Georgia Trend Daily – Aug. 28, 2019

Aug. 29, 2019 Georgia State University

Shocks Put Economy on Lowered Growth Path, Despite Expected Federal Reserve Cuts

Jennifer Shockley reports that trade tensions, a reduction in business investment and an earlier than usual presidential election swoon are contributing to a lowered growth path for 2020-21, according to Rajeev Dhawan of the Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business. “Economic growth will take an oscillatory path, known as transition economics, to reach this lower level,” Dhawan wrote in his “Forecast of the Nation,” released today (Aug. 28).


Aug. 29, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Fare: Divine Dining

Krista Reese reports, Savannah in August: Almost as hot as its dining scene. With a newly minted James Beard Award-winning chef (Mashama Bailey, of The Grey) and a host of new restaurants, Savannah once again finds itself a dining destination.


Aug. 29, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Metro Atlanta adds 72,500 people, boosting population to 4.6 million

Jeremy Redmon reports that Metro Atlanta added 72,500 people in the past year, growth that boosted the region’s population to 4.6 million but is at a slightly slower rate than in the previous two years, according to estimates released Wednesday. Fulton, the region’s biggest county, added the most at 16,700, the largest single-year growth in the region. Gwinnett grew by 15,100; DeKalb, 8,500; and Cobb, 8,100, the Atlanta Regional Commission said.


Aug. 29, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

City of Atlanta, Cherokee and Henry counties show fastest growth in metro region

Dave Williams reports that Metro Atlanta added 72,500 new residents in the past year, with the fastest growth occurring in suburban Cherokee and Henry counties, and in the city of Atlanta, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) reported Wednesday. The 10-county region’s population is now more than 4.6 million, more than the population of 24 states.


Aug. 29, 2019 PCOM – Georgia

Mobile Medical Education Lab Unveiled

Staff reports, a drive down Interstate 75 was the maiden voyage for PCOM Georgia’s Mobile Medical Simulation Lab which was recently outfitted as a training vehicle for healthcare students. The ambulance was en route to the August 6, 2019, ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at PCOM South Georgia in Moultrie and illustrates the close relationship between the two PCOM campuses in Georgia.


Aug. 29, 2019

Turner Deepens Ties With Israeli Crowdsourced Video Startup Through Grant

Trevor Williams reports that Turner Broadcasting, which runs CNN, is deepening its ties with an Israeli startup that allows content producers to broadcast live video generated by users at conferences, protests, product releases or any event. The Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation announced that Turner and Snappers, an Or Yehuda, Israel-based company are to receive a grant to help jointly develop the crowdsourced video platform.


Aug. 29, 2019 Georgia Health News

Duncan task force to focus on costs and availability of health care

Andy Miller reports that Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announced Wednesday that he has formed a task force to tackle health care access and costs in Georgia. Duncan said the group will study medical price transparency and other “free-market’’ solutions, the use of data and technology, and employer innovations in health care.


Aug. 29, 2019 Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News, Marietta Daily Journal

Georgia’s senior senator, Johnny Isakson, to retire at year’s end

Rosie Manins reports that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., has announced his retirement, saying he intends to step down at the end of the year, three years before his term ends. Isakson, 74, who lives in east Cobb, issued a press release Wednesday morning confirming his resignation to Gov. Brian Kemp.


Aug. 29, 2019 Milledgeville Union-Recorder, Dalton Daily Citizen-News

Milledgeville Mohawk plant closing by the end of October

Gil Pound reports that Mohawk Industries notified employees at its Milledgeville plant Tuesday that the facility will be closing by the end of October, leaving around 200 workers without jobs. The company issued a press release Wednesday to formally announce the closure of the local yarn manufacturing facility. Mohawk is a global flooring manufacturer based in Calhoun. Mohawk made a similar announcement back in May for its Lyerly plant, saying it was scheduled to cease operations by June 30. That location reportedly employed 250.


Aug. 29, 2019 Albany Herald

Albany commissioners approve system to extract methane from city landfill

Alan Mauldin reports that the Albany City Commission voted to approve on Tuesday evening expenditures for landfill monitoring equipment and internet bandwidth. Commissioners approved a contract with Southern Enviro Construction of Columbia, Miss. to install a soil vapor extraction system at the Albany-Maple Street Inert Landfill at a cost of $293,500. The system will remove methane that has been produced by materials buried at the landfill.


Aug. 29, 2019 Georgia Recorder

Senate panel considers expanding gambling to sports, horses, casinos

Beau Evans reports that Georgia lawmakers angling for new revenue from legalized gambling in the state launched a fresh look Tuesday to consider  whether sports betting, horse racing and casino gambling can drum up new revenue for the state’s HOPE Scholarship. Supporters of legalized gambling tout a regulated gaming industry’s potential to shore up the state’s popular lottery-supported scholarship.


Aug. 29, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An inside look: Who could seek Johnny Isakson’s seat in 2020

Greg Bluestein reports that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s decision to retire at the end of the year paves the way for two separate U.S. Senate elections in 2020 – and two separate battles over who should replace the third-term Republican. The first will involve quiet jockeying to sway Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican who will soon tap someone to fill out the next year of Isakson’s term.

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