Georgia Trend Daily – June 13, 2023

June 13, 2023

Governor and First Lady Kemp to visit the countries of Georgia and France

Staff reports, on Tuesday, June 13, Gov. Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp will lead a delegation of state officials on an international mission, beginning in the Country of Georgia capital of Tbilisi and ending in Paris, France. This visit marks the first time a sitting U.S. governor has visited the Country of Georgia, as Governor Kemp demonstrates the state’s commitment to this ally.

Cutting Edge Program: Yusun Chang, chair of the Department of Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering at KSU


June 13, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Reengineering the Future

Tom Oder reports that Georgia is a long-recognized leader in having key assets that industries need. Among those assets are universities that are working to transform their engineering programs to accommodate ever-evolving computing and software technology.


June 13, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Trump vows to pull plug on EV support amid Georgia’s electric wave

Zachary Hansen and Drew Kann report that Georgia sits at the center of a surge in electric vehicle manufacturing with billions in promised investments and tens of thousands of jobs set to turn the Peach State into one of the nation’s automotive hubs. But in a weekend speech to the Georgia Republican Convention, former President Donald Trump took aim at the state’s fastest-growing industry.

June 13, 2023 The Center Square

Georgia awards $195.4 million in transportation projects in April

T.A. DeFeo reports that the Georgia Department of Transportation awarded 16 projects valued at more than $195.4 million in April. Of the projects awarded, 61% were for reconstruction, while the rest was for bridge construction (32%), resurfacing (5%), safety (2%) and bridge rehabilitation (1%).


June 13, 2023 Savannah Morning News

To meet vision for a ‘vibrant’ downtown, Guyton leaders establish a development authority

LaTrice Williams reports, as growth takes shape in Guyton, City Manager Meketa Brown is thinking ahead regarding the town’s small-knit community feel. Those thoughts prompted her to create a Downtown Development Authority to advance growth opportunities throughout.

June 13, 2023 Athens Banner-Herald

Athens-area makers of a barbecue sauce and energy drink reaping success after awards

Chris Starrs reports that in the annual University of Georgia’s UGA Flavor of Georgia competition held earlier this year, Bishop-based HIBO, which makes a variety of zero-calorie energy drinks with a hibiscus base, won in the beverages category, and Statham-based Oconee Creations won in the barbecue sauces category for its small-batch Oconee White Gold sauce.

June 13, 2023 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta issues update on what services are and are not available amid network disruption

Abraham Kenmore reports that Augusta is continuing to work to restore services after an external actor disrupted the network, according to a news release from the municipal government Friday evening. The disruption began on May 21 and both internal IT workers and outside specialists are working on the issue, according to the release.

June 13, 2023 The Brunswick News

Jekyll budget includes parking fee increase

Lauren McDonald reports that the Jekyll Island Authority’s fiscal year 2024 budget includes several fee increases, which are set to be approved at the board of director’s meeting next week. The budget proposes raising parking fees on the island as well as residential rental licenses, sanitation and wastewater base fees.

June 13, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Federal broadband grants headed to South Georgia

Dave Williams reports that four South Georgia counties will receive nearly $15 million in preliminary grant awards for broadband internet expansion, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday. The federal pandemic relief funds are coming through the second round of a grant program aimed at improving connectivity for homes and businesses in underserved areas.

June 13, 2023 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI News

Redistricting: Court ruling against Alabama’s racially redistricted map could affect Georgia

Asia Ashley reports that the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 8 ruling that the state of Alabama’s new congressional map is unfair to Black voters could have an affect on new district maps in Georgia. Shortly after the the Supreme Court’s ruling, Georgia Federal Court Judge Steve Jones order that parties in the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP v. Georgia case file a brief to address the Alabama decision and how it relates to the Georgia case.

June 13, 2023 11 Alive

Federal Farm Bill could impact Georgia Food Banks

Karys Belger reports, in the face of soaring food prices and increased demand for assistance, the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) is calling on Congress to allocate more funding as discussions on the Farm Bill continue. The Farm Bill, a comprehensive package of legislation renewed every five years, plays a crucial role in determining the price of food and provides financial support to farmers.

June 13, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Clyde’s gun bill is key to ending U.S. House logjam

Tia Mitchell, Patricia Murphy and Greg Bluestein report that shortly after lunchtime, we will find out whether the U.S. House stalemate has ended. If so, expect a vote today on yet another bill sponsored by Georgia Rep. Andrew Clyde. The gun store owner who also wears a lapel pin every day that is shaped like an AR-15 firearm, wants to prevent the federal government from regulating pistol braces.

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