Georgia Trend Daily – March 29, 2021

March 29, 2021 Brunswick News

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pushes back against dredging plan criticism

Lauren Mcdonald reports that representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pushed back Friday against conservation groups’ claims that a plan to dredge this summer in coastal Georgia waters will significantly threaten nesting sea turtles. Experts with the corps’ South Atlantic Division participated in a phone call with reporters to discuss environmental concerns regarding plans to begin dredging outside of the traditional winter timeframe.


Movers Makers Winners 2021

March 29, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Gwinnett County’s movers and makers honored

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that last week, Partnership Gwinnett and its collaborator Gwinnett Technical College announced the winners of the 10th annual Movers & Makers Awards at a ceremony held at the Infinite Energy Forum. The awards honor the county’s top manufacturing, processing and supply chain companies. More than 200 community leaders and industry experts attended the ceremony in person and virtually.


March 29, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia bosses prep for office return, pick who can stay home forever

Matt Kempner reports that broad re-openings of offices are months away for many metro Atlanta companies, and timetables for employee returns are far from certain. But after more than a year with the coronavirus, many businesses aren’t planning to go back to pre-pandemic ways.


March 29, 2021 Georgia Dept. of Ed

Proposed math education standards open for 30-day public comment period

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Education has posted the K-12 Mathematics Standards for review for a 30-day public comment period. If approved, the standards will be implemented in the 2022-23 school year.


March 29, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Living Local: North Metro Atlanta’s Progress During the Pandemic

Kenna Simmons reports that some projects are big – really big – with the potential to transform huge areas. That’s the case for the Perimeter CIDs (community improvement districts) and a consortium of partners in an effort to bring transit to the top end of I-285.


March 29, 2021 Gwinnett Daily Post

Multiple projects underway, or on the drawing board, signal the expansion of Suwanee’s Town Center area

Curt Yeomans reports, in a way, the work Suwanee is doing on Buford Highway, near Suwanee Town Center, and the recent renovations at Station Park might seem like two entirely different and unrelated projects. But they are actually related in ways that might not seem obvious at first.


March 29, 2021 The Center Square

Georgia House approves smaller expansion of special needs scholarship program

Nyamekye Daniel reports that the Georgia House has approved a bill that would expand eligibility in the state’s special needs scholarship program. The program offers scholarships for students with individualized education plans to attend a private school or a public school of their choice.


March 29, 2021 Savannah Morning News, Golfweek

New voting law prompts call to move Masters

JuliaKate E. Culpepper reports that the National Black Justice Coalition is calling on the PGA Tour and Masters Tournament to pull the upcoming event from Augusta National Golf Club in reaction to the recent passing of Georgia’s voter bill, SB 202. The NBJC is also urging professional golfers to boycott playing in Georgia until the bill is repealed.


March 29, 2021 Forbes

Stacey Abrams-Founded Group Sues Georgia Over ‘Voter Suppression Bill’

Nicholas Reimann reports that three voting rights groups have sued the state of Georgia, claiming sweeping new voting restrictions signed into law Thursday—including limiting ballot drop boxes and shortening voting hours—violate the Voting Rights Act, as Republicans in the state face backlash for passing a bill many considered a voter suppression effort.


March 29, 2021 Georgia Health News

As legislative session nears end, health bills await their fate

Andy Miller reports that Monday shapes up as a pivotal day for high-profile health bills as the General Assembly enters its final week. Those expected to get a Senate floor vote include a bill that would establish rules for cameras in nursing home residents’ rooms.


March 29, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Unwieldy tax bill crafted in final days of legislative session at cross purposes

Dave Williams reports that two tax bills left for dead in the General Assembly have been resurrected in the waning days of this year’s legislative session. The Georgia House of Representatives late Friday overwhelmingly passed legislation that originated in the state Senate as a two-page bill.


March 29, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Loeffler’s new voting group says ‘thanks’ to backers of Georgia elections overhaul

Greg Bluestein reports that former U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s new voter mobilization group launched digital ads on Monday to thank Republican supporters of a sweeping rewrite of elections legislation that’s facing mounting political and legal challenges. The Greater Georgia ad, called “Thanks,” will target voters in the districts of about a dozen state legislators who championed the measure signed by Gov. Brian Kemp last week in a closed-door ceremony in his office.


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