Georgia Trend Daily – July 24, 2020

July 24, 2020

Paerosol Global Partners’ $17 Million Expansion to Georgia Will Create 140 Jobs in Bainbridge

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced yesterday that Paerosol Global Partners LLC (PGP), a manufacturer of disinfectant solutions and spraying instruments, plans to invest nearly $17 million in building a new facility in Bainbridge, Georgia. This brand-new facility in Decatur County will mark the company’s first location in Georgia and create 140 new jobs.


July 24, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Morehouse College: new tech training hub

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Atlanta’s all-male Morehouse College is one of 10 new locations Apple Inc. has tapped to be included in its coding and creativity (C2) education initiative. The California-based technology company is partnering with Historically Black Colleges and Universities like Morehouse to bring coding and creativity opportunities to their campuses and broader communities.


July 24, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta jobless rate fell in June but still at recession level

Michael E. Kanell reports that Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate dropped in June, falling to a still-recessionary 8.6%, as many shops and businesses reopened and rehired workers in hopes of an economic rebound, according to the state Department of Labor. But Georgia jobless claims remained high last week, darkening the outlook.


July 24, 2020 Saporta Report

Sales tax collections plummet at least 15% in metro Atlanta in June: New GSU research tool

David Pendered reports that Georgia State University researchers have unveiled a tool that vividly shows the degree to which the COVID-19 pandemic has slammed the door on sales tax collections in metro Atlanta and two other regions in the state. The first report to be issued shows collections dropped by at least 15% in June in metro Atlanta and two other regions – from Augusta to Savannah, and south to the Florida border.


July 24, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Georgia labor agency distributes record jobless benefits despite fewer claims

Dave Williams reports that initial unemployment claims in Georgia fell slightly last week, but the state paid out more in jobless benefits than during the last three years combined. For the week ending July 18, 122,313 Georgians filed initial unemployment claims, down 16,139 from the previous week, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.


July 24, 2020 Brunswick News, Capitol Beat News

Nixing year-end tests for Georgia schools draws big support

Beau Evans reports that a request to scrap end-of-year tests for Georgia public schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic drew overwhelming support from students, teachers, parents and others during a two-week comment period, state school officials said Thursday. The state Department of Education is seeking a waiver from the federal government to skip the Georgia Milestones and other reporting requirements for the 2020-21 school year.


July 24, 2020|Daily Report

‘Kemp v. Bottoms’ Mask Lawsuit Heads to Mediation

Katheryn Tucker reports that mediation will be the next chapter in the mask drama between Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “It appears that the interests of the parties and the orderly management of this Court’s business would be served by forwarding this matter to mediation,” Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jane Barwick said in an order stamped in the clerk’s office at 4:02 p.m. Thursday.


July 24, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Support grows for changes to citizen’s arrest law, if not outright repeal

Stanley Dunlap reports that state lawmakers who are reviewing Georgia’s citizen’s arrest law said they could soon reach common ground on whether to repeal or just revise the law. The Civil War-era law has captured the public’s attention since it was cited by a prosecutor as justification for the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black jogger who was gunned down after being confronted in a neighborhood near Brunswick.


July 24, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia schools still free to choose their own fall opening dates

Ty Tagami and Maureen Downey report that Georgia schools will not be asked to open late despite talks about a mandated delay amid a surging coronavirus pandemic, as some districts plan to open within the next couple of weeks. Some state officials talked behind the scenes late Wednesday about the idea of delaying the reopening of schools until Sept. 8, but it did not come up at the Georgia Board of Education meeting Thursday.


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