Georgia Trend Daily – April 1, 2021

April 1, 2021

GCP Applied Technologies Selects Metro Atlanta as Global Headquarters, Creates 80 Jobs

Staff reports that Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today announced that GCP Applied Technologies Inc., an international provider of construction products and technologies, will open their global headquarters in metro Atlanta, delivering 80 jobs to the region. GCP Applied Technologies currently operates multiple manufacturing facilities in Georgia.


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April 1, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

2021 Economic Yearbook: Businesses Bounce Back

Staff reports, last April, the state was under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With employees and customers staying home, compounded by the difficulty of moving raw materials and finished products throughout a world reeling from the effects of the disease, many Georgia businesses suffered.


April 1, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta warehouse broker raises $65 million

Andy Peters reports, an Atlanta company that brokers warehouse space to online retailers has raised $65 million in venture capital. Stord said in a news release that San Francisco-based Bond Capital led the $65 million investment round.


April 1, 2021 11 Alive

Businesses, Georgians torn on orders lifting most state COVID restrictions

Jon Shirek reports that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order Wednesday lifting many of the pandemic restrictions on businesses and gatherings that have been in place since March of last year. The executive order takes effect April 8. But public health officials are still urging people not to live like the pandemic is over.


April 1, 2021

Trust Stamp Acquires U.K. Cybersecurity Firm 

Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta-based Trust Stamp continued its global expansion with the purchase of a U.K.-based company that helps users log into their accounts by selecting predetermined points on an image. PixelPin’s solution can replace traditional alphanumeric pins or passwords for logging into secure environments online.


April 1, 2021 WABE 90.1

Georgia Executives Come Out Against New Voting Law

Emma Hurt reports, less than a week after Georgia’s new voting overhaul passed along party lines, two of Georgia’s most prominent corporations are speaking out against it, calling it “unacceptable.” Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey said the legislation “is a step backwards. And it does not promote principles we have stood for in Georgia around broad access to voting, around voter convenience, about ensuring election integrity.”


April 1, 2021 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett County clerk’s office will offer free ID cards for voters requesting absentee ballots

Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County Clerk of Court Tiana Garner announced that her office will offer free paper identification cards to residents who need them to comply with newly enacted rules that require voters show identification when they request an absentee ballot.


April 1, 2021 Albany Herald, CNN

Delta CEO and Georgia governor get heated in voter law square-off

Chris Isidore reports that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp launched a counterattack on Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian Wednesday afternoon, just hours after Bastian said the voting bill Kemp signed last week was “unacceptable,” “wrong” and “based on a lie.” The clash was an unusual one for two of the state’s most powerful executives.


April 1, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Lawmakers approve $27.2B budget for new year as federal relief flows

Jill Nolin reports that state lawmakers finalized a $27.2 billion spending plan for next year, although it remains to be seen how exactly the state will dispatch the billions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief money that will soon flood Georgia. Both chambers overwhelmingly approved the budget on the final day of this year’s legislative session Wednesday, sending it to the governor’s desk.


April 1, 2021  Georgia Health News

Bills on patient visits, nursing home cameras fail to clear Georgia General Assembly

Andy Miller reports that as the 2021 legislative session ended, Georgia lawmakers wound up not passing a bill to allow visits by a “legal representative’’ to patients in hospitals and nursing homes during a health emergency.


April 1, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Way paved for college athletes to take home compensation in Georgia

Beau Evans reports that college student athletes in Georgia would start receiving financial compensation under legislation that cleared the General Assembly late Wednesday. The bill, sponsored by House Higher Education Committee Chairman Chuck Martin, R-Alpharetta, would allow Georgia athletes to earn compensation for the use of their “name, image or likeness” by the public, private or technical colleges they attend.


April 1, 2021 Augusta Chronicle, Athens Banner-Herald

Paul Broun announces campaign for U.S. House seat

Stephanie Allen reports that former Rep. Paul Broun announced his intention to once again run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Broun on Wednesday announced his congressional campaign for District 10, a seat he previously held for eight years, from 2007 to 2015 and was superseded by current representative Rep. Jody Hice.


April 1, 2021 GPB

Marjorie Taylor Greene Rare Member Of Congress Who Declines The COVID Vaccine

Laura Olson and Ariana Figueroa report that members of Congress were among the first people in the U.S. to have access to the sought-after COVID-19 vaccine when the initial doses became available in December. Three months later, a States Newsroom survey across 22 states — making up a large swath of Congress — found at least 155 members of the U.S. House and Senate have been vaccinated, based on a tally of responses from their offices and other public statements.


April 1, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia 2022: Erick Allen to run for state’s No. 2 job

Greg Bluestein reports that Democratic state Rep. Erick Allen said Wednesday he will challenge Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan next year, the start of an expected wave of candidates to declare for 2022 races at the end of the legislative session.


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