Georgia Trend Daily – Nov. 29, 2022

Nov. 28, 2022

Gov. Kemp Announces Second Term Senior Staff

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp on Monday announced the following senior staff appointees for his second term: Current Chief of Staff Trey Kilpatrick, Executive Counsel David Dove, and Office of Planning and Budget Director and Chief Financial Officer Kelly Farr will remain in their positions.

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Ramping Up the Workforce: Carl Campbell, executive director of the Dalton-Whitfield Joint Development Authority, at the GEDIA auto parts manufacturing facility
Photo: Kevin Garrett


Nov. 28, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Dalton | Whitfield County: Championing Diversity

K.K. Snyder reports that with world-class medical facilities, competition-level recreation venues, a top performing state college and a growing number of industries, Whitfield County is embracing change and diversification. County Administrator Robert Sivick is a relative newcomer to Whitfield County and says diversifying the local economy is at the top of his to-do list.

Nov. 28, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Judge allows grading work to continue on Rivian site amid lawsuit

Zachary Hansen reports that site work will continue at the future Rivian electric vehicle plant east of Atlanta after a local judge declined to issue a stop-work order that could have jeopardized the $5 billion factory. Five residents near the factory site sued to stop excavation work on the 2,000-acre Rivian factory site in southern Walton and Morgan counties, claiming the activity was sending mud onto their properties and even, at least in one case, into their well water.

Nov. 28, 2022 The Center Square

Report gives Georgia high marks for economic freedom

T.A. DeFeo reports that a new report found Georgia among the freest states in the republic. The Economic Freedom of North America 2022 report from the Canadian-based Fraser Institute ranked Georgia eighth.

Nov. 28, 2022 Georgia Recorder

Black voters, students home for the holiday help drive early turnout for Georgia Senate race

Ross Williams reports that early voting in the U.S. Senate runoff got off to a busy start in Georgia, with more than half a million ballots cast as of Monday night, including more than 300,000 votes cast Monday. “Just…WOW!” tweeted Gabriel Sterling, chief operating officer for the secretary of state Monday night.

Nov. 28, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

DeVry University Working to Close Tech Talent Gap in Georgia

Julia Roberts reports that Georgia is home to a diverse business landscape, including startups, Fortune 500 organizations and big tech companies across a wide range of verticals like telecom, fintech, healthcare IT, cybersecurity and gaming. Thanks to the continuing growth of these businesses and the influx of companies expanding to the state, job postings for open technology roles in Georgia and its capital city continue to rise.

Nov. 28, 2022 Albany Herald

Checking it twice: Dougherty County Commission approves priorities for 2023 legislative session

Alan Mauldin reports, it’s that time of the year for making wish lists, but this one is less about brightly wrapped toys and more about Frisbee golf, dog parks, walking trails and an amphitheater. On Monday the Dougherty County Commission finalized a list of requests to take to local legislators ahead of the 2023 legislative session that begins in January.

Nov. 28, 2022 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb’s new state senator brings Atlanta school board experience to the Gold Dome

Jake Busch reports that Democrat Jason Esteves is no stranger to elected office. Since 2014, he served on the Atlanta Board of Education, the state’s first Latino school board member.

Nov. 28, 2022 WABE

Georgia could be only state to have Medicaid expansion come with work requirement

Jim Burress reports that a recent federal court ruling has cleared the path for Georgia to move forward with its limited expansion of Medicaid. The idea, originally proposed by Republican Governor Brian Kemp when he took office in 2019, would require new participants to work or volunteer 80 hours each month.


Nov. 28, 2022 GPB

Early voting for U.S. Senate runoff sees long lines amid high turnout

Staff reports that early voting ahead of the U.S. Senate runoff election between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker began in several Georgia counties over the weekend with a patchwork of start dates and times​​​​​. Gabriel Sterling from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office said that weekend turnout totaled nearly 200,000.

Nov. 28, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Georgia Senate Democrats reelect Gloria Butler minority leader

Dave Williams reports that State Senate Democrats reelected their top leadership team Monday. Sen. Gloria Butler will return as Senate minority leader during the 2023-24 legislative term starting in January.

Nov. 28, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Key aides to Kemp, Jones launch new firm

Greg Bluestein reports that two key aides to Gov. Brian Kemp and incoming Lt. Gov. Burt Jones are banding together to create a new firm after their clients won election battles for statewide offices. Cody Hall and Stephen Lawson on Tuesday launched Full Focus Communications to cater to corporate, nonprofit and political clients.

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