Georgia Trend Daily – March 30, 2021

March 30, 2021

Danimer Scientific Planning $700 Million, 400 Job Expansion in Decatur County

Staff reports, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced on Monday that Danimer Scientific, a leading developer and manufacturer of biodegradable materials, plans to invest $700 million in expanding their Bainbridge manufacturing operations, nearly quadrupling their workforce in Decatur County. On March 16, Danimer and Mars-Wrigley announced a partnership to develop an innovative home compostable packaging, with SKITTLES® as the brand’s first product to use the new packaging.


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March 30, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Learning in the Technological Age

Julia Roberts reports, technology is a true wonder – allowing us to communicate with each other from across the country, to send documents at the touch of a button, and to provide access and opportunity for employers, workers, educators and learners to create an experience that works for them.


March 30, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta, Coke face boycott campaigns over new Georgia voting law

Kelly Yamanouchi and Matt Kempner report that Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola, two of Atlanta’s biggest brands, are facing consumer boycott threats after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed new voting restrictions into law last week. Social media posts carrying the hashtags #BoycottDelta, #BoycottDeltaAirlines and #BoycottCocaCola proliferated on Twitter as critics of the Republican-backed legislation accused the two Atlanta-based companies of not having done enough to stop its passage.


March 30, 2021 Savannah Morning News

Georgia Ports Authority approves $205 million for Savannah Port expansion

Nancy Guan reports, after its busiest February ever, the Georgia Ports Authority Board on Monday approved $205 million for capital improvement projects that will increase the Port of Savannah’s container capacity by 20%. This would bring a total annual capacity of 4.7 million 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) to more than 6 million.


March 30, 2021 Gainesville Times

These 12 manufacturers are expanding in Hall County

Jeff Gill reports, transporting goods may have gotten the local industry headlines in 2020, especially with Amazon’s arrival in South Hall, but making things is still big business in Hall County. That’s been highlighted recently with an announcement by Cottrell, a Gainesville-based maker of over-the-road car haulers and equipment, that it is planning to invest $125 million in a 500,000-square-foot plant in the city’s new 1,300-acre Gainesville 85 Business Park.


March 30, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Ga. GOP bets on limited Medicaid expansion despite fed’s push for more

Jill Nolin reports that Georgia’s governor is pressing forward with a limited – and now uncertain – expansion of Medicaid coverage as supporters of fully expanding the program’s eligibility are championing new federal incentives. The sweetened deal, which is baked into the latest round of coronavirus relief, targets the remaining 12 holdout states like Georgia that did not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.


March 30, 2021 Marietta Daily Journal

Pratt Industries announces new Austell facility

Pratt Industries Inc. announced the opening of its new 409,000 square foot facility off of Austell Powder Springs Road in Austell. Pratt Industries is America’s fifth-largest corrugated packaging company and the world’s largest, privately-held 100% recycled paper and packaging company.


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March 30, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

2021 Georgia Education Guide

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March 30, 2021 GPB

Lawmakers Brief: Second Amendment House Bill 218 Passes Senate

Fenly Foxen reports that House Bill 218 passed the Georgia Senate by a vote of 34-18 Monday. The bill’s author is Rep. Mandi Ballinger and allows any legal gun owner from another state to carry their weapons in Georgia, even if their home state has a different set of license standards.


March 30, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Georgia House OKs bill to give farms room to spread sludge, ignore stink

Jill Nolin reports that state lawmakers are trying to scale back a law that they passed just last year in hopes of cracking down on the sludge that was being passed off in some areas as a soil aid. But some GOP lawmakers say an oversight got through during the frenzied end of last summer’s mid-pandemic session when they did not put limits on the power of local officials to put distance between their residents and the obnoxious smells compromising their quality of life.


March 30, 2021 WABE 90.1

Immigrant-Rights Groups Criticize Georgia’s New Voting Law

Roxanne Scott reports immigrant voters who helped turn traditionally red counties in metro Atlanta blue say the state’s recent overhaul of the election code will harm voters of color. On Thursday, Gov. Brian Kemp signed the Republican-backed bill into law.


March 30, 2021 Capitol Beat News, Clayton News-Daily

Broader special-needs scholarships panned as school vouchers clear General Assembly

Beau Evans reports that legislation to expand state-funded scholarships for special-needs students to attend Georgia private schools cleared the General Assembly Monday. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, passed nearly along party lines in the Senate in the face of critics who called it a workaround for controversial private school vouchers.


March 30, 2021 The Center Square

General Assembly OKs paid parental leave for Georgia state workers

Nyamekye Daniel reports that a follow-up attempt by lawmakers to implement paid parental leave for Georgia state employees is on its way to Gov. Brian Kemp. The measure allows state employees in Georgia to take three weeks of paid parental leave.


March 30, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Citizen’s arrest repeal in Georgia close to clearing General Assembly

Beau Evans reports that Georgia Senate on Monday passed a repeal of the state’s citizen’s arrest law that bans people from detaining suspected criminals unless they are business owners on their private property. Passage of the repeal bill, sponsored by state Rep. Bert Reeves, R-Marietta, marked another step toward finally ending a practice in place since the Civil War that was condemned after the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery last year.


March 30, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia House passes permanent Daylight Savings time bill

David Wickert reports, tired of changing the clock twice a year? Can’t remember what “spring forward” and “fall back” actually mean? Georgia lawmakers feel your pain. The state House of Representatives Monday approved Senate Bill 100, which could eventually switch Georgia to year-round Daylight Savings Time.


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