Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 25, 2019

Sept. 25, 2019 Savannah Morning News

More than 437,000 containers handled last month

Katie Nussbaum reports that Georgia Ports Authority has added another line to the record book, handling 437,750 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in August, making it the busiest month ever for containerized trade. During the GPA’s board meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 24, Executive Director Griff Lynch reported August volumes grew by 62,000 TEUs or 16.5% compared to the same month last year.


Sept. 25, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Fueling Growth

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, as the busiest and most efficient airport in the world, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is a behemoth – huge, complex, bustling and powerful. It’s the jewel in Georgia’s economic crown, providing more than 63,000 on-site jobs and generating more than $70 billion in economic impact for the state.


Sept. 25, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Metro Atlanta home prices post biggest increase since start of year

Michael E. Kanell reports that, fueled by strong job growth and low mortgage rates, the metro Atlanta housing market last month recorded its biggest jump in home prices since January. The median price of a home sold in the region in August hit $250,308 – up 6.5% from the same month a year ago, according to Re/Max.


Sept. 25, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Report: Georgia ranks 2nd among states for best road infrastructure

Andrew Vaupel and Jessica Saunders report that Georgia came out just below the top in a report comparing road infrastructure across all 50 states. The Peach State ranked 2nd in QuoteWizard’s report based on analysis of Federal Highway Administration data.


Sept. 25, 2019 Cartersville Daily Tribune

Russian developer has plans for 400,000 square-foot Adairsville development

James Swift reports that a representative of the City of Adairsville told The Daily Tribune News the municipality has received conceptual documents for a roughly 400,000-square-foot industrial development off Joe Frank Harris Parkway. According to Adairsville Community Development Director Richard Osborne, the applicant is PNK Group, the Russian developer responsible for the 3-million-square-foot Southern Gateway at Lambert Farms project in McDonough.


Sept. 25, 2019 Saporta Report

Tyler Perry, Jeff Sprecher to join JA Atlanta Business Hall of Fame

Maria Saporta reports that two stellar business leaders – Tyler Perry and Jeff Sprecher – will be inducted into the JA Atlanta Business Hall of Fame on Feb. 22, 2020. Perry is the owner of Tyler Perry Studios at Fort McPherson as well as an actor, filmmaker and philanthropist. Sprecher is the founder, chairman and CEO of Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE) as well as chairman of the New York Stock Exchange.


Sept. 25, 2019 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

$15 million in donations doubled the size of the John B. Amos Cancer Center

Allie Dean reports that more than two years of construction and $15 million-plus in community donations , renovation and expansion of Piedmont Columbus Regional’s John B. Amos Cancer Center is complete. The project almost doubled the size of the existing cancer center to 105,000 square feet, Sheree Tolbert, executive director of oncology services said.


Sept. 25, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald

Terrapin turning to solar energy to power brewery

Caitlin O’Donnell reports that Terrapin Beer Co. plans to install more than 1,000 solar panels to brew its beer. “It’s something we’ve always wanted to do. We have a big love for the outdoors and recreation is a brand pillar for Terrapin,” said Terrapin Beer Co. President Dustin Watts. “Being out in the outdoors, you start to love the planet and want to do the right thing for it. That’s been a continual inspiration as we grow.”


Sept. 25, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Promoting rural Georgia

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Gov. Brian Kemp is serious about bringing new business to rural areas of our state. To demonstrate his commitment, he’s launched a rural strike team to create an economic development plan that will attract businesses to rural Georgia and work with existing partners and organizations to further grow the state’s economy.


Sept. 25, 2019 Mercer University

Explore Southern rock and the ‘Macon sound’ at the new Museum at Capricorn

Jennifer Borage reports that the Museum at Capricorn has been living in Jared Wright’s head for the better part of a decade. While the old Capricorn Sound Studios in Macon, Georgia, has been under various ownership over the years, the intent was always to have some sort of exhibit and museum space. But it wasn’t until Mercer University got involved with the project that the idea would become a reality.


Sept. 25, 2019

Georgia’s Senators Want India’s Pecan Tariffs Removed in Trade Talks

Trevor Williams reports that as President Trump meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi twice this week, Georgia’s senators are urging his administration not to forget the plight of the pecan. Georgia’s signature tree nut faces a 36 percent tariff in the Indian market, “one of the most dynamic and fastest growing in the world,” according to a letter sent to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, whose team is working to iron out a deal that could restore India’s preferential trade access in the U.S.


Sept. 25, 2019 The Center Square

Georgia AG files legal brief seeking protections for school choice

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr fears that if a Montana court’s restriction on school choice programs is not reversed, it will open the door for other state courts to enact similar laws. The Montana Supreme Court’s decision excludes religious schools from the state’s tax credit scholarship program. Carr alleges that the ruling violates the parents’ First and 14th Amendment rights by discriminating against and punishing them for their religious decision.


Sept. 25, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Trump-Perdue bond reaches milestone and shapes Georgia Senate race

Tamar Hallerman reports that five years ago this month, when he was best known as a real estate mogul-turned-reality star who raised questions about President Barack Obama’s citizenship, Donald Trump telegraphed his admiration for David Perdue, the political newcomer who’d unexpectedly secured the GOP nomination for Georgia’s U.S. Senate seat.


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