Georgia Trend Daily – April 2, 2021
April 2, 2021 Gainesville Times
Jeff Gill reports that Georgia has secured a monumental win in the long-running water wars with Florida. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously for Georgia on Thursday, April 1, in rejecting Florida’s claim that Georgia uses too much of the water that flows from the Atlanta suburbs to the Gulf of Mexico. Florida said that its neighbor’s overconsumption is to blame for the decimation of the state’s oyster industry.
April 2, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the 2021 Georgia Logistics Summit was held virtually last week. Presented by the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Centers of Innovation, the online summit drew hundreds participants from around the state.
April 2, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Michael E. Kanell reports that Georgia businesses could feel a dual impact from the massive infrastructure plan proposed this week by President Biden, potentially facing higher taxes but also improved ways to make profits. The $2.3 trillion plan could reshape the economy as money is spent on bridges, roads, utilities and technology.
April 2, 2021 Capitol Beat News
Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Department of Labor surpassed a major milestone last week. The agency now has paid out more than $20.2 billion in unemployment benefits since the coronavirus pandemic began in Georgia more than a year ago. That’s more than the department had paid out in the 82 years prior to the virus.
April 2, 2021 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that Balram “B” Bheodari has been named interim general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – again. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms named Bheodari to the post Thursday afternoon – just two days before John Selden, the current general manager, will depart to become CEO of the Neom airport development company in Saudi Arabia.
April 2, 2021 Rome News-Tribune
Doug Walker reports that entertainment industry entrepreneur Maria Guerra-Stoll started renovations this week on the building at 510 Broad St. that will be home to her Playa Azul Media Studios film and television production center. Guerra-Stoll hopes to have the second floor redone and ready to move into within about 12 weeks.
April 2, 2021 Brunswick News
Taylor Cooper reports that County Manager Alan Ours is out, effective immediately. The Glynn County Commission voted Thursday night to amend his employment contract, paying him his salary through Aug. 27, the effective date of his resignation letter, but relieving him on his duties, a press release from the county stated.
April 2, 2021 Augusta Chronicle
Susan McCord reports that details are emerging about how a $10 million gift from Augusta National Golf Club and three corporate partners is expected to transform two of Augusta’s most impoverished areas. Making the announcement during his 2020 State of the Masters Address, Augusta National Chairman Fred S. Ridley said the gift will “uplift these underserved communities” and “promote generational change.”
April 2, 2021 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Grace Donnelly reports that state lawmakers provided MARTA with $6 million to transform an Atlanta transit station by the planned 90-acre Microsoft campus. The FY22 budget passed by the Georgia General Assembly Wednesday included the funding provision.
April 2, 2021 Marietta Daily Journal
Chart Riggall reports that on Wednesday night, Cobb Chairwoman Lisa Cupid was in a one-on-one meeting urging MLB Players Association Director Tony Clark to think twice before pulling the 2021 All-Star Game from Cobb County. By Thursday afternoon, Cupid was directing the same appeal at an even bigger target: President Joe Biden.
April 2, 2021 Fox 5 Atlanta
Claire Simms reports, moments after the Georgia House of Representatives gave final passage to House Bill 43, the primary sponsor, state Rep. Wes Cantrell, R-Woodstock, sent Serenity Graham a text message. HB 43, also known as “Walker’s Law,” was named for Graham’s 16-year-old son who has Type 1 Diabetes. Under the measure, when a car owner registers their vehicle with the state, they can add information about any “expected driver” of the car who may have a physical, mental or neurological condition that can hinder their ability to communicate.
April 2, 2021 Georgia Recorder
Jill Nolin, Ross Williams and Stanley Dunlap report, lawmakers just concluded a legislative session dominated by the GOP’s push to remake Georgia’s election laws after Republicans suffered stunning losses at the ballot box. Even as the law-making continued under the Gold Dome this week, the struggle to define the sweeping election bill was already playing out on national TV and putting Republican state leaders at odds with some of the state’s largest employers.
April 2, 2021 New York Times
Nick Corasaniti and Reid J. Epstein report, go page by page through Georgia’s new voting law, and one takeaway stands above all others: The Republican legislature and governor have made a breathtaking assertion of partisan power in elections, making absentee voting harder and creating restrictions and complications in the wake of narrow losses to Democrats.
April 2, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Greg Bluestein reports that Stacey Abrams said critics of Georgia’s restrictive new election law shouldn’t rush to boycott the state’s leading firms and biggest events “yet” over their refusal to forcefully oppose the far-reaching overhaul. Instead, she said the state’s corporate giants should use the chance to publicly condemn the law, invest in voting rights expansion and support wide-ranging federal election legislation before they’re targeted with a boycott movement.