Georgia Trend Daily – March 21, 2019

March 21, 2019

Kemp: Korean brake manufacturer to locate U.S. Headquarters in Henry County

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced yesterday that Sangsin Technology America, a leading global brake friction materials and replacement parts manufacturer, will create 200 jobs and invest $20 million in its first North American manufacturing facility in McDonough, Georgia.


March 21, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Creative Collaboration

Anna Bentley reports that over the past 12 months, North Fulton County’s community improvement districts (CIDs) have accomplished some amazing things. They’ve revamped MARTA stations, turning cold concrete into vibrant, colorful spaces.


March 21, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia’s Vogtle nuclear project expected to get more federal backing

Matt Kempner and Tamar Hallerman report that Georgia’s troubled and still unfinished nuclear power expansion at Plant Vogtle may land another big dose of government support. Federal and Georgia officials on Friday are expected to announce finalization of $3.7 billion in additional federal loan guarantees for the project, which is already billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule.


March 21, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

He’ll soon be CEO of one of Atlanta’s largest commercial real estate companies

David Allison reports that C. Brent Smith, 43, will become CEO of Atlanta-based Piedmont Office Realty Trust at the end of June 2019. He joined Piedmont in 2012.


March 21, 2019 WABE 90.1, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta’s First ‘Smart Neighborhood’ Moves Forward On The Westside

Alex Gailey reports that Atlanta’s first “smart neighborhood,” a development of Georgia Power and PulteGroup, is moving forward in construction efforts, and added four new partners to the project. Located in Atlanta’s upper Westside, plans are moving along for a 46-townhouse development that will flaunt all “the latest energy technologies.”


March 21, 2019 Georgia Health News

Kemp backs bid for CON changes, gets House panel OK on waiver plan

Andy Miller reports that Gov. Brian Kemp has thrown his support behind major reforms of the state health care regulatory system, acting as legislation on the contentious issue was revived in a Senate committee Wednesday. A House bill to make sweeping changes to the certificate-of-need (CON) system recently failed to pass the House on Crossover Day. That normally means a piece of legislation is dead for the year.


March 21, 2019 Brunswick News

Farm lawsuit bill clears Senate committee

Wes Wolfe reports that a bill that has agribusiness interests and environmental advocates at odds passed a Senate committee Tuesday following legal disagreements about what exactly the legislation does. On the face of it, House Bill 545 would appear to exist for the purpose of limiting grounds for lawsuits against agricultural operations, though the bill’s lead sponsor, state Rep. Tom McCall, R-Elberton, says that’s not exactly correct.


March 21, 2019 Valdosta Daily Times

Doctors group opposes ‘heartbeat bill’

Jill Nolin reports that an influential group that represents thousands of medical doctors at the state Capitol has come out against a measure that would ban most abortions after a heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The president of the Medical Association of Georgia, Dr. Rutledge Forney, penned a letter this week that objects to parts of the bill that criminally punish physicians who violate the proposed rewrite of Georgia’s abortion law and allow women who have had an abortion to sue their provider for damages.


March 21, 2019 GPB

Isakson Responds To Trump, Calling Behavior ‘Deplorable’

Robert Jimison and Bailey Walker report that Sen. Johnny Isakson responded during an appearance on GPB’s Political Rewind to President Donald Trump’s recent attack of the late Sen. John McCain. Isakson called the president’s remarks “deplorable.” He said that, although he respects the office of the presidency, Trump’s comments were inappropriate and Isakson said he would continue to stand up for his late colleague and his military service.


March 21, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Opposition to airport takeover could cost Delta a tax break

Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman report, we’re picking up word that legislation to give the state oversight over Atlanta’s airport could get smushed together with a separate bill to exempt Delta Air Lines and other carriers from paying state taxes on jet fuel. That could put Delta in an unenviable position of backing the airport takeover measure — which the airline has staunchly opposed — or scuttling a tax break it has long sought.


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