Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 5, 2019
Dec. 5, 2019 WABE 90.1
Emma Hurt reports that on Wednesday morning Gov. Brian Kemp formally named wealthy businesswoman and Republican donor Kelly Loeffler to replace the retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson on Jan. 1. This came despite strong backlash from prominent conservative pundits and politicians. The fallout came partly from the perception that Kemp has made the decision against the wishes of President Donald Trump.
Dec. 5, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Ben Young writes, rural Georgia has much potential and some real work on the ground. It’s a slow ramp up, but I am impressed with what is now available to accelerate options for investment and the commitment of our governor and legislature toward the goal of rural prosperity.
Dec. 5, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Amanda C. Coyne reports that the City of Clarkston hopes to follow the lead of Atlanta and other U.S. cities that have passed bans on single-use plastic items. Clarkston City Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday laying the groundwork for an ordinance that would outlaw items like plastic shopping bags and plastic foam containers from the city’s businesses.
Dec. 5, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Eric Mandel reports that while Pepsi blitzed Atlanta and the NFL world during last year’s Super Bowl festivities, Coca-Cola kept some of its marketing dollars on the sidelines, deciding against an in-game Super Bowl commercial for the first time in 11 years. For 2020, the Atlanta-based beverage giant is back in the game.
Dec. 5, 2019 GlobalAtlanta.com
Trevor Williams reports, if the results of the recent Atlanta Metro Export Challenge pitch session are any indication, it pays to sell products and services overseas from the Georgia capital. A November event hosted in Atlanta’s West Midtown neighborhood brought the culmination of a year-long competition that had already seen 30 companies use grants of $5,000 to grow their overseas sales, often by traveling to trade shows and on client visits.
Dec. 5, 2019 Emory University
Staff reports, expect “the Goizueta Effect” — the multiplier associated with teaching the tenets of virtuous business, sparking passion that ignites meaningful change, and using business as a catalyst for good in society — to be ever more powerful. The Goizueta Foundation has committed $30 million to Emory University’s Goizueta Business School — the largest gift in the school’s 100-year history.
Dec. 5, 2019 University of Georgia
Chad Cain reports that muscadines are often recognized for their disease and insect resistance, but recent research has shown that the South’s native grapes are vulnerable to parasitic nematodes. Muscadine grapes have combined sales of $5.2 million in Georgia and North Carolina, making them economically important to the two states, said Phil Brannen, a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology.
Dec. 5, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald
Lee Shearer reports that state tax revenue is flatlining, state Sen. Bill Cowsert, told Athens Area Chamber of Commerce members on Wednesday. “We’re not certain where that is coming from,” Cowsert said, noting the economy remains strong.
Dec. 5, 2019 Savannah Morning News
Nick Robertson reports that Chatham County Commissioners will consider how to pay for over $1.6 million in evacuation expenses left over from Hurricane Dorian in September now that Georgia and Federal agencies have denied payment. At its Friday meeting, the commission will discuss costs, which include emergency preparations and the mandatory evacuation ordered by Gov. Brian Kemp in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian.
Dec. 5, 2019 Georgia Recorder
Jill Nolin reports that the head of a legislative group looking at maternal health care in Georgia says she wants the state to extend Medicaid coverage for women after they have given birth, when they are most vulnerable. State Rep. Sharon Cooper, a Marietta Republican, said Tuesday that she has been “battering” the governor’s office and other state leaders about allowing women to retain Medicaid coverage for as long as one year after giving birth.
Dec. 5, 2019 The Center Square
Staff reports that Republican Bill Yearta defeated fellow Republican Jim Quinn in a special runoff election Tuesday to replace former state Rep. Ed Rynders, R-Albany, in Georgia House District 152. Yearta, a jeweler and the former mayor of Sylvester, received 3,419 votes, or 50.9 percent of the total, according to unofficial results provided by the Secretary of State’s office.
Dec. 5, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Greg Bluestein reports that a few hours after Kelly Loeffler was announced as Georgia’s next U.S. senator, one of her most formidable potential rivals explained why she wouldn’t run for the seat. Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates has long said she wouldn’t seek a Senate post in 2020, but some Democrats held out hope that the tantalizing prospect of two seats up for grabs next year would force her to change her mind.