Georgia Trend Daily – June 12, 2023

June 12, 2023 Saporta Report

Georgia State University releases report analyzing impact of local entertainment industry

Hannah E. Jones reports, over the years, Georgia has increasingly become a hotspot within the world of film and T.V. Wanting to further analyze the impact of the local entertainment industry, Georgia State University’s Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) released “Building Georgia’s Digital Entertainment Future.”

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June 12, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports that bioprocessing company Meissner Corp. is investing $250 million in a new facility in Athens-Clarke County that will create more than 1,700 jobs over the next eight years. The California-based company makes advanced microfiltration and therapeutic manufacturing systems for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries.


June 12, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mixed-use project gets $15M tax break in hot DeKalb neighborhood

Zachary Hansen reports that a DeKalb County authority reversed itself Thursday and approved a $15 million tax break it previously shelved for a mixed-use project in a fast-developing area near two new hospital campuses. The county’s development authority, called Decide DeKalb, voted 5-1 to approve the tax abatement over a decade for Manor Druid Hills.

June 12, 2023 Capitol Beat News

State tax revenues down for third consecutive month

Dave Williams reports that Georgia tax collections last month were down for the third month in a row, the state Department of Revenue reported Friday. The state brought in $2.49 billion in tax revenue in May, a decrease of $205.7 million, or 7.6 %, compared to May of last year.

June 12, 2023 Augusta Chronicle

Other Georgia cities bring in hundreds of refugees. Augusta hosts barely any.

Abraham Kenmore reports, Aimee Zangandou, originally from Rwanda, came to Atlanta in 1997 as a refugee herself as part of a robust, decades-long program: From 2002 to 2019 alone, the Atlanta area welcomed tens of thousands of refugees. Augusta, in the same time period, resettled less than 10.


June 12, 2023 Athens Banner-Herald

Gov. Kemp awards $1.6 million grant to Athens-Clarke police

Wayne Ford reports that Athens-Clarke County Police Department is among numerous law enforcement agencies across the state to receive a grant from the $83 million awarded by Gov. Brian Kemp’s office. The state awarded Athens-Clarke police more than $1.6 million for recruitment incentives for current employees and the hiring of new employees, according to the governor’s office.

June 12, 2023 Rome News-Tribune

Plan for Rome’s River District continues to evolve

David Crowder reports that the concept plan for the River District in downtown Rome continues to evolve with the latest addition being a new crosswalk on the West Third Street side of the Fifth Avenue Bridge. Rome City Manager Sammy Rich told the Rome-Floyd County Joint Services Committee on Tuesday that the crosswalk will be pedestrian actuated.

June 12, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal

Lisa Cupid announces run for reelection

Staff reports, in a talk that highlighted her frustration with critics, accomplishments and goals, Lisa Cupid, chairwoman of the Cobb Board of Commissioners, announced she is running for a second term. First elected to represent south Cobb’s District 4 on the commission in 2012, she was elected county chair in 2020 after defeating Republican incumbent Mike Boyce.

June 12, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Anxiety rises for Georgia’s trans minors as state law barring hormone treatment starts July 1

Ross Williams reports, at midnight on June 30, transgender minors in Georgia who are not already receiving hormone treatments will be barred from starting due to a controversial law passed by the state Legislature along party lines this March. One transgender teacher at an organization that works with queer youth, said the kids she works with are very aware of the deadline.

June 12, 2023 The Current

Trump takes on charges, prosecutors to rapt GOP faithful

Craig Nelson reports that a vintage Donald J. Trump, the former U.S. president, took the stage to persuade Georgia Republicans he should be their next one. For Coastal Georgians attending the GOP convention, it wasn’t a hard sell. “He doesn’t back down,” said Kandiss Taylor, chair of the 1st District GOP and former gubernatorial candidate.

June 12, 2023 Washington Post

Georgia is likely next ground zero for Trump’s battle with law enforcement

Amy Gardner reports that former president Donald Trump may have been the star of the Georgia GOP convention here over the weekend, but the runner-up was almost certainly David Shafer, the outgoing state party chairman and a top target, like Trump, of an Atlanta-area investigation of efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results.

June 12, 2023 Gwinnett Daily Post

U.S. Rep. Rich McCormick files bill requiring National Weather Service use ‘commercially available’ data for aviation weather modeling

Curt Yeomans reports that U.S. Rep. Rich McCormick, R-Ga., is pushing the National Weather Service to use new data for aviation weather modeling. McCormick, whose congressional district includes northwest Gwinnett, filed the Aviation Weather Improvement Act this past week.

June 12, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: State GOP platform protects Confederates monuments, bans abortion

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that the state GOP convention in Columbus this weekend was both a grassroots business meeting and the start of the 2024 U.S. presidential contest in Georgia. It was also a reminder of the party’s fissures, since Gov. Brian Kemp and other statewide Republicans skipped the scene entirely.

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