Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 25, 2022

Jan. 25, 2022

How a French Firm in Atlanta Helps Corporates Embrace Transparency, Compliance 

Trevor Williams reports that as general manager of Labrador U.S., a France-based communications agency with U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, Nneoma Njoku helps public firms embrace transparency as a competitive advantage, turning on its head the perception that corporate compliance is drudgery that distracts from the bottom line.

Georgia Trend January 22 Catching Up With Washington 98

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Jan. 25, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Catching Up With … Kimberly Ballard-Washington

Susan Percy reports that Kimberly Ballard-Washington, an attorney, spent much of her career on the legal side of public higher education, as advisor to the state Board of Regents and in the legal affairs departments of the University of Georgia and Valdosta State University.

Jan. 25, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Truist sign to be added to second-tallest building

Andy Peters reports, Truist will soon have its name in bright lights atop Atlanta’s second-tallest building. The company will install the signage on Saturday morning, using a helicopter to lower the lettering onto the 60-story office tower, below the bank’s logo.

Jan. 25, 2022 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Micron seeks grant to build out 500-person office at 712 West Peachtree

Erin Schilling reports that Micron Technology Inc. is seeking a $1.5 million grant to offset equipment costs for its Atlanta Design Center, according to the Development Authority of Fulton County. The documents confirm that Micron’s local office will be at Midtown’s 712 West Peachtree.

Jan. 25, 2022 Albany Herald

More funding urged to address mental health, substance abuse treatment

Alan Mauldin reports that Georgia is dead last in access to mental health services, and some changes need to be made to the system to help a population that is dealing with the effects of a pandemic, an advocate told Dougherty County Commission members on Monday. “Georgia is ranked 51st out of the 50 states and (Washington) D.C. in terms of access of its citizens to mental health care,” Debra Richardson, a Region 4 board member of the Georgia Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Disease Advisory Council, said.

Jan. 25, 2022 GPB

What’s behind the understaffing at Georgia prisons? Ask the staff

Grant Blankenship reports that back in September 2021, an ad hoc committee of members of the Georgia House of Representatives, all Democrats, wanted to know more about what was going on in Georgia prisons. They listened to a string of people ranging from civil rights attorneys, prison reform advocates, the formerly incarcerated and, calling in to the hearing, a guard from Lee Arrendale State Prison in northeastern Georgia.

Jan. 25, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Perspectives: Georgia Southern University

Julia Roberts reports, our Perspectives series this month features Dr. Kyle Marrero, President of Georgia Southern University. This week we present the third video in the series. You will hear about Georgia Southern’s partners who help them create a growing pool of talent in Southeast Georgia and bolster the economic growth of the communities around the university’s three campuses.

Jan. 25, 2022 11 Alive

‘There is an appetite this session that I haven’t seen before’ | Georgia gambling bill gaining traction

Doug Richards reports that gambling legislation stalled in the legislature for years may finally pass this year. Backers have been negotiating with reluctant lawmakers, and both sides say a deal may be forming.

Jan. 25, 2022 Georgia Recorder

Top Georgia GOP candidates woo party faithful with culture war visions

Ross Williams reports that Republican candidates for Georgia’s highest offices made their cases in front of some of the party’s most dedicated voters Monday at the Georgia Faith and Freedom Legislative Luncheon in Atlanta. It was a friendly crowd for the Republican candidates, even those who are competing against one another.

Jan. 25, 2022 The Center Square

Georgia Republicans move to block critical race theory instruction

Nyamekye Daniel reports that a group of Georgia lawmakers has filed legislation to block critical race theory from being taught in public schools. The theory is centered around the idea that race is a social construct used to oppress people of color.

Jan. 25, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Georgia Senate Democrats shoot down constitutional ban on non-citizen voting

Dave Williams reports that a constitutional amendment to prohibit non-U.S. citizens from voting in Georgia failed to gain a two-thirds majority in the state Senate Monday after Democrats charged Republicans with playing election-year politics. Senators supported the constitutional change sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Butch Miller 33-14.

Jan. 25, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: What three standing ovations say about the state of Georgia politics

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that in the span of three hours, a trio of standing ovations at the state Capitol complex showed just how unpredictable Georgia politics can be – and how hard it is to make assumptions about the next few months. The first took place at the Georgia House when House Speaker Ralston gave newly elected Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens the rare invitation to enter the chamber through the center aisle – an honor normally reserved for celebrities and governors.

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