Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 2, 2022

Dec. 2, 2022

Gov. Kemp and TCSG Announce New College and Career Academies

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp on Thursday announced that the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) approved grants totaling $6 million in bond funds to establish two new College and Career Academies. TCSG Commissioner Greg Dozier will award two partnerships with grant funds to establish the new College and Career Academies in Dooly and Monroe Counties via a cumulative bond amount of $6 million ($3 million to each) and a cash investment of $200,000 ($100,000 to each).

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Dec. 2, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Political Notes: Ups, Downs and In-Betweens

Susan Percy writes, Tuesday, Dec. 6, is the runoff election that will determine whether Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock returns to Washington or is replaced by Republican challenger Herschel Walker. Warnock garnered some 35,000 votes more than Walker, but neither candidate reached the 50%-plus-one majority required to win.

Dec. 2, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

French robotics company opens North American HQ in Atlanta

Zachary Hansen reports that a French company that builds autonomous robots to move inventory around warehouses opened a new North American headquarters Thursday in Atlanta. Exotec opened its office near Armour Yards, where it will market its technology and grow its North American footprint. The company plans to employ 100 workers in Atlanta by 2025.

Dec. 2, 2022 Rome News-Tribune

Ossof announces $250 million for broadband expansion in Georgia

David Crowder reports that Floyd, Bartow, and Gordon are among 33 counties that are eligible for a new federal grant program designed to expand high-speed internet to unserved and underserved areas in Georgia. Georgia U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff announced during a virtual news conference Thursday that $250 million has been allocated to connect tens of thousands of homes and businesses across the state with high-speed, broadband internet access.

Dec. 2, 2022 11 Alive

‘It’s being built on our water supply’ | Morgan County residents claim runoff from Rivian site falling into creeks

Sydney Spencer reports that Morgan County residents are claiming the 2,000-acre Rivian development is causing more trouble to the property surrounding the site. Earlier this week, residents from Morgan County sent 11Alive’s Doug Richards, drone footage allegedly showing runoff and sedimentation from the Rivian plant seeping into neighboring creeks over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Dec. 2, 2022 The Center Square

Report: Charter school enrollment increases in Georgia

T.A. DeFeo reports that more Georgia students are attending charter schools, while enrollment at public schools is declining, according to a new report. New figures from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools show that Georgia experienced a roughly 4.9% increase in charter enrollments between 2019-20 and 2021-22.


Dec. 2, 2022 GPB, Reporter Newspapers

On World AIDS Day, Georgia leads the nation in new HIV cases – and Atlanta is a hot spot

Ellen Eldridge reports that a diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus or HIV is no longer a death sentence if caught early and treated. But even with rapid tests and effective drugs readily available, HIV still remains an epidemic.

Dec. 2, 2022 The Brunswick News

IAP purchased by Ports America, new owner to retain all employees

Taylor Cooper reports that International Auto Processing is officially under new management. According to Don Asdell, president and CEO of the company, as of Thursday Ports America has taken over from Georgia Logistics Group, the former owner.

Dec. 2, 2022

Frontier Starts Costa Rica Flights From Atlanta

Trevor Williams reports that Atlantans looking for a Central American getaway this winter have a new nonstop flight option to consider: San Jose, Costa Rica. The latest destination is a part of budget carrier Frontier Airlines’ expansion at the world’s busiest airport at Hartsfield-Jackson.

Dec. 2, 2022 Griffin Daily News

Georgia voters cast over 1 million early ballots

Karen Gunnels reports, as early voting in the Dec. 6 Runoff Election ends today, Georgia voters continue to break early voting records, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office said Thursday. The Dec. 5 runoff is for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Raphael Warnock.

Dec. 2, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Atlanta to host first college football championship game under expanded playoffs

Dave Williams reports that Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host the first college football national championship game under an expanded playoff format in 2025, the College Football Playoff’s Board of Managers announced Thursday. The two surviving teams in a 12-team field will play for the national title in downtown Atlanta on Jan. 20, 2025.

Dec. 2, 2022 Washington Post

Biden pushes South Carolina as first primary state, elevates Georgia and Michigan

Michael Scherer and Tyler Pager report that President Biden has asked leaders of the Democratic National Committee to make South Carolina the nation’s first primary state, followed by New Hampshire and Nevada a week later, and hold subsequent weekly primaries in Georgia and Michigan, according to Democrats briefed on the plans.

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