Georgia Trend Daily – June 4, 2019

June 4, 2019 GPB

Amid Trade War, Georgia Farmers Face Drought And Financial Doubt

Emilia Brock and Virginia Prescott report, from the devastation of Hurricane Michael to trade tariffs, Georgia farmers have faced months of uncertainty. After stalled disaster and tariff aid packages, American farmers are still struggling while being shuffled around the political gameboard.


June 4, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Local Control

Brian Lee, Michele Cohen Marill and Patty Rasmussen report that the term local control means keeping government close to home. For folks in six Georgia counties, local control is overseen by someone who goes above and beyond the call to improve the lives of his or her constituents. The ACCG, a nonprofit organization that serves Georgia’s county governments, is honoring six of these people as County Leaders of Distinction this year for their commitment to county residents.


June 4, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgians’ natural gas bills could rise with $96 million AGL request

Matt Kempner reports that Metro Atlanta consumers would see their natural gas bills rise if a $96 million rate increase proposed by Atlanta Gas Light on Monday is approved. The increase is the largest requested in recent memory by AGL, according to a spokesman for the Georgia Public Service Commission.


June 4, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta payments company buys Hallmark Cards subsidiary

Staff reports that InComm, an Atlanta-based payments and technology services provider, has purchased the B2B incentives subsidiary of Hallmark Cards Inc., as it aims to strengthen its loyalty division. Minneapolis, Minn.-based Hallmark Business Connections provides integrated, personalized solutions for organizations to boost employee engagement through incentive programs built around physical and digital gift cards, according to a news release.


June 4, 2019 Georgia Southern University

Parker College of Business logistics students win at annual IANA competition

Staff reports that four senior logistics and supply chain management students in the Parker College of Business brought home a second consecutive win from the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) Logistics and Supply Chain Management Case Competition in Jacksonville, Florida. Alecia Breen, Madeleine Haney, Shelby Bates and Tate Robinson won first place after competing against six other student teams from Auburn University, University of Arkansas, University of Maryland, University of North Florida, University of North Texas and the University of South Florida during the 11th annual event in April.


June 4, 2019 Saporta Report

Georgia’s summer: Hot, dry, grazed by Republican feud over hurricane relief funding

David Pendered reports that the start of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season finds Georgia facing ever-increasing dry conditions, even as Republicans have gotten personal in the battle over federal relief for Hurricane Michael – a record delay of 34 weeks after the storm.


June 4, 2019 Georgia Health News

State picks Deloitte to craft waiver plan on health coverage

Andy Miller reports that the state said Monday that it has picked Deloitte Consulting as the winner of an almost $2 million consulting contract to develop health care ‘’waivers’’ for Georgia’s Medicaid program and the private insurance market. Deloitte won over five other firms contacted by state officials to solicit proposals. Its bid of $1.92 million was less than the $2.6 million that the Georgia General Assembly authorized for the contract.


June 4, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald

Harrison Poultry names new CFO

Staff reports that Harrison Poultry of Bethlehem, Georgia, recently announced the addition of James I. Vincent in the role of executive vice president and chief financial officer. Vincent has an extensive background in financial planning and analysis, tax, treasury, finance, strategic planning and risk management. Vincent previously served as the controller for Wayne Farms LLC. In his new role, Vincent will lead Harrison Poultry’s financial operations and report to CEO David Bleth.


June 4, 2019 Savannah Morning News

State lawmakers recap 2019 session

Katie Nussbaum reports that the 2019 Georgia General Assembly proved to be an overall successful one for the state’s tourism and hospitality sector, according to state lawmakers who recapped the legislative session on Monday during a panel discussion at the Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association’s Legislative Update luncheon. Topics centered on casinos, hotel taxes and fees, tourism marketing and promoting common sense pro-business legislation, which State Sen. Ben Watson (R-District 1), said can be strengthened by growing and maintaining relationships between groups like GHLA and legislators.


June 4, 2019 Washington Post

Presidential hopeful Eric Swalwell says CNN should consider leaving Georgia headquarters over abortion law

Hamza Shaban and Rachel Siegel report that Presidential hopeful Eric Swalwell threw his support behind an economic boycott of Georgia over its new and more restrictive abortion law during a CNN town hall event Sunday night. Then the Democratic congressman from California took it a step further, suggesting that the cable news network might want to leave its Atlanta headquarters if the measure takes effect.


June 3, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Democrats launch new ‘majority project’ initiative to flip Georgia House

Greg Bluestein reports, spurred by the anti-abortion “heartbeat” law, state Democrats launched a new group Tuesday that seeks to flip control of the Georgia House by winning 16 Republican-held legislative seats. The Georgia House Majority Project will zero in on the most vulnerable GOP incumbents by peppering their districts with digital ads, direct mail and voter outreach starting later this year, according to a press release.


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