July 28, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that steady sales and growth in Japan, combined with improving performance in the U.S., added up to a profit of $713 million in the second quarter of 2017, an increase of just over 30 percent, supplemental health and life insurer Aflac reported Thursday.
July 28, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Kenna Simmons reports, in a city like Atlanta where business is basic to its DNA, having a way for commercial property owners to voluntarily tax themselves to improve the infrastructure and public safety of their community just makes sense. That’s what community improvement districts (CIDs) do, and it’s no surprise that there are more than 20 of them in Metro Atlanta.
July 28, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports Sandy Springs-based UPS said it is handling more shipments due to e-commerce, seeing more business in Europe and looking toward growth in China. The company reported a second-quarter profit of nearly $1.4 billion, up 9.1 percent year-over-year.
July 28, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Fulcrum’s Fund III —its largest — will focus on the Southeast, brings much-needed local capital to metro Atlanta. It will also increase the availability of capital to Atlanta tech companies as they mature from early-stage to growth-stage.
July 28, 2017 Macon Telegraph
William Thomas Okie reports, this is a tough year for the Georgia peach. In May growers predicted an 80 percent crop loss, and now they are lamenting one of the worst years in living memory. Where would we be without any Georgia peaches at all? One response, surprisingly, is a shrug. Georgia peaches account for only 0.38 percent of the state’s agricultural economy, and the state produces only between 3 and 5 percent of the national peach crop.
July 28, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Staff reports that auxiliary volunteers from WellStar Kennestone, WellStar Cobb and WellStar Windy Hill hospitals donated a historic $580,000 to the WellStar Foundation in support of local health care initiatives.
July 28, 2017 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that two days to the one-year anniversary of the federal complaint against and proposed deal with Honeywell and Georgia Power to clean up the LCP Chemicals Superfund site, Chief U.S. District Court Judge J. Randal Hall approved the final version of the consent decree in U.S. District Court in Savannah.
July 28, 2017 WABE 90.1
Erin Wright reports, earlier this year, President Donald Trump proposed a budget that would have eliminated the National Endowment for the Arts, among other federal cultural agencies. So far, congressional subcommittees have effectively ignored those proposed cuts, but one new Atlanta coalition isn’t taking any chances.
July 28, 2017 Albany Herald
Cindi Cox reports that Lee County will convert its wastewater plant to solar energy by 2018. Officials say the savings in energy costs will pay for the solar panels and that relying on solar power is better for the environment.
July 28, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports, congratulations to Lamar Norton, retiring executive director of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), for being honored with the Georgia Key Citizen Award at GMA’s annual meeting in Savannah. The award, GMA’s highest honor, has been presented to all former GMA executive directors as well as Georgia dignitaries, including state legislators, governors and other leaders.
July 28, 2017 GPB
Tony Harris and Sean Powers report that a recent report puts Georgia 41st in the nation for its quality of senior health. According to America’s Health Rankings Senior Report, that’s two slots lower than last year. We talk about senior health in the state with Kathy Floyd of the Georgia Council on Aging and Glenn Osster of the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Georgia.
July 28, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that all 10 Georgia Republicans serving in the U.S. House, as well as one of the state’s centrist Democrats, backed a government spending bill on Thursday that would set aside $1.6 billion to build a wall on the southern border.
July 27, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that defense and aerospace giant General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) increased its earnings guidance for the year Wednesday as it reported a rise of nearly five percent in second quarter profits. The maker of Gulfstream business jets, military battle tanks, Navy ships and submarines reported operating earnings of $1.05 billion on revenues of $7.67 billion.
July 27, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports, depending on your vantage point, there were some wins, some losses and some head-scratchers as the final gavel went down at the end of the General Assembly’s 2017 session. Most of the legislation that passed and was signed by Gov. Nathan Deal takes effect this month.
July 27, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that as it grapples with consumers’ declining thirst for sugary drinks, Coca-Cola has decided to change the name, recipe and look of one of its most successful sodas, Coke Zero. The new version will be called Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, with the added word intended to underline its lack of an ingredient spurned by many. It’s also supposed to taste a bit more like regular Coke.
July 27, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Mark Meltzer reports that Georgia-based farm equipment manufacturer Agco Corp. has agreed to acquire a line of high-tech planting equipment from Monsanto Co. after the seed company abandoned plans to sell the unit to Deere & Co. under pressure from the Justice Department, The Wall Street Journal reports.
July 27, 2017 Mercer University
Center for Collaborative Journalism to Extend Local Reporting with New $2 Million Support from Knight Foundation
Kyle Sears reports that Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism, which over the last five years broke new ground in advancing innovative journalism education practices and local community engagement, has been awarded $2 million in new funding by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The investment will help expand the center’s efforts, including support for Georgia Public Broadcasting and the addition of a TV reporting partnership with Macon-based CBS affiliate 13WMAZ, which is owned by TEGNA Inc.
July 27, 2017 Georgia Tech
Lance Williams reports that three months after opening its Global Innovation Center in Tech Square, Delta Air Lines cut the ribbon this week on its new Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Facility on 14th Street. The facility is designed to be an integrated physical and cyber manufacturing technology testbed, as well as a demonstration and teaching facility.
July 27, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that an award-winning Atlanta program launched last year to link the city’s startup ecosystem with that of its sister city in France is expanding this year to the United Kingdom. The Atlanta International Startup Exchange began when two local companies visited Toulouse, which in turn sent two of its own startups to Atlanta for two weeks in October.
July 27, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a plan to build a 292-unit apartment complex sandwiched between Satellite Boulevard, Satellite Pointe and Interstate 85. The approval changes the property’s zoning from M-1 light industrial district to a RM-24 multi-family residential district. It also gives Gwinn-Lidell Associates LLC and Quintus Development permission to begin developing the proposed nine-building Avonlea Pointe complex on the 20-acre site.
July 27, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that congratulations to the Georgia Chamber of Commerce for being named 2017 State Chamber of the Year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) at its recent annual convention. The honor is the nation’s only one that recognizes a chamber’s leadership role in its communities.
July 27, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that Walsh Honda dealership on Eisenhower Parkway in Macon is undergoing a major renovation that includes nearly doubling the size of its service department and creating an updated showroom and larger customer lounge. “The interior of it is being completely overhauled,” said General Manager David Komaee.
July 27, 2017 WABE 90.1
Johnny Kauffman reports that Jimmy Lewis wanted a group of rural Georgia lawmakers to feel for themselves how he said rural hospital CEOs feel every day. “I’m talking fast and I’m giving you a lot of information for a specific reason,” he told lawmakers at a recent meeting of the Ga. House Rural Development Council in Bainbridge. “When it’s over with, I want you to say ‘that was overwhelming.’”
July 27, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s vote Wednesday to back an Obamacare repeal-and-delay effort wasn’t exactly a surprise, but it was still notable given his past criticism of the approach. As we’ve reported over the last few months, Isakson has kept his comments on health care intentionally vague in order to give himself maximum room to negotiate on the GOP’s Obamacare replacement effort.
July 26, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), today announced the launch of the Words2Reading website, a web tool with curated resources for families, caregivers and teachers to help develop and sharpen early childhood language and literacy skills.
July 26, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Anne Dunkin reports, thousands of Georgians – are reaping the benefits of telemedicine, a phenomenon that brings doctors and patients together in real time via a computer screen. In its most basic form, telemedicine allows doctors to see and speak with patients much like they were meeting face-to-face. In many cases, added devices (so-called peripherals) allow the distant doctor to examine throats, ears and even internal organs with the same precision of an in-person visit.
July 26, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Ben Brasch reports that Cobb County’s development authority recently approved a nearly $2 million tax break for a plane owned by one of Tyler Perry’s companies. The tax break has a couple of steps to go before becoming a reality, but the deal would include the county authority refinancing his jet with a $35.3 million bond package and a 10-year tax abatement plan.
July 26, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE:UPS) Chairman David Abney has joined a growing list of CEOs that pledge to emphasize the importance of diversity in the workforce. One month after 175 CEOs launched the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, nearly 100 more have taken the pledge, committing themselves – and the organizations they lead – to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace, according to a release.
July 26, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that while still performing well overall, Atlanta experienced the most drastic drop of any city in consultancy AT Kearney’s annual rankings examining the future potential of global hubs. Atlanta was still firmly in the top 25 on the Global Cities Outlook, which estimates city competitiveness on a range of indicators, but it fell 11 slots from No. 6 in 2016 to No. 17 this year.
July 26, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that private equity firm KKR & Co. has agreed to buy WebMD Health Corp. in a deal valued at about $2.8 billion. New York-based WebMD has editorial offices in Atlanta. It is a news partner with Georgia Health News. The all-cash deal would bring together various online health information websites under one roof.
July 26, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Tom Corwin reports, Anne Pitcher’s family has been in the area since the 18th century but now she is wondering what is happening in the land around her. A new project at Savannah River Ecology Laboratory aims to help her and other citizens in Burke County better understand the radiological monitoring being done and to read and understand the reports.
July 26, 2017 Valdosta Daily Times
Staff reports that a $21.4 million project that will create a fine arts building and completely rehabilitate and repurpose the Carlton Library into a more comprehensive learning center is now on the drawing board at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. ABAC President David Bridges said the project is a top priority for the academic year ahead as the college prepares for the return of students for the fall semester on Aug. 16.
July 26, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Mariya Lewter reports that Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex is holding a direct hiring event at Central Georgia Technical College on Thursday, July 27. About 400 positions will be filled, according to a Facebook post by the Robins Air Force Base. Open positions include Information Technology Specialist, Electronics Mechanic, Painting and more.
July 26, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that state regulators have issued a discharge permit for a turpentine plant in Effingham County, bringing it one step closer to operation. The privately held French company DRT America has nearly completed the construction of a $43 million plant in the Effingham Industrial Park on the east side of Ga. 21 at Ebenezer Road.
July 26, 2017 WABE 90.1
Michael Jones reports that Georgia judges are considering measures that could make the state's Superior Courts less accessible to the public. The justices are concerned about the use of electronic devices. Georgia's Superior Court judges could vote Wednesday to restrict the use of smartphones, laptops and other portable electronic devices in their courtrooms.
July 26, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that one of the biggest names in national Republican politics — and a former candidate for president — is throwing his support behind Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer’s bid for lieutenant governor.
July 26, 2017 GPB
Max Moran reports that Georgia’s 9th Congressional District is one of the strongest Republican bases in the country. The Cook Political Report ranked it the most conservative district in the state in 2010, and the third most conservative nationwide. But the Representative from the district is now proposing a bipartisan bill to decrease federal recidivism rates. And his main co-sponsor is a progressive Democrat from the heart of New York City.
July 26, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallarman reports that Republican senators voted Tuesday to open debate on revising U.S. health care law, advancing a signature campaign pledge following a tense and dramatic week on Capitol Hill. But the party voted to do so only with the barest of margins, an illustration of the challenges ahead as leaders look to unite a divided and unruly caucus.
July 25, 2017 Georgia Ports Authority
Staff reports that its July board meeting, the Georgia Ports Authority reported record fiscal year results and approved the purchase of six new ship-to-shore cranes. In FY2017, the GPA moved an all-time high of 3.85 million twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 6.7 percent, or 242,221 TEUs over the previous year. In the last half of FY2017 alone, the Port of Savannah handled an impressive 1.99 million TEUs, for a growth rate of 11.6 percent over the same period in FY2016.
July 25, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, this is the last week for Georgia’s Legal Elite nominations. Who do you think is the state’s most effective lawyer? Now through Friday, July 28, 2017, you can tell us. Georgia Trend magazine’s annual Legal Elite listing will highlight the state’s most effective lawyers in 16 different practice areas. The list of the state’s Legal Elite, as chosen by their peers, will appear in the December 2017 issue.
July 25, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that BMW plans to open a training center in College Park next to the Georgia International Convention Center, moving the training out of its Southern region headquarters in Sandy Springs. Officials in College Park expect the training center will draw as many as 10,000 BMW workers annually for corporate training.
July 25, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Logistics giant C.H. Robinson to add 200 jobs in Atlanta, consolidate in downtown's Centennial Tower
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Fortune 500 firm C.H. Robinson will lease 20,000 square-foot at Centennial Tower, a 36-story office tower in downtown’s gentrifying Fairlie-Poplar district. The new office will be part of the company's North American Surface Transportation business unit.
July 25, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that on the eve of its second-quarter earnings release, shares of TSYS stock again enjoyed a high they haven’t experienced before. The global credit-card and payment processor, headquartered in downtown Columbus, saw its stock touch $62.62 in early trading Monday on the New York Stock Exchange.
July 25, 2017 WABE 90.1
Miranda Hawkins reports that Aluma Farm is the first farm on the Atlanta BeltLine. Ness and her business partner, Andy Friedberg, started to farm on the property last spring after they won a bid to lease the land from the BeltLine. The farm supports itself by selling veggies once a week. But Ness said they also sell to a lot of Atlanta restaurants, like Barcelona in Inman Park and Argosy in East Atlanta.
July 25, 2017 Albany Herald
Jon Gosa reports, with only a few people in attendance, Dougherty County Commission Chairman Chris Cohilas was presented a first reimbursement grant, totaling more the $3.6 million, from GEMA on Monday to help alleviate some of the financial hardships caused by two disastrous storms in January.
July 25, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Staff reports that construction has been completed on a new disposal unit for radioactive saltstone waste at Savannah River Site. The 32.8-million gallon Saltstone Disposal Unit 6, which cost about $118 million, was designed and built by SRS liquid waste contractor Savannah River Remediation.
July 25, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Emory Healthcare has continued to expand its orthopedic and sports medicine services by opening a new clinic on its campus in Smyrna, a northwestern suburb of Atlanta. The outpatient center follows Emory’s recent sports partnerships with the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Braves and helps spread the organization’s orthopedic presence across metro Atlanta.
July 25, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Shaddi Aubsaid reports that Atlanta-based filmmaker Tyler Perry is one step closer to receiving tens of millions in bonds and a 10-year tax abatement for permanently housing three of his company’s jets at Cobb County International Airport-McCollum Field. The Development Authority of Cobb County voted unanimously Monday morning to adopt a $35.3 million bond resolution allowing Tyler Perry Studios to refinance its private, 70-passenger Lineage jet.
July 25, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that a Georgia Power plan to clean up toxic coal ash at 11 coal-burning power plants around the state, including sites in Chatham and Effingham counties, isn’t good enough, the Sierra Club says. The nonprofit on Monday served a notice of intent to sue Georgia Power to block the company’s plan to drain the ponds without getting updated permits that would protect waterways and public health.
July 25, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that the U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday to kick off debate on legislation that would repeal Obamacare, but what’s in store is still a mystery. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has yet to disclose whether he plans to immediately push a replacement for the 2010 health care law or simply a repeal-only plan, much like what the Senate voted on two years ago.
July 24, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that Georgia’s employers are creating “record numbers” of jobs, pushing the state’s unemployment rate lower from 4.9 percent in May to 4.8 percent in June. That compares to a rate of 5.3 percent in June a year ago. Furthermore, the current jobless rate hasn’t been this low this September 2007, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday.
July 24, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that proper hand hygiene – whether washing with soap or using hand sanitizer – is a big deal for healthcare facilities because it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent costly and sometimes deadly healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
July 24, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that SunTrust Banks said rising consumer lending and higher interest earnings on loans have helped the Atlanta bank’s bottom line despite slowing demand from business customers. Meanwhile, Georgia's largest bank has been adding employees through internal growth and a 2016 acquisition, even though it is still shutting branches at a healthy clip.
July 24, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams reports that Atlanta's airport is looking for new vendors for a concessions program that topped $1 billion in sales last year for the first time.
July 24, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Mike Morrison reports that a new development in southern Glynn County that could potentially put 1,500 septic tanks in the ground has alarmed local environmental activists and one county commissioner.
July 24, 2017 Gainesville Times
Jeff Gill reports that the main entrance into Reunion Country Club in South Hall was cut in half a few years back by the new four-lane Friendship Road/Ga. 347. Now it’s being erased entirely, replaced by what will be part of a new 860-lot active adult community straddling Hall and Gwinnett counties in Braselton.
July 24, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that French companies in Georgia employ nearly 18,000 people through their investments, according to data compiled in May and released recently by the French Embassy in Washington. The economic department at the embassy mixed U.S. government stats and corporate data into a state-by-state analysis of the French “economic footprint” in the U.S.
July 24, 2017 Rome News-Tribune
Doug Walker reports that Redmond Regional Medical Center has won approval from the Georgia Department of Community Health for a $13.9 million renovation and upgrade of its surgical unit. Architects and engineers are still in the planning stage of the project, said Redmond CEO John Quinlivan, and construction is not likely to start until late this year or early in 2018.
July 24, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that a Gwinnett resident who is a former assistant federal prosecutor and, until recently, a state legislator, is President Donald Trump’s pick for the new U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.
July 24, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports, will Georgia’s health insurance exchange in 2018 resemble this year’s version – or will the state be left with large coverage holes? That’s part of the uncertainty surrounding the fate of the Senate health care legislation. Senators this week are expected to consider a simple repeal of the Affordable Care Act, a “repeal and replace’’ plan, and variations of both.
July 24, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Rockdale County’s new Costley Mill Park features 77 acres of natural beauty along the banks of Big Haynes Creek. The park, which was privately owned until last month, opens to the public next spring.
July 24, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Shaddi Abusaid reports that the identity of a mystery film company seeking a 10-year tax abatement and $35 million dollars in bonds will be revealed this morning at the Development Authority of Cobb County’s 11 a.m. meeting. Cobb Board of Education members were all ears Thursday afternoon when they gave their nod of approval to “Project Meatloaf,” the name given to the secret production company looking to use the bonds to refinance a 70-passenger private jet it would house in a hangar at Cobb County International Airport-McCollum Field.
July 24, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that Angelina Jackson of Edison, Ga., population 1,451, likes the classroom work she does for Quest for Change. The 17-year-old is proud of the “scenario” she and her fellow teenagers set up at Calhoun County High School placing classmates in the role of a girl who had unprotected sex and doesn’t know whether she’s pregnant.
July 21, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that a new survey finds that many Georgia school systems fear that the proposed Medicaid cuts in Congress would hurt their special education programs – and the children they serve. Most school districts responding to the survey say they receive thousands of dollars in Medicaid funding to help offset the costs of their special education programs.
July 21, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Ellen Berman reports that ping-pong tables, napping rooms, free massages, bring-your-dog-to-work days. This is the stuff of employee dreams. And for employees of some of the winners of Georgia Trend’s 2017 Best Places to Work survey, it’s what they wake up to every day.
July 21, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that judging from regulators’ recent actions and stock market movements, you might think banks big and small have made a turn onto Easy Street. All the largest U.S. banks, including Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks, recently passed this year’s Federal Reserve “stress tests” aimed at ensuring they could survive a severe recession.
July 21, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta-based TechSquare Labs Fund has received a $1 million investment from Invest Georgia, a state-run venture capital fund.
July 21, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that journalist Dink NeSmith and The Press-Sentinel, of Jesup, will receive Greenlaw’s Special Media Recognition for Environmental Championship Award for their efforts to expose plans for a coal ash dump in Wayne County. The dump’s operator withdrew its 2015 application in April.
July 21, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that the Port of Savannah is handling much bigger ships these days, some with capacities of 13,000 TEUs or more. But the size of these vessels is only part of the story. Container exchanges — the number of boxes moved on and off a vessel — are experiencing exponential growth, even on what is now considered “mid-sized” vessels in the 8,000- and 9,000-TEU range.
July 21, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County officials are hoping the third time will be the charm for a system that can manage cases in the county’s legal system. Commissioners approved a $3.3 million case management system contract with Tyler Technologies on Tuesday. The technology will be used in the Superior, State, Magistrate and Probate Courts, as well as by all judicial staff, according to county documents.
July 21, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Melissa Henriques reports that Macon native Tim Hall’s “Born River Bye” is a cultural experience that could really resonate with those who attend its screening at the Macon Film Festival. It’s been 10 years since Hall graduated from First Presbyterian Day School and his film will be presented at the 12th annual Macon Film Festival under the Georgia Feature Narrative category.
July 21, 2017 Albany Herald
Jon Gosa reports that the continued threat of tax fraud has prompted protective measures and changes in policy from the Georgia Department of Revenue effective this year in an effort to protect sensitive information, but the process has left many taxpayers waiting and wondering why their 2017 state income tax refund has not arrived.
July 21, 2017 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that the federal Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management issued an order in January denying six permits for fossil-fuel related seismic airgun testing off the Atlantic coast of Southeastern states, two weeks before the new presidential administration took office. On April 28, President Donald Trump sought to change BOEM’s priorities on seismic testing, and today is the last day to submit public comments on reopening the Southeastern Atlantic coast to that particular type of oil and gas exploration. It would roll back a rule adopted a year ago regarding exploratory drilling in the outer continental shelf for the next five years.
July 21, 2017 GPB
Grant Blankenship and Sam Whitehead report that on average, scores released in the 2017 Georgia Milestones end of year test show incremental but positive improvement for schools across the state. Look past the big picture, though, and schools still have ground to make up. Take third grade literacy, largely held as one of the best predictors of future academic achievement.
July 21, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that Georgia Congressman Tom Graves had a plan to aid his Republican colleagues as they prepare to face a wave of angry voters during the upcoming August recess. President Donald Trump’s supporters – many of whom also make up the political base for GOP lawmakers – are livid at Congress’ glacial pace advancing the White House’s top priorities, including replacing Obamacare, overhauling the tax code and building a wall on the southern border.
July 20, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Advanced Digital Cable Inc. (ADC), a leading manufacturer of electronic and communication wire and cable, will create 65 jobs and invest $15 million in a Union County facility expansion. The new jobs will include positions in manufacturing and operations.
July 20, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Kerwin Swint writes, most people would agree that today’s political environment is characterized by open hostility and increasing polarization between Republicans and Democrats. One contributing factor is the ability of state legislative majorities – of both parties – to draw district boundaries designed to favor their party’s candidates.
July 20, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines plans to relaunch flights from Atlanta to Shanghai, reinstating a crucial economic link between the Southeast and China. Atlanta-based Delta aims to launch the service a year from now, in July 2018, with 291-seat Boeing 777-200LRs.
July 20, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that a UPS subsidiary and third-party logistics provider has leased nearly 50,000 square feet at Armour Yards.
July 20, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta leaders are looking to persuade Air India that the Southeast’s economic hub should be its next U.S. destination. Driven by the Consulate General of India in Atlanta, the Indian community is gathering support for a petition that will make a business case to the country’s flag carrier as it expands U.S. service.
July 20, 2017 GPB
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed promised a comprehensive new plan to address homelessness in his State of the City address in February. The mayor promised a new $50 million program, co-funded by the city and United Way. Yesterday, Atlanta’s city council approved its share of the funding as Reed’s office released details on the expansive plan.
July 20, 2017 Brunswick News
Deborah Bayliss reports that the Brunswick City Commission approved the enterprise zone incentives for a brewery planned for downtown Brunswick during its meeting Wednesday. Chris Moline and his partners in the venture, Jeff and Kevin Coyles and Moline’s wife, Allyson, were approved for $16,000 over 10 years in enterprise incentives for the brewery that will be constructed at 1317 Newcastle St. Fees would cover building permits, sign permits, business license administration, occupation taxes for the first year and engineering fees.
July 20, 2017 Georgia Health News
Erica Hensley reports that ar crashes are a leading cause of spine and brain injuries among teenagers, like many of those now recovering at Shepherd Center, the Atlanta rehabilitation hospital. Emma Harrington, director of injury prevention and education at Shepherd, found herself wondering, “Why and how are people ending up here — and what can we do about it?”
July 20, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, it's hard to live in Georgia and not be familiar with Habitat for Humanity – especially after the recent story about President Jimmy Carter (age 92) collapsing at a Habitat build (he’s okay). But, what’s not as well known is Habitat for Humanity International’s Global Village and Discovery Center in Americus, a museum where visitors can see examples of both the types of houses Habitat builds around the world and the types of structures (it’s hard to call them houses) they replace.
July 20, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that the business of transporting goods remains a hot topic in the city that boasts the area’s fourth-largest and fastest growing container port, and Wednesday’s third annual Savannah Logistics Lunch was an indicator of that interest. And for good reason.
July 20, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s struggles over election security have rekindled a rivalry with one of the state’s most prominent Democrats. Except now his feud with Stacey Abrams is playing out against the backdrop of the race for governor.
July 19, 2017 GPB
Max Moran reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed promised a comprehensive new plan to address homelessness in his State of the City address in February. The mayor promised a new $50 million program, co-funded by the city and United Way. Yesterday, Atlanta’s city council approved its share of the funding as Reed’s office released details on the expansive plan.
July 19, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
K.K. Snyder reports, with a brand-new college and career academy set to open this fall, businesses adding new jobs to their payrolls, and a local physician investing big money into a downtown venture, there’s a lot to be optimistic about in the Good Life City these days.
July 19, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that a former California mortgage lender agreed to pay $4.2 million to settle civil fraud allegations that its lending practices in the Southeast caused taxpayers to lose millions of dollars when homeowners defaulted on their loans after the Great Recession. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta said that one in eight of Prospect Mortgage Company’s mortgage loans went into default after the 2007-2009 real estate collapse.
July 19, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Amy Wenk reports that Halcyon, a $370 million mixed-use village rising at Ga. 400 and McFarland Road, will include more than 500,000 square feet of retail and office space.
July 19, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that while Roger Federer was on his way to becoming the oldest player in history to take home a men’s Wimbledon championship (a ripe old 36), Georgia leaders were off the court trying to bring home wins of their own from the United Kingdom.
July 19, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that Robins Financial Credit Union recently opened its 20th branch in Dublin. Robins Financial Credit Union held its grand opening on Thursday at 1102 Hillcrest Parkway, according to a news release. The new full-service location includes a 24-hour ATM, drive thru, deposit and loan services, mortgage services and business services.
July 19, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Staff reports that Columbus-based Synovus Financial Corp., the parent company of Bank of North Georgia — which has one Kennesaw and three Marietta locations, reported on Tuesday financial results for the quarter ending June 30.
July 19, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports, another week, another all-time high, it would appear. That’s the case with global credit-card and payment processor TSYS, whose shares jumped more than a dollar in trading on the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday.
July 19, 2017 WABE 90.1
Tasnim Shamma reports that the CEO of Google Access, Gregory McCray, which oversees Google Fiber, stepped down Monday. McCray was named CEO in February 2017 after CEO Craig Barratt resigned last year. Barratt left after layoffs were announced and plans to expand Google Fiber to nearly a dozen cities was put on hold.
July 19, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Nefeteria Brewster reports that the recent approval of an annual defense bill is slated to provide $85 million for operations and ongoing projects at Fort Gordon, according to an Augusta congressman.
July 19, 2017 Gainesville Times
Nick Bowman reports that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has added poverty to his gubernatorial pitch. In his first public event in Gainesville since launching his campaign in May, Cagle spoke to an audience of more than 200 people during a meeting at the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville at the First Baptist Church on Green Street about his campaign.
July 19, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that a leading consumer health care advocate has jumped into the race to succeed Ralph Hudgens as Georgia’s insurance commissioner. Cindy Zeldin, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, announced Tuesday that she plans to run for the commissioner position.
July 19, 2017 Saporta Report
Maggie Lee reports that every year, industries approach Georgia lawmakers asking for new or renewed tax breaks, promising leaps in job growth, industry expansion, or some other worthwhile payoff. But the state is a laggard at checking back on tax breaks and seeing what they do — or don’t — deliver. So a state Senate committee is going to work on doing those evaluations.
July 19, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that with the Senate’s health care overhaul dead in its current form, Obamacare lives another day. That leaves a familiar Georgia face, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, in charge of implementing the law, one that he’s vilified for the last seven years.
July 18, 2017 Saporta Report
Lyle V. Harris reports that in addition to the gleaming new stadium downtown bearing its famous logo, Mercedes-Benz USA is seeking to impact nearby neighborhoods by funding more than a dozen Atlanta-based non-profit groups that teach young people the power of playing with a purpose. The luxury car company is partnering with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the National Recreation Foundation in launching “Sport For Good Atlanta,” a three-year, $3 million program to benefit school-age children and their families in Vine City, English Avenue and Washington Park.
July 18, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, looking for a new place to take a date or your spouse or good friends? The Georgia Restaurant Association has some deals for you! Today through Sunday, July 23 is Georgia Restaurant Week. It’s a great time to check out those bucket-list restaurants you’ve been meaning to try.
July 18, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Staff reports that Portman Holdings already has a Midtown Atlanta tower in the works called Coda. But perhaps the tower at Georgia Tech will be more like Portman’s prelude for bigger things to come. The Atlanta-based development firm on Monday said it is in “pre-development” for two additional towers adjacent to Coda at Georgia Tech’s Technology Square.
July 18, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Marketing software startup Sideqik to quadruple workforce, relocate to former Scoutmob HQ in West Midtown
Urvaksh Karkaria reports, Sideqik, which plans to add 30 jobs, recently leased nearly 3,500 square feet at 590 Means St. Backed by San Francisco-based Bee Partners and Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Rincon Venture Partners, Sideqik is raising a $3 million Series A investment.
July 18, 2017 University of Georgia
Katie DeGenova reports that in the first year of the public phase of the Commit to Georgia Campaign, University of Georgia donors set a record in fundraising, contributing $227.8 million in new gifts and pledges.
July 18, 2017 Albany Herald
Staff reports that a $21.4 million project that will create a fine arts building and completely rehabilitate and repurpose the Carlton Library into a more comprehensive learning center is now on the drawing board at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.
July 18, 2017 Georgia Medical News
Andy Miller reports, Bogie lighting Bacall’s cigarette is an enduring image from the 1944 movie “To Have and Have Not.” But especially since the 1960s, films showing constant cigarette smoking have largely vanished. The pervasive haze of smoke of the Humphrey Bogart era is a thing of the cinematic past.
July 18, 2017 WABE 90.1
Molly Samuel reports that more than a dozen sports-related nonprofits are getting money to work with children on Atlanta's Westside. They'll be in neighborhoods near Mercedes-Benz Stadium where local businesses and charities have been focusing their efforts in recent years.
July 18, 2017 GPB
Katie Atkinson reports, after 41 years of performances, the Macon Symphony Orchestra has announced it will close its doors this October. Bob Veto, president of the symphony’s board, said the decision came after a decline in ticket sales and donations.
July 18, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein, Tamar Hallerman and Jim Galloway report that Politico.com has an excellent piece this morning on how a simple vote to repeal and replace Obamacare, conducted so many times by Republicans in Congress when it didn’t matter, has melted into a seven-month puddle.
July 17, 2017 Saporta Report
Amy Wenk and Maria Saporta report that the development team charged with remaking Underground Atlanta includes the design firm that worked on Ponce City Market and one of the developers behind Krog Street Market. It could be a recipe to emulate two of Atlanta’s most successful adaptive reuse projects.
July 17, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, it's awards season and the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Alliance of Area Business Publishers (AABP) have recognized Georgia Trend Editor-at-Large Susan Percy and Publisher Emeritus Neely Young with awards for excellence in journalism.
July 17, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Atlanta Chosen as One of Eight National Venues to Participate in a Nascent Professional Cricket League
Phil Bolton reports that Atlanta is one of eight locations throughout the United States chosen for a stadium to host a professional cricket team. Yes, cricket, the game that is wildly popular in India and elsewhere in Asia, Britain, South Africa and the West Indies, but Atlanta and the U.S.?
David Allison reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) "sits as king of the profit hill" among the big three U.S. airlines, Bloomberg reports in a Friday story, a day after the airline reported it earned $1.2 billion in the second quarter of 2017. The July 14 Bloomberg story notes that Delta's profit margins are better than American or United airlines', in an industry where the airlines pay about the same thing for everything.
July 17, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County’s Latino voters are growing in strength at the ballot box as they make up more and more of the electorate, according to new figures from a Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials study. The data shows various aspects of how Latinos in Gwinnett and Georgia are registered, and how they turn out at the ballot box.
July 17, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Staff reports that fuel pellets expected to offer nuclear operators more time to respond in emergency situations will be loaded into Plant Vogtle’s unit 2 in 2019. The chromia-doped fuel pellets are part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Enhanced Accident Tolerant Fuel (EATF) Program. Areva NP will begin manufacturing the pellets at its Richland, Wash., facility later this year.
July 17, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Shaddi Abusaid reports that Smyrna residents hoping to get their hospital back may have to continue their long wait. A spokesperson for Emory Healthcare said Wednesday the Smyrna hospital is still working toward renovating and re-opening the facility along South Cobb Drive, which shut its doors in the fall of 2014 after years of financial losses.
July 17, 2017 Rome News-Tribune
Doug Walker reports, a frustrated Redmond Regional Medical Center CEO John Quinlivan is not sure whether or not the hospital will continue to seek an inpatient psychiatric and substance abuse unit after a third bid has been turned down by the state. Redmond withdrew its latest application for a certificate of need for a 24-bed unit after the Department of Community Health notified Redmond of the state’s intent to reject the application.
July 17, 2017 GPB
Max Moran reports that since its passage in the wake of 9/11, the Patriot Act has become a symbol to civil liberties activists for any law which invades personal freedoms in the name of preventing terrorism. But a new law which went into effect on July 1 has Georgia’s branch of the American Civil Liberties Union saying it’s even broader than the Patriot Act.
July 17, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein and Jay Salzer report that in Georgia’s 2018 governor’s race, statehouse lobbyists are already voting with their wallets. The top firms and the special interests they represent have almost exclusively written big checks in recent weeks to Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of campaign disclosures filed last week.
July 14, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that the revised U.S. Senate health care legislation, released Thursday, shows some significant changes from the earlier version that ran into political roadblocks. And it would help the 19 states, including Georgia, that have not expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, by creating a new formula for indigent care funding that’s favored by the Georgia Hospital Association
July 14, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports, Gov. Nathan Deal has named Carrie Ashbee to lead the new Georgia Foundation for Early Care and Learning, which began operations July 1. Ashbee, who has worked for Deal since he was in Congress, was deputy chief of staff of executive office operations at the time of her appointment.
July 14, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Southwest Airlines is the No. 2 carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and CEO Gary Kelly acknowledged he’s not jockeying to bump Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines from its leading position here. “We’re never going to be the No. 1 airline here in terms of the most seats or most flights or the most number of passengers, but we are a very significant No. 2,” Kelly said at an Atlanta Press Club luncheon Thursday. “I don’t think we absolutely have to be big for big’s sake.”
July 14, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Jessica Saunders reports that an Atlanta premium ice cream manufacturer plans to drop its prices to better compete with national brands Ben & Jerry’s and Häagen-Dazs after getting its products into 1,100-plus Publix grocery stores nationwide.
July 14, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports, now that MARTA has secured a deal to develop homes and shops next to the King Memorial Station, MARTA is seeking an artist to energize the tunnel that will be the only pedestrian route to the station from the planned development.
July 14, 2017 GPB
Sam Whitehead and Max Moran report that on Thursday, the developers hoping to breathe new life into Underground Atlanta held their first community meeting since purchasing the property. Steve Howe is Chief Operating Officer with WRS, the real estate company that owns the site. He’s looking to turn the 12 acres in the heart of downtown Atlanta into a residential and commercial destination.
July 14, 2017 Rome News-Tribune
Staff reports that Bartow County firefighters, assisted by Cartersville and Paulding County, spent more than five hours Thursday battling a blaze that broke out in the transformer yard at Plant Bowen south of Euharlee. “Two Bartow County firefighters were transported to Cartersville Medical Center with minor injuries,” Deputy Fire Chief Dwayne Jamison said.
July 14, 2017 Daily Report
Katheryn Hayes Tucker reports that three new federal judge picks for Georgia come with the package of nominees President Donald Trump announced Thursday. Michael Brown of Alston & Bird and Georgia Court of Appeals Judge William "Billy" Ray II are Trump's picks to fill openings on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Tripp Self is Trump's choice for the Middle District of Georgia.
July 14, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Republican Michael Williams vowed his press conference at the Georgia statehouse would release a trove of new and “corroborating” details about the front-runner in the race for governor. Instead, he used the event to blast Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle with no proof to back his claims up.
July 13, 2017 WABE 90.1
Martha Dalton reports that the School Nutrition Association held its annual conference at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta this week. More than 900 vendors presented the latest in school food trends. School nutrition directors who attend this conference say there’s been a shift in school diets in recent years. Children want more options, and they’re selective about what they eat.
July 13, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy writes, the first time a house I lived in was broken into, I was outraged, incredulous and indignant. When it happened again, earlier this year – different house, different neighborhood, different time of life, I was annoyed. Grumpy, actually. Was it really my turn again?
July 13, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Susan Ferriss reports that beneath the “Buy American” roadside signs, a globalist heart beats in this corner of northwest Georgia. In the late 1980s, factories began eagerly hiring Mexican immigrants to help fuel a boom in the so-called Carpet Capital of the World. Automation and the 2008 recession pared a lot of jobs. But now plants of all sizes are back at it, producing about half the world’s carpet as well as hard-surface flooring, a new signature product.
July 13, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that NRD Capital Management LLC, an Atlanta-based private equity firm that specializes in franchised and multi-location business investments, said Wednesday it has raised a new fund called NRD Partners II L.P. with total investor commitments of $104 million.
July 13, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Gov. Nathan Deal’s trade mission to Hollywood in 2015 evidently continues to reap benefits. Deal announced the film industry generated $9.5 billion of economic impact for the fiscal year that ended June 30. That’s up from the $7 billion in economic impact for the previous fiscal year.
July 13, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Megan Reed reports that Cobb County schools will start back earlier than ever this year — students are scheduled to begin the academic year on July 31, a decision that has been challenged by some and embraced by others. This is the first time Cobb schools are beginning the school year in July. Staff begins work July 24 this year.
July 13, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that physicians who work in emergency rooms generally are more supportive of prescription monitoring programs than doctors in other specialties, a new Georgia State University study reports. The study, led by Eric Wright, a GSU professor of sociology and public health, comes at a time where opioid addiction has spread in Georgia and other states.
July 13, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that after more than 10 years, the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District is about to test William Shakespeare’s assertion that “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” The decade-old CID is working on a rebranding effort that officials said, among other things, will lead to a new name for the district. Officials announced the impending change on Wednesday, explaining that Perkins+Will’s branded environments team is handling the rebranding.
July 13, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Classic Center multi-use conference venue and The Classic Center Cultural Foundation have joined forces to award $15,000 in Athens Local Product Development Grants to three organizations. Receiving the awards are The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, art-house theatre Ciné and Athens Popfest, a four-day summer music festival.
July 13, 2017 Gainesville Times
Nick Bowman reports that motivated Hall County inmates are being given the chance to end their sentences with a foot in the door of a living-wage job. As part of the statewide push for criminal justice reform, the state has for the past few years paid counties to enroll inmates in GED and vocational training programs and then paid them again based on their number of graduates.
July 13, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue summed up one of his most controversial decisions in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet thusly: If he was lobbied to make the decision to delay new nutritional standards for school lunches, it was by students who told him “why they didn’t like their meals anymore.”
July 12, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for June totaled nearly $1.96 billion, for an increase of $50.2 million, or 2.6 percent, over last year. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled almost $21.75 billion, for an overall increase of $930.5 million, or 4.5 percent, compared to June 2016, when net tax revenues totaled $20.81 billion.
July 12, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Randy Southerland reports, in West Georgia’s Carroll County, locals will tell you the key to success lies in some old-fashioned values. These include planning ahead and working together. It can sound like a cliché, but you can’t argue with the results.
July 12, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that auto insurance rates have risen by 54 percent in Georgia since 2011, faster than in any other state, according to a consumer research firm. The spike in auto premiums is more than double the national average over the last six years, and has made insurance too expensive for many Georgians to handle, said ValuePenguin in a recent report.
July 12, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that Georgia is ranked the No. 2 state for business in CNBC's annual "America’s Top States for Business" ranking, published Tuesday. That's a big jump from last year. In 2016 Georgia slipped to No. 8 on CNBC's list.
July 12, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Alpharetta resident Robert M. Stevens has become all too familiar with the rapidly increasing cost of cancer drugs since 2006. That’s the year he began three rounds of chemo after his diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Back then, he was still working for a large corporation and had company health benefits.
July 12, 2017 Columbus Ledger Enquirer
Chuck Williams reports that St. Francis Hospital is in the process of laying off 55 employees, a hospital administrator confirmed Tuesday morning. In addition to eliminating the jobs in non-bedside care positions, an undetermined number of the hospital’s nearly 2,500 employees will have their hours reduced, said CEO David Koontz.
July 12, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that the country of Georgia is always lurking in the minds of state of Georgia officials when they head overseas for trade shows. It’s the principal reason they put that little USA after Georgia on all their signage. But the same-name state and country aren’t letting a little quibble like that hamper their collaboration.
July 12, 2017 WABE 90.1
Denis O'Hayer reports that Georgia's largest health insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, has started a new rule: it will deny coverage to individual policyholders for emergency room visits the company deems to be unnecessary. The idea is to address the soaring costs that are racked up when patients go to the ER for problems that should be handled in a doctor's office or a clinic.
July 12, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Staff reports that the Financial Services Roundtable announced Monday that it will award 28 financial services companies, including two Georgia-based companies, with its “FSR Corporate Social Responsibility Leadership Award” on Capitol Hill on today during a reception with the CSR 115th Honorary Congressional host Committee at the Rayburn House Office Building. The company will receive the awards for their commitment to expanding financial literacy and volunteering in communities across America.
July 12, 2017 Saporta Report
Maggie Lee reports that the top fundraisers in the Atlanta mayoral race have already broken seven figures in campaign cash. That’s according to the candidates’ just-filed campaign finance disclosures, covering cash and loans received through June 30. The candidates joined the race at different times. Among them, the nine frontrunners in fundraising have raised a total of almost $7.1 million.
July 12, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman and Rhonda Cook report that Georgia attorney Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the FBI, is taking his turn before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday morning, but much of the attention will be focused on people who won’t be in the room. Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., and Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t be far from the forefront during Wray’s 9:30 a.m. confirmation hearing.
July 11, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports, tucked inside the U.S. Senate health care bill is a little-discussed provision that could benefit Georgia, according to a conservative organization. The overall Senate legislation continues to be in flux as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) searches for votes to pass it. Still, the current Senate version – like the House bill that is also a proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act – contains a fundamental reorganization of Medicaid, which covers roughly 2 million Georgians.
July 11, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports, for one Georgia school district, the days of on-site school nurses have evolved into high-tech, long-distance healthcare. Beginning in August, Montgomery County elementary and middle schools will pilot a complete telemedicine solution at no cost to the schools. 24/7 Kid Doc, Inc., will operate a proprietary telemedicine system that allows pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners to remotely examine and diagnose children at their schools in real time, enabling faster treatment for ailments and increasing convenience for parents.
July 11, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that Metro Atlanta’s luster as a tourist destination has grown a bit shinier this year, according to a study by a company that tracks bookings and searches. Demand for Atlanta stays was up 24.2 percent during the past three months compared to the same period of last year – after rising 16.9 percent during the first three months of the year, according to Hotels Combined.
July 11, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Flexport scores economic incentives from city to put $100 million Southeast operations hub in Atlanta
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that San Francisco-based logistics technology provider Flexport will receive $100,000 in economic incentives from Atlanta to locate a Southeast sales and operations hub in Midtown — a project that will create 250 jobs. Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported on Flexport’s planed $100 million expansion into Atlanta June 16.
July 11, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia-lensed feature film and television productions generated an economic impact of $9.5 billion during FY 2017. The 320 feature film and television productions shot in Georgia represent $2.7 billion in direct spending in the state.
July 11, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports, a groundswell of community leaders are doing all they can to make sure Joni Mitchell’s song “Big Yellow Taxi” doesn’t become Atlanta’s reality. Atlanta is uniquely positioned as a city in a forest, and there is a movement afoot to make sure it stays that way.
July 11, 2017 WABE 90.1
Lisa Hagen reports that the call to overhaul Georgia's 15-year-old voting system is getting bipartisan support. State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have proposed on social media to work together on an update. The problem isn't a new one. Georgia's voting machines leave no paper trail — that means there's no way to confirm that what someone voted for is what gets recorded.
July 11, 2017 GPB
Tony Harris and Ryan McFadin report that last week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, alleging the company discriminates against older workers by not hiring them in the first place. This leaves in place a ruling from Atlanta’s 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. We discuss the implications with Paul Chichester, an Atlanta-based employment attorney. And Peter Gosselin, contributing reporter for ProPublica.
July 11, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that the top contenders for Georgia’s wide-open race for governor faced a crucial test Monday as they reported how much money they’ve collected for their campaigns, an early gauge of their popularity in the crowded contest to succeed a term-limited Gov. Nathan Deal.
July 10, 2017 Brunswick News
Gordon Jackson reports that a decision to grant a hardship variance to allow construction of a 10-home subdivision on Cumberland Island has generated a variety of possible solutions among environmental groups. Most environmentalists, including groups like St. Simon's Island-based Center for a Sustainable Coast, oppose any new construction on an estimated 1,000 acres of privately-owned land on the national seashore.
July 10, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that Savannah’s easy sipping vibe recently received a unique counterpoint with the opening of the American Prohibition Museum in the downtown City Market. Exhibits in the new museum examine all facets of prohibition, from the organizations behind the early 1900s campaigns to ban booze to the illicit alcohol trade. Georgia’s role in prohibition is also featured, including the state’s voluntary vote to go dry in all counties by 1908, well before passage of the 18th Amendment.
July 10, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that while Atlanta’s job growth has been faster than the nation’s, wage gains here are not keeping up, according to a survey toting up millions of paychecks. The U.S. jobs report Friday touted strong hiring, and although metro Atlanta’s economy continues to grow, a report from Glassdoor Economic Research showed weakness on the wage front.
July 10, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports, the state on July 7 issued requests for qualifications for firms to design a new 100,000-square-foot Interdisciplinary STEM Research Building at The University of Georgia in Athens; a 157,000-square-foot Center for Engineering & Research at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro; a 155,000-square-foot College of Science and Math Building and campus infrastructure at Augusta University in Augusta; and the renovation of the Carlton Library and construction of a new fine arts building at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.
July 10, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Eva Fedderly reports in movie plots, small entreprenuers often realize big dreams through hard work and timing. It’s a true story for many local businesses as the film industry discovers Savannah. Over the last five years, the film industry’s economic impact on Savannah increased 13-fold, growing from $26 million in 2012 to $353 million in 2016, providing local businesses, entrepreneurs and artists with big opportunity.
July 10, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Red Denty reports that an Athens entrepreneur was honored recently with an international award from the business advising firm Ernst & Young. Wesley Rogers, CEO, president and co-founder of the Athens-based student housing developer Landmark Properties, was named the EY 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year in the real estate and construction category for the Southeast.
July 10, 2017 Gwinnett Place
Staff reports, now is your chance to share your opinion about Gwinnett Place! The Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District (GPCID) is inviting members of the community to take its market research survey to share perceptions of the Gwinnett Place area as well as shopping and dining patterns.
July 10, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Metro Atlanta has climbed to third place on the fourth annual Green Building Adoption Index, an index led by CBRE, a real estate firm. But the big news appears in at the start of the executive summary – regarding the potential demise of the green building movement.
July 10, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
James Folker reports that Augusta and North Augusta spoke with one voice in Washington, D.C., last week about fixing the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam. They asked congressmen and senators from both states for help, and they’re going to get it, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia said.
July 10, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County residents are no stranger to traffic congestion. And, with Gwinnett expected to become Georgia’s most populous county — with a population of 1.35 to 1.4 million people — by 2040, county officials say the people get around is an issue that needs to be looked at.
July 10, 2017 WABE 90.1
Adhiti Bandlamudi reports that Georgia's NAACP and ACLU are asking Secretary of State Brian Kemp not to provide information about the state's voters to the President's Election Integrity Commission. The commission, led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, is requesting voter information from all 50 states to investigate possible voter fraud.
July 10, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that the letter drafted by Georgia’s lawmakers was, on its face, a routine one: The delegation wanted more federal money for dredging work at Savannah’s harbor. But look a little closer and the semantic gymnastics were apparent. Congress’ earmark ban prevented the representatives from directly asking the House Appropriations Committee for what they wanted.
July 7, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Georgia’s largest health insurer is requesting an average premium increase of 40 percent for individual coverage in the Affordable Care Act insurance exchange next year. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia is the only health insurer scheduled to deliver a product in all 159 Georgia counties in the exchanges, which are designed to offer coverage to people who don’t get job-based or government health plans.
July 7, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Ben Young writes, Detroit is a fascinating study in bad policy and good people. It is also a culture capital and an essential stop for anyone with an interest in its outsized influence on music of the world. I visited the city in May as part of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) 21st LINK (Leadership, Involvement, Networking, Knowledge) trip.
July 7, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that customers must keep paying a financing surcharge for the troubled Plant Vogtle nuclear project, according to the Georgia Attorney General’s office. Georgia Power has collected more than $2 billion in such finance charges from customers since 2011, according to Bobby Baker, a former state utility regulator and Atlanta attorney.
July 7, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Phil W. Hudson reports, if you like to play, the Big Peach is a good place to spend the day. According to the personal-finance website WalletHub, Atlanta is the No. 5 best American city for recreation. To highlight the relative benefit of public spaces and recreational activities for consumers and economies across the country, WalletHub reported it compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 44 key indicators of recreation-friendliness.
July 7, 2017 Washington Post
Lena H. Sun reports that the Trump administration plans to appoint Georgia Public Health commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald to become the next diretor of the Ceenters for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the most crucial public health positions in the U.S. government given the agency's role in tracking and stopping infectious disease outbreaks nationally and globally.
July 7, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that while there has been much ado about the inadequacy of federal funds to keep the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project on track, a “good news” dredging story has been all but forgotten. For years, federal funding for the annual maintenance dredging and repairs needed to keep the Savannah harbor at optimum depths for shipping has fallen short, causing critical issues for the businesses and shippers who use our port.
July 7, 2017 The Brunswick News
Gordon Jackson reports that Wildlife Defense Systems is preparing to start a pilot program with a large cellphone carrier that could lead to the St. Marys-based company providing its services in rural areas nationwide. John Royall, the company's chief financial officer, said systems specifically designed for cell towers are being built for the program.
July 7, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that a Texas-based company that deals with specialty electrical equipment and engineered services is expanding, and it’s chosen Gwinnett as the place to do that growth. AZZ Inc. officials joined Partnership Gwinnett and the Georgia Department of Economic Development on Thursday to announce plans to move their industrial division to a new facility in Suwanee.
July 7, 2017 Gainesville Times
Carlos Galarza reports that the number of Latinos registering and showing up to vote in Gainesville and Hall County elections is on the rise, according to a report released Thursday by the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials. In Hall County, the number of Latinos who registered to vote in the 2016 elections jumped 41.5 percent to 10,043 from the 7,095 who registered in 2012, the GALEO report shows.
July 7, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Alva James-Johnson reports that State Sen. Josh McKoon filed paperwork Thursday, launching his run for Secretary of State. In an interview with the Ledger-Enquirer, McKoon said he’s excited about the race, which currently includes at least three other candidates to replace Brian Kemp. Others already vying for the position include Reps. Buzz Brockway, R-Lawrenceville, and Brad Raffensperger, R-Johns Creek, as well as David Belle Isle, the Republican mayor of Alpharetta, Ga.
July 7, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that a Muslim civil rights group is calling on senators to question FBI nominee Christopher Wray about the treatment of immigrant detainees in the aftermath of 9/11. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, said members of the Senate Judiciary Committee need to probe Wray at his confirmation hearing next week about his reported decision to curtail communication between hundreds of detainees and the outside world while serving in the George W. Bush’s Justice Department.
July 6, 2017 GPB
Celeste Headlee and Sean Powers report that parts of President Trump’s travel ban went into effect last week, but the change might be temporary. The U.S. Supreme Court lifted an injunction on the ban and will review the case this fall. The revised ban temporarily affects some travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries.
July 6, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick writes, who do you think is the state’s most effective lawyer? Now through Friday, July 28, 2017, you can tell us. Georgia Trend magazine’s annual Legal Elite listing will highlight the state’s most effective lawyers in 16 different practice areas. The list of the state’s Legal Elite, as chosen by their peers, will appear in the December 2017 issue.
July 6, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
J. Scott Trubey reports that Worldpay, the British payment processor with U.S. headquarters in Midtown Atlanta, has agreed to a $10 billion buyout offer by rival U.S.-based processor Vantiv. What the deal might mean for Atlanta is an open question. The agreement announced Wednesday would give Vantiv, based in Cincinnati, an international presence it lacks while also boosting its position as the No. 1 U.S. credit and debit card processor by total transactions.
July 6, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Amy Wenk reports that Forbes compiled a list of President Donald Trump’s $4.3 billion Cabinet, likely the richest in modern U.S. history, and what each person is worth. Among the list are two well-known Georgia politicians: Tom Price and Sonny Perdue.
July 6, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that Kennesaw State University has followed through with a plan to support Southeast Asian leaders with innovative, actionable plans to improve their societies. During a May 16-18 summit in Singapore, the university awarded $275 seed grants to the 22 young leaders to kickstart civic-engagement plans developed while participating in a U.S.-backed educational program.
July 6, 2017 Rockdale Citizen
Staff reports that Dr. Eric Bour has been named the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Piedmont Newton Hospital, replacing Jim Weadick. Kevin Brown, President and CEO of the parent company, Piedmont Healthcare, issued a news release on the appointment Wednesday morning: “I’m pleased to announce Eric Bour, M.D., MBA, as CEO of Piedmont Newton Hospital,” Brown said in the release. “Eric joins us from Greenville Health System (GHS) where he has served as president of Hillcrest Memorial Hospital and Simpsonville Medical Campus since 2011.
July 6, 2017 Rome News Tribune
Doug Walker reports that true to the mission that was laid out when the company was founded over two decades ago, Rome-based Scott Logistics is still all about offering the top transportation solutions in a way that is the most cost effective possible. But oh, how the freight management industry has changed over the course of the last 23 years.
July 6, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, the Windsor Hotel is a c. 1890’s beauty in Americus, in Southwest Georgia. It’s a great spot if you’re planning a trip to Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village and Discovery Center, Maranatha Baptist Church (where Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday School) in Plains or Providence Canyon in Lumpkin.
July 6, 2017 Gainesville Times
Norm Cannada reports that a federal Title IX lawsuit filed by a Gainesville High School mother alleging inequality in the treatment of the school’s softball program has been settled. After about an hour in executive session Wednesday, the school board approved the settlement and announced plans to make improvements to the high school’s softball facility.
July 6, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Susan McCord reports that two incoming Augusta University anesthesiology residents may miss changeover day due to delays in obtaining visas to live and work in the U.S. One of the residents was denied a visa; the other resident’s application for a visa remains on hold, said Jennifer Scott, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University senior communications coordinator.
July 6, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Jim Thompson reports that nothing becomes official until election qualifying in March 2018, but it appears both Republican congressmen now serving Athens-Clarke County will face Democratic opposition.
July 6, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Jim Galloway reports that the Fourth of July and the hot days that follow are where stump speeches — the memorized spiel that can be trotted out at the whisper of an invitation — are hammered, rewritten and otherwise forged into the shape of a candidate. Or at least, the shape that the candidate would have you see.
July 5, 2017 GPB
Grant Blankenship reports that Georgia peaches, and Southern peaches in general, are having a really tough year. Mark Sanchez is the CEO of Lane Packing in Fort Valley, Ga. It's one of the big growers in the four county area smack in the middle of Georgia where peaches come from.
July 5, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Anna Bentley reports that they’re cropping up in unexpected places across the state: along Georgia Power easements, on former sites of bus depots and in raised beds scattered throughout neighborhood yards. Urban farms – whether for commercial or mostly personal use – are bringing homegrown produce to areas starved for fresh food.
July 5, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell and Martha Michael report that rents have been rising in Atlanta, but not fast enough to outpace the rise in housing prices. Moreover, even after several years of climbing rents, the region’s apartments remain more affordable than in many other big U.S. metro areas.
July 5, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Mark Meltzer reports that a Suwanee, Ga.-based imaging company has won a Defense Department contract worth up to $100 million.Degrade, which provides imaging products designed for health-care systems and physicians, won the potential 10-year, $100 million contract from the Defense Logistics Agency.
July 5, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Andrea Honaker reports that Georgia wants to put service and support at the center of education. The state Department of Education released its first draft for the federal Every Student Succeed Act on June 15, and now it’s the public’s turn to provide feedback.
July 5, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Georgia is joining an effort to track the migratory patterns of a bird that biologists predict could be extinct within 15 years – the tiny saltwater sparrow, which is barely more than 4 inches long and weighs less than an ounce.
July 5, 2017 Brunwick News
Wes Wolfe reports that with the conclusion of peak sea turtle nesting season in June, Georgia stands at 1,579 nests as of early Monday afternoon, a little less than halfway to the mark set in 2016. Early estimates by state Wildlife Resources Division staff predicted this season would not reach the same numbers as last year, but would finish above average.
July 5, 2017 Rome News-Tribune
Geocaching mega-event, with a “Spy Games” theme, is expected to draw more than 1,200 players to Rome
Diane Wagner reports that after a year’s hiatus, Going Caching will return to Rome this fall, with five days of “Spy Games” expected to draw more than 1,200 geocachers from around the world. Players use GPS navigation tools to find hidden treasures, win prizes and party with others who enjoy outdoor puzzle-solving with fantasy themes. The mega-event is one of just 12 in the United States, and the only one in the southeast sanctioned by Geocaching.com.
July 5, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that small Georgia cities are turning to the sun for power at wastewater treatment plants to save money. But many aren’t saving as much as expected because although they’ll use less electricity from Georgia Power, they’ll be paying more per killowatt hour, a couple of city managers said.
July 5, 2017 Athens Banner Herald, Associated Press
Georgia’s electronic touchscreen voting system is so riddled with problems that the results of the most expensive House race in U.S. history should be tossed out and a new election held, according to a lawsuit filed by a government watchdog group and six Georgia voters.
July 5, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports, two of three Medicaid beneficiaries in Georgia are children. The national average is lower, with 43 percent of Medicaid beneficiaries being kids, but the numbers are still huge. So when cuts to the government program are proposed, as is the case with Republican health care legislation in Congress, many pediatricians become alarmed.
July 5, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that Georgia U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue are not seen as swing votes on the Republican health care bill. But that hasn’t stopped the two GOP lawmakers from looking to secure last-minute benefits for Georgia’s sickest children and some of the state’s medical providers as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell feverishly renegotiates portions of the Better Care Reconciliation Act to win over enough GOP holdouts
July 3, 2017 WABE 90.1
Stephannie Stokes reports that the speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives indicated Thursday he'd support state funding for rail and bus transit. David Ralston made the comments in the first meeting of a House commission on public transportation. He charged the group of lawmakers and transportation leaders with developing recommendations for a statewide approach.
July 3, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Georgia is filled with major tourist sites – from Six Flags and Stone Mountain in Atlanta to architecture and history in Savannah to the natural beauty of our beaches and mountains – that draw thousands of people from all over the globe. The state’s music was even named one of the 25 can’t miss experiences in the world for 2017 by National Geographic.
July 3, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the Georgia Supreme Court decided to send a case on Atlanta airport alcohol sales tax revenue back to a lower court, continuing a dispute between College Park and Clayton County.
July 3, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that a new report from Nation's Restaurant News says Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A's growth is "almost too astounding to believe," and calls the company "the hottest big chain in the country."
July 3, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that the annual meeting of Delta Air Lines Friday morning became a high-flying affair as CEO Ed Bastian declared two all-time records. The company’s market cap is approaching $40 billion, and Bastian said: “Last night, we closed at an all-time high.” And then on Friday, Delta was expecting its busiest day ever.
July 3, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that Oconee Regional Medical Center in Milledgeville will be sold to Macon-based Navicent Health according to a ruling issued Friday by Judge Austin E. Carter of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Georgia. Oconee Regional filed the necessary motions for the asset sale to the Prime Healthcare Foundation last month, which included the opportunity for other interested parties to submit bids to purchase the hospital.
July 3, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that the Trump administration’s rollback of the protection of the nation’s small streams and wetlands earlier this week produced both cheers and jeers in Georgia. The controversial Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the U.S. Rule or WOTUS, broadened the waters covered by the Clean Water Act.
July 3, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Amanda King reports that Orrin Hudson has made a few bad moves in his life. The motivational speaker, chess champion and founder of Be Someone, Inc. spoke with more than 30 students from across the Augusta area at Tabernacle Baptist Church on Friday afternoon, comparing life to a game of chess.
July 3, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that five weeks ago, Kathi Abraham and Lisa Manning each lost their sons on the same day to a suspected opioid overdose. The two victims lived in the same Lawrenceville neighborhood. They knew each other, Abraham says, but apparently were not together that day. Both Joseph Abraham, 19, and Dustin Manning, 18, had addiction problems before their fatal overdoses.
July 3, 2017 GPB
Juan Rodriguez reports that a new law that will help fight the opioid crisis in Georgia will go into effect on July 1. House Bill 249 was sent to the governor on April 7 after making it through the House with a vote of 164-9 and through the Senate with a vote of 50-0.
July 3, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Phil Wilheit Sr. is one of Gov. Nathan Deal’s most ardent supporters. And in the 2018 race to replace the term-limited governor, he’s turning to another Gainesville Republican. Wilheit penned an email on Friday calling Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle “the very best person” for the job. He and his wife gave more than $12,000 to Cagle, he wrote, and he urged his friends and colleagues to do the same.
June 30, 2017 WABE 90.1
Martha Dalton reports that Georgia could do more to try to prevent injuries and deaths, according to a new report from the National Safety Council. The report grades states' safety policies in three areas: on the road, in the home and community, and in the workplace. Georgia earned an overall score of D.
June 30, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, it's Thursday night, the week has been packed – and it isn’t over yet. The kids have had soccer games or dance lessons or homework every night. Work has been a bear. You haven’t even had a chance to go to the grocery store. It’s now halfway through the new year – the one where you resolved to eat better, as in locally sourced, home-cooked meals. But who has the time?
June 30, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Martha Michael reports, it's official: there will be no back-to-school sales tax-free weekend in Georgia this year. State lawmakers failed to pass legislation during this year’s Legislative session to provide for a 2017 tax holiday, according to the Georgia Department of Revenue.
June 30, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams reports that the two state agencies with jurisdiction over an ambitious makeover of Georgia highways have given the go-ahead for a widening project along Interstate 85. The boards of the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) and State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) hvae passed a joint resolution authorizing plans to widen I-85 from two lanes in each direction to three lanes northeast of Atlanta.
June 30, 2017 Saporta Report
Maggie Lee reports that a group of state legislators plus county and transit bosses convened in Atlanta on Thursday to start work on recommendations for the state’s transit systems. They heard a hint that state leaders may look favorably on Georgia contributions toward transit. The state House’s top legislator told the state House Commission on Transit Governance and Funding that he’s charging them with a discussion and assessment of transit in Georgia.
June 30, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Joe Hotchkiss reports that management of the Plant Vogtle expansion project could change hands within a month. Georgia Power announced late Wednesday that it and Southern Nuclear are prepared to take over management at the Burke County nuclear power plant in late July, under the terms of a new service agreement struck June 9.
June 30, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that tens of thousands of Georgia Medicaid beneficiaries are set to switch health plans over the weekend in an unprecedented shift in enrollment for the government program. July 1, which falls this Saturday, will mark the planned move of more than 200,000 enrollees to an Ohio-based “care management organization,’’ CareSource. Under a new state contract, taking effect that day, the insurer joins three other CMOs delivering care to 1.3 million Georgians, most of them children.
June 30, 2017 University of Georgia
Emily Woodward reports that a Georgia Sea Grant-funded project will help protect turtles and enable fishermen trawling for cannonball jellyfish to operate more efficiently. Georgia fishermen recently conducted several 30-hour cannonball jellyfish trawling trips to test the turtle excluder device, which is similar to the TED for shrimpers first developed in 1968.
June 30, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced 39 award winners for the Innovation Fund Tiny Grant program, a competitive grant opportunity that provides funding to traditional public schools, charter schools and school districts to implement small-scale programs that directly engage students.
June 30, 2017 GPB
Max Moran reports that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is supposed to release a new database to the public next week. It’s a collection of information on immigrants and foreign nationals in the state with criminal records. The GBI was ordered to publish the data under the “Protect Georgia Act,” which Governor Nathan Deal signed in May.
June 30, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Rolling Stone has a fascinating piece on Tim Gill, the mega-donor who pumped more than $422 million of his fortune into the cause of equal rights for the gay community. One of his main goals was to block “religious liberty” bills in state legislatures across the nation that critics saw as thinly-veiled attempts to legalize discrimination against same-sex couples.
June 29, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Scott Berson reports that Synovus was named the 2017 “Most Reputable Bank” in the U.S. in an annual survey published by American Banker magazine and conducted through the Reputation Institute. Synovus ranked first overall among the 42 banks included in the survey, as well as first among non-customers.
June 29, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Ellen Berman reports, want to learn the fundamentals of successful business management? You could read a book. Take a tutorial. Glean what works through trial and error. Or you could earn your master’s of business administration degree.
June 29, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that Southern Company said it is suspending efforts to get a troubled Mississippi plant running properly that had been touted as the future for “clean coal” power plants.
June 29, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL:NYSE) is stepping out from behind the counter at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The Atlanta-based airline announced Wednesday that it has rolled out 100 handheld devices to "help gate agents drive more personal engagements with customers at its home airport in Atlanta."
June 29, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that the Grady Health Foundation announced Wednesday that a giant biopharmaceutical company is donating $2 million to help renovate the Grady system’s HIV/AIDS center in Atlanta.
June 29, 2017 Georgia Tech, Emory University
John Toon reports that a phase I clinical trial conducted by Emory University in collaboration with researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology has found that influenza vaccination using Band-Aid-like patches with dissolvable microneedles was safe and well-tolerated by study participants, was just as effective in generating immunity against influenza, and was strongly preferred by study participants over vaccination with a hypodermic needle and syringe.
June 29, 2017 University of Georgia
Danielle Bezila reports that the University of Georgia Foundation approved changes in leadership and board positions during its recent annual meeting. The board voted unanimously to elect William W. "Bill" Douglas as chairman effective July 1 for a term running through June 30, 2019.
June 29, 2017 Gainesville Times
Nick Watson reports that Goodwill of North Georgia will receive $1.2 million from the federal Department of Labor for its program helping young adult ex-offenders find employment. The labor department announced $72.8 million in grant funds for 32 programs that help people who “face a variety of challenges” when returning to the workforce.
June 29, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Saddi Abusaid reports that School District officials met with members of the Development Authority of Cobb County Wednesday to get their first taste of “Project Meatloaf,” a plan involving a mystery film company asking the authority to issue $50 million in bonds.
June 29, 2017 GPB
Tony Harris and Ryan McFadin report that President Trump recently unveiled new trade restrictions with Cuba. We look at how this will impact Georgia’s poultry industry. Joining us is James Sumner, President of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council and Marisa Anne Pagnattaro, Associate Dean for UGA’s Terry College of Business.
June 29, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Republican Hunter Hill said Thursday he’s raised more than $1 million in the race for Georgia governor, a day ahead of a reporting deadline that will be an early test for gubernatorial candidates.
June 28, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced that SILON, a leading producer of technical compounds and polyester staple fibers, will create more than 20 jobs and invest $20 million in a new Peachtree City facility. The facility will be used for manufacturing, warehousing and storage purposes. The newly created jobs include positions in engineering, management and production.
June 28, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Christy Simo reports that New Jersey-based nuts, dried fruits and trail mix company Star Snacks Co. is building a 200,000-square-foot peanut roasting and packaging facility in Bibb County. The $18-million investment will create 115 jobs.
June 28, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
J. Scott Trubey reports that aerospace giant Boeing announced Tuesday the opening of a new research center at Georgia Tech that the company said would help the company overcome technical hurdles in manufacturing.
June 28, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Goodwill of North Georgia scores $1.2M grant ‘to improve employment opportunities for justice-involved individuals’
Phil W. Hudson reports that the U.S. Department of Labor will grant Goodwill of North Georgia $1.2 million to assist those exiting correctional systems with gaining employment. The grant is part of the department's $72.8 million in grant funds that will be awarded to 32 programs to strenthen access to opportunity for these individuals.
June 28, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that a Czech plastics manufacturer today announced plans to invest $20 million in a Peachtree City factory, creating at least 20 jobs. SILON’s polyester fibers and polyolefin compounds are used in the automotive, construction and medical sectors, among others.
June 28, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that Aflac’s top executive overseeing government relations is stepping down from his job and will be leaving the company this year, the supplemental health and life insurer said Tuesday. Columbus-based Aflac said Phillip “Jack” Friou, who has been with the firm for 43 years, will be stepping down at the end of this week.
June 28, 2017 Emory University
Staff reports that Emory University filed a petition on Tuesday, June 27, to annex into the City of Atlanta. The university, including its health care facilities on the Druid Hills campus, will remain in DeKalb County, and upon approval of the petition, will also be part of the City of Atlanta.
June 28, 2017 Kennesaw University
Staff reports that when delivery companies like FedEx, Amazon and UPS launch drones to deliver packages in the near future, one Kennesaw State computer science professor may be at the crux of solving one of its most complicated problems.
hen delivery companies like FedEx, Amazon and UPS launch drones to deliver packages in the near future, one Kennesaw State computer science professor may be at the crux of solving one of its most complicated problems.
Donghyun (David) Kim, assistant professor of computer science and an expert in computer algorithm optimization, is designing a fast-running algorithm to tackle simultaneous coordination problems among multiple delivery trucks and the drones launched from them.
June 28, 2017 Georgia Health News
Jim Lichtenwalter reports that a report by University of Georgia researchers shows that an Athens-area charity health clinic is helping to reduce the number of unnecessary ER visits. The report examined all 185 new patients who began receiving health care from the Mercy Health Center between Feb. 1 and July 31, 2015, and continued to do so for at least a year and a half.
June 28, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that another slice has occurred in the “death by a thousand cuts” that threatens rural Georgia. This one involves the downgrading of bonds issued for a college that was to lead a swath of southeast Georgia into a brighter future. The credit downgrade at South Georgia State College is the latest indicator of the difficulties of maintaining communities in parts of the state that today’s economy is leaving behind.
June 28, 2017 GPB
Tony Harris, Ryan McFadin and Trevor Young report that a recent survey by the University of Georgia finds that 16 percent of Georgians don’t have access to a high-speed internet connection. The vast majority of those effected live in the state’s rural regions. We talk about broadband deserts with UGA’s Associate Director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government Eric McRae.
June 28, 2017 Gainesville Times
Nick Bowman reports that Gainesville’s Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia has been purchased by North Carolina-based Entegra Financial Corp., the holding company of Entegra Bank. The purchase of Chattahoochee with a mix of stock and cash was announced on Tuesday. Entegra paid $34.9 million — 70 percent cash and 30 percent stock — for the commercial bank on E.E. Butler Parkway, according to the announcement.
June 28, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that Glynn County received $6.7 million Tuesday as an initial reimbursement on the $11.4 million cost of cleaning up after Hurricane Matthew. Georgia Emergency Management Agency\Homeland Security Director Homer Bryson handed over the check to Glynn County Commission Chairman Bill Brunson and to Capt. Jay Wiggins, director of Emergency Management for the county.
June 28, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that it's going to take more federal money to keep the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project on time and on track, said Georgia’s congressional delegation in a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee. The letter warned that underfunding the massive civil works project could cost the country more than $1 billion.
June 28, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that the head of a right-leaning watchdog group said he is fairly certain his organization’s previous complaint regarding the dual-employment status of U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ top aide prompted a new House Ethics inquiry into the matter.
June 27, 2017 Cartersville Daily-Tribune
Neil McGahee reports that after getting the “go-ahead” from both Bartow-Cartersville Joint Development Authority boards, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Lidl, a German global discount supermarket chain, will open a regional headquarters and distribution center in the Highland-75 Industrial Park. The company plans to invest $100 million in Bartow and create 250 jobs within five years.
June 27, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Jennifer Hafer reports that it used to be when you talked about economic development in Georgia, the focus was primarily on courting and landing large industries that could bring dozens, even hundreds of jobs to the state in one fell swoop. But today, communities across Georgia are successfully using the arts as part of their local economic development strategy, stimulating growth while sustaining and creating jobs.
June 27, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
J. Scott Trubey and Leon Stafford report that a German development firm has acquired more than two dozen historic downtown buildings, with plans to buy about a dozen more, in a $200 million plan to bring the largely vacant and boarded up structures south of the Five Point Marta station back to their former glory.
June 27, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that former Delta Air Lines Inc. CEO Richard Anderson is going from planes to trains. Amtrak said Monday it has named Anderson as the nationwide rail network's next president and CEO. Anderson, former chief executive officer of Delta and Northwest Airlines, will begin his role July 12.
June 27, 2017 WABE 90.1
Tasnim Shamma reports, fewer people are popping open a can of Coca-Cola compared to a decade ago. The company is losing money, so in April it announced impending job cuts to yield "productivity savings.
June 27, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that the board of trustees of Morehouse College Monday voted unanimously Monday to name Harold Martin Jr. as the interim president of the institution. Martin, who has been serving as secretary of the board, follows the sudden death of former interim President William J. “Bill” Taggart on June 7.
June 27, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that the potential cuts in the Medicaid program, as outlined in the GOP health care bills, have a deeply felt meaning for Mitzi Proffitt and her family. She’s employed by a nonprofit that provides services to Georgia families impacted by disabilities or special health care needs.
June 27, 2017 Daily Report
Katheryn Hayes Tucker reports that taxpayers supported by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Anti-Defamation League and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State have lost their challenge to a tuition tax credit for private and religious schools. In a Georgia Supreme Court opinion released Monday, Justice Robert Benham ruled the taxpayers had not proven they had been harmed by the program and thus had no right to sue.
June 27, 2017 Brunswick News
Larry Hobbs reports that Coastal Georgia scored a B+ on its final exam for 2016 — not exactly honor roll status, but a relatively overall clean bill of health for the vital ecosystem’s fisheries, wildlife and water quality. So says the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, which did all the data cramming for this test of the coast’s ability to maintain ecological health amid its growing demands as a desired destination to live and visit.
June 27, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Jon Ossoff’s campaign for Georgia’s 6th District is at once tantalizing and haunting for Democrats preparing for next year’s midterms. He raised more money than any other U.S. House candidate in history and transformed the contest for a safely Republican district into a nail-biter with sweeping national implications. And he lost that race by 4 points despite more than $30 million on his behalf and the weight of the Democratic Party behind him.
June 26, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that the Savannah metro economy returned to healthy growth in the first quarter of 2017, exhibiting substantial strength as the effects of Hurricane Matthew began to quickly dissipate. According to Armstrong State University economist Michael Toma, author of the quarterly Coastal Empire Economic Monitor, gains in total employment, port activity, retail sales, passenger boardings at the airport and consumer confidence were particularly strong, putting the three-county Coastal Empire on a growth trajectory that should be sustainable at least through the rest of the year.
June 26, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports that Jimmy Carter says the ravages of Guinea worm disease go back to ancient times, when the worm was known as the fiery serpent. “When Moses took the Israelites out of Egypt, they were afflicted with Guinea worm,” he says. “The symbol for medical doctors is also a Guinea worm wrapped around a stick.”
June 26, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that banks — especially the smaller ones — can probably expect a lighter touch from regulators in the future, but not in areas that would weaken protections against another industry meltdown, according to the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank’s new president.
June 26, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Phil W. Hudson reports that even though the Atlanta Falcons made it to Super Bowl this past season, a new study says the club's fan base and brand are far from super. The Falcons have the No. 19 fan base and brand in the National Football League, according to a new report from Emory University.
June 26, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that a proposed surface mine in Wayne County, near Georgia’s coast, will be allowed to withdraw up to 11.5 million gallons of water a day from the Altamaha River basin, according to draft permits announced June 23 by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
June 26, 2017 University of Georgia
Charlie Bauder reports that a partnership between the University of Georgia and Athens-Clarke County is helping young criminal offenders turn something negative into a positive. Twenty-eight young people from Athens-Clarke County recently graduated from YouthServe, a diversion program offered through the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, Athens-Clarke County Municipal Court, and ACC Probation Services.
June 26, 2017 Georgia Tech
Laura Diamond reports that Boeing and Georgia Tech formally opened a new advanced development research center designed to solve some of the toughest technical challenges in manufacturing. In the Boeing Manufacturing Development Center, company researchers and Georgia Tech engineering students will work together to implement automation in industrial applications.
June 26, 2017 Athens Banner Herald
Lee Shearer reports that Madison County School District has won this year’s “Charter System Leadership Award” and the $10,000 grant that goes with it. The award, given by the Georgia Charter System Foundation, recognizes charter school systems that demonstrate “instructional innovations at the classroom, school house or system-wide level with a focus on initiative-driven leadership.”
June 26, 2017 WABE 90.1
Molly Samuel reports, at the beginning of the year, most of Georgia was in drought. Now, less than a third of the state is drier than usual. But there are still water use rules in place in metro Atlanta, even though the drought has improved dramatically.
June 26, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports another portion of Phase I of a proposed large downtown development is expected to be discussed Monday at Macon’s zoning meeting. The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission plans to consider a conditional-use application for 743, 753 Plum St. and 552, 586 D.T. Walton Sr. Way to allow a mixed-use development with residential lofts, retail space and a parking garage as part of the project known as Central City Commons.
June 26, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that twenty-four businesses from 15 counties recently received GLOBE (Georgia Launching Opportunities By Exporting) Awards at the 2017 Go Global reception. The Georgia Department of Economic Development-led awards program recognizes companies that entered a new international market in the previous year. This year’s winners, most of which are small businesses, collectively expanded into 129 new markets in 2016.
June 26, 2017 Brunswick News
Lindsey Adkison reports that the success of Dave Synder’s business is dependent upon several factors. Naturally, the owner of Halyard and Tramici, both on St. Simons Island, focuses on customer service and serving delectable dishes. But there is another element that has a huge impact on his bottom-line — the quality of the seafood he serves.
June 26, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Jim Galloway reports that less than a week after a wrenching defeat in the Sixth District congressional race, Georgia Democrats have embarked on a volatile race for governor. Early this morning, Gov. Roy Barnes endorsed state Rep. Stacey Evans of Smyrna in the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial primary.
June 23, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that the U.S. Senate has unveiled its much-anticipated legislation to unravel the Affordable Care Act, releasing a proposal Thursday that has some key differences from the House health care overhaul. Like the House bill, the Senate version – crafted in secrecy by 13 Republican senators – would slash Medicaid, which covers millions of Americans (including roughly 2 million Georgians).
June 23, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Candice Dyer reports that Charles Thomas, 74, felt like a prisoner in his own home. Because of his declining vision, he had to rely on others for transportation. Then he discovered the Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI), where he practiced orientation and mobility skills with a newly acquired white cane. He learned how to cross streets safely, climb stairs and conquer escalators.
June 23, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports, as if Southern Co.'s Plant Vogtle problems weren't enough, utility regulators are telling the Atlanta company's Mississippi unit to pull the plug on its troubled "clean coal" plant and absorb millions in costs.
June 23, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Ellie Hensley reports that a late March freeze devastated much of Georgia's peach and blueberry crops, but farmers are surviving by diversifying their offerings and branching into agritourism to boost their bottom line.
June 23, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue emphasized the value NAFTA as he met this week in Savannah with senior government representatives of Canada and Mexico. Perdue’s support was evident in his tweets and his support of the joint statement released at the conclusion of the trade meeting.
June 23, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Tom Corwin reports that in light of the $60 million investment the state is making in the Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center, Augusta University is “upping our game” in cyber and computer sciences programs by creating a new school, President Brooks Keel announced Thursday morning.
June 23, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
DLA Piper’s Managing Partner in Atlanta: Firm’s Global Perspective Can Be Traced to Its Very Beginning
Phil Bolton reports, the days when Atlanta’s reputation as the commercial hub for the Southeast was belittled due to a lack of venture capital to help grow local firms are over, according to Joseph Silver, managing partner of the Atlanta office of the global law firm DLA Piper.
June 23, 2017 Brunswick News
John Hammel reports that as Alyssa Beasley walked along the pier on St. Simons Island Wednesday, people stopped to stare and even take pictures of the 19-year-old Brunswick native. That’s because with the crown, sash and infectious smile, Beasley was hard to mistake for anything but the winner of this year’s Miss Georgia Pageant.
June 23, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, more than a quality-of-life endeavor, the arts — both commercial and nonprofit — are an enterprise with a large impact on Georgia’s economy — $62.5 million annually and 200,000 jobs. Hear what Executive Director of the Georgia Council for the Arts Karen Paty says about the creative industries and read more about their economic impact in this month’s Georgia Trend feature “Artful Endeavors.”
June 23, 2017
June 23, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insiders
Tamar Hallerman reports that Karen Handel punched her ticket to Washington on Tuesday after a hard-fought, four-month race in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, but she won’t find it easy when she arrives on Capitol Hill.
June 22, 2017 WABE 90.1, Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that inflammatory breast cancer is usually diagnosed at a later stage than other breast cancers – and thus is often fatal. A new Georgia State University study has found that one of the areas with high incidence of inflammatory breast cancer is in South Georgia. The data are from 2004 to 2012, and the researchers plan to see if those cluster spots remain the same in more recent cases of the cancer.
June 22, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Randy Southerland reports that the West Georgia city of Columbus is rolling in opportunities on the banks of the Chattahoochee River and making ambitious plans for the future. It has a bold new initiative that it calls Columbus 2025 to drive economic development, build a well-trained workforce, encourage entrepreneurs and the arts, and reduce poverty.
June 22, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that a man leading Hartsfield-Jackson International’s $6 billion expansion and modernization is leaving the airport to take another job. Assistant general manager of planning and development Frank Rucker’s last day working for the world’s busiest airport will be July 7, when he will leave for a position at Jacobs Engineering Group in Singapore.
June 22, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Jessica Saunders reports that the Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) is laying off more than 400 employees at three Atlanta locations. The layoffs were announced on the the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act website list published by the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
June 22, 2017 Kennesaw State University
Staff reports that documentary about the history and culture of Chinese tea produced by The Confucius Institute at Kennesaw State University (CIKSU) and Georgia Public Television (GPB) captured awards in six categories at the 2017 Southeastern Emmy Awards ceremony June 10.
June 22, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Robin Trimarchi reports that Fidel Jenkins of Residential World Media highlights game theme-nights and off season, big-ticket events to accompany Columbus Burn hockey. Jenkins also confirms that he is in talks with Jerome Bechard about the former Cottonmouths coach future with the new franchise.
June 22, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that plans by Gwinnett County and Johns Creek to expand the roadway known as both Pleasant Hill Road and State Bridge Road to six lanes got a funding boost from state officials this week. Gov. Nathan Deal and the State Road and Tollway Authority announced the related projects qualified for two out of 22 Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank grant awards that were announced on Wednesday.
June 22, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that Bibb County may be landing a large manufacturing company looking for a new location. The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority has been in discussions with a company, known for now as Project Bengal, about coming here since late last fall. During negotiations, the company’s name is not made public.
June 22, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that a last-minute request from the National Park Service has postponed a controversial decision on rezoning private property within Cumberland Island National Seashore. The Camden County Board of Commissioners last week voted to allow time for negotiations between the park and private landowners rather than moving forward with either an ongoing zoning variance request or a new zoning district.
June 22, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, Southern 75 cocktail, a French 75 laced with mint and peach bitters, is available at The Federal — a classic French bistro in Midtown Atlanta. Learn more about the drink and the restaurant in this month’s Georgia Fare review, “Compounded Interest.”
June 22, 2017 GPB
Tony Harris and Trevor Young report, June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month. The recently published America’s Health Rankings Senior Report finds the state now ranks 41st in the nation for senior health, down two spots from last year. We talk about the state of our elder care system with Kathy Floyd, Executive Director for the Georgia Council on Aging. And Glenn Ostir, Director of the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Georgia.
June 22, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Jim Galloway reports, let us first note the graciousness of the victory speech that Republican Karen Handel offered up on Tuesday night, particularly when it came to her mention of Steve Scalise. He’s the Louisiana congressman wounded by gunfire on a northern Virginia ballfield as the Sixth District contest reached its zenith. As House majority whip, Scalise had watched over Handel’s campaign.
June 21, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Jon Gargis reports, despite polls and pundits dubbing it a tight race in the days prior, Republican Karen Handel did more than squeak out a win against Democrat Jon Ossoff in Tuesday’s runoff election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.
June 21, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that the Disney Conservation fund awarded the Atlanta Audubon Society a $25,000 grant in recognition of the group’s efforts to reduce bird-building collisions through Project Safe Flight Atlanta. The grant will be used to enhance monitoring and help make Atlanta a more bird-friendly community.
June 21, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that House lawmakers approved legislation that would add life to federal tax credits that could save hundreds of millions of dollars for the companies and non-profits behind the struggling Plant Vogtle nuclear project and a similar one in South Carolina.
June 21, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that logistics company KNAPP said Tuesday it will expand its North American headquarters in Kennesaw, Ga. The Germany-based warehouse logistics and automation company said it has purchased a new 50,000-square-foot multi-purpose building adjacent to its current location at 2124 Barrett Park Drive.
June 21, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Moris reports that a company in south Bibb County announced a big expansion Tuesday that will mean a sizable investment and more than 100 new jobs. A $59 million investment will expand the existing Tyson Foods Inc. warehouse and distribution center from about 182,000 square feet to 345,000 square feet, officials announced.
June 21, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that global credit-card and payments processor TSYS said Monday it has renewed a long-term contract with Valley National Bank, a Fort Wayne, N.J.-based regional bank with more than $22 billion in assets. Columbus-based TSYS will handle processing for Valley National’s consumer and debit cards.
June 21, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Joe Hotchkiss reports that it's not just cyber jobs. Col. Todd Turner needs plumbers. Fort Gordon’s garrison commander said Tuesday that the projected growth of the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence will touch several areas of business and economic growth.
June 21, 2017 GPB
Celeste Headlee and Ryan McFadin report that climate change is a problem for everyone. But climate change disproportionately harms communities of color. An Atlanta-based organization recently received $1 million from the MacArthur Foundation to help combat this. Nathaniel Smith is a founder of that organization, the Partnership for Southern Equity.
June 21, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that on a day the Commerce Department announced the U.S. trade deficit rose to its highest level in a year during the first quarter, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue set the table for NAFTA renegotiations, hosting the agricultural ministers of Canada and Mexico in Savannah for their first trilateral talks on the issue.
June 21, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that environmentalists are calling an EPA remedy for a contaminated outfall canal that empties into a tidal creek a literal cover-up. The EPA’s interim record of decision says it will allow Hercules Inc. to fill a canal contaminated with the banned pesticide toxaphene and to build a new concrete-lined outfall ditch to reroute water from its former chemical plant on Brunswick’s eastern border.
June 21, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallarman reports that President Donald Trump may have been the 800-pound gorilla in Georgia’s 6th District race, but Nancy Pelosi ended up being the albatross. Republican Karen Handel’s larger-than-expected win over Democrat Jon Ossoff Tuesday proved how potent her side’s messaging regarding the House minority leader could be in mobilizing GOP voters.
June 20, 2017 WABE 90.1
Martha Dalton reports that a new federal education law known as the "Every Student Succeeds Act" requires states to come up their own accountability systems. A key part of Georgia’s plan changes how the state evaluates schools. Georgia’s report card system is called the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). Schools earn points based on indicators like test scores, progress, and closing achievement gaps.
June 20, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Bill Crane reports, the political eyes of the nation are upon us as the fight for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District seat wraps up. Despite approval ratings in low double digits, incumbent members of our U.S. Congress continue to enjoy re-election rates in the upper 90 percentiles, which greatly increases the value and comparative rarity of an open seat election such as the one underway in the district.
June 20, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines has begun selling tickets for new business class suites in Airbus A350s to begin flying in its fleet this fall. Delta is set to be the first U.S. airline to get an A350. The carrier’s first A350 flight will take off Oct. 30 from Detroit to Tokyo’s Narita Airport.
June 20, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Douglas Sams reports that mattress giant Serta Simmons Bedding LLC is unveiling images of its recently announced 500-employee campus on the site of the former Doraville General Motors Plant. That new images come six weeks after Serta Simmons representatives appeared before the Doraville Downtown Development Authority to strike a deal for economic incentives.
June 20, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that a rural hospital in eastern Georgia has been saved from closure. Optim Medical Center-Jenkins, set to close this month, announced Monday that it has been sold to GA Medical Holdings Corp. The 25-bed “critical access’’ facility in Millen in Jenkins County was due to merge operations with another hospital in the area. It would have been the seventh Georgia rural hospital to shut down since the beginning of 2013.
June 20, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Thomas Gardiner reports that the U.S. Army Cyber Command broke ground last year on its new Fort Gordon facilities, bringing its headquarters to Augusta from Fort Belvoir, Va. After a tour of the fort and a visit to cyber and other electronic warfare facilities, Congressman Rick Allen said the trip was educational and called Gordon’s cyber efforts vital to national security.
June 20, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that shares of Aflac stock flirted with $80 per share Monday amid an overall upward stock market, with both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrials reaching all-time highs. Aflac shares gained $1.43 apiece, or nearly 2 percent, out of the gate to reach $79.81, up from Friday’s close of $78.43 per share.
June 20, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that with just a month left in fiscal 2017, Savannah’s International Trade & Convention Center is performing at its highest level ever, with hotel-room nights in the city’s convention district approaching the record set in 2004 when the G-8 Summit was in town. That meeting of world leaders in Savannah and on Sea Island 13 years ago pushed local room nights to 82,636 for the year.
June 20, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports that anyone with a Facebook account has seen ads for Blue Apron or Hello Fresh, those national meal delivery companies that seem to have unlimited advertising budgets. What if you’re a Georgia company that does the same thing? Do those ads make it easier or harder to do business? “With Blue Apron and Hello Fresh, I’m so thankful that they did come into the marketplace,” says Stephanie Wright, co-owner of Dinner A’Fare, a meal delivery company out of Suwanee, “because previous to them, advertising was very challenging for us. Not only did we have to advertise who we are, but we had to completely explain what we did. No one was really familiar with the idea of a meal kit delivery service.”
June 20, 2017 Daily Report
Katheryn Hayes Tucker reports that the Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday that the state cannot be sued over a controversial law that bans most abortions after 20 weeks and gives prosecutors access to women's medical records.But, in a 71-page opinion, Justice Keith Blackwell left the door open for challenges to state officials individually.
June 20, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that there was no mention of Donald Trump laced into Democrat Jon Ossoff’s election-eve pep rally. Nor was there an overt attack aimed at Republican Karen Handel, his opponent in Tuesday’s blockbuster Georgia 6th District vote. Instead, Ossoff stuck to a familiar theme in his closing argument to hundreds of supporters who crammed into his Roswell office.
June 19, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that Georgia’s unemployment rate now stands at its lowest level in nearly a decade, just prior to the financial flames of the Great Recession consuming the U.S. economy. The Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday that the rate dipped from 5 percent in April to 4.9 percent in May. That gives the state its lowest number since October 2007
June 19, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Anne Dunkin reports that fifteen years into her medical career, Dana Neacsu, M.D., had become frustrated with the way she and colleagues were treating patients. “I started noticing how certain patients kept coming back,” she says. “You give them medications and the medications work for a while, but they still have the same problem down the road or sometime it’s even worse because they are having reactions to the medicines.”
June 19, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
J. Scott Trubey reports that home price increases are likely to continue to outpace wage growth and inflation, putting greater pressure on housing affordability across the country because of a shortage of supply, forecasters said Friday at the National Association of Real Estate Editors convention.
June 19, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Amy Wenk reports, the he number of craft breweries in Georgia has grown from 21 in 2011 to 53 in 2016.
June 19, 2017 Brunswick News
Larry Hobbs reports that the rope that dangled down into the hold of the Jo Ann B from a small square opening in the deck suddenly went taut. The winch overhead hummed Friday as it strained, slowly raising a 55-gallon plastic can loaded to the brim with Coastal Georgia’s most-prized saltwater delicacy. The bounty of wild Georgia shrimp swayed high above the boat Friday morning, then swung over to the City Market docks.
June 19, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Tom Corwin reports that even before its formal groundbreaking Monday, work is well underway on the $50 million Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center on the Augusta University Riverfront campus. The mission of the center – to provide cybersecurity education and training to students. and a wide variety of workers – has also begun and is taking shape as well, said Calvin Rhodes, executive director of the Georgia Technology Authority tasked with building the center.
June 19, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
New Leadership at Stone Mountain’s USA Poulty & Egg Export Council to Lobby on Behalf of NAFTA Gains
Phil Bolton reports that Mac Killebrew, vice president of international sales at Tyson Foods in Springdale, Ark., has been elected chairman of the board of the Stone Mountain-based USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) just in time to lead its lobbying efforts on behalf of NAFTA.
June 19, 2017 Gainesville Times
Norm Cannada reports that University of North Georgia students should gain more opportunities in the growing field of geospatial technology through a new 3-year $609,739 National Science Foundation grant designed to start two new programs on the Gainesville campus. The grant, which begins July 1, will help the university develop a new associate degree and a certificate program in the technology, which has a variety of uses, including GPS, commonly used by drivers who need directions from one location to another, according to Jeff Turk, director of the UNG Lewis F. Rogers Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis.
June 19, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Cailin O'Brien reports this past weekend, a food truck run by a Lawrenceville couple sold creatively prepared French fries at the iconic Bonnaroo music festival “It’s a huge event,” said Tiffany Hodson, one half of that couple. “We haven’t done Bonnaroo before.”
June 19, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller writes, Certificate of Need laws regulate health care facilities in Georgia — and they have provoked an endless stream of debate. Every year, the General Assembly’s assemblage of bills contains proposed changes to CON, backed by proponents who say the current regulations have stymied worthwhile projects.
June 19, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that the race for Georgia’s 6th District was already the most expensive election of its kind. Now the contest to represent a suburban Atlanta district has shattered another barrier, topping $50 million in overall spending. An election-eve analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows that roughly $42 million has been spent or reserved for TV ads in the race – including about $27 million since the first-round of voting in April winnowed the field in Tuesday’s vote to Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel.
June 16, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Joe Hotchkiss reports, wondering when Augusta will become a cyber hub? It already is. That’s one of the findings from an Augusta University study designed to learn what regional employers are looking for when staffing metro Augusta’s current and future cyber workforce. Co-creators of the study shared its major findings Thursday ahead of the full study’s planned release June 26.
June 16, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that thrill seekers and nature buffs with a taste for adventure now have a new way to appreciate the beauty of Unicoi State Park near Helen. The park has added a Level 2 zipline course with eight ziplines that are 500 to 2,000 feet in length at a height of 50 to 100 feet above the ground. The new Level 2 course joins the tamer Level 1 course, giving Unicoi the largest zipline canopy tour and aerial adventure park in North Georgia.
June 16, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Nathan Harris reports that the One Henry Economic Alliance, in coordination with the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech (ATDC), is looking to establish a technology and business incubator to support Henry County entrepreneurs. The incubator will provide entrepreneurs education, consulting and legal services to help them get their businesses up and running.
June 16, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that the Seattle-based Internet services giant quietly opened an Atlanta office for its A9.com subsidiary, following its secretive acquisition of local visual search startup Partpic late last year. The Atlanta A9 team, located in Buckhead, is said to work on visual search applications and technologies that recognize objects and allow users to find these products on Amazon.com.
June 16, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that the state insurance department says it will monitor the new emergency room policy of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia “to make sure that it is not abused to the disadvantage of Georgia policyholders.” Blue Cross recently told policyholders that starting in July, it will stop covering ER visits it considers to have been unnecessary.
June 16, 2017 Saporta Report, Atlanta Business Chronicle
Mark Meltzer and Maria Saporta report that General Electric Co. has named Russell Stokes, its highest-ranking executive in Georgia, as the new CEO of GE Power, the company’s New York-based unit responsible for power generation and water technologies. But Stokes — who will lead the Metro Atlanta Chamber in 2018 — will continue to be based in Atlanta. Stokes, currently president and CEO of GE Energy Connections, will take over GE Power on July 3.
June 16, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that years of frustration for local officials over the direction Gwinnett Place Mall has taken -- came out to the forefront on Thursday when the county’s top economic development official said he wants the mall’s owners replaced. Partnership Gwinnett Chief Economic Development Officer Nick Masino said Moonbeam Capital Investments has continually offered promises of big plans for the mall since the company bought it in 2013. Masino’s problem with Moonbeam, however, is that he said they have not delivered on any of those plans.
June 16, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Jim Thompson reports that the business core of downtown Athens provides direct employment to more than 2,000 people, produces nearly $300 million annually in goods and services, and generates more than $10 million in tax and license revenue for the local government, according to the executive summary of a study done for the Athens Downtown Development Authority.
June 16, 2017 GPB
Celeste Headlee and Emily Cureton report that Atlanta's demographics are in flux, and city neighborhoods are following suit. A new study from Georgia State University took a comprehensive look at the last 45 years in the Atlanta metro area. It found the city is more diverse, more educated and wealthier than ever. That sounds like good news. The bad news is, the city has lost five percent of its affordable housing units every single year since 2012.
June 16, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that although they’ve only been around for 60 years or so — a mere blip on the vast timeline of global shipping — it’s hard to imagine the highways and byways of our busy port community without intermodal shipping containers.
June 16, 2017 WABE 90.1
Johnny Kauffman reports, Georgia is reviewing its contract with the Kennesaw State Center for Election Systems after its executive director didn’t disclose a potential security problem before the 2016 presidential election, which was recently uncovered by Politico Magazine. After unauthorized cybersecurity expert Logan Lamb accessed key information about Georgia’s election system he informed executive director Merle King.
June 16, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that said nothing about Vice President Mike Pence’s campaign appearance with Karen Handel last week. He bit his tongue over President Donald Trump’s tongue-lashing robocall sent to thousands of 6th Congressional District voters over the past week. And he held back after former FBI Director Jim Comey’s explosive testimony.
June 15, 2017 Brunswick News
Gordon Jackson reports that the Camden County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to delay a decision on a hardship variance that could lead to new construction on Cumberland Island National Seashore.
June 15, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports, on a warm spring evening, two men sit down at the Carter Library in Atlanta for a quiet discussion of an astounding healthcare triumph: the near-eradication of Guinea worm disease, a debilitating condition contracted by drinking stagnant water contaminated with Guinea worm larvae.
June 15, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Matt Kempner reports that the strangest beast at the Georgia Aquarium this summer won’t be in a watery tank. Instead, a distant cousin of R2-D2 will be out among us: a robot security guard patrolling the parking garage and perimeter, whirring softly, occasionally giving a sweet little whistle and maybe, eventually, raising questions again about the future of jobs for humans.
June 15, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Jessica Saunders reports that a Georgia CEO is the new vice chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. James E. Stephenson, chairman and CEO of Austell, Ga.-based Yancey Bros. Co., succeeds Thomas J. Wilson, chairman and CEO of The Allstate Corp., who assumed the role of chairman.
June 15, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Keith Farner reports that Steve Wrigley believes the system he oversees should make gaining and transferring knowledge a priority, and that doesn’t necessarily mean earning a bachelor’s degree. Wrigley, who became chancellor of the University System of Georgia in January, outlined some goals of the USG in a luncheon speech on Wednesday at the 1818 Club in Duluth before members of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.
June 15, 2017 Gainesville Times
Nick Bowman reports that disabled Georgians will have access to tax-free savings accounts after the creation of Georgia STABLE. The program offers 401(k)-style accounts that are exempt from state and federal taxes if used for education, health care, housing and transportation, according to a Wednesday announcement from Gov. Nathan Deal’s office.
June 15, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Ross Williams reports that the Marietta Board of Lights and Water wants to get into the natural gas business, but some existing natural gas marketers are fighting to keep that from happening. Documents show the city registered Marietta Natural Gas LLC on Oct. 28. Mayor Steve Tumlin said the goal was to make the city-owned utility a one-stop shop for residents’ energy needs.
June 15, 2017 Georgia Health News
Brenda Goodman and Andy Miller report that Laura, who lives in the Atlanta suburb of Roswell, volunteered to have her water tested when the North Fulton County water system contacted her in 2015. She had read the shocking stories about Flint, Mich., and was curious about her own plumbing. “I wanted to know, personally, what the water was like where I lived,” says Laura, who asked us not to use her full name out of concern that it would affect her home value.
June 15, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick writes, what do you think about Georgia Trend’s June issue? Now through Friday, June 16, tell us what you liked best, what you didn’t and what you’d like to see more of in the pages of Georgia Trend. Your participation in this brief survey – just 10 questions – will help us deliver the stories and news to help you, our readers, learn more about the broad and diverse state we live and do business in, run your business well and thrive in your career.
June 15, 2017 Politico
Kim Zetter reports that last August, when the FBI reported that hackers were probing voter registration databases in more than a dozen states, prompting concerns about the integrity of the looming presidential election, Logan Lamb decided he wanted to get his hands on a voting machine. A 29-year-old former cybersecurity researcher with the federal government’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, Lamb, who now works for a private internet security firm in Georgia, wanted to assess the security of the state’s voting systems.
June 15, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Jim Galloway reports that President Donald Trump now hangs around Karen Handel’s neck like an albatross, turning an easy GOP claim on the Sixth District into a nail-biter. There is simply no disputing the situation. With a standard-issue president in the White House, Handel might still be in a runoff, but it would be with another, lesser Republican, or a penniless Democrat whose name wouldn’t be Jon Ossoff.
June 14, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports, Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Carcoustics, a supplier to the automotive industry, will create 200 jobs and invest $6 million in a new Buford facility over the next five years. The newly created jobs will include positions in manufacturing.
June 14, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports, the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents voted to raise tuition by 2 percent at all 28 public colleges and universities for the 2017-2018 academic year. There was no increase for the 2016-2017 year. The USG said in a press release that tuition increases have averaged 2.2 percent annually over the last five years and that its schools rank sixth lowest in tuition and fees for four-year institutions among the 16 states that make up the Southern Regional Education Board.
June 14, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the Transportation Security Administration said it will test the use of fingerprints in a PreCheck lane at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and in Denver. The testing will match fingerprints to those that TSA PreCheck members provided when they enrolled in the program.
June 14, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Phil W. Hudson reports that Father’s Day is less than a week away and working dads living in the Peach State may want to get out of state for a break. According to the personal-finance website WalletHub, Georgia is the No. 9 worst state for working dads.
June 14, 2017 Emory University
Melva Robertson reports that the HERCULES Exposome Research Center based in the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health has received a $7.5 million renewal in funding for the next five years from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
June 14, 2017 Georgia State University
Andrea Jones reports that the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today (July 14) announced Georgia State University as one of seven institutions selected to participate in a three-year project to personalize learning and improve undergraduate education through adoption of adaptive courseware.
June 14, 2017 University of Georgia
Matt Weeks reports that when shareholders have a say on executive pay, CEO salaries decline and company valuations rise, according to a University of Georgia study. By analyzing financial data from more than 17,000 publicly traded companies in countries that have passed say-on-pay laws and countries that haven't, researchers found such laws tie CEO pay more closely to their company's performance and increase compensation equality among top managers.
June 14, 2017 Georgia Health News
Staff reports, many older cities used lead pipes to deliver water to homes. These pipes —known as service lines— became infamous after their role in the Flint, Mich., water disaster. Getting water through these pipes is like sipping water through a straw made of pure lead. They are considered by the EPA to be the greatest lead hazard to drinking water.
June 14, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports, in his first public appearance since becoming CEO of the Coca-Cola Co., James Quincey reaffirmed the company’s commitment to Atlanta, water conservation, women empowerment and community well-being at the 2017 Rotary International convention.
June 14, 2017 Gainesville Times
Jeff Gill reports that a shipping, packaging and industrial supplies distributor is planning to move operations to Braselton, employing up to 600 people within the next few years. Uline Inc. has signed a 10-year lease to occupy Braselton Logistics Center, off Ga. 124 south of Interstate 85, according to a press release from Ackerman & Co., an Atlanta-based commercial real estate firm involved in the deal.
June 14, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Alva James-Johnson reports that the owners of a 15-acre parcel on Victory Drive are seeking rezoning to make way for a VA clinic to be developed on the property. On Tuesday, Columbus Council heard the first reading of an ordinance that would change the zoning at 1301 Victory Drive from Heavy Manufacturing/Industrial to General Commercial, which would allow medical office development.
June 14, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Consttiution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that a fourth Republican is exploring a campaign for lieutenant governor in a race that’s fast becoming one of the most competitive under the Gold Dome. State Sen. Steve Gooch said he’s exploring a run for Georgia’s No. 2 job after being pressed by several of his Senate colleagues and other GOP leaders who are “not satisfied with the current choices.”
June 13, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal, along with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, announced that Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management and consulting firm, will create more than 200 jobs and invest $9.2 million in a new regional support center in Atlanta.
June 13, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Ben Young reports, recently, state and county officials convened in downtown Atlanta to honor the centennial founding of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, now known as the ACCG, and what is today the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). The group attended the dedication of a historical marker erected by the Georgia Historical Society near the site of the former Kimball House Hotel, where ACCG’s original 135 county commissioners met to create the first state highway department, now the GDOT.
June 13, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Fiza Pirani reports, watch out Silicon Valley, the Atlanta tech community is on the rise. The metro, home to the fourth largest tech hub in the United States (Atlanta Tech Village), was recently ranked among America’s “Tech 25,” a list of 25 American regions deemed the best in tech by global real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield.
June 13, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dave Williams reports that Georgia Power Co. has entered agreements with the chief contractor at the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion and its parent company to take over management of the project. A "service" agreement calling for Georgia Power and affiliate company Southern Nuclear to take over the work is subject to the approval of the board of directors at Westinghouse Electric Co., which filed for bankruptcy in March, and bankruptcy court.
June 13, 2017 Georgia Health News
Staff reports that in water, lead is a ghost poison. It has no taste or smell. It’s usually invisible. And it can stay in plumbing for years, gradually dissolving and flaking off into water we use for cooking and drinking. Lead was banned from plumbing decades ago, but as the crisis in Flint, Mich., has shown, the threat remains.
June 13, 2017 Emory University
Staff reports that Emory University provides $9.1 billion in economic impact within the Atlanta region and Georgia, while supporting nearly 64,000 jobs and generating $200 million in state tax revenues, according to a new impact study released this week.
June 13, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Tom Corwin reports, there was no clue that there would be anything wrong with little Annie Miller until after she was born. Now, after nearly five months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of Georgia, her mother, Erin, is beginning to appreciate what is known as the “rollercoaster” families experience when their small, frail children fight to heal there.
June 13, 2017 Valdosta Daily Times
Jordon Barela reports that between the stretch of road from Atlanta to Tallahassee, Florida, there are close to 500 different lakes. Grady County is aiming to differentiate Tired Creek Lake from those numbers. A vision meeting was conducted to garner input for the extensive Grady County project on Wednesday.
June 13, 2017 GPB
Celeste Headlee and Trevor Young report, President Trump announced in a tweet he has tapped Atlanta Attorney Chris Wray to be the new FBI Director. Wray was the assistant attorney general leading the Justice Department's criminal division, from 2003 to 2005. The news came just a day before former FBI Director James Comey was scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
June 13, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Jon Gargis reports that three months after Cobb commissioners agreed that the county was still on the hook for $11.8 million of its $14 million obligation to SunTrust Park, they will revisit the issue again today to officially fund the commitment. An agreement between the county and the Atlanta Braves signed in 2013 stipulated that Cobb’s contribution to the SunTrust Park project would be capped at $300 million, which included $14 million for transportation improvements.
June 13, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that as the Trump administration restarts the process to allow oil exploration in the Atlantic, scientists are warning of its effects on Georgia’s state marine mammal. “Of particular concern is the North Atlantic right whale,” said a joint statement from leading whale researchers Christopher Clark and Aaron Rice at Cornell University, Andrew Read and Doug Nowacek from Duke University, Scott Kraus at the New England Aquarium, and Howard Rosenbaum with the Wildlife Conservation Society.
June 13, 2017 WABE 90.1
Stephannie Stokes reports that a new kind of project could be coming to Atlanta’s Memorial Drive. It’s being dubbed a “park-oriented development.” According to the developers, it would be a mixed-use project designed around a greenspace that's planned for the area. But the development is facing pushback from some who claim it could put the park it’s geared toward in jeopardy.
June 13, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that two-thirds of voters in Georgia’s 6th District are very concerned or extremely concerned about climate change, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll conducted after Donald Trump’s decision to pull out from the Paris climate agreement.
June 12, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Liz Fabian reports, you might have slept right through it, but the earth shook a little early Sunday. The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 2.5 earthquake that happened nearly 7 miles to the east-northeast of Gordon. The quake registered at a depth of about a kilometer just before 12:45 a.m. Sunday.
June 12, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Staff reports that while the leaders of most counties are dedicated to improving the lives of residents, it takes visionaries with an unwavering commitment to create programs that make a huge and lasting impact. This year the ACCG, a nonprofit organization established to serve Georgia’s county governments, selected six of the state’s 159 counties to be honored as Georgia Counties of Distinction for their game-changing efforts.
June 12, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport expands, it’s running out of space. So in order to build, the airport must demolish buildings, move critical operations, close parking lots and divert travelers during construction. That complicates the airport’s long-range, $6 billion expansion plan, now in the early stages, and turns parts of it into a giant game of Tetris as planners cram new facilities into limited space.
June 12, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta-based Cardlytics Inc. has raised $12 million, according to a Securities & Exchange Commission filing. Cardlytics’ software helps retailers, restaurants and service providers deliver ads to specific consumers, via banking websites.
June 12, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that Atlanta is entering the final stage of its role in helping Georgia Tech build what Tech bills as, “the most environmentally advanced education and research building ever constructed in the Southeast.” The city intends to sell an acre of land for the site of Tech’s planned Living Building.
June 12, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the appointment of Benjamin J. Vinson to the State Board of Workers’ Compensation, effective July 1, following a vacancy on the board. The three-member Board constitutes the Appellate Division and is responsible for the administration of the Workers' Compensation Act.
June 12, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Georgia ranks 41st among states on older people’s health, down two spots from last year’s ranking, a new report says. The state improved on several measures despite the lower ranking, according to the fifth annual America’s Health Rankings Senior Report, produced by United Health Foundation.
June 12, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Damon Cline reports that the facility where accused classified document leaker Reality Winner worked is the nerve center for the growing intelligence and cyberwarfare operations based at Fort Gordon. The 600,000-square-foot National Security Agency/Central Security Service cryptologic center is said to employ 4,000 people who intercept and decipher communications from the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.
June 12, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that Friday was a very solid day on the New York Stock Exchange for the three publicly traded companies headquartered in Columbus, with Aflac, TSYS and Synovus all reaching new highs for the past 12 months. For Aflac, which finished up $2.82 per share at $78.02, a gain of 3.75 percent, the results could be classified as excellent.
June 12, 2017 Rome News-Tribune, Albany Herald
Jim Hendrick reports that Georgia’s peanut crop is off to a good start, with moderating temperatures and rain coming at the right time. If the rest of the growing season follows suit, it could shape up to be a good year for growers.
June 12, 2017 Brunswick News
Taylor Cooper reports that Glynn County could use something to break up the job market, which is currently heavily weighted towards the service industry, development officials say.
June 12, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Katie Nussbaum reports that construction continues on hotelier Richard Kessler’s Plant Riverside District on the west end of River Street. The centerpiece is the site of a decommissioned power plant built in 1912. Representatives from The Kessler Collection say construction is progressing as expected on the $270 million, 670,000 square-foot development.
June 12, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that a super PAC with ties to House Speaker Paul Ryan released a Spanish-language TV ad targeting Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s 6th District race. The Congressional Leadership Fund’s ad compares Ossoff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, echoing attacks that GOP groups have lobbed at the Democrat throughout the race.
June 9, 2017 Brunswick News
Gordon Jackson reports that officials with the Department of Defense are asking permission to establish a new base realignment and closure commission as a way to make the most of a limited military construction budget.
June 9, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that the MacArthur Foundation, one of the nation’s largest independent philanthropies, recently awarded a $1 million grant to the Atlanta-based Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) to “encourage public discourse and support leadership on climate solutions.” The grant, part of $19 million donated to organizations across the county, is the largest single award in PSE’s history.
June 9, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Matt Kempner reports, south of Atlanta, across the street from one of the biggest movie-making complexes in North America, the CEO of Chick-fil-A is betting he can make a real-life movie neighborhood with cool architecture and creative residents. But pulling it off may be harder than spreading fried chicken sandwiches far and wide, which is one business Dan Cathy knows really well.
June 9, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that manufacturing technology firm SoftWear Automation Inc. will invest $4.5 million in an Atlanta expansion that will double its workforce. SoftWear, a Georgia Tech spinoff, has developed robotic sewing technologies to automate apparel and textile manufacturing.
June 9, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that Paul S. Amos II, the son of Aflac’s chairman and CEO — and grandson of one of the company’s three founders — has resigned as president of Aflac, the Columbus-based insurance company said Thursday. He also will leave its board of directors. The departure of the younger Amos is effective July 1.
June 9, 2017 GPB
Celeste Headlee and Ryan McFadin report that the Atlantic is rising. Georgia’s sea level is expected to be six feet higher by the end of the century. The drastic change puts Savannah at risk of losing nearly 60,000 residents. It is predicted that many of those displaced will relocate to Atlanta. We talk with UGA Demographer Matt Hauer about the findings of a recent study, and Todd Holloway, a Savannah-based planning consultant.
June 9, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Staff reports that Jim Stephenson, chairman and CEO of Austell-based Yancey Bros. Co., was elected Thursday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors to serve as its vice chairman.
June 9, 2017 Rome News-Tribune
Staff reports that a Berry College communication professor is one of six faculty members in the U.S. to receive a grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation Visiting Professors in Social Media Program. Brian Carroll, professor and chair in the Department of Communication, will have the opportunity this summer to learn how news and information delivery is being transformed in a digital media world.
June 9, 2017 WABE 90.1
Adhiti Bandlamudi reports that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is allocating more than $1 million to start the process of cleaning up brownfields in the state. A brownfield is land that might be contaminated or polluted after industrial or commercial use.
June 9, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports that the Georgia Sea Turtle Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary Saturday and most of those it has helped won’t attend. They’ll be swimming, slithering in the bushes and flying, just as the staff intended.
June 9, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that it's hard to overstate just how massive Democrat Jon Ossoff’s $23 million fundraising haul is in Georgia’s 6th District special election. A little context can help. For starters, Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel are running to be 1/435th (of the House) of one-half (of Congress) of one-third of the federal government (the legislative branch). Realistically speaking, whoever is elected on June 20 will be a back-bencher as a freshman member of the House. (Albeit a very famous back-bencher.)
June 8, 2017 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the creation of the Commission on Children’s Mental Health, which is charged with providing recommendations on improving state mental health services for children. The commission, comprised of health care experts, state leaders and children’s advocates, will submit a report to Deal on Sept. 1 that identifies potential improvements to state Medicaid services, as well as ways to increase access to care for uninsured children.
June 8, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports, last weekend, Atlanta’s own Red Brick Brewing Co. launched its new Whale Shark Wheat beer with a fun-filled event in partnership with the Georgia Aquarium. The launch party celebrated both partners’ commitment to sustainability and conservation of aquatic animals and included complimentary tastings, food and music.
June 8, 2017 Albany Herald
Jim Hendricks reports that Georgia’s U.S. senators on Wednesday quickly signaled their support for President Trump’s selection of a former federal prosecutor in Atlanta as the next director of the FBI.
June 8, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the world’s busiest airport over the years hasn’t been the friendliest neighbor to the Flint River, which flows underneath it. Now, the airport and major tenant Delta Air Lines are part of an effort to restore the river, which feeds agriculture for farmers in southwest Georgia, by reducing water use.
June 8, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Jessica Saunders reports that leading Georgia universities were among the top 100 worldwide to receive U.S. utility patents in 2016. The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) announced the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2016 Tuesday.
June 8, 2017 Athens Banner-Herald
Staff reports that a Gainesville man recently was named chairman of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles. James Mills will assume the chairmanship once the parole board’s new fiscal year begins on July 1, according to a news release. Initially appointed to the parole board in November 2011, Mills has served as vice chairman for the past three years.
June 8, 2017 Georgia Health News
Louis Mayeux reports, the speed of the attack surprised me. One moment, I stood in the Lenox MARTA Station, reloading my Breeze card. The next, I couldn’t understand the machine’s instructions. My mind had blown a fuse, unable to process the letters and words that had melted into dark, fuzzy lines.
June 8, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that the most fragile time for a community surfaces when investors and developers begin swarming around looking for inexpensive property they can flip and make some money. Southwest Atlanta is case-in-point. For decades, the Westside witnessed populations losses and declines in property values.
June 8, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Tom Corwin reports that more than 460 people and agencies sent in ideas of what needs to be done with the aging New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam on the Savannah River, and that will help guide the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on what it needs to study in terms of a recommendation, a spokesman for the Savannah District said.
June 8, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that as the leader of Georgia’s second most populous county, Gwinnett County Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash is a high profile figure, but she’s about to take on a new role in the Atlanta region. The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District’s governing board picked Nash to be its new chairwoman on Wednesday. Nash has served on the board since 2011, the same amount of time she’s served as Gwinnett’s commission chairwoman.
June 8, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that Georgia’s ports had a record month for container traffic, thanks to larger ships through the Panama Canal combined with an array of new services stemming from consolidation in the shipping industry. Since global shipping lines restructured their alliances April 1, they have operated a combined 35 weekly services at the Port of Savannah — more than any other port on the East Coast.
June 8, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that a new online job board has been launched to help manufacturers find workers and to help job seekers find employment. The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance opened the job board last week to help manufacturers find potential employees who have an interest in careers in the manufacturing industry, according to a release.
June 8, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Eric Curl reports that the city is about to take a $1.7 million step toward building the new arena west of Savannah’s downtown. That amount is the proposed design cost of a new public works complex the city intends to build as a new base of operations for employees who work at the arena site at Gwinnett Street and Stiles Avenue.
June 8, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that liberal Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is frequently framed as a bogeyman, ermm bogeylady, for the right. What’s less common is using the first-term Democrat to pressure Republicans to buckle on policy issues. But that’s exactly what a new television and digital ad airing in Georgia’s 1st congressional district is looking to do for an under-the-radar fight over hearing aids.
June 7, 2017 Georgia Times-Union
Terry Dickson reports, with rain continuing to fall in Southeast Georgia, the West Mims Fire appears stuck at 152,515 acres and the resulting drawdown of firefighting personnel likely will accelerate, said the Southern States Incident Management Team now in charge of the response.
June 7, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Ben Young writes, it's so easy to take the arts for granted. Sure there are plays, art exhibits and music concerts, but the arts also find their way into advertising, TV shows, restaurants and retail stores. And the arts most certainly play a role in education. Indeed, art is all around us, whether we realize it or not.
June 7, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that the Georgia Public Service Commission decided Tuesday to put on hold a proposal by one of its members to ask Georgia Power to stop collecting a surcharge to finance the company’s troubled Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion.
June 7, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Ellie Hensley reports that Dougherty County could be home to yet another film and television production complex in Georgia. CineDome Studios Inc. has proposed a 120,000-square-foot dome studio in the county.
June 7, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Thomas Gardiner reports that a fourth extension in the interim assessment agreement between Georgia Power and Westinghouse over troubled expansion units at Plant Vogtle has pushed the deadline to Friday. “Negotiations regarding the Vogtle nuclear expansion near Waynesboro are making progress,” said Georgia Power spokesman Jacob Hawkins.
June 7, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports, talk about rising tax values for property near the Atlanta BeltLine. Fulton County’s tax assessor this year more than doubled the value of a vacant lot near the Westside Trail. The value of some homes near the BeltLine was increased by more than 50 percent over last year’s values.
June 7, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that a six-story hotel planned as part of a new development in downtown Macon will bear the Hyatt Place flag. The 84,151-square-foot hotel is part of a proposed $50 million mixed-use downtown development — the largest in decades — called the Exchange Block Project, planned for Poplar Street. Hyatt Place is a brand of Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels Corp.
June 7, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Eric Curl reports that city officials are proposing to replace the city’s minority- and women-owned business enterprise program with a new initiative to increase the use of small and disadvantaged businesses.
June 7, 2017 Rome News-Tribune
Staff reports that Rome-based Superior Transport, Inc., which distributes branded and unbranded fuel to stores across Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee has sold its wholesale distribution contracts to Dallas, Texas based Empire Petroleum Partners.
June 7, 2017 WABE 90.1
Maegan Smith reports that after House Republicans passed the American Health Care Act last month, uncertainty permeated the health care debate for many. For some, like the more than 1 million people in Georgia without health insurance, that uncertainty has been a fact of life for a lot longer than the last few weeks.
June 7, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that former House Speaker Tip O’Neill coined the slogan “all politics is local.” But that once reliable catchphrase felt like a relic Tuesday during the first head-to-head debate in the nationally-watched contest for Georgia’s 6th District congressional seat.
June 6, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that most of the debate on the GOP health care legislation in Congress has focused on how it would affect adults, in high-profile areas such as coverage, mandates, and premiums. But a new Brandeis University study emphasizes that the proposal would also have a large impact on children’s coverage. The study estimates that 4.7 million school-aged children, including 175,000 in Georgia, could lose Medicaid coverage under the American Health Care Act.
June 6, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Kenna Simmons reports that if your next-door neighbor owned a car dealership, you might turn to them first when you needed a new vehicle. Or if you decided to try your hand at keeping beehives in your backyard, you might offer your neighbors first choice at that locally produced honey.
June 6, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that Georgia’s economy ranks 18th nationally, doing better on broad measures than it does on its potential for innovation, according to a study released Monday morning. The ranking of the states – plus the District of Columbia – broke economic performance into three components: activity, health and potential for innovation.
June 6, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Mark Meltzer reports that Coca-Cola Co. is investing in India’s agriculture ecosystem, the Economic Times reports. Coke said Monday that in next five years it will contribute, along with its partners, more than $1.7 billion to support agriculture in India.
June 6, 2017 Georgia Tech
John Toon reports, combining a new hydrogel material with a protein that boosts blood vessel growth could improve the success rate for transplanting insulin-producing islet cells into persons with type 1 diabetes. “We have engineered a material that can be used to transplant islets and promote vascularization and survival of the islets to enhance their function,” said Andrés García, a Regents’ Professor in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. “We are very excited about this because it could have immediate patient benefits if this proves successful in humans.”
June 6, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that a grassroots movement is rising to support the Paris Agreement on Climate Change – despite the decision by the Donald Trump administration to withdraw U.S. support of the globally historic accord. One of the key power centers of this grassroots response in support of the Paris Agreement is the City of Atlanta.
June 6, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Chuck Williams reports that hen it came time for the W.C. Bradley Co., to find a new president and chief operating officer for its Real Estate Division, it turned to a man familiar with its ongoing downtown Columbus project. Pace M. Halter, 42, of Atlanta was announced on Monday as leader of the Real Estate Division, replacing Mat Swift, who is retiring after 31 years in the job.
June 6, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports, while they weren’t here physically, the Indian companies that had their products on display by proxy in Atlanta represented a diverse array of firms aiming for an “in” here in the U.S. For DV Venkatagiri, the organizer of the “catalogue show” that saw their brochures scattered across circular tables at a Roswell hotel, the two-day event showed how eager Indian firms are to conquer the chicken-and-egg problem of entering the U.S. market: They need sales to justify a presence, but those are hard to generate from across the world.
June 6, 2017 WABE 90.1
Molly Samuels reports that Federal officials are considering the impacts on wildlife from looking for oil and natural gas in the Atlantic Ocean, including off Georgia’s coast. And they’re asking for public comment on the plan for the next 30 days. The Obama Administration had decided not to sell drilling leases or to permit seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean. This April, President Donald Trump directed the Department of the Interior to look at opening areas of the Atlantic up for drilling, and to expedite the process for issuing seismic testing permits.
June 6, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Landers reports that Tybee’s sea turtle nesting season is off to its best start in recent memory, with nine loggerhead sea turtle nests already recorded. The science center manages the sea turtle nesting project, scheduling pairs of volunteers to scour the beach each morning starting May 1 for the tell-tale signs a turtle has crawled up the beach. Identified nests are marked and cordoned off to protect them.
June 6, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway report that the most surprising moment of the weekend’s Georgia Republican convention came midway through a feisty Saturday speech by Michael Williams to more than 1,500 activists — as the state senator veered from the advance text he had sent to reporters and supporters alike.
June 5, 2017 WABE 90.1
Adhiti Bandlamudi reports that a Georgia congressman wants the federal government to let poultry companies speed up their processing lines. U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, a Republican from Gainesville, is asking U.S. Agriculture Secretary and former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to allow poultry processing plants to increase the speed of evisceration lines.
June 5, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick writes, what do you think about Georgia Trend’s June issue? Now through Friday, June 16, tell us what you liked best, what you didn’t and what you’d like to see more of in the pages of Georgia Trend. Your participation in this brief survey – just 10 questions – will help us deliver the stories and news to help you, our readers, learn more about the broad and diverse state we live and do business in, run your business well and thrive in your career.
June 5, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham reports that several big Georgia companies are remaining silent about their plans related to President Donald Trump’s decision this week to pull the United States out of a global climate accord, but a few say they’ll still do their bit to fight global warming.
June 5, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Staff reports that private equity firm GTCR will acquire Sage Payment Solutions, Inc. (SPS) for $260 million. SPS, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, develops payment processing and merchant acquiring software.
June 5, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Thomas Gardiner reports, since 2009, Georgia Power customers have been paying upfront for construction costs at the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion. Some public entities will have paid over $1 million for construction before a single kilowatt hour of energy is generated by the expansion.
June 5, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that the hero or villain of the effort to save Plant Vogtle could prove to be the head of a private equity firm who pioneered junk bonds and was nearly scuttled in 1990. Georgia Power protested terms of the loan deal, but a New York judge provided some protection and last week ordered that the entire $800 million in loan funds should flow.
June 5, 2017 Emory University
Scott Henry reports, set against the leafy, green backdrop of the state’s 30 percent tax break, nearly 250 films and TV projects were shot last year in Georgia, double that of about five years ago, according to the state Department of Economic Development. Included in that tally are some of the most complex and expensive productions around, such as Marvel’s "Captain America: Civil War" and upcoming entries in its "Spiderman" and "Avengers" franchises, as well as top-rated TV shows like "The Walking Dead."
June 5, 2017 GPB
Celeste Headlee and Trevor Young report, a new report finds more feature films were made in Georgia than any other market. In 2016, our film production even outpaced Hollywood. We discuss the film boom with AJC Buzz Blog writer Jennifer Brett, and Craig Miller of Craig Miller Productions in Atlanta.
June 5, 2017 University of Georgia
Danielle Bezilla reports that over the years, EY has been one of many companies that commit to hiring UGA's graduates and helping them launch successful careers. In May, UGA honored the top 25 employers of the 2016 graduating class during an awards luncheon held at the Terry College Executive Education Center in Atlanta.
June 5, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that Mikelle Brady thought her husband, Justin, might be chasing a pipe dream when he told her about 10 or so years ago that he wanted to develop a neighborhood around a central farm. Such neighborhoods are known around the country as “agrihoods,” although Justin Brady prefers the term “farmmunity,” but there are not a huge number of them across the U.S. The idea is that owners of homes in the neighborhood are essentially part owners of a farm in the subdivision whose produce can be sold at a community market or to local restaurants.
June 5, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Karen Kirkpatrick reports, who do you think is the state’s most effective lawyer? Now through Friday, July 28, 2017, you can tell us. Georgia Trend magazine’s annual Legal Elite listing will highlight the state’s most effective lawyers in 16 different practice areas. The list of the state’s Legal Elite, as chosen by their peers, will appear in the December 2017 issue.
June 5, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Kaiser Permanente of Georgia remains the highest-rated health plan in its region for the eighth straight year, according to the J.D. Power study of health plans in the United States. The ratings measure patient satisfaction from a survey completed by more than 33,000 members of 168 commercial health plans across the country.
June 5, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Greg Bluestein reports that when Georgia’s Republican Convention last convened a year ago, Donald Trump was at the tip of every activist’s tongue, whether they enthusiastically invoked his name or solemnly warned he could sink the GOP’s chances. At this year’s two-day conclave in the same cavernous hotel along the Augusta Riverwalk, Trump was celebrated — if he was mentioned at all.
June 2, 2017 WXIA TV
Phillip Kish reports that online retailer Amazon has begun hiring for 1,000 full-time positions at its new fulfillment center in Jefferson, Ga. According to a new release, associates at the 850,000-square foot facility will pick, pack and ship large customer items such as furniture, sporting equipment and gardening tools.
June 2, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
K.K. Snyder reports, for decades, the Golden Isles on Georgia’s coast have been a draw for vacationers. Superb golf, miles of beaches, great vacation lodging and the natural beauty of Georgia’s barrier islands all attract visitors to the area. Whether it’s the allure of the historic Jekyll Island Club or the old-school experience of the new Holiday Inn Resort, generations of families gather here for ocean-side excursions in a pristine natural setting.
June 2, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is preparing a major revamp of shops in its domestic terminal and concourses. More than 80 retail locations will be up for grabs in contract packages. Food concessions are not included, as many restaurant spaces were re-bid a few years ago.
June 2, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that Georgia ranked eighth in the United States last year for private equity investment, a new report says. According to the American Investment Council, PE firms made $21.78 billion in capital investments in Georgia last year, supporting 33,733 jobs.
June 2, 2017 Georgia Tech
Laura Diamond reports that a few months after Georgia Tech and the CEOs of 10 leading global corporations announced a new early stage venture fund, Engage Ventures has opened its application process. Startups can apply for the three-month program here. The program is open to startups across the country.
June 2, 2017 University of Georgia
Daniell Bezilla reports that over the years, EY has been one of many companies that commit to hiring UGA's graduates and helping them launch successful careers. In May, UGA honored the top 25 employers of the 2016 graduating class during an awards luncheon held at the Terry College Executive Education Center in Atlanta.
June 2, 2017 Athens Banner Herald
Lee Shearer reports that the University of Georgia is one of the schools doing the most to make college accessible to low-income students, according to the New York Times. UGA ranked 27th overall and 10th among public universities in the newspaper’s annual ranking.
June 2, 2017 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports, the once white-hot construction market for multifamily residences in the Southeast is showing signs of cooling, according to builders cited in the Beige Book released Wednesday by the Federal Reserve’s Atlanta District. Lenders report they are increasing their oversight of loans for multifamily projects.
June 2, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Staff reports that a South Georgia manufactured home builder broke ground Thursday on a 128,000-square-foot plant in Millen, Ga., where it expects to employ up to 100 full-time workers by year’s end.
June 2, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that Georgia's Sam Nunn today stepped down as CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the nonprofit he formed with Ted Turner in 2001. The Washington, D.C.-based NTI said Thursday that Ernest J. Moniz has taken the helm as CEO of NTI. NTI announced the appointment of Moniz, a former U.S. Secretary of Energy, in March.
June 2, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that antsy Georgia Republicans gather in Augusta on Friday to kick off their annual meeting under a new strain of electoral duress. They’ve been at the top of Georgia’s political heap for more than a decade, but Democrat Jon Ossoff’s campaign has highlighted the GOP’s vulnerabilities in districts once considered Republican strongholds — and underlined the tempestuous effect that President Donald Trump could have on contests.
June 1, 2017 GPB
Jacqui Helbert and Susan Ferriss report that President Donald Trump promises to bring back factory jobs by cracking down on imported products from Mexico and China. But many worry he will trigger a trade war—and end up wiping out jobs, not creating them. As Jacqui Helbert reports with the Center for Public Integrity, Northwest Georgia could end up one of the biggest losers of all.
June 1, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Susan Percy reports, Chris Carr assumed the office of Georgia attorney general – one of the most powerful jobs in state government – last November when Gov. Nathan Deal appointed him to complete the term of Sam Olens, who resigned to become president of Kennesaw State University.
June 1, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta J. Scott Trubey reports that developers of the former Fort Gillem Army post in Clayton County said Wednesday they have broken ground on a second large speculative industrial building in a bid to woo a new regional shipping hub.
June 1, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Angela Mueller and Jessica Saunders report tAht Payless ShoeSource Inc. is considering the closure of more than 300 additional stores, including four locations in Georgia, less than two months after filing for bankruptcy. That's in addition to six Georgia locations to close that were announced earlier.
June 1, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Mary Carr Mayle reports that eventually, the sight of huge container ships gliding up the Savannah River will become so commonplace as to warrant barely a notice. But for now, ship watchers and tourists along the riverfront are getting ready to greet the latest record-breaking container vessel. The OOCL France, now the largest ship ever to call on the East Coast, snatched that title from the COSCO Development less than a month after she claimed it.
June 1, 2017 Rome News-Tribune
Doug Walker reports that when new state laws go on the books July 1, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will say goodbye to Wildlife Management Agency stamps needed in the past to hunt in certain Wildlife Management Areas. The state will also do away with Georgia Outdoor Recreation Passes.
June 1, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that an agreement signed Wednesday allows for more opportunities for Macon’s airport to better serve Robins Air Force Base and improve economic development for the entire region. A memorandum of understanding was signed by Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert on behalf of the Middle Georgia Regional Airport and Brigadier Gen. John Kubinec, commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, at a news conference at the airport.
June 1, 2017 Gainesville Times
Nick Bowman reports that a dismal year for Georgia’s central and southern peach farmers means money is growing on trees for North Georgia orchards. Statewide, farmers could lose as much as 80 percent of their peach crop this year because of a March freeze, according to Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. Not so for Jaemor Farms and other orchards in North Georgia, which are riding high on solid wholesale prices created by the scarcity of Georgia peaches in the market.
June 1, 2017 Georgia Health News
Jim Lichtenwalter reports that the Shaw Industries corporate headquarters in Dalton could easily be mistaken for a college campus. Large buildings cluster at the top of a hill, and green lawns slope down to busy Walnut Avenue. Visitors pass an impressive sign set in stone and framed by neatly pruned shrubs and trees. “Where Great Floors Begin,” it proclaims.
June 1, 2017 Brunswick News
Deborah Bayliss reports that Jo Claire Hickson and Brent Buice rode bikes through Brunswick Wednesday with big plans for the future. Hickson, executive director of Coastal Georgia Greenway Inc., and Buice, regional coordinator for the East Coast Greenway, met with other interested parties and city staff on Wednesday and talked excitedly about future and current routes of the local trail that ultimately will link with the East Coast Greenway Trail.
June 1, 2017 WABE 90.1
Adhiti Bandlamudi reports that starting in July, health insurance provider Blue Cross Blue Shield will stop covering emergency room visits it deems unnecessary. And doctors and analysts have a lot to say about it.Blue Cross Blue Shield is enacting this policy because it doesn't want people to use the emergency room as their primary health care.
June 1, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Jim Galloway reports, Georgia’s first big argument with President Donald Trump may be lurking on the horizon. Word dripping from a leaky White House has Trump in Miami later this month, where he intends to announce the re-imposition of U.S. restrictions on contacts with Cuba, which had been loosened by the Obama administration.
May 31, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Staff reports that Georgia waters will open for commercial and recreational harvest of food shrimp at 8 a.m. Thursday. Effective that date, commercial food shrimp trawlers can operate in Georgia’s territorial waters open to power-drawn trawls. Commercial and recreational cast netters, as well as people using a beach seine, can harvest food shrimp from waters open to the use of these gears.
May 31, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that the ninth annual Georgia Logistics Summit, held recently at the World Congress Center in Atlanta, attracted nearly 1,500 participants to discuss supply chain best practices, economic development trends in the state and logistics successes. Those attending received a glimpse of technologies that are becoming integral to evolving supply chains, including end-to-end tracking, drones, virtual reality and autonomous vehicles.
May 31, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
J. Scott Trubey reports that a pair of major real estate firms are joining forces to develop the first two new major office projects at Atlantic Station since the Great Recession. Real estate investment and development giant Hines said Tuesday it will work with an institutional client of Invesco Real Estate to build new, ground-up buildings that have features similar to popular adaptive reuse office projects, such as those at Ponce City Market and Armour Yards.
May 31, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that tech incubator Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) is launching an entrepreneurship program focused on retail technologies.The retail industry is being roiled by changing consumer habits and the rise of e-commerce, led by Amazon.com.
May 31, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Wayne Crenshaw reports that the Allman Brothers Band Museum in Macon became a mecca Sunday for fans mourning the death of co-founder Gregg Allman. People were lined up to enter by the time the doors opened, said Greg Potter, museum trustee. Fans were leaving flowers and other tributes on the steps of what is commonly referred to as The Big House.
May 31, 2017 WSB Radio, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mitchell Northam reports, while you were chowing down on a burrito bowl, a hacker might have gotten hold of your credit card information. Chipotle announced on Friday that most of its 2,249 restaurants were affected by malware between March 24 and April 18. That malware, Chipotle says, targets credit card numbers, names, expiration dates and verification codes, and collected that data each time a card was swiped — whether it be for chips, guacamole or one of those epic “quesaritos.”
May 31, 2017 WABE 90.1
Melissa Campbell reports, students in Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains area are learning about nutrition not just by reading, but with hands-on activities—planting, harvesting and eating their own foods. As the bell rings, 30 students file into a brightly lit Fannin County High School classroom, go straight to the refrigerators and take out their cooking supplies.
May 31, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Staff reports that the Georgia Bankers Association released the following analysis of Georgia bank performance: Georgia’s 181 FDIC-insured financial institutions earned $764 million during the first quarter of this year, up 6.2 percent over the same period in 2016.
May 31, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that a super PAC aligned with House Democratic leaders is out with a big new ad buy that hits Republican 6th District candidate Karen Handel on familiar issues: her past runs for office and “fancy” spending habits. The House Majority PAC, which aims to wrest control of the House from the GOP, said Tuesday that it’s putting $500,000 behind a new spot that repeats many of the same attacks that Handel’s fellow Republicans deployed during the first round of the race.
May 30, 2017 Mercer University
Kyle Sears reports that area businesses experienced a positive second half of 2016 and are cautiously optimistic about the future, according to the results of Mercer University’s Year-End Middle Georgia Economic Outlook Survey.
May 30, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that Northeast Georgia’s go-to organization for arts events, The Arts Council, has planned a varied line-up of music performances for its 2017 Summer MusicFest™. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center lawn, 331 Spring Street SW, in Gainesville for a fun-filled evening under the stars.
May 30, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Sandy Springs-based UPS has struck a deal for a joint venture with Chinese logistics company SF Holding. UPS expects the partnership with SF Holding, the parent company of Chinese express logistics firm SF Express, to allow it to grow international deliveries from China to the United States and eventually to other destinations.
May 30, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Las Vegas-based data center operator Switch is entering Atlanta with plans for $2.5 billion, more than 1 million-square-foot data center campus. The expansion will involve a $2.5 billion investment.
May 30, 2017 Georgia Tech
Laura Diamond reports that a few months after Georgia Tech and the CEOs of 10 leading global corporations announced a new early stage venture fund, Engage Ventures has opened its application process. Startups can apply for the three-month program. The program is open to startups across the country.
May 30, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Linda S. Morris reports that a national food distributor that has specialized in organic, antibiotic and hormone-free meats for 30 years, is coming to Macon. D’Artagnan LLC, “a purveyor of gourmet meat and delicacies,” is planning to move this summer into about 15,000 square feet of space at 787 Hillcrest Blvd., said company founder, owner and CEO Ariane Daguin.
May 30, 2017 WALB
Re-Essa Buckels reports, dozens of South Georgians fired off questions and concerns about the proposed Lee County hospital at a summit hosted by the county on Thursday night. One of those concerns had to do with bald eagle sightings on the property, formerly home to Grand Island Golf Course where the proposed hospital would be located.
May 30, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports, in the eyes of Mark Pendergast, Atlanta is a “City on the Verge.” Pendergast, an Atlanta native and author, has just penned an elaborate and exhaustive tale about the Atlanta BeltLine in his most recent book – “City on the Verge.”
May 30, 2017 Augusta Chronicle
Amanda King reports, Augusta Metro Federal Credit Union will be two days closer to merging with the nation’s third-largest credit union when it reopens from the Memorial Day holiday Tuesday. Virginia-based PenFed, the 1.5 million-member organization also known as Pentagon Federal Credit Union, will complete its acquisition of Augusta Metro on June 1.
May 30, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Phil Bolton reports, Europe has been deluged with refugees and immigrants spilling over the continent in numbers not seen since the end of World War II, due to the Arab Spring, the civil war in Syria and unstable governments in Africa. For Sue Schroeder, artistic director of the Decatur and Houston-based Core Performance Company, the physical as well as psychological realities of “displaced persons” are themes with which she has responded to with dance over the years.
May 30, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports, in special elections in Kansas and Montana, Democratic candidates spent months waiting for reinforcements in races that national leaders worried were unwinnable. In Georgia, though, the cavalry has arrived. In full force. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis shows that Democrats have narrowly outspent Republicans in the runoff phase of Georgia’s 6th District contest, the nationally-watched race that could prove an early test of the GOP agenda.
May 26, 2017 Macon Telegraph
Andrea Honaker reports, a couple of years ago, he was a high school dropout with no plans for his future. Now, he’s graduating with a 3.7 grade point average and preparing to go to Georgia Southern University on HOPE and Peyton Anderson scholarships. With his family facing financial hardships, Ethan Rutland quit school at Jones County High at the beginning of junior year and went to work.
May 26, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Ben Young reports that the logistics industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds in Georgia. The state’s central location in the Southeast, friendly business climate and incredible infrastructure – at the Ports of Brunswick and Savannah, on the roads and rails and at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – all but ensure that this will be a hot growth sector for decades to come.
May 26, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Najja Parker reports that Georgia is quite the business hub. There are a slew of industries to choose from, but some professions are seeing more growth than others, according to a recent report. Smart Asset recently conducted a study to determine the fastest-growing occupations in every state, and for Georgia, it’s food and tobacco roasting, baking and dry machine operator jobs.
May 26, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Phil W. Hudson reports that closing costs are among the most difficult figures to determine when buying a home. According to the New York-based personal finance tech company SmartAsset, the best gues most financial advisors will give someone buying a home is that closing costs are typically between 2-5 percent of the home value.
May 26, 2017 Marietta Daily Journal
Staff reports that the first Lockheed Martin LM-100J commercial freighter aircraft completed its initial flight Thursday. “This first flight is a source of pride for Lockheed Martin and serves as a proof-point to the ongoing versatility of the Super Hercules aircraft,” said George Shultz, vice president and general manager, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions, and Marietta site general manager. “ … the LM 100J is exceeding all expectations in terms of performance and capabilities.”
May 26, 2017 Savannah Morning News
Eric Curl reports that the city is considering investing up to $54 million for two parking garages, public parks, streetscape improvements and an extended Savannah Riverwalk as part of an agreement with the new developers of the Savannah River Landing site.
May 26, 2017 Georgia Health News
Abraham Park reports that the tan bungalow on the Gilbert Elementary School campus in LaFayette is scarcely bigger than a house trailer. Although it could easily be mistaken for a temporary classroom, the building is a clinic. It’s one of six local medical clinics in rural Northwest Georgia run by Primary Healthcare Centers, a nonprofit that is designated as a federally qualified health center.
May 26, 2017 Gainesville Times
Nick Bowman reports that with eyes on Memorial Day, retired Army Lt. Col. Terry Barron intended to present the Peach State Bank with a flag that flew with her through the skies over Iraq. Barron, the state’s first female pilot of the Blackhawk helicopter and the former chair of Brenau University’s math and science department, spoke to an audience of more than 100 people during the bank’s annual seafood boil for its members.
May 26, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Tamar Hallerman reports that Republicans in Atlanta’s northern suburbs can sleep a little bit easier tonight after GOP candidate Greg Gianforte pulled off a solid win here Thursday evening. After weeks of hand-wringing and a surreal final 36 hours, Gianforte convincingly bested Democrat Rob Quist, a Bernie Sanders-style populist, for Montana’s at-large congressional seat, even with a Libertarian candidate in the race.
May 26, 2017 WABE 90.1
Elly Yu reports that an estimated 720,000 Georgians could lose health insurance over the next 10 years under the revised Republican health care proposal that passed the U.S. House this month, according to an analysis of the Congressional Budget Office report.
May 26, 2017
May 25, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that more than a dozen shareholders participated in a question-and-answer session with Southern Co. CEO Tom Fanning during the annual meeting that lasted two hours. And most of the questions centered around the company’s efforts to adopt more renewable energy, vocally support the Paris Climate Accord and to become a more vocal industry leader addressing global warming and climate change.
May 25, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that the unanimously passed Statewide Water Trails Resolution (HR 281) encourages proliferation and use of water trails in Georgia. Similar to hiking trails, water trails are found on waterways having safe public access points, signage and amenities such as picnic areas and facilities. Currently 15 water trails exist, and 17 are in development.
May 25, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tamar Hallerman and J. Scott Trubey report that the project to deepen Savannah’s harbor got a boost this week from President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, just not as much of a lift as some backers of Georgia’s ports wanted to see. Boosters had hoped for about $100 million in the fiscal 2018 budget to dredge the Savannah River, but the White House’s spending plan of $50 million, while a high-water mark for the federal government, falls well short.
May 25, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Amy Wenk reports that a mixed-use project in historic downtown Roswell that includes a boutique hotel is moving forward. Canton Place Development LLC, which is led by long-time Atlanta developer Claude Petty Jr. is planning a project with a 120-room boutique hotel, event space, chef-driven restaurants, luxury spa, a large garden and underground parking.
May 25, 2017 GPB
Sam Whitehead reports that President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal makes drastic cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that will likely be felt in Georgia. The Trump administration wants agencies like the state’s Environmental Protection Division to take on the work of protecting air and water.
May 25, 2017 LaGrange News
Alicia B. Hill reports that J. Randy Jackson’s legacy reached new heights on Monday when a scholarship was named in his honor which will continue his passionate support of THINC Academy. While he was the chief administrative officer at Kia, Jackson helped find the funding to get THINC College and Career Academy started, which will help train locals for jobs like those offered by Kia and other manufactures in the area.
May 25, 2017 Gwinnett Daily Post
Steve Farner reports that Chancellor Steve Wrigley issued guidelines on Wednesday to schools across the state about how to handle the legislation commonly known as “campus carry,” which becomes law on July 1. “I understand that many of you have strong feelings about this bill,” Wrigley wrote in the statement. “Yet, whether you opposed or supported the legislation, it will soon be state law, and I respectfully ask everyone to exercise patience, understanding and respect as we implement it. We all share the same goal of ensuring a safe campus environment. We should work together to implement the law as written and thoughtfully address any complications that may arise.”
May 25, 2017 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Adams reports that Columbus has landed high on a list for the most attractive cities in the U.S. for young information technology professionals, ranking No. 5 out of 100 communities. The 2017 “Best Cities for Young IT Professionals” list, compiled by Right Click, an online site that focuses on technology news and guides, is topped by San Antonio, Texas, Savannah, Ga., Winston-Salem, N.C., El Paso, Texas and Columbus, Ga.
May 25, 2017 Emory University
Rollins researcher receives $3.7 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study how childhood factors can impact adult function
Melva Robinson reports that Aryeh D. Stein, PhD, MPH, professor at the Rollins School of Public Health, has received a three-year, $3.7 million award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund research examining the role that socioeconomic status and childhood development can have on a person's cognitive and socio-emotional functioning in adulthood.
May 25, 2017 Georgia Tech
Josh Brown reports, the wildfire that has raged across more than 150,000 acres of the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia and Florida has sent smoke billowing into the sky as far as the eye can see. Now, new research published by the Georgia Institute of Technology shows how that smoke could impact the atmosphere and climate much more than previously thought.
May 25, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Mary Ann Demuth reports that the Georgia Department of Community Affairs has designated Richmond Hill, a city of more than 10,000 residents south of Savannah, as a WaterFirst Community in recognition of the community’s water resource stewardship. The WaterFirst Community program is open to governments that have achieved excellence in areas including watershed assessment, stormwater planning, water supply protection, water conservation and water reclamation and reuse.
May 25, 2017 Gainesville Times
Jeff Gill reports that U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, is pushing an increase in poultry processing plants’ line speeds to new U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Poultry producers in South America, Asia, Canada and Europe “are safely operating at line speeds that outpace the maximum speeds allowed in American facilities,” states a press release from the congressman’s office.
May 25, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider
Greg Bluestein reports that Democratic state Rep. Stacey Evans entered the race for Georgia governor on Thursday with a pledge to make technical college tuition-free and a vow to fight for struggling Georgians ignored by the powerful. The Smyrna attorney’s campaign sets up what will likely be a divisive Democratic primary for the state’s top job in 2018. House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams has also filed paperwork to run for governor and is expected to soon make a formal announcement.
May 24, 2017 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that Atlanta is in the middle of the pack when it comes to parks among the 100 largest cities in the United States. The Trust for Public Land released its 2017 ParkScore Index on Wednesday morning – and Atlanta was tied with Dallas for the 50th spot.
May 24, 2017 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!
Randy Southerland reports, walk into the Marietta branch of Delta Community Credit Union and you could be in any bank in America – from the sleekly modern, freestanding teller stations to decorative glass-walled offices. Credit unions are working hard to offer not just the same look, but all the same services of their bigger and richer for-profit competitors.
May 24, 2017 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Russell Grantham and Johnny Edwards report that Southern Company’s chief executive has said the giant utility’s project to build two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle would be history-making. He may be right, but not in the way he meant. Years behind schedule, billions over budget, and with a key contractor’s bankruptcy clouding its future, the troubled Vogtle project near Augusta is fast becoming Exhibit A for why no U.S. utility before Atlanta-based Southern had tried building a new reactor in 30-plus years.
May 24, 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Snyder reports that Envision Healthcare Corp., the company that was formed late last year by the merger of Nashville-based AmSurg Corp. and Colorado-based Envision Healthcare Holdings Inc., has bought an emergency medicine physician group based in Georgia.
May 24, 2017 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that the state’s attorney general has urged the Georgia Supreme Court to reverse a lower court opinion that barred access to Northside Hospital’s financial records. Chris Carr, in office since late last year, said in a Monday court filing that the Georgia Open Records Act is broader in its applications than what Northside Hospital has argued.
May 24, 2017 GlobalAtlanta.com
Phil Bolton reports, having adopted the eradication of polio as their top priority in 1985, Rotary clubs around the world have participated in a public-private partnership, which has been responsible for the reduction of about 350,000 polio cases a year in the 1980s to less than 40 confirmed last year. Atlanta is to be the site from June 10-14 of a giant celebration of this medical success bringing together 37,500 Rotarians and their guests from 174 countries and territories.