Georgia Trend Daily – April 24, 2023

April 24, 2023 Macon Telegraph

Federal incentives have sparked a $12 billion clean energy manufacturing boom in Georgia

Gautama Mehta reports that companies have invested billions of dollars to build large-scale manufacturing plants in Georgia after Congress passed two bills designed to encourage businesses to boost U.S. production of clean energy and semiconductors. A new report by the Financial Times surveying the large-scale manufacturing projects nationwide in those sectors announced since August, when the Inflation Reduction Act (I.R.A.) and CHIPS Act were passed, found that Georgia is home to the second largest number of newly announced factories of any state.

Auburn's EMBA 2024 Class adult students standing on law

Auburn University & Catherine Coleman’s EMBA Class of 2024


April 24, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Auburn University’s Executive MBA Program: Expand Your Possibilities

Julia Roberts reports, Catherine Coleman has always enjoyed challenging herself. From middle school English teacher to supervisor of training and online learning systems at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to managing for Delta Air Lines, Catherine has found herself changing directions and pushing her limits in her career.

April 24, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tech startup moves HQ to Alpharetta for the ‘vibes’

Zachary Hansen reports that Ananth Siva, CEO of telecommunications startup Movius Interactive Corporation, scouted a number of locations both intown and in the Atlanta suburbs as he sought new office space for the growing company. Coming out of the pandemic, and wanting more of Movius’ workforce back in-person, Siva said tech companies like his might look at moving into the city rather than staying outside the Perimeter.

April 24, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal

Synovus announces earnings for the first quarter 2023

Staff reports that Synovus Financial Corp. reported financial results for the quarter ending March 31. “Our first quarter results reflect a disciplined approach to execution, with pre-provision net revenue of $292 million, a 30% increase year over year,” said Synovus Chairman, CEO and President Kevin Blair.

April 24, 2023 The Brunswick News

Blessing of the Fleet brings crowd to Darien

Terry Dickson reports that every boat in Darien’s annual Blessing of the Fleet Sunday got a blessing from a clergyman Sunday, but they also got a huge welcome from the crowd on the U.S. 17 bridge, the waterfront and the pleasure boats in the Darien River. Each boat received a sprinkling of holy water under the clear sky and likely the most pleasant temperature in years.

April 24, 2023 State Affairs

Sea turtles thrive, shorebirds take a dive in this year’s coastal ecosystem report card

Jill Jordan Sieder reports that shorebirds took a hit from predators and flooding, sea turtles were prolific, and blue crabs — feeling salty — fled the scene. These are a few of the findings in the Coastal Resources Division (CRD)’s annual Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Reports Card released Saturday.

April 24, 2023 Augusta Chronicle

U.S. Auto Sales chain closes all locations, including in the Augusta area

Joe Hotchkiss reports, a chain of used-car dealerships that welcomes customers with low credit scores has temporarily closed all 39 of its locations in six Southern states, including its store in the Augusta area. Callers on Friday to U.S. Auto Sales, at 208 Bobby Jones Expy. in Martinez, were greeted with a voice-messaging system that routed all calls to a recording announcing an unspecified “system error.”

April 24, 2023 Athens Banner-Herald, Augusta Chronicle

Wresting control from the state: Local officials seek local oversight over soil amendments

Marisa Mecke and Abraham Kenmore report, Sam Moore, chairman of the Wilkes County commission, has been fielding calls about soil amendment for years. On a Thursday night in late June, he received a call leading him to Little River where he saw the aftermath of a soil amendment spill that left 1,700 fish dead and kicked up dust on the issue of soil amendment throughout east Georgia.

April 24, 2023 Dalton Daily News, CNHI News

Laws restricting transgender sports continue pending Title IX update

Asia Ashley reports that several states have and are continuing to target transgender participation in sports, the U.S. Department of Education is attempting to provide some protections through an update to Title IX. Title IX has been in place for more than 50 years and bans sex discrimination in athletics in any educational institution or program that receives federal funding.

April 24, 2023 The Center Square

Missouri judge orders Georgia attorney to explain interviews on Fox News, Newsmax

T. A. DeFeo reports that a U.S. District Judge ordered an attorney from the Southeastern Legal Foundation to answer why sanctions shouldn’t be imposed for remarks made on two cable news networks. Southeastern Legal Foundation Attorney Kimberly Hermann is co-counsel for two Springfield Public School administrators who filed suit in 2021 against the school district.

April 24, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Small business owners testify at congressional field hearing

Dave Williams reports that inflation and rising interest rates are squeezing small businesses in Georgia and across the country, several small business owners from Georgia testified Friday during a congressional field hearing in Peachtree City. “Costs for everything have increased tremendously,” Lisa Winton, CEO of Winton Machine Co. in Suwanee, told members of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee.

April 24, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kemp will skip this year’s GOP convention

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Brian Kemp won’t address the Georgia GOP convention this summer, highlighting a deepening rift between the state’s top elected official and a party apparatus that has shifted further to the far-right after Donald Trump’s defeat. Kemp turned down the chance to speak to party delegates at the June meeting in Columbus, his aides said, and will instead continue to build his own organization to energize conservative voters and elect GOP officials.


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