Georgia Trend Daily – July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

Trade Leads: Brazil, China Seek Georgia Defense, Food Products 

Trevor Williams reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development is fielding inquiries from Brazil and China that could provide an easy entree into the markets for companies with the right products. In Brazil, the department’s Sao Paulo office has registered an expressed desire for weapons and ammunition: revolvers, pistols, shotguns, carbines, semi-automatic rifles.


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July 19, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Symphony Orchestra launches women’s conductor fellowship program

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Marietta-based Georgia Symphony Orchestra (GSO) has teamed up with the international Girls Who Conduct nonprofit to launch a new fellowship program for women conductors. The goal is to foster greater inclusivity in the field of classical music.


July 19, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tech talent: Atlanta improves but regional rivals close behind

Andy Peters reports that Atlanta’s reputation as an East Coast tech hub continues to grow, but plenty of competitors in neighboring states are close behind. The city also has struggled to keep tech workers from migrating elsewhere, according to a new study ranking the top 50 metro areas on variables including technology graduates, real estate costs and employee diversity.


July 19, 2021 Savannah Morning News

Cost of lumber and materials disrupts Savannah’s homebuilding and real estate market

Nancy Guan reports that homebuyers who have been waiting years to build their dream house are having to put their plans on hold for even longer — not because of financing or other mortgage-related difficulties, but because of lumber and material costs. Jenny Rutherford, a local real estate agent said she’s already been working with clients, scouring the real estate market’s record low inventory for existing homes, but those choosing to build from scratch are not finding much relief either.


July 19, 2021 Albany Herald

Southwest Georgia bridge replacements total $10.9 million

Staff reports that approximately $10.9 million in Georgia Department of Transportation construction contracts will replace old bridges in southwest Georgia to bring updated structures to multiple counties. Two bridges are on county roads. Georgia DOT programs assist county governments with costly bridge replacements.


July 19, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Relay Race for Justice

Kenna Simmons reports that Nathaniel Smith never planned for the Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) to become an organization, much less one funded by some of the big-name entities in philanthropy (like the Kresge and MacArthur foundations). But after working at the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership and at Emory University in the Center for Community Partnerships, he found himself taking the first steps on a drive back to Atlanta from New Orleans after attending a national equity summit in 2008.


July 19, 2021 Fox 5 Atlanta

Major developments in Georgia’s medical marijuana program expected this coming week

Rob DiRienzo reports that after years of waiting, advocates say Georgia is closer than ever to beginning to allow the sale of medical marijuana. The state’s Access to Medical Cannabis Commission has announced that it plans to vote on which growers it will award licenses to on Saturday.


July 19, 2021 GPB, Georgia Recorder

Ga. Lawmakers Study Ways To Balance ‘Big Tech’ Bans Versus Business Rights

Ross Williams reports, what should be the balance between the free speech rights of large social media companies and those of the people who use their platforms, and should the Georgia Legislature create rules to strike that balance? That’s what members of the House Science and Technology Committee wanted to know as they discussed the idea of tech censorship in a hearing Thursday, a followup to another meeting on the controversial topic in May.


July 19, 2021 The Current

Smell something, tell something: Black residents in Coastal Georgia work to hold polluters accountable

Neesha Powell-Twagirumukiza/Southerly reports that Spanline Dixon, a retired teacher’s aide, is used to unpleasant smells. Her home in Brunswick, Ga., is near a waste and recycling facility, a water pollution control plant, and two facilities that emit toxic chemicals into the air: a pulp mill, Georgia Pacific (GP) Cellulose, and Pinova, a resin manufacturer.


July 19, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Sierra Club ads accuse Southern Co. of dragging feet in phasing out coal

Dave Williams reports that Atlanta-based Southern Co.’s commitment to combating climate change is under fire in an ad campaign launched by the Sierra Club this week. With a six-figure ad buy in the Atlanta market, the environmental group accuses Southern of failing to deliver on its promise to reach “net zero” carbon emissions by 2050.


July 19, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: U.S. Senate brings fight over voting rights to Georgia today

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that U.S. Senate Rules Committee does not normally grab headlines. But Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the former presidential candidate and Minnesota Democrat, has muscled the panel into the spotlight.

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