Georgia Trend Daily – Feb. 2, 2021

Feb. 2, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Georgia film industry bouncing back nicely from COVID-19 hiatus

Dave Williams reports that Georgia’s film industry has recovered from the coronavirus pandemic and then some. Film and TV producers currently are working on 37 projects in the Peach State, up from 23 at this time last year, Lee Thomas, the state Department of Economic Development’s deputy commissioner for film, music and digital entertainment, told members of a Georgia House committee Monday.


Feb. 2, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Atlanta company earns top marks for diversity and inclusion

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Atlanta-based Newell Brands, a global consumer goods company, has earned a score of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The company has also been named one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ equality.


Feb. 2, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta gets exemption to keep three routes halted

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines, which is getting nearly $2.9 billion in pandemic stimulus grants and loans, received a limited exemption from some of the relief-funding requirements to maintain certain levels of service. Atlanta-based Delta filed a request seeking an exemption from requirements to restart flights to three small airports: Montrose and Steamboat Springs in Colorado and Harlingen, Texas.


Feb. 2, 2021

Italian Chamber Becomes Latest Binational to Partner with Gwinnett

Trevor Williams reports that the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce last week signed the latest in a streak of collaborative agreements with binational chambers of commerce, partnering with a group focused on driving Italian investment in the region. The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Southeast is based in Miami, but its new and growing Georgia chapter has intensified its efforts to bring attention to the contingent of some 60 Italian companies operating in the state.


Feb. 2, 2021 Brunswick News

EDA keeping quiet on new business, confident in potential commitment

Taylor Cooper reports that the Golden Isles Development Authority is keeping mum on the business that wants to move in at the corner of Perry Lane Road and U.S. 341. According to a site plan filed with the county’s planning and zoning office by the authority, whichever business intends to move in wants a 7,860 square foot, one-story building with 25-employee parking spots, 10 “fleet vehicle parking” spots and spaces for six visitors, two of them handicapped spaces.


Feb. 2, 2021 Augusta Chronicle

Grill company recteq signals growth in partnership with equity firm

Joe Hotchkiss reports that a Columbia County manufacturer of pellet grills has partnered with an equity firm that specializes in building smaller companies into industry leaders. Evans-based recteq announced its deal with Minneapolis-based Norwest Equity Partners on Monday morning, signaling that recteq could be preparing to grow.


Feb. 2, 2021 |Daily Report

Northern District of Ga. Gets Another New Acting US Attorney

Katheryn Tucker reports that Bobby Christine resigned his second job Monday as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, but will continue in his role as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, representatives for both offices said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kurt Erskine stepped up to serve as acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District—as is the traditional move when a U.S. attorney departs.


Feb. 2, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Push to get teachers vaccinated and back in class now pitted against senior priority

Ross Williams reports that an ethical dilemma is coming to a boil in Georgia: Who should be at the front of the line to get the COVID-19 vaccine? Health care workers and long-term care staff and residents were first on the list when the shots arrived in Georgia in mid-December.


Feb. 2, 2021 WABE 90.1

New Republican Group Targets Stacey Abrams For 2022 Campaign She Hasn’t Announced

Emma Hurt reports that the 2020 election cycle ended less than a month ago in Georgia, but 2022 has already begun. A group of Republican strategists has created a new independent group targeted at former Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams ahead of the 2022 election, even though Abrams has not announced another political campaign.


Feb. 2, 2021 Valdosta Daily Times

Ga. lawmaker hit hard by COVID-19 won’t back down

Riley Bunch reports that Rep. Dexter Sharper was one week away from receiving a COVID-19 vaccination when the virus sent him to the hospital. A paramedic when he’s not under the Gold Dome, the 49-year-old thought he would be in the hospital one night for observation after testing positive in early December.


Feb. 2, 2021 Clayton News-Daily

Glanton reappointed as vice chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education

Staff reports that Georgia House of Representatives’ Committee on Assignments reappointed State Representative Mike Glanton, D-Jonesboro, as the vice chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. Glanton will also serve as a member of the Public Safety and Homeland Security, Defense & Veterans Affairs and Education committees.


Feb. 2, 2021 The Center Square

Georgia Senate passes legislation to examine state tax credits

Jason Schaumburg reports that a bill that allows for independent analysis of tax credits granted in Georgia unanimously passed the state Senate on Monday. Senate Bill 6, dubbed the Tax Credit Return on Investment Act of 2021, allows the chairpersons of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee to each request up to five economic analyses each year of existing or proposed Georgia laws that deal with tax exemptions, credits, deferrals, rebates, abatements or preferential rates.


Feb. 2, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Reports: Stacy Abrams nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Tia Mitchell reports that Stacey Abrams, the former candidate for governor whose work on voting rights has been credited with Democrats’ recent success in Georgia, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, according to multiple news reports. Lars Haltbrekken, a member of Norway’s Parliament, said Monday that he nominated Abrams because her work helped boost voter turnout via nonviolent activism.


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