Georgia Trend Daily – Oct. 22, 2020

Oct. 22, 2020

Outdoor Network Announces Headquarters Expansion, New Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Albany

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp on Wednesday announced that family-owned and operated marine and power sports company Outdoor Network (ODN) will invest nearly $22 million in two projects in Albany, Georgia. The company’s new advanced manufacturing facility and expansion of their distribution center headquarters will deliver 92 jobs to southwest Georgia.


Oct. 22, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

At Issue: Assisting Dreamers

Kerwin Swint writes, most reasonable people agree the fastest way to improve society and support economic progress is an educated workforce. This is not to say that every single person must go to college, but if we don’t enable as many as possible to get a college education, we are doing a disservice to our state.


Oct. 22, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

New national jobless claims report coming Thursday

Tim Darnell reports that the government will provide its latest picture Thursday of the pace of job cuts in the United States, which remain elevated with the viral pandemic still impeding the economy seven months after it first erupted.


Oct. 22, 2020 Saporta Report

AT&T to donate $500,000 for economic empowerment in Atlanta

Maria Saporta reports that AT&T will invest $500,000 in four Atlanta nonprofits in an effort to empower the traditionally underserved and drive economic mobility in Atlanta. Through its Believe AtlantaSM initiative, AT&T will fund workforce development initiatives with grants to the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA), Per Scholas Atlanta, the Village Market and On the Rise Financial Center (OTRFC).


Oct. 22, 2020 Rome News-Tribune

Feds funnel multiple millions of dollars to local businesses through Paycheck Protection Plan

Doug Walker reports that business, industry, education and healthcare sectors in Rome and Floyd County have all suffered to one degree or another during the COVID-19 pandemic. Data made available from ProPublica indicates that 124 of the larger businesses in the county have shared in a minimum of $3.75 million in Paycheck Protection Plan funds.


Oct. 22, 2020 Capitol Beat News

South Georgia business leader to head state’s Rural Strike Team

Dave Williams reports, a Tifton business leader will lead the state’s efforts to attract more businesses to rural Georgia and expand those already there. Gov. Brian Kemp Wednesday announced Tift County Development Authority President and CEO Brian Marlowe will join the state Department of Economic Development as deputy commissioner for rural Georgia.


Oct. 22, 2020 The Center Square

Georgia’s music industry rocked by COVID-19 pandemic

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Chuck Leavell has spent the past 40 years as the touring keyboardist for the Rolling Stones. The legendary band was preparing to embark on a three-month tour this year before it was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the hundreds of people who were employed for the tour and many others in the music industry, the pandemic has been a “tragedy,” Leavell told members of the Georgia Senate Music Workforce Study Committee last week.


Oct. 22, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

New aviators participate in North Georgia drive-in air show

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that this weekend, Oct. 24 and 25, Rome’s annual fall air show at the Russell Regional Airport will be a drive-in event featuring a number of aviators participating for the first time. Along with the Black Daggers U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Team, pilots will be flying specialized aircraft including the new C-17 Globemaster cargo aircraft and the F-16 Fighting Falcon — aka Viper — that can reach speeds greater than twice the speed of sound.


Oct. 22, 2020

Georgia Council for the Arts awards 77 organizations more than $585,000 in grant funding

Staff reports that the Georgia Council for the Arts, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, on Wednesday announced the recipients of the Vibrant Communities and Cultural Facilities grant awards for fiscal year 2021.


Oct. 22, 2020 The Current

Heritage or Racism? Confederate Monument’s Fate Divides Brunswick

Donnell Suggs reports, the only monument in Hanover Square, a tree-lined park centrally located in Brunswick’s historic district, is of an unnamed Confederate soldier. On its base are the letters “BLM” spray painted in black.


Oct. 22, 2020 WABE 90.1

‘A Fine Line’: Sen. David Perdue Navigates Trump Alliance In A Tight Race

Emma Hurt reports that Republican Sen. David Perdue and Democratic nominee Jon Ossoff are in a tight race that’s become the most expensive statewide election in Georgia history, and Perdue’s close alliance with President Donald Trump has become a central focus. That was clear after Perdue appeared to intentionally mispronounce Sen. Kamala Harris’ name at a Trump rally in Macon last Friday.


Oct. 22, 2020 Georgia Recorder

National, Georgia GOP spending big to unseat Democratic House leader

Jill Nolin reports that voters in Meriwether County likely walk into the local election office in downtown Greenville – the county’s lone early voting location – with the hotly contested presidential matchup on their mind as they cast their ballot. But national and state Republicans have this rural west Georgia community in their sights for other reasons.


Oct. 22, 2020 GPB

Kamala Harris To Visit Atlanta In Final Stretch Of Campaign

Stephen Fowler reports that Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris will be traveling to Atlanta Friday to campaign in a battleground state that has seen overwhelming early voting turnout and enthusiasm for the election.


Oct. 22, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Plant Vogtle cost overruns once again an issue in Georgia PSC races

Matt Kempner reports that Georgia’s public service commissioners are often caught in a vise. On one side is the state’s powerful, politically connected electric company. On the other, consumers of electricity.


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