Georgia Trend Daily – May 13, 2020

May 14, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Twin Pines Minerals pitches proposed titanium mine near Okefenokee Swamp

Dave Williams reports that consultants for an Alabama-based company planning a titanium mine near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge defended the project Wednesday at a virtual public meeting sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Twin Pines Minerals is seeking a permit from the federal agency to conduct a demonstration mining project on 1,042 acres along Trail Ridge in Charlton County, near the southeastern edge of the largest black water swamp in North America.


May 14, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Business Casual: Strong Women

Susan Percy writes, my first meeting with a super-strong woman occurred the morning I was born, when I was officially introduced to my mother. I arrived a bit ahead of schedule, but she was ready – and never missed a beat thereafter, not even when she was widowed at a young age and left to raise a six-year-old daughter by herself.


May 14, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Westside commercial district Lee+White to expand along Beltline

Andy Peters reports that developers have released details of a $65 million expansion of the Lee+White commercial district on the Westside, a Beltline project they say will proceed despite the coronavirus. Ackerman & Co. and MDH Partners will construct a new building with a modern design and renovate two 1950s-era industrial warehouses, adding to the property’s buildings that are already occupied.


May 14, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Amazon completes second huge lease this month, expands to 11.5 million square feet in ATL

Douglas Sams reports that Inc. continues a swift expansion of its fulfillment center network across Atlanta, leasing an additional 2 million square feet this month. The e-commerce giant’s latest project will take just over 1 million square feet about 10 miles from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.


May 14, 2020 Newnan Times-Herald

Robotics fulfillment center could be 100 feet tall

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that the proposed “Project Catfish” industrial development along High 16 East and the Newnan Crossing Bypass will be a fulfilment center with over 3,000 robots and approximately 800 full-time jobs, according to the developers. Seefried Industrial Properties wants the main building to be 100 feet tall, with 4 ½ stories and completely exempt from the building materials requirements of the county’s Quality Development Corridor district.


May 14, 2020 University of Georgia

Connecting Georgia seafood producers to consumers

Emily Kenworthy reports that as farmers and food distributors struggle to get their products into the hands of consumers, University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant has teamed up with UGA Cooperative Extension and the Georgia Department of Agriculture to generate business for the seafood industry.


May 14, 2020 Savannah Morning News

Savannah Convention Center seeks accreditation from Global Biorisk Advisory Council

Katie Nussbaum reports, in the weeks since the Savannah Convention Center has been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the center has undergone aggressive sanitizing and cleaning regimens, including the setting off of medical-grade disinfectant bombs throughout the building and dispersing disinfectant through air handlers. Now the center is working to achieve Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention.


May 14, 2020 Emory University

Transformative solar power agreement will help Emory reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Staff reports that Emory University will install more than 15,000 solar panels across 16 buildings on its Druid Hills campus, which will generate approximately 10 percent of Emory’s peak energy requirements and reduce Emory’s greenhouse gas emissions by about 4,300 metric tons. Emory has awarded Cherry Street Energy a 20-year agreement to install 5.5. megawatts (MW) of solar generation across campus.


May 14, 2020 Milledgeville Union-Recorder, CNHI

State may use up to $1.5B of reserve funds by end of June

Riley Bunch reports that lawmakers will likely need to use more than a billion dollars from the state’s rainy day fund to offset the economic impact of COVID-19. In the second Joint Appropriations meeting Wednesday, lawmakers began to formally unpack the Fiscal Year 2021 budget. Jeffrey Dorfman, state fiscal economist, said his best estimate is the state will need to use $1 billion to $1.5 billion from the revenue shortfall reserve this fiscal year.


May 14, 2020 Gainesville Times

Collins introduces legislation to hold China accountable for global pandemic

Staff reports that Rep. Doug Collins Wednesday introduced the COVID-19 Accountability Act seeking to hold China accountable for the global pandemic. The measure would give the president the authority to impose sanctions on China if the country fails to cooperate with a full investigation into the events leading up to the COVID-19 outbreak.


May 14, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Loeffler slams China, ‘mainstream media’ at COVID-19 hearing

Allison Winter and Robin Bravender report that Georgia Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler on Tuesday bashed Chinese officials and the “mainstream media” at a hearing about the reopening of U.S. schools and workplaces. Loeffler said she was “incredibly concerned about the coverup and the misinformation coming from China and their efforts to suppress life-saving information at the outset of this outbreak.”


May 14, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Who’s voted so far, in Georgia’s June 2020 primary election

Isaac Sabetai reports that nearly 212,000 Georgians have already voted in the June 9 primary election for president, Congress and the General Assembly. That number could grow very quickly as more than 1.3 million registered voters have requested mail ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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