Georgia Trend Daily – Oct. 29, 2020

Oct. 29, 2020 The Center Square

Georgia to extend rural job tax credits to include remote workers

Nyamekye Daniel reports that the Georgia Department of Community Affairs plans to extend a state tax credit program that incentivizes job creation in rural areas to include positions that work remotely. The proposed rule change also would allow businesses to use their 2019 employment levels to seek the tax credit in the 2020 and 2021 tax years.


Oct. 29, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

10 new Georgia communities become Rural Zones

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), in collaboration with the state Department of Economic Development, has designated 10 new communities as Rural Zones. The designation enables individuals in the communities to take advantage of tax credits for creating jobs and making qualifying investments in historic downtown areas.


Oct. 29, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS, Delta prepare for COVID-19 vaccine shipments

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that local transportation giants UPS and Delta Air Lines are gearing up for the massive endeavor of shipping COVID-19 vaccines around the world once doses are available. Sandy Springs-based UPS is expanding freezer farms in Louisville and CEO Carol Tomé told investors Wednesday the company has been working on logistics for clinical trials, giving it “valuable data and insights” for distribution.


Oct. 29, 2020 Georgia Southern University

Parker College of Business Bolsters MBA Program with New Professional Enrichment Plan

Staff reports that the MBA Program in the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University is offering experiential learning opportunities to its students through the new Parker Professional Enrichment Program (PEP) which connects students to engaging business and civic partners.


Oct. 29, 2020 Savannah Morning News

Former state senator among Georgia olive farmers finding successful harvest this year

Seth Schwarts reports, world traveled, Tommie Williams is well versed in maximizing product. Following three years of hand harvest, it was past time. Purchasing a used grape harvester from an auction in California, Williams made a few mechanical modifications in preparation for the 30 acres of olive trees at Terra Dolce Olive Farm in Lyons.


Oct. 29, 2020 Albany Herald

Cotton growers applaud EPA rulings on dicamba

Staff reports that United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew R. Wheeler met with farmers and industry stakeholders at Cromley Farms, a sixth-generation family farm in Brooklet, to announce new five-year registrations for two dicamba products and an extended registration for an additional dicamba product. Officials with the Georgia Cotton Commission said the organization is pleased with this announcement.


Oct. 29, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Georgia EMCs, telecom providers float competing rural broadband offers

Dave Williams reports that electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) are offering to accelerate the deployment of high-speed internet in rural Georgia through a deep discount to telecom providers for attachments to EMC utility poles. But one of those providers, the Georgia Cable Association, is calling the proposal a “gimmick” that would do nothing to increase the availability of broadband in unserved rural communities.


Oct. 29, 2020 WABE 90.1

White House: Stronger Mitigation Efforts Needed In Georgia As Coronavirus Community Spread Picks Up

Sam Whitehead reports that the Trump administration says Georgia must step up its efforts to slow the COVID-19 pandemic as it continues to gain steam in the state. The latest report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force, obtained by WABE, says there are early indications of “expanding community spread.”


Oct. 29, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Monmouth poll: Biden takes slim lead in Georgia, Ossoff-Perdue deadlocked

Greg Bluestein reports that the Monmouth University poll released Wednesday shows Democrats making recent gains in Georgia, with Joe Biden eking out a slim lead over President Donald Trump and Jon Ossoff knotted up against U.S. Sen. David Perdue. It’s also the latest poll that has Democrat Raphael Warnock as the clear front-runner in the chaotic special election for U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s seat – and it gives him a head-to-head lead over both Loeffler and U.S. Rep. Doug Collins in a likely Jan. 5 runoff.

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