Georgia Trend Daily – May 27, 2022

May 27, 2022

Gov. Kemp: Solar Energy Giant Qcells to Power 470 New Jobs with Whitfield County Facility Expansion

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Qcells, one of the largest and most-recognized renewable energy solutions providers, will invest $171 million in a new solar module manufacturing facility in Dalton, creating 470 new jobs in Whitfield County. The new facility is expected to increase the number of Qcells employees in Georgia to more than 1,000.

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May 27, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Southern University’s Master of Accounting Program Gives Students a Springboard to Success

Julia Roberts reports, what would it take to make your dream job a reality? If you’re seeking a career as a CPA or wish to join the accounting department of a thriving company, you’ll need the proper training. To help you achieve your goals, Georgia Southern University’s Parker College of Business offers a dynamic Master of Accounting degree program students can access either through in-person classes (MAcc) or online (Web MAcc).

May 27, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Two Georgia counties saw some of the biggest housing growth in the U.S.

J. Scott Trubey reports that two Georgia counties ranked near the top of the nation for their rates of growth in housing units, according to data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau. Morgan County, located about an hour east of Atlanta down I-20, reported growth in new housing units of 5.2% from July 2020 to July of last year, tied for fourth in the nation with two other counties, according to the report.

May 27, 2022 Georgia Recorder

Georgia governor extends gas tax suspension through mid-July ahead of Memorial Day

Ross Williams reports, tax relief for Georgia drivers is set to continue at least through the Memorial Day and July 4 travel holidays, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Thursday. Kemp suspended the state’s fuel tax, 29.1 cents per gallon for gasoline and 32.6 cents for diesel, in March as prices soared following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

May 27, 2022 Marietta Daily Journal, The Neighbor

Automann Inc. to bring more than 150 jobs to Paulding County

Helen Kellogg reports that SK Commercial Realty and Goldenrod Companies announced the execution of a 367,000-square-foot lease with Automann Inc. for a new distribution facility that will be located within the Silver Comet Industrial Park in Paulding County. Automann will occupy the entirety of Building I, which will be the first of six new Class A industrial centers to be constructed at the new park.

May 27, 2022 Valdosta Daily Times

VSU institute focuses on rural communities

Staff reports, with a focus on helping Georgia’s rural communities sustain and grow their economies, Valdosta State University is excited to kick off its inaugural Rural Development Institute. Nine Georgia communities representing Bacon County, Crawford County, Dawson County, Lanier County, Mitchell County, Peach County, Seminole County, Twigs County and Worth County have been selected to participate in the 2022 Rural Development Institute, university officials said in a statement.

May 27, 2022 Saporta Report

ABL honors Chris Womack, others at CEO luncheon

Allison Joyner reports that during the Atlanta Business League’s 43rd CEO Awards Luncheon, Georgia Power Chairman, President and CEO Chris Womack along with others were recognized for their leadership in corporate America, entrepreneurship, and politics. “I failed. I made mistakes but I learned from them. I never gave up and guess what, God never gave up on me and I never gave up on God,” said Womack, who received the Herman J. Russell CEO of the Year award.

May 27, 2022 Gwinnett Daily Post

Airbnb co-founder — Brookwood grad Joe Gebbia — giving every Brookwood High School graduating senior 22 shares of Airbnb stock

Curt Yeomans reports, senior graduating from Brookwood High School this spring is getting a financial gift from Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia to help them get their future off to a solid start. Gebbia, a 2000 Brookwood graduate, announced during his speech at the school’s graduation on Wednesday night that he is giving 22 shares of Airbnb stock to every member of the school’s Class of 2022.

May 27, 2022 Gainesville Times

Update: Gainesville’s Butch Miller hoping to squeak into a runoff for lieutenant governor

Conner Evans reports that Gainesville’s Sen. Butch Miller maintains the Republican race for lieutenant governor is not over, despite his opponent’s declaration of victory. Miller is still hoping to draw a runoff with state Sen. Burt Jones, R-Jackson, who had 50.08% of the vote with 99.4% of precincts reporting at 3 p.m. on Thursday.

May 27, 2022 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Voters approve regional transportation tax. What does Columbus get out of it?

Nick Wooten reports that voters in the 16-county River Valley Region approved a 1% regional sales tax to fund transportation projects with nearly 56% of the vote, unofficial election data shows. The newly approved TSPLOST (Transportation special-purpose local sales tax) will replace another that expires at year’s end.

May 27, 2022 New York Times

In Georgia Rematch, Stacey Abrams Fights Headwinds From Washington

Katie Glueck and Maya King report that as Ms. Abrams hurtles into a general election against Gov. Brian Kemp in what will be among the most closely watched governors’ races in the nation, her candidacy will offer a vivid test of a significant question facing Democratic candidates this year. To what extent can clearly defined, distinctive personal brands withstand the staggering headwinds facing the Democratic Party, as Republicans seek to nationalize the midterm campaigns at every turn?

May 27, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Feds interview Georgia Republicans who refused to serve as ‘fake’ electors

Greg Bluestein reports that federal investigators have interviewed several Georgia Republicans who refused to join a phony slate of GOP electors to help Donald Trump’s failed effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election. The interviews, first reported by CNN, involved at least one Republican who decided to take his name off the electoral list, along with one other activist who rejected an offer to join the group.





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