Georgia Trend Daily – Nov. 18, 2022

Nov. 18, 2022 The Center Square

Georgia officials tout unemployment rate that is lower than national average

T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia officials said Thursday the state’s October unemployment rate remained lower than the national rate, news that follows a new finding that nearly half a million Georgians have dropped out of the workforce. Peach State officials said the number of employed Georgians and the size of the state’s labor force decreased.

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Nov. 18, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Red, Blue & You: Sustainably Supporting HBCUs

Tharon Johnson reports, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have been the backbone of Black education for over a century, long before Black students were allowed to mingle with white students. Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, the first HBCU, was founded in 1837 at a time when many Black people were still considered property.

Nov. 18, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

As rising temps reshape Georgia’s fruit industry, citrus takes root

Drew Kann reports, off a red dirt road near the town of Ochlocknee 30 miles north of the Florida border, the trees on Lindy Savelle’s farm are heavy with fruit on a cloudless, late October day. Average temperatures in the state have risen by roughly 1.44 degrees since the start of the 20th century.

Nov. 18, 2022 Marietta Daily Journal

Braves to become publicly traded company

Chart Riggall reports that the Atlanta Braves and their real estate arm will split from owner Liberty Media to become a publicly traded company. If the deal is approved by Major League Baseball and the Internal Revenue Service, the team will be held by a new firm, Atlanta Braves Holdings.

Nov. 18, 2022 Savannah Morning News

SJP, Savannah JDA break ground on Georgia International Commerce Centre in Bryan County

Latrice Williams reports, in his first trip to Bryan County, SJP Properties CEO Steve Pozycki was all smiles when he laid eyes on the concrete slab that will soon be a 6.5 million square foot facility in Bryan County. SJP Properties, the Savannah Joint Development Authority and local leaders held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Georgia International Commerce Centre Tuesday.

Nov. 18, 2022 Rome News-Tribune

Synthica Energy announces move to Rome’s Northwest Regional Industrial Park

Staff reports that an Ohio-based company that converts organic industrial byproducts into natural gas will be opening its newest facility in the Northwest Regional Industrial Park in Shannon. The Synthica Energy facility in Floyd County will apply an anaerobic digestion process to organic industrial byproducts to produce renewable natural gas that will be utilized by industrial gas customers.

Nov. 18, 2022

Israeli Delegation Looks to the ‘Future of Fintech’ in Atlanta

Trevor Williams reports that a delegation of Israeli companies focused on the “future of fintech” could have easily turned back after visiting New York earlier this month. The fact that seven of them moved on to Atlanta is a sign that the city’s reputation as a hub in the fast-growing field of financial technology is continuing to grow globally.

Nov. 18, 2022 GPB

Georgia counties conduct audit of secretary of state race

Stephen Fowler reports that Georgia’s 159 counties are conducting a risk-limiting audit of the secretary of state’s race, hand counting randomly selected batches of ballots to verify incumbent Brad Raffensperger’s victory and that election equipment worked properly.

Nov. 18, 2022 Athens Banner Herald, Politifact

Politifact: Walker’s misleading claim about Warnock’s support for ending cash bail and releasing prisoners

Tom Kertscher reports that campaigning in the runoff phase of his challenge to Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., Republican Herschel Walker accused Warnock of wanting to keep criminals on the streets. The Georgia contest was the only Senate race not decided in the Nov. 8 election.

Nov. 18, 2022 11 Alive

Lawmakers make history with first Georgia Hispanic Caucus

Gabrielle Nunez reports that lawmakers are making history with the first Georgia Hispanic Caucus. Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Jason Anavitarte (R-Dallas) and
Representative-elect Rey Martinez (R-Loganville) announced the creation of the caucus on Thursday. The caucus is the state’s first-ever legislative body dedicated to elevating Hispanic values and focusing on issues that serve the community within the General Assembly.

Nov. 18, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Witnesses at state Senate hearing call for tighter control of development authorities

Dave Williams reports that while development authorities are an essential economic development tool in Georgia, they need more controls to prevent abuses, witnesses told a state Senate study committee Thursday. Local government and school district officials have complained that development authorities are too prone to lavish property tax abatements on developers that take away the revenue they need to provide services.

Nov. 18, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: The numbers behind Republicans’ big wins in Georgia

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that new turnout numbers released by the secretary of state’s office offer more details into why Republicans dominated just about every statewide race last Tuesday except the U.S. Senate race, now headed to a Dec. 6 cliffhanger. An initial analysis from Emory University political scientist Bernard Fraga showed overall voter participation dropped in 2022, compared to 2018.

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