Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 20, 2022

Dec. 20, 2022 The Center Square

Report ranks Georgia 12th for its occupational licensing burden

T.A. DeFeo reports that a new report found that Georgia ranked 12th nationwide for its average burden surrounding occupational licensing requirements. According to the Institute for Justice’s “License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing” report, the state’s combined ranking when looking at the number of licenses and average burdens was 35th. For both the burden and combined rankings, first place denotes the worst.

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Dec. 20, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development Around The State

Christy Simo reports on economic happenings around the state, including that Georgia was recently named the No. 1 state for business by Area Development magazine. It’s the ninth consecutive year the state has received this recognition – the only state to do so.

Dec. 20, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lazy Dog Restaurant plans to hire 200 employees with signing bonus

Adrianne Murchison reports that a restaurant inspired by the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming is looking to hire 200 employees to fill positions at its third new location in metro Atlanta. Lazy Dog Restaurant is scheduled to open a new location in Alpharetta in February.

Dec. 20, 2022

Delta: Cape Town Flight Will Add at Least $75M to Atlanta Economy 

Trevor Williams reports that another example of how Atlanta’s growing ties with Africa pays economic dividends, Delta Air Lines Inc. is projecting that its new flight to Cape Town, launched Saturday, will spur at least $75 million in annual economic impact.


Dec. 20, 2022 Savannah Morning News

There’s stuff happening other than Hyundai: 3 things to watch for in 2023 in Bryan County

Latrice Williams reports that Bryan County is booming with industrial growth. Norma Precision, Webstaurant and Hyundai headline a busy year of expansion in companies that will build facilities throughout the county.

Dec. 20, 2022 Fox 5 Atlanta

Arctic blast Christmas: Georgia to see coldest temperatures in 4 years

David Chandley reports that the coldest air in four years is heading to Georgia just in time for Christmas. The Arctic outbreak begins on Friday as falling temps may squeeze out some snow showers early Friday morning before dawn.

Dec. 20, 2022 Rome News-Tribune, Marietta Daily Journal

What’s behind Liberty Media’s spinoff of the Braves?

Chart Riggall reports, after last month’s announcement that the Atlanta Braves will soon become their own publicly traded company, team officials were quick to say little will change, baseball-wise. “From our perspective, from a Braves’ team perspective, it’s business as usual,” President and CEO Derek Schiller told investors at a Nov. 17 meeting.

Dec. 20, 2022 11 Alive

New Georgia laws taking effect in 2023

Staff reports that with the start of the new year, Georgians will have a handful of new laws in place, signed by Gov. Brian Kemp in the last few months. While most of Georgia’s new laws took effect back in July, at the end of the legislative session, a few were delayed until Jan. 1 of next near.

Dec. 20, 2022 The Brunswick News

Now a good time to address ‘sky glow,’ advocates say

Taylor Cooper reports that environmental advocates say reducing the city of Brunswick’s “sky glow” will save sea turtle lives without costing the city in other areas like public safety. “It’s pretty typical to frame it as sea turtles vs. safety, and you can have both,” said Mark Dodd, who works at the state Department of Natural Resources as a biologist and coordinator for the Georgia Sea Turtle Program.

Dec. 20, 2022 Marietta Daily Journal

Board of Elections changes course on Cobb redistricting controversy

Chart Riggall reports that after voting last week to ask the courts to weigh in on the redistricting controversy around Commissioner Jerica Richardson, the Cobb Board of Elections has now hit pause on that plan. Board Chair Tori Silas told the Journal Monday the board, and its attorney Daniel White, determined they aren’t the appropriate authority to seek a court judgment.

Dec. 20, 2022 Georgia Recorder

Georgia legislative panel sounds call for state music promoter, revamped tax credit

Jill Nolin reports that a bipartisan state panel wants to remix the state’s tax credit for musical productions and crank up other resources for an industry with a rich history in Georgia. The legislative study committee met over the last few months and toured music landmarks like Capricorn Sound Studios in downtown Macon, where the Allman Brothers Band, Charlie Daniels and other Southern rock pioneers recorded music.


Dec. 20, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Atlanta bid for Democratic convention gets boost from Doug Jones

Tia Mitchell and Greg Bluestein report that Atlanta’s bid for the Democratic National Convention in 2024 has a surprising out-of-state champion: Former U.S. Sen. Doug Jones. The Alabama Democrat has embarked on a behind-the-scenes mission to line up endorsements from prominent political figures around the South and lobby party officials to support the city’s push for the four-night spectacle.

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