Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 16, 2021

Dec. 16, 2021

Seventeen Georgia Companies Receive 2021 GLOBE Awards, Three Recognized as Exporters of the Year

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced its International Trade division’s 2021 GLOBE Award recipients. This state-led awards program highlights Georgia companies that expanded sales to new international markets in the previous year.

Dec. 16, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

State of Mind: Deconstructing the Year

Susan Percy writes, it’s tempting to say that the best thing about the year 2021 is that it’s almost over and we get to start again next month with a (sort of) clean slate. Except that’s not entirely true. In the triage system of evaluation for any year, this one particularly, there’s the good, the bad and the rest of it, all contributing to the final ranking.

Dec. 16, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rivian, Georgia officials set to announce $5B electric vehicle plant

Scott Trubey, Greg Bluestein and Andy Peters report that Gov. Brian Kemp’s office has called a special news conference Thursday afternoon where he is expected to formally announce electric vehicle maker Rivian will build a $5 billion factory east of Atlanta. Kemp, senior economic development officials and representatives of Irvine, California-based Rivian are expected to gather at Liberty Plaza at the State Capitol at 4 p.m.

Dec. 16, 2021 University of North Georgia

UNG continues growth as cybersecurity leader

Clark Leonard reports that the University of North Georgia’s (UNG) clout as a cybersecurity education leader can be highlighted by a string of recent accolades and developments. These efforts are crucial due to the more than 464,000 cyber jobs open nationwide, 17,000 of them in Georgia.

Dec. 16, 2021 Saporta Report

Global health district secures lease at Midtown’s Tower Square

Maria Saporta reports that with the signing of a 200,000 square foot lease in Midtown, Georgia has taken a major step to create a global health innovation district. When the Center for Global Health Innovation opens about a year from now, the collaborative space will serve as an intersection of global health, health technology and life sciences.

Dec. 16, 2021 Capitol Beat News

South Georgia adds three solar farms

Dave Williams reports that a Georgia utility is working with one of the nation’s largest independent power producers to bring utility-scale solar energy projects to Georgia. Walton Electric Membership Corp. (EMC), and Nashville, Tenn.-based Silicon Ranch Corp. announced Wednesday they have three new solar farms up and running in Stewart, Colquitt and Jeff Davis counties.


Dec. 16, 2021 Savannah Morning News

Turning the Tides: Heritage crops helping revive Gullah Geechee communities, foodways

Zoe Nicholson reports, wrenched from their homes, West Africans forced into the Transatlantic slave trade ensured pieces of home made the treacherous journey towards the endless horizon. Women braided rice and beans into their hair, laying the foundations for much of the American South’s cuisine and early colonial economy.

Dec. 16, 2021 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb to join $16.2M transit study for I-285

Chart Riggall reports, joining Gwinnett County, MARTA and the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority, Cobb County has signed onto a $16.2 million joint study to develop a transit plan for the northern half of Interstate 285. The study will dovetail with the much larger proposed undertaking to build toll express lanes across the entire “top end” of the perimeter, from I-20 on Atlanta’s west side to I-20 in the east.

Dec. 16, 2021 Brunswick News

Spaceport decision delayed again

Gordon Jackson reports that the record of decision for a proposed spaceport in Camden County, which was due today, will be announced Monday. The Federal Aviation Administration’s delay is “due to finalizing coordination efforts,” according to an announcement released this afternoon.


Dec. 16, 2021 GPB

Exclusive: More Georgia Secretary of State’s office officials interviewed by Jan. 6 committee

Riley Bunch reports that representatives of the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection interviewed current and former employees of the Georgia Secretary of State’s office Wednesday about former President Donald Trump’s extensive attempts to overturn the 2020 election results.

Dec. 16, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Fear of homelessness for the holidays: Georgia rental aid plan still dysfunctional

Stanley Dunlap reports that Valdosta’s Nakima Reid has been waiting four months to find out if she’ll receive emergency rental assistance that would help her family keep a roof overhead. The mother of three says she’s unsure where her family will live without the sorely needed support from the Georgia Emergency Rental Assistance Program, designed to provide rental and utility payments to low-income households in danger of eviction.

Dec. 16, 2021 Gwinnett Daily Post

Second Senate public hearing on nonpartisan school board elections takes place Thursday in Lawrenceville

Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County residents who want to weigh in on a proposal to make school board elections in Georgia become nonpartisan elections, but couldn’t make it to Atlanta last week, will have an opportunity to offer input without having to stray too far from home this week. The state Senate study committee that is looking into nonpartisan school board elections will hold its second public hearing from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at Gwinnett Technical College.

Dec. 16, 2021 The Center Square

Rural tax credit program burdensome for Georgia

Nyamekye Daniel reports, it will take Georgia more than 72 years to see a return on its investment in its rural jobs tax credit program, a recent state analysis found. The state program provides capital funding for rural businesses by giving tax credits to capital investors.

Dec. 16, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Can Stacey Abrams turn the GOP rift into a gift for Democrats in 2022?

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia Democrats took advantage of Republican infighting in the last election to score upset victories. Now Stacey Abrams and her allies hope to leverage a new round of Republican feuding from the top of the ticket without Donald Trump on the ballot.


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