Georgia Trend Daily – May 5, 2020

May 5, 2020 Cherokee Tribune & Ledger News, Capitol Beat News

Georgia schools poised for $411 million in coronavirus federal aid

Beau Evans reports that Georgia school officials agreed Monday to distribute around $411 million in federal funding to help local school districts shore up their budgets and programs as coronavirus continues pummeling the state’s economy. The relief funds come from about $457 million approved for Georgia public schools as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.


May 5, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Creating Cyberwarriors

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, cybersecurity is top of mind these days as breaches of credit card information and malicious software attacks occur with alarming frequency. Also looming are questions about the security of the upcoming presidential primaries and general election.


May 5, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

South Korean battery maker plans expansion in Jackson County

Andy Peters reports that a South Korean company unveiled plans Monday to expand a Georgia manufacturing plant worth almost $1 billion. SK Innovation will double the size of its operations in Jackson County along I-85, where it is building a 2.4 million square-foot factory to make batteries for electric vehicles.


May 5, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Children’s clothing chain Carter’s to begin reopening some stores, as sales fall 12% due to COVID-19

David Allison reports that Atlanta-based children’s clothing retailer Carter’s Inc. said Tuesday it plans to begin reopening some stores and reported that its sales fell 12% during the first quarter of 2020 as COVID-19 disrupted its business. Michael D. Casey, Carter’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement the pandemic’s business impact “will weigh on the growth we had planned this year.”


May 5, 2020

Georgia Council for the Arts announces CARES Act funding to support Georgia arts organizations

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Council for the Arts today released guidelines and opened applications for the Resiliency Grant, a one-time grant funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. As a State Arts Agency, the Georgia Council for the Arts was designated to distribute these funds from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help sustain Georgia’s nonprofit arts sector.


May 5, 2020 Savannah Morning News

Gulfstream lays off nearly 700 employees

Katie Nussbaum reports that nearly 700 employees at Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. have been laid off, according to information filed with the Georgia Department of Labor. As required by the Federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Gulfstream notified the GDOL on Friday, May 1 of 699 layoffs.


May 5, 2020|Daily Report

Chief Justice Extends State Judicial Emergency as Shelter-in-Place Orders Expire

Robin McDonald reports that the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia has extended a statewide judicial emergency for the second time, even as Gov. Brian Kemp lifted the state’s shelter in place restrictions and allowed businesses to reopen. Chief Justice Harold Melton’s announcement, issued Monday morning, extends the judicial emergency through June 12.


May 5, 2020 Gwinnett Daily Post

Georgia state park lodges to reopen May 21

Staff reports that Coral Hospitality, the hospitality management company for five of Georgia’s State Parks & Lodges, on Tuesday announced plans to reopen lodging operations at five properties on May 21. In preparation for reopening, Coral Hospitality welcomed back more than 300 employees, who were previously furloughed.


May 5, 2020 Brunswick News

Rep. Carter objects to Delta suspending service to Brunswick

Hank Rowland reports that U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-1, is letting the U.S. Department of Transportation know what he thinks of Delta’s request to suspend service to Brunswick Golden Isles Airport. He doesn’t like it, especially after the Atlanta-based airline was approved for $5.4 billion in federal funds through the CARES Act.


May 5, 2020 The Center Square

Georgia Secretary of State says reform plan will help workers, businesses

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Monday he plans to introduce a reform package that will make it easier for Georgians to re-enter the workforce. Raffensperger’s plan will involve streamlining the process for professional licensing and extending the registration period for Georgia businesses, he said.


May 5, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Handel takes most of the heat in 6th Congressional District Republican debate

Davie Williams reports that it was open season on former U.S. Rep. Karen Handel Monday when four Republican opponents who have never held public office teed off on her in an hour-long debate streamed by Georgia Public Broadcasting.


May 5, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Money provided for election safety supplies and drop boxes in Georgia

Mark Niesse reports that Georgia secretary of state’s office is distributing federal coronavirus relief money to county election offices for personal protective equipment, sanitizing disinfectant supplies and secure drop boxes. Each county is eligible for up to $6,000 to reimburse their expenses related to the coronavirus, according to a grant program announced by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

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