Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 4, 2020

Sept. 4, 2020

Deluxe Selects Metro Atlanta for New FinTech Innovation Center and Offices, Will Create Over 700 Jobs

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp yesterday announced that Fortune 1000 company Deluxe will establish a new office complex along with a FinTech and Customer Innovation Center in the City of Sandy Springs in Fulton County. Deluxe will create 709 new jobs and invest more than $10 million in the metro Atlanta project.


Sept. 4, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Political Notes: The Ups, Downs, and In-betweens

Susan Percy reports that last month, two leaders of the Civil Rights Movement lay in state at the Georgia Capitol building in July: Rev. C.T Vivian and Congressman John Lewis. Both men died on the same day, Vivian at age 95 and Lewis at 80.


Sept. 4, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jobless claims continue to fall from all-time April high

Michael E. Kanell reports that in terms of layoffs, it’s still pretty bad out there. But it seems to be getting better, ever so slowly, according to numbers released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.


Sept. 4, 2020 WABE 90.1

Federal Government Promises Investigation, Outreach To Struggling Southeastern Produce Industry

Emma Hurt reports that the Trump administration laid out its plan this week to address the complaints of the Southeastern produce industry, including the pleas of many farmers in Georgia. These fruit and vegetable growers have warned their industries are doomed if the status quo of cheaper Mexican imports goes unchecked.


Sept. 4, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

17 million-square-foot warehouse/distribution project proposed near Savannah

David Allison reports that a more than 17 million-square-foot warehouse/distribution project is being planned near Savannah. The current plan proposes the development of 10 parcels of land on U.S. Highway 80 North in Ellabell in Bryan County with the intent to construct industrial/warehouse/distribution facilities, totaling approximately 17.5 million square feet, according to a filing with the state of Georgia.


Sept. 4, 2020 Savannah Morning News

What a $2 billion expansion on Elba Island could mean for Chatham County’s biggest tax payer

Mary Landers reports that Chatham County has bickered for years with Texas-based oil and gas Kinder Morgan and its predecessors at the Elba Island natural gas facility over how much they owe in property taxes. Now, just as part of the tax bill is being resolved, another part is getting more scrutiny with the recent completion of a $2 billion expansion at Elba ­–– and Chatham is shoring up its defenses on that assessment.


Sept. 4, 2020 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Mercer’s new Columbus medical school will help ‘underserved’ Georgians. Here’s when classes start

Allie Dean reports that local officials and state leaders, including Gov. Brian Kemp and Lt. Gov Geoff Duncan, were in Columbus on Thursday to celebrate the ground breaking of the upcoming Mercer University School of Medicine Columbus Campus. The campus will be built on six acres west of First Avenue and north of the train overpass adjacent to the TSYS campus.


Sept. 4, 2020 GPB

Georgia Schools Chief Issues Stinging Rebuke To Education Secretary DeVos On Testing

Grant Blankenship reports that Georgia’s top school official issued a stinging rebuke Thursday to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her advice for states not to expect another coronavirus waiver on high-stakes testing such as the Georgia Milestones test. “I have to be completely candid with my thoughts on this decision,” said Georgia’s School Superintendent Richard Woods. “It is disappointing, shows a complete disconnect with the realities of the classroom, and will be a detriment to public education.”


Sept. 4, 2020 WSB-Radio

Loeffler hits home turf of top rival, greeted by BLM protesters in Forsyth Co

Tim Bryant reports that Senator Kelly Loeffler campaigned in the hometown of one of her main rivals in the special senate election that is now 60 days away: Republican Loeffler was in Gainesville Thursday. Loeffler holds a slim lead over Hall County Congressman Doug Collins in most of the recent polling in advance of the election that will be held on November 3.


Sept. 4, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Collins nabs U.S. Senate endorsement from Georgia House Speaker Ralston

Beau Evans reports that Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, among the state’s most powerful political leaders, has endorsed U.S. Rep. Doug Collins in his run for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by retired U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson. Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, handed Collins his endorsement Thursday in an announcement that characterized the four-term congressman from Gainesville’s conservative values as “like a tree planted by the water.”


Sept. 4, 2020 LaGrange News

Senate candidate Warnock talks BLM, pandemic

Hunter Riggall reports, in November, Georgia voters will have the unusual opportunity to elect two U.S. senators. While Jon Ossoff seeks to unseat Republican Sen. David Perdue, a more crowded race is underway for the seat formerly held by Johnny Isakson.


Sept. 4, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Perdue shows off GOP unity, in contrast to Georgia’s other Senate race

Greg Bluestein reports that Republican rift over U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s seat is deepening by the day. But David Perdue is eager to prove he’s unified GOP voters in Georgia’s other U.S. Senate race. The first-term incumbent rolled out endorsements on Friday from a wave of former Republican U.S. senators from Georgia: Johnny Isakson, Saxby Chambliss, Mack Mattingly and Nancy Coverdell, the wife of the late Sen. Paul Coverdell.

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