Georgia Trend Daily – Oct. 30, 2019

Oct. 30, 2019

Alfrex to locate headquarters in Hall County, creating 30 new jobs

Staff reports that Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced that Alfrex, a manufacturer of fire proof exterior panels, will locate their North American headquarters, as well as their sales and manufacturing facilities, in Hall County. The company will invest $6.2 million in the project, creating 30 new jobs in Buford.


Oct. 30, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Trendsetters: MuniRem Environmental Planet Protector

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, as a teenager in the Republic of Cameroon, Valentine Nzengung was interested in geochemistry. His career has combined that interest with his dedication to protecting the environment. Since becoming a professor of environmental geochemistry at the University of Georgia in 2006, he’s focused on cleaning up discarded weapons in ways that are safe for the environment.


Oct. 30, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta home-price climb levels off, Case-Shiller says

Michael E. Kanell reports that the growth of metro Atlanta home prices leveled off over the past several months, but the rest of the nation’s big metro areas are tapping the brakes, according to a much-watched monthly survey. The average sales price of a previously-sold home in Atlanta was up 4% during the past 12 months, the same increase for the region as a month ago, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index, released Tuesday.


Oct. 30, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Board of Regents hiring designer for new $40M UGA residence hall

David Allison reports that the state of Georgia is looking to hire a designer for a new $40 million residence hall for first-year students at The University of Georgia. UGA proposes to construct a new first-year student residence hall just east of Creswell Hall on the former site of Bolton Dining Commons, according to a request-for-qualifications and request-for-proposals issued Oct. 23.


Oct. 30, 2019

Canadian Software Firm to Serve Clients With New Atlanta Office

Trevor Williams reports that Rangle, a software firm from Canada focusing on using Javascript programming to build transformative digital experiences, will set up shop in Atlanta, creating 30 jobs in Fulton County. Founded in 2013, Rangle is based in Toronto and employs 250 people there and in global offices in Amsterdam and Tokyo.


Oct. 30, 2019 Brunswick News

Ship salvagers asked about building a wall, Army Corps says

Larry Hobbs reports that building a water-tight steel wall around the shipwrecked Golden Ray, then draining all the water inside, could create a dry work environment for dismantling the 656-foot vessel that has foundered in the St. Simons Sound since Sept. 8. Such a structure is known as a cofferdam. And it is not so far-fetched an endeavor as it may appear to the average layperson, according to officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


Oct. 30, 2019 GPB

Army Corps Of Engineers Recommends Removing Augusta Dam

Grant Blankenship reports, after years of contentious debate, The Army Corp of Engineers has made their recommendation on how to replace an Augusta dam with something that will benefit an endangered fish. The Corps of Engineers wants to replace the Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam with a pair of river width weirs that would allow the endangered shortnose sturgeon to reach spawning grounds it hasn’t used since 1937.


Oct. 30, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald

Smart, legislator react to NCAA’s move towards name, image and likeness

Marc Weiszer reports that Georgia state legislator who announced plans last week to introduce a bill to allow college athletes to be compensated for their name, image and likeness was encouraged by the step the NCAA took on Tuesday. State Rep. Billy Mitchell (D-Stone Mountain) plans to still press forward next year with a measure modeled after a California law that would also take effect in 2023 but “will probably be less vigorous about its passage unless we don’t see movement from the NCAA.”


Oct. 30, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal

Georgia Power likely won’t get rate hikes it’s asking for, PSC vice chairman says

Aleks Gilbert reports that Georgia Power is asking regulators for permission to collect an additional $2.2 billion in user fees over the next three years. One of those regulators said he doesn’t think it will happen. “We may or may not give (Georgia Power) the 10.9% that they’re asking for. I don’t think we will,” Tim Echols, vice chairman of the Public Service Commission, said at a town hall held at Kennesaw State University on Monday night.


Oct. 30, 2019 Georgia Health News

Uninsured rate for Georgia children shows troubling rise

Andy Miller reports that Georgia had a spike in its rate of uninsured children between 2016 and 2018, according to a report released Wednesday. The state in 2018 had an uninsured rate among children of 8.1 percent, up from 6.7 percent two years before.


Oct. 30, 2019 WABE 90.1

Investigation Looks At Missed Ga. Registration Deadlines, Uncounted Ballots

Johnny Kauffman reports that thousands of ballots in Georgia were not counted in the 2018 midterms because potential voters missed registration deadlines. That’s one finding in a new investigation by WABE and APM Reports. Registration deadlines are an often overlooked part of American elections.


Oct. 30, 2019 Georgia Recorder

Most of 13 lawmakers flagged for ethics violations remedy disclosures

Stanley Dunlap reports that the state ethics commission announced at a Sept. 26 meeting it had filed complaints against 13 state lawmakers who’d run afoul of campaign finance laws, causing some to express public embarrassment. The majority of those officials turned in their missing campaign disclosure reports since then, or added new financial information to already filed reports.


Oct. 30, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Geoff Duncan aims to fortify Senate with ‘Advance Georgia’ plan

Greg Bluestein reports that Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan has quietly raised $300,000 for a new initiative to keep the Georgia Senate in Republican control and take aim at a pair of Democratic-held seats up for grabs next year. The “Advance Georgia” independent committee, which launched with a fundraiser at SunTrust Park in September, targets the state Senate’s eight most competitive districts.

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