Georgia Trend Daily – May 1, 2023

May 1, 2023

Gov. Kemp Signs Legislation to Bolster and Maintain Top-Tier Workforce Talent in Georgia

Staff reports that Gov. Kemp signed multiple bills today at a ceremony on the campus of West Georgia Technical College in Coweta County. This package of legislation builds on the governor’s work to attract, grow and train a top-tier workforce prepared to fill the tens of thousands of new jobs created by record-breaking economic development projects.

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May 1, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

2023 Top Doctors

Staff reports, our fourth annual listing of Georgia’s top doctors, Georgia Trend is proud to feature outstanding physicians in a full range of medical specialties who are located throughout the state. The list was created in partnership with DataJoe Research following the methodology listed below, which included peer voting and a review of government sources.


May 1, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

‘The office is not dead’: Cousins predicts new towers will fill

Zachary Hansen reports that one of Atlanta’s most prominent developers and office landlords anticipates hard times ahead for older buildings but is confident new towers won’t have an issue keeping tenants or finding new ones. Executives for Cousins Properties spoke Friday on the company’s first-quarter earnings, offering an optimistic outlook for high-end offices as the industry braces for a potential recession.

May 1, 2023 WSB-Radio

Atlanta film industry prepares for potential ‘catastrophic’ strike as writers union negotiations end

Staff reports, the Atlanta film industry is preparing for a possible strike this week. The writers’ union is currently negotiating with production companies for better pay and hours. If a deal is not made by May 1, many television and film productions will halt.

May 1, 2023 The Current

Bald eagle losses, more sea turtles net B grade for coastal ecosystem

Benjamin Payne reports that Coastal Georgia’s ecosystem received a relatively clean bill of health for 2022, as the state’s Department of Natural Resources gave it a “B” grade in the agency’s annual Ecosystem Report Card. Four indexes were used to determine the score: sea turtle health (which includes nesting and hatching), bird health (bald eagles, wood storks and American oystercatchers), aquatic life (shrimp, red drum and blue crabs) and water quality (dissolved oxygen, fecal coliform and enterococcus).

May 1, 2023 GPB

Tybee Island preps for unpermitted ‘Peach Fest,’ explores legal options for limiting future access

Benjamin Payne reports, just days after an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 people descended on Tybee Island during the popular spring break gathering known as Orange Crush, the coastal community is bracing for a potential second round of partiers this weekend for another unpermitted event in what is being promoted on social media as “Peach Fest.”

May 1, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal

GreyStone Power debuts fiber subsidiary, GreyStone Connect

Staff reports that GreyStone Power, which serves portions of south Cobb County, has unveiled its fiber subsidiary, GreyStone Connect — which will deliver high-speed fiber internet access for unserved and underserved Georgia residents starting in 2024. GreyStone Connect’s multi-million-dollar pilot project will begin construction later in 2023 with the first members expected to be connected in 2024.

May 1, 2023 Milledgeville Union-Recorder

Industrial expansions underway in Baldwin Co.

Billy Hobbs reports that growth is happening at nine industries in Baldwin County. Much of the construction at the sites has been underway for the past several months, although a few of the projects have just begun.

May 1, 2023 State Affairs

Gov. Kemp goes on bill-signing frenzy

Issac Morgan reports that last week, Gov. Brian Kemp crisscrossed the state approving a slew of legislative packages passed in the Georgia Statehouse. A significant number of the bills being signed into law target criminal justice and public safety. And more bills are expected to be signed this week.

May 1, 2023 The Center Square

Georgia’s Kemp signs cold case review bill

Steve Wilson reports that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill into law on Friday that would allow families of murder victims to request a review of a cold case by law enforcement agencies. House Bill 88, known as the Coleman-Baker Act, was passed unanimously by both chambers of the General Assembly on March 29.

May 1, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Push to grow Georgia music industry fizzles under Gold Dome

Dave Williams reports that supporters of Georgia’s music industry entered this year’s General Assembly session optimistic lawmakers would renew state tax incentives to lure music producers and create a state office dedicated to promoting the industry. But after a single committee hearing, nothing happened.

May 1, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Restless Republican bench positions for 2024, 2026

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report, it’s never too early to position yourself for the next election cycle, and there are plenty of signs that key Georgia Republicans could be setting the stage for future runs. Let’s start with Gov. Brian Kemp, who is not just making waves for his pushback against former President Donald Trump and his allies in the state GOP.


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