Georgia Trend Daily – July 22, 2019

July 22, 2019 GPB

$750K Awarded To South Georgia Hospital Authority For Rural Health Care

Ellen Eldridge reports that the federal government on Thursday awarded one South Georgia hospital authority funding from $20 million distributed to 27 organizations nationwide to develop new rural residency programs. In South Georgia, the Hospital Authority of Colquitt County received a $750,000 award from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Rural Residency Planning and Development Program grants.


July 22, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia Roundup

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Athens has become Georgia’s fourth city to adopt the goal of 100 percent clean and renewable electricity. The Athens-Clarke County Commission voted unanimously on a resolution to transition away from polluting energy sources that contribute to climate change by 2035.


July 22, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta-based Accenture exec named North American CEO

J. Scott Trubey reports that the top executive in the Southeast for consulting giant Accenture has been selected as chief executive of the company’s North American operations. Jimmy Etheredge, who will remain based in Atlanta, will take over responsibility for the company’s more than 55,000 North American personnel on Sept. 1.


July 22, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta adds almost 32,000 tech jobs in five years

Douglas Sams reports that Atlanta is the country’s fourth fastest-growing market for tech jobs, with almost 32,000 added in the past five years, according to a new report. Only San Francisco, New York and Toronto saw greater increases over that period, based on research released by commercial real estate services company CBRE Inc.


July 22, 2019 PCOM South Georgia

South Georgia High School Students Attend Inaugural PCOM South Georgia Opportunities Academy

Staff reports that sixteen 10th, 11th and 12th grade students from Cairo High School in Cairo and Colquitt County High School in Norman Park recently attended a week-long Opportunities Academy designed to familiarize them with healthcare careers. According to Aisha DeBerry, director of diversity and community partnerships, “The Academy, held June 24 to 28, was intentional in reaching surrounding high school students for summer programming to expose them to both healthcare education and the healthcare industry.”


July 22, 2019 Albany Herald

MEAG Power completes financing round for Vogtle expansion

Staff reports that MEAG Power announced this week the completion of a limited public debt offering, raising $619 million, which will fund SPVJ’s share of the anticipated completion costs related to the Vogtle Units 3 & 4 Project near Waynesboro. SPVJ is a wholly-owned affiliate of MEAG Power.


July 22, 2019 Emory University

It’s official: Emory recognized as largest employer in metro Atlanta

Staff reports that Emory University is the largest employer in metro Atlanta, according to a new list published today by The Atlanta Business Chronicle. Emory, which had been second only to Delta Air Lines in the number of people it employs in the 20-county Atlanta metro region, surpassed the airline in the size of its local workforce for the first time since the publication began the list in 1990.


July 22, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Focus on Finster

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that followers of Georgia folk artist Howard Finster will be treated to an art exhibition in Northeast Georgia, beginning this weekend. Main Street Gallery in Clayton – one of the Southeast’s preeminent folk art galleries – is hosting “Finster Forward: Art by Howard Finster and the Finster Fest Artists He Inspires” through Aug. 21.


July 22, 2019 University of Georgia

UGA Extension pecan specialist cautions growers about dieback of pecan branches

Clint Thompson reports that nearly a year after thousands of trees were destroyed by Hurricane Michael, Georgia pecan producers are reporting the dieback of pecan branches and leaf burning in trees that survived the October 2018 storm, according to Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist. The conditions, which are occurring in trees ranging from 2 to 15 years old, are not uncommon following storms that feature high winds, Wells said, attributing the problems to delayed hurricane damage.


July 22, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Paine College has yet to start search for new leader

Sarah LeBlanc reports that Paine College is in a state of transition after the retirement of President Jerry Hardee. Helene Carter, the assistant vice president of institutional advancement, said the college has not started a search process since announcing July 8 that Hardee retired effective July 1. Dr. Cheryl Jones, Paine’s provost and vice president, was named interim president, but Carter said she knows of no plans to hire Jones as the permanent president.


July 22, 2019 Georgia Health News, WebMD

Neighborhoods unaware of airborne cancer-causing toxin

Andy Miller and Brenda Goodman report that the year Ann Singley was diagnosed with breast cancer, 2007, a company now called BD Bard, which sterilizes medical devices, reported releasing more than 9,000 pounds of a gas called ethylene oxide into the air about a half-mile from her home. As Singley began her treatment, scientists at the EPA had just begun a 10-year study to better understand the risks of ethylene oxide to human health.


July 22, 2109 Saporta Report

Leadership search for politically active Sierra Club of Georgia begins Saturday

David Pendered reports that the discussion begins Saturday about replacing the departing director of the Sierra Club’s Georgia chapter, one of the state’s few environmental organizations that endorses political candidates, seeks to influence legislation and sway public opinion.


July 22, 2019 Newnan Times-Herald

HD 71 ballot set, forum scheduled

Sarah Faye Campbell reports that the ballot is now set for the House District 71 special election, and a candidate forum is scheduled for Aug. 7. Candidate qualifying for the Sept. 3 election ended Friday afternoon, and four candidates qualified: Democrat Jill Prouty and Republicans Nina Blackwelder, Marcy Sakrison and Philip Singleton.


July 22, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A trio of Georgia polls point to 2020 challenges for Dems

Greg Bluestein reports that three separate polls released over the last week hint at the challenges ahead for Democrats aiming to flip Georgia in next year’s presidential contest for the first time in more than a quarter-century. The first, conducted by Morning Consult, showed both Gov. Brian Kemp and Sen. David Perdue – who is seeking another term next year – hovering just above or just below the 50-percent mark.




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