Georgia Trend Daily – July 20, 2023

July 20, 2023 Savannah Morning News, Augusta Chronicle

CNBC: Georgia ranks top 5 in states for business, takes No. 1 spot in important category

Miguel Legoas reports that the Peach State is looking ripe when it comes to infrastructure and business. CNBC’s annual study ‘America’s Top States for Business’ gave Georgia high marks overall and the top spot on the study’s infrastructure ranking.



July 20, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Entrepreneur Grants for Small Business Owners

Susana Hills reports that Cecilia Russo Marketing is accepting applications from new business owners, start-ups and budding entrepreneurs in the State of Georgia for a $5,000 grant award, paying homage to the first payment from the first client the company ever received. In 2008, Founder and CEO Cecilia Russo Turner left a stable and secure job to take on the publicity and event planning for Tour de Georgia, a U.S. professional road cycling stage race across the State of Georgia.

July 20, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS, Teamsters to resume contract negotiations next week

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that the Teamsters union said it is set to resume negotiations with Sandy Springs-based UPS next week, with less than two weeks to reach a deal before their strike deadline. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters said Wednesday that the company reached out to the union, and dates will be set soon for the resumption of bargaining.

July 20, 2023 Rome News-Tribune

Another 2,900 jump in local jobs in June to 44,700; state sets record employment numbers

John Druckenmiller reports that the Rome/Floyd County labor force continues to climb, adding 2,900 jobs in June to reach 44,700. That’s also a 200-position boost from May of this year. But what isn’t moving much in either direction is the number of first-time unemployment claims recorded here.

July 20, 2023 Augusta Chronicle

Columbia County adopts contract to fund new hospital once AU-Wellstar deal approved

Abraham Kenmore reports that the Columbia County Board of Commissioners this week approved a contract with the newly-established Hospital Authority, paving the way towards funding the new hospital. The process started when Augusta University Health System got a state certificate of need authorizing them to build a hospital in Columbia County in 2014.

July 20, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal

Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy hires executive director

Staff reports that Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy, the primary philanthropic partner of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, has named Brittany Jones as its first executive director. The conservancy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides the national recreation area with funding and volunteer support to maintain and improve the park trails and facilities and provide outreach and educational programming.

July 20, 2023 Albany Herald

Albany qualifies for $25 million grant for use toward sewer separation project

Alan Mauldin reports that the bad news is a $30 million grant for an Albany sewage upgrade has not materialized, at least for 2023. But the good news is there is a $25 million low-interest loan available, with a portion of that amount potentially forgivable.

July 20, 2023

Former Atlanta Mayor Bottoms to Join President Biden’s Export Council 

Trevor Williams reports, fresh off completion of another White House role, former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has been tapped to serve the Biden administration again as a member of the President’s Export Council. Ms. Bottoms served as director of the Office of Public Engagement and a senior adviser to Mr. Biden until April of this year.

July 20, 2023 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Solar power is a cheap, favored form of renewable energy in GA, but residential solar lags

Kala Hunter reports that the most affordable form of energy in Georgia has momentous support from both sides of the political aisle — and it’s combating climate change. “Solar is the cheapest form of energy in Georgia per kilowatt,” Georgia State Sen. Jason Anavitarte said.

July 20, 2023 The Brunswick News

Carter challenges NOAA red snapper action

Hank Rowland reports that U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter is backing efforts to stop NOAA from “overbearing” management of the red snapper fishery. Carter, R-1, is co-sponsoring H.R. 4587, the Red Snapper Act that would prevent the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from closing areas in federal waters in the South Atlantic to fishing until the Great Red Snapper Count concludes and the findings are integrated into the fishery’s stock assessment.

July 20, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Nearly 200,000 ‘inactive’ Georgia voters to be dropped from rolls

Dave Williams reports that a new round of purging from Georgia’s voter list ahead of next year’s elections is poised to remove 191,473 voters previously placed into “inactive” status from the rolls. If an inactive voter’s county voter registration office receives no response to a mailed notice within 30 days, that voter will be taken off the list.

July 20, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Michigan fake-elector charges could mean trouble in Georgia

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that the charges against the fake electors in Michigan on Tuesday underscored the legal peril for some members of the Georgia phony slate as Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis nears her decision on whether to seek charges against former President Donald Trump and his allies.

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