April 26, 2018 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that a new incentive programmed intended to get cars off the road for a week is slated to begin in mid May, and it comes on the heels of a national report by the American Lung Association that shows metro Atlanta ranks among the 25 most polluted cities and takes aim at the Trump administration.
April 26, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann DeMuth reports, from airport-area developments to film studios and urban centers, business is picking up south of I-20 in Metro Atlanta. Check out our video to learn about Marukan Vinegar and world-class pickleball in Griffin, Blickle’s new construction site in Newnan and McDonough’s huge Lambert Farms Logistics Park. And for more about what’s happening in South Fulton, Clayton, Fayette, Henry, Coweta and Spalding counties, read this month’s Georgia Trend feature “It’s Time.”
April 26, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Sandy Springs-based UPS said it is offering buyouts to some of its management employees who are eligible for retirement. The company said a “select group of non-operations, retirement-eligible U.S. management employees” have been told they are eligible for a voluntary retirement plan, with a financial buyout to retire.
April 26, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that real estate microlender Groundfloor will invest $3 million in an expansion that will more than double its workforce. The Atlanta-based startup will relocate from the ATDC business incubator to an 8,000 square foot office in Bank of America Plaza, the Southeast’s tallest skyscraper.
April 26, 2018 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has selected Savannah for $300,000 in grants to conduct 16 environmental site assessments and prepare six cleanup plans for sites along the Martin Luther King Boulevard and Montgomery Street corridor.
April 26, 2018 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday announced that Pandora, the largest music streaming service in the U.S., will expand its presence and create 250 jobs in Atlanta over the next three years. “Pandora’s investment in Atlanta is a testament to the value of our highly skilled workforce and business-friendly environment for attracting innovative companies,” said Deal.
April 26, 2018 UGA
Clint Thompson reports that Darrell Sparks’ legacy at the University of Georgia spans more than 50 years and includes the release of eight patented pecan cultivars and research focused on the development of new and improved pecan varieties. For his contributions to Georgia’s pecan industry, Sparks is the 2018 recipient of the university’s Inventor of the Year Award.
April 26, 2018 Covington News
David Clemons reports that one of the area’s largest employers could get new ownership — again. Shire PLC is considering a takeover bid by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. worth about $64 billion after rejecting four previous offers. Shire has a pharmaceutical plant in Stanton Springs where it is working toward U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for immunoglobulin therapy, and later for albumin therapy.
April 26, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Krista Reece writes, I first stumbled into C. Ellet’s, the latest from Atlanta Chef Linton Hopkins (Restaurant Eugene, Holeman & Finch), last September, slathered in sunscreen and ready to cheer at my first-ever visit to a Braves game at the new SunTrust Park. Despite lively crowds at The Battery Atlanta’s other eateries (see opposite) and throngs of folks roaming the promenades, C. Ellet’s casual Club Room was completely empty.
April 26, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times
Terry Richards reports that several counties and cities around South Georgia have recently jumped on board a national lawsuit against drug manufacturers in an effort to combat the opioid epidemic. The City of Milledgeville filed papers in federal court against two dozen pharmaceutical companies April 24, according to court documents. The lawsuit appears virtually identical to others filed recently in the Middle District of Georgia federal court
April 26, 2018 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that just days after two lawsuits were filed to block a new hospital in Lee County, that legal opposition is already partially unraveling. The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals — which confirmed Monday that it was suing a state agency for allowing a certificate of need for a hospital in the southwest Georgia county — said Tuesday that it had dropped the suit.
April 26, 2018 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports, one public hearing, one chance, one time in the District of Columbia is what the American people got regarding a major proposal to effectively overturn an Obama administration rule on coal ash that would result in significantly looser regulations regarding the disposal of the dangerous substances and the dewatering of coal ash ponds into public waters. That hearing with the Environmental Protection Agency occurred Tuesday, and Altamaha Riverkeeper Jen Hilburn and Dink NeSmith, owner and publisher of the Jesup Press-Sentinel, made the trip to Washington to have their voices heard on the proposal.
April 26, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Tamar Hallerman reports that the Vermont students who were here Wednesday visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial looked nothing short of flabbergasted as French President Emmanuel Macron approached them with Atlanta Congressman John Lewis in tow. “You can be proud of this guy,” French media captured Macron telling the group as he placed his hand on Lewis’ shoulder. “It’s not just about history books. It’s about real persons deeply committed … to fight for his rights and preserve his rights.”
April 25, 2018 Savannah Morning News
Katie Nussbaum reports that Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. on Tuesday announced plans to build a new service center at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. The 202,000 square-foot center will be constructed on the former site of the old airport terminal building. Expected to open in the second quarter of 2019, the development will be a $55 million investment for the company and create about 200 new jobs.
April 25, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Rebecca McCarthy reports, across the street from an antebellum house in Sparta is a red brick factory housing a business that has – well – mushroomed into a fungal enterprise. In climate-controlled portable greenhouses, five workers with Sparta Mushrooms grow, harvest and package 500 to 600 pounds each week of shiitake, lion’s mane and oyster mushrooms on a mixture of hardwood sawdust and organic rye grain infused with mushroom spawn. And someone, somewhere, eats all of those mushrooms.
April 25, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that extending a six-year trend of solid increases, metro Atlanta home prices rose 6.5 percent during the past year, slightly outpacing the national average, according to a high-profile analysis issued Tuesday. Of the 20 largest metro areas in the nation, the Atlanta region saw the 10th highest increase, stronger than the national average of 6.3 percent, according to a report from S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices.
April 25, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports, "We'll continue to evaluate opportunities in all of the markets in which we operate," Synovus Chairman and CEO Kessel Stelling told analysts in a Tuesday morning conference call.
April 25, 2018 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced yesterday that InComm, a leading prepaid product and payment technology company based in Atlanta, will create more than 150 jobs and invest over $20 million in capital developments in metro Atlanta and Columbus. “In addition to being the No. 1 state for business, Georgia is now a recognized hub for the financial technology industry,” said Deal.
April 25, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that the top executive of Synovus Financial Corp. said Tuesday that the bank still has an appetite for future mergers and acquisitions if the right player materializes, but only if it fits into the Columbus-based firm’s overall growth strategy. The regional bank also expects to see decent loan growth during the balance of 2018, although nothing near any double-digit projections that other bankholding firms may be forecasting for themselves.
April 25, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that credit-card and payment processor TSYS on Tuesday reported a profit of $141.8 million in the first quarter of 2018, which was a 34-percent increase over the same three-month period in 2017. That came on net revenue of $935.5 million, an increase of more than 12 percent over the previous year’s first quarter.
April 25, 2018 Brunswick News
Taylor Cooper reports that Cumberland Island National Seashore entrance fees will be jumping up from $7 to $10 in June to provide for maintenance and improvement needs. A recent National Park Service announcement said many other national parks plan to increase entrance fees to “enhance the visitor experience.” Effective June 1, the park service will increase the entrance fee to $10 per person.
April 25, 2018 Augusta Chronicle
Tom Corwin reports that advocates for and against studying whether a whitewater park would be feasible on the Savannah River squared off Tuesday before a committee of the Augusta Commission and the full commission will be asked to decide whether to fund the study next week.
April 25, 2018 Macon Telegraph
Andrea Honaker reports that a midstate school district will presumably be Georgia's first to let some of its employees pack heat.Earlier this month, the Laurens County school board approved a policy allowing select staff members to carry guns on school property, in vehicles and at school functions.
April 25, 2018 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that fifteen Georgia hospitals scored an “A’’ grade on patient safety in the latest Leapfrog Group report. The ratings, released Tuesday, showed that 21 percent of hospitals evaluated in the state got a top grade. That’s a slightly higher percentage for Georgia hospitals than in the Leapfrog rankings issued last fall, but it trails the national average of 30 percent getting “A” grades.
April 25, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Greg Bluestein reports that, trailing in the polls, Stacey Evans repeatedly tried to tie her rival Stacey Abrams to the GOP in Tuesday’s first televised Democratic debate. Evans said Abrams “ripped that program to shreds” when she sided with Republicans on a 2011 measure to cut HOPE scholarship awards. And she claimed Abrams, who was then the Georgia House’s top Democrat, “used Republican talking points” to support a vote to slash the state’s early voting period.
April 24, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that NCR Corp., which has been a manufacturing employer in Columbus since 2009, said Monday that it is closing both of its Columbus plants, as well as another facility in Beijing. More than 1,000 jobs will be lost in Columbus due to the plant closures, with about 360 of those full-time NCR employees and another 679 working at its plants through temporary staffing companies.
April 24, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
K.K. Snyder reports that LaGrange isn’t one of those hidden paradises that locals try to keep quiet lest they be overrun with visitors. In fact, there’s a concerted effort to bring as many tourists to town as possible. From the soon-to-open Great Wolf Lodge to the planned waterfront venue being designed to attract large aquatic events, Troup County has thrown its doors wide open to the world.
April 24, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Southwest Airlines said it canceled about 40 flights Sunday as it inspects engine fan blades in the wake of an engine failure last week that led to one passenger’s death. That’s about 1 percent of Dallas-based Southwest’s daily schedule of nearly 4,000 flights. Southwest is the second-largest carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
April 24, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that the executive conga line continues at UPS, with the Atlanta-based logistics giant promoting Charlene Thomas to president of the West Region. United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) said Monday that Thomas will lead small package operations in eight districts covering 25 states. She succeeds George Willis, who accepted the role of UPS President of U.S. Operations earlier this month, effective May 1.
April 24, 2018 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the water war litigation between Florida and Georgia is expected by June 30. The ruling may follow one of three scenarios – including one the court followed last month in a water ruling that involves three western states.
April 24, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald
Lee Shearer reports that Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center is now back in the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia network, the healthcare company that owns the Athens hospital announced Monday. The insurance company had kicked Piedmont Athens Regional out of its network April 1, after parent Piedmont Healthcare and the insurance company failed to agree on terms for a new contract following months of negotiations.
April 24, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal
Staff reports that Marietta’s Gone with the Wind Museum reopened Monday in its new location in Brumby Hall. The museum houses a collection of memorabilia from the film, including a gown worn during filming by Vivien Leigh, who played Scarlett O’Hara.
April 24, 2018 Albany Herald
Carlton Fletcher reports that what had been regarded primarily as a disagreement between neighboring governing bodies as to what is best for their respective constituents has escalated into an all-out war, as officials in Dougherty County filed a suit in Fulton County Superior Court Thursday challenging the Department of Community Health’s approval of a certificate of need for the planned 60-bed Lee County Medical Center.
April 24, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports that this is your last week to nominate someone for this year’s 40 Under 40. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 27, at 5 p.m. The nominations for Georgia Trend’s annual 40 Under 40 — where we honor 40 of the state’s best and brightest under the age of 40 — are open and rolling in. But it’s not too late to make yours. Whether you know someone who’s making a difference on the national stage or is a mover and shaker in his or her corner of the state, if they are under 40 years old as of Oct. 1, 2018, we want to hear about them.
April 24, 2018 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that John A. Williams would have loved his memorial service. Family and friends gathered Monday at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Buckhead to remember the 75-year-old apartment developer who died on April 16. “He was larger than life, but most of all my father was a builder,” Jay Williams told a full sanctuary. “He built companies – two great ones.”
April 24, 2018 Albany Herald
Terry Lewis reports that as the CEO of Englewood Health Care, it’s not surprising that House District 151 challenger Joyce Barlow’s top priorities are the expansion of Medicaid as she attempts to unseat long-time Republican incumbent Gerald Greene.
April 24, 2018 WABE 90.1
Johnny Kauffman reports that group of cybersecurity specialists, computer scientists, business owners, academics and students are calling on Gov. Nathan Deal to veto a bill that would make “unauthorized computer access” a crime. Frank Rietta is the founder of Rietta Inc., a cybersecurity company in Alpharetta.
April 24, 2018 Gainesville Times
Nick Bowman reports that Casey Cagle let it be known in front of crowds in Gainesville, Jefferson and Hoschton on Monday, April 23: Clearing the Republican gubernatorial primary without a runoff is “mathematically impossible.” Cagle launched a 10-day bus tour from Gainesville on Monday as early voting begins in the Georgia Republican gubernatorial primary.
April 24, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia
Mark Niesse reports that Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp on Monday appointed an 18-member group of election officials, state legislators, political party representatives and voting experts to recommend the state’s next election system. The group, called the Secure, Accessible & Fair Elections (SAFE) Commission, will hold public meetings across Georgia and review options for the state’s voting system, including hand-marked paper ballots and electronic machines with a voter-verified paper trail.
April 23, 2018 Georgia.gov
Gov. Nathan Deal announced Friday that Top Polymer Enterprise, a Chinese manufacturer of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), will create 70 jobs and invest $15 million in a facility in Social Circle. New jobs will include positions in manufacturing and production. The manufacturing plant in Walton County will be Top Polymer’s first facility in the U.S. The first phase of the facility will be approximately 60,000 square feet with three compounding lines.
April 23, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports that there are a couple of things Matt Arthur would like you to know right off the bat about the Technical College System of Georgia. First of all, you can get a terrific education at a very low cost – maybe even free – at one of Georgia’s 22 technical colleges, says Arthur, who became TCSG commissioner in January, succeeding Gretchen Corbin.
April 23, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Anastaciah Ondieki reports that Georgia Power says completion of the two new nuclear units being built in Waynesboro faces skilled labor shortages, despite the project being ahead of its revised schedule. A report filed by the company to the Georgia Public Service Commission ahead of Vogtle construction progress hearings next month identified difficulties in meeting craft labor requirements at the plant as one challenge that could hamper efforts to meet its completion forecast of 2021 and 2022.
April 23, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Douglas Sams reports that Atlanta posted $2.6 billion in office sales lat year, according tot data compiled by Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.
April 23, 2018 LaGrange Daily News
Staff reports that energy equity nonprofit Groundswell announced that LaGrange resident Becca Eiland is joining its team to head up community engagement in Georgia. Eiland will bring with her 20 plus years of strategic marketing and planning experience with major brands such as the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, Nike, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Sweetland Amphitheatre.
April 23, 2018 Augusta Chronicle
Gabi Moore reports that EDTS Cyber announced today that it has been selected by TaxSlayer to handle the tax-preparation software firm’s cybersecurity. The partnership between two Augusta-based technology company leaders will add EDTS Cyber’s “advanced security analytics, threat-hunting services and 24/7 security monitoring and analysis to TaxSlayer’s leading security stack,” according to a news release from EDTS Cyber.
April 23, 2018 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that as administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, former Savannah resident Brock Long is the nation's chief emergency manager. But he wasn't savvy about his own disaster readiness when he first move to an apartment on Wilmington Island in 1999 to take a job with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency as state hurricane planner.
April 23, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Greg Bluestein reports that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s latest ad requires a lot of unpacking. The 30-second spot features heart-tugging images of teary-eyed children clutching at teddy bears and solemnly looking out a window as rain gushes down. The voice-over from the GOP frontrunner for governor highlights one of the more contentious legislative fights over the last two years.
April 20, 2018 WABE 90.1
Emma Hurt reports, Georgia’s state vegetable, the Vidalia onion, is making its way to grocery stores Friday. Vidalia onions can only come from 20 counties in south Georgia. The state actually owns the trademark to the brand. To protect that brand, there are strict rules about where the onions are grown and when they can be packed for shipment.
April 20, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Christy Simo reports that Georgia has set a new international trade record, bringing in $128.6 billion last year, representing trade with 225 different countries and territories. The value of exports reached $37.2 billion last year, while imports hit $91.4 billion.
April 20, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports, after two strong months, Georgia’s economy lost jobs in March. The number of jobs dropped by 7,400 during the month after adding 9,200 in January and 18,300 in February. The unemployment rate, which is calculated from a different, less extensive survey, held steady at 4.4 percent, according to a report issued Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.
April 20, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Gary Witte reports that upgrading Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport would be a lot of work even if it wasn’t host to about 275,000 passengers every day.
April 20, 2018 Savannah Morning News
Eric Curl reports, Modern. Historic. A bit in between. The look of Savannah’s new arena could start taking shape this summer. The city is striving for a 2021 opening and is now seeking a design firm after developing a new master plan for the project site.
April 20, 2018 Brunswick News
Tyler H. Jones reports that Southeast Georgia Health System’s campuses in Glynn and Camden counties contributed to more than $616 million in revenue for state and local economies in 2016, according to a Georgia Hospitals Association study released Wednesday. SGSH, one of area’s largest employers, also supported 1,575 full-time jobs and provided more than $24 million in uncompensated care, according to a press release from the health system dated Tuesday.
April 20, 2018 Georgia State University
Jennifer Rainey Marquez reports that Georgia State University has received two four-year grants totaling nearly $6 million from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for research to identify a therapy that can counteract atherosclerosis, or the buildup of plaque in the arteries, and research to promote the regeneration of damaged vascular tissue after a heart attack or stroke.
April 20, 2018 Kennesaw State University
Paul Floeckher reports that the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on Tuesday approved the appointment of Roger Tutterow as the Henssler Financial Endowed Chair at Kennesaw State University. As the Henssler Financial Endowed Chair, Tutterow, an economics professor and the director of the Econometric Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business, will conduct research, develop and teach courses, mentor students and faculty, and represent and promote the College to the community.
April 20, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day and more than a billion people worldwide will be taking part in celebrations and activities to raise awareness about protecting the planet. Across Georgia, there’s something for everyone this weekend, from parades to festivals to learning opportunities. Come out and enjoy the beauty of the season and the land we live in.
April 20, 2018 Augusta Chronicle
Damon Cline reports, at nearly 300 IT employees, Unisys already is one of the largest private-sector tech firms in Augusta. When it tops out around 700 in 2019, it will be one of the largest employers in downtown, period. In less than three years, Augusta went from being an unknown in the company to housing one of its most important assets.
April 20, 2018 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that President Trump’s new and proposed trade tariffs do not appear to be of concern in metro Atlanta and across the Southeast, though they are causing heartburn in other regions of the country, according to the Federal Reserve’s survey of the economy released Wednesday.
April 20, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal
Ross Williams reports that Democrats have their eyes on state Rep. Ed Setzler, R-Acworth, and his seat in the state House. Salvatore Castellana, owner of several restaurants and transportation manager at TForce, a Dallas, Texas-based transportation company, and Campbell High School music teacher Kyle Rinaudo will face off in the May 22 primary. The winner will have the chance to compete against Setzler in the general election Nov. 6.
April 20, 2018 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that incumbency has its advantages, and that continues to prove true for U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter’s campaign fundraising. He closed out March with more than $1 million on hand and raised more than $162,000 this past quarter ahead of the most spirited Democratic challenge for the Republican’s seat in quite some time.
April 20, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Greg Bluestein reports that Republican David Shafer won the NRA’s endorsement last week. One of his top rivals for Georgia’s No. 2 job wants him to prove he has the sharpshooting skills to back it up. Former state Sen. Rick Jeffares challenged Shafer to a high-stakes shootout on Friday: The winner of the clay shoot stays in the race, while the loser must bow out.
April 19, 2018 Georgia Supreme Court of Georgia
Staff reports that presiding Justice Harold D. Melton has been unanimously elected as the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, succeeding Chief Justice P. Harris
Hines, who plans to retire Aug. 31, 2018. The Court has also unanimously elected Justice David E. Nahmias to become the new
April 19, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann DeMuth reports that at the 24th annual celebration of Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) in Georgia this week, Gov. Nathan Deal named the three 2018 Manufacturers of the Year. Alpharetta-based Metcam, which fabricates sheet metal assemblies and components for OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), received the award for the category of 150 or fewer employees.
April 19, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Matt Kempner reports that Georgia’s new distracted driving rules are confusing and watered down, but they give Georgians a legal excuse not to work in their cars and to ignore calls from bosses and customers. Legislation passed this year by state lawmakers generally outlaws drivers from holding a cell phone or other electronic devices while driving. The hope is it will make traveling in metro Atlanta and the rest of Georgia a little more sane.
April 19, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) will add about 1,000 tech jobs as part of a $11.1 billion three-year strategic investment plan. The expansion positions the Atlanta-based home improvement giant to better defend against a burgeoning Amazon.com Inc. The new hiring will be Atlanta, Austin and Dallas. Atlanta and Austin would see a significant part of the new hiring, with Austin getting as many as 500 new jobs, a Home Depot spokesman told Atlanta Business Chronicle Wednesday.
April 19, 2018 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that as administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, former Savannah resident Brock Long is the nation’s chief emergency manager. But he wasn’t savvy about his own disaster readiness when he first moved to an apartment on Wilmington Island in 1999 to take a job with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency as a state hurricane planner, he told a regional conference of emergency managers Wednesday at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.
April 19, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com
Phil Bolton reports, with “Europe Day” fast approaching, Washington may not be focused on Transatlantic relations, but the same certainly can’t be said of Atlanta. In a blistering denunciation of the current administration and the U.S. Congress’ neglect of a “European strategy,” Dr. Harlan Ullman, a top strategic thinker, distinguished senior fellow and visiting professor at the U.S. Naval War College, charged that “nobody in the administration is interested in Europe.”
April 19, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Chuck Williams reports that Columbus Ledger-Enquirer publisher Rodney Mahone will be leaving his hometown to become president and publisher of The Charlotte Observer in North Carolina, as well as four newspapers in South Carolina — The State in Columbia, The Herald in Rock Hill, and The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette in Hilton Head — McClatchy announced Wednesday afternoon. The company also announced that Columbus native Ross McDuffie will be promoted to General Manager/Vice President of Advertising for Georgia, overseeing operations at the Ledger-Enquirer and Macon Telegraph.
April 19, 2018 Gainesville Times
Joshua Silavent reports that three census tracts spanning major transportation corridors, downtown and other areas in Gainesville were approved this week for a new federal tax benefit designed to spur investment in economically disadvantaged areas. But city officials are still looking into the details of the program that was created as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the $1.5 trillion tax reform legislation enacted late last year.
April 19, 2018 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Delta Air Lines is among the airlines that are expected to raise fares in the coming years to offset the cost of caps on their carbon emissions, according to a report released today by Moody’s Investors Service. Carbon caps are expected to lower operating income from 4 percent to 15 percent by 2025. By 2030, the impact is forecast to be from 7 percent to 35 percent and could reach 68 percent by 2040, according to the report.
April 19, 2018 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Metro Atlanta used to pile up a ton of bad air quality days. They came so often that ‘’Smog Alert’’ popped up as a regular part of summertime conversation. In recent years, though, the American Lung Association reported the air quality in metro Atlanta and Georgia to be improving, in the wake of regulations on emissions from power plants and vehicles.
April 19, 2018 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday appointed Paul Bowers to the Board of Directors of the Georgia Ports Authority. Bowers’ appointment creates a vacancy on the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, which will be filled by Chris Cummiskey. Both appointments are effective immediately.
April 19, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Mark Niesse reports that next month’s primary elections feature races for 20 open seats in the Georgia General Assembly along with challenges to several vulnerable incumbents, potentially shaking up the state’s balance of power. All but one of the 20 seats without an incumbent are currently held by Republicans, creating an opportunity for Democrats to make inroads in the Georgia House and Senate.
April 18, 2018 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that the pressure from Gov. Nathan Deal evidently worked. Deal announced Tuesday afternoon that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare had reached a “handshake” agreement on a new contract. The accord thus met his deadline of close of business Tuesday, after which the state would have been forced, in his words, “to initiate executive action.”
April 18, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Jeffrey Humphries reports, Georgia is on the minds of those looking to locate a business, find employment and create a life. The growth rate is holding steady; new jobs are plentiful; the state’s population is swelling with young, educated workers; and our economy promises to outpace the nation’s. This refrain is evident in economic, demographic and social research conducted by the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.
April 18, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that a suit filed in federal court against Home Depot charges that the hardware giant permitted mismanagement of retirement funds affecting more than 200,000 people and costing their accounts at least $140 million. The complaint against the $100 billion-a-year, Atlanta-based company was filed last week in U.S. District Court in Atlanta by attorneys for Jaime Pizarro and Craig Smith.
April 18, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that the Atlanta Housing Authority will work in a public-private partnership with developer McCormick Baron Salazar "to create an amenity rich 239-unit mixed-use, mixed-income residential community."
April 18, 2018 University System of Georgia
Staff reports that University System of Georgia (USG) students will pay the same tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year as the current 2017-2018 academic year, after the Board of Regents set annual tuition rates today for all 26 colleges and universities at a zero percent increase. “We are grateful to Gov. Nathan Deal and the General Assembly for their consistent support of public higher education in Georgia,” Chancellor Steve Wrigley said.
April 18, 2018 WABE 90.1
Martha Dalton reports that Georgia State University has used predictive analytics to increase its graduation rates for undergraduate students. The school has identified 800 risk factors and tracks students using those data points. For example, if a student fails a quiz or registers for the wrong course, an adviser steps in and helps him out. The system has helped more students graduate in less time. Now, the university plans to develop a similar system to help more GSU law school students pass the bar exam.
April 18, 2018 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that it is the conflict that defines Jekyll Island’s modern existence — how many people can enjoy what the state park offers without that traffic causing problems for future visitors, residents, the environment and everything else that makes Jekyll what it is? That is one of the goals sought by Sand County Studios, which the Jekyll Island Authority brought in to conduct a comprehensive carrying capacity and infrastructure assessment. Jim Sipes of Sand County Studios spoke to the JIA board Tuesday morning.
April 18, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that George Berkow sees a changing landscape in the residential development market, and he said that’s one of the reasons why he was drawn to Lawrenceville. The developer is working with the city and the Novare Group on the 37-acre, $200 million South Lawn mixed use redevelopment that will stretch from the Lawrenceville Lawn to City Hall and Scenic Highway when its complete.
April 18, 2018 Augusta Chronicle
Damon Cline reports that the lifespan of a corporate office, TaxSlayer’s five-year old mid-rise headquarters in Evans is practically still in diapers. But a nice newish building in the middle of suburbia isn’t the type of place many tech workers want to spend their days, or their evenings. And that’s one of the reasons the homegrown tax-preparation software firm has bought the building at 945 Broad St.
April 18, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Staff reports that May 22, voters across metro Atlanta and Georgia will cast ballots in the Republican and Democratic primaries, nonpartisan and special elections. Voters who want to beat the crowd on Election Day can vote early beginning on April 30. The most prominent election on May 22 will be for governor. The Democrats and Republicans have contested primaries to choose nominees to replace Gov. Nathan Deal, who is not on the ballot.
April 17, 2018 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday announced that the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have approved all of Georgia’s nominations for Qualified Opportunity Zones. The Qualified Opportunity Zone distinction was created by The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to spur economic growth in low-income communities by allowing investors to defer federal taxes by taking capital gains from other investments and investing in these designated areas.
April 17, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Kenna Simmons reports that for years, leaders in the Atlanta area south of I-20 have wondered why the bulk of attention – and economic development activity – went north instead of south. After all, the south metro area has a list of advantages: it’s nearest to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the engine that makes the region run. Housing is less expensive, and land is available for commercial development.
April 17, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that home sales last month in metro Atlanta dropped more than 10 percent from a year ago, according to a report from the Atlanta Realtors Association. Despite continued growth in the economy, the usual surge of March home sales fell 549 short of the level reached during the same month of 2017, the report concluded, using data for an 11-county area compiled by First Multiple Listing Service.
April 17, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that a new joint venture created by two global tire makers will locate its headquarters in Atlanta — an emerging auto industry and logistics hub. TireHub, a tire distribution joint venture between The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (Nasdaq:GT) and Bridgestone Americas Inc., will provide U.S. tire dealers and retailers with passenger and light truck tires. TireHub will focus on meeting the burgeoning demand for larger rim diameter premium tires.
April 17, 2018 Emory University
Lisa Newbern reports that Emory University’s Yerkes National Primate Research Center and Brain Health Center have received a five-year, $12.7 million National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) grant to continue innovative research on oxytocin, a brain chemical known for establishing mother-infant bonds, at the University’s Silvio O. Conte Center for Oxytocin and Social Cognition.
April 17, 2018 MetroAtlanta CEO
Staff reports that at a luncheon held Thursday, Gov. Nathan Deal named three of Georgia’s leading companies as the 2018 Manufacturers of the Year. Pratt & Whitney in Columbus, Ga., won in the category of 500 or more employees; NIBCO in Greensboro, Ga., won in the category of 150-500 employees; and, Alpharetta-based Metcam won in the category of 150 or fewer employees.
April 17, 2018 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that John A. Williams, one of Atlanta’s most energetic developers, passed away unexpectedly Monday – leaving a big hole for many of us. Williams founded Post Properties, a company he started in 1970 and ran until 2003, when a divided board led to his departure from the company. That was a painful time in his life, a time when Williams felt he had been betrayed by some of his closest friends. But Williams was not one to wallow.
April 17, 2018 Augusta Chronicle
Damon Cline reports that, true to Rural Sourcing Inc.’s company name, you won’t find its employees working in San Francisco, Seattle, Boston or any other well-known tech mecca. But you can find them writing code just off Main Street in Jonesboro, Ark. And you can find them in Augusta at Enterprise Mill, where 100 casually dressed RSI developers create custom software applications in space that just a generation ago housed textile machines that noisily churned out fabric.
April 17, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick writes, who do you think is the state’s most effective lawyer? Now through Friday, July 13, 2016, you can tell us. Georgia Trend magazine’s annual Legal Elite listing will highlight the state’s most effective lawyers in 16 different practice areas. The list of the state’s Legal Elite, as chosen by their peers, will appear in the December 2018 issue. Any attorney who lives and works in Georgia and is a member of the Georgia bar is eligible to nominate a peer.
April 17, 2018 WSB Radio
Sandra Parrish reports that Gov. Nathan Deal issued an ultimatum to Blue Cross Blue Shield and Piedmont Healthcare to reach an agreement by close of business Tuesday or he will take executive action. Deal called the two sides to meeting at the state Capitol early Monday morning to update the progress in their negotiations. That meeting apparently did not go well after Deal’s office issued a tweet with the ultimatum. The impasse has left 600,000 state and university system employees in limbo since April 1.
April 17, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Greg Bluestein reports that Planned Parenthood endorsed Stacey Abrams in the race for governor Monday, giving the former House Democratic leader a powerful new ally while dashing her rival’s hopes that the abortion rights group would stay neutral in the contest. Staci Fox, the president of Planned Parenthood Southeast, said Abrams was an “unwavering champion for reproductive health and rights” and said the organization backed her over former state Rep. Stacey Evans after “the most thorough” process in its history.
April 16, 2018 WABE 90.1
Martha Dalton reports that half of the country’s population growth since 1970 has occurred in the South, according to the 2018 State of the South report. The study also shows economic growth in the region may stagnate if leaders don’t increase school spending. The report examines educational outcomes in 13 states, including Georgia.
April 16, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Anna Bentley reports, "I look at Tech Square as being the heart of innovation and technology in the state of Georgia,” says Jennifer Bonnett, “and ATDC is that heartbeat.” Bonnett, the Advanced Technology Development Center’s general manager, leads the technology incubator’s programs across the state. Part of Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute, ATDC is the state’s oldest technology incubator, welcoming its first startup in 1981.
April 16, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that Cathy Janelle loves renting. She and her dog, Bella, live in Alpharetta, where she gratefully surrendered the responsibility she had in years past as a homeowner. “If anything minor goes wrong, I call the office and before I hang up the phone, maintenance is at my door,” she said. “And there are so many amenities. Everybody should live here.”
April 16, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Terminus has raised $20 million in venture capital and is reportedly valued at about $100 million. The company has leased 42,000 square feet — or two floors — and will be the largest tenant in Tower Place 100.
April 16, 2018 Brunswick News
Taylor Cooper reports that the possibility of using the a Superfund site off Ross Road as a solar farm is on the agenda for the Glynn County Commission’s Tuesday special called meeting. A number of industrial facilities called the site home from 1919 to 1994, including the oil refining Atlantic Richfield Company, Georgia Power and LCP Chemicals, which purchased a chlor-alkali plant on the site in 1979 and also produced hydrochloric acid, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
April 16, 2018 GPB
Rickey Bevington and Stephen Fowler report that a bill that passed just hours before the end of this year’s legislative session is creating conflict for some residents of Henry County. If Governor Nathan Deal signs it, voters could create the new city of Eagles Landing, and with it, their own government, tax base and services.
April 16, 2018 Augusta Chronicle
Damon Cline reports, so you made a few hundred – or thousand – extra bucks this month renting your home, your yard or yourself to Masters Tournament patrons. Good for you. Those tax-free earnings will come in handy this spring and summer when you gas up those F-150s and Yukons.
April 16, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports that the nominations for Georgia Trend’s annual 40 Under 40 — where we honor 40 of the state’s best and brightest under the age of 40 — are open and rolling in. But it’s not too late to make yours. Whether you know someone who’s making a difference on the national stage or is a mover and shaker in his or her corner of the state, if they are under 40 years old as of Oct. 1, 2018, we want to hear about them.
April 16, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Douglas Sam reports that, often, metro Atlanta developers look for sites in exurban and rural areas to build warehouses, as the land is plentiful and cheap. But, as retailers move e-commerce centers closer to the urban core, developers are scouting for projects with greater density.
April 16, 2018 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Gov. Nathan Deal has spurred a buzz on Twitter with his call for a meeting Monday with Piedmont Healthcare and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield to resolve a breakdown in negotiations that has left thousands of patients out of network for care. Responses to the governor’s Tweet were swift and some were related to the contract dispute.
April 16, 2018 Albany Herald
Staff reports that Congressman Austin Scott, R-Georgia, a Member of the House Agriculture Committee and chairman of the Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit, released a statement Sunday upon completion of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the “farm bill.” “For the last three years, members of the Agriculture Committee have been working around the clock to craft a farm bill that meets the unique needs of our agriculture sector and rural America,” Scott said.
April 16, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal has a string of high-stakes meetings this week that starts Monday with a sit-down between deadlocked healthcare officials and continues in New York on Tuesday in meetings with analysts over Georgia’s AAA bond rating. The governor will meet early Monday with leaders from Piedmont Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia to try to break an impasse after a contract between the two ended on Easter Sunday, leaving droves of Piedmont patients to pay out-of-network costs for their current doctors.
April 13, 2018 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced yesterday that Taurus USA, a leading firearms manufacturer, will create 300 jobs and invest more than $22.5 million in infrastructure and operations to establish a firearms manufacturing plant in Bainbridge. “Georgia’s strong manufacturing sector and business-friendly climate continue to attract industry-leading manufacturers like Taurus USA to our state,” said Deal.
April 13, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Amy Bonesteel, Mary Ann DeMuth and Emma N. Hurt report, for communities throughout the state, the realization that something needs to be done to address an issue is often followed by the recognition that the resources to get it done aren’t available locally. That’s where the University of Georgia’s (UGA’s) Public Service and Outreach (PSO) division can help.
April 13, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Anastaciah Ondieki reports that growing corporate demand for renewable energy in Georgia is contributing to growth in the state’s solar industry, as major companies turn to cost-effective, carbon-free energy options to meet their energy needs. To meet the demand, Georgia Power has launched an initiative to supply solar power directly to commercial and industrial customers in the state through the Commercial & Industrial Renewable Energy Development Initiative (C&I REDI) approved last year by the state.
April 13, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that known as "General Time," the project will include a 3,000-seat music venue, residential and retail along with a Terrapin Beer Co. warehouse.
April 13, 2018 Georgia Southern University
Staff reports that Georgia Southern University’s latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor, which analyzes data and identifies trends affecting the regional economy, reports that the Savannah metro economy closed out 2017 with moderate growth, while still feeling some of the effects of Hurricane Irma on employment and energy use (electricity sales). Exceptional strength in port activity, along with increased retail sales activity and tourism, lifted the regional economy.
April 13, 2018 Savannah Morning News
DeAnn Komenecky reports that Georgia Ports continue to set records in growth with numbers released by the Port Authority on Thursday. Container trade set a new record in Savannah for the fiscal year to date, July to March, growing by 9 percent, with 255,786 additional units for a total of 3.08 million.
April 13, 2018 Cartersville Daily Tribune News
James Swift reports that Dallas-headquartered wholesaler and designer of rugs and other home furnishings has announced it intends to open a new distribution center in northeastern Bartow County. The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) issued a press release Thursday stating that Loloi, Inc. is planning to construct a 647,000-square-foot facility that will sit on 59 acres of land along Old Cass White Road.
April 13, 2018 WABE 90.1
Emma Hurt reports that President Donald Trump signed an executive order this week asking federal agencies to strengthen work requirements for people on welfare programs, like food stamps. Georgia might already have that covered. The state has had work requirements for what it calls “able-bodied adults without dependents” to get food stamps since 2016.
April 13, 2018 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that state health officials said Thursday that they believe Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare — which are deadlocked without a new contract — have moved closer to agreement on reimbursement rates. But Department of Community Health leaders say other issues have emerged as important obstacles to striking a deal.
April 13, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Greg Bluestein reports that the National Rifle Association endorsed Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s campaign for Georgia governor, weeks after he promised to “kill” any legislation that would benefit Delta Air Lines when it cut ties with the gun rights group. The endorsement Thursday was no surprise – the group publicly thanked Cagle for his support in February – but it comes after another contender, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, wrote an open letter urging the NRA to stay neutral in the crowded race.
April 12, 2018 Macon Telegraph
Wayne Crenshaw reports that although the start of peach season will be slow, Middle Georgia growers are expecting a bumper crop this summer. After getting plentiful chill hours this winter for the first time in three years, growers have emerged from the spring freeze threat with the crop largely intact.
April 12, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Susan Percy writes, throughout Atlanta, high-density housing seems to be going up on every other block. I find myself wondering if the new residents will ever be able to get out of their driveways onto the already-crowded streets. A lot of the new construction seems soulless and uninviting – efficient from the developer’s perspective, but not particularly welcoming for residents.
April 12, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports, with Hartsfield-Jackson’s general manager among the city of Atlanta leaders submitting their resignations after the mayor asked all cabinet members to do so, the future for the leadership of the world’s busiest airport remains in the balance. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms had already launched a search for the position of general manager of the Atlanta airport and several other cabinet positions shortly after taking office in January.
April 12, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David A. Mann reports that United Parcel Service Inc. has yet another labor fight on its hands. Earlier this week, the company was sued by International Brotherhood of Teamsters local 2727, which represents aircraft mechanics, in a case related to a contract dispute. In the lawsuit, the Teamsters allege that UPS (NYSE: UPS) unilaterally and unlawfully changed the scope of work of their labor contract by deferring some aircraft maintenance work to third-party heavy-maintenance vendors.
April 12, 2018 Lagrange News
Daniel Evans reports that Tuesday’s Early Bird Breakfast focused on Great Wolf Lodge, which will open earlier than previously reported. The lodge will hold a soft opening starting May 7, according to general manager Keith Furnas. Furnas was the guest speaker at the breakfast, which is hosted monthly at Del’avant by the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce.
April 12, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports, Atlanta is no stranger to hosting European diplomats, but the arrival this week of Latvia’s ambassador in the U.S. illustrates just how key the city has become in the Baltic nation’s larger outreach to the United States. On the surface, the economic center of the Southeast U.S. may not seem to have much in common with a nation of 2 million sitting in the geographic middle of three Baltic states bordering Russia.
April 12, 2018 Albany Herald
Staff reports that officials with the Dougherty County government applauded on Wednesday the announcement by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development stating that Georgia will receive $64.9 million in community development block grant for disaster recovery. Dougherty County Commission Chairman Chris Cohilas reacted to the announcement by first offering thanks to the Albany, state and federal officials who coordinated the efforts to achieve this award.
April 12, 2018 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that two professors at Emory University were awarded 2018 Guggenheim Fellowships, granting them entry into a world in which past fellows continue to provide work featured at galleries and museums, and even on a TV show about poetry that’s affiliated with Harvard University.
April 12, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, Valdosta, just off I-75 in South Georgia, has a lot to offer tourists, visitors or folks who need to stretch their legs (and fill their stomachs) as they travel up and down the interstate. Explore the downtown area and check out Steel Magnolias restaurant for fabulous rooftop dining and a lovely view of the city.
April 12, 2018 WABE 90.1
Emma Hurt reports that the Federal Aviation Administration is holding public hearings about the proposed spaceport in Camden County this week. It has been over two years since the first public meeting, and the agency is now seeking comments on the findings of its recent environmental impact statement.
April 12, 2018 Savannah Morning News
Eric Curl reports that Savannah had a better year, financially, than expected, according to city officials. Now, the city is planning on providing $2 million in funding needed to complete the new Cultural Arts Center, paying for security upgrades following a recent computer malware attack, and covering the full costs of a 3-percent performance-based pay increases for employees, after recently closing out the 2017 budget with a $10 million surplus.
April 12, 2018 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Piedmont Healthcare isn’t the only entity battling Georgia’s biggest health insurer over reimbursement rates. Companies that supply medical equipment to home care patients say they have seen double-digit percentage rate reductions from the insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia. MRS Homecare, based in Albany, says it faces a 17 percent to 33 percent pay reduction for home oxygen and sleep apnea equipment from Blue Cross.
April 12, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Tamar Hallerman reports that Georgia Republicans on Wednesday were non-committal about who they would back to replace House Speaker Paul Ryan in the hours after the Wisconsinite announced he would retire at the end of 2018. The news didn’t exactly take anybody by surprise – rumors had been circulating for months that the 20-year Capitol Hill veteran was thinking about leaving Congress – but the timing did. Ryan said at a press conference earlier in the day that he wanted to spend more time with his family.
April 11, 2018 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced April 10 that Perdue Farms will create 125 new jobs and invest $42 million to expand its cooking operation in Houston County. Perdue Farms’ cooking operation in Perry produces a variety of frozen, cooked chicken products for consumers and restaurants. “Perdue Farms’ contributions to our poultry industry span more than a decade and continue to drive the growth of agribusiness in Middle Georgia,” said Deal.
April 11, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Kerwin Swint writes, everyone by now knows that Georgia is one of the top locations in the world for movie and TV production. In fact, in 2016 the state was No. 1 in terms of the overall number of productions. That’s great. But how did this happen? Two words: tax incentives.
April 11, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that despite the special pain you feel as you write out the check to the Internal Revenue Service this year, you can console yourself – at least a little – with the knowledge that the tax burden you bear for being in Georgia is less onerous than the weight you’d carry in most other states, according to a ranking released this week by WalletHub.
April 11, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that Alex Membrillo, founder of Cardinal Digital Marketing, says he is concerned Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle's statements after Delta in late February ended discounts to NRA members have harmed Atlanta's chances of winning Amazon's coveted second headquarters.
April 11, 2018 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Atlanta’s airport is built on the site of a former car racetrack. The airport again has a link to fast cars – a cargo company that’s poised to sign a five-year airport lease is a sponsor of the global effort to build a car that is to smash the 1,000 mph land speed barrier. CargoLogicAir is the cargo airline partner of Bloodhound SSC. Bloodhound was established to set the world record for land speed at 1,000 mph.
April 11, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. employees this week helped lay foundations and brick walls for six homes with Chinese families in a village 85 miles outside Guangzhou, the latest sign of the airline’s deepening ties with China ahead of a new nonstop flight from Atlanta in July.
April 11, 2018 Savannah Morning News
Staff reports that Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. will debut two new jets at China’s Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport next week during the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition, the company announced this week. The newest jets, the Gulfstream G500 and Gulfstream G600 will join the fleet display along with the flagship Gulfstream G650ER, the Gulfstream G550 and the super mid-size Gulfstream G280.
April 11, 2018 Augusta Chronicle
Sarah LeBlanc reports thata visitors and residents might have noticed a new sign pop up along River Watch Parkway during Masters Week touting a section of the Village at Riverwatch as the new home of WRDW-TV. The CBS affiliate, owned by Atlanta-based Gray Communications, acquired the 5.4-acre tract off Cabela Drive in February for $1.1 million, according to Richmond County property records.
April 11, 2018 WABE 90.1
Patrice Worthy reports, “We’re bringing Basquiat to the southside of Atlanta,” says an excited Tyree Smith, founder of the inaugural ARTlanta Fair taking place Thursday to Sunday at Fort McPherson. Smith — who sits on several art boards such as the MARTA En Route Art Council, serves as VP chair of the Fort Mac Public Art Council and, most recently, was a jury panelist for Art on the BeltLine — decided to create ARTlanta when he noticed a renaissance taking place similar to what happened in Harlem in the 1920s and New York City in the ’80s.
April 11, 2018 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that people who fish off the Jekyll Island Pier and the fish and other sea creatures who make their home beneath the waves both got a little help when the state Department of Natural Resources finished a project to enhance the artificial reef near the pier recently with rubble donated by the city of Brunswick. According to the DNR Coastal Resources Division, that area of the northwest corner of Jekyll was established as a fish habitat 34 years ago, and the new materials deposited there “will become colonized with barnacles, oysters and other marine life, creating shelter and feeding opportunities for small invertebrates and fishes that attract sheepshead, spotted seatrout and red drum.”
April 11, 2018 Georgia State University
Ann Claycombe reports that Georgia State University’s Gerontology Institute has received $1.6 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Georgia State Survey Agency for a three-year training and development project to improve the state’s nursing homes.
April 11, 2018 Albany Herald
Staff reports that Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany generated a total economic impact of more than $1.1 billion on $490 million in direct expenditures, data show. The hospital supported 6,623 full-time jobs in the Dougherty County area and across the state. GHA, the state’s largest hospital trade association, said that during the same period, the health system supported 8,019 full-time jobs in addition to the more than 4,300 people employed by Phoebe.
April 11, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Jim Galloway reports that Georgia Republicans with November ambitions have just escaped one come-to-Jesus moment. Another is riding close on its heels — and the two situations have much in common. The “red-state” revolts over teacher pay in West Virginia and Oklahoma make it hard to overstate the importance of Gov. Nathan Deal’s recent decision to restore state spending on education to a pre-Great Recession level.
April 10, 2018 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for March totaled nearly $1.56 billion, for a decrease of $8.2 million, or -0.5 percent, compared to last year when net tax collections totaled almost $1.57 billion. Year-to-date, net tax collections totaled $16.66 billion, for an increase of $860.6 million, or 5.4 percent, compared to March 2017, when net tax revenues totaled $15.8 billion nine months into the fiscal year.
April 10, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Dunkin reports, scientists, economists and sci-fi buffs alike have long predicted the arrival of robots – a day when smart machines would come to take our jobs and replace human touch and individuality with impersonal, cold technology. In hospital operating rooms throughout Georgia, the robots have arrived.
April 10, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that a global ranking of airlines released Monday confirmed that Hartsfield-Jackson International remains the world’s busiest airport, in spite of a slight decline in passengers. Airports Council International’s ranking of the busiest airports measured by flights and passenger counts kept the Atlanta airport in the No. 1 spot with 103.9 million passengers in 2017, down 0.3 percent from the previous year.
April 10, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that software firm BetterCloud plans to add 100 jobs over the next couple years and double its 18,000 square foot software development office in Buckhead.
April 10, 2018 Georgia Southern University
Staff reports that Georgia Southern University’s latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor, which analyzes data and identifies trends affecting the regional economy, reports that the Savannah metro economy closed out 2017 with moderate growth, while still feeling some of the effects of Hurricane Irma on employment and energy use (electricity sales). Exceptional strength in port activity, along with increased retail sales activity and tourism, lifted the regional economy.
April 10, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald
Lee Shearer reports that legalizing medical marijuana appears to lead to less prescription opioid use, and could help curb the national opioid epidemic, a University of Georgia research study finds. UGA researchers studying Medicare records found that states that had legalized marijuana dispensaries saw a 14.4 percent drop in the use of prescription opioids among Medicare Part D patients between 2010 and 2015.
April 10, 2018 WABE 90.1
Ross Terrell reports that Atlanta city officials announced a new job-training program Monday aimed at incarcerated fathers. Nonviolent offenders in Atlanta’s Department of Corrections who have kids will now have the chance to undergo job training and start working while still in jail. Atlanta Chief of Corrections Patrick Labat said rebuilding families is what inspired the program.
April 10, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal
Jon Gargis reports that an estimated $100 million mixed-use development with apartments, hotel rooms, retail and office space is being proposed for 8.7 acres in Smyrna across Interstate 285 from Cumberland Mall, but the project is facing trouble getting approval from city officials. Atlanta-based Westplan Investors Acquisitions LLC is petitioning the city for the go-ahead to put a four-building development at 2800 and 2810 Spring Road, between Cobb Parkway and Cumberland Boulevard.
April 10, 2018 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that Glynn County’s Superfund sites, the Brunswick Wood Preserving site receives less attention than other higher-profile areas like LCP Chemicals and the Terry Creek outfall. However, that could be changing, because as one expert states, what was supposed to be working is not. “Brunswick Wood is in a very interesting position,” Peter deFur, a former environmental professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and long-time community advisor regarding Superfund sites, said Thursday. “Of course, they completed the main work on that a long time ago, and as a result of that, every five years they are required to do a review of the remedy — did it work, is it still working, is everything all good, is everything still in place? And the answer is no.”
April 10, 2018 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that more than 200 Georgia companies have pledged to contribute resources to help meet community needs through the recently formed initiative, goBeyondProfit. For one Roswell company, their gift is helping to maintain Arlington National Cemetery. For 15 years, Navy veteran Edward Klaas and his company, Southern Sprinklers, have paid the expenses of almost the entire staff and family to be part of the cemetery’s upkeep, a weeklong effort that is sponsored by the National Association of Landscape Professionals.
April 10, 2018 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that the way some property owners on Little Cumberland Island see it, they’re being redefined right off their land. Last month the Federal Aviation Administration released a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Spaceport Camden that calls Little Cumberland’s full and part-time residents “authorized persons” who may remain on the island during the dozen annual planned rocket launches from the launch pad about five miles away.
April 10, 2018 Rome News-Tribune
Doug Walker reports that Georgia is turning dirt all the way from Murray County in the mountains to Chatham County on the coast in an effort to mine additional business and jobs for the state. Construction crews are laboring to get the Appalachian Regional Port — a rail shipping hub — north of Chatsworth on line while crews are continuing to dredge the Savannah River to give better access for mammoth new freight ships.
April 10, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Greg Bluestein reports that the fight over the HOPE scholarship has been one of the deepest undercurrents of the Democratic race for governor. And in a recent forum, it was in the middle of the sharpest clash yet between former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and ex-state Rep. Stacey Evans.
April 9, 2018 WABE 90.1
Johnny Kauffman reports that Georgia is in line for more than $10 million in federal funds to help with election security as part of a spending bill recently passed by Congress, but voters statewide are still set to cast ballots during the 2018 midterms on ageing equipment labeled vulnerable. The direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting machines used in Georgia since 2002 have no paper trail allowing voters to check their choices are recorded accurately.
April 9, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann DeMuth reportsa that University of Georgia’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development recently announced the winners of its annual Flavor of Georgia Contest, which provides state food businesses with a chance to showcase their products. A team of grocery buyers and food industry experts rated more than 125 products on criteria including flavor, market potential, innovation and use of the Georgia theme. This year’s grand prize winner is Goodson Pecans of Leesburg for its Honey Cinnamon Pecan Butter.
April 9, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Anastaciah Ondieki reports that Metro Atlanta added 500 new jobs in the solar industry in 2017, despite a nationwide tank in the solar market fueled by low sales and anxiety related to a trade dispute involving Chinese products. The state solar job growth stood at 10 percent, continuing a three-year streak. Newly released data from the Solar Foundation shows Georgia now ranks 15th nationwide in solar energy generation, with a total of 4,310 jobs.
April 9, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Douglas Sams reports that Chairman and CEO Luther Randall said the neighborhood around the headquarters started to boom just after the 1996 Olympics, and its popularity only grew during the current development cycle.
April 9, 2018 Georgia Health News, WABE 90.1
Elly Yu reports that a lot of us have probably been to the hospital emergency room: For a broken bone, an asthma attack, the flu. Chances are, it wasn’t the best experience. But that experience can be much worse if you step into the ER with a mental health emergency. And yet, Georgia’s emergency rooms are where patients often go during a mental health crisis – and at times, patients can be stuck there for days waiting for a space at a psychiatric facility to open up.
April 9, 2018 Cartersville Daily Tribune
James Swift reports that Cartersville-based H&H Realty LLC has announced plans for a new industrial park in Bartow's northeast quadrant. "It's a project we're calling ICP, which stands for Interstate Commerce Park," said H&H broker Mark Harris. "We're going to be developing 62 acres and building six different buildings totaling around 380,000 square feet."
April 9, 2018 Savannah Morning News
Zach Dennis reports that everyone could use a long weekend and according to Women’s Health, one of the best spots to enjoy a weekend getaway with your loved one is Savannah. Other cities on the list include: Boston, Mass.; Catskills, N.Y.; Providence, R.I.; Charleston S.C.; Alexandria, Va.; Black Hills, S.D.; and Chicago, Ill.
April 9, 2018 Gainesville Times
Joshua Silavent reports that state lawmakers allocated $15 million to upgrade aging school bus fleets in public school districts across Georgia when it passed its 2019 fiscal year budget last month, but the money is not nearly enough to serve the needs of the Hall County and Gainesville school systems. “While I am always thankful for any funding, the state allotment will mean approximately two buses for Hall County,” Superintendent Will Schofield said. Hall County Schools currently operates 400 buses.
April 9, 2018 Albany Herald
Terry Neal reports that after more than a decade of education austerity cuts, which resulted in lost class days and teacher and staff furloughs, Gov. Nathan Deal late last month announced an increase in the Fiscal Year 2019 state revenue estimate by more than $194 million over initial projections, bringing the new revenue estimate to more than $26.2 billion.
April 9, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports, this summer, children ages 6-12 have great opportunities to stay busy and explore the outdoors through Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites Junior Ranger program. Three levels of Junior Ranger badges can be earned at single-day and multi-day camps in several of the state parks, including: D. Roosevelt, Pine Mountain; Florence Marina, Omaha; Skidaway Island, Savannah; Smithgall Woods, Helen; Tallulah Gorge, Tallulah Falls; Red Top Mountain, Acworth; Fort Mountain, Chatsworth; Indian Springs, Flovilla. Activities include identifying trees and wildlife, hiking, swimming, learning about history and camping.
April 9, 2018 Augusta Chronicle
Damon Cline reports that Mike Popplewell had no idea he’d be running a private probation company – let alone Georgia’s largest – when he took job as a rank-and-file state probation officer nearly four decades ago. His CSRA Probation Services, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, now has more than 150 employees at 33 offices around the state. The 60-year-old south Augusta-reared businessman also has become something of a consultant to the growing national industry, which supervises misdemeanor probationers for courts in nearly a dozen states.
April 9, 2018 Saporta Report
Caitlin Daugherty Kokenes writes, recent events such as the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February and similar occurrences across the country have brought to light the importance of school safety and student mental health. As students, parents, administrators, and others search for ways to ensure that schools are safe places, some may be surprised to know that Georgia is a leader among states when it comes to making a concentrated effort to address and improve school climate – a term used to refer to the quality of student and staff life at schools, including the level of school safety.
April 9, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Jeremy Redmon reports that Ethan Pham fled Vietnam with his family after his father was imprisoned there for 10 years for fighting on the side of U.S. troops against the Communists. He and his wife now run a law firm in Norcross. Kevin Abel of Sandy Springs immigrated here from South Africa as a teenager with his family, leaving behind the ugliness of apartheid and seeking better opportunities in America. He and his wife started an Atlanta technology consulting company.
April 6, 2018 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Georgia is one of 13 states receiving the highest mark from the National Safety Council for taking comprehensive actions to eliminate opioid overdoses and help protect residents. The state rose from a “failing’’ designation in 2016 to “improving’’ in the new report on the opioid crisis, released this week in conjunction with National Rx Drug and Heroin Summit, held in Atlanta.
April 6, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Ben Young writes, every few years it’s important to take stock of sustainability trends. With this month’s annual Earth Day recognitions across the country, I imagine there will be a lot of attention on the efforts of an administration dedicated to rolling back environmental regulations at a time when extreme weather and climate events demonstrate they are needed.
April 6, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines said a cyber security breach involving an online chat service “potentially exposed several hundred thousand customers.” Atlanta-based Delta disclosed the estimate on a web page at delta.com/response it rolled out Thursday on the cyber incident for customers.
April 6, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Jessica Saunders reports that the city of College Park is launching a $500 million-plus mixed-use development on 320 acres, representing a major step in the region’s “Aerotropolis” vision of development around Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
April 6, 2018 Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Thomas Hartwell reports that an application for a high-density development in downtown Woodstock, to include two 7-story towers on Main and Market Streets, has been submitted for public hearing and will be heard at the planning commission meeting tomorrow night. The project is being called Main to Market. “If approved as requested, the two buildings proposed at seven stories each would be the tallest in the city,” Brantley Day, Woodstock’s director of community development, said in an email on Wednesday.
April 6, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post
Isabel Hughes reports that the Northeast Georgia Medical Center has a reason to celebrate. For the fourth consecutive year, the hospital has earned the Women’s Choice Award as one of Georgia’s best hospitals, which recognized the center for its offerings of bariatric surgery, heart care, cancer care, obstetrics, orthopedics and patient experience.
April 6, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald
Lee Shearer reports that a prominent Atlanta couple, Alston D. “Pete” Correll Jr. and wife Ada Lee Correll, will donate $5 million to endow a need-based scholarship program at the University of Georgia. The gift will start the “Correll Scholars Program,” providing recipients an annual scholarship of $7,000, renewable for up to four years, and other benefits, the university announced Thursday.
April 6, 2018 Emory University
Staff reports that two Emory University professors have been awarded 2018 Guggenheim Fellowships, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced Thursday. Carol Anderson, a historian and Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies, won a fellowship in constitutional studies. C. Jean Campbell, a professor of late medieval and Renaissance art history, won a fellowship in fine arts research. Both scholars are based in Emory College of Arts and Sciences.
April 6, 2018 Georgia Tech
Laura Diamond reports that Rosa Parks launched a seminal moment in the civil rights movement through a single act of courage. Her strength motivated many to follow in her footsteps and now her presence, through a new sculpture on Georgia Tech’s campus, will inspire generations to come. The unveiling of the Rosa Parks installation took place April 5, the day after the nation observed the 50th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.
April 6, 2018 Metro Atlanta CEO
Staff reports that Georgia Power released its total charitable giving impact for 2017, including more than $21 million total invested by the company, The Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. and employees in Georgia communities and non-profit organizations throughout the year. Last year alone, 6,000 Georgia Power employees and retirees donated their time to help their neighbors and improve the quality of life in their communities by completing more than 147,000 volunteer hours.
April 6, 2018 Rome News-Tribune
Consultant: Retailers not aware that Rome is still a regional draw, Kmart site getting a lot of interest
Staff reports that retail recruitment consultant Chuck Branch is convinced from just under a year's worth of work on behalf of the city of Rome that a lot of retailers are not aware of the city’s real market size. "Rome draws from most of Northwest Georgia and over into Alabama,” Branch told city commissioners during the second day of their two-day retreat.
April 6, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Greg Bluestein reports that Democrat Stacey Evans launched the first in a series of TV spots on Friday that invoked her fraught childhood and pledged she would “finish the job” in restoring awards to the HOPE scholarship if elected governor. The four top Republican candidates for governor have unleashed waves of TV ads and reserved more than $6 million in airtime. But the ad from Evans, a former state lawmaker, was the first from either of the two Democrats running for the state’s top job.
April 5, 2018 WABE 90.1
Tasnim Shamma reports that more of rural Georgia may now be a step closer to getting better Internet access. The Achieving Connectivity Everywhere Act (SB 402) passed the Senate on March 29 and is now awaiting Governor Nathan Deal’s signature. The biggest roadblock to connecting rural areas, however, is still funding.
April 5, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, you can’t be a tourist in Savannah without planning on some serious eating – including the area’s signature crab stew. And April’s a great month to visit, in fact, Town & Country magazine named it one of the 10 Best Places to Go in April. So, if you’re headed to this historic spot, pack your big-lunch pants and enjoy the delicious flavors on offer. Don’t worry too much about the calories, though. If you’re in the historic disctrict, you’ll probably walk most of them off.
April 5, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Candace Dantes reports, who doesn't like freebies, especially on the job? No, not paper towels, pens and paper. We're talking real cha-ching. From earning college coursework credit to discounted cars, these Atlanta companies appreciate their employees so much they're willing to give exclusive, in-house service perks to help team members save money and develop personally and professionally.
April 5, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Mark Meltzer reports that Atlanta’s largest employer is the latest major company to be hit by a data breach. Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) said it is investigating the data breach involving a company, 7.ai, that provides online chat services for Delta and other companies.
April 5, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that a specialty manufacturing company is bringing more than 20 jobs and $3.5 million in capital investment to the Suwanee area. LTI Atlanta and Partnership Gwinnett announced the expansion of the company’s operations with the opening of a new 25,429-square-foot facility. LTI produces PTFE-based micro-filtration products and battery parts as well as other die-cut materials.
April 5, 2018 University of Georgia
Clint Thompson reports that members of the University of Georgia Tifton campus community took part in a rededication of the newly renovated Agricultural Research Building on Wednesday, April 4. The 80-year-old building was the second structure built on the UGA Tifton campus. Renovations to the building include the addition of high-efficiency LED lighting, extensive fiber-optic cable and wireless internet capabilities.
April 5, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com
Phil Bolton reports that it was the innovation to replace wooden and paper pallets with recyclable sustainable plastic shipping platforms that prompted Jeff Lamb, the Newnan-based entrepreneur originally from Calgary, Canada, to sever his ties with IKEA and launch OptiLedge in 2009. In the start-up phase he also launched a materials handling and transportation consulting company.
April 5, 2018 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Attorney General Chris Carr yesterday announced an $8.5 million settlement with National Check Resolution, Inc., resolving charges that the debt collection company committed multiple violations of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act.
April 5, 2018 Albany Herald
Jon Gosa reports, as the importance of water consumption and conservation become more relevant across the state of Georgia, the country and the world at large, a recent study commissioned by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Southface explores an often overlooked aspect of water consumption: the connection between methods of energy generation and the rsulting strain on water resources.
April 5, 2018 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports, at long last, Georgia now has a pathway to create a dedicated funding source to conserve our land and water. The state legislature on Thursday passed the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act calling for a referendum on a constitutional amendment that would dedicate a portion of existing state sales and use tax on outdoor recreation equipment to establish a conservation trust fund.
April 5, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
James Salzer reports that a state audit that found the Atlanta Regional Commission engaged in sloppy spending practices, kept poor financial records and misused purchasing cards is proving costly to the planning agency. The state budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which gained final approval on the last day of the 2018 General Assembly session, cuts by two-thirds the money the ARC says it receives to work with local governments to develop and review comprehensive plans and other work associated with major local projects.
April 4, 2018 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday directed Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare to return to the negotiating table on behalf of the nearly 600,000 employees, retirees and their families affected by the recent contract disruption. Deal also announced the state and the University System of Georgia will absorb out-of-network claims for affected employees for up to 30 days in order to minimize patients’ financial burdens.
April 4, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports that Georgia’s U.S. congressional delegation has received more than $2.5 million from the NRA and other pro-gun organizations in recent years, according to an analysis of information from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chris Joyner. Some of the money took the form of direct NRA contributions, some came from other gun groups and some was classified as independent NRA spending.
April 4, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Anastaciah Ondieki reports that the Georgia Public Service Commission approved $330 million in refunds to Georgia Power customers. The action is a result of President Trump’s tax overhaul, officials said. Residential customers using at least 1,000 kilowatt hours per month will receive bill credits totaling about $70 between 2018 to 2020.
April 4, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta-based marketing automation firm Salesloft has raised $50 million and plans to add more than 200 employees. The Series C investment, led by Insight Venture Partners with participation from LinkedIn and existing investor Emergence Capital, reportedly values Salesloft at more than $200 million.
April 4, 2018 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that eleven of the nation’s 100 fastest-growing counties are in Georgia, the latest Census estimate shows. Seven of them are in Atlanta’s distant suburbs or the mountains, and two are close to Athens – which the AARP has cited as one of the best retirement cities for three consecutive years.
April 4, 2018 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that the proposed purchase of a hospital in rural North Georgia is anything but simple, even though the system that wants to buy the facility is headquartered only about 20 miles away. An unusual complication has tangled the deal. The proposed deal for Chestatee Regional Hospital, in the historic mountain town of Dahlonega, is linked to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.
April 4, 2018 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that less than a year after creating the Georgia Coast Collaborative, a dozen environmental organizations acorss the state released their new report, State of Coastal Conservation 2017, which is meant to address progress made between the groups across four different areas dealing with the Georgia coast.
April 4, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that payments company Elavon Inc. is expanding its Atlanta headquarters. Elavon will create nearly 200 jobs over the next three years as it expands its Integrated Payments and eCommerce businesses. The company will lease about 56,000 square feet at its Concourse campus located in Sandy Springs.
April 4, 2018 WABE 90.1
Amy Kiley reports that advocates for Georgia immigrants are responding to another round of tweets from President Donald Trump. Trump tweeted Monday about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that allows young immigrants living in the country illegally who were brought here as children to remain in the U.S.
April 4, 2018 Savannah Morning News
Eric Curl reports that state legislators supported renaming “Runaway Negro Creek” off Skidaway Island to “Freedom Creek,” but the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge will continue to be a cringe-worthy drive into Savannah for many, following the recently concluded state legislative session.
April 4, 2018 GPB
Ellen Eldridge reports that the only pharmacist serving in Congress said the opioid epidemic needs legislation that empowers his industry. Substance use disorder keeps men and women in their prime out of work and costs the economy billions of dollars, U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Pooler) said Tuesday during the National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta.
April 4, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman report that Lindsey Tippins, a Republican from west Cobb County, has resigned his chairmanship of the Senate Education Committee over legislation that he said treats charter schools more generously than public schools, the Marietta Daily Journal reports this morning. When House Bill 787 passed on the final day of the 2018 session of the Legislature, only seven senators cast votes against it. Tippins was the only Republican to do so.
April 3, 2018 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed the construction of a 97-million-gallon drinking water reservoir Savannah will need as a result of harbor deepening. The $43.5 million structure that sits between I-95 and Ga. 21 near Port Wentworth’s Rice Hope neighborhood is now being tested.
April 3, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) recently held the official grand opening of its sleek, modern, glass headquarters in Sandy Springs. On hand were dignitaries from state and local governments as well as parent company Daimler executives. The new 200,000-square-foot building is situated on a 12-acre campus near Georgia 400, about 14 miles north of downtown Atlanta. As expected, it features first-class amenities, including collaborative workspaces, a restaurant-quality café serving locally sourced foods, a 5,000 square-foot fitness center complete with trainers, an on-site child care facility with an outdoor playground and a furnished roof deck for outdoor meetings.
April 3, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Anastaciah Ondieki reports that state officials say it’s unclear new tariffs issued by China on 128 U.S. products may affect some of Georgia’s top agricultural exports. The tariffs announced on Monday would generate an additional 15 percent tax increase on Georgia’s fresh or dried nuts, peaches and nectarines, and fresh and dried fruit.
April 3, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that concerns over Equifax's reliability continue, as the Atlanta-based credit reporting company has reportedly been sending out erroneous notification letters to victims of last year's massive cyberattack. CNBC reports that Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) confirmed that a "small percentage" of people affected by 2017 data breach received a batch of letters containing incorrect personal data because of an apparent glitch in Equifax's system.
April 3, 2018 Georgia Southern University
Staff reports that in its inaugural ranking of online MBA programs, Poets&Quants, a leading resource for complete coverage of graduate business education, has ranked the Georgia Southern online MBA No. 18 in its list of 25 schools across the country. To determine the MBA rankings, Poets&Quants adheres to three core facets in measuring the value of any educational undertaking: the quality of the incoming students, an assessment by graduates of the MBA experience, both academically and the extracurricular activities, and the career outcomes of a program’s graduates.
April 3, 2018 WABE 90.1
Ross Terrell reports that thirteen metro-Atlanta counties could have a chance to become part of regional public transit system. Lawmakers approved the re-branding of MARTA to the ATL and it will serve as the core of regional public transit expansion. Residents in the 13 counties ranging from as far south as Coweta, east to Rockdale and north to Cherokee could get a chance to vote on joining the system.
April 3, 2018 Walker County Messenger, Catoosa County News
Adam Cook reports that Erlanger Health System's plan to build an ambulatory surgery center in Catoosa County was officially shot down this week when the Georgia Department of Community Health denied the company's request for a certificate of need. Erlanger's proposal included constructing a $9.77 million surgery center on Battlefield Parkway, but met resistance from local government officials and other hospitals since filing their request in November.
April 3, 2018 Brunswick News
Tyler H. Jones reports that four-year-old Libby Bowen came for the ice cream. The smiling youngster could have used a few more napkins, though, as she enjoyed her single-scoop chocolate cone and sat on a bench with her mother, Lauren Bowen, on Monday in Pier Village on St. Simons Island.
April 3, 2018 LaGrange Daily News
Alicia B. Hill reports that clean energy will be one of the major components of the Georgia International Business Park, and local businesses are already looking for ways to use solar, wind and biofuel to grow. During last month’s discussion on the GIBP, several businesses discussed plans to consider clean energy in the future. The GIBP will be the largest industrial park in the southeast in terms of size, employees and investment in the community.
April 3, 2018 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that eleven of the nation’s 100 fastest-growing counties are in Georgia, the latest Census estimate shows. Seven of them are in Atlanta’s distant suburbs or the mountains, and two are close to Athens – which the AARP has cited as one of the best retirement cities for three consecutive years. The population estimates show the pressures that may be mounting in these counties for more government and social services – water and sewer, transportation and transit, health care, schools and libraries, plus any number of services.
April 3, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Greg Bluestein reports that the end of the legislative session last week sprung candidates for Georgia governor into a final sprint for the primaries. And what passed over the past three weeks — as well as what was left behind — could define the final stretch of the race. Over the next seven weeks, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is sure to trumpet tax cuts and the surprise plan to boost the state’s funding for k-12 schools in his bid for governor.
April 2, 2018 WABE 90.1
Martha Dalton reports that a House committee voted last week to table legislation that would create a need-based version of Georgia’s HOPE scholarship. But state Sen. Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody, was able to revive the bill. “I think this is an opportunity for the Board of Regents,” Millar said in an interview earlier this week. “They can now do need-based aid. We’re the only state in the South that does not have that.”
April 2, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Staff reports, in all regions of Georgia, infrastructure – from the ports to railroads, highways and airports – is one of the primary reasons the state is consistently named the No. 1 place to do business in the U.S. Take a look at the ways communities are employing infrastructure projects to drive growth, draw new business, make connections and improve the lives – and livelihoods – of the state’s residents.
April 2, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
J. Scott Trubey reports that global investment bank Goldman Sachs has joined a growth accelerator and venture capital fund based at Georgia Tech that’s aimed at promising early-stage companies. The Engage Ventures program announced that Goldman Sachs will be the 11th corporate member of its board, agreeing to provide funding, resources and time to help new companies progress from the creation stage to where they’re making money.
April 2, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Douglas Sams and Maria Saporta report that a more than 1 million-square-foot former cotton warehouse in southwest Atlanta built by Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler is set for an $80 million investment and makeover into creative office space and residential units.
April 2, 2018 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that the first of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro was supposed to open two years ago today, with the second following last year. Instead, what’s now the nation’s only new nuclear project grinds on, five years behind schedule and billions of dollars overbudget. Construction continues at a pace of $91 million a month, with ratepayers largely on the hook for those costs.
April 2, 2018 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that on Easter Sunday, Piedmont Healthcare doctors and hospitals became out-of-network providers for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia members. Round-the-clock negotiations failed to bring an agreement on a new contract between Blue Cross, the state’s largest health insurer, and the rapidly expanding Piedmont system.
April 2, 2018 Dalton Daily Citizen
Charles Oliver reports that as president and CEO of Hamilton Health Care System for the past eight years, Jeff Myers has seen a tremendous amount of change in both local health care and the larger health care market. And he is currently spearheading projects such as the Peeples Cancer Institute and the Anna Shaw Children’s Institute, which have the promise to make Dalton a national destination for care in those fields.
April 2, 2018 LaGrange Daily News
Gabrielle Jansen reports that surface preparation Wheelabrator Group announced it will consolidate its North American operations and create a regional hub at its LaGrange facility. It plans to shut down its Burlington, Ontario and transition to LaGrange by the end of 2018. Mechelle McCrary, Wheelabrator marketing and communications director, said there is currently more than 100 employees at the LaGrange location and more than 40 in Burlington.
April 2, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the 42nd Annual Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF), which will take place April 13-20, has finalized its cinematic lineup of 58 feature length films and 150 short films from 56 countries. These were chosen from among a record 7,600 submissions. In addition, the festival will include 35 creative conference events and nine special presentations. Festival badges, which allow holders to see as many films as they want, and individual tickets are on sale now.
April 2, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com
Phil Bolton reports that since his appointment as Hungary’s honorary consul for Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas in 2007, John Parkerson has hosted many Hungarian ambassadors and officials, often introducing them to Georgia companies, academic institutions and economic developers. On March 29, however, Dr. Laszlo Szabo, the current Hungarian ambassador based in Washington, came to Atlanta to honor Mr. Parkerson with the “Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit” the highest honor which can be bestowed on a non-Hungarian citizen.
April 2, 2018 Augusta Chronicle
Damon Cline reports that Augusta’s renowned Southern hospitality and pro-business climate will be on display to business leaders from around the world this week when the Red Carpet Tour makes it annual stop at the Masters Tournament. The statewide tour, now in its 59th year, always includes two stops in Augusta, where admission to the first and third rounds of the tournament serves as the economic development event’s centerpiece attraction.
April 2, 2018 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that the State Road and Tollway Authority is to distribute the $100 million in state funding for transit. It’s not clear who will serve on the SRTA board that will make the decision and, the last time SRTA divided transit money, nearly two-thirds of the money went to metro Atlanta.
April 2, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Greg Bluestein reports that all seven Republican candidates for Georgia governor shared a stage for the first time Saturday in a forum that touched on the state’s hunt for Amazon, a surprisingly busy legislative session and the ongoing “religious liberty” debate. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the GOP frontrunner, was targeted with the bulk of attacks by rivals who painted him as a career politician who failed to effectively push conservative legislation.
March 30, 2018 Rome News-Tribune
Diane Wagner reports, as of 6 p.m. Thursday, the passage of the 2019 budget was the major accomplishment on the final day of the Georgia legislative session, while two controversial proposals remained precariously up in the air. Both the House and the Senate were working up to the midnight deadline. The Georgia House passed a budget for fiscal year 2019 that fully funds the state's K-12 education formula after over a decade of cutbacks.
March 30, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Christy Simo reports that Atlanta has landed Groupe PSA’s North American headquarters. The French manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles, including Peugeot, Citroën and Vauxhall Motors, is the second-largest carmaker in Europe and one of the top ride-sharing providers in the world.
March 30, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that Metro Atlanta last month cranked up the strongest February for hiring in seven years, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The region’s economy added 20,800 jobs, the third-best showing of the past two decades, as virtually all the economic metrics saw improvement, according to Mark Butler, the state’s labor commissioner.
March 30, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Ellie Hensley reports that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention got the money it needed from Congress to build a new high containment lab on its Atlanta campus, according to the Associated Press. The agency received $480 million, which was part of the $1.3 trillion spending bill passed by Congress last week.
March 30, 2018 Metro Atlanta CEO
Staff reports that Renasant Corporation and Brand Group Holdings, Inc. jointly announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Brand will merge with and into Renasant in a transaction currently valued at approximately $452.9 million. The proposed merger has been approved unanimously by each company's Board of Directors and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018. Completion of the transaction is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including the receipt of required regulatory approvals and the approval of Brand's shareholders.
March 30, 2018 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that during the frenetic last-day activity Thursday at the General Assembly, state lawmakers failed to agree on a way to curb surprise medical billing. Surprise billing occurs when consumers have procedures or visit ERs at hospitals in their insurance network, then get separate bills for hundreds or even thousands of dollars from non-network doctors who were involved.
March 30, 2018 Saporta Report
Maggie Lee reports that it took until very last hour of Thursday for final passage, but the Georgia House and Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill that they mean to be the first step toward a more seamless and robust transit network in metro Atlanta. And those same lawmakers have sent the governor a budget that could see tens of millions of new state dollars spent on that transit.
March 30, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Greg Bluestein reports that another legislative session came to another calamitous end early Friday. But it may not be the last time Georgia lawmakers gather under the Gold Dome this year. Gov. Nathan Deal said earlier this year he’ll call lawmakers to a special session later this year if Amazon lists Atlanta as a top finalist for its second headquarters. The Seattle-based tech giant has tabbed Atlanta as one of 20 contenders.
March 29, 2018 WABE 90.1
Katja Ridderbusch reports, on the third floor of Emory University’s anthropology building, Cassandra Quave pursues a cure for infections, especially those that are resistant to common antibiotic treatments. But instead of developing more powerful antibiotics and joining a bacterial arms race, she revisits natural remedies that traditional healers have used for hundreds of years.
March 29, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the state Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown program recently partnered with cotton farmers, the Georgia Cotton Commission and the Georgia Industries for the Blind to produce 100% Georgia Grown t-shirts. The shirts, which are composed of fiber grown, ginned, woven and printed in the state, were unveiled recently at the State Capitol as part of a larger discussion about the project’s economic importance for rural communities.
March 29, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Anastaciah Ondieki reports that a watchdog group has lodged a formal complaint with the state against a Public Service Commissioner, claiming he deleted text messages in violation of Georgia’s Open Records Act. In the complaint against Tim Echols, the commission vice chairman, William Perry, executive director of Georgia Ethics Watchdogs wants the state attorney general to investigate Echols’ actions.
March 29, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that co-working giant WeWork confirmed plans to lease nearly 50,000 square feet, or two floors, in midtown’s Coda office tower. Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported on the expansion in February. New York-based WeWork is muscling up in Atlanta’s tech friendly intown submarkets.
March 29, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County is getting two new interchanges and additional express toll lanes on Interstate 85 over the next few years, but the state’s transportation and transit leaders say those aren’t the only projects in the plans for this area. Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry and State Road and Tollway Authority Executive Director Chris Tomlinson addressed the Gwinnett Chamber in a joint lunchtime presentation on transportation in the area.
March 29, 2018 Georgia State University
LaTina Emerson reports that an organic chemical compound shows effective antiviral activity against Ebola virus and several other viruses, according to a study led by Georgia State University. The researchers found benzoquinoline inhibited the ability of Ebola virus to multiply and reproduce in cell culture. The findings are published in the journal Antiviral Research.
March 29, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Krista Reece reports, yes, Mary Mac’s. Despite the new restaurants cropping up all over the state, I want to be sure you know about this 72-year-old Atlanta institution, famous for fried chicken and peanut butter pie. Because sometimes you need to know where you’ve been before you know where you’re going.
March 29, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Mark Meltzer reports that Atlanta-based Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) has named a new chief executive officer. Mark W. Begor, who takes over April 16, was a managing director in the Industrial and Business Services group at Warburg Pincus, a global private equity investment firm, since June 2016. Before that, Begor spent 35 years at General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) in a variety of operating and financial roles.
March 29, 2018 GPB
Bill Nigut reports that legislators have just one day left in the 2018 session and a number of key bills remain unresolved. We’ll look at where the measures that have attracted public interest stand and at some of the sleepers that could have an impact on our lives. Then, for the first time since he became governor, Nathan Deal says the state coffers have enough cash to fully fund schools across the state and his budget includes the money to do it.
March 29, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
James Salzer reports, if it’s the 40th day of the General Assembly session — and Thursday’s that day — it’s prime time for legislative shenanigans. That means vehicles without wheels (re: one bill attached to another), Christmas trees that are neither green nor have a star on top (re: several bills attached to one), and hijacking that’s legal (re: gutting a colleague’s bill and putting in your own in its place. See: vehicle).
March 28, 2018 WABE 90.1
Martha Dalton reports, as part of his fiscal year 2019 budget proposal, Gov. Nathan Deal has allocated an additional $166 million toward the state’s education budget. The amount would fully fund the Quality Basic Education (QBE) formula for the first time since it became law. “[QBE] was outdated the minute it was passed because it’s never been fully funded,” State Schools Superintendent Richard Woods said at a symposium in 2015.
March 28, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann DeMuth reports that for many people, the prospect of working with a financial advisor can seem daunting, but one Atlanta-based startup is trying to change that. “Let’s cut out the intimidation and allow everyone to get the financial advice they need and the information they desire the way they want to get it,” Wela CEO and co-founder Matt Reiner says, “and technology is the way they want it today.”
March 28, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that John Horn, a former U.S. Attorney, has joined King & Spalding as a partner, the firm announced Tuesday. Horn, who had previously worked for the Atlanta-based firm, became U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia in 2015, succeeding Sally Yates, who left to become Deputy U.S. Attorney General under President Barack Obama.
March 28, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Jessica Saunders reports that a subsidiary of Universal Forest Products Inc. (NASDAQ: UFPI) has agreed to purchase substantially all the operating assets of Marietta, Ga.-based North American Container Corp., which makes structural packaging products. The deal adds steel, corrugated and hardwood packaging to Universal's portfolio of industrial products, according to a Universal Forest Products news release March 27.
March 28, 2018 Savannah Morning News
DeAnn Komanecky reports that it was a morning for celebration Tuesday as officials broke ground for the Mason Mega Rail project at the Georgia Ports. The $127 million project will double on-dock rail lift capacity at the port and open service to inland markets. For drivers, it will mean fewer local rail crossings on area roads and as many as 200,000 fewer trucks state-wide to share the roads.
March 28, 2018 University of Georgia
Students present final pitches in UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences' 2018 FABricate challenge
Sage Barnard reports, from alternative colas to an eco-entrepreneurial effort to support tree planting, this year’s University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) FABricate challenge showcases students’ brightest new ideas. Student participants in the 2018 FABricate challenge will give their final pitches from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, in room 210 of UGA’s Conner Hall.
March 28, 2018 Georgia Health News
Judi Kanne reports, “I’ve always been health-conscious,” said 49-year-old Sean Skeete, who attended the February ribbon-cutting ceremony at the men’s health and wellness clinic in Decatur. Skeete, who lives in Decatur’s Wesley Chapel area, knew he needed a checkup, but had no health insurance ‘’and no place to go,” he told Georgia Health News. His appointment was not an emergency, he said. It’s just that his part-time work does not come with insurance benefits.
March 28, 2018 Rome News-Tribune
Doug Walker reports that Redmond Regional Medical Center has won approval from the Georgia Department of Community Health to offer a new obstetrics and birthing program at the hospital. “We are pleased with the state’s approval of our certificate of need application to add obstetric services," said Redmond CEO John Quinlivan. "We appreciate the support and approval of the Georgia Department of Community Health enabling us to expand our services and to provide families in our community a choice in obstetrical care."
March 28, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Jim Galloway reports that sometime this week, the mayors of several metro Atlanta cities – three of which were created by a GOP-controlled state Legislature – will gather to discuss whether to mount a constitutional battle for the right to determine what goes on inside their boundaries. Their argument: The Republican party, which came to power with a promise of more local control, is now spinning out of control.
March 27, 2018 Savannah Morning News
DeAnn Komanecky reports that Georgia’s deepwater ports are one of the state’s “strongest economic engines,” fostering the development of “virtually every industry,” according to an economic impact study by Jeffrey Humphreys, director of the Selig Center for Economic growth at UGA’s Terry College of Business. The study was supported by a grant from the Georgia Ports Authority and reviewed by GPA board members at their regular meeting on Monday.
March 27, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Southface, an Atlanta-based nonprofit devoted to promoting sustainable homes, workplaces and communities throughout the Southeast, recently held its 20th annual Greenprints conference, which provided a forum for innovative sustainability initiatives. At the conference, Southface presented 2018 Fulcrum Awards to four projects that exemplified excellence in sustainable design, construction, planning and advocacy.
March 27, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that Metro Atlanta rent increases are the fifth-highest in the nation, yet the region remains relatively more affordable to renters than most of the hottest markets, according to a series of reports. Rents in the area are up 4.4 percent, with the median rent of $1,394 for all types of rentals, according to Zillow, a Seattle-based real estate data company.
March 27, 2018 GPB
Adam Ragusea and Fenly Foxen report that the gross weight of Georgia’s 2014’s blueberry crop was 96 million pounds, but last year the crop’s production was hit with bad weather. Georgia blueberry farmers lost more than $340 million in crops due to the terrible climate. We checked in with chairman of the Georgia Blueberry Commodity Commission, Albert Wildes to see whats the status of Georgia's blueberry industry this year.
March 27, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Staff reports that Georgia beers are good at labels. Three beers brewed in the Peach State landed on USA's Today's "Best Beer Label Winners" of 2018, with Monday Night Brewing's "Space Lettuce" earning the No. 1 spot. It was followed by Second Self Beer Company's "Manic Pixie Dream Beer #1" and Terrapin Beer Company's "Wake-n-Bake."
March 27, 2018 Rome News-Tribune
Doug Walker reports that the state budget is a statement of the state's priorities — or lack thereof, a budget analyst at the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute said. Wesley Tharpe, a tax and budget analyst at the watchdog group, told members of the Rome Optimist Club the budget is the most important things the General Assembly does every year. "It touches the lives of every single Georgian almost every single day," Tharpe said.
March 27, 2018 WABE 90.1
Johnny Kauffman reports that despite earlier criticism from top Republicans, a bill is now set to pass the state Legislature that would ban people in Georgia from holding their cellphones while driving in most situations. Fifteen other states have laws like the one Georgia legislators are considering, and based on data from those states, supporters of the bill (HB 673) estimate if it becomes law, driving fatalities would drop by 20 percent annually, amounting to 300 lives.
March 27, 2018 Saporta Report
Tom Baxter writes, my first blessing-out from Zell Miller was over a flannel shirt. An environmental group sponsored a debate during the 1988 lieutenant governor’s race, and Miller subtly one-upped his rivals by showing up in outdoorsy attire. He thought my comments about it in the paper to be snide, and so our first telephone conversation began with no introductions. Given the subject matter, I wouldn’t say he gave me unshirted hell. But it was undiluted Zell: high and inside, with the sting of a good fast ball.
March 27, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
James Salzer reports, to the sounds of James Brown’s “I Feel Good,” the hardest working man in the state Senate, Rules Chairman Jeff Mullis, entered Room 450 of the Capitol on Monday, ready to dispense life or death on legislation for the 2018 session. Two hours later, most of the 40 or so House members who’d asked for their bills to be considered on the final two days of the legislative session left feeling pretty darn good as well.
March 26, 2018 Fox5 Atlanta
Staff reports that a public memorial service is scheduled for Monday, March 26 in Young Harris, Georgia on the campus of Young Harris . Another service will take place at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta on March 27. He will then lie in state at the Georgia Capitol Rotunda for the remainder of the day. The following day, March 28, Miller will be honored with an executive state funeral. Gov. Nathan will preside over that service.
March 26, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) have honored four of the state’s companies as 2018 Small Business Rock Stars. The companies were designated Small Business Rock Stars for their creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and their approach to growth. They have demonstrated increased revenue, sales and product offerings along with job creation and economic impact.
March 26, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines just launched the Airbus A350 on flights out of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The carrier on March 24 began using its new flagship aircraft on an Atlanta-Seoul route. But how does the A350 compare to Delta’s recently retired Queen of the Skies, the Boeing 747, or to its international workhorse known as the “Triple Seven”?
March 26, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Namely is scouting eight sites in central Perimeter for 25,000 square feet of office space. The human resources software firm plans to expand its Atlanta office footprint to up to 100,000 square feet over the next few years.
March 26, 2018 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that the Marcus Foundation has donated $15 million to enhance the prevention and treatment of stroke in the Stroke Belt that covers 11 southern states. It comes on the heels of an analysis by Scientific American magazine that shows stroke is no longer a disease of the elderly — it’s striking a soaring number of millennials.
March 26, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald
Lee Shearer reports that Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center will ask for state approval for a $171 million construction project at its Prince Avenue site. The hospital earlier this month notified the state Department of Community Health that it would ask for a “certificate of need” allowing Piedmont move forward with the project.
March 26, 2018 University of Georgia, Albany Herald
Julie Jernigan reports that heat prices are down, and wheat acreage in Georgia is dropping. To boost the state’s wheat industry and help producers get more out of their crop, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension small-grains specialist Reagan Noland is researching a dual-use system that would enable growers to use their wheat crop for grain and forage production. The dual-use system is common in Texas and Oklahoma and allows growers to use their wheat crop as a winter forage for grazing and for a grain harvest.
March 26, 2018 Brunswick News
Taylor Cooper reports that Sea Island Co.’s plan for a 350-foot, T-head rock groin proposed for the island’s south end is alive and well, and a recently filed addendum to the plan adds beach renourishment for the entire island to the mix after storms caused erosion over the past two years. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Savannah District issued a public notice Tuesday detailing changes to Sea Island Co.’s 2015 application for the construction of the new rock groin.
March 26, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Lori Johnston reports that Troy Brumbalow listens as his GPS gives driving directions through Forsyth County on a winter day, but the system will soon offer Cumming’s new mayor more options for getting around. As the state’s fastest-growing county, more roads and transportation improvements are on the horizon.
March 26, 2018 WABE 90.1
Martha Dalton reports that Georgia’s Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the “Hidden Predators Act” Thursday. The bill would expand the statute of limitations for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. A version of the bill that passed the House raised the age limit for victims to sue their alleged abusers from 23 to 38. The Senate committee capped the age at 31.
March 26, 2018 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that legislation that’s awaiting only the governor’s signature to become law could prevent local governments from enacting measures to strengthen their building codes, whether for fire protection or other reasons, such as making sure buildings are hardened against hurricanes. H.B. 876 would prohibit counties and municipalities from forbidding the use of wood in the construction of certain buildings when state minimum standard codes are met.
March 26, 2018 Rome News-Tribune
Diane Wagner reports that legislation that would have created a centralized database of residents drawing on state services is almost certainly dead. Two Rome Republicans — Sen. Chuck Hufstetler and Rep. Katie Dempsey — submitted separate bills aimed at making it easier and more cost-efficient to deliver health care and other social supports.
March 26, 2018 Albany Herald
Staff reports that late Friday, the Georgia Senate passed the state’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget, which prioritizes funding for Georgia’s families, students and communities. According to Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the FY 2019 budget is a testament to Georgia’s continued leadership in cutting back government waste and investing responsibly in the future. Beyond simply balancing the budget, Georgia has also increased its reserves to more than $2.5 billion.
March 26, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Bria Felicien reports, Sine Die, the last day of Georgia's 2018 legislative session, is Thursday, March 29. Politically Georgia host Greg Bluestein and AJC veteran James Salzer discuss the typical atmosphere and last-day shenanigans at the Capitol as well as bills to watch in 2018. The two also briefly discuss issues impacting Georgia governor's race and as always, Salzer provides the Phrase of the Week.
March 23, 2018 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that the Marcus Foundation has donated $15 million to create a network for stroke care to help reduce disability and death from the disease in the Southeast. A wide swath of the South is known as the Stroke Belt, due to the 11-state region’s unusually high incidence of strokes and other forms of cardiovascular disease.
March 23, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, nominations for Georgia Trend’s annual 40 Under 40 — where we honor 40 of the state’s best and brightest under the age of 40 — are open and rolling in. But it’s not too late to make yours. Whether you know someone who’s making a difference on the national stage or is a mover and shaker in his or her corner of the state, if they are under 40 years old as of Oct. 1, 2018, we want to hear about them.
March 23, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that last month was a surprisingly strong one for job growth, as the state’s economy added 18,300 jobs, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That hiring represented more than twice as much as the February average during the previous five years and it followed a job loss in January, when the economy typically sheds workers, according to Mark Butler, the state’s labor commissioner.
March 23, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Georgia Tech affiliate wins $17M Air Force contract for work on B-1B aircraft defensive avionics system
Jessica Saunders reports that an affiliate of Georgia Tech is the winner of a $17.2 million Air Force contract to perform work on the defensive avionics system of the B-1B aircraft. The Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp. in Atlanta was chosen for the not-to-exceed $17,295,000 undefinitized contract action for reactivation of the band 8 transmitter associated with the AN/ALQ-161A defensive avionics system that supports the B-1B aircraft, the Department of Defense said.
March 23, 2018 Savannah Morning News
Zach Dennis reports that everyone is looking for a spring getaway with nice weather, good food and an escape from reality for a few days. According to one website, the Hostess City ranks among the world’s best options for that. Town and Country Magazine ranked ten locations around the world that are the best places to visit in the month of April with Savannah making the list.
March 23, 2018 LaGrange News
Alicia B. Hill reports that leaders from some of the biggest businesses in the country gathered in LaGrange City Hall on Thursday to discuss the creation of what will be the biggest industrial park in the southeast in terms of size, employees and investment in the community. The Georgia International Business Park will cover 10,000 acres of Troup County in its first phase and will represent thousands of jobs and $1.5 billion dollars in international investments.
March 23, 2018 University of Georgia
Sharon Dowdy reports that Monroe County, Georgia, cattleman James Vaughn has been named the 2018 Georgia Farmer of the Year. Under his leadership, Vaughn Farms has grown from a 500-acre cattle farm to a 5,590-acre diversified farm operation. Working as a team, Vaughn and his wife, sons and daughter grow Bermuda grass hay for the local and wholesale market, raise cattle for the specialized beef market, sell bred heifers and registered bulls, grow 4,000 acres of timber, and train cutting horses.
March 23, 2018 WABE 90.1
Elly Yu reports that bail reform advocates say a provision added to an immigration enforcement bill in the state legislature would preempt a new Atlanta law that changed the city’s cash bail system. Atlanta’s change to its law allows people arrested for some nonviolent misdemeanors to be released on a “signature bond” or on their “own recognizance,” before they’re due back in court.
March 23, 2018 Saporta Report
Ga. lawmakers punt on protest of offshore oil drilling as historic oil lease goes to market in Gulf of Mexico
David Pendered reports that as Georgia lawmakers defer voting on resolutions to oppose oil exploration and drilling off Georgia’s coast, on Wednesday the largest offshore oil and gas lease sale in the nation’s history was conducted for most of the Gulf of Mexico. BP submitted the most high bids, at 27 bids for a total of $20 million. Chevron followed BP, with 24 total high bids for a total of $29.5 million.
March 23, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Mark Niesse reports that Georgia lawmakers are finalizing a plan to help bring fast internet service to rural parts of the state despite doubts that it will show significant results. The legislation doesn’t include any state funding, but it empowers local electric companies to begin offering internet subscriptions and sets up a system for future government subsidies for internet construction.
March 22, 2018 University of Georgia
J. Merritt Melancon reports that David and Melody Goodson, co-owners of Goodson Pecans of Leesburg, took the grand prize at the University of Georgia’s 2018 Flavor of Georgia Contest with their Goodson Pecans Honey Cinnamon Pecan Butter. The annual contest, conducted by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is a chance for food businesses to showcase their new products.
March 22, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Kerwin Swint writes, education is the single largest piece of the state budget, occupying roughly one-half of state-appropriated funds. While it’s one of the central functions of any state government, education is also an extremely important mechanism for economic development and a crucial indicator considered by top companies and financial interests before they invest resources in a state.
March 22, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Anastaciah Ondieki reports that Georgia Power customers will see a slight reduction in their bills starting next month following an approval by state regulators Tuesday of a revised Nuclear Construction Cost Recovery (NCCR) fee charged to customers for the construction of the new Vogtle units.
March 22, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Ellie Hensley reports that Robert Redfield is the next director of Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in a statement March 22. Redfield is a renowned HIV and AIDS researcher, though this will be his first time running a government public health agency, according to the Washington Post.
March 22, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald
Lee Shear reports that Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has intervened in stalled contract negotiations between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare, University of Georgia President Jere Morehead told UGA’s University Council on Wednesday. The insurance company and the healthcare business have not agreed to contract terms as an April 1 deadline approaches, and the insurance company has warned that Piedmont clients could be paying more for their care if Piedmont and Blue Cross Blue Shield can’t agree on terms in a new “in-network care provider” contract.
March 22, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that University of Georgia is one of eight schools around the country taking home a prestigious award for international collaboration, gaining recognition for deep ties with the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. NAFSA, a nonprofit focused on international education, picked UGA for this year’s Paul Simon Spotlight Award award, named for the Illinois senator who championed global education.
March 22, 2018 GPB
Emily Jones reports that Savannah could lose its National Historic Landmark District status. That loss could threaten grants, tax incentives and professional help with historic buildings. A National Parks Service study, out Wednesday, says large-scale developments out of keeping with the historic district threaten its integrity. The report also points to projects that disrupt the city’s famous downtown grid.
March 22, 2018 Mercer University
Stetson School of Business and Economics MBA Programs Featured in CEO Magazine's Annual Global Rankings
Kyle Sears reports that Mercer University’s Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics is featured prominently in CEO Magazine’s annual ranking of Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive MBA (EMBA) and Online MBA programs, released today. Mercer’s overall MBA program is included among 71 colleges and universities in the top tier of North American institutions. In the magazine’s global rankings, the University’s Online MBA program comes in at No. 24, and its Professional MBA for Innovation is No. 45 in the EMBA category.
March 22, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that a Peachtree Corners-based company is a business rock star in the eyes of state officials. The Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Economic Developers Association presented AKESOgen with one of its Georgia Small Business Rock Star Awards during a luncheon Monday. It was one of four companies from around the state that received the award.
March 22, 2018 WABE 90.1
Tasnim Shamma reports that President Donald Trump’s 25 percent tariff on imported steel takes effect Friday. German business leaders said they worry it could affect the car industry in the South, which has become a truly global car market. Mercedes-Benz USA opened its new North American headquarters in metro Atlanta for 1,000 employees last week to the tune of violins.
March 22, 2018 Savannah Morning News
Staff reports that Georgia Department of Natural Resources-Wildlife Resources Division will receive $1,211,823 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to offset costs for road repair in the Ossabaw Island Wildlife Management Area from Hurricane Matthew. The October 2016 storm damaged infrastructure including unpaved roads, embankments and culverts.
March 22, 2018 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that Gov. Nathan Deal signed a $26 billion budget March 9 for the 2019 fiscal year, containing $400 million in new state spending. Of that, around $1.6 million is going to Jekyll Island for public area improvements. It was announced at the Jekyll Island Authority Board of Directors meeting Tuesday. South Beach Park and Ocean View Beach Park are to receive bath houses and landscaping similar to what already exists at Great Dunes, in order to provide more methods and areas for the public to take advantage of beach access.
March 22, 2018 Augusta Chronicle
Joe Hotchkiss reports that a rapidly growing local manufacturer of pellet grills wants to build a bigger facility in Columbia County. The Columbia County Board of Commissioners approved a property-use revision Tuesday evening that would allow REC TEC Industries to build a complex of about 96,300 square feet on the north side of Industrial Park Drive and the north side of McCrary Court. That’s adjacent to the One Marshall Place subdivision in Evans.
March 22, 2018 Rome News-Tribune
Diane Wagner reports that a House Resolution aimed at restricting the use of special fees to their original purpose failed to make it out of a Senate committee Wednesday. With just three working days left in the Georgia General Assembly session, HR 158's chances of getting to the floor are dimming.
March 22, 2018 LaGrange News
Baker Ellis reports that current Georgia Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp spoke to the LaGrange Rotary Club on Wednesday. Kemp, who has served as the Secretary of State since 2010 spoke in regards to voter registration, the current legislative session, the annual registration period for for-profit and nonprofit corporations and much more.
March 22, 2018 Saporta Report
Maggie Lee reports that a state House panel has approved a bill that supporters say is a fairly narrow proposal to help federal immigration agents eject bad guys from the country. But critics say the bill will have dire consequences. “To the best of my looking this bill has nothing to do with anything but criminals, dispatching them properly,” said state Rep. Alan Powell, R-Hartwell, talking about Senate Bill 542.
March 22, 2018 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that another bid to ease restrictions on Cancer Treatment Centers of America failed to pass a House health committee Wednesday. The 15-13 vote came after a similar measure went down to defeat last week in the House Health and Human Services Committee. This time, provisions that would allow children’s hospitals to “co-locate’’ pediatric beds in adult hospitals got caught up in the CTCA uproar.
March 22, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Greg Bluestein reports that Brian Kemp vowed to outdo Mississippi by signing into law even tougher abortion restrictions. Hunter Hill criticized the students who walked out of schools to protest gun violence. Michael Williams has upped his calls for illegal immigration crackdowns. And Clay Tippins has doubled down on his pledge to expand the medical marijuana program.
March 21, 2018 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), on Tuesday presented 40 Georgia businesses with GLOBE (Georgia Launching Opportunities By Exporting) Awards at the 2018 Go Global reception at the Atlanta History Center. This state-led awards program recognizes companies that entered into new international markets in the previous year.
March 21, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann DeMuth reports, according to a 2017 study commissioned by the National Association of Homebuilders, green construction is a rapidly growing trend among single-family and multifamily homebuilders nationwide. In fact, one-third of homebuilders say sustainable dwellings comprise more than 60 percent of their portfolios, and by 2022, nearly half of homebuilders say they will be building green.
March 21, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that Metro Atlanta home prices are up 9.8 percent from a year ago, while the supply of homes for sale has continued to shrink, according to a report from Re/Max. The median sales price of a home sold in the region during February was $225,000, up from a median of $204,900 during the same month of last year, according to the real estate firm.
March 21, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Metro Atlanta emerged as a top 5 market for venture capital investment last year, according to the Technology Association of Georgia’s (TAG) 2018 State of the Industry Report. Venture investment in Georgia tech companies topped nearly $1.7 billion, up 113 percent from 2016. Nationwide, U.S. venture capital grew 7 percent.
March 21, 2018 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that the successful rollout of a rural broadband program in Tennessee, highlighted Tuesday in a federal statement, could serve as a template for some of the upcoming broadband efforts that state lawmakers have supported in Georgia’s rural communities. The town the statement mentioned is Lafayette, Tn. There’s not an interstate highway within miles of the town’s borders, located north of Nashville near the border of Kentucky.
March 21, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post
Christine Troyke reports that controlling interest of the Atlanta Gladiators hockey franchise has been sold to Virginia-based real estate developer P. Daniel Orlich. The news was announced Tuesday. Toby Jeffreys, who relocated the team from Mobile, Ala., to Gwinnett in 2003, transferred his majority stake in the team to Danor Vienna LLC, an entity owned by Orlich. The ECHL Board of Governors has approved the sale.
March 21, 2018 Brunswick News
Gordon Jackson reports that analysis of a proposed spaceport in Camden County shows the project has potential to create new jobs, increase tourism, boost the local economy and position the region to take advantage of a growing commercial space industry. That was the message given Tuesday by industry experts who spoke about the project during a Camden Roundtable meeting.
March 21, 2018 University of Georgia
Sam Fahmy reports that the University of Georgia is one of eight universities nationwide to be recognized for its exemplary international programs and partnerships by NAFSA, a nonprofit association dedicated to international education. The university’s network of partnerships within the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais received NAFSA’s 2018 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award, which is named after the late Illinois senator who was a strong advocate for international education and cross-cultural learning.
March 21, 2018 Georgia State University
Andrea Jones reports that Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies broke into the top 20 public affairs graduate schools and the College of Education & Human Development continued its rapid ascent up the U.S. News & World Report magazine rankings of higher education graduate programs, placing 40th in this year’s survey. The Andrew Young School rose seven spots to No. 18 overall in the public affairs degree programs, tying with Columbia, Duke, American and Ohio State universities.
March 21, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times
Jill Nolin reports that an attempt to stop cities from banning wood in the construction of high-rise apartment buildings cleared the Senate, but not before being panned by several Metro Atlanta lawmakers. The proposal, sponsored by Re. John Corbett, R-Lake Park, is a response to local bans in fast-growing Sandy Springs and other suburban areas of Atlanta, where local officials have prohibited wood-framed buildings taller than three-stories or larger than 100,000 square feet.
March 21, 2018 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports, a wild day in health care at the state Capitol on Tuesday began with a morning legislative hearing on something Democrats have sought for years: Medicaid expansion. No vote was taken on the expansion legislation, which was presented to the House Appropriations subcommittee on health. The day also included a health panel passing two bills to protect the elderly and disabled from abuse and exploitation. And later, events progressed to a standoff over a Georgia Board of Nursing proposal, and culminated with a House panel surprising the hospital industry by passing a bill that would ease state restrictions on a sports medicine center to be built in Alpharetta.
March 21, 2018 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that a bill that would open up the chance to allow people to sue the government, under Georgia law, received a slight delay when the bill’s sponsor told a state Senate committee in Atlanta late Monday afternoon that the bill needed a little more work. Presently, the state can only be sued with its consent, a circumstance known as sovereign immunity.
March 21, 2018 Macon Telegraph
Stanley Dunlap and Maggie Lee reports that a group of Macon-Bibb County commissioners appealed to state legislators Monday to come to an agreement on new sales tax legislation, as the county deals with a shaky financial situation. Commissioners are asking lawmakers to support legislation enabling residents to vote on a 1 percent Other Local Option Sales Tax, or OLOST.
March 21, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal said he’s leaving it up to lawmakers to hash out a measure that would replace Georgia’s electronic voting machines, but that he prefers a plan that includes a version of paper ballots. The Republican said Tuesday an overhaul of the voting system is not on his agenda and that he’s likely to sign whatever emerges from the Legislature. But he said the push to require some sort of paper backup is a compelling one.
March 20, 2018 WABE 90.1
Molly Samuel reports that legislation headed for the governor’s desk prevents Georgia cities and counties from banning building with wood. That includes places that already have wood building bans in place, including Sandy Springs, which restricts its use in larger buildings.
March 20, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann DeMuth reports, if you scream while plunging backward nearly 10 stories, does the sound come out? Physics – and courage – are definitely being put to the test in Austell this month as Six Flags Over Georgia’s historic wooden roller coaster, the Great American Scream Machine, races backward over more than 3,800 feet of track along the banks of the Chattahoochee River.
March 20, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport officials are considering whether to scale back plans for parking construction, as increased use of Uber and Lyft and the prospect of self-driving cars creates uncertainty around future parking demand. The Atlanta airport’s $6 billion master plan calls for demolishing and rebuilding its aging parking decks next to the domestic terminal.
March 20, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Jessica Saunders reports that a Suwanee, Ga., company is among five firms that will share in a $125 million Army contract. Meggitt Training Systems is a leading developer of small arms training systems. Meggitt, along with Saab Defense and Security USA LLC in Orlando, Fla.; Strategic Systems Inc. in Decatur, Ala.; Sius Target Systems USA Inc. in Irmo, Calif.; and Theissen Training Systems Inc. in Chiefland, Fla., will share in the firm-fixed-price contract for the Army Targetry Systems program, the Department of Defense announced.
March 20, 2018 Emory University
Staff reports that Emory University’s graduate and professional schools and programs are ranked among the best in the nation, according to analysis and surveys released today in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 edition of the “America’s Best Graduate Schools” guide. Emory's schools of nursing, business, law, medicine and public health are the top-ranked schools in Georgia in their respective categories, and several other Emory entities were ranked this year.
March 20, 2018 Augusta Chronicle
Sarah LeBlanc reports that STRAND clinical technologies is one of four winners of the 2018 Small Business Rock Star award. STRAND Clinical Technologies in Columbia County was honored Monday as a Small Business Rock Star in the fifth annual event that served as the kickoff for Georgia Small Business Week. Other Small Business Rock Star winners were AKESOgen in Gwinnett County, Gottwals Books in Peach County and SouthLife Supply Co. in Thomas County.
March 20, 2018 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that a leading AIDS researcher who is also an expert in treating heroin addiction is the top candidate to head the Atlanta-based CDC, according to news reports. Dr. Robert Redfield, 66, a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, would replace Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, a Georgia physician who resigned as CDC director in January after a news report about the purchase of tobacco stock for her investment portfolio after she assumed her job.
March 20, 2018 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that an exhaustive effort is underway to catapult the international recognition of the modern Civil Rights movement in the South. Thanks to a grant from the Alabama Department of Tourism, Georgia State University is shepherding the effort to get about a dozen Civil Rights landmarks to be nominated as World Heritage sites. “It will be a big deal when it happens,” said Anne Farrisee, project manager of GSU’s World Heritage Initiative. “When the nomination happens, it’s going to raise the awareness of not only these sites but of Civil Rights sites nationally.”
March 20, 2018 Rome News-Tribune
Doug Walker reports that Barnsley Resort owner Julian Saul hopes he's done with construction at the resort for a while. He and his son Matthew Saul were busy Monday greeting visitors at an open house for the new Inn at Barnsley Resort and Georgian Hall. The new inn features 32 king-size rooms, 20 double queen-size rooms, a one-bedroom executive suite and a two-bedroom queen suite brings the total number of guest rooms and cottages at the resort between Rome and Adairsville to 150.
March 20, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald
Andres Villegas writes, attracting new corporate headquarters to Georgia draws lots of attention — deservedly so. Announcements of business expansions are similarly celebrated, again as they should be. And the idea of creating manufacturing jobs in America is seemingly today’s holy grail. So why has so little comment been made about the recent announcements of two new production facilities in east Georgia totaling a quarter billion dollars in investment?
March 20, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
James Salzer reports that legislative leaders are pouring more than $40 million into new or expanded programs aimed specifically at helping the economy of small-town Georgia. Fixing some of the economic ills that plague rural Georgia was always going to be a major theme of the 2018 General Assembly session after both chambers committed to dozens of hearings across the state last year to find out what they could do.
March 19, 2018 WABE 90.1
Amy Kiley reports that Georgia peaches and blueberries are vulnerable during this week’s cold snap, but they’re holding up so far. That’s according to Charles Hall, who leads the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association. Hall says, compared to last year: “I wouldn’t say we’re not as worried. We’re just kind of keeping the prayers going and hoping that it doesn’t get much below freezing."
March 19, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Candice Dyer reports that Angel Flight Soars, a nonprofit based at DeKalb Peachtree Airport (PDK), flies medical patients for free to hospitals around the country if their needs cannot be met locally. A network of more than 1,000 pilots volunteer their time, expertise and fuel in an average of nine missions a day.
March 19, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that after billionaire investor Warren Buffett said last month he wouldn’t rule out buying an entire airline, one analyst is exploring the possibility that Delta Air Lines or Southwest Airlines could be targets. Buffett’s company Berkshire Hathaway has stakes in Delta, American, United and Southwest. “I wouldn’t rule out owning an entire airline,” Buffett said on CNBC in late February.
March 19, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Coca Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) is collaborating with the U.S. State Department on a project to use blockchain technology to tackle the scourge of forced labor. The Atlanta-based beverage behemoth will help create a secure registry for workers and their contracts using blockchain’s validation and digital notary capabilities, according to Reuters.
March 19, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that Mercedes-Benz is the gift that keeps on giving for metro Atlanta. As if a gleaming new U.S. headquarters wasn’t enough, the German luxury auto maker today lavished the city with yet another major announcement. In a nod to the city’s rise as a tech hub, company officials said at today’s grand opening that they will put the latest node in the Mercedes-Benz global innovation network in a separate, yet-to-be-determined location.
March 19, 2018 Saporta Report
Klaus Van Den Berg writes, the Atlanta Civic Center, a mega-venue that sports a 4,600-seat auditorium and a separate exhibition hall on a 19-acre site in the Old Fourth Ward, was sold to the Atlanta Housing Authority in late 2017. Former Mayor Kasim Reed, who had already sold significant land parcels to developers, closed the Civic Center deal without requiring the development of a new vision for the site that does justice to its historic significance. The sale itself proceeded mostly outside of public view after the collapse of a deal with a private developer.
March 19, 2018 Georgia Health News
Kathy Jossey, the idea that Elbert Memorial Hospital could one day close its doors is troubling both professionally and personally. Born and raised in Elberton — billed as “the Granite Capital of the World” — she has a long history with Elbert County’s only hospital. Jossey retired in May 2016 after serving as a case manager at Elbert Memorial for more than 30 years.
March 19, 2018 Dalton Daily News
Charles Oliver reports that organizers of a search for Dalton's next big business idea say they have been "blown away" by the response. The deadline recently closed for PItch DIA, in which entrepreneurs will get to pitch their ideas to business leaders and potential investors in a format similar to the TV show "Shark Tank." The winners will be the first tenants of the accelerator. The contest received 61 applications.
March 19, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald, UGA
Emily Woodward reports that ripples form on the surface of the water as University of Georgia graduate student Shannon Kirk loads her research equipment onto the research vessel Marie. On that day she was heading out to her research site in Wassaw Sound to measure the growth of more than 10,000 oysters. “We’ll measure the length, width and height to determine the overall proportion of the oysters, which will help us understand how valuable they might be in the eyes of consumers,” said Kirk, who is studying aquaculture in the Master of Science program at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.
March 19 2018 Cartersville Daily Tribune
Marie Nesmith reports, known for bringing cowboys and dinosaurs to Cartersville, Georgia Museums Inc. is preparing to broaden its reach with the Savoy Automobile Museum. As plans develop, the museum will benefit greatly if House Bill 793 - expected to reach the Senate floor by the final day of the 2018 Georgia legislative session March 29 - is passed.
March 19, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Janel Davis reports that the #MeToo movement has roiled state legislatures across the country, but it has been slow to catch on in Georgia's Capitol. Female lobbyists and lawmakers here say they are afraid to discuss the issue or file complaints because it could cost them their jobs or influence. So they've largely remained silent, sometimes for years.
March 16, 2018 WABE 90.1
Tasnim Shamma reports that Mercedes-Benz USA held a grand opening of its new headquarters in Sandy Springs Thursday, more than three years after it first announced it would relocate its North American headquarters from New Jersey. Two of the main concerns since the announcement has been increased traffic and affordable housing in the area.
March 16, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick writes, did you know …• Georgia boasts the second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the U.S.? • St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, celebrates the anniversary of the death of Ireland’s patron saint? • According to the legend, St. Patrick used a shamrock as a symbol to explain the Holy Trinity? • The first American St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held in New York City in 1762 and is our nation’s oldest and largest civilian parade? • The Guinness beer company estimates 13 million pints of Guinness are consumed on St. Patrick’s Day?
March 16, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the death of a puppy in the overhead bin on a United Airlines flight has drawn attention to the fact that more pets died on United flights last year than on any other airline by far. Last year, Delta had two reported deaths, compared with United’s 18.
March 16, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports, buoyed by a national surge in entrepreneurship, a robust startup ecosystem and nationwide bullishness in the tech industry, venture firms are plowing millions of dollars into Atlanta tech companies.
March 16, 2018 Saporta Report
Maggie Lee reports that Atlanta is planning to spend $25.8 million for land and an old rail line on the south side of Atlanta, where 4.5 miles of new BeltLine trail are to be built. The cash will come from transportation sales taxes, said Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, announcing the transaction at a City Hall press conference on Thursday.
March 16, 2018 Augusta Chronicle
Damon Cline reports that economic developers are exploring ways to come up with $5 million to $8 million to bring rail service to the Augusta Corporate Park, one of Georgia’s largest industrial properties. The mostly undeveloped, 1,800-acre tract off Mike Padgett Highway is roughly 7,000-feet from a Norfolk Southern rail line, which would provide prospective industry with freight access to Savannah’s port.
March 16, 2018 Georgia Tech
Laura Diamond reports that Kolby Hanley won Georgia Tech’s InVenture Prize Wednesday night for his invention, a first-of-its-kind aiming device for competitive archery. He won $20,000 plus a free patent filing and a spot in Flashpoint, a Georgia Tech accelerator. Hanley, a materials science and engineering major, transferred to Tech last year. His lightweight scope with integrated light, called StarLight, is the latest product developed by his company, UltraView. He runs the company from his dorm room.
March 16, 2018 Brunswick News
Lauren McDonald reports that recent ranking recognized College of Coastal Georgia’s nursing program as the second best in the state. RegisteredNursing.org ranked the top 20 nursing schools in Georgia by analyzing the state’s 51 programs’ pass rates on the NCLEX-RN exam, the national exam to become a registered nurse.
March 16, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal
Jon Gargis reports that as Six Flags Over Georgia prepares to open its gates for its second weekend of its 2018 season, a new report says that the theme park’s properties have opened the gates to hundreds of millions of dollars for Cobb. Cobb Travel & Tourism on Wednesday announced that Austell-based Six Flags Over Georgia and its sister property, Six Flags White Water, had an estimated economic impact of $371.9 million during their 2017 seasons. That is more than double its $175 million impact measured in 2013.
March 16, 2018 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that portions of Cumberland Island National Seashore could be evacuated a dozen times a year to accommodate rocket launches from a proposed commercial spaceport less than 10 miles away on the mainland, according to a draft environmental impact statement the Federal Aviation Administration released last week. The more than 400-page document evaluates the impacts of construction and operation of the proposed launch facility at the selected brownfield site.
March 16, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Jeffrey Humphreys reports that the 2018 economic outlook for Athens is good. Its economic structure tilts toward higher education and healthcare, and these major industries will do well. Athens’ economy does not depend heavily on inherently cyclical industries such as manufacturing, construction, or transportation and logistics. It also is not very dependent on exports and therefore is not overly vulnerable to either foreign competition or trade shocks.
March 16, 2018 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that the hotly disputed bill to ease restrictions on Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s facility in Newnan was defeated in a House committee vote Thursday. The Health and Human Services Committee voted 13-8 against Senate Bill 31, which would have relaxed the state’s limits on bed capacity and the percentage of Georgia patients served by the CTCA hospital.
March 16, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Mark Niesse reports that the Georgia House of Representatives is calling on the U.S. Congress to allow medical research of marijuana. The House voted 158-5 on Thursday to pass a resolution asking Congress to take action so that marijuana can be studied, either by reclassifying marijuana as a Schedule II drug or by passing a separate law.
March 15, 2018 Georgia State University
Ann Claycombe reports that Georgia State University’s initiative to preserve sites associated with the American Civil Rights Movement has received a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service. Grants totaling $12.6 million were given for projects that preserve sites and highlight stories related to the African American struggle for equality in the 20th century.
March 15, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy writes, any discussion of public schools in Georgia quickly expands to cover a whole lot more than what happens in the classroom. If you want to improve the quality of public education in Georgia, you have to understand how economic development, healthcare, social justice and other external factors affect that education. And, of course, you have to look at funding and resources.
March 15, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports, has the headquarters of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen quietly slipped out of town? All signs point to an under-the-radar departure, but it is hard to know for sure since repeated attempts to reach company officials have produced nothing but crickets.
March 15, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that Coca-Cola is continuing its investment outside of soda with a new focal point: coconuts. The Atlanta-based beverage giant unveiled Zico Coco-Lixir as one of three "innovations" to its Zico coconut water brand, with hopes to "capitalize on America’s coconut water craze," according to its website.
March 15, 2018 Albany Herald
Jon Gosa reports, in honor of the state’s top industry, farming, the Dougherty County Farm Bureau has partnered with the Dougherty UGA Extension office to celebrate Georgia Agricultural Awareness Week, scheduled for March 19-23.
March 15, 2018 Cherokee Times
Gary Tanner reports that Cherokee County is the fastest growing county in suburban Atlanta and yet more than half its 434 square miles – 145,085 acres – is classified as farmland. Both those facts can be seen on a drive to Ricky Curtis Farms.
March 15, 2018 Savannah Morning News
Will Peebles reports that Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Savannah for St. Patrick’s Day. And so are tighter restrictions. At a press conference on Wednesday, the city announced that the Secret Service will control a 12-block “enhanced security zone” extending from Bay Street to Oglethorpe Avenue between Whitaker and Drayton streets.
March 15, 2018 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that the coal ash pond dewatering bill authored by state Rep. Jeff Jones received unanimous committee approval Tuesday afternoon, moving the public notification legislation one step closer to law. By making it through the state House of Representatives before the crossover deadline, and now ready for a vote by the full Senate, puts it in a rare group of bills to be so successful this session.
March 15, 2018 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Senate Bill 31 started out as a relatively simple proposal related to a Georgia health agency board. That bill passed the Georgia Senate overwhelmingly last month. But late Wednesday afternoon, a substitute version of that Senate legislation called for something entirely different: an easing of state restrictions on Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
March 15, 2018 Gainesville Times
Nick Bowman reports, wish a happy bird day to Rep. Matt Dubnik, R-Gainesville, who passed his first home-grown bill through the Georgia General Assembly on Wednesday: House Bill 784, benefiting waterfowl and wetlands conservation in Georgia.
March 15, 2018 Saporta Report
Maggie Lee reports that Atlanta voters are unique in the state because every four years their polls are open until 8 p.m., an hour later than anywhere else in the state. A Georgia Senate bill would close all polls at 7 p.m. The point is to make voting hours uniform everywhere, said state Sen. Matt Brass, R-Newnan, explaining his Senate Bill 363 to a state Senate committee on Wednesday. “The spirit of the Voting Rights Act is one person one vote, and one person should not be allowed to vote one hour longer than another person,” he said, at a state House panel hearing on his bill Wednesday.
March 15, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Mark Niesse reports that Georgia might have a new voting system with paper ballots in time for the 2020 presidential election, according to a bill that cleared the House Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday. The legislation, Senate Bill 403, would replace the state’s 16-year-old electronic voting machines with a system that creates a paper backup to ensure accuracy.
March 14, 2018 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Forsyth County is ranked as Georgia’s healthiest county for the sixth straight year. The 2018 County Health Rankings, released Wednesday, again showed affluent suburban counties as Georgia’s healthiest. After Forsyth, which is northeast of Atlanta, the next four are Oconee, Cherokee, Fayette, and Gwinnett counties. They are followed by Columbia, Cobb, Harris, Paulding and Coweta.
March 14, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann DeMuth reports that spouses of state legislators have raised more than $120,000 to establish the Sandra Dunagan Deal Scholarship at Milledgeville’s Georgia College in honor of the first lady. The scholarship will offer financial assistance to students from rural areas of our state who pursue an early childhood education degree. Mrs. Deal, who graduated from Georgia College and taught for 15 years in the state’s public schools, is a lifelong advocate for the development of early language and literacy skills in children.
March 14, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell and Tamar Hallerman report that less than seven months after revealing a massive data breach, Equifax appears to be poised for a big win in Washington. A financial regulatory bill on the verge of Senate passage would give Equifax protection from some class action suits, while forcing government-controlled companies to at least consider using an Equifax-backed company to judge people applying for mortgages.
March 14, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Google Inc. is said to be eyeing Atlanta for an “operations center” that could create up to 5,000 jobs. Atlanta, apparently, has stiff competition from some usual suspects, including Chicago, Boston and Dallas.
March 14, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that been nearly two years since Great Wolf Resorts howled to the world that it was bringing a mega-indoor water and adventure park complete with a large hotel to nearby LaGrange, Ga., about 40 minutes north of Columbus. The Chicago-based company is now within a couple of months of opening the roughly 500,000-square-foot entertainment and recreation venue constructed with a 456-unit hotel, its centerpiece a 93,000-square-foot water park that will be open all year long at 150 Tom Hall Parkway off Interstate 85.
March 14, 2018 WABE 90.1
Molly Samuel reports that Atlanta feels green. It’s got forests, parks and little pockets of open space. There are creeks here, and giant trees. Now, Atlanta officials are looking at how they can protect all that nature, even as the city grows. Planning Commissioner Tim Keane said restoring and possibly even expanding natural places in Atlanta is a priority to him.
March 14, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post
Phil Bolton reports, when it comes to expanding their businesses, the Schmidt and Westhoff families don’t mind crossing national boundaries to go where the action is. The success of their company Kraiburg TPE USA in Gwinnett County made them keen to open a facility for Gezolan LP in the county as well.
March 14, 2018 Augusta Chronicle
Parish Howard reports, knuckle-busting ingenuity and teeth-grinding determination butt heads with Jefferson County’s slick clay flats, steep sandy ridges and the thick lowland swamps in History Channel’s new truck versus terrain competition series. “Truck Night In America,” a reality show that filmed at Sunnyside ATV Paradise north of Wrens last summer, pits 50 personally customized off-road vehicle owners against each other, five at a time over 10 episodes, on what its creators are calling the toughest truck obstacle course ever built.
March 14, 2018 Savannah Morning News
Zach Dennis reports that the outside of Hamilton Hall, located on Indian Street in downtown Savannah, is pretty standard. It features a brick exterior — the building once was additional space for secondary power and a warehouse along the Savannah River; another in the row of similar, ordinary buildings for dock workers back in the day. Today, what is inside the building is anything but ordinary, and the people there are excited to share.
March 14, 2018 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has made one of her first major appointments – Richard Cox as the city’s chief operating officer. Cox is a loaned executive from Cox Automotive (no relation to the Cox family), who will serve the city for one year before he returns to the privately-held company. Cox, who currently serves as vice president of client advising ad performance for Dealer.com, brings more than 15 years of management experience to the position.
March 14, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports that the CDC director is out, a new gig for Tom Price and Sen. Isakson pushes for veterans reform progress.
March 14, 2018 Metro Atlanta CEO
Speaker David Ralston writes from the world’s busiest airport to the fastest growing container port in America, Georgia leads the nation in moving people and goods. That didn’t happen by accident. On the contrary, for generations, Georgians have invested in the infrastructure necessary to facilitate our forward momentum.
March 14, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post
Political Notebook: Democratic candidates call on Gov. Nathan Deal to replace voting machines by November
Curt Yeomans reports that twenty-six Democratic candidates for elected offices, many of whom represent parts of Gwinnett County, called on the state this week to replace its voting machines before the November general election. The candidates sent a letter to Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday outlining concerns that Georgia’s voting machines could be vulnerable to attacks from hackers, particularly from Russia.
March 14, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Jim Galloway reports that protests involving large numbers of people, by and large, do not happen spontaneously. Mass events require planning and coordination, and that includes conversations with the proper governing authorities. Last week, a group of activists reached out to state officials to begin planning for a Saturday, March 24, rally to protest mass gun violence in the nation’s schools, and the inability or unwillingness of public officials to address the issue.
March 13, 2018 WABE 90.1
Ross Terrell reports that “Mimosa Mandate” is on its way to the governor’s desk. Georgia lawmakers gave the final approval to the “brunch bill” Monday. The bill would let individual cities and counties vote on whether they want to let restaurants start serving alcohol at 11 a.m. on Sundays instead of 12:30 p.m. The House passed the final bill but not without opposition.
March 13, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Kenna Simmons reports, if you called Columbus State University the personification of a community campus, everyone from the administration and faculty to the students would take that as a point of pride. As long as you also noted that its school of music draws students from around the globe, a brand new cybersecurity center aims to contribute to Gov. Nathan Deal’s promise to make Georgia a hub for cybersecurity expertise and a $106-million campaign is currently in its final stages.
March 13, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
J. Scott Trubey reports that a nonprofit group and its partners broke ground over the weekend on the first phase of a commercial development that backers say will bring jobs south of downtown Atlanta. The Annie E. Casey Foundation and a joint-venture team called Columbia Core Partners say the $26 million first phase of Pittsburgh Yards will create space for shops, restaurants, offices and light industrial businesses.
March 13, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Spaces is one of several prospects, including a company seeking a corporate headquarters site and a Fortune 500 software firm, said to be interested in the 12-story building. Spaces is expected to lease about 50,000 square feet.
March 13, 2018 Georgia Southern University
Caroline Nimnicht reports that the Business Innovation Group (BIG) at the Georgia Southern College of Business hosted the business pitches for the remaining five groups from “3 Day Startup Georgia Southern” in the Russell Union Theater on February 19, 2018.
March 13, 2018 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Georgia officials will more closely monitor how utilities in the state test water for lead. For the first time, the Georgia Division of Environmental Protection (EPD) will audit the addresses where water systems collect their samples to be sure those sites are at the highest risk for lead contamination, according to Lewis Hays, who is EPD’s watershed compliance program manager.
March 13, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Chuck Williams reports that a potential contract dispute between Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia has created some confusion in the Columbus market, according to a Piedmont spokesperson. “To be clear, regardless of what happens with the contract negotiations between Piedmont and Anthem Blue Cross, Piedmont Columbus Regional will remain in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia,” an email sent to Piedmont’s Columbus employees Thursday afternoon stated.
March 13, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times
Eve Guevara reports that Tift Regional Health System broke ground on a new facility here last week. The Cook Medical Center replacement facility will be located at the site of the former Georgia Forestry Commission. The cost for the new facility is estimated at $40 million, with 70 percent of the funding for construction coming from the Hospital Authority of Tift County through a USDA rural development loan.
March 13, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) recently released its annual analysis of the state’s international trade picture and the impact is impressive. According to the 2017 International Trade Numbers Report, our state now ranks 8th in the nation for total trade, which includes exports and imports.
March 13, 2018 Newnan Times-Herald
Clay Neely reports that this Thursday, the Newnan City Council will meet to consider annexing a 223-acre parcel of land into the city for a new residential development. The land, located at the intersection of Poplar Road and Yeager Road, would include include light office construction along with approximately 596 single-family homes of varying sizes, according to the information submitted to the city council by D.R. Horton Planners and Engineers Collaborative.
March 13, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Jeremy Redmon reports that the federal government has canceled a citizenship ceremony for former refugees that was scheduled for Tuesday in the state Capitol as part of the fourth annual “New Americans Celebration,” adding it will be reviewing other naturalization events nationwide as part of a newly updated policy. In canceling Atlanta’s ceremony, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services cited rules barring it from using the facilities of groups that practice immigration law and are involved in political advocacy.
March 12, 2018 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced on Friday that Georgia’s net tax collections for February totaled $1.23 billion, for an increase of nearly $55.9 million, or 4.8 percent, compared to last year when net tax collections totaled almost $1.18 billion. Year-to-date, net tax collections totaled $15.1 billion, for an increase of roughly $868.8 million, or 6.1 percent, over February 2017, when net tax revenues totaled $14.23 billion.
March 12, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that the Ray C. Anderson Foundation will grant an additional $2 million to The Ray over the next two years for research, pilot projects and innovative technologies that have the potential to shape transportation infrastructure. The foundation carries on the legacy of Ray C. Anderson, founder and former chair of Interface Inc., a flooring company committed to sustainability.
March 12, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
J. Scott Trubey reports that Georgia Power said this week it will pass along future expected savings from the federal tax overhaul to ratepayers. The utility estimates the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will lead to about $1.2 billion in rebates and other benefits in the coming years. The plan still requires approval by state regulators.
March 12, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that two speculative industrial projects, totaling 335,000 square feet, aim to attract advanced manufacturing, supply chain and logistics companies.
March 12, 2018 GA-PCOM
Staff reports that Georgia Campus - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) was recently named one of Atlanta’s “Top Workplaces” by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a “Best of Gwinnett” winner in the higher education category by Gwinnett Magazine.
March 12, 2018 WABE 90.1
Tasnim Shamma reports, if you spot a large white and blue cargo truck that says “Waymo” on the side driving through Atlanta this week, take a closer look. It’s likely the driver will not have his hands on the wheel. Next week, Waymo, formerly known as Google’s self-driving car project, is making its self-driving truck debut in metro Atlanta.
March 12, 2018 Augusta Chronicle
Staff reports that the latest construction milestone at the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion near Waynesboro is a 13-hour-plus continuous concrete placement for one new reactor’s “turbine tabletop.” The turbine tabletop is 10 feet thick with about 2,400 cubic yards, or 250 individual concrete trucks, of self-consolidating concrete. The tabletop serves as a pedestal for the Unit 4 generator and turbines and is designed to support the weight of the heavy components.
March 12, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that a summit designed to preach the power of electronic payments is coming as planned to Georgia, the hub for some 70 percent of such transactions in the U.S. The P20 — short for Payments 20 — held its inaugural meeting in London last fall, bringing together top business leaders, government officials and regulators to tackle issues facing the industry.
March 12, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post Daily
Staff reports that Scot Morrissey has been named publisher of The Albany Herald, Southern Community Newspapers Inc. Executive Vice President Mike Gebhart announced. In his new role, Morrissey, who has been the publisher of the Athens Banner-Herald and OnlineAthens.com for nearly 10 years, will oversee all operations of the Albany newspaper. He plans to start at The Herald April 2.
March 12, 2018 Rome News-Tribune
Fracking regs await governor's signature, law on mining and drilling is set for its first update in 40 years
Diane Wagner reports that legislation setting rules for fracking operations in Georgia is awaiting the signature of Gov. Nathan Deal. Fracking — hydraulic fracturing — is a method of drilling for natural gas and oil by forcing high-pressure water mixed with sand and chemicals into underground rock.
March 12, 2018 WABE 90.1
Denis O'Hayer and Johnny Kauffman report, at the end of another week at the state Capitol, most of the attention wasn’t on lawmaking. Qualifying was underway for November’s midterm elections. Candidates from all over the state showed up at the Gold Dome and plunked down their money to officially enter any number of races.
March 12, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Jim Galloway reports, we told you last week that, at a Columbus forum, the Republican candidates for governor thumbed their noses at House Bill 673, a measure to require Georgia motorists to use hands-free mobile phone technology when they drive. “Uphill battle” was the phrased used by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the GOP frontrunner and president of the Senate, where HB 673 now sits.
March 9, 2018 WABE 90.1
Martha Dalton reports that state lawmakers are considering a bill that would create Georgia’s first college scholarship program based on financial need. Currently, Georgia and New Hampshire are the only two states that don’t have such a program. The proposed need-based program would have minimal academic requirements. It would also be limited to students from families who earn $48,000 a year or less.
March 9, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Jennifer Hafer reports that it wasn’t that long ago around Metro Atlanta when the word transit was met with the same disdain and disapproval as any four-letter word uttered by a toddler. How times have changed. In December, Gwinnett County adopted a comprehensive transportation plan that was more than two years in the making and creates a spinoff study focusing specifically on the county’s transit-oriented future.
March 9, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that JetBlue Airways on Thursday launched an expansion of its Atlanta presence, adding three routes to New York, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. New York-based JetBlue has been flying to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport since March 2017, when it began flying from Atlanta to Boston.
March 9, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams reports that a consumer advocacy group is going to court to challenge the Georgia Public Service Commission's (PSC) decision to let Georgia Power Co. finish the $25 billion nuclear expansion at Plant Vogtle. Atlanta-based Georgia Watch announced Thursday that a law firm headed by former Gov. Roy Barnes has agreed to represent the group at no charge in its appeal of the PSC's December vote on the planned addition of two reactors at the plant south of Augusta, Ga.
March 9, 2018 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that MARTA’s Board of Directors Thursday selected Jeffrey A. Parker as its choice to be the agency’s next general manager and CEO. Parker, who worked at MARTA as senior director of transportation operations from 2005 to 2008, currently is vice president of HNTB Corp., an infrastructure solutions firm that has worked closely with MARTA over the years.
March 9, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal
Shaddi Abusaid reports that Cobb EMC on Thursday announced a new president and CEO would take over the Marietta-based electric cooperative this month. Peter Heintzelman will replace CEO Chip Nelson, who is retiring after 45 years with the company. Heintzelman, who begins his new role March 19, has a background in corporate operations, business strategy and finance in the energy, services and manufacturing sectors, the power company said, and the new CEO has experience guiding companies through transitional and growth periods.
March 9, 2018 Georgia Tech
Kay Kinard reports that Georgia Tech announced on March 8 that its College of Engineering has been selected to receive a $15 million endowment from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation. The investment will establish the A. James Clark Scholars Program in the College of Engineering, which will support incoming students who exhibit strong academic potential, leadership skills and financial need. The Clark Foundation gift is the largest endowment gift for scholarship support that the College of Engineering has ever received.
March 9, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that a Columbus company that handles bill remittance processing for clients is poised to lay off 83 employees, according to a notice it has submitted to the Georgia Department of Economic Development. First Data Remitco, which does business at 1 Remitco Way inside Corporate Ridge Business Park just off Macon Road, is scheduled to begin laying off workers starting March 31, according the department’s Workforce Division.
March 9, 2018 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal expressed his gratitude for the creation of a new presidential scholarship in honor of First Lady Sandra Deal at Georgia College, her alma mater. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston also offered their appreciation and support to the state legislative spouses who raised more than $120,000 to establish the Sandra Dunagan Deal Scholarship, which will provide financial assistance to students from Georgia’s rural areas who pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education.
March 9, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that President Donald Trump announced new tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum Thursday, continuing a tough stance on trade despite pleas from many within his own party, including from Georgia’s two Republican senators. Mr. Trump slapped 25 percent duties on steel and 10 percent on aluminum, using a 1962 law that allows the president to tax imports to protect national security.
March 9, 2018 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that separate bills seeking to improve Georgia health care cruised through legislative panel hearings Thursday, with the sponsors working together to head off any possible conflicts on details that might prevent approval. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously approved a House bill focused on boosting rural health care in Georgia. House Bill 769, sponsored by state Rep. Rick Jasperse (R-Jasper), has several provisions, including facilitating the creation of ‘’micro-hospitals,’’ with 24/7 care and a small number of beds, to replace full-scale hospitals that close.
March 9, 2018 Macon Telegraph
Scott Berson reports that medical debt is one of the most common forms of household debt in the country. At least one in every five Americans had trouble paying off medical debt in 2016, according to Becker’s Hospital Review, and USA Today reports overwhelming medical debt as a major reason people declare personal bankruptcy. Now a new bill moving through the Georgia legislature would allow public hospitals to vacuum up your state tax refund and use it to pay down any unpaid medical debt — all without getting a court order.
March 9, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Greg Bluestein reports that almost as soon as House Speaker Paul Ryan’s town hall in Smyrna began, he got a question from a Home Depot employee about President Donald Trump’s plan for stiff new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Asked Thursday whether he thought the tariffs would boost the nation’s economy, Ryan repeated his concern that the White House should take a more precise approach so that the tariff order wouldn’t ignite a calamitous trade war.
March 8, 2018 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Amy Carter will serve as Deputy Commissioner for Rural Georgia at the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD). At GDEcD, Carter will lead state efforts to help rural Georgia communities become more competitive for economic development projects and identify new strategies for attracting jobs and investment outside the Metro Atlanta region. This change will take effect on March 15.
March 8, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Ben Young writes, Georgia has a lot to be proud of with its recent rankings of No. 1 in film production (beating Los Angeles and New York) and, especially relevant to our readers, No. 1 place to do business five years running. These national headlines bring welcome attention to the Peach State.
March 8, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Scott Trubey reports that the real estate arm of MetLife on Wednesday unveiled renderings for the first phase of a mixed-use project in Midtown Atlanta that will include offices, retail, a hotel and residences. The company and its partners revealed few details for the project at 17th and Spring streets, but said in a news release it the first phase will include a half-million square feet of top-tier or Class A office space and about 87,000 square feet of retail along with the hotel and an unspecified number of residences.
March 8 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Facebook's new nearly 1-million-square-foot data center in Georgia will be powered entirely by renewable energy. Gov. Nathan Deal made official the news first reported by Atlanta Business Chronicle that the social networking behemoth picked metro Atlanta for its ninth U.S. data center — 12th overall.
March 8, 2018 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Southface is preparing to recognize four projects that embody the philosophy of sustainability that forms the foundation of the Fulcrum Awards, which are a highlight next week at Southface’s Greenprints program. This is the 20th year that Greenprints will bring together advocates and practitioners of sustainability concepts.
March 8, 2018 CNN
Sherisse Pham reports that Coca-Cola will soon be giving Japanese consumers a new kind of buzz. n a departure from its traditional soda business, Coke () plans to launch an alcoholic drink in Japan this year. It's trying to get in on the growing market for "chu-hi" -- canned, flavored drinks typically made with sparkling water and shochu, a Japanese spirit distilled from grains.
March 8, 2018 Newnan Times-Herald
Kandice Bell reports that the Coweta County Development Authority is busy with several manufacturing projects and a distribution project that could possibly bring over 1,000 jobs to Coweta. At the authority’s last meeting, Trae Westmoreland, president of the Coweta County Development Authority, said the authority has six projects in the works, one being an existing industry that is looking to expand and relocate within Coweta.
March 8, 2018 Savannah Morning News
Staff reports that uninsured and under-insured Savannah residents will soon be able to receive medical care at no-cost thanks to the newly launched “Operation Empower Health-Greater Savannah” program. The community medical program is the result of a collaborative effort between St. Joseph’s/Candler, Georgia Southern University and the U.S. Military.
March 8, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald, University of Georgia
Krista Richmond reports that “There’s no easy way to do a startup,” Derek Eberhart said, “but there are a lot more resources, tools and understanding about the process than there used to be.” Eberhart, director of UGA’s Innovation Gateway, leads a team of experts who make the process easier for UGA’s faculty, graduate students and postdocs. The team, including Ian Biggs, senior associate director of startups with Innovation Gateway, focuses on translating technologies into products. So far, more than 675 products based on UGA research have been introduced to the marketplace, including 52 in fiscal year 2017.
March 8, 2018 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Georgia has the highest rate of new HIV diagnoses in the nation, but the use of a prophylactic drug in the state lags behind the U.S. average. The new data on the drug regimen known as PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, come from AIDSVu, an interactive mapping tool produced in a partnership by Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, Gilead Sciences, state health departments and the CDC.
March 8, 2018 Gainesville Times
Nick Bowman reports that with the Georgia General Assembly in its home stretch, a few bills from North Georgia are still on track to make it to Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk this year. The last day for House bills to pass into the Senate and vice versa, called crossover day, was Feb. 28, and a several pieces of legislation from Hall County’s state delegation and nearby lawmakers made the cutoff.
March 8, 2018 Brunswick News
Taylor Cooper reports that a bill in the General Assembly intended to prevent taxpayers from requesting refunds of property taxes on behalf of a class of other taxpayers in a similar situation has been put on the back burner. House Bill 1012 would have also prevented a group from bringing a class “action or suit for a refund,” against a county or municipality on behalf of others in a similar situation.
March 8 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
James Salzer reports that Georgia legislative leaders are proposing funding $16 million in grants to local districts to beef up security following last month’s massacre at a Florida school. House budget writers included $8 million in the spending plan for fiscal 2019 — which begins July 1 — that won committee approval Wednesday. House Appropriations Chairman Terry England, R-Auburn, is hoping the Senate ups it to $16 million.
March 7, 2018 WABE 90.1
Tasnim Shamma reports, every time you access the internet, there’s a good chance the information is coming to you from a data center. Data centers are often large buildings where big businesses and governments store and back up information. Georgia is already a hot market for data centers, but some state lawmakers want even more of them here.
March 7, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Anna Bentley reports that when it comes to sending goods made in Georgia out to the world, cargo planes at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport or the ports in Savannah and Brunswick probably come to mind. But the state’s exporting business is so much more than that.
March 7, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Sandy Springs-based UPS announced it is appointing Jim Barber as chief operating officer. Barber, who has been president of UPS International since 2013 and started at the company as a delivery driver in 1985, will now oversee distribution, forwarding, small-package delivery, brokerage and customers compliance.
March 7, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to announce Wednesday Facebook’s plans to plant a 416-acre data center campus in Newton County. Atlanta Business Chronicle on Jan. 23 first reported details of what could be the biggest economic development project in Georgia's history and create hundreds of jobs over several years.
March 7, 2018 Rome News-Tribune
Doug Walker reports that the first Georgia Steeplechase is slated to bring thoroughbreds from all over the country to Kingston Downs, between Rome and Cartersville, one month from today. The Georgia Steeplechase is touted as the successor to the Atlanta Steeplechase, which folded last year after a 52-year run.
March 7, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald
Athens First Bank & Trust, which operates seven branches in Athens and Oconee counties, is getting a new face and a new name under the Synovus brand. Athens First Bank & Trust, which operates seven branches in Athens and Oconee counties, is getting a new face and a new name under the Synovus brand.
March 7, 2018 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that a live video feed from a raptor nest and archaeological excavations of tabby-walled cemeteries have helped The Landings become the first Certified Sustainable Community in Georgia as designated by Audubon International.
March 7, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann DeMuth reports that first musical honoring Macon’s music history will debut March 9. Local musicians and actors will perform Macon Music Live: The Pioneers upstairs at the Tic Toc Room, a restaurant with ties to Little Richard. A grant from the Community Foundation of Central Georgia funded the production, which was created through the partnership of Theatre Macon, Rock Candy Tours and The 11th Hour, a culture and entertainment publication.
March 7, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that a Los Angeles-based aerospace startup is considering Georgia’s first commercial spaceport for a rocket manufacturing and launch operation. ABL Space Systems has signed an agreement with Camden County officials to explore launch operations at Spaceport Camden, a 400-acre proposed spaceport in Southeast Georgia.
March 7, 2018 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal signed HB 159 yesterday, legislation sponsored by Rep. Bert Reeves, to enact comprehensive reforms to Georgia’s adoption code. “In this exceptional state in which so many choose to work, learn and create a home, we continue to value the cornerstone of our society: the family,” said Deal.
March 7, 2018 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that a House bill aims to lower Georgia’s high rates of infant and maternal mortality by creating a designation reflecting the level of care offered by the state’s birthing hospitals. f the proposal becomes law, the state Department of Public Health would establish designations – almost like ratings — that would give patients information on the services at the perinatal center.
March 7, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Mark Niesse reports that the Georgia General Assembly at a glance for Wednesday, Day 31 of the 2018 legislative session: Carving Stockbridge: A proposal to create the city of Eagle’s Landing, Senate Bill 263, will be considered by the House Governmental Affairs Committee. The House already passed a related bill, Senate Bill 262, that would de-annex a portion of the city of Stockbridge and put it into the potential city of Eagle’s Landing.
March 6, 2018 WABE 90.1
Tasnim Shamma and Susanna Capelouto report that German business leaders based in Atlanta said they’re concerned about President Donald Trump’s threat of tariffs on steel and possibly European cars. The German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) of the Southern U.S. said these tariffs would lead to higher prices for consumers.
March 6, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkwood reports that Rob Parker, the president of Pinewood Forest, describes the New Urbanist community that’s going up across the street from Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville, Ga., in the video. The development is just one of the ways the movie industry is upping the coolness factor of Georgia. Learn about other development in and around movie studios in this month’s Georgia Trend feature, “GA GA Land.”
March 6, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines’ spat with the NRA has prompted some mixed messages coming from Florida. While some Florida mayors were welcoming Delta last week, some lawmakers in Tallahassee were looking at halting a proposed aviation fuel tax reduction that would benefit Atlanta-based Delta.
March 6, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that a Los Angeles-based aerospace startup is considering Georgia’s first commercial spaceport for a rocket manufacturing and launch operation. ABL Space Systems has signed an agreement with Camden County officials to explore launch operations at Spaceport Camden, a 400-acre proposed spaceport in Southeast Georgia.
March 6, 2018 Savannah Morning News
Katie Nussbaum reports that, coming off a strong 2017, Savannah area home sales continued that momentum to usher in 2018 with 382 homes selling across Bryan, Chatham and Effingham counties during January, according to data recently released by Savannah Multi List Corp.
March 6, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that Emory University President Claire E. Sterk’s Dutch heritage may be a footnote in a page-long bio recounting her achievements as a public health scholar and university administrator. But according to the Netherlands native, it also helped equip her for her current role, she told a breakfast meeting of the Netherlands-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeast March 1.
March 6, 2018 Augusta Chronicle
Tom Corwin reports that solar power is increasing rapidly across the Southeast, particularly in Georgia and South Carolina. Proposed solar farms in Columbia and Richmond counties could become part of that. A recently imposed tariff on solar panels could disproportionately affect the region but growth will still continue.
March 6, 2018 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Atlanta has never been at a loss for big dreams, and the latest project maintains tradition. The city intends to develop a huge Internet system that will do everything from locate gunshots to spark development in blighted neighborhoods.
March 6, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Senate gave final passage Monday to a $25.4 billion mid-year budget flush with additional spending money made possible by higher-than-expected tax revenues.
March 6, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Greg Bluestein reports that a poll conducted by an issues advocacy group supporting Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle suggests his vow to “kill” a tax break benefiting Delta Air Lines has already given his bid for governor a lift.
March 5, 2018 WABE 90.1
Molly Samuel reports that the Trump administration is considering oil drilling off almost all of the country’s coasts. Georgia’s neighbors on the Atlantic Ocean, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina, have all come out against the proposal. Gov. Nathan Deal has been on the fence. He says he has concerns, but he hasn’t said “no.” Hunter Hopkins, the director of the Georgia Petroleum Council, said he takes what Deal has said as good news for the oil industry.
March 5, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports that each year Georgia Trend honors 40 of the state’s best and brightest under the age of 40. Whether you know someone who’s making a difference on the national stage or is a mover and shaker in his or her corner of the state, if they are under 40 years old as of Oct. 1, 2018, we want to hear about them.
March 5, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tamar Hallerman and J. Scott Trubey report that, in the weeks after Equifax disclosed its expansive database of Americans’ most personal information had been hacked, officials on Capitol Hill seethed with rage. Congressional hearings with Rick Smith, the former top executive of the Atlanta credit bureau, were testy. Lawmakers from both parties vented and wagged their fingers, demanding that something be done to prevent another breach like Equifax’s, which exposed the personal data of more than 145 million Americans and was concealed from the public for six weeks after first being discovered.
March 5, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that a new 197-acre distribution center is being planned just outside Savannah, Ga. Capital Development Partners Inc. says it will develop the Savannah Port Logistics Center in Pooler, Ga., with the first phase of construction of 537,000 square feet starting in April. The project will offer more than 2.3 million square feet of space for lease.
March 5, 2018 Georgia Southern University
AACSB Recognizes Georgia Southern University College of Business Alum and Major General for the U.S. Army Leslie C. Smith as 2018 Influential Leader
Staff reports that Georgia Southern College of Business alum Major General Leslie C. Smith was recognized at AACSB’s 2018 Deans Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, among a group of 29 business pioneers, from 13 industry sectors, whose careers are addressing today’s most pressing social, economic, environmental, and educational challenges.
March 5, 2018 New York Times
Tiffany Hsu reports that Delta Air Lines said Friday it might scrap promotional offers for all politically contentious organizations after its removal of a discount for National Rifle Association members drew a swift retaliation from Georgia lawmakers. Ed Bastian, Delta’s chief executive, said in a memo to employees that the company was “in the process of a review to end group discounts for any group of a politically divisive nature.”
March 5, 2018 Augusta Chronicle
Staff reports that Dr. Vahid Majidi has been named Savannah River Nuclear Solutions executive vice president and Savannah River National Laboratory director. The announcement follows Dr. Terry Michalske’s decision to step down. Majidi previously served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear matters, where he was responsible for all activities related to acquiring and modernizing nuclear weapons, according to a news release.
March 5, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post
Michael J. Gebhart, executive vice president of Southern Community Newspapers, Inc. — the parent company of the Daily Post — recently announced several promotions of longtime employees who work at the Gwinnett office. Todd Cline, who is editor of the Daily Post, has been promoted to vice president of content and will be responsible for the entire news operation for all of the company’s papers, including online and in print.
March 5, 2018 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that MARTA is shopping for a federal lobbying team that is to work with the Trump administration. The question is whether MARTA is inclined to replace the firm it’s had on Capitol Hill since the Obama adminstration. MARTA has retained the Washington office of Holland & Knight since 2009, when MARTA replaced Edington, Peel & Assoc.
March 5, 2018 Savannah Morning News
Georgia lawmakers back away from “Low” bridge, but Savannah gateway could still honor Girl Scouts founder
Eric Curl reports that concerns about the potential marketing impact of having a “Low” bridge - when ships are getting increasingly bigger - has apparently led state legislators to reconsider what they want to call the bridge into Savannah. And two lawmakers behind the effort say they are determined to move the legislation forward because the 27-year-old bridge, now known as the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge in honor of a former state governor and segregationist, was never officially named in the first place.
March 5, 2018 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that the dust has settled on a major legislative deadline. Yet much uncertainty surrounds the many health care bills that still have a shot at passage in the Georgia General Assembly this year. Which proposals end up passing both Houses, or falling by the wayside, will be revealed as the state’s legislative version of March Madness plays out.
March 5, 2018 Brunswick News
Taylor Cooper reports that State Rep. Don Hogan, R-St. Simons Island, is sponsoring a bill that would prevent a taxpayer from requesting a refund of property taxes on behalf of a class of other taxpayers in a similar situation. This comes just a month after the Georgia Court of Appeals affirmed a class action lawsuit alleging Glynn County overcharged residents on their property taxes from 2001 to 2010.
March 5, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia
Greg Bluestein reports that U.S. Sen. David Perdue is set to visit the Georgia Capitol Monday as qualifying week begins, with rumors continuing to swirl that the first-term Republican could run for governor. Yes, he’s aware of the chatter that he could throw his hat in the crowded race. And no, he’s not running. But his office said the former Fortune 500 chief executive does plan to talk to lawmakers about the $1.5 trillion tax cut bill, the national debt crisis and the federal infrastructure package.
March 2, 2018 WABE 90.1
Tasnim Shamma reports that it’s been about six months since Equifax first announced it was hit by a major cyberattack that exposed sensitive information of more than 143 million people. Equifax announced Thursday that an additional 2.4 million people had information stolen. That brings the total number impacted by last year’s massive data breach to 147.9 million.
March 2, 2018 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Kenna Simmons reports that in 2016, Georgia overtook California as the top location for production of feature films – 17 of the top 100 grossing movies were filmed here. Feature film and television shoots led to an economic impact of $9.5 billion in fiscal 2017 and $2.7 billion in direct spending.
March 2, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Scott Trubey reports that a development group announced plans Thursday for a sprawling new industrial park near Savannah, where cargo traffic through the nation’s fastest growing container port has left warehousing space at a premium. Capital Development Partners said it will build the $125 million Savannah Port Logistics Center in Pooler, about 10 miles from the Garden City Terminal. The 197-acre complex will include more than 2.3 million square feet of warehouse space.
March 2, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Lewis Lazare reports that the huge O'Hare International Airport overhaul unveiled on Monday definitely points to which airlines have most-favored carrier status in the eyes of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. And which don't. The $8.5-billion-dollar project is all about creating a global terminal that will directly benefit O'Hare's two biggest tenants — United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) and American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL).
March 2, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Chuck Williams reports that Piedmont Healthcare, the growing Atlanta-based health-care organization has added Columbus Regional and its entities — the Medical Center, Northside Hospital off Veterans Parkway, Spring Harbor, a north Columbus retirement community and the Columbus Regional employee-physician group — to its fold, which includes hospitals in and around Atlanta, and in Athens.
March 2, 2018 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that the West Georgia city of Carrollton is seeking contractors to install residential and commercial solar energy systems in a program that aims to both spur interesting solar energy systems and reduce the average cost of installations through bulk purchasing agreements.
March 2, 2018 Georgia Health News
Katja Ridderbusch reports that Jeff Arnold remembers well the day he was sitting at a table at the White House restaurant in Atlanta’s Buckhead district, wearily sipping a cup of coffee. As on almost every day over the previous four years, he had just sent out several hundred faxes filled with EKG data. The Internet was just beginning to be a force in the business world.
March 2, 2018 Albany Herald
Staff reports that Herschel Smith, a retired naval officer and airline captain from Americus, has announced his candidacy for the District 138 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives as a Republican. District 138 includes Chattahoochee, Marion, Schley and Sumter counties.
March 2, 2018 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that legislation passed the state House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon that would provide an avenue for Georgia residents to challenge the constitutionality of a law. House Bill 791, which cleared the House Judiciary Committee by a unanimous voice vote Feb. 22, received a 177-0 approval Wednesday, crossover day in the General Assembly. Crossover day is when legislation has to pass one chamber of the General Assembly to remain viable this session.
March 2, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal
Jon Gargis reports that members of both of Georgia’s legislative houses gave the green light Wednesday to transit bills in their respective chambers that aim to expand transit to 13 metro Atlanta counties, including Cobb.
March 2, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that two pieces of legislation that could affect the future of transit in Gwinnett County — one bill out of the state House of Representatives and another out of the state Senate — passed out of their respective chambers Wednesday. Both pieces of legislation, House Bill 930 and Senate Bill 386, would create a regional transit body in metro Atlanta that would guide transit projects in 13 counties, including Gwinnett. The Senate bill would also allow 30-year transportation SPLOSTs, also known as T-SPLOSTs.
March 2, 2018 New York Times
Richard Fausset reports that Georgia lawmakers approved a bill on Thursday that stripped out a tax break proposal highly coveted by Delta Air Lines — the most stinging punishment that America’s pro-gun forces have leveled so far on one of the many corporations recalibrating their positions on firearms after the Florida high school massacre.
March 2, 2018 Rome News-Tribune
Lumsden backs ‘hands-free’ driving bill, Local lawmakers shepherd their legislation through the House before the Crossover Day deadline
Diane Wagner reports that legislation banning the use of cellphones while driving passed the House before the Crossover Day deadline and moved on to the Senate. Rep. Eddie Lumsden, R-Armuchee, who lost a teen daughter to a distracted driver, spoke in favor of House Bill 673 before the vote, which came in at 151 to 20.
March 2, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Politically Georgia
Greg Bluestein reports that Vice President Mike Pence is headed to Atlanta this month to headline a major fundraising dinner for the Georgia GOP as the state party tries to stockpile cash for a competitive statewide election season. Pence will speak at the state party’s annual Presidents’ Day Dinner on March 23.
March 1, 2018 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced Feb. 28 that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed outer harbor dredging at the Port of Savannah, marking the midpoint of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP). “The completion of outer harbor dredging marks the midpoint for SHEP and represents a crucial milestone for the Savannah community, the State of Georgia and the nation as a whole,” said Deal.
March 1, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports that it's not surprising that Sandra Deal, a former teacher, has made education her focus since becoming Georgia’s First Lady in 2011. She has used her public platform not just to support educational endeavors, but has immersed herself in promoting literacy and the value of reading.
March 1, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that the Georgia economy will slowly lose speed over the coming year, adding jobs and new homes at a slower pace than during the past several years, according to a prediction Wednesday from one of the state’s high-profile forecasters. No recession is on the horizon, but even tax cuts, a bullish stock market and corporate investment will not keep the local economy from decelerating, said Rajeev Dhawan, director of the Georgia State University’s Economic Forecasting Center.
March 1, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that the Connecticut-based franchisor of fresh fruit baskets is scouting Buckhead and central Perimeter for nearly 200,000 square feet. Edible Arrangements could buy a building, or build one.
March 1, 2018 Augusta Chronicle
Tom Corwin reports that Georgia Power customers will be charged less for two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle both this year and in the future, the company announced Wednesday. Construction is also ahead of schedule and the predicted dates of bringing the new Unit 3 and Unit 4 reactors online in 2021 and 2022 appear more certain, the company said.
March 1, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald
Lee Shearer reports that research space has become scarce at the University of Georgia, according to UGA President Jere Morehead. “We’re literally out of space,” Morehead said Wednesday in his annual talk at the Rotary Club of Athens. “It’s a good problem to have,” he said, explaining it’s another indicator of UGA’s success in building up its research presence.
March 1, 2018 GlobalAtlanta.com
Three Honored at American Korean Friendship Society Dinner Where Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy Delivers a ‘Surprise’ Trumpet Solo
Phil Bolton reports that three Korean Americans were honored during a ceremonial dinner hosted by the American Korean Friendship Society Inc. on Feb. 23 at the Le Meridien Hotel Perimeter during which some 200 guests feasted on a menu of both steak and halibut. The location for the dinner seemed particularly fitting since Le Meridien had just opened only a few months before Le Meridien Seoul, in the heart of the Korean capital’s famed Gangnam District.
March 1, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive
Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Atlanta History Center’s Author Programs return March 2 with a spring lineup that features books on human enlightenment, civil rights and race, and southern cooking. The program offers a chance for attendees to connect with a varied group of writers via lectures, discussions and book signings at the AHC’s Buckhead location and its Margaret Mitchell House in Midtown.
March 1, 2018 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports, Dr. Eddie Richardson practices medicine in two different physician worlds. On the one hand, he’s an independent doctor working in a family medicine practice in Eatonton, east of Atlanta. Meanwhile, Richardson also is employed part time by a local hospital as a “hospitalist,’’ working 20 shifts a month.
March 1, 2018 WABE 90.1
Elly Yu reports that a lot of us have probably been to the hospital emergency room: For a broken bone, an asthma attack, the flu. Chances are, it wasn’t the best experience. Long wait times in crowded lobbies. Doctors shuffling back and forth through the hallway. Cold, sterile rooms. But that experience can be much worse if you step into the ER with a mental health emergency.
March 1, 2018 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that opponents of offshore drilling staged a rally at the Georgia Capitol on Wednesday ahead of an afternoon “listening session” on the issue federal regulators scheduled in Atlanta. Among those speaking to the group were State Reps. Carl Gilliard, D-Garden City, and Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, and State Sen. Lester Jackson, D-Savannah.
March 1, 2018 Gainesville Times
Nick Watson reports that before the end of Crossover Day, the Georgia General Assembly’s Senate unanimously passed a bill that would expand the language on the state’s sex trafficking statute. “This year … is consistent with each year since I have been here in 2010 that we have continued to tighten up the laws surrounding sexual servitude, sex trafficking (and) sexual solicitation,” said Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville. Senate Bill 355 would add the word “patronize” to the bill, which Miller said would affect the person paying for sex.
March 1, 2018 Saporta Report
Maggie Lee reports that Atlanta taxpayers may choose to change their property tax bills, and might be asked to extend a sewer tax that was supposed to end in 2020 — if bills endorsed by the state House get state Senate approval. The three Atlanta bills came up for votes in a row on Wednesday evening: The first would set up an Atlanta referendum to limit rises in homesteaded property tax assessments to 2.6 percent a year.
March 1, 2018 Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Staff reports that a bill to stop credit reporting agencies from charging consumers a fee for freezing or unfreezing accounts passed the Georgia House of Representatives in a 168-1 vote on Monday. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Scot Turner, R-Holly Springs. “Identity theft and credit fraud cases are increasing annually, and in light of this growing problem, it is critical that we take action to ensure that Georgians are protected,” Turner said in a written statement.