Georgia Trend Daily – May 18, 2023

May 18, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Kemp heading to Israel on trade mission

Dave Williams reports that Gov. Brian Kemp will lead an economic development mission to Israel this weekend, the governor’s office announced Wednesday. The trip will mark Kemp’s second overseas visit since he began his second term in office in January.

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May 18, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Explore Some Georgia Restaurants

Julia Roberts reports that maybe this weekend you have a little extra time or you find yourself looking for a new place to check out Memorial weekend. Here are a handful of places Sucheta Rawal found for us.

May 18, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ethiopian Airlines begins first Atlanta flights to and from Addis Ababa

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Ethiopian Airlines launched its first flights in Atlanta on Wednesday, with the inaugural arrival carrying Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens on his return from a trade mission to the African nation. A large crowd of officials and members of the Ethiopian community in metro Atlanta gathered in the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to greet the first flight, which culminated with a water cannon salute on the tarmac.

May 18, 2023

Côte d’Azur’s Charms Celebrated as Delta Once Again Links Atlanta With Nice

Mary Welch reports that French officials, Delta Air Lines executives and travel executives gathered to celebrate the charms of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region as Delta restarted nonstop flights to the coastal French city of Nice this week. Launched May 12, the flights between Atlanta and Nice complement Delta’s extensive reach to Nice from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

May 18, 2023 Augusta Chronicle

Medical College of Georgia to get four-year campus at Georgia Southern University

Abraham Kenmore reports that Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University is establishing a new four-year medical campus at Georgia Southern University, according to a news release from Georgia House of Representatives Speaker Jon Burns. On Tuesday, the Board of Regents voted to approve a $1.69 million bond to renovate 23,000 square feet of space at the Armstrong Center and Health Professions Building at Georgia Southern.

May 18, 2023 Saporta Report

MARTA union contract negotiations heat up after dragging on nearly a year

John Ruch reports, after dragging on for nearly a year, contract negotiations between MARTA and its labor union are heating up with mutual accusations of delays and misinformation, and talk of workers staging an “action.” Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 732 members are nearly five months past the expiration of a previous contract and apparently remain far apart from MARTA on pay rates, which they claim are lower than national and regional transit agencies.

May 18, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Report: Carbon emissions on the decline in Georgia

Dave Williams reports that Georgia’s carbon emissions are declining despite strong economic and population growth, according to a statewide research initiative begun in 2020 by a multi-university collaboaration. Carbon emissions in the Peach State fell by 5% between 2017 and 2021, researchers from Drawdown Georgia reported this week.

May 18, 2023 Newnan Times-Herald

Serenbe expanding into Coweta

Laura Camper reports that Coweta County acreage will become home to a new neighborhood of Serenbe, according to local officials. Serenbe, a development in the city of Chattahoochee Hills, is home to about 650 people.

May 18, 2023 Dalton Daily Citizen

Hamilton Medical Center expanding with 175,000-square-foot cardiovascular pavilion

Staff reports that Hamilton Medical Center, a not-for-profit hospital and the flagship of Hamilton Health Care System, announces plans for a record-setting facility expansion, approximately 175,000 square feet, to serve the growing cardiovascular needs of the region. The Robert E. Shaw family has provided a gift of support for the cardiovascular pavilion, which will house cardiovascular surgery and an array of cardiovascular specialty services, such as electrophysiology, interventional cardiology and structural cardiology.

May 18, 2023 The Center Square

Group disappointed with Kemp’s direct care worker wage increase removal

T.A. DeFeo reports that a national organization of family caregivers is disappointed that Gov. Brian Kemp removed a wage increase for direct care workers supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities included in the state’s budget. But the governor says lawmakers didn’t fund the wage increase, which would have cost $105 million.

May 18, 2023 GPB

A Kemp presidential run in 2024? Advisor says ‘things can change quickly’

Sarah Kallis reports that Cody Hall, senior advisor to Gov. Brian Kemp, joined GPB’s Political Rewind today to discuss Kemp’s future plans. Hall said that he does not “actively” expect a 2024 U.S. presidential run from Kemp, but is open to the possibility.

May 18, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Donald Trump set to address Georgia GOP convention

Greg Bluestein reports that former President Donald Trump is set to speak at the Georgia GOP convention in June, marking the Republican’s first event in Georgia since launching his comeback bid. The June 10 event in Columbus comes as Fulton County prosecutors near a decision on whether to seek criminal charges against Trump and his allies for seeking to overturn his 2020 election defeat in Georgia.


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