Georgia Trend Daily – Feb. 21, 2019

Feb. 21, 2019

ZKTeco Creating 40 Jobs, Investing $5 Million in Fulton County

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp and the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced on Wednesday that ZKTeco, a global manufacturer of RFID and biometric technology security solutions, will create forty (40) new jobs and invest over $5 million in the relocation and expansion of its U.S. headquarters to Alpharetta.


Feb. 21, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

The camera loves Georgia

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that it’s fairly common knowledge that our state has become a major magnet for film, TV and digital entertainment production. Thanks to a 2008 state tax credit, we often see the peach logo at the end of movies and TV shows. The industry is responsible for $4.6 billion in total wages and 92,000 Georgia jobs in a variety of professions – not just in front of the camera.


Feb. 21, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Legislation for state takeover of Hartsfield-Jackson faces tough fight

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that legislation that would create a state authority to control Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport faces an uphill battle, as it is opposed by the city of Atlanta, which owns and operates the airport, and Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, the airport’s largest tenant.


Feb. 21, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Boeing, Delta Air Lines could benefit from FAA decision on Vietnamese airlines

Andrew McIntosh reports that Boeing has three airline customers in Vietnam itching for airplanes to serve the fast-growing South Asian country, and one of them is a Delta Air Lines partner.


Feb. 21, 2019 Georgia Southern University

Business confidence is strong, but headwinds are present

Staff reports that Georgia business leaders have confidence that business is improving, but also have growing concerns over hiring and employment, according to the 2018 fourth-quarter (Q4) survey results by Georgia CEO, a news source that shares the state’s most important features, videos and newswires with Georgia’s top business leaders. The news outlet partners with Georgia Southern University Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research (CBAER) to prepare and analyze the survey.


Feb. 21, 2019 Brunswick News

Injunction motion filed in seismic testing suit

Wes Wolfe reports that with action underway by the federal government to approve applications for seismic air gun testing off the Atlantic Coast, plaintiffs in a lawsuit to stop the practice filed a motion for preliminary injunction Wednesday morning in federal court in Charleston, S.C.


Feb. 21, 2019 Albany Herald

Public Service Commission approves settlement, combining of Plant Vogtle monitoring reports

Staff reports that Georgia Public Service Commission approved on Tuesday by a vote of 4-1 a settlement agreement in the Georgia Power 19th Vogtle construction monitoring report for the reporting period of Jan. 1, 2018 through June 30 of that year. This decision closes out the 19th semi-annual Vogtle construction monitoring report in Docket 29849.


Feb. 21, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Private dock on Cumberland challenged by Center for a Sustainable Coast

Mary Landers reports that earlier this month, Cumberland Island watchers noticed unusual activity near the Sea Camp area of the national seashore. The presence of a barge, a crane and new pilings signaled the construction of a dock adjacent to some of the last remaining private property on the island. On Tuesday, the Center for a Sustainable Coast and Savannah-based employee Karen Grainey filed a complaint in Fulton County Superior Court to halt the construction, force the removal of the half-built dock and restore the marsh.


Feb. 21, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald

Georgia’s First Lady tours UGA’s Vet Med teaching hospital

Heather Skyler reports that Georgia’s first lady Marty Kemp this week toured the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Georgia along with her daughter Lucy Kemp, UGA President Jere W. Morehead and several others. Kemp, who has loved animals ever since getting her first horse, Flare, at a young age, is no stranger to the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine hospital.


Feb. 21, 2019 Gainesville Times

Northeast Georgia Medical Center extends coverage into Habersham with new partnership

Megan Reed reports that Habersham Medical Center is partnering with the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville to support its emergency department and inpatient services.


Feb. 21, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett BOC approves $950,000 to combat county’s homelessness issue

Curt Yeomans reports that the organization that is working to coordinate efforts to address Gwinnett County’s homeless situation got the funding green light from county commissioners Tuesday to proceed with plans that it unveiled earlier this month. The commissioners unanimously approved the HomeFirst Gwinnett Initiative’s $950,000 request for funding to several efforts designed to ultimately get homeless residents back on their feet and into permanent housing.


Feb. 21, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal

Sen. Kirkpatrick wants prisons to be no-drone zones

Ross Williams reports, in the movies, criminals smuggle contraband into prisons folded in the pages of a book or baked inside a birthday cake, but these days, drugs, weapons and other illicit items can simply be dropped off by drone.


Feb. 21, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

SRS long-term focus is defense, NNSA official says

Damon Cline reports that the National Nuclear Security Administration official on Wednesday reiterated the likelihood of defense missions returning to prominence at Savannah River Site in the coming decades. NNSA’s SRS Field Office Manager Nicole Nelson-Jean told a gathering of the Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness that the agency anticipates plutonium-disposal and weapons-production activities increasing at the installation, which primarily has been a cleanup site since the end of the Cold War.


Feb. 21, 2019 WABE 90.1

Few Bipartisan Bills to Push As Gun Control Advocates Lobby Georgia Lawmakers

Lisa Hagen reports that hundreds of hopeful volunteers with the gun control group, Moms Demand Action, gathered at the state capitol Wednesday morning. Their focus included encouraging lawmakers to limit gun access for domestic abusers. So far, a democrat-sponsored bill aimed at doing that has seen no bipartisan support from lawmakers.


Feb. 21, 2019 Saporta Report

Sales tax exemptions, school stockpiles part of GA Capitol campaign to end “period poverty”

Maggie Lee reports that menstrual products are so necessary that they ought to be exempt from sales taxes, and it’s worth making sure that girls aren’t missing school due to the lack of sanitary pads, tampons and the like, say the people behind a campaign at Georgia’s state Capitol.


Feb. 21, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Horse racing clears first hurdle in General Assembly

Ross Williams reports that a Georgia Senate committee approved a constitutional amendment Wednesday asking voters statewide to decide whether to legalize pari-mutuel betting on horse racing in the Peach State.


Feb. 21, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kemp appeals to White House for Hurricane Michael relief

Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman reports that Gov. Brian Kemp is taking his case for emergency Hurricane Michael relief money directly to the White House. The Republican recently appealed to President Donald Trump in a phone conversation to free up the promised funds for farmers and others devastated by the October storm, according to Kemp’s aides.

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