Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 14, 2021

Dec. 14, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Forecasters see full Georgia economic recovery in 2022, but some won’t feel it

Ross Williams reports that next year will be the year Georgia recovers from its nearly two-year COVID-19 slump, according to University of Georgia economic forecasters. “We expect that Georgia’s economy will fully recover next year — it will be 100% of normal by mid-2022, if not earlier,” said Benjamin C. Ayers, Dean and Earl Davis Chair in Taxation at UGA’s Terry College of Business.

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Dec. 14, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Made in Georgia: A new book looks at those who shaped the state

Kenna Simmons writes, looking for the perfect gift for a Georgia history buff? You’re in luck. Georgia Made: The Most Important Figures Who Shaped the State in the Twentieth Century is a fascinating look at the people who transformed Georgia from its poor, agrarian roots into one of the most prosperous and diversified states in the country.

Dec. 14, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta investing $1.2 billion in three foreign partner airlines

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines is re-upping its investments in its international partner carriers that have filed for bankruptcy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The value of Delta’s billions of dollars in investments in the three carriers were zeroed out due to those foreign carriers’ bankruptcy filings.

Dec. 14, 2021

Multinational Liner Shipping Company Hapag-Lloyd Selects Georgia for North American Headquarters

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today announced that German multinational liner shipping company Hapag-Lloyd will invest $18 million in its new North American headquarters to be located in Dunwoody, Georgia, creating an additional 250 jobs in the metro Atlanta region.  “Hapag-Lloyd has been moving people and cargo around the globe for over 150 years, and is one of the most recognizable names in the shipping industry,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson.

Dec. 14, 2021 Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech Awarded Commerce Department Grant to Develop AI Manufacturing Economic Corridor

Staff reports that Georgia Institute of Technology was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) as part of its $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge. Georgia Tech is one of 60 entities to be awarded funding to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to accelerate the rebuilding of their economies in the wake of the pandemic.

Dec. 14, 2021 Albany Herald

Justice Department awards $17.5 million to support Project Safe Neighborhoods

Staff reports that the Department of Justice announced recently that it has awarded more than $17.5 million in grants to support the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program. In the state of Georgia, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council was awarded funding totaling $532,348, which will be administered to the districts.

Dec. 14, 2021 The Center Square

Report: Georgia’s limited COVID restrictions reduced economic damage

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic saved it from severe economic downfall, according to a recent report from the Georgia Center for Opportunity (GCO). The GCO measured the impact of local and state governments’ actions in response to the pandemic on each state’s economy in a 510-page report, Assessing Each State’s Response To The Pandemic: Understanding the Impact on Employment & Work.

Dec. 14, 2021 Gwinnett Daily Post

State Sen. Michelle Au will run for state House seat in north Fulton next year

Curt Yeomans reports that State Sen. Michelle Au, D-Johns Creek, is planning a bid to make the jump from the Georgia Senate to the Georgia House of Representatives after her current seat was redrawn to lean more Republican. Au, who was the first Asian-American woman elected to the state Senate, announced on Friday that she will run for the State House District 50 seat, which is made up primarily of the city of Johns Creek, next year.

Dec. 14, 2021 Brunswick News

State superintendent discusses upcoming legislation, election

Lauren McDonald reports that Georgia Schools Superintendent Richard Woods said Monday he looks forward to the upcoming legislative session and his reelection contest in 2022. Woods, a Republican, spoke to members of the Golden Isles Republic Women at Bennie’s Red Barn on St. Simons Island.

Dec. 14, 2021 Gainesville Times

Inflation, immigration, and other takeaways from Rep. Andrew Clyde’s address in Gainesville

Conner Evans reports that first year Congressman Andrew Clyde had a number of criticisms of President Joe Biden on Monday, including how the president has handled rising inflation, energy and immigration. Speaking to the Rotary Club of Gainesville, Clyde, R-Athens, said he had never paid more for propane in his life than he did this past month.

Dec. 14, 2021 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI News

Georgia senator wants absentee ballot boxes banned

Asia Ashley reports that just nine months after sponsoring Georgia’s controversial election reform bill, Ga. Sen. Butch Miller is looking to retract one section of the bill that mandates absentee ballot drop boxes. Miller, R–Gainesville, filed Senate Bill 325 Friday; it would ban absentee ballot drop boxes in Georgia, a service that was implemented and widely used during the pandemic in 2020.

Dec. 14, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Why David Perdue is confident he can oust Brian Kemp

Greg Bluestein reports that it’s not just Donald Trump’s endorsement that has former U.S. Sen. David Perdue and his advisers optimistic about his divisive primary challenge against Gov. Brian Kemp. An internal poll conducted by Perdue’s campaign showed the two Republican rivals deadlocked in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup before voters were told Perdue won Trump’s blessing.


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