Georgia Trend Daily – Oct. 29, 2021

Oct. 29, 2021

SKC to employ 400 in ‘first of its kind’ Covington semiconductor part plant

Tom Spigolon reports that SKC Inc. will create more than 400 new jobs as it works with several business partners to manufacture a part for semiconductor chips in a new facility on its Covington site. The company will invest more than $473 million in this “unprecedented venture” to create glass-based substrates for the chips in Newton County, the governor’s office announced today.

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Oct. 29, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Local firm’s software shutdown leaves hotels in digital dark

Christopher Quinn reports that a Lawrenceville firm’s software that provides nearly 7,000 hotels across the U.S. and abroad with accounting and management services reportedly has been down for nine days, leaving hotels struggling to do things such as pay employees or service providers. The shutdown of M3′s software is not affecting reservations or guest services, according to a hotelier who uses the system and an industry insider.

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Gov. Kemp: MBS Equipment Company To Unveil New East Coast Headquarters in Georgia

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp on Thursday announced MBS Equipment Company (MBSE) is opening its new east coast headquarters in Georgia. MBSE is the largest studio-based equipment company in the world for film, television, and events. The headquarters, based in Fayette County at Trilith Studios, will span 100,000 square feet, making it the company’s largest global hub.

Oct. 29, 2021 Athens Banner-Herald, UGA

Broken links: UGA expert explains what’s wrong with the supply chain

Merritt Melancon reports, we’re witnessing a perfect storm of disruptions to the very complex, but generally reliable, system that connects manufacturers to customers, said supply chain expert Marty Parker, a lecturer in the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business department of management. Parker said logistics experts are learning valuable lessons about how to strengthen the system in the future.

Oct. 29, 2021 Reporter Newspapers

Building a Walkable Community

Amy Wenk reports that a team is envisioning how a 200-acre district along Peachtree Road could become Brookhaven’s walkable center. New projects are bringing community gathering spaces around Perimeter Mall and the Dunwoody Village. Sandy Springs is studying how to expand its town center to bring more restaurants and possibly a hotel.

Oct. 29, 2021 Augusta Chronicle

Columbia County hospital plan takes big step forward with hiring of architects

Tom Corwin reports that the future hospital in Columbia County will benefit not only from insights gleaned from designing facilities across the country but also from lessons learned during the pandemic and the need for flexibility and accommodating telehealth, the newly hired architects said. For one of them, the project is also personal.

Oct. 29, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Georgia jobless rate lowest in decades, but workers quitting clouds good news

Ross Williams reports that fewer Georgians filed initial unemployment insurance claims last month than in the weeks leading up to the pandemic last year, and the state’s unemployment rate hit 3.2%, a 20-year low. Those are two welcome signs of economic recovery after record-breaking layoffs sent workers home across the state, but celebrations of those numbers should be tempered by the large number of Georgians quitting their jobs and not seeking new employment.

Oct. 29, 2021

Gov. Kemp Dedicating $110M to Crack Down on Violent Crime, Address Judicial Case Backlog

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp on Thursday announced that he will dedicate up to $110 million to combat violent crime and help support the Georgia judiciary’s recovery from COVID-19. “No one benefits when there is a delay in justice,” said Governor Brian Kemp.

Oct. 29, 2021 GPB

Kelly Loeffler wants Republicans to vote. Is she the right person to ask them?

Riley Bunch reports, at 9 a.m. on a recent Saturday in Gainesville, Kelly Loeffler made her way from table to table in a local café. Wearing a pink and green plaid shirt, dark blue jeans and distressed brown work boots, she greeted members of the Republican Women of Hall County and stressed the importance that they turned up to the early morning event.

Oct. 29, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Major win for Georgia’s two senators: reconciliation bill includes Medicaid expansion

Tim Darnell reports that President Joe Biden’s revised – but still massive – infrastructure spending bill includes several major wins for Georgia’s two Democratic U.S. senators. The $1.75 trillion reconciliation bill was announced late Thursday morning after days of feverish negotiations among Congressional Democrats.

Oct. 29, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Inside Gary Black’s all-out attacks against Herschel Walker

Greg Bluestein reports, it was an unconventional setting for the most scathing attacks yet in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race. Shortly after a tour of nonprofit center for domestic violence victims, Agriculture Secretary Gary Black sat at the head of a long conference table Thursday and proceeded to eviscerate the leading Republican contender in the contest.


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