Georgia Trend Daily – April 19, 2019

April 19, 2019

Chick-fil-A to Build First Distribution Center in Bartow County

Governor Brian P. Kemp announced Thursday that Chick-fil-A, among the nation’s top quick-service restaurant chains, will begin construction on the chain’s first company-owned distribution center in Cartersville that will create up to 300 jobs.


April 19, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia Roundup

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Atlanta Regional Commission recently recognized seven communities for making significant strides in reducing their environmental footprint. The cities of Alpharetta, Chamblee, Decatur and Sandy Springs joined Cherokee, Fulton and Gwinnett counties in demonstrating leadership in sustainability practices, such as reduced energy usage and waste, protected greenspace, carpool options, decreased water usage and green power investments.


April 19, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia job growth slower, unemployment up

Michael E. Kanell reports, in a sign that the economy may be leveling off, Georgia’s job growth was weak in March while the number of unemployed ticked up for the fifth consecutive month. After starting the year with two solid months of growth, the state’s economy added only 1,600 jobs in March, far fewer than usual at this time of year, according to a report released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.


April 19, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

James Quincey set to become chairman at Coca-Cola: ‘It’s another step in a process’

Maria Saporta reports, at the annual meeting of The Coca-Cola Co. in Atlanta on April 24, James Quincey will assume the role of chairman in addition to being CEO – consolidating his leadership of the beverage company. Quincey is a different kind of leader than several of predecessors – one who prefers wearing jeans to three-piece suits and one who invites his employees to take risks, knowing that not all will succeed.


April 19, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb County hits the brakes on growth, Census shows

Thomas Hartwell reports that Cobb County’s growth rate has slowed to nearly zero with the county adding a mere 1,000 people in the last year, according to new Census Bureau data released Thursday. Cobb County ranked third in most populous counties in Georgia in 2018 and added nearly 70,000 people since 2010.


April 19, 2019 Rome News-Tribune, Marietta Daily Journal

Thyssenkrupp breaks ground at future site of 420-foot tower, headquarters

Jon Gargis reports, just hours before Thursday’s first pitch in SunTrust Park, Atlanta Braves leadership along with county officials joined executives with German conglomerate Thyssenkrupp to pitch dirt at the future site of the company’s North American headquarters. The morning groundbreaking ceremony marked a step toward the 2022 opening of Thyssenkrupp’s $200 million-plus complex just blocks away from the baseball team’s home site.


April 19, 2019

Italian Electronics Firm Expands in Gwinnett

Trevor Williams reports that Elemaster U.S. on April 11 opened an expanded electronic equipment design center and manufacturing plant in Duluth, a $3 million investment that could spur a doubling of the company’s local workforce.  The Milan, Italy-based maker of printed circuit boards for rail, automotive, avionics, medical and other applications now employs 40 at the new site, with the goal of hiring 20 more workers by the end of this year and perhaps 50 more by the close of 2020, according to a Partnership Gwinnett news release.


April 19, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Richmond Hill company launches sunglass line

Katie Nussbaum reports, an avid fisherman and boater, Richmond Hill resident Hector Claudio just couldn’t see eye to eye with his designer polarized sunglasses when it came to comparing the quality of the glasses with their steep price tag. “I’m always looking to get more bang for my buck. It kind of floored me the cost for really just plastic and glass materials,” he said of shopping for other brands of polarized sunglasses.


April 19, 2019 Valdosta Daily Times

Lawmakers want to stop taxpayer bait-and-switch

Jill Nolin reports, state lawmakers have passed fees through the years with a vow to use the revenues for a specific purpose whether its repairing roads and bridges or clearing up used tire dumps. But if the promised use of those funds is not enshrined in the state constitution, there’s no guarantee legislators will keep their word.


April 19, 2019 Albany Herald

Georgia Power works toward ash pond closures

Staff reports that Georgia Power continues to make progress toward the closure of seven ash ponds at Plant Yates with the dewatering process scheduled to begin in mid-May. Dewatering marks a significant step toward completing the closure process, and Georgia Power’s ash pond closure plan for Plant Yates is specifically designed for the site to help ensure water quality is protected every step of the way.


April 19, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Democrat Yang brings presidential campaign to Atlanta

J.D. Capelouto reports that Andrew Yang, an outsider running to be the Democratic nominee for president, joined the growing list of 2020 hopefuls visiting Atlanta as hundreds turned out Thursday for a rally at Piedmont Park. The mostly younger crowd cheered as Yang discussed how he got into politics after the 2016 election.


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