Georgia Trend Daily – Aug. 28, 2019

Aug. 28, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Gulfstream awarded $40M NOAA contract

Staff reports that Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. on Monday announced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has established a contract for a Gulfstream G550. The aircraft will support NOAA’s weather forecasting and research programs.


Aug. 28, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

DragonCon returns

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, now in its 32nd year, the internationally known pop culture convention known as Dragon Con returns to Atlanta Labor Day weekend. This year, the event welcomes some 85,000 fans of science fiction, fantasy and gaming during its run from Thursday, Aug. 29, through Monday, Sept. 2.


Aug. 28, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson duty free shops losing millions of dollars

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Hartsfield-Jackson International officials are making plans to cut the rent for the airport’s duty-free shop operator amid lackluster international traveler demand. Duty Free Americas Peachtree LLC managing member Simon Falic wrote in a letter to Hartsfield-Jackson general manager John Selden that “the business never lived up to our expectations and resulted in multi-million dollars losses each year.”


Aug. 28, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

$150M investment aims to strengthen Georgia film’s Achilles’ heel

Eric Mandel reports that Georgia’s billion-dollar film industry is a star for the Georgia economy, but it still loses too much post-production work to Hollywood. Len Gibson and Wayne Overstreet say it doesn’t have to be that way. Their new company, Go Media Productions, is investing $150 million into Georgia’s film business that will keep those important post-production jobs like film-editing, sound design and special effects from being lost to the West Coast.


Aug. 28, 2019 PCOM – South Georgia

What is Osteopathic Medicine?

Staff reports, for the past two and a half years, the South Georgia community has been awaiting the region’s new, four-year medical program in Moultrie, Georgia. The newest location of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, PCOM South Georgia – Southwest Georgia’s only four-year medical program – opened in August to great fanfare. Now that the celebrations have died down, the inaugural class of 55 students is learning how to practice osteopathic medicine—but what does this mean?


Aug. 28, 2019 WABE 90.1

Record Gift From Blank Family Foundation To Help Create Westside Park

Emil Moffat reports, plans to create the largest greenspace in Atlanta received a major boost Tuesday. The Blank Family Foundation is giving a $17.5 million grant to help create Westside Park, which is expected to be 100 acres larger than Piedmont Park. The grant is the largest single gift in the history of the Atlanta BeltLine.


Aug. 28, 2019 Brunswick News

Judge denies injunction in seismic testing case

Wes Wolfe reports that the Trump administration has a habit of moving slower regarding environmental regulatory matters than public statements would lead people to believe, and that habit came around to actually benefit the federal government in a ruling announced Monday in U.S. District Court in South Carolina. U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel denied motions for a preliminary injunction made by three separate groups of plaintiffs seeking to halt seismic airgun testing off the Atlantic Coast.


Aug. 28, 2019 GPB

East Point Selected To Pilot First Metro Area City Agriculture Plan

Ross Terrell reports, “East point is the first city in metro Atlanta to develop a city agriculture plan!” Those words echoed through the room at the ArtsXchange in East Point as Kim Karris, executive director of Food Well Alliance, made the announcement. More than 50 people gathered Wednesday to kick off phase one of the program.


Aug. 28, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

City of Snellville working with partners for $85 million development to Towne Center

Taylor Denman reports that Snellville Mayor Barbara Bender announced Monday night a new project that will expand shopping, dining and entertainment at a new walkable destination called The Grove at Towne Center. The project’s $85 million first phase will commence construction in 2020 and spaces will be ready for businesses in 2021.


Aug. 28, 2019 Georgia Health News

State launches probe of ethylene oxide leak at Smyrna facility

Brenda Goodman reports that the state’s Environmental Protection Division launched an immediate investigation Tuesday of a previously undisclosed leak of toxic gas at a Smyrna medical sterilizing facility. The amount of the ethylene oxide leaked last month was less than 6 pounds, said Sterigenics, the company that runs the sterilization plant. If it had been more than 10 pounds, the company would have been obligated to report the leak quickly to state regulators.


Aug. 28, 2019 Georgia Recorder

Top Ga. House Democrat says uphill fight to control chamber winnable

Jill Nolin reports, do Georgia Democrats see a realistic opportunity to flip the state House of Representatives back to Democratic control for the first time in 15 years? House Minority Leader Bob Trammell, who represents a rural district, was asked how his party sees its prospects of coming out on top in the costly race to control the chamber while on Tuesday’s Political Rewind on GPB.


Aug. 28, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia opioid lawsuit moved to business court, stays in Gwinnett

Ariel Hart reports that the state’s lawsuit against opioid manufacturers has been transferred to a special court in Gwinnett County originally set up to hear business disputes. Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, who is in charge of the case on behalf of the state, requested the move. He said in a statement that it was good news because the court would have more resources to deal with such a complex case.


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