Georgia Trend Daily – April 13, 2022

April 13, 2022

Ecopol to Establish Manufacturing Plant, North American Headquarters in Spalding County

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that sustainability-focused Ecopol, a European leader in the production of biodegradable PVA film, will invest more than $38 million and create 130 new jobs at the company’s first North American facility in Spalding County. “Georgia’s world-class connectivity to markets continues to draw in businesses from around the world,” said Governor Kemp.

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April 13, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Peachtree Corners: to Work, Live and Play

Julia Roberts reports, in this month’s Perspectives video series we are sharing the benefits of establishing or moving a business to Peachtree Corners, Georgia, where you’ll learn about how the pro-business City supports a thriving economic community and about why it’s, which is also home to Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners. In the second Perspectives video, we are highlighting the City of Peachtree Corners’ plan that has transformed Atlanta Technology Park into a smart technology hub.


April 13, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta posts $940 million Q1 loss, but sees strong recovery underway

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines posted a $940 million net loss for the first quarter of the year, battered by the omicron surge and higher fuel costs. The loss wasn’t unexpected as Atlanta-based Delta predicted the first quarter would be in the red because of COVID-19 impacts.


April 13, 2022 Georgia Recorder

Avian flu flare-ups in other states ruffle feathers in broiler heavyweight Georgia

Ross Williams reports that April may be a good month to catch a glimpse of various duck species in Georgia on their way north, but some farmers and public health officials will be watching those flocks with suspicion rather than wonder. Ducks are a major carrier of the highly pathogenic avian influenza, and eight waterfowl representing three duck species have been identified as carriers across Glynn, Camden and Hart counties since February, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

April 13, 2022 The Current

Camden County courts private investors for spaceport

Mary Landers reports that Camden County is forging ahead on plans for its spaceport despite last month’s referendum vote that overwhelmingly rejected the county’s purchase of the property for the dreamed-of facility. Last week, three golf-shirted executives from Spearhead Capital Advisers gave the County Commission their plans — in very broad terms — to raise funds for a public-private partnership in Camden.

April 13, 2022 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta lighting retailer sold to Texas company

Joe Hotchkiss reports that Augusta area’s largest residential lighting retailer has been sold to a Texas manufacturer. Southern Lighting Gallery, on Bobby Jones Expressway, was acquired by Saylite, investment banking firm FourBridges Capital Advisors announced Monday. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

April 13, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Board of Regents holding the line on tuition again

Dave Williams reports that all but one of Georgia’s public colleges and universities will not be raising tuition for the third year in a row. The University System of Georgia Board of Regents voted Tuesday to hold the line on tuition during the upcoming school year for every school in the system except Middle Georgia State University.

April 13, 2022 GPB

Georgia children could lose access to food if nutrition waivers are not renewed

Ellen Eldridge reports, some Georgia families will lose access to free and reduced school lunch programs if Congress does not renew childhood school nutrition waivers issued during the pandemic. The waivers that provide schools and childcare centers with flexibility are about to expire at the end of the school year.

April 13, 2022 Brunswick News

Complying with state law would waste taxpayer money, elections officials say

Taylor Cooper reports that Georgia’s legislature may have put the Glynn County Board of Elections in a bind — comply with state law or waste taxpayer money. Georgia’s elections law overhaul of 2021 required local governments to keep on hand 250 voting machines per voter. The law made sense in major metro counties, especially in the wake of the 2020 election.

April 13, 2022 Savannah Morning News

Rep. Buddy Carter: Closure of Savannah Air National Guard training center is ‘ludicrous’

Nancy Guan reports that Georgia’s 1st District Rep. Buddy Carter paid a visit to Savannah’s Air National Guard Base on Tuesday afternoon to voice his opposition against President Joe Biden’s proposal to close the base’s Air Dominance Center. The call was outlined in Biden’s 2023 budget proposal released March 28.

April 13, 2022 Rome News-Tribune

Greene candidacy challenge hearing delayed

John Bailey reports that a hearing originally set for Wednesday in a challenge to the candidacy of 14th District Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has been delayed. The hearing has been rescheduled for April 22 at 9:30 a.m. at the Office of State Administrative Hearings in Atlanta before Administrative Law Judge Charles R. Beaudrot.

April 13, 2022 The Center Square

Kemp signs constitutional carry bill into law for Georgia

T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed Senate Bill 319, a “constitutional carry” measure allowing Georgians to carry guns without the need for a state-issued license. “There is no doubt that we are living in challenging times,” Kemp said during a Tuesday bill signing ceremony.

April 13, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Top Georgia transportation official leaves for the private sector

David Wickert reports that one of Georgia’s top transportation officials is leaving to take a job in the private sector. Chris Tomlinson is executive director of three Georgia transportation agencies – the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA), the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) and the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (the ATL Board).


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