Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 24, 2020

Sept. 24, 2020 The Center Square

Georgia’s debt burden was $2,900 per taxpayer before COVID-19 shutdowns

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia’s fiscal health before the COVID-19 pandemic was middle of the road, and the state likely will come out of the current financial crisis in a worse situation, a new report says. Georgia’s elected officials have made repeated financial decisions that left the state with a debt burden of $8.8 billion, the report by financial watchdog Truth in Accounting (TIA) showed.


Sept. 24, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

At Issue: Defund or Defend?

Kerwin Swint writes, everyone knows Georgia is an increasingly competitive state on the national political stage. In fact, this November both political parties will spend millions trying to persuade Georgia voters in the presidential campaign and in our state’s two featured U.S. Senate races.


Sept. 24, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson 9th among larger airports for satisfaction

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Hartsfield-Jackson International ranked ninth among the largest airports in North America for customer satisfaction, according to a new study. Travelers were polled on 19 “mega” airports, which have more than 33 million passengers annually, as well as smaller airports, in the J.D. Power 2020 North America airport satisfaction study.


Sept. 24, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Porsche Cars North America makes multi-million dollar investment for Georgia HQ

Eric Mandel reports that Porsche Cars North America Inc. is more than doubling its Georgia footprint with a “multi-million dollar” investment in its North American headquarters. The German automaker said Wednesday it’s adding a new 33-acre development to its existing 27-acre HQ located in Hapeville, by the northeast corner of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.


Sept. 24, 2020

Turkish Power System Supplier Sets Up U.S. Office in DeKalb, Eyes Future Factory

Trevor Williams reports that a Turkish manufacturer of electrical distribution systems and cable trays is setting up a U.S. headquarters in Dunwoody, with plans to hire a “significant number” of engineers as it builds toward eventually manufacturing locally. EAE Elektrik is a nearly 50-year-old firm based in Istanbul with six Turkish factories totaling more than 2.7 million square feet of space.


Sept. 24, 2020 WABE 90.1

White House Report Paints A Mixed Picture Of Georgia’s Success In Fighting COVID-19

Sam Whitehead reports that the latest Trump administration assessment of Georgia’s efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus paints a mixed picture: while the state is making modest gains in some key areas, that progress has stalled out in others. For the second week in a row, the state ranks 14th in the country for new infections.


Sept. 24, 2020 Georgia State University

Biomedical Sciences Researcher Gets $1.95 Million Federal Grant to Study How Gut Bacteria Cause Decline of Aging Immune System

LaTina Emerson reports that Dr. Leszek Ignatowicz, a professor in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University, has received a five-year, $1.95 million federal grant to study how changes in the microorganisms in the gut, referred to as intestinal microbiota, cause the immune system to decline as organisms get older.


Sept. 24, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

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Karen Kirkpatrick writes, September marks Georgia Trend’s 35th anniversary of delivering stories and news about the broad and diverse state in which we live and do business. Our goal is for these stories to help support local economies, businesses and careers.


Sept. 24, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Lawmakers examining Georgia’s coin-operated amusement machines business

Dave Williams reports that the coin-operated amusement machines (COAM) business in Georgia has been thriving since the Georgia Lottery Corp. took over regulating the industry in 2013, Lottery President and CEO Gretchen Corbin said Wednesday. Georgians spent more than $3 billion during the last fiscal year playing the machines, mostly at convenience stores and restaurants across the state, Corbin told members of a Georgia Senate study committee at its kickoff meeting.


Sept. 24, 2020 New York Times

A Monmouth poll of Georgia shows tight races for president and both Senate seats.

Stephanie Saul reports that President Trump and Joseph R. Biden Jr. remain locked in a tight race in Georgia, according to a Monmouth University poll released Wednesday morning. The poll found that Mr. Trump had the support of 47 percent of registered voters to Mr. Biden’s 46 percent, a difference well within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.


Sept. 24, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Analysis: Why Georgia’s twin Senate races are up for grabs

Greg Bluestein reports that long before U.S. Sen. David Perdue prepared to face the voters, he reminded conservative crowds that 2020 would not be the same sort of predictable affair that Republicans had encountered in previous statewide races.


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