Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 30, 2023

Jan. 30, 2023

Gov. Kemp: Sustainable Building Materials Company to Invest $59 Million in Upson County

Staff reports that Gov. Brian P. Kemp announced that Green Georgia LLC, a sustainable building materials manufacturing company, will create over 170 jobs at the company’s new headquarters in Thomaston and invest $59 million in the facility. Green Georgia LLC will design and manufacture low-carbon materials used to create prefabricated buildings for a variety of structures, including sustainable factories.

2023 Most Influential Georgians ceremony and 4 people stnading talking


Jan. 30, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

2023 Most Influential Georgians Awards Ceremony

Julia Roberts reports, on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at the Georgia Aquarium, Georgia Trend honored Georgians from every region in our state. Congratulations to all who were celebrated.

Jan. 30, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution  

In clean energy transition, Georgia is at the tip of the spear

Drew Kann reports that in August, as a state legislative committee pondered how to prepare for the flood of electric vehicles expected on Georgia roads in the coming years, the state’s top economic development officer came to deliver an important message. Pat Wilson, just returned from meetings in South Korea with suppliers for Hyundai’s $5.5 billion Bryan County “Metaplant,” ticked through the EV and battery companies that have chosen to build factories in Georgia — a list that has grown in the five months since.

Jan. 30, 2023 Gainesville Times

How many jobs could be created as Swiss company opens Oakwood plant

Jeff Gill reports that a Swiss manufacturer has chosen Hall County for its U.S. health care headquarters, a move that could end up creating 200-plus jobs. Medmix, which makes medical devices and other industrial products, is opening a $20 million plant at 5511 Rafe Court in Oakwood South Industrial Park off McEver Road in Oakwood.

Jan. 30, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Affordable housing challenge puts local control issue in the spotlight 

Rebecca Grapevine reports that as high-tech manufacturing plants – many in the electric vehicle and battery sectors – are lured to Georgia, affordable housing for workers is emerging as a key challenge. “The transformational projects, good paying jobs, and new investments are worth little if there aren’t options for hard-working Georgians to live where they work,” Republican Gov. Brian Kemp noted Jan. 25 in his annual State of the State address.

Jan. 30, 2022 UGA

IIPA awards first seed grants

David Mitchell reports that UGA’s Institute for Integrative Precision Agriculture (IIPA) has awarded eight seed grants to fund initial research for projects at the convergence of agriculture, engineering, computing and other related areas of study.The grants, the first of their kind from IIPA, an interdisciplinary research unit launched in early 2022, follow a strategic push by the university to improve its industry collaboration across fields of study and support foundational research to advance agriculture and economic development in the state of Georgia.

Jan. 30, 2023 The Brunswick News

Rockin’ Stewbilee returns in Brunswick

Terry Dickson reports, in its first time back after the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rockin’ Stewbilee may have had its best day ever. Members of the organizing Brunswick Kiwanis Club said it was probably the biggest crowd ever.

Jan. 30, 2023 GPB

State health departments seek their part of billions in appropriations during start of session

Sofi Gratas reports that budget hearings at the start of Georgia’s legislative session saw state departments dive into Gov. Brian Kemp’s  proposed budget and make a case for funding priorities. Appropriations for the state’s four major health departments next fiscal year include over $7 billion for mental and behavioral health services and an expanded HIV prevention program, among others.

Jan. 30, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Georgia’s big bet on electric vehicle rollout rides heavily on state and federal backing

Stanley Dunlap reports that Gov. Brian Kemp is on a mission to make Georgia the undisputed electric vehicle capital of the nation. The Republican governor’s ambitious plan doesn’t seem too far-fetched after the significant strides made by the state on the economic development front in the last two years, which includes four multibillion-dollar investments into building electric vehicles and the batteries that keep them running.

Jan. 30, 2023 The Center Square

Feds sending $4 million to Georgia for McIntosh County ferry service

T.A. DaFeo reports that the feds are sending $4 million to the Georgia Department of Transportation to buy a new electric ferry. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will use the ferry for its passenger service between Meridian and Sapelo Island in McIntosh County.

Jan. 30, 2023 State Affairs

Can legislation to reduce risks posed by dangerous sexual offenders succeed this time?

Jill Jordan Sieder reports that two state legislators are planning to introduce bills that would affect how people convicted of sexual offenses in Georgia are sentenced and monitored. One bill focuses on the highest-risk class of “sexually dangerous predators” who are repeat offenders, and the other attempts to address the staggering backlog of cases at the Sexual Offender Registration Review Board (SORRB), which rates the risks that sexual offenders pose to the public.

Jan. 30, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Economy, public safety top Georgia Senate GOP’s legislative priorities

Maya T. Prabhu reports, rattling off a list of legislative priorities similar to the ones Georgians heard from Gov. Brian Kemp the day before, the Senate Republican Caucus on Thursday unveiled its agenda for the 2023 session. Several of the priorities announced mirror Kemp’s proposals — including providing income and property tax rebates to Georgians and sending money to schools to tackle safety issues.

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