Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 7, 2020

Dec. 7, 2020 Georgia.gov

Boston Consulting Group More Than Doubles Atlanta Presence, Creates 331 New Jobs

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Boston Consulting Group (BCG), one of the world’s leading management consulting firms and premier employers, will invest $18 million in expanding their Atlanta Business Services Center. The internationally known company’s expansion in the state will result in 331 additional jobs in Fulton County.

 

Dec. 7, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Eastman | Dodge County: Resilient and Refocused

Betty Darby reports that Dodge County, southeast of Macon in central Georgia, has gotten really good at reinventing itself. Over the past 150 years, Dodge and its county seat, Eastman, have lived through booms and busts keyed to agriculture, timber and candy. Now the area is seeking to cement its new identity as an aviation hub.

 

Dec. 7, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta hotel industry recovery not likely until second half of 2021

Kelly Yamanouchi reports, during the coronavirus pandemic, Atlanta hotels have lost out on business from conventions, occupancy is less than half of what it’s been, and it doesn’t look like much relief is in sight until the second half of 2021. That’s the grim assessment presented Friday by Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau president and CEO William Pate during a virtual presentation to the Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association.

 

Dec. 7, 2020 GlobalAtlanta.com

Delta to Help Travelers Skip Quarantines With COVID-Tested Flights to Italy, Netherlands

Trevor Williams reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. is working with at least two European governments and airports to operate flights using COVID-19 testing protocols that would allow travelers to bypass quarantine requirements upon arrival. The airline said the flights from its hometown in Atlanta to Rome and Amsterdam provide a key first step to restoring trans-Atlantic travel demand as the world awaits vaccines that could stem the spread of COVID-19.

 

Dec. 7, 2020 Brunswick News

Submarine preparations progressing at Kings Bay

Gordon Jackson reports that work is ramping up at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in preparation for the arrival of the first Columbia-class submarine in 2028. While eight years may seem like plenty of time, the base is undergoing extensive renovations that will cost more than $1 billion, and the work has to be done before the first boat arrives.

 

Dec. 7, 2020 Rome News-Tribune

Gas pipeline work to take 8 months; involve drilling under Oostanaula River

Olivia Morley reports that Rome is still in talks with Atlanta Gas Light over starting the construction of a 9.3 mile gas pipeline because of access to easements. The city’s Director of Engineering Aaron Carroll said AGL will need the easements to begin the boring process under the Oostanaula River near the pump station at Ridge Ferry Park to start the eight-month long construction.

 

Dec. 7, 2020 Albany Herald

Grant aims to attract biotechnology majors to Fort Valley State

Staff reports that Fort Valley State University received a $747,450 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase students’ interest in studying biotechnology. Sarwan Dhir, an FVSU plant biotechnology professor, said the unifying goal of this project is to encourage a greater number of underrepresented undergraduates and K-12 students to pursue careers in the biotechnology or science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

 

Dec. 7, 2020 The Current, Capital & Main

Georgia’s PSC runoff could weaken the South’s dirty energy monopoly

Judith Lewis Mernit reports that it wasn’t that long ago in Georgia that it was economically pointless to put solar panels on your roof. Not only was there was no net metering law that allowed you to bank your sunshine power as credit, but leasing panels for your rooftop from an installer like Solar City or Sunrun was literally forbidden by law.

 

Dec. 7, 2020 WABE 90.1

Former Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss Says Trump’s False Claims Could Hurt GOP

Wynne Davis reports that President Trump made his return to the campaign trail Saturday, at a Georgia rally to support Republican incumbent Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in a runoff election on Jan. 5. The election results will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.

 

Dec. 7, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Loeffler, Warnock square off in U.S. Senate runoff debate; Perdue no-show

Beau Evans reports that U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler and her Democratic challenger, Rev. Raphael Warnock, squared off on stock trades, police support and election integrity in a debate Sunday night ahead of the Jan. 5 runoff election. Hours earlier, Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff, who owns an investigative journalism company, debated by himself Sunday after incumbent U.S. Sen. David Perdue declined to participate, saying two debates with Ossoff before Nov. 3 election were enough.

 

Dec. 7, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Governor says courts, not Legislature are last gasp for Trump’s campaign

Jill Nolin reports that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan – both Republicans – have rejected a small group of state senators’ call for a special session to subvert the state’s presidential election. The pair issued a joint statement late Sunday that said four senators had requested the special session with the purpose of selecting a separate slate of presidential electors.

 

Dec. 7, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Most Georgia Republicans skip marijuana decriminalization vote

Tia Mitchell reports that all five Georgia Democrats in the U.S. House voted in favor of a bill that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. However, Republican members of the state delegation were largely absent from deliberations on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act.

 

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