Georgia Trend Daily – April 5, 2023

April 5, 2023 The Center Square

Census numbers show Georgia’s population increased

T.A. DeFeo reports that two Georgia counties are among the fastest-growing counties in the nation. Between 2021 and 2022, Dawson and Lumpkin counties ranked among the top five counties with at least 20,000 residents with the largest annual percent growth.

2023 Goergia Trend ndustry Outlook


April 5, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

2023 Industry Outlook

Jeffrey Humphreys, thanks to several state-specific factors, Georgia continues to outpace the nation in economic growth. Our annual outlook for the Peach State’s primary industries is based on research from the Selig Center for Economic Growth at University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.

April 5, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia getting $120 million to remove lead pipes, ‘forever chemicals’

Drew Kann reports that Georgia is set to receive nearly $120 million to replace dangerous lead pipes around the state and clean-up drinking water in communities whose supplies are contaminated by toxic pollutants like “forever chemicals,” the federal government announced Tuesday.

April 5, 2023

State Department’s Young Latin American Leaders Program to Bring 14 Entrepreneurs to Atlanta

Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta will host a group of vetted entrepreneurs from across the Americas looking for feedback as they seek to solve business challenges across a range of industries. The Young Leaders of the Americas initiative, or YLAI, is a Western Hemisphere network similar to the prestigious U.S. State Department leadership programs focused on Africa and Southeast Asia that have brought hundreds of business, government and civil society to Atlanta.

April 5, 2023 Rough Draft Atlanta

Lionsgate to be anchor tenant for metro Atlanta studio complex

Sammie Purcell reports that Lionsgate has signed on to be the anchor tenant for a new studio complex in metro Atlanta. Great Point Studios, the owner of the complex, has signed a deal with the film studio Lionsgate to come on as the anchor tenant for the 40-acre, $200 million facility, according to a press release.

April 5, 2023 Metro Atlanta CEO

Wesley Woods Announces 2023 Heroes, Saints & Legends Honorees

Staff reports that the Foundation of Wesley Woods announced today that Governor Nathan Deal, the late First Lady Sandra Deal, and J. Veronica Biggins will be the 2023 honorees of the Heroes, Saints & Legends Award.   Wesley Woods will present the awards, including the posthumous tribute to Sandra Deal, at their Heroes, Saints & Legends Gala on September 21, 2023.

April 5, 2023 Saporta Report

Camp Twin Lakes celebrates 30 years, opens third campus for Georgia youth

Hannah E. Jones reports, last week, Camp Twin Lakes (CTL) opened the doors to its third campus — 100 acres in Rutledge, Ga. With the $25 million expansion, the nonprofit will serve an additional 3,500 campers each year. CTL is a Georgia-based nonprofit that provides year-round camp experiences for children with serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges.

April 5, 2023 Athens Banner-Herald

Bill inspired by slaying of UGA student could create cold case unit in GBI

Wayne Ford reports that a bill known as the Coleman-Baker Act that creates a cold case unit within the Georgia Bureau of Investigation recently was passed by the Georgia General Assembly and only awaits a signa-turefrom Gov. Brian Kemp to become law. Cameron Harrelson, creator and host of Classic City Crime Podcast, said Monday he expects the governor to sign the bill.

April 5, 2023 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI News

Medical cannabis proposal dead, 11th hour changes scolded

Asia Ashley reports, the embattled process to roll out medical marijuana in Georgia was met with more challenges this legislative session with a bill that would have allowed more medical marijuana licenses failing to cross the finish line. Most legislators seem to agree that the 2019 law creating the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission is flawed and needs some reform, but couldn’t come up with an agreement to do so before the session came to an end March 29.

April 5, 2023 GPB

Kemp says no to HB 319, his first veto of second term

Sarah Kallis reports that Gov. Brian Kemp vetoed House Bill 319 on Tuesday. HB 319 is the first veto of his second term, and of the 2023 legislative session. HB 319 would require legislative approval for a year-after-year tuition increase larger than 3% at a public Georgia college.

April 5, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Doctors worry about accidents as Georgia seniors face delays getting routine cataract surgeries 

Rebecca Grapevine reports that Peggy Mitchell, 71, was having trouble driving at night, so she knew she could not wait any longer to have the cataract clouding her right eye removed. The lively Alpharetta resident had scheduled her surgery for Nov. 22, before Thanksgiving, and arranged for a friend to drive her to the surgery and back home.

April 5, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Kemp’s first veto could signal other fights ahead

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that Gov. Brian Kemp typically waits until the end of the 40-day signing period to veto legislation. But this year brought a legislative session more tense than expected — and the Republican, just starting his second term, sent a rapid rebuke less than a week after Sine Die.

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