Georgia Trend Daily – Nov. 4, 2019

Nov. 4, 2019 Saporta Report

Ag report: Rain helped ‘settle some dust, but it came too late to help the crop any’

David Pendered reports that recent rains were too little, too late and came at the wrong time to help Georgia’s cotton and peanut farmers, but winter grains crops will benefit. The drought maps that have become so commonplace don’t specifically address weather effects on the state’s agriculture industry.


Nov. 4, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

2019 Silver Spoon Awards: 2020 Vision

Krista Reese reports that we round out this tumultuous year, it feels as if we’re on the verge of something. Politically, culturally, historically – even meteorologically. The same seems true of the state’s restaurant scene, although there hasn’t been anything nearly as threatening as a hurricane.


Nov. 4, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta investment firm closes $101M venture fund aimed at Series A, B rounds

Madison Hogan reports that Atlanta-based investment firm BIP Capital has closed on a new $101 million venture capital fund to back startups here and throughout the country. According to a news release, the fund will be used in Series A and Series B rounds for B2B SaaS startups and tech-enabled services companies with a focus on enterprise SaaS, health care IT, digital media, dev tools and martech.


Nov. 4, 2019 Savannah Morning News

New Enmarket complex to serve as central command center for 124 stores, 14 quick serve restaurants

Katie Nussbaum reports that Savannah-based Enmarket has moved into its new corporate headquarters building at the corner of Chatham Parkway and Highway 17, the company announced this week. The 23,000-square-foot building includes office spaces, conference rooms, a bullpen for visitors, a kitchen featuring Enmarket’s dispensed beverage options and a technology training room.


Nov. 4, 2019 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI

Farmers: Migrant workers needed

Riley Bunch reports that Georgia farmers claim a U.S. labor shortage is the reason they’re increasingly turning to migrant workers, but advocates say a broken visa program means both foreign and domestic workers suffer. Georgia is the nation’s highest user of the H-2A guest worker program – a Federal program that brings migrant workers from neighboring countries seasonally to work in U.S. agriculture.


Nov. 4, 2019

Gov. Kemp Announces Partnership With SANS Institute for Cyber Workforce Development

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp on Friday announced Georgia’s second year of partnership with the SANS Institute. This partnership will provide high school girls with the opportunity to develop their skills and explore careers in the cyber industry through Girls Go CyberStart.


Nov. 4, 2019 Georgia Health News

Georgia is debut location for Walmart’s ‘health center’

Andy Miller reports that this Walmart in the western Atlanta suburbs looks at first glance like the retail giant’s other Supercenters. But the right edge of the long building in the town of Dallas has an appendage with a separate entrance, almost like a separate store. In a way, that’s what it is.


Nov. 4, 2019 GPB

Kemp Names LGBTQ Person Among Judicial Appointments

Sarah Rose reports that Gov. Brian Kemp named Angela Duncan to the Gwinnett Judicial Circuit, which appears to mark his first appointment of an openly LGBTQ person to the bench. Duncan says in her bio that she “resides in Lawrenceville with her wife and children.”


Nov. 4, 2019 The Center Square

Feds release guidelines for hemp production prompting review by Georgia officials

Nyamekye Daniel reports that hemp farming industry is one step closer to being established in Georgia, according to state officials. The U.S. Department of Agriculture published the interim final rule for hemp production across the U.S. on Thursday. The federal government plans to start approving states’ plans within 60 days.


Nov. 4, 2019 Georgia Recorder

Ga. medical marijuana law offers new opportunities for minority businesses

Stanley Dunlap reports that Tianna Smith sounds like a marketing executive when she talks about the entrepreneurial opportunity she sees in once-forbidden products like medical marijuana and hemp. “As a startup, how can I get connected with a cannabis attorney or a CPA that is going to understand this cannabis space?” said Smith, as she describes her vision for business opportunities as Georgia begins to slightly ease some if its marijuana prohibitions.


Nov. 4, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Senate: Tomlinson vows to ‘torpedo’ GOP’s rural strategy 

Greg Bluestein reports that just about every major Georgia candidate for higher office has staged their headquarters out of metro Atlanta the last decade. Senate candidate Teresa Tomlinson aimed to send a message with her decision to buck that trend.

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