Georgia Trend Daily – June 17, 2019
June 17, 2019 GPB
Caroline Catherman reports that Georgia ranks 42nd for state health care system performance, according to a recent study by the Commonwealth fund, a private U.S. foundation that supports independent research on healthcare issues. The state’s biggest downfall is the affordability and accessibility of its healthcare, which is measured through factors like the number of adults who are uninsured or go without care.
June 17, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Haisten Willis reports that the city of Columbus has brought opportunities to thousands of people over its 191-year history. Columbus pre-dates Atlanta by nearly two decades, has long been an economic hub of Georgia and today boasts a vibrant downtown, rich cultural heritage and business strength reaching far beyond what its 200,000 population might suggest.
June 17, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Arielle Kass and J. Scott Trubey report that Georgia got out of the business of funding a Macon music museum during the economic downturn. Now, eight years after the museum closed, amid a booming economy, state and Fulton County governments have ponied up $500,000 to see if there’s a market for a new Grammy museum in Atlanta.
June 17, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Alex Gailey reports that Delta CEO Ed Bastian says the Atlanta-based airline is planning to launch facial recognition technology in more of its international hubs across the U.S., and will eventually add the facial recognition technology to domestic terminals altogether.
June 17, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald
Jed May reports that Union Point Mayor Lanier Rhodes recognizes that money is tight in his small city. So when he found out his town had been awarded a $15,000 Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund grant from the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy in early June, he was ecstatic. The money will go toward matching funds for a $100,000 grant Union Point received in 2017 from the state Department of Natural Resources for construction of the Firefly Trail.
June 17, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that Ashton Woods would like to build on the current site of two golf courses next to the Chattahoochee River in Duluth is a sprawling community with 971 residential units and parks. Whether that happens in face of community pushback over the proposed density remains to be seen. Ashton Woods is proposing to build a community called Encore on about 145 acres at the current site of The Hooch Golf Club and the neighboring Peachtree Golf Center.
June 17, 2019 Newnan Times-Herald
Laurel Huster reports that Chris Bortolazzo of Newnan will appear in the “Georgia Recovers” campaign and had the opportunity to attend the campaign’s debut at the state capital on June 5. Georgia Recovers is a public service campaign sponsored by the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse to erase the stigma of drug addiction in Georgia, according to Bortolazzo.
June 17, 2019 Brunswick News
Lauren MacDonald reports that the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation recently awarded more than $111,000 in grants to 24 local organizations that work directly with the community’s most vulnerable populations. The foundation awarded a record total of $111,408 through the Coastal Georgia Foundation’s Community Impact competitive grants initiative. The organizations that received grants provide critical services to at-risk youth and their families.
June 17, 2019 Augusta Chronicle
Susan McCord reports that Augusta Rep. Mark Newton, an emergency medicine physician, is co-chairing a committee that will study Georgia’s high rate of death during pregnancy and childbirth. Georgia’s maternal mortality rate has increased since 2012, and a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said an average of 46.2 women died during pregnancy or childbirth each year from 2011 to 2015. The national average is 17.2.
June 17, 2019 Rome News-Tribune
Diane Wagner reports that a slew of new laws passed by the Georgia General Assembly are slated to go into effect July 1, and local lawmakers are responsible for several of them. Rep. Katie Dempsey, R-Rome, sponsored the bill creating the Georgia Data Analytic Center. It will be a warehouse of information on people receiving state services.
June 17, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constution
Greg Bluestein reports that Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico is lining up strategists and making a series of other behind-the-scenes moves as she prepares for a possible run for U.S. Senate against first-term Republican David Perdue.