Georgia Trend Daily – June 9, 2021

June 9, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Filing deadline postponements continue skewing Georgia tax revenues

Dave Williams reports that Georgia tax collections rose dramatically in May for the second straight month, a trend due not so much to a boost in economic productivity but to changes in the filing schedule. The state Department of Revenue brought in $2.66 billion in tax revenue last month, a 68.1% increase over May of last year.


June 9, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Glynn County | Brunswick: On the Upswing

Betty Darby reports that Georgia’s Golden Isles boast many tourist attractions: the sun, the sand, the sea and the wildlife. No need for such man-made “attractions” like a roller coaster, but you’ll forgive residents and business owners in Brunswick and Glynn County if they feel like they’ve been on an extended up-and-down ride for the past year.


June 9, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Interim Hartsfield-Jackson head Balram Bheodari gets permanent position

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Hartsfield-Jackson International’s interim general manager Balram Bheodari has been officially named the airport’s top executive. Bheodari was just one of the appointments announced Tuesday by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who has about seven months left in her term.


June 9, 2021 GPB, Georgia Recorder

Long-Delayed Camden Spaceport Decision Nears Final Countdown

Stanley Dunlap reports that the saga of Camden County’s ambitious plans to launch rockets off Georgia’s coast could finally be resolved this summer. The Federal Aviation Administration is planning a June 18 release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the controversial Camden Spaceport and the agency plans to either sign off on the project or stop the countdown.


June 9, 2021 Albany Herald, University of Georgia

Innovation District draws tech startup to Athens

Nathan Moore reports that a Dallas, Texas-area health care startup is expanding to Athens to establish its product development headquarters in the University of Georgia’s growing Innovation District. Metropolis, an AMP Health Inc. company, incubated by Adaptive Medical Partners, uses advanced digital technology to streamline recruiting processes by providing low-touch matching solutions for health care providers to employers in large U.S. metropolitan areas.


June 9, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Plant Vogtle monitors predict more nuclear plant expansion delays

Jill Nolin reports that Plant Vogtle’s first new nuclear reactor may not start producing energy for Georgia consumers until at least next June, which would be a longer delay than Georgia Power predicted just last month. An independent monitor, Donald Grace, said in written testimony filed this week that the two new reactors at the Waynesboro plant will likely be delayed seven to nine months beyond their projected November 2021 and November 2022 completion dates.


June 9, 2021 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Amazon planning large development on Atlanta’s Westside

Grace Donnelly reports that Amazon is focused on Atlanta’s Westside for a new development. A developer working with the e-commerce giant has a portion of a nearly 300-acre inactive rail yard under contract.


June 9, 2021

Estonian Cybersecurity Training Firm Boosts Savannah Presence

Trevor Williams reports that Estonian cybersecurity training company Rangeforce is expanding Savannah, hoping to increase its six-employee team in the city to 45 over the next three years. The company started in the capital city of Tallinn, where its founding team built the NATO Cyber Range, a training center where attacks on military infrastructure are simulated to test cyber battleground techniques.


June 9, 2021 WABE 90.1

Georgia Has Over $1 Billion In Rental Assistance, But Immigrant Families Have Trouble Accessing It

Stephannie Stokes reports, more than a billion dollars of federal aid has been flowing into Georgia — all of it to help tenants who fell behind on rent during the pandemic. But some eligible renters are finding that accessing this funding isn’t always so easy.


June 9, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: How to replace Jody Hice in Congress? Be very, very pro-Trump

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that not even the most powerful Georgia Republican knows what congressional districts will look like in 2022 quite yet, but the contenders lining up to run in the deep-red 10th Congressional District are supremely confident the lines won’t change much. Of all of the state’s congressional races, Georgia’s 10th is packed with the most prominent names.



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