Georgia Trend Daily – Nov. 1, 2022
Nov. 1, 2022 Savannah Morning News
Crews have moved 11 million-plus cubic yards of dirt already: Here’s where Hyundai site stands
Adam Van Brimmer reports, drive by the Hyundai EV factory site, also known as the Bryan County megasite, and one thought comes immediately to mind: “They’re sure moving plenty of dirt.” Think twin 47-foot high berms of earth stretching from the soon-to-be plant’s front door to where Interstate 16 ends by the Savannah Civic Center.
Nov. 1, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Pursuing Premier Public Health
Kenna Simmons reports that COVID showed us just how vulnerable we are to emerging infectious diseases – not to mention health inequities and underlying conditions that made infected people sicker. But the pandemic also showed us how collaboration could fuel a quick and innovative response. That could be an area where Georgia leads in the future.
Nov. 1, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Delta pilots complete voting on strike authorization ballot
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that pilots at Delta Air Lines raised the stakes in labor contract talks by voting in favor of authorizing union leaders to call a strike in the event that negotiations come to a head. But the vote does not mean a strike is planned.
Nov. 1, 2022 The Center Square
Despite legal battle, $5B Rivian electric vehicle plant still in progress for Georgia
T.A. DeFeo reports that work on electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian Automotive’s $5 billion plant will progress as planned despite an ongoing legal fight, officials confirmed to The Center Square. Site grading began in the early fall, and the judge’s ruling does not affect progress on development, Marie Gordon, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, told The Center Square.
Nov. 1, 2022 GPB
Internet in West Georgia will get a speed boost from $36 million USDA loan
Grant Blankenship reports that communities across a swath of central and west Georgia can look forward to high-speed fiber optic internet following the announcement of a $36 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The loan to Roberta-based Public Service Telephone Company will help bring high-speed internet to rural Bibb, Crawford, Taylor and Marion counties and comes from billions of dollars set aside for broadband in the federal Infrastructure Law.
Nov. 1, 2022 The Brunswick News
Big developments coming to Kingsland
Gordon Jackson reports that a planned development called Camden Woods could become a destination for shoppers similar to a smaller version St. Johns Town Center in Florida, if everything goes as planned. Kingsland City Manager Lee Spell said the development will include 800 residential units and more than one million square feet of commercial property with big box stores, restaurants and smaller businesses.
Nov. 1, 2022 Saporta Report
Atlanta Police interim chief gets the permanent job
John Ruch reports that Atlanta’s interim police chief now has the permanent job. Darin Schierbaum was named the new Atlanta Police Department (APD) chief by Mayor Andre Dickens on Oct. 31.
Nov. 1, 2022 Reporter Newspapers
Downtown Connector cap ‘The Stitch’ gets $1.2M federal boost
Dyana Bagby reports that a plan to cap the Downtown Connector with park space has received a nearly $1.2 million boost in federal dollars. The funding is slated to be used for the preliminary design of the the project that some supporters call “the next big thing” for the city.
Nov. 1, 2022 Georgia Recorder
State auditors give Georgia’s movie tax credit mixed reviews
Ross Williams reports that Georgia’s film tax credit helped bring blockbuster productions like “Stranger Things,” “Ozark” and “Spiderman: No Way Home” to the state, along with an estimated $4.4 billion in spending during the 12 months ending June 30. But a new report from the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts finds lingering concerns about the program’s transparency and rising cost to the state treasury.
Nov. 1, 2022 Capitol Beat News
Early voting in Georgia continues at record pace entering final week
Dave Williams reports that early voting turnout in Georgia soared past 1.5 million during the weekend, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger reported Monday. Early voting has been setting records daily since the early voting period began two weeks ago, surging well past the turnout ahead of the last midterm election in 2018 and coming close to the early voting turnout before the presidential election two years ago.
Nov. 1, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Final AJC midterm poll: Kemp leads Abrams, deadlocked Senate race
Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Brian Kemp maintains a solid lead over Democrat Stacey Abrams in the latest Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll, while the race between U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker remains a neck-and-neck contest that could be headed toward a runoff. Kemp leads Abrams 51% to 44% in the final AJC poll before the Nov. 8 election, with an additional 2% backing Libertarian Shane Hazel.