, who is founder and CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance.
Oct. 16, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that Internal Revenue Service has suspended its $7.25 million contract with Atlanta-based Equifax, the agency announced Friday. The decision came a day after the company was forced to shut down one of its customer service web sites, a page that had been manipulated by hackers who had apparently placed malicious software on the site. That hijacking was acknowledged by Equifax after the misuse of the site was reported by tech magazine Ars Technica.
Oct. 16, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Study-abroad programs ready technical college students to work at foreign-owned companies in Georgia
Janet Jones Kendall reports that six years ago, the Technical College System of Georgia set out to make study abroad opportunities as familiar to its students as they are to those at four-year institutions.
Oct. 16, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Metro Atlanta commuters can find solace in a factoid nestled in a report released Thursday by the Georgia Ports Authority. Some 50,000 trucks a year are to be removed from the region’s highways once an inland port served by rail opens next year in Chatsworth, officials say.
Oct. 16, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that a proposed layout for the development of the land surrounding the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth is expected to be released early next week, according to an official with the development firm working on the project. North American Properties’ Vice-President of Marketing, Liz Gillespie, spoke briefly about the project Friday during a presentation experience making at the Metro Atlanta Redevelopment Summit at Studio Movie Grill in Duluth.
Oct. 16, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Tom Corwin Reports that a conservative Georgia group is calling out Georgia Power on the cost overruns on two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle and wants to repeal a state law that allows the company to pass along those costs to ratepayers while construction is underway. The call puts the Atlanta Tea Party Patriots on the side of more liberal groups opposing the project, but President Debbie Dooley said some issues appeal to all sides.
Oct. 16, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Staff reports that A M King, a design and construction firm, has announced its third project for discount grocer ALDI at the distribution site near Jefferson. The new cold storage distribution center will boost the company’s existing perishables space, providing the ability to offer a larger selection of products and is expected to spur overall company growth, according to a news release from A M King.
Oct. 16, 2017 Rome News Tribune
Doug Walker reports that Georgia Quick Start, a division of the Technical College System of Georgia, has once again been voted the number one workforce training program in the U.S. for the eighth consecutive year, according to a survey conducted by “Area Development” magazine, a trade publication for professional site locators.
Oct. 16, 2017 Brunswick News
Larry Hobbs reports that shore damage that occurred on Sea Island during Hurricane Irma has prompted the private resort’s operators to pause and reassess plans for an oceanfront luxury development, but the project is by no means dead.So says Scott Steilen, CEO for Sea Island Acquisition. The company has applied to both the state Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for permission to perform emergency maintenance and repairs on the shoreline, particularly on the south end where eight lots are platted for The Reserve at Sea Island.
Oct. 16, 2017 Albany Herald
Carlton Fletcher reports that according to information obtained by The Albany Herald, the president and CEO of LCMC OPCO LLC, the group that would build and manage the proposed Lee County Medical Center, has been involved in a number of such projects that have either failed or been the subject of lawsuits for such charges as breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets and fraud.
Oct. 16, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that on one level, the White House’s pledge late Thursday to stop cost-sharing payments to health insurers under the Affordable Care Act won’t make a major difference in Georgia. That’s because three of the four health insurers offering coverage on the state exchange have already factored in the likely elimination of the payments in their huge 2018 premium increases.
Oct. 16, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Amazon triggered more than a bidding war when it publicly aired its search for a second headquarters. It set off a once-in-a-generation competition. Atlanta is smack in the middle of an international sweepstakes with just about every other major city in North America for the crown jewel in the tech giant’s treasury: a $5 billion bonanza offering 50,000 high-paying jobs.
Oct. 13, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that the parent company of Georgia’s largest health insurer has agreed to develop a 352,000 square-foot building in Midtown Atlanta as a health IT hub. Anthem Inc. announced Thursday that it had signed a lease to develop the 21-story building with Portman Holdings. Construction is to begin in January 2018, with completion expected in two years.
Oct. 13, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that twelve individuals and organizations from around the state recently received 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities. Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal presented the awards in partnership with Georgia Humanities and the Georgia Council for the Arts. The honors recognize those who have made significant contributions to the growth of Georgia’s creative industries, which generate $62.5 billion in state economic impact and provide approximately 200,000 jobs.
Oct. 13, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Greg Bluestein and J. Scott Trubey reports that Amazon set out to start a bidding war when it publicly aired its search for a second headquarters, and it did just that. Atlanta is smack in the middle of an international sweepstakes with just about every other major city in North America, each pitting its own civic touchstones and cultural treasures against one another for the crown jewel in the tech giant’s treasury: a $5 billion bonanza offering 50,000 high-paying jobs.
Oct. 13, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams reports that Georgia businesses that are willing to provide health insurance to workers who otherwise would be eligible for Medicaid would receive tax credits under a proposal the General Assembly is expected to take up this winter.
Oct. 13, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that Griff Lynch had a tough time curbing his enthusiasm Thursday as he delivered his second “State of the Ports” address to a sold-out crowd at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. Indeed, the Georgia Ports Authority chief had plenty to be enthusiastic about.
Oct. 13, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Chuck Williams reports that a day that marked the beginning of the 100th year of Fort Benning, Maj. Gen. Eric J. Wesley talked of growing the relationship of the Army post with Columbus. The Army has given Fort Benning and the Maneuver Center of Excellence two directives — work to expand military robotics and develop the next-generation combat vehicle — that will offer great opportunity for Columbus, Wesley said Thursday in an address to city political, business and civic leaders.
Oct. 13, 2017 Augusta Chronicle, AP
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday that Washington needs to “step up” with more money to deepen the shipping channel to the Port of Savannah, where larger ships arriving through an expanded Panama Canal have pushed cargo volumes to record highs. The Army Corps of Engineers began dredging 39 miles of the Savannah River between the port and the Atlantic Ocean two years ago using mostly state funds.
Oct. 13, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Candice Dyer reports that when Ed Butchart was a Marine in Vietnam, he constructed a wheelchair for a young girl. Later on during the 1980s, he began tinkering in his garage with wheelchairs. His project has since evolved into Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC), which provides a variety of medical equipment – walkers, hospital beds, shower enhancements – at little or no cost to the disabled.
Oct. 13, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Jim Galloway reports that Sonny Perdue is hinting that big changes could be in store for the federal food stamps, which fall under his purview as U.S. secretary of agriculture. During a speech in New York this week, the former Georgia governor was critical of the fact that able-bodied people with jobs receive the benefits.
Oct. 12, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced six award winners for the Innovation Fund Tiny Grant Program, a competitive grant opportunity that provides funding to traditional public schools, charter schools and school districts to implement small-scale programs that directly engage students. “The Innovation Fund Tiny Grant unites top educators to prepare students to engage in today’s most important academic areas,” said Deal.
Oct. 12, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and the Bavarian State Ministry for Education, Culture and Science have formalized a partnership that gives Georgia and German students more educational and training opportunities. Representatives of both organizations recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that solidifies their commitment to give students and apprentices greater access to international science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.
Oct. 12, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that amid a heated trade dispute over a Delta Air Lines order for jets made by Canadian manufacturer Bombardier, Delta CEO Ed Bastian said the airline will not pay tariffs proposed by the U.S. Commerce Department. At issue is Delta’s order last year of 75 Bombardier C Series jets, which prompted Boeing to allege that Bombardier was getting illegal subsidies and dumping its product into the U.S. market.
Oct. 12, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Amazon employs 300 tech workers in Atlanta and is expanding rapidly in the market — one of at least a dozen regional tech hubs the company has around the country.
Oct. 12, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County is the poster child for how communities should handle their water, Gov. Nathan Deal said during Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful’s Governor’s Environmental Address at the Infinite Energy Center Wednesday. Water played a major part of Deal’s speech, which was hosted by Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful.
Oct. 12, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that parents of children with disabilities and advocacy groups filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday alleging the state of Georgia has discriminated against students placed in “unequal and separate’’ schools for kids with behavioral disorders and problems.
Oct. 12, 2017 University of Georgia
Sandi Martin reports that how much positive feedback travelers think they'll get on social media can predict whether they intend to visit a tourism destination, a new University of Georgia study has found. The research on "social return," or the number of likes, shares, comments and overall positive feedback travelers expect they'll get from their travel posts, shows what destination marketers already know, said Bynum Boley, an assistant professor in UGA's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.
Oct. 12, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Lee Shearer reports that the University of Georgia can’t shorten the length of its semesters to match those of Georgia Tech and Georgia State University. Instead, the two Atlanta schools will have to lengthen theirs under revisions in the state Board of Regents policy on instructional time.
Oct. 12, 2017 Albany Herald
Staff reports that a new “baby-friendly” designation banner now hangs in the main lobby of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. The designation process took five years and was awarded by Baby-Friendly USA Inc. as part of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.
Oct. 12, 2017 Rome News Tribune
Staff reports that Big Time Products, a global consumer goods manufacturer specializing in work gear based in Rome has been recognized twice this week by The Home Depot, as a result of category leadership and its timely response to recent weather crises.
Oct. 12, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Keisha Lance Bottoms surged to within striking distance of Mary Norwood in the latest WSB-TV poll of the crowded race for Atlanta mayor, catapulting ahead of rivals gunning for a spot in a likely runoff. The poll, conducted by Landmark Communications, had Norwood in the lead with 22 percent of the vote – down from a peak earlier this year when the city councilman notched near 30 percent.
Oct. 11, 2017 Daily Report
Katheryn Hayes Tucker reports that U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday it will hear oral arguments in the water use dispute between Georgia and Florida. The highest court included the long-running water war on its order list with a brief note: “The exceptions to the Special Master Report are set for oral argument in due course.”
Oct. 11, 2017 Georgia Trend – Exclusive
Susan Percy reports that there comes a point in every house-moving process when you just plain hit a wall. Mine occurred on a Tuesday morning late in the summer while I was surrounded by things that needed packing and boxes to pack them in, and I suddenly ran out of gas. Couldn’t get started.
Oct. 11, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines will become a major sponsor of the Masters Tournament starting in 2018. The Atlanta-based carrier will be an international partner of the tournament, along with UPS and Rolex.Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in a written statement that the deal will help the airline grow its brand with global customers.
Oct. 11, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Porsche has introduced a sports car and SUV subscription program — a nod to shifting ownership models. Porsche Passport, a monthly subscription program piloted in Atlanta, offers members access to Porsche vehicles via a mobile app. The program, which starts at $2,000 a month, offers frequent vehicle exchanges, unrestricted mileage, and on-demand access for up to 22 Porsche models, the company said.
Oct. 11, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that with Delta Air Lines Inc. having completed its joint venture with Aeromexico, the Atlanta-based carrier sees a new level of integration with its partner across the border. And with that camaraderie codified in a 49 percent investment stake, CEO Ed Bastian said (without mentioning the president explicitly) that the airline has little patience for the protectionist views espoused by President Donald Trump.
Oct. 11, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that investors, along with employees of three major companies headquartered in Columbus, should pay attention over the next couple of weeks. That’s because Synovus, TSYS and Aflac are preparing to release their quarterly earnings information for the June through September period.
Oct. 11, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Wayne Crenshaw reports that Mercer Engineering Research Center started in Warner Robins 30 years ago with three employees working out of a small strip mall office. Today it is a major operation with 180 employees in a large complex that requires high-level security clearance to work there.
Oct 11, 2017 Saporta Report
Maggie Lee reports, with a Tuesday vote, the members of a state House panel decided to commission a study on the state’s mass transit needs, and how to fund and manage the delivery of that transit. Things like buses and subways haven’t been a budget priority for the state — the folks under the Gold Dome budgeted about $14.5 million on transit in FY 2015, mostly for Xpress bus service.
Oct. 11, 2017 Georgia Health News
Judi Kanne reports that about five years ago, the staff at a hospital intensive care unit in Augusta placed a tube into the windpipe of 91-year-old Bucilla Stephenson after she went into respiratory distress. Stephenson died several days later, and no one faulted the hospital for that, but the intubation itself led to a legal fight that stretched for years.
Oct. 11, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Jim Galloway reports that former President Jimmy Carter is offering to sit down with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, according to a retired University of Georgia professor – who has passed the word to a Korean newspaper. Park Han-shik, an emeritus professor of international affairs at the University of Georgia, reported having the conversation with Carter, according to the Korea JoongAn Daily.
Oct. 10, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that GE’s new CEO John Flannery has announced that three top executives will be leaving the company, including longtime Atlantan John Rice, who has served as a vice chairman in charge of the company’s international business efforts. Rice, 60, has been with GE for 39 years, and he will be retiring from the company at the end of the year. Rice was a leading member of the management team of GE’s former CEO Jeff Immelt, who stepped down on Aug. 1.
Oct. 10, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant for development of an interpretive plan for Macon’s Mercer Music at Capricorn, where The Allman Brothers Band and other southern rock bands recorded. The plan for the two-story interpretive area will map out exhibits, historic artifacts and digital resources that tell the story of Capricorn and its impact on the city as well as on American music.
Oct. 10, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that UPS says it has started contract talks with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters on new collective bargaining agreements covering 250,000 workers. The current five-year Teamsters contract covering drivers, package sorters and loaders, operations and dock workers runs through July 31, 2018.
Oct. 10, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports, it has been a strong run for MiMedx Group. How strong? Its 3-year growth is better than both Facebook and Amazon, according to Fortune Magazine. The Alpharetta-based biopharmaceutical paced a group of five Georgia businesses that made Fortune Magazine's Top 100 fastest growing companies of 2017.
Oct. 10, 2017 Emory University
Maria Lameiras reports that the chances are one in a million. For the one, that can be good or bad. If you’re an inventor trying to patent a brand-new idea, being one in a million is probably good; if you’re a health care patient, it’s almost certainly bad.
Oct. 10, 2017 Georgia State University
Georgia State Places in Top 100 in Law, Business and Economics In Times Higher Education Global University Rankings
Andrea Jones reports that Georgia State University has been ranked among the top 100 best universities in the world to study law, as well as business and economics, by Times Higher Education of London. The university ranked 75th in law and 97th in business and economics in the 2018 Times HigherEducation World University Rankings. The top 1,000 universities around the world were evaluated by the publication.
Oct. 10, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that while suicide rates have increased across the United States, the highest percentages are in rural counties, a new CDC report reveals. That differential may reflect not only economic factors, but also insufficient access to mental health treatment in rural areas, experts say.
Oct. 10, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Live Healthy Gwinnett receives Healthy Georgia Award from Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, state health officials
Curt Yeomans reports that Live Healthy Gwinnett was recently recognized by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and other state officials for innovation in addressing health issues in the county. Gwinnett’s youth health initiative was one of the recipients of the second annual Healthy Georgia Awards, which recognize accomplishments in promoting health and wellness among young people.
Oct. 10, 2017 Albany Herald
Carlton Fletcher reports that an impact study funded by the Dougherty County Commission says a proposed hospital in Lee County could adversely impact Dougherty County and the surrounding region.
Oct. 10, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Tom Corwin reports that conservative Georgia group is calling out Georgia Power on the cost overruns on two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle and wants to repeal a state law that allows the company to pass along those costs to ratepayers while construction is underway.
Oct. 10, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that the four leading Republican candidates for governor said no dice to legalized gambling. They stood in unison behind Georgia’s perennial debate over “religious liberty” legislation. They spoke enthusiastically about plans to cut taxes and spending, and their willingness to fight for gun rights.
Oct. 9, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for September totaled nearly $2.08 billion, for an increase of approximately $62 million, or 3.1 percent, compared to last year when net tax collections totaled roughly $2.01 billion. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $5.48 billion, for an increase of $171.5 million, or 3.2 percent, compared to September 2016, when net tax revenues totaled $5.31 billion.
Oct. 9, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that tastes, like clothes, tend to change in the fall and nowhere is this trend more recognizable than in craft beers. Augusta boasts an emerging craft beer scene with the recent launch of two new breweries. Riverwatch Brewery, which opened last year, is the first brewery in Augusta since Prohibition. It’s also the nation’s only mother-daughter owned brewery. They are featuring a couple of seasonal beers, including Keep Your Powder Dry Ale and Three Under Par Belgian Triple Style, honoring the Masters golf tournament.
Oct. 9, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that it looks like most working people in Atlanta have been getting raises, but the average bump of 1.5 percent may not be enough to cover the increase in rent or mortgage. There’s been sluggish growth in wages pretty much across the board, with the best pay hikes coming in jobs that are not that high-paying, according to a report from Glassdoor.
Oct. 9, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Mahindra’s expansion underscores Atlanta’s reputation as a center for multinationals who provide business consulting, technology, engineering and outsourcing services. Tech Mahindra, part of Mumbai, India-based Mahindra Group, employs more than 600 at its Alpharetta office — its second largest in the U.S.
Oct. 9, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that plans for a distribution center on property in south Bibb County that was rezoned last month will be discussed at Monday’s zoning meeting. But few details about who’s moving in are expected.
Oct. 9, 2017 Georgia Tech
Jason Maderer and Margaret Tate report that two of the biggest brands in digital technology, AT&T and Accenture, have each announced a $1 million contribution to support Georgia Tech’s new online master’s degree in analytics (OMS Analytics). The contributions will support growth of the program, which began in August with nearly 300 students and is expected to scale over time.
Oct. 9, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Staff reports that Savannah River Nuclear Solutions employees recently won 11 awards at the 75th annual IdeasAmerica Training Summit in Tempe, Ariz. The awards, presented by IdeasAmerica, recognized different facets of the SRNS incentive-based employee suggestion program, Individuals Developing Effective Alternative Solutions (IDEAS).
Oct. 9, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that GE’s new CEO John Flannery has announced that three top executives will be leaving the company, including longtime Atlantan John Rice, who has served as a vice chairman in charge of the company’s international business efforts. Rice, 60, has been with GE for 39 years, and he will be retiring from the company at the end of the year. Rice was a leading member of the management team of GE’s former CEO Jeff Immelt, who stepped down on Aug. 1.
Oct. 9, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Katie Nussbaum reports that the Savannah River Landing, a mixed-use development planned for the east end of President Street, has moved one step closer to reality. The sale of the 57-acre site closed last month for $30,125,000. The site plan, which will include retail and office space along with hotels and residences, is being developed by Savannah River Landing Land JV, LLC — a joint venture comprised of Regent Partners and Mariner Group, the company that developed $41 million Mariner Grove Apartments on President Street.
Oct. 9, 2017 WABE 90.1
Sam Whitehead reports that Atlanta is one step closer to becoming a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. It’s been picked by a committee crafting what’s called the United Bid. They’re looking for cities across Canada, Mexico and the United States to host the soccer tournament collaboratively.
Oct. 9, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Merritt Melancon reports that researchers have produced biofuels from corn, switchgrass and even algae, but researchers at the University of Georgia will soon study a new source of renewable biofuels: the lesser-known crop of carinata, also known as “Ethiopian mustard.”
Oct. 9, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that four leading Republican candidates for governor stood in unison behind Georgia’s controversial “religious liberty” measure and were lockstep against an effort to legalize casino gambling at the party’s first GOP gubernatorial forum.
Oct. 6, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that auditors have found that Georgia’s Department of Community Health “exposes itself to unnecessary risk of error, misuse, fraud or loss of data’’ that could significantly affect the reliability of claims and payment processing of Medicaid benefits. The audit findings were reported in a document at the DCH board’s September Audit Committee meeting, obtained by Georgia Health News under the Georgia Open Records Act.
Oct. 6, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports on a new house minority leader, the USG revises its policies and the race for Atlanta mayor. State Rep. Bob Trammell Jr. (D-Luthersville) is the Democrats’ new leader in the House, succeeding Stacey Abrams, who resigned to run for governor. Trammel, an attorney, was elected in 2014; he won the leadership post by defeating Rep. Carolyn Hugley of Columbus and Rep. Winfred Dukes of Albany.
Oct. 6, 2017 Atlanta Journal Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports, if you’re hoping to get a free upgrade to first class on your next flight, don’t get your hopes up. Delta Air Lines is moving away from giving frequent fliers the big seats in the front gratis, and instead wants customers to pay for them. It’s a point driven home by Delta CEO Ed Bastian at a recent travel industry conference.
Oct. 6, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Amazon is experimenting with a delivery service, dubbed “Seller Flex”, that would give it greater visibility into the warehousing and delivery operations of its merchant partners, help squeeze costs and incorporate new technologies. Amazon is building out its Amazon Transportation Services (ATS) team in Atlanta.
Oct. 6, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he noticed the Okefenokee National Wildlife on a map and decided to visit the 400,000 national refuge. “I really never heard of it, per se,” said Zinke after he stepped off a boat at the end of three-hour visit that included some closed door talks with the refuge management and a tour of Suwannee Canal and Chesser Prairie near the facility’s headquarters.
Oct. 6, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Wayne Crenshaw reports, when a German company decided to build a new plant overseas, its leader told managers they were starting a marathon with the finish line to be somewhere in America that had yet to be determined. The company was Sandler AG, and the finish line turned out to be Perry.
Oct. 6, 2017 Albany Herald
“Georgia Trend” annually features 40 Georgia leaders under the age of 40. Represented on the list is individuals from a multitude of sectors who have gone on to maintain strong leadership roles. Babs Hall, corporate compliance officer for Aspire Behavioral Health and Development Disability Services in Albany was among those named recently to the '40 Under 40.'
Oct. 6, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Staff reports that Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines, and Paul Bowers, Chairman, President, and CEO of Georgia Power, have been selected as the newest Georgia Trustees. Bastian and Bowers will be inducted by Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Historical Society. The induction will be held at the Georgia Historical Society’s Trustees Gala, “A Royal Intent,” in Savannah on Feb. 17, 2018.
Oct. 6, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that Canada-based Bombardier, which came to Macon eight years ago, is planning to leave by the end of this year and lay off 89 employees. Bombardier Inc., based in Montreal, arrived at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport in late 2009, and it took over the airplane maintenance facility occupied at the time by Atlantic Southeast Airlines.
Oct. 6, 2017 Rome News Tribune
Doug Walker reports that major additions to the Barnsley Resort are now slated for completion during the first quarter of 2018. General Manager Shawn Jervis told Bartow County business leaders Thursday the new Inn at Barnsley Resort and Georgian Hall are expected to be ready by March 1. Jervis, who took over the reins of the resort a year ago, said the additions grew out a desire to build an upscale barn for weddings.
Oct. 6, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that with new German companies pouring into Georgia seemingly every week, it might be easily taken for granted that the state has always been the place to be for European investment. But some firms came early on in its international development, before the automotive industry had migrated more substantially to the South, drawing juggernauts like BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen.
Oct. 6, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that Lawrenceville officials have announced plans for a $200 million, 32-acre mixed-use urban development that is expected to be the largest redevelopment project in the county. The plans, known as The South Lawn project, will connect the Lawrenceville Lawn with City Hall and the town’s police headquarters by adding more than 600 residential units and 15,000 square feet of retail space.
Oct. 6, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that former U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ appearances on Capitol Hill this week landed him on the front page of virtually every American newspaper. The Georgia Republican wasn’t testifying before his angry former colleagues for a misdeed he himself committed, but was offering support someone who was: retired Equifax CEO Rick Smith.
Oct. 5, 2017 GPB
Celeste Headlee and Trevor Young report that the top American universities admit more students from the top one percent of earners than the bottom 60 percent combined. Those numbers contradict the U.S. News rankings, which seem to reward schools contributing to the rich-poor gap. Georgia State University is a national model for graduating low-income students, even though it dropped 30 spots in the U.S. News rankings.
Oct. 5, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Ben Young writes, it's been a few months since Gregg Allman passed away at his home near Savannah, but I can’t seem to shake him off my mind. Perhaps it’s the songs – Dreams or Whipping Post – sticking in my head, but I see the lasting influence he and his brother Duane had. It seems so vast, it’s hard to put into words.
Oct. 5, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that seven firms threw their hats in the ring Wednesday to compete for two restaurant spots on Concourse B at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. One of the restaurant locations is nearly 3,000 square feet for a nationally branded restaurant, while the other is about 1,500 square feet for a “chef driven” concept or other restaurant and bar.
Oct. 5, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Power management conglomerate Eaton puts Southeast regional center in Atlanta, could create up to 100 jobs
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that power management conglomerate Eaton Corp. PLC (NYSE: ETN) is expanding in Atlanta. Eaton’s lighting division will locate a technology center at Midtown's 715 Peachtree, where it will employ up to 100 people, Atlanta Business Chronicle has learned.
Oct. 5, 2017 Georgia Southern University
Staff reports that Georgia Southern University’s AACSB-accredited online MBA program has been recognized as one of the most affordable online MBA degree programs by BestCollegesOnline.com. Georgia Southern was ranked No. 15 out of 50 programs considered. Best Colleges Online considered accreditation, tuition and other rankings and recognition when compiling the list of the top 50 most affordable online MBA programs.
Oct. 5, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Liz Fabian reports that Macon and Middle Georgia should begin bracing for a possible tropical storm system this weekend. The National Hurricane Center has issued advisories for Tropical Depression 16 that formed Wednesday in the southwestern Caribbean Sea.
Oct. 5, 2017 Emory University
Leslie King reports that yard space in Tucker has become the basis for a homegrown company, helped by an Emory program that gives a boost to small, start-up businesses. Brothers Roger and Reggie Ramos, who founded Grow With the Flow, grow vegetables in the yards of homeowners who have offered part of their land as garden space. The brothers do the planting, maintaining and harvesting.
Oct. 5, 2017 Brunswick News
Tyler H. Jones reports that a new federal flood map of Glynn County may lower insurance premiums next year, but not the risk of flooding, experts warned Wednesday. The updated Flood Insurance Rate Map, drawn by the Federal Emergency Management Agency will take effect Jan. 5, and reclassify many area homes from zones of high flooding likelihood to more moderate categories, according to insurance specialists and county officials at a Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce meeting Wednesday.
Oct. 5, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports that tiny houses — and the 1000s of people who love them or are just fascinated by them — descended on Decatur this past weekend at Tiny House Atlanta’s Tiny House Festival. The 20+ homes on wheels ran the spectrum from glorified RVs to a house a Hobbit could love. Learn more about the tiny house movement and the benefits of micro-living in the August Georgia Trend feature “Big Prospects for Small Spaces.”
Oct. 5, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that pet food manufacturer Purina, owned by Swiss food giant Nestlé, is set to spend $320 million over five years on a factory and distribution center in northeast Georgia. The plant will be located in Hartwell, which sits close to Interstate 85, and will employ 240 people at full strength.
Oct. 5, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that Lawrenceville is getting underway on a $30 million, 2.2-mile linear park and roadway project that officials have been planning for years and is expected to connect Georgia Gwinnett College with the city’s downtown area. The city has hired Georgia Development Partners to run construction of the project, which is expected to begin by early next month with demolition of existing vacant structures on the corridor’s path.
Oct. 5, 2017 WABE 90.1
Tasnim Shamma reports, if there’s any upside to the Equifax data breach, it could be for cybersecurity companies. Some Atlanta-area companies say they’re seeing a spike in business. Atlanta-based Equifax’s cyberattack potentially exposed the personal information of as many as 145 million people.
Oct. 5, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that talk of ripping up the current trade deal with South Korea and renegotiating a new pact has sparked fears that the change would hurt trade, chill investment and kill jobs in Georgia. Trade deals set the rules that can make it easier — or harder — to ship goods, to get through ports, to sell at a competitive price and to invest in a business venture.
Oct. 4, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal announced the recipients of the sixth annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities. The awards were presented in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia Humanities.
Oct. 4, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Randy Southerland reports that Gainesville and Hall County have long been regarded as the Northeast Georgia hub for business, education and healthcare. More recently, a surging economy and a growing population have helped lift this region to a new level. “The manufacturers are still expanding, and we’re still looking at new ones coming in,” says Kit Dunlap, president and CEO of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.
Oct. 4, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines said Hurricane Irma caused it to cancel 2,200 flights — and took a $120 million toll on its financial results. Atlanta-based Delta said its thousands of Irma-related flight cancellations occurred Sept. 7-12 in Florida, the Caribbean and Georgia, including at its massive hub in Atlanta.
Oct. 4, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that a long-time The Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) employee has moved into an executive role for Georgia Power. The Georgia Power's Board of Directors elected Xia Liu as the company's executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, effective Oct. 1. Liu will be responsible for overseeing the company's accounting and financial functions. Financial details were not immediately released.
Oct. 4, 2017 WABE 90.1
Molly Samuel reports that Toshiba has made its first payment to a group of Georgia utilities. The Japanese electronics company promised to pay more than $3 billion dollars to the companies building two nuclear reactors in Georgia, after a subsidiary of Toshiba that had been the project’s lead construction contractor went bankrupt.
Oct. 4, 2017 Albany Herald
Jim Hendrecks reports that Sylvester Coca-Cola, which serves metro Albany and other areas of the region, has been acquired by Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United, headquartered in Birmingham, Ala.
Oct. 4, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that people from across the state pondered Georgia’s future looking for ways to improve prosperity for everyone. The two-day 2017 GeorgiaForward forum, held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, asked all the big questions. Why is Georgia consistently ranked at the educational bottom for K-12? Why can’t 25 percent of Georgia’s population find a job that pays a living wage?
Oct. 4, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that State Rep. Clay Cox, R-Lilburn, announced Monday that he will introduce legislation next year to give employers a tax credit for providing health coverage to employees who are eligible for Medicaid. The tax credit would last up to three years for each Medicaid-eligible employee on the company’s health benefit plan. The credit would be $5,000 per employee in the first year, and it would drop to $2,500 per employee in the second and third years.
Oct. 4, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports, Maurice Tanner has some good days, but many more bad ones. In March, Tanner, who is 62 and tall, with a shuffling walk, was diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer. The tumor has spread to his bone marrow and lungs. He also suffers from myasthenia gravis, a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes severe muscle weakness, as well as from diabetes and epilepsy.
Oct. 4, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that a pair of city councilwomen top the latest poll for Atlanta’s mayoral contest, leading a gaggle of rivals who remain within striking distance in the wide-open race. The 11Alive poll has Mary Norwood at 28 percent, staking her with the same formidable lead that other polls showed. It also showed Keisha Lance Bottoms with 15 percent of the vote, the highest tally she’s reached yet in public polling.
Oct. 3, 2017 Saporta Report
International award to GRTA for program that reduced congestion on toll lanes, to serve NW Connector
David Pendered reports that a pilot program GRTA tested in 2015 to see if commuters would bite on a financial incentive to shift their commute patterns has won the highest honor from an international toll organization. The program is to be brought back full time in 2018 on the Northwest Corridor, in Cobb and Cherokee counties.
Oct. 3, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that the Georgia Water Coalition, an Athens-based alliance of more than 240 organizations devoted to conservation and the environment, recently released a report highlighting the clean water efforts of 13 groups. The Clean 13 for 2017 were chosen for activities they have pursued that have led to cleaner water in our state.
Oct. 3, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Matt Kempner reports, speak really slowly and stall when testifying before hostile lawmakers on Capitol Hill, a corporate executive once suggested. But that won’t be an easy task for former Equifax CEO Richard “Rick” Smith this week. Starting today, Smith is slated to be on the hot seat in four different House and Senate hearings digging into Atlanta-based Equifax’s massive breach of sensitive data on 143 million — oops, now it’s more than 145 million — people.
Oct. 3, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Kabbage, which is mulling an IPO, has raised about $80 million on the planned raise, according to the Securities & Exchange Commission filing. The fintech, valued at more than $1 billion, announced a $250 million investment from SoftBank last year.
Oct. 3, 2017 Georgia Southern University
Staff reports that anyone can now have the latest information from the Georgia Southern College of Business at their fingertips by downloading the brand new mobile app, Georgia Southern (GS) Business. The College has officially launched its GS Business application, which provides relevant, up-to-date information for prospective and current students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff.
Oct. 3, 2017 University of Georgia
Mickey Y. Montevideo reports that the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has committed $1.5 million to the University of Georgia to provide need-based aid for students in two program areas. The UGA College of Pharmacy will receive $1 million to support pharmacy students facing financial hardships. A separate $500,000 gift will be matched by the Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program and will establish five need-based scholarships benefiting UGA students from Atlanta's historic Westside neighborhoods.
Oct. 3, 2017 Emory University
Holly Korschun reports that a research team led by Haian Fu, PhD, within the cancer genomics center at Emory University and Winship Cancer Institute, has been selected by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to participate in an elite national network focused on discovery of new cancer targets and precision cancer therapies. The Emory Molecular Interaction Center for Functional Genomics (MicFG) will be funded by a $4.52 million grant over five years.
Oct. 3, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Rockdale Medical Center, about 25 miles east of Atlanta, has officially become the eighth hospital in the Piedmont Healthcare system. The hospital — in Conyers, the seat of Rockdale County — was purchased from LifePoint Health, a for-profit company based in Tennessee. Piedmont officials announced the completion of the deal Monday.
Oct. 3, 2017 Valdosta Daily Times
Thomas Lynn reports that the Georgia Chapter of the American Planning Association awarded the SunLight Project for Outstanding Public Outreach and Journalism Thursday at the GPA Fall Conference in Columbus, Ga. The award recognizes the Sunlight Project's work toward informing and educating the public across a large span of issues in communities across Georgia and North Florida.
Oct. 3, 2017 Gainesville Times
Staff reports that Norway-based Hydro has acquired Sapa Extrusions, an aluminum-based company that has a 400-employee plant at 2905 Old Oakwood Road in Gainesville. Hydro became full owner Monday after acquiring another company’s 50 percent ownership in Sapa, a company press release states.
Oct. 3, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Staff reports that ownership of the newspapers of the Morris Publishing Group, including The Augusta Chronicle, transferred to GateHouse Media on Monday. The signing of a purchase agreement had been previously announced. The sale includes 10 other daily newspapers and many non-daily publications.
Oct. 3, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that the first showdown between Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans was not a bare-knuckled debate that left both bruised and battered, but neither was it a polite velvet-gloved discussion that spared the sharp elbows.
Oct. 2, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Airport Wayne Ford reports that the new $4.4 million terminal building for the Athens-Ben Epps Airport was opened Friday with a blue ribbon cutting ceremony. “Sometimes we don’t realize what this airport really does, and how valuable and important this airport is going to be for the community,” Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Harry Sims said as dozens of people gathered for the dedication.
Oct. 2, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth, Karen Kirkpatrick and Christy Simo report that this year marks 21 years Georgia Trend has honored the state’s best and brightest under the age of 40. Over the last two decades, many of our 40 Under 40 honorees have gone on to great success and have had a tremendous impact on the lives of Georgians across the state. The 2017 40 Under 40 represent business, government, politics, nonprofits, science, healthcare and education.
Oct. 2, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that the Department of Energy has given initial approval for $3.7 billion in additional loan guarantees to help cover more cost overruns at the troubled Plant Vogtle project. The U.S. agency said Friday it gave conditional approval of loan guarantees for the project to add two new nuclear reactors at the plant near Augusta, drawing praise from Georgia Power and other supporters, and anger from long-time critics who say the costly project should be shut down.
Oct. 2, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Q&A with William “Bill” Underwood, president, Mercer University, 2017 Georgia International Awards finalist
Staff reports, Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the World Trade Center Atlanta have named 21 finalists for our 36th annual Georgia International Awards. Winners will be announced at an evening awards event on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Atlanta History Center. Here's a Q&A with one of the finalists, William “Bill” Underwood, president, Mercer University.
Oct. 2, 2017 Saporta Report
International award to GRTA for program that reduced congestion on toll lanes, to serve NW Connector
David Pendered reports that a pilot program GRTA tested in 2015 to see if commuters would bite on a financial incentive to shift their commute patterns has won the highest honor from an international toll organization. The program is to be brought back full time in 2018 on the Northwest Corridor, in Cobb and Cherokee counties.
Oct. 2, 2017 Rome News Tribune
Doug Walker reports that tourism was responsible for spreading more than $149 million across Rome and Floyd County in 2016. The latest U.S. Travel Association data was released last week and shows an increase of 4.5 percent compared to 2015. The data, funneled to the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau through the Georgia Department of Economic Development, also shows tourism generated more than $4.38 million in local tax revenue, up 3.4 percent from the previous year.
Oct. 2, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports, following an extraordinarily strong first quarter, the region’s economic numbers softened somewhat in the second quarter of 2017 but continued to grow steadily, a trend Armstrong State University economist Michael Toma predicts will continue beyond the New Year.
Oct. 2, 2017 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that Hurricane Irma’s storm surge pushed flood waters over a dike, inundating Plant McManus’ coal ash pond and leaving a significant amount of water flowing over it before water receded, but no coal ash escaped the impoundment. That was the conclusion reached by the state Environmental Protection Division and Georgia Power staff who inspected the site following a complaint made by a resident who lives close to the property.
Oct. 2, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that details surrounding the 2018 health insurance exchanges appear as murky as ever, despite the demise this week of the latest U.S. Senate effort to change federal health law. And amid this uncertainty, open enrollment for exchange coverage begins just a month from now. Even the premium increases for Georgia’s 2018 exchange, approved this week by the Georgia insurance department, have asterisks attached to them.
Oct. 2, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Staff reports that Smyrna resident Leo Smith, former Georgia’s State GOP Director of Voter Engagement, has launched his campaign website for Senate District 6 formerly held by Hunter Hill.
Oct. 2, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman and Greg Bluestein report that a year ago, Tom Price was quietly preparing for a possible run for Georgia governor. Now, the Roswell Republican is hoping to salvage his reputation following his resignation as the nation’s health secretary. His ouster on Friday was a swift end to a political career that started with his election two decades ago to the Georgia Senate.
Sept. 29, 2017 GPB
Bill Chappell reports that Equifax is promising consumers new control over access to their personal credit data — for free, and for life — as interim CEO Paulino do Rego Barros Jr. apologized to people affected by the company's recent data breach. He said the company had failed to live up to expectations.
Sept. 29, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that with the hint of crispness in the air and a tinge of color on otherwise green leaves, fall is slowly advancing and Georgia State Parks are some of the best places to enjoy the season. We are fortunate to have nearly 50 well-maintained parks from the mountains to the coast, offering plenty of choices for camping, hiking, biking, fishing, birding, boating and viewing the incredible beauty of our state.
Sept. 29, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that Hurricane Irma, which had weakened to a tropical storm by the time it hit Georgia earlier this month, still packed a wallop, causing at least $300 million in insured losses, according to Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens.
Sept. 29, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Douglas Sams and Amy Wenk report that almost 20 years after it was first imagined as a “city within a city” rising over a former steel mill, Midtown’s Atlantic Station is poised for another evolution. Commercial real estate developer Hines and its capital partner, a real estate affiliate of Morgan Stanley, continue expanding the 138-acre development. The latest acquisitions give the partnership six more acres overlooking the Downtown Connector and almost three along 17th Street for future mixed-use development.
Sept. 29, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that a Gwinnett County manufacturer has netted a national export award for entering new markets overseas with help from the U.S. Commerce Department. Suwanee-based Winton Machine Co. in September took home the U.S. Export Achievement Award in part for its strategic plan to break into Russia and India, both countries that show promise for the company’s specialized CNC machines used for bending tubing or coax cable.
Sept. 29, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Eric Curl reports that the drive over the Savannah River into the city may soon not be such a reminder of a past many residents would rather not commemorate. The Savannah City Council approved on Thursday a resolution for Georgia lawmakers to rename the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge, which is currently named for a former governor and segregationist.
Sept. 29, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Nefeteria Brewster reports that a day after an explosion at a DSM chemical plant in Augusta killed one and injured two others, officials could not give specifics on a possible cause. Augusta Fire Chief Chris James said Wednesday that the explosion was caused by a welding accident.
Sept. 29, 2017 Brunswick News
Tyler H. Jones reports that stakeholders in the Coast Guard Beach master plan project on Thursday released the dates of several workshops aimed at giving Glynn County residents grassroots-level input into the plan’s design. The workshops will feature state-of-the-art technology to gather attendees’ suggestions for crafting the new master plan.
Sept. 29, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Red Denty reports that a new delivery service that could make trips to the grocery store obsolete is now serving the Athens area. Instacart, a grocery delivery service that offers groceries within the hour, is expanding its service area to include Athens and hopes to help shoppers “take back the time that is typically spent at the grocery store,” said Daniel Gould, Instacart’s Southeast Regional Senior Operations Manager.
Sept. 29, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Mark Rice reports that the University of Phoenix in Columbus is among the campuses no longer accepting new campus-based enrollments, according to an announcement on the university’s website. Students, however, still can enroll for online programs at phoenix.edu, the announcement says.
Sept. 29, 2017 WABE 90.1
Lisa Hagen reports, last year, a student at Gwinnett Georgia College tried to share his evangelical Christian beliefs on campus. “Publicly speaking about his faith, explaining how scripture teaches that all have sinned, and that Christ died and rose again to provide salvation – and in the midst of presenting that message when campus security came up and stopped him,” said attorney Travis Barham, who is helping Chike Uzuegbunam sue the college for violating the student’s free speech and religious rights.
Sept. 29, 2017 Saporta Report
Maggie Lee reports that as some states threaten the federal government with legal action over the immigration status of people brought to the U.S. as children, Georgia’s top official lawyer says that immigration is an issue for the U.S. Congress to settle. “The issue of immigration is properly handled by Congress, that truly is a federal issue as it relates to the Constitution,” said Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, during the question-and-answer portion of his keynote address at a DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Thursday.
Sept. 29, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports, Athens Mayor Nancy Denson has been a member of the local Democratic party for more than three decades. She identifies as a Democrat, and she’s held a string of fundraisers for prominent party figures at her Athens home over the years. And at a testy meeting on Thursday at an Athens library, Denson was ousted from the local party’s committee for an affront many fellow Democrats considered unforgivable: She openly supports Republican Houston Gaines, a candidate for an open House seat up for grabs on Nov. 7 who was her campaign manager.
Sept. 28, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that state insurance officials Wednesday gave approval to premium increases of more than 50 percent for the four insurers participating in next year’s insurance exchange in Georgia. The officials said that the huge rate hikes assume that subsidies for insurers to lower consumers’ out-of-pocket costs will not be paid next year by the federal government. The premium increases are much higher than the rates that the four insurers initially requested this summer.
Sept. 28, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Jeffrey Humphreys writes, Georgia’s deepwater ports industry will continue to outperform its peers by tapping directly into the growth that is taking place overseas, diversifying the services that call on Georgia’s ports and taking market share from other U.S. ports. In 2017-18, higher demand for consumer goods, greater use of construction materials and increases in industrial and agricultural production will drive more shipments through Georgia’s ports.
Sept. 28, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines is boosting profit sharing for employees, matching the rate the carrier’s pilots already get. Atlanta-based Delta has been paying out 10 percent of its pre-tax profits to non-pilot employees. Delta switched to the current profit sharing formula for most employees in 2016, which pays out less than it previously did if Delta’s profits grew.
Sept. 28, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Jessica Saunders reports that New York-based ABMprovides facility services such as janitorial, electrical and lighting, energy, facilities engineering, HVAC and mechanical, and parking to properties including airports, hospitals and manufacturing plants.
Sept. 28, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports Gov. Nathan Deal announced Sept. 27 that Nestlé Purina PetCare Co. will create as many as 240 new jobs and invest $320 million in a manufacturing facility and distribution center in Hartwell. “Our business-friendly climate, highly skilled workforce and unmatched logistics infrastructure continue to attract industry-leading manufacturers like Purina to Georgia,” said Deal.
Sept. 28, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that a nearly 200-year-old German company that specializes in storage and transportation for the retail and trade industries is relocated its North American production and services headquarters to Buford. Partnership Gwinnett and Gebhardt Logistics Solutions Inc. announced the company’s relocation to north Gwinnett in a statement Wednesday.
Sept. 28, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Shaddi Abusaid reports that Georgia’s economy is strong in the fourth quarter of 2017 and on pace to grow by more than 2 percent this year. That was the message delivered to a room of Marietta business owners by a leading economics expert from Kennesaw State University.
Sept. 28, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Phil Bolton reports that every year Peachtree City-based Aventure Aviation Inc. awards scholarships to three aircraft maintenance technicians enrolled in an accredited aviation educational institution. The scholarships are administered through the Northrop Rice Foundation in Houston with one stipulation — that at least one of the recipients be an international student studying in the United States on a student visa.
Sept. 28, 2017 WABE 90.1
Molly Samuel reports, trash on the beach: This may conjure an image of plastic bags or bottles washed up on the sand. But a lot of the plastic in the ocean is very small, even microscopic. It’s called microplastic, and a study of the Georgia coast finds that most it is coming from our laundry. The tiny threads of plastic out there floating in the ocean known as microfibers come from things like sheets and clothes.
Sept. 28, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports, on Sunday, October 1, a 1.5-mile stretch of city streets will be closed to motorized traffic as Open Streets Macon returns. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., this car-free celebration will become a free playground for people of all ages to gather to walk, bike, play and re-think how public streets are used.
Sept. 28, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports, if it had been a normal task, officials in St. Marys could have said “Six down, 33 to go.” But when you’re pulling sunken boats off the bottom, it’s six up and an estimated 33 to go of the vessels Tropical Storm Irma sank or grounded with its winds and storm surge.
Sept. 28, 2017 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that if a Georgia municipality wants to remove a Confederate monument, that is OK under a new proposed bill that would mandate the monument is sold to a private owner or shipped to Stone Mountain. State Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, and former Atlanta Democratic state Rep. LaDawn Jones introduced the bill to the public Wednesday during a Facebook Live event that featured a moderator, and off-screen, a number of reporters.
Sept. 27, 2017 Emory University
Holly Korschun reports that after a decade of research collaboration, the Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute (ACTSI) will welcome a new partner and change its name, reflecting a new statewide focus. The University of Georgia will officially become the fourth academic partner and ACTSI will now be known as the Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA)
Sept. 27, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Loran Smith writes, if you are a Georgian and you have not wrestled with a spottail bass on Georgia’s golden coast, if you have not hooked a three-pound rainbow trout while standing in the rushing waters of the Chattahoochee River, you have denied yourself two of the simplest of pleasures – both of which are within reach of most residents of our state.
Sept. 27, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports, a deal for the sale of Bombardier jets to Delta Air Lines is under scrutiny over subsidies, and now the U.S. Commerce Department is proposing tariffs. Aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co. had raised concerns about the deal between the Canadian aircraft manufacturer and the Atlanta-based airline, and requested an investigation.
Sept. 27, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Angela Mueller and Jessica Saunders report that Bass Pro Shops has completed its $5 billion acquisition of outdoor retailer Cabela’s Inc. The deal, which was originally announced in October, closed on Sept. 25. Springfield, Missouri-based Bass Pro paid $61.50 per share in cash for Sidney, Nebraska-based Cabela’s Inc. Cabela's has five locations in Georgia, including one in metro Atlanta in Acworth.
Sept. 27, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Wayne Crenshaw reports that retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert “Bob” McMahon, a former commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, has been nominated to be the assistant secretary of defense for logistics and materiel readiness. He retired from his position at Robins Air Force Base in 2012 and has remained in the community, serving as president of the 21st Century Partnership more than a year following his retirement.
Sept. 27, 2017 Georgia Health News
Katja Ridderbusch reports, Mario Schlosser is used to giving tours of his company’s headquarters, and he’s used to the visitors’ reaction to it. “Everyone who’s familiar with the world of health insurance says this has a totally different feel to it,” says the 39-year-old founder and CEO of Oscar Health.
Sept. 27, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Ross Williams reports that Georgia Tech hopes to buy 52 acres of land on Lockheed Martin’s 912-acre campus along Atlanta Road. The Development Authority of Cobb County will hear details of the university’s nearly $63 million plan Oct. 17. The school plans to use bonds to purchase and renovate 32 acres along the north of Lockheed’s property. Another 20 acres to the south would be purchased and held for future expansion.
Sept. 27, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that Georgia’s State Road and Tollway Authority recently received a Toll Excellence Award for a program it launched on the Interstate 85 corridor in 2015 to address congestion on the interstate. The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association chose SRTA as the recipient of the Presidents Award for its Commuter Credits Pilot Program.
Sept. 27, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that a privacy management software company that says it has “co-headquarters” in both Atlanta and London is spending $5 million to expand its operations in Atlanta, hiring 500. OneTrust, which also has an office in Munich, Germany, offers software that helps companies doing business around the world comply with the myriad regulations on data privacy — an especially hot-button topic in the European Union, where tech firms find themselves regularly adapting to policy changes.
Sept. 27, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Alexia Ridley reports that Georgia is one of the most diverse states in the nation, according to the personal finance website WalletHub. The company compiled its list of 2017’s Most and Least Diverse States in America and the Peach State ranked 13th on the list.
Sept. 27, 2017 GPB
Rickey Bevington and Bradley George report that the board of credit reporting company Equifax says CEO Richard Smith will retire, effective immediately. His departure comes after hackers stole personal data on millions of Americans.In a statement, Smith says he believes it’s in the company’s best interest to have new leadership.
Sept. 27, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Larry Gierer reports that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded $516,000 in funding for aquatic vegetation treatment and fishery repopulation to address hydrilla growth in Lake Seminole and Lake W.F. George in Georgia. The announcment was made Tuesday by Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. who represents the 2nd Congressional District of Georgia.
Sept. 27, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that a little known federal law designed to protect the ecology of barrier islands may deprive descendants of former slaves living on Sapelo Island from getting FEMA help in recovering from Tropical Storm Irma and other disasters. The Coastal Barrier Resources Act was passed in 1982 to remove any encouragement for development on islands with sensitive ecosystems, including those along Georgia’s coast.
Sept. 26, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that the Georgia Water Coalition recently named its “Clean 13” for 2017. The report highlights individuals, businesses, industries, non-profit organizations and state and local governments whose efforts have led to cleaner water in Georgia. “Around the state, businesses and communities are making a difference for clean water,” said Joe Cook, advocacy and communication coordinator with Coosa River Basin Initiative, a Georgia Water Coalition member organization.
Sept. 26, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that the first dirt was recently turned for construction to begin on the Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, located at the University of Georgia in Athens. When completed in early 2019, the 2.5-acre handicap-accessible garden will have a variety of fun and educational opportunities for teachers and students from across the state.
Sept. 26, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that two multi-billion dollar deals involving Atlanta were announced Monday – one in which a local company made a European acquisition, one in which a European giant snapped up an Atlanta-based unit of General Electric. GE Industrial Solutions, a 13,500-employee firm headquartered in Atlanta, was sold to Swiss-based ABB for $2.6 billion.
Sept. 26, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Ellie Hensley reports that the hospital on Sept. 22 filed plans with the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) to establish a multimodality diagnostic center. The project would require 32,000 square feet of interior build-out.
Sept. 26, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that all of a sudden, nearly everybody wants MARTA. Metro Atlanta and Georgia have always been obsessed with economic development – attracting new companies to town or getting existing companies to expand. So when Amazon says it wants to locate its second headquarters in a place with transit, it is sending a message loud and clear to our state and local officials that metro Atlanta needs to expand its regional transit system.
Sept. 26, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that health care leaders from across the Southeast will gather this Thursday in Atlanta for the fourth Health Connect South summit. A central idea behind the gatherings is to bring leaders together as a forum to strike collaborations. “We have always tried to highlight how we are better when we work together,’’ Russ Lipari, the summit’s founder, said Monday.
Sept. 26, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Charlene Betourney reports that Steven Stice is leading researchers at the University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center in a newly-funded research consortium designed to hasten the development of advanced cell therapies to treat a range of chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer. With $20 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, the Engineering Research Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies, dubbed CMaT, will bring together RBC researchers, industry partners, clinicians, engineers, cell biologists and immunologists.
Sept. 26, 2017 Valdosta Daily Times
Staff reports that Raycom Media Inc. and Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., parent company of the Valdosta Daily Times, announced today they have agreed to merge, forming one of the nation’s largest privately owned media groups. Raycom Media owns or operates 65 television and two radio stations covering 44 markets in 20 states. CNHI owns more than 110 newspapers, websites and niche publications in 22 states.
Sept. 26, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Krista Reese reports, time capsule. Blast from the past. Vintage. You get the intended meaning when people use these terms to describe a restaurant, which often translates to “Good, but … (choose one: old, outdated, bland, cheap).” For a place like Daphne Lodge in Cordele, you need other ways to describe its sweet, old-school decor and a deceptively simple menu of South Georgia specialties – fried catfish, she-crab soup, smothered quail, shrimp and grits – that has been so good for so long it now seems downright prescient.
Sept. 26, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that Tropical Storm Irma blew past last October’s Hurricane Matthew, knocking down more trees, ripping away protecting dunes and cutting off the northern part of the island at high tide, officials said. Irma took out 400 trees on the golf courses alone — 100 more than Matthew — destroyed six of 18 beach crossovers and caused seven water main breaks, Chief Operating Officer Noel Jensen told the Jekyll Island Authority board at its Monday meeting.
Sept. 26, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Greg Bluestein reports that Republican Michael Williams traded barbs with the Cherokee County school district on Monday over his plans to rally this week at a high school to urge the firing of a teacher who tried to require students in her class to turn their pro-Donald Trump T-shirts inside out.
Sept. 25, 2017 WABE 90.1
Miranda Hawkins reports, it's no secret Atlanta doesn't have a regional transit system. But with the city pegged as one of the top contenders for Amazon's second headquarters, metro Atlanta's lack of transit might cost the city the deal.
Sept. 25, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Randy Southerland reports, take a ride up Interstate 75 into Northwest Georgia, and you’ll find a community deciding how to transform itself for prosperity. “We’ve got a lot of things happening from a commercial and retail standpoint,” says Carl Campbell, vice president of economic development at the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce and executive director of the Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority.
Sept. 25, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines will operate a charter flight staffed by women for girls from Atlanta-area community groups and schools, part of an effort to boost interest in aviation among a cohort that represents a small fraction of the industry. Women make up less than 6.4 percent of the commercial pilot workforce, and an even smaller share of airline mechanics, flight engineers and dispatchers, according to industry group Airlines for America.
Sept. 25, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that after four years of contract negotiations, the tension between Teamsters Local 2727 and the United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) remain high. But a spokesperson UPS said, no matter what the union says, a strike is not imminent.
Sept. 25, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that cities and counties along Georgia’s coast are contracting for the removal of debris from Tropical Storm Irma after federal agencies declined to take on the job. The Corps of Engineers estimated that Irma generated 465,000 cubic yards of refuse in the six coastal counties and estimated the removal cost at $29.4 million, said Catherine Howden, chief of staff for Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
Sept. 25, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Lee Shearer reports that burning wood pellets to produce electricity is a costly alternative, University of Georgia researchers have found. Bin Mei, a professor in UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, teamed with Purdue University professor Michael Wetzstein to analyze the dollars and cents of this type of biomass burning.
Sept. 25, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, the automotive assembly plant located in West Point, Ga., north of Columbus, said Thursday it has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief in Georgia.
Sept. 25, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, Decatur’s Robert L. Brown Jr. recently received the Georgia Historical Society’s (GHS) John Macpherson Berrien Award in recognition of outstanding service to GHS and a lifetime of achievement in the field of Georgia history. Brown, who is president and CEO of R.L. Brown & Associates architectural firm, has spent many years in distinguished service to the state.
Sept. 25, 2017 Georgia Health News
Lauren Weber and Andy Miller report, if you want to watch a rural community die, kill its hospital. After the Lower Oconee Community Hospital shut down in June 2014, other mainstays of the community followed. The bank and the pharmacy in the small town of Glenwood shuttered. Then the only grocery store in all of Wheeler County closed in the middle of August this year.
Sept. 25, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein, Jim Galloway and Leon Stafford report, the contest for mayor of Atlanta is as volatile as ever. Polling shows four leading candidates gunning for two spots in a probable December runoff — and several other credible contenders still in the running. The 13-person field runs the gamut, from a Bernie Sanders-style liberal dangling free college tuition to a self-styled independent who proudly poses with local Republican heavyweights.
Sept. 22, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced yesterday that OneTrust, a global privacy management software company, will create 500 jobs and invest $5 million in a Fulton County facility expansion. New jobs at the facility will include positions in sales, consulting, marketing and software engineering. “Georgia’s status as a top technology hub continues to attract and retain innovative industry leaders like OneTrust,” said Deal.
Sept. 22, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that making cheese by hand is an ancient craft, but this old-world process only caught on in the U.S. about 30 years ago. Thomasville-based Sweet Grass Dairy is a Georgia pioneer in handcrafted cheesemaking, and the business has prompted the rest of the country to take notice of Southern cheeses.
Sept. 22, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Brianna Chambers reports that not far ahead of the holiday season, UPS is gearing up for an increase in the number of deliveries and services associated with the busy fall and winter months. The company announced Wednesday a plan to hire 95,000 employees across the country.
Sept. 22, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Jessica Saunders reports that individuals and organizations working to build and strengthen Georgia’s vibrant international business community will be honored Oct. 11 at the 36th annual Georgia International Awards.The awards are presented by Atlanta Business Chronicle in partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the World Trade Center - Atlanta.
Sept. 22, 2017 University of Georgia
Sharon Dowdy reports that the University of Georgia, state and industry leaders cut the ribbon on Sept. 21 signifying the official openings of three new turfgrass research and education facilities on the Griffin, Tifton and Athens campuses. The largest of the facilities is on the UGA Griffin campus, where the ceremony took place.
Sept. 22, 2017 Saporta Report
Maggie Lee reports that the first phase of Turner Field redevelopment looks to be on track for city bonds and tax abatements after votes by the board of Atlanta’s development authority. Invest Atlanta’s board passed a pair of resolutions signaling their intent to issue bonds and offer tax abatements to a mixed-use project and a dorm.
Sept. 22, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Alva James-Johnson reports, if you’ve ever wanted groceries delivered to your front door, then you may just be in luck. Starting Sept. 28, an online shopping service called “Instacart” will provide same-day delivery service around Columbus through stores such as Publix, CVS and Petco, according to information provided by the company.
Sept. 22, 2017 WABE 90.1
Johnny Kauffman reports that farmers Drew Walker and Will Ellis are in a 100-acre peanut field, surrounded by rows of green plants sticking up about two feet. On each plant there are about 40 peanuts underground. The farmers see crows flying above.“That’s the first tell-tale sign that you’ve got worms coming in,” Walker says. He and Ellis bend over, whacking the plants back and forth to see what falls off.
Sept. 22, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that Thursday, the Savannah Economic Development Authority announced that three companies — ONL-RBW Logistics, Distribution Services International, Inc. (DSI) and ICON Health &Fitness — will expand their local footprints, bringing another 90 jobs and $42 million in investment to Pooler.
Sept. 22, 2017 Emory University
Nancy Seideman reports that Emory University is among 31 leading colleges and universities signing an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn President Donald Trump's executive order banning people from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. The friend-of-the-court brief was filed Sept. 18. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Oct. 10 on the travel ban.
Sept. 21, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that the Savannah International Trade &Convention Center is off to a good start in fiscal 2018, coming in $50,000 ahead of budget for August and a total of $71,000 better than budgeted for the year’s first two months. Savor Savannah Catering, the trade center’s food and beverage operation, also had a good start, wrapping up its first two months nearly $77,000 ahead of budget.
Sept. 21, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Anne Dunkin reports that you’re looking for a different fall experience, why not trade hay rides for a breezy boat ride down the Augusta Canal. You can cruise in open-aired boats with informative guides, passing historic sites such as 19th century textile mills, the Confederate Powder Works and 18th century houses in addition to wildlife along the shoreline. Operated by Petersburg Tours, some cruises include live music on the boats September through November.
Sept. 21, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that last year it was long TSA lines frustrating travelers. This year, it’s airport construction. That’s not just in Atlanta at the world’s busiest airport, but at airports across the country, according to a new J.D. Power survey. Hartsfield-Jackson is in the middle of a $6 billion expansion and modernization plan, that has created construction zones disrupting passenger flows in parking garages, at pickup areas and on concourses.
Sept. 21, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Andrew McIntosh reports, in a wide-ranging interview, the leader of one of world's largest airlines discussed jet shopping, his past connection to MTV, air traffic control privatization, summer holidays and Delta's place in Seattle.
Sept. 21, 2017 GPB
Merrit Kennedy reports that after the revelation that a cybersecurity breach at the international credit reporting agency Equifax exposed personal information of 143 million people, the company has confirmed an additional security incident with a payroll-related service in the months prior. It says the two are unrelated. "Earlier this year, during the 2016 tax season, Equifax experienced a security incident involving a payroll-related service," an Equifax spokesperson told NPR.
Sept. 21, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Wayne Ford reports that the J&J Flea Market in Athens has a new owner.United Flea Markets, a company that now owns five flea markets in four states, announced Wednesday it has purchased the 120-acre location off U.S. Highway 441 from the Arthur Boggs family. “They were not actually looking to sell, but when we sat and talked about our model, they were excited for the next generation,” United Flea Markets CEO Rob Sieban said by telephone from company headquarters in Denver, Colo.
Sept. 21, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Georgia and several other Southern states initially would gain in federal health care funding under a Republican bill speeding through the U.S. Senate, a new analysis finds. But that effect would begin to wear off after a decade, and ultimately could lead to losses for all states as compared with current funding streams, according to the study by consulting firm Avalere Health, released Wednesday.
Sept. 21, 2017 New York Times
Maggie Astor reports that people create fake versions of big companies’ websites all the time, usually for phishing purposes. But the companies do not usually link to them by mistake. Equifax, however, did just that after Nick Sweeting, a software engineer, created an imitation of equifaxsecurity2017.com, Equifax’s page about the security breach that may have exposed 143 million Americans’ personal information.
Sept. 21, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Kerwin Swint writes, we’ve seen the stories for years. Dating back to at least 2008, election years bring with them countless news stories that have a familiar theme: “Is this the year Georgia finally becomes a purple state?” This reached a fever pitch in 2016 during the general election and increased in ferocity in the recent internationally watched 6th District congressional election between Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel.
Sept. 21, 2017 Gainesville Times
Carlos Galarza reports that worldwide supermarket giant Lidl withdrew a rezoning application that would have brought a big-box store to Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville.
Sept. 21, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Tom Corwin reports that Fall may begin on Friday but cooler weather won’t be coming very soon and the winter may be warmer than usual, weather experts said Wednesday. The autumn equinox will occur at 4:02 p.m. Friday but the forecast calls for continued hot days, at least for the next week, said meteorologist Al Moore with the National Weather Service office in Columbia, S.C.
Sept. 21, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Atlanta’s chief of road and transportation construction projects to the board that oversees GRTA, which advises on Xpress bus service in metro Atlanta and authorizes state and federal spending on transportation in metro Atlanta.
Sept. 21, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s office faces an ethics complaint alleging his administration misused city resources when he attacked a candidate for mayor during a press conference at City Hall. The complaint, filed anonymously last week, said the press conference arranged by two city staffers aimed to “denounce” Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell and said a placard and other materials he used at the event were “political and related to campaign issues, not city business.”
Sept. 20, 2017 WABE 90.1
Molly Samuel reports that Georgia regulators will decide next February whether or not to continue with a troubled nuclear plant expansion project. The future of two new nuclear reactors has been up in the air since the lead contractor went bankrupt earlier this year. On Tuesday, the Georgia Public Service Commission voted to approve the schedule for a round of hearings on spending at Plant Vogtle.
Sept. 20, 2017 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
K. K. Snyder reports that when it comes to business and economic development in our state, the “wins” that get local leadership excited are relative to the size of the region. Therefore, it’s easy to see why the small rural community of Coffee County takes great pride in additions like new industrial parks, a college campus expansion and more retailers – wins that even much larger counties would tout.
Sept. 20, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that the end of the summer meant declining sales, dipping prices and continued drop in listings of homes for sale in metro Atlanta real estate, according to a report issued by Re/Max on Tuesday. The expected cooling of the market followed the usual patter, said John Rainey, a vice president with the company.
Sept. 20, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Accenture will more than double its office and 40,000 square feet, becoming the largest corporate tenant in a 14-story tower at Tech Square that houses startups and the ATDC. Plans include a new innovation hub at Georgia Tech.
Sept. 20, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Lee Shearer reports that Hurricane Irma inflicted severe damage on Georgia agriculture, although it’s not yet possible to tell the full extent. Hardest hit seem to be the cotton and pecan crops, according to Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.
Sept. 20, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal visited the new Honeywell North American Software Center and announced that the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Global Commerce Division helped create a total of 30,309 new jobs during FY 17, generating a record-breaking $6.33 billion in investments. This growth is a result of the expansion or relocation of 377 companies covering every region of the state.
Sept. 20, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that a new survey of employer benefits underscores a central fact about health insurance: Where you get coverage can make a huge financial difference. Premiums for employer-sponsored family coverage rose an average of 3 percent this year, to a total of to $18,764, according to an employer benefits survey of employers released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust.
Sept. 20, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that already handles about 90,000 patient visits each year, with demand only expected to grow. Thus, Columbus Regional Health is now moving forward with a major expansion of the John B. Amos Cancer Center. The Columbus hospital and health-care system is preparing to break ground on a 46,411-square-foot project that will nearly double the size of the existing 49,620-square-foot cancer center that opened in late 2004.
Sept. 20, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Democrat Stacey Abrams would seek to train more advanced energy workers, overhaul building codes and permitting standards to encourage more efficiency and create a Georgia “green bank” to offer incentives for environmentally-friendly construction if she’s elected governor. The former Georgia House Democratic leader said Tuesday her proposal would create between 25,000 to 40,000 new jobs and would save taxpayer dollars by increasing energy efficiency.
Sept. 19, 2017 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that egulations pursued in the wake of vast and highly toxic coal ash spills in 2008 in Tennessee and 2014 in North Carolina are going to the back burner — with an eye toward possible repeal — under actions taken by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Coal ash disposal and coal ash pond dewatering remain local concerns following the Broadhurst landfill controversy in Wayne County and work at the shuttered Plant McManus site.
Sept. 19, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports, many of the challenges communities across Georgia face can’t be solved by one person – or even one entity. They need a cross-sector of leaders from government, academia, civic organizations, business and more to provide input, consider options and get the ball rolling on the hard work of improving Georgians’ lives. That’s the mission of GeorgiaForward, a nonprofit that brings people together in statewide conversations and partnerships.
Sept. 19, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that The housing market in metro Atlanta took a hit in August, although prices were up compared to a year ago, according to the Atlanta Realtors Association. The median sales price of a home sold last month was $250,000 – up 5 percent from a year earlier, according to the group’s report issued late Friday.
Sept. 19, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams reports that Georgia's business climate ranks third in the nation, according to a survey of U.S. corporate executives released Monday.The "Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing" survey, conducted every three years by Development Counselors International (DCI), placed Georgia behind only Texas and Florida.
Sept. 19, 2017 Georgia State University
Jennifer Rainey Marquez reports thata Dr. Benoit Chassaing of Georgia State University’s College of Arts and Sciences has received a $100,000 Innovator Award from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, part of $3 million awarded for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) research. The grants will support researchers across the world as they study new ideas that could lead to breakthrough discoveries about IBD. Those who demonstrate significant progress are eligible for additional years of support.
Sept. 19, 2017 Albany Herald
Staff reports that Albany State University was recently ranked among the nation’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the No. 1 public HBCU in the state of Georgia, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 list of top-ranked colleges and universities.
Sept. 19, 2017 Georgia Tech
John Toon reports that the National Science Foundation has awarded nearly $20 million to a consortium of universities to support a new engineering research center that will work closely with industry and clinical partners to develop transformative tools and technologies for the consistent, scalable and low-cost production of high-quality living therapeutic cells. Led by Georgia Tech, the center could help revolutionize the treatment of cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and other disorders by enabling broad use of potentially curative therapies that utilize living cells — such as immune cells and stem cells — as “drugs.”
Sept. 19, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that tens of millions of dollars in government funding for Georgia health care faces a dangerous deadline in less than two weeks. And while experts believe that much of the funding, if not all, will be renewed by Oct. 1 or afterward, there are no guarantees, with a fractious Washington dealing with the bitter aftermath of votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Sept. 19, 2017 WABE 90.1
Johnny Kauffman reports that political crowdfunding website wants to convince Georgians to run against members of Congress who faced no competition in last year's general election, putting billboards on Peachtree Road and Cobb Parkway featuring the image of Rep. Tom Graves. “Your congressman has no opponent. Fix that,” the billboards read.
Sept. 19, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that a year ago, Republican Houston Gaines was the University of Georgia’s student government president. Now he has the fast-track for an open Athens-based seat in the Georgia Legislature. Gaines was the sole Republican to qualify for the conservative-leaning seat after former state Rep. Doug McKillip decided not to run for the seat vacated by Regina Quick after she was tapped to a judgeship.
Sept. 18, 2017 WABE 90.1
Martha Dalton reports, under a new federal law called the ‘Every Student Succeeds Act,’ all states are required to submit a comprehensive education plan to the federal government. The deadline is Monday. Georgia spent more than a year seeking input and developing a proposal. However, some state officials are still at odds over some of the specifics.
Sept. 18, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Ellen Berman reports, when you think about successful businesses in Georgia, The Home Depot, UPS or Coke may pop first to mind. But with the state’s business climate continuing to be ranked No. 1, there is so much more here. In addition to these three high-ranking companies, this year’s Top 100 Public Companies list includes banks; retail operations; bioscience, logistics and technology firms; and more – everything our state needs to continue to thrive and positively impact the lives and livelihoods of our residents.
Sept. 18, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that Equifax Corp. said late Friday that two of its top executives are retiring in the wake of the embattled Atlanta company’s recent disclosure that hackers got away with sensitive information, including Social Security numbers, on 143 million people.
Sept. 18, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that Atlanta's historic Westside neighborhoods received another major boost after receiving $32 million worth of investments. The funding comes from commitments by Mayor Kasim Reed on behalf of the city of Atlanta and the Arthur M Blank Family Foundation.
Sept. 18, 2017 Gainesville Times
Carlos Galarza reports that the face of midtown Gainesville is changing with the development of 45 townhomes on a 4-acre tract where 13 dilapidated homes — mostly rentals — used to sit. After breaking ground in the spring, and despite numerous rain delays, the project called the Enclave developed by Steve McKibbon and Robbie Robison is ahead of schedule and on track to be completed by November, according to spokesman John Vardeman.
Sept. 18, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson will hold a think tank designed to help small business owners find federal resources this week. The Small Business Think Tank Connecting Small Businesses with Government Resources event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, in Clarkston. It is designed to show business owners what federal resources are out there that can help them grow and generate new jobs in the Fourth Congressional District, which includes southern Gwinnett.
Sept. 18, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue tours storm-damaged farms in Georgia today, his broader focus is on changing fiscal policy that seems to have contributed to the record-breaking wildfires out west – more than 2.2 million acres of national forest lands have burned as of Thursday.
Sept. 18, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that some midstate gas station fuel pumps have been shut down after officials found that the station’s tanks had been contaminated by water directly related to Tropical Storm Irma. So far, inspectors with the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s fuel and measures division “have found sporadic issues and have shut down pumps in Bibb, Camden, Cobb, Fulton, Henry, Jenkins, Lamar, Lowndes, Peach and Upson counties due to water contamination,” according a release.
Sept. 18, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Ricky Leroux reports that total of 125 properties were advertised for the county’s September foreclosure auction, and while the number of properties advertised for foreclosure continues to decline, it seems to be approaching a baseline. So far this year, 1,146 properties have been advertised for sale at auction, 259 fewer listings compared to the 1,405 properties advertised by this time in 2016.
Sept. 18, 2017 Georgia Trend – Exclusive
Mary Ann Demuth reports that 26th annual Marietta StreetFest will be held tomorrow and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17, on the Square and will feature many free activities for all ages. For kids, there will be a one-mile fun run in addition to inflatables, interactive art stations and carnival games. More than 75 vendors will display their art and craft creations and a variety of local musicians will entertain the crowd. Amazing classic cars will be featured in the 13th annual Hubcaps and History Classic Car Show on Saturday and motorcycle groups are invited to participate in the Military, Motorcycles & More Cruise-in on Sunday.
Sept. 18, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports, because of the continued closure of Cumberland Island National Seashore because of Tropical Storm Irma, the Park Service is cancelling camping reservations through Sept. 27. The dock at the St. Marys waterfront where the island’s ferry boards was severed damaged by the storm. St. Marys Mayor John Morrissey said Friday that the damages have been assessed and officials are considering options for resuming ferry service to the island.
Sept. 18, 2017 Brunswick News
Gordon Jackson reports, at 91 years old, it would be easy for Calvin Lang to throw up his hands and decide not to rebuild the businesses he has operated in downtown St. Marys more than five decades. Hurricane Irma destroyed his east and west marina docks sunk the Cumberland Queen, one of the boats used to ferry passengers to Cumberland Island National Seashore.
Sept. 18, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Political Insider
Jim Galloway reports that huddled masses yearning to breathe free may be about to take it in the neck. That could be the price for saving nearly 800,000 “dream kids” from the threat of deportation. If you’re David Perdue, that’s a fair trade. Heads, most of them Republican, are still spinning from Wednesday’s White House meeting between Donald Trump and Democratic leaders in Congress. A meeting in which the president appeared to pledge his support for legislation to salvage the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program established by President Barack Obama.
Sept. 15, 2017 WABE 90.1
Johnny Kauffman reports that Georgia's agriculture industry is assessing damage done by Irma, but leaders said pecan and cotton crops were the most vulnerable as the storm passed through because they’re nearing harvest. Both were hit hard. Fifty percent of Georgia's pecan crop might be lost, according to state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.
Sept. 15, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Christy Simo reports that Morris Communications, Augusta-based owner of Georgia Trend, is selling its newspaper division to GateHouse Media Inc. Morris Multimedia Inc., parent company to Morris Newspaper Corp., plans a redeployment of resources to its other operations, which include business, lifestyle and enthusiast media; digital marketing; and real estate. William “Billy” Morris III will remain publisher of The Augusta Chronicle.
Sept. 15, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that Equifax and a software company are blaming each other for a glitch that allowed hackers to obtain Social Security numbers and other sensitive info for 143 million people. The Atlanta-based company, one of the nation’s three key credit bureaus that track individuals’ credit histories, said late Wednesday that hackers breached a vulnerable spot in a U.S. website application called Apache Struts CVE-2017-5638.
Sept. 15, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Phil W. Hudson reports that the Oak Ridge Boys, Larry Gatlin and former Delta Force Commander Major General Gary Harrell of “Blackhawk Down” fame are on a mission to bring jobs back to America and are using a small town in Georgia as their base camp.
Sept. 15, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that a Suwanee-based small business that manufactures tube and coax fabrication machines has been recognized for its successful oversees business with help from the federal government. U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., recently presented the U.S. Commercial Service Export Achievement Award to Winton Machine Company owners George and Lisa Winton.
Sept. 15, 2017 Saporta Report
Maggie Lee reports that in the aftermath of a taxpayers’ revolt over a surge in many 2017 Fulton County home property tax bills, local government leaders are trying to figure out how to dodge the pitchforks and torches next time. A cap on home property tax increases could be part of the plan. When Fulton mayors and other local leaders met Downtown on Thursday morning, the first item on the agenda was to talk about how to make property tax assessments, billing and collections go better next year.
Sept. 15, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Damon Cline reports that the Development Authority of Richmond County on Thursday approved $940 million worth of industrial revenue bonds and bond proposals, which officials said would help five major employers – including Doctors Hospital and FedEx – expand local operations. The largest of the five bond issues was $672.5 million for an existing industry identified only as “Project Beam.”
Sept. 15, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports, talk about coming back in style. After having to close for five days during Hurricane Matthew due primarily to damage to navigational aids — the Georgia Ports Authority bounced back from Hurricane Irma almost immediately, bringing in its first ship Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the storm passed.
Sept. 15, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Jon Gillooly reports that there’s a new advocacy group in town that’s pushing for a unified, regional transit system for metro Atlanta. Danielle Elkins, president of Advance Atlanta, shared her vision with the Cumberland Area Council of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce on Thursday at The Georgian Club. She was asked how her group intends to be successful in cracking the transportation nut, given how many others have struck out over past decades.
Sept. 15, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Staff reports that Athens Republican Houston Gaines qualified on Thursday to run in the Nov. 7 special election for state House District 117, which covers portions of Clarke, Oconee, Barrow and Jackson counties. “This community is my lifelong home, and I have a stake in seeing it continue to succeed today and in the generations to come,” Gaines said.
Sept. 15, 2017 Georgia Times-Union Georgia
Gov. Nathan Deal calls Irma catastrophic, says state will pay local government’s share of debris cleanup
Terry Dickson reports that after viewing Irma’s devastation in Camden and Glynn counties from a helicopter Thursday, Gov. Nathan Deal said it was difficult to grasp that it was caused by a tropical storm and not a hurricane. The biggest single item in recovery is debris removal with the Federal Emergency Management Agency paying 75 percent of the cost and the state and local governments splitting the remaining 25 percent, Deal said.
Sept. 14, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Georgia’s uninsured rate fell to 12.9 percent in 2016 from 13.9 percent the previous year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But the number and percentage of Georgians without health coverage remains among the highest in the nation. Its uninsured rate trails only Texas, Alaska and Oklahoma.
Sept. 14, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports, now that we’ve had our fill of complaining about the long, rainy summer – which makes a nice change from complaining about the long, dry summers of years past – we can look ahead to the prospect of fall and the pleasures of lower power bills, pumpkin carving, school carnivals, SEC football, leaf-raking, an Atlanta mayoral election and too many early Christmas decorations.
Sept. 14, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that a natural disaster is not good news, not even if you are in the business of providing supplies for building and repairing homes. Of course, that doesn’t mean that Home Depot isn’t selling an awful lot of stuff in the Texas, Florida and Georgia cities that were just pounded by storms.
Sept. 14, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Phil W. Hudson reports that Georgia's two biggest banks are kicking it into high gear to aid those recovering from Hurricane Irma. Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks Inc. (NYSE: STI) has deployed a full service mobile branch to North Naples, Fla., to help residents recovering from the aftermath of the hurricane.
Sept. 14, 2017 Georgia State University
Andrea Jones reports that Georgia State University President Mark P. Becker is among seven university presidents named by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as recipients of its Academic Leadership Award, which provides $500,000 in support for each winner’s academic initiatives.
Sept. 14, 2017 Georgia Tech
Lance Wallace reports that Georgia Tech maintained its number 34 ranking in the 2018 Best Colleges undergraduate rankings of national universities by U.S. News & World Report. The Institute remained as the seventh-ranked public university for individual undergraduate programs.
Sept. 14, 2017 Emory University
Holly Korshun reports that Emory University has appointed Vikas P. Sukhatme, MD, ScD, a distinguished physician-scientist, as the new Dean of Emory University School of Medicine. He also will serve as Chief Academic Officer of Emory Healthcare and as Woodruff Professor.
Sept. 14, 2017 University of Georgia
Charlene Betourney reports that Steven Stice is leading researchers at the University of Georgia's Regenerative Bioscience Center in a newly funded research consortium designed to hasten the development of advanced cell therapies for a range of chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer.
Sept. 14, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that Navicent Health in Macon and Emory Healthcare in Atlanta announced a collaborative clinical partnership Wednesday. The agreement includes a formal restructuring of Navicent Health’s cardiothoracic, also known as CT, surgery service line, extending the range of CT procedures available to patients in Macon and the surrounding region, according to a release.
Sept. 14, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that three years ago, an unprecedented coalition of government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector joined forces to keep the gopher tortoise, our state reptile, off the endangered species list. Federal, state and private partners, including the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, The Conservation Fund and the Georgia Conservancy kicked off a $150-million initiative to preserve about 100,000 acres of the critter’s habitat in South Georgia and permanently protect 65 viable populations.
Sept. 14, 2017 Brunwick News
Staff reports that joint water and sewer officials are urging everyone returning Thursday from evacuation for Hurricane Irma to use as little water and sewer as possible when they get home. That means flushing the toilet only when absolutely necessary and to limit water use in anyway possible.
Sept. 14, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that the Gwinnett Braves opened their doors on Wednesday to Georgia Power crews who are working to restore power in Gwinnett County and the surrounding area, offering them a place to rest between shifts. The team posted a photo on its Twitter page of about 50 trailers lined up in the parking lot at Coolray Field in unincorporated Lawrenceville for crews from Georgia Power and partner agencies from around the country who sent teams to Georgia to help the company with storm recovery.
Sept. 14, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that the Metro Atlanta Chamber today is launching its latest initiative – IoT.ATL – at the GSMA Mobile World Congress meeting this week in San Francisco. The initiative reflects Atlanta’s dominance in the area known as the Internet of Things (IoT) – the digital connection between items like cars and appliances and the internet.
Sept. 14, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
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Sept. 14, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that the mayor of Atlanta doesn’t just lead the city’s 500,000 or so residents. He or she is the de facto leader of the metro region’s nearly 6 million people. That’s what made a question Wednesday posed to six of the leading candidates at a Council for Quality Growth forum so interesting. How will each candidate act as a regional leader?
Sept. 13, 2017 Albany Herald
Terry Lewis reports that as tropical storm Irma moved out of Georgia Tuesday, Gov. Nathan Deal said at a news conference that the state is shifting into recovery mode, cautioning the process will not happen quickly because the massive storm touched every county in the state. “Recovery is going to be slow, as the storm covered so much territory, so it will take time before everything gets back to a normal environment,” Deal said.
Sept. 13, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports, acting on a recommendation from the Emergency Operations Command and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), Gov. Nathan Deal lifted the mandatory evacuation order for six coastal counties.
Sept. 13, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Anna Bentley reports, what’s one of the easiest ways to determine the economic viability of a community? Look at its banks, says Joe Brannen, president and CEO of the Georgia Bankers Association (GBA).“The banking industry is a direct reflection of the health of the state of Georgia, and Georgia’s doing well,” Brannen says, “and so the banks are also doing well.”
Sept. 13, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
J. Scott Trubey reports that members of Congress continue to put pressure on Atlanta-based Equifax, joining a chorus of consumer groups that have criticized the credit bureau in the wake of a massive security breach. On Tuesday, 24 Democratic members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee demanded answers about the breach, which compromised the personal information of more than 140 million U.S. consumers.
Sept. 13, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Ellie Hensley reports that Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, started a new initiative to fight heart disease, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Sept. 13, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Liz Fabian reports that now that Tropical Storm Irma’s winds and lashing rain have left Georgia, power crews are beginning to make assessments of the damage. Considering the widespread damage to utility lines, it will at least be several days and maybe weeks before service is fully restored.
Sept. 13, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that the second major hurricane to strike the United States in little more than two weeks has once again drawn the giving attention of Columbus companies and their employees.Credit-card processor TSYS said Tuesday it is donating $50,000 to the American Red Cross for relief efforts connected to Hurricane Irma, which pounded away at the Caribbean islands last week before coming ashore in south Florida Sunday.
Sept. 13, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that Gov. Nathan Deal proclaimed last week, Sept. 4-8, 2017, as Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. The proclamation was in recognition of several alarming facts about literacy in our country and state. For more about how Metro Atlanta communities are working to improve literacy, see Georgia Trend Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Ben Young’s column “Education Intervention” in the current issue.
Sept. 13, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political InsiderGa.
Tamar Hallerman reports that the office of Congressman Barry Loudermilk said the two-term Republican and his wife are recovering from non-life-threatening injuries after a car accident near Knoxville, Tenn., on Tuesday. Loudermilk and his wife Desiree were driving on I-40 on the way back to Washington, D.C. early on Tuesday morning when their car was struck from behind by a second vehicle, which caused their car to veer off the road and flip multiple times, according to the lawmaker’s office.
Sept. 12, 2017 WABE 90.1
Tasnim Shamma reports that Gov. Nathan Deal is asking people to stay indoors as Tropical Storm Irma claims lives and damages trees and buildings. Businesses could also be looking at big financial losses as well. For tourism operator Phil Sellers in Savannah's historic district, Hurricane Irma has caused physical damage, but also a big financial one.
Sept. 12, 2017 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Tom Oder reports, folks who say bigger is better could have been talking about northeast Metro Atlanta’s Gwinnett County. Gwinnett has 16 cities and has been one of the fastest-growing counties in the country for years. With a recent focus on recruiting company headquarters and helping local businesses expand – not to mention an influx of every flavor of international cuisine – it looks like the growth will continue well into the next decade.
Sept. 12, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Scott Trubey reports that the Georgia Ports Authority is working to have its Savannah operations open by the end of the day Tuesday or early Wednesday following a pelting by Tropical Storm Irma.Griff Lynch, executive director of the authority, said the Savannah ports fared relatively well, though he said his agency is “still awaiting the final assessment on [the port in] Brunswick.”
Sept. 12, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that Arthur Blank is opening his pocketbook again for the hurricane relief effort. The Atlanta United/Atlanta Falcons owner made a commitment from his Family Foundation to match up to $1 million to the Red Cross last week, and pledged another $1 million grant Monday to be split between the Red Cross, United Way and World Vision.
Sept. 12, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is closing out his term of office as the city provides its share of funding to expands its effort to address homelessness. The city on Thursday is slated to sell $25.3 million worth of bonds that received a top credit rating from Moody’s Investors Service, according to a rating action.
Sept. 12. 2017 Savannah Morning News
Eric Curl reports that by 2 p.m., the sun broke through the clouds and about a dozen residents were enjoying a drink at Pinkie Masters, which did not lose power. Bartender Burke Stewart said that keeping the bar’s clientele happy was key. The bar had also operated with beer and coolers throughout most of Hurricane Matthew after losing power.
Sept. 12, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Staff reports, on Sept. 6, Synovus Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Columbus-based Synovus Financial Corp., the parent company of Bank of North Georgia, received regulatory approval from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to acquire certain assets and assume certain liabilities of World’s Foremost Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cabela’s Incorporated, pursuant to the previously announced Framework Agreement, dated April 17, by and among Synovus Bank, Cabela’s Incorporated, WFB, Capital One Bank (USA), National Association and Capital One, National Association.
Sept. 12, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Jim Galloway reports that the political world has no reason to doubt the several polls that show Mary Norwood to be the strongest candidate in the large scrum running to become mayor of Atlanta. But what they don’t show is that the councilwoman is probably in an inherently weaker position than she was eight years ago, when she lost a December runoff to a former state senator named Kasim Reed by a mere 700 votes….
Sept. 11, 2017 Valdosta Daily Times
Jill Nolin reports that Georgia residents in the shifting path of Hurricane Irma are urged to stay put as the now Category 2 storm inches closer. “Shelter in place as much as possible,” Gov. Nathan Deal said during a media briefing Sunday evening at the state operations center in Atlanta. “That’s the best advice we can give.”
Sept. 11, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that Molly Williford, a third grader at Turner County Elementary School in Ashburn, put crayon and marker to paper and visually created what she wants to be when she grows up – a veterinarian. Her drawing competed with thousands of others to win her the top award in a nationwide contest held by Georgia-Pacific Corp. (G-P).
Sept. 11, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Former
Scott Trubey reports that a team of lawyers, including former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, has filed a class-action lawsuit against Equifax over the massive data breach that has compromised the personal information of more than 140 million U.S. consumers.
Sept. 11, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvkash Karkaria reports that the Amazon Transportation Services office is said to be part command center, part technology development hub. The nearly 25,000 square foot office at Atlantic Station could employ about 150 people.
Sept. 11, 2017 Albany Herald
Staff reports that Georgia Power officials said Sunday night that they have 3,400 personnel positioned to respond to what are expected to be extensive power outages caused by Hurricane Irma, which will affect Georgia starting late tonight. Georgia Power officials said all of its resources have been held to respond to storm restoration in Irma’s wake.
Sept. 11, 2017 New York Times, Reuters
Staff reports that with hundreds of thousands of Floridians flee Hurricane Irma, people in the state of Georgia have opened their homes to strangers who emerged from hours-long traffic jams to find hotels and campgrounds booked solid. With churches in Atlanta appealing for donations of mattresses and blankets for shelters, and hotels and motels along Interstate 75 heading north to the city from Florida reportedly at capacity through next week, homeschool teacher Mary Hoyt decided something needed to be done.
Sept. 11, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Donnie Z. Fetter reports that Athens-Clarke County might lose another business to Oconee County following a decision this week by county commissioners to deny a rezoning. “This is not meant in a threatening way, but our plan B and C are across the line in Oconee County,” said Andy Thomas, COO of The Commercial Bank, which hoped to construct a new building on two parcels totaling about 1.6 acres on the corner of Epps Bridge Parkway and Timothy Road.
Sept. 11, 2017 WABE 90.1
Stephannie Stokes reports thata ome rapidly changing parts of Atlanta may see more affordable housing. That’s according to two pieces of legislation introduced to the City Council. The ordinances would bring inclusionary zoning both to the neighborhoods near Mercedes-Benz Stadium and around the Atlanta BeltLine.
Sept. 11, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that President Donald Trump on Friday nominated a Columbia County lawyer to be U.S. attorney in eastern Georgia. The White House announced its intent to nominate Bobby Christine to lead the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Georgia’s Southern District, saying he and a slate of other nominees shared Trump’s vision of “making America safe again.” If confirmed, Christine would have jurisdiction from Augusta to Savannah.
Sept. 8, 2017 11Alive.com
Irma Tim Darnell and Kristen Reed report that the state of emergency designation for Georgia counties has now expanded to 30 counties. On Thursday, Governor Nathan Deal added an additional 24 counties to his initial list of six counties placed under a state of emergency.
Sept. 8, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, an obstetrician-gynecologist who was commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, is the new director of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), appointed by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Fitzgerald, 71, succeeds Tom Frieden, who headed the CDC for eight years.
Sept. 8, 2017 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that shortly after noon Thursday, Gov. Nathan Deal announced the mandatory evacuation of all areas of Glynn, Camden and McIntosh counties east of I-95 as of Saturday, along with some areas west of I-95 in Glynn and Camden counties.
Sept. 8, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Scott Berson reports that Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency in the following Georgia counties in preparation for Hurricane Irma: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Clinch, Coffee, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Jenkins, Jeff Davis, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne and Ware Counties.
Sept. 8, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that while it may seem like it’s been business as usual at Savannah’s port this week, the Georgia Ports Authority, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Office Savannah and the maritime community as a whole has been quietly preparing to deal with whatever Irma might send our way.
Sept. 8, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that hospitals and nursing homes in coastal Georgia began to evacuate some patients Thursday, ahead of potential devastation from Hurricane Irma. While some patients are being evacuated, others will be “sheltered in place,’’ said Adrianne Feinberg, director of emergency preparedness for the Georgia Hospital Association.
Sept. 8, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) today announced a cybersecurity hack that potentially involved the private information of approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. The Atlanta-based company said that criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files that included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver's license numbers.
Sept. 8, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the UPS Foundation said it is partnering with drone manufacturer CyPhy Works and the American Red Cross to test using a drone to identify areas with the most flood damage in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. “Accurately and quickly assessing the impact is a critical step to help save lives and lay the groundwork for eventual recovery and rebuilding,” said UPS Foundation president Eduardo Martinez.
Sept. 8, 2017 WABE 90.1
Martha Dalton reports that one nerve-wracking part of applying to college can be taking the entrance exam. Students usually choose between two: the ACT and the SAT. The ACT released its 2017 results Thursday. Georgia’s overall composite score improved, as did scores in each subject: English, reading, math and science.
Sept. 8, 2017 Georgia State University
Jenifer Shockley reports that Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business has opened a fintech lab spanning data analytics, finance, real estate, and risk management and insurance, the first business school-based fintech lab in Georgia and among the first in the nation.
Sept. 8, 2017 Emory University
Holly Korshun and Veronica Smith report that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has renewed the designation of Marcus Autism Center as a national Autism Center of Excellence (ACE), including an $11M, five-year research grant to Emory University School of Medicine.
Sept. 8, 2017 Rome News-Tribune
Doug Walker reports that Romans may see an increased amount of selfie traffic around town in the future. Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner for tourism within the Georgia Department of Economic Development, told community leaders Thursday that two locations in Rome are included on a new “Movie Trail” through Georgia with spots from various movies highlighted as potential sites of interest for a selfie picture to be made.