Georgia Trend Daily – July 12, 2019

July 12, 2019 Georgia.gov

Kroger, Ocado Solutions to Build New Facility, Create 410 Jobs in Clayton County

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced Thursday that Kroger, one of the nation’s leading grocery retailers, and Ocado Solutions – a company specializing in cloud, robotics, and IT for retailers – will join forces to build a new Kroger distribution facility in Forest Park, creating 410 jobs and investing $121 million.

 

July  12, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Political Notes: Ups, Downs and In-Betweens

Susan Percy reports, former State Revenue Commissioner Lynne Riley, a Johns Creek resident, is Georgia’s new state treasurer, appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp. She is the first woman to hold the treasurer’s job; she previously served in the Georgia House of Representatives. David Curry, formerly the Henry County tax commissioner, succeeds Riley as state revenue commissioner.

 

July 12, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta sells more first class and other premium tickets, driving profits

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines says more passengers buying first class and business class tickets, seats with extra legroom and premium economy tickets helped increase revenue in a quarter with record results. Atlanta-based Delta saw a 10 percent increase in revenue from premium product tickets in the second quarter of this year.

 

July 12, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Two Atlanta tech companies to expand, adding hundreds of jobs

Douglas Sams and Brendan Ward report that two Atlanta technology companies plan to expand their headquarters, adding hundreds of jobs — another sign of the city’s booming tech sector. In Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, email marketing giant Mailchimp is expanding again.

 

July 12, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Summit brings state, international representatives to Chatham County

Katie Nussbaum reports that Thursday, State Rep. Carl Gilliard, D-Garden City, for the second year brought together a group of local, state and international representatives in an effort to build and strengthen the state’s global economic partnerships during the Georgia International Trade and Commerce Summit. “The international community is majorly important to the success of Georgia’s economic wheel. Our focus with the (summit) is to enhance relationships with other countries and keep that wheel turning,” Gilliard said during a press event at Garden City City Hall.

 

July 12, 2019 Emory University

Emory ranked as one of America’s Best Employers for Women

Staff reports that Emory University has been recognized as one of “America’s Best Employers for Women,” according to a new ranking by Forbes magazine. Emory was 41st among 300 American companies, schools and organizations included in the magazine’s second annual ranking, and fourth among Georgia-based companies.

 

July 12, 2019 Georgia Tech

Georgia Institute of Technology and Morehouse School of Medicine Announce Collaborative Effort for Health Technology Startup Development

Péralte Paul reports that Georgia Institute of Technology and Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) today announced the launch of a new initiative that will support MSM’s commercialization efforts to create health technology (HealthTech) startups. The effort brings the Institute’s globally recognized technology incubator — the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) — to the MSM campus, ranked the No. 1 medical school in the nation in fulfilling its social mission and the top ranking historically black college or university for producing patents (2009-2019).

 

July 12, 2019 University of Georgia

Muscadine growers urge people not to dismiss Georgia’s native grapes 

Merritt Melancon reports, many people dream of retiring from their day jobs and buying a wine vineyard. But those rolling hills and endless bottles of wine don’t come easy — cultivating European, or vinifera, wine grapes is hard work. For those who want the vines without the constant worries about fungus, frost and weeds, muscadines may be the answer, said Cain Hickey, a viticulture specialist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.

 

July 12, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Accelerate Southside launches

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development agency, and The Guild, a co-living organization helping entrepreneurs with business services that include asset and real estate ownership, are partnering in a new program for minority-owned businesses. Accelerate Southside will assist businesses south of Atlanta in growing and owning space as a wealth-building tool.

 

July 12, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Nursing Workforce Summit at AU addresses statewide nursing shortage

Erika Wells reports that there is no end in sight for the nursing shortage in Georgia, but leaders from the education and medical communities met Thursday in August to come up with possible solutions. The University System of Georgia in conjunction with Augusta University and Albany State University hosted the Nursing Workforce Summit at the J. Harold Harrison, M.D. Education Commons with attendees from across the state.

 

July 12, 2019 Saporta Report

Fort Mac board meets, but no decision yet on development agreement

Maggie Lee reports that the board of the public authority that’s overseeing the redevelopment of Fort McPherson met Thursday for the first time in four months. Its executive director was not present and board members asked about getting more information before they vote on a milestone plan for 145 acres of reconstruction.

 

July 12, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Conservatives urge Kemp to revive criminal justice council

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Brian Kemp is under pressure from a coalition of conservatives led by the FreedomWorks advocacy group to revive a criminal justice council his predecessor used to push sweeping changes to the legal system. The letter from FreedomWorks, signed by 10 state and national conservative leaders, urges Kemp to “keep Georgia at the forefront of criminal justice reform” by asking the Legislature to re-up the Council on Criminal Justice Reform next year.

 

 

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