Georgia Trend Daily – Nov. 24, 2020

Nov. 24, 2020

Robins International Industrial Park in Peach County Certified as ‘Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development’ (GRAD) Site

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), in conjunction with the Joint Development Authority of Peach County and the City of Warner Robins, today announced that Robins International Industrial Park, located at 101 Leamington Boulevard in Byron, has earned a “Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development” (GRAD) certification with “Select” status.


Nov. 24, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

2020 Silver Spoon Awards: What the World Needs Now

Krista Reese writes, it has been heartbreaking to witness the permanent closure of some of Georgia’s best-loved restaurants: In Buckhead, the Georgia Grille shuttered after 30 years. In Inman Park, Rathbun’s and its companion Krog Bar closed after 17 years when COVID issues worsened a lease dispute. (Chef Kevin Rathbun plans to reopen elsewhere.)


Nov. 24, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson prepares for holiday travel amid pandemic

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that despite warnings that Americans should avoid travel and big Thanksgiving gatherings, the Atlanta airport and others in the hospitality industry are already seeing a bump in traffic and expect it to continue.


Nov. 24, 2020 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb EMC president and CEO, Peter Heintzelman, steps down

Chart Riggall reports that Peter Heintzelman, president and CEO of Cobb EMC, announced his resignation from the Marietta-based electric co-operative Friday. In a press release, Cobb EMC said Heintzelman plans to pursue other opportunities, and tapped the senior vice president of Electric Operations, Kevan Espy, as interim CEO.


Nov. 24, 2020 WABE 90.1

Georgia Election Board Extends Rules Governing Drop Boxes, Early Ballot Processing

Emil Moffat reports that absentee ballot drop boxes, used for the first time in 2020 in Georgia, will be in place for the January runoff as well. The State Election Board extended the emergency rule regarding drop boxes to cover the Jan. 5 runoff.


Nov. 24, 2020 The Center Square

Second recount in Georgia’s presidential election starts Tuesday

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia will start a second statewide recount of presidential election ballots Tuesday morning, officials said Monday afternoon. County election workers are allowed to start the recount at 9 a.m. Tuesday and must finish by midnight Dec. 2.


Nov. 24, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Judge to decide if PSC must revisit Georgia Power’s coal ash cleanup tab

Jill Nolin reports that a Fulton County judge will decide whether state regulators should rethink their decision to let Georgia Power pass along $525 million in coal ash cleanup costs to its customers over the next few years. Attorneys for the Sierra Club’s Georgia chapter argued in a court hearing Monday that Georgia Power – and not ratepayers – should shoulder the burden because the group says the utility mishandled the toxic waste at its coal-fired power plants for decades.


Nov. 24, 2020 Politico

Georgia Dems will knock on doors with Senate at stake

James Arkin, Andrew Desiderio and Maya King report, with the Senate majority hanging in the balance and coronavirus cases spiking, Georgia Democrats have resurrected a hallmark of their pre-pandemic campaigning: knocking on voters’ doors. Democrats largely halted the practice earlier this year, but the party’s candidates this week returned to in-person canvassing in the Peach State as they seek to juice turnout in two critical runoff elections on Jan. 5.


Nov. 24, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta mayor: Biden pledged to help U.S. mayors deal with COVID-19, other issues

Staff reports, after a virtual meeting on Monday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said that President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have pledged more support to the nation’s cities as they grapple with the damage caused by the coronavirus. That support would come after the new president took office, no matter the party affiliation of the mayor, Bottoms said during a Monday evening interview with CNN.

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