Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 22, 2021

Dec. 22, 2021

Roper Corporation Invests $118 Million in Walker County Expansion, Creates 600 Jobs

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp yesterday announced that Roper Corporation, a subsidiary of GE Appliances and Walker County’s largest employer, will invest $118 million in expanding their manufacturing operations, creating an additional 600 jobs in LaFayette. “Roper Corporation has been a fixture of the Walker County community for five decades, so it is a pleasure to see GE Appliances invest in the Peach State in this way and continue to emphasize doing business with a leading Georgia-based supplier,” said Governor Kemp.

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Dec. 22, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Publix Offers Grocery Delivery Through Business Partnerships, Powered by Instacart

Julia Roberts reports that the largest employee-owned grocery chain in the United States, Publix employs 225,000 workers and has a proud 90-year history serving communities in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee, now with over 1200 locations. Publix has recently partnered with Instacart to make it even easier to get fresh groceries directly to its customers.

Dec. 22, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS orders 19 more Boeing 767s for its delivery fleet

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that UPS is ordering 19 more Boeing 767 freighter aircraft to add to its fleet. The Sandy Springs-based shipping giant will take delivery of the new jets between 2023 and 2025.

Dec. 22, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Georgia growth outstrips most states in slow-growing nation

Dave Williams reports that with only four states have grown more than Georgia since the release of the 2020 U.S. Census, the Peach State’s population increase came as the nation’s population grew at the slowest rate since its founding. Georgia gained 73,766 residents between July 2020 and July of this year to just less than 10.8 million, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday.

Dec. 22, 2021 University of Georgia CAES

Wayne Farms donates over $1M to UGA Poultry Science Building project

Maria Lameiras and Frank Singleton report that Georgia-based Wayne Farms has announced a $1.1 million donation to help build a new Poultry Science Building at the University of Georgia. Wayne Farms is a longtime supporter of the university’s poultry science department, which is ranked one of the top such programs in the nation.

Dec. 22, 2021

Gov. Kemp Proposes Program to Support Georgia Farmers and Food Banks

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp yesterday joined the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the Georgia Department of Human Services, members of the Georgia General Assembly, the Georgia Food Bank Association, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Georgia Farm Bureau, the Georgia Agribusiness Council, and the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association to announce a proposal which will benefit Georgia farmers and food banks.

Dec. 22, 2021 Milledgeville Union-Recorder

Price named National Superintendent of the Year finalist

Gil Pound reports, just a few weeks ago, Baldwin County School Superintendent Dr. Noris Price was named Georgia Superintendent of the Year for 2022. Now she’s in line for an even bigger honor. Price was announced as one of four finalists for 2022 National Superintendent of the Year, an award given by AASA, The School Superintendent’s Association.

Dec. 22, 2021 The Current

Judge stops Camden from buying spaceport land for now

Mary Landers reports that Superior Court Judge Stephen Scarlett issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday that prevents Camden County for now from closing on the purchase of the 4,000-acre Union Carbide tract where it intends to build a spaceport. The order also scheduled an interlocutory hearing on a permanent restraining order for the purchase for 9:30 a.m. Jan. 5.

Dec. 22, 2021 Georgia Recorder

End of child tax credit is a financial setback for Georgia’s working moms

Ross Williams reports that for Pasha Benjamin, a disability adjudicator from Conyers, and her now-18-month-old son Chance, the federal expanded child tax credits came at the perfect time. “I was previously working from home and keeping him, but then my office was starting to come back to work,” she said. “Unfortunately, I don’t get paid enough to truly justify paying $680 a month for daycare.”

Dec. 22, 2021 Rome News-Tribune

Moving the needle: Ga. secretary of state talks election integrity with 14th District voters

Diane Wagner reports, a few voters in the very red Northwest Georgia congressional district gained confidence in election security Tuesday. That’s according to results of a poll taken during a tele-townhall question-and-answer session with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

Dec. 22, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Kemp takes aim at another federal vaccine mandate

Dave Williams reports that Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr are challenging a fourth Biden administration mandate related to the coronavirus pandemic. A lawsuit filed Tuesday challenges an executive order issued late last month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requiring all staff associated with any programs funded through Head Start as well as certain of the program’s contractors and volunteers to wear masks and get vaccinated.

Dec. 22, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Perdue, Kemp pushing looser gun restrictions in GOP contest

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that just two weeks after David Perdue entered the race for governor, his attempts to outflank incumbent Brian Kemp are kicking into a new gear with a promise to pass a “constitutional carry” gun proposal if he’s elected governor. Constitutional carry, known by gun safety advocates as “permitless carry,” generally allows gun owners to carry concealed weapons without a permit.


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