Georgia Trend Daily – April 28, 2023

April 28, 2023 Macon Telegraph

Billed as the first in Georgia, Trulieve opens medical marijuana dispensary in Macon

Purser reports that Trulieve Georgia is expected to start receiving its first legal medical marijuana patients in Georgia at its Macon dispensary Friday. The Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission, which oversees the program, granted the first five dispensing licenses in the state on Wednesday to Trulieve Georgia and Botanical Sciences.

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April 28, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

2023 Economic Yearbook: Transforming the Terrain

Staff reports, if Fiscal Year 2023, which began last July, were a feature-length movie, it would certainly be a blockbuster: “The best year ever,” according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development. The impact of this banner year is transforming the state’s terrain through a more diversified economy, exponential job creation, improved infrastructure and enhanced quality of life.

April 28, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Conference highlights Atlanta’s lasting role as payment processing hub

Zachary Hansen reports that it doesn’t matter where you swipe your credit card. More often than not, that transaction will run through Atlanta. For years, the city has been known as “Transaction Alley,” with roughly 70% of the world’s debit, credit and digital payments being processed in Atlanta.

April 28, 2023 The Center Square

Expert: Savannah benefits from Charleston union fight

T.A. DeFeo reports that Charleston’s loss has been Savannah’s gain. The Peach State’s ports could be picking up additional business amid an ongoing dispute between the South Carolina State Ports Authority and the National Labor Relations Board.

April 28, 2023

InComm Deepens Investment in Brazil With Fortaleza IT Hub

Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta-based InComm Payments, a fintech firm focused on gift cards and other alternative payments, is deepening its commitment to the Brazilian market with a new IT hub that will hire 200. The new office, which will focus heavily on software development and quality assurance automation, database operation and more, will be based Fortaleza, a city of nearly 3 million people located in the northeastern state of Ceará.

April 28, 2023 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Johns Creek town center project granted $13 million tax break

Tyler Wilkins reports that a tax break approved Tuesday is poised to support the creation of a town center in Johns Creek, an affluent and diverse suburb known for its luxury homes and country clubs. The Development Authority of Fulton County granted Toro Development Co. with an estimated $13.4 million in tax savings over the next decade for Medley, a mixed-use project that would replace a deserted Johns Creek office park with apartments, townhomes, shops, restaurants and public space.

April 28, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb gives OK for quiet train crossing; tables paying $1.4 million consultant more

Jake Busch reports that a nearly decade-long process to quiet trains traveling through a residential neighborhood culminated in approval by the Cobb Board of Commissioners. The commission gave the final thumbs-up for establishing a quiet zone railroad crossing at Nickajack Road near Heritage and Thompson Parks.

April 28, 2023 Gainesville Times

Inland port updates include when $170 million project will begin, finish

Jeff Gill reports that construction of the Georgia Ports Authority truck terminal could start in January 2024, with the $170 million project’s completion set for July 2026, Griff Lynch, the Georgia Ports Authority’s executive director said at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors meeting on Thursday, April 27.

April 28, 2023 GPB

Could Atlanta’s next big trail be along the Chattahoochee?

Orlando Montoya reports that local, state and federal officials broke ground this week on the first project of what some are envisioning as a 100-mile long trail along the Chattahoochee River in the Atlanta area. The ambitious larger project is called Chattahoochee Riverlands.

April 28, 2023 Newnan Times-Herald

Newnan accepts $4.6 million Federal grant

Laura Camper reports that the Newnan city council on Tuesday accepted a $4.6 million federal grant for building or renovating homes in Chalk Level. The award, spearheaded by U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock in partnership with U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff and U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson, was first announced in January.

April 28, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Georgia K-12 panel could soon erase ‘woke’ words like ‘diverse’ from training rules

Ross Williams reports, what’s the difference between diversity and difference? Would you rather your child’s teacher provide equity, inclusiveness and social justice, or fair access, opportunity and advancement for all students? These questions and more will be before the Georgia Professional Standards Commission as they consider changes to the rules for educator preparation in the state that eliminate words associated with so-called wokeness, like diversity, equity and inclusiveness.

April 28, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Raffensperger calls disinformation top threat to democracy

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was in Chicago Thursday speaking to national political reporters at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. Georgia’s top election official discussed overseeing the 2020 Georgia elections, the lessons he learned and some of the fallout from the chaos.

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