Georgia Trend Daily – May 20, 2019

May 20, 2019 Albany Herald

Hitachi to invest up to $330 million in Monroe

Staff reports that Gov. Brian Kemp announced last week that Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas Inc., a Tier 1 supplier of world-class products to the global automotive market, is planning to create 100 jobs and invest at least $100 million — with potential up to $330 million — in an expansion at their existing facility in Monroe.


May 20, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

The state of Sandy Springs

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul recently delivered his sixth annual State of the City address to members of the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber, guests, city leaders and elected officials. Paul, who is in his second term, outlined three challenges the city is addressing: better reliability of water, which is provided by Atlanta’s and Fulton County’s aging water system; the revitalization potential of the city’s north end; and traffic congestion.


May 20, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta’s jobs agency struggles to emerge from troubled past

Christopher Quinn reports that Nadiyah Muhammad graduated about two weeks ago from a 10-month program aimed at buffing her reading and math skills and giving her hands-on training in the construction trades — painting, carpentry, plumbing and, her favorite, wiring. The experience has been life changing, she said.


May 20, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Co-working giant Spaces expands at Concourse office project in Sandy Springs

Douglas Sams reports that co-working giant Spaces is expanding in the Atlanta Central Perimeter. The company has leased 40,000 square feet in one of the mid-rise buildings at the landmark Concourse office project in Sandy Springs. Spaces will occupy the entire 8th floor in Building 1.


May 20, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Savannah area airports included in federal grant

Staff reports that U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced last week the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) intent to award $779 million in supplemental funding for infrastructure grants to 127 airports in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, including Southeast Georgia airports in Baxley and Claxton. The selected airports will receive funding for construction or equipment to increase the airports’ safety, capacity, and security.


May 20, 2019 WABE 90.1

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

Martha Dalton reports that graduation season is approaching. Last year, 81.6% of Georgia’s public high school students graduated on time. That means almost 20% didn’t. Some may take longer to finish school. Others may have stopped going.


May 20, 2019 11 Alive

Commencement speaker tells Morehouse graduating class he’ll pay off their student loan debt

Michael King reports that graduation keynote speaker Robert F. Smith, philanthropist and investor, speaking to the graduating class of Morehouse men of 2019, proudly announced Sunday morning that he was going to eliminate all of their student loan debt.


May 20, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal

Tourism groups make pitches to Marietta government

Ross Williams reports that members of the Marietta City Council heard pitches last week from groups in the arts and history sectors who want to use city funds to boost the city’s tourism. This year, about 20 groups asked for a combined $1.4 million in grants.


May 20, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Our Favorites! Haralson, Kennesaw, Rome, Rising Farm, Cloudland Canyon, Locust Grove, Marietta, Snellville

Julia Roberts reports, surely you know about the hit show Walking Dead, right? Even if you’re not a big fan, the tours out there are pretty impressive. The most casual one we’re aware of is the one located on the (one block long) main road in Harlason, GA through Walkin’ Dead Tours & Events.


May 20, 2019 Newnan Times-Herald

Tri-county group eyeing regional marketing

Winston Skinner reports that members of the Coweta, Fayette, Meriwether Joint Development Authority are eyeing the possibility of some regional marketing. The three counties have a shared development authority in addition to similar bodies in their own counties. At the group’s most recent meeting at the Coweta County Development Authority office, members bandied around the idea of marketing the region as a whole.


May 20, 2019 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Mercer University to build medical school campus in Columbus

Mark Rice reports that Columbus has been the state’s largest metro area without a four-year medical school program, and southwest Georgia — especially the rural parts of the region — has a critical deficit of doctors. Friday, officials announced a plan to fill those needs. The Mercer University School of Medicine will expand its two-year Columbus program into a full-fledged campus. It is scheduled to open in August 2021.


May 20, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Savannah River has proven to be key ingredient in Augusta’s downtown development

Damon Cline reports that when it comes to creating a robust downtown riverfront, Augusta has swam against the tide for most of the past century. Decades of master plans, studies and proposals for downtown projects along the Savannah River have far exceeded actual development.


May 20, 2019 Georgia Health News

Georgia getting slightly better on senior health, report card says

Andy Miller reports that Georgia improved two spots, moving up to No. 41 among states in United Health Foundation’s report card on seniors’ health. States in the Southeast continue to languish in the bottom quartile of the rankings, released last week. Mississippi was ranked 50th among the states.


May 20, 2019 Saporta Report

Sea turtles nest on Cumberland Island as environmentalists fight its development

David Pendered reports, as the sea turtle nesting season heads toward its zenith in June and July, Cumberland Island has hosted the most nests so far this year – even as environmentalists try to block development efforts on and near the island.


May 20, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia GOP sidesteps rebuke of Ralston over delay of cases

Greg Bluestein reports that the Georgia GOP avoided a direct rebuke of House Speaker David Ralston at the state party convention Saturday despite calls from many in the grassroots base to punish the Blue Ridge Republican. The convention lacked a quorum to approve resolutions when they came up for debate late Saturday, and the convention ended without taking action.

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