Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 11, 2020

Sept. 11, 2020 The Center Square

Georgia collects about $1.89B in tax revenue in August

Nyamekye Daniel reports that net tax collections in Georgia in August were up 7.7 percent compared with August 2019, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Thursday. Georgia collected nearly $1.89 billion in net tax revenue in August – about $134.5 million more than the $1.75 billion collected in August 2019.


Sept. 11, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports that Paerosol Global Partners LLC (PGP), which makes disinfectant solutions and spraying instruments, is investing $17 million to build a facility in Decatur County, creating 140 new jobs. It’s the first Georgia location for the Florida-based company, whose products eliminate air- and surface-borne pathogens such as mold, bacteria and viruses.


Sept. 11, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Pilgrim’s to donate $1.5 million to three metro Atlanta communities

Christopher Quinn reports that food company Pilgrim’s, which employs more than 7,000 Georgians in the poultry industry, is donating $1.5 million spread across three metro Atlanta communities to help with needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and to make other improvements.


Sept. 11, 2020 Georgia Southern University

Parker College of Business students receive U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award

Staff reports that students in the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University have received the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service award for volunteer hours they logged through the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement (OCLE) between February 2019 and February 2020. The U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award was presented to Iyanna Dandrea, Jasmine Alexander, Jayla Dubose, Drayton Gilchrist, Kenneth Glover and Mary A. Salter.


Sept. 11, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Georgia jobless claims continue to fall as first $300 checks hit the mail

Dave Williams reports that initial unemployment claims in Georgia fell below 100,000 last week for the sixth week in a row, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday. During the week ending Sept. 5, unemployed Georgians filed 50,320 first-time claims, down 963 from the previous week.


Sept. 11, 2020 Brunswick News, Capitol Beat News

Grand jury proceedings to resume in Georgia

Dave Williams reports that court proceedings in Georgia will start back toward some semblance of normalcy under an order issued Thursday by Chief Justice Harold Melton. The order authorizes grand jury proceedings to resume immediately, even though jury trials are still suspended.


Sept. 11, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Microsoft planning major initiative on Atlanta’s Westside

Douglas Sams reports that Microsoft Corp. is close to announcing a major expansion by Atlanta’s Bellwood Quarry that could bring jobs, investment and housing to underserved Westside neighborhoods, according to sources familiar with the initiative.


Sept. 11, 2020 Newnan Times-Herald

Growing need for rural broadband addressed by Rep. Ferguson

Clay Neely reports, with thousands of students relying on high-speed internet to navigate their coursework this fall, U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson spoke about the importance of the Connect America Now Act during Thursday’s meeting of the White Oak Golden Kiwanis Club. According to the Federal Communications Commission, roughly 97 percent of urban America has access to high-speed internet, whereas only 65 percent of their rural counterparts have the same access.


Sept. 11, 2020 WABE 90.1

Former Georgia SOS Says Raffensperger Should Recuse Himself From Voting Hearings

Lisa Rayem and Emil Moffat report that former Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox says the current holder of that office should not take part in hearings into the 1,000 voters suspected of casting two ballots in the June primaries. At a news conference Tuesday, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said those voters “knew what they were doing” — even as he admitted that investigations into their actions hadn’t concluded yet.


Sept. 11, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kemp and Killer Mike try to clear the air after their sitdown sparked uproar

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Brian Kemp and Atlanta rapper Killer Mike tried to dial down the uproar over their meeting with a joint radio appearance that featured the conservative Republican trading compliments with the progressive activist. Killer Mike, whose legal name is Michael Bender, faced scathing criticism from some fans and Democrats after he posted a picture of his sitdown with Kemp on Wednesday in his ceremonial office at the state Capitol.

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