Georgia Trend Daily – March 11, 2021

March 11, 2021

Gov. Kemp Announces Expanded Vaccine Eligibility Starting March 15

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced on Wednesday expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations. On March 15, vaccination criteria will expand to include Georgians aged 55 and older and individuals with disabilities and certain medical conditions.


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March 11, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

With 75 Years of Business Experience, Carroll Daniel Construction Builds Workforce for the Future

Julia Roberts reports, muddy boots, mental toughness, and a passion for building opportunities have laid the foundation for three generations of Georgia-grown leaders as they have built Carroll Daniel Construction through 75 years of business. Founded in 1946 in Gainesville, Ga., Carroll Daniel Construction is now a nationally recognized and top-ranked general contracting firm.


March 11, 2021

East West Manufacturing Expands to Canada With Montreal Acquisition 

Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta-based East West Manufacturing, which got its start 20 years ago sourcing from Asia, continued its expansion in the Americas this week with its first Canadian acquisition. East West announced Wednesday that it purchased Varitron Inc., which makes electronics including circuit-board and box-build assemblies across four facilities around Montreal, including a research center in Mirabel.


March 11, 2021 Rome News-Tribune

Georgia’s tax collections are up, but there’s a catch

Diane Wagner reports that Georgia’s net tax collections for February totaled over $1.93 billion — up $581 million compared to February 2020. But much of the increase stemmed from federal guidance to delay processing income tax refunds until Feb. 12.


March 11, 2021 WABE 90.1

With Georgia’s Film Tax Credits Appearing Secure, Industry Continues To Bounce Back From Pandemic

Emil Moffat reports that Steve Mensch, who oversees operations at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, says just a few months into the pandemic last year, the studio started quarantining hundreds of cast and crew members in on-site housing. He says that created a blueprint of how to get back to work. Now, he says, they’re booked through the end of 2021.


March 11, 2021 Savannah Morning News

We’re No. 1! Savannah named nation’s best locale for new industry and development

DeAnn Komanecky reports that Savannah is the nation’s top location for new industry and other job creating development, according to an economic development trade publication. The annual ranking by Site Selection magazine ranked Savannah as the top metro area based on total projects with a population range of 200,000 to one million — tied with Toledo, Ohio — and the No. 1 top metro for projects per capita.


March 11, 2021 Augusta Chronicle

Second Amazon Center coming to Columbia County

Joe Hotchkiss reports that retail giant Amazon has purchased land to build a second facility in Columbia County, less than a year after announcing the construction of a 600,000-square-foot distribution center. Financial details of the deal were not immediately disclosed.


March 11, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Foundation grant aimed at medical billing, debt in Southwest Georgia

Dave Williams reports that community groups and health-care providers in Southwest Georgia will get help addressing problems with medical billing and debt thanks to a $190,000 grant, Atlanta-based consumer advocacy group Georgia Watch announced Wednesday. The grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will let Georgia Watch work with two other nonprofits – Georgians for a Healthy Future and SOWEGA Rising – to help hospitals in the region improve their billing and collections practices.


March 11, 2021 Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta could lose metro status

Terry Richards reports that proposed changes in federal policy may strip Valdosta of its status as a metropolitan city but local officials say this doesn’t spell doom. Valdosta and the surrounding area was officially declared a Metropolitan Statistical Area in 2005, based largely on numbers culled from the 2000 census.


March 11, 2021 The Center Square

General Assembly approves pay increase for 10 Georgia sheriffs

Nyamekye Daniel reports that the Georgia Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would increase pay for local sheriffs left out of legislation approved in 2019. House Bill 129 would increase the minimum annual salary for sheriffs serving in a county with 39,000 to 49,999 residents.


March 11, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Top Georgia Republicans rip strings attached to coronavirus relief aid

Jill Nolin reports that high-ranking GOP state officials are objecting to a provision in the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill that blocks them from using the federal funds to pay for tax breaks. The sweeping relief measure, which includes a $1,400 direct checks for many Americans, is on its way to President Joe Biden’s desk after getting final approval Wednesday from Congress.


March 11, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

With pandemic relief plan, Democrats try to spur Georgia to expand Medicaid

Greg Bluestein reports that the federal coronavirus relief plan that passed the U.S. House on Wednesday tries to plug one of the biggest loopholes in the Affordable Care Act by dangling sweeteners in front of Georgia and other states that have refused to expand Medicaid.



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