Georgia Trend Daily – Feb. 17, 2023

Feb. 17, 2023

Atlanta to Become a Mainstay on U.S. Tours for Israeli Smart Mobility Accelerator

Trevor Williams reports that a top accelerator for mobility startups in Israel returned to Atlanta for the second straight year as it continued to help member firms build fundraising links and corporate partnerships in the U.S. Drive TLV, based in Tel Aviv, was co-founded by Georgia Tech alum Tal Cohen, who held research and adjunct teaching positions at the university after earning his Ph.D. in engineering there in 1996.

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Feb. 17, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

3 Oral Health Strategies to Improve the Whole Health of Georgia’s Children

Judy Greenlea Taylor reports that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and an opportunity to continue to improve the Whole Health of Georgia’s Children one smile at a time. Diseases that impact oral health and the ability to smile, speak and chew include cavities, tooth decay, gum (periodontal) disease and oral cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases among children in the U.S.

Feb. 17, 2023 Atlanta Journal Constitution

Southern Co. reports big profit increase but costly Vogtle delays loom

Drew Kann reports that Georgia Power’s parent Southern Company reported Thursday a jump of roughly $1.1 billion in 2022 profits compared to the previous year, but again extended its timeline for the two long-delayed and over-budget nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle to begin generating electricity. Southern Company’s profits for all of last year hit $3.5 billion, up from $2.4 billion in 2021.

Feb. 17, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb schools to pay for 500 educators’ graduate degrees

Jake Busch reports that the Cobb County School District is set to offer 500 of its educators the chance to obtain graduate degrees at no cost. The initiative, called Georgia’s BEST, which stands for “Building Educator Success Together,” is made possible by a partnership between Cobb schools and the University of West Georgia, Superintendent Chris Ragsdale announced Thursday.

Feb. 17, 2023 The Brunswick News

New breakbulk site purchased

Gordon Jackson reports that the Golden Isles Development Authority announced the purchase of a 1,400-acre site named Georgia Breakbulk Logistics Park. In the announcement Thursday, officials said the site will provide a “competitive advantage in the site selection process for industrial opportunities and the potential for economic growth in Glynn County.”

Feb. 17, 2023 GPB

Macon-Bibb County considers blanketing downtown with surveillance cameras

Grant Blankenship reports that the Macon-Bibb County Commission is a vote away from approving the rollout of an expansive camera surveillance network in the city’s downtown core. At their last meeting, commission members saw a presentation about the system being spearheaded by Mayor Lester Miller.

Feb. 17, 2023 Savannah Morning News

Moving Georgia’s presidential primary up the calendar could mean big bucks

Abraham Kenmore reports that a new report by an Emory University professor estimates that moving Georgia’s presidential primary up to one of the first in the nation could become an economic boon for the Peach State. Thomas Smith, professor in the practice of finance at Emory, estimates the move could add $111 million in additional spending in Georgia.

Feb. 17, 2023 The Center Square

More plaintiffs agree to dismiss challenge to Georgia’s election law

T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia officials are claiming victory after three plaintiffs challenging the state’s new voting law petitioned the court to voluntarily dismiss their claims. Critics have argued that the state’s new voting law, Senate Bill 202, the Election Integrity Act, is a burden on local election officials and made it more challenging for Georgians to cast ballots.

Feb. 17, 2023 Georgia Recorder

State lawmaker’s revival of Georgia ‘religious freedom’ legislation sparks civil rights concerns

Jill Nolin reports that a new push for greater religious protections in Georgia has revived one of the most bitterly debated measures under the Gold Dome and renewed calls for a state-level nondiscrimination law. State Sen. Ed Setzler, an Acworth Republican who sponsored the state’s 2019 abortion law, has filed a bill that would extend federal protections passed in 1993 to the state and local level, which he argues would protect religious Georgians from unfair government intrusion.

Feb. 17, 2023 Rough Draft Atlanta

Georgia Senate takes up debate over ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

Dyana Bagby reports that a Republican bill that would ban teachers from talking about gender identity and sexual orientation with students without first getting written permission from their parents is being considered by the Georgia senate. Opponents of the bill compare it to Florida’s controversial “Don’t Say Gay” law, but also note it is one of hundreds of anti-LGBTQ bills being introduced in GOP-led state legislatures across the country.


Feb. 17, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Georgia lawmakers mulling legalizing gambling through constitutional amendment

Dave Williams reports that the General Assembly will get a choice this year whether to legalize gambling in Georgia by statute or constitutional amendment. Legislation introduced into the state House and Senate this week takes the constitutional amendment approach, which would put the issue to Georgia voters in a statewide referendum.

Feb. 17, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Legislature reaches halfway point, with lots left to do

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report, we’re halfway through Georgia’s legislative session. So why does it feel like the real work has hardly started? After a sleepy opening, state lawmakers have a heavy lift ahead during the next 20 days they’re in session.


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