Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 4, 2020

Dec. 4, 2020 Capitol Beat News, Rome News-Tribune

Pandemic-plagued Georgia economy on track for recovery next year

Dave Williams reports that the recession prompted by the coronavirus pandemic is likely over in Georgia, but the state remains far short of a full recovery, a University of Georgia economist said Thursday. Georgia is on track for an economic growth rate of 4% next year, outperforming a national growth forecast of 3.5%, Benjamin Ayers, dean of UGA’s Terry College of Business, said during the university’s annual economic forecast.


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UGA receives record-breaking donation

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A Inc. has committed to donating $10 million to the University of Georgia (UGA) Institute for Leadership Advancement (ILA). The company’s pledge is the largest ever dedicated to academic support in the history of UGA’s Terry College of Business, which houses the ILA. It’s also the largest single gift ILA has received.


Dec. 4, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta prepares for COVID-19 vaccine shipments

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines says it is equipped to distribute temperature-sensitive COVID-19 vaccines as it pushes to secure part of the business that will come from the massive shipping effort. Atlanta-based Delta has a 40,000-square-foot cold chain facility at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which is certified to handle temperature- and time-sensitive pharmaceuticals.


Dec. 4, 2020

Thirty-one Georgia Companies Receive 2020 GLOBE Awards, Four Recognized as Exporters of the Year

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today announced its International Trade division’s 2020 GLOBE Award recipients. This state-led awards program highlights Georgia companies that entered new international markets in the previous year.


Dec. 4, 2020 Macon Telegraph 

Emory graduate returns to Georgia to lead Navicent as new CEO, president

Becky Purser reports that Atrium Health announced Thursday that an Emory graduate will serve as the next president and CEO of Atrium Health Navicent. Delvecchio S. Finley, CEO for Alameda Health System based in Oakland, California for the past five years, is expected to assume his new role Feb. 1.


Dec. 4, 2020 Gainesville Times

NGMC Gainesville plans to add $500 million tower with helipad, at least 150 beds

Nick Watson reports that a parking deck, a helipad and an expanded emergency department are just pieces of Northeast Georgia Health System’s plan for a new tower at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. The health system announced plans Thursday, Dec. 3, for a new multi-story tower, which would go next to the existing north patient tower as early as 2024.


Dec. 4, 2020 Saporta Report

Georgia Tech wins national award for teaching students to address sustainability, social justice

David Pendered reports that Georgia Tech’s Serve-Learn-Sustain program received a first place award Thursday from the national campus sustainability association, AASHE, for its approach to teaching students methods to solve problems involving environmental sustainability and social justice.


Dec. 4, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Ga. Rep. Scott first African American chair of U.S. House Ag Committee

Ariana Figueroa reports that the U.S. House Democratic caucus on Thursday ratified Rep. David Scott’s selection to chair the Agriculture Committee, making him the first African American and the first Georgian to lead the panel. “I was born on my grandparents’ farm in rural Aynor, South Carolina, during the days of segregation, and the hardships, of those, on whose shoulders I now stand,” said Scott, who represents who represents a southwest suburban Atlanta district.


Dec. 4, 2020 Valdosta Daily News, Ga. Fla. News

Trump in Valdosta: S.Ga. excited, outraged by presidential visit

Bryce Ethridge reports, when President Donald Trump visits Valdosta Saturday evening, Mary Blocker will be there. She is excited Trump is coming to town.  Not everyone agrees. The Lowndes County Republican Party member said she is excited about the presidential visit in part because she believes it will benefit GOP Senate candidates.


Dec. 4, 2020 WABE 90.1, Votebeat

In Georgia, Giuliani Pushes Voter Fraud Claims Ahead Of Recount Certification

Christopher Alston reports that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was in Georgia on Thursday to make claims of widespread voter fraud at one of two Senate committee hearings held on election security. Giuliani and his team presented experts and witnesses who testified about vulnerabilities in the voting system and cases where someone reported having seen voting impropriety, much of the testimony based on debunked conspiracy theories or unverifiable hearsay.


Dec. 4, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Pence to visit CDC in Atlanta, rally for runoff candidates in Savannah

Greg Bluestein reports that Vice President Mike Pence is returning to Georgia on Friday for the second time in two weeks to stump for Republican runoff candidates, part of the all-out GOP push to convince rank-and-file voters to return to the polls ahead of the Jan. 5 vote to decide control of the U.S. Senate.



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