Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 6, 2021

Dec. 6, 2021

Georgia a Top State for Job Growth from Foreign Investment

Trevor Williams reports that over the five years ending in 2019, Georgia posted the eighth fastest growth rate among states in jobs attributable to foreign investment, as the total swelled by nearly a third to 287,400. And foreign firms are filling positions at a faster clip than their locally based counterparts: Georgia’s rate of FDI-fueled jobs grew 32.3 percent between 2014-19, compared to 13.3 percent growth in general private-sector employment, according to the Global Business Alliance, a lobbying group of more than 200 of of the largest foreign employers operating in the United States.

Dec. 6, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Augusta children’s hospital receives commitment for $5.3 million

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Children’s Hospital of Georgia in Augusta has received a commitment of $5.3 million from the Kevin & Brittany Kisner Foundation. The funds will be used to help establish a pediatric behavioral health and wellness center at Georgia’s second largest children’s hospital.

Dec. 6, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

East Point to boost downtown destination appeal with $111 million project

Leon Stafford reports that the city of East Point is hoping to bring attention to its downtown with a new multi-million mixed-use development. The South Fulton County city will on Tuesday unveil plans to revitalize its “Downtown Commons.”


Dec. 6, 2021 Covington News

CIM Group loans $72M for Cinelease studios expansion in Covington

Staff reports that Cinelease Studios Three Ring plans to use a $72 million loan to expand its campus with 250,000 square feet of sound stages, 175,000 square feet of support space, and 100,000 square feet of office space.

Dec. 6, 2021 Rome News-Tribune

Breaking ground: Work begins on Hillman Group’s massive distribution building

John Bailey reports that the first shovelfuls of Georgia red clay symbolized the beginning of what will be a 425,000-square-foot distribution facility by fall 2022. It took several years, a lot of cooperation and vision to get to this point.

Dec. 6, 2021 Saporta Report

Fulton’s COO named sole finalist to be next ARC executive director

John Ruch reports that the Atlanta Regional Commission has named Anna Roach, Fulton County’s chief operating officer, as the sole finalist to become ARC’s next executive director. If approved at a Dec. 8 board meeting, Roach would be the first woman to lead the 11-county metro planning agency.

Dec. 6, 2021 The Current

Entangled whale spotted off Cumberland Island with new calf

Mary Landers reports that an endangered North Atlantic right whale entangled in fishing gear was spotted about 10 miles off Cumberland Island with a new calf on Thursday. An aerial survey team from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission spotted the whale, nicknamed Snow Cone, and her calf.

Dec. 6, 2021 Brunswick News

Carter emphasizes pro-life position amid abortion debate

Hank Rowland reports, as nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court mull over Mississippi’s restrictive abortion law, Coastal Georgia’s pro-life representative in the U.S. House is reaffirming his position on one of the nation’s most contentious issues. “I will always defend the rights of the unborn,” Carter said in a statement released last week following oral arguments in the high court.

Dec. 6, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Independent redistricting commissions getting mixed results

Dave Williams reports, invariably, the once-a-decade partisan redrawing of congressional and legislative districts in Georgia is accompanied by calls for taking that task away from the General Assembly and giving it to an independent commission. Just as surely, leaders of the legislature’s majority party dismiss the idea as impractical.

Dec. 6, 2021 GPB

Former GOP Sen. David Perdue will challenge Brian Kemp in Georgia governor primary

Stephen Fowler reports that former Sen. David Perdue is set to launch a primary challenge against Gov. Brian Kemp, the latest escalation in former President Donald Trump’s attack on Republicans that failed to overturn his defeat in the 2020 election. The news of Perdue’s expected re-entry into politics, first reported by Politico, comes less than a week after Democratic rising star Stacey Abrams announced her own campaign for governor, seeking a potential rematch after losing to Kemp by about 55,000 votes in 2018.

Dec. 6, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: New progressive party makes major gains in Georgia

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that the story of the metro Atlanta runoffs goes beyond the fact that a string of incumbents were ousted. Look closer and you’ll find that many of the winners were backed by the Georgia Working Families Party, the local chapter of a relatively new national progressive party based in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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