Georgia Trend Daily – June 10, 2019

June 10, 2019 Albany Herald

May net tax revenue up in Georgia

Staff reports that Georgia’s May net tax collections totaled almost $1.76 billion for an increase of just over $1 million, or 0.1 percent, compared to May 2018. Year-to-date, net tax collections totaled $21.67 billion for an increase of $940.7 million, or 4.5 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year when net tax revenues totaled nearly $20.73 billion.


June 10, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

CSU awarded $1 million gift

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Columbus State University (CSU) recently received a $1 million gift from The Coca-Cola Foundation to establish the William B. Turner Center for Servant Leadership. The donation, which honors the late Columbus businessman and civic leader who served on The Coca-Cola Company’s board of directors, will allow CSU’s undergraduate Servant Leadership program to continue with an enriched academic and service curriculum.


June 10, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia’s 10 best employers for 2019, according to Forbes

Nancy Clanton reports that each year, Forbes teams up with market research company Statista to rank the best places to work for women, for diversity and even for new college graduates. This year, Forbes added a list: America’s best employers by state. Seven of Georgia’s top 10 are headquartered in the state, with five of those in Atlanta.


June 10, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Southwire calls for higher tariffs, says China is an ‘existential threat’

Dave Williams reports that the Trump administration may come to the aid of a major Georgia manufacturer accusing China of unfair competition. The Commerce Department announced May 30 a preliminary finding that Chinese exporters are flooding the United States with cheap aluminum wire and cable, undercutting Carrollton, Ga.-based Southwire Co., North America’s leading manufacturer of the wire and cable that comprises the country’s electrical grid.


June 10, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Former Masters chairman Billy Payne to be inducted into World Golf Hall of Fame

John Boyette reports that Billy Payne was a star football player at the University of Georgia and the man who helped bring the Olympic Games to Atlanta. He has been honored through the years for those contributions to the sports world. On Monday night, Payne will receive recognition for a sport he became involved with later in life: golf.


June 10, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

USDA to fund Bartow infrastructure development

Doug Walker reports that Bartow County is one of 47 rural communities across the nation that will receive technical assistance for the development of long-term economic development efforts. “USDA and its partners are bringing local leaders and economic development experts together to create opportunity in some of the nation’s most economically challenged rural communities,” said Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley in a press release.


June 10, 2019

Atlanta’s Renewvia Lands Spot at Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Trevor Williams reports that Renewvia, an Atlanta-based solar provider, landed a spot at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in The Hague this week thanks to its deployment of microgrid systems in East Africa. The smaller solar systems now in use in Kenyan fishing villages are monetized through a prepaid mobile payments platform the company developed in-house.


June 10, 2019 University of North Georgia

Business college gets $12.3 million for new building

Edie Rogers reports that the University of North Georgia (UNG) Mike Cottrell College of Business will have a new home in 2022, thanks to a second $10 million gift from its namesake benefactor and $2.3 million in state funds for planning and design this year. The building will be called the Cottrell Center for Business, Technology and Innovation.


June 10, 2019 Cherokee Tribune

Tubing, kayaking outfitter eyes Etowah in Canton

Gary Tanner reports that the Etowah River in Canton will be filled with tubers and kayakers this summer as Nomadic Flow Outfitters eyes the river, officials said Thursday. The Canton City Council at its meeting Thursday night cleared the way for the company to start offering tubing and kayaking trips by granting them permission to place a couple of shipping containers at The Mill on Etowah, 141 Railroad St. to store their equipment.


June 10, 2019 Georgia Health News

The troubled nursing homes you may not know about

Andy Miller reports that a year ago, a resident of a Central Georgia nursing home climbed out of the window of her room and wandered off. Thirty minutes later, two nursing aides spotted her on railroad tracks about a mile away. And they could hear a train approaching.


June 10, 2019 Gainesville Times

20K Ga. children lost health coverage in 2018 as uninsured rate grows nationwide

Joshua Silavent reports that the Affordable Care Act helped significantly lower the number of uninsured Americans from 2013 through 2016, particularly because it expanded Medicaid eligibility to more families. But the trend line is headed back in the other direction as Obamacare withers; more individuals move into the private market as incomes rise and eligibility changes; and access to health care becomes more challenging for immigrant families.


June 10, 2019 Brunswick News

Future murky on film industry with H.B. 481

Wes Wolfe reports that a phrase often inaccurately attributed to Socrates is, “The only thing I know is I know nothing.” Regardless of attribution, the phrase carries with it an element of eternal truth, and that element lives in the debate as to whether the film and television industry will depart Georgia en masse in the wake of House Bill 481 abortion restrictions becoming law. The unanswered question is will a negative reaction by this billion-dollar industry cause significant detrimental effects to the state?


June 10, 2019 GPB

Political Rewind: Rep. Doug Collins On Capitol Hill Issues, Washington Dysfunction

Bill Nigut reports that Rep. Doug Collins has found himself in the national spotlight as a key defender of President Trump and as the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee. He is pushed back by House Democrats who are fighting to investigate the President on a wide range of issues. Collins has remained critical of Democrats on the Judiciary Committee who wish to continue investigating the president following the conclusion of Robert Mueller’s report.


June 10, 2019 Saporta Report

Tariff concerns rise in Georgia; Southeast as tight labor market draws headlines

David Pendered reports that a tight labor market continues to headline the Southeast’s economic conditions, though the transportation industry is bracing for job cuts related to trade tariffs, according to a federal report – and that was before President Trump announced potential tariffs on Mexico.


June 10, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Why Kemp hasn’t yet replaced indicted insurance commish

Greg Bluestein reports, it’s been nearly four weeks since Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck was slapped with federal fraud charges, a searing indictment that forced him to voluntarily suspend himself. And nearly four weeks later, the office charged with regulating the state’s insurance industry remains in purgatory.


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