Georgia Trend Daily – July 29, 2022

July 29, 2022

Gov. Kemp: Georgia Lottery Reaches Milestone $25B Generated for Education in Georgia

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp is excited to announce the Georgia Lottery Corp. has raised $25 billion for education in the State of Georgia since its inception in 1993. These funds have allowed thousands of Georgians to receive essential early learning and provided the opportunity for higher education through the HOPE Scholarship.

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Working Together: Carroll County Board of Commissioners Chair Michelle Morgan
Photo: Eric Sun

July 29, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Carrollton | Carroll County: Unparalleled Growth

Jennfier Hafer reports that brisk economic development is transforming Carroll County. As with any growth, it brings both opportunities and challenges for local governments, businesses and residents.

July 29, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

JetBlue-Spirit deal to combine two competitors at Hartsfield-Jackson

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that JetBlue Airways’ $3.8 billion deal to buy Spirit Airlines would combine two carriers that have carved out a small presence at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport over the years. Miramar, Fla.-based Spirit, an ultra low-cost carrier, handles about 2.5% of the passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson as the third-largest independent carrier at the Atlanta airport, according to traffic data for the first six months of the year.

July 29, 2022 WABE

After landmark wins in 2020, Atlanta leaders make bid for next Democratic National Convention

Emil Moffatt reports, standing inside State Farm Arena, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens couldn’t help but note that it was the same spot where tens of thousands of voters cast ballots in 2020 as a Democratic presidential candidate won Georgia for the first time in nearly 30 years.

July 29, 2022 Rome News-Tribune

NW Ga Region shows around a half-point gain in June’s unemployment rate but continues to post job gains over the same month in 2021

John Druckenmiller reports that Floyd, Bartow and the rest of Northwest Georgia showed a slight uptick in unemployment in June — likely attributed to students out for the summer — but continued to see job trends moving in the right direction. May’s unemployment rates were in the mid-2% range while in June, they’re up above 3%.

July 29, 2022 Georgia Dept. of Education

Georgia will expand Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education into elementary grades

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Education is developing elementary Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) courses that will allow students to explore career interests and opportunities in the early grades. The courses will provide early exposure to careers and will be developmentally appropriate for elementary students.

July 29, 2022 Brunswick News

Camden County sues Union Carbide

Gordon Jackson reports that the Camden County Commission is suing Union Carbide over its decision last week to void a contract to sell a 4,000-acre tract of land for a planned spaceport. The company’s decision was the result of a referendum in March where 72% of Camden County voters who showed up to the polls said they didn’t want the county to spend any more money on the spaceport project after more than $11 million had been spent on the project.

July 29, 2022 GPB

U.S. Senate passes bill to rename VA Atlanta regional office for Johnny Isakson

Kristi York Wooten reports that in Washington, D.C. last night, the U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan Senator Johnny Isakson VA Regional Office Act of 2022. The legislation designated the Veterans Affairs facility in Decatur, Ga., as the Senator Johnny Isakson Department of Veterans Affairs Atlanta Regional Office.

July 29, 2022 Athens Banner-Herald

Stacey Abrams stops in Athens, praises Mayor Kelly Girtz on affordable housing efforts

Stephanie Allen reports that Stacey Abrams made a two-day stop on her campaign trail in Athens, meeting with donors Wednesday evening before stopping at coffee shop Bitty and Beau’s on Thursday afternoon. Just more than 100 days before the midterm elections, the Georgia gubernatorial candidate held an “Athens Evening with Stacey Abrams” event Wednesday.

July 29, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Poll shows Georgia Democrats could win this fall with strong turnout

Dave Williams reports that a new poll of battleground states gives Democrats the advantage in both the Georgia governor’s race and the U.S. Senate contest, but only if the party can get its voters to the ballot box. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp is leading Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams by 8 points – 51% to 43% – according to the survey of likely voters conducted by Boston-based Beacon Research on behalf of the nonprofit Environmental Project.

July 29, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

For Georgia voters, economy and guns among top concerns

Greg Bluestein reports that the highest inflation in four decades has most Georgia voters feeling deeply pessimistic about the economy, worries that could sharpen with more tough economic news released Thursday. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll found three-quarters of likely Georgia voters considered the rising cost of gas and groceries “very” or “extremely” important — and just 4% said it wasn’t a factor in their November decision at all.


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