Georgia Trend Daily – April 12, 2019

April 12, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Savannah Logistics Technology Innovation Corridor expands

DeAnn Komanecky reports that a group of people in Savannah have been working hard on a project that could put the coastal area on the map for reasons beyond tourism. A task force of leaders from higher education, law, municipal government, cyber security, creative endeavors, and economic development have been meeting since last year preparing concrete plans to make Savannah the leader in logistics technology.


April 12, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Organizations: Georgia Center for the Book

Candice Dyer reports that the Georgia Center for the Book, based at the Decatur branch of the DeKalb County Public Library, uses a variety of programming to promote and preserve Georgia’s rich literary heritage and inspire young readers. “We provide the link between authors and readers, and authors and libraries,” says Executive Director Joe Davich.


April 12 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Women, beginning farmers emerge in U.S., state agriculture

Nedra Rhone reports, in Georgia, beginning farmers are helping to change the face of the industry, and the use of renewable energy on farms is taking off. That’s according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


April 12, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Residential developers eye former Doraville GM plant site

Douglas Sams and Maria Saporta report that talks are underway for at least two large housing projects that may shift the planned $2 billion redevelopment of the site of the Doraville General Motors plant into higher gear. Dallas-based StreetLights Residential is working on an agreement to develop nearly 300 apartments at the former plant, now a massive project known officially as “Assembly,” sources familiar with the discussions told Atlanta Business Chronicle.


April 12, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald

Piedmont Healthcare names Michael Burnett new Athens Regional CEO

Lee Shearer reports that Piedmont Healthcare has named one of the company’s veteran administrators to become the next CEO of Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center. Michael Burnett will replace Dr. Charles Peck on May 1 as Piedmont Athens’ top administrator. Burnett has been employed with Piedmont Healthcare since 1996, the past seven years as CEO of Piedmont Fayette Hospital.


April 12, 2019

Thailand Courts Georgia Aviation, Manufacturing Investors With Incentives

Trevor Williams reports that Georgia’s business relationship with Thailand operates with little fanfare, with only a few Thai-owned companies working here and little public knowledge of how locally based multinationals are tapping into the Southeast Asian economy of 70 million people.  But the Thailand Board of Investment sought to change that this week.


April 12, 2019 Valdosta Daily Times

‘Our Sir George’: World War II veteran knighted

Dean Poling reports that George Aigen tried rising from his wheelchair upon seeing the crowd gathered in his honor Thursday in the Dasher Memorial Heart Center lobby in Valdosta. One would expect no less from a man about to become a knight. Louis de Corail, the Atlanta-based Consulate General of France, awarded Aigen with the National Order of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest, most prestigious award.


April 12, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Partnering for affordable housing

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Invest Atlanta is partnering with the Atlanta Beltline Affordable Housing Trust Fund, Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA) and the Westside Future Fund to help meet the city’s housing goals for people who earn 60 percent of Area Median Income (AMI) or below. Recently, the Invest Atlanta board of directors approved tax-exempt bond financing and grants for two large multifamily developments along the Atlanta Beltline and one in the Westside neighborhood.


April 12, 2019 GPB

Savannah’s New Rapid DNA Machine Takes Minutes Instead Of Weeks

Emily Jones reports that Savannah State University is testing a new machine that could help law enforcement solve more crimes. It’s the first of its kind in Georgia. Using the new Rapid DNA machine, investigators will be able to collect a DNA sample from a suspect and analyze it within 90 minutes, instead of weeks.


April 12, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

Elemaster opens new manufacturing facility in Duluth

Curt Yeomans reports that an Italian company that makes computer circuit boards which can be used in everything from a train’s event recorder to a DVR is settling into a new home in Duluth. Elemaster held a ribbon cutting Thursday morning to officially open its new U.S. manufacturing facility off Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Duluth.


April 12, 2019 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Kayakers from across the globe converge on Columbus for Paddle South

Mike Haskey reports that the Paddle South festival on RiverWalk Island on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, Ga., is scheduled to kick off Saturday morning. It has drawn competitors from as far away as New Zealand.


April 12, 2019 Albany Herald

Kemp: We will not stand down until Congress stands up for farmers

Staff reports that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has again demanded action on recovery funds for farmers impacted by Hurricane Michael. “Georgia farmers, who suffered generational losses during Hurricane Michael, are on the verge of bankruptcy,” Kemp said. “Yet a handful of vindictive politicians refuse to end the gridlock and provide the resources these hard-working Americans so desperately need.


April 12, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Capitol Recap: Hurricane Michael remains a divisive force in Georgia

Jim Dinery reports that the winds of blame blew strongly in Georgia and Washington as another week passed without approval for a $14 billion package to boost southwest Georgia’s recovery from Hurricane Michael. Immediate assessments of the hurricane’s toll focused on the hit the state’s agriculture sector felt, estimated at more than $2.5 billion.



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