Georgia Trend Daily – June 21, 2019

June 21, 2019

GE Appliances Grows in Georgia with $130 Million Investment, 300 New Jobs

Staff reports, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that GE Appliances (GEA), a Haier company, is significantly expanding its operations in Georgia through three significant investment and job growth initiatives in the state. The initiatives include $43 million invested in the company’s Roper Corporation facility in Walker County, creating 100 new jobs; a $32 million investment to build a new Southern Logistics Center that will create 100 new jobs in Murray County; and a new $55 million smart warehouse, creating 100 new jobs in Jackson County.


June 21, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia Roundup

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Georgia Tech and Georgia Power Co. have teamed up to build a new 1.4 MW microgrid in Midtown Atlanta at Tech Square. The microgrid will be a self-contained power system for Tech Square that includes energy management systems, generation resources and storage systems.


June 21, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

FDA to move Atlanta lab and district office to Fort McPherson

Scott Trubey reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to move its Atlanta offices and laboratory from Midtown to Fort McPherson, shifting about 350 highly paid personnel to the former Army post. The announcement Thursday delivers a boost to redevelopment efforts at the complex, which closed in 2011 as part of a broader military reorganization.


June 21, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta buys 4.3% equity stake in Korean Air’s parent Hanjin-KAL

Brendan Ward reports that Delta Airlines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) announced Thursday it purchased a 4.3% equity stake in Hanjin-KAL, the largest shareholder of the airline’s joint venture partner Korean Air, and has plans to increase the stake to 10% once they receive regulatory approval. The acquisition confirms Delta’s commitment to its joint venture with Korean Air.


June 21, 2019 GPB

How Refugees – And The Communities That Welcome Them – Are Transforming The South

Staff reports that June 20 marks World Refugee Day. Georgia State University is studying how to better address the health needs of refugees. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the school a $3.75 million grant to make GSU part of its Prevention Research Center network.


June 21, 2019 Brunswick News

House committee approves coastal drilling ban

Wes Wolfe reports that meaning more to the possibility of action in 2021 than anything this year or next, the House Natural Resources Committee favorably reported a bill Wednesday 22-12 that would ban the Interior Department from including the Atlantic and Pacific coasts in its offshore leasing plan, a victory of sorts for those states, which stand unanimous against new offshore energy exploration off their coasts.


June 21, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gov. Brian Kemp sees benefits for Gwinnett in upcoming South Korea economic mission

Curt Yeomans reports that Gov. Brian Kemp is optimistic that his economic development mission to South Korea next week will have potential benefits for Gwinnett County and other communities along the state’s major transportation corridors. Kemp is leaving for South Korea on Saturday and is scheduled to return June 28.


June 21, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Hospital cuts ribbon on rehab facility in Wrens

Parish Howard reports, after nearly two years sharing space with an unaffiliated group of medial specialists in Wrens, Jefferson Hospital cut the ribbon last week at its new rehab facility downtown. For the last several months the hospital has been renovating the former Georgia Power office on U.S. Highway One near the post office.


June 21, 2019 Georgia Health News

Wain lands CEO job at Emory hospitals

Andy Miller reports that Matt Wain has been named CEO for Emory University Hospital, Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital and Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods.  Emory officials said Wain, a former Blackhawk helicopter pilot in the U.S. military, will begin his new role August 19.


June 21, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Why Georgia looks to South Korea for new jobs

Greg Bluestein and J. Scott Trubey report that South Korea has fast become a major source of investment for the state, with $2 billion in projects announced in Georgia over the past year and several more major initiatives in the pipeline. From humble beginnings – Georgia opened its first fully-staffed trade office in South Korea in 1985 – the state’s presence there has grown. South Korea is now the ninth-largest purchaser of Georgia goods and is the state’s fifth-largest import market.



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