Georgia Trend Daily – July 5, 2019

July 5, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Countdown begins to coastal Ga. spaceport decision

Mary Landers reports that after a nearly five-month delay caused by missing information, officials at the Federal Aviation Administration have begun reviewing a license application for the proposed Spaceport Camden. Kenneth Wong, manager of the FAA Licensing and Evaluation Division, informed the Camden County Commission chairman in a letter dated June 28 that the stalled review had been restarted.


July 5, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Fare: The Eyes Have It

Krista Reese reports, remember when food halls were the revolutionary new dining concept? With little stalls and communal tables, as well as fine-dining, sit-down spots? Within a few short years, the concept has become so mainstream that Krog Street Market, which opened in 2014, now seems almost quaint compared to giant food-centric projects like Ponce City Market (PCM).


July 5, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Federal disaster aid is coming, but S.W. Georgia will have to wait

Tamar Hallerman reports that last month, dozens of farmers and local bankers gathered in the South Georgia town of Doerun, a farming community still aching from the damage wrought by Hurricane Michael, to celebrate Congress’ passage of a long-awaited disaster relief bill and learn about what’s next. What they heard from state officials was a broad outline that help was on the way – but few specifics.


July 5, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta office space in development highest since 2008

Douglas Sams reports that in Atlanta, spec office development is back. Across the city, developers are going spec on three towers, or starting construction without tenants signed to leases. In Buckhead, mall owner Simon Property Group is underway on a 13-story tower at Phipps Plaza.


July 5, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

OTR Wheel Engineering attracts new capital investors

Doug Walker reports that the addition of new investors out of Texas will not mean any significant operational changes at Rome-based OTR Wheel Engineering. OTR CEO Fred Taylor said the company has been expanding dramatically and he felt it was better to bring in some investors rather than borrow money to fuel continued growth.


July 5, 2019 WABE 90.1

How A Simple Change Could Help Reduce Student Loan Defaults; GSU Researchers Study Options

Martha Dalton reports that almost a quarter of college students who take out loans are expected to default within four years of leaving school, according to U.S. Education Department data. However, researchers at Georgia State University may have found a way to ease the default rate.


July 5, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Co-working space honored

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Atlanta Urban Design Commission recently bestowed its 2019 Award of Excellence for Adaptive Use on Constellations, a civic and socially based shared workspace. The award recognized the revitalization of a historic building located in the center of Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn neighborhood, which was ground zero for the Civil Rights Movement and the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


July 5, 2019 Albany Herald

Solar ‘farms’ sprouting up all over Southwest Georgia

Alan Mauldin reports as Georgia Power Co. has expanded its use of renewable energy, multiple companies have won bids to construct solar farms — from the small to the very large. Two large projects under way are on Moultrie Road in Dougherty County and near Baconton in Mitchell County.


July 5, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

Lerah Lee enters Republican field of candidates for 7th Congressional District seat

Curt Yeomans reports that a Duluth resident and veteran educator who is the mother of five children is the latest candidate to jump into the growing Republican field of candidates running for the 7th Congressional District seat. Lerah Lee recently kickoff her campaign with an event at The Lodge at W.P. Jones Memorial Park in Duluth.


July 5, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Puerto Rico governor asks Kemp to end ‘disturbing’ license policy

David Wickert and Greg Bluestein report that the governor of Puerto Rico has asked Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to address “disturbing irregularities” cited in a lawsuit that claims the state discriminates against Puerto Rico natives who apply for driver’s licenses. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, claims the Georgia Department of Driver Services illegally treats U.S. citizens from Puerto Rico differently than others applying for driver’s licenses.



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