Georgia Trend Daily – March 14, 2019

March 14, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Georgia Global Trade Numbers Break Records

DeAnn Komanecky reports that international trade numbers in Georgia broke records in 2018, Gov. Brian Kemp announced on Wednesday. Exports worldwide for the year totaled $40.5 billion, an increase of almost 9 percent over 2017 numbers. On the import side, $98.7 billion of goods came in to Georgia for an increase of 8 percent over 2017.


March 14, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Business Casual: Don’t Mess This Up

Susan Percy reports, right at the top of the list of good things Georgia has going for it is a booming film and entertainment industry – worth about $9.5 billion a year. The industry produces good jobs, it attracts tourists and it brings the right kind of attention to the state. It is a magnet for smart, creative people; it pays well; and it has a desirable ripple effect on other industries.


March 14, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

What does Boeing grounding mean for Atlanta airport?

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that in the wake of two deadly crashes in the last six months, President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced the grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 airplanes. “The safety of the American people, of all people, is our paramount concern,” Trump told reporters in the White House.


March 14, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Tech to expand into new Alabama development

Staff reports that a non-profit applied research institute is coming to a large business park Huntsville, Alabama. Georgia Tech Research Institute plans to consolidate its Huntsville staff in a new building at Redstone Gateway, reports


March 14, 2019 Georgia Southern University

Naming celebration for Georgia Southern’s Parker College of Business recognizes growth of business programs

Staff reports, in recognition of the new partnership between Georgia Southern University and entrepreneur and philanthropist Greg Parker, the University hosted a naming celebration Friday for the newly named Parker College of Business. Community members and business leaders joined University students and officials to formally usher in a new chapter of academic excellence and student opportunities in the University’s growing business programs.


March 14, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald

New downtown Athens building to feature roof-top eatery

Lee Shearer reports that downtown Athens is getting another tall building; tall by Athens standards, at least. The six-story building soon to begin construction at the corner of Lumpkin and Broad streets, called “115 Broad,” is designed for office and retail space. And according to real estate brokers NAI Elrod Group of Watkinsville, it will feature Athens’ first rooftop restaurant.


March 14, 2019 University of Georgia

Walmart Foundation grant aimed at reducing plastic waste

Kat Gilmore reports that an $800,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to the University of Georgia New Materials Institute will help researchers understand how multilayer plastic packaging biodegrades and also help manufacturers in their attempts to design and select more sustainable materials.


March 14, 2019 Brunswick News

Spaceport authority generates opposition at public hearing

Gordon Jackson reports that the public had an opportunity for a third time to express their opinions Tuesday about a proposal asking state legislators to approve the creation of a spaceport authority. But little has changed since the first two meetings held last month.


March 14, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

Cloud-based software company moving to Peachtree Corners

Curt Yeomans reports that a cloud-based software company is moving into a new loft office space that has been put into an old building at Technology Park Atlanta in Peachtree Corners, city officials have announced. Lawrenceville-based Brightree LLC is moving its headquarters into what was once the home of Honeywell International.


March 14, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

See Macon’s cherry blossoms

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Macon is home to 350,000 Yoshino cherry trees, making it the cherry blossom capital of the world. To celebrate the blooms, the city’s annual International Cherry Blossom Festival will be held March 23-31. A sneak preview of the blooms as they open is now available via the Blossom Cam, a live webcam.


March 14, 2019 Georgia Health News

Senate panel OKs behavioral health commission

Andy Miller reports that a Senate committee voted Wednesday in favor of a bill to create a state commission to analyze Georgia’s behavioral health services and recommend improvements. The commission would be authorized to take ‘’a very deep dive’’ into the state’s mental health system, said Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville), lead sponsor of House Bill 514.


March 14, 2019 Brunswick News

Contentious voting bill passes Senate

Wes Wolfe reports that the cost — which has not been defined as of yet — to replace voting machines across the state is considered to be the largest purchase of its type in the nation’s history. Georgia’s considerably closer to that point after the state Senate gave House Bill 316 its approval, 35-21, following four hours of intense debate.


March 14, 2019 11 Alive

Move over sperm bill: New measure creates all-female panel on erectile dysfunction

Doug Richards reports that two more bills got introduced Wednesday targeting men’s health as part of a backlash against the restrictive abortion bill passed by the Georgia House of Representatives. The sponsors are Democratic women, and the bills are eye-opening.HB 618 would remove Viagra from the prescription benefits of state employees and HR 498, would create a study committee to examine the perils of erectile dysfunction – a committee composed entirely of women.


March 14, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: The D.C. bargain that raised the tide for the Port of Savannah

Jim Galloway, Tamar Hallerman and Greg Bluestein report, we told you earlier that the Savannah harbor expansion project had received record funding in President Donald Trump’s recent budget proposal. Like many deals in Washington, it took a high-powered political alliance to set the table for it.


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