Georgia Trend Daily – April 18, 2019

April 18, 2019 WSB Radio

New census numbers show metro Atlanta is one of the fastest growing areas

Lauren Pozen reports, you might have seen these shirts saying “we full” around town. New data released shows the city is getting even more full. In fact, the Atlanta area is seeing faster growth than almost every other major U.S. city.


April 18, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports that Georgia’s tourism industry broke another record in 2017 with a $63.1-billion economic impact, a 3.8 percent increase from 2016. The sector employs more than 460,000 in the state.


April 18, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia CEO’s pay plummets after years of shareholder complaints

Matt Kempner reports, after years of shareholder complaints, a metro Atlanta company slashed its chief executive officer’s pay from among the highest in the nation to $7.8 million last year. Ronald Clarke, the CEO of Peachtree Corners-based Fleetcor Technologies, had more than $52 million in total compensation in 2017, putting him ahead of many far larger companies.


April 18, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

A $22 million project will convert warehouses into office space near Westside Beltline

Staff reports, a $22 million project would turn two warehouses from the early 1900s into creative office space along a spur to the Beltline Westside Trail. Atlanta’s Urban Realty Partners and RAF Capital are proposing the adaptive reuse development of the former Cut Rate Box buildings.


April 18, 2019 Albany Herald

Multistate coalition supports Waters of the United States rule

Staff reports that Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr this week joined a 17-state coalition supporting farmers and landowners by urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to adopt its proposed replacement of the Waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule.


April 18, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta, North Augusta could be laying groundwork for lawsuit

Tom Corwin reports that the cities of Augusta and North Augusta appear to be laying the groundwork for a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over a proposed plan to remove New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam in favor of a rock weir fish passage, according to the joint comments filed by those cities.


April 18, 2019 Macon Telegraph

This $10M project will bring cleaner air, job stability to Middle Georgia, officials say

Wayne Crenshaw reports that new locomotives at Macon’s giant Brosnan Yard rail hub have big implications for health and jobs in Middle Georgia and Robins Air Force Base. The yard received its first Eco locomotive about a year ago, replacing decades-old engines that towed freight cars around the yard tracks.


April 18, 2019 Georgia State University

Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State to Lead $3 Million National Health & Social Services Initiative

Jennifer French Giarratano reports that the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) at Georgia State University will lead a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national initiative to share guidance from places across the nation about effective ways to coordinate and align health care, public health and social services.


April 18, 2019 Valdosta Daily Times

Air ambulance firm closes Valdosta wing

Terry Richards reports that an air ambulance service at Valdosta Regional Airport is ending its helicopter life-flight operations, citing reimbursement problems according to a company statement. Colorado-based Air Methods, working locally as AirLife Georgia, closed its Valdosta-based rotor wing April 11, according to the statement.


April 18, 2019 WABE 90.1

Kemp Signs Medical Marijuana Oil Bill, Making Sales Legal

Sam Whitehead reports that Gov. Brian Kemp has signed a bill into law allowing for the in-state cultivation and sale of medical marijuana, closing a loophole that allows people to use the drug but no way to access it. Georgia currently allows patients with certain medical conditions such as cancer and seizure disorders to use cannabis oil, but until now they’ve had to break federal law to bring the drug into the state.


April 18, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kemp to sign trio of measures targeting sex traffickers

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Brian Kemp is set to sign a trio of bills into law on Thursday that aim to crack down on sex trafficking in Georgia. The first measure, House Bill 281, increases penalties for those convicted of pimping or pandering.


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