Georgia Trend Daily – July 11, 2019

July 11, 2019

Amazon to Build New Fulfillment Center, Create 1,000 Jobs in Gwinnett, DeKalb Counties

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced yesterday that Amazon will open a new fulfillment center in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties, creating 1,000 new jobs. “I am excited to announce that Amazon will expand its operations here in Georgia,” said Governor Kemp. “This announcement demonstrates that the Peach State has proven itself as a leading competitor for investment from the world’s most revered companies, and I am excited for the opportunities that this new facility will create for hardworking Georgians in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties.”


July 11, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Business Casual: Spirited Slogans

Susan Percy writes, the old Atlanta slogan that proclaimed it “The World’s Next Great International City” seemed a bit more aspirational than realistic for the first few years it was floating around in the early 1970s. Noble idea, but was it likely to be prophetic or quickly relegated to the place where old marketing catchphrases go to die? Yes it was, as is turned out, especially since that goal was backed by strong leadership and a lot of hard work.


July 11, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fort Mac redevelopment threatened by rift between developer, agency

Staff reports that when an Atlanta developer inked a deal in May 2017 to revitalize 145 acres of the former Fort McPherson, hopes were high the project would provide a boost to a slice of southwest Atlanta long starved for investment. But two years later, the relationship between the government body overseeing Fort Mac and developer Stephen Macauley has soured, threatening to derail one of the city’s largest redevelopment projects in an area still reeling from the recession and the 2011 closure of the Army post.


July 11, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

New leader takes temporary reins at Georgia Tech economic development arm

Jessica Saunders reports that a new leader is stepping in at Georgia Tech’s economic development unit. Karen Fite will lead the Enterprise Innovation Institute while Tech searches for a permanent replacement for Chris Downing, who retired in June. Fite is an associate vice president at the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2).


July 11, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Swiss manufacturer to open facility in Bryan County

Staff reports that Preci-Dip, a Swiss manufacturer of electronic connector pins, will open its first U.S. production facility in Bryan County, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Wednesday. The company’s 47,000-square-foot facility will be located at Interstate Centre industrial park, adjacent to U.S. 280 and Interstate 16. The $13.6 million project is expected to create 100 new jobs.


July 11, 2019 Albany Herald

Kemp appoints Barr to Judicial Qualifications Commission

Staff reports that Gov. Brian Kemp appointed former Congressman Bob Barr to the Judicial Qualifications Commission last week. Based on O.C.G.A. § 15-1-21, the JQC has 10 members with three on a hearing panel and seven on an investigative panel. Barr succeeds Edward Tolley on the investigative panel for a term ending June 30, 2021.


July 11, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Across Georgia, Atlanta, Newnan, Richmond Hill, Conyers

Julia Roberts reports, in light of last week’s holiday and all of the events around Georgia, we want to help you get you ready for Labor Day. We’re giving you information on five events, but one covers the state of Georgia, so no matter where you are, there’s something near you! Happy Labor Day 2019, now go see Georgia!


July 11, 2019 Newnan Times-Herald

Wares make final gift in $2.5 million pledge to Piedmont

Winston Skinner reports that Holland Ware and Faye Hendrix-Ware have made their final contribution to fulfill a pledge of $2.5 million to support expansion at Piedmont Newnan Hospital. The gift of the Hogansville residents helped support construction of the new 18-bed Advanced Care Unit that opened on Dec. 20, 2018, and started the High Risk Breast Clinic at the Faye Hendrix-Ware Breast Health Center.


July 11, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Auto supplier gives pre-opening plant tour

Damon Cline reports that a European auto supplier opening its U.S. headquarters in Augusta gave local officials a pre-opening tour of the plant that will produce acoustic barriers for automakers such as BMW, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz. Executives with Barcelona, Spain-based Acoustic & Insulation Techniques on Wednesday said the 75,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution center in the Forward Augusta Industrial Park will open in October with more than two-dozen employees.


July 11, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hispanic turnout in Georgia surged in 2018, analysis finds

Greg Bluestein reports that Hispanic turnout in Georgia more than doubled in last year’s midterm election compared to the 2014 vote, according to a Univision analysis of voter participation. The outlet found that 135,000 Hispanics voted in the 2018 election, which was headlined by the gubernatorial race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp.


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