Georgia Trend Daily – Nov. 25, 2019

Nov. 25, 2019

Nippon Light Metal Georgia to Build Facility, Create 110 Jobs in Bartow Co.

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Nippon Light Metal Georgia (NLMGA), a company specializing in aluminum products for the automotive industry, will build a new manufacturing facility in Adairsville, creating 110 jobs and investing $50 million in the project.


Nov. 25, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

On the Move

Susan Percy reports that Tim Keane, Atlanta’s planning commissioner, wasn’t happy when he came across an e-scooter lying on the sidewalk downtown, blocking pedestrian traffic and access to a handicapped ramp. “It was almost like someone was doing it on purpose,” trying to create a safety hazard, he says.


Nov. 25, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta home prices take usual October fall, but up 6% in a year

Michael E. Kanell reports that the median price of a home in metro Atlanta dropped slightly last month, to just under $250,000, but was still higher than a year earlier, according to a report from Re/Max. A decline in the price of homes is typical in the fall.


Nov. 25, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Toll Brothers moves forward with huge Midtown project as apartment boom, soaring land prices, continue

Douglas Sams reports that Toll Brothers is moving ahead with a two-tower project in Midtown, as an unprecedented apartment development boom continues. Toll Brothers Apartment Living paid just over $21 million for 1.5 acres at 1018 West Peachtree Street.


Nov. 25, 2019 Macon Telegraph

Perry Airport to receive $2 million from DOT. Here’s what the money will be used for

Tandra Smith reports that the Perry-Houston County Airport is set to receive $2 million in grant money for infrastructure improvements from the Department of Transportation (DOT).  In total, five airports in Georgia will receive $12.6 million, according to a release Friday from the DOT U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.


Nov. 25, 2019 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Synovus announces more than 40 layoffs within the company, including some in Columbus

Nick Wooten reports that Columbus-based financial services firm Synovus laid off 40 to 50 employees Thursday. The cuts affected employees across the company’s area of operations in the southeastern United States, including Columbus, said Synovus spokesperson Lee Underwood Friday.


Nov. 25, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

A welcoming cup

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Refuge Coffee in Clarkston is much more than a neighborhood coffee shop. It serves as a welcoming place for refugees in the city that’s been called the country’s most diverse square mile. It also serves as a training ground for the newly arrived to gain valuable employment skills.


Nov. 25, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Leaders question CCRPI formula

Ann Meyer reports that when public schools receive high marks from the Georgia Department of Education, principals breathe a sigh of relief much like students who earn top grades on their report cards. But what the state’s College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) score should reflect isn’t as straight-forward as many people would like.


Nov. 25, 2019 WABE 90.1

Is Georgia Really A 2020 Battleground State? Maybe Not Yet.

Susanna Capelouto reports that with the presidential debate behind them, Georgia Democrats say they can win big here in 2020 with the help of national campaign resources. Now they have to convince outsiders to invest in the fight, because Republicans still control state government.



Nov. 25, 2019 GPB

Political Rewind: Trump Makes A Hard Decision For Kemp Even Harder

Bill Nigut reports, President Donald Trump jumps the gun and declares his choice for Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat, even before Gov. Brian Kemp announces his own preference. Will Kemp bend to the president’s will or make an independent decision?


Nov. 25, 2019 Saporta Report

Rural teens flocking to cash-strapped education program; GBPI reviews dual enrollment

David Pendered reports that students from rural Georgia are among the fastest-growing cohort of high school students enrolling in a budget-challenged program that pays for high school students to attend college class, according to a new report from the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. Meantime, the governor’s floor leaders are heading an effort for the Legislature to contain the program’s escalating costs.


Nov. 25, 2019 Valdosta Daily Times

Dangerous Calls: Legislation seeks disarming domestic abusers

Eve Copeland Brechbiel reports that there are two pieces of legislation targeting domestic abuse; legislation which could save the lives of victims and law enforcement. House Bill 137 and Senate Bill 150 would prohibit people convicted of family violence offenses, including misdemeanor offenses, from possessing or carrying a firearm.


Nov. 25, 2019 The Center Square

Minority-led group in Georgia rallies for more charter schools

Nyamekye Daniel reports that dozens of parents, students, educators and supporters of charter schools attended a rally during the Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta this week. The minority-led group wanted to bring attention to freedom of education and more school choice options. Georgia has 110 charter schools with 86,549 students.


Nov. 25, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Joe Biden floats two Georgia Democrats as his No. 2

Greg Bluestein reports that Stacey Abrams seems likely to be in the conversation as a potential vice presidential pick next year. A second Georgian could also be on plenty of short-lists in 2020. Former Vice President Joe Biden floated the names of both Abrams and Sally Yates, the ex-acting U.S. Attorney General from Atlanta, at a campaign stop in Iowa over the weekend.



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