Georgia Trend Daily – April 16, 2021

April 16, 2021 Georgia Ports Authority

GPA’s March container trade leaps 48 percent

Staff reports that the Port of Savannah handled an all-time record of nearly 500,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units in March, an increase of more than 48 percent, or 162,275 TEUs, compared to the same month in 2020. “Every new container that moves through the Port of Savannah means new jobs for Georgia,” said Gov. Brian Kemp.


April 16, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Four for the Future

Howard Pousner reports on this year’s honorees, which include creating a branding campaign for Washington County with the buy-in of its eight communities; helping aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs in downtown Macon craft business plans and secure loans; and seeding a farm-to-school program in Barrow County.


April 16, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A burst of jobs added to Georgia’s economy in March

Michael E. Kanell reports that after a slow start to the year, Georgia’s economy perked up in March as 21,800 jobs were added across a broad swath of sectors, state officials said Thursday. Fueled by an e-commerce boom, the hiring has been especially strong in logistics and manufacturing.


April 16, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Georgia job growth picks up steam as strong pandemic recovery continues

Ross Williams reports that Georgia’s unemployment rate dropped last month to 4.5%, about a percent higher than last March’s pre-pandemic rate of 3.6%, but much lower than last April’s jobless peak of 12.5%.


April 16, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Unemployment claims rising in Georgia, contrary to national trend

Dave Williams reports that first-time unemployment claims in Georgia rose last week even as initial claims nationwide fell dramatically. However, longer-term figures on unemployment reported Thursday by the state Department of Labor weren’t nearly so dismal.


April 16, 2021 Macon Telegraph

Kumho Tire is planning a $21 million expansion in Macon, mayor announces

Jenna Eason reports that Macon-Bibb County Mayor Lester Miller had a surprise to share with the group of community leaders at the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce State of the Community address. Kumho Tire has approved a $21.8 million investment to expand their facility by more than 20,000 square feet, Miller said.


April 16, 2021

TeamViewer to Open Atlanta Office to Support Enterprise Software Customer Growth

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp on Thursday announced that TeamViewer, a global provider of secure remote connectivity solutions and workplace digitalization technology, will invest significantly in opening a sales and business development office in Atlanta, creating more than 100 jobs in the metro area over the next four years.


April 16, 2021 Clayton Crescent

Kim Godwin: ABC’s 1st Black female news boss, FPHS principal’s wife

Robin Kemp reports, Kimberly Godwin, a longtime executive with CBS News, is the new number-one at ABC News. She’s also got a Clayton County connection–Godwin, a graduate of Florida A&M University, is married to Derrick Manning, principal of Forest Park High School. Godwin takes the helm in May as the first Black woman president of a major broadcast news network.


April 16, 2021 Newnan Times-Herald

Local business pays deductibles for first responders affected by tornado

Blue Alpha, a local company that makes tactical belts, recently paid the insurance deductibles for first responders who were affected by the tornado. Kurt Sills started Blue Alpha with Jesse Frei, and said they received a list from the county of local firefighters, law enforcement members and E-911 employees who had damaged homes from the March 26 tornado.


April 16, 2021 The Current

Re-districting: How it works and how you can help

Stephen Fowler, David Armstrong and Isaiah Poritz report, later this year, Georgia’s General Assembly will convene for a special session to redraw the boundaries of the state’s legislative and congressional districts based on data from the 2020 census. While U.S. Census delays have pushed back the timeline for the once-a-decade redistricting process, it’s still possible to get an idea of what changes could — and should — be made to our political maps.


April 16, 2021 New York Times

Vernon Jones, a Pro-Trump Republican, Will Challenge Kemp in Georgia

Richard Fausset reports that Gov. Brian Kemp, the Georgia Republican who ranks high on former President Donald J. Trump’s list of enemies, will face a high-profile pro-Trump challenger in next year’s Republican primary: Vernon Jones, a former Democrat who, echoing the false claims of Mr. Trump, has called Georgia’s November presidential election “fixed” and “tainted.”


April 16, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Serving dual roles in Congress and as state Dem chair, Nikema Williams looks to 2022

Tia Mitchell reports that even after winning her own seat in Congress and helping President Joe Biden carry Georgia during the general election, Nikema Williams felt there was more she needed to do as chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Georgia.


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