Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 20, 2023

Jan. 20, 2023 Savannah Morning News

Public comments for Okefenokee Swamp mining plans are open

Marisa Mecke reports that the battle at the Okefenokee Swamp could be coming to a close in the coming months. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division released the Mining Land Use Plan for public comment on Thursday, kicking off the first of two public comment periods leading up to the final decision as to whether the controversial titanium dioxide mine will be permitted to operate at the edge of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

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Significant Opportunities: Michael “Sully” Sullivan, president and CEO of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia, at the F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center in Buford
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Jan. 20, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Industry Spotlight: Engineering and Construction – Have Investment, Will Build

Phillipa Maister reports that the flood of funds being funneled by new federal laws into green infrastructure projects in Georgia is setting the stage for a better, more sustainable future for the state. It’s a prospect that has engineering and construction companies keen to get started, and rural areas, disadvantaged communities and environmentalists hoping to see significant benefits.

Jan. 20, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution  

Georgia economy ends year with growth but shows some signs of fatigue

Michael E. Kanell reports that the state’s economy in December finished the year with strong job growth, but also showed some signs of fatigue as cuts mounted among tech companies and workers left the labor force.

Jan. 20, 2023

Gov. Kemp: Key Industries Sustain Momentum for State’s Economic Development

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), today announced that Georgia sustained its momentum through economic development projects in key industries during the first half of Fiscal Year 2023 (July 1 through December 31, 2022). The 218 locations or expansions supported by GDEcD’s Global Commerce division are expected to create approximately 17,500 new jobs and more than $13 billion in investment for the state.


Jan. 20, 2023 The Brunswick News

Colonel’s Island contributes to record year for Georgia ports

Michael Hall reports that the Port of Brunswick’s Colonel’s Island Terminal saw more than 650,000 automobiles and heavy machines pass through its docks in 2022, contributing to a record year for the Georgia Ports Authority, according to GPA. The roll-on, roll-off terminal — the second busiest in the nation — saw 651,101 units during the calendar year, which accounted for 97 percent of all cargo coming into Georgia that can roll onto or off of a ship.

Jan. 20, 2023

Ethiopian Airlines to Launch Nonstop Flight to Atlanta in May 

Trevor Williams reports that Ethiopian Airlines, the fast-growing flag carrier of the East African country of 115 million people, is set to launch Atlanta’s fourth nonstop flight to Africa — and the first passenger route operated here by an airline not named Delta. Known for its extensive reach to eastern and southern Africa, Ethiopian will give Atlantans a direct connection to Addis Ababa, the country’s capital, starting May 16.

Jan. 20, 2023 The Center Square

Georgia’s McCormick: ‘We’re always kicking the can down the road’

T.A. DeFeo reports that a newly minted Georgia Congressman says federal lawmakers must be serious about facing down the country’s financial obligations. Otherwise, it will keep kicking the can down the road and leaving the predicament for future generations to handle.

Jan. 20, 2023 Athens Banner-Herald

Wiedower to head Subcommittee on General Government

Abraham Kenmore reports that on Thursday, Rep. Marcus Wiedower, R-Watkinsville, was announced as the chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government. “I am excited about the opportunity Speaker Burns has given me, and I fully intend to be a good steward of resources in this role,” Wiedower was quoted as saying in a press release.


Jan. 20, 2023 Georgia Recorder

New Georgia House speaker says state tobacco tax hike is possible, dims hopes for Medicaid expansion

Jill Nolin reports that if anyone was harboring hope that a new House speaker might want to take a fresh look at full Medicaid expansion in Georgia, House Speaker Jon Burns dumped cold water on that Thursday. Burns is only the second speaker since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, but he will continue the longstanding GOP tradition in Georgia of opposing fully expanding the insurance program for the state’s low-income residents.

Jan. 20, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Georgia women’s prison to be downsized, inmates to transfer to former federal lockup

Rebecca Grapevine reports that Georgia the Department of Corrections (GDC) plans to significantly downsize the largest women’s prison in Georgia and replace most of its capacity with a new prison. The Lee Arrendale State Prison, located in Habersham County, has a 1,476-inmate capacity. Under the latest GDC budget proposal, it would continue to operate as a much smaller 112-bed “transition center,” a minimum-security facility.

Jan. 20, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ex-Georgia chief justice: Sports betting doesn’t require constitutional amendment

Maya T. Prabhu reports that a constitutional amendment is not needed for the state to allow legal online sports betting and should be considered an extension of the lottery, in the opinion of former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold D. Melton.

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