Georgia Trend Daily – April 22, 2019

April 22, 2019 Saporta Report

Georgia Bio CEO: Investment in life sciences has produced 14.9 percent growth in jobs

Maria Saporta reports that Georgia’s life science industry has experienced a 14.9 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 22, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

40 Under 40 – Last Week for Nominations

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, this is your last week to nominate someone for this year’s 40 Under 40. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 26, at 5 p.m. Each year Georgia Trend honors 40 of the state’s best and brightest under the age of 40. Whether you know someone who’s making a difference on the national stage or is a mover and shaker in his or her corner of the state, if they are under 40 years old as of Oct. 1, 2019, we want to hear about them.


April 22, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Sun gets second job at Georgia vineyard: powering vineyard

Nedra Rhone reports that the reputation of Georgia vineyards is still emerging. And the state’s dominant utility only recently embarked on a meaningful shift to solar energy. But the owners of Yonah Mountain Vineyards in Cleveland decided blending grape growing and solar energy was a wave worth riding.


April 22, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Anthem expanding into second Tech Square tower, adding hundreds of jobs

Douglas Sams reports that health insurance company Anthem Inc. will occupy a second tower in Midtown, bringing hundreds of additional workers to Technology Square. Anthem is creating new jobs in Atlanta as part of the expansion and shifting employees from its current offices in the city into 712 West Peachtree, a planned 20-story tower. Construction could start in the new few weeks.


April 22, 2019 Cartersville Daily Tribune

Groundbreaking on 700-acre Busch Commerce Park possible in 6-8 months

James Swift reports, on Wednesday, a Development of Regional Impact (DRI) application was submitted to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs for the Busch Commerce Park project. Per that application, the proposed 729-acre complex would consist of about 5 million square feet of warehouse and distribution facilities, with space available for as many as four hotel sites.


April 22, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Credit card balances hit record high; Sen. Perdue highlights education need

DeAnn Komanecky reports that the importance of good financial habits — and the needed knowledge to acquire those skills —has led a number of U.S. Senators to introduce legislation declaring April as Financial Literacy Month. U.S. Sens. David Perdue (R-Ga) and Tom Scott (R-S.C.) said the designation is meant to highlight the importance of learning and maintaining healthy financial habits.


April 22, 2019 Albany Herald

Farm Bureau collects $664,000 for hurricane relief

Staff reports that Georgia Farm Bureau has sent out a big thank-you to the many sponsors who donated to the Hurricane Michael Relief Fund for farmers. On Oct. 10, 2018, the state of Georgia was hit by Hurricane Michael, and many farmers were devastated. The impact experienced by agriculture in Georgia, the state’s largest industry, has been estimated at more than $2.5 billion.


April 22, 2019 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Find CEOs in the basement: How CSU, StartUp Columbus is empowering young entrepreneurs

Allie Dean reports, can CEOs be born in a basement? Groups in the Columbus-Phenix City area that are dedicated to help small businesses thrive are banking on it. And so is Columbus State University, as the school announced this week it will be adding a new entrepreneurship and small business minor to its roster.


April 22, 2019 Georgia Health News

Emory Healthcare may take over part of mall

Andy Miller reports that struggling Northlake Mall in Atlanta may get some much-needed vitality from a deep-pocketed new tenant: Emory Healthcare. Emory is considering investing at least $20 million in an administrative offices project that would take over about one-third of the mall, along I-285 near Tucker, according to a recent report by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.


April 22, 2019 Valdosta Daily Times

Chambliss’ Fireside Chat

Thomas Lynn reports that former U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss stopped by Valdosta/Lowndes County for the 2019 Legislative Luncheon earlier this month for a fireside chat. The former senator from Moultrie answered a number of questions at the lunch hosted by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center.


April 22, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Small-dollar donors make big impact on Georgia campaigns

Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman report that Caleb Southern hadn’t donated to any political candidate until the 2018 election, when the Georgia Tech lecturer spent thousands of dollars sprinkling small donations to about 100 candidates in Georgia and across the country. And as the 2020 election draws closer, Southern is ready to dig into his wallet again, confident that a couple of shekels here and there will buoy the campaigns of Democrats who are increasingly relying on these low-dollar donations.


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