Georgia Trend Daily – Aug. 25, 2021

Aug. 25, 2021

Gov. Kemp Announces Deployment of Over 100 National Guard Personnel to Hospitals

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp yesterday announced the Georgia National Guard, in coordination with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Community Health, will deploy 105 personnel to hospitals throughout the state.


Federal Opportunity Zone

Aug. 25, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive

Federal Opportunity Zone in Brunswick draws national investors, drives city’s growth

Julia Roberts reports that Brunswick GA is growing, and people are excited about the change. With the institution of the Federal Opportunity Zone and other incentives, the city of 16k people has seen a reduction of blight in certain areas with $70 million in direct investments over the last three years.


Aug. 25, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fulton development authority quashes incentive for Beltline project

Scott Trubey reports that the Development Authority of Fulton County (DAFC) on Tuesday shot down a proposed tax break for luxury housing along the Atlanta Beltline and voted to overhaul the governance of its board, a pair of actions that reflect a changing of the guard for the controversial agency.


Aug. 25, 2021 German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S.

SME Business Development Conference to be in Atlanta September 21

Staff reports that the SME Business Development Conference, organized by the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S, offers you the ability to reimagine business in today’s world. This September 21, the conference will be in Atlanta, allowing you to connect and build new relationships, while learning tools for leadership.


aug. 25, 2021 Rome News-Tribune

Lewis Chemical makes Inc. 5000 list for 8th time in a row

Staff reports that Rome-based Lewis Chemical Co. has earned a spot on Inc. Magazine’s list of the fastest-growing private companies in America for the eighth time. The award is based on cumulative revenue growth over the past three years.


Aug. 25, 2021 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett maintains top bond ratings from nation’s leading rating agencies

Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County is once again one of the highest rated counties in the nation when it comes to bond ratings, according to county officials. The county announced it has again received three AAA/Aaa bond ratings from the three major rating agencies, Moody’s Investors Services, S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings.


Aug. 25, 2021 Savannah Morning News

Crane operators regularly make more than $90,000 at Georgia Ports. Leadership makes $500,000-plus

Zoe Nicholson reports, want to make good money? Become a crane operator for the Georgia Ports Authority. Of the 122 crane operators employed by GPA, 85% (104) make more than $100,000 a year.


Aug. 25, 2021 Georgia Health News

Rural Georgia counties reeling from virus onslaught

Andy Miller reports that all six ICU beds at the Swainsboro hospital Tuesday morning were filled with very sick virus patients, with five on ventilators. Several more people were waiting in the emergency room for beds or were being treated in the ER.


Aug. 25, 2021 11 Alive

Political expert analyzes Herschel Walker’s candidacy in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race

Jon Shirek reports that former University of Georgia Bulldog football legend and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker, 59, officially entered the race for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. The seat is currently held by the Reverend Rafael Warnock. The big question many people are asking is if Walker can move beyond his huge name recognition and goodwill, and prove he has what it takes to be a U.S. Senator.


Aug. 25, 2021 The Center Square

Georgia wants more time to analyze $5B Jasper Ocean Terminal deal with South Carolina

John Haughey reports that the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) wants more time to decide whether it will join South Carolina’s Jasper County in building and operating the proposed $5 billion Jasper Ocean Terminal (JOT). The GPA “will not be prepared to officially either offer or withhold its consent” to the proposed pact with Jasper County by the Sept. 1 deadline, GPA attorney Paul Threlkeld told Jackson County Attorney David Tedder.


Aug. 25, 2021 GPB

The House Has Passed A Bill To Restore The Voting Rights Act

Juana Summers reports that House lawmakers approved new legislation aimed at protecting the right to vote on Tuesday, amid a wave of restrictive new elections laws from Republican-controlled state legislatures. The bill is named for the Georgia congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis, who died last year.


Aug. 25, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

State school superintendent credits vaccine after surviving severe breakthrough COVID case

Ty Tagami reports that Georgia state school Superintendent Richard Woods is crediting vaccination against COVID-19 for his survival after severe infection that led to his hospitalization. “Though my symptoms were severe, and I did experience a breakthrough case, my doctors fully believe that the vaccine assisted in mitigating the effects of the virus and kept me alive during the ordeal,” Woods said in a written statement released Tuesday morning by the Georgia Department of Education, the agency he leads.


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