Georgia Trend Daily – Oct. 15, 2019

Oct. 15, 2019 Mercer University

Mercer, Robins Air Force Base Announce Partnership to Bring Software Development Center to Downtown Macon

Kyle Sears reports that Mercer University and Robins Air Force Base today announced a partnership that will bring an innovative software development center and 50 new high-tech jobs to downtown Macon. The center will develop software for the U.S. Air Force (USAF) in a corporate laboratory setting. It will be housed in the ground floor of The Lofts at Capricorn, located at the corner of Plum Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., and is expected to open in early 2020.


Oct. 15, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Working Smarter

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that smart cities are being discussed a lot these days, and while definitions vary, the common denominator is the use of new technology to improve infrastructure services, sustainability or government efficiency. There are many different approaches to creating a smart city or community, but none rivals the collaborative program launched last year in our state.


Oct. 15, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fulton County, Atlanta runoff elections take place today

Arielle Kass reports that early voting or municipal elections in Fulton County begins today. But for some voters, it’s Election Day, as well. Polls open today for two runoff races: the Fulton County commission’s District 6 seat formerly held by Emma Darnell; and the Atlanta school board District 2 seat vacated by Byron Amos.


Oct. 15, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta bakery plant to close, 240 to be laid off

David Allison reports that the ovens are going cold at a big Atlanta baking plant. Brill Inc., a subsidiary of a CSM Bakery Solutions, says it is ceasing manufacturing at its Atlanta Frozen facility at 3301 Montreal Industrial Way in Tucker, with 240 employees losing their jobs, according to a notice filed with the Georgia Department of Labor.


Oct. 15, 2019

CARE Brings the Global Fight for Girls’ Empowerment Home to Atlanta

Trevor Williams reports that this year, the international nonprofit CARE will for the first time conduct poverty-alleviation work in Atlanta, instituting a savings program for women based on a model that took off first in Niger. Village Savings and Loan Associations brings women together in local financial cooperatives, allowing them to pool funds to preserve personal wealth and issue loans to spur small business activity.


Oct. 15, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal

Manufacturing leaders share success stories at Georgia Manufacturing Summit

Staff reports that leaders in the manufacturing industry shared their insights into achieving success at the 5th annual Georgia Manufacturing Summit on Oct. 9 at the Cobb Galleria. Werhner Washington, recently retired plant manager for the Procter and Gamble Albany plant, and Stuart Countess, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia chief operating officer, spoke before a crowd of almost 800 manufacturing insiders.


Oct. 15, 2019 Brunswick News

Shrimpers optimistic seafood industry will weather Golden Ray

Larry Hobbs reports that the creases in Capt. Johnny Ray Bennett’s salt-weathered face turned upward with boyish glee Monday afternoon at the City Market docks, a sure sign that it had been a good day on the water for the Flying Cloud. Bennett sat beneath the entrance to the City Market dock’s warehouse, playing with great grandchildren and munching on a McDonald’s hamburger while dock workers iced and processed his haul for the day.


Oct. 15, 2019 Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech Poet Ilya Kaminsky Named Finalist for National Book Award

Michael Pearson reports that Ilya Kaminsky, a professor in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, has been named a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award in Poetry. His book, Deaf Republic, was one of 245 volumes of poetry nominated for the prestigious award. The National Book Foundation will announce the winner Nov. 20.


Oct. 15, 2019 Saporta Report

Dekalb County’s potential transit tax vote in 2020 faces myriad of scenarios

David Pendered reports that DeKalb County transit advocates face a possible campaign in 2020 that could go beyond simply seeking voter approval of a 30-year sales tax. Advocates may have to overcome public trust wavering after setbacks in two nearby tax-funded programs – for DeKalb schools, and Atlanta’s roads-and-sidewalks-and transit programs.


Oct. 15, 2019 Georgia Recorder

Budget cuts to criminal justice reform initiatives ‘penny-wise, pound foolish’

Beau Evans reports that as prisons grew crowded and incarceration costs soared earlier this decade, state lawmakers and advocates joined forces with former Gov. Nathan Deal to push through a set of changes to the state’s criminal justice system. Deal’s Council on Criminal Justice Reform delivered a new approach to law and order through programs such as accountability courts that treat offenders with mental illness or substance abuse problems in an effort to keep them out of prison.


Oct. 15, 2019 WABE 90.1

Georgia GOP Congressman Doug Collins: I Still Support The President

Lisa Rayam and Maria White Tillman report that Georgia’s representative for the 9th Congressional District, Doug Collins, is back on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. — at a time when House Democrats add more fuel to the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. As more details unfold, GOP Congressman Collins remains a staunch supporter of the president.


Oct. 15, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia’s tight restrictions on third-party candidates appealed

Mark Niesse reports that the Libertarian Party of Georgia is appealing a federal judge’s ruling that upheld the state’s restrictive ballot access laws, which have kept third-party candidates from running for the U.S. House of Representatives since 1943. U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May ruled in favor of the state of Georgia last month, granting summary judgment because higher courts have repeatedly rejected similar lawsuits.


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