Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 8, 2020

Dec. 8, 2020 Georgia Tech, Emory University

McCamish Foundation Commitment Funds Research of Parkinson’s Disease at Georgia Tech and Emory

Denise Ward reports that researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University have received a landmark commitment to accelerate the scope and impact of Parkinson’s disease studies and to position Georgia as a hub for collaborative research on this and other neurological diseases.


Dec. 8, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Political Notes: The Ups, Downs, and In-Betweens

Susan Percy reports, all political observers’ eyes will be on Georgia for the next few weeks, thanks to the two U.S. Senate runoffs coming up Jan. 5. The outcome could determine which party controls the Senate. Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler will face Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock in the race to complete the term of former Sen. Johnny Isakson; and Republican incumbent Sen. David Perdue will face Democrat Jon Ossoff.


Dec. 8, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Truist touts $10 million in charitable Atlanta investments

Michael E. Kanell reports that Truist bank said Monday it has invested $10 million in metro Atlanta in the past year, proof that it has not retreated from its commitment to the area. Atlanta lost its last major bank headquarters a year ago when BB&T, based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Atlanta-based SunTrust merged as Truist and located in Charlotte as the nation’s sixth largest bank.


Dec. 8, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Chick-fil-A sues chicken producers, says it was victim of bid-rigging

Chris Fuhrmeister reports that in a suit filed before the United States District Court Northern Division of Illinois, Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A Inc. claims several of its suppliers “communicated via phone and text message in order to share and coordinate confidential bidding and pricing information” regarding broiler chicken meat to be sold to Chick-fil-A.


Dec. 8, 2020

Ireland-based Sysnet Grows Via Atlanta Acquisition

Trevor Williams reports that Sysnet Global Solutions, an Ireland-based managed services provider helping fintech clients outsource and ensure cybersecurity compliance, is expanding its reach throughout the U.S. with an Atlanta acquisition.


Dec. 8, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Pilot projects targeting economy, health care in rural Georgia

Dave Williams reports that efforts to foster economic development and improve health care in rural Georgia are starting to pay off, a panel of business and academic leaders said Monday. A public-private partnership launched last summer has begun pilot projects aimed at helping unemployed rural residents start their own companies, Barbara Rivera Holmes, president and CEO of the Albany Chamber of Commerce, said at the 32nd Biennial Institute for Georgia Legislators, an event held every two years in Athens to familiarize newly elected state lawmakers with issues they’re likely to face in the General Assembly.


Dec. 8, 2020 Georgia Health News

Georgia Tech’s Durham picked to lead cancer organization

Andy Miller reports that Lynn Durham has been named the new president and CEO of the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (Georgia CORE). Durham, currently Georgia Tech vice president for institute relations, will replace Nancy Paris, who has led Georgia CORE since its inception and is retiring.


Dec. 8, 2020 Rome News-Tribune

Rome likely to pass mask ordinance again after COVID-19 cases continue to soar

John Bailey reports that the Rome City Commission is likely to pass a renewed citywide mask ordinance on Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. in a virtual meeting. Many of the upper echelon of the city management, alongside several city commissioners, have tested positive for COVID-19 over the past month.


Dec. 8, 2020 Savannah Morning News

Gov. Brian Kemp to state legislators: Picking own presidential electors ‘not an option’

Adam Van Brimmer reports that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issued a stern reminder to Georgia’s state legislators about the limits of their powers on Monday, specifically in regards to a push by six members of the Georgia General Assembly to convene a special session to select a separate slate of presidential electors.


Dec. 8, 2020 Georgia Recorder

With Biden’s Georgia win certified, few paths for Trump to overturn outcome

Stanley Dunlap reports that the options appear to be shrinking fast for President Donald Trump and his allies attempting to overturn Georgia’s election results after becoming the first Republican presidential candidate to lose in the state in nearly 30 years.


Dec. 8, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia senators tout Ethics rulings, but panel rarely finds wrongdoing

Brad Schrade and Tamar Hallerman report that under fire over allegations of insider trading and profiting off the pandemic, Georgia U.S. Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue have responded with a similar refrain. The bipartisan Senate Ethics Committee, their campaign ads proclaim, dismissed probes of their stock trades without finding any wrongdoing.

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