Georgia Trend Daily – April 17, 2019

April 17, 2019

Canadian Produce Company to Expand in Georgia

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced April 16 that EarthFresh, a leading Canadian produce company, will create 100 jobs and invest $22 million in an advanced technology packing plant and distribution center in College Park. Headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, EarthFresh specializes in supplying the food service and retail industries with premium potatoes, carrots, and onions.


April 17, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

At Issue: Runoffs: A Relic

Kerwin Swint writes, only eight states in the country, Georgia being one of them, require a runoff election in any party primary if one candidate does not receive a majority. Two other states require primary runoffs in limited situations.


April 17, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

South downtown Atlanta’s new pop-up shops are first step in big project

Matt Kempner reports that the commotion on Mitchell Street amazed passerby Lavina Vance. “They’ve got balloons and music playing. There are people out walking. They’ve got food trucks,” she gushed to a friend after seeing a string of new shops.


April 17, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Bio CEO: Investment in life sciences has produced 14.7% growth in jobs

Maria Saporta reports that Georgia’s life science industry has experienced a 14.7 percent growth in employment during the past decade, according to the results of the 2019 Georgia Life Sciences State of the Industry Report released Wednesday morning. That was nearly double the growth of life sciences employment nationally – 7.7 percent – over the same decade (2007 to 2017).


April 17, 2019

Tuition increase coming to Georgia colleges and universities

Christopher Buchanan reports that the University System of Georgia has approved an increase in tuition costs across the board at state colleges and universities. The Board of Regents approved a system-wide increase of 2.5 percent, which it said translates to between $35 to $125 per semester for full-time, in-state undergraduate tuition.


April 17, 2019 Savannah Morning News, Athens Banner-Herald

Solar Growth continues in Savannah, Southeast

Mary Landers reports that the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy last week released “Solar in the Southeast 2018,” its second annual report on solar expansion. “Solar growth continues in the Southeast (adding 65 percent in 2018),” the report states. “The region will surpass 10,000 MW in 2019. SACE now anticipates 19,000 MW by 2022, up from our prior projection of 15,000 by 2021.”


April 17, 2019

Nivel Parts & Manufacturing to Expand, Create More Than 50 New Jobs in Grady County

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced Monday that Nivel Parts & Manufacturing, North America’s largest independent provider of golf car aftermarket parts and accessories, will create more than 50 jobs and invest heavily in their existing facility in Cairo.


April 17, 2019 Georgia Health News

Georgia women doctors to take over top posts at national physician organizations

Andy Miller reports that for generations, the U.S. physician workforce has been overwhelmingly male. But that’s changing, especially among younger doctors. The Association of American Medical Colleges reported in 2017 that for the first time ever, women made up a majority (50.7 percent) of those enrolling in medical schools.



April 17, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Hops Hero

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that conventional wisdom suggests hops can’t be grown in Georgia’s warm, muggy climate. That’s why most of the aeromatic plants used to flavor this country’s beer come from the Pacific Northwest. But, Mike Barber, owner of Yorkville Hops and Produce, is on a mission to change all that and put Georgia on the map for hops and craft beer production.


April 17, 2019 Georgia Tech

Smart Communities Address Transportation, Housing, Flooding Challenges

John Tibbetts reports that four Georgia communities are exploring innovative technologies and collaborating with local partners and Georgia Institute of Technology research teams to help drive the state’s smart development. The cities of Albany and Chamblee and the counties of Chatham and Gwinnett are focusing on pilot projects to improve local housing investments, address traffic and transportation challenges, and develop more targeted flooding forecasts of storms and sea level rise along Georgia’s coast.


April 17, 2019 Gainesville Times

Charles Morris receives high honor from Georgia Trust for preservation efforts

Staff reports that Charles H. Morris, founder of Morris Multimedia, the Savannah-based company that formerly owned and remains affiliated with The Times, was recognized April 12 at the 42nd annual Preservation Awards ceremony in Thomasville for his efforts to preserve the Kehoe Iron Works in Savannah.


April 17, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Southern Living: Savannah named top food city in the South

Asha Gilbert reports, Southern Living has announced its 2019 winners for Best Food City in the South. The awards recognized the top ten cities through the South’s Best Survey and coming in at No. 3 on the list was Savannah, Ga.


April 17, 2019 Albany Herald

Sims: Democratic committee members betrayed by fellow senator

Carlton Fletcher reports, it’s been a couple of weeks now since the 2019 Legislative session ended, and state Sen. Freddie Powell Sims is still fuming. Sims and other Democratic state legislators were part of a study committee last summer that looked into the financial issues that confront the state’s historically black colleges and universities: Albany State, Fort Valley State and Savannah State universities.


April 17, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: ‘You can’t beat something with nothing,’ Tom Price now says of Obamacare

 Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman report anger is the great motivator in politics. And if your guy is in the White House, and your team controls the U.S. Senate, it can be hard to work up an indignant lather.



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