Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 11, 2019

Dec. 11, 2019 WABE 90.1

Georgia Lawmakers To Hear Feedback On Casinos At Meeting In Columbus

Emil Moffat reports that casino gambling could provide an economic boost for the state of Georgia. On Wednesday, residents of Columbus are expected to hear from a committee of state lawmakers who are exploring legalizing that industry in the state as a way of bolstering the state’s economic position. The lawmakers want to hear what residents think, too.


Dec. 11, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Growing Georgia’s Workforce

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) announced it is providing $6 million to fund new college and career academies in Muscogee and Catoosa counties. The new academies will offer high school students learning experiences that combine classroom instruction with real-world applications in several of Georgia’s leading industries.


Dec. 11, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson seeks developers for land around airport

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Hartsfield-Jackson International is seeking developers for land around the airport. The airport has issued requests for proposals for sites on Godby Road, Riverdale Road, Loop Road and Clark Howell Highway.


Dec. 11, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

New York real estate giant plans 1.4-million-square-foot project in Bartow County

Douglas Sams reports that global real estate company Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (NYSE: BAM) is planning a nearly 1.4 million-square-foot logistics center in Bartow County. The $75 million project would cover 130 acres along Joe Frank Harris Parkway just west of Interstate 75.


Dec. 11, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Port of Savannah sets November record

Katie Nussbaum reports that November proved to be another record month at the The Port of Savannah with 363,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units moved during the month, which was a 5.4% increase over the same month last year, or an additional 18,460 TEUs. For the fiscal year to date, July to November, the Georgia Ports Authority has handled nearly 2 million TEUs, an increase of 109,000 TEUs, or 5.8%.


Dec. 11, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

Floyd Medical Center announces partnership with Erlanger to offer telemedicine technology in neurology and stroke care

Staff reports that residents in northwest Georgia can now receive world-class neurology and stroke diagnosis closer to home through a new telemedicine partnership between Floyd Medical Center and Erlanger Health System. “We are pleased to work with Erlanger Health System to offer our patients tele-neurology care,” said Kurt Stuenkel, President and CEO of Floyd Medical Center.


Dec. 11, 2019 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Business expansion to create 155 new jobs in Columbus. Here’s what you need to know

Allie Dean reports that First Credit Services, which manages call center operations for other businesses, announced Tuesday it will be expanding its Columbus location by adding 155 jobs and investing $2 million by purchasing and renovating a new building. The announcement was made at the board meeting of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce.


Dec. 11, 2019 Georgia State University

Federal $2.65 Million Grant Will Fund Partnership to Better Serve Families Affected by Substance Abuse

Homma Rafi reports that researchers at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health have received a $2.65 million federal grant to coordinate a regional partnership with universities and state agencies to help parents with addiction issues improve their lives and the lives of their children. Parents with addiction issues often create environments that produce adverse child experiences such as violence and neglect.


Dec. 11, 2019 Saporta Report

Report: Atlanta Housing spending nearly $50 million on new construction in FY2020

Sean Keenan reports that at  long last, Atlanta’s housing authority is getting back into the construction game. It’s been roughly a decade since Atlanta Housing built any new affordable residences, but a report outlining the agency’s development plans obtained by SaportaReport suggests some $46 million in new construction is underway or planned for the 2020 fiscal year (from July 2019 to July 2020).


Dec. 11, 2019 Georgia Recorder

Georgia food banks brace for 54,000 people to lose food stamps

Stanley Dunlap reports that the Trump administration is pursuing a series of policies that could knock 54,000 Georgians off food stamp benefits and send them to Georgia’s community food banks for relief. The administration last week finalized one of three controversial policies that aim to limit nationwide eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, commonly called food stamps.


Dec. 11, 2019 Brunswick News

State Senate study committees adopt reports on higher ed, tort reform

Wes Wolfe reports that business leaders in a number of Georgia industries in the last several years held to a common refrain — there are good jobs to be found, but not enough qualified people to fill them. State Senate study committees addressing that and the legal costs of doing business in Georgia wrapped up Tuesday and adopted reports that are to go for consideration to the General Assembly in January.


Dec. 11, 2019 GPB

Judge: Kemp Must Answer Questions About Time As Secretary Of State

Stephen Fowler reports that a federal judge says Gov. Brian Kemp must answer some questions about his time as Georgia’s top elections official as part of a wide-ranging lawsuit challenging how elections are administered. U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones ruled last week that the governor will need to answer two hours’ worth of questions about comments he made about increasing minority voter turnout and his actions as chair of the State Election Board.


Dec. 11, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Behind Robert Benham’s decision to leave the state Supreme Court

Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report, plenty of head-scratching has been prompted by Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham’s sudden decision to step down on March 1, rather than retire when his six-year term expired at the end of 2020. Part of the mystery, as we understand it, is that the justice has had no direct conversations with Gov. Brian Kemp, who will now appoint his replacement.



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