Georgia Trend Daily – April 4, 2019

April 4, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Allegiant announces aircraft base in Savannah

Staff reports that state and local officials joined executives from Allegiant Travel Company today as the company announced plans to establish a two-aircraft base at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in Savannah. Allegiant’s growth plans in the state include creating at least 66 new jobs.


April 4, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

From the Publisher – Tourism?

Ben Young reports that April is our biggest issue, a testament to Georgia’s superlative reputation for doing business as it includes our annual Economic Yearbook. It features a dizzying amount of economic development throughout the state and the challenges and opportunities swirling around these plans.


April 4, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

These are the most in-demand jobs in Georgia right now, according to new reports

Fiza Pirani reports that a Georgia and in at least 19 other states, food industry workers—food preparers in particular—are in high demand right now. That’s according to a new Yahoo Finance report based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and projections from Projections Managing Partnerships.


April 4, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

300-plus unit residential redevelopment proposed in Doraville

David Allison reports that a big residential redevelopment with more than 300 dwelling units is being proposed just outside I-285 in Doraville. Kaufman Capital Partners and Atlantic Realty Partners want to transform a nearly 14-acre site now occupied by a 34-year-old shopping plaza at 4256 Tilly Mill Road into two residential buildings of between three and five stories, according to plans filed with the city.


April 4, 2019

Atlanta Accounting Firm Opens London Office to Help Clients Navigate Post-Brexit World

Trevor Williams reports that amid the current Brexit brouhaha, one Atlanta accounting firm is setting up its first overseas office in London. While many financial outfits are fleeing the United Kingdom as it continues on its winding path toward exiting the European Union, Frazier & Deeter LLC sees opportunity in providing its trademark personal touch for clients doing business across the pond.


April 4, 2019 Cherokee Tribune

Bill to allow production of cannabis oil passes

Staff reports that a compromise bill passed at the last minute by the Georgia General Assembly will make it possible for people who need low-potency cannabis oil to legally obtain it in the state. The oil, which is used in the treatment of seizures and other health conditions, has been legal to use in Georgia since 2015, but, because it is made from marijuana, was illegal to obtain in-state.


April 4, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

Bill to create state oversight of journalists filed in General Assembly

Curt Yeomans reports that six Republicans in the Georgia House of Representatives, including one from Gwinnett County, filed legislation to create a board that would oversee journalists across the state as legislators closed out this year’s legislative session Tuesday. The “Ethics in Journalism Act,” officially known as House Bill 734, would create a “Journalism Ethics Board” and mandate journalists and news outlets make copies of their notes and recordings from interviews, as well as their photographs, available free of cost upon request by the person interviewed.


April 4, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

State budget brings new funds to help Georgia seniors stay in their homes

Staff reports that thousands “will be better off“ under the 2020 state budget. Advocates for Georgia seniors said Wednesday the 2019 legislative session was a big win, with an additional $5.6 million committed to services that protect the safety and independence of the elderly.


April 4, 2019 Saporta Report

Proposed state oversight of 104 local airports would include Gwinnett’s growing field

David Pendered reports that a pending renewal and expansion on the runway of Gwinnett County’s airport evidently is the type of job that some state lawmakers had in mind when they talked about greater state involvement in local airports. Gwinnett’s airport also highlights the impact of the state’s 104 publicly-owned, public use airports.


April 4, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta senator’s sex extortion bill headed to governor’s desk

Susan McCord reports that Senate Bill 9 passed in a substitute House version that tacked on language from Acworth Rep. Ed Setzler expanding a ban on sexual activities between teachers and high school students. Augusta Sen. Harold Jones’ bill banning sexual extortion passed both chambers of the Georgia General Assembly on Tuesday and now heads to Gov. Brian Kemp for consideration.


April 4, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia governor inks law to replace voting machines 

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation to replace Georgia’s electronic voting machines with a touchscreen-and-paper ballot election system, after a polarizing debate over how to balance the integrity of the vote with ensuring accurate election results. The Republican was long expected to sign House Bill 316, which divided Republicans and Democrats over whether voters should use computer-printed ballots or paper ballots bubbled in with a pen.


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