Georgia Trend Daily – May 24, 2019

May 24, 2019 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Macon Telegraph

This year’s peach crop is best in years thanks to hard work, luck and blessings, growers say

Wayne Crenshaw reports that Jeff Wainwright stood in an orchard beside a giant crate of freshly picked peaches Wednesday and described what the sweet smell wafting up from the red orbs meant to him. He is president of farming operations for Lane Southern Orchards in Peach County, but rejected a suggestion that the peaches must smell like money.


May 24, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Albany | Dougherty County: Forging Ahead

K.K. Snyder reports that it’s beginning to sound like a looping newscast, but many parts of Albany and Dougherty County remain in recovery following yet another natural disaster. The area took a direct hit in October from Hurricane Michael, less than two years after back-to-back tornadoes tore through much of the region.


May 24, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Commercial properties in Atlanta undervalued for taxes, report says

Scott Trubey and Arielle Kass report, if you live in a modest house in the city of Atlanta, chances are Fulton County assessors can peg the value of your home pretty close to what it’s worth. But the more expensive a property is, the more likely it is that the county’s valuations will come up short.


May 24, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

WeWork eyes first suburban Atlanta location

Douglas Sams reports that after mushrooming from a single location just a few years ago into one of Atlanta’s largest occupiers of office space, WeWork is close to announcing its first entrance into the city’s suburbs. The co-working giant is talking with the ownership of 1155 Perimeter Center West, a 12-story office building along Georgia 400 by the Sandy Springs MARTA station.


May 24, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens entrepreneurs get business help at state chamber event

Caitlin O’Donnell reports that small business owners and Athens area entrepreneurs received some instruction Thursday from successful executives eager to share their insight. The New Georgia Economy Series hosted by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and held at the University of Georgia Tate Student Center included panels on cyber security, social media marketing, finding funding and other topics to contribute to the success of small businesses.


May 24, 2019 Valdosta Daily Times

South Georgia receives transportation award

Staff reports that the Southern Georgia Regional Commission has been awarded a 2019 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations for the Southern Georgia Regional Transportation Sales Tax Initiative. Southern Georgia Regional Commission has been awarded a 2019 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations for the Southern Georgia Regional Transportation Sales Tax Initiative.


May 24, 2019 Albany Herald

ABAC produces Southeast’s most ag grads

Staff reports, when 26 agricultural education graduates walked across the commencement stage at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on May 9, they represented the largest group of agricultural education graduates in the entire southeastern United States. ABAC President David Bridges said he could not be prouder of the accomplishment.


May 24, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Serenbe Saturdays

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, if you’ve never been to the lush, green community of Serenbe in South Fulton’s hill country, you might want to consider venturing there this Saturday, May 25. Along with the beauty of the surroundings, back-to-back activities will take place all day long. To learn more about this unique community and its founder and CEO, Steve Nygren – who is Georgia Trend’s 2019 Most Respected Business Leader – take a look at “Connecting Preservation to Development” in this month’s issue.


May 24, 2019 Georgia Tech

Coda Opening Celebrates Innovation, Industry Collaboration

Elizabeth Thomson reports that on May 23, Georgia Tech marked the grand opening of Coda, the flagship building for the Institute’s Technology Square — an area that Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson has called “the Southeast’s premier innovation neighborhood.” Coda, developed by Portman Holdings and Databank, is special in many ways.


May 24, 2019 University of Georgia

Georgians have three months to read up before the Great Georgia Pollinator Census

Merritt Melancon reports that in three months, an army of citizen scientists across the state will undertake a first-of-its-kind pollinator count across Georgia. To prepare for the Great Georgia Pollinator Census this August, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is offering a few summer reading suggestions for citizen scientists of all ages.


May 24, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Amazon series leaves Savannah over new abortion law

Katie Nussbaum and Zach Dennis report that Emmy award winning director Reed Morano has pulled the plug on plans for a new Savannah-filmed Amazon Studios show titled “The Power” in response to the recent signing of House Bill 481. “We can confirm that the Savannah region lost ‘The Power,’ a film produced by Amazon with a budget of roughly $15 million, as a result of the passage of HB 481,” Savannah Economic Development Authority President and CEO Trip Tollison said in an emailed statement on Wednesday.


May 24, 2019 Brunswick News

Senators examine intersection of agriculture and climate change

Wes Wolfe reports that in searching for an idea of what works and what doesn’t to simultaneously support American farming while mitigating climate change, the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee met Tuesday and heard from several experts conversant in different aspects of the challenge. Some of these issues will no doubt come up in the 2020 campaign cycle, as U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., sits on this committee, as do three Democrats who are campaigning for their party’s presidential nomination.


May 24, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Congress cuts deal on disaster relief as Trump relents on Puerto Rico aid

Jamie Dupree reports, ending months of wrangling over billions of dollars in aid for victims of hurricanes, floods, and wildfires, Congress struck a deal Thursday with President Donald Trump on a $19.1 billion aid package, which includes extra relief money for Puerto Rico, but not several billion for border security efforts sought by the President.

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