Georgia Trend Daily – Aug. 9, 2022

Aug. 9, 2022 The Center Square

Ten Georgia rural hospitals to receive $9M in stabilization grants from state agency

T.A. DeFeo reports that the Georgia Department of Community Health has awarded $9 million in Rural Hospital Stabilization Grants to 10 rural Georgia hospitals. The hospitals will each receive $900,000 to support initiatives strengthening underserved communities’ access to care.

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Aug. 9, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Main Streets on a Mission

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, when you hear “downtown revitalization” you might picture restaurants, brew pubs, boutiques and offices in character-filled, brick-clad buildings. Plants and trees line the well-lit streets and benches offer spots to watch small-town life go by. But without people – specifically, pedestrians – moving in and out of shops and restaurants while spending money in those businesses, downtowns wouldn’t survive.

Aug. 9, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS to acquire health care logistics firm Bomi Group

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Sandy Springs-based UPS announced plans to acquire Italian-based health care logistics firm Bomi Group to expand the reach of its health unit globally. Through the acquisition, UPS said it will gain temperature-controlled facilities in 14 countries, 350 temperature-controlled vehicles and nearly 3,000 employees in Europe and Latin America.

Aug. 9, 2022

Vietnam Delegation to Headline Atlanta Forum on Southeast Asia

Trevor Williams reports that a Vietnamese province that has been actively courting Atlanta investors will make good next week on its promise to bring a high-level delegation to the city. Vo Van Minh, the governor of Binh Duong province, just north of Ho Chi Minh City, is set to headline a group of at least 10 delegates from the province of more than 2.4 million people, who will visit the Metro Atlanta Chamber for a business forum Monday titled Vietnam: Gateway to Southeast Asia.

Aug. 9, 2022 Saporta Report

Cox agrees to buy news site Axios; AJC and Atlanta newsletter to remain independent

John Ruch reports that the booming national news website Axios has agreed to be bought for $525 million by Cox Enterprises, owner of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the companies announced Aug. 8.  Axios launched an Atlanta newsletter in September 2021. Cox spokesperson Natalie Giurato tells SaportaReport that “both Axios and the AJC will continue to operate independently” and that “there will be no impact” on the current staff at Axios Atlanta.

Aug. 9, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Port of Savannah off to fast fiscal 2023 start

Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has begun the new fiscal year with no letup in momentum. The Port of Savannah handled 530,800 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of containerized cargo last month, an increase of 18% over last July, marking the fastest start of a fiscal year ever.

Aug. 9, 2022 Savannah Morning News

27-acre medical campus to be in Richmond Hill

Latrice Williams reports, when Chris Corr, senior vice president of Real Estate Development of Rayonier and president of Raydient, began brainstorming what amenities would be crucial for the Heartwood at Richmond Hill community to thrive, health and wellness was at the top of his list. Monday, his vision was fulfilled.

Aug. 9, 2022 GPB

This summer’s prematurely intense heat has ruined watermelon season in Georgia

Emma Quintal reports that the right amount of heat is needed to raise good watermelons. But there’s been too much, too soon in Georgia this summer. That’s why farmers like Christy Smith in Georgia face major challenges as the planet continues to rapidly warm.

Aug. 9, 2022 The Brunswick News

Buc-ee’s arrival is ‘huge’ for Ga. 99 corridor

Gordon Jackson reports that the construction of a Buc-ee’s travel center is going to be a game changer for the GA 99 corridor leading into the Golden Isles. The Buc-ee’s off Interstate 95 in St. Augustine, Florida, has 104 fueling stations and a 55,000-square-foot shopping center with everything from fudge and jerky to boogie boards and clothing.

Aug. 9, 2022 Albany Herald

Sanford Bishop named farm group’s Legislator of Year

Staff reports that the National Association of Farm Service Agency County Office Employees presented Congressman Sanford Bishop Jr., D-Ga., its Legislator of the Year award during its national convention in Savannah. Farm Service Agency county office employees are the bridge between U.S. Department of Agriculture programs and farmers as well as ranchers.

 Aug. 9, 2022 Georgia Recorder

Georgia’s anti-abortion law could again be temporarily blocked

Ross Williams reports that a Fulton County judge could soon decide whether to once again temporarily block Georgia’s six-week abortion ban, which a federal appeals court allowed to take effect last month. “I understand that this is something that needs immediate attention, and I will give it that,” said Judge Robert C.I. McBurney following a Monday hearing in a suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia on behalf of health care providers and advocates.

 Aug. 9, 2022 State Affairs

The Tale of Two Men

Tammy Joyner reports that political foes Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker’s hardscrabble Georgia upbringings have produced alluring figures now locked in a head-to-head battle in one of the nation’s marquee races of the 2022 midterms. The outcome of this closely-watched race could decide control of the U.S. Senate — and set the trajectory of Georgia politics for years to come.

Aug. 9, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Anti-Trump GOP group targets Herschel Walker

Greg Bluestein reports that a new 30-second ad from the Republican Accountability PAC is among the first to include footage of Republican Senate hopeful Herschel Walker’s ex-wife graphically describing him choking her and threatening to shoot her during their marriage. The attack ad is backed by a six-figure buy and is part of RAPAC’s plan to spend at least $10 million in six swing states to defeat fellow Republicans who echoed former President Donald Trump’s election conspiracies.

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