Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 9, 2020

Sept, 9, 2020 WABE 90.1

Trump Places Moratorium On Oil Drilling Off Georgia’s Coast

Molly Samuel reports that offshore oil drilling will be banned from Georgia’s coast until 2032. President Donald Trump made the announcement on Tuesday, during a campaign stop in the battleground state of Florida. Earlier in his administration, Trump had pushed to open up nearly all of the country’s coasts for oil drilling.


Sept. 9, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

FinTech in Georgia: From Strong to Stronger

Susan Percy reports that if you’re looking for an economic bright spot this somewhat dismal year, cast your eyes toward FinTech, Georgia’s financial technology industry, encompassing anything and everything that allows, enables or secures online or mobile transactions. The industry has been growing solidly for years, grounded in a mammoth payment processing component that has earned Metro Atlanta the nickname “Transaction Alley.”


Sept. 9, 2020 Gwinnett Daily Post

Answering service adding 100 new jobs in Sugarloaf CID as part of expansion

Curt Yeomans reports that a leading answering service company is expanding its footprint in Gwinnett County with new offices in the Sugarloaf Community Improvement District, officials at Partnership Gwinnett announced Tuesday. Moneypenny’s new office will be located at 2915 Premiere Parkway in unincorporated Duluth, and the expansion includes new 100 jobs and $860,000 in capital investment by the company.


Sept. 9, 2020 Covington News

General Mills expansion of cereal line to add 40 new jobs in Covington

Tom Spigolen reports that an industrial expansion announced Sept. 8, was years in the making and “helps solidify” a longtime industry’s continued presence in Newton County. General Mills will boost production of one of the country’s most popular cereal brands by expanding their Cinnamon Toast Crunch operations and adding 40 jobs in the process, Gov. Brian Kemp announced.


Sept. 9, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mark Teixeira investor group sells big Westside development for $127M

Christopher Quinn reports that one of the more talked-about large developments in Atlanta has been sold before any significant work on it was completed. Urban Creek Partners — former Atlanta Braves baseball player Mark Teixeira is a principal — sold 70 acres slated to become the Quarry Yards mixed-use development on the Westside for $127 million to West Atlanta Acquisitions.


Sept. 9, 2020

Chinese Hospitality Tech Firm With Atlanta Office Divests U.S. Subsidiary After Trump Order 

Trevor Williams reports that Shiji Group, a growing China-based tech firm with global reach in the hospitality sector and a presence in Atlanta, has reached a deal to sell off a U.S. subsidiary under pressure from President Trump. Shiji said its main goal was to find a partner that could provide continuity to existing customers after a White House order in March called for the company to divest StayNTouch over national security concerns.


Sept. 9, 2020 Saporta Report

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership to hire consultant to nurture businesses along Southside Trail

David Pendered reports that the Atlanta BeltLine’s fundraising arm intends to hire a consultant to knit together the business community on the southernmost segment of the BeltLine to promote business development and forestall gentrification. Friday is the deadline for submissions that respond to the request for proposals issued by the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Inc.


Sept. 9, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Investor group to buy Georgia Banking Company, plans to raise $150 million

Eric Mandel reports that an investor group led by fifth-generation banker Bartow Morgan Jr. is set to buy Georgia Banking Company and expand its services. Morgan and the metro Atlanta-based bank said Tuesday they have reached an agreement in principle, and that the new ownership group plans to raise $150 million in new capital to build a “major presence in commercial lending and private banking.”


Sept. 9, 2020 WSB Radio

UGA names new Ag School dean

Tim Bryant reports that the University of Georgia names a new dean for its College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: Nick Place is dean for extension, director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, and a professor in the department of agricultural education and communication at the University of Florida. His appointment at UGA is effective on January 1. Place replaces departing UGA Ag dean Sam Pardue.


Sept. 9, 2020 Georgia Health News

How a small town became ground zero for landfill collapses

Max Blau reports that Carolyn Dorondo couldn’t escape the smell of garbage. There were days last year when she couldn’t go outside due to the smell. Less than a mile from Dorondo’s home, the operators of the Pine Bluff Landfill were facing a crisis in the middle of the 914-acre dump that was largely hidden from neighbors’ view.


Sept. 9, 2020 GPB

Elections Officials Investigate Alleged Double Voting In Georgia Primary

Stephen Fowler reports that the Georgia Secretary of State’s office is investigating how 1,000 Georgians were able to allegedly cast both an absentee and in-person ballot in the June 9 primary, also promising that similar issues would not happen in November and that no outcomes were affected in the process. Republican Brad Raffensperger said Tuesday that any voter found to have violated O.C.G.A. §21-2-572 would be guilty of a felony and would face between one to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.


Sept. 9, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Public comment function broken on Kemp proposal to block ACA website

Ariel Hart reports, when Karen Lui learned this weekend about Gov. Brian Kemp’s proposal to block Georgians’ access to the Affordable Care Act shopping website,, the Gainesville resident was glad to see there was a way to lodge a personal comment. But when she followed the directions, her comments were returned to her.


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