Georgia Trend Daily – July 18, 2023

July 18, 2023 The Center Square

Atlanta area has the nation’s second-highest inflation

T.A. DeFeo reports that despite potentially encouraging job and unemployment news, inflation remains a top concern for many Georgia businesses. “With costs coming down, wages rising, and unemployment at historic lows, Bidenomics is delivering real results for working Georgians,” Democratic Party of Georgia spokesperson Ellie Schwartz said in a statement.

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July 18, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports that U.S. News & World Report ranked 150 of the most popular metro areas to live in the U.S., and Savannah (No. 37) and Atlanta (No. 64) both made the list. To be included, the areas had to offer good “value” based on affordability, be a desirable place to live and have a strong job market and a high quality of life.

July 18, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bezos group announces millions for green spaces in Atlanta

Evan Lasseter reports that the Bezos Earth Fund announced Monday a $7.9 million investment into Atlanta-based nonprofits in an effort to create greater access to parks, trees, and community gardens in underserved communities. The local investment is part of a larger $400 million national commitment called the Greening America’s Cities initiative headed by the Bezos group, according to a news release.

July 18, 2023

Delta’s LATAM Partnership Yielding New Colombia, Peru Flights for Atlanta 

Trevor Williams reports that Delta Air Lines Inc.’s new joint venture with LATAM Airlines is set to yield new flights from South America to Atlanta starting this fall. LATAM will begin nonstop service from the Peruvian capital of Lima on Oct. 29, complementing Delta’s long-running daily service.

July 18, 2023 Augusta Chronicle

Federal funds will help bring in new staff, raise wages at Augusta area Head Start

Abraham Kenmore reports that the Augusta area Head Start program is getting an increase in funding for this fiscal year that will help expand staffing and increases wages, U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff announced on Monday. Standing outside the Central Savannah River Area Economic Opportunity Authority, Ossoff elaborated on the $14.9 million that the CSRA EOA will receive for the Head Start program.

July 18, 2023 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA grad makes Major League Hacking Top 50 List, featuring world’s rising technologists

Mary Renfroe reports that Alex Breazu, a recent mechanical engineering graduate at the University of Georgia, has been named to this year’s Top 50 list by Major League Hacking, an organization dedicated to supporting and empowering the hacking community. The list represents top new technologists in the MLH community with exceptional contributions and service within technology and STEM.

July 18, 2023 The Current

School bus driver shortage worsens as growing economy drives workers elsewhere

Caelen McQuilkin reports that Alejandro Del Razo is a Chatham County parent who strives to give his daughter the best education possible. He had to give up his job to do it.

July 18, 2023 WSB Radio

Rep. MTG sues California cities over ‘free speech rights’ in reference to cancelled 2021 rallies

Staff reports that CBS News reports that the cities of Riverside and Anaheim, both in southern California, are facing a lawsuit from Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fl), on grounds of free speech infringement. The two representatives, known for holding amongst the most extreme rightwing viewpoints in Congress, held a joint fundraising tour in 2021.

July 18, 2023

Gov. Kemp Announces Chris Hosey as Incoming GBI Director

Staff reports that Gov. Kemp announced the appointment of Chris Hosey to serve as Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), following a unanimous vote by the Board of Public Safety to approve his nomination. Hosey’s appointment will take effect August 1. “Chris has dedicated his career to protecting the people of our state as a proud member of law enforcement,” said Governor Brian Kemp.

July 18, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Changes in state election laws have little impact on results, new study finds

Zachary Roth reports, in recent years, U.S. politics has been consumed by partisan fights over states’ election policies. But a new study by two political scientists is causing a stir by finding that state legislators’ changes to election laws — both those that tighten election rules in the name of integrity, and those that loosen rules to expand access — have almost no impact on which side wins.

July 18, 2023 Gwinnett Daily Post

State Rep. Shelly Hutchinson chosen for national leadership development fellowship

Curt Yeomans reports that State Rep. Shelly Hutchison, D-Snellville, will participate in a national leadership development fellowship designed for state government officials. The Council of State Governments picked Hutchinson to participate in its 2023 Henry Toll Fellowship.

July 18, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Terry England to serve as chief of staff to Georgia House speaker

Dave Williams reports that former state Rep. Terry England is returning to the Gold Dome as chief of staff to House Speaker Jon Burns. England, a Republican from Barrow County and longtime chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, will succeed the retiring Spiro Amburn on Sept. 1.

July 18, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Georgia GOP official rips Marjorie Taylor Greene, says ‘I’m through’

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that the newly elected first vice-chair of the Georgia GOP — Brian K. Pritchard — ripped U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene during an extraordinary 20-minute segment of his online show Friday. “I’m through with her. I’m through,” he said.

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