Georgia Trend Daily – May 31, 2019

May 31, 2019 WABE 90.1, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Is Prepping Its Bid For The 2026 World Cup

Maria Saporta reports that Atlanta is beginning to prepare its official bid to host the semi-final matches of the 2026 World Cup, according to Dan Corso, president of the Atlanta Sports Council. Corso was one of the guests who spoke to the board of the Georgia Department of Economic Development at SunTrust Park on Wednesday afternoon.


May 31, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

7 Days of Giving Begin

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the first-ever 7 Days of Giving campaign kicks off June 1st to support seven charities located throughout Georgia’s Coastal Empire and South Carolina’s Lowcountry. The weeklong campaign, organized by software firm LaterPay, is intended to raise awareness of the charities through social media and encourage small-dollar donations.


May 31, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Sprint launches 5G fast mobile from downtown Atlanta to Dunwoody

Matt Kempner reports that Sprint said faster mobile data service is now available for much of metro Atlanta’s northside, giving customers access to 5G technology that the industry says could open new frontiers for how smartphones and other wireless devices are used.


May 31, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Tech company adding 200 jobs in Dunwoody

Douglas Sams reports that accounting software company LeaseQuery LLC is expanding into another tower on the Atlanta Perimeter, adding up to 200 jobs. LeaseQuery signed a lease for 52,888 square feet at the 31-story Three Ravinia tower in Dunwoody near Perimeter Mall.


May 31, 2019

Hitachi Automotive to Invest $100 Million in Expansion

Trevor Williams reports that a division of Japan’s Hitachi Automotive that makes powertrains for electric and gas vehicles, control systems and other key components in Monroe, Ga., is investing $100 million in an expansion that will create 100 new jobs.  Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of the Tokyo-based company, said it could increase the investment amount to about $330 million over time as it continues to meet increased demand from primary manufacturers like Nissan, Ford, General Motors, Subaru and many more.


May 31, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Union Agener restarts Augusta pharmaceutical plant

Damon Cline reports that Augusta’s animal pharmaceutical plant is officially back in business. The Brazilian drug company that acquired the former Elanco facility last year, Uniao Quimica Farmaceutica Nacional SA, celebrated the restart of production on Thursday with a catered lunch for employees and local economic development officials.


May 31, 2019 Macon Telegraph

Georgia could lose more than $2 billion if ‘Heartbeat Bill’ goes into effect. Here’s How

Britnee Davis reports that Georgia’s new abortion law, signed on May 7 by Gov. Brian Kemp, has gained the attention of celebrities all across the country, including film companies Disney and Netflix.  The companies say they’ll reconsider producing films in Georgia if the heartbeat bill goes into effect. The film industry is responsible for more than 92,000 jobs in Georgia, according to the Motion Picture Association of America. In 2018, 455 productions were filmed in Georgia including “The Avengers” and “Black Panther.”


May 31, 2019 Georgia Health News

Children’s enrollment in Georgia Medicaid and Peachcare shows drop

Andy Miller reports that Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare programs covered 20,000 fewer children at the end of 2018 than the year before, a new report says. That 1.6 percent drop is less than an overall 2.2 percent decline in enrollment nationally, according to the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families.


May 31, 2019 GPB

Savannah And Rome Use Zoning Laws And A Bus To Improve Food Access

Virginia Prescott, Stephen Fowler, Emily Jones and Amy Kiley report that access to fresh, healthy food is not a given in Georgia. The U.S. Department of Agriculture tracks areas here that are low-income and have limited access to grocery stores, also referred to as “food deserts.” This month, GPB News is looking into creative, local solutions to food access issues in a series called “Full Plates: How Georgia Fights Hunger.”


May 31, 2019 LaGrange News

Georgia Radio Hall of Fame finds location in Hillside community

Daniel Evans reports that the Georgia Radio Museum and Hall of Fame has found a home in LaGrange. The museum will be located at 716 Lincoln Street in the Hillside Community. Since December, the exhibit has been on display at the Legacy Museum at the Troup County Archives building, and that display will continue until June 15. The new location in Hillside is expected to be up and running by July.


May 31, 2019 Albany Herald

April unemployment in SW Georgia lowest ever

Staff reports that Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that the Southwest Georgia region set a record in April for lowest unemployment rate ever. The 16-county area also posted annual gains in employed residents and saw its unemployment rate drop sharply, preliminary numbers show.


May 31, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Proposed trade pact produces a split in Georgia agriculture

Tamar Hallerman reports that blueberries were considered a lucrative bet when Jerome Crosby began planting them on his farm in Willacoochee about 15 years ago. Then the Mexican competition arrived. Prices at local grocery stores plunged as Crosby and his American counterparts were forced to compete with the surge of low-priced produce from below the border.


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