Georgia Trend Daily – Aug. 10, 2023

Aug. 10, 2023 Rough Draft Atlanta

Metro Atlanta population hits 5.16 million

Staff reports that the 11-county Atlanta region added 66,730 residents between April 2022 and April 2023, bringing the total population to 5.16 million, according to estimates released today by the Atlanta Regional Commission. The fastest rate of growth occurred in the City of Atlanta (2.8%), followed by Cherokee County (2.5%) and Forsyth and Henry counties (2.1%).

Ashley Blackmon, President of the United Advance Practice Registered Nurses of Georgia stands amongst her colleagues

Ashley Blackmon, President of the United Advance Practice Registered Nurses (UAPRN) of Georgia


Aug. 10, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Nursing Schools in Georgia

Susana Hills reports that in the August 2023 issue, Georgia Trend covers the new challenges that nurses face. From the feature: A number of partnerships between health systems and community colleges are encouraging students to explore nursing and even gain training and work experience while they are still in high school.

Aug. 10, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Railroad agency recommends Norfolk Southern improve its safety culture

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Atlanta-based Norfolk Southern has made efforts to take proactive safety measures, but continues to use minimum standards in some areas, according to a Federal Railroad Administration report on the railroad’s safety culture. The report comes more than six months after the fiery derailment of a Norfolk Southern train carrying hazardous materials in East Palestine, Ohio on Feb. 3.

Aug. 10, 2023

Georgia Tech Supports Medellin’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem With New Innovation Center

Trevor Williams reports that Alejandro Pelaez doesn’t take Medellin’s achievements lightly. A byword for narco-trafficking until the 1990s, the Colombian city home to some of the country’s largest companies is now known as a hub for social inclusion and responsive urban design. In recent years, various sources have ranked it a top global tourism destination.

Aug. 10, 2023 The Center Square

Georgia Department of Labor returns $105.1M in unremitted funds to the state

T.A. DeFeo reports, following an internal audit, the Georgia Department of Labor has returned more than $105.1 million in unremitted funds to the state treasury. Labor Commissioner Bruce Thompson authorized the transfer of the funds to the Georgia Department of Treasury on Aug. 3.

Aug. 10, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal

Report: Cobb growing slower than metro Atlanta

Hunter Riggall reports that Cobb County added 6,100 new residents from April of last year to April of this year, according to a report released Wednesday. The county’s population grew by 0.78%, slower than the 11-county metro Atlanta region as a whole, which grew by 1.3%.

Aug. 10, 2023 Gwinnett Daily Post

ARC numbers show Gwinnett is on the cusp of surpassing 1 million residents

Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County will cross the 1 million residents mark either this fall or by early next year, based on population figures released by the Atlanta Regional Commission on Wednesday. The ARC’s 2023 population estimates pegged Gwinnett at 997,212 residents as of this past spring.

Aug. 10, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Crush of Georgia environmentalists line up behind EPA greenhouse gas regulations opposed by carbon polluters

Stanley Dunlap reports that the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel power plants has been endorsed by a crush of environmental advocates in Georgia. By the end of Tuesday’s public comment deadline, the EPA reported receiving more than 1 million responses across the nation to its proposed rule that is designed to reduce carbon pollution from 2028-2042 by 617 million metric tons, or roughly half the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by half the cars in the U.S.

Aug. 10, 2023 Valdosta Daily Times

Senator visits Moody as base prepares for new planes

Terry Richards reports that Sen. John Ossoff, D-Ga., discussed plans for the arrival of F-35 fighters at the base in coming years with Valdosta Mayor Scott James Matheson, State Sen. Russ Goodman (SD-08), Valdosta Councilmembers Vivian Miller-Cody and Sandra Tooley and Dr. Lucy Greene of the Moody Support Group, according to a statement from Ossoff’s office.

Aug. 10, 2023 Dalton Daily Citizen, Rome News-Tribune

Greene says she’s seeking federal funds for Whitfield sewer expansion. will vote for Trump ‘even if he’s in jail’

Charles Oliver reports that U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Rome, says she and other members of Georgia’s delegation to Congress are working on securing funds for Whitfield County for sewer expansion. Members of Congress have been working on an appropriations bill and it will be a major focus when members return from their break in September.

Aug. 10, 2023 State Affairs

New state literacy council delves into the “science of reading”

Jill Jordan Sieder reports that the new Georgia Council on Literacy created by Senate Bill 211 met in person for the first time this week. Council members, who include state legislators, school leaders and education experts, laid out the framework for how they’ll work together over the next three years to improve reading outcomes and literacy rates for both children and adults.

Aug. 10, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Roller-coaster ‘hoteling’ of Georgia foster children at record low

Dave Williams reports that the state’s foster care system was “hoteling” only seven children as of Tuesday night, the head of the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) said Wednesday. “Our providers stepped up because they want us to get to zero,” DHS Commissioner Candice Broce told members of a state Senate study committee looking for ways to improve Georgia’s foster care and adoption services.

Aug. 10, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Kemp mounts campaign against Democratic lawmakers ahead of 2024

Adam Van Brimmer, Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that Gov. Brian Kemp’s political machinery is revving up its attacks on vulnerable Democratic state legislators in swing suburban districts, with mailers and texts to residents that accuse the lawmakers of “standing with criminals over us.” The six-figure campaign, funded by Kemp’s Georgians First Leadership Committee, targets incumbents who voted against a pair of GOP-backed initiatives passed earlier this year.

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