Georgia Trend Daily – May 24, 2023

May 24, 2023

Automotive Supplier Hanon Systems to Create 160 New Jobs in Bulloch County

Staff reports that Gov. Kemp on Tuesday announced that Hanon Systems, a global provider of automotive thermal and energy management solutions, will create 160 new jobs and invest more than $40 million in a new manufacturing facility in Bulloch County. Hanon Systems will build a new facility at Gateway Regional Industrial Park in Bulloch County to assemble automotive thermal solutions.

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May 24, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Perimeter Area: Vibrant Cities

Tom Oder reports, of the 11 cities along the 60-plus mile route of Interstate 285 that circles Atlanta, only three collectively have the distinction of being referred to by the name of the iconic loop, better known as the Perimeter. The top-end cities of Sandy Springs in Fulton County, and Dunwoody and Brookhaven in DeKalb County, are collectively called the Perimeter area.

May 24, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta hires new chief operating officer

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines has hired a new chief operating officer, Mike Spanos, who is a former CEO of Six Flags Entertainment and was a longtime executive at Pepsi. Atlanta-based Delta said Spanos will join the airline June 12.

May 24, 2023 Rough Draft Atlanta

Streets remained closed, residents displaced after Midtown crane collapse

Collin Kelley and Dyana Bagby report that major city roads remain closed around the site where a construction crane partially collapsed in Midtown on Monday, leaving at least 1,000 residents unable to return to their homes. City officials say they do not know when the busy roads will reopen.

May 24, 2023 GPB

Medical College plans 4-year branch at Armstrong campus

Benjamin Payne reports that Georgia’s only public medical school plans to open a four-year campus in Savannah by fall 2024, as the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University on Thursday announced approval of state funding to expand to Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong campus on the city’s south side.

May 24, 2023 The Brunswick News

Jekyll Island Authority board names new director

Lauren McDonald reports that the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will be the new executive director of the JIA. The board of the Jekyll Island Authority approved passing the title to Mark Williams at its meeting Tuesday.

May 24, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Providence Canyon State Park to expand

Dave Williams reports that Southwest Georgia’s popular Providence Canyon State Park is about to become larger. The state Board of Natural Resources voted Tuesday to purchase two parcels of land next to the park totaling just more than 1,700 acres for $3.3 million.

May 24, 2023 University of Georgia CAES

CAES researchers find improved treatments for removing ‘forever chemicals’

Emily Cabrera reports that University of Georgia researchers in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the College of Engineering are wrapping up the final year of a study to develop improved, cost-effective treatment systems with advanced technologies for removing polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from water, wastewater and biosolids.

May 24, 2023

Longtime KLM Exec in Atlanta Knighted by Dutch King 

Trevor Williams reports that a retired executive who for years helped manage KLM’s with its joint venture partner Delta Air Lines in Atlanta has been knighted for his service to the Dutch business community. Jan Willem Smeulers was presented with the royal decoration of Knight of the Order Orange-Nassau for what the Consulate General of the Netherlands called “longstanding meritorious service to Dutch society.”

May 24, 2023 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta confirms cyber crime on city computers, says unrelated to other recent outage

Miguel Legoas reports that Augusta Mayor Garnett Johnson confirmed on Tuesday that some technical difficulties which started Sunday stem from a cyber crime unrelated to last week’s outage. They are also investigating whether or not any sensitive data was impacted, but have not confirmed any compromises.

May 24, 2023 Saporta Report

Atlanta ranks No. 28 on annual ParkScore index

Hannah E. Jones reports, created by the Trust for Public Land (TPL), the annual ParkScore ranks the 100 most populous cities based on five categories — access, investment, equity, amenities and acreage. This year, the City of Atlanta was placed at No. 28.

May 24, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia is on the hunt for cyberjobs in Israel’s desert

Greg Bluestein reports that the trade delegation led by Gov. Brian Kemp traveled to Beersheba, Israel Tuesday to explore how government officials transformed this Negev Desert boomtown into a cutting-edge cybersecurity center — and how Georgia could enhance its own burgeoning cyberindustry. Then-Gov. Nathan Deal in 2017 created a state-owned facility to combat cyberwarfare near the U.S. Army’s Cyber Command in Augusta.

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