Georgia Trend Daily – June 25, 2019

June 25, 2019 Fox 5 Atlanta

JCPenney looks to hire 350 seasonal employees in Atlanta area

JCPenney announced Monday they plan to hire an additional 350 associates just in time for the back-to-school shopping rush in north Georgia. Positions will include customer service and support positions include cashier, replenishment specialist, and SEPHORA inside JCPenney beauty consultant, among others.


June 25, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports that Canadian produce company EarthFresh is investing $22 million into a 140,000-square-foot facility in College Park that will create 100 jobs. The advanced technology packing plant and distribution center will supply potatoes, carrots and onions to the foodservice and retail industries throughout the Southeast.


June 25, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Justice Dept. handling FAA subpoena of Hartsfield-Jackson records

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the U.S. Department of Justice has taken over the handling of a Federal Aviation Administration subpoena of Atlanta airport records.


June 25, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coke extends Olympic partnership

Eric Jackson reports that the Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE:KO) will remain the longest continuous sponsor of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after announcing a mega partnership with a Chinese dairy company on Monday. Since 1928, Coca-Cola has been associated with the Olympics and this advertising deal with China Mengniu Dairy Company will push the relationship to a total of 104 years.


June 25, 2019 WABE 90.1

Atlanta’s Chief Housing Officer Talks City’s ‘Housing Affordability Action Plan’

Candace Wheeler reports that on Monday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and other city leaders announced the “One Atlanta: Housing Affordability Action Plan.” It’s part of Bottoms’ overall plan to invest $1 billion from “public, private and philanthropic sources” toward creating and preserving affordable housing throughout the city.


June 25, 2019 GPB

How Georgia Became A Surprising Bright Spot In The U.S. Solar Industry

Andrew Hsu and Mary Louise Kelly report that in northern Georgia, near the Tennessee line, the city of Dalton made its fame as the carpet capital of the world. These days, a more accurate title would be floor covering capital of the world. It has diversified into hardwood, tile, laminate and other materials.


June 25, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Small business owners optimistic

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Atlanta’s entrepreneurs currently have a strong business outlook according to the spring 2019 Bank of America Small Business Owner Report. On all indicators, the city’s small business owners are more confident than the national average. However, they are less confident in the national economy.


June 25, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

Pirelli signs new five-year deal to supply tires to Trans Am series

Doug Walker reports that race car engines roared Monday as Pirelli and the Trans Am racing series inked a new five-year agreement for Pirelli to be the sole supplier of tires for the North American high performance racing series. Ian Coke, Pirelli’s Chief Technical Officer and Stefano Sbettega, head of Pirelli Motorsport in North America were joined by Trans Am President John Clagett and representatives from two of the Trans Am series teams — GoShare owned by Burtin Racing out of Alpharetta and CD Racing’s Plaid Mustang at the Pirelli plant in Rome for the brief ceremony.


June 25, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Liberty becomes first Ga. county to oppose drilling

Mary Landers reports that Liberty County Commission earlier this month passed a resolution expressing its opposition to offshore drilling and seismic testing, becoming the19th local government in Georgia and the first county in the state to do so. The June 4 resolution notes the seismic airguns used for oil exploration fire intense blasts of compressed air, “one of the loudest manmade sounds in the ocean every 10-12 seconds for days, weeks or months on end, that “has been shown to harm and injure dolphins, whales, endangered sea turtles, fish, and other marine life.”


June 25, 2019 Georgia Health News

Enrollment drops, eligibility snags and cyber-errors in benefit programs spark concern

Andy Miller reports that Georgia Medicaid and PeachCare saw a drop of 20,000 kids last year, a recent report found. Food stamp use has fallen in the state as well, continuing a steady drop since 2013.


June 25, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

How Georgia has become a training ground for 2020 operatives

Greg Bluestein reports that President Donald Trump’s campaign kickoff last week wasn’t just a chance to energize Republicans. It was also an opening for the national GOP to ramp up training for a core of volunteers who will help his 2020 re-election bid.


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