Georgia Trend Daily – Aug. 13, 2021

Aug. 13, 2021 Georgia.org

Gov. Kemp Announces Vanderlande Industries Expanding in Cobb County, Creating 500 Jobs

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that global material handling and logistics company Vanderlande Industries Inc. (“Vanderlande”) will invest $59 million in expanding their North American headquarters in Cobb County. This expansion will create 500 new jobs in Marietta, bringing the company’s total employment to more than 1,250 people in Georgia.

 

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Aug. 13, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Bridging the Housing Gap

Kenna Simmons reports, consider two amounts: $994 and $19.11. The first is the fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Georgia. The second is the hourly wage a household would need to earn to afford that rent and utilities without exceeding 30% of income on housing.

 

Aug. 13, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Judge strikes down challenge to metro Atlanta’s water supply

Tamar Hallerman reports that Metro Atlanta received encouraging news this week after a judge struck down an out-of-state legal challenge to how much water Georgia gets to keep from the Chattahoochee River. In a ruling issued Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Thrash dismissed claims from the state of Alabama and multiple environmental groups that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan is holding back too much water in Georgia reservoirs along the upper Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) river basin.

 

Aug. 13, 2021 Georgia Recorder

2020 census shows increase in Georgia minorities, population shift to metro areas

Ross Williams reports that Georgia’s population is more diverse and more concentrated around cities than ever before, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday. More Georgians 18 and older told census takers in 2020 that they identify as more than one race – 5.9%, compared with 1.5% in 2010.

 

Aug. 13, 2021 Clayton News-Daily

Finalist named for Georgia College & State University presidency

Staff reports that Board of Regents Chairman Sachin Shailendra and University System of Georgia Acting Chancellor Teresa MacCartney have announced Cathy Cox, dean of the Mercer University School of Law, as the sole finalist for president of Georgia College & State University. Cox became dean of Mercer University School of Law in 2017 after serving 10 years as president of Young Harris College and eight years as Georgia’s Secretary of State.

 

Aug. 13, 2021 Brunswick News

Climate Conference focuses on global warming impacts in Georgia

Lauren McDonald reports that Shawn Gillen, city manager of Tybee Island, Gillen was among dozens of speakers who gave presentations Thursday on the first day of the Georgia Climate Conference, hosted on Jekyll Island by the Coastal Resources Division of the state’s Department of Natural Resources. The event attracted around 350 attendees representing all levels of government, nonprofits, advocacy groups, scientists, concerned citizens and more.

 

Aug. 13, 2021 Saporta Report

Controversial plan in Atlanta to boost residential density pushed to after elections

David Pendered reports that Atlanta has postponed until after city elections the likely date of a vote by the Atlanta City Council on three proposals intended to promote construction of affordable dwellings in existing residential neighborhoods and eliminate some on-site parking requirements.

 

Aug. 13, 2021 Gwinnett Daily Post

Census data: Gwinnett’s population grew by 18.8% between 2010 and 2020

Curtis Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County added more than 150,000 residents during the last decade, putting its growth during the 2010’s at just under 20%, according to 2020 Census data released Thursday. The Census data, which will be used to determine everything from funding allocations to congressional and legislative seat allocations for the county, shows Gwinnett had a population of 957,062 residents last year.

 

Aug. 13, 2021 Georgia Health News

Health care rates to stay the same next year for state employees, teachers, retirees

Andy Miller reports that tens of thousands of Georgia teachers and state employees are getting good news on their health insurance costs for next year. Members of the State Health Benefit Plan will have the same monthly premiums, co-pays and deductibles in 2022 as they have now, the Department of Community Health (DCH) announced at an agency board meeting Thursday.

 

Aug. 13, 2021 Walton Tribune

Jeffares running for return to state Senate

David Clemons reports that Rick Jeffares is asking voters to send him back to Atlanta, saying his experience will help south Walton County and other parts of a sprawling state Senate district. Jeffares, 57, represented Senate District 17 from 2011-17 as a Republican living in Henry County.

 

Aug. 13, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Georgia Senate takes up mandatory school attendance age bill

Dave Williams reports that the General Assembly is taking another look at legislation that would raise the mandatory school attendance age in Georgia from 16 to 17. A state Senate study committee created to take up a bill introduced this year by Sen. Lester Jackson, D-Savannah, held its first hearing Thursday and heard endorsements of the measure from both the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) and the Georgia School Boards Association.

 

Aug. 13, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: For the first time, Metro Atlanta is now majority-nonwhite

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that Georgia is on the verge of becoming a majority-minority state. And the transformation is being fueled by an unprecedented increase of residents of color in metro Atlanta.

 

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