Georgia Trend Daily – May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019 University of Georgia

Hurricane Michael continues to hamper Georgia, Florida agriculture

Adam N. Rabinowitz and Christa Court report, on October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, as a Category 5 hurricane, with peak, sustained winds estimated at 160 mph. It was the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in the Florida panhandle. When it entered southwest Georgia as a Category 3 hurricane, packing wind gusts as high as 115 mph, it became the first major hurricane to directly hit Georgia since the 1890s.


May 10, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Mastering the Future

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that a decade or so ago, students pursuing a master of business administration degree would mostly be found attending lectures and taking tests in courses that prepared them for a specific discipline, like finance or accounting. Today, the educational approach has changed significantly, and its evolution is ongoing among Georgia’s business colleges.


May 10, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta to launch two-week test of free Wi-Fi on some flights

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines is taking a major step toward offering free in-flight Wi-Fi by launching a two-week test this month on a small number of its flights. It could still be years before free in-flight Wi-Fi becomes a reality on the carrier’s flights across the board.


May 10, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

European Union companies bullish on U.S., Georgia

Dave Williams reports that the United States and the countries of the European Union have a strong enough relationship to overcome uncertainties over trade and immigration policy in the current political climate. That was the takeaway message Thursday from a Europe Day luncheon at the offices of the Metro Atlanta Chamber hosted by the Consulate General of Ireland.


May 10, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Manufacturer to expand, relocate headquarters to Bryan Co.

Katie Nussbaum reports that CZM Foundation Equipment, a family owned and operated company that manufactures various models of drilling equipment, has announced plans to expand and relocate its headquarters from Brazil to Bryan County. The surprise announcement was made Thursday during World Trade Center Savannah’s inaugural Prosperity through Trade luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Savannah.


May 10, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

Restoration of Springer Opera House led to renaissance in Columbus

Doug Walker reports that when community theater activists in Columbus banded together to save the historic Springer Opera House, the official State Theatre of Georgia, from the wrecking ball more than 50 years ago, it set in motion an urban renaissance in Columbus that has resulted in more than half a billion dollars in new capital investment in just the past ten years.


May 10, 2019 WABE 90.1

Closing the Gap: How Georgia Plans To Produce More High School Graduates

Martha Dalton reports that earning a high school diploma boosts a person’s earning potential and decreases that person’s chances of living in poverty. Georgia is making progress in that area. Last spring, the state’s high school graduation rate reached an all-time high of 81.6 percent.


May 10, 2019

Spanish Auto Supplier Picks Augusta for $12M Factory Investment

Trevor Williams reports that a Barcelona-based company supplying components that absorb vibration to reduce noise in car interiors has pledged to spend $12 million on an Augusta factory, hiring 45 people. Spain’s Acoustics and Insulation Techniques makes soundproofing materials for the automotive and building sectors, counting among its customers BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo — all of which have manufacturing plants in the South.


May 10, 2019 GPB

The Harvard Diversity Project: Helping Atlanta’s Black Students Reach The Ivy League

Leah Fleming and Taylor Gantt report that right now, some of the country’s top schools have a diversity problem. According to recent data, more than 50% of students accepted to Ivy League schools are white, while black students make up just 11% of the student body.


May 10, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Starbucks celebrates Augusta plant expansion

Damon Cline reports that Starbucks Corp., the maker of Augusta’s most ubiquitous consumer export, on Thursday opened its doors to let city leaders see – and smell – the fruits of its labor. The world’s largest coffee retailer celebrated the opening of its newly completed roasted-bean addition with a party attended by the company’s head of distribution, who said Augusta deserved the $130 million expansion by exceeding expectations at the five-year-old soluble beverage plant.


May 10, 2019 Georgia Health News

Blood products: Plasma business thriving in Georgia

Chris Herbert reports, on a street in downtown Athens, across from an arthouse movie theater and beside a craft brewery, sits an off-white building with a large statue of a bulldog near the entrance. This structure houses a local branch of Biotest Plasma Center, a national company that collects plasma from people’s blood.


May 10, 2019 New York Times

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams Says She Is Considering White House Run

Staff reports that Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, a rising party star who narrowly fell short of becoming the first female African American governor last year, said on Thursday she is still considering running for president.


May 10, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Veto Day: Georgia governor set to make final decision on key bills

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Brian Kemp has never had to wield the red “veto” pen before. On Friday we’ll find out for the first time just how willing he is to use it. The 40-day signing period is technically set to end on Sunday, bringing with it a deadline to sign or nullify bills, or let legislation become law by not taking action.


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