Georgia Trend Daily – May 26, 2022

May 26, 2022 The Center Square

Kemp ponders extending Georgia motor fuel tax suspension

T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has not said whether he would seek to extend the state’s motor fuel tax suspension when it expires at the end of May. However, during a Wednesday morning interview with an Atlanta radio station, the governor indicated an announcement might be looming.

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May 26, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Perimeter Area: Strong Rebound

Jennifer Hafer reports, creating city centers, connecting trails and green spaces and courting corporate headquarters – these are a few of the Perimeter area’s favorite things. Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Brookhaven are all undergoing a major shift in how suburban areas like those near the I-285 perimeter highway are designed. As one of Metro Atlanta’s first suburbs, Dunwoody began its transformation with an influx of people looking for an alternative to downtown, according to City Manager Eric Linton.

May 26, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rivian incentive deal approved by Morgan County board

Kelly Yamanouchi and J. Scott Trubey report, a Morgan County board signed off Wednesday on a property rental agreement that’s a centerpiece of the $1.5 billion incentive package offered to electric vehicle maker Rivian. The 4-1 vote means the Morgan County Board of Assessors ruled the rental agreement, known as a usufruct, does not make Rivian’s interest in the property taxable.

May 26, 2022 Reporter Newspapers & Atlanta Intown

Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott donates $3.6 million to local Big Brothers Big Sisters

Amy Wenk reports that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta has received the largest single donation from an individual in its history. Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott donated $3.6 million to the organization, which works to ensure youth have access to mentoring experiences.

May 26, 2022 Rome News-Tribune

Record-low jobless rates in Floyd, Bartow and much of Northwest Georgia in April.

John Druckenmiller reports, Rome recorded an all-time low unemployment rate of 2.4 percent in April, down eight-tenths of a percent over the month. A year ago, the rate was 3.8 percent.

May 26, 2022

Colombia Courts U.S. Buyers, Georgia Investors With First Post-Pandemic Trade Forum

Aurora Perez reports, Colombia recently held its first post-pandemic trade forum in two cities, bringing in a U.S. delegation that included 10 Georgia companies as the country sought to position itself as a reliable sourcing partner in an age of uncertain supply chains.

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May 26, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Traveling smarter in the future

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Memorial Day is upon us, signaling the start of summer and a traffic-heavy weekend. The American Automobile Association estimates nearly 1.2 million Georgians will travel at least 50 miles from home this weekend. And despite high prices at the gas pump, 90% of these travelers will be driving.

May 26, 2022 Augusta Chronicle

Fort Gordon should be renamed Fort Eisenhower, commission says

Abraham Kenmore reports, more than 65 years as Fort Gordon, Augusta’s U.S. Army base is poised to be renamed Fort Eisenhower. Fort Benning will be renamed Fort Moore, after married couple Lt. Gen. Hal Moore and Julia Moore.

May 26, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Max Cleland eulogized Wednesday as a ‘force of nature’

Dave Williams reports that former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland was remembered Wednesday as a “force of nature” who overcame horrific wounds during the Vietnam War to selflessly serve his nation in Congress and the Veterans Administration. Cleland, a Democrat, who died last November at the age of 79, lost both legs and his right arm in 1968 after a grenade exploded near his unit during the Battle of Khe Sanh.

May 26, 2022 Marietta Daily Journal

Cityhood opponents cheer as East Cobb, Lost Mountain, and Vinings strike out

Chart Riggall reports, voters gave three thumbs down to the Cobb cityhood initiatives of East Cobb, Lost Mountain, and Vinings, all of which were defeated in Tuesday’s elections. The resounding “no” votes were a stinging rebuke to the efforts which sought to wrest control of land use and other services away from Cobb County, and into the hands of new city governments.

May 26, 2022 State Affairs

Kemp, Abrams Headline Upcoming Midterm Elections

Beau Evans and Alessandro Marrazzi Sassoon report, once again, Georgia voters will choose between Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams to become governor. The difference this year: Democratic office-seekers have made more headway in Georgia than Kemp and Abrams’ last matchup in 2018.

May 26, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Several Georgia races head to quick runoffs under voting law

Mark Niesse reports that Georgia’s primary election is going into overtime with runoffs in both parties for the U.S. House, along with Democratic Party runoffs for lieutenant governor, secretary of state and two other statewide races. Runoffs will take place in just four weeks, on June 21, because of Georgia’s voting law passed last year.


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