Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 21, 2021

Jan. 21, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Economic development agency seeking marketing funds to bring back Georgia tourism

Dave Williams reports that Georgia’s chief business recruiter Wednesday pitched a $1 million plan to resurrect a tourism industry suffering massive losses since coronavirus-fearing travelers stopped taking vacation trips and attending business conferences. The boost in tourism marketing funds recommended in Gov. Brian Kemp’s $26.3 billion mid-year budget would be used to double down on current efforts to convince Georgians to keep their travel plans in state, Georgia Commissioner of Economic Development Pat Wilson told members of the state House and Senate Appropriations committees during a second day of budget hearings.


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Jan. 21, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

The importance of Georgia’s logistics industry

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) recently released its annual report, Georgia Leading the Way: The Logistics Workforce for the Future. The report highlighted the importance of the logistics and supply chain industry to the state’s future growth, especially in the face of a pandemic that has caused an explosion of e-commerce.


Jan. 21, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fintech company PPRO raises $180M funding for expansion

Christopher Quinn reports that PPRO, a London-based financial technology services company with its U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, announced this week it has raised $180 million to fuel global growth. PPRO is a global provider of local payments infrastructure.


Jan. 21, 2021

Atlanta 5G Project Chosen for U.S.-Israel Research Funding 

Trevor Williams reports that a 5G collaboration between Atlanta-based Envistacom and its Israeli partner is one of eight projects set to receive a combined $7.45 million in funding from the BIRD Foundation. Envistacom and Kfar Saba, Israel-based Ayecka Communication Systems are working together on a “satellite and communication and virtual modem edge device” that will enable technologists to send digitized proprietary waveforms across wireless networks.


Jan. 21, 2021 Saporta Report

Plant Vogtle enters its third presidential administration as costs, delays hover

David Pendered reports, the next definitive update on Plant Vogtle’s cost and opening date is due in February. Until then, ratepayers are sifting through testimony from a monitor whose report conflicts with statements from the company. This morass has existed for years, as construction of the nation’s only nuclear reactors now underway has continued through economic downturns, a pandemic and – now – its third presidential administration.


Jan. 21, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Georgia’s slow COVID vaccine rollout exposes broad public health shortfall

Ross Williams reports that the Georgia Department of Public Health is working to get COVID-19 vaccines in the arms of eligible Georgians, but employees there do not get a break from the work they had before the pandemic. That’s what Democratic state Sen. Michelle Au, a physician from Johns Creek, found out as she was helping vaccinate people in Norcross for the health department on a recent weekend.


Jan. 21, 2021 The Center Square

State school superintendent asks Georgia lawmakers for more mental health, military-support services

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods says more state funding is needed for mental health and support services in the state’s schools. Woods asked lawmakers during budget hearings this week for funding to hire more school counselors, school nurses, social workers and military family liaisons.


Jan. 21, 2021 WABE 90.1, Votebeat

State House Democrats Announce Bill That Would Restore Voting Rights To Georgians Convicted Of A Felony

Christopher Alston reports that a group of Georgia House Democrats has announced a constitutional amendment that would restore voting rights for Georgians convicted of a felony. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Josh McLaurin, D-Sandy Springs, who made the announcement at a press conference Wednesday in front of a mural depicting John Lewis, the late congressman and civil rights leader.


Jan. 21, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Georgia House announces committee chairs for 2021-22 term

Dave Williams reports that the Georgia House of Representatives got some new committee chairmen Wednesday, as the chamber’s Committee on Assignments promoted some committee chairs to more prestigious chairmanships left vacant by departing members. The Ways and Means Committee, which handles all tax legislation, will now be headed by Rep. Shaw Blackmon, R-Bonaire. He will take over from former Rep. Brett Harrell, R-Snellville, who lost his bid for re-election last fall.


Jan. 21, 2021 GPB

Ossoff, Warnock Officially Sworn In As Georgia’s U.S. Senators

Stephen Fowler reports that Georgia now has two Democratic U.S. Senators, after Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock were sworn in Wednesday afternoon by Vice President Kamala Harris. The Peach State also gave President Joe Biden its 16 electoral votes this year after nearly three decades voting for Republican presidential candidates.


Jan. 21, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia officials hope pay raise will slow corrections officer turnover

Maya T. Prabhu reports that Georgia’s corrections agencies say a 10% pay hike that Gov. Brian Kemp has proposed for guards could go a long way toward cutting down on turnover. Commissioners of the Department of Juvenile Justice and Department of Corrections said they have struggled to retain officers and often cite the low pay as one reason many leave.


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