Georgia Trend Daily – April 19, 2023

April 19, 2023

Gov. Kemp: Creative Home Ideas to Invest $15 Million in Liberty County

Staff reports that Gov. Kemp announced on Tuesday that Creative Home Ideas, a YMF Company and design-house focused on home fashion, will create 70 new jobs and invest more than $15 million in a new distribution and light manufacturing facility in Liberty County. Started in 1981, Creative Home Ideas is a family-owned business with expertise in designing, manufacturing, and distributing fresh and innovative home decor.

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April 19, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Savannah | Chatham County: An Exciting Time

Betty Darby reports that the Port of Savannah stands ready to absorb its share of the massive impact from the $5.5 billion Hyundai electric vehicle plant taking shape in neighboring Bryan County. A policy of advance planning and a dose of experience with the automotive manufacturing industry came in handy.

April 19, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Asking rent edges down in metro Atlanta

Michael E. Kanell reports that the median asking rent in Atlanta has dipped for the first time since before the pandemic, according to a report by the real estate brokerage firm Redfin. With many new apartments coming on the market, plus increased uncertainty about the direction of the economy and a greater share of millennials moving from renting to buying homes, the median rent of new leases in metro Atlanta dipped to $2,055 in March, down 2.3% from a year ago.

April 19, 2023

Czech Investment Grows in Georgia as Cylinder Firm Opens in Hall County

Trevor Williams reports that a Czech-owned provider of gas cylinders held a grand opening of a new distribution facility in Flowery Branch Tuesday, taking the first step toward disrupting a niche industry that affects most advanced manufacturers in the United States. Atlanta Cylinders Inc. is the subsidiary of Cylinders Holding a.s., whose facility in Ostrava, Czech Republic, is among the largest in the world for the production of steel cylinders used to hold and transport technical gases, hydrogen and compressed natural gas.

April 19, 2023 Savannah Morning News

The long wait for redevelopment of the Coastal Empire Fairgrounds is over. What to know.

Staff reports that redevelopment of the Coastal Empire Fairgrounds will begin this year with construction of affordable housing for senior citizens. Savannah City Council on Thursday approved a $1.92 million loan from the Savannah Affordable Housing Fund that would support a Low Income Housing Tax Credit application for the site’s developer, Arizona-based P3 Joint Venture.

April 19, 2023 WABE

Georgia has big conservation goals, and the military is helping to achieve them

Emily Jones reports that one of Georgia’s oldest longleaf pine forests grows in the midst of Ceylon Wildlife Management Area — state-owned land on the coast between Brunswick and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. The trees there were planted shortly after the Civil War.

April 19, 2023

Fitzgerald Site in Ben Hill County Earns ‘Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development – Select’ Certification

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development, in cooperation with the Fitzgerald and Ben Hill County Development Authority, today announced that the Forward Fitzgerald site has earned a “Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development” (GRAD) certification with “Select” status. The site’s new “GRAD Select” status provides an additional seal of approval that makes it especially attractive for future industrial development.

April 19, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal

Development authority OKs tax breaks for $500 million development by Truist Park

Jake Busch reports that the Development Authority of Cobb County narrowly approved a $159.5 million bond request Tuesday for a $500 million mixed-use development, including a hotel, across from Truist Park. The bond resolution passed 4-3, with board members Karen Hallacy, Courtney Knight and Jamala McFadden opposed.

April 19, 2023 The Brunswick News

Pinova still shut down after fire

Michael Hall reports that production at the Pinova wood resin plant in Brunswick remained shut down Tuesday as environmental cleanup crews worked at the site of a massive weekend fire and the state fire marshal worked to investigate its cause. Brunswick Fire Chief Tim White spoke with a representative of Pinova during a phone interview with The News on Tuesday.

April 19, 2023 GPB

Georgia experts warn of a growing maternal mental health crisis — and why it’s important to get help

Sofi Gratas reports that postpartum mental health issues are extremely common among new moms. Experts at a training session for advanced perinatal mental health, hosted at Mercer University on April 15, had one consistent message: Diagnosis and treatment aren’t always provided to those that need it, and that can have fatal consequences.

April 19, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Georgia nonprofit announces partnership to combat human trafficking

Dave Williams reports that a nonprofit that works with victims of human trafficking announced a partnership Tuesday with the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association and nonprofit health plan CareSource. The two organizations will work with Rescuing Hope to raise awareness of human trafficking and how to avoid becoming a victim, train law enforcement officers and other first responders on how to handle cases of human trafficking, and provide health-care and other services victims need to get on the road to recovery.

April 19, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

University System of Ga. may raise tuition to fill state budget cut

Vanessa McCray reports that University System of Georgia officials said Tuesday they’re considering several options, including a tuition hike, to help fill a budget hole after state lawmakers unexpectedly cut its funding for the next fiscal year. The Georgia Board of Regents typically makes tuition decisions at its April meeting but plans to wait until May to consider potential tuition and fee increases for the state’s 26 public colleges.

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