Georgia Trend Daily – Aug. 10, 2022

Aug. 10, 2022

Gov. Kemp, Chancellor Perdue Announce Statewide Career Planning Resource Platform

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp and University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor Sonny Perdue today announced a new statewide career planning resource platform. Governor Kemp has awarded USG $650,000 from the Governors Emergency Education Relief Fund to set up the Career Planning Resource Platform, to which all 26 public institutions will have access.

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Political Notes: Ups, Downs and In-betweens

Susan Percy reports that Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan named State Sen. Sonya Halpern (D-Atlanta) to chair a new Interim Legislative Study Committee on Excellence, Innovation and Technology at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The group will look at ways the state can support growth at HBCUs and promote access to high-demand industries for their graduates.

Aug. 10, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson adds $160 million to Concourse D widening project

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport plans to spend $160 million on the next phase of work to prepare for the widening of bustling Concourse D, one of many major construction projects on tap at the world’s busiest airport. Concourse D is the narrowest of Hartsfield-Jackson’s seven concourses, and becomes crowded during busy periods.

Aug. 10, 2022 GPB

Ships wait offshore in bottleneck at Port of Savannah

Orlando Montoya reports that Georgia Ports Authority officials say an offshore bottleneck at the Port of Savannah has peaked. Incoming holiday cargo and diversions from other ports have caused record volumes — and kept ships offshore.

Aug. 10, 2022 Marietta Daily Journal

Mixed-use development at Cumberland Mall 20% done, opens in 2024

Chart Riggall reports that Cumberland Mall will be seeing even more activity in a few years’ time. Construction is underway on a major redevelopment of portions of the mall’s sprawling parking area, which will one day include two 10-story office towers, a 315-unit apartment building and retail space.

Aug. 10, 2022 The Brunswick News

State Chamber CEO coming to Brunswick

Gordon Jackson reports that the Georgia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Chris Clark is coming to town to discuss a new strategic plan called The New Georgia Economy. He will speak from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 at the Ritz Theatre in downtown Brunswick.

Aug. 10, 2022 Georgia Recorder

Farmers have silently struggled with their mental health for years. Are they ready to talk?

Riley Bunch reports that startling new research from Mercer University depicts near crisis levels of stress. A statewide survey showed that 29% of farmers in Georgia report thinking of dying by suicide at least once per month and 42% of all farmers have thought about dying by suicide at least once in the past 12 months.


Aug. 10, 2022 The Center Square

Georgia policy group says state’s economic outlook isn’t as rosy as federal jobs report indicates

T.A. DeFeo reports that while many pundits lauded Friday’s job numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a Georgia nonprofit is raising a red flag. On Friday, the feds announced higher than expected job numbers, showing that total non-farm payroll employment increased by 528,000 in July.

Aug. 10, 2022 Kaiser Health News

EPA Action Boosts Grassroots Momentum to Reduce Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’

Andy Miller reports that the intake pumps that once drew 6 million gallons of water a day from the Oostanaula River now sit mostly dormant in this northwestern Georgia city. Local officials contend that years of contamination miles upstream sent toxic perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, into Rome’s water supply, rendering it potentially dangerous for the city’s roughly 37,000 residents.

Aug. 10, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Georgia school districts encouraged to apply for EPA funding

Rebecca Grapevine reports that a nonprofit group dedicated to clean air for children encouraged Georgia school districts Tuesday to apply for federal funds to purchase electric school buses. A new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program aims at providing school buses an alternative to gasoline or diesel fuel by funding electric buses. Currently, most buses in Georgia run on diesel.


Aug. 10, 2022 WABE

Biden administration blocks Georgia’s waiver plan to divert shoppers from ACA website

Jess Mador reports that the Biden administration announced Tuesday it will permanently suspend the state’s plan to divert Georgians looking for health insurance away from the official Obamacare website. The administration had previously suspended the plan temporarily.

Aug. 10, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Trump’s Georgia allies slam FBI’s Mar-a-Lago search

Patricia Murphy and Greg Bluestein report that Democrats are on a winning streak. A federal climate and tax package is on the cusp of reaching President Joe Biden’s desk. Financial indicators show inflation is slowing. His administration presided over the killing of Al-Qaeda’s leader and NATO’s expansion.


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