Georgia Trend Daily – July 26, 2019

July 26, 2019 Metro Atlanta CEO

Senoia, Summerville Ranked as Safest Cities in Georgia

Cindy Morley reports that Senoia, in Coweta County, has jumped into the top spot for the safest cities in Georgia, according to the latest survey performed by Senoia earned the top spot based on its low property crime numbers—just 39 total compared to second-place Summerville’s 48.


July 26, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Trendsetters: Savings Smarts for Kids

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that serial entrepreneur Tim Sheehan and his wife, Kelly, grew tired of constantly having to run to the ATM at the last minute to withdraw cash for their kids’ school field trips, movies and sports activities. Because Tim had helped build financial technology companies in the past, like E*TRADE and Yahoo Finance, he knew there had to be a better way to solve the problem.


July 26, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta job growth solid, but unemployment rate jumps

Michael E. Kanell reports that Metro Atlanta’s economy had a solid June, adding a better-than-average 7,600 jobs during the month, according to a report Thursday from the Georgia Department of Labor. That hiring was a bounce-back from the region’s somewhat disappointing May, a sign that the record-long economic expansion hasn’t yet run out of steam.


July 26, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Why Delta Air Lines didn’t buy Boeing’s 737 Max

Alex Gailey reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. nearly joined its rivals in purchasing the ill-fated Boeing 737 Max jet, an aircraft model grounded worldwide in March after two deadly crashes that killed nearly 350 people. Delta CEO Ed Bastian explained the 737 Max is a “good product” and “very competitive” during the airline’s second-quarter earnings call on July 11.


July 26, 2019 GPB

Fulton County Launches Study To Determine Music Industry’s Economic Impact

Ross Terrell reports that Fulton County officials want to know more about the impact the music industry has on the county’s economy. County officials along with Georgia Music Partners and Sound Mobility announced Thursday they were launching a study to do just that.


July 26, 2019

Atlanta’s Cortland to Buy Canadian REIT for $1.2 Billion

Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta-based multifamily developer Cortland Partners LLC has agreed to buy the outstanding units of a Canada-based real estate investment trust for $7.61 per unit, the equivalent of about $1.2 billion.  Pure Multi-Family REIT, a publicly traded company, settled on Cortland after entertaining interest from some 90 potential buyers since 2018 through its advisor, Scotiabank, the Vancouver-based firm said in a news release announcing the deal.


July 26, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

Zodiac Data Systems moving to Norcross for expansion

Curt Yeomans reports that the space communications, telemetry and testing instrumentation arm of a global aerosystems company is moving to Norcross. Officials from Zodiac Data Systems joined representatives from Partnership Gwinnett and Norcross leaders to announce the company’s relocation and expansion earlier this week. The company is a subsidiary of Safran Aerosystems.


July 26, 2019 University of Georgia

Extension training helps keep Georgia’s produce safe

J. Merritt Melancon and Sage Barnard report that over the past decade, Americans have fallen in love with locally grown produce, but just because something is grown nearby doesn’t automatically make it safe. Small and beginning farmers, who put a lot of their energy into producing quality vegetables, might not have the education or experience to know how to keep their produce as safe as possible.


July 26, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Innovative partnership launched

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Digital Ignition, a co-working business incubator in Alpharetta, recently formalized a business alliance with Forward Forsyth, a public-private partnership of the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, Forsyth County Government, the Development Authority of Forsyth County, Forsyth County Schools and Lanier Technical College.


July 26, 2019 Georgia Health News

Illinois activists join Georgians’ fight over ethylene oxide

Andy Miller and Brenda Goodman report that some had just moved here. Some had lived here for years. Some were trying to sell their homes and leave. Everyone was struggling to absorb news that broke last week that state and federal environmental regulators had flagged certain neighborhoods in the area as having higher cancer risks because of a toxic gas called ethylene oxide.


July 26, 2019 Access WDUN

Kemp names new commissioner at Department of Juvenile Justice

Staff reports that a week after Avery Niles of Gainesville was fired as the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), Gov. Brian Kemp has appointed a replacement. Tyrone Oliver of Newton County, who has served various law enforcement agencies in the state, comes to DJJ from the city of Social Circle where he has been Deputy City Manager since November 2018.


July 26, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia’s electronic voting machines put on trial

Mark Niesse reports that a federal judge who is deciding whether to shut down Georgia’s 27,000 electronic voting machines heard testimony Thursday that they flipped votes, lost ballots and posed election security risks. A packed courtroom listened as U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg considered a request that she immediately put the state’s 17-year-old voting machines out of service for this fall’s local elections, which include votes for the Atlanta school board, the Fulton County Commission and city councils across the state.


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