Georgia Trend Daily – June 27, 2023

June 27, 2023 Savannah Business Journal

Colonial Terminals and Norfolk Southern Partner on Development of $100M Breakbulk Facility

Staff reports that Colonial Terminals, a division of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc., acquired 16.7 acres of land sited adjacent to an existing Colonial Terminal riverfront facility and a Norfolk Southern rail facility. The transaction will provide Colonial Terminals the ability to develop breakbulk infrastructure along the Savannah River.

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June 27, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Brunswick Golden Isles: Revitalization in Bloom

Betty Darby reports, move over, Port of Baltimore. The Port of Brunswick is coming for your title as the nation’s busiest port for RoRo (roll-on, roll-off) cargo. And these future bragging rights will only enhance the impressive revitalization occurring throughout Brunswick and the Golden Isles.

June 27, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cotton crop in South Georgia banged up by hailstorms and high winds

Evan Lasseter reports that Bart Davis was out on his farm a couple Mondays ago when he saw a gray cloud hang over the land. Next came hail and wind so strong one of his irrigation pivots was upended. Similar storms followed the days after, and the biggest pour of hail hit June 14.

June 27, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Georgia Democrats trumpet $1.3B grant to expand rural broadband internet connections

Stanley Dunlap reports that a historic broadband investment has been secured for Georgia broadband expansion as part of $42 billion awarded by the Biden administration to boost internet access nationwide. Several members of Georgia’s congressional delegation announced Monday that the state will receive a $1.3 billion grant through a broadband program created by the bipartisan 2021 infrastructure law.

June 27, 2023 The Current

Coastal Georgia’s ever-growing film industry prospers

Audrey Gibbs reports that state officials this month are peering behind the scenes of the movie business in Coastal Georgia to evaluate the benefit of lucrative tax credits that put Savannah on Hollywood’s map. The city has earned the ranking of third-best small city and town to be a movie maker, according to MovieMaker magazine.

June 27, 2023 The Center Square

Feds give Georgia State University $22.3 million for electric buses

T.A. DeFeo reports that the feds awarded nearly $22.3 million to Georgia State University to buy electric buses for its Panther Express service as part of a fleet upgrade. According to the Federal Transit Administration, the roughly 18 new buses will replace the system’s older diesel buses as Panther Express converts its vehicles to an all-electric fleet.

June 27, 2023

Sage to Relocate to 619 Ponce, Showing the British Software Firm’s Enduring Commitment in Atlanta

Trevor Williams reports that British business software provider Sage is set to continue its Atlanta odyssey, announcing June 12 that it would commit anew to the city by relocating to Ponce City Market in 2024. Sage in 2015 expanded its metro-area presence by putting a North American headquarters and an innovation center at Atlantic Station and adding 400 jobs while keeping some software operations in Lawrenceville.

June 27, 2023 All On Georgia

Deadline Approaching for Georgia Timber Harvesters and Counties

Staff reports, an important deadline is at hand for Georgia counties that require notifications be made when timber harvest operations are conducted. July 1, 2023 is the day those counties and the loggers who work within them are required to use the new online Timber Harvest Notification (THN) system.

June 27, 2023 The Brunswick News

Rep. Carter introduces bill to prevent NOAA from implementing rule

Hank Rowland reports that U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-1, is defending a bill he introduced Friday that would prohibit a federal agency from requiring more vessels to adhere to a low speed when approaching the East Coast during certain months of the year. House Bill 4323 calls for prohibiting the issuance of an interim or final rule that amends, updates, modifies or replaces the North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Strike Reduction Rule until mitigation protocols are fully developed and deployed.

June 27, 2023 Gwinnett Daily Post

U.S. Rep. Andrew Clyde gets spending bill amended to bar renaming of Lake Lanier, Buford Dam

Curt Yeomans reports that U.S. Rep. Andrew Clyde is pushing to ban the Army Corps of Engineers from changing the names of Lake Lanier and Buford Dam months after the Corps began — and then paused — efforts to rename them because of their ties to people fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.

June 27, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Georgia agriculture department reforming law enforcement division

Dave Williams reports that Georgia Department of Agriculture has regained its status as a law enforcement agency more than a decade after the agency’s Law Enforcement Division was disbanded. Commissioner of Agriculture Tyler Harper has appointed 29-year law enforcement and emergency management veteran Harlan Proveaux to head the newly reconstituted division.

June 27, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Raffensperger wants ‘robust’ new penalties against election tampering

Greg Bluestein, Patricia Murphy and Tia Mitchell report, facing pressure to update Georgia’s voting system software before next year, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is pursuing a different angle. He is calling on lawmakers to make tampering with Georgia’s election system a felony carrying a minimum sentence of 10 years.

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