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Dec. 1, 2015 Rome News-Tribune

Georgia politicians, educators differ on legislative action

Mike O'Neal reports that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, speaking recently to students at Gordon Lee High School in Chickamauga, said education reform is an area he most focuses on and considers the top-down form of management as a major problem. A multi-layered bureaucracy at both the federal and state level has created a system that forces school districts to focus more on compliance with regulations than achievement.


Dec. 1, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Prepared for Liftoff

Keven Hogencamp reports that in July, several factions of Georgia’s diverse and prolific aerospace industry joined forces for a flight test at a Cartersville airstrip. The collaboration just may change the world. Generation Orbit Launch Services, a subsidiary of Atlanta’s SpaceWorks Technologies Inc., completed its second successful NASA-sponsored flight test in its quest to develop affordable air-launched rocket systems for space access and hypersonic flight research.


Dec. 1, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Film Academy construction permits approved at Pinewood Atlanta Studios

Ellie Hensley reports that the University System of Georgia's Georgia Film Academy is moving full speed ahead to build a shiny new soundstage at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville, Ga. On Nov. 17, the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission approved plans to build a 15,000-square-foot soundstage, according to The soundstage will be 47 feet high, but invisible from Sandy Creek Road and Veterans Parkway, according to Pinewood architect Bill Foley.


Dec. 1, 2015 Saporta Report

San Diego, Atlanta: Two convention cities seek to grow their trade, attractions  

David Pendered reports, Atlanta and San Diego share more than Top 5 rankings in the competitive convention business. Both favor architecture designed by Atlanta architech John Portman’s company, and both have litigated over the use of the hotel/motel tax to fund public projects. Of course, other similarities exist. Airports, for instance.


Dec. 1, 2015 Macon Telegraph 

First dual-certified mega site/super park in U.S. is in Laurens County

Linda S. Morris reports that the country's first dual-certified mega site/super park has been selected in Laurens County. The Heart of Georgia Mega Site, a 2,000-acre site on Ga. 199 and Interstate 16 at exit 58, was certified by McCallum Sweeney Consulting, a nationally recognized expert in site selection, according to a release. The certification means the location was "rigorously analyzed for several factors to ensure the land is shovel ready."

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Dec. 1, 2015 WABE

Medical Tech Company Varian Names Atlanta New East Coast Hub 

Tasnim Shamma reports that one of the world's largest manufacturers of cancer treatment devices and software, Palo Alto-based Varian Medical Systems, opened its East Coast hub in Atlanta Monday. The company plans to add up to 100 technical jobs. The new office is meant to help an Atlanta start-up, Velocity Medical Solutions, which was bought by Varian in 2014.


Dec. 1, 2015 Rome News-Tribune

Sen. Chuck Hufstetler at work on health bills for action in January

Diane Wagner reports that in the event of a major disaster in Georgia — such as a hurricane or bioterror attack — medical practitioners from outside the state would not be able to offer assistance. Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, wants to change that. His Senate Bill 230 would temporarily credential doctors and nurses from neighboring states to provide aid during such an emergency.


Dec. 1, 2015 UGA

Georgia’s pecan crop not expected to meet early projections, says UGA expert

Clint Thompson reports that University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells fears Georgia's pecan crop will fail to meet initial production projections by as much as 20 million pounds. Instead of the 110 to 120 million pounds projected more than a month ago at the start of the harvest season, Georgia is now expected to produce between 90 and 100 million pounds of pecans, Wells said.


Dec. 1, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

2016 Best Places to Work nominations

Karen Kirkpatrick writes, just a reminder, Georgia Trend magazine is once again looking for the best places to work in Georgia. This year we’ve teamed up with Best Companies Group and SHRM Georgia State Council to expand the program that is dedicated to finding and recognizing Georgia’s best employers. If you think your company or organization has what it takes to be honored on the Best Places to Work in Georgia list, submit your nomination at before Jan. 8, 2016.


Dec. 1, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Southern Power buys first Texas solar facility

Staff reports that after eight solar facility acquisitions in California, Southern Power has turned its eyes toward Texas.The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) bought a controlling interest in the 157-megawatt Roserock solar facility from Recurrent Energy for an undisclosed sum. The project, currently under construction on 1,300 acres of land in Pecos County, Texas, is expected to enter commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2016. 


Dec. 1, 2015 Georgia Times-Union 

Homeowners who rent to vacationers should collect state taxes, Georgia House committee decides

Walter C. Jones reports that people who rent their homes or rooms to vacationers should be collecting state taxes, including a new $5 nightly tax, but properties rented fewer than 15 nights a year should be exempt, a House committee decided Monday. The 15-night exemption is designed to protect residents in Athens and Augusta who rent bedrooms or their homes only during the six University of Georgia home football games or during the weeklong Masters Tournament. Saint Simons Island residents who rent their houses during the Georgia-Florida football weekend also would be in the clear. The 15-night exemption is designed to protect residents in Athens and Augusta who rent bedrooms or their homes only during the six University of Georgia home football games or during the weeklong Masters Tournament. Saint Simons Island residents who rent their houses during the Georgia-Florida football weekend also would be in the clear.


 Dec. 1, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Donald Trump warns rivals he’s ‘going to hit them so hard’ if they target him

Greg Bluestein reports that the target on Donald Trump’s back is getting bigger as the first presidential votes near. And the Republican front-runner said Monday at the Macon Coliseum that he is ready to fire back should his GOP contenders intensify their attacks. “If somebody hits me, I’m going to hit them so hard. We’re going to hit them 10 times harder,” he said, adding: “There’s only one way to get to the top. And it’s all through Trump. Let’s face it.




Nov. 30, 2015 WSB Radio 

Richt’s departure ends a silver era of Georgia football

Jay Black reports, the University of Georgia just told the second-winningest football coach it has ever had that it’s time for someone else to take over. The man who brought the first SEC title to his school in 20 years – and grabbed another for good measure – is seen as a man who can’t cut it. The Mark Richt Era at Georgia is over after 15 years. The next era is probably going to be worse.


Nov. 30, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia: Fighting Poverty

Ben Young writes, there’s much to be thankful for in Georgia. Like the rest of the country and the world, we have a ways to go, but we are often at the forefront of cutting-edge strategies to fight homelessness, crime and poverty. According to the Department of Community Affairs, Georgia’s homeless population stands at 14,000. Since the department began measuring homelessness in partnership with Kennesaw State University in 2008, we’ve seen a steady drop in that number.


Nov. 30, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Survey: Atlanta construction labor shortages remain a top concern

Douglas Sams reports that Atlanta construction companies remain anxious about staffing, with many reporting difficulty finding enough employees for projects, according to a new survey. Sixty percent of the companies called staffing the most pressing challenge to their business, up from 44 percent earlier this year, according to the latest “sentiment index” released by Atlanta-based Sterling Risk Advisors. Concerns over the economy ranked a distant second at 20 percent.


Nov. 30, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Loca.Buy lets small businesses test e-commerce

Damon Cline reports that when customers walk into the A Paw Above pet store to purchase dog treats or cat toys, owners Carrie Carns and Laura Nichols know exactly what to do. But if those same customers want to browse or buy from the North Augusta “pet emporium” using their laptop or mobile device, as more consumers are doing, Carns and Nichols are like old dogs trying to learn new tricks.


Nov. 30, 2015 Macon Telegraph 

'Nice increases' in recent years at Middle Georgia Christmas trees farms

Linda S. Morris reports that it's hard to think of anything that smells like Christmas more than a freshly cut Christmas tree. And a number of Christmas tree farms sprinkled throughout the state -- many within 50 miles of Macon -- opened this weekend to provide pre-cut or cut-your-own trees.


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Nov. 30, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald 

PetSmart Charities awards Athens Area Humane Society a $95,800 grant

Athens Area Humane Society was recently awarded more than $95,800 in grant support from PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America. The award will pay for the Neuter Commuter Program, a mobile veterinary clinic offering sterilization surgeries, vaccinations and other wellness services to several specifically targeted underserved neighborhoods in Athens.


Nov. 30, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Gulfstream G650ER breaks speed record

Carla Caldwell reports that Savannah, Ga.-based Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. says the company's flagship G650ER recently added another city-pair record, this time linking Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to New York City. The G650ER departed Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai on Nov. 13 and flew 6,159 nautical miles/11,407 kilometers to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.


Nov. 30, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Donald Trump to headline Macon event as SEC primary push intensifies

Greg Bluestein reports that Republican front-runner Donald Trump heads to Macon on Monday for a campaign rally that is expected to attract thousands of supporters – and a feisty protest outside featuring the city’s former mayor. It’s the bombastic billionaire’s second visit to Georgia – his first was a Norcross rally last month that drew 7,700 – and it comes as he builds an SEC Primary following in the past couple weeks with visits to Alabama, Tennessee and Texas ahead of the March 1 vote.



Nov. 27, 2015

Early-birds pack local shopping malls in metro Atlanta ahead of black Friday

Jeremy Campbell reports that it's Thanksgiving night and many stores and malls are open until 1 a.m. giving shoppers across metro Atlanta a jump start on Black Friday. Usually the parking lot is clearing out on a Thursday night the late evening but on Thanksgiving, it's at near capacity. Doors opened at 6 p.m. and registers began ringing. But were shoppers really finding deals or was the goal to walk off some of that pumpkin pie?


Nov. 27, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Happy Thanksgiving!

The staff of Georgia Trend magazine wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.


Nov. 27, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Development tide rising on St. Simons Island

Dan Chapman reports, it was only a proposal for a gas station along Frederica Road, but it ignited the latest “Oh-my-God-we’re-becoming-another-Atlanta” frenzy in this seaside community favored by sun-seeking refugees from, yes, Atlanta. About 400 people turned out for an island planning meeting last winter to oppose The Flash Foods. A follow-up meeting a month later drew a spillover crowd of 500. The gas station didn’t stand a chance. The slow-the-growth crowd smelled blood.


Nov. 27, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Metro Atlanta jobless rate lowest in 10 years

Carla Caldwell reports that Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate for October was 5.4 percent – the lowest point since 5.4 percent was recorded in November 2005, Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday. The rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point from 5.5 percent in September. The rate in October 2014 was 6.5 percent.


Nov. 27, 2015 Macon Telegraph 

Drone manufacturer seeking another chance in Macon-Bibb

Stanley Dunlap reports that a proposal to bring drones to Macon-Bibb County could come back before commissioners, but there's weariness among some county officials about the $5.7 million project. Several commissioners said Mayor Robert Reichert has recently gauged their interest in having a representative of Olaeris, the manufacturer of the unmanned aerial system, return to Macon to answer some of their concerns.


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Nov. 27, 2015 Georgia Health News

Innovative partnership helps fund rides for those who can't drive 

Judi Kanne reports that bout two years ago, semi-retired business executive Bob Carr thought he’d spend some time driving for Uber, the innovative company that allows individuals to use their own vehicles to transport paying passengers.Little did Carr know that the journey would take him to a whole new career. One rider told Carr that she had a doctor’s appointment and struggled with Parkinson’s disease. All she needed was to travel less than half a mile from her home, but she couldn’t manage the walk.


bout two years ago, semi-retired business executive Bob Carr thought he’d spend some time driving for Uber, the innovative company that allows individuals to use their own vehicles to transport paying passengers.

Little did Carr know that the journey would take him to a whole new career.

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Nov. 27, 2015 Brunswick News 

Grant issued to support research of shrimp pesticide

Anna Hall reports that a grant recently awarded to a coastal research institution may help scientists answer a long list of questions they have about a parasite effecting one of the state’s top agricultural industries. The University of Georgia’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography has obtained funding from the Georgia Sea Grant College Program to study the causes and consequences of the harmful black gill parasite effecting Georgia’s shrimp population.


Nov. 27, 2015 

Georgia Tech Program Seeks to Broaden Its Reach to Women Entrepreneurs Around the World

Obinna Morton reports that traditionally in many African countries women did a lot of the work building houses, planting and harvesting food and raising families. Today on a continent that has some countries’ gross domestic products growing at 5 percent and more annually, that has mobile telephony and an increasingly urban workforce with many educated women, a growing number of women are becoming entrepreneurs.


Nov. 27, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

CEO says no plans to cut back on staff, services at St. Francis

Mike Owen reports that the CEO of LifePoint Health, which is on the verge of acquiring St. Francis Hospital, assured a crowd of about 80 people that his company has no intention of reducing the level of staffing or the number of lines of services provided by it, should their deal go through. William “Bill” Carpenter, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of LifePoint, told the crowd at a public hearing on the sale, held at the hospital, that he doesn’t intend to make any cuts in staffing or services.


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Nov. 27, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Georgia utility refunds largest credit in 79-year history

Carla Caldwell reports that Walton Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) in Monroe, Ga., will in December return $10.2 million to its customer-owners, making the 2015 capital credit refund the largest in the cooperative's 79-year history.Walton EMC provides electric service to 124,000 residential and business accounts in a 10-county area between Atlanta and Athens.


Nov. 27, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

The pressure on Nathan Deal to oppose Syrian refugees in Georgia

Greg Bluestein reports, one after another, a chain of Republican governors from the Deep South to New England rolled out statements or held press conferences last week announcing their opposition to the White House’s plan to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S. over the next year. And Gov. Nathan Deal’s office was besieged on Nov. 16 with messages and phone calls – from allies, voters and lawmakers – after the Paris attacks largely asking the same question: Why hadn’t he followed suit?



Nov. 25, 2015

Deal: Constellium to create more than 150 jobs in Bartow County

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Constellium, a global leader and manufacturer of aluminum products and solutions for a broad scope of markets—including the automotive industry, will establish a facility in Bartow County. This project represents the creation of 150 new jobs and an overall investment of $32 million in the local community.


Nov. 25, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

White County: Tasting Success

Lori Johnston reports that a shuttle bus winds around the corner, quietly crunching the gravel driveway at The Cottage Vineyard and Winery in Cleveland. It’s nearly 1 p.m. on a Friday, and the six-person group with VIP Southern Wine Tours marks the informal start of weekend business for The Cottage – and seven other wineries in White County. In the stable-style tasting room, the group samples whites such as Vidal Blanc and reds like Cabernet Sauvignon.


Nov. 25, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Georgia banks see 3Q earnings drop in 2015

Phil W. Hudson reports that the Peach State’s 199 state-based FDIC insured banks earned 795.5 million in the third quarter, down 2.6 percent from the third quarter of 2014, according to the Georgia Bankers Association. So far, the banks have earned $2.14 billion in the first nine months of this year, an increase of 11.6 percent over the same period in 2014.


Nov. 25, 2015 Georgia Health News

Georgia stresses treatment for pregnant drug users

Leigh Beeson reports that law enforcement officers in the South made 445,924 drugs arrests in 2014. Georgia is keeping pace with its neighbors, with more than 42,000 drug arrests in that period, but it’s taking a markedly more compassionate stance than neighboring states when the drug user is a pregnant woman. Four years ago, Georgia lawmakers rejected a bill that would have made it possible to file criminal charges against pregnant women who used drugs and later miscarried. 


aw enforcement officers in the South made 445,928 drug arrests in 2014.

Georgia is keeping pace with its neighbors, with more than 42,000 drug arrests in that period, but it’s taking a markedly more compassionate stance than neighboring states when the drug user is a pregnant woman.

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Nov. 25, 2015 WABE

Atlanta Area Tech Companies Make Deloitte's Fast 500

Tasnim Shamma reports that this year, 12 Atlanta area companies made it onto the list of the fastest growing technology companies in North America, according to rankings by Deloitte, a consulting firm. Cardlytics, headquartered in Atlanta, was ranked 25th on this year's Deloitte Fast 500. Cardlytics helps advertisers target customers with offers by using their purchase history. It was founded in 2008 and according to the Deloitte report, since 2011 it grew by more than 3,597 percent.


Nov. 25, 2015 Georgia CEO 

UPS Integrad to Open in Atlanta

UPS announced another next generation driver training facility in Atlanta, building on an ongoing commitment to bring UPS drivers the very best training available.  The new UPS Integrad facility bolsters UPS’s growing portfolio of advanced training sites, increasing the pace of preparing UPS drivers to serve customers safely and efficiently.


Nov. 25, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola exec retires after health research controversy

Carla Caldwell reports that an executive with The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) who oversees health research for the Atlanta-based beverage giant is retiring after the company was accused of trying to minimize the role sugary drinks play in obesity. Coke confirmed Tuesday that Chief Science and Health Officer Rhona Applebaum, 61, has decided to retire.


Nov. 25, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Donald Trump to hold Monday rally in Macon

Daniel Malloy reports that Republican presidential contender Donald Trump will hold a Monday night rally in Macon, his second visit to Georgia of the campaign. Trump’s first visit to Georgia was a Norcross rally last month that drew 7,700. He’s been building an SEC Primary following in the past couple weeks with visits to Alabama, Tennessee and Texas. And because it’s Trump, controversy follows. The Birmingham event was where a disruptive Black Lives Matter protester appeared to be assaulted and Trump later quipped “maybe he should have been roughed up.” 




Nov. 24, 2015 WABE 

Atlanta's Arts Economy Continues To Grow

Alison Guillory reports that in 1993, the Coca-Cola Company looked at the arts in Atlanta, saw a need among the small and mid-sized organizations, and seeded a fund to help support them. The resulting Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund began with a half million dollars and has grown since then to nearly $12 million. Lois Reitzes sat down with the fund's director Lisa Cremin to talk about the challenges of philanthropy and supporting the arts economy of Atlanta.


Nov. 24, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

The season of giving and giving back

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, as we kick off the holiday season this week, we’re taking a look at some of the ways Georgia Trend readers make a difference in their communities. If there’s an organization doing good work in the state that’s special to you, let us know in the comments. Meanwhile, over the next few weeks we’ll be shining the spotlight on groups that make a difference in the lives of Georgians every day. 


Nov. 24, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

City gets three bids to redevelop Turner Field

Staff reports that City of Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority said Monday they have received three proposals to redevelop Turner Field and surrounding properties. The bidders are Carter/Georgia State University/Oakwood Development, Mercury Youth Organization Inc. and Rita World Pearl Kingdom LLC. In May, Atlanta-based real estate developer Carter and Georgia State University teamed up on a proposal for a $300 million redevelopment of the property around Turner Field for multiple uses, including football and baseball stadiums, retail, residential and student housing.


Nov. 24, 2015 UGA

UGA law school creates Jurist in Residence program honoring late Judge B. Avant Edenfield

Lona Panter reports that the University of Georgia School of Law has created the B. Avant Edenfield Jurist in Residence, which will give law students an opportunity to learn from federal judges in a series of mini-courses. Made possible by a contribution from 2003 Georgia Law alumnus Allen W. Yee, a former clerk of the late Edenfield, the Jurist in Residence program will enable one or more Article III judges to spend a period in residence at Georgia Law each year. Edenfield was a longtime federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia who earned both his bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degrees from UGA.


Nov. 24, 2015 Athens Banner Herald

Internet use at UGA has quadrupled in four years

Lee Shearer reports that the hunger for data shows no signs of slowing down at the University of Georgia, but at least for the immediate future, UGAs technology infrastructure will be able to meet that growing demand, according to the university's vice president for information technology. 


Nov. 24, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Next two Gulfstream G500s take to sky 

Staff reports that Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced Friday that a second and third Gulfstream G500 aircraft (T2 and T3) joined the flight test campaign with successful completion of their initial flights. T2 took off at 9:07 a.m. from Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport on Friday. Operating within the flight envelope cleared by the first G500 test aircraft, T2 climbed to a maximum altitude of 43,000 feet and reached a maximum airspeed of Mach 0.85. 


Nov. 24, 2015 Columbus Ledger Enquirer 

LifePoint Health moving forward with buying St. Francis

Chuck Williams reports, after months of uncertainty, the likely sale of St. Francis Hospital to a Tennessee corporation will move a step closer today to finality. The Georgia Attorney General's office will hold a public hearing on the matter at 5 p.m. at the hospital's auditorium. LifePoint Health is moving forward with plans to purchase St. Francis. The hearing is open to the public.

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Nov. 24, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Final order issued for Georgia Regents Medical Center to build hospital near Grovetown

Tim Rausch reports that the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health signed the final order Monday allowing Georgia Regents Medical Center to build a hospital near Grovetown, closing the door for appeals.  


Nov. 24, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta launches solar energy program

Dave Williams reports that Atlanta will install solar panels on 28 city buildings under a solar energy initiative unveiled by Mayor Kasim Reed Monday. The new program, Solar Atlanta, will take advantage of a new state law allowing third-party financing of solar projects to install solar panels that will generate 2 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 200 homes.


Nov. 24, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

What Killer Mike said about Bernie Sanders in Atlanta

Greg Bluestein reports that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders gave thousands of supporters a heaping dose of red-meat at his Monday evening stop in Atlanta. But the Democratic presidential candidate was rivaled by the man who introduced him: Rapper Killer Mike. The two lunched together at the Busy Bee before the hip-hop star – real name Michael Render – gave an six-minute speech that was repeatedly interrupted by thunderous applause.



Nov. 23, 2015 Georgia Health News

Blue Cross keeps big edge in state benefit plan

Andy Miller reports that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia will again have a dominant share of members and dependents in Georgia’s state employee and teacher health plan in 2016. The state’s largest health insurer will serve more than 75 percent of State Health Benefit Plan members next year with its various health plans. This year, Blue Cross also served three in four members. The State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) covers more than 630,000 state employees, teachers, other school personnel, retirees and dependents. 


Nov. 23, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Public-Private Progress

Anna Bentley reports, “What happens when you invest with vision?” ask banners slung across chain-link fences beside Cobb Parkway in northwest Atlanta. While the banners mask the construction along the busy roadway, the question serves to highlight an estimated half-billion dollars’ worth of improvements leveraged by the area’s community improvement district (CID), the Cumberland CID, since 1988.


Nov. 23, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Tech startup raises $1.5 million, plans Atlanta move

Phil W. Hudson reports that NG1 Technologies secured nearly $1.5 million in funding from Silicon Valley-based Band of Angels, Denver-based Sun Strategies and a private investor, and plans to centralize operations and manufacturing in an Atlanta headquarters.


Nov. 23, 2015 Macon Telegraph 

Holiday spending expected to be up; Middle Georgia small businesses hope to capture some of those dollars

Linda S. Morris reports that holiday shoppers are expected to spend a little more this year on gifts, but the bulk of that money may not be spent at big-box retailers on Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving -- traditionally one of the biggest shopping days of the year -- has lost some of its punch, in part because people want to avoid the crowds. Many have been going to pre-Black Friday sales, shopping online or hoping for better deals in December.


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Nov. 23, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Monitor: Local economy hits the pause button in 3Q

Mary Carr Mayle reports that the Savannah metro economy flattened in the third quarter of 2015, with both ports and tourism returning to a more maintainable pace following two quarters of exceptionally strong growth, according to the latest edition of the Coastal Empire Economic Monitor, released today by Armstrong State University’s Center for Regional Analysis. “Because the first two quarters were so good in terms of port and tourism activity, the third quarter numbers basically reverted to more of a sustainable trend,” said Armstrong economist and monitor author Michael Toma. 


Nov. 23, 2015

Fed Economist: Record Growth in 2015 Auto Sales Not Likely to Be Repeated

Phil Bolton reports that the U.S. auto industry may lose some of its shine next year, William Strauss, a senior economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, told Global Atlanta at a J. Mack Robinson College of Business conference in Atlanta Nov. 18. “In general the auto industry has been the bright star since the beginning of the recovery,” he said, adding that gross domestic product and housing sales have fallen short of earlier forecasts.


Nov. 23, 2015 Gainesville Times

Gainesville closer to 'rain tax'

Joshua Silavent reports that all this recent rain must be on the minds of Gainesville officials. City Council appears closer than ever to implementing a “rain tax” to pay for stormwater infrastructure repairs. Officials will hold a work session Tuesday to discuss establishing a special enterprise fund to collect the fee and identify possible rate structures. It’s the next big step in a process more than a year old. Council could approve changes to the city ordinance as early as next week to allow the program to move forward.


Nov. 23, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Hispanic state legislators meet in Atlanta

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that through tomorrow, Hispanic policymakers, corporate executives, elected officials and community advocates from across the country will be in Atlanta for the National Summit of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL). Speakers and panels will address some of the key issues impacting Latino voters and key priorities as Latinos seek to leverage their increasingly influential power at the ballot box for the 2016 elections.


Nov. 23, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Invest Atlanta earns international accreditation

Dave Williams reports that Invest Atlanta has earned accreditation from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), putting it among only 46 economic development organizations to achieve that status. During a presentation to the agency’s board on Thursday, IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle said Invest Atlanta received a “highly glowing” report from peer reviewers.


Nov. 23, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Tipping point in water wars?

Dan Chapman reports that it was one year ago this month that the U.S. Supreme Court appointed Ralph Lancaster as the so-called special master to resolve 25 years of water war between Georgia and Florida. Since then, dozens of attorneys have pored over millions of pages of documents in search of the critical piece of evidence to sway Lancaster. They’ve toiled largely in secret at the direction of the special master, who seemingly prizes secrecy above all. But an analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of the burgeoning case file, as well as on- and off-the-record interviews with sources familiar with the lawsuit, appears to give the upper hand to Georgia. Nobody, though, takes anything for granted.



Nov. 20, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

Columbus-area per capita income rises 4.3 percent, second-best improvement in Georgia

Tony Adams reports that it's among the many statistics tracked, compiled and studied by the federal government. But one set of financial numbers, released Thursday, shows Columbus metro residents improving in a critical area — per capita personal income. The Columbus metro area’s per capita average was $36,683 in 2014, with that level fourth among major cities in Georgia. Only Atlanta ($43,472), Savannah ($40,559) and Warner Robins ($37,165) had higher income levels last year, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.


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Nov. 20, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Lake Oconee - Forward Momentum

Randy Southerland reports that Georgia’s Lake Oconee region is a land of contrasts. From million-dollar lakefront homes to high-tech industrial plants to picturesque Main Street towns, this is a region that has known hard times and economic resurgence. The three counties of Greene, Morgan and Putnam sit near the 15,000-acre Lake Sinclair and its big sister, 19,000-acre Lake Oconee, both created when the Oconee River was dammed in 1979.


Nov. 20, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Missouri company buys Georgia telecom firm

Phil W. Hudson reports that ShareTracker bought Cumming, Ga.-based GeoResults, a telecom database and consulting firm, for an undisclosed sum. Ashland, Mo.-based ShareTracker, a market research company, reported the acquisition combines the two companies' databases, which will help it track 120 million households and 30 million business locations in the United States, with more frequent data updates.


Nov. 20, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Level 3 Communications bringing 350-plus jobs to Peachtree Corners

Curt Yeomans reports that Global telecommunication provider, Level 3 Communications, announced an expansion of its operations that will bring more than 350 jobs to Gwinnett County. The company is consolidating its local employees into a 39,000-square foot operations facility in Peachtree Corners’ Technology Park.


Nov. 20, 2015 UGA 

Five finalists named for dean of UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Sam Fahmy reports that five finalists for the position of dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will visit campus in December to meet with members of the university community. A committee chaired by Sheila Allen, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, conducted a national search to identify the finalists. The committee was assisted by the UGA Search Group in Human Resources.


Nov. 20, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

North Fulton city votes against MARTA expansion

Carla Caldwell reports that the Johns Creek City Council this week approved a resolution that opposes any expansion of MARTA into the city north of Atlanta. The council says the current MARTA system is flawed and cannot provide an effective commuter rail system. Officials in the city 30 minutes north of Atlanta are not happy about a proposed ½ percent tax increase for MARTA, saying they already pay a 1 percent sales tax dedicated for the transportation system and that it has limited value to residents.


Nov. 20, 2015 Macon Telegraph 

Petition challenges constitutionality of Deal's appointments to appeals court

Amy Leigh Womack reports that former Macon City Councilman Henry Ficklin and four other men have filed a petition challenging the constitutionality of a state law that created three new seats on the Georgia Court of Appeals filled by gubernatorial appointments last month. The petition, filed in Fulton County Superior Court on Monday, names Gov. Nathan Deal and the newly appointed judges, Amanda H. Mercier, Nels S.D. Peterson and Brian M. Rickman, as defendants.


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Nov. 19, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Georgia beer brewers: State sold us out to distributors 

Aaron Gould Sheinen reports that Georgia officials showed favoritism toward politically connected beer distributors over craft brewers in their long-running feud over a drinker’s access to a cold one, records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution show. Officials with the Department of Revenue met with representatives of the Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association and gave the state’s major wholesalers  group advance notice that it was working on a controversial regulation the agency issued in September, according to emails and agency records the AJC acquired through an Open Records Act request concerning the new regulation. Brewers, who said they were blind-sided by the new rule and say it threatens the future of the industry.




Nov. 19, 2015 Gainesville Times

Georgia, Florida mention mediation as step to solve water wars

Jeff Gill reports that Georgia and Florida may be inching closer to settling a water sharing lawsuit, as court records show lawyers for both sides are talking about mediation. “I will say that we agree that it could be helpful to us and to Georgia in particular if our discussions on a potential settlement could be officiated by a sharp and effective mediator,” Florida lawyer Philip Perry is noted as saying in a Nov. 10 phone conference.


Nov. 19, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia

Karen Kirkpatrick publishes an iconic photo of the Coffee Cup in historic downtown Perry.


Nov. 19, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Southern offering 'green bonds' for renewable investment

Dave Williams reports that Atlanta-based Southern Co. has become the nation’s first investment-grade utility to issue “green bonds” to support investment in renewable energy projects.Southern subsidiary Southern Power has completed the issuance of $1 billion in green bonds, the company announced Wednesday. An amount equal to the net proceeds of the bonds will be allocated to eligible solar and wind electric generating facilities.


Nov. 19, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Five facts (and a worry) about Georgia’s 5.7 percent jobless rate

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Nov. 19, 2015 WABE

Major Lobbying Group Rallies Atlanta Businesses For LGBT Fight    

Johnny Kaufman reports that a major international LGBT lobbying group, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, chose Atlanta to launch a new campaign for workplace equality Wednesday. Chad Griffin, president of the foundation, said major corporations, including Delta and Georgia Power, which had representatives at the event, support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, but there's more work to be done. 


Nov. 19, 2015 Newnan Times-Herald 

Naturalization ceremony yields 46 new Americans

Winston Skinner reports that people from all over the world – 46 of them – made their way to Newnan and went home as United States citizens. The naturalization ceremony – in Judge Timothy Batten’s courtroom in the Lewis R. Morgan Federal Building in downtown Newnan – saw immigrants from 30 different nations. They had studied the U.S. Constitution and demonstrated fluency in English.


Nov. 19, 2015 WABE 

Mercer University Announces An Innovation Center

Michael Caputo reports that Macon's Mercer University announced a new center dedicated to nurturing startup companies and marketable products. "Today's announcement is about creating jobs," Mercer President Bill Underwood said as he unveiled the proposal to create the Mercer Innovation Center. 


Nov. 19, 2015 Georgia State Univ.

Technique to More Effectively Diagnose and Treat Cancer Developed by Georgia State Researchers

Brian Mullen reports that  a method to better trace changes in cancers and treatment of the prostate and lung without the limitations associated with radiation has been developed by Georgia State University researchers. Their findings were published Wednesday, Nov. 17 in Scientific Reports by Nature.


Nov. 19, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Bank of America names new Atlanta market president

Phil W. Hudson reports that Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) tapped Wendy Stewart as its Atlanta market president to succeed Geri Thomas, who will retire in the first quarter of 2016 following a 45-year banking career in Atlanta. The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank reported Stewart joined Bank of America through a predecessor bank in Atlanta in the mid-1990s, and has held a number of senior leadership positions across the consumer and commercial banking business lines, currently as co-head of the Global Commercial Bank for the Southeast Region.


Nov. 19, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

How Georgia plans to ‘confirm’ incoming Syrian refugees 

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal’s executive order instructing state agencies not to cooperate with any federal resettlement efforts of Syrians fleeing their war-torn country included a curious addendum. He also ordered the Georgia Emergency Management Agency to “confirm” that any refugees already resettled in the state don’t pose a security risk.



Nov. 18, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Georgia Tech and the Ovarian Cancer Institute develop early detection procedure

Ellie HensleyGeorgia Tech collaborated with the Ovarian Cancer Institute to develop a way to detect ovarian cancer in its earliest stage. Using a blood sample, a mass spectrometer and a computer algorithm, researchers and lab technicians can detect specific metabolite levels that indicate ovarian cancer.


Nov. 18, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economy: 2016 Prospects for Atlanta

Jeffrey Humphries writes, a revival of population growth and the housing recovery will strongly underpin Atlanta’s ongoing economic recovery. A high concentration of college-educated workers, business partners, high-tech companies and research universities will continue to attract high-technology companies in life sciences, research and development, IT, professional and business services, and advanced manufacturing.


Nov. 18, 2015 Saporta Report 

Decatur park to be built by pure determination of advocates 

David Pendered reports that a former eye sore of a gas station in Decatur is to be rejuvenated into a community park once the soil is remediated in a process that could begin as early as Wednesday. The effort is being led by the East Decatur Greenway, which was incorporated in 2011 to oversee the effort to reclaim the blighted property. Once the remediation is complete, the group intends to start building the park with funds to be raised in the future.


Nov. 18, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

New program to control jail population has paid for itself  

Mike Owen reports that back in April, Columbus Council was pondering whether to implement an aggressive experiment in holding down jail population by more efficiently moving people through the system. The supporters of what they called the Rapid Resolution Initiative told council during budget hearings that, while the program would cost taxpayers about $458,000 a year, it would save about $440,000. And that was a conservative estimate, the supporters said.


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Nov. 18, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald 

St. Mary's to make $2.4 million investment in Sacred Heart

Staff reports that St. Mary’s Health Care System has committed to investing an additional $2.4 million in St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital to improve patient safety and upgrade technology and services in areas ranging from the mother/baby unit to the operating rooms. “St. Mary’s is making a major investment in safety, equipment, and quality of care to better meet the needs of our community,” said interim President Jeff English.


Nov. 18, 2015 Macon Telegraph 

Mercer University announces plans for center to encourage and develop entrepreneurs

Linda S. Morris reports that Mercer University announced plans Tuesday to create a center that encourages and develops entrepreneurs with a focus on using technology to promote economic growth, create jobs and attract and retain talent.


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Nov. 18, 2015 Georgia Health News

Commentary: Reducing premature births 

Andy Miller reports that Georgia recently slipped from a grade of “C” to a “D” on the March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card. A big reason for premature births is poor health of mothers before they become pregnant, experts say. In a new GHN Commentary, Callan Wells of the Georgia Legal Services Program says that if the state government wants to lower Georgia’s premature births, “it should start by publicizing available health programs and help women get enrolled and use their benefits fully.” 


Nov. 18, 2015 Newnan Times-Herald 

Menaboni art finds home at Clayton State University

Winston Skinner reports that a piece of art by painter Athos Menaboni has found a new home at Clayton State University in Morrow. The 64-year-old piece of Atlanta’s art history was unveiled Oct. 15 at CSU. A ceremony was held to showcase the mural by the Italian-born Georgia artist at the school’s James M. Baker University Center. 


Nov. 18, 2015 WABE

Mayor Reed: Atlanta Remains Welcoming To Syrian Refugees    

Lisa Hagen reports that after Gov. Nathan Deal said Georgia will not be taking in any Syrian refugees in light of the recent attacks on Paris, Mayor Kasim Reed says the city of Atlanta remains open. Deal issued an executive order Monday meant to prevent the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state.  Reed voiced his disapproval over the order, saying Atlanta is and will continue to be a "welcoming city."


Nov. 18, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Nathan Deal’s expansion of the judiciary targeted by legal challenge

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal’s expansion of the state Court of Appeals has been targeted by a legal challenge that claims his three appointments to the bench were unconstitutional because the Georgia Constitution requires they be filled by election. The lawsuit invokes a section of the state Constitution that mandates that all “judges of the Court of Appeals shall be elected on a nonpartisan basis for a term of six years.” There is no provision in the document, the lawsuit said, that allows a governor to appoint the newly-created judgeships.



Nov. 17, 2015 Saporta Report 

Sources: GE is not moving its corporate headquarters to Atlanta 

Maria Saporta reports that it appears that General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) will not be moving its corporate headquarters to Georgia. The company, which ranks No. 8 on the Fortune 500 list, apparently will stay in the Northeast – either in its current home of Fairfield, Conn., or two other Northeast contenders – the greater New York City area or Boston.


Nov. 17, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

UGA is looking out for kids

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that the University of Georgia is turning its eyes to the well-being of kids much younger than college age with a couple of new initiatives aimed at supporting child victims of sexual abuse and families in the state’s child welfare system. The University of Georgia School of Law will be the first in the nation to have an experiential learning opportunity dedicated solely to the assistance of victims of child sexual abuse when the Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic opens in January.


Nov. 17, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

VMware to expand Atlanta-based AirWatch unit; could add 500-plus jobs 

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that enterprise software maker VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) will add about 500 jobs at its Atlanta-based AirWatch business unit. Palo Alto, Calif.-based VMware has leased 50,400 square feet — or two floors — at 1155 Perimeter Center West, where AirWatch occupies nearly 200,000 square feet. The combined office space can accommodate more than 1,500 employees, VMware spokesman Michael Thacker said Monday.


Nov. 17, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Cuba ready for Georgia money, Sen. Lucas says

Maggie Lee reports that a Georgia state Senate study committee on Cuba is about to report what it found about economic, political and social life in the Communist island country. State Sen. David Lucas, D-Macon, who is chairman of the committee, said the point of the work, he said, is to help Georgia get ready for opportunities when Cuba and the U.S. begin trading. "Sooner or later, something's going to happen," said Lucas. "When that sooner or later happens, we need to be ready."


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Nov. 17, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

TSYS employees give nearly $1.4 million to United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley

Tony Adams reports that it was a nearly $1.4 million payday for United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley Monday, with TSYS employees giving generously to the 2015 campaign. The global credit-card and payments processor gathered staffers in the central atrium of its downtown corporate headquarters to make a check presentation to Scott Ferguson, president of the local United Way office, and Steve Davis, this year’s volunteer campaign chairman.


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Nov. 17, 2015 Brunswick News 

Georgia governor lauds Jekyll Island revitalization

Donna Stillinger reports that Gov. Nathan Deal, on Jekyll Island Monday to rededicate the island to the people of Georgia, said the state park is in great shape following a decade-long revitalization project. “This truly is a little patch of heaven,” Deal told the crowd of more than 500 people in attendance at the ceremony held under a large tent on the riverfront lawn in the island’s historic district.


Nov. 17, 2015 Chattanooga Times-Free Press

Crews continue to battle lingering Georgia mill fire

Ben Benton reports that smoke continued to rise Monday from the fire at the former Barwick Mills facility in LaFayette, Ga., as emergency officials worked for a third day to extinguish the blaze that started there Saturday. An investigation into environmental concerns there was hindered by the ongoing fire. And environmental concerns hampered the firefighting effort, officials said.


Nov. 17, 2015 Savannah Morning News 

Ga. Ports' October container volumes 'surprisingly strong'

Mary Carr Mayle reports that container volumes at Georgia Ports Authority’s Savannah docks continue to outperform expectations, with numbers 3 percent higher than the same month last year, GPA executive director Curtis Foltz told his board Monday. “October is traditionally a peak season month for containers, and last month’s 321,000 TEUs represented the highest October on record,” he said.


Nov. 17, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

As predicted, new Georgia Milestones school test results lower than last year

Lee Shearer reports that as expected, many area students had a hard time with the new Georgia Milestones achievement tests, according to results released Monday by the state Department of Education. State School Superintendent Richard Woods, among others, warned that scores would be lower on the new Milestones, end-of-year or end-of-course tests which are meant to measure how well students mastered core academic subjects such as math, English-language arts, science and social studies.


Nov. 17, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb and Marietta schools see success in initial Milestones test results 

Jon Gargis reports that newly-released test scores for Cobb and Marietta schools showed that the districts outpaced the state average in many areas of Georgia’s new comprehensive testing system. The Georgia Department of Education on Monday released the scores from the spring 2015 administration of the Georgia Milestones Assessment System exams, which were given for the first time in the 2014-15 school year.



Nov. 17, 2015 

Deal: Georgia will not accept Syrian refugees 

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that he will not accept Syrian refugees in Georgia and called upon President Obama to suspend the resettlement program in the United States. Since 2012, Deal has demanded that the federal government limit the number of refugees sent to Georgia.


Nov. 17, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

A Georgia newspaper titan fights proposed pipeline on his land

Greg Bluestein reports that Mark Twain supposedly coined the phrase “never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.” And, as our AJC colleague Dan Chapman points out, a certain Georgia publisher who buys ink by the truckload exercised his inner Twain over the weekend.Billy Morris weighed in on the increasingly nasty battle over a 210-mile petroleum pipeline that would run through eastern and coastal Georgia – and land owned by Morris – en route to Florida.



Nov. 16, 2015

Atlanta Holds Solidarity Rally Sunday Following Paris Attacks

Phil Bolton reports that Atlanta's Francophile community joined a rally at noon Sunday to show solidarity int he wake of the indiscriminate assassinations that occurred on Friday night convulsing Paris over the weekend and raising qusions about how the city should protect its residents in the future. 


Nov. 16, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Oooh Baby Baby

Mary Anne Dunkin reports that in 2014, the number of babies being born in the United States rose for the first time since 2007. Some say its another sign of an improving economy, and here in Georgia, many hospitals are certainly seeing an uptick in the number of babies being born at their facilities. Every day this year at Atlanta’s Northside Hospital, staff and excited families welcome more than enough new babies to fill two kindergarten classes in the 2020-2021 school year.


Nov. 16, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Tech lands $2M Delta Air Lines innovation center

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) will invest $3 million in Georgia Tech, including a $2 million innovation center at Midtown's Tech Square. The Atlanta-based airline will focus on developing technologies and innovations to boost operations and customer experience at a nearly 7,000-square-foot center. Delta is taking over space vacated by Qcept Technologies which imploded after raising $50 million in venture capital.


Nov 16, 2015 UGA

Georgia Sea Grant awards over $800,000 in funding toward coastal research

Lee Redding reports that the Georgia Sea Grant College Program at the University of Georgia is funding research projects that address critical environmental and economic challenges in coastal Georgia. The diverse projects include investigations into plastic contamination in coastal waterways, a parasitic threat affecting Georgia shrimp and the economic feasibility of raising homes to reduce the impact of flooding.


Nov. 16, 2015 Gainesville Times

Georgia Milestones: A guide to understanding test scores

Kristen Oliver reports that after a year of complex, contested and, at times, confusing testing, the scores from the first year of Georgia Milestones will be released Monday. The state Department of Education wants the public to know Milestones are not comparable to previous state testing, including the replaced Criterion Referenced Competency Tests, or the CRCT. 


Nov. 16, 2015 Macon Telegraph 

Macon festival highlights tech spirit of artists

Stanley Dunlap reports, with flames shooting out of the mouth and hands of the 28-foot robot at Tattnall Square Park on Sunday, Shane Evans controlled the 2,000 pound structure he said represents American society. Evans was among the creative minds participating over the weekend in the Make-End Maker Festival in Macon showcasing artists who create technology-based works, paintings, sculptures, hand-crafted guitars and more. The event, hosted by the College Hill Alliance, was brought to Macon for the first time as a way to support innovative entrepreneurs, organizers said.


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Nov. 16, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal

UCBI announces dividend, conference and board member

Blairsville-based United Community Banks Inc., the holding company for United Community Bank, which has several branches in Cobb County, recently made several announcements. UCBI reported that its Board of Directors approved a regular quarterly cash dividend of 6-cents per common share. The dividend is payable Jan. 4 to shareholders of record on Dec. 15.



Nov. 16, 2015 Savannah Morning News 

Savannah's air service portfolio growing

Mary Carr Mayle reports that six new leisure routes in less than two years, Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is just beginning to tap its potential for inbound growth as a destination city, the airport’s air service consultant told the airport commission at its November meeting.


Nov. 16, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

This month in Georgia History - November

Staff reports, November — the month we all feel a little more thankful, a little cooler and a lot more harried. Slow down for just a moment and see what’s happened in Novembers past in the Peach State.


Nov. 16, 2015 WABE

Ga. Cannabis Commission May Seek More Out-Of-State Answers

Lisa Hagen reports, how can Georgia safely produce and monitor medical cannabis? A fact-finding team including state Rep. Allen Peake, as well as officials with the GBI and Gov. Nathan Deal’s office, returned from Colorado this week with some answers -- and new questions.


Nov. 16, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia officials: KKK using adopt-a-highway program to advance ‘Klan Country’

Greg Bluestein reports that the Ku Klux Klan’s attempt to “adopt” a stretch of highway in north Georgia is headed to the state’s Supreme Court. And the hate group’s case will be defended by a surprising ally: One of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations. The Georgia Court of Appeals this week transferred the prickly question of whether the KKK chapter can get state recognition for cleaning a one-mile span of Route 515 near the North Carolina state line to the Georgia Supreme Court.



Nov. 13, 2015 Georgia Health News

State agency stays out of cancer hospital fight

Andy Miller reports that a state agency has tabled a controversial proposal to eliminate state requirements for Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s hospital in Newnan.Clyde Reese, commissioner of the Department of Community Health, said at the agency board meeting Thursday that the CTCA proposal had triggered a reaction from the Georgia hospital industry that was “overwhelmingly negative.”


Nov. 13, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia View - Nuclear Redux

Bill Crane writes, thirty years ago, the first issue of Georgia Trend took a frank and critical look at Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle, assessing whether or not the ballooning costs of that project might take down the powerhouse utility. Much has changed in the generation since. Despite the shadow of major disasters like Three Mile Island in 1979, Chernobyl in 1986 and Fukushima in 2011, nuclear power has become an accepted and leading global energy source, particularly in European Union countries.


Nov. 13, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

eVestment expands Atlanta HQ; will add 100 jobs and anchor office building

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that software maker eVestment is more than doubling its Atlanta headquarters to keep pace with global demand for its data analytics platform. The Marietta, Ga.-based company’s software suite provides data, insight and analysis on investment trends to institutional investors, such as consultants, wealth investment managements and pension fund managers.


Nov. 13, 2015 Georgia Historical Society

Georgia Historical Society receives sixth consecutive 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator

Staff reports that Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator, has awarded the Georgia Historical Society (GHS) their coveted 4-star rating for the sixth consecutive year for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency – a distinction that places GHS in an elite top 3% of charities in America. “On Behalf of Charity Navigator, I wish to congratulate Georgia Historical Society on achieving our coveted 4-star rating,” said Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. 


Nov. 13, 2015 Macon Telegraph 

Macon's Navicent Health and Mercer University create partnership

Linda S. Morris reports that a partnership has been created by Navicent Health and Mercer University to create a Center for Disruption & Innovation. The announcement was made Thursday at the Peyton Anderson Cancer Center, Navicent Health.


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Nov. 13, 2015 Emory University

Emory University endowment reaches record high of more than $6.7 billion

Staff reports that Emory University's endowment value reached a record high of more than $6.7 billion as of June 30, 2015, earning a 3.6 percent return on investment over the trailing 12 months. Returns are lower than the previous 12-month period, when the university's endowment earned 19.1 percent on investments.


Nov. 13, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post 

At Chamber lunch, commissioner touts merits of technical colleges

Keith Farner reports that, putting her money where her mouth is, Gretchen Corbin made a pledge Thursday afternoon to personally support Gwinnett Technical College students. The commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia wrapped up a speech at The 1818 Club in Duluth before a Gwinnett Chamber lunch meeting where she offered highlights of technical colleges and their students across the state. But before it was over, Corbin asked Gwinnett Tech President D. Glen Cannon about how many students were "purged this semester because of lack of payment or financial aid.

Nov. 13, 2015 Chattanooga Times Free Press

Study finds Tennessee, Georgia among top states for murder-suicide

Shelly Bradbury reports that both Tennessee and Georgia are among the top eight states in the nation for the frequency of murder-suicides, according to a new report by the Violence Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that conducts research, education and advocacy to reduce gun death and injury. Data for the first six months of 2014 counted 282 murder-suicide events in the United States that resulted in 617 deaths. 


Nov. 13, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Robert W. Woodruff Foundation gives $3M to Morehouse School of Medicine

Ellie Hensley reports that the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation gave Morehouse School of Medicine $3 million to support the renovation of its Hugh Gloster Medical Education Building and complete construction on its Billye Suber Aaron Student Pavilion. The total cost of the renovation project is $24.6 million, which includes renovations to expand class sizes and add technological resources and multidisciplinary learning spaces.


Nov. 13, 2015 Saporta Report

Georgia’s transportation funding law helps win additional federal funds: Chamber 

David Pendered reports that the transportation funding bill enacted by the Georgia Legislature this year has helped the state draw down additional federal funding in the transportation bill now being negotiated in Congress, according to the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. “It is clear that the passage of the Transportation Funding Act of 2015 is quickly bearing fruit for Georgia’s commuters as GDOT prepares to make much needed improvements to roads and bridges across this state,” Michael Sullivan, chairman of the Georgia Transportation Alliance, said in a statement.


Nov. 13, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Marco Rubio sets his sights on Georgia and the South

Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy report that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s campaign returns to Atlanta today during a quick swing through the South – a first visit since dipping a big toe into Georgia’s water wars on behalf of his home state. The  Republican, fresh off a debate where he stayed largely above the fray, will send his campaign manager Terry Sullivan to attend a roundtable and fundraiser at a Midtown law firm. The gathering is designed to help bolster Rubio’s base ahead of his next visit – an Atlanta fundraiser on Dec. 2, hosted by U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton, Rubio’s highest profile Georgia endorser




Nov. 12, 2015 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

Judge to hear appeal of denial of eminent domain to build pipeline across Georgia to Jacksonville

Walter C. Jones reports that a  judge hears arguments from lawyers Friday in a company's appeal of a denial of its request for eminent domain powers to install a $1 billion pipeline across the property of landowners unwilling to sell.  


Nov. 12, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: A View from City Hall

Susan Percy writes, five mayors, one moderator, six microphones and a roomful of people who ask questions for a living can yield good information about running Georgia’s cities in the 21st century. Mayors like to cooperate in matters of economic development – up to a point; they admire the state Department of Economic Development for the job it does and have a bone or two to pick with the Department of Revenue – for its unwillingness or inability to release local sales tax information the cities would like to have.


Nov. 12, 2015 Georgia Trust

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Announces its 2016 List of State’s Ten ‘Places in Peril

Staff reports, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation released today its 2016 list of ten Places in Peril in the state. Sites on the list include: Teardowns in Atlanta’s historic neighborhoods; Bobby Jones Golf Course in Atlanta (Fulton County); Children of Israel Synagogue and Court of Ordinary in Augusta (Richmond County); Claflin School in Columbus (Muscogee County); Gene Theater in McRae (Telfair County); Hawkes Children’s Library in Jackson (Butts County); Hudson-Nash House and Cemetery in Lilburn (Gwinnett County); Johns Homestead in Tucker (DeKalb County); Norcross Woman’s Club Old Library (Gwinnett County); and Riverside Cemetery in Macon (Bibb County).


Nov. 12, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

California lost 9,000 business HQs and expansions, many to Atlanta

Bill Hethcock reports that roughly 9,000 California companies moved their headquarters or diverted projects to out-of-state locations in the last seven years, and both metro Atlanta and Georgia have been among the biggest beneficiaries of the Golden State’s “hostile” business environment.


Nov. 12, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

Columbus executive elected chairman of University System of Georgia Board of Regents

Mark Rice reports that local executive is the new leader of the University System of Georgia's governing body. The 19-member Board of Regents has elected as its chairman Kessel Stelling, chairman and chief executive officer of Columbus-based Synovus Financial Corp. He is the Board of Regents' vice chairman and will begin his one-year term as chairman Jan. 1.


Nov. 12, 2015 Georgia State University

Georgia State University Journalism Project Wins Investigative Reporting Award

Staff reports that the Georgia News Lab, based at Georgia State University, has been named the inaugural winner of the Larry Peterson Memorial Award for student investigative reporting by the Georgia chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The award recognizes five News Lab students, including Georgia State senior Ciara Frisbie, for their reporting on the questionable uses of expense allowances granted to county commissioners in metro Atlanta.


Nov. 14, 2015 Georgia Tech 

Collaboration with CNN Investigates Use of UAVs for Newsgathering

Staff reports that in June 2014, the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and CNN launched a joint research initiative to study the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for newsgathering. In January 2015, CNN signed an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to share the results of the research. The project is now gaining momentum as researchers shift their focus from evaluating UAV equipment to developing potential protocols for safe operations.


Nov. 12, 2015 GPB 

Latest University Merger Combines Two Albany Schools

Bradley George reports that two universities in Southwest Georgia are merging. Wednesday, the state Board of Regents approved a plan to combine Albany State University and Darton State College. The two campuses sit about five miles apart. Albany State was founded in 1903, to primarily serve African Americans. Darton State began in 1963 as a junior college, but now offers four-year degrees. 


Nov. 12, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia - Stone Mountain

Karen Kirkpatrick writes, after weeks of dreary rain, the sun is shining and it’s supposed to be a balmy 70 degrees here in Atlanta today. Get out and enjoy this lovely fall day — perhaps atop Stone Mountain.


Nov. 12, 2015 Saporta Report 

Commentary: Atlanta is a major hub for mobile connectivity  

The editorial board writes, Mobility Live! recently held its third annual conference in Atlanta. And our city has another claim to fame. It’s a hub of mobile communications, one of the fastest growing technology sectors. Atlanta has become such an important mobility hub that the international association for mobile companies has located its North American headquarters here.








Nov. 11, 2015

Deal: October tax revenues up 0.3 percent

Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for October totaled nearly $1.63 billion, an increase of $4.6 million, or 0.3 percent, over October 2014. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled roughly $6.76 billion, for an increase of $513.1 million, or 8.2 percent, compared to October 2014, when net tax revenues totaled $6.24 billion.


Nov. 11, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2015 Silver Spoon Awards

Krista Reese reports that restaurants have moved past the dismal days of drought following the economic downturn, back from bust to boom again – a condition that Atlanta in particular is more accustomed to. Now Coastal Georgia seems to have finally moved forward, too, with several new and notable efforts, especially Savannah’s extraordinary The Grey, which earned a James Beard nomination an unheard-of two months after opening.


Nov. 11, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

Veterans reflect on experiences, contribution to America

Ben Wright reports that more than 70 years after his B-29 was damaged by flak over Kobe, Japan, during World War II, John E. Dunnivant said he's fortunate to be alive. "I want to forget it," Dunnivant said. "I left a lot of friends over there. The Lord blessed me beyond measure and let me live to be 91-plus years old. I did what I was required to do."


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Nov. 11, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia has the 4th-highest uninsured rate since Obamacare

Staff reports that Georgia has the fourth-highest uninsured rate in the United States after Obamacare took effect, analysis from shows. The online financial website reviewed coverage data as the third open-enrollment period for health insurance is now underway and 11.7 percent of the U.S. population still lacks coverage.


Nov. 11, 2015 Georgia Health News

'Relationship-based' health plans debuts in Atlanta

Andy Miller reports, free clinic visits and heavy use of “health coaches.’’ That’s part of the pitch made by a new insurance plan debuting in metro Atlanta. It says it offers a different model of care, with a strong emphasis on primary care. Minneapolis-based Harken Health is launching in Atlanta and Chicago with some deep pockets behind it. Its main investor is health insurance giant UnitedHealth Group. 


Nov. 11, 2015 UGA 

UGA receives $1.49 million grant for HIV, TB research training in Uganda

Rebecca Ayer reports that every year, 50,000 people die in East Africa from tuberculosis. Worldwide, 1.5 million people die from the disease. And when HIV infection is added to the mix, TB becomes even more deadly. The University of Georgia is fighting against these numbers with a new $1.49 million grant from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health.


Nov. 11, 2015 Emory University

School of Nursing ranked fourth in nation for NIH research funding

Melva Robertson reports that Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing climbed to fourth overall in the nation among the list of nursing schools receiving National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding. The school's NIH funding ranking has risen from No. 38 in 2009 to its current No. 4 ranking, with an increase in funding from $1.9 million in 2009 to $6.2 million in 2015. This year's total represents the highest NIH funding total in the school's history.


Nov. 11, 2015 Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech Reaches New Heights in Academic Success

Laura Diamond reports that the Georgia Institute of Technology has set new records in student achievement as measured by gains in retention rates and graduation rates. The first-year retention rate is 97 percent, which is a record for the Institute and strengthens Tech’s position among the nation’s most elite universities. This figure measures the percentage of a college’s first-time freshmen who return the following year.


Nov. 11, 2015 Georgia State University 

State Farm Grant Will Enhance Academic Support for African American Males at Washington High School 

Angela Turk reports that Georgia State University’s African-American Male Initiative has received a $60,000 State Farm Youth Advisory Board Service-Learning Grant to continue and expand its work at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta. The initiative, housed in Georgia State’s Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence, offers mentoring, tutoring and college readiness activities to African-American males at the school in hopes of increasing the number of students who graduate from high school and attend college. 


Nov. 11, 2015 Georgia CEO 

Nucor to Acquire Cold Finish Bar Assets in Georgia

Staff reports that Nucor Corporation announced today that it has agreed to acquire Gerdau Long Steel's Bright Bar assets located in Orrville, Ohio, and Cartersville, Georgia, for an undisclosed amount.  The facilities manufacture cold drawn steel bars for steel service centers and other markets across the U.S. and have a combined production capacity of 75,000 tons per year.  The acquisition is expected to close later this month.


Nov. 11, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola and Pepsi joining forces?

Staff reports that Coca-Cola Co. Chairman CEO Muhtar Kent PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi have pushed the decades-old Cola Wars into a brief detente for a good cause -- real warriors. The beverage executives appear in a new public service television announcement for American Corporate Partners, a nonprofit that connects veterans to business professionals for career guidance.


Nov. 11, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

The primary challenge to Speaker David Ralston, Part II

Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway report that House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, will be challenged again in next year’s GOP primary. In 2014, tea party forces lined up behind Sam Snider, a high school wrestling coach. It was the first intra-party challenge Ralston had experienced in a decade. Ralston spent $937,670 to win 65 percent of the vote, to Snider’s $25,000.



Nov. 10, 2015

Deal: Aspen Aerogels to create more than 100 jobs in Bulloch County

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Aspen Aerogels, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance aerogel insulation, will create more than 100 jobs and invest more than $70 million in Statesboro.  “Aspen Aerogels is a major addition to Georgia’s thriving technology industry,” said Deal. “The company’s Statesboro location offers close proximity to our top-notch transportation infrastructure and some of our first-class academic institutions. I am confident that our highly-skilled workforce and competitive resources will be uniquely beneficial for Aspen’s growth in Georgia.”


Nov. 10, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Town Center CID has a new look

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that as you’re out and about the Town Center area of north Cobb County you may see new, colorful signs that let you know where you are and help you get where you’re going. They are courtesy of the Town Center Community Improvement District (TCCID), which is rolling out a new logo and look that better symbolizes the vitality of the area.


Nov. 10, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Georgia No. 2 in highest average college tuition hike

Phil W. Hudson reports that Georgia's state universities saw the second-highest average jump in tuition during the past five years, according to a new report from Bloomberg citing data from the Urban Institute. The report found tuitions at the Peach State's four-year public colleges have jumped by 48 percent since 2010.


Nov. 10, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

‘Jurassic’ results: Carmike Cinemas reports record $180.2 operating profit, but $6.3 million net loss

Tony Adams reports that Carmike Cinemas, growing its attendance and average ticket price, reported Monday record operating revenue of $180.2 million in the third quarter of this year, an increase of 11 percent from $162.6 million a year ago. But that wasn’t enough to take it to a profitable plateau. Factoring in its moving financial parts — including operating costs such as film exhibition fees, salaries and theater leases — the Columbus-based movie theater chain lost $6.3 million during the quarter, or 26 cents per share.


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Nov. 10, 2015 Georgia Dept. of Education

Georgia's graduation rate increases significantly

Matt Cardoza reports that Georgia’s 2015 high school graduation rate rose significantly, from ​72.5 percent in 2014 to 78.8 percent in 2015. This represents the fourth straight increase in the state’s graduation rate. “The 2015 graduation rate shows that our schools are working harder and smarter than ever to ensure our students receive their diploma, something that affords them the opportunity to move on to postsecondary education, the military, or directly into a meaningful career,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “I expect we will continue to see the graduation rate increase as we provide more personalized graduation plans with multiple paths to graduation.”


Nov. 10, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Film industry touted as big business for Georgia, Gwinnett County

Curt Yeomans reports that Bartow County may be getting a Hunger Games theme park, but Gwinnett County could see its own entertainment-inspired attraction in the future, according to Atlanta Media Campus and Studios developer Jim Jacoby. On Friday morning, Jacoby teased the possibility that an attraction of some type could be heading to the county during a film industry forum hosted by Partnership Gwinnett at Eagle Rock Distribution Company in Norcross.


Nov. 10, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Transportation taxes driving Georgia's revenue gains

Dave Williams reports that the transportation funding bill the General Assembly passed last spring is continuing to play a major role in Georgia’s tax collections. Without the $69.8 million in revenue the new transportation taxes and fees brought in last month, state tax collections for October would have inched up by just 0.3 percent over October of 2014, Gov. Nathan Deal reported Monday.


Nov. 10, 2015 Saporta Report, Atlanta Business Chronicle

More companies reach ‘critical mass’ of women directors 

Maria Saporta reports that more Georgia companies are reaching a critical mass where women directors have real influence on corporate boards.That’s the finding of the 2015 study by OnBoard, an organization that has monitored the number of women on Georgia’s corporate boards for the past 23 years. OnBoard defines critical mass as a board that has at least three women who make up at least 25 percent of its members. A study by Wellesley College determined that was the threshold when women were really listened to.


Nov. 10, 2015 GPB 

Ga. Doesn't Rank High On Government Accountability

Sam Whitehead reports that the Center for Public Integrity has released its 2015 report on state government accountability, and Georgia didn’t receive high marks. The state came in 24th in the U.S. according to the report from the good-government non-profit group.


Nov. 10, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Jeb Bush de-emphasizes SEC Primary in campaign reboot

Daniel Malloy reports that earlier this fall, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush signaled he was taking the SEC Primary literally with tailgate visits to Athens and Knoxville. His Super PAC also reserved millions of dollars of early TV time in the key March 1 states, including Georgia.But Bush canceled a scheduled trip to Tuscaloosa for Saturday’s Alabama-LSU clash, as he tries to turn around a struggling campaign. 



Nov. 9, 2015 Georgia Health News

Another rural hospital going out of business

Andy Miller reports that a rural hospital in northwest Georgia, burdened by a heavy debt load and large financial losses, is set to close Dec. 4. Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe would be the fifth rural Georgia hospital to shut its doors since 2013.  A bankruptcy court judge issued the order for the closure this week, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported. 


rural hospital in northwest Georgia, burdened by a heavy debt load and large financial losses, is set to close Dec. 4.

Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe would be the fifth rural Georgia hospital to shut its doors since 2013.

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Nov. 9, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia Mayors Talk Transportation

Ben Young writes, Editor-at-Large Susan Percy and I both attended an Atlanta Press Club event at which mayors from five cities, brought together by the Georgia Municipal Association, discussed their approaches to 21st century challenges. As Susan notes in her Business Casual column, “A View from City Hall,” this month, one subject all discussed was transportation, including the 2012 T-SPLOST and the 2015 Transportation Funding Act, also known as T-SPLOST Lite. Here’s little of what each said.


Nov. 9, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta United and DeKalb cancel plans for team HQ and training facility, Marietta now eyed

Maria Saporta reports that Atlanta United FC and DeKalb County announced jointly late Friday the cancellation of plans for a 41-acre headquarters and training facility near Kensington Road and Memorial Drive. Rich McKay, president and CEO of the Atlanta Falcons, said Friday afternoon the team will now focus on a 32-acre site in Marietta, Ga., along Franklin Road.


Nov. 9, 2015 Georgia Times-Union

Company that plans to build pipeline through Georgia to Jacksonville sued over December spill in South Carolina

Travis Highfield reports that a lawsuit filed Thursday in Anderson, S.C., asserts that a company that wants to build a pipeline to Richmond Hill, past Brunswick and into Jacksonville was "reckless" in maintaining a pipeline that spilled an estimated 369,000 gallons of gasoline on a rural South Carolina farm in December. Kinder Morgan Inc., four of its subsidiaries and the South Carolina Of­fice of Regulatory Staff were named in the suit filed in South Carolina's Court of Common Pleas 10th Judicial Circuit by Spar­tan­burg attorney Gary Polia­koff. Poliakoff represents Eric and Scott Lewis, the co-owners of a 365-acre farm just outside Belton, S.C.


Nov. 9, 2015 Macon Telegraph 

Macon neighborhoods could get assist in urban agriculture

Stanley Dunlap reports that P.J. Carswell has spent more than 20 years perfecting the art of growing fruit, vegetables, flowers and trees in Middle Georgia. On a cloudy morning last week on his property in Bolingbroke, dew trickled from large collard green leaves as he picked them from one of his organic gardens. For the past two decades, he has been hoping other people would join his effort to provide healthy food to the community.


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Nov. 9, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

CareSouth operations are bought in merger

Tim Rausch reports that the deal is done. HealthSouth now owns Augusta-based CareSouth's home health and hospice agency operations.


Nov. 9, 2015 Saporta Report

Norfolk Southern continues roll-out of lower-emission locomotives   

David Pendered reports that Norfolk Southern rolled out in Chicago last week more of the eco-friendly locomotives the company unveiled in Atlanta in September. The engines are designed to reduce particulate matter emissions by 76 percent, according to a Chicago official. These locomotives are the first to be developed with federal funding. The engines, to be used in railroad yards, are part of the nation’s ongoing effort to reduce emissions in order to protect the environment and comply with provisions of the Clear Air Act.


Nov. 9, 2015 Brunswick News 

FAA moving forward on proposed spaceport 

Staff reports that Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation is beginning the licensing process for the operation of a commercial spaceport in Camden County. The federal agency has issued an intent to prepare an environmental impact statement, open a public scoping period and hold a public scoping meeting in Camden County. The impact statement will focus on the proposed construction and operation of Spaceport Camden, a commercial space launch site.


Nov. 9, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia eyed by Tesla rival planning $1 billion electric car factory

Carla Caldwell reports that Faraday Future, a California-based electric vehicle start-up that plans to invest $1 billion in a U.S. manufacturing facility as a “phase one investment,” says it is considering a handful of states, including Georgia, for its “state-of-the-art facility.” Other states being considered are California, Louisiana and Nevada. The site will be announced in coming weeks, according to a statement posted Friday on the company’s website.


Nov. 9, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

We are one year away from Election Day 2016

Daniel Malloy reports that there are just 365 days to go until Election Day 2016, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has got you covered from the race to the White House all the way down the ballot. Georgia figures to play a bigger role than usual in the nominating process as part of the “SEC Primary,” and we are covering the March 1 grouping of states closely. Here’s an interactive look at the states involved, along with some more background on how the SEC Primary came to be and how it will be influential.







Nov. 6, 2015 Columbia County News-Times, Augusta Chronicle 

Georgia transportation chief says funding improving for road projects 

Steve Crawford reports that after years of falling behind on transportation funding, Georgia is putting the revenue sources in place to fix neglected infrastructure and fund projects for future needs, the state's transportation commissioner said Thursday. Russell McMurry, who was appointed commissioner of the Georgia De­part­ment of Transportation in Jan­uary, addressed a room filled with the area’s business and political leaders Thursday at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. 


Nov. 6, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Political Notes: November 2015

Susan Percy reports, too many lawsuits?  The Georgia Chamber thinks so. In a press release citing results of a U.S. Chamber survey, the state organization says Georgia’s lawsuit climate ranks 31st out of the 50 states. “Georgia’s economy is thriving,” says chamber President and CEO Chris Clark, “however, business communities will not continue to grow without addressing flaws in the lawsuit climate.


Nov. 6, 2015 University of Georgia Law

Georgia Law alumnus funds nation’s first child sexual abuse victim clinic 

Bo Rutledge reports, the University of Georgia School of Law will be the first in the nation to have an experiential learning opportunity dedicated solely to the assistance of victims of child sexual abuse. The Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic will open January 2016. Initial funding for the clinic has been donated by Georgia Law alumnus Marlan B. Wilbanks, who received his Juris Doctor in 1986. 


Nov. 6, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Georgia No. 4 state with fastest job growth

Phil W. Hudson reports that if  you’re looking for a job, the Peach State may be the place to start your hunt. According to a report from Kiplinger, Georgia has the No. 4 fastest job growth. “Strong growth will continue next year in Atlanta and Savannah. A wide spectrum of industries will do well, including makers of autos and auto parts,” Kiplinger reported.


Nov. 6, 2015 Georgia Times-Union 

Georgia has 144,000 open jobs and too few qualified applicants, manufacturing exec tells educators

Georgia has 144,000 open jobs but employers have a lot of trouble in filling those jobs, a manufacturing executive told business and vocational education leaders Thursday.  “It is a crisis. It is a crisis today. It is a crisis going forward,’’ said Lee Bryan, who is chairman of the Georgia Association of Manufacturers and president of TenCate Geosynthetics.


Nov. 6, 2015 WABE

Georgia Ranks High On National Obesity Survey

John Lorinc reports that Georgia's population ranks as the 14th highest state in the U.S. for obesity, according to a new report from WalletHub. Among the findings Georgia is 18th in percentage of adults who are obese and 17th in percentage of children who are obese. Georgia is also 29th in percentage of death rate linked to obesity.


Nov. 6, 2015 Macon Telegraph 

Robins Air Force Base to hire 200 support personnel

Wayne Crenshaw reports that another 200 jobs are expected at Robins, the 78th Air Base Wing commander said Tuesday.Col. Jeff King said Tuesday the positions will be across the base. That job boost is in addition to the roughly 200 new aircraft maintainers that Brig Gen. Walter Lindsley, commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, announced last month that he plans to hire in the coming year.


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Nov. 6, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Technology firm N3 raises $35 million; plans 250-job Atlanta expansion

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that technology sales and marketing firm N3 LLC has scored a $35 million investment from Redbird Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm. Atlanta-based N3 serves as an outsourced sales force for enterprise software companies, including Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), Hitachi, General Electric (NYSE: GE) and SAP (NYSE: SAP).


Nov. 6, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

The survey says: Jimmy Carter has had ‘the best post-presidency’

Jim Galloway reports that former President Jimmy Carter “has had the best post presidency” say 40 percent of American voters, including 29 percent of Republicans and 49 percent of Democrats, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. Hold that thought, but keep reading. President Ronald Reagan is the next best ex-president, 24 percent of voters say, with 19 percent for President Bill Clinton, 6 percent for George W. Bush and 5 percent for President George H.W. Bush, the independent poll found.




Nov. 5, 2015 Saporta Report 

Ga. Water Coalition’s annual “Dirty Dozen” commends state for opposition to Palmetto Pipeline 

David Pendered reports that Georgia Water Coalition used the release Wednesday of its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of threats to water quality to commend Georgia for denying a permit to facilitate construction of the Palmetto Pipeline. “It’s something to celebrate,” Joe Cook, advocacy communication coordinator at the Coosa River Basin Initiative, said in a teleconference with reporters. “GDOT’s action, and the Deal administration’s support of that action, earned that issue special recognition.”


Nov. 5, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Neely Young: Russia's Twilight

Neely Young writes, under Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin, the country has been using its military to strike out beyond its borders. Popular belief has it that Russia is becoming a major power in the world, while America’s influence is on the decline. Others beg to differ, including American international strategist Peter Zeihan, who has written a book defining America as The Accidental Superpower.


Nov. 5, 2015 Georgia Historical Society 

Clyde Tuggle and H. Jerome Russell Named to Georgia Historical Society Board of Curators

Staff reports that Georgia Historical Society has announced that Clyde Tuggle, Senior Vice President and Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer for the Coca-Cola Company, and H. Jerome Russell, President of H. J. Russell & Company, have been elected to the Georgia Historical Society Board of Curators. The announcement was made following the Board’s fall meeting in Atlanta.


Nov. 5, 2015 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

Georgia university regents ask for money for cybersecurity center to meet need for grads

Walter C. Jones reports that the University System of Georgia asked Gov. Nathan Deal Wednesday for funds to create a cybersecurity center to address employers' growing demand for graduates. If Deal agrees to put funding for the project in his spending request to the legislature, the center would be located at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. But it would draw on academic experts from Augusta University and other schools, and its courses would be available online to students in Augusta and other campuses around the state.


Nov. 5, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

UPS to build $185 million facility in England 

Phil W. Hudson reports that United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE:UPS) plans to build a new 344,445-square-foot package sorting and delivery facility the DP World London Gateway logistics site in England. Atlanta-based UPS reported the nearly $184.7 million project is one of UPS’ largest infrastructure investments outside of the United States in company history.


Nov. 5, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rail sale to include scenic Blue Ridge line

Michael Kanell reports that a Marietta-based railroad has agreed to be purchased by a group of independent investment firms. Georgia Northeastern Railroad Company, which has 10 locomotives and operates about 106 miles of railroad between Marietta and Mineral Bluff track, is being acquired by SteelRiver Infrastructure Fund North America and two associated firms.


Nov. 5, 2015 Georgia Health News

State's grade on premature births drops

Judi Kanne reports that Georgia has received a lower grade on the latest March of Dimes report card on premature births, despite making progress since 2009 on reducing these preterm deliveries.The state was given a “D” grade on the 2015 report card, dropping from a “C” grade a year ago. Georgia’s preterm birth rate was 10.8 percent in 2014, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. That rate places Georgia 44th among the states, according to the March of Dimes. 


Georgia has received a lower grade on the latest March of Dimes report card on premature births, despite making progress since 2009 on reducing these preterm deliveries.

The state was given a “D” grade on the 2015 report card, dropping from a “C” grade a year ago.

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Nov. 5, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Quad/Graphics plans to close Evans plant this year, costing 250 jobs

Tim Rausch reports that after three decades of printing catalogs, an Evans facility will close by the end of the year. A day after announcing a quarterly loss of $552 million, Quad/Graphics told the employees of its Evans plant that it was part of a $100 million cost-reduction program. The Wisconsin-based printing company is closing four of its facilities this year, officials announced during a conference call to investors Wednesday.


Nov. 5, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Radloff Middle finalist for possible $100,000 grant

Keith Farner reports that Radloff Middle School was recently announced as a finalist for a grant of up to $100,000 for a fully-equipped science lab that could be won through upcoming online voting. Northrop Grumman Foundation has announced the 20 public midde school semifinalists in its Fab School Labs science classroom makeover contest.


Nov. 5, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

College Football National Championship heading to Atlanta in 2018

Phil W. Hudson reports that Mercedes-Benz Stadium will play host to the College Football Playoff National Championship in January 2018, officials announced Nov. 4. Atlanta edged out out Miami, Houston and Santa Clara, Calif., to hold the matchup between college football's biggest titans. The game will be the third major college event scheduled to be held in the new $1.5 billion stadium.


Nov. 5, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Tyrone Brooks and the way Atlanta once worked

Jim Galloway reports that this week, if you sat quietly in the courtroom where a judge will soon decide whether to put Tyrone Brooks behind bars, you could catch a glimpse of how Atlanta once worked. And how an aging civil rights leader and former state lawmaker failed to adapt to a changing world. Brooks, 70, pleaded guilty in April to one count of filing false income tax returns, and nolo contendre to five counts of wire and mail fraud.



Nov. 4, 2015 Georgia Health News

More A's: Georgia hospital safety ratings rise

Andy Miller reports that one-third of Georgia hospitals earned an “A” grade on patient safety in recently published ratings. The 34.8 percent of hospitals in the state getting the top grade was up from the 27.5 percent that the Leapfrog Group gave “A’s” in its spring safety rankings. It puts Georgia at No. 10 among states with the highest percentage of top-performing hospitals. 


Nov. 4, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia

Karen Kirkpatrick writes, thanks to Georgia Trend reader Todd Evans for sending the photo of his son that he took at Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island. To submit photos of your favorite Georgia spots, check out our submission guidelines.


Nov. 4, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta investment firm scores $160 million capital commitment

Phil W. Hudson reports that Satilla Capital Partners landed $160 million in new capital commitments to provide capital to “real estate entrepreneurs, purchase commercial loans, and invest in idiosyncratic special situations throughout the United States.” The Atlanta-based private real estate and credit investment firm reported it actively invests in office, retail, multi-family, industrial, outdoor media, homebuilding, and land acquisition and development.


Nov. 4, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Voters approve city of Tucker, reject LaVista Hills

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Nov. 4, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Without fanfare, Ranger School officially opens to female soldiers 

Chuck Williams reports that U.S. Army Ranger School is now officially open to women -- no pilot programs, no exclusions based on gender. "We are ready to train whoever shows up to Ranger School and meets the standards," said Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade Commander David Fivecoat on Tuesday.


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Nov. 4, 2015 Augusta Chronicle, Morris News Service

Plant Vogtle lag over, Georgia Power says 

Walter C. Jones reports that further delays and cost overruns aren't expected for the construction of two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, Georgia Power executives said Tuesday,because the people in charge are the ones who learned from the earlier problems. The assurances came amid multiple questions about news last week that Westinghouse Electric Corp. had bought the contractor, Stone & Webster.


Nov. 4, 2015 Saporta Report 

Planned Atlanta hotel latest venture by hotel/casino company run by Seminole Tribe of Florida   

David Pendered reports that the new Hard Rock Hotel announced for downtown Atlanta is the latest venture for a parent company owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which a story on described as, “tribal pioneers in the casino and gaming business.”


Nov. 4, 2015 Georgia State University

Georgia State Scientist Gets $1.675 Million to Study Link between Cancer and DNA Replication, Repair

Staff reports that Ivaylo Ivanov, associate professor of chemistry at Georgia State University, has received a five-year, $1.675 million federal grant to study how problems with DNA replication and repair may lead to cancer susceptibility and inheritable genetic diseases. The project is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health and could have an impact on scientists’ fundamental understanding of the causes of cancer.


Nov. 4, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia sues the EPA again, this time for power plant rule

Daniel Malloy reports that the state of Georgia is suing the Obama administration to block a new power plant regulation that makes it much harder to build a new coal-fired plant. Georgia is one of 23 states joining in a filing today in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, asking the court to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s new standards. The states are mostly Republican-run, with a few coal-state Democratic governors on board as well.



Nov. 4, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Growing Georgia bee product company lands Target deal

Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) has selected Savannah Bee Co. to provide a holiday line, and in January will carry more health and beauty products by the fast-growing company. Products made by Wilmington Island, Ga.-based Savannah Bee Co. do not include parabens or petroleum-derived ingredients, and there is no animal testing, according to the company.






Nov. 3, 2015 

Georgia ranked No. 1 state in U.S. for business

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia has been named the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business for the third consecutive year by Site Selection magazine, a leading economic development trade publication. “Once again, Georgia has been named the top state in which to do business, reflecting our success in strengthening Georgia’s economic environment and creating a top-notch workforce,” said Deal.


Nov. 3, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Eatonton Arts

Randy Southerland reports that sometimes all it takes to make a big impact in a small town is getting the right people in a room together. In 2011, the right locals came together and formed the Eatonton-Putnam Tourism, Arts and Heritage Partnership, which has since evolved into the Briar Patch Arts Council. Their purpose was to brainstorm ways to showcase the county’s assets and to make it a destination for visitors.


Nov. 3, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Buffett-owned company buys Georgia homebuilder for $50 million

Phil W. Hudson reports that Maryville, Tenn.-based Clayton Homes bought Buford, Ga.-based Chafin Communities for nearly $50 million, according to a source familiar with the deal. The source said Clayton, a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., will receive nearly 1,100 lots for the $50 million. Chafin Communities Founders Eric and Daryl Chafin will remain at the helm of its operations and Chafin’s 25 employees will join Clayton.


Nov. 3, 2015 Georgia Health News

New chief named at Blue Cross of Georgia

Andy Miller reports that the state’s largest health insurer has announced a change at the top. Jeff Fusile has been named president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, the company said Monday. He will replace Morgan Kendrick, who will become president of the national accounts unit at Anthem, Blue Cross’ parent company. 


Nov. 3, 2015 Rome News-Tribune 

Berry plans to build lakeside retirement community next to old quarry

Doug Walker reports that Berry College’s planned continuing care retirement community will be developed between the main campus and the former Florida Rock quarry, just north of the Rome Bypass, college officials announced Monday. Slated to open in 2019, the complex will be centered along the eastern side of the 88-acre quarry lake and have an unobstructed view of Lavender Mountain.


Nov. 3, 2015 Georgia State University

NIH Awards Two Georgia State Biologists $2.4 Million to Study Effect of Diabetes on Cardiovascular Disease

Georgia State University biologists have received a $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the effect of diabetes on cardiovascular disease. “Our proposed studies will provide new insights into potential therapies to target and prevent or delay diabetes,” said Ming-Hui Zou, co-principal investigator on the grant, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and director of the Center for Molecular and Translational Medicine at Georgia State.


Nov. 3, 2015 Georga Tech

Georgia Tech and UNC’s RENCI to Lead Major Effort that Applies Big Data Solutions to Regional Challenges

Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of North Carolina’s Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI)will co-direct a new, national effort to develop a Big Data Regional Innovation Hub serving 16 Southern states and the District of Columbia. The South Big Data Regional Innovation Hub (South BD Hub)—to be managed jointly by Georgia Tech and UNC-Chapel Hill—is part of the National Science Foundation’s four Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs) announced today. The new initiative aims to build innovative public-private partnerships that address regional challenges through big data analysis.


Nov. 3, 2015 Gainesville Times 

Chunk of South Hall being mulled as part of 920-home development 

Jeff Gill reports that some 56 acres in South Hall County at the Gwinnett County line are being considered as part of a 364-acre, 920-home active adult community in Braselton. PulteGroup, owner of Del Webb, which developed nearby Village at Deaton Creek off Friendship Road/Ga. 347 in South Hall, is asking Braselton to annex and rezone the acres so it can develop Del Webb at Chateau Elan.


Nov. 3, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta wins pension reform case

Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Supreme Court Monday unanimously upheld pension reforms adopted by the Atlanta City Council four years ago. In a class-action lawsuit filed by Atlanta police officers, firefighters and other city employees, Presiding Justice Harris Hines declared three pension reform ordinances “did not alter plaintiffs’ pension benefits, but rather modified their pension obligations, and in no manner divested plaintiffs of their earned pension benefits.”


Nov. 3, 2015 Saporta Report

Foxfire, still aglow — after catastrophic event, an organization’s lessons learned   

Janet Rechtman writes, since 1966, Foxfire students, teachers, staff, and volunteers have compiled a history of the people, communities, and traditions of southern Appalachia. Readers who found these stories through the beloved Foxfire book series have made the 106-acre Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center on Black Rock Mountain (fondly called “The Land”) a must-see destination for visitors from all over the world. The connections are equally strong when educators adopt an experiential education, which, for nearly 50 years, has also been known as the “Foxfire Approach to Teaching and Learning.”


Nov. 3, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Donald Trump’s new Georgia hand was Mitt Romney’s ’08 state director

Daniel Malloy reports that Donald Trump’s Georgia campaign will be run by Brandon Phillips, a consultant with extensive ties to the state GOP establishment. Phillips replaces Seth Weathers, who was known for running insurgent campaigns and parted ways with Trump after less than two months. Phillips is a former executive director of the Fulton County Republican Party and was Mitt Romney’s state director in Georgia in 2008 — the year Romney was trying to run to John McCain’s right and both of them were beaten in Georgia by Mike Huckabee.




Nov. 2, 2015 Albany Herald

In Georgia, beef is up, cotton is down and poultry is still on top

Staff reports that folks in Miller County are happy to be working for peanuts, while Dooly County residents are in high cotton, according to an annual report released by the University of Georgia. Miller County was the leading county in the farm gate value of its peanut production, $33.4 million. Dooly County was the top producer of cotton at $48.2 million. Neither, however, came close to the $155 in vegetable production that Colquitt County has.


Nov. 2, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

A Focus on Technology

Susan Percy reports that Bud Peterson, who has been at Georgia Tech since 2009, presides over one of the country's most prestigious technical institutes, engaged in far-reaching research and innovative economic development activities. It has changed dramatically in the last few years, moving well beyond its beginnings as an engineering school. 


Nov. 2, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

ARC poll finds transportation still Atlanta's top concern

Staff reports that with the Great Recession receding ever further into the past, transportation continues to be metro Atlanta’s top concern, according to a poll released Friday by the Atlanta Regional Commission. In the third annual Metro Atlanta Speaks public opinion survey, 27 percent of respondents said transportation was the biggest problem facing the region, the second consecutive year transportation topped the list of concerns.


Nov. 2, 2015 Georgia Health News

Ga. hospitals part of settlement on cardiac implants

Andy Miller reports that more than 450 hospitals, including several in Georgia, will pay a total of more than $250 million to settle allegations that cardiac devices were implanted in Medicare patients in violation of the program’s coverage requirements, the Department of Justice announced Friday. Georgia hospitals involved in the settlements include Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta, Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta, the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, and Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome. 


Nov. 2, 2015 WABE 

Atlanta Luxury Apartment Boom Puts The Squeeze On Renters    

Michell Eloy reports that Caroline Huftalen has lived in Atlanta for six years, in the Cabbagetown-Reynoldstown area, specifically. She’s a writer and the marketing director for Seven Stages, a nonprofit theater company in Little Five Points. And recently, she had to move. Huftalen had been renting a 700-square-foot unit in a condo building for $975 in the neighborhood, but this summer, building officials reinstated a two-year renting rule, forcing her out.


Nov. 2, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal

Mexico company Ditex chooses Manahattan platform

Cumberland-based Manhattan Associates Inc. announced on Oct. 27 that Diltex S.A. de C.V., a Mexico-based women’s beauty and apparel retailer, has selected Manhattan’s Omni-Channel Operations Platform, including point of sale, clienteling, order management and store inventory & fulfillment.


Nov. 2, 2015

Emory Hosts ‘Half Colombia’s Economy’ for Executive Ed Program

Trevor Williams reports that it was an unrivaled assemblage of Colombian business minds, but it didn’t happen in Bogota or Medellin. It was Atlanta’s Emory University that hosted more than 100 executives from the South American country, who arrived quietly in the city in August, without the fanfare given to many inbound delegations of much less economic firepower.  


Nov. 2, 2015 Emory University 

New initiative will prepare high school students for health science careers

Jennifer Johnson McEwan reports that Emory University School of Medicine (SOM), in collaboration with Emory College of Arts & Sciences, Atlanta Public Schools (APS), and Atlanta Area Health Education Center, has received a three-year, $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to educate and expose high school students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to career opportunities in health professions. 


Nov. 2, 2015 Saporta Report 

Settlement over Plant Vogtle cost overruns seen as positive development

David Pendered reports that a settlement reached by the owners and contractors who are developing two nuclear plants at Plant Vogtle is expected to enable state utility regulators to certify the higher costs estimates and schedule announced earlier this year. Georgia Power and other owners of the two nuclear plants announced Oct. 27 that they have reached a settlement in three lawsuits that date to 2012. The deal includes a clarification of who’s to pay to comply with federal regulations as the regulations are developed, according to a statement by Moody’s Investors Service.


Nov. 2, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

First openly gay general to take command of Army Reserve unit at Fort Benning

Chuck Williams reports that Brig Gen. Tammy Smith, the first openly gay general in the U.S. Army, is poised to take over as the commander of the 98th Training Division, a Reserve unit at Fort Benning. Smith will take her new post at an 11 a.m. change of command ceremony on Nov. 8 at the parade field adjacent to the National Infantry Museum. When she was promoted to brigadier general in 2012, Smith became the first openly gay general in the Army.


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Nov. 2, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

At sea level, climate change in Georgia is more than theoretical

Jim Galloway reports that at the 35,000-foot level, climate change remains a matter of loud dispute among Republicans. In the undercard portion of last Wednesday’s CNBC presidential debate, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham pushed the GOP envelope and acknowledged that “we’re heating up the planet.” Likewise, former New York Gov. George Pataki declared it “not appropriate” to think that human activity isn’t at least partially to blame. At sea level, however, the view is much different. Take, for instance, Jason Buelterman, mayor of Tybee Island on the Georgia coast.



Oct. 30, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Company may bring 900 jobs, $27.1 million investment to Baldwin County

Linda S. Morris reports that Baldwin County officials have been negotiating for months with a large, start-up manufacturing company that would create up to 900 jobs and make a $27.1 million investment. The company is known as "Project Sparta" while negotiations are underway, and Matt Poyner, executive director of the Development Authority of the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County, said he was prohibited by a confidentially agreement from responding to any questions.


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Oct. 30, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia — Cotton Museum

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, cotton has been an important Georgia crop for centuries. Learn more about the history and the impact of the crop around the state and the world, and see farming artifacts and tools at the Georgia State Cotton Museum in Vienna, just off I-75. 


Oct. 30, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

UPS to spend $300 million to triple size of Centennial package sorting facility

Staff reports that United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) will spend $300 million to triple the size of its “Centennial” ground package sorting facility in Louisville, Ky., and nearly double its package processing rates. The building will increase from 257,000 square feet to 838,000 square feet, with construction scheduled to begin in 2016.


Oct. 30, 2015

Deal announces Court of Appeals appointments

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the appointment of the Honorable Amanda H. Mercier, the Honorable Nels S.D. Peterson and the Honorable Brian M. Rickman to the Georgia Court of Appeals. These new judgeships were created by the passage of HB 279 during the 2015 legislative session. The terms of the new judges will begin Jan. 1, 2016, and will continue through Dec. 31, 2018.


Oct. 30, 2015 Georgia Health News

More Georgia kids insured as ACA takes hold 

Andy Miller reports that the number of uninsured children in Georgia dropped by nearly 50,000 after the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, a new report has found. But the state’s 189,000 children who remain uninsured make Georgia’s rate relatively high – 7.6 percent, versus 6 percent nationally. 


Oct. 30, 2015 Saporta Report 

AIA Atlanta picks winning pavilion design; Michael Arad of NYC’s 9/11 Memorial served on jury   

Maria Saporta reports, in an attempt to improve our city’s urban design, AIA Atlanta sponsored a national design competition for a new pavilion that could be built along the Westside BeltLine Trail at Adair Park. The winning design was from Tim Bragan, Sylvan Miles and Harry Ross of Washington, D.C. – receiving $10,000 for their entry.


Oct. 30, 2015 Georgia Tech 

Carnegie Corp. awards $485,000 grant to Nunn School to study nuclear instability

Staff reports that Carnegie Corporation of New York announced today it has awarded a $485,000 grant to the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology to study how break-through technologies are increasing nuclear instability worldwide. The Nunn School will focus on a scenario-based examination of the dynamics of command, control and coordination in cyber-conflict escalation.


Oct. 30, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Mystery company spurns Atlanta for New York

Douglas Sams reports that General Electric Co. isn't the only company Atlanta and New York are battling for. This time, New York won. An unidentified company that had been in talks with Midtown landlords over the past several weeks took a hard look at projects including the redevelopment of 715 Peachtree Street.


Ot. 30, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia Freemasonry outlaws homosexuality in its ranks

Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway report that the Grand Lodge of Georgia, the over-arching masonic body in the state, completed its two-day, Macon convention on Wednesday. The result: We have a new player in Georgia’s culture wars. From the website Freemasons for Dummies by Christopher Hodapp: Well, Georgia did it. The Grand Lodge of Georgia met yesterday and the voting members upheld Grand Master Douglas McDonald’s edict outlawing homosexuality, and throwing in fornication for good measure.




Oct. 29, 2015 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

Westinghouse to complete construction at Plant Vogtle, Georgia Power says

Walter C. Jones reports that owners of Plant Vogtle announced Tuesday evening that a different company will complete the construction of two nuclear reactors at the electricity-generating plant near Waynesboro. Westinghouse Electrical Co. will complete the contract, taking over for CB&I, the original contractor. Westinghouse and CB&I announced separately that Westinghouse bought CB&I’s nuclear-construction business for $229 million, which includes a contract to build two reactors at Plant V.C. Summer in South Carolina and nuclear plants in China, as well as the Vogtle contract. 


Oct. 29, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia: Sustainable Surprise

Ben Young writes, we’re called Georgia Trend because we not only follow trends, we also try to anticipate new ones. And while some trends come and go, certain ones do endure. It impresses me that sustainability is no longer a “trend.” It’s a reality, a requirement, a health standard and a lifestyle choice. It is fascinating to see it turn up in surprising places through a combination of market dynamics, public policy and technological innovation.


Oct. 29, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Drummond Press expands in Southeast through major Atlanta acquisition

Jensen Werley reports that Drummond Press is expanding its business in the Southeast with the acquisition of Atlanta printing company RGI . “As of Oct. 1, there's nothing we don't do,” John Falconetti, CEO of Drummond, said in an interview with the Business Journal. “This makes us a one-stop shop.”


Oct. 29, 2015 Saporta Report 

Palmetto Pipeline sponsor earns good credit rating, expands in Savannah   

David Pendered reports that Kinder Morgan, Inc., the company that wants to build the Palmetto Pipeline project along the Savannah River and Georgia coast, has received a positive credit report from Moody’s Investors Service. Moody’s reaffirmed KMI’s credit rating at Baa3. About $44 billion of debt is affected. The rating confers a rank of medium-grade and subject to moderate credit risk. The outlook is stable, according to a rating action released Monday.


Oct. 29, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

Stock bonanza: Shares of TSYS, Aflac and Synovus all post 52-week trading highs

Tony Adams reports that there was a trifecta of good news on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, with TSYS, Aflac and Synovus all reaching trading high points for the year. The three companies are headquartered in Columbus. The most dramatic performance came from shares of TSYS, which soared $3.13 during the day, hanging on to virtually all of the gain.


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Oct. 29, 2015 Macon Telegraph

New company in Milledgeville to create 80 new jobs

Linda S. Morris reports that a Rhode Island-based company has expanded its operations in Milledgeville. Chemtex -- a manufacturer and supplier of oil and chemical absorbents and other products -- has "been up and running for a few months now to get the kinks worked out," Matt Poyner, executive director of the Development Authority of the City of Milledgeville & Baldwin County, said in an email. The company expects to create up to 80 new jobs.


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Oct. 29, 2015 Washington Post

How one impoverished public school district is making strides

Valerie Strauss reports that Bertis Downs is a parent and an education activist who lives in Athens, Georgia. He was legal counselor and manager of the now disbanded band R.E.M., and he spends a great deal of time advocating for public education in Clarke County, where he lives, as well as around the country. In this post, Downs writes about the innovative leadership in Clarke schools by Phil Lanoue, who has run the district for six years and who was named 2015 National Superintendent of the Year. 


Oct 29, 2015 WABE

Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Prepares to Rebuild Parking Decks

John Lorinc reports that Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is gearing up for a project to add thousands of parking spaces. The airport will tear down its old north and south parking decks, rebuild them and double the number of parking spaces.


Oct. 29, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Loudermilk Cos. to buy Buckhead Village Aaron's Inc. building

Douglas Sams reports that rent-to-own retailer Aaron's Inc. has reached an agreement to sell its Buckhead headquarters building to a group of investors that includes the family who started the company. Loudermilk Cos. is working on an agreement with real estate investment and development companies Knox Properties and Redan Group to buy the Aaron's headquarters. 


Oct. 29, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Georgia GOP lines up against budget deal — but it passes anyway

Daniel Malloy reports that the  House passed a two-year budget deal today that increases the debt ceiling along with domestic and military spending, offsetting it with savings from entitlement programs and other areas over a 10-year period. The 266-167 vote saw far more Republicans vote “no” than yes, including the entire 10-member Georgia GOP delegation. Meanwhile House Democrats, including those from Georgia, were united in favor of the deal.




Oct. 28, 2015 

Deal launches Georgia WorkSmart

Gov. Nathan Deal today launched Georgia WorkSmart, a work-based learning initiative, at the King’s Hawaiian facility in Flowery Branch. This initiative aims to meet employers’ workforce needs by developing and implementing customized training programs through apprenticeships, internships and cooperative education opportunities. King’s Hawaiian is one of 30 companies to submit letters of commitment and will hire 25 apprentices trained through the program.


Oct. 28, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2015 40 Under 40 Event

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, on Oct. 22, Georgia Trend magazine honored this year’s 40 Under 40 class at the Egyptian Ballroom at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theatre. The event featured keynote speaker Shan Cooper, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Aerospace in Marietta, who words inspired not only some of Georgia’s best and brightest, but everyone in the room.


Oct. 28, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

TSYS surges to profit of $120.6 million in third quarter, revises full-year financials higher

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Tony Adams reports that growth across the company powered global credit-card and payment processor TSYS to a profit of $120.6 million in the third quarter of this year, a surge of nearly 44 percent over the $83.8 million profit it posted a year ago. The firm, headquartered in Columbus, also revised its financial performance projections for all of 2015 higher.


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Oct. 28, 2015 Georgia Health News

Modest rise expected in 2015 exchange enrollment

Andy Miller reports that federal health officials are predicting little growth in sign-ups as Year Three of open enrollment for the health insurance exchanges begins Monday. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said the administration expects that exchange enrollment nationally will reach about 10 million people by the end of 2016, up from 9.9 million announced in late June of this year. 


Oct. 28, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta best city in United States for engineering jobs

Phil W. Hudson reports that it looks like Atlanta is the place to be if you’re one “ helluva, helluva, helluva, helluva, hell of an engineer.” Austin, Texas-based reported Atlanta is the No. 1 top city for engineers to move to based on job availability, median salary, median home price and median annual rent.


Oct. 28, 2015 WSB-Radio 

Delta, Rolls Royce reach historic partnership

Veronica Waters reports that Delta TechOps, the MRO arm of Delta Air Lines, has been named an approved independent maintenance center for the advanced jet engines of Rolls-Royce. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says it's a historic partnership, because there are almost no major jet engine overhaul shops being built in the U.S.  Delta will build an expanded 100,000-square-foot engine shop at the TechOps center at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  


Oct. 28, 2015 Athens Banner Herald

Fewer UGA law students pass bar, but still best in state

Lee Shearer reports that University of Georgia law students posted the state’s best pass rates on the bar exam this summer, despite a nearly 7 percent drop in scores. Some 87 percent of first-time test takers from UGA law passed the exam in July. Georgia State University was second among state law schools at 84 percent, followed by Emory at 78.9 percent and Mercer Law School at 73.2 percent.


Oct. 28, 2015 Georgia State University 

Researchers Receive $1.1 Million NSF Grant to Study Properties of Stars with Telescope Array

Staff reports that Georgia State University’s Center for High Angular Resolution (CHARA) has been awarded a three-year, $1,118,493 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund the second phase of the development of Adaptive Optics (AO) for its six-telescope CHARA Array.


Oct. 28, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Aflac reports operating profit of $672 million in third quarter, increases quarterly cash dividend 5.1 percent

Tony Adams reports that the yen did it again, with the weaker exchange rate against the dollar — at least on paper — seemingly hampering the earnings of supplemental insurer Aflac. The company, headquartered in Columbus, on Tuesday reported net income of $567 million ($1.32 per share) in the third quarter of this year, down nearly 20 percent from $706 million ($1.56 per share) in the same period a year ago.


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Oct. 28, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Cisco to buy Alpharetta security firm Lancope for $452.5 million

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) will acquire Alpharetta-based network security firm Lancope Inc. for $452.5 million. Lancope provides network behavior analytics, threat visibility and security intelligence to help protect companies against cyber security threats. Lancope’s StealthWatch system identifies suspicious traffic patterns inside the network to detect a range of attacks, according to a statement.


Oct. 28, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Supermoon, rising sea levels put Tybee Island access under water

Jim Galloway reports that climate change may have just gotten a little less theoretical in Georgia. Jill Gambill of the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service sent along the above photo of U.S. Highway 80, the only road access to Tybee Island off the Georgia coast, which was closed this morning due to flooding. Savannah’s tide gauge, she reports, measured the third-highest tide since record-keeping began in 1935. The photo comes courtesy of the Tybee Island Police Department.




Oct. 27, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Study aims to help Ga. and SC shrimpers weather black gill

Mary Landers reports that there's no quick fix for black gill, a disease that affects shrimp from Florida to North Carolina. But as regulators and scientists collaborate with fishermen to work on the problem, they've already boosted an iconic coastal tradition.


Oct. 27, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2016 Best Places to Work Nominations

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Georgia Trend magazine is once again looking for the best places to work in Georgia. This year we’ve teamed up with Best Companies Group and SHRM Georgia State Council to expand the program that is dedicated to finding and recognizing Georgia’s best employers.


Oct. 27, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta No. 4 worst city to build wealth

Phil W. Hudson reports that Atlanta may be one of the most important cities in the South for the financial industry, but that doesn’t mean it’s a great city for people to build wealth. According to new research from, metro Atlanta is the No. 4 worst place in the country for building wealth. The best place for people to build their net worth is Houston, Texas.


Oct. 27, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Report: More in Ga. 'underwater' than a year ago

Michael Kanell reports that more than eight years after the housing bubble, Georgia real estate remains more distressed than the national average, and improvement is uneven. The share of homeowners in the state who are 'seriously underwater' dipped from spring to summer but was higher than a year ago for the quarter ended in September, according to RealtyTrac, a California -based housing data firm. 


Oct. 27, 2015

City’s International Affairs Office Averages Hosting Two Foreign Delegations Per Week

Trevor Williams reports that in its second full year of operations, the City of Atlanta’s Office of International Affairs hosted an average of more than two foreign delegations per week, results that drove an expansion of the office staff from three people to four. The 115 delegations hailed from 49 countries from Argentina to Zimbabwe, boosting the total during the 2015 fiscal year by 65 percent over the previous year, when it averaged about one inbound trip per week, according to the office’s 2014-15 report.  


Oct. 27, 2015 Saporta Report 

John Stephenson stepping down as CEO of College Football of Fame for job at Chick-fil-A 

Maria Saporta reports that John Stephenson Jr., the founding CEO of the College Football Hall of Fame, is leaving his post to become director of strategic partnerships and special projects for Chick-fil-A, Inc. Stephensen has been involved with the College Football Hall of Fame since its inception, first serving as its legal counsel and then as its president and CEO. The Hall, a $68.5 million attraction with 94,256 square feet, opened in August of 2014.


Oct. 27, 2015 Newnan Times-Herald

Windy Hill Dairy, Coweta’s farm for local milk

Kandice Bell reports that at a recent Kiwanis Club meeting, Tori Butch Faulkner, herd manager of Windy Hill Dairy Inc., spoke to attendees about her family farm located on 320 acres in Senoia. The farm was started by her grandfather, Bud Butcher, in August 1980. Butcher previously had owned other farms. The farm primarily produces milk and is one of the only dairy farms in Coweta County.


Oct. 27, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Intercontinental Exchange buys Interactive Data Corp. in $5.2 billion deal

Staff reports that Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE) will buy Bedford, Mass.-based financial data company Interactive Data Corp. (NYSE: IDC) from Silver Lake and Warburg Pincus in a deal worth $5.2 billion. The deal is expected to close at the end of 2015 and includes $3.65 billion in cash and $1.55 billion in ICE common stock.


Oct. 27, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Feds deliver blow to proposed Sabal Trail pipeline running through Georgia

Greg Bluestein reports that Federal regulators outlined “very significant concerns” about the proposed route of a $3.2 billion Sabal Trail pipeline that would wind from Alabama through southwest Georgia to central Florida, raising new questions about the viability of the roughly 500-mile project.




Oct. 26, 2015 Saporta Report 

Georgia to expand Brunswick port, raising stakes in East Coast competition 

David Pendered reports that Georgia is raising the stakes in the competition among East Coast ports by announcing a 10-year plan to invest $152 million in improvements to the state port in Brunswick. This amount is nearly three times the sum Georgia has spent over the past decade to improve the Brunswick port. During this prior period, the state has spent $46.2 million to improve the infrastructure, according to a statement from the Georgia Ports Authority.


Oct. 26, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

School Smarts

Candice Dyer reports that Georgia claims six boarding schools, all clustered in the northern half of the state, where they make use of mountains, rivers and lakes for sports and recreation. The only one in Metro Atlanta is Brandon Hall School, founded in 1959 and emphasizing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) in Dunwoody, on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. 


Oct. 26, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

AT&T reports rise in Q3 revenue, drop in profit because of DirecTV acquisition

Danielle Abril reports that AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) reported a rise in revenue driven by the $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV, but a drop in profit during the third quarter. The company generated earnings of $3 billion, or 50 cents per share, on $39.1 billion in revenue. This compares to a profit of $3.2 billion on $33 billion in revenue during the same quarter last year.


Oct. 26, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal

New U.S. bike trail connects Atlanta to Chattanooga through Cobb 

Ricky Leroux report a that newly established bike route connects Atlanta to Chattanooga and uses the Silver Comet Trail in south Cobb to do so. U.S. Bike Route 21 consists of about 161 miles of existing trails and bike lanes beginning in downtown Atlanta at the Five Points MARTA Station and leaving the city along Peachtree Street, then connecting the Silver Comet Trail. The bike route travels through Cobb and Paulding counties on the Silver Comet Trail. 


Oct. 26, 2015 WABE 

How green can an Interstate be?

Ricky Leroux reports that the 16 miles of I-85 from LaGrange, Georgia to the Alabama state line looks pretty ordinary, but the man who it is named for is anything but. Ray Anderson grew up near this stretch of road, in the town of West Point. He was founder of Interface, the world's leading producer of carpet tiles, but he's probably better known for his environmental epiphany.


Oct. 26, 2015 Macon Telegraph 

Middle Georgia pecan harvest expected to be 'one of the best' in recent years

Linda S. Morris reports that farmers, probably more than anyone, depend on the right weather conditions for their livelihood. It can rain too much or too little. It can be too cold or not cold enough. The timing of moisture and temperature can be critical. Forceful winds are always bad. But Mother Nature has been kind to pecan growers in Middle Georgia so far this year.


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Oct. 26, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Marietta's Chalktoberfest

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that October seems to offer the most opportunities for adults to act like children. Halloween begs us to dress up and eat candy – or indulge in other grown up treats; the fallen leaves are just asking to be piled up and jumped in; and the city of Marietta offers adult artists the opportunity to draw on the streets with chalk – at Chalktoberfest.


Oct. 26, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

UPS pilots vote to strike

Staff reports that United Parcel Service Inc.’s (NYSE: UPS) pilots voted overwhelmingly to go on strike, the Independent Pilots Association reported Friday. About 97 percent of Atlanta-based UPS’ 2,500 pilots participated in the vote. The exact totals: 2,252 to 8 to authorize a strike against UPS. The five-pilot IPA Executive Board now has the authority to formally request a release from federally mediated negotiations with UPS, and the discretion to conduct a strike once mediation is concluded.


Octo. 26, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

‘You always need to remember’

Jim Galloway reports that any politician of experience has a stump speech lodged in the brain, a memorized compilation of talking points, jokes and anecdotes that can be pulled out at a moment’s notice. It is a fine thing to have at the ready when meeting strangers. But when the same trusted clichés are required for encounters with friends, everyday work colleagues and long-time acquaintances, all sorts of alarm bells go off. Earlier this month, state Sen. Ross Tolleson, a Republican of some weight in the state Capitol, abruptly announced his retirement after 12 years in the Legislature.




Oct. 23, 2015

Thinking of a flu shot? Don't put it off

Andy Miller reports that it's the best time of year to get a flu shot, public health officials say. And for most people, the cost will be zero. Georgia is already seeing some flu activity. A recent CDC report showed that while the state and the rest of the country have very low numbers of cases, Georgia’s level of influenza-like illness was higher than those of other states. 


Oct. 23, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economic Development - October 2015 

Christy Simo reports on economic development, including Vanguard National Trailer Corp. in Dade County and Mizuno USA in Barrow County.


Oct. 23, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

SunTrust promotes Jenner Wood, names Allison Dukes successor

Phil W. Hudson reports that Jenner Wood, Atlanta Division chairman and CEO of SunTrust Banks Inc., was promoted to corporate executive vice president. He will report to Mark Chancy, SunTrust Wholesale Banking executive. The Atlanta-based bank (NYSE: STI) reported Allison Dukes will succeed Wood, who will become chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce on Dec. 10. Wood is currently a member of the chamber’s executive committee.


Oct. 23, 2015 Macon Telegraph 

Robins planning to hire 200 new aircraft maintainers

Wayne Crenshaw reports that after cutting hundreds of jobs in recent years through voluntary buyouts, the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex is hiring again. While speaking to industry representatives at the Museum of Aviation on Thursday, a Robins Air Force Base union leader said there are plans to hire about 200 people in the complex in the coming months.


Oct. 23, 2015 Georgia CEO

State Bank Financial Announces Asset Acquisition from Patriot Capital

Staff reports that State Bank and Trust Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of State Bank Financial Corporation, announced that it has purchased the equipment finance origination platform of Patriot Capital Corporation, a leading provider of equipment financing to the retail petroleum industry. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


Oct. 23, 2015 Saporta Report 

HOPE scholarship deters college students from majoring in STEM fields: GSU report   

David Pendered reports that fear of losing a HOPE scholarship may be one reason college students are steering away from a degree in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, according to research conducted by a professor at Georgia State University. “We find that as a result of these merit aid programs, there was a significant drop in the probability of students majoring in STEM,” David Sjoquist, co-author of the study, said in a statement.


Oct. 23, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Mississippi bank acquires Atlanta area-based bank

Carla Caldwell reports that Mississippi-based Renasant Corp. (NASDAQ: RNST), parent company of Renasant Bank is acquiring Johns Creek, Ga.-based KeyWorth Bank. KeyWorth will merge into Renasant Bank in the transaction valued at approximately $58.7 million. Founded in 2007, KeyWorth operates six offices in the Atlanta metropolitan area and as of June 30, 2015, had approximately $389 million in total assets, which included approximately $246 million in total loans, and approximately $336 million in total deposits, the companies said in a prepared statement.


Oct. 23, 2015 Georgia CEO

Macon-Bibb to Lease Airport Space for Middle Georgia State's Flight Program Expansion

Staff reports that officials from Middle Georgia State and Macon-Bibb County announced October 22 that they have signed a lease agreement to permit the University to expand its fixed-wing flight and airport management instruction to Macon. In a ceremony at the Macon Downtown Airport, University President Christopher Blake, Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert and Macon-Bibb Industrial Authority Chairman Cliffard Whitby agreed that the new agreement is a win-win for all concerned.


Oct. 23, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Lynn Westmoreland and Hillary Clinton clash on Benghazi security

Daniel Malloy reports that a major theme of Coweta County Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland’s questioning of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this morning in a high-profile hearing on the 2012 Benghazi attack was an attempt to hold Clinton — and the State Department — to the fire for insufficient security at the compound. Clinton struck back with a sharp rebuke, saying that when Westmoreland travels overseas, he trusts his life to the very people he was denigrating.




Oct. 22, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Metro Atlanta jobless rate drops to 5.5 percent

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Oct. 22, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia 400: In the Zone

Scott Blusiewicz reports that for years Johns Creek has enjoyed a reputation as an attractive residential community in the shadow of larger cities along the Georgia 400 corridor such as Alpharetta, Roswell and Sandy Springs. “I consider us a ‘tweener community’ because we’re gently nestled in between I-85 and Georgia 400,” says Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker. “That can be a blessing and it can be a curse. The blessing, from my perspective, is I think it improves quality of life. We’re sort of fully developed in that high quality of life.”


Oct. 22, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Forbes says Georgia is No. 11 best state for business

Phil W. Hudson reports that Forbes magazine named Georgia the No. 11 best state for business -- up from No. 16 in 2014. In compiling its list, the business publication said it weighed several pieces of data from Moody's Analytics, the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources. While the most attention is paid to business costs, such as labor, energy and taxes, other factors considered include labor supply, regulatory environment, economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life.


Oct. 22, 2015

Deal: Linzer Products Corp. to create 200 jobs in Candler County 

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Linzer Products Corp., a leading producer and provider of painting accessories, will create 200 new jobs and invest $4 million in Candler County by 2016. “Our pro-business climate, highly-skilled workforce and manufacturing infrastructure continue to attract top-notch companies like Linzer to Georgia," said Deal. “Metter is an ideal location that will allow Linzer to continue growing as a leader in the paint manufacturing industry. With this new facility, Linzer is utilizing Georgia’s competitive assets while yielding economic benefits for the Candler County community.”


Oct. 22, 2015  Gwinnett Daily Post

Robert Kennedy Jr. helps Gwinnett leaders open nutrient recovery facility

Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County leaders have long praised the F.Wayne Hill Water Treatment Plant in Buford for the clean water it produces every day. They gathered at the plant with environmentalist Robert Kennedy Jr. on Wednesday to praise the facility for something else it will now begin putting – fertilizer.


Oct. 22, 2015

Belgian Firm Opens Headquarters in Gwinnett to Tap U.S. Trade Shows

Phil Bolton reports that Dirk Deleu and Ann Vancoillie are no strangers to awards having won many since 1994 when they launched Creaplan NV in Belgium, which conceptualizes and builds stands, displays and interiors for companies promoting their wares and services at trade shows around the world. In 2013, Ms. Vancoillie was handed the “Womed Award” by Queen Mathilde of Belgium as the best Belgian female entrepreneur, and for a year held the title, “Ambassador of Female Entrepreneurship.”


Oct. 22, 2015 Georgia Health News

Judge signs off on sale of Clayton County hospital

Andy Miller reports that a bankruptcy court judge has approved the sale of Clayton County’s only hospital to Prime Healthcare Foundation. “The parties are currently negotiating the final terms of the sale order approving such transaction,’’ Tal Wright, a spokesman for Southern Regional Medical Center, said in a statement Wednesday. 


Oct. 22, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Department of Education adds economic development liaison

Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Department of Education has hired an economic development liaison to work with business executives and promote career education in the schools. Richard Goble brings 30 years of business, educational and military experience to the newly created post. Goble has served as general sales and finance manager for Jasper Jeep Chrysler Dodge, director of business and industry for Chattahoochee Technical College, and as a sergeant/munitions systems specialist in the U.S. Air Force.


Oct. 22, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

A Sheldon Adelson ally has a message for casino-wary Georgians

Greg Bluestein reports that casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has ambitious plans for Georgia. And they could rival or top the investment that gambling giant MGM envisions for Atlanta. The AJC’s Thursday print edition features a story about how Adelson ruffled the feathers of some Georgia leaders – particularly those belonging to Gov. Nathan Deal – during a quiet visit last month.



Oct. 21, 2015 Georgia Times-Union

Georgia Ports Authority will spend $152 million in Brunswick over next 10 years 

Terry Dickson reports that the Georgia Ports Authority will spend $152 million in upgrades at the Port of Brunswick over the next decade, Executive Director Curtis Foltz said Tuesday at the annual state of the ports address. Speaking to a crowd of business owners, elected officials and others, Foltz said that to ensure efficient processing of cargo from bulk commodities to vehicles and for continued growth, the port’s capacity must be higher than the current demand, Foltz said.


Oct. 21, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia View - Gwinnett Gets It

Bill Crane writes, managing a major metropolitan county or municipal government in these times is no easy task. Though the recession is slowly fading across Georgia, many of the challenges it caused remain. And while no county, city or region is perfect or has all the answers when dealing with the challenges of growth and shrinking budgets, I hear time and again from developers, state officials, business owners and even other local government officials that Gwinnett gets it.


Oct. 21, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta bank being bought for $800M 

Russell Grantham reports that Community & Southern, a young Atlanta bank that grew through acquisitions into the 4th-largest based in Georgia, is itself being bought in an $800 million deal. The planned all-stock acquisition by Bank of the Ozarks, based in Arkansas, will combine two banks that took over dozens of institutions since the financial crisis.


Oct. 21, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

AT&T inks tentative agreement with CWA covering Southeast workers

Staff reports that AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) reported Tuesday its Southeast wireline operations reached a tentative agreement with the Communications Workers of America. The Dallas-based telecommunications company, which bases its AT&T Mobility unit in Atlanta, said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing it reached tentative agreements with the union on two Southeast regional contracts covering AT&T Billing Southeast and Southeast Utility Operations.


Oct. 21, 2015 

Vietnam Courting Atlanta Manufacturers Looking to Asia

Trevor Williams reports that a state-owned Vietnamese industrial park manager is coming to Atlanta to recruit firms eager to capitalize on the country’s manufacturing momentum. The U.S. office of Becamex IDC Corp., which owns 20 industrial parks across Vietnam including a well-known joint venture with the Singaporean government north of Ho Chi Minh City, is putting on a North American roadshow that will make a stop in Atlanta Oct. 26.


Oct. 21, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

Synovus reports profit of $55.4 million in third quarter, with loans and deposits rising

Tony Adams reports that the Synovus profit machine continued to pick up steam in the third quarter, with the regional bank reporting net income of $55.4 million, or 42 cents per share. That’s up from $44.2 million, or 32 cents per share, in the same July-September period a year ago, with the current earnings per share figure meeting to the penny the expectations of Wall Street analysts following the company, according to research firm Thomson Financial.


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Oct. 21, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Commissioners buy land for Infinite Energy Center expansion

Curt Yeomans reports that the Infinite Energy Center is growing – or rather the property it sits on is to be exact. Gwinnett County Commissioners approved a $7.99 million purchase of 13.98 acsre of land between the center and Meadow Church Road. The counity s buying the land paercls from Marrgaet Sue McIntyre, the estate of Sallie Bell Mason and Rodney and Dorothy Cantrell, according to county documents.



Oct. 21, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

'Chronicle' president announces resignation

Tim Rausch reports that Dana Atkins, the president of The Augusta Chronicle, announced his resignation Tuesday to spend time with his family. Atkins, 61, joined The Chronicle in January 2012 after retiring from the Air Force as a lieutenant general in charge of NORAD Alaska. The Augusta Chronicle is postured for the future, and the team that produces the award-winning newspaper is ready to step in and continue this era of execllence and service to our community," Atkins said.


Oct. 21, 2015 Emory University 

Rollins receives $10 million endowment in honor of dean's anniversary 

Staff reports that the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation pledged $10 million to Emory's Rollins School of Public Health and the newly established James W. Curran Scholarship Fund at the school's recent anniversary celebration. The James W. Curran Scholarship Fund was established in honor of the 20th anniversary of Rollins' dean James W. Curran, MD, MPH — the nation’s longest serving, current school of public health dean.


Oct. 21, 2015 Georgia State University 

Georgia State School of Public Health Gets $2.2 Million for Research on Child Abuse and Neglect

Staff reports that the  Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has awarded a research team at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health a $2.2 million grant to study the effectiveness of different approaches to reducing child abuse and neglect. Child maltreatment is a major public health problem, with more than 6.3 million children reported to state protective service systems for suspected abuse in 2012. 


Oct. 21, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Lynn Westmoreland makes his preliminary case for House Speaker

Daniel Malloy reports that as the speculation about Paul Ryan’s possible move to become U.S. House Speaker reaches a fever pitch, five men positioning themselves as a backup plan addressed a meeting of Southern Republicans. One of them was Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Coweta County, making his biggest step yet into a speaker bid.




Oct. 20, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Spotted in Georgia – Photo Submissions

Karen Kirkpatrick writes, do you have beautiful, inspiring, interesting photos of your favorite spots in Georgia? Would you like to share them with Georgia Trend readers? We hope the answer to each of those questions is an enthusiastic “Yes!” Because starting today, Georgia Trend is accepting photo submissions from readers for the Spotted in Georgia series on our Latest Trends blog.


Oct. 20, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Report: SunTrust cutting jobs, shifting work overseas 

Michael Kanell reports that SunTrust is laying off about 100 tech workers and moving much of their work overseas after having the soon-to-be-terminated employees train some of the people who will do their work, Computerworld is reporting. The employees, who were told in September of the cuts, are required – as part of the severance agreement – to be on call to offer help to SunTrust for the next two years for no additional compensation, according to the magazine.


Oct. 20, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Software firm Terminus raises $1.8M

Urvaksh  Karkaria reports that Atlanta-based marketing software firm Terminus has raised $1.8 million. Terminus has developed software that helps marketers target, engage and grow the sales pipeline. Customers include Dun & Bradstreet, Infer, Influitive, SalesLoft, PGi, Vidyard and Yext, the company said in a statement. B2B marketers are growing more focused on revenue generation and want a better understanding of their strongest sales prospects.


Oct. 20, 2015 Georgia Health News

Update: State revises finding on childhood cancers

Andy Miller reports that state public health officials emphasized this week that they’re evaluating rare childhood cancers in South Georgia “with great intensity.” “We’re taking it very seriously,’’ Dr. Patrick O’Neal, director of health protection at the state Department of Public Health, told GHN. O’Neal said Wednesday that based on new information, Public Health has confirmed three childhood cases of rhabdomyosarcoma and one case of Ewing sarcoma in and near Ware County, in the southeast corner of Georgia.


Oct. 20, 2015 University of Georgia 

Karri Hobson-Pape named vice president for marketing and communications at UGA

Rebecca Vander Plaats reports that Karri Hobson-Pape, co-founder and partner at Inflexion Point Marketing Group in Atlanta, has been named vice president for marketing and communications at the University of Georgia. The appointment was announced today by UGA President Jere W. Morehead. "Karri brings the ideal combination of professional experience and strategic vision required to advance the institution's critical marketing and communications functions," Morehead said. "I look forward to working with her as a member of the university's senior leadership team."


Oct. 20, 2015 GPB

Where Transit's Going in Gwinnett County

Sam Whitehead reports that it's Monday morning rush hour at the Gwinnett Transit Center, and Yvette MacPherson has missed her bus. “What happened was we got to Doraville Train station, and the 10 we take was late getting us to the Gwinnett Transit County Center, and the 30 left before the 10 got here,” she says. She’s one of the smattering of people gathered at the modest transit center, which is just a few bus shelters in a parking lot next to Gwinnett Place Mall.


Oct. 20, 2015 Albany Herald 

Revolving portion of jobs fund should impact downtown development

Carlton Fletcher reports that Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan is a traveler. And as such, she has a good feel for what visitors are looking for when they stay at hotels and motels in a community. “I don’t want to disparage the dining options at hotels like the (downtown Albany) Hilton Garden Inn, but hotel dining is usually a last resort for guests,” Subadan said. “Unless they’re under time constraints, people want to see part of the community they’re staying in.”


Oct. 20, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Community & Southern Bank completes purchase of CertusBank branches in Macon

Linda S. Morris reports that Atlanta-based Community & Southern Bank recently completed its acquisition of 14 CertusBank branches in Georgia and Florida -- including three in Macon. The transaction included about $580 million in deposits and about $181 million in loans, according to a news release. The Macon locations are at 1701 Bass Road, 4077 Forsyth Road and 501 Walnut St.



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Oct. 20, 2015 

Walmart Exec: Georgia, Carolinas Primed for Return of U.S. Manufacturing

Trevor Williams reports that as manufacturing comes back to the United States from low-cost centers in Asia, business-friendly states like Georgia and South Carolina stand to reap the benefits, a Walmart Stores Inc. public affairs executive said in Atlanta. “The aggressive governments, the smart states, are doing things quickly,” said Joe Quinn, senior director of public affairs and government relations for the world’s largest retailer by revenues. 


Oct. 20, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Harvard names two Georgia CEOs best-performing in the world

Staff reports that the Peach State is home to two of the best CEOs in the world, according to Harvard Business Review. It named Aflac Inc. (NYSE: AFL) Chairman and CEO Dan Amos and Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) CEO Richard Anderson to its list of Best-Performing CEOs in the World for 2015


Oct. 20, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Nathan Deal distances himself from proposed MLK monument on Stone Mountain

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal sought to distance himself from the uproar from civil rights groups and Confederate enthusiasts united in opposition over a planned monument to Martin Luther King Jr. on Stone Mountain. “I thought it was a unique idea. But like any good idea, unless you have people to buy into it, what may be a good idea may not prove to be so good after all,” Deal said in his first comments about the proposal.



Oct. 19, 2015 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service 

Illegal immigrants ask Georgia Supreme Court for right to sue over denial of in-state tuition 

Walter C. Jones reports that an attorney for 39 undocumented immigrants told the Georgia Supreme Court Friday that there must be a way for them to challenge a rule of the Board of Regents that requires them to pay out-of-state tuition. The board that oversees the state's public colleges and universities enacted a rule in 2010 requiring nonresident rates of nearly four times higher for students who are not "lawfully present" in the U.S. But in 2012, the Obama administration has determined that undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children could remain for at least two years, a decision the students argue means they are indeed lawfully present.


  Oct. 19, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

The Peach Pass State

Anna Bentley reports that in the winter of 2014, commuters in Cherokee and Cobb counties began seeing a few changes. Cranes took up residence in the medians along the southern end of I-575. Support beams began popping up along I-75. And then bridges began to take form, running high and parallel to the interstate. It’s all part of the nearly 30-mile Northwest Corridor, which, at $834 million, is the single largest construction contract in the history of the state – and one of three managed lane projects currently planned for Metro Atlanta.


Oct. 19, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Georgia Lottery marks record first-quarter profit

Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Lottery Corp. doesn’t typically trot out its quarterly numbers. But the first quarter of fiscal 2016 was so strong lottery officials couldn’t resist. The lottery brought in a record $253.9 million in profits for education during July, August and September, surpassing last year’s first-quarter transfer to the HOPE Scholarship and pre-kindergarten programs by nearly $26 million, the lottery announced Friday.


Oct. 19, 2015 Macon Telegraph 

Macon company designed unique alternative energy project in Albany

Wayne Crenshaw reports that a Macon company has conceived and designed a unique, new alternative energy project at the U.S. Marine base in Albany. It's not every day, if ever, that a ribbon-cutting ceremony is held for a heating and air-conditioning system, but that's what Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany is doing Monday.


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Oct. 19, 2015 

Georgia Companies Invited to Join Trade Mission to Resource Rich Namibia

Phil Bolton reports that Georgia companies interested in exploring the wide range of investment opportunities in Namibia Oct. 26-30 may still sign up to join a trade mission to be led by the southern African country’s ambassador to the United StatesMartin Andjaba. Mr. Andjaba told Global Atlanta in a phone interview from the Namibian embassy in Washington that the mission is open to U.S. and Canadian companies seeking opportunities in his homeland that enjoys one of the continent’s leading economies.


Oct. 19, 2015 Saporta Report

Cox Foundation provides $25 million to enhance patient-centered care in serious health situations   

David Pendered reports that after emerging cancer-free from treatments for prostate cancer diagnosed in May, Jim Kennedy has provided a $25 million grant from the family foundation he oversees to Emory University to improve patient treatment and outcomes. Kennedy serves as chairman of Cox Enterprises, Inc. and president of the James M. Cox Foundation. The foundation provided $25 million to endow two chairs affiliated with Winship Cancer Institute, according to a statement released Oct. 14 by Cox Enterprises and Emory.


Oct. 19, 2015 Emory University

Georgia Tech, Emory unite to train healthcare roboticists

Jackie Nemeth reports that Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University faculty members are uniting to train the next generation of engineering students in healthcare robotics technologies, so they can better understand the changing needs of patients and their caregivers and healthcare providers. With the support of a five-year, $2.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation National Research Traineeship program, this faculty team will create new bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs and concentrations in healthcare robotics – the first degree programs in this area in the United States.


Oct. 19, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta, Triangle or N.Y.? Consultant weighs in on GE's HQ relocation

Lauren K. Ohnesorge reports that Atlanta is the No. 1 contender to land GE's headquarters. But the fact that the Raleigh-Durham area is under serious consideration for a General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) headquarters sends a serious message, says John Boyd, principal at New Jersey-based The Boyd Company, which provides independent corporate selection consultation services.


Oct. 19, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

David Perdue on Donald Trump: He has ‘struck a nerve in America’

Greg Bluestein reports, count U.S. Sen. David Perdue among the politicians impressed with Donald Trump’s outsider vibe. The above video was to be played on Saturday at Trump’s first campaign appearance in metro Atlanta but apparently never got used. In the clip, Georgia’s junior senator heaps more praise on the billionaire Republican front-runner.




Oct. 16, 2015 GPB 

States That Declined To Expand Medicaid Face Higher Costs

Alison Kodjak reports that the 22 states that didn't expand Medicaid eligibility as part of Obamacare last year saw their costs to provide health care to the poor rise twice as fast as states that extended benefits to more low-income residents. It's a counterintuitive twist for those states whose governors, most Republicans who opposed the Affordable Care Act, chose not to accept federal funds to extend Medicaid to more people.


Oct. 16, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Art on The BeltLine

Susan Percy writes, if the prospect of easy exercise and first-rate people watching hasn’t yet lured you onto the Atlanta BeltLine, consider Art on the BeltLine, four miles of art installations mostly along the Eastside Trail that are on view through mid-November as extra incentive.


Oct. 16, 2015 Macon Telegraph 

Houston Healthcare CEO says hospitals face big issues 

Wayne Crenshaw reports that hospitals face significant challenges and none is guaranteed survival, the chief executive officer of Houston Healthcare told community leaders Thursday. At an Eggs and Issues breakfast, Houston Healthcare CEO Cary Martin said aging baby boomers and changes in how medical care is financed are among issues hospitals are facing.


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Oct. 16, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Digirad acquires health technology company for $36 million

Ellie Hensley reports that Suwanee, Ga.-based medical digital imaging company Digirad Corp. (Nasdaq: DRAD) bought DMS Health Technologies Inc. for $36 million in cash. Digirad will acquire all outstanding equity of Project Rendezvous Holding Corp., the parent company of Fargo, N.D.-based DMS Health Technologies. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2015.


Oct. 16, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

ADP to add 450 jobs, expand campus 

Tim Rausch reports that less than 6 years old, the Automatic Data Processing campus in west Augusta will expand to accommodate an additional 450 employees. An hour before the company’s expansion announcement Thursday, the Augusta Eco­nomic Development Au­thor­ity authorized bond financing for $20 million to $25 million to add 60,000 square feet onto ADP’s building on Flowing Wells Road.


Oct. 16, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Deal: Georgia tax revenues up nearly 5 percent in September

Curt Yeomans reports that Georgia's tax revenues went up 4.6 percent in September in part because of transportation funding reforms and higher income tax collections, according to G.ov Nathan Deal's office. The state collected nearly $1.97 billion in tax collections last month. That is $83.4 million more than the revenues collected a year ago. 


Oct. 16, 2015 Savannah Morning News 

Company gets $50K at Geekend for cyberbullying software 

Katie Martin reports that Geekend, the Creative Coast’s tech and interactive design conference, launched its seventh year with quite a surprise Thursday night — 50,000 of them to be exact — when an investor awarded $50,000 to Brian Bason, the CEO and founder of Bark. Bason, along with four other entrepreneurs, pitched their business ideas during Pitch Circus. But it was Bason’s software product, which helps keep children safe from online dangers such as cyberbullying and online predators, that won over the crowd along with investor and Guild Hall co-owner Clegg Ivey. 


Oct. 16, 2015 

In Atlanta, Morocco Makes Case as Africa’s Business Gateway

Trevor Williams reports that North African nation of Morocco is pitching itself as the preferred beachhead for American companies looking to take advantage of the next great driver of global economic growth: Africa’s 1 billion consumers and rising middle class. Top business leaders, government officials and diplomats made that point and more during the annual U.S.-Morocco Trade and Investment Forum, this year hosted in Atlanta by Coca-Cola Co., which has a strong brand and business presence in the country of 33 million people, including a bottling plant in Marrakech that can churn out 26,000 glass bottles of the locally developed Hawai orange drink per hour.


Oct. 16, 2015 Saporta Report 

Georgia firm misses top award, but reaches big sustainability audience at Ocean Exchange   

David Pendered reports that in the end, an Athens-based company didn’t win a big award for its intelligent lighting system to grow plants indoors. But the company did make it to the Top 10, which introduced it to thought leaders from around the world who gathered in Savannah for the international Ocean Exchange competition. One way to think of Ocean Exchange is as a big TED Talk. Followers are well aware of the fifth annual event, but the general public may have little knowledge of the forum where scientists show off their innovations. 


Oct. 16, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta No. 6 top city  for Baby Boomers to find work

Phil W. Hudson reports that Atlanta was recently named the No. 2 city in America for Millennials, but according to the city is also a great spot for Baby Boomers to land a job. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the term “Baby Boomer” refers to individuals born in the United States between mid-1946 and mid-1964. There are currently 75.4 million Boomers in the United States and according to the Bureau's 2010 census about 41,160 of them live in Atlanta.


Oct. 16, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Meet the Georgia teenager who has the GOP abuzz

Greg Bluestein reports, the T-shirt-clad teenager is in his grandparents’ kitchen when he unleashes his latest broadside against Barack Obama, staring intently at a webcam as he questions whether the president is “ignorant” and “incompetent.” C.J. Pearson’s post could easily be ignored as the juvenile rant of a gawky 13-year-old in the throes of puberty. But his biting rhetoric and in-your-face videos have earned him a place firmly on the Georgia GOP’s radar as a young black spokesman for a party desperate to attract minorities.




Oct. 15, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

5 facts behind Georgia’s 5.8 percent unemployment rate

Michael Kanell reports that 


Oct. 15, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: A bubble wrap conspiracy

Susan Percy writes, I can’t help wondering if certain candidates and political office-holders are the recipients of top-secret but plentiful supplies of bubble wrap – invisible to the rest of us – that they use to insulate and isolate themselves from the world beyond their advisers and supporters and consultants. You know, the world made up of ordinary people with jobs and kids and mortgages and car pools and soccer practices and doctors’ appointments. 


Oct. 15, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

National Science Foundation awards Georgia State University $1.12M grant to study stars

Ellie Hensley reports that the National Science Foundation gave Georgia State University's Center for High Angular Resolution (CHARA) a three-year $1.12 grant to research the properties of stars and show them without their twinkle. The center's research focuses on how stars are created, how they live, how they die and how planets form along them through the use of astronomical long-baseline interferometry. This is done using a six-telescope optical interferometric array in Mount Wilson, Calif., called a CHARA array.


Oct. 15, 2015 Georgia Health News

Mammogram prices wildly inconsistent in Atlanta

Andy Miller reports that costs of mammograms in the Atlanta area can vary enormously — with some more than 5 times as expensive as others — a differential that’s among the widest in the United States. The prices of mammograms in metro Atlanta range from $89 to $488, according to Castlight Health, a company that helps businesses analyze health care prices. 


Oct. 15, 2015 Emory University 

$25 million grant from James M. Cox Foundation aims to transform patient care at Emory

Staff reports that a $25 million grant from the James M. Cox Foundation will launch new patient-centered care models at Emory designed to improve patient experiences and outcomes. Prostate cancer care will be the initial clinical focus of the model. "This generous gift from the Cox Foundation will create an opportunity to translate some of our most successful initiatives in Emory Medicine across key clinical areas and accelerate our ability to deliver the highest quality health care along with the most satisfactory patient and provider experience," said Christian Larsen, MD, DPhil, dean of Emory University School of Medicine and vice president for health center integration in Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center.


Oct. 15, 2015 University of Georgia

UGA to use $2 million grant to develop control for blueberry-destroying fly

J. Merritt Melancon reports that a tiny fly is having a huge impact on American fruit farmers. Known as spotted wing drosophila, the insect is costing famers more than $700 million a year in lost produce and prevention costs. This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture tasked University of Georgia researchers with developing a long-term management plan for the flies. The $2 million NIFA grant will be led by Ashfaq Sial, a national leader in spotted wing drosophila management and an entomologist in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.


Oct. 15, 2015 Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State recognized by national consortium for excellence in online learning

Staff reports that as a leader in online learning, Kennesaw State University was recognized for excellence in faculty development by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), the leading professional organization devoted to advancing quality online learning and founded in 1992 as the Sloan Consortium. As a recipient of the 2015 OLC Awards, Kennesaw State was honored with the “Excellence in Faculty Development” Award for the KSU Online Teaching Certification for its large-scale effectiveness, excellent use of quantitative data and its flexibility in offering faculty multiple ways to earn certification, according to the OLC.


Oct. 15, 2015 Macon Telegraph 

Georgia child care industry adds $4.7 billion in economic activity

Liz Fabian reports that caring for little kids is big business in Georgia. A recent economic impact study totaled a $4.7 billion impact from the child care and early learning centers. “That’s an awful lot of money going into an industry in the state of Georgia every year,” said Sally Wallace, an associate dean of research and strategic initiatives at Georgia State University, which developed the study along with the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.


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Oct. 15, 2015 Augusta Chronicle 

Grovetown manufacturer opens key piece of expansion

Tim Rausch reports that a key piece of the expansion at GIW in Grovetown is built and will begin producing giant pumps in January. Under construction since early 2014, the 72-foot-tall foundry houses new furnaces, sand silos and six cranes to accommodate the large-scale slurry pumps produced at the site. The new foundry and a distribution center still under construction is part of an expansion plan that should triple the manufacturing capabilities. 


Oct. 15, 2015 Saporta Report 

Big Bethel to join with Benoit/Russell on $120 development on Auburn Avenue 

Maria Saporta reports that the historic Big Bethel AME Church on Auburn Avenue is launching a $120 million redevelopment project in partnership with the Benoit Group and Russell New Urban – two Atlanta-based firms. The project – to be built in four phases over four years – will include the rehabilitation of Bethel Towers, the building of a parking deck with up to 850 spaces, the development of a mixed-use 1,000-bed student housing complex with 30,000 square feet of retail, and the refurbishment of the church’s administrative offices along Auburn Avenue.


Oct. 15, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta lands slots at London-Heathrow Airport

Phil W. Hudson reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) acquired six slots at London-Heathrow Airport from its joint venture partners Air France and KLM, the company reported Oct. 14. The Atlanta-based airline said it previously leased the slot pairs from Air France and KLM.


Oct. 15, 2015 Georgia Times-Union

Georgia legislators get advice on stopping welfare cheating

Walter C. Jones reports that a computer database that would impress the National Security Agency, limits on benefits and stepped-up prosecution were among the suggestions lawmakers heard Wednesday for ways to reduce welfare fraud. A committee of relatively junior members of the House of Representatives is looking for ideas on trimming waste that its chairman, Rep. David Clark, said could have prevented $139 million in improper Georgia payments in 2013. Stopping abuse, he said, would free up benefit money for the truly needy. 


Oct. 15, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Hillary Clinton to visit Atlanta on Oct. 30

Daniel Malloy and Greg Bluestein report that Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton will hold a public campaign event in Atlanta on Oct. 30, her campaign announced today. The Clinton campaign did not offer additional details on the visit, a make-up date from a canceled event that had been planned for last month. Clinton won strong reviews for her performance in Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas and she declared herself “really lucky in Las Vegas” late Wednesday after picking up the endorsement of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades just outside the city.





Oct. 14, 2015 UGA 

Sanford and Barbara Orkin to give $1 million for need-based scholarships at UGA

Gregory J. Daniels reports that University of Georgia announced that Sanford and Barbara Orkin of Atlanta have extended a long history of generous giving by establishing a fund to provide scholarship support for low-income students attending the state's flagship institution of higher education. The couple's latest gift of $1 million from the Sanford and Barbara Orkin Family Foundation will establish a scholarship fund, which will be used to provide financial support for tuition, books, room and board, and other living expenses incurred by outstanding, academically talented students who come from low-income families.


Oct. 14, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

This Month in Georgia History — October

Karen Kirkpatrick writes, Fall’s finally here, bringing with it cooler weather, college football and renewed energy after a long, hot, languid summer. Take a look at some of what’s happened in Octobers past across the Peach State as you enjoy hot chocolate, a spicy bowl of chili or a blazing bonfire.


Oct. 14, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Aptos puts global headquarters in Buckhead

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that retail technology firm Aptos Inc. has picked tony Buckhead as the site of its global headquarters. Aptos develops cloud-based software that helps retailers improve efficiency and cost management. In June, Aptos was spun off from Austin, Texas-based Epicor Software Corp. In the past two years, Aptos (formerly Epicor Retail Solutions) acquired retail analytics provider QuantiSense and e-commerce startup ShopVisible, both Atlanta-based. 


Oct. 14, 2015 

Cold-Treated Peruvian Tangelos First to Arrive at Savannah Port Under USDA Pilot Program

Phil Bolton reports that the arrival of the first containers of imported cold-treated produce at the Port of Savannah this month marks a step forward by the Georgia Ports Authority to attract more imports to balance out its predominant exports. The containers carrying tangelos from farms in Ica, Peru, are part of a U.S. Agricultural Department pilot program permitting entry of citrus, grapes and blueberries that are chilled for at least 17 days before arriving in the U.S. The cold treatment is necessary to reduce the need for pesticides.


Oct. 14, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

TSYS on card-processing roll with string of new, existing customer contracts

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Tony Adams reports that global credit-card and payments processor TSYS finds itself on a contract roll with both new and existing clients heading into its third-quarter earnings release. The company, headquartered in downtown Columbus, said Tuesday it has signed an agreement with Tangerine Bank of Canada to handle card processing and risk-management chores for its portfolio of consumer cards. Tangerine was once known as ING Direct, but was renamed last year after the bank was bought out in 2012 by Scotiabank.


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Oct. 14, 2015 Gainesville Times 

Lanier Islands has nearly 300 job openings for Winter Adventure

Staff reports that Lanier Islands is hiring nearly 300 to fill jobs at its Winter Adventure attraction, which is open Nov. 20 through Feb. 15. Job openings include those for gate attendants, retail sales, servers and snow groomers. Yes — snow groomers. That particular job involves working with snow blowers, shovels and rakes to move snow into the appropriate places, according to Cindy Wahl, electronic marketing manager with the resort in South Hall County. Snow will be in the wave pool, Fun Dunker area and Wiggle Waves.


Oct. 14, 2015 Georgia Health News

A verbal showdown over cancer hospital proposal

Andy Miller reports, a patient’s right to choose. Legislative authority on health care. “Cherry picking’’ the privately insured. These themes highlighted the vehement arguments made at a state agency hearing in Atlanta on Tuesday as advocates and critics clashed over a proposal to eliminate state requirements for a Newnan cancer hospital. The Department of Community Health’s board will vote next month on the controversial proposal to allow Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Georgia facility to reclassify as a general acute-care hospital. 


Oct. 14, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Unisys employees working, dining in downtown Augusta

Tim Rausch reports that Unisys has moved into its riverfront Augusta office, bringing 250 employees to the downtown.  The company began moving out of its temporary facility on Claussen Road at the beginning of the month, and employees are now performing their Army help desk IT functions from the old Fort Discovery building on Reynolds Street. The Pennsylvania-based information technology and security firm will eventually have 700 employees, maybe more, serving the Army and private companies from its downtown Augusta office.


Oct. 14, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald 

UGA graduates rank no. 6 on Georgia salary list according to website's ranking

Lee Shearer reports that University of Georgia usually gets high scores when publications compile "best value" lists of colleges, but a new listing puts UGA way down on the list. According to a company called "SmartAsset," UGA is only the sixth best value in Georgia, and much further down the list on regional or national  scale.


Oct. 14, 2015 Savannah Morning News

SEDA to offer incentives for filming in Savannah

Mary Carr Mayle reports that when the Savannah Economic Development Authority retained Ralph Singleton earlier this year to use his contacts and expertise to market the area to the entertainment industry, the veteran moviemaker already knew what was needed. “Basically, you need three things — a trained local crew base, an infrastructure and a reputation as a great location,” Singleton told the SEDA board in January.


Oct. 14, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Amazon seeks 850 part-time workers in Atlanta area

Carla Caldwell reports that Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) plans to hire 850 part-time workers for seasonal jobs handling electronic and apparel merchandise at its East Point distribution center near Atlanta. Georgia Department of Labor is helping Amazon recruit workers. The recruitment is being conducted online.


Oct. 14, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Civil rights groups join Confederate enthusiasts in opposition to MLK monument

Jim Galloway, Daniel Malloy and Greg Bluestein report that local civil rights groups have joined Confederate enthusiasts in opposition to the placement of a monument to Martin Luther King Jr. on Stone Mountain. Neither side wants its legacy associated with the other. A note arrived this morning with news that SCLC and the Atlanta and DeKalb chapters of the NAACP have a 3 p.m. Wednesday sit-down with Gov. Nathan Deal.




Oct. 13, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Fed: Economy growing at 1 percent

Phil W. Hudson reports that the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta reported Oct. 9 the GDPNow model forecast for real gross domestic product growth (seasonally adjusted annual rate) in the third quarter of 2015 is 1 percent. On Oct. 6, the forecast for real GDP growth was 1.1 percent. The real GDP growth rate is a key indicator of economic activity.


Oct. 13, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Medicine with a Mission

Susan Percy reports that Macon native Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, a graduate of Georgia Tech and Harvard Medical School, last year became the sixth president of Morehouse School of Medicine, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015. An OB-GYN by training, she presides over an institution that was founded in large part to address a physician shortage in Georgia, particularly in rural and underserved communities.


Oct. 13, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Tech project could get $15m in incentives

J. Scott Trubey reports that the city of Atlanta’s development arm is offering $15 million in tax incentives to the developer of Georgia Tech’s second phase of Technology Square. The incentive offer is contained in documents for the board of Invest Atlanta. The board will consider the incentive package at its regular meeting on Thursday.


Oct. 13, 2015 Albany Herald

Life is buttery for pecan-producing Goodson family 

Brad McEwan reports that although the family has a rich tradition of growing and selling high quality pecans and pecan products as Goodson Pecans, David Goodson and his wife Melody recently ventured into new and exciting territory with the release of their latest product, all natural pecan butter. The pecan butter, which the family put into large-scale production roughly a month ago, is a spreadable pecan paste made from grinding the toasted nuts, something the family first started making in small quantities a few years ago.


Oct. 13, 2015 

German Sporting Equipment Firm Moves to Midtown, Announces Ties to Dick’s Sporting Goods

Phil Bolton reports that Dr. James Andrews, widely known in sports circles as the “alpha doc” of the sports-medicine world, became concerned several years ago about the frequency of what have become commonly known as Tommy John surgeries. Bauerfeind’s answer to Tommy John surgeries — Dr. James Andrews endorsed Powerguard.


Oct. 13, 2015 AccessWDUN 

Kubota celebrates; Georgia prospers

Marc Eggers reports that Governor Nathan Deal may have let the “cat-out-of-the-bag” Monday morning when he told over 1,000 Kubota Manufacturing of America employees, as well as scores of area civic and business leaders, “In the not-too-distant future, we’re going to have an announcement…from one of the major rating agencies in the country, that for the third consecutive year Georgia will be named the best state in the United States in which to do business.”


Oct. 13, 2015 GPB 

Laboring To Grow Telehealth in Georgia

Michael Caputo reports that the only primary care practitioner in Hancock County is Kemberly Smith, a nurse practitioner who prepared to examine David Smith, an 80-year-old man with pulmonary disease and circulatory problems that led to the loss of his right leg. The two Smiths aren’t related. They weren’t even in the same room. Instead video and technology connected them.


Oct. 13, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal 

Aaron's may be moving to Cobb

Meris Lutz reports that Buckhead-based Aaron’s is reportedly exploring a move to Cobb County and may have already settled on a location in the Cumberland area, according to media reports. Aaron’s, a multibillion-dollar company, is a specialty retail chain offering lease-to-own contracts for furniture, appliances and electronics. 


Oct. 13, 2015 Savannah Morning News

1,500 shrimp & 30 pounds of butter: Savannah Food and Wine Fest hosts 'World's Largest Lowcountry Boil'

Kim Wade reports, what do you get when you cook 1,500 pounds of Georgia shrimp, 3,000 ears of sweet Georgia corn, 1,100 pounds of sausage, 100 pounds of Vidalia onions, 30 pounds of butter and 150 pounds of spices? If the Tourism Leadership Council has their way, it will be the record-setting World’s Largest Lowcountry Boil. 


Oct. 13, 2015 Georgia Health News

Georgia-based group is a titan in public health

Andy Miller reports that unassuming brick building in Decatur houses a low-profile organization that has made huge accomplishments in improving people’s health. The Task Force for Global Health’s 30 years of work was marked at a conference at the Carter Center in Atlanta on Monday. The organization’s founder, Dr. Bill Foege, was honored for his work in expanding public health. A former CDC director, Foege is widely credited with organizing the global strategy that eradicated smallpox. 


Oct. 13, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Tech's High Performance Computing Center to have rotating "research neighborhoods"

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Georgia Tech’s proposed $350 million High Performance Computing Center will host rotating "research neighborhoods” according to a filing with Atlanta's economic development arm. The 25-story mixed-used development near Tech Square will target companies who work on "big data" technologies, and would benefit from the in-house 40,000-square-foot data center, the project’s developer Portman Holdings LLC noted in a filing with Invest Atlanta. 


Oct. 13, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Gwinnett ‘still concerned’ about federal water rule despite court hold

Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County commission Chairman Charlotte Nash praised a federal court's decision to put the Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the United States rule on hold but remains concerned about its legal future. The Court of the Appeals of the Sixth Circuit issued the nationwide stay Friday banning the EPA from enforcing the one-month-old edict, which is the subject of a legal battle between 18 states and the federal government.


 Oct. 13, 2015 Saporta Report 

Enough already: Time for City of Atlanta, Atlanta BeltLine and APS to reach a deal   

Maria Saporta writes, it's gone on long enough. The political and legal dispute between the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Public Schools over how much the Atlanta BeltLine owes the school system is going into its third year. As long as the negotiations are left in the hands of political leaders who dislike each other and shun any perception that the other side has “won,” we all lose.




Oct. 12, 2015 

Deal: Alcon expansion creates 550 jobs in Johns Creek

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Alcon, an eye care manufacturing company, has created 550 jobs and invested $500 million in the Johns Creek community since 2013. This announcement comes on World Sight Day, in an effort to raise public awareness for those affected by blindness or visual impairment. “On World Sight Day, we recognize Alcon’s innovation in eye care and the company’s significant economic impact here in Georgia,” said Deal. 


Oct. 12, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

40 Under 40

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that here at the magazine we look forward to the annual 40 Under 40 feature. It’s an opportunity to learn about the great ways young people across Georgia are making lives better in their own corner of the world, in the state and in some cases all over the globe. This year we had nearly 300 entries, which made it a challenge to pick just 40. If you were nominated and weren't selected or you nominated someone who wasn't chosen, please nominated again. 


Oct. 12, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

New Jersey cybersecurity firm Comodo picks Atlanta for sales hub

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Clifton, N.J.-based cybersecurity software firm Comodo Group Inc. has opened a marketing and sales hub location in Midtown Atlanta. Comodo’s software protects companies from spam, malware and cyber attacks. The Atlanta operation, in Midtown’s Proscenium office tower, will employ up to 30.


Oct. 12, 2015 Macon Telegraph 

Mercer survey shows labor issues worry Middle Georgia businesses

Linda S. Morris reports that while many businesses across the midstate seem to have had a good feeling about the first half of the year, they may not be carrying over that positive outlook to the second half. That perspective came from Mercer University’s Mid-Year Middle Georgia Economic Outlook Survey, released in recent days. It was taken July 29-Aug. 12.


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Oct. 12, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

Solar electric generation growing in Georgia, but not nearly fast enough, advocates say

Lee Shearer reports, here are three things to know about solar power in Athens-Clarke County: There isn't much. The amount could double, triple or increase even more in the next couple of years. Even if the solar power used in the community quadruples, it still won't be much. The same things are true for the state as a whole.


Oct. 12, 2015

Dutch PM: With TPP Done, Time to ‘Step Up the Game’ on European Trade Pact

Trevor Williams reports that visiting Atlanta just two days after a historic Pacific trade agreement was finalized here, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte said it’s now time to focus on shoring up the transatlantic economic relationship with a similar agreement. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Monday joined together with officials from 11 other nationsat the Ritz-Carlton downtown to announce that they had hammered out the last sticking points on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, whose signatories account for 40 percent of the world economy. 


Oct. 12, 2015 Augusta Chronicle, Morris News Service

Georgia senators study medical billing limits

Walter C. Jones reports, imagine arranging for a surgical procedure, following all of the insurance guidelines about an “in-network” doctor and hospital, securing pre-approval, paying the required deductible and co-payment, and then still getting bills from doctors for more money. magine arranging for a surgical procedure, following all of the insurance guidelines about an “in-network” doctor and hospital, securing pre-approval, paying the required deductible and co-payment, and then still getting bills from doctors for more money.


Oct. 12, 2015 Saporta Report

Georgia’s early learning industry – an economic win today with long-term business, social impacts 

Kevin Greiner reports, how important is early learning? Even more than you realize. Early learning is an industry that generates significant and well-substantiated societal benefits. Results from long-term studies like the Perry Preschool Project, the Chicago Child Parent Centers and the Abecedarian Project have documented the long-term impacts of high quality early learning programs: school success, higher achievement test scores, lower rates of grade retention, fewer referrals for special education services, and decreased likelihood of involvement in the juvenile or adult justice system.


Oct. 12, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Federal court blocks "Waters of the United States" rule

Dave Williams reports that a divided 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a nationwide stay Friday blocking enforcement of a new federal clean-water rule that has run afoul of farmers and developers. The ruling came in a challenge brought by Georgia and 17 other states against the Environmental Protection Agency’s so-called “Waters of the United States” rule.


Oct. 12, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Education Notebook: CGTC picks up $3.2 million in federal grants

Staff reports that Central Georgia Technical College is the recipient of more than $3.2 million from two grants from the U.S. Department of Education. Both grants took effect Oct. 1 for the college’s 2015 fiscal year. The larger of the two awards is a competitive Predominantly Black Institution grant for just more than $2.9 million. The grant funds will be disbursed over a five-year period in amounts of more than $500,000 each year through 2020.


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Oct. 12, 2015 Gainesville Times

Ben Carson talks about ‘political correctness’ to church crowd

Jeff Gill reports that Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, speaking Sunday to a Gainesville crowd, touted “true compassion” for the poor and blasted the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling. “We shouldn’t give away our values for the sake of political correctness,” he said as a packed crowd at a Free Chapel morning service erupted in applause.


Oct. 12, 2015 Gwinnett Telegraph

Trump fires up crowd during visit to Gwinnett County

Curt Yeomans reports that thousands of Donald Trump supporters filled the North Atlanta Trade Center on Saturday to hear from the leading Republican presidential candidate. It was a rare opportunity for Gwinnett County to host the leading candidate for a major political party's presidential nomination. The rally drew about 8,000 people from across northern Georgia who cheered for the businessman and chanted his name repeatedly.

Oct. 12, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A monument to MLK will crown Stone Mountain

Jim Galloway reports, on the summit of Stone Mountain, yards away from where Ku Klux Klansmen once burned giant crosses, just above and beyond the behemoth carving of three Confederate heroes, state authorities have agreed to erect a monument to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Specifically, an elevated tower — featuring a replica of the Liberty Bell — would celebrate the single line in the civil rights martyr’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech that makes reference to the 825-foot-tall hunk of granite: “Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.”



Oct. 9, 2015 Savannah Morning News 

PortSide: Ga. ports cargo bears fruit

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Georgia Ports’ steady investment in infrastructure for refrigerated cargo is paying off, both in the addition of near-port cold storage facilities and an increase in refrigerated cargo. Both Nordic Cold Storage and Gulf States Cold Storage have established significant facilities near the port, and, in July, the port played an important role in Seattle-based Trident Seafoods’ decision to open a $40 million production and distribution center in Carrollton.


Oct. 9, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Organizations: Student African-American Brotherhood

Candice Dyer reports that Paul Allen has witnessed his share of miracles as an educator, but some moments stand out more than others. “I’ve had kids who were in gangs and on probation learn to tuck in their shirts and answer me with ‘yes, sir,’” he says, shaking his head. “That tells me that they’ve learned self-respect.”


Oct. 9, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Belgian manufacturer opens first U.S. location in metro Atlanta

Phil W. Hudson reports that Aluvision Inc. opened Oct. 8 its North American operations headquarters in Gwinnett County, Ga. The 30,000-square-foot facility at 1620 Satellite Blvd., will be fully operational by early 2016. The new offices will include a large showroom.


Oct. 9, 2015 Brunswick News 

Georgia county commissioners meet on Jekyll Island

Donna Stillinger reports that county commissioners from around Georgia converged on Jekyll Island this week to plan out their legislative strategy for the 2016 session of the state General Assembly. The Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) serves as the consensus building, training and legislative organization for all 159 county governments in the state.


Oct. 9, 2015 Saporta Report 

Atlanta’s new bike officer led effort to redevelop Rev. James Orange Park 

David Pendered reports that Atlanta’s newly appointed chief bicycle officer has a background of collaborating with neighborhood leaders that she gained in what became the $2 million effort to rebuild the Rev. James Orange Park in the Oakland City community of southwest Atlanta.


Oct. 9, 2015 Georgia Health News

'Balance Billing' draws legislative scrutiny

Andy Miller reports that a patient scheduled for surgery makes sure that both the hospital and surgeon are in the health plan’s network prior to the operation. But after the surgery, a surprise bill arrives for hundreds of dollars. It turns out that the anesthesiologist used in the procedure was not in the patient’s insurance network – and the patient had no idea. 


Oct. 9, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia's tax incentives lure away another Florida-set film

Ellie Hensley reports that Florida's tax incentive program for films and television shows is tapped out, and the state is losing business left and right to Georgia. "Gifted," the fictional story of a St. Petersburg, Fla., man in a custody battle over his dead sister's child, started filming on Oct. 7 on Tybee Island, according to And St. Petersburg-Clearwater's film commissioner Tony Armer is not pleased.


Oct. 9, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb Republicans: Withdrawal could open door to Georgia reps

Jon Gargis reports that Cobb County politicos say they want to see the next U.S. Speaker of the House hail from Georgia, but the road there might be a crowded one. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, withdrew Thursday from the contest to become the next speaker, leaving two other Republicans in the running for the position: Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Daniel Webster of Florida.


Oct. 9, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Lynn Westmoreland ‘considering’ a run for House speaker

Daniel Malloy reports that U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland is weighing a run for House Speaker in the chaotic aftermath of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s decision today to withdraw his candidacy. In a Georgia Republican delegation meeting shortly after McCarthy’s announcement, Westmoreland called in by speakerphone. “I told ’em I was certainly considering it,” Westmoreland said later.



Oct. 8, 2015 WABE

Georgia Emergency Management Sending Aid To South Carolina    

Michell Eloy reports that as South Carolina copes with deadly flooding from Hurricane Joaquin, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency is sending help. About half a dozen GEMA members are already stationed in South Carolina, helping with communications, damage assessment and disaster response. That number is likely to increase in the next few days or weeks.


Oct. 8, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Neely Young: The robots are coming

Neely Young writes, there is a paradox in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Labor estimates there will be almost 483,000 new job openings by the year 2020, mainly in the restaurant, hotel and resort industries and healthcare sector. Even today an estimated 20,000 healthcare jobs are available. Yet Georgia’s unemployment rate is hovering around 6.1 percent, compared to 3.9 percent in Minnesota. Why exactly is our state unemployment still higher than the 5.1 percent national average?


Oct. 8, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta knocked off from on-time leader perch in September... but barely

Lewis Lazare reports that September will go down in the books as absolutely the best month in recent memory for on-time arrival performance at all four major domestic airlines — but especially for Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV). The low-fare behemoth for the first time soared to the top of the leader board in September, with a whopping 87.5 percent of its flights arriving on time last month, according to results released today by FlightView, a provider of airline and airport data.


Oct. 8, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Georgia flooring giants battle over marketing name

Christopher Seward reports that a federal court is being asked to force Mohawk Carpet Distribution Inc. to drop a marketing reference that fellow Georgia-based rival Beaulieu claims is confusing consumers and causing “irreparable damage” to its “EverClean” flooring line. Dalton-based Beaulieu is seeking unspecified damages in a trademark suit that demands Calhoun-based Mohawk to stop using “Forever clean” in ads for flooring products.


Oct. 8, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Today Show shines national spotlight on Columbus bike charity founder

Alva James-Johnson reports that the TV lights beamed on Chester Jackson early Wednesday as he walked into a crowded auditorium at the J. Barnett Woodruff Boys & Girls Club on Cusseta Road. Jackson, owner of the East Coast Body Shop on Farr Road, smiled humbly, while a crowd of about 350 people roared and shouted his name, some waving placards saying “Thank you Chester,” “We Luv U” and “Chester, Columbus Loves You."


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Oct. 8, 2015 Georgia Health News

Surprise No. 2: Grady drops Southern Regional bid

Andy Miller reports that just days after launching a surprise effort to buy Southern Regional Medical Center, Grady announced Tuesday that it has called off its bid for the struggling Clayton County hospital. Grady Health System officials cited a tight time frame, mandated by a bankruptcy court, in their decision to back away from pursuing Southern Regional. 


Oct. 8, 2015 Saporta Report 

Veritiv names two key executives to its management team 

Maria Saporta reports that Atlanta-based Veritiv, a relatively new business destined to be listed as a Fortune 500 company in 2016, is solidifying its top management team. As an industry leader in business-to-business distribution solutions, Veritiv opened its doors on July 1, 2014 following the merger of International Paper's xpedx division and Unisource Worldwide.


Oct. 8, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Highwoods buys Monarch Centre for almost $300 million

Douglas Sams reports that Monarch Centre is the latest Buckhead office project to join the $300 per foot club. Highwoods Properties Inc. completed the deal in late September, buying Monarch Centre for $297.5 million, or $332 per foot. Highwoods also invested $5.4 million in planned capital improvements to the project, which dates back to the 1980s.


Oct. 8, 2015 Georgia Times-Union

Agencies see no outcry for regulating short-term vacation rentals in Georgia

Walter C. Jones reports that state officials said this week they have little to do with vacation rentals but small changes in the law could give them the authority. They also told a committee of lawmakers Tuesday that is studying the issue that consumer aren't showing displeasure. Just one complaint, a year ago, about an online rental has come to the Consumer Protection Unit of the Attorney General's Office. It was about a home on Saint Simons Island reserved for fans of the Georgia-Florida football game. "This is not a recurring matter. This is the first, and to my knowledge, the only one in the five years I've been in this office," said John Sours, the unit's director.  


Oct. 8, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

Kemp's Peanut Poll aims to draw candidates

Walter C. Jones reports that now that the state has a presidential primary scheduled at a time to draw candidates to Georgia, a new wrinkle may provide added incentive. Starting today, a daily straw poll at the Georgia National Fair in Perry will show the relative support of the Republican and Democratic hopefuls among fairgoers.


Oct. 8, 2015 Macon Telegraph 

Houston businessman Larry Walker III to run for Tolleson’s state Senate seat

Maggie Lee reports that Houston County businessman Larry Walker III will take his second shot at elected office this year. Wednesday morning he announced a run for the state Senate. “I have been encouraged to run for this seat by people all over the district because they believe I am the right leader to effectively represent this district,” Walker said in a written statement on Wednesday morning, a day after state Sen. Ross Tolleson, R-Perry, announced his retirement from the state Legislature.


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Oct. 8, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Enlarging Georgia’s Supreme Court bench: A GOP insurance policy

Jim Galloway reports that Gov. Nathan Deal wants to take out an insurance policy on Republican rule in Georgia. This week, the governor confirmed earlier reports that he would like to see the Georgia Supreme Court increased from a bench of seven justices to nine. Officially, his motivation points in the direction of population pressure. “As our state continues to grow, the demands of the court also grow. And we have to keep up with that,” Deal told a reporter this week.




Oct. 7, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

Carmike pays $36 million for Sundance Cinemas, theater chain owned by actor Robert Redford’s holding company

Tony Adams reports that Sundance Cinemas, co-owned by famed actor Robert Redford, has been purchased by Columbus-based Carmike Cinemas for $36 million in cash. The deal, disclosed Tuesday, adds five theaters and 37 screens to Carmike’s overall presence across the United States. With the acquisition, the company said it has 274 theaters and 2,900 screens in 41 states.


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Oct. 7, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive! 

Sustaining the Planet – What must be done?

Ben Young reports, there is a crisis in our natural world, and it requires action, said Wayne Lord, founding director of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, as he introduced E. Neville Isdell, a man who has championed action as chairman of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and former chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Co. The non-partisan council, which provides a forum for dialogue, expertise and research on international issues that matter to Atlanta, hosted Isdell at last month’s event, Sustaining the Planet – What must be done? at the Buckhead Club in Atlanta. 


Oct.7, 2015 WABE 

Atlanta Braves’ 2015 Ticket Sales Hit 25-Year Low

John Lorinc reports that it was not a good season for the Atlanta Braves, especially for ticket sales. The Atlanta Braves' home attendance for the 2015 season was just over 2 million, according to That's the lowest number of fans in 25 years. One reason for low sales was the team's lackluster performance.


Oct. 7, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia energy regulators fine AGL for pipeline deficiencies

Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Public Service Commission fined Atlanta Gas Light Co. $250,000 Tuesday for corrosion deficiencies and other problems in the construction of a gas pipeline on the east side of metro Atlanta. The utility agreed to the civil penalty in a negotiated settlement while admitting no wrongdoing. The Eastside Pipeline, which runs for 27 miles from Riverdale to Chamblee, is the final segment of AGL’s $211 million Pipeline Replacement Program. Since 1998, the company has replaced more than 2,700 miles of bare steel and cast iron pipe.


Oct. 7, 2015 University of Georgia

UGA receives $8.2 million grant to support families in Georgia child welfare system 

Cal Powell reports that a team of University of Georgia faculty members, led by a researcher in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, has received an $8.2 million grant from the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to improve the lives of children and families in the child welfare system in Georgia. The project will focus on creating positive and stable homes through the integration of research-based services designed to improve healthy marriage and relationship skills and promote economic stability.


Oct. 7, 2015 Saporta Report 

DeKalb may have some bad apples; but county not rotten to its core  

Saba Long reports, if you’ve picked up a newspaper or turned on the TV lately, you would think DeKalb County is on the verge of bankruptcy and receivership. But parks abound, the fire trucks arrive when a call is received and trash is picked up on a weekly basis. DeKalb, like many of Georgia’s 159 counties, employs bad apples. But should the wool of corruption cover the county entirely? Hardly.


Oct. 7, 2015 Emory University CDC awards

Emory $2.2 million grant to prevent spread of infectious diseases

Staff reports that Emory University School of Medicine has been awarded a three-year, $2.2 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), making Emory a new member of its Prevention Epicenters Program. The program, which began in 1997, focuses on infection control and prevention research in health care facilities. Emory will collaborate with Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and Georgia State University on the grant, creating the Prevention Epicenter of Emory and Atlanta Consortium Hospitals or PEACH.


Oct. 7, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal

THE BIG ORANGE: The Home Depot opens 1,000-employee Marietta tech center

Kimeko McCoy reports thata Home Depot on Tuesday opened a 200,000-square-foot technology center in Marietta, which houses 1,000 information technology associates. The company said it plans to add another 500 positions in the future. The Home Depot is leasing a four-building campus on New Market Parkway near the corner of Cobb Parkway and Franklin Road. Michael LaFerle, vice president of real estate and construction for The Home Depot, has said the new campus was needed because they had run out of space at their Vinings headquarters. 


Oct. 7, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

TNT Express shareholders approve FedEx buyout

Michelle Corbet reports that shareholders at Dutch parcel delivery company TNT Express have formally approved a merger with United Parcel Service Inc. rival FedEx Corp. In an Extraordinary General Meeting held Monday, shareholders of TNT Express approved FedEx’s public offer for all issued and outstanding shares of TNT Express. Atlanta-based United Parcel Service's (NYSE: UPS) bid to acquire the company failed two years ago. However, UPS already had a strong European network when it bid for TNT and FedEx did not.


Oct. 7, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Ross Tolleson to resign from Georgia Senate amid health concerns

Maggie Lee reports that State Sen. Ross Tolleson will retire from the Legislature at the end of this month because of health problems. Tolleson, 59, said he has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. “I’ve got a wife and three kids, and I got to take care of my health,” Tolleson said. He described his symptoms as hardening of the blood vessels in the brain, which also killed his grandmother.


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Oct. 7, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Nathan Deal to pick from 11 finalists for three appeals court slots

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal wants to add two justices to the Georgia Supreme Court next year. But first he must tap three judges to the Court of Appeals by the end of this year. More than 100 attorneys applied for the sought-after gig after lawmakers agreed to expand the court from 12 to 15 judges. The Judicial Nominating Commission whittled the list down to 11 finalists after the latest round of interviews on Monday.



Oct. 7, 2015 Georgia Times-Union

Waycross refuses to let Pierce County test fire hydrants in legislatively de-annexed areas

Terry Dickson reports that Waycross has refused to let Pierce County fire officials test hydrants that the city owns in Pierce County that was legislatively de-annexed July 1. In a fire chief-to-fire chief request, Pierce County asked if it could test the hydrants for Insurance Service Organization ratings that are used to set homeowner and commercial insurance rates, Waycross City Manager Raphel Maddox said. Pierce County Manager Paul Maddox could not be reached for comment Tuesday morning.   




Oct. 6, 2015 

Deal streamlines agencies to enhance criminal justice reforms

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that the Department of Community Supervision (DCS), created this year as a part of Georgia’s criminal justice reform efforts, will assume responsibility for the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support and Reentry (GOTSR). With this transition, GOTSR will continue working to ensure successful implementation of reentry initiatives throughout the state.


Oct. 6, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Gainesville/Hall County: Full speed ahead

Randy Southerland reports that the center of the economic, if not geographic universe in Northeast Georgia can be found in Gainesville and Hall County. This fast-growing region is where you come to do all your serious shopping, banking and receive medical care. Increasingly, it is also the place where big companies and international corporations have settled and executives are making their homes.


Oct. 6, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Lens-maker Alcon to invest $250M, add 300 jobs in Atlanta expansion

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Alcon Laboratories will invest about $250 million and add about 300 jobs at its metro Atlanta campus. The Fort Worth, Texas-based eye care-products maker will boost production of several contact lens products at its Johns Creek campus. Atlanta, Alcon's only contact lens manufacturing hub, beat out Singapore and Germany for the expansion, a source said.


Oct. 6, 2015 Georgia State University 

Georgia State Researcher Gets $1.35 Million to Study Effects of Common Food Additive on Body

Staff reports that Andrew Gewirtz, a professor in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University, has received a four-year, $1.35 million federal grant to study how emulsifiers affect bacteria in the intestinal tract and cause chronic inflammatory diseases in the gut.


Oct. 6, 2015 Rome News Tribune 

Bekaert plans ceremony to formally re-open Rome plant

Doug Walker reports that Belgian Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Johan Verbeke, will be among the many dignitaries on hand Wednesday, Oct. 7 when the Bekaert Corp. formally re-opens the Rome plant was that heavily damaged by fire in November of 2014. Other dignitaries who have confirmed their attendance include the Minister President of the Government of Flanders, Geert Bourgeois, the Consul General of Belgium to the Southeast Genevieve Verbeek, the CEO of Flanders Investment and Trade Claire Tillekaerts and Bekaert Corporation President Matthew Taylor.


Oct. 6, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens named top 10 city for singles

Staff reports if you're single and living in Athens, one list says you're in the right place. national website has Athens one of the top 10 cities in the country for singles, a study which used Census data to focus on percentage of unmarried people, the percentage of the population in prime marriageable age (20 to 34), and places where large percentages are living alone.


Oct. 6, 2015 Brunswick News 

Production pumping money into Isles

Lindsey Adkison reports that Angie Young and her dog, Luna, have long been regular fixtures in downtown Brunswick. But recently, the duo has been taking their early morning strolls down Newcastle Street a little more slowly. The reason? To take in the progress on the “Live by Night” movie set, which is making impressive daily strides. Young says that they have become friendly with a number of the workers who are recreating 1920s Ybor City, Fla., in her small Georgia town.


Oct. 6, 2015 

Historic Moment for Atlanta: Trans-Pacific Partnership Concluded After Five Years of Negotiations

Trevor Williams reports, after six days of deliberations on a sweeping trade agreement that officials had hoped to have wrapped up by last Thursday, trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations announced Monday morning in Atlanta that they had reached consensus on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.The pact, which encompasses countries comprising 40 percent of the global economy, will cut tariffs on many products and achieve mutual recognition of standards on others.


Oct. 6, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

Path-Tec expands into plant vacated by Hallmark's Litho-Krome, plans to add 100 jobs

Tony Adams reports that a Columbus company called Path-Tec is expanding into a 126,000-square-foot plant left vacant earlier this year by the closure of the Litho-Krome printing operation by greeting card firm Hallmark. Path-Tec said Monday it has purchased the facility at 5700 Old Brim Road, inside Muscogee Technology Park, and expects to add 100 new jobs within a few years. The 10-year-old company already has 100 people on its payroll at its existing 79,000-square-foot location on Belfast Avenue, an area in which Char-Broil once assembled outdoor grills before moving production out of the U.S.


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Oct. 6, 2015 Saporta Report 

Atlanta poised to accept $250,000 to create a chief overseer of city’s bicycling programs 

David Pendered reports that Atlanta City Council is slated to approve legislation Monday that accepts funding to hire a chief bicycle officer, who is to oversee the city’s comprehensive efforts to promote cycling. The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation provided a challenge grant in the amount of $250,000 via the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, according to the legislation. The city’s Department of Planning and Community Development has agreed to match the challenge with $250,000.


Oct. 6, 2015 Georgia Health News

Unsuccessful bidders protest state health contract 

Andy Miller reports that three losing bidders have filed a protest over the state’s selection of vendors for a multibillion-dollar Medicaid and PeachCare contract. Last month, four companies – Amerigroup, Peach State, WellCare and CareSource — were picked as winners of the contract to serve lower-income adults and children in Georgia. 


Oct. 6, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Newell Rubbermaid buys glue giant Elmer’s

Staff reports that Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NYSE: NWL) will buy glue giant Elmer’s Products for $600 million and divest its divest its Levolor and Kirsch window coverings brands. The Ohio-based glue giant’s Elmer’s, Krazy Glue and X-Acto brands will join the Atlanta consumer products company that owns Sharpie, Paper Mate, Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Irwin, Lenox, Parker, Waterman, Contigo, Rubbermaid, Calphalon, Goody, Graco, Aprica, Baby Jogger and Dymo.


Oct. 6, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Nathan Deal wants to add two justices to Georgia Supreme Court

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed a commission that will review his proposal to add two justices to the Georgia Supreme Court, a plan that could give the Republican the chance to potentially appoint a majority of the justices to the powerful court’s bench before he leaves office. Deal said Monday that the Appellate Jurisdiction Review Commission will consider whether to add two justices to the seven-member court. The recommendations are expected to be finalized weeks before lawmakers return to Atlanta for another legislative session.



Oct. 5, 2015 Saporta Report

University presidents from around the nation in Atlanta to expand climate commitment 

Maria Saporta reports that Agnes Scott College will be the site of a major announcement Monday morning on an expanded commitment by U.S. colleges and universities to combat climate change. Elizabeth Kiss, president of Agnes Scott College, said that in the past decade, nearly 700 institutions of higher learning have signed on to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).


Oct. 5, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

High-Tech Spark

Randy Southerland reports that Georgia has long been known for cotton and peaches, but a better symbol might soon be stem cells. From Athens to Atlanta, the state is rapidly becoming a center for the high-tech innovation known as bioscience. This broad term includes everything from new medical therapies created by harnessing cellular and biomolecular processes to biodegradable alternatives to plastic.


Oct. 5, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Bank of Georgia fails, Fidelity Bank assumes deposits

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance on Friday shuttered Peachtree City, Ga.-based The Bank of Georgia and Fidelity Bank inked a deal to assume the closed bank’s deposits. As of June 30, 2015, The Bank of Georgia had $294.2 million in total assets and $280.7 million in total deposits.


Oct. 5, 2015 

Deep Into Fifth Day, TPP Talks Drag On in Atlanta

Trevor Williams reports that marathon talks on a sweeping Pacific trade pact continued to drag on in Atlanta Sunday evening, the deal delayed despite a few trade ministers’ statements earlier in the day that the announcement of a final agreement could be imminent.  Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari reportedly said Sunday afternoon that parties had reached an agreement “in principle.” That was a day after talks were extended for another 24 hours, prompting Mr. Amari to put the onus on the U.S. to show flexibility and wrap up the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership. 


Oct. 5, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

St. Francis Hospital reaches deal to sell to LifePoint Health

Chuck Williams reports, after more than a year of dealing with significant financial issues, St. Francis Hospital officials announced early Friday morning that the Board of Trustees has reached an agreement in principle to sell the hospital to a subsidiary of LifePoint Health. Terms of the deal with LifePoint, based in Brentwood, Tenn., were not disclosed. LifePoint and St. Francis have submitted the agreement to the Georgia Attorney General’s Office for review and approval.


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Oct. 5, 2015 UGA 

UGA law school to host Georgia Court of Appeals oral arguments

Lona Panter reports that University of Georgia School of Law will host the Georgia Court of Appeals on Oct. 14 in its Hatton Lovejoy Courtroom as the court hears oral arguments on three cases involving medical negligence, sovereign immunity and aggravated assault. The proceedings will begin at 10:30 a.m. A question-and-answer session with Court of Appeals judges will follow the arguments. The event is free and open to the public.


Oct. 5, 2015 Brunswick News

Manufacturer's roundtables offer multiple benefits

Lindsey Adkison reports that manufacturing is a key part of the Glynn County economy. Based on the most up-to-date data from the Georgia Department of Labor, the local industrial community employs 4,400 in Glynn County, or 13 percent of the area’s total labor force. There are roughly 217 companies in Glynn County that are engaged in manufacturing or logistics.


Oct. 5, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Emory gets $1.56M from NIH to lead career development program

Ellie Hensley reports that the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women's Health gave Emory University $1.56 million to launch and lead a career development program in women's health researchers. Emory also gave $625,000 to get the program running. The initiative, called Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH), will connect junior faculty with senior faculty with shared research interests in women's health and sex differences research. The goal is to develop a structured, diverse research career development program with a rigorous mentoring component.


Oct. 5, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

Broun back in political arena, not ruling out another run for office

Dr. Paul Broun, the Watkinsville physician and former three-term Georgia Republican congressman, went back to his medical practice in the wake of his GOP primary defeat in last year's race for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Georgia senior Sen. Saxby Chambliss, but his name has resurfaced in political news in recent days, and he’s not ruling out another run at public office.  


Oct. 5, 2015 WABE

Rev. Raphael Warnock Says He Won't Run For U.S. Senate

Johnny Kauffman reports that Rev. Raphael Warnock, the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, says he will not run for U.S. Senate, leaving Georgia Democrats without a candidate to oppose Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson. Warnock had been considering a run for months, and just last week spoke at a major Democratic fundraiser. In a statement Warnock said, "As much as I would have been honored to run and to serve, I have decided that, given my current pastoral and personal commitments, this is not a good time." 


Oct. 5, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constituti0n - Political Insider 

Donald Trump makes his Atlanta debut Oct. 10

Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy report that the Donald Trump show is coming to metro Atlanta. The billionaire Republican presidential front-runner has officially scheduled an event at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross on Oct. 10, a week from Saturday. The event begins at noon. A recent Politico story on Trump and the televangelizing crowd mentioned a Trump visit on the same day for a meeting with black pastors.



Oct. 2, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlantic Station retail town center sold

J. Scott Trubey reports that retail town center at Atlantic Station has been sold. North American Properties and CBRE Global Investors sold the main cluster of shops and restaurants to an investment fund tied to Morgan Stanley, two people with knowledge of the situation said. Houston-based real estate and investment services firm Hines Interests will manage and operate the center.


Oct. 2, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

There's more to Athens

Karen Kirkpatrick reports while Saturday, Oct. 3 promises big-time football (unless rain plays havoc with the game) when SEC powerhouse Alabama comes to Athens to play undefeated UGA, those of you in the Classic City who aren’t football fans need not despair. Athens has lots more to offer. Here are the top five things – besides football – to do on weekends in Athens, according to the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Oct. 2, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Cox Automotive closes $4 billion acquisition

Staff reports that Cox Automotive Inc. on Thursday closed its deal to buy automotive retailer software company Dealertrack Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: TRAK) for $4 billion. Atlanta-based Cox Automotive said Dealertrack’s technologies will complement its own vehicle remarketing services and digital markets and software. Dealertrack provides dealer management system, inventory, sales, digital marketing and registration and titling software.


Oct. 2, 2015 WABE 

Georgia House Committee To Explore Regulations For Drones

Tasnim Shamma reports, is Georgia's ban on drones flying within a five-mile radius of the governor's mansion legal? What will drones look like in five years? State Rep. Kevin Tanner of Dawsonville, Georgia, is looking to answer those questions during the first of five House Study Committee meetings starting Wednesday. 


Oct. 2, 2015 Albany Herald

Thrush Aircraft declares Summer Tour 2015 a success

Terry Lewis reports that Terry Humphrey taxied his Thrush 510G to to a stop before the facility’s main hangar Thursday morning, a crowd of Thrush Aircraft employees in white t-shirts clapped loudly when he popped open the cockpit door. “It’s good to finally be back home,” Humphrey said. The Thrush test pilot and just finished Summer Tour 2015, during which he flew to 24 states over a four-month period which included 150 hands-on pilot test drives and flight demonstrations of the company’s newest aircraft.


Oct. 2, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 

Synovus executives Katherine Dunlevie and Crystal Shahid among Georgia Trend’s ‘40 Under 40’

Staff reports that  Synovus executives Katherine Dunlevie and Crystal Shahid have been named to Georgia Trend’s annual “40 Under 40” list. Also appearing on the list of outstanding Georgians is Columbus native and Athens, Ga., businesswoman Diana Harbour. This is the 19th year for the honors, with those chosen for the list coming from nominations made by readers, the magazine said, with final selections made by its editorial staff.


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Oct. 2, 2015 Kennesaw University

U.S. News & World Report ranks Kennesaw State among most innovative schools in region

Staff reports that Kennesaw State University was named among the nation’s “Most Innovative Schools” by U.S. News & World Report in its recent “2016 Best Colleges” issue. Kennesaw State University, ranked No. 6 among regional universities in the South, was recognized for its innovative improvements in the areas of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.


Oct. 2, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia sales tax-free holiday starts Friday (Oct. 2)

Carla Caldwell reports that Georgia’s second tax-free holiday of 2015 is Friday (Oct. 2) through Sunday. The sales tax holiday focuses on products designed to save energy and water. A tax-free holiday weekend held July 31 and Aug. 1 focused on clothing and supplies used for school.


Oct. 2, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Nathan Deal asks GBI to review corruption report targeting DeKalb CEO Lee May

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to review the explosive report on DeKalb County corruption that urges Interim CEO Lee May to resign. It’s unclear, though, whether the governor has the power to intervene if the GBI recommends he step in. State law gives Deal the power to remove elected officials who face felony charges after a panel reviews their case. May doesn’t face any criminal charges, but his situation may be more murky because Deal appointed him to the post on an interim basis two years ago.




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