Georgia Trend Daily – Oct. 6, 2020

Oct. 6, 2020 WABE 90.1

U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Florida-Georgia Water Arguments This Term

Molly Samuel reports that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments – for a second time – in a long-running case between Georgia and Florida during the term that begins Monday. Florida is asking the court to limit Georgia’s water use as part of a decadeslong dispute over the water in the rivers that flow through the states.


Oct. 6, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Healthcare’s New Reality in Georgia

Susan Percy reports, very little on the healthcare landscape looks the way it did when the year started. If you had a doctor’s appointment, a hospital stay or an ER visit in January or February, you had a very different experience than you would today.


Oct. 6, 2020

Georgia International Trade Office Earns U.S. Small Business Administration Award, Launches New Export Assistance Grant

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced yesterday that it has been awarded a grant of more than $162,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration under the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) to bolster export assistance to small businesses. These funds will officially launch the International Trade division’s “Go Global Georgia” initiative to help small business exporters in the state stretch their international marketing budgets and develop global markets.


Oct. 6, 2020

Exporters Can Apply for $6,000 Grants Under Go Global Georgia Program 

Trevor Williams reports that Georgia small businesses can now apply or reimbursable grants totaling up to $6,000 to get into the export game or expand their international sales. The incentive is part of a $162,000 State Trade Expansion Program, or STEP, grant to the Georgia Department of Economic Development from the U.S. Small Business Administration.


Oct. 6, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta City Council to extend relief for airport rental car agencies

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that with travel still down significantly because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Atlanta City Council has approved an extension of rent relief for car rental agencies at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The measure will extend the suspension of minimum rent requirements through June 30, 2021, the same reprieve offered earlier to concessionaires that operate restaurants and shops in the terminal.


Oct. 6, 2020 Savannah Morning News, Bryan County Now

North Bryan County $23 million private industrial park on I-16 to bring ‘hundreds of jobs’ to area

Steve Scholar reports that a $23 million private industrial park is coming to north Bryan County and promises to bring hundreds of jobs and significant financial impact to the area and region. VanTrust Real Estate, based in Jacksonville, Florida, bought the 515-acre parcel that lies next to the current Bryan County Interstate Centre I on I-16 and will develop the property and build the buildings.


Oct. 6, 2020 Augusta Chronicle

Manus Bio boosts production, adds 20 jobs at Augusta sweetener plant

Damon Cline reports that biotechnology company Manus Bio said Monday it has increased production capacity at its east Augusta sweetener plant, adding more than 20 full-time employees to the payroll. The Massachusetts-based company, which acquired the former NutraSweet plant in 2018 and reopened it late last year, uses proprietary technology to produce flavor and fragrance products.


Oct. 6, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Georgia Supreme Court rules in favor of rural Macon County hospital

Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Supreme Court Monday overturned a lower-court ruling requiring a hospital in rural Montezuma, Ga., to get the state’s permission to expand its capacity to serve psychiatric/substance abuse patients.


Oct. 6, 2020 Brunswick News

Seismic blasting efforts halted for foreseeable future

Lauren McDonald reports that the Southern Environmental Law Center announced last week that seismic blasting efforts will be halted this year in the Atlantic Ocean. Litigation revealed Oct. 1 that the industry will not pursue efforts to employ seismic blasting to search the Atlantic for offshore petroleum deposits before its permits expire Nov. 30.


Oct. 6, 2020 The Current

Federal Cares Act Tug-of-War Impacts Coastal Georgia School Budgets

Laura Corley reports that a select number of students in Chatham County are set to return to public school classrooms Monday amid widespread concern about health and safety due to COVID-19. Among questions the school district has yet to resolve, however, is how much of the federal coronavirus relief funds allotted to it will go to which schools in the area.


Oct. 6, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Big fight over drug pricing heads to the Supreme Court

Mary Schladen reports that a years-long fight over whether states have the authority to regulate important aspects of drug pricing is set to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday morning. At issue is whether prescription middlemen, known as “pharmacy benefit managers,” will have to bow to state authority over a huge swath of their business or if federal law preempts state regulation.


Oct. 6, 2020 The Center Square

Bourdeaux, McCormick vie for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux and Republican Rich McCormick and are running for election in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District. Incumbent Republican Rob Woodall, who was elected to the seat in 2010, did not run for re-election. The district is located northeast of Atlanta and includes parts of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties.


Oct. 6, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jill Biden to campaign in Georgia next week

Greg Bluestein reports that Jill Biden will visit Atlanta and Columbus on Monday to celebrate the start of Georgia’s early-voting period, marking the first in-person trip to the state from either of the Bidens since Joe won the party’s nomination earlier this year. Jill Biden’s visit comes amid a backdrop of ever-tightening polls that show a deadlocked race for president in Georgia.


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