Georgia Trend Daily – April 9, 2019

April 9, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Gulfstream G650ER sets speed record

Staff reports that the ultralong-range Gulfstream G650ER beat a recent competitor speed record late last month while at the same time increasing the distance flown for the farthest business jet flight in history, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced Monday. The G650ER flew from Singapore to Tucson, Ariz., at an average speed of 597 miles per hour/960 kilometers per hour over a distance of 8,379 nautical miles/15,518 kilometers.


April 9, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

2019 Economic Yearbook – Working for a better Georgia

Staff reports, these days, workforce development is one of the most important business issues around the state. Local leaders all point to the challenges of ensuring a well-trained workforce, both today and in the future. The 2019 Economic Yearbook takes a look at the workforce needs of business – from manufacturing workers in the Northwest region to tech and cybersecurity experts in Atlanta, Augusta and Columbus – and the solutions communities have developed to address those needs. 2019


April 9, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

E-commerce pays off in Georgia jobs

Christopher Quinn reports that the growth in e-commerce has paid off in more than warehouse jobs in Georgia. U.S. Corrugated in Covington, about 35 miles from Atlanta, has been making boxes in Georgia for 15 months and is projected to add about 75 jobs to the 90 it has already.


April 9, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia tax revenues up 7 percent in March

Dave Williams reports that Georgia tax collections were up 7 percent last month over March of last year, the second consecutive month of rising revenues after three straight months of decline. The state brought in nearly $1.67 billion in revenue in March, $109 million more than during March of 2018.


April 9, 2019

Georgia in the Running for Fisker’s Electric SUV Factory 

Trevor Williams reports that Georgia is one of 11 states Fisker Inc. is considering for a U.S. factory the company says will play a role in bringing an affordable electric sport-utility vehicle to market by 2021.  Other Southeastern states including Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee are also competing for the investment, which executives say could run into the hundreds of millions of dollars within a few short years.


April 9, 2019 Albany Herald

Developer to bring $13.5 million ‘boutique hotel’ downtown Albany

Carlton Fletcher reports, pending a $3 million loan approval Tuesday from its Job Investment Fund by the Albany City Commission, all the financial pieces should be in place for the proposed $13.5 million development of a boutique hotel at 207 Pine Ave. in Albany’s downtown district.


April 9, 2019 Rome News Tribune

Tax incentives have created a booming film industry in Georgia

Doug Walker reports that the television and film industry is one of the hottest economic drivers in Georgia today. Lee Cuthbert, a location specialist for the film division within the Georgia Department of Economic Development, told participants at the Rome Floyd Chamber Confluence Conference on Thursday that in 2007, before Georgia developed its latest series of tax incentives for the industry, the movies and television programming had a $241 million economic impact on the state. By the end of 2018, that had grown exponentially to $9.5 billion.


April 9, 2019 WABE 90.1

Voting On The Same Thing Three Times? It’s Happening In NE Georgia

Emma Hurt reports that some voters in Northeast Georgia are going to the polls in a Republican primary for the third time Tuesday. A judge has overturned this state house election twice because people were allowed to vote in the wrong districts.


April 9, 2019 GPB

What The Patients First Act Means For The Future Of Georgia Healthcare

Virginia Prescott and Amy Kiley reports that the Patients First Act is now Georgia law.  It allows Gov. Brian Kemp’s office to request a Medicaid waiver from the federal government.  Both proponents and opponents of the move are making it clear a waiver isn’t the same as full Medicaid expansion, which is what then-President Obama envisioned for states when crafting the Affordable Care Act.


April 9, 2019 Saporta Report

 Atlanta races ahead of consultant’s advice in proposed Transportation Department

David Pendered reports that Atlanta’s proposal to create a freestanding Department of Transportation – reporting exclusively to the mayor – was part of the long-term plan suggested by the city’s management consultant, but only after a slow transition to a new department. The Atlanta City Council begins its deliberations on April 22.


April 9, 2019 New York Times

For Stacey Abrams, a Date With History — or at Least the People Who Write It

Jennifer Schuessler reports, since her book “Lead From the Outside” came out in paperback last month, Stacey Abrams has been showing up in places befitting a woman whose razor-thin loss in the 2018 Georgia governor’s race turned her into a national political star.


April 9, 2019 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Abrams, Tomlinson? Who will make a run in ‘critical’ 2020 US Senate race in Georgia?

Nick Wooten reports that much about the Democratic field in the 2020 U.S. Senate race in Georgia remains unclear but some things are starting to take shape. Friday, former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson took the first official step toward a run by announcing the formation of an exploratory committee. Her announcement lays the framework and offers a peek into what a Stacey Abrams-less challenge to first-term Republican Sen. David Perdue would look like.


April 9, 2019 Washington Post

A board to oversee Georgia journalists sounds like Orwellian fiction. The proposal is all too real.

Margaret Sullivan writes, when Richard Griffiths, president of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation, heard about the bill filed last week in his state’s House of Representatives, he thought for a moment that it was an April Fools joke. If only.


April 9, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kemp on airport takeover: Be ‘thankful as Georgians that nothing actually happened’

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Brian Kemp was pointedly quiet about the effort to give the state control of Atlanta’s bustling airport during the legislative session. Now that it’s over, the Republican has broken his silence about the stalled effort.


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