Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 23, 2019

Sept. 23, 2019 Saporta Report

ATL ties at 8th in bellwether office market of flex space, despite, WeWork woes

Davide Pendered reports that the perceived market value of WeWork, the largest operator of flexible office space in the city of Atlanta, is cratering on Wall Street. But WeWork’s market niche – co-work office spaces favored by tech firms – is here to stay and expected to expand in metro Atlanta, according to a new report from CBRE.


Sept. 23, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia Roundup

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) has unanimously directed Georgia Power, the state’s largest utility, to double its solar capacity and increase the use of renewable energy. The directive calls for adding 2,210 megawatts of new solar panel capacity by 2024. That’s enough to power more than 200,000 homes.


Sept. 23, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia regulatory staff pushes against higher natural gas rates

Matt Kempner reports that Georgia elected officials should cut — not increase — monthly natural gas charges for more than 1.6 million customers in metro Atlanta and elsewhere in the state, regulatory staffers have advised. In June, Atlanta Gas Light asked state regulators to approve a $96 million rate increase, the largest it had requested in recent memory.


Sept. 23, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

New hotel planned near Amazon’s future fulfillment center in Gwinnett County

David Allison reports that a new hotel is planned just up the street from where Amazon will build a huge new fulfillment center on the border of Gwinnett and DeKalb counties. Exceptional Hospitality is proposing the five-story hotel on 2.6 acres at the intersection of West Park Place Boulevard and Bermuda Road, east of Stone Mountain and just south of U.S. 78, according to plans filed with Gwinnett County.


Sept. 23, 2019 Georgia Southern University

Propeller Club recognizes Parker College of Business Students

Staff reports that two students in the Parker College of Business have been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Propeller Club United States – Port of Savannah. Mohammad Abdallah and Alecia Breen received the Gus Dubus Scholarship, which is awarded by the Propeller Club each year to four area college students who maintain a 3.0 GPA while majoring in logistics and intermodal transportation. “The Propeller Club – Port of Savannah is all about bringing the maritime community together,” stated Abdallah, senior logistics student and Parker Business Scholar.


Sept. 23, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

Do NW Georgia Beef producers need regional processing facility?

Doug Walker reports that Bartow County Extension will host Northwest Georgia beef producers Wednesday evening for a session to discuss the feasibility of developing a Georgia branded Beef and local processing program. Information to be presented comes from a study that was sponsored in part by Farm Credit Associations of Georgia, Georgia Electric Membership Corporation, Georgia Farm Bureau, and the Georgia Department of Agriculture.


Sept. 23, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

SRS contractor wins national safety award for mercury monitoring

Staff reports that a liquid waste contractor for Savannah River Site has won a national safety award for its efforts to protect workers from mercury vapors. Savannah River Remediation won the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association award for innovative work in worker safety, according to a Department of Energy news release. Mercury and mercury vapor can be found at SRS as a byproduct of processing nuclear materials for national defense, medical programs, space missions and research.


Sept. 23, 2019

Fintech Event to Provide a Tale of Three Countries: U.S., Brazil and China 

Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta’s financial technology preeminence largely resides in payment processing, but like the U.S. overall, companies here are working to catch up with the rest of the world when it comes to adopting new and seamless transaction technology.  They’ll have a chance Sept. 26 to observe the payment patterns in two of the world’s biggest markets — China and Brazil — at an upcoming forum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.


Sept. 23, 2019 Macon Telegraph

Amerson River Park recognized for cleaner river and other Middle Georgia awards

Jenna Eason reports that the pleasure of living in Middle Georgia comes largely from people in the community who commit their time and effort to make it such a great place. Often, these community leaders, students and organizations receive awards for their efforts in being the best they can be and making Middle Georgia a better place.


Sept. 23, 2019 Milledgeville Union-Recorder

Committee meeting on maternal mortality draws criticism

Riley Bunch reports that the highly anticipated first study committee meeting on maternal mortality in Georgia caused backlash from women’s rights advocates. The House Study Committee on maternal mortality met for the first time and committee members peppered presenters with questions on how the mortality data was collected. Lawmakers questioned the validity of the data and the collection process which shows extreme rates of maternal mortality in Georgia.


Sept. 23, 2019 The Center Square

Georgia’s SOS investigates security risks after machines with voter data is stolen

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia Secretary of State’s office has launched and an investigation into Fulton County’s elections process after two Express Poll Books were stolen the night before a local election. Secretary Brad Raffensperger said the incident may be a result of an unsecured voting location.


Sept. 23, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Facebook post triggers Democratic revolt in northwest Georgia county

Greg Bluestein reports that when Tracy Maddux began his campaign to be Chattooga County’s magistrate judge 22 years ago, just about everyone he knew and trusted told him he’d better run as a Democrat. He’s secured five more terms since then, winning comfortably as a Democrat even as the county became more reliably Republican.



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