Georgia Trend Daily – June 18, 2019

June 18, 2019

Georgia Awarded Gold Shovel for Jobs and Investment

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced June 17 that Georgia was awarded a Gold Shovel by Area Development Magazine for generating the most jobs and investment in the United States for the eight to twelve million population category. “We are honored to receive the Gold Shovel in recognition of Georgia’s top-notch business environment, which creates immeasurable growth, investment, and opportunity in every corner of our state,” said Governor Kemp.


June 18, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Hunter Cattle

Karen Kirkpatrick writes, looking for a family-friendly weekend – or weekday – getaway, where you and the kids will find so much to look at, experience and enjoy that you won’t pick up your phone even once? Oh, and you can also try delicious, grass-fed beef and pork – from happy cows and pigs, who are not fed antibiotics, hormones or steroids. Hunter Cattle is just such a place. It’s a sustainable family farm outside Savannah, in Brooklet, where 18 family members co-exist with chickens, pigs, cows, goats, turkeys and dogs.


June 18, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Reports: NCR blamed by Target for second weekend outage

Michael E. Kanell reports that Atlanta-based NCR is getting the blame for one of two embarrassing computer failures that hit Target over the weekend. An NCR data center had problems, leaving the huge retail chain unable to process credit card transactions Sunday, according to Minneapolis-based Target.


June 18, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Ousted MiMedx founder Pete Petit loses bid to get re-elected to company’s board

David Allison reports that o usted MiMedx founder Pete Petit has apparently lost his bid to get re-elected to the board of the troubled Atlanta-based biomedical company. MiMedx Group Inc. (OTC PINK: MDXG) said Monday that a preliminary tally of shareholder votes after the company’s annual meeting shows shareholders voted to elect three nominees to the board favored by MiMedx’s new management.


June 18, 2019 WABE 90.1

Report: Georgia Shows Moderate Progress On Child Well-Being

Sam Whitehead reports that Georgia made progress in terms of child well-being, says the Annie E. Casey’s Foundations annual Kids Count Data Book released Monday. Overall, the Georgia ranked 38th in the country — a vast improvement from the first Kids Count report issued in 1990. Then, Georgia ranked 48th.


June 18, 2018

Coca-Cola, AGCO Execs Comprise Atlanta Presence at U.S.-Africa Summit

Trevor Williams reports that executives from Coca-Cola Co. and AGCO Corp. have speaking roles at this week’s U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Moputo, Mozambique, comprising the limited Atlanta corporate presence at the three-day summit.


June 18, 2018 Augusta Chronicle

Department of Energy grant to develop area’s nuclear workforce

Susan McCord reports that five area institutions are getting $5 million to better develop the area’s nuclear workforce and help meet a goal of producing 80 plutonium pits per year by 2030. Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, the administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration in the U.S. Department of Energy, was surrounded by the heads of five institutions – Augusta and Aiken technical colleges, Augusta University and the University of South Carolina’s Aiken and Salkehatchie campuses – along with two U.S. congressmen and numerous other officials when she made the announcement Monday at Aiken Tech.


June 18, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Gulfstream jets receive safety certification

Staff reports that Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced today that its flagship G650ER, as well as the G650, G550 and G450, now have U.S. Federal Aviation Administration approval for touchdown and rollout using Enhanced Flight Vision System. These aircraft join the company’s new large-cabin G500, which was certified for this operational capability last December, along with the super-midsize G280, which was authorized for this feature last April.


June 18, 2019 Albany Herald

Paddle Georgia celebrates 15th anniversary on Withlacoochee

Staff reports that around 350 paddlers from 13 states set out Saturday on a 92-mile, weeklong canoe and kayak journey on the Withlacoochee and Suwanee rivers as Paddle Georgia celebrated its 15th year. Organized by the Georgia River Network, this year’s paddle will end Friday on the Suwanee River near Mayo, Florida.


June 18, 2019 Georgia State University

Georgia State Economist Receives $250,000 to Study Elderly Food Security, SNAP and Health Outcomes

Jennifer French Giarratano reports that Georgia State University economist James Marton and his team have been awarded a $250,000 grant to evaluate the impact of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on the food security and health of people aged 60 and older.


June 18, 2019 Saporta Report

Atlanta business leaders unite against Hartsfield-Jackson takeover bid

Maria Saporta reports that the business community is united against a possible state takeover of the Atlanta-owned Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The Atlanta Committee for Progress (ACP)– the high-powered group of business and civic leaders that serves as a blue-ribbon sounding board for Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms – is committed to helping the city maintain control of the Atlanta airport.


June 18, 2019 GPB

Georgia Hasn’t Set A Presidential Primary Date Yet: Here’s Why

Stephen Fowler reports that Georgia could be one of the last states to set its date for the 2020 presidential preference primary, which is one of the first elections to be held on a soon-to-be-selected new voting system. In years past, Georgia has joined a number of states in holding the presidential primary on the first Tuesday in March known as “Super Tuesday,” or what then-Secretary of State Brian Kemp dubbed the “SEC primary” in 2016.


June 18, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Impeachment divide grows between Georgia’s Dem candidates, incumbents

Tamar Hallerman reports that roughly 60 House Democrats have called for Congress to launch impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, but so far none of their Georgia colleagues have publicly joined the push. It’s a different story among the gaggle of Democratic challengers seeking to establish a foothold in the state’s most competitive U.S. House and Senate primaries.

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