Georgia Trend Daily – June 15, 2021

June 15, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Georgia schools committed to resuming in-person classes

Dave Williams reports that school districts across Georgia are preparing to reopen their classrooms to full-time in-person learning this fall with the help of more than $4 billion in federal funding. The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan that President Joe Biden signed in March includes $122 billion in economic relief to help public schools shut down by the coronavirus pandemic reopen safely.


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Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports that Pete’s, a California-based green-house grower, is investing $18 million in its first eastern U.S. indoor, controlled-environment agriculture facility in Warner Robins. The indoor growing facility requires 90% less land and water compared to traditional farming.


June 15, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia CEO pay, company results diverge during pandemic

Matt Kempner reports that many of Georgia’s biggest public companies took a financial pounding last year during the pandemic, but the pain didn’t reach all of their chief executives. CEOs at roughly half of the Fortune 500 companies based in the state saw their overall pay rise in 2020.


June 15, 2021 Marietta Daily Journal

Park service claims $141 million in Kennesaw Mountain’s economic impact

Staff reports that Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park generated $141 million in local economic impact in 2020, according to the National Park Service. The spending by 2.4 million visitors to the historic battlefield and recreation area further supported 2,160 jobs in the area, with a cumulative benefit of $214 million when factoring in labor income, per an NPS news release.


June 15, 2021

Japan’s Sakai Marks 20 Years Manufacturing Equipment in Georgia

Trevor Williams reports that more than a century ago, Sakai set up its first factory in Japan making and repairing steam train engines. Specializing in rollers, which compact asphalt and soil on construction sites and roadways being built, Sakai America celebrated 20 years at its Bartow County plant last month.


June 15,2021 Georgia Health News

Another contract standoff looms between United, Northside

Andy Miller reports, three months ago, two Northside hospitals in Gwinnett County went out of network with UnitedHealthcare, affecting thousands of the insurance company’s members. Looming now is the potential for other Northside hospitals — including the health system’s flagship facility in Atlanta — to drop off the United provider network as well, with possibly more patients affected.


June 15, 2021 The Walton Tribune

Monroe native makes bid for Congress

David Clemons reports that Charles V. Rupert has seen a lot in a career that started in law enforcement and moved on to banking. He wants to take that experience to Capitol Hill. Rupert, 69, of Monroe, announced his candidacy for the Republican primary in the 10th District race for Congress.


June 15, 2021 Gainesville Times

Where to view June 15 hearing on statewide legislative redistricting

Jeff Gill reports that legislators plan to hear from residents about reapportionment — the once-a-decade process of creating and updating state and congressional district lines. Speaker slots have been filled for the meeting, but Georgians can still view the event live at


June 15, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Groups work to educate Georgians on redistricting process

Maya T. Prabhu reports that Georgia lawmakers begin the highly partisan task of drawing state and congressional district lines this week, an increasing number of independent groups have been attempting to get Georgians involved in the process. Groups such as Fair Count, Fair Districts and Common Cause Georgia say their goal is to inform and educate voters about the importance of the district-drawing process that takes place each decade.


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