Georgia Trend Daily – June 14, 2021

June 14, 2021 Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Georgia Chamber Opens New Office in Brunswick, Expands Statewide Presence with Third Location 

Staff reports that the Georgia Chamber announced the grand opening of its third office location in partnership with the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce. This location will serve the coastal area business community and complements the Chamber’s Center for Rural Prosperity in Tifton and Headquarters in Atlanta.


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June 14, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Poetry in Georgia gets funding support

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, these days it seems poetry is having a moment. According to USA Today, traffic this spring on the website was up 25% over March 2020. Experts speculate that the pandemic and social unrest over the past year may have fueled increased interest in an art form that people turn to for comfort and courage.


June 14, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Students and young workers benefit from best summer job market in years

Christopher Quinn reports that the reopening economy — coupled with the reluctance of some older workers to go back to lower-wage positions during a pandemic — has brought a shower of jobs to young people, economists say. A report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics said that more than 5.4 million U.S. teenagers between 16 and 19 years old had jobs in May, an increase of 400,000 over May 2019 and 1.5 million over the same month in 2020.


June 14, 2021 Emory University

Kimberly Jacob Arriola appointed dean of Emory’s Laney Graduate School

Susan M. Carini reports that Kimberly Jacob Arriola, executive associate dean for academic affairs in the Rollins School of Public Health and Charles Howard Candler Professor of Behavioral, Social and Health Education Sciences, has been appointed dean of the Laney Graduate School and will assume her duties Sept. 1. She also will join the Office of the Provost leadership team as vice provost for graduate affairs.


June 14, 2021

Renewvia to Expand Solar Micro-Grid Access in Kenya With Investment 

Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta-based solar installer Renewvia Energy is set to expand access to its existing solar micro-grids in Kenya while providing renewable electricity for five new communities, thanks to a $1 million investment from an international impact fund. Social Investment Managers and Advisors LLC, or SIMA, investment manager runs a $90 million, five-year fund dedicated to off-grid solar projects in Africa and South Asia.


June 14, 2021 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Former Norfolk Southern Midtown HQ set for major renovations

Donnell Suggs reports that the former headquarters of Norfolk Southern Corp. is set for a major renovation. Atlanta’s largest office landlord Cousins Properties Inc. will begin an overhaul of the ground floor of the transportation giant’s 375,000-square-foot previous headquarters at 1200 Peachtree Street.


June 14, 2021 Saporta Report

Capitol View to celebrate Juneteenth with launch of community-owned affordable housing/business concept

John Ruch reports that creating an affordable home for small businesses and local residents in a gentrifying area usually means hoping that some far-away developer will throw the community a bone. But at one site in Atlanta’s Capitol View, a nonprofit is trying to flip that script with a permanently affordable project the community itself would own and control.


June 14, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Georgia lawmakers taking on crime wave

Dave Williams reports that the double-barreled ugliness that was 2020 in America is reverberating in 2021 in a crime wave that has hit cities across the country, including Atlanta. In Georgia, the rise in violent crime sparked by the coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide protests following the murder of George Floyd, a Black man, at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis is being felt primarily in the metro region.


June 14, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Save it, spend it, give it back: What will Georgia do with record surplus?

James Salzer reports that may seem counterintuitive, but a possibly record tax surplus that the state will run this year may prove a headache for the people who figure out what to do with it. They know from experience that lawmakers, interest groups and political strategists will be flooding them with ideas for the extra revenue the state will take in by the time the books close on fiscal 2021 in a few weeks.



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