Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 18, 2019

Sept. 18, 2019

Tyson Foods Expands, Creates 100 Jobs in Mitchell Co.

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced today that Tyson Foods has expanded its existing facility in Camilla, creating 100 new jobs with an investment of $34.2 million. “Georgia’s existing industries are a vital component for job growth in every corner of the state,” said Governor Kemp. “We are grateful that Tyson Foods is continuing their investment in the State of Georgia and excited for the new opportunities that this expansion will create for Mitchell County and the region.”


Sept. 18, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports that Amazon is opening a 700,000-square-foot fulfillment center on the Gwinnett and DeKalb county line, creating 1,000 jobs. New York-based global asset management firm BlackRock Inc. is locating an innovation center along the Atlanta BeltLine. The innovation center – the company’s only one in the U.S. – could employ up to 1,000.


Sept. 18, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

As Delta expands facial scanning, opposition to technology grows

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that as Atlanta and a growing number of airports, travelers are having their faces scanned before checking in for an international flight at customs or at the boarding gate. In Atlanta and a growing number of airports, travelers are having their faces scanned before checking in for an international flight at customs or at the boarding gate. Delta Air Lines, which created what it calls its first biometric terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s international terminal, sees facial recognition as a convenience for travelers because they don’t have to pull out ID or a boarding pass at each checkpoint.


Sept. 18, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Fortune 500 company could transform giant Alpharetta mixed-use project

Douglas Sams reports that a Fortune 500 company that needs up 120,000 square feet of office space is in “late stage” negotiations with the developer of a new Alpharetta project. The disclosure comes from a filing made by real estate company TPA Group, which is asking the city of Alpharetta to expedite the project.


Sept. 18, 2019

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Retains Busiest Airport Crown, Sees Growth Potential Globally

Trevor Williams reports that Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport remains the busiest in the world, growing 3.3 percent to reach nearly 107.4 million passengers in 2018, according to Airports Council International. New numbers released by the trade group Sept. 16 confirmed a prediction earlier this year that ATL would retain its crown.


Sept. 18, 2019 Savannah Morning News

CZM breaks ground on new factory in Ellabell

Staff reports that foundation equipment manufacturer, CZM Foundation Equipment, broke ground on their new U.S. corporate and factory headquarters in Ellabell on Monday. The new facility will include a new 40,000-square-foot manufacturing shop in the Interstate Centre II industrial park.


Sept. 18, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

Development working on 18 different prospects

Doug Walker reports that the industrial recruitment business is usually a business that gets done behind the scenes without a lot of fanfare until it’s time for companies to make public a decision to locate a new facility or expand an existing operation. New Rome-Floyd County Development Authority President Missy Kendrick didn’t give specifics, but told her board of directors Tuesday that her office is actively working on 18 different prospects.


Sept. 18, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Augusta celebrates art

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the 39th annual Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival will take place next weekend, Sept. 20-22, at the Augusta Common and along Broad Street from 7th to 10th streets. This popular festival will feature more than 150 juried local and national artists and artisans, who will offer a variety of creations, from paintings to jewelry, woodworking to sculpture and much more.


Sept. 18, 2019 Newnan Times-Herald

‘Speak up for the South Side’

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that local parents are hoping for changes to a decision that ends children’s therapy services at the Fayette and Mount Zion locations of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Some Coweta parents received word Friday that the services at CHOA’s Piedmont Fayette office would be ending by the end of December. CHOA made it official on Monday.


Sept. 18, 2019 Gainesville Times

What lies ahead for inland port in Hall County

Jeff Gill reports that some nine months after its announcement, the Georgia Ports Authority’s planned inland port in northeast Hall County is still in early phases, said the authority’s chief administrative officer on Tuesday, Sept. 17.


Sept. 18, 2019 Brunswick News

Call center seeking 735 seasonal workers

Gordon Jackson reports that a customer care center in Brunswick plans to begin hiring 735 workers to support the increased demand during the upcoming holiday season. Radial, Inc., plans to begin hiring later this month for entry-level jobs starting at $11 an hour, plus overtime, as needed.


Sept. 18, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Legislators discuss lifting restrictions on Georgia nurse practitioners at Augusta study session

Tom Corwin reports that a joint legislative study committee on physician supervision of mid-level health care providers met Tuesday in Augusta and heard a plea from some to lift the state’s restrictions on what they are allowed to do for patients. Nurse practitioners would like the state to take the shackles off what they are allowed to do on their own, a joint legislative study committee was told Tuesday.


Sept. 18, 2019 Georgia Health News

No delay: Nonprofit hospitals must disclose financial data soon

Andy Miller reports that Georgia’s nonprofit hospitals will still have to disclose extensive financial data by Oct. 1, even though state regulations on this new requirement won’t be finished by then, state officials say. A disclosure law, passed by the General Assembly early this year, requires reporting of executive compensation and the financial holdings of hospitals, among other information.


Sept. 18, 2019 WABE 90.1

Do You Want To Be Georgia’s Next Senator? Apply Now

Emma Hurt reports that Gov. Brian Kemp announced Tuesday he’s accepting applications for the job of U.S. Senator online. In a statement, he said the idea is “to ensure an open and transparent appointment process.” Kemp has to fill the vacancy that will be left by Sen. Johnny Isakson at the end of the year, who plans to resign.  


Sept. 18, 2019 Georgia Recorder

State budget cuts won’t deter Morehouse maternal mortality study

Jill Nolin reports that black women in Georgia are at least three times more likely to die during or after pregnancy than their white counterparts. It’s an alarming and often cited, but also little understood, statistic. Morehouse School of Medicine, an historically black college near downtown Atlanta, intends to change that.


Sept. 18, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia officials say Purdue funds should go toward opioid recovery

Ariel Hart reports that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma made its first appearance in bankruptcy court Tuesday, less than a day after Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced in The Atlanta Journal Constitution that the state will join the bankruptcy deal. The company says it could mean $10 billion or more for the states, cities and towns that have sued. Detractors don’t believe that and say it doesn’t do enough.

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