Georgia Trend Daily – March 11, 2019

March 11, 2019 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Macon Telegraph

GA timber industry hurt by storms, driver shortage but there’s reason to be optimistic

Maggie Lee reports that the timber plots that blanket something near two-thirds of Georgia are, for their owners, a retirement, or a kid’s school tuition maybe, or maybe a rainy day fund. Most Georgia timberland is held by relatively small, often family, enterprises. And when Hurricane Michael roared in late last year, it wiped away three-quarters of a billion dollars in timber alone.

Harold Melton


March 11, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports that Georgia’s economy will add 334,000 jobs over the next five years according to, many of them in film (the fastest growth of new higher-paying jobs in the region), information technology and healthcare. And according to WalletHub, Atlanta is one of the nation’s top cities for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) job openings.


March 11, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta builders see growth despite February national jobs hiccup

Michael E. Kanell reports that local builders have more work than a year ago, according to an industry survey, despite a weaker-than-expected national employment report that showed jobs in the construction sector dropping. Some 84 percent of Georgia contractors — most of them in metro Atlanta — also expect revenues to increase this year, according to the poll of 149 construction companies conducted in December by Bennett Thrasher, a consulting and accounting firm, and Kennesaw State University’s program in construction management.


March 11, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle, 11 Alive

Gas prices in Georgia hit high for 2019

Kristen Reed reports, if you filled up this weekend, you probably already know that gas prices are up. The average price of a gallon of gas in Georgia is between $2.37 and $2.39, according to industry trackers.


March 11, 2019 WABE 90.1

Kennesaw Mountain On The Verge Of Adding 8 Acres — And More History

Molly Samuel reports that after more than a decade of trying, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is likely – finally – going to get to grow. The park stands to add two historic sites from the Civil War that would allow the park, which now mostly focuses on the Confederate Army’s side of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, to tell a broader story.


March 11, 2019 Metro Atlanta CEO

Georgia Power Announces New Microgrid Project With Georgia Tech

Staff reports that Georgia Power announced, in collaboration with Georgia Tech, it will build a new 1.4 MW microgrid in Tech Square at Spring and 5th streets in Metro Atlanta. Microgrids are self-contained power systems co-located with the facilities they serve that include generation resources, storage systems and energy management systems.


March 11, 2019 Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Atlanta developer eyes $140M-plus business park off Cass-White Road

James Swift reports, ears pricked up Monday when Atlanta-based Capital Development Partners submitted a Development of Regional Impact (DRI) application to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Such an application is required by the State for any proposed wholesale and distribution development larger than 500,000 square feet in the metro area.


March 11, 2019

First Lady Marty Kemp To Host Pet Adoption Day at Governor’s Mansion

Staff reports that on Saturday, March 30 from 9 AM to 12 PM at the Governor’s Mansion, First Lady Marty Kemp will host a pet adoption day for rescue cats and dogs. Mrs. Kemp has partnered with Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, and several humane societies, animal shelters, and pet rescues across the state to find permanent homes for animals in need.


March 11, 2019 Georgia Health News

As pedestrian deaths remain high, Macon focuses on action

Naomi Thomas reports that the highways in Macon have long stretches with fast-moving traffic, poor lighting and very few crosswalks. And they have a problem with pedestrian deaths. “I found that Macon was leading the state in pedestrian deaths, and it bothered me,” said Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Elaine Lucas.


March 11, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

Old Southern Crescent locomotive returns to Southeastern Railway Museum after nearly four-year restoration

Curt Yeomans reports, after nearly four years away, an old locomotive from the mid-20th century has come home to Duluth. The Southeastern Railway Museum recently announced the Southern Railway No. 6901 E8a diesel passenger locomotive returned to the museum after an extensive restoration project that focused heavily on getting its electrical system and motor back in working order.


March 11, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Film & Media career prep

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Atlanta youth 18 to 24 years old who are not in school and not employed now have a chance to be trained for careers in the state’s growing film, media and entertainment industry. Georgia State University’s (GSU) Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence has started a program called Careers in New and Emerging Media Areas (CINEMA).


March 11, 2019 Saporta Report

Wall Street analysts remain bullish on WellStar despite possible regulatory reform

David Pendered reports that Wall Street credit analysts gave little heed to potential changes in state regulations of Georgia’s hospital industry when they issued last week a stable rating to WellStar Health System.


March 11, 2019 Gainesville Times

This lingering local issue is about to get a global perspective

Jeff Gill reports that affordable housing in Gainesville and Hall County will get a fresh set of eyes this week. A “technical assistance panel” with Urban Land Institute, a global land-use think tank with U.S. headquarters based in Washington, D.C., is set to spend Monday and Tuesday examining affordable housing needs in the area.


March 11, 2019 GPB

Georgia House Passes Hate Crimes Bill

Donna Lowry reports that the Georgia House on Thursday passed what could become the state’s first hate crimes legislation. Georgia is one of five states that does not currently have such a bill. “Hate can be used as a tool for evil to undermine the law and order that we take for granted some times,” Rep. Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula).


March 11, 2019 Valdosta Daily Times

Lawmakers propose jail time for wreck fraud

Jill Nolin reports that staging a car wreck and then cashing in on the insurance payout would become a serious crime under a measure that narrowly passed the House. The proposal, sponsored by Rep. Kasey Carpenter, would make it a felony offense to either intentionally cause an automobile collision or attempt to manufacture evidence for a wreck that never happened.


March 11, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia 7th: John Eaves prepares a bid for Congress

Greg Bluestein reports that former Fulton County Commission chair John Eaves has moved up I-85 to Gwinnett – and he’s preparing to run for the U.S. House in his new district. The Democrat filed paperwork over the weekend declaring his candidacy for the 7th District seat soon to be vacated by Republican Rep. Rob Woodall, and he said he’ll formally announce his campaign within days.




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