Georgia Trend Daily – Nov. 6, 2019

Nov. 6, 2019 Georgia Recorder

PSC says Georgia Power should slow down $525M charge to ratepayers

Stanley Dunlap reports that state regulators Monday said Georgia Power’s request that ratepayers pay $525 million to clean up coal ash ponds and landfills over three years should be phased in more slowly. The state Public Service Commission staff says commissioners should review the proposed toxic ash cleanup and related reimbursements on an annual basis over the next few years.


Nov. 6, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports, for the sixth year in a row, Georgia has been named the Top State for Business by Area Development. The corporate site selection and relocation magazine stated “It’s hard to go wrong with a site in Georgia,” citing its competitive labor environment and a vibrant business climate along with its Quick Start workforce training program as some of the factors in its decision.


Nov. 6, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Water war shifts to southwest Georgia as Florida takes aim at farmers

Tamar Hallerman reports that Christopher Worsham’s 5,000-acre family farm produces a sweet corn crop twice a year that’s sold fresh at grocery stores across the U.S. and Canada, made possible by southwest Georgia’s warm climate and water irrigated from the nearby Flint River basin. It’s the latter that has proven to be one of the biggest constraints on his ambitions — and one of the latest flash points in the three-decade water rights war pitting Florida and Alabama against Georgia.


Nov. 6, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta extends reach within Georgia, debuts ‘reinvented’ international cabin

Eric Mandel reports that Delta is extending its reach within its home state — and pampering those heading abroad. Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) said it’s adding more flights from Albany, Brunswick, Columbus and Valdosta to the airline’s Atlanta hub.


Nov. 6, 2019 WABE 90.1

Delta Flight Attendants To Revisit Union Question

Jim Burress reports that the nation’s largest flight attendant union is organizing a campaign at Delta Air Lines, promising the roughly 25,000 eligible workers, “a voice, respect, and fairness on the job.” In a video posted Friday, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International President Sara Nelson said the union has heard from thousands of Delta flight attendants wanting to organize.


Nov. 6, 2019

UPS Appoints New China President

Trevor Williams reports that United Parcel Service Inc. has appointed a 26-year veteran of the company to lead China operations that include 6,000 employees and major air hubs in Shenzhen and Shanghai. Michelle Ho comes most recently from the position of president for the South Asia district of UPS Asia, but earlier in her career she was financial controller of UPS China, transitioning the company into a wholly-owned subsidiary.


Nov. 6, 2019 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

30 new jobs coming to the Columbus area as former NCR building in Midland gets new tenant

Allie Dean reports that a new business that helps food and beverage companies create innovative products is coming to Columbus with the promise to create 30 jobs and invest more than $5 million. The company, Califormulations LLC, is currently retrofitting a 100,000-square-foot facility in the Muscogee Technology Park in Midland, a space recently vacated by NCR Corp. and used by Cessna Aircraft from 2008-2009.


Nov. 6, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

Floyd Medical Center enters into ‘strategic combination’ with Atrium Health System

Doug Walker reports that Floyd Health System, the parent corporation of Floyd Medical Center, and North Carolina-based Atrium Health announced plans to merge, but the deal may take up to a year before completion. In a called meeting Tuesday, Floyd’s board approved the agreement — termed a “strategic combination” — between the two hospital systems.


Nov. 6, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal

Planning Commission: $300 million mixed-use project still too much for north Cobb

Aleks Gilbert reports, citing mixed-use mega-projects like the The Battery Atlanta (Cobb), Revel (Gwinnett) and Avalon (Alpharetta), attorney Kevin Moore told Cobb Planning Commissioners that retail department stores “aren’t built anymore.”


Nov. 6, 2019 Brunswick News

Doctors testify against vaping in legislative hearing

Wes Wolfe reports that State Rep. Sharon Cooper, R-Marietta, opened her committee meeting Tuesday morning with the assurance that it would not be the last one on the subject — the sheer speed at which people filled speaking roles on the topic of vaping and public health led her to tentatively schedule at least one more hearing before the beginning of the 2020 legislative session.


Nov. 6, 2019 GPB

Black Conservatives Share Their Mission Ahead Of Pres. Trump’s Visit To Atlanta

Virginia Prescott and La’Raven Taylor report that the overwhelming majority of African American voters in Georgia — and the rest of the U.S. — are Democrats. About 93% of African Americans voted for Stacey Abrams in the last gubernatorial election, according to exit polls. It’s a powerful, dependable voting bloc on the left that has so far drowned out black conservatives, a slim minority of voters.


Nov. 6, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Problem with new election equipment delays voting in Georgia counties

Mark Niesse reports that a glitch with Georgia’s new voter check-in computers caused delays in most of the six counties testing it, causing some precincts to stay open late to accommodate voters who left without casting their ballots. The problem occurred in at least four of the six counties where the new voting system was being tested Tuesday before it’s rolled out statewide to 7.4 million registered voters during the March 24 presidential primary.



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