Georgia Trend Daily – July 16, 2019
July 16, 2019 Rome News-Tribune
Doug Walker reports that Tuesday is D-Day for Georgia Power Plant Hammond. The Georgia Public Service Commission is slated to rule on the utility’s Integrated Resource Plan which calls for the decertification of the plant almost immediately following the ruling. Once the plant is officially taken offline, Georgia Power plans to move on with a demonstration of solar power on the old coal ash ponds at Plant Hammond.
July 16, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the nonprofit Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta has awarded a total of $200,000 in PROPEL Innovation Grants to 10 organizations that are reimagining Jewish life in the city. The grants will help launch creative, scalable projects that can positively impact the community.
July 16, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tia Mitchell reports that DeKalb County should push MARTA to extend a rail line to the city of Stonecrest, a split DeKalb County commission has decided. Commissioners voted 4-1-2 to narrowly approve a resolution that says heavy or light rail along Interstate 20 should be included in an upcoming Transit Master Plan.
July 16, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle
David Allison reports that logistics real estate giant Prologis Inc. on July 15 announced a nearly $4 billion deal to acquire the wholly owned properties of Denver-based Industrial Property Trust, greatly expanding Prologis’ holdings in Atlanta. San Francisco-based Prologis (NYSE: PLD) will acquire IPT’s 37.5 million square foot operating portfolio comprising 236 properties, 96 percent of which are in existing Prologis markets.
July 16, 2019 Georgia Southern University
Staff reports that Jaymin Patel, a recent finance and information systems graduate from the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University, was named Student Anaplanner of the Year by Anaplan Inc., a pioneer in Connected Planning, which joins people together with plans and data to accelerate business value. He was recognized in San Francisco at the company’s Connected Planning Xperience (CPX) conference in June.
July 16, 2019 GPB
Emily Jones reports that Alabama company wants to mine for heavy minerals near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Georgia. The proposal from Twin Pines Minerals called for mining on more than 2,414 acres of land in Charlton County. The land is home to gopher tortoises and frogs, which are endangered, but Twin Pines said it’ll move them.
July 16, 2019 Brunswick News
Taylor Cooper reports that Sea Palms Resort on St. Simons Island was recently acquired by a Texas company looking to revitalize the business, which includes room rentals, a golf course and conference center. “Two back-to-back hurricanes in 2017 and 2018 took a toll on the Sea Palms property, prompting the recent owner, the Ardent Group, to sell the property in May of this year,” according to a press release from Sea Palms.
July 16, 2019 Newnan Times-Herald
Neil Monroe reports that a new study on Newnan’s housing market details a not-so-surprising outlook for the city: residential growth will not only continue but accelerate quickly over the next 20 years. This surging growth will create a new dimension of challenges to the city as it seeks to manage this population explosion and the changing demographics that accompany it.
July 16, 2019 Georgia.org
Staff reports that Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today announced that Edifecs, Inc., a global health information technology solutions company, plans to hire up to 200 associates in the next three to five years in a new office location in Fulton County. “We are pleased to welcome Edifecs to Atlanta,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Georgia has become a magnet for technology-driven companies, and we are encouraged by the fact that leading West Coast companies like Edifecs are choosing Georgia to expand their East Coast operations.”
July 16, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman report, so far, the dominant themes of the Democratic side of the 2020 U.S. Senate contest in Georgia has been its slow formation and leftward drift, even as Republican incumbent David Perdue rakes in boatloads of campaign cash. Matt Lieberman is an entrepreneur, author and former educator.