Georgia Trend Daily – Feb. 9, 2023

Feb. 9, 2023 Rome News-Tribune

Well-positioned: Economist says Georgia’s economy is strong, despite some national setbacks

Adam Carey reports, painting a rosy picture of the state’s economy, State Fiscal Economist Jeffrey Dorfman said that even if the overall U.S. economy suffers setbacks Georgia is well-positioned. “During the pandemic, Georgia managed to save over $70 billion,” Dorfman said. “And despite inflation increasing prices, they still have over $50 billion left.”

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Feb. 9, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Meet the 2023 Georgia Trustees

Staff reports, Non Sibi Sed Aliis. The translation from Latin means “not for self, but for others.” It’s the motto of the first Georgia Trustees who were charged in 1732 by England’s King George II with establishing the new colony of Georgia.

Feb. 9, 2023 Atlanta Journal Constitution

Marty Flanagan to retire as Invesco CEO, prompting leadership shakeup

Zachary Hansen reports that the head of Invesco announced Wednesday he will retire this summer, prompting a wave of executive changes within the Atlanta-based asset management company. Marty Flanagan, who has been Invesco’s president and CEO since 2005, will retire June 30, according to a news release.

Feb. 9, 2023 The Brunswick News

Local, state economy expected to weather 2023 recession well

Michael Hall reports that the national recession economists are predicting in 2023 is likely to hit the rest of the state harder than it will the Golden Isles based on predictions presented Wednesday at the 40th Annual University of Georgia Economic Outlook Luncheon on Jekyll Island. Don Mathews, director of the Reg Murphy Center for Economic and Policy Studies at College of Coastal Georgia, said there is reason to be “bullish” on the economy of the Golden Isles for two main reasons.

Feb. 9, 2023

Swiss Firm Medmix to Invest at Least $20M in Hall County, Hire 200

Trevor Williams reports that a Swiss medical device company is set to invest at least $20 million to outfit a leased facility northeast of Atlanta with clean room space as it expands into the U.S. market. Medmix recently took over the 300,000-square-foot space in Flowery Branch and is now building it out to support the full gamut of the company’s health care business.

Feb. 9, 2023 Rough Draft

Sandy Springs approves $50.7 million for police headquarters construction

Bob Pepalis reports that Sandy Springs approved a $50.7 million design development budget for the city’s future police headquarters and municipal court building at 620 Morgan Falls Road. City Council members, sitting in their dual role as the Public Facilities Authority, approved the budget during a Feb. 7 meeting.

Feb. 9, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Camden County spaceport dream scuttled by Georgia Supreme Court ruling

Ross Williams reports that the Supreme Court of Georgia appears to have zapped Camden County’s plans to build a site to launch spacecraft near the state’s southeast corner. “The county has been told – and this slaps ‘em good and hard – that the county is not going to be the one to do it,” said Camden County Commissioner Jim Goodman.

Feb. 9, 2023 Rome News-Tribune

Mullis appointed to Stone Mountain board; former state senator authored monuments protection law

Staff reports that former state senator Jeff Mullis of Chickamauga has been named to the Stone Mountain Memorial Association board, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Wednesday. The state authority is charged with managing the 3,200-acre park anchored by the Confederate Memorial Carving depicting the Civil War figures Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

Feb. 9, 2023 State Affairs

Legislative push to regulate food delivery apps growing; food delivery devotees push back

Tammy Joyner reports that legislative interest in regulating third-party food delivery apps in Georgia appears to be growing. A House bill calling for, among other things, third-party food delivery services to itemize the cost of online food orders and regularly display and update those orders has been introduced by Reps. Kasey Carpenter, Lauren Daniel, Steve Sainz, Rey Martinez and others.

Feb. 9, 2023 The Center Square

Proposed Georgia legislation would bar TikTok from state-owned devices

T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia lawmakers have proposed legislation prohibiting state employees from using social media platforms that a foreign adversary controls on their state devices. Senate Bill 93 would apply the prohibition to state-owned devices the legislative and judicial branches use and K-12 schools statewide.

Feb. 9, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Senate bill bars blocking access to government services based on COVID vax status

Rebecca Grapevine reports that the state Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would prohibit government agencies from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination to access government facilities or services. The bill continues a long debate about what role COVID vaccinations should play in public life in Georgia after they first began to be administered in December 2020.

Feb. 9, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Stacey Abrams is back, this time for Kamala Harris

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that the audience at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts suddenly erupted into a prolonged applause Wednesday as one of the country’s famous Democrats entered the room. It wasn’t for Vice President Kamala Harris, who wouldn’t arrive for about 30 more minutes. Instead, the packed crowd of students and party leaders was giving Stacey Abrams a standing ovation as she took her front-and-center seat in the theater.

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