Georgia Trend Daily – Oct. 25, 2022

Oct. 25, 2022

NewCold To Make Henry County’s Single-largest Investment With State-of-the-Art Distribution Facility

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp on Monday announced that NewCold, a global leader in automated storage and cold chain logistics, will build and operate an advanced, large-scale distribution facility in Georgia. This project will create 170 new jobs and deliver more than $333 million in investment – the single-largest investment by a business in Henry County, to date.

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Oct. 25, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports on economic announcements from Toccoa, Macon, Adairsville, Columbus and beyond. Georgia saw more than $21.2 billion worth of investment in facility expansions and new locations and 51,132 jobs added in FY2022, which ended June 30.

Oct. 25, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hyundai to break ground on massive Georgia EV plant

Drew Kann, J. Scott Trubey and Greg Bluestein report that Hyundai Motor Group will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday near Savannah for its $5.54 billion “Metaplant,” an electric vehicle factory and the largest economic development project in Georgia history. The factory, where electric Hyundai, Kia and Genesis models will roll off the assembly line, is expected to open in 2025, and eventually produce 300,000 battery-powered vehicles a year.

Oct. 25, 2022 Albany Herald

Peanut crop a mixed bag, with lower yields due to summer heat wave

Alan Mauldin reports, with a narrow miss from a tropical storm during harvest time, a bit of drought, a summer heat wave that baked crops and an unneeded cold snap, it was a fairly typical year for farmers in southwest Georgia. As peanut harvest season is winding down, the outlook is lower peanut yields due to that heat wave, Jeremy Kichler, a Colquitt County agricultural extension agent said Monday.

Oct. 25, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Giant solar farms proving a mixed bag for rural Georgia

Dave Williams reports that runoff from a growing number of giant solar farms polluting rivers and streams in rural South Georgia is becoming a major concern, an official with the state Environmental Protection Division (EPD) said Monday. Huge solar farms of up to 1,000 acres are being built on the region’s sandy soil, which is particularly vulnerable to erosion of sediment caused by runoff from solar panels, James Cooley, the EPD’s director of division operations, told members of the Georgia House Rural Development Council meeting in Americus.

Oct. 25, 2022 Savannah Morning News

From enemies to allies: How a failed deal led to the Savannah JDA – and the Hyundai EV plant

Latrice Williams reports that anding a major automaker involved contributions from a number of individuals and nearly a decade’s worth of talks and negotiations. At the center of the economic development effort is the Savannah Harbor-Interstate 16 Corridor Joint Development Authority.

Oct. 25, 2022 WABE

Atlanta is now meeting federal clean air standards

Molly Samuel reports that Atlanta is now meeting federal ozone standards. The colorless, odorless gas is partially formed from pollution from car and truck tailpipes, and it can have bad effects on people’s health, aggravating asthma and other lung issues, as well as cardiac health.

Oct. 25, 2022 The Center Square

Report: Georgia has one of the nation’s best improvements in its unemployment rate

T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia reported one of the best changes in its unemployment rate of any state in the union, a new analysis found. According to the report from WalletHub, Georgia has the 15th best change in unemployment.

Oct. 25, 2022 Access WDUN

Truett McConnell University Receives $3 Million for Charles F. Stanley Global Impact Center

Sydney Hencil reports that Truett McConnell University recently received a $3 million gift to endow a faculty chair, Dr. Charles F. Stanley, Chair of Theology, and fund the Global Impact Center. The Global Impact Center will be in Miller Hall, the building which serves as the centerpiece of the TMU campus.

Oct. 25, 2022 Georgia Recorder

Abrams rejects GOP claim that Georgia’s record early voting means new election rules don’t suppress votes

Ross Williams reports that Georgia’s record-breaking midterm turnout is encouraging, but should not be seen as a sign that votes are not being suppressed, said Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in a Monday press conference. “It is wrong to suggest that there is a correlation between voter turnout and voter suppression because suppression is about barriers,” she said.


Oct. 25, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Georgia fourth and eighth graders maintain pre-pandemic reading scores; eighth graders drop in math

Rebecca Grapevine reports that new results from “the nation’s report card” show that Georgia fourth and eighth graders stand about on par with their pre-pandemic performance in reading, but eighth-grade math scores dropped from pre-pandemic levels. The National Association for Education Statistics administers the reading and math tests every other year to fourth and eighth graders in sample schools across the country.

Oct. 25, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Herschel Walker launches N. Georgia swing with Marjorie Taylor Greene

Shannon McCaffrey reports, if Herschel Walker wins a seat in the U.S. Senate, voters in North Georgia will play a critical role in putting him there. The mountainous region north of the Atlanta suburbs is arguably the most conservative part of the state, and low turnout there helped sink Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in last year’s U.S. Senate runoffs.


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