Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 27, 2023
Jan. 26, 2023 Georgia.org
SK Battery America to Open U.S. IT Center, Create 200 High-Tech Jobs in Roswell
Staff reports that Gov. Kemp yesterday announced that SK Battery America (SKBA) will open a regional IT hub facility in Roswell, creating 200 high-tech jobs and investing approximately $19 million over the next few years. SK Battery America is investing nearly $2.6 billion in two lithium-ion battery manufacturing facilities in Jackson County to supply electric vehicles such as the Ford F-150 Lightning and Volkswagen ID.4.
Jan. 26, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Organizations: Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Candice Dyer reports that the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) began in 1833 in Paris. Antoine Frédéric Ozanam, a student at the Sorbonne, was appalled at the poverty he saw. He and his friends decided to put their Catholic faith into hands-on action to help those who were struggling.
Jan. 26, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia plant gets $80 million grant to make jet fuel from wood chips
Drew Kann reports that a Georgia plant turning wood residue into jet fuel is receiving a big chunk of new federal funding to boost production, in the hopes that its products can eventually lower the climate change impact of the airline industry and other sectors. The Department of Energy announced that it is awarding an $80 million grant to AVAPCO LLC, a biofuel, biochemical and biomaterials company that currently operates a refinery in Thomaston, about 60 miles west of Macon.
Jan. 26, 2023 All On Georgia
TYM USA and Branson Tractors Merge to Become TYM North America
Staff reports that TYM USA and Branson Tractors, two leaders in the agricultural tractor manufacturing space, have officially merged and rebranded as TYM North America. TYM Corporation, the parent company of TYM North America, will be constructing and expanding a new $20M headquarters facility located in Rome, Georgia.
Jan. 26, 2023 Clayton News-Daily
New internship program established between Clayton County schools, government
Heather Middleton reports that a new partnership between Clayton County schools and county government has created a paid internship program for juniors and seniors to work in one of the county’s numerous departments. According to Human Resources Director Pamela Ambles, the program will provide on-the-job training, expose students to a public service work environment and provide career opportunities.
Jan. 26, 2023 The Center Square
Georgia Senate Republicans prioritize public safety in legislative session
T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia’s Senate Republicans on Thursday identified public safety and potential tax cuts among their top priorities for the 2023 session. Their public safety push could take on various forms, ranging from school safety legislation to increased punishment for recruiting minors into gangs, in line with a push Republican Gov. Brian Kemp highlighted in his state of the state address this week.
Jan. 26, 2023 Georgia Recorder
Georgia lawmakers renew push to devote hazardous waste fees to cleaning dangerous sites
Jill Nolin reports that more than two years ago, Georgia voters overwhelmingly backed a ballot question that constitutionally dedicated the revenues from certain taxes and fees to the programs lawmakers originally claimed they were needed to fund. Proponents pressed hard for the change, branding their decade-long campaign as a push for “truth in fees” or “anti-bait and switch” or “trust fund honesty.”
Jan. 26, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal
Cobb’s Richardson hit with ethics complaint over redistricting advocacy group
Chart Riggall reports that an ethics complaint has been filed against Commissioner Jerica Richardson over an alleged conflict of interest in the county’s ongoing redistricting controversy. Filed Monday by Debbie Fisher, who is listed as vice chairman of Party and Grassroots Development on the Cobb Republican Party’s website, the complaint accuses Richardson of violating county rules in voting twice last year to support the county’s home rule redistricting effort, which is aimed at redrawing the commission district boundaries to keep Richardson in office.
Jan. 26, 2023 State Affairs
Taming Georgia’s ‘Wild West’: State lawmakers set to introduce bill to regulate online food delivery service
Tammy Joyner reports that third-party delivery services — those folks who deliver your favorite restaurant takeout to your home — could face greater regulatory scrutiny under a bill set to be introduced in the state Senate on Monday. The bipartisan Senate Bill 34 would require food delivery services such as DoorDash, GrubHub and Uber Eats to have contract agreements with restaurants.
Jan. 26, 2023 11 Alive
More votes are required before medical marijuana dispensaries open in Georgia
Bobeth Yates reports that residents could soon see a breakthrough in a nearly 8-year struggle to get patients legal access to medical cannabis here in Georgia. On Thursday, 11Alive learned Wednesday’s Access to Medical Cannabis Commission vote to approve proposed medical marijuana regulations was the first in a series of steps still needed to finalize regulations for dispensaries to actually open.
Jan. 26, 2023 Capitol Beat News
Georgia Senate Republicans unveil 2023 legislative agenda
Dave Williams reports that Georgia Senate Republicans announced an agenda for this year’s legislative session Thursday that combines proposals recommended by GOP Gov. Brian Kemp with some of the Senate’s own initiatives. Like the governor, the Senate Republican Caucus will focus on the economy, education, health care and public safety, Senate Majority Leader Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, told reporters at a news conference inside the Georgia Capitol.
Jan. 26, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
AJC poll reveals Georgians’ concerns that Congress cannot overcome division
Tia Mitchell reports that two out of every three Georgia voters say they have lost confidence in the ability of Republicans and Democrats in Congress to work together, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s latest poll. Slightly more than half of all voters polled, 54%, have an unfavorable opinion of Congress.