Georgia Trend Daily – June 24, 2019
June 24, 2019 Cartersville Daily Tribune-News
James Swift reports that Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Tassopoulos, Friday’s festivities in Bartow County were truly groundbreaking — both physically and symbolically. “This is an unexpected opportunity,” he said at the site of what will one day be Chick-fil-A Supply, LLC’s first distribution center off Cass-White Road.
June 24, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Mary Ann DeMuth reports that visitors to Columbus have the opportunity to experience a fully immersive 19th century outdoor living history museum with the opening of Historic Westville on Saturday, June 22. Many of the site’s buildings and artifacts have been accumulated over the last century and were formerly on display in Lumpkin, where tens of thousands of guests had the chance to view them over the course of about 50 years.
June 24, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tamar Hallerman reports that the head of the Georgia Ports Authority is warning that the Trump administration’s latest round of proposed Chinese tariffs could take a nearly $18 million bite out of the state’s booming ports. The White House is currently mulling whether to add ship-to-shore cranes to its fourth batch of Chinese tariffs. The state’s Ports Authority has already ordered six such cranes, costing some $70 million.
June 24, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that the State of Georgia is looking for ways to earn more green from the 63-hole, 480-acre golf course and facilities on Jekyll Island. The Jekyll Island State Park Authority on June 19 issued a request for proposals to master plan the Jekyll Island Golf Club, which consists of a four-course facility that includes the Pines Lakes, Oleander and Indian Mound 18-hole golf courses, plus an historic 9-hole, Great Dunes Walter J. Travis Society Course.
June 24, 2019 Savannah Morning News
Katie Nussbaum reports, although not at the rapid pace of previous quarters, the Savannah area economy continued to grow during the first quarter of 2019, expanding at a rate of 0.4 percent, about half the rate of expansion in the previous quarter, according to the Coastal Economic Monitor. Seasonally and inflation adjusted hotel/motel tax receipts increased 8 percent during the quarter and boardings at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport were up 3.3 percent.
June 24, 2019 Albany Herald
Alan Mauldin reports that Hurricane Michael was devastating to Georgia’s biggest industry, dealing an estimated $2.5 billion wallop to agriculture, including much of a bumper crop of cotton blown off the stalks. The state’s pecan industry also took a big hit, and it’s not one that can be fixed by putting seeds in the ground in the spring to harvest in the fall. The storm’s winds didn’t just take out the 2018 crop, it profoundly affected the industry for years to come.
June 24, 2019 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development has once again parted ways with the contractor tasked with recruiting investment from China amid the ongoing U.S.-China trade dispute that has dampened bilateral investment. John Ling, whom Georgia recruited away from rival South Carolina in 2015, was notified in March that his yearly contract with Georgia would not be renewed.
June 24, 2019 Saporta Report
David Pendered reports that the second dead right whale of the year was reported last week, and by coincidence it was spotted the same day the U.S. House voted to block the expansion of offshore oil drilling in waters of Georgia and most of the rest of the nation. Offshore oil drilling activities are a hazard to endangered right whales and to other sea life, according to the federal government.
June 24, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald
Lee Shearer reports that Georgia’s state government reduced funding for higher education more than all but five other states between 2001 and 2017, according to a new report from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Adjusted for inflation, the state reduced funding for Georgia public colleges and universities by about $4,000 per full-time student, according to the working paper, “Public Universities: The Supply Side of Building a Skilled Workforce.”
June 24, 2019 Brunswick News
Wes Wolfe reports that the federal government and Hercules may very well push ahead on their preferred path of action at the Terry Creek Superfund site, despite widespread strong opposition to that plan by Glynn County residents and their elected officials. That’s simply the way the law governing sites covered by the Superfund law works. U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-1, introduced a bill Thursday that seeks to do something about that process.
June 24, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post
Curt Yeomans reports that another Republican is jumping into the 7th Congressional District race during this weekend, and she’s choosing the Third Annual Trump Birthday Bash in Washington D.C. as the venue to formally kick off her campaign. Duluth resident and Women in Action founder Lisa Noël Babbage said she will formally announce her candidacy during the event Sunday.
June 24, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman report that in 2010, Forsyth County had a non-white population of 18.7%. The latest estimate is 28.3%. That could have tremendous implications in next year’s Seventh District congressional race. With all the change happening in Gwinnett County, Forsyth has been seen as the bastion that allows Republicans to hang onto that seat, being given up next year by U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville.