Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 29, 2022

Sept. 29, 2022

Georgia Named No. 1 for Business for Unprecedented 9th Year

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp yesterday announced that Georgia has been named by Area Development magazine as the No. 1 state for business for the ninth consecutive year. No other state has earned this distinction for so many years.

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Casual, Modern and Welcoming: The interior of Oreatha’s at the Point
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Sept. 29, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Peach Plate: Inspired by Mothers

Sucheta Rawal reports that driving through the formerly segregated Southwest Atlanta neighborhood of Cascade Heights evokes mixed emotions. While you see revitalized local businesses and a variety of architectural styles, you also consider this was the home of notables Congressman John Lewis and baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, both of whom endured racism and fought for racial equality.

Sept. 29, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia farmers scramble to save harvests as Hurricane Ian approaches

Emily Garcia and Drew Kann report that Tim Burch’s farm in Baker County, south of Albany, it’s not what he’s doing to prepare for the hurricane, it’s what he’s not doing. Burch, a peanut farmer, decided Monday morning to stop harvesting until after Hurricane Ian passes through.

Sept. 29, 2022 The Center Square

U.S. Treasury Department awards $125M to Georgia-based financial institutions

T.A. DeFeo reports that the U.S. Department of the Treasury has awarded more than $125 million to Georgia-based institutions under programs that support community financial institutions to help small and minority-owned businesses. The 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act established the Emergency Capital Investment Program.

Sept. 29, 2022 Savannah Morning News

U.S. Sugar to purchase Imperial Sugar, upgrades planned for Savannah refinery

Zoe Nicholson reports that the privately held Florida agribusiness U.S. Sugar will purchase Imperial Sugar, the Sugar Land, Texas-based company that owns and operates the Port Wentworth sugar refinery that’s served as a staple of Savannah since 1917 and was the site of a 2008 sugar dust explosion that killed more than a dozen people. The acquisition comes after a U.S. District Court judge in Delaware rejected the federal government’s antitrust lawsuit to stop the buyout from happening.

Sept. 29, 2022 Marietta Daily Journal, Capitol Beat News

Georgia high school seniors continue besting the nation on SAT

Dave Williams reports, for the fifth year in a row, Georgia public-school students outperformed their peers across the country on the SAT. Georgia’s class of 2022 recorded a mean score of 1052, 24 points higher than the 1028 national score but lower compared to the previous year, when Georgia students posted a mean score of 1077.

Sept. 29, 2022 Macon Telegraph

Hydroponic greenhouses to bring 300 jobs, put Macon out front of ‘really big’ trend

Liz Fabian reports that the nation’s largest grower of leafy greens intends to spend hundreds of millions of dollars building a hydroponic greenhouse complex near the Middle Georgia Regional Airport. Bright Farms, a Cox Enterprises company, based in Irwinton, New York, plans to purchase nearly 193 acres currently owned by the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority.

Sept. 29, 2022 The Brunswick News

Rich’s Products donates $81K to community organizations

Lauren McDonald reports that organizations working to better the lives of youth and families in Glynn County were celebrated Wednesday and given funds to support their mission. Rich Product Corporation’s Consumer Brands Division and the Davis Love Foundation hosted a check presentation at Rich’s offices on St. Simons for five local organizations — the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber Foundation, STAR Foundation of Coastal Georgia, Girls on the Run, Glynn Visual Arts and CASA Glynn Inc.

Sept. 29, 2022 The Current

On Okefenokee, DNR board looks for signal from feds

Mary Landers reports that the Department of Natural Resources Board met at the Okefenokee Tuesday, but didn’t offer its collective stance on a controversial plan to mine near the blackwater swamp. A resolution on the proposal might come later, Board Chair Bill Jones suggested after the meeting. Environmental Protection Division Deputy Director John Eunice did update the board on the permitting process for the titanium dioxide surface mine located about 3 miles from the swamp’s border.

Sept. 29, 2022 Rome News-Tribune

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s husband files for divorce

John Bailey reports that Perry Greene, the husband of 14th District U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, filed for divorce in Floyd County Superior Court on Wednesday stating that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.” He motioned to have the divorce filed under seal.

Sept. 29, 2022 Georgia Recorder

Georgia election officials, voting systems CEO vouch for machine’s security ahead of midterms

Stanley Dunlap reports that the president of the Dominion Voting Systems defended the integrity of the company’s voting equipment during Wednesday’s Georgia State Election Board meeting where state officials attempted to shore up public confidence ahead of the Nov. 8 general election. The State Election Board meeting provided the board members a chance to discuss the ongoing criminal investigation surveillance video footage and other reports showing a group of people, with the help of several Coffee County election officials at the time, gaining unauthorized access to copy every component of the voting system following President Donald Trump’s defeat in the 2020 election.

Sept. 29, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Third-party groups can help Georgians apply for absentee ballots, federal court rules 

Rebecca Grapevine reports that a federal judge has dismissed a voting rights group’s lawsuit against Georgia’s controversial 2021 voting law. The decision confirms VoteAmerica’s online tool that helps people obtain absentee ballots is legal under the terms of Senate Bill 202, the voting reform law the General Assembly adopted last year.

Sept. 29, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Warnock to introduce EV tax credit bill to give grace period to Hyundai

Zachary Hansen and Drew Kann report that U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock plans to introduce a bill Thursday to tweak requirements for electric vehicle tax credits in President Joe Biden’s signature climate and health law amid complaints from foreign automakers expanding in the U.S. that the law puts them at a competitive disadvantage.

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