Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 8, 2023

Sept. 8, 2023

Georgia-based Pratt Industries Plans New Manufacturing Facility in Peach County

Staff reports that Gov. Kemp yesterday announced that Pratt Industries, Inc., a Georgia-based recycled paper and packaging company, will build a new production facility in the portion of Warner Robins located in Peach County. The new location will create more than 125 jobs and over $120 million in investment.

Scad Ipal Architecture Award Ceremony 2023


Sept. 8, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

SCAD’s Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure 2023 Graduates

Susana Hills reports that Savannah College of Art & Design’s innovative curriculum and exceptional career resources propel students into the workforce. Through the IPAL program, launched at SCAD this year, students complete the architecture program alongside the internships and preparation required to pass licensing exams.

Sept. 8, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta-based packaging giant WestRock nears $20B merger

Zachary Hansen reports that one of metro Atlanta’s largest companies is close to an international merger that could create a $20 billion paper and packaging behemoth. Sandy Springs-based WestRock is nearing a deal to merge with Dublin-based Smurfit Kappa, the companies confirmed Thursday.

Sept. 8, 2023 Georgia Ports Authority

GPA, CSX offer new ‘Carolina Connector’ service

Staff reports that the Georgia Ports Authority and CSX have teamed to provide 7-day-a-week rail departures between GPA’s Mason Mega Rail Terminal in Savannah and the Eastern North Carolina location, offering customers three-day ship-to-shore transit time.

Sept. 8, 2023 Augusta Chronicle

Survey: Many college faculty in Georgia are dissatisfied, thinking of leaving the state

Abraham Kenmore reports that faculty members in the University System of Georgia are dissatisfied with the state of academia, according to a survey by the American Association of University Professors. The survey had 1,452 responses in Georgia, from faculty holding a range of roles from part time and adjunct faculty to full professors, or a little over 10% of all USG faculty.

Sept. 8, 2023 Savannah Morning News

Medical College of Georgia names founding dean as Savannah program prepares to expand

Joseph Schwartzburt reports, just this week, Hyundai announced an additional $2 billion investment in its metaplant project, which aims to add 400 more jobs for a total of 8,500. While the counties scramble to scale a variety of services, Paul P. Hinchey, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s/Candler, has asserted the regional health system plans to address the burgeoning population’s healthcare needs.

Sept. 8, 2023 Rome News-Tribune

Education and enterprise: Corbin talks the Ga. Lottery’s state and local impacts over the last 30 years

John Bailey reports, since the state lottery’s inception around 30 years ago, 25,441 students in Floyd County have benefited from the HOPE scholarship to the tune of over $116 million; 20,873 Rome and Floyd County Pre-K students have begun their education; and over $79 million Pre-K funding dollars have come to this community through the lottery.

Sept. 8, 2023 Union-Recorder

More than 1,000 jobs available in Baldwin County

Billy Hobbs reports that more than 1,000 jobs are available in Milledgeville and Baldwin County, according to a local official.“When I tell people how many jobs are open in our county, they say, well, where are they,” Jonathan Jackson, executive director The Development Authority of Milledgeville-Baldwin County (DAMBC) told members of Milledgeville City Council at a recent meeting.

Sept. 8, 2023 The Center Square

Study: Georgia has experienced 160 medical records breaches since 2009

T.A. DeFeo reports that a new study found Georgia has experienced 160 medical records breaches since 2009. Comparitech analyzed data from 2009 to July 2023 and found Georgia’s breaches affected more than 7.3 million records.

Sept. 8, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Georgia GOP state senator rallies allies in call to punish Fulton DA over 2020 election indictments

Ross Williams reports that one group of Georgia state lawmakers is calling for a special legislative session to defund, investigate, impeach or otherwise punish Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis after she charged former president Donald Trump and 18 others with trying to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia. That group includes Republican Sens. Colton Moore of Trenton and Brandon Beach of Alpharetta and Rep. Charlice Byrd of Woodstock.

Sept. 8, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Georgia declared federal disaster area following Hurricane Idalia

Dave Williams reports that President Joe Biden declared Georgia a federal disaster area late Thursday, freeing up federal aid for recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Idalia. Gov. Brian Kemp formally submitted a request Wednesday for a disaster declaration covering 30 counties across south-central, southeastern and coastal Georgia.

Sept. 8, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: VA hospital honors the late Sen. Max Cleland in today’s renaming

Adam Van Brimmer, Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough will be in Atlanta today to rename the Atlanta VA Medical Center for the late U.S. Sen. Max Cleland. McDonough also spoke at Cleland’s private funeral in 2021, when the former senator was remembered as not just a gregarious friend and son, but also a lifelong champion for active duty service members and veterans.

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