Georgia Trend Daily- Nov. 15, 2022

Nov. 15, 2022 Covington News

Covington lands innovative commuter aircraft maker’s first factory

Tom Spigolon reports that a Silicon Valley-based aerospace company says it will create 1,000 jobs in Covington in its first manufacturing facility for commuter and cargo-carrying aircraft for low-altitude use in urban areas. Archer Aviation Inc. plans to invest $118 million over 10 years in a 500,000-square-foot complex on 96 acres of city-owned land on the western edge of Covington Municipal Airport for production of electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL), Gov. Brian Kemp announced today.

Georgia Trend November 2022 Civil Rights Tourism Savitt p28

Inspirational Stories: Jill Savitt, president and CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta

Nov. 15, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Living Legacies

Betty Darby reports, as the headlines of the civil rights movement pass further into history, a new phenomenon is born: civil rights tourism is getting increasing attention, and Georgia is rich in its resources. So rich, in fact, that two separate and distinct civil rights trails wind through the state – and those two don’t even come close to all the sites that could be included.

Nov. 15, 2022

Global Apparel Company to Build Manufacturing, Distribution Facility in Bryan Co.

Staff reports that Gov. Kemp on Monday announced that Komar Brands, a global apparel company, will create 294 new jobs and invest $87 million in a new manufacturing and distribution facility in Bryan County. Established in 1908, Komar is an industry leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of sleepwear, intimates, kids, and layering apparel brands.

Nov. 15, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Profits, EV charging dominate latest round of Georgia Power hearings

Meris Lutz reports that Georgia Power and Public Service Commission (PSC) members and staff clashed over how much profit the state’s largest utility will be able to make in the years ahead as state regulators resumed hearings Tuesday on proposed rate hikes that could affect 2.7 million Georgia Power customers.

Nov. 15, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Port of Savannah logs second busiest month ever

Dave Williams reports that the Port of Savannah experienced its second busiest month on record in October, the Georgia Ports Authority reported Monday. The port handled 552,800 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of containerized cargo last month, an increase of 9.8% over October of last year. That put Savannah’s total for October below only the 575,500 TEUs the port moved in August.

Nov. 15, 2022 Rome News-Tribune

12-building campus with 5.1 million square feet proposed between I-75 and U.S. 41 in Adairsville

John Druckenmiller reports that Pacific Group of Atlanta is proposing a 12-building industrial campus with 5.1 million square feet under roof for the Manning Mill area on Adairsville’s south side. The project — perhaps the largest to date in the sizzling I-75 corridor in Bartow and Gordon counties — goes by the working title Manning Mill Industrial.

Nov. 15, 2022 GPB

A new initiative aims to bring more certified nursing assistants into the workforce in Georgia

Devon Zwald reports that researchers at the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health hope to attract and retain more certified nursing assistants (CNAs) to the workforce with the help of an $11 million grant from the Georgia Department of Public Health. The Georgia CNA Career Pathway Initiative was prompted by a statewide shortage of health care workers that worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Austin Dobbs the program coordinator at UGA’s Institute for Disaster Management.

Nov. 15, 2022

New Japanese Consul General Adds Investment Conference to Busy November Schedule

Trevor Williams reports that Japan’s new consul general in Atlanta has hit the ground running since his arrival in early November, and his pace doesn’t seem likely to slow any time soon. Mio Maeda, the country’s newly installed top diplomat for the Southeast, landed in Atlanta Nov. 3 and promptly began a full slate of engagements.

Nov. 15, 2022 Savannah Morning News

State law and holidays prevent a Saturday date for early voting in Georgia’s Senate race

Abraham Kenmore reports, the day after the election, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger formally announced the runoff and suggested that counties were likely to have Saturday voting. Due to legislation passed in 2016, that will not be possible.

Nov. 15, 2022 The Current, ProPublica

How title lenders trap poor Georgians in debt with triple-digit interest rates

Margaret Coker and Joel Jacobs report, as the nation’s largest title lender, TitleMax thrives on an innovative business model that lends money to risky clients in exchange for collateral: the title to the vehicle in which the customers drove to the store. In 2019, TMX Finance reported $910 million in revenue, primarily from its TitleMax brand.

Nov. 15, 2022 Savannah Morning News

Effingham legislator Jon Burns named Georgia Speaker of the House, replacing David Ralston

Zach Dennis reports that Georgia House Rep. Jon Burns has been named the Speaker of the House on Monday, replacing outgoing speaker David Ralston. Burns was up against Rep. Barry Fleming, who was recently elected to the House District 125 seat, which encompasses Augusta.

Nov. 15, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Another term in hand, Brian Kemp solidifies political network

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Brian Kemp is taking steps to bolster his political network as he prepares for a second term in office. The Republican on Monday tapped two longtime aides – Cody Hall and Amelia Hawkins – to helm a powerful committee that is empowered by a new law to tap unlimited contributions.

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