Sept. 22, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced yesterday that OneTrust, a global privacy management software company, will create 500 jobs and invest $5 million in a Fulton County facility expansion. New jobs at the facility will include positions in sales, consulting, marketing and software engineering. “Georgia’s status as a top technology hub continues to attract and retain innovative industry leaders like OneTrust,” said Deal.
Sept. 22, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that making cheese by hand is an ancient craft, but this old-world process only caught on in the U.S. about 30 years ago. Thomasville-based Sweet Grass Dairy is a Georgia pioneer in handcrafted cheesemaking, and the business has prompted the rest of the country to take notice of Southern cheeses.
Sept. 22, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Brianna Chambers reports that not far ahead of the holiday season, UPS is gearing up for an increase in the number of deliveries and services associated with the busy fall and winter months. The company announced Wednesday a plan to hire 95,000 employees across the country.
Sept. 22, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Jessica Saunders reports that individuals and organizations working to build and strengthen Georgia’s vibrant international business community will be honored Oct. 11 at the 36th annual Georgia International Awards.The awards are presented by Atlanta Business Chronicle in partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the World Trade Center - Atlanta.
Sept. 22, 2017 University of Georgia
Sharon Dowdy reports that the University of Georgia, state and industry leaders cut the ribbon on Sept. 21 signifying the official openings of three new turfgrass research and education facilities on the Griffin, Tifton and Athens campuses. The largest of the facilities is on the UGA Griffin campus, where the ceremony took place.
Sept. 22, 2017 Saporta Report
Maggie Lee reports that the first phase of Turner Field redevelopment looks to be on track for city bonds and tax abatements after votes by the board of Atlanta’s development authority. Invest Atlanta’s board passed a pair of resolutions signaling their intent to issue bonds and offer tax abatements to a mixed-use project and a dorm.
Sept. 22, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Alva James-Johnson reports, if you’ve ever wanted groceries delivered to your front door, then you may just be in luck. Starting Sept. 28, an online shopping service called “Instacart” will provide same-day delivery service around Columbus through stores such as Publix, CVS and Petco, according to information provided by the company.
Sept. 22, 2017 WABE 90.1
Johnny Kauffman reports that farmers Drew Walker and Will Ellis are in a 100-acre peanut field, surrounded by rows of green plants sticking up about two feet. On each plant there are about 40 peanuts underground. The farmers see crows flying above.“That’s the first tell-tale sign that you’ve got worms coming in,” Walker says. He and Ellis bend over, whacking the plants back and forth to see what falls off.
Sept. 22, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that Thursday, the Savannah Economic Development Authority announced that three companies — ONL-RBW Logistics, Distribution Services International, Inc. (DSI) and ICON Health &Fitness — will expand their local footprints, bringing another 90 jobs and $42 million in investment to Pooler.
Sept. 22, 2017 Emory University
Nancy Seideman reports that Emory University is among 31 leading colleges and universities signing an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn President Donald Trump's executive order banning people from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. The friend-of-the-court brief was filed Sept. 18. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Oct. 10 on the travel ban.
Sept. 21, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that the Savannah International Trade &Convention Center is off to a good start in fiscal 2018, coming in $50,000 ahead of budget for August and a total of $71,000 better than budgeted for the year’s first two months. Savor Savannah Catering, the trade center’s food and beverage operation, also had a good start, wrapping up its first two months nearly $77,000 ahead of budget.
Sept. 21, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Anne Dunkin reports that you’re looking for a different fall experience, why not trade hay rides for a breezy boat ride down the Augusta Canal. You can cruise in open-aired boats with informative guides, passing historic sites such as 19th century textile mills, the Confederate Powder Works and 18th century houses in addition to wildlife along the shoreline. Operated by Petersburg Tours, some cruises include live music on the boats September through November.
Sept. 21, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that last year it was long TSA lines frustrating travelers. This year, it’s airport construction. That’s not just in Atlanta at the world’s busiest airport, but at airports across the country, according to a new J.D. Power survey. Hartsfield-Jackson is in the middle of a $6 billion expansion and modernization plan, that has created construction zones disrupting passenger flows in parking garages, at pickup areas and on concourses.
Sept. 21, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Andrew McIntosh reports, in a wide-ranging interview, the leader of one of world's largest airlines discussed jet shopping, his past connection to MTV, air traffic control privatization, summer holidays and Delta's place in Seattle.
Sept. 21, 2017 GPB
Merrit Kennedy reports that after the revelation that a cybersecurity breach at the international credit reporting agency Equifax exposed personal information of 143 million people, the company has confirmed an additional security incident with a payroll-related service in the months prior. It says the two are unrelated. "Earlier this year, during the 2016 tax season, Equifax experienced a security incident involving a payroll-related service," an Equifax spokesperson told NPR.
Sept. 21, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Wayne Ford reports that the J&J Flea Market in Athens has a new owner.United Flea Markets, a company that now owns five flea markets in four states, announced Wednesday it has purchased the 120-acre location off U.S. Highway 441 from the Arthur Boggs family. “They were not actually looking to sell, but when we sat and talked about our model, they were excited for the next generation,” United Flea Markets CEO Rob Sieban said by telephone from company headquarters in Denver, Colo.
Sept. 21, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Georgia and several other Southern states initially would gain in federal health care funding under a Republican bill speeding through the U.S. Senate, a new analysis finds. But that effect would begin to wear off after a decade, and ultimately could lead to losses for all states as compared with current funding streams, according to the study by consulting firm Avalere Health, released Wednesday.
Sept. 21, 2017 New York Times
Maggie Astor reports that people create fake versions of big companies’ websites all the time, usually for phishing purposes. But the companies do not usually link to them by mistake. Equifax, however, did just that after Nick Sweeting, a software engineer, created an imitation of equifaxsecurity2017.com, Equifax’s page about the security breach that may have exposed 143 million Americans’ personal information.
Sept. 21, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Kerwin Swint writes, we’ve seen the stories for years. Dating back to at least 2008, election years bring with them countless news stories that have a familiar theme: “Is this the year Georgia finally becomes a purple state?” This reached a fever pitch in 2016 during the general election and increased in ferocity in the recent internationally watched 6th District congressional election between Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel.
Sept. 21, 2017 Gainesville Times
Carlos Galarza reports that worldwide supermarket giant Lidl withdrew a rezoning application that would have brought a big-box store to Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville.
Sept. 21, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Tom Corwin reports that Fall may begin on Friday but cooler weather won’t be coming very soon and the winter may be warmer than usual, weather experts said Wednesday. The autumn equinox will occur at 4:02 p.m. Friday but the forecast calls for continued hot days, at least for the next week, said meteorologist Al Moore with the National Weather Service office in Columbia, S.C.
Sept. 21, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Atlanta’s chief of road and transportation construction projects to the board that oversees GRTA, which advises on Xpress bus service in metro Atlanta and authorizes state and federal spending on transportation in metro Atlanta.
Sept. 21, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s office faces an ethics complaint alleging his administration misused city resources when he attacked a candidate for mayor during a press conference at City Hall. The complaint, filed anonymously last week, said the press conference arranged by two city staffers aimed to “denounce” Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell and said a placard and other materials he used at the event were “political and related to campaign issues, not city business.”
Sept. 20, 2017 WABE 90.1
Molly Samuel reports that Georgia regulators will decide next February whether or not to continue with a troubled nuclear plant expansion project. The future of two new nuclear reactors has been up in the air since the lead contractor went bankrupt earlier this year. On Tuesday, the Georgia Public Service Commission voted to approve the schedule for a round of hearings on spending at Plant Vogtle.
Sept. 20, 2017 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
K. K. Snyder reports that when it comes to business and economic development in our state, the “wins” that get local leadership excited are relative to the size of the region. Therefore, it’s easy to see why the small rural community of Coffee County takes great pride in additions like new industrial parks, a college campus expansion and more retailers – wins that even much larger counties would tout.
Sept. 20, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that the end of the summer meant declining sales, dipping prices and continued drop in listings of homes for sale in metro Atlanta real estate, according to a report issued by Re/Max on Tuesday. The expected cooling of the market followed the usual patter, said John Rainey, a vice president with the company.
Sept. 20, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Accenture will more than double its office and 40,000 square feet, becoming the largest corporate tenant in a 14-story tower at Tech Square that houses startups and the ATDC. Plans include a new innovation hub at Georgia Tech.
Sept. 20, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Lee Shearer reports that Hurricane Irma inflicted severe damage on Georgia agriculture, although it’s not yet possible to tell the full extent. Hardest hit seem to be the cotton and pecan crops, according to Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.
Sept. 20, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal visited the new Honeywell North American Software Center and announced that the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Global Commerce Division helped create a total of 30,309 new jobs during FY 17, generating a record-breaking $6.33 billion in investments. This growth is a result of the expansion or relocation of 377 companies covering every region of the state.
Sept. 20, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that a new survey of employer benefits underscores a central fact about health insurance: Where you get coverage can make a huge financial difference. Premiums for employer-sponsored family coverage rose an average of 3 percent this year, to a total of to $18,764, according to an employer benefits survey of employers released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust.
Sept. 20, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that already handles about 90,000 patient visits each year, with demand only expected to grow. Thus, Columbus Regional Health is now moving forward with a major expansion of the John B. Amos Cancer Center. The Columbus hospital and health-care system is preparing to break ground on a 46,411-square-foot project that will nearly double the size of the existing 49,620-square-foot cancer center that opened in late 2004.
Sept. 20, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Democrat Stacey Abrams would seek to train more advanced energy workers, overhaul building codes and permitting standards to encourage more efficiency and create a Georgia “green bank” to offer incentives for environmentally-friendly construction if she’s elected governor. The former Georgia House Democratic leader said Tuesday her proposal would create between 25,000 to 40,000 new jobs and would save taxpayer dollars by increasing energy efficiency.
Sept. 19, 2017 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that egulations pursued in the wake of vast and highly toxic coal ash spills in 2008 in Tennessee and 2014 in North Carolina are going to the back burner — with an eye toward possible repeal — under actions taken by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Coal ash disposal and coal ash pond dewatering remain local concerns following the Broadhurst landfill controversy in Wayne County and work at the shuttered Plant McManus site.
Sept. 19, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports, many of the challenges communities across Georgia face can’t be solved by one person – or even one entity. They need a cross-sector of leaders from government, academia, civic organizations, business and more to provide input, consider options and get the ball rolling on the hard work of improving Georgians’ lives. That’s the mission of GeorgiaForward, a nonprofit that brings people together in statewide conversations and partnerships.
Sept. 19, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that The housing market in metro Atlanta took a hit in August, although prices were up compared to a year ago, according to the Atlanta Realtors Association. The median sales price of a home sold last month was $250,000 – up 5 percent from a year earlier, according to the group’s report issued late Friday.
Sept. 19, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams reports that Georgia's business climate ranks third in the nation, according to a survey of U.S. corporate executives released Monday.The "Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing" survey, conducted every three years by Development Counselors International (DCI), placed Georgia behind only Texas and Florida.
Sept. 19, 2017 Georgia State University
Jennifer Rainey Marquez reports thata Dr. Benoit Chassaing of Georgia State University’s College of Arts and Sciences has received a $100,000 Innovator Award from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, part of $3 million awarded for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) research. The grants will support researchers across the world as they study new ideas that could lead to breakthrough discoveries about IBD. Those who demonstrate significant progress are eligible for additional years of support.
Sept. 19, 2017 Albany Herald
Staff reports that Albany State University was recently ranked among the nation’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the No. 1 public HBCU in the state of Georgia, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 list of top-ranked colleges and universities.
Sept. 19, 2017 Georgia Tech
John Toon reports that the National Science Foundation has awarded nearly $20 million to a consortium of universities to support a new engineering research center that will work closely with industry and clinical partners to develop transformative tools and technologies for the consistent, scalable and low-cost production of high-quality living therapeutic cells. Led by Georgia Tech, the center could help revolutionize the treatment of cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and other disorders by enabling broad use of potentially curative therapies that utilize living cells — such as immune cells and stem cells — as “drugs.”
Sept. 19, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that tens of millions of dollars in government funding for Georgia health care faces a dangerous deadline in less than two weeks. And while experts believe that much of the funding, if not all, will be renewed by Oct. 1 or afterward, there are no guarantees, with a fractious Washington dealing with the bitter aftermath of votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Sept. 19, 2017 WABE 90.1
Johnny Kauffman reports that political crowdfunding website wants to convince Georgians to run against members of Congress who faced no competition in last year's general election, putting billboards on Peachtree Road and Cobb Parkway featuring the image of Rep. Tom Graves. “Your congressman has no opponent. Fix that,” the billboards read.
Sept. 19, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that a year ago, Republican Houston Gaines was the University of Georgia’s student government president. Now he has the fast-track for an open Athens-based seat in the Georgia Legislature. Gaines was the sole Republican to qualify for the conservative-leaning seat after former state Rep. Doug McKillip decided not to run for the seat vacated by Regina Quick after she was tapped to a judgeship.
Sept. 18, 2017 WABE 90.1
Martha Dalton reports, under a new federal law called the ‘Every Student Succeeds Act,’ all states are required to submit a comprehensive education plan to the federal government. The deadline is Monday. Georgia spent more than a year seeking input and developing a proposal. However, some state officials are still at odds over some of the specifics.
Sept. 18, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Ellen Berman reports, when you think about successful businesses in Georgia, The Home Depot, UPS or Coke may pop first to mind. But with the state’s business climate continuing to be ranked No. 1, there is so much more here. In addition to these three high-ranking companies, this year’s Top 100 Public Companies list includes banks; retail operations; bioscience, logistics and technology firms; and more – everything our state needs to continue to thrive and positively impact the lives and livelihoods of our residents.
Sept. 18, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that Equifax Corp. said late Friday that two of its top executives are retiring in the wake of the embattled Atlanta company’s recent disclosure that hackers got away with sensitive information, including Social Security numbers, on 143 million people.
Sept. 18, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that Atlanta's historic Westside neighborhoods received another major boost after receiving $32 million worth of investments. The funding comes from commitments by Mayor Kasim Reed on behalf of the city of Atlanta and the Arthur M Blank Family Foundation.
Sept. 18, 2017 Gainesville Times
Carlos Galarza reports that the face of midtown Gainesville is changing with the development of 45 townhomes on a 4-acre tract where 13 dilapidated homes — mostly rentals — used to sit. After breaking ground in the spring, and despite numerous rain delays, the project called the Enclave developed by Steve McKibbon and Robbie Robison is ahead of schedule and on track to be completed by November, according to spokesman John Vardeman.
Sept. 18, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson will hold a think tank designed to help small business owners find federal resources this week. The Small Business Think Tank Connecting Small Businesses with Government Resources event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, in Clarkston. It is designed to show business owners what federal resources are out there that can help them grow and generate new jobs in the Fourth Congressional District, which includes southern Gwinnett.
Sept. 18, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue tours storm-damaged farms in Georgia today, his broader focus is on changing fiscal policy that seems to have contributed to the record-breaking wildfires out west – more than 2.2 million acres of national forest lands have burned as of Thursday.
Sept. 18, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that some midstate gas station fuel pumps have been shut down after officials found that the station’s tanks had been contaminated by water directly related to Tropical Storm Irma. So far, inspectors with the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s fuel and measures division “have found sporadic issues and have shut down pumps in Bibb, Camden, Cobb, Fulton, Henry, Jenkins, Lamar, Lowndes, Peach and Upson counties due to water contamination,” according a release.
Sept. 18, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Ricky Leroux reports that total of 125 properties were advertised for the county’s September foreclosure auction, and while the number of properties advertised for foreclosure continues to decline, it seems to be approaching a baseline. So far this year, 1,146 properties have been advertised for sale at auction, 259 fewer listings compared to the 1,405 properties advertised by this time in 2016.
Sept. 18, 2017 Georgia Trend – Exclusive
Mary Ann Demuth reports that 26th annual Marietta StreetFest will be held tomorrow and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17, on the Square and will feature many free activities for all ages. For kids, there will be a one-mile fun run in addition to inflatables, interactive art stations and carnival games. More than 75 vendors will display their art and craft creations and a variety of local musicians will entertain the crowd. Amazing classic cars will be featured in the 13th annual Hubcaps and History Classic Car Show on Saturday and motorcycle groups are invited to participate in the Military, Motorcycles & More Cruise-in on Sunday.
Sept. 18, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports, because of the continued closure of Cumberland Island National Seashore because of Tropical Storm Irma, the Park Service is cancelling camping reservations through Sept. 27. The dock at the St. Marys waterfront where the island’s ferry boards was severed damaged by the storm. St. Marys Mayor John Morrissey said Friday that the damages have been assessed and officials are considering options for resuming ferry service to the island.
Sept. 18, 2017 Brunswick News
Gordon Jackson reports, at 91 years old, it would be easy for Calvin Lang to throw up his hands and decide not to rebuild the businesses he has operated in downtown St. Marys more than five decades. Hurricane Irma destroyed his east and west marina docks sunk the Cumberland Queen, one of the boats used to ferry passengers to Cumberland Island National Seashore.
Sept. 18, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Political Insider
Jim Galloway reports that huddled masses yearning to breathe free may be about to take it in the neck. That could be the price for saving nearly 800,000 “dream kids” from the threat of deportation. If you’re David Perdue, that’s a fair trade. Heads, most of them Republican, are still spinning from Wednesday’s White House meeting between Donald Trump and Democratic leaders in Congress. A meeting in which the president appeared to pledge his support for legislation to salvage the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program established by President Barack Obama.
Sept. 15, 2017 WABE 90.1
Johnny Kauffman reports that Georgia's agriculture industry is assessing damage done by Irma, but leaders said pecan and cotton crops were the most vulnerable as the storm passed through because they’re nearing harvest. Both were hit hard. Fifty percent of Georgia's pecan crop might be lost, according to state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.
Sept. 15, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Christy Simo reports that Morris Communications, Augusta-based owner of Georgia Trend, is selling its newspaper division to GateHouse Media Inc. Morris Multimedia Inc., parent company to Morris Newspaper Corp., plans a redeployment of resources to its other operations, which include business, lifestyle and enthusiast media; digital marketing; and real estate. William “Billy” Morris III will remain publisher of The Augusta Chronicle.
Sept. 15, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that Equifax and a software company are blaming each other for a glitch that allowed hackers to obtain Social Security numbers and other sensitive info for 143 million people. The Atlanta-based company, one of the nation’s three key credit bureaus that track individuals’ credit histories, said late Wednesday that hackers breached a vulnerable spot in a U.S. website application called Apache Struts CVE-2017-5638.
Sept. 15, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Phil W. Hudson reports that the Oak Ridge Boys, Larry Gatlin and former Delta Force Commander Major General Gary Harrell of “Blackhawk Down” fame are on a mission to bring jobs back to America and are using a small town in Georgia as their base camp.
Sept. 15, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that a Suwanee-based small business that manufactures tube and coax fabrication machines has been recognized for its successful oversees business with help from the federal government. U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., recently presented the U.S. Commercial Service Export Achievement Award to Winton Machine Company owners George and Lisa Winton.
Sept. 15, 2017 Saporta Report
Maggie Lee reports that in the aftermath of a taxpayers’ revolt over a surge in many 2017 Fulton County home property tax bills, local government leaders are trying to figure out how to dodge the pitchforks and torches next time. A cap on home property tax increases could be part of the plan. When Fulton mayors and other local leaders met Downtown on Thursday morning, the first item on the agenda was to talk about how to make property tax assessments, billing and collections go better next year.
Sept. 15, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Damon Cline reports that the Development Authority of Richmond County on Thursday approved $940 million worth of industrial revenue bonds and bond proposals, which officials said would help five major employers – including Doctors Hospital and FedEx – expand local operations. The largest of the five bond issues was $672.5 million for an existing industry identified only as “Project Beam.”
Sept. 15, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports, talk about coming back in style. After having to close for five days during Hurricane Matthew due primarily to damage to navigational aids — the Georgia Ports Authority bounced back from Hurricane Irma almost immediately, bringing in its first ship Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the storm passed.
Sept. 15, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Jon Gillooly reports that there’s a new advocacy group in town that’s pushing for a unified, regional transit system for metro Atlanta. Danielle Elkins, president of Advance Atlanta, shared her vision with the Cumberland Area Council of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce on Thursday at The Georgian Club. She was asked how her group intends to be successful in cracking the transportation nut, given how many others have struck out over past decades.
Sept. 15, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Staff reports that Athens Republican Houston Gaines qualified on Thursday to run in the Nov. 7 special election for state House District 117, which covers portions of Clarke, Oconee, Barrow and Jackson counties. “This community is my lifelong home, and I have a stake in seeing it continue to succeed today and in the generations to come,” Gaines said.
Sept. 15, 2017 Georgia Times-Union Georgia
Gov. Nathan Deal calls Irma catastrophic, says state will pay local government’s share of debris cleanup
Terry Dickson reports that after viewing Irma’s devastation in Camden and Glynn counties from a helicopter Thursday, Gov. Nathan Deal said it was difficult to grasp that it was caused by a tropical storm and not a hurricane. The biggest single item in recovery is debris removal with the Federal Emergency Management Agency paying 75 percent of the cost and the state and local governments splitting the remaining 25 percent, Deal said.
Sept. 14, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Georgia’s uninsured rate fell to 12.9 percent in 2016 from 13.9 percent the previous year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But the number and percentage of Georgians without health coverage remains among the highest in the nation. Its uninsured rate trails only Texas, Alaska and Oklahoma.
Sept. 14, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports, now that we’ve had our fill of complaining about the long, rainy summer – which makes a nice change from complaining about the long, dry summers of years past – we can look ahead to the prospect of fall and the pleasures of lower power bills, pumpkin carving, school carnivals, SEC football, leaf-raking, an Atlanta mayoral election and too many early Christmas decorations.
Sept. 14, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that a natural disaster is not good news, not even if you are in the business of providing supplies for building and repairing homes. Of course, that doesn’t mean that Home Depot isn’t selling an awful lot of stuff in the Texas, Florida and Georgia cities that were just pounded by storms.
Sept. 14, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Phil W. Hudson reports that Georgia's two biggest banks are kicking it into high gear to aid those recovering from Hurricane Irma. Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks Inc. (NYSE: STI) has deployed a full service mobile branch to North Naples, Fla., to help residents recovering from the aftermath of the hurricane.
Sept. 14, 2017 Georgia State University
Andrea Jones reports that Georgia State University President Mark P. Becker is among seven university presidents named by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as recipients of its Academic Leadership Award, which provides $500,000 in support for each winner’s academic initiatives.
Sept. 14, 2017 Georgia Tech
Lance Wallace reports that Georgia Tech maintained its number 34 ranking in the 2018 Best Colleges undergraduate rankings of national universities by U.S. News & World Report. The Institute remained as the seventh-ranked public university for individual undergraduate programs.
Sept. 14, 2017 Emory University
Holly Korshun reports that Emory University has appointed Vikas P. Sukhatme, MD, ScD, a distinguished physician-scientist, as the new Dean of Emory University School of Medicine. He also will serve as Chief Academic Officer of Emory Healthcare and as Woodruff Professor.
Sept. 14, 2017 University of Georgia
Charlene Betourney reports that Steven Stice is leading researchers at the University of Georgia's Regenerative Bioscience Center in a newly funded research consortium designed to hasten the development of advanced cell therapies for a range of chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer.
Sept. 14, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that Navicent Health in Macon and Emory Healthcare in Atlanta announced a collaborative clinical partnership Wednesday. The agreement includes a formal restructuring of Navicent Health’s cardiothoracic, also known as CT, surgery service line, extending the range of CT procedures available to patients in Macon and the surrounding region, according to a release.
Sept. 14, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that three years ago, an unprecedented coalition of government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector joined forces to keep the gopher tortoise, our state reptile, off the endangered species list. Federal, state and private partners, including the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, The Conservation Fund and the Georgia Conservancy kicked off a $150-million initiative to preserve about 100,000 acres of the critter’s habitat in South Georgia and permanently protect 65 viable populations.
Sept. 14, 2017 Brunwick News
Staff reports that joint water and sewer officials are urging everyone returning Thursday from evacuation for Hurricane Irma to use as little water and sewer as possible when they get home. That means flushing the toilet only when absolutely necessary and to limit water use in anyway possible.
Sept. 14, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that the Gwinnett Braves opened their doors on Wednesday to Georgia Power crews who are working to restore power in Gwinnett County and the surrounding area, offering them a place to rest between shifts. The team posted a photo on its Twitter page of about 50 trailers lined up in the parking lot at Coolray Field in unincorporated Lawrenceville for crews from Georgia Power and partner agencies from around the country who sent teams to Georgia to help the company with storm recovery.
Sept. 14, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that the Metro Atlanta Chamber today is launching its latest initiative – IoT.ATL – at the GSMA Mobile World Congress meeting this week in San Francisco. The initiative reflects Atlanta’s dominance in the area known as the Internet of Things (IoT) – the digital connection between items like cars and appliances and the internet.
Sept. 14, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
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Sept. 14, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that the mayor of Atlanta doesn’t just lead the city’s 500,000 or so residents. He or she is the de facto leader of the metro region’s nearly 6 million people. That’s what made a question Wednesday posed to six of the leading candidates at a Council for Quality Growth forum so interesting. How will each candidate act as a regional leader?
Sept. 13, 2017 Albany Herald
Terry Lewis reports that as tropical storm Irma moved out of Georgia Tuesday, Gov. Nathan Deal said at a news conference that the state is shifting into recovery mode, cautioning the process will not happen quickly because the massive storm touched every county in the state. “Recovery is going to be slow, as the storm covered so much territory, so it will take time before everything gets back to a normal environment,” Deal said.
Sept. 13, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports, acting on a recommendation from the Emergency Operations Command and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), Gov. Nathan Deal lifted the mandatory evacuation order for six coastal counties.
Sept. 13, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Anna Bentley reports, what’s one of the easiest ways to determine the economic viability of a community? Look at its banks, says Joe Brannen, president and CEO of the Georgia Bankers Association (GBA).“The banking industry is a direct reflection of the health of the state of Georgia, and Georgia’s doing well,” Brannen says, “and so the banks are also doing well.”
Sept. 13, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
J. Scott Trubey reports that members of Congress continue to put pressure on Atlanta-based Equifax, joining a chorus of consumer groups that have criticized the credit bureau in the wake of a massive security breach. On Tuesday, 24 Democratic members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee demanded answers about the breach, which compromised the personal information of more than 140 million U.S. consumers.
Sept. 13, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Ellie Hensley reports that Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, started a new initiative to fight heart disease, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Sept. 13, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Liz Fabian reports that now that Tropical Storm Irma’s winds and lashing rain have left Georgia, power crews are beginning to make assessments of the damage. Considering the widespread damage to utility lines, it will at least be several days and maybe weeks before service is fully restored.
Sept. 13, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that the second major hurricane to strike the United States in little more than two weeks has once again drawn the giving attention of Columbus companies and their employees.Credit-card processor TSYS said Tuesday it is donating $50,000 to the American Red Cross for relief efforts connected to Hurricane Irma, which pounded away at the Caribbean islands last week before coming ashore in south Florida Sunday.
Sept. 13, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that Gov. Nathan Deal proclaimed last week, Sept. 4-8, 2017, as Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. The proclamation was in recognition of several alarming facts about literacy in our country and state. For more about how Metro Atlanta communities are working to improve literacy, see Georgia Trend Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Ben Young’s column “Education Intervention” in the current issue.
Sept. 13, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political InsiderGa.
Tamar Hallerman reports that the office of Congressman Barry Loudermilk said the two-term Republican and his wife are recovering from non-life-threatening injuries after a car accident near Knoxville, Tenn., on Tuesday. Loudermilk and his wife Desiree were driving on I-40 on the way back to Washington, D.C. early on Tuesday morning when their car was struck from behind by a second vehicle, which caused their car to veer off the road and flip multiple times, according to the lawmaker’s office.
Sept. 12, 2017 WABE 90.1
Tasnim Shamma reports that Gov. Nathan Deal is asking people to stay indoors as Tropical Storm Irma claims lives and damages trees and buildings. Businesses could also be looking at big financial losses as well. For tourism operator Phil Sellers in Savannah's historic district, Hurricane Irma has caused physical damage, but also a big financial one.
Sept. 12, 2017 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Tom Oder reports, folks who say bigger is better could have been talking about northeast Metro Atlanta’s Gwinnett County. Gwinnett has 16 cities and has been one of the fastest-growing counties in the country for years. With a recent focus on recruiting company headquarters and helping local businesses expand – not to mention an influx of every flavor of international cuisine – it looks like the growth will continue well into the next decade.
Sept. 12, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Scott Trubey reports that the Georgia Ports Authority is working to have its Savannah operations open by the end of the day Tuesday or early Wednesday following a pelting by Tropical Storm Irma.Griff Lynch, executive director of the authority, said the Savannah ports fared relatively well, though he said his agency is “still awaiting the final assessment on [the port in] Brunswick.”
Sept. 12, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that Arthur Blank is opening his pocketbook again for the hurricane relief effort. The Atlanta United/Atlanta Falcons owner made a commitment from his Family Foundation to match up to $1 million to the Red Cross last week, and pledged another $1 million grant Monday to be split between the Red Cross, United Way and World Vision.
Sept. 12, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is closing out his term of office as the city provides its share of funding to expands its effort to address homelessness. The city on Thursday is slated to sell $25.3 million worth of bonds that received a top credit rating from Moody’s Investors Service, according to a rating action.
Sept. 12. 2017 Savannah Morning News
Eric Curl reports that by 2 p.m., the sun broke through the clouds and about a dozen residents were enjoying a drink at Pinkie Masters, which did not lose power. Bartender Burke Stewart said that keeping the bar’s clientele happy was key. The bar had also operated with beer and coolers throughout most of Hurricane Matthew after losing power.
Sept. 12, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Staff reports, on Sept. 6, Synovus Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Columbus-based Synovus Financial Corp., the parent company of Bank of North Georgia, received regulatory approval from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to acquire certain assets and assume certain liabilities of World’s Foremost Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cabela’s Incorporated, pursuant to the previously announced Framework Agreement, dated April 17, by and among Synovus Bank, Cabela’s Incorporated, WFB, Capital One Bank (USA), National Association and Capital One, National Association.
Sept. 12, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Jim Galloway reports that the political world has no reason to doubt the several polls that show Mary Norwood to be the strongest candidate in the large scrum running to become mayor of Atlanta. But what they don’t show is that the councilwoman is probably in an inherently weaker position than she was eight years ago, when she lost a December runoff to a former state senator named Kasim Reed by a mere 700 votes….
Sept. 11, 2017 Valdosta Daily Times
Jill Nolin reports that Georgia residents in the shifting path of Hurricane Irma are urged to stay put as the now Category 2 storm inches closer. “Shelter in place as much as possible,” Gov. Nathan Deal said during a media briefing Sunday evening at the state operations center in Atlanta. “That’s the best advice we can give.”
Sept. 11, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that Molly Williford, a third grader at Turner County Elementary School in Ashburn, put crayon and marker to paper and visually created what she wants to be when she grows up – a veterinarian. Her drawing competed with thousands of others to win her the top award in a nationwide contest held by Georgia-Pacific Corp. (G-P).
Sept. 11, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Former
Scott Trubey reports that a team of lawyers, including former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, has filed a class-action lawsuit against Equifax over the massive data breach that has compromised the personal information of more than 140 million U.S. consumers.
Sept. 11, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvkash Karkaria reports that the Amazon Transportation Services office is said to be part command center, part technology development hub. The nearly 25,000 square foot office at Atlantic Station could employ about 150 people.
Sept. 11, 2017 Albany Herald
Staff reports that Georgia Power officials said Sunday night that they have 3,400 personnel positioned to respond to what are expected to be extensive power outages caused by Hurricane Irma, which will affect Georgia starting late tonight. Georgia Power officials said all of its resources have been held to respond to storm restoration in Irma’s wake.
Sept. 11, 2017 New York Times, Reuters
Staff reports that with hundreds of thousands of Floridians flee Hurricane Irma, people in the state of Georgia have opened their homes to strangers who emerged from hours-long traffic jams to find hotels and campgrounds booked solid. With churches in Atlanta appealing for donations of mattresses and blankets for shelters, and hotels and motels along Interstate 75 heading north to the city from Florida reportedly at capacity through next week, homeschool teacher Mary Hoyt decided something needed to be done.
Sept. 11, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Donnie Z. Fetter reports that Athens-Clarke County might lose another business to Oconee County following a decision this week by county commissioners to deny a rezoning. “This is not meant in a threatening way, but our plan B and C are across the line in Oconee County,” said Andy Thomas, COO of The Commercial Bank, which hoped to construct a new building on two parcels totaling about 1.6 acres on the corner of Epps Bridge Parkway and Timothy Road.
Sept. 11, 2017 WABE 90.1
Stephannie Stokes reports thata ome rapidly changing parts of Atlanta may see more affordable housing. That’s according to two pieces of legislation introduced to the City Council. The ordinances would bring inclusionary zoning both to the neighborhoods near Mercedes-Benz Stadium and around the Atlanta BeltLine.
Sept. 11, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that President Donald Trump on Friday nominated a Columbia County lawyer to be U.S. attorney in eastern Georgia. The White House announced its intent to nominate Bobby Christine to lead the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Georgia’s Southern District, saying he and a slate of other nominees shared Trump’s vision of “making America safe again.” If confirmed, Christine would have jurisdiction from Augusta to Savannah.
Sept. 8, 2017 11Alive.com
Irma Tim Darnell and Kristen Reed report that the state of emergency designation for Georgia counties has now expanded to 30 counties. On Thursday, Governor Nathan Deal added an additional 24 counties to his initial list of six counties placed under a state of emergency.
Sept. 8, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, an obstetrician-gynecologist who was commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, is the new director of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), appointed by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Fitzgerald, 71, succeeds Tom Frieden, who headed the CDC for eight years.
Sept. 8, 2017 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that shortly after noon Thursday, Gov. Nathan Deal announced the mandatory evacuation of all areas of Glynn, Camden and McIntosh counties east of I-95 as of Saturday, along with some areas west of I-95 in Glynn and Camden counties.
Sept. 8, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Scott Berson reports that Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency in the following Georgia counties in preparation for Hurricane Irma: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Clinch, Coffee, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Jenkins, Jeff Davis, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne and Ware Counties.
Sept. 8, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that while it may seem like it’s been business as usual at Savannah’s port this week, the Georgia Ports Authority, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Office Savannah and the maritime community as a whole has been quietly preparing to deal with whatever Irma might send our way.
Sept. 8, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that hospitals and nursing homes in coastal Georgia began to evacuate some patients Thursday, ahead of potential devastation from Hurricane Irma. While some patients are being evacuated, others will be “sheltered in place,’’ said Adrianne Feinberg, director of emergency preparedness for the Georgia Hospital Association.
Sept. 8, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) today announced a cybersecurity hack that potentially involved the private information of approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. The Atlanta-based company said that criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files that included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver's license numbers.
Sept. 8, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the UPS Foundation said it is partnering with drone manufacturer CyPhy Works and the American Red Cross to test using a drone to identify areas with the most flood damage in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. “Accurately and quickly assessing the impact is a critical step to help save lives and lay the groundwork for eventual recovery and rebuilding,” said UPS Foundation president Eduardo Martinez.
Sept. 8, 2017 WABE 90.1
Martha Dalton reports that one nerve-wracking part of applying to college can be taking the entrance exam. Students usually choose between two: the ACT and the SAT. The ACT released its 2017 results Thursday. Georgia’s overall composite score improved, as did scores in each subject: English, reading, math and science.
Sept. 8, 2017 Georgia State University
Jenifer Shockley reports that Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business has opened a fintech lab spanning data analytics, finance, real estate, and risk management and insurance, the first business school-based fintech lab in Georgia and among the first in the nation.
Sept. 8, 2017 Emory University
Holly Korshun and Veronica Smith report that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has renewed the designation of Marcus Autism Center as a national Autism Center of Excellence (ACE), including an $11M, five-year research grant to Emory University School of Medicine.
Sept. 8, 2017 Rome News-Tribune
Doug Walker reports that Romans may see an increased amount of selfie traffic around town in the future. Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner for tourism within the Georgia Department of Economic Development, told community leaders Thursday that two locations in Rome are included on a new “Movie Trail” through Georgia with spots from various movies highlighted as potential sites of interest for a selfie picture to be made.
Sept. 8, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman and Greg Bluestein report that the Trump administration on Thursday nominated a Georgia Court of Appeals judge and a U.S. Magistrate judge to fill a pair of federal judicial vacancies based in Atlanta and Brunswick.
Sept. 7, 2017 GPB
Emily Jones reports, Emergency Management officials on the Georgia coast said Wednesday that the area will likely see some effect from Hurricane Irma, though it was too soon to tell how strong the storm would be or whether evacuations would be ordered. Those decisions could come this weekend.
Sept. 7, 2017 Brunswick News
Larry Hobbs reports that while the rest of Glynn County tuned in to powerful Hurricane Irma’s steady trudge toward South Florida, Maurice Butler kept his eye out Wednesday for a foe that had already slithered itself into local relevance. “There’s water moccasins up and down the banks,” the Brunswick Public Works employee said, sitting atop a backhoe in the middle of a drainage ditch in Brunswick’s Magnolia Park neighborhood.
Sept. 7, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive
Ben Young writes, it's that time of year again – back to school. These days I get to relive my memories of first-day anticipation and nervousness through my own son. I remember bringing my favorite toy with me one year to boost my confidence. It is a testament to the quality of my Dalton (and later Savannah) teachers that I was actually excited about going back.
Sept. 7, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that Georgia, in 1950, was the 13th largest state, smaller than Indiana. About 3.4 million people lived in the state. In contrast, the most recent Census Bureau estimate has Georgia with more than 10.3 million residents, making it the eighth-largest state, ahead of North Carolina and just behind Ohio.
Sept. 7, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that Atlanta's Rosalind Brewer has been appointed the new president and COO of Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX), effective next month. Brewer, a Spelman College trustee and former CEO of Sam's Club, is a current Starbucks board member and will officially take on her new roles at the company's Support Center in Seattle starting Oct. 2.
Sept. 7, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that from Perry to Locust Grove, more than 100 hotels have no rooms available through at least Tuesday, according to Expedia.com. Hurricane Irma evacuees from Florida are flooding into Middle Georgia to escape what is referred to a “potentially catastrophic” hurricane. It is one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.
Sept. 7, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Grady Memorial Hospital made its debut Tuesday in the campaign for seats at Atlanta City Hall. Every member of the Atlanta City Council signed a proclamation commending Grady for its 125 years of service. No one appeared to observe that the gala celebration for the 125th anniversary was held March 18 at the Georgia Aquarium’s Oceans Ballroom.
Sept. 7, 2017 Gainesville Times
Nick Bowman reports that the maker of Gainesville’s Flat Creek litter trap has been named a “clean water hero” by the Georgia Water Coalition. Storm Water Systems in Cleveland is one of 13 businesses, organizations and individuals recognized for their work cleaning up Georgia’s waterways. The North Georgia business constructed the trap that keeps litter from flowing from Flat Creek into Lake Lanier.
Sept. 7, 2017 Georgia Health News
Brenda Goodman and Andy Miller report, almost as soon as he could balance on his plump baby legs, Austin Poteet loved to pull himself up to look out one of the windows of the house his family was renting in Ashburn. While he stood at the windows, he may have found more than just a way to watch his dad mow the lawn, says his mother, Montie Poteet.
Sept. 7, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports, two Atlanta startups, both connected with technology and travel, have been named for an international exchange program with Toulouse, France. Volantio, which makes software to help airlines with marketing automation and booking optimization, and Vayando, which offers an online platform connecting travelers with experiences offered by social entrepreneurs internationally, are headed to Toulouse as part of a program launched last year through Atlanta’s sister-city relationship Toulouse.
Sept. 7, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that the city of Atlanta is seeking businesswomen to participate in its 2018-19 Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) business incubator program. WEI is a free, 15-month program that provides resources and networking connections to help women focus and grow their businesses. Applications are being accepted now through Sept. 15 for WEI, which is the nation’s only city-funded incubator for female entrepreneurs.
Sept. 7, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Wayne Ford reports that a third Oconee County resident recently announced he will seek the State House of Representatives District 119 seat that was vacated when Chuck Williams resigned to become the director of the Georgia Forestry Commission.
Sept. 7, 2017 Rome News Tribune
Staff reports that a Northwest Georgia lawmaker who led a push to strengthen regulations on fracking is among the honorees in the Georgia Water Coalition’s inaugural Clean 13 Report. The report released Wednesday recognizes the efforts of individuals and organizations to protect the state’s water and natural resources. “We’ve never done this before,” said Joe Cook, a spokesman for coalition member Coosa River Basin Initiative in Rome. “We do the Dirty Dozen report on polluters, and thought we should highlight the good news, too.”
Sept. 7, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Ben Wright reports that, expressing a love for God, country and the people of Southwest Georgia, Republican Bruce McPherson announced his 2018 bid to run against U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. for the 2nd Congressional District. McPherson, who served two tours in Afghanistan and still serves in the Army Reserves, told more than 65 supporters on Wednesday outside the Columbus Government Center that it’s time for a change.
Sept. 7, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal’s overhauled storm response strategy – and his new head of the emergency management agency – face what could be their most significant weather-related challenge yet as Hurricane Irma barrels toward the Atlantic coast.
Sept. 6, 2017 WABE 90.1
Elly Yu reports that the Trump administration announced Tuesday that it was ending an Obama-era program that’s shielded young undocumented immigrants from deportation. Federal officials said the government would stop accepting new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, after Tuesday.
Sept. 6, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Christy Simo reports, Georgia’s institutions of higher education – 28 public colleges serving 321,551 students, 22 public technical colleges with 133,455 students, and 25 private colleges and universities – are continuing to evolve to meet the changing needs of incoming students and the types of skills companies are looking for in recent grads.
Sept. 6, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Sandy Springs-based distributor Veritiv announced it has acquired Miami-based packaging distributor All American Containers. Veritiv CEO Mary Laschinger said in a written statement that the deal is part of a strategy to invest in “higher growth and higher margin segments.”
Sept. 6, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria and Phil W. Hudson report that eVestment, which employs about 350, develops a software suite that provides data, insight and analysis on investment trends to institutional investors, such as consultants, wealth managers and pension fund managers.
Sept. 6, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta and Dave Williams report that MARTA General Manager and CEO Keith Parker is stepping down from a post he has held for nearly five years to take over management of Goodwill of North Georgia. “We are deeply grateful for his stewardship and proud of the many strides we made as an agency during his tenure,” MARTA board Chairman Robbie Ashe said. “He leaves MARTA stronger and healthier than ever before.”
Sept. 6, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Liz Fabian reports that forecasters might not know exactly where Hurricane Irma will hit, but they know it is a “potentially catastrophic Category 5 hurricane.” The storm that is tracking west toward the Leeward Islands is expected to remain a powerful storm as it moves closer to southern Florida.
Sept. 6, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that the four insurers offering coverage in Georgia’s insurance exchange next year are increasing their proposed rates beyond the big premium hikes that they first sought, state officials said Tuesday.
Sept. 6, 2017 Rome News Tribune
Staff reports that U.S. Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta marked Labor Day alongside Anheuser-Busch CEO Joao Castro Neves at the company’s brewery in Cartersville Monday. The formal gathering, followed by a tour of the plant, recognized local employees’ work to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey. It coincided with the brewery’s halt of normal beer production to fill cans of water that will be trucked down to disaster sites along the southern coast.
Sept. 6, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that Sage, the business software firm, has picked four startups based in the British city of Newcastle to visit Atlanta for a program in October that could help them attract investors and scale into the U.S. market. Two Atlanta firms have also been selected to reciprocate the visit during a trip in November, where they will attend the North East Venture Fest.
Sept. 6, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that Rep. Scott Hilton, R-Peachtree Corners, will go to Arkansas this fall to participate in a leadership training program for people who are involved in the executive, legislative or judicial branches of 15 state governments. The Georgia House of Representatives announced Hilton, who is in his first time in the legislature, has been picked to participate in the 2017 Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills.
Sept. 6, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that a political newcomer with a polished military background is challenging U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, hoping to flip the script by winning a House seat long in Democratic hands during a midterm election where Republicans elsewhere have targets on their backs. Bruce McPherson, 33, entered the race Wednesday to represent the sprawling southwest Georgia district with a vow to focus on economic development and steer clear of culture-wars that could jeopardize his chances in the left-leaning district.
Sept. 5, 2017 New York Times
Richard Fausset reports, it was Friday afternoon at Kimball House, a casually elegant bistro set in a 19th-century railroad depot where the bartenders wield Herbsaint, rye and peach honey. Chuck Reece, 56, editor in chief of the website The Bitter Southerner, was at the bar, poring over the day’s raw oyster menu and using a little pencil to circle all the items of Southern provenance.
Sept. 5, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports, Steve Wrigley, chancellor of the University System of Georgia, is a familiar presence in higher education – he served as interim chancellor and executive vice chancellor of administration before the Board of Regents tapped him for the top job, effective Jan. 1, 2017. He knows his way around the state Capitol as well, having been a lobbyist for the University of Georgia and, before that, chief of staff to former Gov. Zell Miller.
Sept. 5, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that tens of thousands of drivers poised to start their Labor Day weekend drives, the price of transportation has jumped and is likely to keep rising. With 10 Gulf Coast refineries out of commission and Colonial Pipeline’s two crucial conduits pumping little if any fuel, Atlanta area gas prices have spiked an average of 45 cents per gallon in the past 12 days, according to AtlantaGasPrices.
Sept. 5, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Douglas Sams reports that SoNo on Peachtree paid $5.3 million for less than an acre around the shelter, according to Fulton County records. The group is supposed to meet in coming days with Central Atlanta Progress to discuss options for redeveloping the properties, which include 100-year-old row buildings and a vacant parking lot.
Sept. 5, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports, when Beulah “B.J.” Dumas bought her house in north Bibb County about 16 years ago, it had a rocky creek bed at the bottom of a steep incline in her backyard. When it rains enough, water falls off a short rock shelf and heads downstream, creating a soothing waterfall sound.
Sept. 5, 2017 Gainesville Times
Jeff Gill reports that ork to widen Interstate 985 to six lanes could start as early as 2022, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. The project, estimated at $81 million, could run from Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County to Mundy Mill Road, or Exit 16, in Oakwood.
Sept. 5, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that for For years, Wayne Shackelford had some unfinished business with the University of Georgia — largely because he went to work for the school. Shackelford left the university in about 1959 to become an UGA Extension Service agent for Haralson County. In doing so, he left his master’s thesis in agriculture incomplete. Even though he didn’t finish the degree he’d worked on for two years, his widow, Anna, said it wasn’t because of a lack of interest.
Sept. 5, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that new mapping tool intended to quantify the disparity of legal access in Georgia also shows some striking facts about the state’s population. For instance, a third of Gwinnett County residents don’t speak English at home and a third of Gwinnett’s households don’t have Internet access. Georgia State University released the mapping tool Aug. 31. It’s the latest product of GSU’s Center for Access to Justice.
Sept. 5, 2017 AccessWDUN
Staff reports that Gainesville native Blake Fulenwider has been named Georgia Medicaid Chief, according to an announcement from Frank Berry, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health. Berry says Fulenwider brings broad-based health care policy knowledge to his new role.
Sept. 5, 2017 WABE 90.1
Allison Aubrey reports that it’s not lost on beverage makers that consumers are drinking fewer sodas as they aim to cut back on sugar. "Sugar is now the number one item that consumers want to avoid in their diets," says Darren Seifer, a food and beverage industry analyst with the NPD Group. The message to consume less is coming from health experts around the globe.
Sept. 5, 2017 Emory University
Staff reports that National Institutes of Health (NIH) has chosen Emory University to join the All of Us Research Program, a national effort with more than 25 collaborating institutions charged with advancing research into precision medicine. Emory is part of the SouthEast Enrollment Center (SEEC) network, which also includes the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, and the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium led by the University of Florida.
Sept. 5, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Piedmont Healthcare is expanding its footprint east of Atlanta with an agreement to purchase Rockdale Medical Center in Conyers. The deal, if completed, would give Atlanta-based Piedmont an eighth hospital in its system, joining the additions of Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens and Newton Medical Center in Covington, just 10 miles from the Rockdale hospital off I-20.
Sept. 5, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Jim Galloway reports, the governor may applaud the move, and some members of the state Public Service Commission may be in favor, but a top ratings firm has issued a sour view of Georgia Power’s recommendation that it be allowed to continue construction of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.
Sept. 1, 2017 New York Times
Brad Plumer reports, even as the rest of the United States backs away from nuclear power, utilities in Georgia are pressing ahead with plans to build two huge reactors in the next five years — the only nuclear units still under construction nationwide. On Thursday, Georgia Power asked state regulators to approve its proposal to complete the reactors at the Alvin W. Vogtle generating station near Augusta, home to two existing nuclear units built in the 1980s.
Sept. 1, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Kenna Simmons reports that the world’s busiest airport embarks on a $6-billion expansion plan with a 20-year timeline, passengers to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport are going to see a lot of changes, from soaring canopies at the entrance to a new concourse and gates to different parking options. But the area around the airport – a large swath of the Southside – is hoping to see even more.
Sept. 1, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Scott Trubey reports that the city of Atlanta has a new plan to sell the aging civic center to the city’s housing authority for a mixed-use project with much of the project set aside for affordable housing. The plan to sell the theater and surrounding land for $31 million would mark a fresh start for a land deal that was scuttled last year.
Sept. 1, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams reports that in 2011, the University System of Georgia launched an initiative aimed at ensuring more students leave school prepared for the high-skilled jobs the modern workforce requires.
Sept. 1, 2017 Georgia Health News
Kellie Vinal and Andy Miller report that cases of Zika infection have dropped significantly in Georgia and across the United States, public health officials say. Despite the decrease, the Atlanta-based CDC emphasizes that Zika continues to be a public health threat.
Sept. 1, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday announced that 59 Georgia communities will receive a total of $37.55 million in federal assistance to help grow their local economies. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the funding to Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).
Sept. 1, 2017 Brunswick News
Deborah Bayliss reports that the Jekyll Island Authority will not have to pay back loans received from OneGeorgia Authority to complete retail development projects on Jekyll Island. Calling it “really good news,” Jones Hooks, executive director of the Jekyll Island Authority announced during a recent Jekyll Island Board meeting that that the $7.1 million OneGeorgia Authority loan to grant conversion “will impact the Jekyll Island budget in a positive way.”
Sept. 1, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Becky Purser reports that Peach County fire’s risk rating is dropping, which may mean lower insurance premiums for some, according to a news release. The new Insurance Services Office, or ISO, rating of 4 for parts of the county goes into effect Dec. 1, the Peach County Fire Department news release said.
Sept. 1, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that Georgia Power pulled the plug at the last minute on its involvement in a solar project on East President Street. But the site will get a solar installation anyway, said developer Reed Dulany III. At issue is a 1 megawatt community solar project planned for the site of a former city dump on East President Street. Dulany is acquiring the property and the surrounding 700 acres from the trust that cleaned it up and has plans for an industrial park there.
Sept. 1, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that a growing number of civil rights groups and Democratic officials are calling for a Georgia Republican who made threatening comments to a former state legislator to apologize or resign from office. The calls intensified after state Rep. Jason Spencer said his sharp-edged comments on Facebook to LaDawn Jones, a Democrat who was once his seat-mate in the Georgia Legislature, were “misrepresented as a threat against her.”
Aug. 31, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that a major piece of Pratt & Whitney’s expansion project in Columbus is about to ramp up, with the aerospace company now starting construction on a 276,301-square-foot facility on Macon Road on the city’s east side. The price tag on the construction is $31.3 million, according to an Aug. 24 building permit, with Evans General Contractors performing the work at 8987 Macon Road.
Aug. 31, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Richard L. Eldredge reports that in order to reach Collective Soul frontman Ed Roland’s Metro Atlanta home studio, you have to step past Duane Allman’s blue denim boots just inside the front door, walk by the baby grand piano – a gift from friend Sir Elton John – in the front parlor, head down the basement stairs, cross the “Ed’s Man Cave” welcome mat and pass the autographed pair of Muhammad Ali’s red Everlast boxing gloves housed in a glass case and many of Roland’s 185 favorite guitars artfully hung on the walls.
Aug. 31, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Leon Stafford and J. Scott Trubey report that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Wednesday he will propose having the Atlanta Housing Authority purchase the city’s civic center. Reed made the announcement at a meeting of the City Council Finance/Executive Committee, saying that council could see the proposal in the coming weeks.
Aug. 31, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams reports that a decision is expected Thursday on whether Atlanta-based Southern Co. will push to complete the nuclear expansion at Plant Vogtle or give up on what has ballooned into a $25.2 billion project.
Aug. 31, 2017 AccessWDUN
M.J. Kneiser reports that Stephens County Hospital will eliminate 34 jobs and 27 vacant positions. Wednesday morning, the Stephens County Hospital Authority Board announced the elimination of 61 positions.The move comes with an additional hiring freeze. Chief Executive Officer/Hospital Administrator Lynne Anderson says the cutbacks were a difficult decision.
Aug. 31, 2017 Georgia Southern University
Staff reports that the Georgia Southern University College of Business will host its second annual Professional Development Day (PDD) on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, starting at 9:30 a.m. PDD is a day where business classes are suspended and students attend conference-like sessions presented by the College’s corporate business partners.
Aug. 31, 2017 Rome News Tribune
Staff reports that Berry College has received a $2 million gift to fund the directorship of the growing Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership. The gift was made by John Edward Sims, a retired Union Pacific executive and resident of Flower Mound, Texas, in memory of his late parents, Berry alumni Elvin and Fleta Patterson Sims. It honors the character and integrity exhibited by these two lifelong educators and the important role Berry played in their lives.
Aug. 31, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Gulfstream partner appears to have lock on contract to replace Air Force’s aging electronic warfare planes
Mary Carr Mayle reports that U.S. Air Force is recapitalizing its Compass Call fleet and it appears the new version may be designed on a Gulfstream G550 airframe, despite protests from both Boeing and Bombardier that the single-source award to L3 Technologies is in violation of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.
Aug. 31, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Lee Shearer reports that Regina Quick will be the Western Judicial Circuit’s next Superior Court judge, replacing retired David Sweat, Gov. Nathan Deal announced this week. The announcement confirms what had been rumored for months, and explains why three candidates had already announced in July they’d run for Quick’s District 117 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives.
Aug. 31, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman report that Georgia lawmakers are preparing for what’s likely to be a delicate, and raw, debate over the dozens of Civil War monuments and symbols scattered across the state or sanctioned by its government. These fraught discussions have raged behind the scenes for decades but were sparked anew by the deadly violence of the chaotic white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
Aug. 30, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that a health care consultant and former deputy commissioner of the Department of Community Health has been named the new chief of Georgia Medicaid. Blake Fulenwider will also become a deputy commissioner of Community Health, effective Sept. 15, the agency said Tuesday.
Aug. 30, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Krista Reese reports that if you keep up with the Atlanta food scene, you know the name Ford Fry – a delicious moniker for someone who sounds like a combination chef/action hero. And in a way that’s what he is – starting out as a mild-mannered fried-chicken specialist at JCT. Kitchen in Westside Provisions, and within recent years expanding his fast-growing empire to include the seafood-centric The Optimist, Italianate No. 246, “Mex-Tex” Superica and El Felix, French steakhouse Marcel, and now his latest concept, BeetleCat.
Aug. 30, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports, saying the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau “blatantly” ignored his directions, a federal judge in Atlanta dismissed the agency’s claims against a metro Atlanta payment processor and three others for allegedly aiding fraudulent debt collectors. The CFPB’s case against Global Payments and similar firms pointed to a potentially huge risk for the multibillion-dollar transaction processing industry in Georgia and elsewhere.
Aug. 30, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams reports that Georgia Power Co. has removed all of the coal ash from ash ponds at three coal-burning power plants, the Atlanta-based utility's chief environmental official said Tuesday.
Aug. 30, 2017 Kennesaw State University
Sabbaye McGriff reports that the Kennesaw State has become the new home for The Georgia News Lab, an investigative reporting collaborative that has received multiple awards for the training of young investigative journalists. Lab Director David Armstrong has been named a journalist-in-residence for the University’s School of Communication and Media.
Aug. 30, 2017 University of Georgia
Terry Hastings reports that three University of Georgia units have been named finalists in a competition recognizing innovative programs that develop economic prosperity locally and beyond. Innovation Gateway, Archway Partnership, and Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant were named finalists in the 2017 University Economic Development Association Awards of Excellence competition.
Aug. 30, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that the largest container ship ever to reach the U.S. East Coast docked in Virginia on Monday and will wait out the stormy weather before setting sail for Savannah, where it is now expected Friday. The French-owned CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt arrived in Norfolk on Monday from Asia after setting another record as the largest ship ever to sail through the newly expanded Panama Canal.
Aug. 30, 2017 WABE 90.1
Bryn McCarthy reports that Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport officials hosted a press conference Tuesday morning to discuss preparations for Labor Day. “Labor Day is one of our busier travel periods,” said Andrew Gobeil, the airport's deputy director of policy and communications. “We expect to screen more than 85,000 people at the TSA screening checkpoint on Friday.”
Aug. 30, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that the British ambassador to the United States is visiting Atlanta this week, hosting timely meetings ahead of key exchanges illustrating the newly reinvigorated business ties between his country and Georgia. Sir Kim Darroch‘s two-day trip, which includes a meeting with Gov. Nathan Deal, comes weeks after British aerospace supplier Meggitt and online retailer ASOS announced investment creating 200 and 1,600 jobs, respectively, in the state.
Aug. 30, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that the 12th Annual Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum kicked off Monday with a one-two punch centered on the perils facing the United States and the critical need for strong, innovative leadership to overcome dangerous challenges that lie ahead for the nation. U.S. Sen. David Perdue of Georgia, a former corporate chief executive officer now serving his first term, was followed by Maj. Gen. Eric Wesley, who last year took charge of the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning.
Aug. 30, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Wayne Ford reports that local funeral home owner Tom Lord became the first person to announce his candidacy Tuesday to fill the State House of Representatives District 119 to be vacated by Chuck Williams. Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday named Williams the new director of the Georgia Forestry Commission.
Aug. 30, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal has authorized a Georgia Air National Guard unit to head to storm-battered Texas and help with the recovery of Hurricane Harvey. The governor’s order dispatched a C-130 cargo aircraft and crew from the 165th Airlift Wing to a Texas air base to help deploy people, equipment and supplies across the flood-ravaged Houston area.
Aug. 29, 2017 WABE 90.1
Joe Kauffman reports that while communities grapple with how to handle monuments to Confederate leaders, a sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. was unveiled on the grounds of the Georgia state Capitol Monday. King’s family, activists and some of the state’s top Democrat and Republican lawmakers said the 8-foot-tall, bronze image of the civil rights icon in mid-stride should be an example to the country.
Aug. 29, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded more than $1 million in grants to clean up brownfield lands in Georgia – those potentially polluted from previous industrial or commercial use. Columbus, Atlanta, Doraville, College Park, Sandersville and Mitchell County received the grants to assess the extent of soil contamination in targeted areas.
Aug. 29, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that Coca-Cola’s recently named chief executive said excessive sugar “isn’t good for anyone” as the company released its annual report on its impact on the environment and consumers.
Aug. 29, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that Birch Communications is expected to sell off its Cloud and Business Services unit to a New York-based company, which would create one of North America's largest cloud services providers.
Aug. 29, 2017 Georgia Southern Univ.
Georgia Southern University College of Business Named a Key Institution in Business and Management Education Research
Staff reports, recently, the Georgia Southern College of Business was ranked #3 in the nation on a list of schools ranked for business and management education (BME) research. The article, “Key institutions in business and management education research,” published in the Journal of Education for Business, investigated institutional productivity in BME research based on the analysis of 4,464 articles published by 7,210 authors across 17 BME journals over a 10-year period (2005-2014).
Aug. 29, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that Chatham County taxpayers have already paid at least $7 million to finance two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, a nuclear power plant on the Savannah River near Augusta. But it’s uncertain if any ratepayers — including local governments as well as residential customers who pay on average $100 a year in Vogtle construction costs — will ever see any electricity from the project.
Aug. 29, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Lee Shearer reports that State Rep. Chuck Williams of Watkinsville will become the next director of the Georgia Forestry Commission. Gov. Nathan Deal announced the appointment Monday. Williams’ appointment means Clarke and Oconee County voters will be picking two new state representatives in a special election in November.
Aug. 29, 2017 University of Georgia
Chris James reports that a Georgia company supported by the UGA Small Business Development Center is likely the key cog in getting test results back to your doctor quickly and accurately. Columbus-based Path-Tec is now a giant in laboratory supplies and logistics, tracking and ship-ping lab kits around the world. For founder Kevin Boykin, it all began in a rented office with a business plan refined by the SBDC.
Aug. 29, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Joe Hotchkiss reports that the Savannah River Site’s annual economic impact on the Augusta area has been newly measured at about $2.4 billion. That’s just one of the many findings of a study released Monday by a nonprofit striving to help prepare for growth and to develop economic diversity in a five-county region that includes SRS and most of its workers.
Aug. 29, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that Georgia Council for the Arts, which is under the umbrella of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, recently announced the recipients of funding for fiscal year 2018. One hundred dance companies, museums, theaters, colleges, cities and multi-disciplinary arts organizations across the state received more than $1 million in funding, including appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Aug. 29, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Greg Bluestein reports that bitter back-and-forth erupted almost as soon as Stacey Evans was shouted down from the stage by supporters of her Democratic rival for governor chanting “support black women.” In that crowded hotel ballroom, on social media and in Democratic gatherings over the next week, accusations and insults flew between backers of Evans, who is white, and Stacey Abrams, who is black.
Aug. 28, 2017 11Alive
Michael King reports that the Home Depot activated its Hurricane Command Center inside its store support center to respond to Harvey. From the Vinings-based center, representatives from merchandising, operations, transportation, logistics, government relations, and IT are all working.
Aug. 28, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Christy Simo reports on announcements in Cartersville, Fayette County, Gwinnett County and more. German grocery retailer Lidl is opening a regional headquarters and distribution center in Cartersville. The company has already opened 10 stores in the U.S. in June, with up to 100 stores along the East Coast by next summer.
Aug. 28, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion under construction. Duke Energy Corp. said it wants to cancel a planned nuclear plant in South Carolina, according to a published report, citing the bankruptcy of a key contractor that has also bedeviled Georgia’s Plant Vogtle project. In filings to the North Carolina Utilities Commission, the Charlotte, N.C., utility requested approval to cancel the project and a rate hike to recover $368 million spent on planning and early construction work, according to the Charlotte Business Journal.
Aug. 28, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Randy Southerland reports, from trucks and trains hauling freight to and from the Port of Savannah to one-hour home deliveries from Amazon warehouses, the movement of goods from one place to another has become big business in metro Atlanta.
Aug. 28, 2017 WABE 90.1
Myke Johns reports that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is finding a home at the state capital. The Georgia state Legislature commissioned a statue of King to be erected on their grounds in the summer of 2015. Sadly, the artist chosen for the project, Andy Davis, was killed in a motorcycle accident shortly after taking the commission.
Aug. 28, 2017 Cheroke Tribune
Madison Hogan reports that a year after breaking ground in Cherokee County, award-winning global lifestyle company Jaipur Living celebrated a move to their new 180,000-square-foot Acworth facility in the Cherokee 75 Corporate Park with a ribbon cutting Friday afternoon.
Aug. 28, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that middle Georgia is known for peaches and pecans, but Peach County is soon to be home to a high-tech, hydroponic greenhouse growing tomatoes and cucumbers year-round. Canada’s Pure Hothouse Foods Inc. is to invest $105 million to build a 75-acre greenhouse in three phases on a 130-acre site including a distribution center covering a sales territory spanning from Texas to Florida and back up to Missouri.
Aug. 28, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Lee Shearer reports that Pasaquan might be one of Georgia’s largest works of art, but it’s also one of its least-known and least-seen. It’s actually a compound, created by and once home to a visionary artist named Eddie Owens Martin, or St. Eom, as he called himself. Pasaquan, full of colors, symbols and faces, is just about impossible to describe.
Aug. 28, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that by age 75, most people have nestled into retirement, taking it easy. Not Dr. Patrick O’Neal. A physician for almost 50 years, he has been interim commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health since Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald left the commissioner’s post to become director of the CDC.
Aug. 28, 2017 Valdosta Daily Times
Daniel Demersseman reports that Lloyd and Lois Martin had a conundrum in 2007.Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc., was expanding so quickly it could not keep up with demand.“We were shipping from Pennsylvania all the way to Miami, Fla., and we promised to make it fresh,” said Julie Martin, social media manager at Martin’s. “We looked at North Florida and South Georgia.” The Martin family needed a second Martin’s distribution center. They chose Valdosta.
Aug. 28, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that a new radio station is coming to Middle Georgia next month. When listeners tune in to 102.1 FM in Macon the morning of Sept. 1, they will hear all new programming led by The Morning Cruise, the morning show of The JOY FM, according to a release.
Aug. 28, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, remember the shot at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, when the Ark is placed in an enormous warehouse full of boxes? Well, that’s kinda what the University of Georgia’s Special Collections Libraries are like – except that unlike the feeling you have that the Ark will never again see the light of day, you know the information and artifacts housed in the UGA libraries are accessed by researchers all the time. In fact, researchers can get the materials they need within a matter of minutes or order it online and have it waiting in a reading room when they arrive.
Aug. 28, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Atlanta voters can be fairly certain they’ll be hearing from 13 candidates for mayor and three candidates for city council president, based on preliminary reports. There’s no news since early July on the raising and spending of campaign funds, when two frontrunners for mayor were more than $900,000 in combined debt for a job that pays less than $150,000 a year, according to reports.
Aug. 28, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Jim Galloway reports, when a candidate for high office invites a reporter for a chat, a transaction is often involved. The politician wants a particular message placed before the public. The journalist has his own topics to pursue. It’s not always the case, but in an ideal situation, both agendas are fulfilled and both parties walk away mostly satisfied.
Aug. 25, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Meggitt Polymers & Composites, a manufacturer of environmental components, will create an additional 211 jobs and invest $30 million to expand its facility in Rockmart.
Aug. 25, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
K.K. Snyder reports that while economic growth is certainly the goal for Moultrie and Colquitt County, these days the health and medicine arena, with an emphasis on education, is the driving force. Increased enrollment in health sciences at area technical colleges, major reinvestments in the local medical center and the announcement of a medical college in the county have all aligned to put the Southwest Georgia county on a solid path to becoming the regional provider of medical education.
Aug. 25, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that job growth in Georgia will slow through 2019, but the near-term risk of recession is low barring major external shocks to the economy, according to a quarterly report from the Georgia State Economic Forecasting Center. While job growth remains solid, the pace will decelerate – with the drag coming from “factors beyond American borders,” Rajeev Dhawan, the center’s director, said in a report released Thursday.
Aug. 25, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria and Douglas Sams report that Midtown is emerging as a top contender to land the North American headquarters of Graphenano, a Spanish company known for its research and development of graphene batteries.
Aug. 25, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Tom Corwin reports that Augusta University’s health system lost nearly $9 million last fiscal year, in part because of a lack of physicians to treat patients, officials said. An aggressive recruiting campaign already has landed 40 new faculty members who will come in the next couple of months, however, and the search is on for key positions such as the director of the Georgia Cancer Center.
Aug. 25, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that the state’s main health care agency is requesting an additional $36 million for the current fiscal year and an extra $203 million for fiscal 2019. The board of the state Department of Community Health on Thursday approved those funding requests, which would be added to the base agency budget of $14.8 billion (most of that amount is federal money). Now they go to the governor’s office for consideration.
Aug. 25, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that during 2016, Bibb County had more than 10 million visitors, and more than one-third of those stayed overnight. More than half of those people were visiting friends or relatives, but all visitors contribute to the local economy.
Aug. 25, 2017 Albany Herald
Jennifer Parks reports that the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued an opinion on Tuesday stating that a second environmental review is needed for the Sabal Trail pipeline now being built through Southwest Georgia as well as in Alabama and Florida.
Aug. 25, 2017 GPB
Sam Whitehead reports that Georgia’s public college and universities are back in session this week, and there’s a new presence on their campuses: concealed handguns. Faculty, staff, and students are still trying to navigate exactly where guns will be allowed under the state’s new "campus carry" law.
Aug. 25, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Staff reports that U-Lead Athens Co-director Betina Kaplan is one of three finalists for the MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award. This year U-Lead Athens secured $130,000 in scholarships for 42 local students attending college all over the country. Open to immigrant children and children of immigrants, U-Lead Athens is a volunteer driven organization dedicated to coaching students through the process of applying to college.
Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal is set to appoint DeKalb County Chief Executive Michael Thurmond to the board that governs state-owned Stone Mountain, making him the only African-American member of the panel that oversees the nation’s largest monument to the Confederate war dead.
Aug. 24, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Phil W. Bolton reports, an Atlanta-based consulting and technology services firm is in the process of arranging meetings for senior refinery sector executives and government officials from India who will be visiting the U.S. in November. The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded Skipping Stone LLC, which is based in Boston and has offices in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Tokyo and London, with Experient, a global events company, a contract to host the Indian delegation.
Aug. 24, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Kenna Simmons reports, since 2000, more young people with college degrees are moving into large cities than into their suburbs, both here in Georgia and across the country. What’s driving this trend, according to an influential study of urban revival, is more than just wanting to avoid grinding commutes or delaying starting a family. These young professionals want to be close to restaurants, shops, theaters, museums and parks.
Aug. 24, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that a taxiway construction project to improve safety and allow more flights to take off at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is getting a boost from the federal government. The Federal Aviation Administration is awarding a $15.8 million infrastructure grant to Hartsfield-Jackson to fund the first phase of construction of the Runway 9L “end-around” taxiway.
Aug. 24, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Phil W. Hudson reports that job growth in Atlanta is expected to significantly drop over the next three years.According to a new report from the Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University, Atlanta will add 65,500 jobs (17,400 premium jobs) in calender year 2017; 51,800 jobs (13,100 premium) in 2018; and 47,200 jobs (11,400) in 2019.
Aug. 24, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports, three hours after being named as the next president and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine Inc. Wednesday morning, Brian McGowan was having lunch at Ponce City Market with Ryan Gravel, the visionary who first proposed the BeltLine concept in his Georgia Tech Master’s thesis. “I’m optimistic he will be able to take the BeltLine in a direction it needs to go,” Gravel said of his Wednesday meeting with McGowan.
Aug. 24, 2017 Georgia Tech
Jason Maderer reports that the Robotarium, a remote robotics lab that allows researchers around the world to upload their own code and run the experiments on Georgia Tech's rolling and flying machines, held its grand opening on Tuesday. The ribbon cutting was done by a robot. The Robotarium is a $2.5 million facility funded by the National Science Foundation and Office of Naval Research. It's located in the Van Leer Building.
Aug. 24, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Cailin O'Brien reports that Erik Barrett loves Mercedes-Benz. “In a couple of years, I hope to be working at Mercedes,” the 19-year-old said. “Hopefully owning a couple, too.” Thanks to a new partnership between Mercedes-Benz USA and Gwinnett Technical College, Barrett’s in a good position to achieve those goals. He’s one of 25 students in the first cohort of MBUSA technicians at Gwinnett Tech.
Aug. 24, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Anne Dunkin reports, you say tom-ay-to, I say tom-ah-to … but what’s the proper pronunciation of pecan? The Georgia Pecan Growers Association (Georgia Pecans) wants to help settle the question, and they’ve enlisted the aid of Lauren Alaina, a homegrown American Idol standout, to give her opinion.
Aug. 24, 2017 Rome News Tribune
Doug Walker reports that tourism dollars have had a nearly 20 percent higher impact on Rome through the first half of 2017 than visitor spending during the same six month period of time a year ago. The Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors got a report Wednesday indicating that direct tourism dollars, based solely on events the CVB has had a role with, totaled $5.55 million through the month of June, up from $4.645 million June of 2016, a 19.3 percent increase.
Aug. 24, 2017 Valdosta Daily Times
Thomas Lynn reports that the Sabal Trail pipeline could be in trouble after a U.S. District Court of Appeals ruled against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission based on its environmental impact study of a network of pipelines. FERC is the federal organization that provided the natural-gas pipeline its permit to operate. According to the ruling released Tuesday, FERC failed to include enough information on the impact of greenhouse-gas emissions carried by multiple pipelines, which includes Sabal Trail.
Aug. 24, 2017 Brunswick News
Tyler H. Jones reports that a group spearheading an upgrade of the parking area for St. Simons Island’s Coast Guard Beach announced this week an Athens-based firm will craft a new redevelopment master plan. WLA Studio, an agency specializing in landscaping, historic preservation and environmental design, will develop a comprehensive blueprint for the seaside park, according to a statement from the Coast Guard Beach Master Plan Committee, which selected the firm.
Aug. 23, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports, with Sentury Tire’s massive plant, the city of LaGrange has announced than a billion dollars in investment projects within a three-square-mile area — all in the last two years and with the bulk of the dollars coming from overseas. Poised to spend $530 million over the next decade, Sentury is on track to be one of the state’s biggest foreign direct investment projects in recent years.
Aug. 23, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Bill Crane reports that Atlanta was born as a rail switching yard and end point, and commerce sprung in most every direction from that Terminus. With Atlanta’s grand Terminal and Union stations both long gone, it’s clear the heyday of rail travel has been over for decades. But is that about to change?
Aug. 23, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
J. Scott Trubey reports that development partners linked to the Atlanta Hawks are said to be in negotiations to acquire the former Norfolk Southern railroad office complex bordering downtown’s Gulch, a move that offers a glimpse into an expanding, but still secretive plan by the partners to revitalize the city’s core.
Aug. 23, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Phil W. Hudson reports that Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE: SNV) beefed up its board of directors with two new appointments. The Columbus-based bank reported Rocksolid Holdings LLC Managing Director Diana M. Murphy and Pro Football Hall of Famer John L. Stallworth have joined its Board of Directors, effective immediately.
Aug. 23, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that hundreds of millions of dollars flowed into Gwinnett County because of Georgia Gwinnett College in fiscal year 2016 — and, no, that’s not the money spent by the state to operate the school. It’s the impact the school had on the county’s economy.
Aug. 23, 2017 University of Georgia
Alan Flurry reports that National Institutes of Health has awarded $2.6 million to University of Georgia researchers to develop new drugs to treat human African Trypanosomiasis, also known as African sleeping sickness. African Trypanosomiasis, commonly known as HAT, is caused by a single-celled parasite called Trypanosoma brucei, which is transmitted to humans through the bite of a blood-sucking insect called a tsetse fly.
Aug. 23, 2017 Kennesaw State University
Staff reports that Kennesaw State University continues to flourish as a major contributor to the regional economy, surpassing $1.4 billion in economic impact in fiscal year 2016, according to the University System of Georgia’s most recent report released this week. The total impact of all 28 USG institutions on their host communities was $16.8 billion in FY 2016.
Aug. 23, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that a huge $70 million distribution facility may be built in south Bibb County by next year. A development of regional impact report has been filed with the Middle Georgia Regional Commission for a 1 million-square-foot distribution center to be built on the northwest corner of Sardis Church and Skipper roads. The site, which is owned by the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority, is across Interstate 75 from the new Love’s Travel Stop.
Aug. 23, 2017 Brunswick News
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced earlier this month the state’s Move on When Ready program, which allows students to earn college credit while in high school, has a new name. The program will be rebranded "Dual Enrollment," according to a letter written by Deal to University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley.
Aug. 23, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Jon Gargis reports that Kennesaw City Council passed its resolution Monday that asks the Georgia Legislature to revisit a law prohibiting cities from removing military memorials, including Confederate flags. Monday’s decision comes a week after 19-year-old Kennesaw resident Reid Jones began a Change.org petition to remove the Confederate battle flag from a flagpole in the city’s Commemorative Park, which is located next to the Southern Museum at the corner of North Main and Cherokee streets. As of Monday evening, the petition had more than 4,600 supporters.
Aug. 23, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Jim Galloway reports that two days after former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young said a fight over Confederate symbolism on the Georgia state flag, former Gov. Roy Barnes answers with a statement of his own on Charlottesville and its aftermath, published on the website of his Marietta law firm. Barnes wrote, in light of Charlottesville and its aftermath, it is time to take a deep breath and consider where we are in regard to the vestiges of a war fought over 150 years ago.
Aug. 22, 2017 WABE 90.1
Johnny Kauffman reports that it takes a long elevator ride up dozens of stories to get to The Commerce Club in downtown Atlanta where many business people, politicians, consultants and lobbyists often get lunch. The new, shiny Falcons Stadium, and traffic on the downtown connector are easy to see through the big windows.
Aug. 22, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports, from zombies to Margaret Mitchell, Captain America to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., visitors to Atlanta and residents alike have the chance to walk in the footsteps of the famous and influential. Atlanta Movie Tours makes it possible. The idea for Atlanta Movie Tours sprouted from two friends’ conversations about the popular TV show The Walking Dead.
Aug. 22, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Scott Trubey and Leon Stafford report that Atlanta Stadium didn’t. Neither did the Georgia Dome. When the city’s organizing committee built the Olympic Stadium, which became Turner Field after the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, the complex also didn’t deliver much of an economic punch to the neighborhoods around it.
Aug. 22, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that the Plaza Midtown, a 70,000-square-foot Publix-anchored shopping center in Midtown, has been acquired by InvenTrust Properties Corp. for $31.8 million.“The Plaza Midtown is located in an ideal neighborhood with diverse demographics and anchored by a strong performing Publix," said Michael E. Podboy, chief financial officer and chief investment officer of InvenTrust, in a statement.
Aug. 22, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed plans to form an advisory committee to review all street names and monuments in Atlanta that are linked to the Confederacy. The effort promises to be a heavy lift in a city where the ideology of the Confederacy permeated civic life long after the Civil War ended.
Aug. 22, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that a Canada-based company plans to invest $105 million in building a 75-acre high-tech greenhouse complex in Peach County and grow tomatoes and cucumbers year-round. Pure Flavor plans to break ground in September on the huge high-tech greenhouse complex that will include a distribution center on a 130-acre site about 5 miles from Interstate 75.
Aug. 22, 2017 Albany Herald
Carlton Fletcher reports that Lee County Commission, in a letter send to the board’s counterpart in Dougherty County, says it will not take part in a proposed joint economic impact study.
Aug. 22, 2017 GPB
Sam Whitehead reports that millions of pairs of paper safety glasses were produced leading up to Monday’s solar eclipse. But now that it’s over, what should you do with them? Meagan Whitehead is program director of Keep Georgia Beautiful. She says most pairs of paper eclipse glasses are recyclable.
Aug. 22, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports, the money went to luxury fishing trips on the Chesapeake Bay, fundraisers at D.C.’s poshest restaurants and a 75th-birthday blowout at the Tabernacle in Atlanta. There were also tickets to the Masters golf tournament and a hotel room in the Virgin Islands, not to mention a stable of high-level campaign and social media consultants.
Aug. 21, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that when it comes to development authorities, Liberty County’s is far from the largest. But that fact hasn’t stopped it from being widely recognized as one of the best. Just last month, Ron Tolley and his four-person staff earned national recognition when Liberty County was ranked fifth in the country among mid-sized communities poised to achieve sustainable economic growth, according to the annual Fourth Economy Community Index.
Aug. 21, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports that tiny houses, with their promise of less stuff, a smaller environmental footprint and the freedom from both a mortgage and house cleaning, have enchanted people across the country. As interest in them grows, organizations and folks in Georgia are pushing to have zoning laws changed in order to support building more (and smaller) homes.
Aug. 21, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that turns out there is one way to look at an eclipse without harming your eyes: through the lens of economics. Sure, it’s not romantic and not inspiring and not exactly scientific either – even if they do call economics, “the dismal science.” And sure, The Great American Eclipse – surely is a spectacular moment that demands higher thinking.
Aug. 21, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Douglas Sams reports that Avalon is seeing such strong leasing and high rents it may justify developing another office building — a rarity in suburban Atlanta during the past decade.
Aug. 21, 2017 Gainesville Times
Norm Cannada reports, as classes begin Monday on all five University of North Georgia campuses with a projected student population nearing 20,000, UNG President Bonita Jacobs said planning and managing growth continues to be a priority.
Aug. 21, 2017 Mercer University
School of Medicine, Gov. Nathan Deal Recognize First Students in Physicians for Rural Georgia Scholarship Program
Kyle Sears reports that Mercer University School of Medicine today recognized the first 25 students to receive inaugural Physicians for Rural Georgia Scholarships, which cover 85 to 100 percent of tuition for up to four years in the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program.
Aug. 21, 2017 WABE 90.1
Tasnim Shamma reports that the typical hacker has something of a bad reputation. They hack into websites with weak cybersecurity systems to steal and sell credit card numbers and private information. But there are also "ethical" hackers as well, who hack into systems, with permission, to notify companies of places where their networks are vulnerable to attacks.
Aug. 21, 2017 University of Georgia
Christopher James reports that the University of Georgia is helping transform a decades-old institution. The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research debuted in July at its new home, the UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel, after nearly 60 years at Samford University.
Aug. 21, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that three months after sending out invitations for potential partnerships, DeKalb Medical Center says it has received bids from several suitors. Cheryl Iverson, a DeKalb Medical vice president, did not identify the hospital systems making offers. “We had a very good response,’’ Iverson said late last week.
Aug. 21, 2017 Augusta Chronicle, AP
Staff reports that Georgia farmers have planted the largest peanut acreage in more than 20 years, and experts say the crop is looking great so far. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort says those he’s pulled up have great “pod loads.”
Aug. 21, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that two major banking companies in Middle Georgia have changed leaders. Synovus Bank has appointed Jim Manley as market executive of Middle Georgia, with responsibility for leading teams in Macon, Warner Robins, Tifton and Valdosta, according to a news release from Synovus.
Aug. 21, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta writes, as the nation and our region ponder whether to erase Confederate history by removing monuments and renaming streets, we are letting our precious landmarks of African-American history crumble to dust. Where is the passion and dedication to save the pillars of U.S. black history? Let’s begin with Gaines Hall, built in 1869 and the second oldest building in the city of Atlanta, and the place where W.E.B. DuBois wrote the mind-changing book: “The Souls of Black Folks.”
Aug. 21, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Jim Galloway reports, if you watched NBC’s “Meet The Press,” you saw former Atlanta mayor and U.N. ambassador Andrew Young address President Donald Trump’s self-made crisis over race and symbolism: But if you relied on the video alone, you missed much of what Young said. Some 20 minutes before the Atlanta broadcast, MTP released a transcript of Young’s entire interview with Chuck Todd.
Aug. 18, 2017 WABE 90.1
Johnny Kauffman reports that an international trade case over solar panel imports could mean an end to the solar industry boom in Georgia, putting one of the few prosperous parts of the state’s rural economy at risk.
Aug. 18, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Candice Dyer reports, a red-tailed hawk glowers imperiously at visitors to the Chattahoochee Nature Center. “She’s actually very friendly,” says wildlife technician Samantha Klouda. “She imprinted on humans, so she can’t be released. She’s been here for 26 years, and we take her out for demonstrations for school groups.”
Aug. 18, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell and J. Scott Trubey report that Mercedes-Benz Stadium is likely to add momentum to an already improving downtown, but how much push it will provide is a matter of debate among Atlanta’s business and political leaders. As flashy, costly and imposing as it is, the stadium replaces another facility — the Georgia Dome — so by itself it probably won’t reshape downtown, experts say. But the $1.5 billion home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United is expected to draw millions of visitors, who will continue to bring economic energy to the rapidly changing core of the city.
Aug. 18, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Douglas Sams reports that Amazon.com is looking at possibly its third massive regional project in metro Atlanta in a little more than a year.
Aug. 18, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that OFS Brightwave Solutions Inc. is seeking rezoning to potentially build a 67,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at its Norcross, Ga. campus. OFS, which employs about 1,150 in Georgia, makes optical fiber, optical fiber cable, optical connectivity and specialty photonics products.
Aug. 18, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that to those uninitiated in the lingo of global trade, ASEAN might look like a capitalized misspelling of “Asian.” But in reality, it represents an economically vibrant bloc in that very region that is home to nearly a tenth of the global population, some 625 million people.
Aug. 18, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that a changing leisure market has prompted the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau to take a hard look at what types of travelers it will seek to attract in the future, and how it will go about doing it. The reassessment is partly the nature of the world, with tourism dynamics changing from generation to generation, while some destinations simply become hot and others cool off over time.
Aug. 18, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Katie Nussbaum reports, there’s a success story behind nearly every one of the 27,000 tourism and hospitality industry jobs across Chatham County. Whether it’s a former dishwasher turned general manager or a cook who now owns a successful restaurant group, the opportunity to climb the ladder is ever-present.
Aug. 18, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Staff reports that nearly two years after announcing their plans to merge, Gwinnett Health System and Northside Hospital have completed a proposed merger agreement. The hospitals announced on Thursday morning that they’d submitted the agreement to the State of Georgia office of the Attorney General for approval. Neither hospital revealed details of that plan as of Thursday evening.
Aug. 18, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Sarah Allen, a single mom, spends her days and nights caring for her son, Aidan. Born premature with a malformed brain, Aidan, now 3, has multiple health conditions. They include cerebral palsy, epilepsy, obstructive sleep apnea and cortical visual impairment. He also has enlarged ventricles, scarring on his brain, and a mild form of microcephaly.
Aug. 18, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that the breakfast crowd is rolling into The Wagon Wheel, where Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is busy tuning up his campaign for governor. He’s backslapping supporters, greeting old friends — “the best-looking man in all of Lumpkin County,” he razzes a retiree — and generally trying to present the image of an affable front-runner in a crowded field.
Aug. 17, 2017 WABE 90.1
Michael Jones reports, as we get ready to experience Monday's solar eclipse, electricity providers are gearing up for the challenge of solar power quickly falling off the grid, and then returning. Georgia Power spokesman Jacob Hawkins says the company's operators regularly deal with power fluctuations and are ready for the eclipse.
Aug. 17, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports, for the first time in nearly three decades, a solar eclipse will be visible from the U.S. on Monday, Aug. 21. The totality of the eclipse, where the moon passes in front of the sun and completely covers it, will clip the northeast corner of our state, making it a prime location for viewing. Rabun County is even billing itself as the Solar Eclipse Capital of Georgia.
Aug. 17, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that the Georgia unemployment rate dipped in July, but hiring was also down, as the economy continued several months of stop-and-go. After a very strong June, the state’s economy lost 14,500 jobs last month. But the jobless rate, calculated from a different survey, edged down from 4.8 percent to 4.7 percent, the state Labor Department said Thursday.
Aug. 17, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that Invest Atlanta is negotiating a proposal to turn a blighted building at 143 Alabama Street in Five Points into a 67,000-square-foot mixed-use affordable housing complex.
Aug. 17, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Lee Shearer reports that the University of Georgia geography professor Jerry Shannon became a media magnet this week after inventing one of those things the world didn’t know it needed until it was actually there — a map showing where you could watch the eclipse while dining at a Waffle House. The map showed Waffle House locations in the South within the path of total eclipse during the upcoming Aug. 21 solar eclipse.
Aug. 17, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Safavieh, a manufacturer and distributor of home goods, will create 200 jobs and invest more than $60 million in a new Chatham County distribution facility. “Georgia’s robust infrastructure network is among the best in the country and continues to cultivate an economic environment ideal for manufacturing and distribution companies like Safavieh,” said Deal.
Aug. 17, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that credit-card and payment processor TSYS said Wednesday it has signed an agreement with the National Golf Course Owners Association. The Charleston, S.C.-based association is a trade organization for those who own and operate golf courses across the United States. Its members include daily-fee, semi-private, private and resort courses.
Aug. 17, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Tom Corwin reports that even as Georgia Power and its partners prepare a report for later this month on what it would cost to finish two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, work there continues with the installation of a massive steam generator in one reactor. Georgia Power announced today that a 1.4 million pound steam generator was lowered into the nuclear island of Unit 3 on Tuesday. The nearly 80-foot generator was built in South Korea and shipped to the Port of Savannah and delivered to the site by rail, the company said in a news release.
Aug. 17, 2017 Gainesville Times
Nick Bowman reports that Gov. Nathan Deal is planning to start September with a beer at Left Nut Brewing Co. Deal will join local elected officials at the brewery on Atlanta Highway to ring in Georgia’s new law allowing direct sales of beer, from pints to cases, at breweries.
Aug. 17, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that attracting top businesses is about more than having a good piece of land to offer these days, Georgia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Chris Clark told members of the Georgia Chamber on Wednesday. It’s possibly more important to also have a skilled — and young — workforce, he said.
Aug. 17, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that the former head of the Georgia GOP’s minority engagement efforts is running for an Atlanta-based state Senate district that Democrats hope to flip next year. Leo Smith said Thursday he’s running as a “conservative bridge builder with a unique set of skills” to serve the district, which stretches across parts of north Atlanta and Smyrna. He would be the first black Republican in the Georgia Senate in modern times.
Aug. 16, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that The HON Company, a leading manufacturer of office furniture, will create 60 jobs and invest $14.5 million in a Polk County facility expansion. “The HON Company is familiar with the advantages of operating in the top state for business and has benefited from Georgia’s extensive manufacturing capabilities for decades,” said Deal.
Aug. 16, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports that Georgia’s newest member of Congress, Republican Karen Handel, a former secretary of state, represents the 6th District after a hard-fought victory over Democratic newcomer John Ossoff. In what has been called the most expensive Congressional race in history, which attracted national attention, Handel prevailed.
Aug. 16, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that state utility regulators want Georgia Power to answer several questions — including how much more it will cost — when the Atlanta utility turns in its recommendation later this month on what to do with the troubled Plant Vogtle nuclear project. Georgia Power faces an Aug. 31 deadline to file its recommendation for the Vogtle expansion in the wake of the late-March bankruptcy of key contractor Westinghouse Electric.
Aug. 16, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Douglas Sams reports that Ghirardelli will lease up to 1 million square feet at a large industrial real estate development about 45 minutes outside of Atlanta.
Aug. 16, 2017 Georgia State Univ.
Staff reports that Georgia State University Library’s Special Collection and Archives have acquired the records of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, a collection that documents the rich history of the organization since its founding in 1945. The collection consists of materials related to the founding, operation and governance of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and encompasses a wide range of formats, including manuscripts, administrative records, scrapbooks, press clippings, concert programs, photographs, oral history interviews, performance sound recordings and videos.
Aug. 16, 2017 Univ. of Georgia
Sam Fahmy reports that the University of Georgia has been named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research, a designation that underscores the role the university plays in advancing technology, policy and practices that strengthen America's cyber defense capabilities.
Aug. 16, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that the director of Georgia Medicaid has left that position, state officials said Tuesday. Linda Wiant’s departure as Medicaid chief appeared to come suddenly, since she had attended Thursday’s Department of Community Health board meeting. It was not clear whether Wiant resigned or was dismissed.
Aug. 16, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Laura Corley reports, Larry Smith’s son doesn’t want to become a farmer. “I’m trying to get him back on the farm,” Smith said, his eyes welling up with tears. “He’s passive about it, and it breaks his heart. Breaks mine right with it.” The gray-haired man, seated beside younger farmers and U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., said he hoped and prayed something could be done on the federal level to help make the job more attractive.
Aug. 16, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Chuck Williams reports that John R. Kinnett Jr., is responsible for the most iconic landmark in Columbus and ran a successful family dairy business into its third generation until it was sold to an Italian conglomerate in 1998, but he was not defined by ice cream and milk, his six children said.
Aug. 16, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Georgia’s utility regulating agency voted Wednesday for an action intended as a show of support for the struggling Plant Vogtle. Meanwhile, in bankruptcy court, filings show lawyer fees are mounting and creditors are claiming they aren’t scheduled to paid for labor and supplies.
Aug. 16, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tamar Hallerman reports that Georgia’s Republican members of Congress condemned the white supremacists, nationalists and members of the Ku Klux Klan whose rally in Charlottesville, Va., turned deadly over the weekend. But all on Tuesday evening steered clear of criticizing President Donald Trump directly, even after a particularly testy news conference in which the commander-in-chief doubled down on his initial claim that “both sides,” including the “alt-left,” were responsible for the violence.
Aug. 15, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that this hardly seems a good time for Georgia to update its transportation spending plan, given the drama in Washington. For starters, President Trump is attacking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the husband of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao – who is rumored to be considering resigning her post.
Aug. 15, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that Lonnie G. Johnson is not only a skilled engineer and creator of the popular Super Soaker water gun, he’s also the recipient of the 2017 Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Diversity Leadership Award, TAG’s highest honor. Johnson received the recognition for his work to create an inclusive environment for innovation in our state.
Aug. 15, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
J. Scott Trubey reports that a major Atlanta developer wants to turn more than three dozen buildings in northwest Atlanta, including a number of aging brick warehouses, into a mix of offices, apartments and boutique retail. Selig Development said Friday it plans to develop an 80-acre tract near the Bellwood Quarry, west of I-75, into the Works at Chattahoochee.
Aug. 15, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that Georgia State University continued the state's trend of record-breaking educational fundraising, by securing more than $50 million for its Burning Bright campaign. GSU said the $50 million for Burning Bright broke the annual fund-raising record in the fiscal year that ended June 30, bringing the campaign total to more than $272 million.
Aug. 15, 2017 WABE 90.1
Johnny Kauffman reports that much of rural Georgia is aching for jobs that pay even just a few dollars above minimum wage. The companies that shrunk, or moved away during that seven-year-period offered the kind of jobs that can make someone middle or upper class.
Aug. 15, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Chuck Williams reports that W.C. Bradley Co. President and Chief Executive Officer Marc R. Olivié said on Monday that he was offended by the images over the weekend of white supremacists marching through Charlottesville, Va., using one of the Columbus-based company’s products. Many of the protesters last Friday were carrying Tiki torches. The Tiki brand is a product of Lamplight, a Wisconsin company that is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Bradley Company.
Aug. 15, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that Macon Connects, which was a winner of the Knight Cities Challenge grant program, has won an international award. Macon Connects brought 5 miles worth of pop-up bike lanes to Macon for a week-long period during September 2016, in an effort to change how residents traveled around town for the better.
Aug. 15, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Staff reports that the union for employees of the Savannah River Site’s security contractor have called for a strike to begin at 4 a.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from the contractor, Centerra-SRS. “Site security functions will be maintained by Centerra employees who are not striking,” and personnel from other Department of Energy locations, according to the release.
Aug. 15, 2017 Rome News Tribune
Staff reports that Governor Nathan Deal has reappointed Albert M. Hodge, Jr., President and CEO, Rome Floyd Chamber, to the Department of Community Affairs Board of Directors. Mr. Hodge was previously elected and served as Chairman of the Department of Community Affairs.
Aug. 15, 2017 Albany Herald
Carlton Fletcher reports that the message a pair of financial professionals brought to the Dougherty County Commission Monday morning was spelled out clearly during almost two hours of “testimony” by CPA Will Geer and financial consultant Bo Johnson: Health care in Southwest Georgia would improve with the dissolution of a health care monopoly by Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and Phoebe Health System.
Aug. 15, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that “Looking for a partner’’ seems like a theme best suited to a high school dance or a dating website. That phrasing, though, is increasingly used in health care to describe financially strapped hospitals’ efforts to seek a combination with a system that has a better bottom line.
Aug. 15, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Jim Galloway reports that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson on Monday leveled some sharp criticism of President Donald Trump’s failure to immediately condemn racist organizers of a Charlottesville, Va., protest that turned deadly this weekend. Isakson made his remarks on GPB Radio’s “Political Rewind,” in what was essence a prequel to this evening’s town hall meeting at Kennesaw State University.
Aug. 14, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Tom Corwin reports that five years ago, a study from the Union of Concerned Scientists correctly predicted a nuclear expansion at Plant Vogtle would be delayed and over budget. While Georgia Power puts together its estimate of final costs and schedule for the project, and whether to proceed on it, it is an open question whether the long-term benefits of building new nuclear reactors in the U.S. will be worth the growing cost.
Aug. 14, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
John W. McCurry reports that Georgia is now No. 1 in filmmaking in the world. We have a strong telemedicine network that provides access to vital healthcare services in rural parts of the state. A growing number of major financial companies call us home. What do these industries – and hundreds of others – have in common? The need for speed.
Aug. 14, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Lindsey Conway and Andrew Fisher report that Anne Jones became so afraid to drink the water that came out of her well she installed a water purification system. A blue plastic jug, filled to the brim with purified water, sits on her kitchen counter. “I’m just very careful about my water,” said Jones. Jones’ home in Banks County, about 75 miles northeast of Atlanta, sits on the edge of the county landfill. Since 2015, trucks from North and South Carolina have filled it with at least 6.7 million tons of coal ash, a by-product of coal-fired electricity that contains heavy metals known to be toxic to plants, animals and people. And more of it is on the way.
Aug. 14, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that about 400 of those cuts could come from the Autotrader unit. The workforce reduction is related to integration of several companies Cox acquired over the past five years.
Aug. 14, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Gwinnett County schools CEO/Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks to chair of a statewide committee to evaluate a proposed leadership academy for top educators. The committee is part of Deal’s ongoing efforts to have the state intervene in chronically failing schools.
Aug. 14, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Shaddi Abusaid reports that Georgia Tech wants to spend $62.8 million to expand its research center on part of Marietta’s Lockheed Martin campus. The University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents will hear Georgia Tech’s request to acquire and renovate part of the Lockheed campus at its meeting this morning.
Aug. 14, 2017 Albany Herald
Jon Gosa reports that geeks, nerds and gamers far and wide will make a pilgrimage to Albany on Saturday for Epicon — Geek Convention Year Three at the Albany Civic Center, according to downtown business owner Tim Haire. Haire owns Xion: Paradise for Geeks at 212 W. Broad Ave., a hub for all things geek, gamer, anime or nerdcore.
Aug. 14, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that Georgia’s music scene is the primary reason National Geographic chose to include our state in its listing of Best Trips 2017. With more than 1,000 live music venues, we have something to offer just about everyone, along with a notable history of music legends.
Aug. 14, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that the companies employing this year’s Georgia “Faces of Manufacturing” may not sound exotic, but many hail from far beyond the U.S. The Georgia Tech Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which provides technical assistance to many of the state’s more than 10,000 factories, each year since 2015 has profiled some of the people who keep the state’s production facilities humming.
Aug. 14, 2017 GPB
Grant Blankenship reports that continuing disputes between the United States and Canada over lumber imports will not get in the way of a new factory announced Wednesday in Bibb County. Canada based Irving Consumer Products announced their intent to build a $400 million, 700,000 square foot plant which will turn softwood lumber into toilet tissue in Macon. That will create 200 permanent jobs.
Aug. 14, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that the speech Stacey Evans tried to deliver to a progressive conference before she was shouted off the stage by supporters of her Democratic primary opponent was a defense of her strategy to grow the party by appealing to moderate whites who have fled to the GOP.
Aug. 11, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that tate employees and teachers will face an average premium increase of about 3.7 percent for coverage next year in the State Health Benefit Plan. The SHBP deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance, and health plan options will remain the same as this year, the Georgia Department of Community Health said Thursday at an agency board meeting.
Aug. 11, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy writes, I haven’t run across any of those treacherous old-fashioned hatpins since the days my grandmother used them to secure her black pillbox to her head for Sunday morning church-going purposes, but I wouldn’t mind seeing them make a comeback – with an entirely different use. I would issue a supply to all public officials, most celebrities – especially those named Kardashian – a few overcompensated CEOs and several other individuals whose self-importance outdistances their actual value to the world.
Aug. 11, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that Georgia Power’s expected recommendation by month’s end on what to do with its troubled Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion is already spawning arguments between regulators and the company about how to handle the decision. A lawyer for Georgia Power on Thursday said that if the company recommends completing the project, and the Public Service Commission agrees, the utility will also need a definite decision from the PSC approving additional delays and costs.
Aug. 11, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Phil W. Hudson reports that Ferndale, Wash.-based Healthy Pet will create 15 new jobs and invest $9.3 million at its existing facility in Wayne County in new machinery and equipment that will provide for a new cat litter line. The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) reported the newly created jobs include positions in production, material handling and maintenance.
Aug. 11, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Joe Hotchkiss reports that the success of this year’s TechNet cybersecurity trade show is an exciting prelude to the sharp growth the Augusta area will see in a booming cyber-spurred economy, Fort Gordon’s commander said Thursday. TechNet, which wrapped up Thursday afternoon, brought thousands of tech professionals to Augusta to learn and share ideas and innovations in the field of cybersecurity – the practice of protecting computers and electronic data against criminal or unauthorized use.
Aug. 11, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Keith Farner reports that Susanne Lauda, an executive in Duluth, is among 10 Georgians who were selected as finalists in the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s Faces of Manufacturing campaign. Lauda, director of global advanced manufacturing technology at AGCO, is among the finalists competing to be the top three vote-getters to receive the 2017 Faces of Manufacturing in Georgia Award.
Aug. 11, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that the Goo-Goo Car Wash company that has been headquartered in Columbus and operated locally by the same family since 1972 has gone international. A privately owned British firm called IMO Car Wash Group, which markets itself as “The World’s No. 1 Car Wash,” acquired the Columbus company about two weeks ago, company officials said Thursday.
Aug. 11, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that Greg Caples has been named the chief executive officer of Coliseum Northside Hospital in Macon effective Sept. 11. Caples, a proven health care executive, brings more than 25 years of experience with Hospital Corp. of America, Coliseum Northside Hospital’s parent company, according to a news release. Most recently, he had served as chief operating officer since late 2015 at Grand Strand Health in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Aug. 11, 2017 WSB Radio
Sabrina Cupit reports that starting next year every medical doctor in Georgia will be required to undergo opioid training. Prescription opioids are powerful pain medications that include prescription oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine, among others, and have both benefits as well as potentially serious risks.
Aug. 11, 2017 WABE 90.1
Molly Samuel reports that earlier this summer, the Japanese company Toshiba promised to pay more than $6 billion to Georgia utilities. One of those utilities said on Thursday it’s not sure the company will survive, let alone make the payments. And without the payments, a nuclear power expansion project will be on even shakier ground than it is already.
Aug. 11, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Perhaps not Tamar Hallerman reports that if Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson was hoping to be greeted by a low-key crowd next week at his first in-person town hall of the year, that may be wishful thinking. A local chapter of the progressive group Indivisible indicated it’s planning to make its presence known when the Republican takes the stage at Kennesaw State University on Monday evening.
Aug. 10, 2017 Gainesville Times
Nick Bowman reports that a deluge of counties and cities on Monday joined in the war for water among Georgia and Florida that centers on Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River basin. Gainesville joined with the Atlanta Regional Commission, Forsyth, Gwinnett, DeKalb and Fulton counties and the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority in filing an amicus brief on Monday with the U.S. Supreme Court.
Aug. 10, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Morris Communications, owner of Georgia Trend, announced today that it is selling 11 of its daily and non-daily newspaper holdings, its Lubbock, Texas-based commercial printing operation and other related publications to GateHouse Media Inc. The deal, which does not include Georgia Trend magazine, is expected to close Oct. 2, 2018.
Aug. 10, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that a longtime Delta Connection contract carrier based in Atlanta will soon no longer fly for Delta Air Lines. Atlanta-based ExpressJet, formerly known as Atlantic Southeast Airlines or ASA, will not fly for Delta after late 2018.
Aug. 10, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Douglas Sams reports that Delta Dental’s employment will grow to about 1,000 in Georgia as a result of the expansion, with most of that growth taking place in its customer service unit.
Aug. 10, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that Canada-based Irving Consumer Products plans to invest $400 million in a manufacturing plant in Bibb County, creating about 200 jobs. In Macon, Irving will produce soft bath tissue and paper towels. Its state-of-the-art, 700,000-square-foot facility will be built on 136 acres in the Sofkee Industrial Park off Ga. 247 and Allen Road. It should be completed in 2019.
Aug. 10, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Keith Farner reports, looking to get into the University of Georgia these days? Based on this year’s freshman class, it takes a 4.0 grade-point-average, and an average of eight Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses. The academic qualifications of incoming students at the UGA have risen dramatically over the past several years, with each successive class reaching unprecedented heights, officials said.
Aug. 10, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that DeKalb Medical Center faces a federal deadline later this month for approval of a correction plan after the discharge of a patient with mental illness who then went missing for several days. If the Decatur hospital does not get the necessary OK from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the facility will no longer be able to participate in the Medicare program. That would be a financial wallop to the hospital.
Aug. 10, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports, lately Savannah has been racking up awards as THE place to visit. Readers of Travel + Leisure magazine recently ranked our historic coastal city at No. 3 in the 2017 Top 15 U.S. Cities, bested only by Santa Fe, N.M., and Charleston, S.C. The competition was fierce this year, with more than half of the magazine’s most popular destinations located in the South.
Aug. 10, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Joe Johnson reports, after serving 14 years in the state judiciary, Judge David Sweat recently announced his retirement. Taking Sweat’s place as chief judge of the Western Judicial Circuit will be Judge H. Patrick Haggard. Haggard was selected the circuit’s chief judge by Superior Court judges Lawton Stephens and Eric Norris.
Aug. 10, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Dash Coleman reports, some residents of Georgia’s First Congressional District were surprised to find out late Monday that their tickets to town halls with U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, this week had been canceled. Carter, a second-term Republican, scheduled nine town halls throughout the First District this week. By the time online registration ended Monday, four of the town halls – Savannah, Richmond Hill, Rincon and Darien – were listed on Carter’s site as “sold out.”
Aug. 10, 2017 Gainesville Times
Nick Bowman reports that frustration over health care was front and center at a raucous town hall held Wednesday by Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville. Right out of the gate, Democratic protesters jeered and debated Collins on congressional Republicans’ failed attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. President Donald Trump was none too popular with the group, either.
Aug. 10, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that a tech executive and former Navy SEAL is considering joining the race for Georgia governor, according to several people with knowledge of his discussions, a move that would shake up an already crowded contest. Clay Tippins, 44, is said to be giving the race to succeed a term-limited Gov. Nathan Deal serious consideration but hasn’t finalized his decision.
Aug. 9, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that ASOS, a leading online global fashion and beauty retailer, will establish an East Coast e-commerce fulfillment center in Union City, creating more than 1,600 jobs and investing more than $40 million in Fulton County throughout the next five years. In the first phase of development, the fulfillment center will have a 10 million-unit capacity with additional room for future growth.
Aug. 9, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Randy Southerland reports that Catoosa County in Northwest Georgia is a study in contrasts. Locals here say it embodies all of the appeal of small-town rural life with easy access to the big city – downtown Chattanooga is a 15-minute drive from just about anywhere in the county. Its location has fueled both residential and commercial growth as people and businesses have discovered its charms.
Aug. 9, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
J. Scott Trubey reports that Metro Atlanta area’s surge in warehousing, fueled largely by e-commerce, accelerated Tuesday with a pair of moves that will bring 1,600 new jobs to south Fulton County and likely hundreds more in Henry County. Georgia is a logistics hub for the Southeast, and the Atlanta region has seen a surge in new warehouse development and leasing. Much of it stems from the rise of online shopping.
Aug. 9, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Shawn Shinneman reports that Vista Equity Partners LLC is selling off parts of Dallas-based Active Network for a tidy profit of about $150 million. Atlanta-based Global Payments Inc. will buy the communities and sports divisions of Active Network for $1.2 billion, the companies announced Friday. Vista Equity, based in Austin and San Francisco, will retain ownership of Active Network's outdoors division.
Aug. 9, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that Bibb County has a large, mostly empty, building for sale or lease. The 219,000-square-foot building with nearly 500 parking spaces, formerly occupied by the Boeing Co., has been swept clean, and the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority is marketing it for another user.
Aug. 9, 2017 Emory University
Janet Christenbury reports that for the sixth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Emory University Hospital the No. 1 hospital in Georgia and in metro Atlanta in its 2017-18 Best Hospitals Guide. Emory University Hospital includes Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital and Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods.
Aug. 9, 2017 Georgia State University
Andrea Jones reports that Georgia State University will name its football field at Georgia State Stadium in honor of Parker H. “Pete” Petit, chairman and chief executive officer of MiMedx Group, successful entrepreneur and long-time supporter of the university, who has made a $10 million gift to the university to support the Athletics program.
Aug. 9, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Dash Coleman reports that a committee tasked with consolidating Armstrong State and Georgia Southern universities held its last scheduled meeting Monday, passing about 140 recommendations that help define the size and scope of the combined school. At the meeting, which took place in Statesboro, the committee approved an academic structure that allows for 142 degree programs starting in fall 2018.
Aug. 9, 2017 University of Georgia
Christopher James reports that downtown business districts in some northwest Georgia cities are getting a face-lift, thanks to the University of Georgia and funding from the Lyndhurst Foundation in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Chickamauga, Chatsworth, Rossville, Lookout Mountain and Ringgold are among the communities benefiting from the expertise of UGA faculty and students working with the Downtown Renaissance Partnership program in the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.
Aug. 9, 2017 WABE 90.1
Adhiti Bandlamudi reports that Georgia Tech has new details on a plan to expand its campus in Cobb County. It wants to buy 32 acres of land on the Lockheed Martin South Campus in Marietta. Then, it wants to renovate the buildings on that land to support tech research in national security, homeland defense and commercial advanced technology initiatives.
Aug. 9, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Joe Hotchkiss reports that Augusta will be a key component to successfully fighting on the cyberspace battlefield, the commanding general of U.S. Army Cyber Command said Tuesday. Lt. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone told an audience at the TechNet trade show in downtown Augusta that the city and the surrounding area is poised to help the Army achieve its new mission.
Aug. 9, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that to say that state Rep. Bob Trammell cuts a low profile in the General Assembly is an understatement. He has never carried major legislation, is rarely heard on the airwaves or seen in print and had only taken to the House’s well-worn podium a handful of times, largely to rail against campus gun legislation.
Aug. 8, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia has agreed to offer coverage in the state insurance exchange in the 85 counties that will have no other health plans in 2018. The agreement was reached in negotiations with state Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, after the insurer told the agency in June that it was planning to exit the entire individual insurance market in Georgia, both on and off the exchange.
Aug. 8, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that according to a recent study by AffordableSchools.net, an independent college search and rankings organization, our state has more affordable community colleges that offer online programs than any other state. The fact that Georgia has nine out of the top 50 most affordable community colleges is evidence of the focus on making education affordable for our residents. Not only are community colleges an economical option following high school, but online programs offer more choices for students.
Aug. 8, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the declining use of cash is causing a shake-up in a banking services contract at Hartsfield-Jackson International. The proliferation of credit card use means fewer people use cash regularly and has cut demand for ATMs. That makes it less profitable for banks to operate at the airport, prompting changes in how the contract is structured.
Aug. 8, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams reports that Georgia tax collections rose by 7.1 percent last month compared to July of last year, getting fiscal 2018 off to a strong start. State net tax receipts for July totaled nearly $1.72 billion, up $113.4 million from net tax revenues in July 2016.
Aug. 8, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Liz Fabian reports that a tornado that tracked through a southwest Macon neighborhood Friday night flew under the radar, so to speak. Although heavy thunderstorms were moving through, the first indication of the storm came from people’s phone calls to 911, said Spencer Hawkins, director of Bibb County’s Emergency Management Agency.
Aug. 8, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Phil Bolton reports that Lalit Dhingra, president of NIIT Technologies Inc.‘s U.S. operations, keeps a sharp eye out for superior customer service. He recently was pleased when he took a prospective client out to lunch. Upon entering an Atlanta restaurant he was greeted by an enthusiastic hostess with a cheery, “Welcome Mr. Dhingra.”
Aug. 8, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports, as evelopers and logistics operators are scrambling to meet the demand for warehouse and distribution space to process and store the record amounts of cargo delivered daily to the Port of Savannah. The shortage of warehouse space is driving up rents and prompting much-needed speculative building.
Aug. 8, 2017 Cartersville Daily Tribune
Randy Parker reports that Georgia governor Roy Barnes spoke Monday at the Cartersville/Bartow County Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon about necessary steps to help facilitate the growth of Northwest Georgia. Hundreds of business people, government officials and community leaders crowded into the Etowah Ballroom of the Clarence Brown Conference Center Monday to hear former Gov. Roy Barnes speak at the quarterly meeting of the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce.
Aug. 8, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Ga., has nine town hall meetings scheduled around the 1st District this week. Carter will hold three meetings each day Tuesday through Thursday.
Aug. 8, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that as Georgia legislators prepare for another all-out debate over legalizing gambling, opponents will have an important ally. The Georgia GOP state committee overwhelmingly passed a resolution over the weekend that opposes casinos and horse racing.
Aug. 7, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Rinnai, a home appliances manufacturer, will create 150 jobs and invest $69 million with the completion of the company’s first U.S. manufacturing facility in Griffin. Rinnai expects to create a total of 300 jobs with this new facility over the next 10 years.
Aug. 7, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Lori Johnston reports, the Unisys name glows from a tower above the Riverwalk, diners congregate on restaurant patios and vacant storefronts display “under contract” signs on a weeknight in downtown Augusta. Government interest, industry, small businesses and millennials are fueling this intown revitalization as the Augusta region transitions from manufacturing to a knowledge-based economy.
Aug. 7, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Scott Trubey reports that Toyota and Mazda on Friday announced a joint venture to build a new factory in the United States, a move sure to trigger a bidding war among job-hungry states. The companies did not name a location for the new facility, but they said the $1.6 billion complex would employ 4,000.
Aug. 7, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that Coca-Cola is asking for the public's help in its pursuit of sugar alternatives. And the company is sweetening the pot. The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KA) launched two "sweetener challenges" on its HeroX crowdsourcing platform to expand its pursuit of "all-natural low- or no-calorie sugar alternatives."
Aug. 7, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that four out of five Georgia hospitals are set to receive Medicare penalties for having too many patients returning within a month of their discharge. The readmission penalties, levied under the Affordable Care Act, are meant to encourage hospitals to pay closer attention to what happens to patients after discharge.
Aug. 7, 2017 GPB
Celeste Headlee and Trevor Young report that five rural hospitals closed their doors between 2013 and 2016, and many more face potential financial collapse. One effort to help curb the problem of rural health care access is the Two Georgias initiative. That program is a collaboration between healthcare providers across the state, designed to expand access to quality health care in rural parts of Georgia.
Aug. 7, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that MARTA expects to save a total of $41.6 million in future interest costs by refinancing $250 million in bonds that were sold in 2009. Part of the money was to have helped pay for a long-envisioned bus that would travel in a dedicated lane.
Aug. 7, 2017 Newnan Times-Herald
Sarah Fay Campbell reports that AMC, the cable channel that produces “The Walking Dead,” has purchased the Senoia studio where the show is filmed. Riverwood Studios, which has been operating as Raleigh Studios Atlanta for the past several years, was officially sold to AMC on July 19, said Scott Tigchelaar, who was president of the studio until the sale.
Aug. 7, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Brittini Ray reports that a few more of Savannah’s claims to big screen fame have been placed on the map. Georgia Tourism this week released its Georgia Film Selfie Spot Tour detailing local sites that have made appearances in major Hollywood films.
Aug. 7, 2017 Brunswick News
Gordon Jackson reports, Coastal Georgia residents may find themselves with a piece of Cumberland Island in their pockets next year. The U.S. Mint has released the designs for the America the Beautiful quarters that will be released in 2018. Among the five new coins set for release is one featuring Georgia’s representative in the quarter series: Cumberland Island National Seashore.
Aug. 7, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Lee Shearer reports that the University of Georgia School of Law plans to launch a clinic devoted to the legal needs of veterans, especially those who received denials or deferrals for veteran benefits. A lead gift from Columbus plaintiff’s lawyer James E. Butler Jr. will partially fund the clinic, with help from Butler’s law partner, Joel Wooten, and three other Columbus lawyers — Kenneth Henson Jr., Sanders Griffith II and Pete Robinson.
Aug. 7, 2017 WABE 90.1
Michael Jones reports that Georgia Sheriffs' Association wants all law officers across the state to get paid as much as state police. Gov. Nathan Deal and the state Legislature gave a raise to Georgia State Patrol officers earlier this year. It brought starting pay to over $46,422 a year. Georgia Sheriffs' Association Executive Director Terry Norris said average pay for local deputies in the state is $29,900 a year, with some barely making $20,000.
Aug. 7, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that officials at Grady Memorial and dozens of other Georgia hospitals breathed a sigh of relief when the GOP plan to scale back Medicaid recently failed in the U.S. Senate. But now, they say, they face a different threat. If Congress doesn’t act by early October, dozens of so-called safety-net hospitals such as Grady will lose tens of millions of dollars in federal reimbursements for care they provide to Medicaid patients and charity care for the uninsured.
Aug. 4, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Ellie Hensley reports that Grady Memorial Hospital is one step closer to getting a big surgical center across from its main campus. The public safety net hospital is planning a $141.7 million Center for Advanced Surgical Services, as well as a major overhaul of its Ponce de Leon Center for infectious diseases, which would cost $23 million.
Aug. 4, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
K. K. Snyder reports, sometimes following a passion leads to the creation of an unusual – and wildly successful – enterprise in an unexpected location. Case in point, the nonprofit organization Moss Dive Center in Moultrie. After serving his country in World War II as one of a select group of pilots to fly the legendary shark-toothed P-40 fighter planes, the late Robert C. “Moose” Moss returned to his home in Colquitt County.
Aug. 4, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that Radial, a former unit of eBay, said it is hiring 1,150 seasonal employees ahead of the Christmas shopping season in its customer service center in Brunswick. The suburban Philadelphia firm operates call centers and distribution centers for Fortune 500 companies and other retailers such as Shoe Carnival and GameStop.
Aug. 4, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams reports that Georgia State University received $147 million in research funding during the last fiscal year, setting a record for the sixth consecutive year. The total exceeded last year’s record of $120.1 million. One of the largest funding increases came from industry research grants and contracts, which grew nearly fivefold.
Aug. 4, 2017 Georgia Health News
Stell Simonton reports that the fields in Colquitt County in South Georgia are green this time of year and laden with cucumbers, eggplant and melons — vegetables that represent summertime and healthy eating. Many of the people who pick them, though, have health challenges.
Aug. 4, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that Orkin, the main pest-control brand of Atlanta-based Rollins Inc., has announced a raft of new international franchise agreements, mostly in Latin America. The company announced July 17 that it had added six new franchises in three Brazilian cities, plus Nicaragua and the international capitals of Lima, Peruand Jakarta, Indonesia.
Aug. 4, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that Vector Space Systems launched a small rocket from private property off Harriett’s Bluff Road on Thursday that Camden County lauded as another step to establishing a spaceport there. The rocket was launched at 12:15 p.m. and the rocket parachuted back to the ground still inside property owned by Bayer Crop Sciences that formerly manufactured pesticides there.
Aug. 4, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that for all the notoriety Savannah gets as the fourth largest and fastest growing container port in the country, we sometimes forget that Georgia Ports Authority has another impressive success some 100 miles down I-95. The Port of Brunswick celebrated another milestone last month when International Auto Processing’s 6 millionth new auto import rolled down the ramp of the Eukor vehicle carrier Asian Parade on GPA’s Colonel’s Island Terminal.
Aug. 4, 2017 WABE 90.1
Candace Wheeler report that a 2015 Georgia law called Hidden Predator Act made it easier for victims of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits against their accusers, in the past. State Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, who proposed the 2015 bill, explains why he now wants to see it expanded.
Aug. 4, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that state’s leading Republican activists are considering imposing a litmus test on “religious liberty” legislation for the GOP candidates for governor, sparking a new debate over the contentious proposal that has long divided the party’s grass-roots activists and elected officials.
Aug. 3, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Tom Corwin reports that the head of a crucial report later this month on what it would cost to finish two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, officials with Georgia Power’s parent company gave preliminary numbers that show it could take a couple more years and could cost up to $1.7 billion more to complete the project.
Aug. 3, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Ben Young reports, communities everywhere, particularly in rural America, have been ravaged by opioid abuse and related crime. To break this seemingly unending cycle, our crime fighters and judicial courts have been developing some strategic solutions.
Aug. 3, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that the full price of expanding Plant Vogtle has swelled to more than $25 billion and the project has slipped further behind schedule in the wake of a key contractor’s bankruptcy, according to estimates disclosed Wednesday by Southern Company.
Aug. 3, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that corporate restructuring could have an effect in Atlanta where Athenahealth employs 700 at Ponce City Market.
Aug. 3, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Joe Hotchkiss reports that Fort Gordon Cyber District is finally official. The Alliance for Fort Gordon is announcing today the launch of a partnership among military, business and civic leaders to position the Augusta area to best distribute economic benefits expected with the area’s growing boom in cybersecurity jobs and businesses.
Aug. 3, 2017 Georgia Health News, Gwinnett Daily Post
Andy Miller reports, nearly two years ago, Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Medical Center announced plans for a compelling megamerger that would create a dominant health care system in Atlanta’s suburbs. Their leaders targeted early 2016 as a potential closing date for the deal. But now, 23 months later, the nonprofit hospital systems remain separate.
Aug. 3, 2017 Albany Herald
Jennifer Parks reports that Putney Health System President and CEO Joel Wernick spoke Wednesday about the conversation he and Brian Church, the health system’s chief financial officer, had with legislators in Washington representing Southwest Georgia.
Aug. 3, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Scott Berson reports that further cementing its ambitions as a national powerhouse in cybersecurity education, Columbus State University announced Tuesday that it received a $174,000 grant from the National Security Agency to develop a new tool for rapid cybersecurity training and curriculum development.
Aug. 3, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Staff reports, United Community Bank Inc., which has several branches in Cobb County, has completed its merger, effective July 31, with Myrtle Beach, South Carolina-based HCSB Financial Corporation. Also effective July 31, HCFB’s bank subsidiary, Horry County State Bank, merged into United’s bank subsidiary, United Community Bank. The legacy Horry County State Bank offices will continue to operate as Horry County State Bank until conversion to United’s operating systems, which is expected in November 2017. After conversion, these offices will operate under the brand name of United Community Bank.
Aug. 3, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that the 2017 state culinary guide, Georgia Eats, is now available from the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division (GDEcD). This is the third year GDEcD has produced the guide, which includes the popular “100 Plates Locals Love,” a compilation of popular dishes from across the state. In addition, the guide features local chefs’ exclusive recipes, food festivals and inspiring stories.
Aug. 3, 2017 WABE 90.1
Elly Yu reports, immigrant and refugee groups are raising concerns about a proposal put forth by Sen. David Perdue of Georgia, along with Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, to reduce legal immigration. The proposal got the backing of President Trump Wednesday in a joint press conference with the senators.
Aug. 3, 2017 The Brunswick News
Taylor Cooper reports that federal funding for dredging the Port of Brunswick may be on its way, U.S. Rep Buddy Carter told the Rotary Club of St. Simons at a lunch Tuesday. Carter, R-1, answered a question from Rotary member Gary Schwartz by saying part of President Donald Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan will include harbor dredging, and that he is working to have the ports in Brunswick and Savannah included in that plan.
Aug. 3, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Jim Galloway reports that throughout the modern history of Atlanta, the topic of annexation has been a delicate one, treated something like a sweaty bottle of nitroglycerin.Suggest the expansion of the city’s puny boundaries, and race becomes the immediate, volatile subtext. We’re about to find out whether we’ve outgrown the reflex. The trap has a biracial legacy.
Aug. 2, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tamar Hallerman reports that the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Christopher Wray to lead the FBI on Tuesday afternoon, greenlighting the Atlanta attorney to take the helm of an agency currently embroiled in political turmoil.
Aug. 2, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, if you watch HGTV, you might think the entire country is considering a move to a tiny house. From Tiny House, Big Living to Tiny House Builders to Tiny Luxury, you can’t turn on the channel without seeing a tiny house show. But are tiny homes the abode of the future, or are they a passing fad? And what about here in Georgia? Have tiny houses taken hold?
Aug. 2, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that two of the five commissioners at Georgia’s utility regulator said the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion is in better position to be completed than a similar South Carolina project that is being abandoned. Georgia Public Service Commissioner Doug Everett said he has “100 percent confidence” that Atlanta-based Southern Company’s nuclear arm can complete the Vogtle project, despite no nuclear construction background.
Aug. 2, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Douglas Sams reports that the project’s first phase along West Paces would include 339 multifamily units and 7,600 square feet of commercial space. A second phase on Paces Ferry Place would add 186 multifamily units and 8,500 square feet of street-level live-work space.
Aug. 2, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that shares of Columbus-based insurance company Aflac surged to near $81 and a 52-week high in trading Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange, following the overall market upward. Aflac shares jumped from Monday’s close of $79.75 to $80.64 not long after the stock markets opened Tuesday, then waffled up and down somewhat through the day before closing at $80.89. That was a gain of $1.14, or 1.4 percent, on the day, although the actual 52-week high of $80.94 per share came not long before the close.
Aug. 2, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that Vector Space Systems plans a low-altitude test of its Vector-R rocket sometime Thursday at Harriett’s Bluff in Camden County, officials say. The launch is scheduled for sometime between early morning and mid-afternoon at the former Union Carbide plant that the Camden County Commission wants buy and convert to a spaceport, said John Simpson, who is helping the county with publicity on the planned facility and activities there. NASA formerly used the site to test rocket motors.
Aug. 2, 2017 Brunswick News
Taylor Cooper reports that federal funding for dredging the Port of Brunswick may be on its way, U.S. Rep Buddy Carter told the Rotary Club of St. Simons at a lunch Tuesday. Carter, R-1, answered a question from Rotary member Gary Schwartz by saying part of President Donald Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan will include harbor dredging, and that he is working to have the ports in Brunswick and Savannah included in that plan.
Aug. 2, 2017 WABE 90.1
Kaitlyn Lewis reports, on Aug. 21, we will be able to witness a historical event — the first solar eclipse visible to the continental United States in the past 38 years, according to NASA. The eclipse’s totality — the path of the moon’s shadow cast upon the Earth — will cross straight through the country and even clip the northeast corner of Georgia.
Aug. 2, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that the Fox Theatre Institute has extended the application deadline for a grant program that is offering up to $500,000 in grants to restore historic theaters across Georgia.The deadline was extended to Aug. 15.
Aug. 2, 2017 Rome News-Tribune
Doug Walker reports that Congressman Tom Graves started his August recess in Rome on Tuesday, saluting internal medicine residents at Redmond Regional Medical Center for choosing a career in medicine in spite of uncertainties that confront the field. After close to seven years of talk about the repeal and replacement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — Graves said the GOP majority still has not found an alternative that can pass both the U.S. House and Senate.
Aug. 2, 2017 GPB
Celeste Headlee and Trevor Young report that the Georgia House of Representatives had more uncontested seats in the last election cycle than any legislative chamber in the nation. Nearly all incumbents retained their seats. Only 31 of the 180 House seats featured candidates from both parties—leaving 83 percent of all seats uncontested.
Aug. 2, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports an overhaul of the country’s legal immigration system co-authored by Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue is getting red carpet treatment at the White House on Wednesday, receiving a seal of approval from President Donald Trump that proponents hope can give the divisive proposal some momentum on Capitol Hill.
Aug. 1, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced the launch of the Georgia Defense Exchange (GDX), an interactive business development platform designed to assist Georgia businesses in finding new opportunities in Department of Defense (DOD) contracting.
Aug. 1, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports that Derek Schiller recalls the moment when plans for the new Braves stadium and the adjacent mixed-use elements – retail, residences, restaurants, hotel, office buildings – all came together. “We knew the ballpark was going to be fantastic,” says Schiller, Braves president for business.
Aug. 1, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Scott Trubey reports that leasing of space inside data centers — the massive compounds of servers used to power the Internet and hold everything from your Instagram photos to corporate secrets — surged in metro Atlanta during the first half of the year, a report released Monday by real estate services giant JLL found.
Aug. 1, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that Atlanta-based Hospitality Staffing Solutions LLC has acquired a company to bolster its growth out West. HSS, which provides supplemental and outsourced staffing support for the hotel and resort industry, announced Monday that it acquired DEZ Staffing LLC, a provider of hospitality and industrial staffing services in the Denver Market.
Aug. 1, 2017 Georgia Southern Univ.
Staff reports that students interested in pursuing careers in fraud examination or forensic accounting have the opportunity to hone their skills and be competitive in the workforce thanks to specialty tracks offered through the School of Accountancy in Georgia Southern University’s College of Business. The four-course Forensic Accounting Certificate and Fraud Examination Certificate programs are available to students pursuing master’s degrees.
Aug. 1, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Stanley Dunlap reports, when he was growing up in Macon, it wasn’t uncommon for Danny Glover to trade fresh peppers and tomatoes grown at his grandmother’s home on Bowden Street and a family friend’s yard nearby. Now, Glover is seeking to bring one of those properties — vacant for 15 years and overgrown with weeds — and a neighborhood near Second Street back to life.
Aug. 1, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that most Georgians know the irritating sensation of not being able to breathe through their noses during cold or pollen season. It may be caused by chronic sinusitis or sinus infection, and most cases of both types clear up on their own.
Aug. 1, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Phil Bolton reports that Atlanta‘s soccer field at the MARTA Five Points Station was honored in New York on July 28 with the Sport for Innovation and Technology Global Award from Beyond Sport, a global organization that develops and supports the use of sport to create positive social change across the world during a ceremony at the top of the One World Trade Center on July 28.
Aug. 1, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Jan Skutch reports, when Savannahians go to the Chatham County Courthouse on Monday, they will experience a new look and feel as courts there take a leap toward an electronically based document model. Superior Court will join each of the five county courts as officials introduce the $2.9 million Odyssey Case Management Software System — a new, unified case management system that will transition all paper documents to electronic filing and allow greater access to court documents.
Aug. 1, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that the Georgia Department of Agriculture is strengthening programs that help ensure the state’s kids receive healthy – and in some cases locally grown – meals at school. Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black recently announced additions to two such. The Feed My School for a Week program, which launched in 2011 to improve nutrition and food quality in Georgia schools and promote the farm to cafeteria movement, now includes 30 schools with the 2017 addition of Statham Elementary School in Barrow County, Elbert County Primary School and Treutlen County School.
Aug. 1, 2017 WABE 90.1
Michael Jones reports that a robust Vidalia onion crop will keep customers supplied through Labor Day. That hasn't always been the case. Cliff Riner directs the Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center for UGA Extension.
Aug. 1, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal and the state Legislature will likely have the first word on sweeping Medicaid changes the state could pursue after the GOP effort to repeal Obamacare failed. But the race to succeed the governor seems certain to spice up the debate.
July 31, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that after a record year, Georgia Ports Authority chairman Jimmy Allgood laid down a challenge to management. “This has been a great year,” Allgood said this week. “Now, as we turn our attention to 2018, we have an opportunity to reach some really phenomenal milestones.
July 31, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Jennifer Hafer reports, when the group of Young Gamechangers comes to your town, you can bet that good things are going to happen. A leadership program of the statewide nonprofit GeorgiaForward, it’s not just about networking and recharging participants’ professional batteries – it seeks to strengthen communities across Georgia, unite the state and create a talent pipeline of young, forward-thinking people.
July 31, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Johnny Edwards reports, for decades, architects and developers have put cheap, highly flammable wall panels on the exteriors of multi-story buildings. A four-story drug and alcohol treatment center in Atlanta has them. So does a six-story building at California State University.
July 31, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that Delta Air Lines' (NYSE:DAL) test program for streamlining its boarding process was launched Friday inside Atlanta's Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport.
July 31, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that credit-card and payment processor TSYS has never been shy about going after a company it finds attractive and complementary to its core business of helping banks and retail merchants conduct transactions with their customers. That was fully apparent in the Columbus-based firm’s $2.35 billion acquisition of Hauppauge, N.Y.-based merchant specialty firm TransFirst nearly 16 months ago.
July 31, 2017 Brunswick News
Gordon Jackson reports, for the first time in 50 years, a rocket engine will be fired in Camden County next week. The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a permit for Vector Space Systems to conduct a low- altitude launch on Thursday of a full-scale prototype of the company’s Vector-R launch vehicle.
July 31, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports, with upcoming NAFTA talks seemingly poised to focus more on factories than farming, negotiators shouldn’t hurt one to fix the other, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said while making a reciprocal visit with his counterpart in Mexico.
July 31, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, which has expanded gradually since its creation in the 1970s, recently added 55 acres north of Duluth. Another 40 acres are expected to be added soon, pending negotiations with private landowners. As part of the National Park Service, the park’s property encompasses approximately 7,000 acres along 48 miles of the Chattahoochee River.
July 31, 2017 WABE 90.1
Molly Samuel reports, there is progress this week on sorting out the future of a major nuclear power expansion in Georgia. A subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company will now oversee construction of two new nuclear units at Plant Vogtle. The U.S. Department of Energy has signed off on Southern Nuclear taking over as lead contractor.
July 31, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Staff reports that Savannah River Nuclear Solutions is expanding its use of passive groundwater cleanup systems that rely on nature to help lower costs, consume less energy and reduce carbon emissions, according to a news release. “Using low-power, low-maintenance methods has proven to be a consistently viable cleanup option at SRS. It’s a matter of using the right tool for the right job. We want to be efficient and cost conscious while ensuring we have the full support of our environmental regulators as well,” said Mike Griffith, a project manager with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the site’s management and operations contractor.
July 31, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Lee Shearer reports, few know that one of the nation’s first gold rushes took place in Georgia during the first half of the 19th century. Despite the historical distinction, a Wright State environmental history professor called the era an ugly chapter of Georgia’s past. Like the better-known gold rushes in California and Alaska, the Georgia gold rush has been romanticized, shaped by the myth of Appalachian “exceptionalism,” said Drew Swanson, who holds a University of Georgia doctorate.
July 31, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports, on the same sweltering summer day as President Donald Trump replaced his top aide with a no-nonsense retired Marine general, Vice President Mike Pence had a quieter swearing-in ceremony for his new right-hand man: Georgia operative Nick Ayers. Ayers, 34, had worked for Pence for three years and was his chief political strategist when Trump chose the Indiana governor as his running mate.
July 28, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that steady sales and growth in Japan, combined with improving performance in the U.S., added up to a profit of $713 million in the second quarter of 2017, an increase of just over 30 percent, supplemental health and life insurer Aflac reported Thursday.
July 28, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Kenna Simmons reports, in a city like Atlanta where business is basic to its DNA, having a way for commercial property owners to voluntarily tax themselves to improve the infrastructure and public safety of their community just makes sense. That’s what community improvement districts (CIDs) do, and it’s no surprise that there are more than 20 of them in Metro Atlanta.
July 28, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports Sandy Springs-based UPS said it is handling more shipments due to e-commerce, seeing more business in Europe and looking toward growth in China. The company reported a second-quarter profit of nearly $1.4 billion, up 9.1 percent year-over-year.
July 28, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Fulcrum’s Fund III —its largest — will focus on the Southeast, brings much-needed local capital to metro Atlanta. It will also increase the availability of capital to Atlanta tech companies as they mature from early-stage to growth-stage.
July 28, 2017 Macon Telegraph
William Thomas Okie reports, this is a tough year for the Georgia peach. In May growers predicted an 80 percent crop loss, and now they are lamenting one of the worst years in living memory. Where would we be without any Georgia peaches at all? One response, surprisingly, is a shrug. Georgia peaches account for only 0.38 percent of the state’s agricultural economy, and the state produces only between 3 and 5 percent of the national peach crop.
July 28, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Staff reports that auxiliary volunteers from WellStar Kennestone, WellStar Cobb and WellStar Windy Hill hospitals donated a historic $580,000 to the WellStar Foundation in support of local health care initiatives.
July 28, 2017 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that two days to the one-year anniversary of the federal complaint against and proposed deal with Honeywell and Georgia Power to clean up the LCP Chemicals Superfund site, Chief U.S. District Court Judge J. Randal Hall approved the final version of the consent decree in U.S. District Court in Savannah.
July 28, 2017 WABE 90.1
Erin Wright reports, earlier this year, President Donald Trump proposed a budget that would have eliminated the National Endowment for the Arts, among other federal cultural agencies. So far, congressional subcommittees have effectively ignored those proposed cuts, but one new Atlanta coalition isn’t taking any chances.
July 28, 2017 Albany Herald
Cindi Cox reports that Lee County will convert its wastewater plant to solar energy by 2018. Officials say the savings in energy costs will pay for the solar panels and that relying on solar power is better for the environment.
July 28, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports, congratulations to Lamar Norton, retiring executive director of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), for being honored with the Georgia Key Citizen Award at GMA’s annual meeting in Savannah. The award, GMA’s highest honor, has been presented to all former GMA executive directors as well as Georgia dignitaries, including state legislators, governors and other leaders.
July 28, 2017 GPB
Tony Harris and Sean Powers report that a recent report puts Georgia 41st in the nation for its quality of senior health. According to America’s Health Rankings Senior Report, that’s two slots lower than last year. We talk about senior health in the state with Kathy Floyd of the Georgia Council on Aging and Glenn Osster of the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Georgia.
July 28, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that all 10 Georgia Republicans serving in the U.S. House, as well as one of the state’s centrist Democrats, backed a government spending bill on Thursday that would set aside $1.6 billion to build a wall on the southern border.
July 27, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that defense and aerospace giant General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) increased its earnings guidance for the year Wednesday as it reported a rise of nearly five percent in second quarter profits. The maker of Gulfstream business jets, military battle tanks, Navy ships and submarines reported operating earnings of $1.05 billion on revenues of $7.67 billion.
July 27, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports, depending on your vantage point, there were some wins, some losses and some head-scratchers as the final gavel went down at the end of the General Assembly’s 2017 session. Most of the legislation that passed and was signed by Gov. Nathan Deal takes effect this month.
July 27, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that as it grapples with consumers’ declining thirst for sugary drinks, Coca-Cola has decided to change the name, recipe and look of one of its most successful sodas, Coke Zero. The new version will be called Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, with the added word intended to underline its lack of an ingredient spurned by many. It’s also supposed to taste a bit more like regular Coke.
July 27, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Mark Meltzer reports that Georgia-based farm equipment manufacturer Agco Corp. has agreed to acquire a line of high-tech planting equipment from Monsanto Co. after the seed company abandoned plans to sell the unit to Deere & Co. under pressure from the Justice Department, The Wall Street Journal reports.
July 27, 2017 Mercer University
Center for Collaborative Journalism to Extend Local Reporting with New $2 Million Support from Knight Foundation
Kyle Sears reports that Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism, which over the last five years broke new ground in advancing innovative journalism education practices and local community engagement, has been awarded $2 million in new funding by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The investment will help expand the center’s efforts, including support for Georgia Public Broadcasting and the addition of a TV reporting partnership with Macon-based CBS affiliate 13WMAZ, which is owned by TEGNA Inc.
July 27, 2017 Georgia Tech
Lance Williams reports that three months after opening its Global Innovation Center in Tech Square, Delta Air Lines cut the ribbon this week on its new Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Facility on 14th Street. The facility is designed to be an integrated physical and cyber manufacturing technology testbed, as well as a demonstration and teaching facility.
July 27, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that an award-winning Atlanta program launched last year to link the city’s startup ecosystem with that of its sister city in France is expanding this year to the United Kingdom. The Atlanta International Startup Exchange began when two local companies visited Toulouse, which in turn sent two of its own startups to Atlanta for two weeks in October.
July 27, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a plan to build a 292-unit apartment complex sandwiched between Satellite Boulevard, Satellite Pointe and Interstate 85. The approval changes the property’s zoning from M-1 light industrial district to a RM-24 multi-family residential district. It also gives Gwinn-Lidell Associates LLC and Quintus Development permission to begin developing the proposed nine-building Avonlea Pointe complex on the 20-acre site.
July 27, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that congratulations to the Georgia Chamber of Commerce for being named 2017 State Chamber of the Year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) at its recent annual convention. The honor is the nation’s only one that recognizes a chamber’s leadership role in its communities.
July 27, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that Walsh Honda dealership on Eisenhower Parkway in Macon is undergoing a major renovation that includes nearly doubling the size of its service department and creating an updated showroom and larger customer lounge. “The interior of it is being completely overhauled,” said General Manager David Komaee.
July 27, 2017 WABE 90.1
Johnny Kauffman reports that Jimmy Lewis wanted a group of rural Georgia lawmakers to feel for themselves how he said rural hospital CEOs feel every day. “I’m talking fast and I’m giving you a lot of information for a specific reason,” he told lawmakers at a recent meeting of the Ga. House Rural Development Council in Bainbridge. “When it’s over with, I want you to say ‘that was overwhelming.’”
July 27, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s vote Wednesday to back an Obamacare repeal-and-delay effort wasn’t exactly a surprise, but it was still notable given his past criticism of the approach. As we’ve reported over the last few months, Isakson has kept his comments on health care intentionally vague in order to give himself maximum room to negotiate on the GOP’s Obamacare replacement effort.
July 26, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), today announced the launch of the Words2Reading website, a web tool with curated resources for families, caregivers and teachers to help develop and sharpen early childhood language and literacy skills.
July 26, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Anne Dunkin reports, thousands of Georgians – are reaping the benefits of telemedicine, a phenomenon that brings doctors and patients together in real time via a computer screen. In its most basic form, telemedicine allows doctors to see and speak with patients much like they were meeting face-to-face. In many cases, added devices (so-called peripherals) allow the distant doctor to examine throats, ears and even internal organs with the same precision of an in-person visit.
July 26, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Ben Brasch reports that Cobb County’s development authority recently approved a nearly $2 million tax break for a plane owned by one of Tyler Perry’s companies. The tax break has a couple of steps to go before becoming a reality, but the deal would include the county authority refinancing his jet with a $35.3 million bond package and a 10-year tax abatement plan.
July 26, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE:UPS) Chairman David Abney has joined a growing list of CEOs that pledge to emphasize the importance of diversity in the workforce. One month after 175 CEOs launched the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, nearly 100 more have taken the pledge, committing themselves – and the organizations they lead – to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace, according to a release.
July 26, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that while still performing well overall, Atlanta experienced the most drastic drop of any city in consultancy AT Kearney’s annual rankings examining the future potential of global hubs. Atlanta was still firmly in the top 25 on the Global Cities Outlook, which estimates city competitiveness on a range of indicators, but it fell 11 slots from No. 6 in 2016 to No. 17 this year.
July 26, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that private equity firm KKR & Co. has agreed to buy WebMD Health Corp. in a deal valued at about $2.8 billion. New York-based WebMD has editorial offices in Atlanta. It is a news partner with Georgia Health News. The all-cash deal would bring together various online health information websites under one roof.
July 26, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Tom Corwin reports, Anne Pitcher’s family has been in the area since the 18th century but now she is wondering what is happening in the land around her. A new project at Savannah River Ecology Laboratory aims to help her and other citizens in Burke County better understand the radiological monitoring being done and to read and understand the reports.
July 26, 2017 Valdosta Daily Times
Staff reports that a $21.4 million project that will create a fine arts building and completely rehabilitate and repurpose the Carlton Library into a more comprehensive learning center is now on the drawing board at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. ABAC President David Bridges said the project is a top priority for the academic year ahead as the college prepares for the return of students for the fall semester on Aug. 16.
July 26, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Mariya Lewter reports that Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex is holding a direct hiring event at Central Georgia Technical College on Thursday, July 27. About 400 positions will be filled, according to a Facebook post by the Robins Air Force Base. Open positions include Information Technology Specialist, Electronics Mechanic, Painting and more.
July 26, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that state regulators have issued a discharge permit for a turpentine plant in Effingham County, bringing it one step closer to operation. The privately held French company DRT America has nearly completed the construction of a $43 million plant in the Effingham Industrial Park on the east side of Ga. 21 at Ebenezer Road.
July 26, 2017 WABE 90.1
Michael Jones reports that Georgia judges are considering measures that could make the state's Superior Courts less accessible to the public. The justices are concerned about the use of electronic devices. Georgia's Superior Court judges could vote Wednesday to restrict the use of smartphones, laptops and other portable electronic devices in their courtrooms.
July 26, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that one of the biggest names in national Republican politics — and a former candidate for president — is throwing his support behind Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer’s bid for lieutenant governor.
July 26, 2017 GPB
Max Moran reports that Georgia’s 9th Congressional District is one of the strongest Republican bases in the country. The Cook Political Report ranked it the most conservative district in the state in 2010, and the third most conservative nationwide. But the Representative from the district is now proposing a bipartisan bill to decrease federal recidivism rates. And his main co-sponsor is a progressive Democrat from the heart of New York City.
July 26, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallarman reports that Republican senators voted Tuesday to open debate on revising U.S. health care law, advancing a signature campaign pledge following a tense and dramatic week on Capitol Hill. But the party voted to do so only with the barest of margins, an illustration of the challenges ahead as leaders look to unite a divided and unruly caucus.
July 25, 2017 Georgia Ports Authority
Staff reports that its July board meeting, the Georgia Ports Authority reported record fiscal year results and approved the purchase of six new ship-to-shore cranes. In FY2017, the GPA moved an all-time high of 3.85 million twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 6.7 percent, or 242,221 TEUs over the previous year. In the last half of FY2017 alone, the Port of Savannah handled an impressive 1.99 million TEUs, for a growth rate of 11.6 percent over the same period in FY2016.
July 25, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, this is the last week for Georgia’s Legal Elite nominations. Who do you think is the state’s most effective lawyer? Now through Friday, July 28, 2017, 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 2017 issue.
July 25, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that BMW plans to open a training center in College Park next to the Georgia International Convention Center, moving the training out of its Southern region headquarters in Sandy Springs. Officials in College Park expect the training center will draw as many as 10,000 BMW workers annually for corporate training.
July 25, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Logistics giant C.H. Robinson to add 200 jobs in Atlanta, consolidate in downtown's Centennial Tower
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Fortune 500 firm C.H. Robinson will lease 20,000 square-foot at Centennial Tower, a 36-story office tower in downtown’s gentrifying Fairlie-Poplar district. The new office will be part of the company's North American Surface Transportation business unit.
July 25, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that on the eve of its second-quarter earnings release, shares of TSYS stock again enjoyed a high they haven’t experienced before. The global credit-card and payment processor, headquartered in downtown Columbus, saw its stock touch $62.62 in early trading Monday on the New York Stock Exchange.
July 25, 2017 WABE 90.1
Miranda Hawkins reports that Aluma Farm is the first farm on the Atlanta BeltLine. Ness and her business partner, Andy Friedberg, started to farm on the property last spring after they won a bid to lease the land from the BeltLine. The farm supports itself by selling veggies once a week. But Ness said they also sell to a lot of Atlanta restaurants, like Barcelona in Inman Park and Argosy in East Atlanta.
July 25, 2017 Albany Herald
Jon Gosa reports, with only a few people in attendance, Dougherty County Commission Chairman Chris Cohilas was presented a first reimbursement grant, totaling more the $3.6 million, from GEMA on Monday to help alleviate some of the financial hardships caused by two disastrous storms in January.
July 25, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Staff reports that construction has been completed on a new disposal unit for radioactive saltstone waste at Savannah River Site. The 32.8-million gallon Saltstone Disposal Unit 6, which cost about $118 million, was designed and built by SRS liquid waste contractor Savannah River Remediation.
July 25, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Emory Healthcare has continued to expand its orthopedic and sports medicine services by opening a new clinic on its campus in Smyrna, a northwestern suburb of Atlanta. The outpatient center follows Emory’s recent sports partnerships with the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Braves and helps spread the organization’s orthopedic presence across metro Atlanta.
July 25, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Shaddi Aubsaid reports that Atlanta-based filmmaker Tyler Perry is one step closer to receiving tens of millions in bonds and a 10-year tax abatement for permanently housing three of his company’s jets at Cobb County International Airport-McCollum Field. The Development Authority of Cobb County voted unanimously Monday morning to adopt a $35.3 million bond resolution allowing Tyler Perry Studios to refinance its private, 70-passenger Lineage jet.
July 25, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that a Georgia Power plan to clean up toxic coal ash at 11 coal-burning power plants around the state, including sites in Chatham and Effingham counties, isn’t good enough, the Sierra Club says. The nonprofit on Monday served a notice of intent to sue Georgia Power to block the company’s plan to drain the ponds without getting updated permits that would protect waterways and public health.
July 25, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that the U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday to kick off debate on legislation that would repeal Obamacare, but what’s in store is still a mystery. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has yet to disclose whether he plans to immediately push a replacement for the 2010 health care law or simply a repeal-only plan, much like what the Senate voted on two years ago.
July 24, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that Georgia’s employers are creating “record numbers” of jobs, pushing the state’s unemployment rate lower from 4.9 percent in May to 4.8 percent in June. That compares to a rate of 5.3 percent in June a year ago. Furthermore, the current jobless rate hasn’t been this low this September 2007, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday.
July 24, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that proper hand hygiene – whether washing with soap or using hand sanitizer – is a big deal for healthcare facilities because it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent costly and sometimes deadly healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
July 24, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that SunTrust Banks said rising consumer lending and higher interest earnings on loans have helped the Atlanta bank’s bottom line despite slowing demand from business customers. Meanwhile, Georgia's largest bank has been adding employees through internal growth and a 2016 acquisition, even though it is still shutting branches at a healthy clip.
July 24, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams reports that Atlanta's airport is looking for new vendors for a concessions program that topped $1 billion in sales last year for the first time.
July 24, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Mike Morrison reports that a new development in southern Glynn County that could potentially put 1,500 septic tanks in the ground has alarmed local environmental activists and one county commissioner.
July 24, 2017 Gainesville Times
Jeff Gill reports that the main entrance into Reunion Country Club in South Hall was cut in half a few years back by the new four-lane Friendship Road/Ga. 347. Now it’s being erased entirely, replaced by what will be part of a new 860-lot active adult community straddling Hall and Gwinnett counties in Braselton.
July 24, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that French companies in Georgia employ nearly 18,000 people through their investments, according to data compiled in May and released recently by the French Embassy in Washington. The economic department at the embassy mixed U.S. government stats and corporate data into a state-by-state analysis of the French “economic footprint” in the U.S.
July 24, 2017 Rome News-Tribune
Doug Walker reports that Redmond Regional Medical Center has won approval from the Georgia Department of Community Health for a $13.9 million renovation and upgrade of its surgical unit. Architects and engineers are still in the planning stage of the project, said Redmond CEO John Quinlivan, and construction is not likely to start until late this year or early in 2018.
July 24, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that a Gwinnett resident who is a former assistant federal prosecutor and, until recently, a state legislator, is President Donald Trump’s pick for the new U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.
July 24, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports, will Georgia’s health insurance exchange in 2018 resemble this year’s version – or will the state be left with large coverage holes? That’s part of the uncertainty surrounding the fate of the Senate health care legislation. Senators this week are expected to consider a simple repeal of the Affordable Care Act, a “repeal and replace’’ plan, and variations of both.
July 24, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Rockdale County’s new Costley Mill Park features 77 acres of natural beauty along the banks of Big Haynes Creek. The park, which was privately owned until last month, opens to the public next spring.
July 24, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Shaddi Abusaid reports that the identity of a mystery film company seeking a 10-year tax abatement and $35 million dollars in bonds will be revealed this morning at the Development Authority of Cobb County’s 11 a.m. meeting. Cobb Board of Education members were all ears Thursday afternoon when they gave their nod of approval to “Project Meatloaf,” the name given to the secret production company looking to use the bonds to refinance a 70-passenger private jet it would house in a hangar at Cobb County International Airport-McCollum Field.
July 24, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that Angelina Jackson of Edison, Ga., population 1,451, likes the classroom work she does for Quest for Change. The 17-year-old is proud of the “scenario” she and her fellow teenagers set up at Calhoun County High School placing classmates in the role of a girl who had unprotected sex and doesn’t know whether she’s pregnant.
July 21, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that a new survey finds that many Georgia school systems fear that the proposed Medicaid cuts in Congress would hurt their special education programs – and the children they serve. Most school districts responding to the survey say they receive thousands of dollars in Medicaid funding to help offset the costs of their special education programs.
July 21, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Ellen Berman reports that ping-pong tables, napping rooms, free massages, bring-your-dog-to-work days. This is the stuff of employee dreams. And for employees of some of the winners of Georgia Trend’s 2017 Best Places to Work survey, it’s what they wake up to every day.
July 21, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that judging from regulators’ recent actions and stock market movements, you might think banks big and small have made a turn onto Easy Street. All the largest U.S. banks, including Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks, recently passed this year’s Federal Reserve “stress tests” aimed at ensuring they could survive a severe recession.
July 21, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta-based TechSquare Labs Fund has received a $1 million investment from Invest Georgia, a state-run venture capital fund.
July 21, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that journalist Dink NeSmith and The Press-Sentinel, of Jesup, will receive Greenlaw’s Special Media Recognition for Environmental Championship Award for their efforts to expose plans for a coal ash dump in Wayne County. The dump’s operator withdrew its 2015 application in April.
July 21, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that the Port of Savannah is handling much bigger ships these days, some with capacities of 13,000 TEUs or more. But the size of these vessels is only part of the story. Container exchanges — the number of boxes moved on and off a vessel — are experiencing exponential growth, even on what is now considered “mid-sized” vessels in the 8,000- and 9,000-TEU range.
July 21, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County officials are hoping the third time will be the charm for a system that can manage cases in the county’s legal system. Commissioners approved a $3.3 million case management system contract with Tyler Technologies on Tuesday. The technology will be used in the Superior, State, Magistrate and Probate Courts, as well as by all judicial staff, according to county documents.
July 21, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Melissa Henriques reports that Macon native Tim Hall’s “Born River Bye” is a cultural experience that could really resonate with those who attend its screening at the Macon Film Festival. It’s been 10 years since Hall graduated from First Presbyterian Day School and his film will be presented at the 12th annual Macon Film Festival under the Georgia Feature Narrative category.
July 21, 2017 Albany Herald
Jon Gosa reports that the continued threat of tax fraud has prompted protective measures and changes in policy from the Georgia Department of Revenue effective this year in an effort to protect sensitive information, but the process has left many taxpayers waiting and wondering why their 2017 state income tax refund has not arrived.
July 21, 2017 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that the federal Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management issued an order in January denying six permits for fossil-fuel related seismic airgun testing off the Atlantic coast of Southeastern states, two weeks before the new presidential administration took office. On April 28, President Donald Trump sought to change BOEM’s priorities on seismic testing, and today is the last day to submit public comments on reopening the Southeastern Atlantic coast to that particular type of oil and gas exploration. It would roll back a rule adopted a year ago regarding exploratory drilling in the outer continental shelf for the next five years.
July 21, 2017 GPB
Grant Blankenship and Sam Whitehead report that on average, scores released in the 2017 Georgia Milestones end of year test show incremental but positive improvement for schools across the state. Look past the big picture, though, and schools still have ground to make up. Take third grade literacy, largely held as one of the best predictors of future academic achievement.
July 21, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that Georgia Congressman Tom Graves had a plan to aid his Republican colleagues as they prepare to face a wave of angry voters during the upcoming August recess. President Donald Trump’s supporters – many of whom also make up the political base for GOP lawmakers – are livid at Congress’ glacial pace advancing the White House’s top priorities, including replacing Obamacare, overhauling the tax code and building a wall on the southern border.
July 20, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Advanced Digital Cable Inc. (ADC), a leading manufacturer of electronic and communication wire and cable, will create 65 jobs and invest $15 million in a Union County facility expansion. The new jobs will include positions in manufacturing and operations.
July 20, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Kerwin Swint writes, most people would agree that today’s political environment is characterized by open hostility and increasing polarization between Republicans and Democrats. One contributing factor is the ability of state legislative majorities – of both parties – to draw district boundaries designed to favor their party’s candidates.
July 20, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines plans to relaunch flights from Atlanta to Shanghai, reinstating a crucial economic link between the Southeast and China. Atlanta-based Delta aims to launch the service a year from now, in July 2018, with 291-seat Boeing 777-200LRs.
July 20, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that a UPS subsidiary and third-party logistics provider has leased nearly 50,000 square feet at Armour Yards.
July 20, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta leaders are looking to persuade Air India that the Southeast’s economic hub should be its next U.S. destination. Driven by the Consulate General of India in Atlanta, the Indian community is gathering support for a petition that will make a business case to the country’s flag carrier as it expands U.S. service.
July 20, 2017 GPB
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed promised a comprehensive new plan to address homelessness in his State of the City address in February. The mayor promised a new $50 million program, co-funded by the city and United Way. Yesterday, Atlanta’s city council approved its share of the funding as Reed’s office released details on the expansive plan.
July 20, 2017 Brunswick News
Deborah Bayliss reports that the Brunswick City Commission approved the enterprise zone incentives for a brewery planned for downtown Brunswick during its meeting Wednesday. Chris Moline and his partners in the venture, Jeff and Kevin Coyles and Moline’s wife, Allyson, were approved for $16,000 over 10 years in enterprise incentives for the brewery that will be constructed at 1317 Newcastle St. Fees would cover building permits, sign permits, business license administration, occupation taxes for the first year and engineering fees.
July 20, 2017 Georgia Health News
Erica Hensley reports that ar crashes are a leading cause of spine and brain injuries among teenagers, like many of those now recovering at Shepherd Center, the Atlanta rehabilitation hospital. Emma Harrington, director of injury prevention and education at Shepherd, found herself wondering, “Why and how are people ending up here — and what can we do about it?”
July 20, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, it's hard to live in Georgia and not be familiar with Habitat for Humanity – especially after the recent story about President Jimmy Carter (age 92) collapsing at a Habitat build (he’s okay). But, what’s not as well known is Habitat for Humanity International’s Global Village and Discovery Center in Americus, a museum where visitors can see examples of both the types of houses Habitat builds around the world and the types of structures (it’s hard to call them houses) they replace.
July 20, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that the business of transporting goods remains a hot topic in the city that boasts the area’s fourth-largest and fastest growing container port, and Wednesday’s third annual Savannah Logistics Lunch was an indicator of that interest. And for good reason.
July 20, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s struggles over election security have rekindled a rivalry with one of the state’s most prominent Democrats. Except now his feud with Stacey Abrams is playing out against the backdrop of the race for governor.
July 19, 2017 GPB
Max Moran reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed promised a comprehensive new plan to address homelessness in his State of the City address in February. The mayor promised a new $50 million program, co-funded by the city and United Way. Yesterday, Atlanta’s city council approved its share of the funding as Reed’s office released details on the expansive plan.
July 19, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
K.K. Snyder reports, with a brand-new college and career academy set to open this fall, businesses adding new jobs to their payrolls, and a local physician investing big money into a downtown venture, there’s a lot to be optimistic about in the Good Life City these days.
July 19, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that a former California mortgage lender agreed to pay $4.2 million to settle civil fraud allegations that its lending practices in the Southeast caused taxpayers to lose millions of dollars when homeowners defaulted on their loans after the Great Recession. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta said that one in eight of Prospect Mortgage Company’s mortgage loans went into default after the 2007-2009 real estate collapse.
July 19, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Amy Wenk reports that Halcyon, a $370 million mixed-use village rising at Ga. 400 and McFarland Road, will include more than 500,000 square feet of retail and office space.
July 19, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that while Roger Federer was on his way to becoming the oldest player in history to take home a men’s Wimbledon championship (a ripe old 36), Georgia leaders were off the court trying to bring home wins of their own from the United Kingdom.
July 19, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that Robins Financial Credit Union recently opened its 20th branch in Dublin. Robins Financial Credit Union held its grand opening on Thursday at 1102 Hillcrest Parkway, according to a news release. The new full-service location includes a 24-hour ATM, drive thru, deposit and loan services, mortgage services and business services.
July 19, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Staff reports that Columbus-based Synovus Financial Corp., the parent company of Bank of North Georgia — which has one Kennesaw and three Marietta locations, reported on Tuesday financial results for the quarter ending June 30.
July 19, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports, another week, another all-time high, it would appear. That’s the case with global credit-card and payment processor TSYS, whose shares jumped more than a dollar in trading on the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday.
July 19, 2017 WABE 90.1
Tasnim Shamma reports that the CEO of Google Access, Gregory McCray, which oversees Google Fiber, stepped down Monday. McCray was named CEO in February 2017 after CEO Craig Barratt resigned last year. Barratt left after layoffs were announced and plans to expand Google Fiber to nearly a dozen cities was put on hold.
July 19, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Nefeteria Brewster reports that the recent approval of an annual defense bill is slated to provide $85 million for operations and ongoing projects at Fort Gordon, according to an Augusta congressman.
July 19, 2017 Gainesville Times
Nick Bowman reports that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has added poverty to his gubernatorial pitch. In his first public event in Gainesville since launching his campaign in May, Cagle spoke to an audience of more than 200 people during a meeting at the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville at the First Baptist Church on Green Street about his campaign.
July 19, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that a leading consumer health care advocate has jumped into the race to succeed Ralph Hudgens as Georgia’s insurance commissioner. Cindy Zeldin, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, announced Tuesday that she plans to run for the commissioner position.
July 19, 2017 Saporta Report
Maggie Lee reports that every year, industries approach Georgia lawmakers asking for new or renewed tax breaks, promising leaps in job growth, industry expansion, or some other worthwhile payoff. But the state is a laggard at checking back on tax breaks and seeing what they do — or don’t — deliver. So a state Senate committee is going to work on doing those evaluations.
July 19, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that with the Senate’s health care overhaul dead in its current form, Obamacare lives another day. That leaves a familiar Georgia face, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, in charge of implementing the law, one that he’s vilified for the last seven years.
July 18, 2017 Saporta Report
Lyle V. Harris reports that in addition to the gleaming new stadium downtown bearing its famous logo, Mercedes-Benz USA is seeking to impact nearby neighborhoods by funding more than a dozen Atlanta-based non-profit groups that teach young people the power of playing with a purpose. The luxury car company is partnering with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the National Recreation Foundation in launching “Sport For Good Atlanta,” a three-year, $3 million program to benefit school-age children and their families in Vine City, English Avenue and Washington Park.
July 18, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, looking for a new place to take a date or your spouse or good friends? The Georgia Restaurant Association has some deals for you! Today through Sunday, July 23 is Georgia Restaurant Week. It’s a great time to check out those bucket-list restaurants you’ve been meaning to try.
July 18, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Staff reports that Portman Holdings already has a Midtown Atlanta tower in the works called Coda. But perhaps the tower at Georgia Tech will be more like Portman’s prelude for bigger things to come. The Atlanta-based development firm on Monday said it is in “pre-development” for two additional towers adjacent to Coda at Georgia Tech’s Technology Square.
July 18, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Marketing software startup Sideqik to quadruple workforce, relocate to former Scoutmob HQ in West Midtown
Urvaksh Karkaria reports, Sideqik, which plans to add 30 jobs, recently leased nearly 3,500 square feet at 590 Means St. Backed by San Francisco-based Bee Partners and Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Rincon Venture Partners, Sideqik is raising a $3 million Series A investment.
July 18, 2017 University of Georgia
Katie DeGenova reports that in the first year of the public phase of the Commit to Georgia Campaign, University of Georgia donors set a record in fundraising, contributing $227.8 million in new gifts and pledges.
July 18, 2017 Albany Herald
Staff reports that a $21.4 million project that will create a fine arts building and completely rehabilitate and repurpose the Carlton Library into a more comprehensive learning center is now on the drawing board at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.
July 18, 2017 Georgia Medical News
Andy Miller reports, Bogie lighting Bacall’s cigarette is an enduring image from the 1944 movie “To Have and Have Not.” But especially since the 1960s, films showing constant cigarette smoking have largely vanished. The pervasive haze of smoke of the Humphrey Bogart era is a thing of the cinematic past.
July 18, 2017 WABE 90.1
Molly Samuel reports that more than a dozen sports-related nonprofits are getting money to work with children on Atlanta's Westside. They'll be in neighborhoods near Mercedes-Benz Stadium where local businesses and charities have been focusing their efforts in recent years.
July 18, 2017 GPB
Katie Atkinson reports, after 41 years of performances, the Macon Symphony Orchestra has announced it will close its doors this October. Bob Veto, president of the symphony’s board, said the decision came after a decline in ticket sales and donations.
July 18, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein, Tamar Hallerman and Jim Galloway report that Politico.com has an excellent piece this morning on how a simple vote to repeal and replace Obamacare, conducted so many times by Republicans in Congress when it didn’t matter, has melted into a seven-month puddle.
July 17, 2017 Saporta Report
Amy Wenk and Maria Saporta report that the development team charged with remaking Underground Atlanta includes the design firm that worked on Ponce City Market and one of the developers behind Krog Street Market. It could be a recipe to emulate two of Atlanta’s most successful adaptive reuse projects.
July 17, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, it's awards season and the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Alliance of Area Business Publishers (AABP) have recognized Georgia Trend Editor-at-Large Susan Percy and Publisher Emeritus Neely Young with awards for excellence in journalism.
July 17, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Atlanta Chosen as One of Eight National Venues to Participate in a Nascent Professional Cricket League
Phil Bolton reports that Atlanta is one of eight locations throughout the United States chosen for a stadium to host a professional cricket team. Yes, cricket, the game that is wildly popular in India and elsewhere in Asia, Britain, South Africa and the West Indies, but Atlanta and the U.S.?
David Allison reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) "sits as king of the profit hill" among the big three U.S. airlines, Bloomberg reports in a Friday story, a day after the airline reported it earned $1.2 billion in the second quarter of 2017. The July 14 Bloomberg story notes that Delta's profit margins are better than American or United airlines', in an industry where the airlines pay about the same thing for everything.
July 17, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County’s Latino voters are growing in strength at the ballot box as they make up more and more of the electorate, according to new figures from a Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials study. The data shows various aspects of how Latinos in Gwinnett and Georgia are registered, and how they turn out at the ballot box.
July 17, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Staff reports that fuel pellets expected to offer nuclear operators more time to respond in emergency situations will be loaded into Plant Vogtle’s unit 2 in 2019. The chromia-doped fuel pellets are part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Enhanced Accident Tolerant Fuel (EATF) Program. Areva NP will begin manufacturing the pellets at its Richland, Wash., facility later this year.
July 17, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Shaddi Abusaid reports that Smyrna residents hoping to get their hospital back may have to continue their long wait. A spokesperson for Emory Healthcare said Wednesday the Smyrna hospital is still working toward renovating and re-opening the facility along South Cobb Drive, which shut its doors in the fall of 2014 after years of financial losses.
July 17, 2017 Rome News-Tribune
Doug Walker reports, a frustrated Redmond Regional Medical Center CEO John Quinlivan is not sure whether or not the hospital will continue to seek an inpatient psychiatric and substance abuse unit after a third bid has been turned down by the state. Redmond withdrew its latest application for a certificate of need for a 24-bed unit after the Department of Community Health notified Redmond of the state’s intent to reject the application.
July 17, 2017 GPB
Max Moran reports that since its passage in the wake of 9/11, the Patriot Act has become a symbol to civil liberties activists for any law which invades personal freedoms in the name of preventing terrorism. But a new law which went into effect on July 1 has Georgia’s branch of the American Civil Liberties Union saying it’s even broader than the Patriot Act.
July 17, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein and Jay Salzer report that in Georgia’s 2018 governor’s race, statehouse lobbyists are already voting with their wallets. The top firms and the special interests they represent have almost exclusively written big checks in recent weeks to Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of campaign disclosures filed last week.
July 14, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that the revised U.S. Senate health care legislation, released Thursday, shows some significant changes from the earlier version that ran into political roadblocks. And it would help the 19 states, including Georgia, that have not expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, by creating a new formula for indigent care funding that’s favored by the Georgia Hospital Association
July 14, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports, Gov. Nathan Deal has named Carrie Ashbee to lead the new Georgia Foundation for Early Care and Learning, which began operations July 1. Ashbee, who has worked for Deal since he was in Congress, was deputy chief of staff of executive office operations at the time of her appointment.
July 14, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Southwest Airlines is the No. 2 carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and CEO Gary Kelly acknowledged he’s not jockeying to bump Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines from its leading position here. “We’re never going to be the No. 1 airline here in terms of the most seats or most flights or the most number of passengers, but we are a very significant No. 2,” Kelly said at an Atlanta Press Club luncheon Thursday. “I don’t think we absolutely have to be big for big’s sake.”
July 14, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Jessica Saunders reports that an Atlanta premium ice cream manufacturer plans to drop its prices to better compete with national brands Ben & Jerry’s and Häagen-Dazs after getting its products into 1,100-plus Publix grocery stores nationwide.
July 14, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports, now that MARTA has secured a deal to develop homes and shops next to the King Memorial Station, MARTA is seeking an artist to energize the tunnel that will be the only pedestrian route to the station from the planned development.
July 14, 2017 GPB
Sam Whitehead and Max Moran report that on Thursday, the developers hoping to breathe new life into Underground Atlanta held their first community meeting since purchasing the property. Steve Howe is Chief Operating Officer with WRS, the real estate company that owns the site. He’s looking to turn the 12 acres in the heart of downtown Atlanta into a residential and commercial destination.
July 14, 2017 Rome News-Tribune
Staff reports that Bartow County firefighters, assisted by Cartersville and Paulding County, spent more than five hours Thursday battling a blaze that broke out in the transformer yard at Plant Bowen south of Euharlee. “Two Bartow County firefighters were transported to Cartersville Medical Center with minor injuries,” Deputy Fire Chief Dwayne Jamison said.
July 14, 2017 Daily Report
Katheryn Hayes Tucker reports that three new federal judge picks for Georgia come with the package of nominees President Donald Trump announced Thursday. Michael Brown of Alston & Bird and Georgia Court of Appeals Judge William "Billy" Ray II are Trump's picks to fill openings on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Tripp Self is Trump's choice for the Middle District of Georgia.
July 14, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Republican Michael Williams vowed his press conference at the Georgia statehouse would release a trove of new and “corroborating” details about the front-runner in the race for governor. Instead, he used the event to blast Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle with no proof to back his claims up.
July 13, 2017 WABE 90.1
Martha Dalton reports that the School Nutrition Association held its annual conference at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta this week. More than 900 vendors presented the latest in school food trends. School nutrition directors who attend this conference say there’s been a shift in school diets in recent years. Children want more options, and they’re selective about what they eat.
July 13, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy writes, the first time a house I lived in was broken into, I was outraged, incredulous and indignant. When it happened again, earlier this year – different house, different neighborhood, different time of life, I was annoyed. Grumpy, actually. Was it really my turn again?
July 13, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Susan Ferriss reports that beneath the “Buy American” roadside signs, a globalist heart beats in this corner of northwest Georgia. In the late 1980s, factories began eagerly hiring Mexican immigrants to help fuel a boom in the so-called Carpet Capital of the World. Automation and the 2008 recession pared a lot of jobs. But now plants of all sizes are back at it, producing about half the world’s carpet as well as hard-surface flooring, a new signature product.
July 13, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that NRD Capital Management LLC, an Atlanta-based private equity firm that specializes in franchised and multi-location business investments, said Wednesday it has raised a new fund called NRD Partners II L.P. with total investor commitments of $104 million.
July 13, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Gov. Nathan Deal’s trade mission to Hollywood in 2015 evidently continues to reap benefits. Deal announced the film industry generated $9.5 billion of economic impact for the fiscal year that ended June 30. That’s up from the $7 billion in economic impact for the previous fiscal year.
July 13, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Megan Reed reports that Cobb County schools will start back earlier than ever this year — students are scheduled to begin the academic year on July 31, a decision that has been challenged by some and embraced by others. This is the first time Cobb schools are beginning the school year in July. Staff begins work July 24 this year.
July 13, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that physicians who work in emergency rooms generally are more supportive of prescription monitoring programs than doctors in other specialties, a new Georgia State University study reports. The study, led by Eric Wright, a GSU professor of sociology and public health, comes at a time where opioid addiction has spread in Georgia and other states.
July 13, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that after more than 10 years, the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District is about to test William Shakespeare’s assertion that “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” The decade-old CID is working on a rebranding effort that officials said, among other things, will lead to a new name for the district. Officials announced the impending change on Wednesday, explaining that Perkins+Will’s branded environments team is handling the rebranding.
July 13, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Classic Center multi-use conference venue and The Classic Center Cultural Foundation have joined forces to award $15,000 in Athens Local Product Development Grants to three organizations. Receiving the awards are The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, art-house theatre Ciné and Athens Popfest, a four-day summer music festival.
July 13, 2017 Gainesville Times
Nick Bowman reports that motivated Hall County inmates are being given the chance to end their sentences with a foot in the door of a living-wage job. As part of the statewide push for criminal justice reform, the state has for the past few years paid counties to enroll inmates in GED and vocational training programs and then paid them again based on their number of graduates.
July 13, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue summed up one of his most controversial decisions in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet thusly: If he was lobbied to make the decision to delay new nutritional standards for school lunches, it was by students who told him “why they didn’t like their meals anymore.”
July 12, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for June totaled nearly $1.96 billion, for an increase of $50.2 million, or 2.6 percent, over last year. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled almost $21.75 billion, for an overall increase of $930.5 million, or 4.5 percent, compared to June 2016, when net tax revenues totaled $20.81 billion.
July 12, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Randy Southerland reports, in West Georgia’s Carroll County, locals will tell you the key to success lies in some old-fashioned values. These include planning ahead and working together. It can sound like a cliché, but you can’t argue with the results.
July 12, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that auto insurance rates have risen by 54 percent in Georgia since 2011, faster than in any other state, according to a consumer research firm. The spike in auto premiums is more than double the national average over the last six years, and has made insurance too expensive for many Georgians to handle, said ValuePenguin in a recent report.
July 12, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that Georgia is ranked the No. 2 state for business in CNBC's annual "America’s Top States for Business" ranking, published Tuesday. That's a big jump from last year. In 2016 Georgia slipped to No. 8 on CNBC's list.
July 12, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Alpharetta resident Robert M. Stevens has become all too familiar with the rapidly increasing cost of cancer drugs since 2006. That’s the year he began three rounds of chemo after his diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Back then, he was still working for a large corporation and had company health benefits.
July 12, 2017 Columbus Ledger Enquirer
Chuck Williams reports that St. Francis Hospital is in the process of laying off 55 employees, a hospital administrator confirmed Tuesday morning. In addition to eliminating the jobs in non-bedside care positions, an undetermined number of the hospital’s nearly 2,500 employees will have their hours reduced, said CEO David Koontz.
July 12, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that the country of Georgia is always lurking in the minds of state of Georgia officials when they head overseas for trade shows. It’s the principal reason they put that little USA after Georgia on all their signage. But the same-name state and country aren’t letting a little quibble like that hamper their collaboration.
July 12, 2017 WABE 90.1
Denis O'Hayer reports that Georgia's largest health insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, has started a new rule: it will deny coverage to individual policyholders for emergency room visits the company deems to be unnecessary. The idea is to address the soaring costs that are racked up when patients go to the ER for problems that should be handled in a doctor's office or a clinic.
July 12, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Staff reports that the Financial Services Roundtable announced Monday that it will award 28 financial services companies, including two Georgia-based companies, with its “FSR Corporate Social Responsibility Leadership Award” on Capitol Hill on today during a reception with the CSR 115th Honorary Congressional host Committee at the Rayburn House Office Building. The company will receive the awards for their commitment to expanding financial literacy and volunteering in communities across America.
July 12, 2017 Saporta Report
Maggie Lee reports that the top fundraisers in the Atlanta mayoral race have already broken seven figures in campaign cash. That’s according to the candidates’ just-filed campaign finance disclosures, covering cash and loans received through June 30. The candidates joined the race at different times. Among them, the nine frontrunners in fundraising have raised a total of almost $7.1 million.
July 12, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman and Rhonda Cook report that Georgia attorney Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the FBI, is taking his turn before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday morning, but much of the attention will be focused on people who won’t be in the room. Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., and Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t be far from the forefront during Wray’s 9:30 a.m. confirmation hearing.
July 11, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports, tucked inside the U.S. Senate health care bill is a little-discussed provision that could benefit Georgia, according to a conservative organization. The overall Senate legislation continues to be in flux as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) searches for votes to pass it. Still, the current Senate version – like the House bill that is also a proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act – contains a fundamental reorganization of Medicaid, which covers roughly 2 million Georgians.
July 11, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports, for one Georgia school district, the days of on-site school nurses have evolved into high-tech, long-distance healthcare. Beginning in August, Montgomery County elementary and middle schools will pilot a complete telemedicine solution at no cost to the schools. 24/7 Kid Doc, Inc., will operate a proprietary telemedicine system that allows pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners to remotely examine and diagnose children at their schools in real time, enabling faster treatment for ailments and increasing convenience for parents.
July 11, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that Metro Atlanta’s luster as a tourist destination has grown a bit shinier this year, according to a study by a company that tracks bookings and searches. Demand for Atlanta stays was up 24.2 percent during the past three months compared to the same period of last year – after rising 16.9 percent during the first three months of the year, according to Hotels Combined.
July 11, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Flexport scores economic incentives from city to put $100 million Southeast operations hub in Atlanta
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that San Francisco-based logistics technology provider Flexport will receive $100,000 in economic incentives from Atlanta to locate a Southeast sales and operations hub in Midtown — a project that will create 250 jobs. Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported on Flexport’s planed $100 million expansion into Atlanta June 16.
July 11, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia-lensed feature film and television productions generated an economic impact of $9.5 billion during FY 2017. The 320 feature film and television productions shot in Georgia represent $2.7 billion in direct spending in the state.
July 11, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports, a groundswell of community leaders are doing all they can to make sure Joni Mitchell’s song “Big Yellow Taxi” doesn’t become Atlanta’s reality. Atlanta is uniquely positioned as a city in a forest, and there is a movement afoot to make sure it stays that way.
July 11, 2017 WABE 90.1
Lisa Hagen reports that the call to overhaul Georgia's 15-year-old voting system is getting bipartisan support. State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have proposed on social media to work together on an update. The problem isn't a new one. Georgia's voting machines leave no paper trail — that means there's no way to confirm that what someone voted for is what gets recorded.
July 11, 2017 GPB
Tony Harris and Ryan McFadin report that last week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, alleging the company discriminates against older workers by not hiring them in the first place. This leaves in place a ruling from Atlanta’s 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. We discuss the implications with Paul Chichester, an Atlanta-based employment attorney. And Peter Gosselin, contributing reporter for ProPublica.
July 11, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that the top contenders for Georgia’s wide-open race for governor faced a crucial test Monday as they reported how much money they’ve collected for their campaigns, an early gauge of their popularity in the crowded contest to succeed a term-limited Gov. Nathan Deal.
July 10, 2017 Brunswick News
Gordon Jackson reports that a decision to grant a hardship variance to allow construction of a 10-home subdivision on Cumberland Island has generated a variety of possible solutions among environmental groups. Most environmentalists, including groups like St. Simon's Island-based Center for a Sustainable Coast, oppose any new construction on an estimated 1,000 acres of privately-owned land on the national seashore.
July 10, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that Savannah’s easy sipping vibe recently received a unique counterpoint with the opening of the American Prohibition Museum in the downtown City Market. Exhibits in the new museum examine all facets of prohibition, from the organizations behind the early 1900s campaigns to ban booze to the illicit alcohol trade. Georgia’s role in prohibition is also featured, including the state’s voluntary vote to go dry in all counties by 1908, well before passage of the 18th Amendment.
July 10, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that while Atlanta’s job growth has been faster than the nation’s, wage gains here are not keeping up, according to a survey toting up millions of paychecks. The U.S. jobs report Friday touted strong hiring, and although metro Atlanta’s economy continues to grow, a report from Glassdoor Economic Research showed weakness on the wage front.
July 10, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports, the state on July 7 issued requests for qualifications for firms to design a new 100,000-square-foot Interdisciplinary STEM Research Building at The University of Georgia in Athens; a 157,000-square-foot Center for Engineering & Research at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro; a 155,000-square-foot College of Science and Math Building and campus infrastructure at Augusta University in Augusta; and the renovation of the Carlton Library and construction of a new fine arts building at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.
July 10, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Eva Fedderly reports in movie plots, small entreprenuers often realize big dreams through hard work and timing. It’s a true story for many local businesses as the film industry discovers Savannah. Over the last five years, the film industry’s economic impact on Savannah increased 13-fold, growing from $26 million in 2012 to $353 million in 2016, providing local businesses, entrepreneurs and artists with big opportunity.
July 10, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Red Denty reports that an Athens entrepreneur was honored recently with an international award from the business advising firm Ernst & Young. Wesley Rogers, CEO, president and co-founder of the Athens-based student housing developer Landmark Properties, was named the EY 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year in the real estate and construction category for the Southeast.
July 10, 2017 Gwinnett Place
Staff reports, now is your chance to share your opinion about Gwinnett Place! The Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District (GPCID) is inviting members of the community to take its market research survey to share perceptions of the Gwinnett Place area as well as shopping and dining patterns.
July 10, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Metro Atlanta has climbed to third place on the fourth annual Green Building Adoption Index, an index led by CBRE, a real estate firm. But the big news appears in at the start of the executive summary – regarding the potential demise of the green building movement.
July 10, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
James Folker reports that Augusta and North Augusta spoke with one voice in Washington, D.C., last week about fixing the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam. They asked congressmen and senators from both states for help, and they’re going to get it, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia said.
July 10, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County residents are no stranger to traffic congestion. And, with Gwinnett expected to become Georgia’s most populous county — with a population of 1.35 to 1.4 million people — by 2040, county officials say the people get around is an issue that needs to be looked at.
July 10, 2017 WABE 90.1
Adhiti Bandlamudi reports that Georgia's NAACP and ACLU are asking Secretary of State Brian Kemp not to provide information about the state's voters to the President's Election Integrity Commission. The commission, led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, is requesting voter information from all 50 states to investigate possible voter fraud.
July 10, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that the letter drafted by Georgia’s lawmakers was, on its face, a routine one: The delegation wanted more federal money for dredging work at Savannah’s harbor. But look a little closer and the semantic gymnastics were apparent. Congress’ earmark ban prevented the representatives from directly asking the House Appropriations Committee for what they wanted.
July 7, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Georgia’s largest health insurer is requesting an average premium increase of 40 percent for individual coverage in the Affordable Care Act insurance exchange next year. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia is the only health insurer scheduled to deliver a product in all 159 Georgia counties in the exchanges, which are designed to offer coverage to people who don’t get job-based or government health plans.
July 7, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Ben Young writes, Detroit is a fascinating study in bad policy and good people. It is also a culture capital and an essential stop for anyone with an interest in its outsized influence on music of the world. I visited the city in May as part of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) 21st LINK (Leadership, Involvement, Networking, Knowledge) trip.
July 7, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that customers must keep paying a financing surcharge for the troubled Plant Vogtle nuclear project, according to the Georgia Attorney General’s office. Georgia Power has collected more than $2 billion in such finance charges from customers since 2011, according to Bobby Baker, a former state utility regulator and Atlanta attorney.
July 7, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Phil W. Hudson reports, if you like to play, the Big Peach is a good place to spend the day. According to the personal-finance website WalletHub, Atlanta is the No. 5 best American city for recreation. To highlight the relative benefit of public spaces and recreational activities for consumers and economies across the country, WalletHub reported it compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 44 key indicators of recreation-friendliness.
July 7, 2017 Washington Post
Lena H. Sun reports that the Trump administration plans to appoint Georgia Public Health commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald to become the next diretor of the Ceenters for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the most crucial public health positions in the U.S. government given the agency's role in tracking and stopping infectious disease outbreaks nationally and globally.
July 7, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that while there has been much ado about the inadequacy of federal funds to keep the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project on track, a “good news” dredging story has been all but forgotten. For years, federal funding for the annual maintenance dredging and repairs needed to keep the Savannah harbor at optimum depths for shipping has fallen short, causing critical issues for the businesses and shippers who use our port.
July 7, 2017 The Brunswick News
Gordon Jackson reports that Wildlife Defense Systems is preparing to start a pilot program with a large cellphone carrier that could lead to the St. Marys-based company providing its services in rural areas nationwide. John Royall, the company's chief financial officer, said systems specifically designed for cell towers are being built for the program.
July 7, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that a Texas-based company that deals with specialty electrical equipment and engineered services is expanding, and it’s chosen Gwinnett as the place to do that growth. AZZ Inc. officials joined Partnership Gwinnett and the Georgia Department of Economic Development on Thursday to announce plans to move their industrial division to a new facility in Suwanee.
July 7, 2017 Gainesville Times
Carlos Galarza reports that the number of Latinos registering and showing up to vote in Gainesville and Hall County elections is on the rise, according to a report released Thursday by the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials. In Hall County, the number of Latinos who registered to vote in the 2016 elections jumped 41.5 percent to 10,043 from the 7,095 who registered in 2012, the GALEO report shows.
July 7, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Alva James-Johnson reports that State Sen. Josh McKoon filed paperwork Thursday, launching his run for Secretary of State. In an interview with the Ledger-Enquirer, McKoon said he’s excited about the race, which currently includes at least three other candidates to replace Brian Kemp. Others already vying for the position include Reps. Buzz Brockway, R-Lawrenceville, and Brad Raffensperger, R-Johns Creek, as well as David Belle Isle, the Republican mayor of Alpharetta, Ga.
July 7, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that a Muslim civil rights group is calling on senators to question FBI nominee Christopher Wray about the treatment of immigrant detainees in the aftermath of 9/11. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, said members of the Senate Judiciary Committee need to probe Wray at his confirmation hearing next week about his reported decision to curtail communication between hundreds of detainees and the outside world while serving in the George W. Bush’s Justice Department.
July 6, 2017 GPB
Celeste Headlee and Sean Powers report that parts of President Trump’s travel ban went into effect last week, but the change might be temporary. The U.S. Supreme Court lifted an injunction on the ban and will review the case this fall. The revised ban temporarily affects some travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries.
July 6, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick writes, who do you think is the state’s most effective lawyer? Now through Friday, July 28, 2017, 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 2017 issue.
July 6, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
J. Scott Trubey reports that Worldpay, the British payment processor with U.S. headquarters in Midtown Atlanta, has agreed to a $10 billion buyout offer by rival U.S.-based processor Vantiv. What the deal might mean for Atlanta is an open question. The agreement announced Wednesday would give Vantiv, based in Cincinnati, an international presence it lacks while also boosting its position as the No. 1 U.S. credit and debit card processor by total transactions.
July 6, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Amy Wenk reports that Forbes compiled a list of President Donald Trump’s $4.3 billion Cabinet, likely the richest in modern U.S. history, and what each person is worth. Among the list are two well-known Georgia politicians: Tom Price and Sonny Perdue.
July 6, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that Kennesaw State University has followed through with a plan to support Southeast Asian leaders with innovative, actionable plans to improve their societies. During a May 16-18 summit in Singapore, the university awarded $275 seed grants to the 22 young leaders to kickstart civic-engagement plans developed while participating in a U.S.-backed educational program.
July 6, 2017 Rockdale Citizen
Staff reports that Dr. Eric Bour has been named the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Piedmont Newton Hospital, replacing Jim Weadick. Kevin Brown, President and CEO of the parent company, Piedmont Healthcare, issued a news release on the appointment Wednesday morning: “I’m pleased to announce Eric Bour, M.D., MBA, as CEO of Piedmont Newton Hospital,” Brown said in the release. “Eric joins us from Greenville Health System (GHS) where he has served as president of Hillcrest Memorial Hospital and Simpsonville Medical Campus since 2011.
July 6, 2017 Rome News Tribune
Doug Walker reports that true to the mission that was laid out when the company was founded over two decades ago, Rome-based Scott Logistics is still all about offering the top transportation solutions in a way that is the most cost effective possible. But oh, how the freight management industry has changed over the course of the last 23 years.
July 6, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, the Windsor Hotel is a c. 1890’s beauty in Americus, in Southwest Georgia. It’s a great spot if you’re planning a trip to Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village and Discovery Center, Maranatha Baptist Church (where Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday School) in Plains or Providence Canyon in Lumpkin.
July 6, 2017 Gainesville Times
Norm Cannada reports that a federal Title IX lawsuit filed by a Gainesville High School mother alleging inequality in the treatment of the school’s softball program has been settled. After about an hour in executive session Wednesday, the school board approved the settlement and announced plans to make improvements to the high school’s softball facility.
July 6, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Susan McCord reports that two incoming Augusta University anesthesiology residents may miss changeover day due to delays in obtaining visas to live and work in the U.S. One of the residents was denied a visa; the other resident’s application for a visa remains on hold, said Jennifer Scott, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University senior communications coordinator.
July 6, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Jim Thompson reports that nothing becomes official until election qualifying in March 2018, but it appears both Republican congressmen now serving Athens-Clarke County will face Democratic opposition.
July 6, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Jim Galloway reports that the Fourth of July and the hot days that follow are where stump speeches — the memorized spiel that can be trotted out at the whisper of an invitation — are hammered, rewritten and otherwise forged into the shape of a candidate. Or at least, the shape that the candidate would have you see.
July 5, 2017 GPB
Grant Blankenship reports that Georgia peaches, and Southern peaches in general, are having a really tough year. Mark Sanchez is the CEO of Lane Packing in Fort Valley, Ga. It's one of the big growers in the four county area smack in the middle of Georgia where peaches come from.
July 5, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Anna Bentley reports that they’re cropping up in unexpected places across the state: along Georgia Power easements, on former sites of bus depots and in raised beds scattered throughout neighborhood yards. Urban farms – whether for commercial or mostly personal use – are bringing homegrown produce to areas starved for fresh food.
July 5, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell and Martha Michael report that rents have been rising in Atlanta, but not fast enough to outpace the rise in housing prices. Moreover, even after several years of climbing rents, the region’s apartments remain more affordable than in many other big U.S. metro areas.
July 5, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Mark Meltzer reports that a Suwanee, Ga.-based imaging company has won a Defense Department contract worth up to $100 million.Degrade, which provides imaging products designed for health-care systems and physicians, won the potential 10-year, $100 million contract from the Defense Logistics Agency.
July 5, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Andrea Honaker reports that Georgia wants to put service and support at the center of education. The state Department of Education released its first draft for the federal Every Student Succeed Act on June 15, and now it’s the public’s turn to provide feedback.
July 5, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Georgia is joining an effort to track the migratory patterns of a bird that biologists predict could be extinct within 15 years – the tiny saltwater sparrow, which is barely more than 4 inches long and weighs less than an ounce.
July 5, 2017 Brunwick News
Wes Wolfe reports that with the conclusion of peak sea turtle nesting season in June, Georgia stands at 1,579 nests as of early Monday afternoon, a little less than halfway to the mark set in 2016. Early estimates by state Wildlife Resources Division staff predicted this season would not reach the same numbers as last year, but would finish above average.
July 5, 2017 Rome News-Tribune
Geocaching mega-event, with a “Spy Games” theme, is expected to draw more than 1,200 players to Rome
Diane Wagner reports that after a year’s hiatus, Going Caching will return to Rome this fall, with five days of “Spy Games” expected to draw more than 1,200 geocachers from around the world. Players use GPS navigation tools to find hidden treasures, win prizes and party with others who enjoy outdoor puzzle-solving with fantasy themes. The mega-event is one of just 12 in the United States, and the only one in the southeast sanctioned by Geocaching.com.
July 5, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that small Georgia cities are turning to the sun for power at wastewater treatment plants to save money. But many aren’t saving as much as expected because although they’ll use less electricity from Georgia Power, they’ll be paying more per killowatt hour, a couple of city managers said.
July 5, 2017 Athens Banner Herald, Associated Press
Georgia’s electronic touchscreen voting system is so riddled with problems that the results of the most expensive House race in U.S. history should be tossed out and a new election held, according to a lawsuit filed by a government watchdog group and six Georgia voters.
July 5, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports, two of three Medicaid beneficiaries in Georgia are children. The national average is lower, with 43 percent of Medicaid beneficiaries being kids, but the numbers are still huge. So when cuts to the government program are proposed, as is the case with Republican health care legislation in Congress, many pediatricians become alarmed.
July 5, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that Georgia U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue are not seen as swing votes on the Republican health care bill. But that hasn’t stopped the two GOP lawmakers from looking to secure last-minute benefits for Georgia’s sickest children and some of the state’s medical providers as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell feverishly renegotiates portions of the Better Care Reconciliation Act to win over enough GOP holdouts
July 3, 2017 WABE 90.1
Stephannie Stokes reports that the speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives indicated Thursday he'd support state funding for rail and bus transit. David Ralston made the comments in the first meeting of a House commission on public transportation. He charged the group of lawmakers and transportation leaders with developing recommendations for a statewide approach.
July 3, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Georgia is filled with major tourist sites – from Six Flags and Stone Mountain in Atlanta to architecture and history in Savannah to the natural beauty of our beaches and mountains – that draw thousands of people from all over the globe. The state’s music was even named one of the 25 can’t miss experiences in the world for 2017 by National Geographic.
July 3, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the Georgia Supreme Court decided to send a case on Atlanta airport alcohol sales tax revenue back to a lower court, continuing a dispute between College Park and Clayton County.
July 3, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that a new report from Nation's Restaurant News says Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A's growth is "almost too astounding to believe," and calls the company "the hottest big chain in the country."
July 3, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that the annual meeting of Delta Air Lines Friday morning became a high-flying affair as CEO Ed Bastian declared two all-time records. The company’s market cap is approaching $40 billion, and Bastian said: “Last night, we closed at an all-time high.” And then on Friday, Delta was expecting its busiest day ever.
July 3, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that Oconee Regional Medical Center in Milledgeville will be sold to Macon-based Navicent Health according to a ruling issued Friday by Judge Austin E. Carter of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Georgia. Oconee Regional filed the necessary motions for the asset sale to the Prime Healthcare Foundation last month, which included the opportunity for other interested parties to submit bids to purchase the hospital.
July 3, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that the Trump administration’s rollback of the protection of the nation’s small streams and wetlands earlier this week produced both cheers and jeers in Georgia. The controversial Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the U.S. Rule or WOTUS, broadened the waters covered by the Clean Water Act.
July 3, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Amanda King reports that Orrin Hudson has made a few bad moves in his life. The motivational speaker, chess champion and founder of Be Someone, Inc. spoke with more than 30 students from across the Augusta area at Tabernacle Baptist Church on Friday afternoon, comparing life to a game of chess.
July 3, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that five weeks ago, Kathi Abraham and Lisa Manning each lost their sons on the same day to a suspected opioid overdose. The two victims lived in the same Lawrenceville neighborhood. They knew each other, Abraham says, but apparently were not together that day. Both Joseph Abraham, 19, and Dustin Manning, 18, had addiction problems before their fatal overdoses.
July 3, 2017 GPB
Juan Rodriguez reports that a new law that will help fight the opioid crisis in Georgia will go into effect on July 1. House Bill 249 was sent to the governor on April 7 after making it through the House with a vote of 164-9 and through the Senate with a vote of 50-0.
July 3, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Phil Wilheit Sr. is one of Gov. Nathan Deal’s most ardent supporters. And in the 2018 race to replace the term-limited governor, he’s turning to another Gainesville Republican. Wilheit penned an email on Friday calling Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle “the very best person” for the job. He and his wife gave more than $12,000 to Cagle, he wrote, and he urged his friends and colleagues to do the same.