Georgia Trend Daily – Aug. 30, 2023
Aug. 30, 2023 Georgia.gov
Staff reports that Gov. Kemp on Tuesday announced that Daesol Ausys Georgia will establish a new manufacturing facility in West Point. The facility will create more than 140 new jobs and $72 million in investment in Harris County.
Aug. 30, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Mary Anne Dunkin reports, of all the occupations affected by the pandemic, perhaps none was affected more or in more ways than nursing – which was already suffering before the first COVID patients started arriving at Georgia hospitals in March of 2020. “There was a shortage before the pandemic, but the pandemic was like fuel on the fire,” says Matthew Caseman, CEO of the Georgia Nurses Association.
Aug. 30, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mirtha Donastorg reports that the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (RICE), a nonprofit dedicated to developing, growing and scaling Black entrepreneurs, announced Tuesday it had received a $1 million grant from PayPal to create a new academy for entrepreneurs who work in the retail space. The PayPal Retail Academy will teach up to 50 entrepreneurs about non-traditional retail paths, how to develop global marketing strategies and navigating supply chain issues.
Aug. 30, 2023 The Brunswick News
Michael Hall and Terry Dickson report that the Golden Isles spent Tuesday preparing for what forecasters say will be significant impacts from Idalia, the hurricane expected to make landfall in Florida on Wednesday as a Category 3 storm. She may be downgraded to a tropical storm by the time she churns over the Golden Isles on Wednesday, but hurricane-forced gusts of wind, heavy rains and storm surge flooding are all predicted for Coastal Georgia.
Aug. 30, 2023 Valdosta Daily Times
Terry Richards reports, as Hurricane Idalia barrels toward Florida and South Georgia, Moody Air Force Base has begun moving planes and preparing the base for the rough weather. “Base leadership is taking measures to ensure airmen and their families are safe, and aircraft remain sheltered, secured or evacuated to avoid potential damage due to high-speed winds, localized flooding and heavy rain,” according to a statement from the base.
Aug. 30, 2023 Albany Herald
Alan Mauldin reports, for area farmers a little rain is just what the doctor ordered, and a tropical system heading toward Florida and Georgia could deliver that prescription, but heavy winds could eliminate any benefit by damaging vulnerable crops. “We’re just trying to get everything safe and tied up and string on it (to protect it)from the wind,” said Colquitt County vegetable grower Sam Watson.
Aug. 30, 2023 WABE
Emily Jones reports, as Georgia Power bills climb and summer heatwaves get worse, Georgians can find some relief by improving the energy efficiency of their homes – meaning they waste less electricity. But a new report finds the state’s largest utility is falling short on such programs.
Aug. 30, 2023 Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources
Staff reports that Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Walter Rabon has named Angie Johnson as Director for Georgia’s State Park and Historic Site system. For the past year, she has served as Assistant Director of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, overseeing more than 60 state parks, historic sites and regional offices.
Aug. 30, 2023 Rome News-Tribune
Rome Floyd County Development Authority President Missy Kendrick has been chosen as the Georgia state director for the Southern Economic Development Council. “The Southern Economic Development Council is a very well respected and powerful voice for economic development in our 17 state region of the United States and I am honored to represent Georgia on this board of directors,” Kendrick said.
Aug. 30, 2023 Augusta Chronicle
Joe Hotchkiss reports that one of the nation’s first hotels under the Sports Illustrated magazine brand could come to Augusta as part of the plan to redevelop the 15th Street corridor into a dynamic gateway to Augusta’s medical district. “Sports Illustrated is very interested in investing in this community,” said Ian Mercier, CEO of the Medical College of Georgia Foundation.
Aug. 30, 2023 The Center Square
T.A. DeFeo reports, just 265 people have enrolled in Georgia’s new Pathways program, which launched on July 1. It provides Medicaid to Georgians between 19 and 64 years old with a household income up to the federal poverty level and who meet the qualifying activities threshold but are not eligible for regular Medicaid.
Aug. 30, 2023 Capitol Beat News
Dave Williams reports that a new nonprofit founded by three high-power lobbying firms is setting its sites on tort reform in Georgia. Competitive Georgia announced its formation Tuesday, the latest sign that business leaders are preparing a major push for the General Assembly to curb what they see as frivolous lawsuits that drive up the cost of doing business.
Aug. 30, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Greg Bluestein reports that a Republican-led effort to reprimand District Attorney Fani Willis after she brought charges against former President Donald Trump in Fulton County is poised to expand, as state and federal lawmakers pursue new efforts to sanction the prosecutor. State Senate Majority Leader Steve Gooch said in an interview that Republican leaders could hold legislative hearings into whether Willis is using “her position in a political manner” after accusing Trump and his allies of a complex conspiracy.