Georgia Trend Daily – May 8, 2019

May 8, 2019 Ga. Dept. of Economic Development

Baker & Taylor to Expand Operations in Georgia

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced Tuesday that Baker & Taylor, a leading provider of books and services to public libraries nationwide, will expand operations and create 115 jobs at its distribution facility in Jackson County. “I am thrilled Baker & Taylor has found success in Commerce, Georgia,” said Governor Brian Kemp.


May 8, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Small Business Media Champion honored

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Georgia Trend Contributing Editor Bobby Nesbitt, who writes special publications like this month’s Small Business Guide, has received the 2019 Small Business Media Champion Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Georgia District Office. The award recognizes Nesbitt’s efforts to advocate and advance small business ownership in Georgia.


May 8, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lowest unemployment rate in half a century? Not in Atlanta

Michael E. Kanell reports that the national unemployment rate in April dropped to its lowest level since 1969. But you don’t have to go that far back to find Atlanta’s all-time low. Hiring in Atlanta has been strong since 2010, driving the jobless rate from double digits to 3.6% in March.


May 8, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta CEO: WestJet partnership would bring needed competition to United-Air Canada venture

Andrew McIntosh reports that North American airline travelers, particularly in Seattle, stand to benefit from Delta Air Lines’ proposed joint venture with Canada’s WestJet AirLInes, Delta CEO Ed Bastian says. The deal, announced by Delta and WestJet last summer, needs approval from regulators and antitrust authorities in both countries, a move he expects will happen because regulators have already approved a similar arrangement for United and Air Canada.


May 8, 2019 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Coca-Cola has donated $1 million to Columbus State University. Here’s why.

Mark Rice reports that Bill Turner (1922-2017) embodied servant leadership and promoted it through his years as a philanthropist in Columbus. Turner, who was chairman of the W.C. Bradley Co., served on the Coca-Cola board from 1980-96. While mentoring Servant Leadership Program students from Columbus State University, he would offer them classic bottles of Coke along with wisdom — in the town where Dr. Pemberton invented the soft drink’s secret formula.


May 8, 2019 Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton area’s old mills attract national conference of mill enthusiasts

Charles Oliver reports that Whitfield County residents know well Prater’s Mill, the historic grist mill built in 1855 next to Coahulla Creek near what is now Varnell. But they may not be aware that northwest Georgia and southeast Tennessee are home to a number of other historic grist mills, including the Dennis Mill in Murray County, the Old Mill at Berry College in Floyd County and the Yarborough Grist Mill in Gordon County.


May 8, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Georgia innovation head touts Augusta potential

Damon Cline reports that Georgia’s head of industry innovation on Tuesday said Augusta’s nascent cybersecurity industry has potential to grow the state’s entire information technology economy. Steve Justice, executive director of the Georgia Centers of Innovation, said the region’s growing expertise in cybersecurity could make tech Augusta’s No. 1 export.


May 8, 2019 GPB

Rural Georgia Still Most At Risk Of Preventable, Pregnancy-Related Deaths, CDC Says In New Study

Ellen Eldridge reports that the number of mothers who die from pregnancy-related complications has not declined, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means women in Georgia — especially in rural parts of the state where access to maternity care is limited or nonexistent —  are more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than in countries much poorer than the United States.


May 8, 2019 Georgia Health News

Challenges and Successes: Conference looks at rural health care

Andy Miller reports that two years ago, Angela Ammons faced a daunting challenge as the new CEO of Clinch Memorial Hospital in Homerville, in South Georgia. It was the RN’s first job as a hospital administrator. The “critical access’’ 25-bed hospital had just three days’ cash on hand, and the predictions were that it would join the ranks of Georgia rural hospitals that had closed.


May 8, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

Rep. Graves brings federal, state agencies to Rome to talk about services for local governments in Northwest Georgia

Diane Wagner reports that more than 50 city and county officials from across Northwest Georgia were in Rome on Tuesday for an informational session on state and federal services sponsored by U.S. Rep. Tom Graves. The Ranger Republican said he plans to make Local Government Services Day an annual event.


May 8, 2019 Brunswick News

Federal lawsuit filed regarding Cumberland Island dock

Wes Wolfe reports that the dispute over a dock on Cumberland Island made its way to federal court Friday, while a separate lawsuit involving the same dispute moves along in Fulton County Superior Court. The Center for a Sustainable Coast sued the National Park Service and the superintendent of Cumberland Island National Seashore for what the CSC claims is a failure by the NPS to properly execute its mission of protecting the national seashore according to the Seashore Act.


May 8, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Gov. signs changes to Shore Protection Act

Mary Landers reports that Gov. Brian Kemp signed amendments to the Shore Protection Act into law Friday. H.B. 445, sponsored in the senate by Republican State Sen. Ben Watson (District 1), prescribes new ways to define the scope of the state’s influence on private beach-front property. For its first four decades, the law defined the state’s jurisdiction by drawing a zigzag line connecting 20-foot native trees to each other and to shore-front buildings erected in 1979 or earlier.


May 8, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Analysis: Why Georgia’s anti-abortion law is ‘just the beginning’

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Brian Kemp occupied an unusual spot when the array of lawmakers and activists took command of the stately desk in his office. Far from the center of attention, he was almost hard to find until it came time to sign the “heartbeat” bill into law.

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