Georgia Trend Daily – March 31, 2023

March 31, 2023

Foreign Investment-Fueled Jobs Growing Five Times Faster Than General Employment

Trevor Williams reports that the number of jobs created by foreign-owned companies in Georgia is growing five times faster than general employment, according to a new report tracking the impact of international investment on the state and nation. Over the five years ending in 2020, foreign-investment-supported jobs in Georgia grew by 21 percent to 276,900, against just 4 percent general job growth, according to the Global Business Alliance, an advocacy group composed of some 200 international companies operating in the U.S.

Georgia Trend 2023 Education Guide

Georgia Trend 2023 Education Guide


March 31, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

2023 Georgia Education Guide

Staff reports, the state of Georgia is rich with post-secondary educational opportunities, offering students everything from traditional four-year colleges to career pathways at career and technical colleges and online programs. With so many options on the table, it’s good for high school students to start thinking about the next steps and doing the necessary research to find the program where they will flourish.


March 31, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta pumps out strong job growth in February

Michael E. Kanell reports that metro Atlanta economy added 15,600 jobs last month, the state Department of Labor said Thursday. With growth stronger than during an average pre-pandemic February, the region’s unemployment rate held steady at a historically low 3.2%, despite growth in the number of people entering the workforce and seeking jobs.


March 31, 2023 Albany Herald, UGA-CAES

Flavor of Georgia grand prize goes to Barlow’s Foods

Jordan Power reports that Barlow’s Foods won the grand prize at the 2023 Flavor of Georgia food contest for their product, Barlow’s Peach Cobbler Syrup. Barlow’s Foods is a packaged foods company located in Atlanta, Georgia. The woman-owned business creates pancake mixes and assorted breakfast staples, including their Peach Cobbler Syrup.


March 31, 2023 GPB

Satilla River, once straightened, gets its bends back in ‘re-plumbing’ of coastal estuary

Orlando Montoya reports that the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers has restored some of the bends in Southeast Georgia’s Satilla River. Agency officials celebrated the closing of two cuts that were made in the river nearly a century ago to make it faster to ship timber.


March 31, 2023 Valdosta Daily Times, Dalton Daily Citizen, CNHI

Ga. Supreme Court reviews abortion law

Asia Ashley reports that the Georgia Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case where plaintiffs are seeking to void Georgia’s “Life Act,” a 2019 bill prohibiting abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney ruled in November that it was unconstitutional for governments to ban abortions pre-viability before the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2021 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to overturn Roe v. Wade.


March 31, 2023 Savannah Morning News

Georgia’s university system responds to $66 million budget cut from General Assembly

Abraham Kenmore reports that the University System of Georgia got hit with more than $60 million in cuts in the final version of the state Fiscal Year 2024 budget, which passed the state House and Senate late Wednesday, the last day of the 2023 legislative session. The state Senate Appropriations Committee last week issued a version of the budget to include a $105 million cut to USG.


March 31, 2023 Rome News-Tribune

Hufstetler fires back after USG cries foul on budget cuts

Staff reports that State Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, fired back after University System of Georgia Chancellor Sonny Perdue bemoaned another round of cuts to the system’s budget. Hufstetler said one of the main topics of concern in the USG budget was a $105 million request regarding the acquisition of a subsidiary of Augusta University.


March 31, 2023 State Affairs

Georgia Sine Die 2023: A recap

Jill Jordan Sieder, Tammy Joyner and Jackie Winchester report, Sine Die (“sigh-knee dye”) went by in a blur under the Gold Dome of the Statehouse as the General Assembly worked to get their lingering bills passed and others defeated. Bills not passed or signed by the governor this go-round could have a second chance at life when the Legislature returns Jan. 8, 2024. (As they were fond of saying on “Game of Thrones,” what is dead may never die.)


March 31, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Governor warns of budget ‘holes’ after Georgia lawmakers sign off on new spending plan

Jill Nolin reports, lawmakers signed off on a $32.4 billion spending plan for next year as the clock expired on the 2023 legislative session, although Gov. Brian Kemp warned of “significant holes” in the budget. “I think it’s important for me to say tonight that the recent news from the Federal Reserve and others suggest there may be storm clouds on our nation’s economic horizon,” Kemp told members of the Senate on the final day of the session.


March 31, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Medical cannabis bill dies in final hour of General Assembly session

Dave Williams reports that legislation aimed at clearing up the legal morass that has delayed Georgia’s medical marijuana program for years died in the waning hours of this year’s General Assembly session, eventually a victim of its own weight. The state Senate balked at major 11th-hour changes the Georgia House made to House Bill 196, including inserting an entirely different bill regarding the regulation of hemp products into the underlying medical cannabis measure.


March 31, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In Georgia, DeSantis finds an enthusiastic GOP reception

Greg Bluestein reports, about two dozen Republican state senators gathered in the state Capitol’s second-floor lobby on Thursday, still bleary-eyed from the previous night’s legislative chaos. They weren’t there to rehash the clamorous finale of the legislative session.

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