Georgia Trend Daily – July 26, 2023

July 26, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Teamsters-UPS reach ‘game-changing’ labor deal to avert strike

Casey Quinlan reports that Atlanta-based UPS and its workers, represented by the Teamsters, reached a tentative deal on Tuesday to prevent an Aug. 1 strike of 340,000 union members at the package carrier. A work stoppage could have cost the U.S. economy billions by disrupting supply chains and upending distribution to both large and small businesses, hospitals and homes.

Brian Robinson


July 26, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

A Bigger Voice for Georgia?

Brian Robinson writes, the day after the Georgia General Assembly session ends, legislators usually wake up from their late-night revelry and dart out of town. After three months of work in the Capitol, there’s an urgency about getting home to their businesses and family vacations.

July 26, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fulton agency gives initial OK to $11M tax break for Serenbe expansion

J. Scott Trubey reports that the Development Authority of Fulton County on Tuesday gave an initial approval to an $11 million property tax break for an expansion of the luxury community Serenbe, including a pair of hotels and a “wellness” resort with a rental community aimed at helping people age in place.

July 26, 2023

Bradshaw Home to Create More than 230 Logistics Jobs in Effingham County

Staff reports that Gov. Kemp on Tuesday announced that Bradshaw Home, a leading designer and marketer of kitchen and cleaning products, will build a new distribution center in Effingham County, creating more than 230 new jobs. Bradshaw Home’s product portfolio includes kitchen tools, gadgets, bakeware, cookware, food storage, and cleaning products marketed under brands including GoodCook®, Casabella®, and Evercare®.

July 26, 2023 Savannah Morning News

‘Exciting times.’ Georgia Ports Authority adds market share as well as future capacity

Adam Van Brimmer reports, the Georgia Ports Authority reported final 2023 numbers Tuesday, confirming the fiscal year that ended June 30 was its second busiest on record, behind only 2022. Yet even as the total number of shipping containers moved fell year over year, GPA increased its U.S. market share to 11.2%, up from 10.4% in 2022 and 9.7% in 2020.

July 26, 2023 The Brunswick News

Port of Brunswick sets new record in Ro/Ro traffic

Michael Hall reports that improvements in microchip production and other factors have helped to produce record numbers of automobiles and other rolling cargo passing through the Port of Brunswick. The Georgia Ports Authority said Tuesday that the volume of roll-on, roll-off cargo increased by 18%, or 109,000 units, in fiscal-year 2023.

July 26, 2023

Aprio Gains Colombia Foothold With Recent Acquisition

Trevor Williams reports that one of the latest in a string of acquisitions for Atlanta-based Aprio gives the fast-growing tax and advisory firm a foothold in one of Colombia’s key business hubs. In absorbing Fort Lauderdale-based Salver & Cook, LLP, Aprio gains 20 new teammates based in South Florida, along with the 12 professionals that make up the firm’s offshore operation in the city of Medellin.

July 26, 2023 Gainesville Times

Kubota Industrial Equipment changing name as part of merger

Jeff Gill reports that Kubota Industrial Equipment Corp. will be called Kubota Manufacturing of America Corp. as part of a merger with Kubota Manufacturing of America effective Jan. 1, according to a press release Tuesday, July 25.

July 26, 2023 Augusta Chronicle

Grovetown mayor Gary Jones reaches settlement with city of Waynesboro

Alexandra Koch reports, a year after the mayor of Grovetown filed a lawsuit against the City of Waynesboro, a $300,000 settlement recently was approved. Mayor Gary Jones, who was an employee with the Waynesboro Police Department, alleged about $144,000 collected by the Waynesboro Municipal Court was missing and had not been deposited into the city’s account.

July 26, 2023 The Current

Fact check: Expanded right whale speed rules

Mary Landers reports that U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, a Republican who represents Coastal Georgia, opposes a proposed federal rule meant to protect the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale population. Fewer than 350 of these whales remain and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries earlier this month declared the population “in crisis” after realizing their population was even smaller than previously estimated.

July 26, 2023 The Center Square

Kemp files Supreme Court amicus brief in Chevron case

T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has filed an amicus brief in a highly visible U.S. Supreme Court case that could overturn a standing practice that gives federal agencies the power to interpret statutes. Kemp, a Republican, filed his brief in the case of Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, which seeks to overturn the so-called Chevron deference established by the 1984 decision in Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

July 26, 2023 State Affairs

Amid revelry and celebration, Black lawmakers ask tough questions, pledge to push through agenda

Jill Jordan Sieder reports that legislators and speakers at the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus’ (GLBC) annual conference last weekend expressed frustration and alarm around losing ground, locally and nationally, on voting rights, civil rights and access to equitable opportunities. Some have called on Black leaders to get better organized and to build coalitions with other groups to move legislation on the GLBC agenda that has languished in the Georgia General Assembly over the past few years.

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