Georgia Trend Daily – June 17, 2022

June 17, 2022 Macon Telegraph

An 1,100-acre ‘megasite’ in Peach County will bring businesses and jobs, Gov. Brian Kemp says

Micah Johnston reports that the state of Georgia and Peach County’s development authority have purchased more than 1,100 acres in Middle Georgia for economic development, which Gov. Brian Kemp termed a “megasite” in a Thursday afternoon announcement. The land will be developed to encourage businesses to build in Peach County.

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June 17, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Red, Blue & You: Contentious Crime Conversations

Tharon Johnson writes, public safety issues are among the most contentious in our state. While there remains a great deal of overlapping viewpoints in Georgia about how to keep communities safe, the rhetoric around policing and criminal justice has never been further apart.


June 17, 2022 Reporter Newspapers & Atlanta Intown

Atlanta scores! 2026 World Cup is Benz bound

Dyana Bagby reports that the men’s 2026 World Cup soccer tournament is headed to Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a goal city officials and sports fans have been hoping to achieve for years. The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the governing body of the World Cup, announced the host cities for one of the most popular sporting events in the world on June 16.

June 17, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Despite downbeat talk, Georgia jobs surge

Michael E. Kanell reports that Georgia’s surging economy churned out 18,100 jobs last month as the unemployment rate fell to another all-time low, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday. The continued growth reflects an unusual, if not unprecedented economic contradiction.

June 17, 2022 The Center Square

Georgia’s labor force participation rate continues to lag despite record-low unemployment rate

T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia’s unemployment rate hit an all-time low of 3% in May. However, a Center Square analysis of federal labor force data published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis shows the state’s labor participation rate, which at 62.2% in April equaled the national rate, has dropped over the past two decades.

June 17, 2022 Access WDUN

PepsiCo opens new warehouse and distribution facility in Commerce

Austin Eller reports that PepsiCo Beverages North America, a division of PepsiCo, held a ribbon-cutting Thursday morning for a new $8.5 million, 172,000 square foot warehouse and distribution facility in Commerce. The distribution center, located at the corner of Ridgeway Church Road and Yarbrough Ridgeway Road, will create 50 new jobs for the region, including product pickers, forklift operators, CDL-A drivers, inventory specialists and checkers.


June 17, 2022 Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton State, Georgia College and State University agreement improves path to graduate programs in business

Staff reports, a recent agreement between Dalton State College and Georgia College and State University (GCSU) provides Dalton State graduates with more affordable and efficient routes to GCSU graduate programs in business. “This is an exciting partnership and wonderful opportunity for our students to transition to graduate studies in business,” said Marilyn Helms, dean of the C. Lamar and Ann Wright School of Business at Dalton State.

June 17, 2022 Georgia Recorder

Georgia teacher task force finds burnout from pandemic fatigue, micromanagement

Ross Williams reports that teachers across Georgia have been polishing up their resumes and hitting up job hunting sites. A survey from the Professional Association of Georgia Educators found about 31% of them said they are unlikely or highly unlikely to remain in the profession for another five years.

June 17, 2022 University of Georgia

UGA experts work to protect biodiversity on Jimmy Carter’s solar farm

Maria M. Lameiras reports that solar farms are an increasingly popular way for landowners to power their communities. With an array of ground-mounted solar panels absorbing the energy from the sun, solar farmers are paid to send any unused electricity to the power grid for distribution.

June 17, 2022 GPB

End date looms for federal health coverage for hundreds of thousands of Georgians

Jill Nolin reports, there is a growing cry for Congress to continue pandemic-era health insurance initiatives, including enhanced subsidies that have been credited with helping to boost enrollment in the federal marketplace nationally and here in Georgia. The more generous tax credits were included in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act that passed last spring, helping to lower health insurance premiums during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 17, 2022 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI

Committee presses Georgia congressman for info on tour, Capitol attack

Asia Ashley reports, the committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol is pushing Georgia Rep. Barry Loudermilk to provide information about a tour he gave the day before the attack. In a June 15 letter to Loudermilk, Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) referenced surveillance footage that appears to show Loudermilk showing a group of 10 people around several office buildings, as well as entrances to tunnels leading to the Capitol.

June 17, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Trump-Raffensperger call was just one stunning event that day

David Wickert reports that Jan. 2, 2021, may long be remembered as the day Donald Trump asked Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to find the 11,780 votes he needed to beat Democrat Joe Biden in Georgia. But, in retrospect, the Raffensperger call was just one of several stunning developments that day.


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