Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 9, 2020

Dec. 9, 2020 Brunswick News

Fast recovery predicted for Georgia economy

Gordon Jackson reports, despite the economic hit the state has taken from the coronavirus pandemic, Georgia will recover faster than the rest of the nation. That’s the prediction by Sonny Deriso, past president of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, at Tuesday’s Rotary Club of St. Simons Island meeting.

 

Dec. 9, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports that DHL eCommerce Solutions, a division of Deutsche Post DHL Group, is moving from its current space in Forest Park to a new distribution center in Mableton. The company will double its existing workforce, adding 225 employees, when it opens the 15,000-square-foot facility in early 2021.

 

Dec. 9, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta region cementing reputation as tech hub

Christopher Quinn reports that Atlanta is climbing tech hub rankings in the U.S., building on its strength of payments and logistics technology. OneTrust, a local software company that provides privacy security for businesses, and CharterUP, a high-tech transportation firm, landed at 4th and 8th, respectively, in the 2020 Deloitte North American Technology Fast 500.

 

Dec. 9, 2020 Albany Herald

Nestle Purina PetCare to expand in Georgia, add 130 jobs

Staff reports that Gov. Brian Kemp announced Tuesday that Nestlé Purina PetCare Co. will invest $550 million to expand its Hartwell pet food manufacturing facility, creating up to 130 jobs in Hart County. The expansion comes just one year after the factory’s grand opening in November 2019.

 

Dec. 9, 2020 Newnan Times-Herald

Newnan company develops new type of N95 mask

Laurel Huster reports that a local material science company, ThermoPore Materials, has developed a design for a new type of N95 respirator in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ThermoPore has been in Newnan for about 13 years, according to President Ken Milam, who started the company out of his garage.

 

Dec. 9, 2020 Savannah Morning News

Officials cut the ribbon for the Savannah Chatham Manufacturing Center

Katie Nussbaum reports that more than than 2.5 million square-feet land ready for industrial development officially came online in the Savannah-area on Tuesday as representatives with the Savannah Economic Development Authority, (SEDA), City of Savannah and Chatham County cut the ribbon on the Savannah Chatham Manufacturing Center. Located off of Old River Road, Phase One of the $38 million development includes just over 2.5 million square-feet of space with individual parcels from nine to 100 upland acres available.

 

Dec. 9, 2020 Savannah Morning News

North Atlantic right whale calving season kicks off with two babies seen off Georgia, Florida coast

Mary Landers reports that spotted the first live right whale calf of the season off the coast of Cumberland Island Friday while surveying for them by plane. Then on Sunday researchers saw the second right whale baby just off the beach in north Florida.

 

Dec. 9, 2020 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gov. Brian Kemp says initial COVID-19 vaccine doses will go to front line workers, most vulnerable; general public will have to wait ‘months’

Curt Yeomans reports that the average Georgian on the street will not be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine right away, Gov. Brian Kemp announced on Tuesday. Kemp and Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey addressed reporters about plans to distribute the vaccine that Moderna and Pfizer has developed for COVID-19.

 

Dec. 2, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Georgia enjoys healthy November tax take

Dave Williams reports that Georgia tax collections rose in November for the second consecutive month, the state Department of Revenue reported Tuesday. The state brought in nearly $1.96 billion last month, an increase of $150.9 million – or 8.3% – over November of last year. That represented a much healthier bounce than the 1.8% increase in revenues in October.

 

Dec. 9, 2020 The Center Square

Georgia’s court system among country’s top ‘hellholes,’ tort reform group says

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia remains on a list of “judicial hellholes,” or places with the most unjust local courts and state civil justice systems in the country, according to a legal reform organization. The American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRA) released its annual Judicial Hellholes report Tuesday, highlighting local and state jurisdictions it says abuse the court system.

 

Dec. 9, 2020 Brunswick News

Perdue faces criticism

Gordon Jackson reports that an Atlanta lawyer involved in the fight against a proposed mine near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is questioning which swamp U.S. Sen. David Perdue wants to drain. Lawyer Josh Marks said the debate about the proposed mining project has become a “very political issue.”

 

Dec. 9, 2020 Gwinnett Daily Post, Clayton News-Daily

Latino voters take the spotlight as Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoffs approach

Curt Yeomans reports, as U.S. Senate candidate Jon Ossoff addressed a crowd of supporters at a Latino voter registration rally outside Plaza Las Americas in Lilburn on Monday, he touched on an important topic in the Latino community — immigration — by talking about his own mother. Ossoff’s mother immigrated to the U.S. from Australia and eventually became a U.S. citizen.

 

Dec. 9, 2020 Washington Post

How votes shifted in the six political states of Georgia

David Weigel reports that the Georgia’s presidential election is over. Again. On Monday, the state once again certified Joe Biden’s victory in the state, the first for any Democratic presidential candidate in 28 years, and by the slimmest margin in its history.

 

Dec. 9, 2020 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA Professor: Georgia will be swing state ‘for the rest of this decade’

Adam Van Brimmer reports that trends suggest Georgia is America’s newest political battleground state and will remain that way throughout the 2020s, Georgia’s leading political scientist told members of the state’s General Assembly on Tuesday. “We will be a competitive state certainly for the rest of this decade,” University of Georgia Professor Charles Bullock said.

 

Dec. 9, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Loeffler, Perdue side with Texas lawsuit that Georgia AG says is ‘wrong’

Greg Bluestein reports, after the state of Texas filed a brazen lawsuit asking the U.S. Supreme court to toss out Georgia’s election results, Republican Attorney General Chris Carr’s office called it “constitutionally, legally and factually wrong.” He didn’t get much backup from other senior Republicans.

 

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