Georgia Trend Daily – March 29, 2019

March 29, 2019

PVH Corp. to create 575 jobs, invest $77.6 million in Fulton County

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced Thursday that PVH Corp., one of the largest global apparel companies, will create 575 jobs and invest $77.6 million in a new distribution and warehouse facility in Palmetto, Georgia. With a history going back over 135 years, PVH has excelled at growing brands and businesses with rich American heritages, becoming one of the largest apparel companies in the world.


March 29, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Fare: Tiny Lou’s Dancing Queen

Krista Reece reports that menu states “Above Where the Ladies Dance,” below the rendering of the restaurant’s curvaceous and exotically clad namesake. According to the legend, Tiny Lou (who performed at the Clermont Hotel in the 1950s) had once “refused to dance with Hitler.”


March 29, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Why was port traffic down in Georgia last month? It wasn’t tariffs

Scott Trubey reports that the 27-month run of year-over-year growth in cargo passing through the gates of the Port of Savannah came to a halt in February. The Georgia Ports Authority said this week that container volume in Savannah declined last month by 8.5 percent compared to February 2018.


March 29, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

How food delivery apps are changing Atlanta’s restaurant industry

Alex Gailey reports that when Jason Sheetz was first approached by UberEats, GrubHub and the like to add his restaurants to its delivery menus, he gladly accepted. Less than six months later, he stopped participating in the delivery program altogether as online orders were flooding both kitchens and it became more of a hassle than a bonus.


March 29, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Portside: New Services Grow Port as Gateway for Perishable Fruits, Vegetables

Mary Mayle reports that Georgia Ports officials talk about the increase in reefer shipments coming in from other countries, it’s not something U.S. Customs has to worry about; in fact, this growth in reefers is cause for celebration. Reefer – maritime industry slang for refrigerated cargo – refers to a shipment that requires a temperature-controlled environment.


March 29, 2019 GA Economic Development

Swedish company to create 75 jobs in Hall County

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today announced that Geveko Markings, a world leader in materials for road and pavement markings and horizontal decoration applications, will create 75 jobs in Gainesville.


March 29, 2019

Netherlands Consulate Unveiled With Focus on Georgia Job Creation

Trevor Williams reports that a new Netherlands Consulate General in Atlanta is looking to boost trade and investment with Georgia, supporting the job-creation goals of the state while unlocking further opportunities for Dutch companies.  Already, Georgia’s relationship with the Netherlands accounts for 28,800 jobs in the state, and the more than 200 Dutch-owned facilities here helped attract a consulate that is focused almost exclusively on economic issues.


March 29, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett economic forecaster warns mild recession is possible

Curt Yeomans reports that trouble in the Chinese and European economies could lead to a new recession in by the end of 2020, Gwinnett County’s economic forecaster told county leaders on Thursday. University of Georgia economist Jeffrey Dorfman gave Gwinnett commissioners and department heads an economic update at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens in connection with their strategic planning retreat at UGA.


March 29, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal

Atlanta United to expand on Franklin Gateway

Thomas Hartwell reports that the veil has been lifted. Atlanta United will expand to the 17.18 acres previously set to house Drive Shack, a Topgolf-like golf entertainment center. The Marietta City Council voted 5-1 to approve a contract for the $9.6 million sale of the tract at 849 Franklin Gateway with Atlanta United.


March 29, 2019 GPB

State Launches ‘Georgia Grown’ Program For Georgia Roadways

Donna Lowry reports that Georgia first lady Marty Kemp took center stage at a press conference Thursday to announce a way to enhance the state’s roadways with Georgia plants.  It’s a partnership between the agriculture and transportation departments.


March 29, 2019 Georgia State University

Georgia State Awarded $300,000 Marcus Foundation Grant to Establish Seed Fund for Startup Companies

Andrew Schmidt reports that Georgia State University has received a $300,000 grant from The Marcus Foundation to aid student and community entrepreneurs in the development and establishment of new businesses. The Marcus Foundation grant will fund the creation of the Georgia State University Main Street Entrepreneurs Seed Fund, which will result in the creation of at least 10 new businesses in metro Atlanta by June 2020.


March 29, 2019 University of Georgia

Herbal coffee supplement Rally Coffee takes top prize at UGA’s 2019 FABricate entrepreneurial competition

Merritt Melancon reports that a two-woman team, Herb Girls Athens, won the $2,500 grand prize at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ FABricate entrepreneurs’ contest. In the final pitch contest held on March 27 at UGA’s Student Center for Entrepreneurship, called “Studio 225,” CAES agribusiness master’s degree student Eileen Schaffer and psychology student Amy Wright wowed the judges with their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory coffee supplement.


March 29, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Making music in Savannah

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Savannah Music Festival celebrates its 30th season with an impressive lineup of more than 80 concerts, recitals, dance parties, events and family friendly performances now through April 13. In nine venues throughout the city’s historic district, attendees will be treated to unique, cross-genre programs in classical, jazz, blues, R&B and American and global roots music.


March 29, 2019 Covington News

$12 million investment coming to Covington with spec building on Harland Drive

Jackie Gutknecht reports that a new 188,225-square-foot spec building is coming to Covington and looking for a tenant thanks to a $12 million investment by Panattoni Development Company, out of Atlanta. “It will be just the shell, so the interior could be built out for any user’s need,” Kevin Casteel, development manager for Panattoni, said.


March 29, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

Monuments bill passes Georgia House with Confederate reference minimized

Diane Wagner reports that legislation protecting historical monuments passed the Georgia House Thursday with a few language tweaks, sending it back to the Senate for a vote to xconfirm. Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, sponsored SB 77, which levies triple damages and court costs against anyone found guilty of defacing a public monument.


March 29, 2019 Georgia Health News

Hospital transparency, Medicaid funding bill OK’d by Senate, then sidetracked

Andy Miller reports that state Senate approved renewal of a Medicaid funding mechanism Thursday in a bill containing a major add-on: requiring extensive financial disclosures for nonprofit hospitals. But when that legislation later went to the House for its approval, that chamber voted to disagree with it, 89-81.


March 29, 2019 WABE 90.1

Airport Takeover Idea Gets New Legs In Final Days Of Ga. Legislative Session

Emma Hurt reports, earlier this month, the Georgia Senate approved a proposal for the state to take over operational control of the city of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, despite strong opposition from the city and Delta Air Lines. That idea was then added into a different bill, HB 447, which had originally proposed a jet fuel tax break for airlines.


March 29, 2019 Brunswick News

Shore Protection bill could get last-day vote

Wes Wolfe reports that the pell-mell madness of the last day of the legislative session may be what awaits House Bill 445, controversial legislation realigning and shrinking the jurisdictional area of the Shore Protection Act, among other revisions to the law. In a lengthy Senate Rules Committee hearing that set the first group of bills for the full Senate to vote on today and Tuesday, state Rep. Don Hogan, R-St. Simons Island, first presented H.B. 201, which prohibits the occupants of live-aboard vessels from dumping raw sewage into the state’s estuaries.


March 29, 2019 Saporta Report

Georgia Senate panel narrows medical cannabis cultivation bill

Maggie Lee reports that medical cannabis advocates think a rewrite of a House-approved medical cannabis cultivation bill is mainly unworkable and contains some poison pill provisions. But a key state Senator says the original might have had unintended consequences. The deadline for moving any legislation to Gov. Brian Kemp’s desk this year this year is April 2.


March 29, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bipartisan lawmakers aim to end Georgia death penalty

Greg Bluestein reports that a bipartisan group of state legislators wants to abolish the death penalty in Georgia and instantly commute the sentences of inmates facing executions to life without parole. House Bill 702 was introduced Thursday – too late in the legislative session to gain any traction but timed to spark debate for next year’s gathering of lawmakers.


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