Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 9, 2021

Dec. 9, 2021

World Affairs Council Names Acclaimed Georgia Journalist as New President  

Trevor Williams reports that a nationwide search surfaced multiple candidates, but the World Affairs Council of Atlanta ended up not having to look very far to find its new president. Atlanta native and award-winning Georgia journalist Rickey Bevington, a 15-year veteran of Georgia Public Broadcasting and the current host of the radio show “All Things Considered,” is set to take up the post in January.

Dec. 9, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

From the Publisher: Why the Rush?

Ben Young writes, our feature about Buckhead in this month’s issue casts some light on the problems and solutions underway in the midst of the increase in crime that has energized some residents in one of Georgia’s most important neighborhoods to attempt to secede from Atlanta. This month’s publisher’s letter isn’t intended to take sides in the issue, but to draw attention to some context, and to what I believe is a fact: the way Buckhead is going about seceding is wrong.

Dec. 9, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Alex Taylor to succeed Jim Kennedy as Cox Enterprises chairman

Scott Trubey reports that Jim Kennedy, the longtime chairman of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, announced Wednesday he will step down as the board’s top officer at the end of the year, passing the baton to the next generation of family leadership.

Dec. 9, 2021 GPB

American Rescue Plan grants $85M to 106 Georgia nonprofits helping students cope with pandemic

Ellen Eldridge reports that afterschool and summer programs for Georgia students affected by the coronavirus pandemic are expanding thanks to $85 million in federal grant funding.  So far about $27 million of the state’s Building Opportunities in Out-of-School Time, or BOOST, grants have been awarded to 106 Georgia nonprofits that address kids’ social and emotional needs outside of school.

Dec. 9, 2021 Augusta Chronicle

USG policy changes ‘abolished tenure,’ national faculty organization moves to censure

Abraham Kenmore reports that the national faculty organization American Association of University Professors has released a report on new University System of Georgia policies, calling it a danger to academic freedom and moving toward censure. If the USG system does not reverse course, the report warns, the governing council of the AAUP will vote to censure USG.

Dec. 9, 2021 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Amazon eyes Buckhead for corporate expansion, could bring 300 jobs

Erin Schilling reports that Amazon is eyeing an expansion of its corporate operations in Buckhead, according to market sources. It could bring up to 300 jobs.

Dec. 9, 2021 Georgia Health News

Cancer hospital chain CTCA to be acquired by City of Hope

Andy Miller reports that Cancer Treatment Centers of America, a hospital chain with a facility in suburban Atlanta, has agreed to be acquired by the California-based nonprofit system City of Hope, the organizations announced Wednesday.

Dec. 9, 2021 Savannah Morning News

2022 budget to mark record $19.1 million housing investment for City of Savannah

Katie Nussbaum reports that the Savannah City Council will get a final look at the city’s fiscal year 2022 budget during their meeting this week. The expected approval of the $479 million budget will also be a historic one as the city is set to invest an unprecedented $19.1 million to address various affordable housing and homelessness initiatives.

Dec. 9, 2021 Cherokee Tribune & Ledger News

Byrd to run for state Senate

Staff reports that State Rep. Charlice Byrd announced Wednesday she will run for the newly drawn state Senate seat for District 32.

Dec. 9, 2021 Covington News

McNeal to seek Republican nomination for Newton state House seat

Staff reports that small businessman and community leader Wendell McNeal announced today, Dec. 8, he will run for the District 114 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives in the 2022 Republican Primary election. The district was created during this year’s legislative redistricting process in response to population shifts in the 2020 federal census.

Dec. 9, 2021 Augusta Chronicle

Georgia Republicans brace for lawsuits over redistricting maps after Gov. Brian Kemp signs

Joe Hotchkiss reports, expect a flurry of lawsuits after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signs newly approved redistricting maps into law. That’s the prediction of Atlanta-based election lawyer Bryan Tyson, who spoke Wednesday morning to members of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce at its Pre-Legislative Breakfast.

Dec. 9, 2021 Saporta Report

Buckhead cityhood becomes governor race issue as Abrams and Perdue take sides

John Ruch reports that Democrat Stacey Abrams opposes cityhood, a campaign spokesperson tells SaportaReport. Meanwhile, Republican incumbent Brian Kemp has not commented while his GOP challenger, former U.S. Sen. David Perdue, declared support for a referendum on the notion.

Dec. 9, 2021 Capitol Beat News

State audit criticizes rural jobs, tax credits program

Dave Williams reports that a rural jobs and tax credits program the state created in 2017 isn’t coming close to paying for itself, a new audit has found. The Georgia Agribusiness and Rural Jobs Act provides access to capital for small businesses located in rural areas as well as tax credits to companies that invest in rural communities.

Dec. 9, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Inside Perdue’s plan to defeat Kemp in 2022

Greg Bluestein reports that former U.S. Sen. David Perdue wasn’t planning to jump in the race for Georgia governor so soon. But Democrat Stacey Abrams scrambled his schedule when she made the leap last week, presenting the Republican with a gut-check moment about whether to also challenge Gov. Brian Kemp.

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