Georgia Trend Daily – Oct. 8, 2021

Oct. 8, 2021

Gov. Kemp: Solar Tech Company NanoPV to Open Manufacturing, Distribution Operations in Sumter County, Create Over 500 Jobs

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced yesterday that solar technologies company NanoPV plans to invest more than $36 million in opening a manufacturing and distribution facility in Sumter County, bringing more than 500 jobs to Americus. “This incredible investment by NanoPV in Americus is a testament to Georgia’s thriving solar environment and our laser focus on bringing big projects to rural parts of our state,” said Governor Kemp.

Oct. 8, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

From the Publisher: Silver Tsunami

Ben Young writes, many are waiting this month to see if workers start coming back as COVID-19 stimulus benefits have expired or if the surge of COVID cases related to the delta variant will prolong the glut of unfilled jobs. This is happening against a backdrop of labor shortages that has been expected for years and that was accelerating prior to COVID.

Oct. 8, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia’s big businesses reveal staff — and management — diversity

Matt Kempner reports that Georgia’s biggest companies recently began publicly disclosing what had been closely guarded secrets: details on the racial makeup of their U.S. workforces, including management. The revelations show metro Atlanta’s public corporate powerhouses, from Coca-Cola to Home Depot, generally get whiter higher up the management ladder.


Oct. 8, 2021 Rome News Tribune

Pirelli North America taps Claudio Zanardo as CEO

Staff reports that Pirelli Tire North America in Rome, Georgia, has named Claudio Zanardo as its new CEO, effective Nov. 1. The announcement comes after the current CEO, Pietro Berardi, announced he is leaving the company to pursue a new professional challenge.

Oct. 8, 2021 11 Alive

Delta Air Lines expanding its facial recognition technology in Atlanta

Jessica Brown reports that Delta Air Lines announced Thursday it’s expanding its digital identity experience in Atlanta. According to Delta’s website, its digital identity experience was first unveiled in Detroit at its security checkpoints in early 2021.

Oct. 8, 2021 WABE 90.1

Atlanta employment lawyer explains whether businesses can require COVID vaccinations

Rose Scott reports that the Biden administration is pushing for employers with more than 100 employees to require mandatory vaccination or  COVID testing. Ed Buckley, a managing partner and one of the founding partners of Buckley Beal LLP, a law firm that focuses on employment and business law, was a guest on Thursday’s edition of “Closer Look.”

Oct. 8, 2021 Reporter Newspapers

Google Fiber announces plan to wire more single-family homes in Atlanta

Collin Kelly reports, on Thursday, Google Fiber made a surprise announcement on its website that it “recently started actively expanding our network in single-family residential neighborhoods.” Google Fiber said it would continue to expand its multi-family presence (even encouraging property owners and mangers to get in touch), but added “we’re super excited to have construction crews building out our network in more neighborhoods in Atlanta.”

Oct. 8, 2021 Brunswick News

State association criticizes Biden’s IRS plan

Hank Rowland reports that the Georgia Bankers Association says the plan by President Joe Biden to give the IRS a wider look at the financial transactions of individuals and businesses is wrongheaded. Biden’s new rule would require deposits or withdrawals totaling more than $600 annually of all business and personal accounts to be reported to the Internal Revenue Service.

Oct. 8, 2021 Savannah Morning News

From Savannah to Supreme Court Justice: Clarence Thomas statue considered for Atlanta

Katie Nussbaum reports, born in the quiet hamlet of Pin Point along the Vernon River, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is arguably one of the Savannah-area’s best-known native sons. Thomas’ work on the Supreme Court and impact on the nation recently led to Georgia Republican state senators, Savannah’s Ben Watson and Dallas’ Jason Anavitarte of Dallas, to author a bill that would erect a statue of Thomas on the Georgia Capitol grounds.

Oct. 8, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Georgia U.S. attorney quit after Trump pressure to reject election results, new report confirms

Jacob Fischler reports that former President Donald Trump forced a top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to step down because he wouldn’t help Trump overturn his loss of Georgia in the 2020 presidential election, a U.S. Senate report released Thursday said. The report, written by Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, found that the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, Byung Jin “BJay” Pak, resigned under pressure from the Trump White House in early January.

Oct. 8, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Kemp uses trip to Texas border to call for action on illegal immigration

Dave Williams reports that Gov. Brian Kemp and nine other Republican governors have released a set of steps the Biden administration should take to combat the growing number of illegal immigrants flooding the nation’s southern border. The GOP governors unveiled their proposals Wednesday during a trip to McAllen, Texas.

Oct. 8, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia job growth lackluster after federal unemployment benefits cut

Michael E. Kanell reports that Gov. Brian Kemp eliminated federal unemployment benefits in June, arguing the move would push many people back into jobs and kindle rapid hiring. Since then, job growth has slowed while hundreds of thousands of job openings continue to go begging.


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