Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 11, 2019
Sept. 11, 2019 Savannah Morning News
Staff reports that Georgia has again been named the Top State for Business by Area Development magazine. The results are determined by the publication’s poll of site consultants and it’s the sixth consecutive year that the state has taken the top spot. “This announcement serves as a powerful testament to what we all know to be true: Georgia is the best place to live, work, and and raise a family,” said Governor Kemp.
Sept. 11, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Haisten Willis reports, when outsiders hear the word “Dalton,” the next word that comes to mind is typically “carpet.” The city proudly claims its textile heritage, with the vast majority of the world’s carpet still manufactured within a 65-mile radius of downtown. Yet Dalton and Whitfield County leaders want people to know there’s a lot more to the area.
Sept. 11, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Helena Oliviero and Mike Esterl report that a humming economy has helped lower poverty rates across the country, and Georgia has experienced one of the largest drops, according to a new U.S. Census report published Tuesday. The number of Georgians living in poverty declined by 2.8 percentage points between 2015-2016 and 2017-2018. Nationally, the dip was 1.1 percentage points.
Sept. 11, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that the automotive arm of Cox Enterprises is joining Ford and Amazon in its financial backing of Michigan-based electric automaker Rivian. Cox Automotive said Tuesday it’s invested $350 million into Rivian, which plans to produce an all-electric pickup truck and SUV.
Sept. 11, 2019 WABE 90.1
Emma Hurt reports that Georgia just saw a record-breaking year for film and television despite calls for a boycott over a controversial anti-abortion law signed earlier this year. Just under 400 productions with about a $2.9 billion impact have filmed in the state since last summer, Gov. Brian Kemp said at the state Capitol Tuesday.
Sept. 11, 2019 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports that Georgia may have had to play catch-up when preparing its legal environment for international arbitration, but it has a chance to lead the pack when it comes to another form of commercial dispute settlement, thanks to a new United Nations treaty. Signed in August, the Singapore Convention on Mediation aims to smooth out the enforceability of cross-border agreements reached via mediation, which is seen as a more congenial way to iron out disagreements.
Sept. 11, 2019 Gainesville Times
Kelsey Richardson reports, over the past six months Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan has set his sights on making Georgia “the technology capital of the East Coast.” During the University of North Georgia’s Regional Education and Economic Development Summit on Tuesday, Duncan spoke before community members about his focuses in Georgia.
Sept. 11, 2019 University of Georgia
Aaron Hale reports that the next phase of the University of Georgia’s Innovation District is advancing. The University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents approved the renovation of the Spring Street Building, which will be transformed into a creative and dynamic space to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and industry engagement at UGA. The $4.4 million project is expected to be completed by January 2021 through the support of private donations.
Sept. 11, 2019 Georgia Recorder
Beau Evans reports that agricultural, medical and library programs run by Georgia’s state-funded universities are poised for budget cuts in response to the statewide belt tightening Gov. Brian Kemp ordered last month. In all, the University System of Georgia plans to shave around $11 million off its roughly $2.6 billion budget through next June, and another $16.5 million the following budget year.
Sept. 11, 2019 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Georgia’s uninsured rate rose slightly in 2018, to 13.7 percent, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday. That gives Georgia the nation’s third-highest rate of people without health insurance. The state trails only Texas and Oklahoma.
Sept. 11, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
James Salzer reports that hundreds of state jobs would be eliminated and positions frozen — from consumer protection staffers and drivers license workers to school safety coordinators — under plans drawn up to meet Gov. Brian Kemp’s demand to cut spending. Many state programs would be scaled back or eliminated too, according to documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution under the state Open Records Act.