Georgia Trend Daily – June 11, 2019

June 11, 2019 GPB

Georgia Pecan Growers Invest in New Trees After Hurricane Michael

Sophia Saliby reports that Georgia pecan farmers are figuring out the next steps in the recovery from Hurricane Michael after losing $250 million in trees. Georgia is traditionally the nation’s largest pecan-producing state. Last year, though, New Mexico topped the country because Hurricane Michael wiped out over 15% of the state’s pecan acreage.


June 11, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Boosting Business

Kenna Simmons reports that streetscapes, sidewalks and trails are the bread and butter of many community improvement districts (CIDs), and those in once-suburban Gwinnett are no exception. In fact, the tiny Braselton CID devoted its efforts to partnering with the city, county and state Department of Transportation (DOT) to create the LifePath, a 10-foot wide multi-use trail that connects retail and restaurants to residents (some of whom drive their golf carts to and fro).


June 11, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus raises $117 million for nonprofits

Matt Kempner reports, what do you get for the 90th birthday of a guy who helped shape the economic, medical and entertainment landscape of Atlanta? Try more than $117 million in donations to his favorite nonprofits, from the Georgia Aquarium to entities addressing strokes, autism and military veterans’ post-traumatic stress.


June 11, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia-Pacific closing multiple manufacturing plants

Stephanie Rebman reports that Georgia-Pacific is planning to close multiple manufacturing plants in the Southeast. The Atlanta-based company is set to close particleboard facilities in both Monroeville, Alabama and Hope, Arkansas, as well as the equipment and processes supporting the bleached board operations at its Crossett, Arkansas facility. More than 500 total jobs will be impacted.


June 11, 2019 Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University ranked in top 20 for 2019 online Master’s in Accounting Programs

Staff reports that Georgia Southern University online Master’s of Accounting (WebMAcc) program has been ranked No. 15 by in its 2019 Top 25 Master’s Online Accounting ranking list. The AACSB-accredited WebMAcc program started in 2013 and is geared toward working professionals.


June 11, 2019

Companies Outline Potential Georgia Effects of Trump’s Latest Proposed China Tariffs

Trevor Williams reports that relative to earlier measures, the response has been somewhat muted, but companies with Georgia operations are outlining potential effects of President Trump’s latest round of proposed 25 percent tariffs on $300 billion in Chinese goods. Public comments and requests to testify at a June 17 public hearing are due by the end of Monday. Georgia had been mentioned in five out of the more than 300 requests as of Monday afternoon, with effects on agricultural and manufacturing inputs looming largest.


June 11, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Resonance: Savannah among the best cities in the country

Brandee Miller reports that America’s most haunted city is now taking on a new title. Savannah has been ranked as the 11th best small city in the Resonance 2019 America’s 2019 Best Cities Index. Charleston, S.C. ranked third on the list and Myrtle Beach, S.C. came in ninth.


June 11, 2019 Macon Telegraph

Flights from Middle Georgia to Washington, D.C., area to be extended until 2023

Stanley Dunlap reports, since Contour Airlines arrived in Macon two years ago one of its most frequent fliers has been Michael Dean with more than 90 trips under his belt. Dean, who travels for business, will have many more opportunities to fly between Macon and the Washington, D.C., with the service expected to continue for at least another four years.


June 11, 2019 Valdosta Daily Times

Tift Regional Medical Center breaks ground on tower; system announces name change

Staff reports that Tift Regional Medical Center held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday for a new $152 million expansion project, and to unveil Southwell as the new name for the Tift Regional Health System. The hospital is expanding with a new, four-story tower on 18th Street that will include an emergency center and inpatient units.


June 11, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

Lazy Dog Restaurant Bar first Georgia location in Peachtree Corners, hiring 200 workers

Curt Yeomans reports that a new restaurant inspired by the Rocky Mountains and featuring a scratch-made kitchen will open its first Georgia location in Peachtree Corners later this summer. The upscale casual dining restaurant is currently looking to hire 200 employees.


June 11, 2019 Savannah Morning News

On Jekyll Island, a former landfill produces clean energy

Mary Landers reports that visitors to Jekyll Island have a new reason to appreciate sunny days at the barrier island state park. A new 4-acre solar array is helping to power the island. Built on the site of a former construction landfill near the middle of the island, the 1 megawatt facility is expected to produce enough power to supply the energy consumption of more than 100 average homes.


June 11, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal, Neighbor News

Peterson: Georgia Tech in ‘better position’ as retirement starts

Everett Catts reports, as G.P. “Bud” Peterson, Ph.D., ends his tenure as the Georgia Institute of Technology’s president, the retiring leader is looking ahead as much as he’s looking back. “We started a commission a few years ago to see where education is going. How is it we educate students or prepare students to be productive in their careers 20 or 25 years from now? … We’re very, very engaged on what we want to do to prepare students for a career,” he said of a program at the Midtown college.


June 11, 2019 WABE 90.1

The AJC’s Editor Is Going To Testify For A Bill Meant To Save Local Journalism

Donnell Suggs reports that Atlanta Journal-Constitution Editor Kevin Riley will represent his newspaper, the city and the interest of print, online and local publications across the country as one of a number of people testifying before a congressional subcommittee on Tuesday. Riley and others will be on Capitol Hill in support of the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act.


June 11, 2019 Saporta Report

From tariffs to school lunches, Perdue tows to the Trump line as farmers’ worries grow

Tom Baxter reports that chances are Sonny Perdue is never going to make the cover of the New Yorker, no matter what he does for Donald Trump. Agriculture secretaries just don’t get the attention they deserve. A recent cover of the magazine caricatured Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and Bob Barr shining the president’s shoes. No member of the Trump team has shined those shoes more enthusiastically than the former Georgia governor, nor under tougher circumstances.


June 11, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Abrams in Hollywood to urge film industry to ‘stay and fight’

Greg Bluestein reports that Stacey Abrams is on a mission Tuesday to encourage movie industry executives threatening to bolt Georgia because of new abortion restrictions to “stay and fight.” The Georgia Democrat is scheduled to meet Hollywood figures along with Ilyse Hogue, the head of abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America. Abrams tweeted that she will “advocate for Georgia women and Georgia film industry jobs.”



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