Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 18, 2021

Jan. 18, 2021

Gov. Kemp Reports 16,000+ Jobs Created During First Half of Fiscal Year

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), on Friday announced that more than 16,000 jobs were created across all regions of the state by economic development projects in Georgia during the first half of fiscal year 2021, generating nearly $6 billion in new investments.



Jan. 1   8, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Celebrating MLK Day

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, the U.S. holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. provides an important time for reflection. The Atlanta History Center’s virtual offerings on Jan. 18 not only celebrate Dr. King, but allow for a broader exploration of the Civil Rights Movement and its legacy.


Jan. 18, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Trade shows attempt Atlanta comeback amid coronavirus surge

Christopher Quinn reports, the new normal of don’t travel, don’t touch and don’t join crowds doesn’t work for Jeff and Tina Salmans’ business. The couple donned masks this week and braved the continued spread of COVID-19 to fly from Parkersburg, West Virginia and attend January’s Atlanta Market to pick out products to sell in their gift shop in 2021.


Jan. 18, 2021

These Are the Foreign Suppliers Already Following Korea’s SK Battery to Georgia

Trevor Williams reports, it’s a story Georgia has lived before: A massive Korean plant takes root, followed by a parade of suppliers that end up creating more jobs than the initial record-breaking foreign investment. The first wave was the Kia Motors plant in West Point, starting in 2007.


Jan. 18, 2021 Savannah Morning News

Ossabaw Island’s one-time owner and forever champion dies

Mary Landers reports, Eleanor “Sandy” Torrey West, once owner and always champion of Ossabaw Island, died Sunday in the early hours of her 108th birthday. Her grandson and a member of the Ossabaw Island Foundation board, Beryl Gilothwest, confirmed her death Sunday as did Elizabeth DuBose, executive director of the Ossabaw Island Foundation.


Jan. 18, 2021 GPB

New Loans Could Save Macon Businesses Impacted By COVID-19

Liz Fabian reports that business owners struggling to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic have new opportunities for economic relief from the federal government. NewTown Macon CEO Josh Rogers hosted a webinar Friday to help businesses and non-profit organizations navigate the application process.


Jan. 18, 2021 WABE 90.1

Providers Sue Trump Administration Over Approval Of Georgia Plans To Nix

Sam Whitehead reports, two health care providers in Georgia are suing the Trump administration over its decision to approve the state’s plan to cut ties with the Obamacare enrollment website They argue Georgia’s plan to push those shopping for Obamacare insurance to pick plans through third-party brokers will make it harder for people to choose the coverage that fully meets their needs.


Jan. 18, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Sports betting bill introduced in General Assembly

Dave Williams reports, online sports betting would come to Georgia under legislation introduced in the state House of Representatives Friday. Under a bill sponsored by Rep. Ron Stephens, a longtime proponent of legalized gambling, at least six sports betting operators would be licensed by the Georgia Lottery Corp., paying application fees of $50,000 and annual licensing fees of $900,000.


Jan. 18, 2021 The Center Square

New legislation would expand school-choice opportunities for Georgia parents

Nyamekye Daniel reports that a Georgia lawmaker has proposed legislation that would provide more education choices for parents by allowing public education funds to be used for private school tuition. The Georgia Educational Scholarship Act, introduced by Rep. Wes Cantrell, R-Woodstock, would create educational scholarship accounts for Georgia students.


Jan. 18, 2021  Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Twitter temporarily locks Marjorie Greene’s account after rule violations

Tia Mitchell reports that Marjorie Taylor Greene was prohibited from posting new public messages on her personal Twitter account for 12 hours Sunday. The company said the restrictions were put in place after Greene posted tweets that violated the rules.


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