Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 18, 2022

Jan. 18, 2022 Saporta Report

Electric vehicle, plastic recycling plants join coal ash, Okefenokee Swamp as concerns

David Pendered reports that two big state-endorsed economic development projects are running into early opposition, indicating they could be set to join coal ash and the Okefenokee Swamp in the larger debate over Georgia’s environmental future. There was a time in Georgia when the prospect of more than 7,600 new jobs would have garnered fairly strong support among nearby residents.

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Forging Partnerships: Mike Plant, president and CEO of the Braves Development Co.

Jan. 18, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Cobb County | Marietta: Something for Everyone

Jennifer Hafer reports, once the epitome of suburbia, Cobb County is no longer a quiet ’burb – just ask any baseball fan who packed the Battery this past fall. Today the county hosts the headquarters of several global companies; is home to the 2021 World Series champions, the Atlanta Braves; and offers an abundant array of natural amenities.

Jan. 18, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Airlines canceling flights due to winter storm

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that airlines are canceling flights scheduled for Sunday in Atlanta due to the winter storm hitting the Southeast. More than 300 Atlanta flights scheduled for Sunday in and out of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on multiple airlines were canceled, according to flight tracking website

Jan. 18, 2022

Israeli Firm Advances Vehicle Tech After Testing in Peachtree Corners

Trevor Williams reports that an Israeli firm is taking the next step commercializing its driver-assistance technology in part thanks to its work with Peachtree Corners, city known for its “living lab” for smart-city technologies. Home to CuriosityLab, an innovation center connected to the country’s only 5G-enabled autonomous-vehicle proving ground using public roads, Peachtree Corners has welcomed firms from around the world seeking to see their technologies in action outside the confines of a laboratory.

Jan. 18, 2022 Albany Herald

Georgia Southwestern to receive GEER II health care funds

Staff reports that Georgia Southwestern State University will receive $866,723 from the Governors Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER II), which will be used to cover the cost of all new state-of-the-art patient simulators and a complete biology lab renovation. Gov. Brian Kemp announced earlier this week a total of more than $47 million in emergency assistance funds would be earmarked to support K-12 and higher education entities as they continue to address the disruptions and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jan. 18, 2022 Savannah Morning News

House Rep. Derek Mallow announces his run for Georgia Senate seat

Georgia House Rep. Derek Mallow (D-Savannah) announced on Monday an election run for one of Chatham County’s three Senate seats. Mallow was elected to his first public office post in 2020, winning the seat long held by Rep. J. Craig Gordon, who chose not to run for re-election.

Jan. 18, 2022 Georgia Health News

What the Kemp budget has for health care – and what it doesn’t

Andy Miller reports, extending Medicaid coverage for women who have given birth. Higher pay for physicians serving Georgia’s poor. More money for rural health care. In many ways, health care is getting a boost in Gov. Brian Kemp’s budget.

Jan. 18, 2022 Clayton Crescent

Bipartisan support to end taxes on veterans’ benefits

Robin Kemp reports, right now, Georgia veterans pay taxes on their military retirement benefits. But there appears to be bipartisan support at the Gold Dome for lifting that burden from those who served their country.

Jan. 18, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Democrat Blair is running for Georgia school superintendent

Greg Bluestein reports that Democrat Everton Blair, the school board chair of Georgia’s largest district, entered the race for state schools superintendent Tuesday with a promise to be a bridge-builder who will move beyond the “screaming and yelling” about education policy. Blair, the first Black and openly gay member of Gwinnett County’s board of education, framed himself as a candidate who can foster consensus and tone down the rhetoric over mask requirements, virtual schooling and vaccine mandates that has shaped K-12 education amid the pandemic.


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