Georgia Trend Daily – July 13, 2022
July 13, 2022 The Center Square
Georgia nonprofit: New labor numbers show Georgia is benefitting
T.A. DaFeo reports that the data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that total nonfarm payrolls nationwide increased by 372,000 jobs in June, a higher-than-expected increase. A Georgia nonprofit says the real story is found at the state level, as many workers are opting to leave many states for places like the Peach State.
July 13, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Economic Development Around the State
Christy Simo reports that Hyundai Motor Group’s first facility in the U.S. dedicated to producing electric vehicles (EVs) and batteries will be built on a 2,923-acre site in Bryan County. The $5.54 billion investment, in addition to another $1 billion investment by nonaffiliated Hyundai Motor Group suppliers, will deliver 8,100 jobs to Georgia’s coastal region.
July 13, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Rivian could soon announce job cuts, report says
J. Scott Trubey reports that electric vehicle startup Rivian, which has announced a future factory in Georgia, is considering hundreds of job cuts amid a turbulent economy and struggles with supply chain issues, according to a report by Bloomberg News. California-based Rivian had ramped up hiring in recent months as it brought its R1T truck, R1S SUV and delivery vans into production.
July 13, 2022 Savannah Morning News
GSU Economic Monitor: Regional growth slows, pointing toward stabilizing economy
Zoe Nicholson reports that the Savannah-area economy continued its post-COVID rebound in the first quarter of 2022, but growth slowed from last year’s breakneck pace, according to the Economic Monitor, a quarterly report from Georgia Southern University Professor Michael Toma. Toma analyzed dozens of data sets to determine that they point to a return to longer-range economic trends, signaling a stabilizing local economy after a volatile few years.
July 13, 2022 Cherokee Tribune
Northside, Anthem reach agreement on Georgia contract
Shannon Ballew reports that the Northside Hospital system and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Georgia announced Tuesday they have finalized an agreement that provides access to Northside doctors and facilities for Anthem members. “Northside Hospital has an unwavering focus on patients and their families, and that always is our mission,” Scott Wade, vice president of Northside Hospital, said in a statement.
July 13, 2022 GlobalAtlanta.com
New British Consul General Lands in Atlanta From Ambassadorial Posting in Europe
Trevor Williams reports that a new British consul general has arrived in Atlanta, fresh off of an ambassadorial posting in Europe where she promoted the United Kingdom’s vision for collective security and prosperity. Up until last month, Rachel Galloway spent four years as envoy to North Macedonia, whose accession as the 30th member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization occurred near the midpoint of her tenure in 2020.
July 13, 2022 Capitol Beat News
Georgia to receive limited monkeypox vaccine supply; new COVID variant rising
Rebecca Grapevine reports that the federal government is releasing monkeypox vaccine to Georgia in a phased approach. The state will receive 5,943 doses of the Jynneos vaccine from the Strategic National Stockpile during the first two phases, Dr. Alexander Millman, chief medical officer for the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), told the agency’s board Tuesday.
July 13, 2022 Georgia Recorder
State ethics agency drops charges in Abrams fundraising probe as campaign steams ahead
Stanley Dunlap reports that the Georgia agency charged with enforcing campaign finance laws on Tuesday dismissed two charges against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams connected to her 2018 campaign. The State Ethics Commission dismissed the charges based on documentation that shows the Abrams campaign did not illegally receive donations from two supporting organizations, while other forms cleared up questions about an expens e charged during her 2018 run as a Democrat against Republican winner Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.
July 13, 2022 Rome News-Tribune
Record high spending in state Senate District 52 race
Diane Wagner reports that expenditures topped $300,000 in the state Senate District 52 race — nearly five times the previous record set a decade ago. Sen. Chuck Hufstetler of Rome won the Republican primary against two challengers based in vote-heavy Bartow County. He’ll be the only candidate on the ballot in November.
July 13, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia notifies 142,000 registered voters who might have moved
Mark Niesse reports that Georgia election officials are mailing notifications to over 142,000 voters who appear to have moved to different states or counties, a step toward eventually canceling their registrations. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said the notifications will help improve the accuracy of Georgia’s voter registration list, which includes about 7.7 million voters.