Georgia Trend Daily – Nov. 16, 2021

Nov. 16, 2021

King’s Hawaiian Continues to Invest in Georgia, Hiring Immediately

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today announced that family-owned Hawaiian foods company King’s Hawaiian has invested more than $30 million in expanding their operations in Oakwood, Georgia, over the past two years. The company is hiring for several positions at different skill levels.

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Nov. 16, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Atlanta is home to new rail headquarters

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the week, Norfolk Southern Corp. formally opened its new state-of-the-art headquarters in Midtown Atlanta with a ceremony that included employees, Gov. Brian Kemp, Sen. Raphael Warnock, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and local business leaders. The 750,000-square-foot building sits on a 3.5-acre campus in Tech Square, making it part of a neighborhood housing the highest density of startups, corporate innovators and academic researchers in the Southeast.

Nov. 16, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPDATE: Rivian electric vehicle plant may be coming to Georgia

Andy Peters, Greg Bluestein, Matt Kempner and J. Scott Trubey report that Georgia may be in line for a new car factory, this time for vehicles powered by electricity instead of gasoline. Electric truck and SUV maker Rivian Automotive is in late-stage discussions to open a vehicle manufacturing and battery plant east of Atlanta along Interstate 20, according to people with knowledge of the deal.

Nov. 16, 2021 Georgia Health News

Emory chief stepping down, praised for ‘tremendous contribution’

Andy Miller reports that Dr. Jonathan Lewin is stepping down as Emory Healthcare CEO and chairman after six years — a period that saw strong growth in the Atlanta-based system. Lewin, who is also executive vice president for health affairs of Emory University and executive director of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, will remain in all the positions until a successor is named.

Nov. 16, 2021 WSB-Radio

Hartsfield-Jackson Airport opens new rideshare area ahead of holiday travel season

Staff reports, as we quickly approach the holiday travel season, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is consolidating their rideshare pickup locations. Beginning Monday, Nov. 15, you can catch an Uber or Lyft ride at the designated area on the north lower level near the north parking deck.

Nov. 16, 2021 Brunswick News

Second phase of shoreline study begins

Gordon Jackson reports that Glynn County is preparing for the second phase of a study to determine how the city and county will respond to sea level rise. The objective of the first phase completed in September was to gather shoreline related data including beaches, marshes and rivers and to evaluate the exposed shoreline and explore preventative measures.

Nov. 16, 2021 Albany Herald

Mental health program for jail inmates proposed for Dougherty COVID recovery spending

Alan Mauldin reports, addressing mental health issues exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic should be a priority when deciding how to spend federal recovery dollars, a medical professional told Dougherty County Commission members Monday. Mental health initiatives, including a program for assisting jail inmates, are part of a proposal for spending federal recovery funds.

Nov. 16, 2021 Gwinnett Daily Post

Josh Clark, who previously represented Buford in Georgia House, kicks off bid for U.S. Senate

Curt Yeomans reports that a former lawmaker who represented Buford in the Georgia House of Representatives for two terms in the early 2010s has announced he will run for U.S. Senate in 2022. Former state Rep. Josh Clark, who now lives with his family in the Flowery Branch area in Hall County, kicked off his Senate campaign on Monday.

Nov. 16, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Lieutenant governor hopeful Butch Miller pushing to repeal Georgia income tax

Dave Williams reports that Georgia Senate President Pro Tempore Butch Miller pre-filed legislation Monday calling for the repeal of the state income tax. Miller, R-Gainesville, who is running for lieutenant governor, cited the large budget surplus the state posted at the end of the last fiscal year in June, which is likely to continue through the current year.

Nov. 16, 2021 The Center Square

Georgia House passes new Senate legislative district map

Nyamekye Daniel reports that the Georgia House approved a new Senate legislative district map Monday despite accusations of gerrymandering. The map, which outlines the state Senate district boundaries for the next decade, now heads to Gov. Brian Kemp.

Nov. 16, 2021 Gainesville Times

Hall County State Rep. drawn out of district in new plan

Conner Evans reports that Georgia House Republicans on Monday rubber-stamped the new districts that state senators drew for themselves, completing redistricting for both chambers of the General Assembly. District 30 Rep. Emory Dunahoo, R-Gillsville, was drawn out of his current district and into District 31, which includes much of Jackson County and part of East Hall.

Nov. 16, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Book ban battle headed for Georgia General Assembly

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that a debate over whether to allow certain books with “obscene” material is coming to Georgia. State Rep. Jan Jones, the No. 2 Republican in the Georgia House, wrote on Twitter over the weekend that she’s working with two fellow GOP legislators on a proposal next year to “ensure obscene materials have no place in public schools.”



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