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June 22, 2018 WABE 90.1 

Ga. Congressional Representatives Publicize Support of Spaceport

Emma Hurt reports that the debate continues over a spaceport in the works for coastal Georgia. As of this week, all of Georgia’s Members of Congress support the project. Rep. Buddy Carter wrote a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration this week in favor of the spaceport and the economic opportunity it could be for the coastal area. 


June 22, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sports Desk: Tennis Titan

Loran Smith writes, this could carry a New York dateline. The interview took place there in the quiet chasms of the Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium in Flushing Meadow, which will host, as it has for the last 40 years, the U.S. Open over Labor Day weekend – the last of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments played each year.


June 22, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Hiring in metro Atlanta powers state in May; unemployment rate down

Michael E. Kanell reports that May was a good month for hiring in metro Atlanta as the region saw solid job growth and an unemployment rate falling to its lowest point since 2001. About 12,400 jobs were added, according to the state Department of Labor.


June 22, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

‘Project Rocket’ plans 2.5 million-square-foot distribution facility in Stone Mountain

Douglas Sams reports that some Atlanta real estate observers believe the project — which would be taller than some mid-rise office buildings — is being designed for Amazon.


June 22, 2018 

Swiss Manufacturer Opens Doors in Gwinnett 

Trevor Williams reports that a Swiss manufacturer that had announced it would set up shop close to its sister German firm in Gwinnett County held its official grand opening Thursday.   Gezolan LP, which makes rubber-like granules that provide surfaces for playgrounds, track and field venues and other settings, picked the city of Buford to be near Kraiburg TPE, which blazed the trail in Georgia. 


June 22, 2018 Augusta Chronicle 

Georgia Cyber Center offers preview of new building

Sarah LeBlanc reports that representatives from Augusta Technical College and Augusta University toured the building Thursday. Don’t be fooled by the wet paint, the Hull McKnight Georgia Cyber Center for Innovation and Training building is set to open in less than a month.


June 22, 2018 Saporta Report 

No ATL senators on committee to study potential state take-over of ATL airport 

David Pendered reports that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle on Wednesday appointed 13 members to a Senate committee that is to recommend by Dec. 1 ways the state could take over management of Atlanta’s city-owned and city-managed airport. Cagle, a Republican candidate for governor, did not appoint a senator from Atlanta.


June 22, 2018Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Californians bring anti-gerrymandering message to Georgia

Mark Niesse reports that voters in Georgia would benefit from a more accountable and democratic government if they’re given the power to draw the state’s electoral maps, according to members of California’s independent redistricting board who are visiting Georgia this weekend.



June 21, 2018 WABE 90.1

Georgia Drivers Might Get Small Grace Period With New Hands-Free Law

Sam Whitehead reports that Georgia’s new “hands-free” driving law goes into effect July 1. But drivers who get pulled over for holding an electronic device might not get a ticket immediately. Some law enforcement agencies say they will observe a short period where they’ll focus on educating drivers about the new rules.


June 21, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

At Issue: Policy Partisanship

Kerwin Swint writes, anyone who consumes news in Georgia or is involved in politics or policy is likely familiar with two of the state’s most active and most often-quoted policy analysis organizations, or think tanks. Conveniently, one is conservative and one is liberal.


June 21, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Delta CEO opposes idea of state takeover of Hartsfield-Jackson 

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta CEO Ed Bastian said he opposes a state takeover of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, as Georgia’s legislature plans a committee to study the idea. “Atlanta is the largest, most successful airport in the world, and anything that would harm that in terms of trying to move it for political gain between the city and state, we’re opposed,” Bastian said after a talk with Virgin Group founder Richard Branson at a Junior Achievement of Georgia event Wednesday morning. 


June 21, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia's manufacturing grade drops in annual report 

Mollie Simon reports that Georgia may be lauded as the "number one state for doing business," but according to some in manufacturing, there's room for improvement. The state's grade for its manufacturing sector was downgraded from a "C-" to a "D+" for industry health in the 2018 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card, released June 7.


June 21, 2018 

Virgin to Up Atlanta-Manchester Flight Capacity by 60 Percent

Trevor Williams reports that Virgin Atlantic, which took over Atlanta flights to the northwestern English city of Manchester from its joint-venture partner Delta Air Lines three years ago, is expanding the route’s capacity by nearly 60 percent.  


June 21, 2018 Savannah Morning News 

Byrd Cookie Company creates new snack for United passengers

DeAnn Komencky reports that morning passengers on United Airlines flights will soon have a taste from Savannah for breakfast. The airline announced on Wednesday that Byrd Cookie Company has created a new snack for the airline’s domestic flights departing before 9:45 a.m.


June 21, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Gov. Nathan Deal says Georgia earned AAA bond rating for 21st consecutive year

Curt Yeomans reports that Georgia has been given a top credit rating for the 21st year in a row, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday. The governor’s office said Moody’s Investors Service, Fitch Ratings and Standard and Poor’s Rating Services each gave the state a AAA bond rating “with a stable outlook.” 


June 21, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Changing the face of Atlanta

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that several big infrastructure projects are underway in downtown, Midtown and throughout the metro area that will transform the city, making it easier to navigate, greener and more interesting for residents and visitors.


June 21, 2018 Savannah Morning News 

Savannah area home sales continue upward climb

Katie Nussbaum reports that Savannah area homes sales continue to heat up moving into the summer month’s breaking records in both April and May.


June 21, 2018 Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News 

Ballinger named to national child welfare initiative 

Staff reports that State Rep. Mandi Ballinger, R-Canton is one of 25 legislators selected for the National Conference of State Legislatures inaugural Child Welfare Fellows Program.


June 21, 2018 Georgia Health News

Abrams pushing health care as a key issue in her campaign for governor

Andy Miller reports that Stacey Abrams is making health care a central issue of her campaign for Georgia governor. The Democratic nominee this week issued a statement reiterating her call for the state to expand its Medicaid program.


June 21, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia

Isakson, Perdue livid about blocked Georgia judicial pick

Tamar Hallerman reports that it's pretty rare to see U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson publicly fume about anything. It’s even more unusual to see him openly criticize the actions of a fellow senator. But that’s been the case on Capitol Hill this week as Isakson and his colleague David Perdue have pushed to secure the confirmation of Georgia Supreme Court Justice Britt Grant.



June 20, 2018 

Deal announces $18.1 million in transportation infrastructure project awards

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) awarded approximately $18.1 million in funding for 19 transportation infrastructure projects across the state through the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB).


June 20, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Columbus: Thinking and Acting Big

Kenna Simmons reports, a river city with a whitewater rapids course and riverwalk. An arts center with multiple theaters downtown. A military town. A college town. Headquarters to three big companies. How would you define Columbus?


June 20, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

SunTrust aims to spread name with airport branch, ATMs

Kelly Yamanouchi reports, by opening a branch and ATMs at the world’s busiest airport, SunTrust hopes to gain national visibility. The Atlanta-based bank has a new contract to operate a branch and 16 ATMs at Hartsfield-Jackson International in the first quarter of 2019, replacing Wells Fargo ATMs.


June 20, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Construction begins on $125 million Savannah Port Logistics Center

Mollie Simon reports that the infrastructure around the Savannah Harbor is continuing to take shape. Atlanta-based Capital Development Partners Inc. broke ground on the Savannah Port Logistics Center on Tuesday.


June 20, 2018 

International Visitors Grow 5 Percent, Present Key Growth Area for Atlanta Tourism

Trevor Williams reports that a combination of new international flights, major conventions with global clientele and a burgeoning film sector has driven up international visitor arrivals in Atlanta by 5 percent to 1.25 million in 2017.  That’s still a minuscule proportion for a city that serves as a hub for regional tourism and large international trade shows, hosting more than 53 million visitors overall and boasting the world’s busiest airport.  


June 20, 2018 WABE 90.1 

Ga. To Invest in Bus-Rapid Transit Along 400

Elly Yu reports that the state of Georgia will spend $100 million in bonds for a new bus rapid transit line along Ga. 400, as part of an effort to expand public transportation in the region. The bus rapid line will have four bus-only interchanges, or stations, along a 16-mile stretch of Georgia-400 north of I-285. Gov. Nathan Deal said the project is made possible by the new regional transit authority — called the ATL — which lawmakers authorized to create this year.


June 20, 2018 Albany Herald 

Deal awards Dougherty $500,000 in transportation package

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday announced that the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) awarded approximately $18.1 million in funding for 19 transportation infrastructure projects across the state through the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB). Funding includes $500,000 to curb, gutter and pave a one-mile stretch of Radium Springs Road.


June 20, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times

Spark Tank: Moody airmen ‘ignite’ innovation

Greg Nash reports that seven Moody airmen pitched business ideas before a panel of 23rd Wing and community leaders last week during the base’s first installment of the Air Force’s Spark Tank competition. Rivaling one of the most popular business shows where participants showcase their innovative concepts with the goal of winning financial support from the judges, the airmen sought to do the same by aiming their ideas toward restoring readiness, cost-effectively modernizing the mission and driving innovation to secure the future.


 June 20, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gezolan hosting grand opening for U.S. manufacturing facility Thursday

Curt Yeomans reports that a company that produces synthetic EPDM granules will celebrate its American expansion in Buford later this week. Gezolan will hold a grand opening for its $12 million, 60,000-square-foot U.S. manufacturing facility in the Hamilton Mill area in Buford from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.


June 20, 2018 Georgia Health News

Lee County will get its hospital, but what will that mean?

Andy Miller reports that with the last legal hurdle now eliminated, the Lee County hospital project has a smooth path ahead. The Dougherty County Commission late Monday dropped its lawsuit against the state for awarding a license, or certificate of need (CON), for the Lee County Medical Center. The suit had been the last barrier to the building of the $120 million, 40-bed hospital.


June 20, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

John Barrow's promise to protect your right not to vote

Jim Galloway reports that John Barrow thinks you have a sacred right not to vote for him, or for anyone else. And that the government ought not be allowed to erase you, should you decide to exercise that right. “There’s no need to be purging lists of voters who choose not to vote for any one of a thousand and one reasons,” said Barrow, a former congressman who’s now a Democratic candidate for secretary of state. 



June 19, 2018 WABE 90.1 

Trade Dispute With China Worries Georgia Farmers

Sam Whitehead reports that Georgia farmers are paying close attention to Chinese tariffs set to be imposed next month on U.S. goods. Over the weekend, the Chinese government announced tariffs on $50 billion in American goods to take effect July 6. 


June 19, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports that music streaming service Pandora is expanding in Atlanta, creating 250 jobs over the next three years. The company cites the city’s rich music history, diverse talent, dynamic startup culture and extensive higher education community as reasons why it decided to expand here.


June 19, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Atlanta-based Interface in $420 million purchase of German company

Michael E. Kanell reports that Atlanta-based Interface has made a $420 million deal to buy a German company that is a leader in the global flooring market. Interface is acquiring Nora Systems, a move that the company said should dramatically expand its market reach to new categories.


June 19, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

State of Georgia to hire construction managers for four university projects totaling $104M

David Allison reports that "Award of contracts associated with this cohort of projects will likely be limited to no more than one project on the list being awarded to any given firm," the state said.


June 19, 2018 Albany Herald

Dougherty County withdraws lawsuit against Community Health

Terry Lewis reports that Dougherty County Commission late Monday was granted a voluntary dismissal from a lawsuit filed earlier against the Georgia Department of Community Health in regard to the granting of a certificate of need for the new Lee County Medical Center.


June 19, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Be sun-safe this summer

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, summer’s here at last and that means getting outside to enjoy the warm days. It also means thinking about protecting your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, which are the leading cause of skin cancer.


June 19, 2018 University of Georgia 

UGA is cyber ready to help state fight hacker attacks

Aaron Hale reports that cybercrime takes one of our society’s great strengths—the Internet—and exploits its weaknesses. The threat seems inescapable, no matter where you are.  It hit close to home this March when cybercriminals held the City of Atlanta’s municipal network for ransom.


June 19, 2018 Gainesville Times 

What Gainesville gunmaker is doing after Stripe, Intuit dropped his business

Nick Bowman reports that a Gainesville gun manufacturer is at the center of the latest fight for the Second Amendment in the Georgia gubernatorial race. Honor Defense was dropped without notice by its online payment processor, Stripe, in August 2017 because the San Francisco-based company no longer wanted to do business with the Gainesville manufacturer, according to Honor Defense CEO Gary Ramey.


June 19, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post 

UGA School of Law opens new Veterans Legal Clinic

Isabel Hughes reports that veterans living in Georgia now have access to legal assistance they may not otherwise be able to afford, thanks to the University of Georgia School of Law’s new Veterans Legal Clinic, which opened this month. The school announced last year it would open the clinic after receiving initial funding from trial attorney and 1977 law school alumnus James E. “Jim” Butler Jr. in memory of his father, Lt. Cmdr. James E. Butler Sr., who was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy.


June 19, 2018 Georgia Health News 

Number of uninsured kids in Georgia down sharply under ACA 

Andy Miller reports that the state has seen a decrease of more than 85,000 in its number of uninsured children since the Affordable Care Act was implemented, a new report says. Georgia had the fourth-highest such decrease among states from 2013 to 2016, said the report from the University of Minnesota’s State Health Access Data Assistance Center.


June 19, 2018 Saporta Report 

Waiting for Day Zero, and the Supreme Court’s water wars decision 

Tom Baxter reports that as we await the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on our water war with Florida, there’s good news from a long distance, along with some lessons for us. It’s been raining a lot in Cape Town. One of the most beautiful places in the world has for four years been in the grip of a drought so severe that officials last year announced that April 21 of this year would be Day Zero.


June 19, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

On separating migrant families, a sharp difference from Georgia gov candidates

Greg Bluestein reports that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said “uncontrolled immigration” triggered by legislative failures led to the Trump’s administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S. border. Secretary of State Brian Kemp blamed the “same Democrats who are grandstanding and playing politics” for the approach, and said he “unapologetically” stands with President Donald Trump on the debate. 



June 18, 2018 WABE 90.1 

Democratic Group Sues Over Georgia Redistricting

Lisa Hagen reports that a group of voters is suing the Georgia secretary of state over how congressional district lines were drawn after the last census. The suit says the redistricting diluted black voting strength. Georgia has seen a significant growth in its minority population since the early 2000s.


June 18, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Points of Light Conference returns

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Atlanta-based Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, will hold its annual conference June 18-20. Known as Service Unites, the conference will bring together more than 2,500 nonprofit, government, business and civic leaders to exchange knowledge, resources and connections needed to solve society’s greatest challenges.


June 18, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Nine months after breach, Equifax names IBM-er new tech chief

Michael E. Kanell reports that Equifax on Thursday named an IBM executive as chief technology officer. Bryson Koehler, previously top technology executive at IBM Watson and Cloud Platform, will be responsible “for leading Equifax's global information technology strategy and development,” the company said in a statement. 


June 18, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Coca-Cola's new China production plant continues environmentally conscious brand push

Eric Mandel reports that Coca-Cola's concerted push toward being recognized as an environmentally conscious brand continued alongside the opening of a large production plant in China. The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) and Swire Group celebrated the opening Friday of a new plant in Yunnan, China, which the Atlanta-based beverage giant described as "the largest Coca-Cola production plant south of the Yangtze River."


June 18, 2018 

Georgia’s Peru Trade Ties Starting to Bear More Fruit — Literally

Trevor Williams reports that the stars have aligned for Georgia’s relationship with Peru. Or perhaps a more fitting analogy — seeds sown with the South American country over time have now begun to bear fruit.  


June 18, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

Major movie and television studio in Columbus also will be home for CSU film students

Tony Adams reports, taking a break Friday from production of his latest film, “My Brother’s Keeper,” now being shot in Columbus, Ty Manns expressed confidence that the city can become a thriving mecca of movie-making in the coming years.


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June 18, 2018 Rome News-Tribune 

GHC professor’s grandfather honored by Polish Embassy for secretly saving hundreds during the Holocaust         

Staff reports that in 2017, Georgia Highlands College Assistant Professor of Communication Alexandra Van Ryn MacMurdo Reiter was contacted by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Bern looking for more information about her grandfather.


June 18, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times

Big Business

Jason A. Smith reports that Kindall Keyek grew up in Orlando, Fla., and spent a fair amount of time around amusement parks. Keyek's dream job is to work for Disney World, but while she attends college at Valdosta State University, she is working at Valdosta’s second largest employer: Wild Adventures Theme Park.


June 18, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia

Kemp takes aim at credit services that ‘discriminate’ against gun-sellers

Greg Bluestein reports that Secretary of State Brian Kemp said he’ll demand legislation if elected governor that would make it harder for credit card services to restrict payments to gun retailers. 



June 15, 2018 

Deal: GE Appliances to create 100 jobs in Jackson County

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that GE Appliances, a manufacturer of household appliances, will create 100 jobs and invest $55 million in a new Southeast Region Appliance Distribution Center in Commerce. Construction of the new facility will be completed by April 2019.


June 15, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Political Notes: Ups, Downs and In-betweens

Susan Percy reports that Presiding Justice Harold D. Melton will become the next chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, replacing P. Harris Hines, who is set to retire at the end of August. Justice David Nahmias will be the next presiding justice.


June 15, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Georgia reverses trend, posts modest job growth in May

Michael E. Kanell reports that Georgia added 6,800 jobs last month, but the modest growth followed two weak months for hiring. The state economy has been decelerating, adding fewer jobs so far this year than during the five-month start to any year since 2010, according to a report from the Georgia Labor Department Thursday.


June 15, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Georgia Tech researchers to work on $72M DOE solar project

Mark Meltzer reports that Georgia Tech researchers will be part of a $72 million government project involving a different type of solar power. The U.S. Department of Energy initiative is to develop the next generation of concentrated solar power, which uses the sun’s heat to drive power-generating turbines.


June 15, 2018 Rome News-Tribune 

Outdoor enthusiasts pump billions into Georgia economy

Doug Walker reports that hunting and fishing enthusiasts contribute more than $3.6 billion to Georgia's economy annually, said Mark Williams. "We don't even track how much they have to bribe their spouses to get to go," Williams said.


June 15, 2018 Georgia Health News 

Carter plays key role in bringing medical clinic to his hometown 

Andy Miller reports that the small South Georgia town of Plains currently has no practicing physician. But that’s about to change, thanks in part to advocacy from the town’s most famous resident.


June 15, 2018 WABE 90.1 

Georgia Panel Looks To Phase Out State’s 16-Year-Old Voting Machines

Johnny Kauffman reports that Georgia needs new voting technology. That was the basis, at least in part, for a meeting at a Cobb County library Wednesday of state lawmakers, local election officials, a cybersecurity expert and political party representatives.


June 15, 2018 New York Times

Candidate for Georgia Governor Bought Condo From Lobbyist

Kevin Sack reports that the  leading Republican candidate in Georgia’s high-profile governor’s race, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, bought a condominium in downtown Atlanta 10 years ago from a State Capitol lobbyist, seemingly at a discount, a New York Times investigation has found.


June 15, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Planned Ga. spaceport tied to jobs, but some see threat to way of life

Maya T. Prabhu reports, for Steve Howard, developing a commercial rocket launchpad could mean hundreds of jobs for Camden County residents searching for good-paying employment in an exciting industry. “The spaceport is the catalyst,” said Howard, who serves as the county’s administrator and Spaceport Camden project lead.



June 14, 2018 

Dutch Firm Picks Hall County for $17 Million Factory 

Trevor Williams reports that a Dutch industrial giant with capabilities in contract manufacturing and car and bus assembly is putting a $17 million factory in Hall County that will employ 110 people.  The factory in the Oakwood South industrial park will make precision metal components and machinery for supply chains of customers in food processing and other sectors.  


June 14, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Brunswick/Golden Isles: Building for the Future

Lori Johnston reports that rows of luxury vehicles fill massive lots while waiting to be loaded onto ships at the Port of Brunswick, which the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) plans to increase to a capacity of 1.4 million vehicles annually.


June 14, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Prices of entry-level metro Atlanta homes rising faster than incomes

Michael E. Kanell reports that home prices in metro Atlanta have been steadily rising since 2012, and much of the increase is at the lower end of the market. That increase – driven by a surplus of wannabe buyers – has been good news for homeowners who want to sell, of course, but it’s has lifted the price of many of those homes out of reach for many people with modest incomes – especially first-time buyers.


June 14, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Unicorn real estate startup raises $325M, names Atlanta as sales hub

Madison Hogan reports that Opendoor, a San Francisco-based online residential real estate marketplace, has announced it has raised a $325 million Series E round and has chosen Atlanta as the company’s regional engineering and sales hub.


June 14, 2018 WABE 90.1 

Atlanta Could Help Host 2026 FIFA World Cup

Sam Whitehead reports that the United States, Canada, and Mexico will together host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Atlanta may get some of the matches.


June 14, 2018 Brunswick News

State waters reopening to shrimp harvesting         

Wes Wolfe reports that the freshest of Wild Georgia Shrimp will soon be available again. Shrimp season gets underway at 8 a.m. Tuesday for people who seek out the crustaceans in the three miles from shore that constitute state waters.


June 14, 2018 Augusta Chronicle 

AU Medical Center one step closer to building Columbia County hospital

Tom Corwin reports that a Georgia Court has ruled in favor of AU Medical Center being able to build the first hospital in Columbia County, the state’s largest county without one.


June 14, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Macon music recognized

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that recently Macon was featured at the No. 2 spot on a list of America’s best music cities (not named Nashville) by Fodor’s Travel. The story about Macon mentioned hometown music heroes Little Richard, Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers Band as well as music-related spots around town such as the Big House Museum, which houses all things Allman; Grant’s Lounge, where the Allmans, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Wet Willie played; and Hargray Capitol Theatre, a restored 1916 venue for music and movies. 


June 14, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal 

Whitten appointed president of KSU in unanimous vote

Staff reports that Kennesaw State University will have a new leader effective July 16. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia unanimously approved Pamela Whitten's appointment as university president at its meeting Tuesday morning.


June 14, 2018 Georgia Health News 

Kaiser, Emory strike deal on model of care for two Atlanta hospitals 

Andy Miller reports that Emory Healthcare and Kaiser Permanente announced a new collaboration Wednesday that will make two Emory hospitals the primary facilities for Kaiser doctors and patients in metro Atlanta. Under the agreement, Kaiser will introduce its national model of hospital care to Emory University Hospital Midtown and Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital. 


June 14, 2018 Saporta Report 

Atlanta locks in savings on sewer debt even as market shrinks for municipal bonds 

David Pendered reports that Atlanta expects to save about $500,000 by refinancing a loan taken out in 2008 to help pay for upgrading the city’s water and wastewater system, a city finance official said Wednesday. The transaction is of note because the city secured a beneficial rate as municipal bonds face a swirl of headwinds.


June 14, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Work begins to replace Georgia’s digital voting system

Mark Niesse reports that an effort to trash Georgia’s electronic voting machines got underway Wednesday amid disagreements over how to make the state’s elections secure and accurate. The first meeting of a group that will recommend a replacement voting system showed divides over whether Georgia should use pen-and-paper ballots or touchscreen machines to print ballots.



June 13, 2018

Carr Leads 11-State Coalition, Successfully Blocks WOTUS Rule

Staff reports that Attorney General Chris Carr announced that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia has granted a preliminary injunction that blocks the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule for Georgia and 10 other states. “For almost three years, Georgia has led a multi-state coalition fighting against the WOTUS Rule, which infringes on the States’ traditional role as primary regulators of land and water resources within their borders,” said Attorney General Chris Carr.


June 13, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: Punishing the Poor

Susan Percy writes, why, I wonder, when there is no shortage of real problems to deal with, do some in power choose to spend time launching attacks on poor people? Recent attempts to tinker with the food stamp program come to mind. The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is administered by the states and regulated by the Farm Bill, which itself represents a long-standing alliance between rural and urban interests – with protections for farmers and for those who need help procuring food.


June 13, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Court allows AT&T purchase of Time Warner in major media acquisition

Alexander Soderstrom reports that a federal judge approved AT&T Inc’s attempt to purchase Time Warner Inc with no restrictions Tuesday, despite objections by the Department of Justice, which said the deal violates antitrust law. AT&T originally announced its intentions to purchase Time Warner, which owns Atlanta-based Turner Broadcasting, in 2016.


June 13 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Georgia Public Broadcasting CEO, Pinewood Studios president among 20 new members to Carter Center Board

Eric Mandel reports that presidents, partners and CEO's from around Atlanta were among the 20 new members appointed to The Carter Center's Board of Councilors. The Board of Councilors is a leadership advisory group that promotes understanding of not-for-profit organization and its activities among opinion leaders and the broader community. 


June 13, 2018 Macon Telegraph 

Supreme Court decision halts Georgia voting rights lawsuit

Tony Pugh reports that a federal lawsuit challenging Georgia's system of removing inactive voters from the registration rolls was formally withdrawn on Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Ohio's similar voter "purge" policy did not violate federal law.


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June 13, 2018 Saporta Report 

Chamblee, Gwinnett County win grants to devise smart transportation technology 

David Pendered reports that the next generation of transportation technology is to be developed in Chamblee and Gwinnett County, which on Tuesday were awarded cash grants and year-long technical support from a Georgia Tech research team. They were among the four winners of the first Georgia Smart Communities Challenge.


June 13, 2018 GPB 

Additional Federal Funds Keep Savannah Harbor Expansion On Track 

Emily Jones reports that the Army Corps of Engineers this week announced additional funding for the expansion of the Savannah harbor, bringing this year’s total to about $85 million. Officials say the money will keep the project on schedule.


June 13, 2018 Brunswick News 

More than $5 million on tap for Port of Brunswick         

Wes Wolfe reports that the Port of Brunswick, should a spending bill clear Congress, is to receive more than $5.2 million for maintenance and operations out of a total of $3.82 billion slated for the Army Corps of Engineers for similar projects nationwide.


June 13, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald 

Oconee again among state’s fastest-growing counties

Lee Shearer reports that Oconee County is once again among the state’s fastest-growing counties, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. From April 2010 to July 2017, Oconee’s population has grown by 5,210 people, about 15.9 percent, according to the Census Bureau estimates.


June 13, 2018 Cartersville Daily Tribune 

School systems receive state funds to increase security measures

Donna Harris reports that the Georgia General Assembly appropriated $16 million in bond funding this year to enable the state's 2,200-plus schools to heighten their security, and all districts were notified June 4 by State School Superintendent Richard Woods that they'll receive a base amount of $25,000 plus a share of the remaining $11.5 million that will be allocated according to the number of students enrolled in each district.


June 13, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Two tales of betrayal now drive the GOP race for governor

Jim Galloway reports that a sense of betrayal is one of the stronger emotions in politics, if not the strongest. Two episodes, both involving trust abused or trust misused, are now driving the Republican race for governor. They are closely linked. You may know of one, but not the other.



June 12, 2018 Saporta Report 

Rental housing market skews to wealthy, reducing supply of affordable homes 

David Pendered reports that cities across the country join metro Atlanta in facing shortages of affordable housing that stem, in part, from a surge in the proportion of rental homes that are built and priced for wealthy folks who want to rent, not own, a home, according to a recent report from a think tank at Harvard University.


June 12, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Fighting Cancer Before It Starts

Mary Anne Dunkin reports that it was 1963 when Lorraine Harris began a pack-a-day smoking habit that lasted until she was diagnosed with lung cancer more than five decades later. After six grueling rounds of chemotherapy and 30 rounds of radiation, the Decatur resident considered refusing further treatment when the cancer returned.


June 12, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

State study committee to stir up issue of Hartsfield-Jackson control

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that a state study committee set to look at the idea of creating an airport authority to run Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is raising questions about the best way to operate the world’s busiest airport. The state has raised the possibility of taking over the Atlanta airport periodically over the years.


June 12, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Study: Georgia has nation’s 9th best economy

Crystal Edmondson reports that a nation’s economic health depends, in part, on how well each state is doing. A study by the personal finance website WalletHub ranks Georgia as the ninth top-performing state in the country. Georgia beat out some of its economic rivals, including Texas, North Carolina and Virginia.


June 12, 2018 Georgia Southern University 

Mooney Named New Graduate Programs Director for Georgia Southern College of Business

Staff reports that the Georgia Southern University College of Business is pleased to announce new leadership for the Georgia Southern MBA program. Lowell Mooney, Ph.D., professor of accounting, will be the new MBA director as well as director of Graduate Studies for the College, starting July 1, 2018.


June 12, 2018 Dalton Daily Citizen

Whitfield Commissioners approve solar panel deal, but terms are questioned by former Dalton mayor 

Charles Oliver reports that former Dalton mayor David Pennington asked members of the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners on Monday if they had done their homework on the deal that will bring a South Korean solar manufacturing firm to Whitfield County.


June 12, 2018 Macon Telegraph 

McClatchy names South Region editor, to be based in Macon

Jennifer Burk reports that Macon resident Tim Regan-Porter has been named editor for McClatchy’s South Region, which includes newsrooms in Macon, Columbus and Biloxi, Miss. Regan-Porter spent the past six years in Macon as director of Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism, an innovative partnership among Mercer, The Telegraph, Georgia Public Broadcasting and 13WMAZ.


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June 12, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Nominations continue: Georgia’s Legal Elite

Karen Kirkpatrick writes, who do you think is the state’s most effective lawyer? Now through Friday, July 13, 2018, you can tell us. Georgia Trend magazine’s annual Legal Elite listing will highlight the state’s most effective lawyers in 16 different practice areas. The list of the state’s Legal Elite, as chosen by their peers, will appear in the December 2018 issue.


June 12, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Study: 'Entertainment industry' produces $2B impact in DeKalb County

Eric Mandel reports that  "entertainment" is a roughly $2 billion industry in DeKalb County. That is a finding of the first study commissioned by the DeKalb Entertainment Commission, which said Monday that its baseline research found economic impact of the entertainment industry in DeKalb County at $1.98 billion in 2016. That's a 12 percent bump in industry jobs from 2011-16.


June 12, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Federal court judge dismisses free speech lawsuit against Georgia Gwinnett College        

Isabel Hughes and Trevor McNaboe report that federal court judge dismissed a lawsuit against Georgia Gwinnett College late last month after determining that the legal challenges presented in the suit were moot points, given the school changed its policies shortly after the suit was filed.


June 12, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Feds approve record funding for Savannah harbor deepening

Tamar Hallerman and J. Scott Trubey report that a key federal agency on Monday announced plans to set aside a record amount of funding for the Savannah harbor deepening project following an intense lobbying campaign by the state and its allies. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it plans to spend nearly $35 million on the roughly $1 billion project in its 2018 budget work plan



June 11, 2016 Brunswick News 

Why Georgia-grown oysters are scarce and what's holding them back 

Tyler Jones reports that Charlie Phillips knelt down over the side of his airboat and reached into a mess of wild Georgia oysters. The sun glistened off the marsh’s mudflats at low tide as he shook a cluster from the mound and tossed it onto his boat’s metal deck.


June 11, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia

Julia Roberts writes, hopefully by now you know leisurely strolling through the paths and bridges of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens is an Atlanta tradition for a Sunday afternoon. Their paths always have something to welcome you. In their newly unveiled Imaginary Worlds; Once Upon a Time you can still see a couple of the old favorites and spend some time finding some new favorites!


June 11, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Kempner: Tower of blight at Spaghetti Junction has chance for do-over

Matt Kempner reports that the  old Presidential Tower — once known as the Presidential Hotel — has been a hot mess for years. It’s one of the most prominent local examples of how difficult it is to kill blight once it takes hold. The cylindrical tower is so visible from I-85 and I-285 that one potential buyer envisioned wrapping it in advertising to look like a giant Coke can.


June 11, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Southern Company CEO: Many immediate tax reform benefits were 'flash paper'

Eric Mandel reports that following passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, multiple Georgia companies promoted how the savings would be siphoned back to its workers, often with one-time bonuses. Southern Company CEO Thomas Fanning told CNBC Friday that, while those offerings are nice, they are merely 'flash paper," especially compared to the more lasting impact provided by his company.


June 11, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

Could high-flying TSYS be in the market for a stock split?

Tony Adams reports, it has been 20 years since TSYS investors were rewarded with a stock split that increased the number of shares they own without spending a dime. The last time it occurred was May 11, 1998, when the credit-card processor pulled the trigger on a split that converted each two shares held by investors into three.


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June 11, 2018 Gainesville Times

Distillery plans could change face of midtown Gainesville at historic Georgia Chair site

Nick Bowman reports that a whistle over midtown is calling: It’s time again for work at the Georgia Chair factory after a long, long weekend. Life is coming back to 456 Industrial Blvd., two years after Gainesville bid farewell to Georgia Chair and its century of craftsmanship. In its place, an event center based on Gainesville’s rail and industrial history aims to serve as the anchor for big plans in midtown.


June 11, 2018 Brunswick News 

CCGA ranked among nation's most affordable small colleges

Lauren McDonald reports that Student Loan Hero, an organization that aims to help college students manage and eliminate loan debt, recently ranked College of Coastal Georgia as the ninth most affordable small college in the nation. CCGA was the only college in Georgia on the ranking list, which included 20 colleges.


June 11, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Douglas County students win for anti-opioid video

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Douglas County College and Career Institute (CCI) students recently won the “We’re Not Gonna Take It” anti-opioid video contest sponsored by the Georgia State Attorney General’s office. The contest, which launched in February, challenged Georgia high school and college students to make public service videos and audio clips that highlight the dangers, risks and consequences of opioid abuse.


June 11, 2018 Saporta Report

Georgia advises patience with Canada geese; feds want to destroy nests, eggs year-round 

David Pendered reports that Georgia wildlife officials are asking the public to exercise patience with Canada geese when they are land-bound in early summer. The federal government is seeking permission to destroy nests and eggs of resident Canada geese at any time of year.


June 11, 2018 Access WDUN 

Wayne Farms donating $100K for major sponsorship of new Jackson County ag center

Staff reports that Wayne Farms LLC  is supporting the new Jackson County Multi-Use Agricultural Facility with a $100,000 Platinum Sponsorship. Ron Rogers, Wayne Farms Pendergrass Complex Manager, said the company’s strong ties with local farmers and the Jackson County agricultural community made the decision to sponsor the facility an easy one.


June 11, 2018 Rome News-Tribune 

Brick and mortar bookstores continue to take a hit but trend may be reversing

Patrick Degan reports, competition from larger retail chains and later the internet has deeply cut into the bottom lines of many mom-and-pop booksellers. Even the larger chains suffered from the new wave of digital publishing and e-books. The Borders chain collapsed into bankruptcy in 2011, and Barnes & Noble found itself closing stores between then and 2017. But independent booksellers not only are not giving up without a fight, a good number of them appear to be thriving.


June 11, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Cagle faces unsettled voters in home territory after ‘bad’ recording

Aaron Holmes reports that Gainesville - Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle had a warm reception Saturday at a GOP meeting in his native Hall County, but several voters said they were unsettled about his remarks admitting to voting for a “bad” education bill to hurt a rival candidate for governor.



June 8, 2018 

Georgia and Israel to Foster Joint Research With $2 Million in Grants

Trevor Williams reports that  Georgia on Thursday signed an agreement with the government of Israel that will result in $2 million in grants for joint research and development projects between firms in the state and the so-called “Startup Nation.” 


June 8, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

From the Publisher: Sensible Solutions

Ben Young writes, in a year in which nothing much was predicted to come out of our legislative session, two outcomes are both promising and productive and deserve our votes in November.


June 8, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Hartsfield-Jackson aims to add workers, improve infrastructure

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Hartsfield-Jackson International is asking for Atlanta city council approval to add 28 positions to its staff to handle more Uber and Lyft vehicles at the airport, manage traffic around construction, prepare for crowds for big events like the Super Bowl, bolster its command center to respond to issues and expand in other areas.


June 8, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Woodstock’s downtown to expand with retail, office and a hotel

Amy Wenk reports that Woodstock’s walkable downtown is about to expand with new retail and office space, as well as a boutique hotel. City officials announced Thursday a 3.5-acre project called Woodstock City Center. 


June 8, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Secretary of the Army praises Fort Gordon in first visit

Damon Cline reports that the Army’s top official visited Fort Gordon for the first time Thursday. And he liked what he saw. The 55-year-old West Point graduate and former corporate executive, who received confirmation in November, has been on a mission to modernize the Army, bringing its decades-old combat systems into the 21st century.


June 8, 2018 Emory University 

School of Nursing receives $2.7 million HRSA grant to increase community based nursing workforce

Melva Robertson reports that Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing received a $2.7 million award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to help increase the number of nurses working in community-based primary care settings, particularly among medically underserved populations.


June 8, 2018 Georgia Health News 

Children’s takes first step in seeking biggest state permit ever for proposed complex 

Andy Miller reports that Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has taken its first step toward state approval of its plan for a $1.5 billion North Druid Hills campus. It would be the largest hospital construction plan, in terms of cost, in the history of the Georgia certificate-of-need (CON) program, experts say.


June 8, 2018 Macon Telegraph 

Here's what Georgia's new hands-free law says about using Pandora, Spotify 

Liz Fabian reports that a tip sheet circulating about new driving regulations in Georgia has opened up a Pandora's box of confusion about internet radio use. People across the Peach State are now worried that using services such as Spotify and Pandora will be outlawed under the new Hands-Free Georgia Act that takes affect July 1.


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June 8, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

A battle between Cagle, Kemp allies leads to ‘sexual predators’ claim  

Greg Bluestein reports, as if you needed another sign the Georgia GOP runoff is getting heavy: Shortly after Brian Kemp’s campaign announced state Rep. David Clark would head his veterans coalition, a top surrogate for Casey Cagle took aim at him. With language equating his vote against her bill to support for “sexual predators.” 



June 7, 2018 

Deal: May tax revenues up 1.8 percent 

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for May totaled almost $1.76 billion, for an increase of $31.5 million, or 1.8 percent, compared to last year when net tax collections totaled nearly $1.73 billion. 


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June 7, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Hometown Days at Wild Adventures

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that this summer, Valdosta’s Wild Adventures theme park is featuring Hometown Days on select Sundays as a way of thanking the communities that support it. On designated Sundays, residents will receive discounts on their park visit while celebrating their hometowns. All that’s needed is a driver’s license, utility bill or some other proof of residency.


June 7, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Delta, UPS, Coke tackle human trafficking issue

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that some of Atlanta’s biggest companies are using different approaches to tackle the issue of human trafficking, from Delta Air Lines training flight attendants and others to recognize signs of trafficking to UPS training its drivers and Coca-Cola looking deep into its supply chain for labor issues.


June 7, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Pacific Coast buys former HD Supply headquarters building for $68 million

Douglas Sams reports that Pacific Coast is bulking up its Atlanta interests. Besides Cumberland Center II, it partnered with real estate company Carter in the renovation of the Midtown’s 715 Peachtree, a 10-story office building near Georgia Tech.


June 7, 2018 

GMS Becomes Latest Georgia Firm in Major Canada Deal

Trevor Williams reports that Tucker, Ga.-based GMS Inc., a supplier of gypsum wall board, has completed a $627 million acquisition of a Toronto-based competitor.  The closing of the previously announced deal to acquire WSB Titan creates consolidated North American wall board distributor with about $3 billion in revenues and 240 branches in 42 states and five Canadian provinces.


June 7, 2018 Saporta Report 

Law of supply, demand fueling shortage of affordable housing 

David Pendered reports that shortage of affordable homes in metro Atlanta is function of the shortage of homes in all price ranges. The lack of housing units of all types is driving up the prices of the units that do exist, a real estate analyst said Wednesday at the Atlanta Regional Housing Forum.


June 7, 2018 Georgia Health News 

A little over the line: Floyd now runs nearby Alabama hospital 

Andy Miller reports that Floyd Healthcare Management, which runs Floyd Medical Center in Rome and a hospital in Polk County to the south, has now assumed the management of Cherokee Medical Center in Centre, Ala. That’s about 30 miles from Floyd’s home base in Rome.


June 7, 2018 Macon Telegraph 

A big new mission is coming to Robins. Here's what that means for jobs at the base 

Wayne Crenshaw reports that the U.S. Air Force announced Wednesday that Robins Air Force Base is getting a new battlefield management mission that will include drones. The base will host the Advanced Battle Management System, a new global air space intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information system mission, said Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson.


June 7, 2018 Brunswick News 

State representative renews opposition to Sea Island beach renourishment plan         

Taylor Cooper reports that Georgia state representative and St. Simons Island resident Jeff Jones says he is opposed to the Sea Island Co.’s plans to renourish Sea Island’s beach with 1.3 million cubic yards of sand and construct a third rock groin to retain the sand. It started with a planned development of eight oceanfront homes on what is called the Spit on the southern half up of the island.


June 7, 2018 Gainesville Times 

Cagle fires first shot on gun rights in runoff with Kemp

Nick Bowman reports that a rhetorical gun fight is heating up between Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp as Cagle launches the latest attack in a race that has hinged on the Second Amendment. On Wednesday, June 6, Lt. Gov. Cagle dropped his latest line of attack against Secretary of States Kemp in the Republican governor primary runoff: A 2003 vote from Kemp, then a state senator representing Athens, to table a bill that would have restricted state government’s ability to ban the sale of firearms during an emergency.                                         


June 7, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Why no Ga. Republicans are embracing House’s backdoor immigration fight

Tamar Hallerman reports that House Republicans are currently in the throes of a messy intraparty debate over immigration that threatens to spill onto the floor ahead of the midterm elections. But don’t expect any of Georgia’s 10 GOP lawmakers to back a push from their more moderate colleagues to force votes on legislation providing a path to citizenship to so-called Dreamers. 



June 6, 2018 WABE 90.1

Board of Regents Names Finalist in KSU Presidential Search

Martha Dalton reports that Georgia Board of Regents voted Tuesday to make Dr. Pamela Whitten its sole finalist for president of Kennesaw State University. Whitten has served as the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Georgia since 2014.


June 6, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Take It Easy

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, if an afternoon – or a week – spent on the water sounds like a little slice of heaven, Georgia’s got you covered. Rivers crisscross the state, from the Oostanaula in the northwest to the St. Marys that flows into the Atlantic Ocean and marks the line between Georgia and Florida.


June 6, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Teamsters union ratchets up pressure in UPS contract negotiations

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the Teamsters union at UPS has voted to authorize a strike if necessary, a negotiating tactic that’s aimed at ratcheting up the pressure in contract negotiations but does not signal a strike is imminent. 


June 6, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta-based InComm buys Kansas City's Gift Card Impressions

Leslie Collins and Jessica Saunders report that Atlanta financial technology company InComm has acquired a Kansas City company that develops creative packaging for physical gift cards and engaging experiences for giving digital gift cards. Kansas City-based Gift Card Impressions (GCI) will become a wholly owned subsidiary of InComm, according to a June 5 news release.


June 6, 2018 

Quebec Plans to Celebrate Its 40th Anniversary in Atlanta Despite Combative Trade Negotiations

Phil Bolton reports that Donald Leblanc was just in his second day of his new job as head of Quebec’s trade office in Atlanta this past December when he received a call from Didier Rousseliere, director of global partnerships at Clemson University in South Carolina.


June 6, 2018 Saporta Report 

Opposition mounting against closing Atlanta’s Eastside TAD 

Maria Saporta reports that a move is afoot, once again, to close the City of Atlanta’s Eastside Tax Allocation District – a financial mechanism that encourages equitable redevelopment. And, once again, there’s a groundswell of opposition against closing the Eastside TAD, which includes the corridors of Auburn and Edgewood avenues as well as most of south downtown.


June 6, 2018 Augusta Chronicle 

Augusta stormwater fees used for cleanup and big projects, engineers say

Tom Corwin reports that while some in Augusta grumble about paying a stormwater fee with little to show for it on their end of town, the money is actually helping the city take on needed maintenance, big projects and cleanup, the city Engineering Department said Tuesday.


June 6, 2018 Gainesville Times 

Majority leader cancels Senate’s August recess in move championed by Perdue

Nick Bowman reports that the August recess for the U.S. Senate has been canceled as leaders push senators to work overtime on budget bills. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, announced the cancellation on Tuesday, June 5. Senators have traditionally taken August to meet with constituents in their states before heading back to Washington, D.C., for the fall. 


June 6, 2018 Atlanta Journal Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Behind Karen Handel’s rift with Donald Trump over tariffs

Jim Galloway reports that for the first time in a congressional career that is coming up on its first anniversary, she has parted ways — ever so politely — with President Donald Trump. If you are a Handel fan who would like to see the Republican re-elected to the Sixth District seat in November, this is a good thing.



June 5, 2018 

Deal announces $28 million for local government airport sponsors

Staff reports that, following guidance from the Department of Revenue (DOR), which Friday, June 1, announced it will suspend collection of local jet fuel sales tax in order to comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, Gov. Nathan Deal today announced $28 million will be made available to 48 communities with airports.


June 5, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Potential pets get better service

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Cobb County is ditching the dog-catcher image and changing its animal control department’s name to Animal Services to more accurately represent what the organization does – caring for and placing “forever friends.” 


June 5, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Georgia economy ranked ninth best

Michael E. Kanell reports that Georgia’s economy ranks as the ninth best among the states, according to the Washington, D.C.-based WalletHub. The state has strengths – especially in areas like growth and wealth. But Georgia also has some weaknesses, in the prevalence of poverty and the number of people don’t have high school diplomas.


June 5, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

GMS Inc. finalizes $627 million acquisition of Toronto-based company

Collin Huguley reports that GMS Inc. (NYSE: GMS), a gypsum wallboard and suspended ceiling systems distributor based in Tucker, Ga., announced a major acquisition on Monday. WSB Titan, a construction supplies company based in Toronto, will now operate as a subsidiary of GMS after being acquired for approximately $627 million. 


June 5, 2018 Georgia Southern University 

Georgia Southern College of Business Announces New Director of Student Engagement

Staff reports that with a focus on producing career-ready professionals, the Georgia Southern College of Business is excited to welcome Danielle Smith as the new director of experiential learning and student engagement. In this role, Smith will facilitate and increase College of Business internships, oversee and expand business abroad trips and create and implement strategy to increase professionalism and placement through events geared toward professional development of our students.


June 5, 2018 Washington Post 

In a Georgia town, nine people explain their frustration and optimism on immigration

Jenna Johnson reports that Republican candidates across the country have embraced President Trump’s hard-line views on immigration in this year’s midterm elections, talking about keeping out illegal immigrants and raising fears of gang-related crime. But in this city in northern Georgia, the issue often feels more complicated, more immediate and more personal.


June 5, 2018 Savannah Morning News 

Savannah spot named most beautiful place in Georgia by travel site

Zach Dennis reports that Savannah is full of beautiful locations ideal for the perfect Instagram post, but one spot in particular caught the eye of a travel site. Conde Nast Traveler compiled a list of the most beautiful places in every state with Savannah’s Wormsloe Historic Site selected as the Georgia representative. 


June 5, 2018 Macon Telegraph 

Major aircraft manufacturer to bring 100 jobs to Macon

Stanley Dunlap reports that the third largest aircraft manufacturer in the world will bring about 100 jobs to Macon. Embraer will operate out of a 155,000-square-foot facility at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport, the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority announced Monday.


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June 5, 2018 Saporta Report 

Georgia wins a water lawsuit, contends federal foot-dragging is slowing progress 

David Pendered reports that Georgia has scored a major victory in one battle of the ongoing water war involving river flow into other states. However, Georgia contends that foot-dragging by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has resulted in a lack of progress on the order issued by a federal judge, according to papers filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta.


June 5, 2018 Georgia Health News 

UGA researchers pursue quest for universal dengue vaccine 

Prajakta Dhapte reports that Naoko Uno, with a pipette in one hand and quiet determination on her face, goes carefully about her work inside her laboratory at the University of Georgia’s Center for Vaccines and Immunology. Uno, a PhD student, and several others are working on a potential universal vaccine for dengue.


June 5, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia

Backers of Georgia’s ‘religious liberty’ effort energized by Supreme Court decision

Tamar Hallerman and Greg Bluestein report that U.S. Supreme Court’s Monday ruling in favor of a Denver-area wedding cake maker is empowering Georgia supporters of “religious liberty” legislation who hope to revive the measure next year. 



June 4, 2018 Albany Herald, University of Georgia 

Rains stunt state peanut crop, diseases likely         

Clint Thompson reports that two consecutive weeks of rainfall in Georgia stunted the growth of the state’s peanut crop and created ideal conditions for diseases in vegetable fields, leaving farmers scrambling to decide what to do next. Georgia’s peanut and cotton acreage remains in flux due to the inclement weather.


June 4, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Summer in the Water

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that hot weather’s here, school is out and the cooling waters of Georgia beckon. From the lakes and rivers in North Georgia to the coast and the swamp in the South, the state is rich in ways to have fun outside while staying cool.


June 4, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Clean energy jobs on the rise in Georgia, a new Energy report says

Anastaciah Ondieki reports that clean energy jobs in Georgia are on the rise, surviving a slight drawback experienced in the solar industry last year following the imposition of tariffs on solar imports.


June 4, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Coca-Cola brushes off Spanish distillery's claim to original Coke recipe

Eric Mandel reports that Coca-Cola isn't sweating a report that the original Coke recipe was created in a small Spanish village rather than by pharmacist John PembertonEl Pais reported late last month that the world’s most famous soft drink was first concocted 138 years ago at a distillery by three entrepreneurs in a small town in eastern Spain called Aielo de Malferit.


June 4, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Broad Street building finds success as business incubator

Damon Cline reports that it is, without a doubt, Augusta’s quirkiest office building.The angular 8,000-square-foot office in the center of the 600 block of Broad Street – which noted architect I.M. Pei dubbed “Chamber Pavilion” when it opened in 1978 – is as impractical as it is captivating.


June 4, 2018 Saporta Report 

South Fork Conservancy celebrates 10 years, looks to more creekside conservation 

David Pendered reports that South Fork Conservancy has entered its second decade of protecting the natural environment along the South Fork of Peachtree Creek with plans for a new pedestrian bridge over the creek – and money in the bank to pay for building the bridge and other projects.


June 4, 2018 Brunswick News 

DNR: Bald eagles doing well on Georgia coast

Wes Wolfe reports that a survey by the state Department of Natural Resources revealed continued improvement among the population numbers of bald eagles in the eastern part of Georgia and the state’s coastal counties. DNR announced the survey — which, unlike others, did not cover the whole state — turned up more than 100 nesting areas that included around 127 young birds.


June 4, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

Lawmakers look to ‘small cell’ tech for rural high-speed internet answers

Diane Wagner reports that getting high-speed internet service into less-populated areas of Georgia remains a top priority of the House Rural Development Council, although providers have yet to propose an overall fix. Still, Rep. Eddie Lumsden, R-Armuchee, — one of 16 active members on the panel — said he has hopes that new “small-cell” technologies can start filling in gaps.


June 4, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Georgia cuts sales tax on jet fuel, helping Delta and others

James Salzer reports that the state has told jet fuel vendors that as of July 1, they shouldn’t collect most local sales taxes on their product. The move could save air carriers such as Delta Air Lines, cargo companies and others about $20 million a year in fuel taxes.



June 1, 2018 Macon Telegraph 

The rainy weather shouldn't hurt peaches, but other crops might be in trouble 

Wayne Crenshaw reports, picking peaches these days is tough. But the peaches themselves should be fine — and plentiful. Near daily rainfall over the past two weeks has left midstate peach growers struggling to get their crop to the shed, but so far they have met the challenge.


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June 1, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Q&A with Raphael W. Bostic: New Direction at the Atlanta Fed

Susan Percy reports that Raphael Bostic became the 15th president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta just a year ago, succeeding Dennis Lockhart.


June 1, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tech arm of insurance company Assurant adding 300 jobs in Gwinnett 

Michael E. Kanell reports that Assurant Inc., which currently has more than 2,000 employees in metro Atlanta, on Wednesday officially opened a tech support center in Duluth, a facility which will expand in the next few years from its current 35-person staffing, according to Michael McElroy, director of technical support operations for Assurant.


June 1, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola bottler to end 10-year production plant draught with $250M facility

Olivia Pulsinelli reports that Dallas-based Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages, a subsidiary of Mexico-based Coca-Cola bottler Arca Continental, will build a new production and distribution facility in Houston. 


June 1, 2018 Saporta Report 

Georgia cities to Congress: We need some public works spending 

Maggie Lee reports that the nation’s mayors have infrastructure on their minds, according to a new report from the National League of Cities. But mayors aren’t the only ones calling on Washington, D.C. to help out with paying for things like water works, roads and broadband.


June 1, 2018 AccessWDUN 

'Phenomenal' rainfall event wreaks havoc on Helen, White County

Rob Moore and Dean Dyer report, some may say this week’s rainfall in Helen and White County is historic, one for the record books – and there is a very good chance they’re correct. National Weather Service cooperator Bill Kinsland of White County recorded 6.7 inches of rain between 1 and 6 p.m. Thursday. 


June 1, 2018 WABE 90.1 

Army Corps Plans Water Releases For Lake Lanier

Sam Whitehead reports that the recent rain in metro Atlanta has Lake Lanier above full pool, but federal officials don’t want to hold on to the extra water. As of Wednesday morning, the lake was about 2 feet above it’s full summer pool.


June 1, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Handel breaks with Trump on tariffs

Tamar Hallerman reports that U.S. Rep. Karen Handel on Thursday criticized the White House’s move to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, Mexico and Canada, saying it would “dampen” recent economic gains. 



May 31, 2018 

Deal: Solar cell manufacturer to create more than 500 jobs in Whitfield County

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday announced that Hanwha Q CELLS Korea, a leader in the global solar industry, will create more than 500 jobs and invest $150 million in a new solar module manufacturing facility in Dalton.


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May 31, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Helping neighbors in need

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that downtown Woodstock has taken a novel approach to help address food insecurity in its community. Following the recent renovation of the Woodstock Visitors Center, the city teamed up with local artists Deidra Smith and Darrell Reddy to transform a leftover 1930s refrigerator into a Little Free Pantry. Modeled on the popular Little Free Library® concept, the Little Free Pantry project asks community members to stock the refrigerator with nonperishable food that those in need can take.


May 31, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Delta to end New York-Havana flights

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines will discontinue flights from New York to Havana, Cuba effective Sept. 1. The Atlanta-based airline in December 2016 launched fights to Havana from Atlanta, Miami and New York.


May 31, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

TSA: Atlanta airport was busier than ever over Memorial Day weekend

Eric Mandel reports that if Atlanta's airport seemed even busier than usual over the weekend, that's because it was. Transportation Security Administration officers working at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport checkpoints screened 93,082 passengers and crew on Friday, May 25, according to the federal agency.


May 31, 2018 

Delta to Resume Nonstop India Flights Next Year

Trevor Williams reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. announced Friday plans to restart nonstop flights from the U.S. to Mumbai next year, a decade after it halted its short-lived foray from Atlanta to the Indian commercial capital. Delta revealed few specifics in its news release, saying the route is subject to government approval and that details would be announced later this year.


May 31, 2018 Macon Telegraph 

It’s Peach Festival time in Byron and Fort Valley

Kimberly Cassel Pritchett reports that people visiting Peach County can expect two jam-packed weekends full of free family activities at the 32nd Georgia Peach Festival. The festival will kick off activities Friday and Saturday in downtown Fort Valley and will continue June 9 at North Peach Park in Byron.


May 31, 2018 Rome News-Tribune 

Berry-led research on blight-resistant chestnut trees being developed in orchard between Rome and Summerville

Doug Walker reports that the American chestnut tree was virtually wiped out by a blight nearly a century ago but researchers led by Marty Cipollini at Berry College and others are working diligently to revive the species through painstaking development of blight-resistant trees.


May 31, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Assurant unveils $2.2 million facility investment in Duluth

Trevor McNaboe reports, “Alexa, turn the lights yellow.” In front of an audience, the lights in the room changed from emitting blue light across the room to a pale yellow. The command by Mike McElroy was one of the many new features that Assurant, a provider of risk management products and services, unveiled during the grand opening of its Atlanta Tech Support Center in Duluth on Wednesday.


May 31, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia Fare: B’s Cracklin’ Barbeque

Krista Reese reports, the good thing about being a city of transients is that Atlantans don’t cling to Southern culinary orthodoxy.  Barbeque, in particular, seems a no-holds-barred sport, with most Georgia stands serving several varieties of sauces and preparations, from vinegary tomato-based North Carolina elixirs, gold mustard-based mops from South Carolina, Memphis-style dry rubs, even Asian-influenced sweet-hot glazes. 


May 31, 2018 MetroAtlanta CEO 

Intercontinental Exchange Agrees to Acquire TMC Bonds

Staff reports that Intercontinental Exchange, a leading operator of global exchanges and clearing houses and provider of data and listings services, announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire TMC Bonds LLC for $685 million in cash. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2018, subject to customary regulatory and anti-trust approvals, and is not expected to materially impact 2018 financial results or capital returns.


May 31, 2018 Georgia Health News 

Students from Douglas County win anti-opioid video contest 

Naomi Thomas reports that students from the Douglas County College and Career Institute are the winners of the “We’re Not Gonna Take It” video contest. The contest is a chance for Georgia students to make PSA video and audio clips related to the opioid crisis, which will be aired on television and radio stations across the state.


May 31, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Why Georgia’s governor is optimistic about Atlanta’s bid for Amazon

Greg Bluestein reports that as Amazon prepares to whittle down its list of finalists for a second headquarters, Gov. Nathan Deal said that he’s confident the ongoing corruption investigation into Atlanta City Hall won’t hinder Georgia’s chances. 



May 30, 2018 WABE 90.1 

Gov. Deal: Problems at City Hall Shouldn’t Affect Amazon Decision

Martha Dalton reports that Atlanta is one of 20 cities Amazon is considering for its second headquarters. The online retailer announced the finalists in January, shortly after Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms took office.


May 30, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Organizations: Midwest Food Bank

Candice Dyer reports that in 2003, an Illinois farm family was distressed to read in the newspaper that local food pantries were running short on inventory. They became determined to help meet those needs by handing out food from their own barn.


May 30, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Atlanta named top U.S. city for startups outside of New York, San Francisco

Fiza Pirani reports that San Francisco and New York may be notorious for startups galore, but Atlanta is quietly making its mark in the business sphere.


May 30, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Ga.-based Exide Technologies to make submarine backup batteries in $75M Navy deal  

Jessica Saunders reports that Milton, Ga., battery and energy storage company has been awarded one of two Navy contracts totaling $75 million. Exide Technologies will provide submarine valve regulated lead acid battery cells, packaging, storage, trays, tray lid covers, and battery cell boosting under the firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts, the Department of Defense said.


May 30, 2018 

AGCO Reinforces Its Commitment to Modernizing Agriculture With New Africa Headquarters

Phil Bolton reports, when it comes to Africa, Martin RichenhagenDuluth, Ga.-AGCO Corp.‘s CEO and chairman, doesn’t mince words. For instance at this year’s AGCO Summit in Berlin in January he called for startups to disrupt traditional agricultural practices in efforts to address the challenges of food security, farmer livelihood and resource efficiency.


May 30, 2018 Saporta Report  

Atlanta’s Design Awards offer chance to contemplate the city being built 

David Pendered reports that in the yin and yang duality that illustrates Atlanta’s development cycles, the annual Design Awards presented by Atlanta’s Urban Design Commission represent a moment to pause and take stock of the city’s built environment, of what has been lost and gained.


May 30, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald, UGA

UGA uncorks north Georgia’s ripening wine industry

Leah Moss reports that Georgia’s wine industry is growing, bolstering the North Georgia economy by increasing the number of tourists to the area as well as attracting side businesses attracted by the wineries, University of Georgia faculty told members of the Georgia House Rural Development Council on Monday.


May 30, 2018 UGA 

UGA promotes renaissance in multi-city partnership

Roger Nielson reports that a Georgia mountain community is forging a unique economic development partnership with two Tennessee cities through a downtown revitalization process pioneered by the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government.


May 30, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

A down-ballot contest that could lead the way for Georgia Democrats in November

Jim Galloway reports that political revolutions often begin with down-ballot beachheads on Election Day, at the intersection of enthusiasm and complacency. Name by name, bored supporters of entrenched political power drift away before they reach the end of their party’s list of nominees.



May 29, 2018 WABE 90.1 

Hurricane Season Begins, While Georgians Are Still Recovering From Last Year

Molly Samuel reports that hurricane season officially starts June 1, though a tropical storm may already be forming in the Caribbean. Even as Georgians contemplate this year’s storms, some are still recovering from last year, and the year before.


May 29, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Welcoming Small Business

Ellen Berman reports, four years ago, Rick Stallings needed a sensible financial solution to keep his business afloat. Even though the Columbus native and resident had relied on both a major local and a regional bank for nearly two decades, both banks turned a deaf ear. That’s when he turned to Kinetic Credit Union.


May 29, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Delta debuts uniforms in ‘Passport Plum’ with launch Tuesday

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that  Delta Air Lines is about to debut its new uniforms for flight attendants and other employees with designer Zac Posen. Atlanta-based Delta has been preparing for months for the Tuesday launch of the new uniforms.


May 29, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Savannah's Gulfstream Aerospace flies jet over North Pole in record flight to Shanghai

David Allison reports that Savannah's Gulfstream Aerospace said Monday that one of its jets flew over the North Pole recently to set a new record for a flight to Shanghai, China. The G650ER departed White Plains, N.Y., at 1:30 p.m. May 12 and arrived in Shanghai at 3:10 p.m. local time May 13, setting a city-pair speed record. 


May 29, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Gwinnett moving forward with Infinite Energy Center expansion

Curt Yeomans reports that while developers were in Las Vegas this past week touting their plans for the Revel development that will be built at the Infinite Energy Center, Gwinnett County commissioners took steps of their own to prepare for the center’s expansion.


May 29, 2018 Saporta Report 

New home for chimney swifts to open in Piedmont Park’s bird-friendly habitat 

David Pendered reports that the Atlanta Audubon Society has embarked on addressing a housing crisis encountered by the once-common chimney swifts – a lack of nesting places in tree cavities and the chimneys that gave the birds their name.


May 29, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

On the trail of beer and barbeque

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that nothing says Southern heritage like good barbeque and beer. And now, there’s an actual trail through Georgia’s Historic Heartland that offers the perfect lip-smacking dining experience. Stretching from Athens in the north to Perry in the south, the Brews & Qs Trail features more than 30 craft breweries and family-owned barbeque restaurants. 


May 29, 2018 Savannah Morning News 

Gulfstream’s new year: Expansion, new technology…

Katie Nussbaum reports that from California and Wisconsin to Beijing, Brazil and London, it’s hard to find a corner of the world where Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. doesn’t have a presence. This year alone the company has announced expansions in Savannah and Appleton, Wisconsin, delivered their 300th G650 jet and extended their operating hours and service capabilities at their Beijing service center.


May 29, 2018 Gainesville Times 

ZF moves local wind turbine work out of country, adds other assembly lines

Jeff Gill reports that Germany-based car parts maker ZF is ending production of wind turbine gearboxes in Hall County as part of a reorganization of four area plants. The reorganization’s end result, however, could be 80 new workers and possibly more “if current market trends continue to improve,” said Gary Mason, spokesman with ZF North America, in emails last week.


May 29, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Ex-Georgia officials take aim at ‘hunting over bait’ expansion

Greg Bluestein reports that group of former state wildlife officials is taking aim at an executive order by Gov. Nathan Deal that could dramatically expand a controversial hunting practice. 



May 25, 2018 Saporta Report 

Plant Vogtle: Construction status reports by Georgia Power, Moody’s Investors Service 

David Pendered reports that a new report on the construction status of the Vogtle nuclear plant, released Wednesday by Moody’s Investors Service, provides greater detail than a May 10 statement released by Georgia Power and cites a number of risks that could further delay the plant’s opening date.


May 25, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economy: Firm Foundation

Jeffrey Humphreys writes, on an annual average basis, the Albany area will see 1.5 percent job growth in 2018, which will build on the gains posted in 2016 and 2017.


May 25, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

New bank law spurs both support and criticism in Georgia

Michael E. Kanell reports that some Georgia bankers joined U.S. Sen. David Perdue in praising this week’s rollback of the Dodd-Frank law’s restrictions on banks, although consumer groups criticized the measure.


May 25, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

CallRail to add hundreds of jobs in downtown Atlanta

Douglas Sams reports that CallRail is the latest economic spark for downtown, which has seen other companies invest heavily in the revitalization of long-stagnant properties such as 222 Mitchell Street, “The Gulch” and Underground Atlanta.


May 25, 2018 Augusta Chronicle 

State Bank-Cadence deal would change local branch names 

Damon Cline reports that State Bank & Trust Co.’s seven Augusta-area branch offices could be sporting new signs as early as next year if a proposed merger by Texas-based Cadence Bancorp passes shareholder and regulatory approval.


May 25, 2018 Brunswick News 

Georgia chamber lays out legislative wish-list

Tyler H. Jones reports that plenty of issues will face the General Assembly when it reconvenes next session, and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce is already putting together its wish list. Chris Clark, Georgia chamber president, laid out those priorities Wednesday during a breakfast meeting at King & Prince Beach and Golf Resort on St. Simons Island.


May 25, 2018 Georgia Health News 

Physician assistants growing in numbers and importance 

Andy Miller reports that Lauren McShane already had a master’s degree in public health, but wanted to branch out into the clinical side of health care. She considered going to medical school. Another possibility was becoming a physical therapist. But what she chose was physician assistant school.


May 25, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Trendsetters: Sapelo Skin Care

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that starting a successful business requires hard work, smarts and a heaping helping of luck, and the founders of Sapelo Skin Care have had more than most – they’ve discovered a glass slipper at nearly every turn.


May 25, 2018 LaGrange Daily News

The wait is over: Great Wolf Lodge — estimated to bring in half a million visitors a year — opens in LaGrange

Alicia B. Hill reports that Great Wolf Lodge Georgia celebrated its grand opening on Thursday. The resort, which will bring in half a million visitors a year, is expected to have a major economic impact on the region.


May 25, 2018 Macon Telegraph 

Flooding likely across Georgia as the rain keeps falling into next week

Liz Fabian reports that Memorial Day weekend is getting off to a very wet start with little hope for sunshine through next week. Rain in most of Georgia has been 300 to 600 percent of normal which means flooding is likely along creeks, rivers, low-lying areas and on streets during heavy downpours.


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May 25, 2018 WABE 90.1

Georgia Group Lays Out Climate Change Questions

Molly Samuel reports that a climate change project focused on Georgia has released its first major initiative: A list of questions on how climate change will affect the state and its people, and how to respond and adapt.


May 25, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

The Jolt: In GOP runoff for governor, keep your eye on those Perdue cousins

Greg Bluestein, Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Tamar Holloway report that the point of Wednesday’s call was to get Michael Thurmond’s thoughts on Stacey Abrams and Democratic chances in November – and we’ll get to that, eventually. But when we finally tracked the CEO of DeKalb County down in Boston, he also had some thoughts the Republican runoff for governor.



May 24, 2018 WABE 90.1 

Atlanta City Council Approves Big Step In Piedmont Park Expansion

Emma Hurt reports that Piedmont Park is on track for its $100 million expansion plan. On Monday, Atlanta City Council approved spending up to $20.4 million to buy about 3 acres at the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Monroe Drive.


May 24, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports that Edible Arrangements is opening its “second headquarters” in Atlanta. The Wallingford, Conn.-based franchisor of fresh fruit baskets already considers the city a retail franchising hub.


May 24, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Georgia economy tightly tied to global factors, says GSU forecaster

Michael E. Kanell reports that the economic trajectory of Georgia is now pretty much the same as the national track, making the state’s growth sensitive to the same big factors – especially trade and interest rates, according to a high-profile forecaster.


May 24, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Southern Company dumps more of its portfolio with $1.1B solar sale

Eric Mandel and Dave Williams report that a Southern Co. subsidiary has agreed to sell a 33 percent interest in its solar portfolio for $1.175 billion. Southern Power, a wholesale energy provider, announced Wednesday that it entered into an agreement to sell the minority share in its solar portfolio to Global Atlantic Financial Group Ltd.


May 24, 2018 Brunswick News 

Red snapper season closer to happening

Wes Wolfe reports that red snapper fishing in federal waters off Georgia may reopen this year should a regulatory change make it through the approval process. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council passed the change — Snapper Grouper Amendment 43 — at its meeting in September 2017.


May 24, 2018 GPB 

Macon's Segregation History Preserved With Help From The Fox Theatre 

Grant Blankenship reports that the  blacks only balcony of Macon's Grand Opera House was built back in 1904 and has been pretty much untouched since. Local historians say it was so miserable that it inspired prominent black businessman Charles Douglass to build his own show house, the Douglass Theatre, across town. 


May 24, 2018 Saporta Report 

City panel agrees: Patterson Spring Hill funeral home in Midtown is a “landmark” 

Maggie Lee reports that a first glance, it’s easy to think the two-story white building set in little gardens on Spring Street is a house. But it’s still what it’s been for about 90 years: a funeral home. And a city panel says it’s worth protecting, even as skyscrapers rise around it.


May 24, 2018 UGA 

Georgia watermelon farmers mindful of potential disease pressure following rainfall

Clint Thompson reports that  Georgia watermelon producers are busy guarding their crops against potential disease pressure following last week’s rainfall. University of Georgia plant pathologist Bhabesh Dutta issued an alert last week to all Georgia vegetable farmers announcing that downy mildew was discovered in northern Florida.


May 24, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Spotted in Georgia: The Big Red Apple

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the 7-foot tall apple that’s 22 feet in circumference is not something you see every day unless you live in Cornelia, which has become known as the Home of the Big Red Apple. The monument celebrates the area’s apple growing heritage and stands next to the town’s restored historic railroad depot.


May 24, 2018 Savannah Morning News 

Savannah considers $6 million contract for eastside resource center

Eric Curl reports that the vacant grass lot along Pennsylvania Avenue sits just north of the new Savannah Gardens mixed-income community and across the street from Savannah High School in the city’s eastside.


May 24, 2018 Macon Telegraph 

A transportation sales tax failed. What will happen to projects it would have funded?

Wayne Crenshaw reports that road projects that would have been funded by a regional sales tax that narrowly failed Tuesday could still get done, but don't count it. The Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or T-SPLOST, on the ballot in 11 Middle Georgia counties narrowly failed by a vote of 31,024 against it to 29,748 in favor, according to unofficial results.


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May 24, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Georgia Election 2018: Voters kick out 8 incumbents from Legislature

Mark Niesse reports that voters booted eight lawmakers from the Georgia General Assembly in Tuesday’s primary elections. Four Republicans and four Democrats were ousted as voters chose new blood over experience.



May 23, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald

Abrams wins Democratic nom for Georgia governor; Cagle, Kemp in runoff

Donnie Fetter reports that Tuesday’s votes won’t be enough. Another election will be needed to determine party candidates in several state races. A runoff will be required to determine Republican nominees for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, and other races.


May 23, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Elbert County: Doing the Right Things

Lori Johnston reports that growth is evident throughout Elbert County. The four-lane widening of Highway 72, which was expected to open by late April, provides a streamlined, faster route to Athens. Athens Technical College’s Elbert County Campus – also along that roadway – will open an $800,000 science lab for summer classes.


May 23, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Hartsfield-Jackson expects 1.7 million passengers over Memorial Day weekend

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that about 1.7 million passengers will fill the terminals and concourses at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport over the Memorial Day weekend, marking the start of the busy summer travel season.


May 23, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

ICE announces COO to be first woman president of NYSE Group

Jessica Saunders reports that  Intercontinental Exchange Inc. has announced that NYSE Group Chief Operating Officer Stacey Cunningham will become the 67th president of the New York Stock Exchange. Cunningham is the first woman to head the group since it was formed.


May 23, 2018 Habitat for Humanity 

AbbVie donates $50 million to Habitat for Humanity’s long-term recovery efforts in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

Staff reports that AbbVie, a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, today announced a donation of $100 million to two organizations, Habitat for Humanity International and Direct Relief, to strengthen access to housing and healthcare in Puerto Rico. The organizations will receive $50 million each. 


May 23, 2018 Brunswick News 

Board of Regents selects Michelle Johnston to serve as CCGA president

Lauren McDonald reports that the University System of Georgia Board of Regents announced Tuesday that Michelle Johnston will serve as the next president of College of Coastal Georgia. Johnston was named May 16 as the sole finalist in the search for CCGA’s president.


May 23, 2018 WABE 90.1 

Higher Sea Levels Threaten Georgia’s Parks

Molly Samuel reports that sea level rise threatens national parks around the country, including Cumberland Island and two forts in Georgia, according to a new study from the National Park Service.


May 23, 2018 Macon Telegraph 

Middle Georgia election results for Tuesday, May 22

Staff reports, here are election results for contested races in Middle Georgia in the Tuesday primary, which also includes a special election for the Macon-Bibb County Commission District 1 seat.


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May 23, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

Skip Henderson headed to Columbus mayor’s office without a runoff 

Tim Chitwood reports that returns in the election for Columbus mayor show longtime city Councilor Skip Henderson with the win over his closest opponent, Zeph Baker.


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May 23, 2018 Augusta Chronicle 

Davis wins re-election as Augusta mayor

Susan McCord reports that Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis scored a victory Tuesday, securing a second term over challenger Gould Hagler. Davis won re-election with 56 percent of the vote, carrying 42 precincts while Hagler won 26.


May 23, 2018 Georgia Health News 

Beck, Laws to face off for Georgia insurance chief 

Andy Miller reports that insurance agency owner Janice Laws beat consumer advocate Cindy Zeldin on Tuesday to win the Democratic nomination for Georgia insurance commissioner.


May 23, 2018 Dalton Daily Citizen 

Payne wins GOP primary for state Senate seat; faces Democrat Morgan in November

Charles Oliver reports that Chuck Payne, R-Dalton, emerged the victor Tuesday night in the GOP primary for state Senate District 54. Payne, the incumbent, defeated Scott Tidwell, a pastor and assistant funeral home director from Resaca, with 4,999 votes (52.85 percent) to 4559 votes (47.17 percent), according to the Secretary of State's website.


May 23, 2018 Albany Herald

CaMia Hopson upsets incumbent Darrel Ealum in House 153 Democratic primary

Terry Lewis reports that House 153 challenger CaMia Hopson pulled off a monumental upset Tuesday in the House District 153 Democratic Primary, ousting incumbent Darrel Ealum by 90 votes. With all precincts reporting, Hopson pulled in 1,928 votes (51.28 percent), while Ealum, who was first elected to the House in 2010, tallied 1,832 votes (48.72 percent).


May 23, 2018 LaGrange News 

Smith wins district 133 seat

Chris Heaney reports that Republican Vance Smith has won the race for the Georgia House of Representatives district 133 seat.The race came to a close Tuesday, with Smith receiving approximately 89 percent of the vote for the Republican nomination. He will now run unopposed in the general election.


May 23, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Shafer, Duncan head to runoff; Amico advances in lieutenant governor race

Maya T. Prabhu reports that Sarah Riggs Amico will have to wait two months before she learns who she will face in November’s race for lieutenant governor. The Marietta Democrat beat out small-business owner Triana Arnold James in Tuesday’s primary election.



May 22, 2018 Savannah Morning News 

Groups want to review secret discussions on Plant Vogtle 

Mary Landers reports that consumer, faith and green groups are asking what Georgia regulators talked about with Georgia Power behind closed doors in the days leading up to the Public Service Commission’s decision to continue the over-budget Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion project.


May 22, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Albany|Dougherty County: Developing a Destination

K.K. Snyder reports that addressing aging infrastructure and continued development of an extensive trails program are at the top of the to-do list in Albany and Dougherty County these days. And slowly but surely, Albany’s long-defunct downtown is showing some real potential, with a number of new ventures that are bringing people together in an area that has struggled to make a comeback.


May 22, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Southern Co. to sell Florida entities to NextEra at $6.475 billion

Anastaciah Ondieki reports that Southern Company has entered into an agreement to sell its gas and electric entities in Florida to NextEra Energy for approximately $6.475 billion. In a statement that was followed by an investor call this morning, Company CEO Tom Fanning said the sale would bolster Southern Company’s financial profile.


May 22, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola among Georgia companies to dip on Fortune 500 list

Madison Hogan reports, another year, another Fortune 500 list. This year's big-wig ranking marks the 64th running of the list. The companies listed represent two-thirds of the U.S. GDP with $12.8 trillion in revenues, $1 trillion in profits, $21.6 trillion in market value and employ 28.2 million people worldwide.


May 22, 2018 Saporta Report 

Georgia’s water wars: Three lawsuits pending after Supreme Court rules on Florida case 

David Pendered reports that Metro Atlanta and Georgia are far from the finish line in the water wars. Even after the U.S. Supreme Court rules by June 30 on the case brought against Georgia by Florida, three federal lawsuits remain pending.


May 22, 2018 Georgia Health News 

Huge hospital merger still unfinished after state’s OK 

Andy Miller reports that six months after getting state approval, the mega-merger between Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System remains unfinished business. The potential deal was originally announced in 2015, with a projected completion date of early the following year. 


May 22, 2018 Rome News-Tribune 

Rome's Big Float: June 2 event promises food, live music, prizes and the chance to set a new world record

Severo Avila reports that there could be a world record set on Rome’s rivers in June and area residents can all be a part of it. When Coosa River Basin Initiative celebrates Rome’s Big Float on June 2, they hope to raise lots of money for their mission of protecting, preserving and restoring one of North America’s most biologically unique river basins.


May 22, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

New medical school breaks ground

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that more healthcare is coming to South Georgia following the groundbreaking last month in Moultrie of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). When completed next year, PCOM South Georgia will host its first class of 55 students who are seeking a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) degree. DOs are trained like traditional medical doctors (MDs), and they also receive training in manipulating the musculoskeletal system to provide more holistic care to patients.


May 22, 2018 Dalton Daily Citizen-News 

Council hires Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation to help market sale of depot

Charles Oliver reports that Dalton City Council is moving ahead with plans to put the historic railroad depot at 110 Depot St. up for sale. Council members voted 4-0 Monday to approve a $7,000 contract with the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation for marketing and consulting services related to the possible sale. 


May 22, 2018 GPB 

Georgia Elections Affect Everything From School Safety To Your Power Bill

Rickey Bevington and Stephen Fowler report that primary election day is May 22 and all of the state's top elected officials are on the ballot. There will be a new governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state. Every U.S. House seat is up as well.


May 22, 2018 Gainesville Times

ACLU fighting to get disqualified Democrat back on ballot in state House race 

Nick Bowman reports that as the primary runs down to the wire, a Gainesville Democrat is looking to get back on the ballot after being ruled unqualified to run for office. Until Friday, May 18, Maria Palacios was running as a Democrat in the primary for Georgia House District 29.


May 22, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia

Georgia 2018: The other big primary races to watch

Greg Bluestein reports that the spotlight Tuesday will be on the battle for Georgia governor – read up on the race here - but a host of other races are just as worthy of your attention. Here’s a few others to keep an eye on: The Congressional races: Jon Ossoff isn’t making a comeback bid, but other Democrats are lining up to take on Republican Rep. Karen Handel in the 6th District and other incumbents in even more solidly-GOP turf.



May 21, 2018 Metro Atlanta CEO 

Sonny Deriso to Helm Georgia Historical Society Board

Staff reports that Georgia Historical Society Board of Curators has elected Walter M. “Sonny” Deriso (Atlanta/Albany) as the new Board Chairman. Deriso is the Chairman and a director of Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. and Atlantic Capital Bank, a position he has held since their founding in October 2006. Deriso succeeds Vince Dooley, who will complete a two year term as chairman on June 30, 2018.


May 21, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Auto Evolution

Jennifer Hafer reports that the automotive industry is thriving in Georgia. Since 1909, when the first automobile was assembled in the state to Kia Motors Manufacturing locating here a hundred years later, Georgia is cashing in on cars.


May 21, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Second airport debate gets spotlight in Paulding commission race

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that a debate over whether Paulding County should develop metro Atlanta’s second commercial airport is roiling an election for three key county commission seats.


May 21, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Simon to start demolition for Phipps Plaza overhaul in August

Douglas Sams reports that it remains to be seen when vertical construction on a key component of the overhaul, a new 13-story office building officially named One Phipps Plaza, begins. Simon has not released a target date for breaking ground on the building or its choice of general contractor.


May 21, 2018 

Delta Lauds Aviation Deal With UAE, Hints at New International Routes

Trevor Williams reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. is heralding a new agreement between the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates that it believes is the final blow in a fight to end what it sees as unfair competition from Middle Eastern carriers. 


May 21, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett BOC to consider redevelopment agency’s purchase of 104 acres at OFS site

Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County commissioners will decide whether they support the county purchasing more than 100 acres of the OFS property near Norcross on Tuesday. The agenda shows the commissioners will take up a resolution “in support of the Urban Redevelopment Agency of Gwinnett County entering into a Purchase and Sale Agreement with OFS Brightwave Solutions Inc. to purchase 104 acres of land.” 


May 21, 2018 Saporta Report 

Shareholder proposal on diversity receives surprising support, catches Home Depot’s attention 

Maria Saporta reports that a shareholder proposal at Home Depot’s annual meeting today received 48 percent support – a showing that caught the attention of the company’s board and management.


May 21, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

A month of peddle pushing

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that now that the weather is finally warm, it’s time to get outside and push some peddles. May is National Bike Month and there are events planned in many Georgia communities to celebrate. The month’s biggest day is National Bike to Work Day on May 18.


May 21, 2018 Georgia Health News 

‘Dashboard’ spells out the health of 500 cities — including several in Georgia 

Andy Miller and Naomi Thomas report that a newly released “City Health Dashboard’’ tracks 36 measures affecting health for the 500 largest U.S. cities – those with populations of about 66,000 or more. In Georgia, 11 cities were measured on factors ranging from education and poverty to their rates of chronic diseases and their walkability.


May 21, 2018 WABE 90.1 

Manufacturing Lobbyist Warns MARTA About Accepting Chinese Bid

Stephannie Stokes reports that typically, public transit is a very local issue. Where to put a bus stop, for example, depends on the needs of local residents. But recently, Atlanta’s transit agency got wrapped up in some concerns that are much more global.


May 21, 2018 Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News 

Schoen Insulation expansion adds capacity and jobs

Staff reports that Schoen Insulation Services, which manufactures non-metallic, machined, turned and cut parts has expanded its operations with the addition of a 60,000-square-foot facility. In a written statement, company officials said the new space will enable the company to serve customers in the power generation, aerospace and military, oil and gas, medical, electrical OEM and water markets.


May 21, 2018 Albany Herald 

Study shows economic benefit of national parks

Staff reports that a new National Park Service report shows that 132,149 visitors to Andersonville National Historic Site and 60,736 visitors to Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in 2017 spent $7,555,400 and $3,472,500, respectively, in communities near the parks. That spending supported 123 and 57 jobs, respectively, in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $13,594,200.


May 21, 2018 Brunswick News 

New law raises cap on donations for private school scholarships 

Lauren McDonald reports that a new Georgia law will allow private schools like St. Simons Christians School to provide more scholarships to students. House Bill 217, recently signed by Gov. Nathan Deal, has expanded a tax credit program for scholarships.


May 21, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Atlanta’s top congressional contests include wide-open field for Dems 

Tamar Hallerman reports, if there’s one thing that’s clear about Georgia’s two most competitive congressional races, it’s how jumbled the Democratic field is going into this week’s primaries. 



May 18, 2018 Saporta Report 

Potential state takeover of Atlanta’s airport among issues raising concerns at City Hall

David Pendered reports that three measures approved by the state Legislature this year are triggering concerns among members of the Atlanta City Council – a study committee to evaluate the state takeover of Atlanta’s airport; a call for Atlanta to permanently close a portion of Mitchell Street adjacent to the Capitol; and carving out a piece of Stockbridge to create a City of Eagle’s Landing.


May 18, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia Roundup

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that increasingly, solar power is becoming a viable energy option in the Peach State. According to a report by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), Georgia ranked second in the Southeast in solar power with 1,222 megawatts (MW) in 2017, outpaced only by North Carolina.


May 18, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Seattle’s message to Atlanta about Amazon HQ2: ‘Be prepared for growth’

J. Scott Trubey reports that Travis Nguyen sees both the good and the bad with Amazon. Nguyen works in an auto repair shop in the shadow of Amazon’s Day 1 tower, where CEO Jeff Bezos keeps his office. 


May 18, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

At least five new banks planned in Georgia

Jessica Saunders reports that at least five new banks are forming in the state of Georgia, a volume of “de novo” effort that hasn’t been seen in at least 10 years.


May 18, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

Columbus business named most bike-friendly in Georgia by national advocacy group

Chuck Williams reports that it stands to reason that the most bike-friendly business in Georgia would be a bike shop. Ride On Bikes in downtown Columbus has been awarded the prestigious Bike Friendly Business platinum designation by the League of American Bicyclists, it was announced this week.


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May 18, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post 

GSMST ranked top school in Georgia by U.S. News and World Report; 9 others listed    

Trevor McNaboe reports that Gwinnett School of Mathematics Science and Technology was named the top school in Georgia by U.S. News and World Report’s annual Best High School rankings. U.S. News and World Report ranked more than 20,500 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia.


May 18, 2018 Marietta Daily Journal 

Mystery development “Project Dashboard” could bring jobs to Circle 75        

Ross Williams reports that a large advanced manufacturing company could be bringing its research and development and administrative operations to Circle 75 Parkway near SunTrust Park. That could bring 863 new jobs to Cobb County with an average wage of about $100,000, according to an analysis by Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute.


May 18, 2018 Metro Atlanta CEO 

Ed Bastian Announces $500,000 Sponsorship, Honored as 'CEO of Year' at Annual Atlanta Business League Luncheon

Staff reports that Delta CEO Ed Bastian was honored with the Herman J. Russell CEO of the Year Award by the Atlanta Business League Tuesday, recognized for his commitment to the community and his role in supporting minority businesses and entrepreneurs. “This is a great honor, but it’s really about the Delta people, and I’m accepting it on their behalf,” he said.


May 18, 2018 Macon Telegraph

Why is Macon-Bibb near broke? Some leaders want an investigation

Stanley Dunlap reports that two Macon-Bibb County commissioners want an in-depth look into the county finances. And that push for a forensic audit led to Mayor Robert Reichert and one of the commissioners trading verbal jabs at each other.


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May 18, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Georgia GOP candidates battle over who’s strongest gun rights defender

Mark Niesse reports that the five leading Republican candidates for Georgia governor tried to separate themselves from the field during a debate Thursday, making an appeal to conservative voters on gun rights and illegal immigration.



May 17, 2018 WABE 90.1 

Vogtle Critics Want More Information In Legal Challenge To Nuclear Expansion

Molly Samuel reports that critics of the nuclear expansion at Plant Vogtle want more information about private meetings they say took place between Georgia Power and state regulators. It’s part of their legal appeal of December’s Public Service Commission decision to allow the expansion project to continue.


May 17, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Political Notes: Ups, Downs and In-betweens

Susan Percy reports on who's  running in the state primary May 22, MARTA gets a new CEO and an open records investigation at Atlanta City Hall.


May 17, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Georgia Power introduces incentives to aid hiring efforts at Vogtle 

Anastaciah Ondieki reports that Georgia Power is still holding job fairs to recruit skilled workers to help in the construction of the nation’s only new nuclear plant. The utility reported earlier that Bechtel corp., the company hired to oversee construction at Plant Vogtle, was having difficulty recruiting skilled craftsmen.


May 17, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

U.S. House budget writers sign off on $49M for Savannah Harbor 

Dave Williams reports that the U.S. House Appropriations Committee Wednesday approved President Donald Trump's request for $49 million for the deepening of Savannah Harbor. The federal money for fiscal 2019, combined with $35 million Georgia lawmakers included in next year's state budget, would put another $84 million toward the $973 million project.


May 17, 2018 Georgia State University 

Researchers Develop New Chemistry To Make Smart Drugs Smarter 

LaTina Emerson reports that a method to activate targeted drugs, or smart drugs, only at the selected site of action, an approach that improves the drug’s therapeutic effect and minimizes side effects, has been developed in a study led by Georgia State University.


May 17, 2018 University of Georgia 

UGA uncorks North Georgia’s ripening wine industry

Leah Moss reports that Georgia’s wine industry is growing, bolstering the North Georgia economy by increasing the number of tourists to the area as well as attracting side businesses attracted by the wineries, University of Georgia faculty told members of the Georgia House Rural Development Council on Monday.


May 17, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Georgia Southern University President Jaimie Hebert resigns

Staff reports that Georgia Southern University President Jaimie Hebert announced Wednesday that he would step down from his position this summer. “Dr. Hebert is a lifelong champion of higher education and contributed significantly to the creation of the new Georgia Southern University,” said University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor Steve Wrigley.


May 17, 2018 Metro Atlanta CEO 

Piedmont Healthcare Partners with PerfectServe to Standardize After-Hours Communications Across all Physician Practices

Staff reports that Piedmont Healthcare, one of Georgia's fastest-growing health systems, has begun deployment of the PerfectServe clinical communication and collaboration solution, replacing each practice's after hours answering service with an enterprise-wide, standardized communication platform. 


May 17, 2018 Georgia Health News 

New report says Medicaid expansion would cover 473,000 more Georgians 

Andy Miller reports that a  new report estimates that a full Medicaid expansion in Georgia would provide health insurance to 473,000 more residents in 2019. The Urban Institute policy brief, released Wednesday, is the latest to predict the effect of expansion on the state.


May 17, 2018 Rome News-Tribune 

Election to affect NW Ga Regional Hosptial re-use

Diane Wagner reports that the state's next governor, whoever he or she may be, will likely decide the fate of the vacant Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital campus in Rome. That's the message local leaders got when they questioned state lawmakers at the Rome Floyd Chamber's post-legislative breakfast Tuesday at The Palladium. 


May 17, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Former Isakson opponent quietly reenters political arena

Tamar Hallerman reports that Jim Barksdale is dipping his toes back into Georgia politics. The Atlanta investment manager, who lost his U.S. Senate bid to Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson 18 months ago, has recently gotten involved in the congressional campaign of a fellow Democrat in the Athens-based 10th Congressional District.



May 17, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Spotted in Georgia: Costley Mill Park

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that on Saturday, May 19, Costley Mill Park opens to the public with a celebration that includes food, music, games, pet adoptions and more activities. Located at 2455 Costley Mill Road in Rockdale County, the 77-acre park hugs the banks of Big Haynes Creek. 






May 16, 2018 Saporta Report 

All Georgia cities at credit risk from proposed City of Eagle’s Landing, Moody’s reports 

David Pendered reports that the credit quality of all cities in Georgia is threatened by the proposal to carve land out of Stockbridge to create a City of Eagle’s Landing, according to a new report by Moody’s Investor’s Service.


May 16, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Action-Oriented MBAs

Kenna Simmons reports that the nudge some of us felt was the big bump in the population graph, as millennials are poised to outnumber baby boomers in 2019, according to the Pew Research Center. 


May 16, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Atlanta-based Porsche has record U.S. sales in April

Todd C. Duncan reports that Porsche Cars North America, Inc. announced the company recorded an all-time sales month in April for the United States market. The German carmaker sold 5,570 vehicles, surpassing the previous all-time high of 5,555 cars recorded last November.


May 16, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Portman's AmericasMart being sold, creating national showroom giant

Douglas Sams reports that AmericasMart, a massive downtown Atlanta complex on John Portman Boulevard built in stages from 1961 to 2009, helped create the city's convention business. 


May 16, 2018 Albany Herald, UGA 

Cut flowers a growing industry in Georgia

Christine Conner reports that harvesting cut flowers from your own garden can be a rewarding, cost-effective way to treat mom on Mother’s Day or for other flower-giving occasions. But don’t worry if you don’t have your own flowers to cut. More and more Georgians can find locally grown flowers for their mothers without growing them in their own gardens.


May 16, 2018 Georgia Dept. of Education 

Grants available to help Georgia schools implement career-readiness activities

Staff reports that in Georgia, like most of the United States, economic stability and workforce conditions are on the upswing for business owners and job seekers alike.  


May 16, 2018 

Hall County Prepares to Host Global Dragon Boat Championship  at Lake Lanier 

Phil Bolton reports, since 1996 when the Olympic rowing, canoeing and kayaking events were held at Lake Lanier the venue’s prestige has grown exponentially. Now known as Lake Lanier Olympic Park, it has drawn a host of prestigious events including U.S. national championships in all three sports.


May 16, 2018 Georgia Health News 

A political race that has big implications for health care 

Andy Miller reports, in what’s shaping up as a pivotal race for Georgia’s next insurance commissioner, many of the prominent issues are related to health care coverage.


May 16, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

DNC to hold July ‘IWillVote’ fundraiser in Atlanta  

Greg Bluestein reports that Democratic National Committee will hold a major fundraiser in Atlanta in July, part of an aggressive midterm election effort to reach 50 million left-leaning voters this year. 



May 15, 2018 WABE 90.1 

The Big Disconnect: Google Fiber’s Unfulfilled Promise In Atlanta

Jim Burruss reports that it's been more than three years since the Google Fiber frenzy took hold of the Atlanta area. From Alpharetta to Avondale Estates, Sandy Springs to Smyrna, folks fed up with chronically unreliable internet connections, abysmal customer service and expensive monthly bills lapped up Google Fiber’s promise.


May 15, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

​Habersham County: Drawing Them In

Randy Southerland reports, when Kanler Cumbass first visited Habersham County to attend Piedmont College in Demorest, he was drawn by the offer of a tennis scholarship. The South Georgia native soon found what so many others have discovered – a region of Georgia that is steeped in natural beauty and where people are drawn to the great outdoors.


May 15, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson to spend $130 million on generators in wake of outage

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport plans to spend $130 million on power generators in the wake of a massive December power outage that disrupted operations.


May 15, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia sees heavy 'in-migration' from Florida, New York 

Eric Mandel reports that Georgia is a destination state for in-migration. The Peach State saw the fifth-largest increase of migration among the 50 states, with 69,106 additions, according to year-over-year U.S Census data as of year-end 2016 (latest available).


May 15, 2018 

Atlanta Enjoys Perfect Storm for British Tech Investment

Trevor Williams reports that for the last two years, a perfect storm has been brewing across the Atlantic, whipping up ideal conditions for new British technology investment in Atlanta.  Just as the Georgia capital got serious about promoting its payments prowess in London, the world’s financial center, the United Kingdom as a whole decided (narrowly) that its future looked brighter outside the European Union.


May 15, 2018 New York Times 

Georgia State Reinvents Itself as an Engine of Social Mobility

Richard Faussett reports, for decades, Georgia State was seen as a night school for white businessmen. But in the last five years, it has awarded more bachelor degrees to black students than any other college or university.


May 15, 2018 Gainesville Times 

Rhetoric on immigrants heats up in Republican governor primary race 

Nick Bowman reports that Republican candidates are ramping up their rhetoric on border security and immigrants with a week left before the primary. Candidates running to replace Gov. Nathan Deal have poured money into advertising in the final month of the primary campaign, and there have been two targets of criticism above all others: other candidates and illegal immigrants.


May 15, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Early voting slow, but Democrats gaining on Republicans in Georgia

Greg Bluestein and Mark Niesse reports that Georgia Democrats are pinning their political hopes on a jolt of voter enthusiasm, and early-voting numbers indicate an uptick — if not quite a wave — of left-leaning voters casting ballots ahead of next week’s primary.



May 14, 2018 GPB 

'Unprecedented' Signature, Record-High Vetoes Mark Georgia Governor's Final Bill Signing

Rickey Bevington reports that Governor Nathan Deal is ending his final year in office by vetoing a record-high 21 bills. Yesterday marked the close of a 40-day window in which the Governor could veto a bill, sign it, or let it go into law without a signature.


May 14, 2018 Georgia Trend- Exclusive! 

Nominate now: Georgia’s Legal Elite

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, who do you think is the state’s most effective lawyer? Now through Friday, July 13, 2016, you can tell us. Georgia Trend magazine’s annual Legal Elite listing will highlight the state’s most effective lawyers in 16 different practice areas. The list of the state’s Legal Elite, as chosen by their peers, will appear in the December 2018 issue.


May 14, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Plant Vogtle, rural broadband and renewables dominate Georgia PSC race

Anastaciah Ondieki reports that Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) is one of the least known, yet critical state offices. The five-member body’s roles and decisions affect the daily lives of Georgia residents, yet rarely attract public interest.


May 14, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta ponying up for Chattahoochee River trail 

Dave Williams reports that the city of Atlanta would contribute $100,000 toward a $1.5 million trail that would run along the Chattahoochee River for 100 miles under an ordinance introduced by Councilman Dustin Hillis.


May 14, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

Guess which Columbus museum is among world’s best

Dimon Kendrick Holmes reports that the other day, Architectural Digest mentioned Columbus in a feature story about travel. Quick! What specific destination did it mention? Whitewater? Nope.


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May 14, 2018 Gainesville Times

New immigration push from Washington felt in Hall

Joshua Silavent and Nick Watson report that a new report shows nearly three times as many undocumented immigrants were detained in Hall County in the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s administration compared to the same period in 2016.  


 May 14, 2018 Savannah Morning News 

Study: More money, more visitors in Savannah during 2017

Katie Nussbaum reports that visitors to the Hostess City opened their wallets more than ever before in 2017 contributing nearly $3 billion in visitor spending throughout the year. According to the annual Visit Savannah Visitor Study compiled by Longwoods International visitors spent $2.91 billion, which was up four percent over 2016 spending.


May 14, 2018 Rome News-Tribune 

Healthcare reforms still on the table    

Diane Wagner reports that legislation that would have created a state healthcare innovation center is dead, vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal — but some initiatives that would have fed the center’s efforts at stabilizing costs and improving access are moving ahead.    


May 14, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald 

UGA launches PharmD/MBA dual degree

Staff reports that a new dual degree program will allow University of Georgia graduate students to earn a masters of business administration and a doctor of pharmacy degree in five years.


May 14, 2018 Brunswick News

Report: Fort Frederica contributes $14 million to local economy         

Taylor Cooper reports that Fort Frederica National Monument on St. Simons Island had a cumulative impact on the local economy in 2017 of more than $14 million, according to an annual report on the economic benefits of parks conducted by the National Park Service.


May 14, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

National Barbecue Month

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that May is National Barbecue Month and what better way to celebrate than at the Atlanta History Center’s mouth-watering, stomach-growling tribute to one of America’s most beloved food traditions. The Barbecue Nation exhibit, now through June 16, 2019, explores how this iconic practice has claimed an enduring place on our tables.


May 14, 2018 Augusta Chronicle 

Economic impact by local colleges large

Amanda King reports that just a few blocks from The Bee’s Knees and Hive, the Augusta University Cyber Institute’s new home at the Georgia Cyber Center for Innovation and Training is nearing completion, and that’s something restaurant owner Eric Kinlaw knows will be good for business.


May 14, 2018 Saporta Report 

Five bid for places in race to become one of Georgia’s most powerful politicans 

Maggie Lee reports that by  January, one of the people running for lieutenant governor will hold one of the most powerful posts in state politics. That’s because the winner presides over the state Senate, giving them great influence over what bills move through — and which don’t.


May 14, 2018 Macon Telegraph

Hundreds of elected officials have been fined for not turning in campaign reports on time

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Stanley Dunlap and Maggie Lee reports that the state ethics commission’s website includes hundreds of elected officials and candidates who at one point owed money for not disclosing on time — or at all — how millions of dollars in campaign donations have been raised or spent.


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May 14, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

National forces help shape Georgia governor’s race

Greg Bluestein reports that cheers from more than 100 supporters spiked when U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris took the stage with a simple message about Stacey Abrams: “Make sure she wins.”



May 11, 2018 

Deal announces judicial appointments

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced appointments to fill several judicial vacancies. The appointments will take effect upon swearing in.


May 11, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports on economic news in Atlanta, Cook County, Moultrie and more. Tift Regional Health System is building a $40-million facility in Cook County that will add 50 new jobs. The 120,000-square-foot facility will replace the Cook Medical Center and offer the same services as the current facility, along with an outpatient surgical suite.


May 11, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Natural gas prices low, offer Atlanta consumers chance to lock in

Michael E. Kanell reports that for consumers in Georgia’s $8.5 billion natural gas market, this may be a good time to think about “locking in” a price. Among the 14 natural gas marketers in the state, there is a range of prices. Because natural gas is a commodity, the price rises and falls through the year, sometimes dramatically.


May 11, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Amazon eyes new Atlanta fulfillment center 

Douglas Sams reports that is working on a site for a $75 million-to-$100 million multi-story fulfillment center — its latest metro Atlanta project, according to sources familiar with the plans.


May 11, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

SRS, Los Alamos recommended for pit production; MOX facility would be repurposed

Staff reports that federal agency that oversees the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile is going with a two-pronged approach that would impact Savannah River Site as it looks to ramp up production of the plutonium cores that trigger nuclear warheads.


May 11, 2018 Saporta Report 

Upcoming talks about new transit plan likely to focus on benefits to commuters 

David Pendered reports that  the public awareness campaign for the ATL and metro Atlanta’s new transit project is starting. The central message that’s emerging is that transit will be improved even if voters don’t approve more funding via sales taxes.


May 11, 2018 Rome News-Tribune 

RN-T publisher to retire: From paperboy to publisher, Raybon ending 54 years in the business

Staff reports that Rome News-Tribune Publisher Otis Raybon, Jr. recalls his entry into a career that would last 54 years. “I was 11 and I wanted to make some money. I bought a used bike from a kid in the neighborhood for $4. I paid him a dollar a week for four weeks,” Raybon recalled.


May 11, 2018 LaGrange Daily News 

Two longtime radio personalities win Georgia HOF award

Staff reports that two veteran Georgia radio personalities have been named as recipients of the 2018 Georgia Radio Hall of Fame Founders and Directors Award, according to a press release from the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame. Outdoorsman, author and media personality O’Neill Williams and gardening expert Walter Reeves have been named recipients of the award.


May 11, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia

Sonny Perdue takes lead role selling food stamp work requirements

Tamar Hallerman reports that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has emerged as one of the top salesmen of a Republican farm policy package that would tighten work requirements for food stamp recipients. 



May 10, 2018 WABE 90.1 

Governor Deal Pens Legislation To Create Eagle’s Landing

Ross Terrell reports that Gov. Nathan Deal signed two pieces of legislation Tuesday that puts the decision to form the new city of Eagle’s Landing in the voter’s hands. Deal signed the bills a few hours before his deadline to support or veto all bills from the legislative session.


May 10, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: Leading the Way

Susan Percy writes, you pretty much knew that the young people who mobilized in the wake of the Parkland shootings would be attacked by those who feared that their resolve and their outrage would become the nationwide movement that it now is. But the callousness and scope of the assaults still came as something of a shock.


May 10, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Atlanta airport restaurant spaces remain empty amid contract delays

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, contracting for new restaurants and shops has been delayed since last year amid political turmoil at Atlanta City Hall.


May 10, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Iceland discount airline a 'maybe' for Atlanta

Mark Meltzer reports that a low-cost airline out of Iceland is expanding in the United States, offering flights as low as $99 from New York, Boston, St. Louis and Cincinnati to Reykjavic — plus low-cost connections to major European cities.


May 10, 2018 Gainesville Times

Turkish company opening North American headquarters in Gainesville

Staff reports that Turkish plastic compounder Elastron is opening its North American headquarters in Gainesville. In an initial $10 million investment, production at the plant at 975 Chestnut St. is expected to start mid-2018, providing 20-25 jobs, a company press release states. 


May 10, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Law expands job tax credits in Columbia, Richmond counties

Damon Cline reports that county-owned industrial parks in Columbia and Richmond counties will become eligible for the state’s highest-level job tax credits under a new law aimed at boosting economic development in communities with military installations.


May 10, 2018 Georgia Health News 

Can new coating for medical devices do what antibiotics can’t? 

Alex Boss reports, a new coating for medical devices that are inserted into the body could help prevent infections, according to researchers in the University of Georgia’s College of Engineering. They developed a technology called LINOREL — or liquid-infusing nitric oxide-releasing silicone — that can coat devices such as catheters and surgical tools that sometimes carry infections.


May 10, 2018 Georgia State University 

Research Center Gets Grant To Study Impact Of Later-Age College Degrees 

Joy Woodson reports that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded a grant of more than $100,000 to the Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF) at Georgia State University to evaluate the impact of college degrees received at a later age on wages, employment stability and retirement income.


May 10, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Albany’s new Civil Rights Trail marker

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that at downtown Albany’s Freedom Alley and City Hall, the Georgia Historical Society (GHS) recently dedicated a new historical marker commemorating the location where Civil Rights protesters waited for booking during mass arrests from 1961 to 1963. As part of the Albany Movement, approximately 1,500 protesters were arrested for minor offenses. Some, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., were jailed multiple times.


May 10, 2018 University of Georgia 

Georgia cotton producers hope to rebound from 2017

Julie Jernigan reports that researchers project that Georgia’s cotton farmers will plant more than 1.45 million acres this year, an increase from 1.28 million acres in 2017, according to Jared Whitaker, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist.


May 10, 2018 Newnan Times-Herald

Logistics company expected to create 300 jobs 

Kandice Bell reports that Saddle Creek Logistics Services, a provider of supply chain solutions for retailers, manufacturers, and ecommerce companies, has leased the 1.2 million square-foot industrial building at the Coweta Industrial Park in Newnan and is expected to create 300 new jobs in Coweta.


May 10, 2018 Cherokee Tribune and Ledger-News 

Cherokee County water wins taste test, among other top awards

Thomas Hartwell reports that tap water tastes better in Cherokee County than anywhere in the region, according to a state association. And when clean water gets dirty in local sinks, tubs and toilets, the Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority is among the best at making it clean again.


May 10, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia

Georgia lieutenant governor’s race draws political veterans, newcomers

Maya T. Prabhu reports that with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s eyes set on the Governor’s Mansion, five candidates — some veteran lawmakers and others political newcomers — are hoping to be the next to hold the state’s second-highest office.



May 9, 2018 Daily Report 

Georgia Gov. Deals a Blow to Controversial Cybersecurity Bill

Gabrielle Orum Hernandez reports that Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced on Tuesday that he would veto a controversial bill, Senate Bill 315, criminalizing “unauthorized computer access,” citing the bill’s potential to hinder, rather than help, organizations’ ability to secure their computer systems as a reason for his decision. 


May 9, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Perimeter Area: Where Atlanta Meets for Business

Amy Bonesteel reports, if you’ve ever sat at a dysfunctional traffic light, you know how important it is that lights are operating efficiently. The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs) understand this, too – so it’s the kind of project the organization has taken on for the Perimeter area.


May 9, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Atlanta-based Inspire Brands to add 200 jobs, move office

Michael E. Kanell reports that Inspire Brands, now one of the nation’s largest restaurant companies, is adding 200 jobs in a dramatic expansion of its Atlanta headquarters. The company also plans to move its offices. Inspire — founded by Paul Brown, former chief executive officer of Arby’s Restaurant Group, and Neal Aronson, founder and managing partner of Roark Capital — has a portfolio that includes more than 4,600 restaurants in the Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and R Taco chains and about 150,000 employees.


May 9, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Former Attorney General Sally Yates joins King & Spalding

Mark Meltzer reports that former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates has signed on with King & Spalding — rejoining the law firm where she began her career before her 27-year tenure in the Justice Department. Yates will be a partner in the firm’s Special Matters team and will head an independent investigations group that includes several other former government enforcement lawyers – including five former U.S. attorneys. 


May 9, 2018 

Deal: Georgia’s 2017 tourism breaks records

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced May 7 that the state’s tourism industry generated a record-breaking $63.1 billion in economic impact in 2017, for an increase of 3.8 percent over last year, according to the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics. 


May 9, 2018 

Taiwan Issue That Ensnared Delta Takes Off Again

Trevor Williams reports that back in January, CNN reported that China’s government had scolded Delta Air Lines Inc. for listing Taiwan and Tibet as countries on its website. In a notice posted online by its civil aviation administration, China, which regards self-ruled Taiwan as a wayward province rather than an independent nation, demanded a public apology for this perceived slight.  


May 9, 2018 Augusta Chronicle 

Augusta’s tourism business is half-billion dollar boon to city

Sarah LeBlanc reports that there’s more to Augusta’s tourism industry than the Masters Tournament. While the area’s hotels and home renters can attest to the economic benefits of the April golf event, Lindsay Fruchtl, the vice president of marketing for the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau, said other events also help drive the tourism industry throughout the year.


May 9, 2018 Athens Banner-Herald 

Clark named GM of Athens Banner-Herald, OnlineAthens 

Staff reports that Kevin A. Clark has been promoted to general manager of Online Athens and the Athens Banner-Herald. The announcement was made by Gatehouse Media Georgia Group Publisher Michael Traynor on Monday. Clark grew up in Athens and graduated from Oconee County High School.


May 9, 2018 WABE 90.1 

DeKalb County Moves Forward With Floating Solar Panels

Emma Hurt reports that floating solar panels could be headed to DeKalb County soon, and they do, in fact, float. They are designed to take advantage of the open space on top of a body of water. DeKalb is hoping to add some to a reservoir at the Scott Candler Water Treatment Plant in Doraville.


May 9, 2018 Savannah Morning News

Georgia Gov. Deal signs ‘Brunch Bill’

Katie Nussbaum reports that mimosa lovers could be enjoying their drinks a little earlier on Sundays now that Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed Senate Bill 17. Known as the Brunch Bill, the new law signed Tuesday gives local municipalities that already have Sunday alcohol sales the option to decide through a ballot referendum if they would like to roll back Sunday on-premise consumption sale hours from 12:30 p.m. to 11 a.m.


May 9, 2018 Georgia Health News 

Governor vetoes Senate bill for new health policy chief and innovation council 

Andy Miller reports that Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed legislation Tuesday that would have created a state health policy director and a council to develop a “strategic vision’’ for Georgia health care. In his veto message, Deal said Senate Bill 357, “while well-intentioned, creates several unnecessary additional levels of government.’’


May 9, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Gov. Deal signs bill to tax online sales to Georgians

James Salzer reports that Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation calling for online retailers to start charging sales taxes on their goods. The House and Senate approved House Bill 61, which would require online retailers who make at least $250,000 or 200 sales a year in Georgia to either collect and remit to the state sales taxes on purchases or send “tax due” notices each year to customers who spend at least $500 on their sites.




May 8, 2018 

Deal: April tax revenues up 2.2 percent

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for April totaled $2.31 billion, for an increase of $48.7 million, or 2.2 percent, compared to last year when net tax collections totaled nearly $2.26 billion. Year-to-date, net tax collections totaled $18.97 billion, for an increase of roughly $909.3 million, or 5 percent, compared to April 2017, when net tax revenues totaled $18.06 billion.


May 8, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Peachtree Corners tests driverless technology 

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Peachtree Corners City Council has approved a $2-million autonomous vehicle (AV) project that will enable Technology Parkway, which traverses the 500-acre Technology Park, to become an AV testing site. A driverless shuttle is being planned to run on a designated lane of the 1.4-mile road, which will be shared with passenger cars.



May 8, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson gets approval to buy two electric buses for $1.5 million

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the Atlanta City Council voted to approve funding for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to buy two electric buses worth $1.5 million. The buses made by electric vehicle manufacturer BYD would join a fleet of “terminal-to-terminal” shuttles used to transport passengers between the international terminal and domestic terminal.


May 8, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Report: Delta Air Lines among the most popular carriers for business travelers 

Crystal Edmonson reports that business travelers have their favorites when working away from the home office. According to the expense reporting company Certify, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) topped the list as the most expensed airline for business travelers during the first quarter of the year. 


May 8, 2018 Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern online Master of Economics degree recognized as one of nation’s best

Staff reports that Georgia Southern University has again been named a top online school by  Recently, the College of Business’ online Master of Economics program was selected as one of the nation’s best by the well-known college research website.


May 8, 2018 

Deal: April tax revenues up 2.2 percent

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for April totaled $2.31 billion, for an increase of $48.7 million, or 2.2 percent, compared to last year when net tax collections totaled nearly $2.26 billion. Year-to-date, net tax collections totaled $18.97 billion, for an increase of roughly $909.3 million, or 5 percent, compared to April 2017, when net tax revenues totaled $18.06 billion.


May 8, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Beverage Digest analysis: Coca-Cola brands 'generally outperformed' PepsiCo’s

Eric Mandel reports that Coke beat Pepsi at the carbonated soft drinks game in 2017, according to a special report from industry publication Beverage Digest. The report, released today, shows that Americans spent $2.1 billion more on nonalcoholic beverages in 2017, as companies like The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) continued to bring new products to the CSD market.


May 8, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

Proud moment for Columbus business. Two local execs to lead Georgia manufacturers

Tony Adams reports that two Columbus business executives have been elected to lead the Georgia Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturers Education Foundation in the coming year. George Boyd Jr., with Goldens’ Foundry & Machine Co., takes the seat as chairman, while John Anker, president of Ankerpak, becomes vice chairman.


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May 8, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Aurora Theatre $26 million expansion to include one of Georgia’s largest performing stages

Curt Yeomans reports that Aurora Theatre’s expansion in Lawrenceville could include an exterior design that seemingly echoes famous performing arts venues such as the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. City officials unveiled concept design plans for the theatre’s $26 million expansion at the Lawrenceville City Council meeting Monday night.


May 8, 2018 Georgia Health News 

An advocate and gentleman: Farewell to the man in the cowboy hat 

Andy Miller reports, to the casual observer, he was a friendly guy with a cowboy hat who roamed the state Capitol to push legislation to help Georgia’s seniors. But to those who knew him well, Charles “Chuck’’ Ware was the consummate advocate, a man whose work touched countless lives. He passed away recently at age 88.


May 8, 2018 Gainesville Times 

With Senate support, U.S. Rep. Doug Collins aims again for prison reform                

Nick Bowman reports, aiming to “promote human dignity in and beyond our prison system,” U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, has introduced prison reform legislation in the U.S. House and has a companion bill in the Senate.      


May 8, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia  

Rural Georgia internet expansion law signed

Mark Niesse reports that Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Monday that aims to bring high-speed internet service to more rural areas in Georgia. The legislation, Senate Bill 402, starts the process for building internet lines in areas that lack access.




May 7, 2018 UGA 

UGA researchers travel Down Under to collect raspberry and peach seeds

Sharon Dowdy reports that University of Georgia horticulturists Rachel Itle and Dario Chavez recently spent a busy two weeks in Australia collecting seeds from wild raspberries and peaches to bring back to the UGA Griffin campus. As scientists in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Itle and Chavez research Georgia-grown fruit.


May 7, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!


Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the growing popularity of locally produced foods and beverages – from fruits and vegetables to craft beers and wines – is attracting more visitors to family-owned farms, restaurants and stores. Agritourism, as it’s known, is the intersection of agriculture and tourism, which are Georgia’s two biggest economic generators.


May 7, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson plans ‘traveler’s oasis’ locations

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport plans to open “traveler’s oasis” locations on two concourses. The Atlanta airport is inviting companies to submit proposals for the traveler’s oasis personal services locations on Concourses T and B. 


May 7, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Georgia businesses bracing for hand-held cellphones ban

Dave Williams reports that Georgians and the businesses that employ them could be in for a rude awakening July 1, when the state starts enforcing a total ban on drivers using hand-held cellphones.


May 7, 2018 

FinTech South Set to Showcase Firms From Four Key Countries

Trevor Williams reports that FinTech South, a financial technology conference aiming to showcase the region’s heft in a fast-growing sector, is set to welcome the world next week in Atlanta.


May 7, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Jackson EMC awards $70,000 in grants to Gwinnett organizations 

Isabel Hughes reports that Jackson Electric Membership Corporation recently awarded various organizations more than $115,000 in grants, $70,000 of which went to organizations serving Gwinnett County.


May 7, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Spotted in Georgia — Helen-to-Hardman Trail

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Gov. Nathan Deal cut the ribbon opening the Helen-to-Hardman Trail at the Hardman Farm State Historic site in Sautee Nacoochee last week. The trail, just under a mile, winds along the Chattahoochee River between Helen and the Hardman Farm.


May 7, 2018 Augusta Chronicle 

Columbia County commissions historic resource survey

Joe Hotchkiss reports that while Columbia County is looking toward its future, it also is keeping an eye on its past. The county has contracted with an environmental compliance and engineering services company to conduct the county’s first historic resource survey in 25 years.


May 7, 2018 Saporta Report 

Home Depot Foundation reaches $250 million goal early 

Maria Saporta reports that in 2016, the Home Depot Foundation committed to investing $250 million veteran-related causes by 2020. On Friday, the foundation will announce it has reached its $250 million goal – two years early. Despite reaching its goal early, there’s no slowing down.


May 7, 2018 Emory University 

Emory students create video campaign to tell Amazon #WhyAtlanta 

Victoria Comella reports that cities around the country are buzzing about where Amazon will choose as the location for its second headquarters. In January, when the shortlist of 20 cities was announced and Atlanta made the cut, Emory seniors Georgia Kossoff, Sanjay Velappan, Grace Cleland, Anshuman Parikh and junior Ellen Shi were already working on a way to advocate for the city that has become their home


May 7, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia

Inside the long-running Senate fight to confirm a Georgia GOP insider

Tamar Hallerman reports that when the Trump administration tapped Randy Evans in September to be ambassador to Luxembourg, it marked a career capstone for the longtime Atlanta attorney. But nearly eight months later, Evans’ nomination is languishing in the U.S. Senate, caught in a broader partisan impasse over White House nominees and a narrower one related to a decade-old voter identification law in Georgia.




May 4, 2018 Augusta Chronicle 

Veteran-owned franchise businesses growing

Damon Cline reports, at no point during Chris Tomblin’s Army service was he trained to resurface sinks, tubs or countertops. It was everything else he learned during his active-duty and reservist career – project management, problem-solving, resiliency – that prepared him to launch a fixture-remodeling business this spring.


May 4, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

At Issue: Promise and Peril

Kerwin Swint writes, until the Atlanta Falcons make everyone’s dreams come true and play in the Super Bowl next February in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the most excitement around these parts is Georgia politics. The statewide party primaries are upon us, so we have a lot of nervous candidates and some excited political reporters.


May 4, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Customs’ list of prohibited items at Atlanta airport can snag travelers

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that for international travelers, bringing a prohibited item into the country can be a costly mistake, as one woman learned after being caught with an apple she was given on a Delta Air Lines flight.


May 4, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Jenner Wood takes over as chair of Robert W. Woodruff Foundation

Maria Saporta reports that Atlanta’s largest foundation – the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation – has a new, younger board chair, but don’t expect any radical changes.


May 4, 2018 Georgia Health News 

Georgia’s health system ranks 40th in national scorecard 

Andy Miller reports that Georgia improved by one spot, reaching No. 40 in an annual ranking of states’ health systems, released Thursday. The state’s ranking in the Commonwealth Fund report is similar to the results on other national scorecards in health care.


May 4, 2018 Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Shaw makes Forbes list of America's top 500 employers

Staff reports that Shaw Industries has made Forbes Magazine's 2018 list of the nation's best employers. The Dalton, Georgia-based manufacturer, which has several plants and facilities throughout Bartow County, ranked No. 440 on the publication's list of America's top 500 companies with more than 5,000 employees.


May 4, 2018 Savannah Morning News 

Chicago company acquires Savannah’s tallest office building

Staff reports that Level Office, a co-working and office rental company, has acquired the Johnson Square Business Center at 2 East Bryan St. in downtown Savannah. It’s the first property in Georgia for the Chicago-based company.


May 4, 2018 Athens Banner Herald 

Job market much improved for new UGA grads 

Sara Freeland reports that after Taylor Smith graduates from the University of Georgia, he’s headed to the major leagues. He’s not an athlete; he’s going to be a research and development analyst for the Tampa Bay Rays.


May 4, 2018 Valdosta Daily Times

Business brings 20 jobs, $1.5M investment

Jason A. Smith reports that Metal Benderz announced it will relocate from Marietta bringing 20 jobs to Lowndes County. And it plans to increase both the number of jobs and the amount of its investment in the future.


May 4, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

A Georgia GOP incumbent tries to fortify herself against ‘Never Trump’ claims

Greg Bluestein reports that Public Service Commissioner Tricia Pridemore hired a pair of veterans from Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign to bolster her primary bid. Normally, such news wouldn’t be terribly noteworthy, but Pridemore is facing attacks that she isn’t sufficiently supportive of the president. 



May 3, 2018 Saporta Report 

Georgia making progress on reducing air pollution, EPA advises Gov. Deal 

David Pendered reports that Georgia is making headway with its efforts to reduce air pollution. Seven counties in metro Atlanta are the only ones that don’t meet federal air quality standards for ozone and they are expected to come into compliance without additional controls, according to a statement released Wednesday by state environmental officials.


May 3, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

From the Publisher: Safer Streets

Ben Young writes, National Bike to Work Day is May 18, and I’m amazed at the number of programs helping cyclists and pedestrians across the state. As the trend grows, infrastructure is changing to make biking around town safer.


May 3, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Georgia small business lending at an all-time high

Anastaciah Ondieki reports that lending for small businesses is at an all-time high in Georgia, yet some still struggle to access credit. In many cases, the explanation is pretty simple, according to Drew Tonsmeire, the area director at the UGA Small Business Development Center at Kennesaw State University.


May 3, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Lawrenceville begins construction of Georgia Gwinnett College corridor

Dave Williams reports that construction has begun on a 2.2-mile linear park that will connect the campus of Georgia Gwinnett College with downtown Lawrenceville, Ga. Working with contractor Georgia Development Partners, the city will build roadways and streetscapes in the immediate downtown and historic train depot areas. 


May 3, 2018 Augusta Chronicle 

Augusta businessman Knox donates $1 million to Paine College

Tom Corwin reports that Paine College president Jerry L. Hardee has a million reasons to be grateful to Peter Knox IV. Hardee announced Wednesday afternoon that the Augusta businessman donated $1 million to the financially troubled school to help build back up its endowment.


May 3, 2018 

Asia Conference in Atlanta Exposes Trade Tensions

Trevor Williams reports that the Symposium on Asia-U.S. Partnership Opportunities has carved out a niche as one of the South’s largest Asia conferences largely by convening constituencies to discuss how best to work together across borders. But this year, the Kennesaw State University-sponsored event gave a glimpse into how the U.S. trading relationships across the region are fragmenting, little by little.  


May 3, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Time to vote early

Mary Ann Demuth reports that early voting has begun for Georgia primary races, including those for governor, U.S. Congress and the state legislature. You’ll have until May 21 to vote in person at designated locations throughout the state. Enter your county information here to find out where to go and view a sample ballot.


May 3, 2018 Rome News-Tribune

Floyd schools expected to get $3.23 million literacy grant

Spencer Lahr reports that Floyd County Schools is slated to receive a $3.23 million literacy grant if the State Board of Education approves the measure during its meeting today. John Parker, the assistant superintendent and chief academic officer for the school system, announced the news about the L4GA — Literacy for Learning, Living and Leading in Georgia — grant during Tuesday’s meeting of the Floyd County Board of Education.


May 3, 2018 WABE 90.1

Atlanta-Based NCR’s Revenue Up During Quarter Of Big Change

Amy Kiley reports that Atlanta-based NCR Corp.’s first earnings report is out since a string of big changes. It shows first-quarter revenue is up 3 percent over last year. That beats NCR’s own predictions, though company forecasts indicate the same rate might not continue in the second quarter.


May 3, 2018 Albany Herald

Deal travels state signing $26 billion FY 2019 budget 

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal held budget signing ceremonies in Atlanta, Acworth, Blue Ridge, Statesboro and Tifton Wednesday for next year’s $26 billion state budget. HB 684, the FY 2019 budget, continues Deal’s efforts to invest in Georgia’s citizens and its economy through education and transportation initiatives.


May 3, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Gov. Nathan Deal signs distracted driving bill into law

Curt Yeomans reports that Gov. Nathan Deal signed Georgia’s distracted driving bill into law Wednesday flanked by family members of Georgia Southern University nursing students who were killed in a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 16 in 2015. House Bill 673 is designed to toughen laws about people using cell phones and other mobile devices while driving starting July 1.


May 3, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

The Jolt: Now he tells us?

Tom Price says killing Obamacare mandate will hike costs Jim Galloway, Tamar Hallerman and Greg Bluestein report that on Tuesday, Tom Price made his first major public speech since he was fired by President Donald Trump. What he said won’t make many Republicans happy. The former Georgia congressman and health secretary told a conference of health care professionals in Washington that the GOP’s decision to effectively repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate without a replacement plan ready will likely raise costs on consumers.




May 2, 2018

Deal announces 1,495 jobs in April

Staff reports that since April 1, Gov. Nathan Deal has announced more than $229 million in investment and the creation of over 1,495 new jobs in Georgia communities.


May 2, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Check out our new digital edition

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, we’ve upgraded Georgia Trend’s digital edition to make it more user friendly and easier to navigate – especially for smartphone and tablet users. Among the new features are: article narration, allowing you to listen to stories via Alexa-generated text to speech; contents view, which makes articles easier to read on smartphones and tablets; ability to share specific articles from your phone; expanded search capabilities; easier access to videos and our Latest Trends blog and an improved archive browser that shows edition covers and dates. 


May 2, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Paulding airport developer wants to know if Delta backs opposition

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that a company seeking to develop a second commercial airport in metro Atlanta is trying to find out: Was a resolution approved by Paulding County commissioners to halt the commercialization of their tiny airport actually drafted by Delta Air Lines? And is Atlanta-based Delta secretly funding a grassroots organization that organized residents and helped to elect commissioners to fight the airport commercialization?


May 2, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta company wins $92M Navy contract for C4I systems in new ships 

Jessica Saunders reports that an Atlanta company has been awarded a $92 million Navy contract for C4I systems in new construction ships. The contract awarded to Scientific Research Corp. includes support for shipbuilding conversion, Navy and other U.S. government shipbuilding programs, the Department of Defense (DOD) said.


May 2, 2018 

Deal: Instacart to create more than 400 jobs in Atlanta area

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Instacart, a technology-driven, nationwide on-demand grocery delivery service, will create more than 400 jobs and invest $40 million in a Customer Experience Center (CEC) in the Atlanta area throughout the next 24 months. “Georgia’s reputation for innovation and our business-friendly environment continue to attract companies powered by technology like Instacart,” said Deal.


May 2, 2018 Saporta Report 

Leadership Atlanta names 89 leaders to its 2019 Class 

Maria Saporta reports that Leadership Atlanta has released the names of 89 community leaders who will participate in its Class of 2019 program – the largest class in the organization’s 49-year history. The Class of 2019, representing such diverse industries as education, law, corporate, religious, nonprofit, technology, media, healthcare, politics and government, share a common desire to move Atlanta forward by delving deeply into the city’s issues, according to a Leadership Atlanta news release.


May 2, 2018 Emory University 

Emory ranked one of America's Best Employers by Forbes

Staff reports that Emory University is one of America’s Best Employers, according to a newly released ranking from Forbes. The university was ranked No. 39 out of 500 top large companies and organizations, up from No. 105 in 2017. Companies ranked in the top five included Michelin Group, Trader Joe’s, Google, Principal Financial Group and Costco Wholesale. 


May 2, 2018 Albany Herald 

ASU receives $1.18 million-plus in research grant funding  

Staff reports that Albany State University faculty and staff members recently received more than $1.18 million in grant funding to conduct research in a number of areas, including science, technology, engineering, mathematics, early childhood literacy and water planning. The ASU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs facilitates and supports faculty and staff in their pursuit of external funding for research, training and other scholarly activities.


May 2, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Data center company closes land deal for $100M second Atlanta location

Jessica Saunders reports that Atlanta-based T5 Data Centers has purchased 40 acres of land in Lithia Springs for its $100 million second location in the metro area. The land acquisition marks the first step in the construction of T5@Atlanta II, a new 130,000-square-foot data center, the company said. It's expected to invest $100 million in the project, Atlanta Business Chronicle reported previously.


May 2, 2018 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

New McKoon ad in Secretary of State race takes ball bat to old voting machine

Chuck Williams reports that in the week that advance voting started, Georgia Republican Secretary of State candidate Josh McKoon has released a new ad he hopes will attract some attention. On Tuesday, an online commercial showing McKoon sitting behind a desk talking about preventing “illegals” from voting and making the voting machines secure, takes an expected turn.


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May 2, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Kemp tells critics of gun-themed campaign ad, conservative beliefs to ‘get over it’

Curt Yeomans reports that Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp responded to critics of a campaign ad in which he held a shotgun while sitting next to a young man who wants to date his daughter by accusing them of “losing their minds.” During the commercial titled “Jake” the young man — the titular Jake — is shown to appear nervous as he recites Kemp’s campaign platform. In addition to the shotgun that Kemp is holding, multiple other guns are seen in the background.


May 2, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Johnny Isakson defends committee, Democratic colleague following bruising VA fight

Tamar Hallerman reports that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is defending the way he and his committee handled the White House’s withdrawn pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as his Democratic colleague who was heavily critical of the nominee.





May 1, 2018 Saporta Report 

Influential Atlanta leaders to visit San Diego in May for 2018 LINK trip 

Maria Saporta reports that housing affordability and transit will be key focus areas of the 2018 LINK trip to San Diego, which will take place from May 9 to May 12. Ever since 1997, a group of more than 100 Atlanta leaders – representing governments, businesses and nonprofits –  go to a different city to learn about the best practices that we can bring back to our region. And it also provides an opportunity for leaders from the 10-county region to get to know one another.


May 1, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

2018 Most Respected Business Leader: Doug Hertz

Susan Percy reports that early in his career at United Distributors, on a trip to California’s Napa Valley, Doug Hertz was persuaded to buy two pallets – 108 cases – of Zinfandel, which he brought back to Atlanta. The purchase got a less-than-enthusiastic reception from his grandfather, who had started the wholesale beverage company in 1940 and was still very active in the business.


May 1, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Bargain-hunting for Atlanta housing: Maybe the data helps

Michael E. Kanell reports that getting the best deal for a home is often a challenge, especially for first-time homebuyers struggling to put together a down payment. Metro Atlanta is seen now a sellers’ market – especially in the most popular areas – where prospective purchasers can end up bidding against each other. Wannabe buyers can find themselves traipsing through open houses across metro Atlanta or diving deep into the digital listings.


May 1, 2018 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Cousins Properties may not be done buying office sites in Midtown

Douglas Sams reports, "We have significant capacity to pursue strategic office sites," Cousins Chairman and CEO Larry Gellerstedt said in an April 26 conference call with analysts.


May 1, 2018 WABE 90.1

New Atlanta School Gets Financial Jolt From National Bank

Martha Dalton reports that a planned Atlanta school received a big boost Friday. The Atlanta Public Schools has partnered with the Grove Park Foundation to build a new P-8 school on the west side. Bank of America announced it will donate $1 million toward the foundation for the development of the new Woodson Park Academy.


May 1, 2018 Brunswick News 

EPA boosts Georgia wood pellet industry, but report points to its pollution

Mary Landers reports that the same week that the EPA announced in Cochran, Ga., it will treat wood pellets as a carbon-neutral fuel, a new report raises concerns about the local pollution emitted by the wood pellet industry, showing Georgia to be stricter than other states in controlling that pollution.


May 1, 2018 Georgia Southern University 

Logistics and Supply Chain Management Moves Up in Rankings

Staff reports that the Georgia Southern University Logistics and Supply Chain Management (L&SCM) department is ranked in the top 15 in the world by The SCM Journal List for empirically-focused research publications in leading supply chain management journals. Each year’s ranking is based on the research published in these journals during the prior five years. Ranking 15th out of 400+ programs, the L&SCM Department is recognized for its continued excellence in research. The 2018 ranking is up seven spots from last year.


May 1, 2018 Gwinnett Daily Post

Peachtree Corners to use Technology Parkway for testing self-driving shuttle

Curt Yeomans reports that by this time next year, Peachtree Corners residents will see a self-driving shuttle bus driving up and down one of the city’s streets, officials announced Wednesday. Mayor Mike Mason was joined by representatives from the engineering consulting firm Atkins, Partnership Gwinnett and Prototype Prime as he announced plans to install a $2 million programmed autonomous shuttle pilot program on Technology Parkway. The city council approved the plans Tuesday night.


May 1, 2018 

InComm’s Acquisition of Some Amex Products Highlights Georgia’s Importance as a FinTech Hub

Phil Bolton reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced on  April 24 that InComm Inc., the Atlanta-based financial technology company, acquired the distribution rights of American Express’s prepaid reloadable and gift card products. The governor highlighted the creation of 150 jobs in Georgia and $20 million in capital investments while expressing his interest in learning more about the potential impact of fintech on the state’s economy.


May 1, 2018 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Atlanta attracts entrepreneurs

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, if you’re looking to start a business, Atlanta’s got your back., a site dedicated to small business growth, has announced its Best Cities for Entrepreneurs and Startups in 2018, and Atlanta is ranked No. 14. The rankings are based on analyses of more than 300 North American cities for startup friendliness, financial environments and demographics. Specifically, looked at the 25- to 34-year-old population and their ratio of higher education degrees.


May 1, 2018 University of Georgia 

Paynes lauded at indoor athletic facility naming celebration

Staff reports, surrounded by friends, family and a multitude of supporters, Billy Payne was front and center Monday night at the celebration naming event of Georgia’s indoor athletic facility which bears the name of him and his father, Porter. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia in February approved the official name of the facility as the William Porter Payne and Porter Otis Payne Indoor Athletic Facility in honor of former UGA all star football player Billy Payne and his father, the late Porter Payne, also a former Bulldog letterman.


May 1, 2018 Georgia Health News 

Med school in South Georgia aims to address primary care needs 

Andy Miller reports that the first four-year medical school established in South Georgia aims to address the primary care physician shortages in underserved areas of the state. The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine last week broke ground in Moultrie for its medical school there. PCOM already has a campus in suburban Atlanta, and it hopes to start admitting med students in Moultrie in August 2019.


May 1, 2018 Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Joint Development Authority issues update on Lidl investment

James Swift reports that a change to the original schedule for a planned, $100 million capital investment in Bartow County was approved at a Bartow-Cartersville Second Joint Development Authority meeting Friday. "Lidl has asked for some flexibility in the delivery of their jobs and investment and honestly, our community needs some flexibility in delivering some infrastructure to the site at the end of the park," said Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development Executive Director Melinda Lemmon. 


May 1, 2018 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Politically Georgia 

Georgia governor set to sign several bills, but others could face veto

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will kick off a five-city tour Wednesday to sign into law a string-of high-profile measures. But this is also the time of year when Georgians find out what legislation the governor rejects.


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