Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 14, 2022

Sept. 14, 2022 Georgia Ports Authority

Port of Savannah handles 575,000 TEUs in August

Staff reports, in its busiest month ever, the Georgia Ports Authority handled 575,513 twenty-foot equivalent container units in August, an increase of 18.5 percent or 89,918 TEUs over the same month last year. “The Port of Savannah’s geographic and capacity advantages remain a driving force behind current and new customers deciding to move cargo through Georgia,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.

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Sept. 14, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports on announcements from Richmond County, Johns Creek, Newnan, Commerce, Atlanta and beyond, including that Denkai America is building its North American headquarters and a manufacturing facility in Richmond County.


Sept. 14, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia economy and workers entangled in threatened rail strike

Michael E. Kanell reports that a threatened rail strike could affect several thousand rail workers in Georgia and tie up thousands of containers at the Port of Savannah while adding to delays and costs for consumers and companies. The widespread shutdown, set for Friday, hinges on talks among railroad companies — including Atlanta-based Norfolk Southern — and unions representing about half the nation’s 115,000 railway workers.

Sept. 14, 2022 The Center Square

Amtrak ridership in Georgia rebounding in 2022 after four-year drop

T.A. DeFeo reports that Amtrak ridership in Georgia declined between 2017 and 2021, but a Center Square analysis shows ridership is rebounding slightly in 2022. The number of riders in 2021 was up 7.8% compared to 2005 numbers and is less than half of what it was in 2017.

Sept. 14, 2022 WABE

Poised for electrification of buses and trucks, charging company opens facility in Atlanta

Emil Moffat reports, inside Heliox’s just-opened U.S. Technology Center, a brand new MARTA electric bus sits quietly charging. And it feels a bit like the future. But David Aspinwall, the president of Heliox North America, says he expects the transition to electric buses to happen sooner than one might think.

Sept. 14, 2022 Fox 5 Atlanta

Prominent Atlanta attorney Page Pate dead at 55

Claire Simms reports that Page Pate, a prominent Atlanta attorney and founding member of the Georgia Innocence Project, has died at the age of 55. In a statement to FOX 5, a spokesperson for Pate, Johnson & Church described him as a lawyer “who poured himself into his practice and fought hard for his clients.”

Sept. 14, 2022 The Current, GPB

As sea levels rise, Coastal Georgia’s property tax base could sink, new analysis says

Benjamin Payne reports, as sea levels rise across coastal Georgia and the country, property tax bases will begin to fall — and as a result, essential municipal services will suffer. That’s the not-so-distant future foreseen by the scientific nonprofit Climate Central, which on Thursday released “Sinking Tax Base,” an exhaustive analysis of just how much of the nation’s taxable land lies vulnerable to rising waters.

Sept. 14, 2022 Savannah Morning News

Statewide ballot questions can be real head-scratchers. Here’s what Georgians need to know

Amy Paige Condon reports, what do milk, eggs, timber, felonious public officials and natural disasters have in common? They will all appear in the form of questions on Georgia’s general election ballot. When voters show up to the polls, they’ll encounter four statewide questions.

Sept. 14, 2022 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb eyeing challenge to legislature in bid to save Richardson’s seat

Chart Riggall reports that Cobb County’s government is looking to challenge the General Assembly in a bid to save the political future of Commissioner Jerica Richardson. Chairwoman Lisa Cupid said the county plans to invoke its “home rule” powers under the Georgia constitution, and fight the Republican-sponsored county commission map which might bring Richardson’s tenure to a premature end.

Sept. 14, 2022 GPB

The fight against an age-old effort to block Americans from voting

Aliyya Swaby and Annie Waldman report that nearly 10 hours on Georgia’s primary day, Olivia Coley-Pearson tracked down every potential voter she could find, working two cellphones as she paced the parking lot outside the polls, repeating the same message: “You need to tell all your cousins, your brothers, your sisters, your aunts, your uncles — everybody you know — to come on down here to vote.”

Sept. 14, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Senate study committee considers how to beef up Georgia’s cybersecurity

Rebecca Grapevine reports, a committee of state senators met on the Georgia Tech campus Tuesday to learn how the state can boost its cybersecurity. Industry and academic experts described how cyberthreats have evolved over the past decades to the committee chaired by Sen. Jason Anavitarte, R-Dallas.

Sept. 14, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It’s on: Walker and Warnock to debate in Savannah on Oct. 14

Greg Bluestein and Shannon McCaffrey report that U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican hopeful Herschel Walker will meet in an Oct. 14 debate in Savannah, ending weeks of wrangling, taunting and name-calling by agreeing to a nationally watched showdown that will be one of the campaign season’s biggest events. Aides to Warnock and Walker confirmed Tuesday that they will both participate in the debate after the Democratic incumbent’s campaign sent an email to Nexstar staffers formally accepting the faceoff.

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