Georgia Trend Daily – Feb. 11, 2019

Feb. 11, 2019 Saporta Report

Health reform effort faces potentially formidable opposition at state Capitol

David Pendered reports that the legislative effort to “revolutionize” the not-for-profit health care delivery system in Georgia is set to run head-on into entrenched hospital interests that have crowed victory in defending a law that dates to 1979 and protects the status quo.


Feb. 11, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

More lumber in Albany

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, with a recent groundbreaking, construction has officially begun on Georgia-Pacific’s new, state-of-the-art lumber production facility in Albany. More than 170 community leaders, guests and Georgia-Pacific employees attended the groundbreaking at the Albany-Dougherty Industrial Park.


Feb. 11, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Farmers on knife edge as bad weather, tariff war, shutdown exact toll

Christopher Quinn reports that the burden of disastrous weather carried by Georgia farmers has been made heavier by politics. First, Chinese tariffs imposed in July on Georgia farm produce, a result of President Donald Trump’s trade war, cut profits or stopped sales.


Feb. 11, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola adds first new flavor to Coke trademark portfolio in more than a decade

Eric Mandel reports that the company said that after its profitable relaunch of Coca-Cola Zero Sugar in 2017, the trademark team began to explore additional growth opportunities.


Feb. 11, 2019 Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Shaw looks to double Adairsville plant workforce over next 3 years

James Swift reports, about two months ago, earthwork began on Phase II expansion of Shaw Industries’ Plant T1 in Adairsville.  And that expansion, Shaw Director of International Soft Services Nolan Howell said, is going to be considerably larger than initially envisioned.


Feb. 11, 2019 Georgia Tech

$25 Million Award Will Support Nuclear Nonproliferation R&D, Education

John Toon reports that a consortium of 12 universities and 10 national laboratories led by the Georgia Institute of Technology has been awarded $25 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to develop new technologies and educational programs to support the agency’s nuclear science, security and nonproliferation goals.


Feb. 11, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Federal DOT official praises Georgia infrastructure projects

DeAnn Komanecky reports that Georgia got high praise from a U.S. Department of Transportation official visiting the Savannah area on Friday. Derek Kan, Under Secretary for Transportation Policy, joined Georgia DOT and Port officials and local leaders at the Jimmy DeLoach Parkway Extension project near U.S. 80 in Bloomingdale. Kan said Georgia was chosen as the first visit in a tour of states that handle infrastructure well.


Feb. 11, 2019 GPB

Democratic Lawmakers File Legislation Aimed At Closing Wage Gaps

Ross Terrell reports that a group of Democratic lawmakers want to raise Georgia’s minimum wage and stop employers from using salary history when making hiring decisions. Legislation introduced this week would raise the state’s minimum wage from $5.15 to $15 an hour over the next five years.


Feb. 11, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Meet Donald Trump’s new Georgia-bred political guru

Greg Bluestein reports that Brian Jack proved himself to Donald Trump in 2016 as the lead operativecharged with locking down Republican delegates during a dramatic nomination fight. Now, the Georgian has earned a higher-profile gig ahead of another testy election cycle.


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