Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 7, 2019

Jan. 7, 2019 WABE 90.1

Gov. Brian Kemp Talks 2020 Legislative Session

Emma Hurt reports, in a wide-ranging interview, Gov. Brian Kemp addressed some of his legislative priorities for the General Assembly session, which begins on Jan. 13. It will be his second as governor. In August, Kemp asked state agencies to submit proposed budget cuts for the current fiscal year and next year.


Jan. 7, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Cobb County, Economic Gem

Haisten Willis reports that Cobb County is an economic behemoth in Georgia. With a population exceeding 750,000, more than 20,000 businesses, a convention center, professional sports teams and one of the best educated workforces in the state, Cobb seems to truly have it all.


Jan. 7, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Amazon gets $20M incentives package for Gwinnett fulfillment center

Tyler Estep reports that incentives and infrastructure improvements offered to lure a new Amazon warehouse to Gwinnett County will cost taxpayers about $19.7 million, according to documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Officials with the Georgia Department of Economic Development on Monday released details of the inducements offered to the e-commerce giant — nearly six months after the project was formally announced, and with construction on the 640,000-square-foot facility already well underway.


Jan. 7, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Venture capital firm Atlanta Seed Company raising $30 million fund

David Allison reports that Venture capital firm Atlanta Seed Company is raising a $30 million fund, the firm says in a Jan. 6 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Atlanta Seed Fund I L.P. has raised $2.6 million of the targeted total since Dec. 17 by selling pooled investment fund interests, according to the filing.


Jan. 7, 2019 Brunswick News

Historic low unemployment rate in Coastal Georgia

Gordon Jackson reports that the economic outlook continues to be optimistic on Coastal Georgia. The region set a historic low unemployment rate in November, as well as posting gains in employment and labor force, according to preliminary numbers by the Georgia Department of Labor.


Jan. 7, 2019 Gainesville Times

Anthem, NGHS reach agreement getting local hospitals back in network

Megan Reed reports that the Northeast Georgia Health System and Anthem have reached an agreement that will keep the health system in network with Anthem commercial health plan members. The two parties had been negotiating for almost a year, and their five-year contract expired Sept. 30.


Jan. 7, 2019 Albany Herald

UGA’s I-Corps helps innovators bring new products to the masses

Aaron Hale reports that around the globe, greenhouses grow fruits and vegetables to provide a healthy food supply year-round. But as reliable as the sun is for providing light and energy for plants to grow, a rainy day or just a cloudy afternoon can slow a plant’s growth little by little.


Jan. 7, 2019 Georgia Health News

Wellness in rural Georgia: Hope, hard work and some frustration

Amber Perry reports that the northeast Georgia town of Crawfordville is quiet on any given day of the week, apart from a few cars passing through. Many of the businesses along the main street are open “by appointment only.” But there is a bustle of activity in at least one building in this Taliaferro County town of just over 500 people.


Jan. 7, 2019 Newnan Times-Herald

Brass: Health care still a big issue in 2020

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that last year was a big year for health care legislation in the Georgia legislature, and State Sen. Matt Brass expects that focus to continue this year – with a concentration on access and affordability. The 2020 Georgia General Assembly session begins Jan. 13.


Jan. 7, 2019 Georgia Recorder

Lawmakers to tackle ‘Raise the age’ bill to charge 17-year-olds as juveniles

Stanley Dunlap reports that juvenile court judges don’t object in principle to increasing the age to 18 from 17, when suspected criminals are automatically charged as an adult. Instead, they worry the juvenile system lacks resources to handle the resulting  higher caseload or services tailored to teenagers.


Jan. 7, 2019 The Center Square

Congressional Review Act supports Constitution, court finds

Nyamekye Daniel reports that a federal appeals court ruled to uphold the Congressional Review Act based on its protections of separation of powers in a fight backed by Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr. A panel of judges for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals tossed out The Center for Biological Diversity lawsuit against the Fish and Wildlife Service last week.


Jan. 7, 2019 Capitol Beat

Loeffler sworn in as Georgia’s new U.S. senator

Dave Williams reports, with the two words “I do,” Kelly Loeffler became Georgia’s new U.S. senator Monday. Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office to Loeffler during a brief late-afternoon ceremony inside the Senate chambers.


Jan. 7, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia 7th: Barnes backs a new House candidate, flipping endorsement

Greg Bluestein reports that former Gov. Roy Barnes flipped his endorsement Tuesday in Georgia’s 7th District to Democrat Zahra Karinshak, making him the second high-profile politician to back the state senator’s bid for the Gwinnett-based seat. Barnes was an early supporter of Carolyn Bourdeaux, a public policy professor who was narrowly defeated in a 2018 bid for the seat.


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