Georgia Trend Daily – Aug. 2, 2023

Aug. 2, 2023 Savannah Morning News

Engineers needed: Hyundai searching for tech muscle for Savannah EV ‘smart factory’

Latrice Williams and Nancy Guan report that Jason Chambless is an engineer, and he’s witnessed a troubling trend since the start of the 2008 recession: A steady decline in the number of professionals in his industry. Now, those outside the tech world are taking notice, too.

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Aug. 2, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Towns Resurrected

Betty Darby reports that a few decades ago, many of Georgia’s downtowns could have been the backdrop for “The Walking Dead,” the apocalyptic television series filmed in the state. The downtowns weren’t exactly dead in the ‘70s and ‘80s, but they weren’t pretty and their economic prospects were poor.

Aug. 2, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Private terminal for the wealthy to open Sept. 6 at Hartsfield-Jackson

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that a private luxury terminal for the rich and famous is set to open at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Sept. 6. PS, formerly known as The Private Suite, has operated a VIP terminal at Los Angeles International Airport popular among celebrities since 2017.

Aug. 2, 2023 Albany Herald

Steel manufacturer to bring 25 jobs, $5 million investment to Albany

Staff reports that Diamond Door Products, a Texas commercial and industrial steel manufacturer, has chosen Albany to expand its operation. Diamond’s Albany facility will create 25 new jobs and house more than 100 manufacturing units within their first two years.

Aug. 2, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal

Lincoln Property Company Southeast lands leasing assignment for Corporate Plaza in Cobb County

Staff reports that Lincoln Property Company Southeast has been awarded the leasing assignment for Corporate Plaza, a 187,000-square-foot office building in Marietta. Lincoln Vice President of Office Gil Russell will oversee leasing on behalf of the owner.

Aug. 2, 2023 WABE

Gwinnett looks to boost recruitment with $6.2 million police training center expansion

Chamian Cruz reports that Gwinnett County officials are celebrating the opening of a $6.2 million, 26,000-square-foot expansion of the police department’s training center. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, July 31, they said it’s needed to accommodate a growing number of recruits.

Aug. 2, 2023 11 Alive

Community task force calls for City of Roswell to hire urban planner

Staff reports that a community task force is calling for the City of Roswell to hire an independent urban planner before moving ahead with any plans to potentially transform a popular stretch of Canton Street into a pedestrian-only zone, closing it to vehicular traffic. On Tuesday during a meeting at City Hall, the Canton Street Promenade Task Force voted to temporarily halt progress on the proposal due to a lack of data and analysis on the potential impacts.

Aug. 2, 2023 The Brunswick News

Golden Isles Development Authority discusses opportunity for aviation training

Allyson Reynolds reports that the Golden Isles Development Authority discussed a proposed agreement promoting aviation training at the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport during a meeting Tuesday at the chamber of commerce. The Glynn County Airport Commission said it is looking to establish a short-term annual agreement with Wings of Grace Ministries.

Aug. 2, 2023 Dalton Daily Citizen

Town hall: Ossoff to brief Georgia veterans about expanded healthcare benefits

Staff reports, on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Ossoff will hold a live telephone town hall alongside Maj. Gen. Thomas Grabowski, retired commander of the Georgia Air National Guard, to brief veterans across Georgia about expanded health benefits through the bipartisan PACT Act, which was signed into law last August. Ossoff championed this legislation to expand U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange and other toxic substances.

Aug. 2, 2023 The Center Square

Georgia’s lieutenant governor expresses frustration with elections meeting

T.A. DeFeo reports that last week, Lt. Governor Burt Jones met with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, both Republicans, to discuss a 2021 report by Alex Halderman, a University of Michigan computer science and engineering professor. The Georgia Republican Party has raised concerns about the report, which it said uncovered vulnerabilities.

Aug. 2, 2023 Georgia Recorder

‘Everything is on the table’ as Georgia lawmakers consider lifting hospital construction limits

Jill Nolin reports that Georgia lawmakers from the House and Senate are putting the state’s system to restrict hospital and other health care services under a microscope this summer. Both chambers have set up study committees to examine Georgia’s certificate of need program during the legislative off-season after Lt. Gov. Burt Jones came up short in his push to ease restrictions during his first session presiding over the state Senate.

Aug. 2, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Georgia Republicans want to defund DOJ after Trump indictment

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that some top Georgia Republican elected officials responded to the federal indictment against former President Donald Trump on Tuesday night with disgust and disdain for an investigation that he has long derided as a “witch hunt.” But a handful took that derision a step further.

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