Georgia Trend Daily – Feb. 19, 2019

Feb. 19, 2019

Gov. Kemp Announces Partnership With SANS Institute for Cyber Workforce Development

Staff reports that Gov. Brian P. Kemp announced Monday Georgia’s partnership with the SANS Institute to provide high school girls and college students with the opportunity to develop their skills and explore careers in the cyber industry through the Girls Go CyberStart and Cyber FastTrackprograms.



Feb. 19, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia’s Presidential Sites

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, Presidents’ Day is a fitting time to learn more about our state’s ties to the nation’s past leaders. Notable spots to revisit presidential history include the Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home in Augusta, where the 28th president lived as a child. It’s now a National Historic Landmark depicting how he grew up during the Civil War and Reconstruction.


Feb. 19, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Power faces class-action suit accusing it of inflating fees

Matt Kempner reports that a Fulton County judge has granted class-action status in a long-running lawsuit claiming Georgia Power overcharged customers for more than a decade. The status means the case now covers virtually all of the company’s 2.5 million customers statewide, a swipe with somewhat rare sweep against Georgia’s largest utility.


Feb. 19, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

1,121 cabin cleaning, janitorial workers getting laid off at Atlanta airport

David Allison reports that the jobs are being cut by ABM Aviation, a division of New York-based ABM Industries Inc. (NYSE: ABM) which supports airlines and airports with services ranging from parking and janitorial to passenger assistance, catering logistics, air cabin maintenance, and transportation.


Feb. 19, 2019 Gwinnett Chamber

Gwinnett Chamber announces region-wide search for CEO

Staff reports that the Gwinnett Chamber is currently seeking an exceptional leader with strong local and regional relationships to fill the role of President/CEO. The Gwinnett Chamber, one of the largest suburban Chambers of Commerce in the nation and the voice for businesses, recently announced Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman’s retirement from the role of President & CEO, effective June 30.


Feb. 19, 2019 University of Georgia, Athens Banner-Herald

$1.5 million initiative goes to upgrade labs across UGA’s campus

Sam Fahmy reports that labs and research support spaces across campus will be getting an upgrade, thanks to a $1.5 million presidential initiative that seeks to build on the university’s dramatic growth in research activity. Presidential renovation funds have been distributed to nine schools and colleges and will be used to upgrade labs and replace core equipment that enables faculty members to conduct research and be more competitive in seeking grant funding.


Feb. 19, 2019 Albany Herald

Disaster funding inaction impacting Georgia cotton

Staff reports that Georgia cotton producers are among those who are disappointed with the federal government’s lack of response to the impact Hurricane Michael has had on the state. With Georgia cotton planting season quickly approaching, farm leaders say, lenders will be reluctant to provide production loans without a promise of disaster assistance.


Feb. 19, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal

Acting Cobb DA to follow Reynolds to GBI

Ross Williams reports that former Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynold’s successor will be one of several Cobb DA alumni to follow Reynolds to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Acting Cobb District Attorney John Melvin, formerly an assistant district attorney at the office, will serve as Reynold’s chief of staff effective as soon as Gov. Brian Kemp appoints a new Cobb County district attorney.


Feb. 19, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Cherokee County: Prime Destination

Randy Southerland reports, don’t call Cherokee County a “hidden gem” or any other phrase implying that people are unfamiliar with its charms and assets. There are too many who know the truth. This north metro county is far from undiscovered.


Feb. 19, 2019 Macon Telegraph

If this plane could talk: A U.S. president’s plane rests in Warner Robins

Wayne Crenshaw reports, people looking to celebrate Presidents Day in Middle Georgia won’t find much in the way of related events, aside from store sales. The holiday began to celebrate George Washington’s birthday, but now it is commonly viewed to remember the service of all U.S. presidents.


Feb. 19, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Corp denies responsibility for seawall damage

Tom Corwin reports that damage to a seawall at Goodale Landing is just one of the ongoing issues from the drawdown meant to simulate conditions in the lowered pool of the Savannah River if and when New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam is removed in favor of a fish passage.


Feb. 19, 2019 Saporta Report

Bill from GA governor would expand public spending on health care, but critics say not by enough

Maggie Lee reports that the two-and-a-half-page bill that came out in the state Senate last week has big implications for hundreds of thousands of uninsured Georgians: it’s the first step toward putting more money toward publicly subsidized health care. But what’s yet to be answered is how much Georgia might spend on getting health insurance to more people, who could get covered or what the patient requirements would be.


Feb. 19, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia again stakes its claim to land at Tennessee border

Mark Niesse reports that Georgia is re-starting a 201-year dispute with Tennessee and North Carolina over its northern border and the Tennessee River. The Georgia House voted 163-4 last week to pursue negotiations to establish the state’s “true boundary lines,” according to House Resolution 51.

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