Georgia Trend Daily – Oct. 4, 2021

Oct. 4, 2021

Gov. Kemp: Georgia Earns ‘Top State for Doing Business’ for 8th Consecutive Year

Staff reports that at a grand-opening event in Columbia County for Amazon’s newest robotics facility in the Peach State, Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that Georgia has earned the “Top State for Doing Business” title for the eighth year in a row from Area Development. “We’re proud to accept the title of Top State for Doing Business from Area Development for the eighth year in a row,” said Governor Kemp.


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Oct. 4, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Improving Metro Atlanta’s transit connectivity

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, according to the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority, which works to connect transit options across the 13-county metro area, fewer than 25% of the region’s residents live within walking distance of a bus or rail station. And only 3% can walk to a location where buses or trains come at least every 15 minutes.

Oct. 4, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jet fuel spill into Flint River requires no public notice, officials say

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that some people who work and live just south of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport noticed a strong odor of jet fuel permeating the area and spotted clean-up crews at the Flint River. It turned out there had been a 700-gallon jet fuel spill at the airport Sept. 26. But neighbors didn’t find that out from state officials or anyone at Hartsfield-Jackson.

Oct. 4, 2021 Augusta Chronicle

A very big package is delivered: Amazon center in Columbia County opens officially

Joe Hotchkiss reports that Columbia County’s new Amazon delivery center opened officially Friday, with Georgia’s governor praising economic development officials for landing the retail giant. Columbia County, and really the whole area – Richmond, Columbia – the teams down here are so good to work with, and we have that state-local partnership that makes us even stronger competing with other states around the country,” Gov. Brian Kemp said before touring the five-story, 450,000-square-foot robotic fulfillment facility at White Oak Business Park between Appling and Harlem.


Oct. 4, 2021 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb hotel tax revenue returns to pre-pandemic levels

Aleks Gilbert reports that Cobb County hotel/motel tax revenue collected in August surpassed revenue collected exactly two years earlier — the first time since the beginning of the pandemic a single-month’s haul was better than in 2019. In August, the tax raised $1.6 million, a hair above the $1.5 million collected in August 2019.

Oct. 4, 2021 Gwinnett Daily Post

U.S. Treasury names Gwinnett a ‘top performer’ in stimulus funds use for Project Reset 2.0

Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County received recognition from the federal government this week for its use of COVID-19 relief funds to help people facing housing insecurity. The U.S. Treasury named Gwinnett a “top performer” in using federal stimulus funds because of its Project Reset 2.0 program, according to an announcement from county officials.

Oct. 4, 2021 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

Shaw Industries announces purchase of controlling interest in Watershed Geo

Staff reports that Shaw Industries Group Inc. announces it has purchased a significant controlling interest in Watershed Geosynthetics LLC and has entered into a letter of intent to acquire controlling interest in Watershed Solar LLC. Watershed Geo and Watershed Solar sell innovative and patented environmental solutions for utility, waste management, erosion control and mining industries.

Oct. 4, 2021 Reporter Newspapers

Danny Ross proposes tech incubator for Dunwoody

Carol Niemi reports that Danny Ross, longtime Dunwoody resident, venture capitalist, entrepreneur, inventor, community leader and member of the Dunwoody Economic Recovery Committee, has submitted to the city a 44-page proposal for a Dunwoody tech incubator, a plan that was turned down when he first proposed it in 2012.

Oct. 4, 2021 The Current

Homeowners say Spaceport Camden site too small as FAA delays decision

Mary Landers reports that Federal regulators have delayed the next step in deciding if  Spaceport Camden will become a reality. The Federal Aviation Administration Office of Commercial Space Transportation announced Wednesday it now expects to issue a Record of Decision about the project by Nov. 3.

Oct. 4, 2021 The Center Square

Georgia Democrats upset with Georgia labor department’s unemployment portal for lawmakers

Nyamekye Daniel reports that a group of Georgia Democrats says a portal meant to increase transparency in the state’s handling of unemployment claims will exacerbate workers’ frustrations with the program and transfers the burden to lawmakers. Lawmakers are poised to participate in a pilot program that allows them access to unemployment claims, but to get access to the information, they must agree to a confidentiality agreement that Democrats say could stifle their efforts to help unemployed constituents facing benefit delays.


Oct. 4, 2021 Rome News-Tribune

Graves forms PAC to support Republicans, Democrats in U.S. Congress who demonstrate the ability to work together

John Bailey reports that former 14th District Congressman Tom Graves announced Friday the launch of America’s Future, Together, an effort to support bipartisanship in Congress. Combining his former campaign committee and leadership political action committee into one, the new PAC will support Republican and Democrat incumbents who demonstrate the ability to work with those whom they may disagree with, said PAC spokesperson Tim Baker.

Oct. 4, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: State Capitol statue for Clarence Thomas gaining steam

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that a proposal to display a statue of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on the statehouse grounds is gaining traction among Georgia Republicans. State Sen. Jason Anavitarte, who said it’s “only fitting and proper” to honor the Pin Point native outside the Capitol, has picked up several key co-sponsors backing his effort.



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