Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 12, 2023

Jan. 12, 2023 GPB

Tax cuts, tackling housing issues and touting new investment: Georgia leaders share 2023 vision

Stephen Fowler reports, as Gov. Brian Kemp took the stage at the Georgia Chamber’s annual “Eggs & Issues” breakfast Wednesday, the song “We Are The Champions” accompanied a montage of University of Georgia’s national championship victory this week. But the second-term governor had other reason to celebrate, too.

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Jan. 12, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Red, Blue & You: Education is a Team Sport

Tharon Johnson writes, it’s no secret that the State of Georgia is struggling with its public education system. We spend an average of $11,200 per student, per year in this state, and while that may sound like a lot, we rank 33rd in the nation in per-student spending.

Jan. 12, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution  

Bye bye CNN Center: CNN employees moving to Midtown campus

Rodney Ho reports, the CNN Center will soon be no more. After more than 35 years, CNN is leaving its downtown mainstay in stages this year, with the entire operation moving back to renovated, upgraded space at the Techwood Turner 30-acre campus in Midtown, according to a CNN spokeswoman.

Jan. 12, 2023 GlobalAtlanta.com

Trade Leads: Agribusiness Inquiries From Brazil, Chile, China and Japan

Trevor Williams reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s December trade leads, circulated in the monthly newsletter of its International Trade Division, revealed a hunger around the world for food items sourced from the Peach State. The December notice included requests for feed additives for cattle, pork and chicken from Brazil, where the appetite for Georgia-grown products seems to be strong each month, along with prepackaged nut products to Chile.

Jan. 12, 2023 University of Georgia

UGA programs receive more than $12M in federal funding

James Hataway reports that four University of Georgia programs will receive federal support as part of the $1.7 trillion funding package signed into law in late December. These funds will support scientific research, engineering projects and outreach programs that benefit citizens living in Georgia and throughout the nation.

Jan. 12, 2023 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Why is American Airlines ending service in Columbus? Here’s what impact it may have

Brittany McGee reports that American Airlines’ decision to end service in Columbus due to low demand and the pilot shortage will reduce the airport’s economic impact by millions of dollars. The Columbus Airport was informed that American Airlines would end service to Columbus on April 3 late last week, Airport Director Amber Clark told the Ledger-Enquirer.

Jan. 12, 2023 Rome News-Tribune

City Commission denies approval of West Rome cryptomining request in split vote

Rome Mayor Sundai Stevenson gave the final “no” vote to break the city commission stalemate over a special use permit for a cryptomining operation in West Rome. The main issue city commissioners voiced regarding the proposal was the potential for a constant noise in the area.

Jan. 12, 2023 Gainesville Times

How NGMC Gainesville received funding for its helipad

Brian Wellmeier reports that U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff held a press conference alongside local leaders at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Wednesday, talking over the commotion of hammers clanking against steel beams as construction crews continued work on the hospital’s expansion of its North Tower. Speaking to reporters and NGMC leadership, the Democrat touted his role in a bipartisan effort to procure federal funding for a $2.1 million helipad and an elevator at the new tower, a project scheduled for completion in 2025.

Jan. 12, 2023 Savannah Morning News

Industrial moratoriums in Chatham County expire soon. What have these cities accomplished?

Nancy Guan reports that three Chatham County municipalities implemented a moratorium on industrial rezoning or industrial development applications in 2022. All three freezes stand to expire in the coming months if not renewed by their local governments – Garden City, Bloomingdale and Port Wentworth.

Jan. 12, 2023 Valdosta Daily Times

Settlement reached over Adel wood plant

Terry Richards reports that a Cook County activist group has reached a settlement with a manufacturer intending to build a wood pellet plant in the city. On July 8, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division issued an air quality permit to Spectrum Energy to build a wood pellet manufacturing plant on Cook Street in Adel, according to the settlement with Concerned Citizens of Cook County, a nonprofit organization.

Jan. 12, 2023 The Center Square

Georgia lawmakers considering ways to deal with cannabis waste

T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia state lawmakers are pondering how the state should regulate the waste generated from the legal manufacturing of cannabis products, including hemp and medical marijuana. Last week, the House Study Committee on Cannabis Waste and Recycling held a two-day hearing to discuss the possibilities, which include composting, additional manufacturing and energy production.

Jan. 12, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Georgia House, Senate adopt ‘problematic’ new rules that reduce public accountability

Ross Williams reports that the Georgia House and Senate gaveled in for a second day of lawmaking Wednesday. Both chambers passed resolutions laying out rules for the rest of the session, but one change has First Amendment advocates concerned. Both chambers’ rules have new provisions shielding communication between lawmakers and third parties under legislative privilege.

Jan. 12, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Kemp to address World Economic Forum in Switzerland

Dave Williams reports that Gov. Brian Kemp likes to tout how his smart shepherding of state resources and track record landing major economic development projects helped make Georgia a success story during the pandemic. He’s about to get a chance to tell that story on an international stage. Kemp’s office announced Wednesday he will be addressing the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week.

Jan. 12, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Clyde wins big appointment after bucking McCarthy

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that U.S. Rep. Andrew Clyde, in just his second term in office, has been appointed to the powerful House Appropriations Committee. The high-ranking perch becomes all the more notable when you recall that Clyde was among the 20 far-right lawmakers who initially blocked Kevin McCarthy from becoming speaker, but eventually relented.

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