Georgia Trend Daily – June 27, 2019

June 27, 2019 GPB

As Major U.S. Cities Push To Diversify Housing, Atlanta Suburbs Aren’t Ready For Change

Leighton Rowell and Virginia Prescott report that in many American neighborhoods, it’s illegal to build anything other than a single-family home on most lots zoned for residential properties. Take Sandy Springs for example: 85% of the Atlanta suburb’s residential land allows for only detached, single-family homes.


June 27, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

At Issue: No Easy Sell

Kerwin Swint reports that since 2005, 10 new cities have been chartered in Metro Atlanta. The first was the city of Sandy Springs that year, followed the next year by Johns Creek, Milton and Chattahoochee Hills – all in Fulton County. Then DeKalb and Gwinnett counties got into the act: from 2008 to 2015, Dunwoody, Peachtree Corners, Brookhaven and Tucker became independent cities. Stonecrest and South Fulton were formed in 2016 and 2017, respectively.


June 27, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Donna B. Hall named publisher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Leon Stafford reports that Donna B. Hall, a veteran of the news industry for three decades, was named publisher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. Hall, who has been vice president of marketing, radio and newspaper operations for Cox Media Group for the past year, has spent most of her career at the Atlanta-based company and will take the helm of the AJC immediately.


June 27, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Report cites Southern Co. as major polluter

Mark Meltzer reports that Atlanta-based Southern Co. is one of the nation’s biggest producers of carbon dioxide and other pollutants, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. Southern Co. produced 99.5 million tons of CO2 in 2017, second only to Duke Energy’s 104.6 million tons, according to the piece, which cites data compiled by M.J. Bradley & Associates, written on behalf of several businesses and environmental nonprofits.


June 27, 2019

UPS Executive Appointed to President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa

Phil Bolton reports that Laura Lane, who is president of Global Affairs at UPS and has had widespread international experience on behalf of private industry as well as government, has been appointed to the U.S. Commerce Department’s President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa. Mrs. Lane is to serve on the council for the 2019-2021 term along with 24 other appointees.


June 27, 2019 Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech Satellite Successfully Launched Into Space

Steven Norris reports that years of planning, design, and testing have finally paid off for hundreds of Georgia Tech students and young alumni who make up the brain trust behind the latest Tech-built satellite sent to space. Prox-1 is about the size of a suitcase, weighs 154 pounds, and is extremely delicate.


June 27, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

‘Living labs,’ one based in Peachtree Corners, partnering on transportation innovation projects

Curt Yeomans reports that Peachtree Corners’ 5G-enabled living laboratory that works with autonomous vehicle and smart city projects is teaming up with another lab that works on ideas for transforming transportation infrastructure to figure out how to turn Georgia into a major center for transportation innovation. Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners and The Ray announced their partnership Tuesday.


June 27, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Fare: Clyde’s Table and Tavern– Who’s a Good Boy?

Krista Reece reports, it’s just a little tavern on a tiny town square in the North Georgia mountains. It offers the familiar small-town, comfort-food menu of burgers, barbecue, chili and steak. Lots of cheese, lots of fried stuff, lots of meat. So … why is it so good?


June 27, 2019 Valdosta Daily Times

Lowndes County fights SDS lawsuit

Thomas Lynn reports that Lowndes County officials are fighting a state board, and now a trial court judge, in an appeals court case involving the delivery of local governmental services. Lowndes County has claimed the commissioner and board members of the Department of Community Affairs acted unlawfully and with impunity when they declared a 2008 service delivery agreement was expired.


June 27, 2019 Brunswick News

Grant leads to new directions in infrastructure redevelopment

Wes Wolfe reports that urban construction of the first or second or several go-arounds in Coastal Georgia may not be serving modern residents well — that’s clear from flooding problems in areas of Glynn County. In Savannah, the city and its engineering consultant used the Coastal Incentive Grant process to develop a plan to use cost-effective green infrastructure to mitigate flooding in the city’s Habersham Village shopping district and surrounding area.


June 27, 2019 Albany Herald

Georgia’s Rural Center to study health care simulation center for south Georgia

Staff reports that the Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation has announced plans to evaluate the development of a regional medical education simulation and training center. The project’s goals are to build academic and clinical partnerships across south Georgia and to enhance experiential learning opportunities for students and providers while serving as a focal point and catalyst for the development, understanding and advancement of simulation and related technologies throughout the region.


June 27, 2019 Georgia Health News

Abrams says waiver effort won’t fix Georgia’s health care problems

Andy Miller reports that former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams told reporters Wednesday that Georgia’s proposed health care waivers are “shortsighted’’ and will leave hundreds of thousands without health insurance. During last year’s gubernatorial campaign, Abrams pushed for the state to adopt full expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.


June 27, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cut in payments to Georgia health plan worries teachers, retirees

James Salzer reports that the Kemp administration saved the state and local school districts about $235 million this month by having them skip premium payments into the health insurance plan for about 650,000 Georgia teachers, state employees, retirees and their dependents. That was good news for state agencies and schools, and the move will make the state’s financial books look better when the fiscal year ends Sunday. But it has set off alarm bells.


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