Georgia Trend Daily – Nov. 13, 2020

Nov. 13, 2020 Gwinnett Daily Post, Rockdale Citizen

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp makes record-breaking announcement at Bridgestone in Covington

Alice Queen reports that Gov. Brian Kemp chose Bridgestone Golf in Covington as the site to announce that Georgia — for a record-breaking eighth year in a row — has been named the No. 1 state for business by Site Selection magazine. Kemp connected the announcement Thursday with the kickoff of the 2020 Masters Tournament in Augusta.

 

Nov. 13, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports that for the 7th year in a row, Georgia has been named the Top State for Doing Business by Area Development magazine. It also earned the No. 1 ranking for cooperative and responsive state government. And this summer, Business Facilities Magazine named Atlanta the country’s No. 1 Tech Hub.

 

Nov. 13, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Layoffs drop, but Georgia’s recovery unbalanced

Michael E. Kanell reports, from their vantage point, metro Atlanta staffing companies are often the first to notice hiring trends. And some of them are seeing signs of growth throughout the area. “We are busier than a year ago,” said Allison O’Kelly, chief executive of Corps Team.

 

Nov. 13, 2020 Albany Herald

Job growth in Georgia on record pace for FY ’21 despite pandemic

Staff reports that a day before Georgia was named the top state in the country in which to business for the eighth consecutive year, Gov. Brian Kemp, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, announced that Georgia remains on a record pace for economic development investments and job creation in the state during fiscal year 2021.

 

Nov. 13, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Benefits for displaced workers finally arriving at pre-pandemic pace

Ross Williams reports that eight months after the pandemic shutdown caused unemployment claims to hit record highs, the Georgia Department of Labor is finally processing unemployment claims at pre-COVID-19 rates. The department, which processed more than 4 million regular unemployment claims and disbursed more than $15.7 billion in benefits since March, announced that it had caught up with its application queue Thursday, but some applicants could still face frustrating waits.

 

Nov. 13, 2020 GlobalAtlanta.com

Hall County Adds Two Korean Expansions During Fiscal Year

Trevor Williams reports that two Korean companies quietly expanded in Hall County over the past fiscal year, adding a combined $7 million in capital investment and 70 jobs in the North Georgia community. Alfrex USA, which makes fireproof exterior building panels, spent $6.2 million and planned to hire 30 at a new North American headquarters and factory in Buford last October.

 

Nov. 13, 2020 Rome News-Tribune

Filming returns to Rome after COVID-19 hiatus

John Bailey reports that Netflix’s “Stranger Things” was just in the beginning stages of filming off East Second Avenue in March when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the film industry across much of the nation. Now it appears the film crews are back in Rome.

 

Nov. 13, 2020 Brunswick News

Oyster nursery stalls in St. Marys

Gordon Jackson reports that the concept of an oyster nursery in St. Marys seemed like a good idea when city officials explored the possibility three years ago. The plan was to raise baby oysters in stainless steel pans until they grew large enough to be deposited in other areas until they grew large enough to be harvested.

 

Nov. 13, 2020 Georgia Health News

COVID continues to hit probate courts hard in Georgia

Andy Miller reports that two more probate court judges in Georgia have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the state’s total infected to 17. And in Cobb County, four clerks in the probate court have contracted the disease, with a fifth awaiting test results.

 

Nov. 13, 2020 Savannah Morning News

Georgia hand recount will begin Friday, run until Wednesday

Zach Dennis and Nick Robertson report that Georgia Voting Implementation Manager Gabe Sterling announced Thursday that the hand recount and audit of the presidential race in Georgia will begin at 9 a.m. Friday. The recount will conclude at midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

 

Nov. 13, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Gov. Brian Kemp says more budget cuts unlikely for Georgia agencies amid COVID-19

Beau Evans reports that Gov. Brian Kemp indicated Thursday he does not expect to call for deep budget cuts again after state-funded agencies slashed spending this year to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic in Georgia. Speaking at Bridgestone Golf in Covington, Kemp said his administration does not “see a need for across-the-board cuts again this coming year” after state lawmakers squeezed agency budgets by about $2.2 million starting July 1.

 

Nov. 13, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Recount process in Ga. faces objections from Trump, GOP

Mark Niesse, Tamar Hallerman and Amanda C. Coyne report that the hand recount of the nearly 5 million ballots cast in Georgia’s presidential race must start in every county by Friday morning and finish by Wednesday at midnight, state election officials said Thursday. The recount aims to verify election results reported so far in Georgia, where 16 electoral votes are at stake.

 

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