Georgia Trend Daily – Nov. 25, 2020

Nov. 25, 2020

Georgia-based FiberVisions Invests $48 Million in Expanding Covington Operations

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp yesterday announced that Georgia-based FiberVisions, a subsidiary of Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited and a major employer in Covington for more than 50 years, will invest $48 million in expanding its polyolefin fiber manufacturing operations in Newton County.


Nov. 25, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia’s Transportation Funding Act is Transforming the Future

Patty Rasmussen reports that despite the hardship and economic smackdown brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 is a milestone year for a piece of legislation worth remembering. It’s the fifth anniversary of the Transportation Funding Act (TFA), which was signed into law in 2015 by then-Gov. Nathan Deal.


Nov. 25, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Microsoft data center planned for Palmetto

Andy Peters reports that Microsoft is expected to build a 250,000 square-foot data center in South Fulton County, the tech titan’s latest expansion in metro Atlanta. Fulton officials this month approved a $420 million bond sale to finance land acquisition and construction of the data center, which will be leased to Microsoft.


Nov. 25, 2020

Atlanta Nano-Material Startup Carbice Raises $15M to Transform Global Electronics Manufacturing

Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta nano-material startup Carbice Corp. has raised $15 million to continue an expansion into markets and industries that got a boost by a trip to France in 2018. Spun off from research by the founders conducted at Georgia Tech and beyond, Carbice makes a black tape composed of recycled aluminum and arrayed carbon nanotubes that keeps electronic devices cool by dissipating heat.


Nov. 25, 2020 Capitol Beat News

The Home Depot settles data breach case with Georgia, 45 other states

Dave Williams reports that Atlanta-based The Home Depot has agreed to pay a $17.5 million settlement with 46 states including Georgia over a 2014 data breach. The settlement, announced Tuesday, resolves a multistate investigation of a data breach involving the payment card information of about 40 million Home Depot customers nationwide.


Nov. 25, 2020 University of Georgia

Pecan research to help Georgia producers meet demand

Allison Fortner reports that the international popularity of pecans is trending upward, but more reliable measures for guaranteeing quality during storage are needed to meet demand in Georgia, the top state for pecan production. A review conducted by University of Georgia researchers identified scientific principles behind postharvest storage and handling techniques for pecans and revealed the need for a mathematical model to help producers predict quality under various conditions.


Nov. 25, 2020 Albany Herald

Albany State among HBCU’s receiving funds from Southern Company Foundation

Staff reports that Georgia Power and its parent, Southern Company, are supporting Georgia’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with $1.625 million in funding through the Southern Company Foundation. The grants will be used for technology tools, infrastructure, professional development and tech support for the 2020-2021 academic year.


Nov. 25, 2020 Georgia State University

Public Health Team Receives $1.3 Million Federal Grant to Study COVID-19 Research Participation in Black Communities

Homma Rafi reports that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded an interdisciplinary team in Georgia State University’s School of Public Health a two-year, $1.3 million grant through its RADx Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) program to better understand barriers and motivations for participating in COVID-19 research among Black communities in Atlanta.


Nov. 25, 2020 The Current

Hurricane season ends but coastal counties struggle with persistent flood threats

Molly Samuel reports that Hurricanes Matthew and Irma were wake-up calls to many on the Georgia coast. The 2016 and 2017 storms – less than 12 months apart – swamped coastal communities, leaving homes that had never previously flooded a mess.


Nov. 25, 2020 Saporta Report

Georgia now officially seeking cannabis growers

Maggie Lee reports that Georgia’s now taking proposals from companies that are seeking state licenses to grow cannabis and manufacture a liquid medical marijuana from it. “I think it’s really important for the industry, and for potential small business investors who are interested in this industry, to know that this is an economic development opportunity for Georgia, said Andrew Turnage, executive director of the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission.


Nov. 25, 2020 New York Times

No, Trump cannot win Georgia’s electoral votes through a write-in Senate campaign.

Kellen Browning reports that President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. won Georgia, but that has not stopped people from claiming that President Trump still has a chance to change the outcome and win the state’s 16 electoral votes. The hashtag #WriteInTrumpForGA was one of Twitter’s top trending topics on Tuesday afternoon, with more than 23,000 tweets.


Nov. 25, 2020 Washington Post

In Georgia Senate runoffs, the focus — and the fire — is on Raphael Warnock

Cleve R. Wootson reports there were dozens of Jon Ossoff signs at the rally outside the Cobb County Civic Center, but the touring campaign bus, the bulk of the applause and the final words belonged to the Rev. Raphael Warnock, who used them to boost two Democratic Senate campaigns.


Nov. 25, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kemp decries ‘baseless attacks’ from Trump supporter

Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday decried attacks against him made by a supporter of President Donald Trump who sought to overturn Joe Biden’s win in the presidential race. Attorney Sidney Powell on Saturday made unsubstantiated claims that Republicans Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger were implicated in alleged voting fraud.


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