Georgia Trend Daily – Oct. 26, 2021

Oct. 27, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Court ruling upholds Georgia Power plans for coal ash

Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court decision allowing Georgia Power to collect from customers $525 million in coal ash pond closure costs. Monday’s ruling came in an appeal filed by the state chapter of the Sierra Club.

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Oct. 27, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Hall County | Gainesville: Up for the Challenge

Patty Rasmussen reports that Hall County leaders positioned their community for success through years of careful planning, diligent cultivation of local assets and attracting the right investments. Now, they’re reaping the benefits on multiple fronts.

Oct. 27, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Best Buy to hire 200 for Dunwoody tech hub

Andy Peters reports that Best Buy is the latest company in the tech sector to open a research hub in Atlanta. The electronics retailer will hire up to 200 technology, data science and analytics workers for an office in Dunwoody, which it plans to open early next year.

Oct. 27, 2021

Georgia Council for the Arts Awards 67 Organizations $600,000 in Grant Funding

Staff reports that Georgia Council for the Arts, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, today announced the recipients of the Vibrant Communities and Cultural Facilities grant awards for fiscal year 2022. The Vibrant Communities Grant supports a variety of arts programming opportunities throughout the state, and the Cultural Facilities Grant supports the restoration or renovation of a building to be used for arts programming.

Oct. 27, 2021

Sunday Enters Canada With Montreal Acquisition After Raising $100M

Trevor Williams reports that Sunday, the French-origin restaurant tech company managing its rapid North American growth from Atlanta, is already making use of its recent $100 million capital raise with an acquisition in Canada. The company bought Montreal-based CHK PLZ, which also provides QR-code payment capabilities that Sunday says cut down on wait times and restaurants turn more tables and boost tips.

Oct. 27, 2021

Gov. Kemp and DECAL Award Eight Child Care Centers with Quality Rated Language and Literacy Endorsement

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp and Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs have awarded the inaugural Quality Rated Language and Literacy Endorsement to eight child care centers that demonstrated a commitment to providing high-quality, language-rich environments to Georgia’s youngest learners.

Oct. 27, 2021 Gainesville Times

How county would use federal funds to improve Internet, sewer access

Conner Evans reports, partnering with AT&T, Hall County is applying for a $21.3 million grant to provide fiber optic broadband service to 13,000 more people in the county. The proposal would include a $12.76 million contribution from AT&T if the county is successful in its application, and the county would match up to $6.62 million using SPLOST funds, a one-penny sales tax used for capital improvements.

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Oct. 27, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Blue Ridge Parade of Homes

Candice Dyer reports that a consortium of construction companies is building a legacy of education, along with some beautiful houses. The annual Blue Ridge Parade of Homes, scheduled for Oct. 8 through 10, raises funds for scholarships for local students on a vocational track.

Oct. 27, 2021 WABE 90.1

Georgia rental assistance applications taking too long, some tenants say

Stephannie Stokes reports that some tenants are voicing frustration with Georgia’s statewide rental assistance program, saying the application process is too burdensome and long. Among them is Dorothy White, who lives in subsidized housing in Stone Mountain.

Oct. 27, 2021 The Current

The Tide: Judge recuses self from Buddy Carter property tax hearing

Mary Landers reports that a Camden County Superior Court judge on Monday recused himself from a hearing set to take place less than 24 hours later. He hadn’t previously realized the plaintiff was U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter.

Oct. 27, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Supreme Court gets case challenging arrests of lawmakers at state Capitol

Ross Williams reports that the ACLU of Georgia and other activist groups are weighing in on a state Supreme Court case involving the 2018 arrest of U.S. Rep. Nikema Williams that could shape the rights of Georgians to protest under the state Capitol. At issue is state code barring anyone from “recklessly or knowingly to commit any act which may reasonably be expected to prevent or disrupt” a session or meeting of the state Legislature.

Oct. 27, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Redistricting could leave Bourdeaux, McBath in search of friendlier territory

Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that two rising Georgia Democratic stars could go from allies to rivals in 2022, depending on how Republicans redraw the new congressional map. That’s because no matter how the lines are drawn during a legislative session that starts next week, U.S. Reps. Carolyn Bourdeaux and Lucy McBath will be in the political crosshairs of the Republican majority.

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