Georgia Trend Daily – April 14, 2021

April 14, 2021

Gov. Kemp: $8.43 Billion, 24,000+ Jobs from Economic Development Projects During First Three Quarters of Fiscal Year

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), today announced that more than 24,000 jobs were created across all regions of the state by economic development projects in Georgia during the first three quarters of fiscal year 2021. These projects total over $8.43 billion in new investments, representing a 67% increase in new investments compared to the first nine months of the previous fiscal year.


April 14, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Savannah | Chatham County: Unexpected Bright Spots

Betty Darby reports that when the pandemic hit, Bridget Overson found herself geographically unleashed from her job. Since her office was now a Zoom meeting and a broadband connection, she started looking at places that were warmer and cheaper than her native New Hampshire – a search that landed her in Savannah in late July.


April 14, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Wells Fargo investing in two Black-owned Georgia banks

Michael E. Kanell reports that Wells Fargo is investing in five Black-owned banks, including two in Georgia, the company said Tuesday. The company has pledged to invest up to $50 million in minority-owned institutions.


April 14, 2021 The Center Square

Georgia’s net tax collections total nearly $2B in March

Jason Schaumburg reports that net tax revenue in Georgia was $1.9 billion in March, representing a $67 million increase – or 3.7% – compared with March 2020, Gov. Brian Kemp’s office said. Georgia’s decision to delay processing tax year 2020 individual returns helped lead to a net tax collection of nearly $2 billion in February.


April 14, 2021 University System of Georgia

Board of Regents approves no tuition increase for 2021-2022 academic year

Staff reports that following a vote by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG), tuition rates will not increase for the 2021-2022 academic year. USG students will again pay the same tuition rates at all 26 USG institutions as they do now for the current 2020-2021 academic year.


April 14, 2021 Brunswick News

Spaceport announcement delay expected

Gordon Jackson reports that the Federal Aviation Administration’s long-awaited decision about a spaceport license in Camden County will not be announced next week as originally scheduled. The delay of more than two months is at the request of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, which is asking for more time to review the potential environmental impacts rocket launches could have to state-owned marsh and waters.


April 14, 2021 11 Alive

Morris Brown College receives accreditation candidacy after 20 years

LaPorsche Thomas reports that Morris Brown College has received its accreditation candidacy, the school announced Tuesday — an achievement 20 years in the making. “It’s a new day for Morris Brown College,” President Kevin James said.


April 14, 2021 Savannah Morning News

House Rep Mickey Stevens officially retires

Will Peebles reports that Georgia House Rep. Mickey Stephens, D-Savannah, has formally retired after illness sidelined him since 2019. Stephens returned to Atlanta after being kept mostly homebound for the last couple of years. He won re-election in November despite this.


April 14, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Georgia’s Carr and 21 other state AGs call for halt to D.C. statehood push

Jill Nolin reports that Georgia’s top prosecutor has joined a coalition of GOP attorneys general in opposing the push for Washington D.C. to become a state. Attorney General Chris Carr co-authored a letter to President Joe Biden and congressional leadership expressing “serious concerns” about reports that Biden and others have backed D.C.’s campaign for statehood.


April 14, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jen Jordan is running for attorney general in Georgia

Greg Bluestein reports that Democratic state Sen. Jen Jordan entered the race against Attorney General Chris Carr on Wednesday with a scathing attack framing the Republican incumbent as out-of-step with Georgia voters because of his support for anti-abortion laws and other conservative policies.


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