Georgia Trend Daily – Aug. 15, 2023

Aug. 15, 2023

Georgia’s Record Year Driven by International Investment 

Trevor Williams reports that a record year for Georgia’s business attraction efforts was led by international investment, which accounted for two-thirds of the $24 billion in capital pledged toward 426 projects in the state during the fiscal year ended June 30. That’s according to a new annual report from the Georgia Department of Economic Development that also said 47 percent of 38,400 jobs announced came from foreign subsidiaries.

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Aug. 15, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Healing Herds

Candice Dyer reports, Bar Cocherell was downsizing for a move across the country, but she faced a unique challenge: finding a home for Goose, her miniature donkey. Fortunately, a new nonprofit sanctuary, Healing Herds, had just opened in Dahlonega.

Aug. 15, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

SecureWorks to lay off 15% of employees

Michael E. Kanell reports that an Atlanta-based cyber-security firm has announced its second set of layoffs this year. SecureWorks will let go of about 15% of its current employees as part of cuts that will begin later this month, according to a federal filing by the company.

Aug. 15, 2023 Savannah Morning News

Hyundai, Georgia Ports Authority celebrate arrival of first shipment for Metaplant

Latrice Williams reports that the first shipment of equipment for Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America (HMGMA) arrived Monday at the Port of Savannah. HMGMA and the Georgia Ports Authority held a ceremony to commemorate another significant step in the journey of the largest economic development in state history.

Aug. 15, 2023 The Center Square

Despite shortage claims, Georgia data shows rising numbers of teachers in state

Leonard Robinson reports, Georgia’s news outlets from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to Atlanta News First have reported about a shortage of teachers plaguing the state’s education system. Data from the state’s Department of Education shows an increase of more than 1,700 teachers employed in the state over the previous school year.

Aug. 15, 2023 The Current

Georgia’s Black churches look to go green

Mary Landers reports, for years, solar panels were too expensive for most churches and other nonprofits to consider. The Inflation Reduction Act, passed in August 2022, changed that situation.

Aug. 15, 2023 Savannah Morning News

Applying for $33M NOAA grant OK’d

Latrice Williams reports that on Aug. 11, Chatham County voted to submit an application to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to create a countywide Climate Resilience Adaptation Program. If approved, the county would receive $33 million in NOAA grant funding without requiring any matching public funds.

Aug. 15, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal

Commissioners to consider divisive development near Sterigenics plant

Jake Busch reports that proponents of a mixed-use development along the Silver Comet Trail in Vinings say the apartments and retail will make the area more attractive for pedestrians and nearby residents. Opponents of the project counter that the planned site — smack in the middle of an industrial area including a waste transfer station and the controversial Sterigenics plant — isn’t the place for the development (Sterigenics, the medical sterilization company, is accused of causing cancer in nearby residents).

Aug. 15, 2023 Albany Herald

Ossoff bill supports veteran-owned small businesses

Staff reports that U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff’s bipartisan bill to support small businesses run by service-disabled veterans in Georgia has passed in the U.S. Senate. Sens. Ossoff and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, passed the bipartisan Investing in VETS Act as part of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act to help service-disabled veteran business owners compete for federal government contracts, helping expand their business opportunities to new markets.

Aug. 15, 2023 The Brunswick News

Carter stops in Brunswick to oppose NOAA rule

Taylor Cooper reports that U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-1, stopped at Brunswick Landing Marina on Monday to defend legislation he is co-sponsoring that would stop the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from imposing a speed limit on smaller vessels during right whale calving season. Carter introduced the bill in June that would prohibit the federal government from requiring vessels 35-65 feet in length to adhere to a speed limit of 11.5 mph when approaching the East Coast from November through April.

Aug. 15, 2023 Capitol Beat News

State senators asked to fix contentious talks over local sales tax money

Dave Williams reports that the mayor of Tifton asked Georgia lawmakers Monday to fix a system of distributing local sales tax dollars that favors counties at the expense of cities. Under current state law, cities and counties that can’t agree on how to allocate local sales tax revenues between them must submit to an arbitration process that skews toward counties, Julie Smith told a Senate study considering potential changes to the system.

Aug. 15, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Fulton DA indictments allege election conspiracy by Trump, allies

Adam Van Brimmer, Greg Bluestein, Patricia Murphy and Tia Mitchell report, nineteen defendants. Thirty unindicted co-conspirators. Forty-one charges. Ninety-eight pages. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ yearslong probe into 2020 election interference in Georgia yielded the most sweeping charges yet against Donald Trump.

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