Georgia Trend Daily – Oct. 14, 2021
Oct. 14, 2021 Georgia.gov
Gov. Kemp: Cisco to Open ‘Talent and Collaboration Center’ in Atlanta, Create 700 Jobs
Staff reports, at a gathering with state and local officials and members of Cisco’s executive leadership, Governor Brian P. Kemp yesterday announced that American multinational technology conglomerate and Fortune 100 company Cisco will invest up to $41 million in opening a Talent and Collaboration Center in the Coda building in Midtown Atlanta.
Oct. 14, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Helping older adults maintain independence
Mary Ann DeMuth reports that maintaining independence is a goal for many older adults. But living alone also has the risk of loneliness that can affect physical and mental health.
Oct. 14, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Port of Savannah looks to feds for help unclogging jam
Michael E. Kanell reports that with tens of thousands of containers stacking up on the grounds around Savannah’s massive port, officials are in talks with the federal government and railways in the hopes of taking the pressure off by adding four storage sites farther inland. Two of the sites are in Georgia, one near Atlanta and one near Dalton, according to the Georgia Ports Authority.
Oct. 14, 2021 Augusta Chronicle
Augusta Tech, Fortune 500 giant forge landmark academic partnership
Joe Hotchkiss reports that Augusta Technical College will become the first two-year college in the nation to partner academically with one of the world’s most prestigious technology giants. While the partner’s identity has not yet been publicly disclosed, Barron’s and Fortune magazines have ranked the tech-industry titan as one of the most admired and most respected companies in the world.
Oct. 14, 2021 Brunswick News
Concerns raised about Jekyll master plan update
Lauren McDonald reports, a months-long process to update the master plan for Jekyll Island, which is now in its final stages before potential adoption, has highlighted the concerns many have about future overdevelopment of the island. The Jekyll Island Authority’s board of directors voted last month to send a draft of the 2021 master plan update to state officials for review.
Oct. 14, 2021 Valdosta Daily Times, GaFla News
Millions earmarked for Moody chopper facilities
Terry Richards reports that millions of dollars have been earmarked for new helicopter facilities at Moody Air Force Base. About $12.5 million has been included in the next National Defense Authorization Act for building new helicopter parking aprons for the 41st Rescue Squadron at Moody, according to a statement from Sen. Jon Ossoff’s office Wednesday.
Oct. 14, 2021 Athens Banner-Herald
With weekly Athens-area newspaper facing shutdown, a plan is forged to save it
Wayne Ford reports, the Oglethorpe Echo has reported social happenings, government decisions and obituaries since its founding in 1874, but this effort to provide local news to people from the Goose Pond community to the town of Maxeys was destined to end this year. But newspaper publisher Dink NeSmith, co-owner of Community Newspapers Inc., which owns numerous newspapers in three states, heard about Maxwell’s decision.
Oct. 14, 2021 Georgia Recorder
Brunswick braces for national spotlight, demonstrations as trial in Ahmaud Arbery’s death set to start
Stanley Dunlap reports that when jury selection begins Monday in the trial of three white men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery, the Transformative Justice Coalition is expecting up to 100 people to show up in support of the Arbery family as Glynn County comes under a withering national spotlight.
Oct. 14, 2021 Fox 5 Atlanta
New post-tenure review policy approved by Georgia Board of Regents met with resistance
Janice Yu reports, there is frustration and disappointment over a new post-tenure review policy approved by the Georgia Board of Regents. The governing body for 26 universities and colleges in the state voted unanimously on Wednesday to make the changes.
Oct. 14, 2021 Rome News-Tribune
Commissioners, legislators split over state performance review for local elections board
Olivia Morley reports that the Floyd County Commission approved a third party peer review of the elections board, but local legislators want a review by the secretary of state’s office and appear to be poised to force the issue. Under Senate Bill 202, signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp this year, local governments or state legislators can request a performance review of their local elections boards or superintendents conducted by the Secretary of State’s office.
Oct. 14, 2021 GlobalAtlanta.com
Kemp: Democrats’ Budget Provision ‘Discriminatory’ to Foreign Auto Makers in Georgia
Trevor Williams reports that Gov. Brian Kemp is urging Georgia’s congressional delegation to reject a provision in House Democrats’ budget reconciliation bill that could harm foreign auto makers that have spent billions setting up plants the Southeast U.S. in the last decade and beyond. As written, the bill includes a $4,500 tax credit reserved for buyers purchasing electric vehicles made from factories staffed by unionized labor.
Oct. 14, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia ballot inspection case dismissed after no fraud found
Mark Niesse reports that a judge dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday by Donald Trump supporters who sought to inspect absentee ballots from last year’s presidential election, a decision that came a day after Georgia investigators told the court they were unable to find any counterfeit ballots. Superior Court Judge Brian Amero’s ruling ended the last remaining major lawsuit over Georgia’s 2020 election and prevented an outside review of Fulton County’s 147,000 original absentee ballots.