Georgia Trend Daily – March 9, 2020

March 9, 2020 WABE 90.1

A Look At The ‘Supply Chain’ For Consumers And How Coronavirus Could Test It

Jim Burress and Maria White Tillman report that national banks run stress tests to predict how they’ll perform in a financial catastrophe. The “supply chain” has no such preliminary measurement. It takes a natural disaster or a pandemic to experience how strong the system is that gets consumers the things they consume.


March 9, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Rural Renaissance

Mary Ann Demuth reports that the needs and projected growth of Georgia’s rural communities are quite different from their urban counterparts. While large and small metro areas are currently adding residents, rural parts of the state are seeing populations level off or decline.


March 9, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia sees solid job growth, low unemployment in January

Michael E. Kanell reports that the Georgia economy got off to a stronger than usual start in January, adding 9,800 jobs, the state Department of Labor announced Thursday. While the post-holiday job market is typically weak, the state saw solid growth in logistics, healthcare and hospitality, continuing a nearly decade-long expansion that has added more than 700,000 jobs and slashed unemployment rates to record lows.


March 9, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

The show must go on: Final Four organizers still preparing for major turnout despite COVID-19

Eric Jackson reports that the Final Four is less than four weeks away and organizers say plans remain on track to execute the NCAA’s crown jewel event despite a growing number of coronavirus cases nationwide.


March 9, 2020

Family-Owned Sugar Bowl Bakery to Open Facility in DeKalb County, Create 400 Jobs

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced on March 6 that Sugar Bowl Bakery, one of the leading minority-owned bakeries in America, will locate its first East Coast location in DeKalb County. The company will deliver approximately 400 new jobs and invest $37 million over the next five years in its new Tucker facility.


March 9, 2020 Cherokee Tribune & Ledger News

Northside Cherokee patient tower, emergency department expansions approved

Gary Tanner reports that the state has approved plans for Northside Hospital Cherokee to expand again, this time adding two floors to the main patient tower and expanding the emergency room. The approval came Thursday from the Georgia Department of Community Health, according to state records.


March 9, 2020 Rome News-Tribune

145 unit townhouse development proposed for Adairsville

Doug Walker reports that Adairsville real estate developer Darin Hardin is proposing a 145-unit townhouse development near Bartow County’s Manning Mill Park in Adairsville. The Bartow County Planning Commission has approved a rezoning for one of two parcels and sole Commissioner Steve Taylor will consider the rezoning at a meeting Wednesday, March 11.


March 9, 2020 Valdosta Daily Times, Ga.-Fla. News

Kemp: Coronavirus cruise passengers coming to Georgia

Dean Poling reports that quarantined passengers from a cruise ship are being transported to Georgia for testing, according to a statement from the governor’s office Sunday. Gov. Brian Kemp said in the statement 34 Georgia residents and other Americans who live in the eastern United States are being transferred to Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta from the Grand Princess cruise ship on the California coast.


March 9, 2020 Newnan Times-Herald

CCDA seeking new site for potential manufacturer expected to bring 111 jobs

Kandice Bell reports that a manufacturer that would have brought approximately 111 jobs to the county is now looking for a new site in Coweta County. The proposed site, located at Creekside Industrial Park off of Highway 34, is no longer available because the current company, Tosca, has decided to lease the space for potential expansion.


March 9, 2020 Dalton Daily Citizen News, CNHI

State lawmakers try to boost rural broadband

Riley Bunch reports, frustrated with few results from last year’s legislative efforts, state lawmakers are looking to tweak rural broadband legislation. Last legislative session, Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law a bill that allows electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) to sell internet services along with power.


March 9, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia’s most affordable places to retire

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that according to SmartAsset, a financial technology company that provides online financial advice, Georgia has a number of affordable retirement locations. Analyzing property taxes, cost of living, pensions, 401(k) and Social Security income, SmartAsset has ranked the state’s 10 most affordable counties in which to retire.


March 9, 2020 The Center Square

Georgia bill could ease financial burden on large water authorities

Nyamekye Daniel reports that more local water authorities in Georgia would be exempt from paying sales tax under a bill that has cleared the House. The House unanimously approved House Bill 815, which would add regional water and sewer departments to the list of government entities excluded from paying taxes on their purchases in the state.


March 9, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Sunshine sought for 2021 redistricting in Georgia

Beau Evans reports that legislation introduced into the state Senate this week is calling for more sunshine when lawmakers draw new congressional and legislative district maps next year based on the 2020 Census. Democrats say greater transparency in the redistricting process would help head off any potential attempts at gerrymandering by the state’s majority Republican leadership.


March 9, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lawsuit settled, giving Georgia voters time to fix rejected ballots

Mark Niesse reports that Georgia voters must be quickly notified when election officials reject their absentee ballots, allowing them time to correct problems and have their ballots counted, according to a settlement with the Democratic Party announced Saturday.



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