Georgia Trend Daily – May 11, 2021

May 12, 2021

Gov. Kemp Announces WebstaurantStore to Expand Georgia Presence, Create 100+ Jobs in Chatham County

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that WebstaurantStore, a supplier to food service professionals around the world, will open a distribution center in Chatham County, creating more than 100 jobs. The company also currently has two facilities in Albany, Georgia, which employ more than 350 Georgians.


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May 12, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Southern’s MBA Program Prepares Students with Real-World Experience for Business Success

Julia Roberts reports, imagine an MBA program designed specifically for business students who already have some real work experience under their belts—a place where skilled faculty teach not only business-critical skills, but also build character with courses on ethics, honesty, integrity, and professionalism.


May 12, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta gets long-coveted top spot in J.D. Power airline ranking

Kelly Yamanouchi reports, at long last, Delta Air Lines has taken the No. 1 spot in customer satisfaction in a closely watched annual analysis. It’s the first time since 1995 that Delta has ranked highest in the J.D. Power North America Airline Satisfaction study.


May 12, 2021 Milledgeville Union-Recorder

Triumph Group acquired; now becomes Qarbon Aerospace

Billy Hobbs reports, it’s now official. Triumph Group, one of Baldwin County’s largest employers, has been acquired by Arlington Capital Partners. And the new owners have officially changed the name of the company to Qarbon Aerospace.


May 12, 2021 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta payments firm Repay grows with $503M acquisition

David Allison reports that an Atlanta-based payments company is expanding with a big acquisition. Repay Holdings Corp. said May 10 it will acquire BillingTree, an Arizona-based payments firm, for about $503 million.


May 12, 2021 Capitol Beat News

University System of Georgia seeking second search firm for new chancellor

Dave Williams reports that the University System of Georgia Board of Regents voted Tuesday to hire a second search firm to help choose a successor to retiring system Chancellor Steve Wrigley. Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search, the executive search firm the board had originally retained, quit recently after opposition surfaced to choosing former Gov. Sonny Perdue for the post.


May 12, 2021 Newnan Times-Herald

Kemp suspends gas tax; prohibits price gouging

Sarah Fay Campbell reports, with localized shortages and rising prices at the pump because of the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, Gov. Brian Kemp has temporarily suspended the state’s taxes on gasoline. Kemp’s executive order, issued Monday, declares a state of emergency, prohibits price gouging and makes changes to the size and weight limit of fuel tankers and drive-time limits on trucks transporting fuel, in an effort to increase fuel supply for stations as they receive deliveries.


May 12, 2021 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gov. Brian Kemp signs bill barring Gwinnett tax commissioner from charging cities fees to supplement salary

Curt Yeomans reports that a proposal from the Gwinnett County Tax Commissioners’ office that would have established a new fee for cities which funded a supplement to Tax Commissioner Tiffany Porter’s salary has hit a dead end. That dead end came in the form of a pen wielded by Gov. Brian Kemp.


May 12, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia may end extra unemployment payments, like other GOP-led states

Greg Bluestein reports that officials here are likely to slash jobless benefits, putting Georgia in line with some other Republican-led states that are canceling the extra $300 in weekly payments that millions of Americans receive on top of their unemployment checks during the pandemic. Gov. Brian Kemp and Labor Commissioner Mark Butler met Monday to discuss what both officials say are “needed” changes to help push more people back into the workforce.



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