Georgia Trend Daily – Aug. 8, 2019

Aug. 8, 2019 Clayton News Daily, Gwinnett Daily Post

Georgia ranked 4th best for small business friendliness

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced today that Thumbtack, a website and app that finds local professionals for projects, announced its 2019 Small Business Friendliness Survey, ranking 49 states and 44 cities based on licensing requirements, tax regulations, and labor and hiring regulations. Small business owners awarded Georgia an A+ this year, ranking 4th in the survey of small business friendliness.


Aug. 8, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

From the Publisher: Managing Mobility

Ben Young reports, with a good economy comes responsibility, and recent reports indicate Georgia’s success may hit a roadblock without significant action. Fortunately Georgia is already ramping up its transportation infrastructure, and traffic could soon become less of a reason for our growing workforce shortage.


Aug. 8, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Housing prices continue to rise as supply falls short

Jeremy J. Turley reports that the price of housing in metro Atlanta rose more than the national average over the last year, according to a report released Wednesday. The median sale price of a house in metro Atlanta rose 4.8% from a year ago, compared to a national increase of 4.3%, according to the National Association of Realtors.


Aug. 8, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta adds Procter & Gamble CEO to its board of directors

Alex Gailey reports that Delta’s board of directors is gaining a chief executive offer at a top consumer goods company. Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) announced Wednesday that David Taylor, president and CEO of Procter & Gamble, is its board of directors’ newest member.


Aug. 8, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Champions of corporate giving

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Atlanta-based Jackson Healthcare CEO and Chair Rick Jackson launched goBeyondProfit last year as a no-cost resource to help Georgia businesses evolve their corporate generosity programs. Now the nonprofit is working with more than 500 companies and individuals that have pledged to make a difference in their communities.


Aug. 8, 2019 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Empty Columbus Winn-Dixie had a $5M transformation. A new company plans to employ 600.

Nick Wooten reports that a call center projected to employ 600 people is the best use of a shuttered Winn-Dixie that Brian Sillitto, the executive vice president of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce, said he’s seen in his life. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Columbus Mayor Skip Henderson, various city officials and representatives with Colorado-based Global Callcenter Solutions (GCS) attended a ribbon cutting Wednesday to mark the company’s re-purposing of the old supermarket and the jobs it’s expected to create.


Aug. 8, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Abrams, Georgia Democrats team up to flip state House

Greg Bluestein reports that the Democratic Party of Georgia teamed with an arm of the voting rights group founded by Stacey Abrams to launch a high-dollar effort to flip the Republican-controlled state House. The Legislative Victory Fund, unveiled on Wednesday, is a joint initiative of the Fair Fight  PAC and the state party focused on winning 16 Republican seats in next year’s election. Republicans now hold a 105-75 advantage in the chamber.


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