Georgia Trend Daily – July 28, 2023

July 28, 2023

Gov. Kemp Applauds Morgan Stanley’s Commitment to Georgia Job Creation

Staff reports that Gov. Kemp yesterday applauded Morgan Stanley’s continued progress in growing its workforce across several locations in the metro Atlanta area. The company confirmed it is close to reaching its goal set in 2020 of adding 1,800 Georgians to its workforce.

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Boom Town: Serra Hall, executive director of Newton County Industrial Development Authority: photoii Ryan Johnson.


July 28, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Newton County: People, Partnership, Progress

Brian A. Lee reports that a boom town needs more than room to grow. A partnership-driven support system coupled with responsive infrastructure improvements are key to maintaining the gains and limiting the growing pains.


July 28, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Georgia Lottery tops $1.5 billion in profits for education

Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Lottery raised more than $1.5 billion for education during the fiscal year that ended June 30. Fiscal 2023 marked the eighth consecutive year the lottery surpassed the $1 billion mark in profits for education – specifically the HOPE Scholarships and statewide pre-kindergarten programs – and brought the total transferred to education since the lottery began 30 years ago to more than $26.8 billion.

July 28, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Sparks fly at hearing on Georgia Power project that could stick ratepayers with Plant Vogtle tab

Stanley Dunlap reports that the debate surrounding Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle expansion raged on Thursday during the latest installment of state regulators considering the controversial nuclear expansion project, which has doubled in cost and taken seven years longer to build than initially planned.

July 28, 2023 Savannah Morning News, USA Today

Chick-fil-A to build new restaurant concepts in Atlanta and New York City

James Powel reports that Chick-fil-A announced that it will develop two new restaurant concepts in the Atlanta metropolitan area and New York City. The quick service restaurant company will test an elevated drive-thru and a digital walk up concept.

July 28, 2023 Rome News-Tribune

Jobless rate continues to rise throughout Northwest Georgia

John Druckenmiller reports that more than 5,300 area residents were jobless in June, up less than 1% from the same month in 2022. The labor pool was a bit deeper thanks to college and high schools being out for most students.

July 28, 2023 Cherokee Tribune & Ledger News

Cherokee Schools selected for program to serve more fresh local produce in meals

Staff reports that Cherokee County School District students will have more local fresh produce in school meals this year thanks to a new state grant, the district announced. CCSD School Nutrition earned a spot in the Georgia Department of Education’s competitive Georgia Local Food for Schools pilot program.

July 28, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Catching up with Will Bentley

Karen Kirkpatrick reports on Will Bentley, President of the Georgia Agribusiness Council. Agriculture is Georgia’s most important industry. One in seven Georgians work in some ag- and food-related job.

July 28, 2023 The Center Square

Feds sending millions for Smyrna project

T.A. DeFeo reports that the federal government could send $13 million to help Smyrna overhaul a section of South Cobb Drive from Concord to Windy Hill roads. City officials had secured $17 million in funding, including $120,000 in federal funding.

July 28, 2023 GPB

‘Local elections are at risk’: Warnock reintroduces legislation to stop election interference

Ambria Burton reports that Georgia U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock reintroduced legislation in Congress on July 27 that would enforce new measures protecting local state election administrations from partisan interference and guarantee moral practices behind the challenges with voter registration.

July 28, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Kemp says Giuliani’s falsehoods ‘very troubling’

Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that Rudy Giuliani spread conspiracy theories about the election before a state legislative hearing in December 2020, it drew a ringing condemnation from Gov. Brian Kemp, who called the former New York mayor’s attacks a “joke.” Now as other Republicans are tightlipped about Giuliani’s acknowledgement that he made false statements at the state Capitol meetings, Kemp is not shrinking away.


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