Georgia Trend Daily – Aug. 13, 2019

Aug. 13, 2019 WABE 90.1

How Georgia Is Trying To Expand Computer Science Classes To Help Fill Jobs

Martha Dalton reports, as Georgia becomes more of a technology hub, it’s facing some big problems. According to the Georgia Department of Education, there are close to 20,000 open computing jobs in the state, but just 1,200 students graduate from Georgia colleges each year with computer science degrees.


Aug. 13, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Meetings – And More

Susan Percy reports that Jones Hooks says success in hosting conventions is a matter of working with what you have that is unique and making the most of it to create a “wow” moment or two. He should know. Hooks is the executive director of the Jekyll Island Authority, the agency responsible for management and stewardship of the state-owned island, which is home to the only beachside convention center on the east coast south of New Jersey.


Aug. 13, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS hires new CFO from PepsiCo

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that UPS announced it has hired PepsiCo executive Brian Newman as chief financial officer. The Sandy Springs-based shipping giant said current CFO Richard Peretz, 57, plans to retire.


Aug. 13, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta Air Lines donates $1.5 million to anti-human trafficking nonprofit

Alex Gailey reports that Delta Air Lines announced Monday it is donating $1.5 million to Polaris, an anti-human trafficking nonprofit and operator of National Human Trafficking Hotline. It’s part of the airline’s broader fight against human trafficking, which dates back to 2011.


Aug. 13, 2019 Savannah Morning News

July a record month for rail cargo at Port of Savannah

Katie Nussbaum reports that July was a record month for intermodal cargo at the Port of Savannah, achieving 10.5% growth during the month, the Georgia Ports Authority announced Monday. “We’re moving containers from ship to outgoing rail in less than 24 hours at the Port of Savannah,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.


Aug. 13, 2019

Gulfstream Approves Two Brazil Maintenance Centers

Trevor Williams reports that Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has approved two new companies to provide warranty and maintenance service on the Savannah-based company’s private jets in Latin America. Líder Aviação and Aero Rio Táxi Aéreo are based in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, respectively.


Aug. 13, 2019 Saporta Report

Okefenokee Swamp: Proposed sand mine may have national security implications

David Pendered reports that the proposal to mine sand near the Okefenokee Swamp could involve matters of national security. Products created with components in the sand are used in military aircraft, satellites, missiles and munitions, and naval vessels. The U.S. now imports almost 100 percent of the material and the top two sources are Japan and Russia; the Commerce Department is conducting a security analysis.


Aug. 13, 2019 Georgia Health News

Insurance chief seeks to clean house at Underwriting Association

Andy Miller reports that Georgia’s new insurance commissioner, John F. King, called Monday for the resignation of all board members of the Georgia Underwriting Association in the wake of the indictment of Jim Beck, the agency’s former chief. Beck faces trial over a 38-count indictment, which contains allegations that stem from Beck’s tenure as general manager of operations for the Georgia Underwriting Association.


Aug. 13, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Democrats slam Georgia GOP official who touts Republican ‘fertility advantage’

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia Democrats blasted a state GOP official who told a conservative gathering that Republicans are destined to dominate politics over the next few decades because Democratic women “forgot to reproduce.” Brant Frost V, who was recently elected the state party’s second vice-chair, said at a recent Oconee County GOP meeting that Republicans enjoy a “fertility advantage” over Democrats who are more likely to support abortion rights.


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