Georgia Trend Daily – Nov. 7, 2019

Nov. 7, 2019

Georgia Receives Top Business Ranking for Record-Breaking Seventh Straight Year

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that Georgia’s business climate has been named No. 1 in the nation by Site Selection Magazine, an internationally circulated business publication covering corporate real estate and economic development, for the seventh year in a row. Georgia is the only state that has received the distinction seven consecutive times in the history of Site Selection’s rankings.


Nov. 7, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

From the Publisher: Thanks for the Help

Ben Young writes, it’s time again for turkey, stuffing, gravy, after-the-big-meal naps, football, celebrating and gearing up for the shopping season. These good times stir up a lot of emotions, and whether one breaks bread alone or with friends or family, hopefully sympathy is among them.


Nov. 7, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia farm troubles lead to spike in bankruptcy action

Matt Kempner reports that the number of Georgia farm bankruptcies has surged in recent months to among the highest in the nation, as growers grappled with poor prices, burdensome tariffs and lingering effects from brutal weather. But the level is still lower than it was in some other recent years.


Nov. 7, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia health-care organizations propose big new projects

David Allison reports that several Georgia health-care organizations are planning major new projects, according to letters-of-intent filed with the Georgia Department of Community Health. In Atlanta, Morehouse School of Medicine is planning a new $26.5 million ambulatory surgery center on its campus at the intersection of Lowery Boulevard and Park Street.


Nov. 7, 2019 Brunswick News

Delta approves additional, larger flights out of Brunswick Golden Isles Airport

Taylor Cooper reports that starting in May 2020, Delta Air Lines will begin offering more flights out of the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport. “Currently we have three flights a day with a 50-seat aircraft,” said Robert Burr, executive director of the Glynn County Airport Commission. “Starting May of next year, they’ve expanded service to four flights a day, and the fourth flight will be a larger plane.”


Nov. 7, 2019 Albany Herald

Flowers Foods in Thomasville celebrates 100 years

Staff reports more than 125 employees of Flowers Baking Company of Thomasville gathered outside the historic bakery at 300 South Madison St. this week to commemorate the Nov. 4, 1919 founding of the bakery that would become Flowers Foods. Addressing the group in front of a 20-foot-tall newly-lit sign proclaiming “Baking Strong for 100 Years,” Chris Mulford, the general manager of the bakery, read from an article published in the Thomasville Times-Enterprise on Nov. 5, 1919.


Nov. 7, 2019

Atlanta Helicopter Parts Exporter to Bring Voice of Small Business to U.S. Trade Appointment

Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta’s Rotorcorp LLC as a small company has seen steady growth in its export profile, with about 60 percent of revenues now coming from international sales. But with a new appointment to a federal trade council, President Sean Casey is hoping to make sure his success is the rule, not the exception.


Nov. 7, 2019 WABE 90.1

U.S. Rep. Johnson Of Georgia: ‘Don’t Wait’ To Renew DACA Status

Roxanne Scott reports that Georgia advocates are encouraging DACA status renewals. Georgia U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson promoted the renewal of DACA recipients’ work authorizations during a press conference held at the Latin American Association Atlanta Outreach Center on Tuesday.


Nov. 7, 2019 Georgia Recorder

New voting machines get positive reviews, but not without a hitch

Beau Evans reports that voters in Decatur County ran into a technical glitch Tuesday morning at its three precincts, which caused a 45-minute delay, but Georgia’s new ballot-marking machines otherwise drew positive reviews in election day pilot testing. The polls in Decatur County stayed open later to accommodate the dozen or so people who didn’t wait out the repair, said Carol Heard, the chief elections official for the county’s Board of Elections and Voter Registration.


Nov. 7, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Blackhall Studios building again

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that inside the I-285 perimeter at Bouldercrest Road, a quiet, tree-lined street belies a beehive of film industry activity at Blackhall Studios. Arguably the jewel in DeKalb County’s crown, the operation that opened in 2017 sprawls across 165 acres. Its nine sound stages, brightly marked in orange, accommodate three productions at any given time.


Nov. 7, 2019 GPB

How Governor Kemp’s Proposed Medicaid Plans Stand To Impact Georgians

Virginia Prescott and Jake Troyer report that Georgia is currently ranked third among states with most uninsured residents.  More than 1.4 million Georgians were without insurance in 2018. Governor Kemp announced the second of two healthcare waiver proposals to increase coverage on Monday.


Nov. 7, 2019 Dalton Daily Citizen-News, CNHI

GOP lawmaker looks to ban trans-related health care for minors

Riley Bunch reports that Sam Schexnyder may be just 15 years old but he wants a serious sit down with state Rep. Ginny Ehrhart about his health care. The Republican Marietta lawmaker is proposing legislation that would ban trans-related health care for minors in Georgia — leaving transgender youths and their families reeling.


Nov. 7, 2019 The Center Square

Federal Aviation Administration releases aid to Georgia airport

Nyamekye Daniel reports that an airport in rural Georgia will receive a facelift soon with financial aid from the federal government. The Baxley Municipal Airport, located in Baxley, Georgia, will be awarded $1.9 million from the Federal Aviation Administration.


Nov. 7, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Senate: Hispanic biz group urges Kemp to tap school board member

Greg Bluestein reports that a Hispanic business group urged Gov. Brian Kemp to appoint a Paulding County school board member and prominent member of the Latino community to Georgia’s coveted U.S. Senate seat. The Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday it “strongly supports” Jason Anavitarte’s application for the seat held by U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, who is stepping down at the end of the year for health reasons.


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