Georgia Trend Daily – June 29, 2021

June 29, 2021 Cartersville Daily Tribune-News

Nearly 1M-square-foot industrial development proposed near Emerson

James Swift reports that Atlanta-based applicant Taylor and Mathis, Inc. is requesting the rezoning of almost 130 acres near Emerson for a proposed office/warehouse development spanning 940,000 square feet.


June 29, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Why ESG and Collaborative Data Science Can’t Be Ignored by Financial Institutions

Julia Roberts reports that over the past 15 years, evaluating Environmental, Social, and Governance — or ESG — criteria has gradually evolved from being a niche activity to becoming a major trend for the entire financial industry. The growing regulation in the space combined with the constant pressure from investors and end customers and proven materiality of climate change are acting as powerful catalysts of a deep transformation of the financial industry, impacting all players: banks, asset managers, insurers, and others.


June 29, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ga. restaurant business being sold

Matt Kempner reports that a metro Atlanta company that franchises Great American Cookies and four other restaurant brands with more than 1,400 locations has agreed to be acquired by FAT Brands, the owner of Johnny Rockets and other concepts. The deal for Global Franchise Group is valued at $442.5 million.


June 29, 2021

German Medical Device Firm Moves HQ to Alpharetta

Trevor Williams reports, after finding initial success in Georgia, a German medical device firm is tripling down on the state, moving from Norcross to a new facility in Alpharetta to manage its growth in the U.S. market. Pajunk USA provides devices and equipment for regional (rather than general) anesthesia, enabling certain patients to be treated surgically without being put to sleep.


June 29, 2021 Saporta Report

Atlanta BeltLine Inc. kicks off planning for ‘affordable’ future of Bankhead site

John Ruch reports that Atlanta BeltLine Inc. says it will spend the next 18 months coming up with a community-informed plan for the 31-acre Bankhead property it recently bought to catch up on its unfulfilled promises to create affordable housing. How affordable “affordable” might be remains a key question.


June 29, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Relief Payments To Black Farmer Stalled By Conservative Group Lawsuits

Ariana Figueroa reports that former Trump administration officials and conservative and libertarian nonprofits have launched lawsuits to block federal relief funds aimed at Black and minority farmers — a development that House Agriculture Committee Chairman and Atlanta Democrat David Scott calls “an evil system at work here.”


June 29, 2021 Rome News-Tribune

Sen. Warnock meets with key Rome community leaders over lunch

Doug Walker reports that U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock talked jobs and healthcare with community leaders in Floyd County on Monday as part of a tour through northwest Georgia. Sandwiching a lunch visit with invited community leaders in Rome between visits to a solar panel manufacturing plant in Dalton and the Appalachian Regional Port in Murray County, Warnock said many Georgians are still in a position where they need the extra $300 in federal unemployment assistance which was cut off by the state Saturday.


June 29, 2021 Brunswick News

Governor candidate makes campaign stop

Gordon Jackson reports that Vernon Jones attracted national attention at last summer’s Republican National Convention when he spoke on behalf of then President Donald Trump. He was a Georgia state representative, who drew the ire of fellow Democrats who were upset he would publicly support Trump’s candidacy.


June 29, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Georgia seeking to postpone limited Medicaid expansion

Dave Williams reports that state health officials are asking the federal government’s permission to delay the implementation date of a limited, Georgia-specific expansion of Medicaid for at least a month. In a letter dated June 24, state Community Health Commissioner Frank Berry cited a decision during the early weeks of the Biden administration to withhold approval of a Georgia Medicaid waver application then-President Donald Trump’s administration signed off on last year.


June 29, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia 2022: Tyler Harper is running for agriculture commissioner

Greg Bluestein reports that Republican state Sen. Tyler Harper launched his campaign Tuesday for agriculture commissioner with an emphasis on his family’s deep roots in farming and a pledge to keep “liberal Washington, D.C. policies out of Georgia.” The Ocilla legislator is the first prominent Republican in the race to succeed incumbent Gary Black, who is running for the U.S. Senate after three terms as the state’s top agriculture official.


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