Georgia Trend Daily – Nov. 18, 2019

Nov. 18, 2019 WABE 90.1

Vogtle Schedule Is Challenging But Still Achievable, Company Says

Molly Samuel reports that work on the nuclear power expansion at Plant Vogtle isn’t keeping up with a timeline set by owners of the project. At a hearing on Tuesday, officials with Georgia Power and its sister company Southern Nuclear said they’re still optimistic, though, that the project will be done on time.


Nov. 18, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

South Fulton sets sights on development

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that voters in the city of South Fulton earlier this month approved the creation of tax allocation districts (TADs) to attract economic development, especially along industrial corridors like Old National Highway and Fulton Industrial Boulevard. TADs allow communities to finance redevelopment and infrastructure costs that help encourage new development in slow or no-growth areas.


Nov. 18, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia chicken feet may sidestep rendering plants, thanks to China

Matt Kempner reports that China has finally reopened its doors to the U.S. poultry industry. Leading the charge? Chicken feet. Or paws, as some in the poultry world call them.


Nov. 18, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. to occupy massive project near Atlanta

Staff reports that Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will carry out a massive project in metro Atlanta. Goodyear will occupy a new 1.5-million-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in Newnan, Ga. It’s unclear how many workers Goodyear will hire for the facility, but a similar project in Texas employed over 150.


Nov. 18, 2019 Brunswick News

Shipping resumes 24/7 to Port of Brunswick

Larry Hobbs reports that daytime shipping traffic into the Port of Brunswick resumed Thursday, the first time it has been permitted on a regular basis since the Sept. 8 wreck of the 656-foot freighter Golden Ray in the St. Simons Sound, according to the Unified Command. The 25,000-ton Golden Ray lies capsized on its port side between St. Simons and Jekyll islands, just south of the federal shipping channel that runs through the sound to the port.


Nov. 18, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Telework Week

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Gov. Brian Kemp has proclaimed this week, Nov. 18-22, the eighth annual Georgia Telework Week. The proclamation, signed last month, recognizes that teleworking can have a significant positive affect on the state’s environment and air quality as a result of reduced vehicle emissions.


Nov. 18, 2019 AccessWDUN

Nestle Purina celebrating opening of new Hartwell facility

Rob Moore reports that Hart County will celebrate the grand opening of Nestle Purina’s new $320-million facility in Hartwell today. Driven by growth of the wet cat food category and demand for Nestle Purina pet foods, Purina’s new Hartwell facility is the company’s first new U.S. factory in two decades and represents Nestle’s single largest investment in a pet care facility in the last decade in Zone Americas.


Nov. 18, 2019 Saporta Report

Blank Foundation gives $6.8 million grant to CARE

Maria Saporta reports that the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation is giving a three-year, $6.8 million grant to Atlanta-based CARE, signaling a new international partnership to foster economic development, influence policy change and provide humanitarian aid for people affected by natural and man-made disasters.


Nov. 18, 2019 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

State Supreme Court justice says ethics must be part of organizations

Charles Oliver reports that at first blush they may not seem related, but ethics and textiles have much in common, according to Supreme Court of Georgia Justice Charlie Bethel. “Ethics are the shared values of a community or a society,” he said.


Nov. 18, 2019 Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Despite plot twist, Woodstock’s Caldwell staying in state Senate race

Gary Tanner reports that State Rep. Michael Caldwell, R-Woodstock said Thursday that he is staying in the race for State Senate District 21. Incumbent Sen. Brandon Beach abandoned his run for Congress Thursday to seek re-election, setting up a primary showdown with Caldwell.


Nov. 18, 2019 Valdosta Daily Times

Gambling panel comes to Valdosta

Chris Herbert reports that lawmakers want to know if Georgia communities will roll the dice on legalized gambling. Hosted at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center, the House Special Committee on Economic Growth will hold a meeting open to the public, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. The committee, co-chaired by Georgia State Reps. Brett Harrell (R-Snellville), Alan Powell (R-Hartwell) and (R-Savannah), was formed to research new revenue streams and new opportunities to grow the state economy.


Nov. 18, 2019 Georgia Recorder

Small audience pans governor’s health plan at Macon hearing

Stanley Dunlap reports that Trudy Posner told state officials at a public hearing this week her son’s serious heart condition could have worsened if he had not found a new job a month before he turned 26. That’s when he would’ve lost insurance through his parents’ coverage.


Nov. 18, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Bus tour reveals local impacts of statewide gerrymandering in Savannah

Nick Robertson reports, organized for the first time by the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Coastal Georgia, Saturday’s “Gerry Meander” tour welcomed the public to join a road trip traveling from Southside Savannah to the waterfront Wyld Dock Bar, enhanced by a pair of speakers providing insight about gerrymandering and Georgia’s redistricting system during the ride.


Nov. 18, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia 2020: Buttigieg to unveil affordable college plan in Atlanta

Greg Bluestein reports that White House hopeful Pete Buttigieg is set to unveil a proposal Monday in Atlanta that would funnel $500 billion into programs designed to make college more affordable for working class and middle-income families.


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