Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 29, 2022

Dec. 29, 2022 Savannah Morning News

With goal of 10,000 homes in two decades, Heartwood at Richmond Hill is up and running

Latrice Williams reports that Heartwood at Richmond Hill is up and running. More than a dozen families have settled in, the park is complete and staff members held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Outfitters Park in September where exercise classes are held.

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Dec. 29, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

2022 Top Hospitals: Ongoing Impact

Mark Thompson reports that healthcare organizations continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While hospital rankings offer useful benchmarking information, this year’s ranking reflects the effects of the pandemic and should not be used to compare with past years’ rankings.

Dec. 29, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rivian project gets federal wetlands permit, site work to expand

Zachary Hansen and Drew Kann report that Rivian’s $5 billion electric vehicle factory planned for a rural site an hour east of Atlanta cleared a major environmental hurdle Wednesday, when the federal government granted the project a key permit allowing grading to begin on the entire 2,000-acre site.

Dec. 29, 2022 Macon Telegraph

Houston County organizations join forces to plan new hub to serve homeless population

Hannah Jones reports that nonprofits, municipalities, churches and businesses across Warner Robins and Houston County are collaborating to create a new hub to serve the community’s homeless population. The city of Warner Robins is leading the initiative alongside partners from various sectors to form the Greater Houston Coalition.

Dec. 29, 2022 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Studio deal promises more movie and TV productions to be filmed in Columbus

Mark Rice reports that the number of movies and television shows filmed in Columbus is expected to increase exponentially starting next year, now that a production company cofounded by a former Fort Benning soldier has reached agreement with W.C. Bradley Real Estate to manage its Flat Rock Studio. Catalyst Productions cofounder and CEO John Mock, a retired U.S. Army captain, confirmed the deal in an interview with the Ledger-Enquirer.

Dec. 29, 2022 All On Georgia

Georgia 2022 Food Shrimp Season to Close December 31

Staff reports that Georgia’s commercial and recreational food shrimp season will close as prescribed by law at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today. Biologists with DNR’s Coastal Resources Division (CRD), which manages the state’s marine fisheries, report a standard measure of shrimp abundance known as “catch per unit effort” was significantly lower this month compared to the 20-year average and a factor in the closure date.

Dec. 29, 2022 The Brunswick News

Sea Turtle Center rehabilitating cold-stunned turtle

Lauren McDonald reports that sea turtles are a beloved visitor in the Golden Isles during nesting and hatching season through the summer and fall. But at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, they are year-round guests. And during the cold winter months, many incoming patients at the sea turtle rehabilitation facility on Jekyll Island are admitted with what’s known as “cold stunning.”

Dec. 29, 2022 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb’s check-up finds rising mental health and addiction crisis

Chart Riggall reports that a new report from Cobb’s public health authority found in the aftermath of the pandemic, the county is facing rising rates of drug use and mental health struggles. The community health assessment, prepared every five years by Cobb & Douglas Public Health, is a sort of check-up on the state of the two counties’ wellness.

Dec. 29, 2022 The Center Square

Nonprofit names $1.5B Georgia Rivian EV plant incentive as worst deal of the year

T.A. DeFeo reports that a nonprofit has named Georgia’s decision to give $1.5 billion in incentives for a Rivian Automotive electric vehicle assembly plant 2022’s “Worst Economic Development Deal of the Year.” The Michigan-based Center for Economic Accountability bestows the honor to a government subsidy of a private company that best illustrates the “massive wastefulness and ineffectiveness of government economic development subsidy programs.”

Dec. 29, 2022 Georgia Recorder

Georgia’s 2023 legislative session teed up by Wild Hog reunion, policy events as lawmakers return to Atlanta

Stanley Dunlap reports that a radically reshaped Georgia Legislature will begin a new session on Jan. 9 and a host of organizations will set the stage for what to watch when lawmakers return to the Gold Dome. On Jan. 8, Feeding Georgia’s largest fundraiser, the Wild Hog Supper, will mark the beginning of the legislative session as lawmakers and lobbyists get together for the annual reunion.

Dec. 29, 2022 Capitol Beat News      

Georgia establishes its own health-insurance portal, Georgia Access

Rebecca Grapevine reports after failing to win federal approval to exit the federal insurance marketplace earlier this year, Georgia has established its own health-insurance portal directing people to private insurers and brokers to buy health insurance. The new website, called Georgia Access, includes links to 10 health-insurance companies – including big players such as United, Kaiser Permanente, and Aetna – as well as seven online brokers, organizations that help people shop for and enroll in health insurance.


Dec. 29, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

New federal budget sets aside millions for Georgia projects

Tia Mitchell reports that the U.S. House on Friday passed a $1.7 trillion federal spending plan that would fund the government through September, sending the bill to President Joe Biden to sign into law. The package includes earmarks, including hundreds of millions of dollars in projects requested by Georgia lawmakers.

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