Georgia Trend Daily – June 21, 2023

June 21, 2023 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Pratt & Whitney set to invest more than $200 million in Columbus, says Georgia Gov. Kemp

Brittany McGee reports that Pratt & Whitney, a business specializing in aircraft and helicopter engines, is investing $206 million in Muscogee County and bringing almost 400 jobs as it expands operations. Governor Brian Kemp announced the new while in France attending the Paris Air Show.

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June 21, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Deadline is fast approaching to nominate Georgia’s Legal Elite

Julia Roberts reports, for the past two decades, Georgia Trend has recognized the state’s most capable attorneys and is currently receiving nominees for this year’s list. Our 21st compilation of Georgia’s Legal Elite in 16 categories – as chosen by their peers – will appear in the December 2023 issue.

June 21, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Google, Dickens surprise community leader with award, $100K

Mirtha Donastorg reports, when Joey Womack stepped into Atlanta City Hall on Tuesday, he thought he was speaking on a roundtable about the local startup community. But really, the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Goodie Nation was surprised by Mayor Andre Dickens with an award and a $100,000 donation from a division of Google.

June 21, 2023 Savannah Morning News

Richmond Hill gun manufacturer expands with $10 million investment, second facility

Latrice Williams reports that on Tuesday, the Bryan County Development Authority announced the expansion of C&H Precision, a family-owned company that designs and manufactures machined optic adapter plates for firearms. The move comes with a $10 million investment that will bring 20 to 30 jobs to the area.

June 21, 2023 GlobalAtlanta.com

Governor’s Mission to Israel Opens Doors in Country of Outsize Impact, Officials Say

Trevor Williams reports that when Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp made his first overseas trip to South Korea in 2021, the rationale was clear: influential Korean companies like Kia and SK had already spent billions in the state, and more investment and jobs were there for the taking. Two years, billions of dollars and thousands of jobs later, the logic of that trip would be hard to assail.

June 21, 2023 Georgia Recorder

State EPD could ease ban on tapping Flint River basin water for first time in a decade

Jill Nolin reports that state regulators are considering the first significant easing of a decade-old moratorium on new or expanded withdrawals in portions of southwest Georgia’s Flint River Basin. The state Environmental Protection Division has proposed letting farmers tap into the Floridan Aquifer for the limited purpose of using irrigation to protect crops like the state’s prized blueberries from bouts of frost.

June 21, 2023 GPB

Obesity prevention is one of many chronically underfunded public health programs in Georgia

Ellen Eldridge reports that Georgia needs more federal funding to bolster the public health workforce and modernize the systems that the health departments need to be able to fight 21st century diseases and conditions, according to an annual report from the Trust for America’s Health organization.

June 21, 2023 Valdosta Daily Times

Georgia’s university system tackles cyberattack

Terry Richards reports that the University System of Georgia was among several government entities hit by a wide-scale cyberattack, though there was no word late last week on Valdosta State University being affected. On June 7, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued a warning about a ransomware gang attempting to use faults in a software package called MOVEit to steal data.

June 21, 2023 Rough Draft Atlanta

Figures released for local government payouts from opioid settlements

Madison Auchincloss reports that Georgia will eventually receive over $636 million dollars in compensation from the some of the largest opioid manufacturers, such as Johnson & Johnson, and distributors, such as McKesson. Twenty-five percent of that money will go to local governments based on the Georgia Memorandum of Understanding in the settlement.

June 21, 2023 Politico

4 looming questions as Georgia starts Medicaid work requirements

Robert King reports that Georgia next month will become the first state in five years to attach work requirements to Medicaid, a conservative stamp on the insurance program that is certain to be scrutinized amid the national debate over personal responsibility and the social safety net. On July 1, Georgia begins its partial expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare.

June 21, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Ossoff backing bill to increase military housing allowance

Dave Williams reports that junior enlisted military personnel would receive a higher housing allowance under bipartisan legislation introduced in Congress this week by U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga. Ossoff led an eight-month investigation last year that called attention to the poor condition of privatized housing at the Army’s Fort Gordon near Augusta.

June 21, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

No elections takeover: Georgia board clears Fulton County

Mark Niesse reports that a unanimous vote by the State Election Board on Tuesday scuttled a potential state takeover of elections in Fulton County following Georgia’s 2020 presidential race. The board concluded that Fulton, a bastion of Democratic voters, made significant corrections to election operations over the past two years during a performance review started by Republican state legislators under a voting law that passed the General Assembly in 2021.

 

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