Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 17, 2021

Sept. 17, 2021

Industrial Construction Company SUNGDO ENG USA Opens Corporate U.S. Headquarters in Gwinnett County

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today announced that SUNGDO ENG USA, a subsidiary of Korea-based Sungdo Engineering & Construction, has opened its corporate U.S. headquarters in Gwinnett County and is creating 30 jobs. SUNGDO ENG USA provides highly technical construction services to many Georgia-based clients.


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Savannah Jazz Festival goes virtual again

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and a city moratorium on large outdoor events have forced organizers of the Savannah Jazz Festival to revamp their preparations. For the second year in a row, the signature event will be live streamed for free virtual viewing.


Sept. 17, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Chick-fil-A passes CEO title to third generation of Cathy family

Matt Kempner reports that a grandson of Chick-fil-A’s founder has been named the next chief executive officer of the booming fast-food chain giant, taking on a title currently held by his dad. Andrew Cathy, 43, is slated to become CEO on Nov. 1. His father, Dan Cathy, 68, a son of founder Truett Cathy, will retain the title of chairman, the family-owned, Atlanta-based company announced Thursday.


Sept. 17, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Georgia unemployment falls, but so does workforce

Dave Williams reports that Georgia’s unemployment rate and the number of unemployed have both fallen to pre-pandemic levels. But the state’s labor force is also below what it was when COVID-19 struck Georgia in March of last year and shows no signs of bouncing back.


Sept. 17, 2021 WSB Radio

FIFA officials touring Atlanta today as city pushes to host 2026 World Cup match

Staff reports that Atlanta will take a big step Friday in its bid toward hosting the 2026 World Cup. FIFA officials are in town today to tour the city and Mercedes-Benz Stadium.


Sept. 17, 2021 Rome News-Tribune

Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital property purchased for $2.25 million using SPLOST funds for economic development

John Bailey reports that the Rome-Floyd County Development Authority announced Thursday the state has accepted their offer to buy the Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital property for $2.25 million, using SPLOST funds. Development Authority President Missy Kendrick — speaking from the State Properties Commission meeting in Savannah — said the site has always been under consideration.


Sept. 17, 2021 Brunswick News

Golden Ray shipwreck salvage price at $842 million

Larry Hobbs reports, as the colossal, complex and multifaceted epic undertaking of removing 656 feet of ship wreckage from the St. Simons Sound passes the 2-year mark, the big question on many minds comes down to two words: Dollars and cents. If taxpaying folks in the Golden Isles are asking for themselves, the answer is zero dollars and zero cents.


Sept. 17, 2021 GPB

Advocates For Low-Income Georgians Probe Gaps In Access To Legal Services

Riley Bunch reports, as the COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of Georgians, the need for legal services has skyrocketed, especially for those who face eviction. The Rural Georgia Justice and Poverty Summit on Friday will bring together stakeholders virtually to examine some of the biggest legal issues and address a stark access disparity.


Sept. 17, 2021 The Center Square

Raffensperger continues push for noncitizen voting ban via state constitution

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has renewed his push for the state Legislature to change the Georgia Constitution to clarify only U.S. citizens can vote in the state. Raffensperger signed a petition Thursday calling for the constitutional amendment.


Sept. 17, 2021 WABE 90.1

Businesswoman Jennifer Strahan Squares Up Against GOP U.S. House Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

Jim Burress reports that businesswoman Jennifer Strahan calls herself a no-nonsense conservative and a political outsider. But as she plans to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in next April’s Republican primary, Strahan says that’s not a bad thing for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District.


Sept. 17, 2021 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI

Warnock, Dems push for fed election laws

Asia Ashley reports, ahead of federal elections slated for next year, Senate Democrats gave another push for election law reforms by introducing the Freedom to Vote Act on Tuesday. U.S. Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock, D-GA, who co-sponsored the bill, spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday calling on his colleagues to support the bill which he says expands voter ac


Sept. 17, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Woolard appointed chair of Fulton’s election board over Raffensperger’s objections

Tia Mitchell, Patricia Murphy and Greg Bluestein report that threats from Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger did not deter the Fulton County Commission from moving forward with its choice for chair of the Board of Elections. We told you yesterday that Raffensperger didn’t want Atlanta City Council president Cathy Woolard to be appointed as chair of the embattled board.



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