Georgia Trend Daily – May 27, 2021

May 27, 2021 Savannah Morning News

Record-setting container ship draws a crowd to riverfront

Adam Van Brimmer reports, they gathered on the waterfront, on the decks of yachts, on hotel balconies, even on the roof of a building under construction, all to witness the arrival of the largest container ship ever to call on the Port of Savannah. The CMA CGM Marco Polo attracted thousands of onlookers to the banks of the Savannah River on Wednesday morning.


Georgia Trend May 2021 Catching Up With Lisa Cupid

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May 27, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Catching Up With … Lisa Cupid

Susan Percy reports that Lisa Cupid, a lawyer and engineer who served two terms as District 4 commissioner, is the first woman and first Black person in her position. She heads a commission that is all female and majority Democratic – a big change that reflects Cobb’s shifting demographics.


May 27, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia vegetable farmers facing higher costs because of pandemic

Christopher Quinn reports that the coronavirus pandemic that gave Georgia’s $2.6 billion vegetable industry an unexpected boost last year is delivering a kick in the teeth in 2021. In 2020, the state’s farmers had strong sales because Americans working from home and government aid programs purchased more.


May 27, 2021 Capitol Beat News

New broadband project to serve rural South Georgia

Dave Williams reports that Satilla Rural Electric Membership Corp. will partner with Kansas City-based Conexon Connect to offer high-speed broadband service to nine counties in southeastern Georgia. The $150 million project will serve more than 57,000 rural homes and businesses in Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Coffee, Jeff Davis, Pierce, Ware and Wayne counties.


May 27, 2021 The Center Square

Economic development roundup: FanDuel bets on Atlanta for tech campus

Jason Schaumburg reports that mobile sportsbook operator FanDuel will invest more than $15 million to open a technology campus in Atlanta, Gov. Brian Kemp’s office said. The investment is expected to create more than 500 jobs over the next five years.


May 27, 2021 Macon Telegraph

This bus tour will help communities ‘reimagine’ themselves through voting, vaccines

Jenna Eason reports that pastors and community leaders gatherers at Bibb Mount Zion Baptist Church on Tuesday to announce a new initiative to educate communities across the East Coast. The Rev. Fer-Rell Malone, CEO of F.R.E.S.H. Communities and senior pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church in Waycross, announced the Voters, Vaccines and Visions Liberation Tour, which will visit more than 40 communities to provide information about voting, vaccines and other community resources.


May 27, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia companies partner to make roads safer for school children

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, with in-person schools out for the summer, we’re not likely to encounter many school buses until August. But work is ongoing to make the roads in our state safer for the buses’ precious cargo.


May 27, 2021

Isolated but Integrated: Chile Reconnects With Atlanta in U.S. Investment Push

Trevor Williams reports that German Rocca knows that Chile sits at the “end of the world,” but that fact has made the geographically isolated country more intent on integrating with the global economy over time. Known more for commodities like copper and farm products like grapes, blueberries and salmon that fill plates around the U.S., the South American nation has 27 free trade agreements giving its companies access to the largest markets around the world.


May 27, 2021 Georgia Health News

Stench in farm country: How poultry waste has led to uproar

Andy Miller reports, asked about the stench, neighbors in a rural corner of northeast Georgia tend to mention a single phrase: “The smell of death.” As Steven Adair of Lexington says of the pervasive odor, “It was like tying a couple of dead chickens to your belt. There were people who were miles away complaining about it.’’


May 27, 2021 Milledgeville Union-Recorder, CNHI

Kemp bans public agencies from requiring ‘vaccine passports’

Riley Bunch reports that Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order Tuesday that bans state government entities from requiring “vaccine passports.” Per the executive order, state agencies, service providers and properties are not allowed to require documents as proof of vaccination.


May 27, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kemp to restrict Georgia’s public schools from requiring masks

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Brian Kemp is preparing to sign an executive order that would restrict public schools from requiring that students, staffers and teachers wear masks. The Republican disclosed his plan during a Wednesday appearance on Fox News where he railed against “pandemic politics,” the latest in a series of decisions to curry favor with conservatives ahead of a challenging reelection campaign.


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