Georgia Trend Daily – March 1, 2022

March 1, 2022 GPB

Kemp, Ralston vow to end Georgia investment in Russia amid crisis

Riley Bunch reports that House Speaker David Ralston received a bipartisan standing ovation on Monday when he announced he’d seek to end state pension business with Russia. Last week, Russia launched a large-scale military attack on Ukraine, its neighbor to the southwest.

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March 1, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Inspiring Excellence: Women Making Their Mark

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, whether they are business owners or executives in well-established and respected firms, women in Georgia are demonstrating their unique leadership qualifications. As they’re heading a wide variety of businesses, they’re also mentoring the next generation, promoting diversity in executive ranks and the pursuit of innovation, harnessing social media for good, using their influence for positive change and encouraging entrepreneurialism.

March 1, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS, FedEx halt shipments to Russia, Ukraine

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that UPS and FedEx have halted shipments to Russia and Ukraine after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Sandy Springs-based UPS said it has suspended all shipping to, from and within Ukraine, and all international shipments to destinations in Russia, until further notice.

March 1, 2022 WSB Radio

Developer says Centennial Yards will ‘breathe new life’ into downtown Atlanta

Dave Huddleston reports that life is coming to the gulch. The big hole in downtown Atlanta is being converted into what will be known as Centennial Yards. In the next couple of months, you will start to see some major developments happening there.

March 1, 2022 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens restaurateur Hugh Acheson tweets of trip to Romania to feed Ukrainians refugees

Andrew Shearer reports that Athens restaurateur Hugh Acheson tweeted on Feb. 25 that he and his travel chef, Sam Herndon, would be traveling to Iași, Romania, “to feed Ukrainians in need.” The trip is part of World Central Kitchen‘s Chefs For Ukraine initiative, which supports families fleeing Ukraine and residents still remaining in the country.

March 1, 2022 American Banker

Georgia’s Own signs first credit union-bank deal of 2022

Ken McCarthy reports that Georgia’s Own Credit Union in Atlanta has agreed to buy Vinings Bank in Smyrna, Georgia, the first credit union deal to acquire a bank this year. It would be the second bank acquisition for the $3.4 billion-asset, which bought State Bank of Georgia in Fayetteville in 2018.

March 1, 2022 GPB

Lawmakers: Pushback against “divisive concepts” bill continues on Day 21

Sarah Kallis reports that the Georgia Senate Education and Youth Committee heard more than an hour of public comment on a controversial education bill Monday.Senate Bill 377, sponsored by  Sen. Bo Hatchett (R-Cornelia), had its third hearing where it met criticism from educators and students.

March 1, 2022 Brunswick News

Hodges announces candidacy for State Senate

Taylor Cooper reports that local banking executive Mike Hodges announced his campaign for the Third District state Senate seat Sunday. The post is currently held by Republican Sheila McNeill, who earlier this year said she would not be seeking reelection due to her husband’s health.

March 1, 2022 The Center Square

Georgia Senate approves constitutional carry, firearm deregulation bills

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia Senate approved legislation Monday changing gun laws in the state. If enacted, two of three bills approved will expand gun rights in Georgia.

March 1, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Georgia labor chief Mark Butler won’t run for reelection

Dave Williams reports that Georgia Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler announced Monday he will not seek reelection to a fourth term. Butler, whose agency has faced huge obstacles processing the deluge of unemployment claims filed during the pandemic, informed employees in a memo that he is stepping down to focus on his wife’s battle with cancer.

March 1, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: David Perdue targets Gov. Brian Kemp’s prized Rivian deal

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that David Perdue is targeting Gov. Brian Kemp’s most prized economic development accomplishment: The $5 billion Rivian plant that’s set to be built in east Georgia. Perdue is a former Fortune 500 chief executive well-versed in the ways of expanding businesses through tax breaks and other public incentives.


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