Georgia Trend Daily – June 8, 2021

June 8, 2021 Macon Telegraph

$680 million plastics recycling and renewal facility is coming to Macon-Bibb County

Becky Purser reports that global waste solutions provider Brightmark announced Monday it’s investing more than $680 million to build an advanced plastics recycling and renewal facility on a 5.3 million-square-foot site in Macon-Bibb County. The company is expected to fill more than 100 positions in engineering, maintenance and operations.


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June 8, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Political Notes: Ups, Downs and In-Betweens

Susan Percy reports, the U.S. Supreme Court handed Georgia a welcome victory in its years-long battle with Florida over water rights. The justices unanimously dismissed Florida’s case that claimed Georgia’s overuse of water during a drought had ruined the oyster industry in Apalachicola Bay.


June 8, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fulton official steps down after AJC/Ch. 2 probe on per diem spending

Scott Trubey and Ben Brasch report that a long-time member of the Development Authority of Fulton County (DAFC) is stepping down following an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News that found tens of thousands of dollars in questionable per diem spending at the agency. Bob Shaw is asking that his name be removed from consideration for reappointment to the DAFC board, the authority’s current chairman, Michel “Marty” Turpeau IV, said Monday in a statement to the AJC.


June 8, 2021 Rome News-Tribune

North Georgia inland port already a target for expansion

Doug Walker reports that the Appalachian Regional Port north of Chatsworth has been open for a little less than three years and is already a target for expansion by the Georgia Ports Authority. The Director of Economic and Industrial Development at Georgia Ports Authority, Stacy Watson, said the good news is that the state has enough property around the inland port in Murray County to easily accommodate growth.


June 8, 2021 WABE 90.1

Push for More Federal Contracts With Minority-Owned Business Could Lift Georgia Companies

Emil Moffatt reports that only 10% of contracts awarded by the federal government go to businesses that are owned by minorities. But the White House wants to increase that percentage and it’s a goal that could mean a big economic boost for minority-owned businesses in Georgia.


June 8, 2021 Brunswick News

SGHS generates big bucks for local economy

Staff reports that the two hospitals operating under the flag of Southeast Georgia Health System generated just under three quarters of a billion dollars in economic impact prior to the current decade, according to figures released by the Georgia Hospital Association. The hospitals in Brunswick and St. Marys were responsible for nearly $750 million in impact in 2019.


June 8, 2021 Savannah Morning News

More than $700 million in Paycheck Protection loans approved for Chatham businesses

Katie Nussbaum reports that nearly 14,000 businesses across Chatham County received assistance from the Paycheck Protection Program, according to data released by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The 13,534 PPP loans approved in the county totaled more than $774 million.


June 8, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Georgia redistricting kickoff set for next week

Dave Williams reports that the once-a-decade process of redrawing Georgia’s congressional and legislative district lines is about to begin. The state House and Senate committees in charge of redistricting will hold a joint virtual town hall meeting next week to start gathering feedback from Georgia residents.


June 8, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Herschel Walker MIA from state GOP convention

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report, if Herschel Walker wanted to fire up Republicans about a potential U.S. Senate run, the GOP convention this weekend in Jekyll Island would have been the perfect setting. Instead, the UGA football great skipped the gathering — and a chance to energize thousands of delegates who form the backbone of the state party.


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