Dec. 9, 2022

Gov. Kemp: Hyundai Motor Group and SK On To Build EV Battery Facility in Bartow County

Staff reports that Gov. Kemp announced on Thursday that Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) and SK On have selected a site in Bartow County for a new electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturing facility that will supply Hyundai Motor Group’s plants in the U.S. One of the largest economic development projects in state history, stakeholders estimate it will create more than 3,500 new jobs through approximately $4-5 billion of investment in Bartow County.

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Susan Percy reports, in memoriam: State Rep. Henry “Wayne” Howard, an Augusta Democrat who served in the statehouse since 2007, died in October. Howard was the son of another Augusta legislator, the late Rep. Henry Howard, who died in 2006, and the stepson of Earnestine Howard, who succeeded her husband in the House.

Dec. 9, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson plans new restaurants, shops across airport

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is moving forward with a contracting process for new restaurants and shops across the airport, more than a decade after the last airport-wide refresh of concessions. Plans to revamp food and retail outlets at the world’s busiest airport were delayed for years by contracting issues and a federal corruption investigation at Atlanta City Hall, then put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dec. 9, 2022 The Center Square

Kemp signs another extension of Georgia’s gas tax moratorium

T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has signed an extension of the state’s motor fuel and locomotive fuel tax. The governor also extended the supply chain state of emergency. The tax suspension and state of emergency run until Jan. 10.

Dec. 9, 2022 Georgia Recorder

Interior secretary urges Georgia governor to block mining plans near Okefenokee

Stanley Dunlap reports that the pressure to block a mining project at the edge of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is intensifying: U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has written a letter to Gov. Brian Kemp expressing her “serious concerns” about plans that she says threaten the largest blackwater swamp in the nation. The letter from the director of the federal agency tasked with protecting America’s natural resources comes in the final stages of Twin Pines Minerals applying for permits from the state Environmental Protection Division.

Dec. 9, 2022 WSB Radio

GSU researcher wins $3M grant to study brain cancer

Staff reports that a Georgia State University brain researcher just received a huge grant. The grant is intended to improve treatment outcomes for patients with various types of cancer. Tricia King was awarded a five-year, $3.6 million grant from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health.

Dec. 9, 2022 Savannah Morning News

Looming recession signals transition to sustainable growth for Savannah’s regional economy

Amy Paige Condon reports that the economic recession projected to impact the first two quarters of 2023 will be nowhere near what most of us have already lived through (think 2008) and experienced during the pandemic, according to Michael Toma, Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Economics at Georgia Southern University.  “The next recession is going to be more like a garden variety recession in which, at the national level, the unemployment rate might go to 5% or 6%, and GDP [Gross Domestic Product] might decline for a couple of quarters, but it’s not going to be a severe downtown.”

Dec. 9, 2022 Augusta Chronicle

Healthcare, computer sectors to drive Augusta job growth in next decade, expert predicts

Joe Hotchkiss reports that Augusta’s healthcare and cybersecurity job sectors are poised for growth over the next decade. Dr. Simon Medcalfe, a professor with Augusta University’s Hull College of Business, noted as much on Thursday in his 15th Annual Economic Forecast for the Augusta area.

Dec. 9, 2022 Rome News-Tribune

Floyd County included in Hwy 27’s designation as First Georgia Grown Trail in North Georgia

Staff reports that visitors traveling U.S. Highway 27 in northwest Georgia will now see new signs indicating the route’s designation as Georgia Grown Trail 27. The trail, which was approved by legislation in 2021, stretches from the Tennessee line in Walker County through Catoosa, Chattooga, Floyd, Polk, Haralson, and Carroll Counties, from the cities of Rossville to Roopville.

Dec. 9, 2022 WABE

Georgia wildlife officials and advocates urge passage of big federal bill to fund conservation

Molly Samuel reports that there are more than 3,400 species of plants in Georgia, 265 species of freshwater fish, 89 reptiles – and, for the bivalve fans – 129 species of freshwater mussels. It’s one of the most biodiverse states in the nation. But funding to protect all those plants and animals can be hard to come by.

Dec. 9, 2022 Marietta Daily Journal

Workforce woes front and center in Cobb legislative summit

Chart Riggall reports that some of Cobb County’s largest employers told lawmakers this week that more than two years on from the pandemic, they’ve still got a workforce problem. That was one of the main themes at this week’s meeting of the Cobb Legislative Delegation.

Dec. 9, 2022 Gainesville Times

5 issues to watch during the 2023 legislative session

Brian Wellmeier reports that Georgia state legislators who represent Hall County took questions at the Greater Hall Chamber’s Eggs and Issues forum at Lanier Technical College Thursday, discussing a range of topics from education and mental health to transportation and legalized recreational marijuana. Rep. Lee Hawkins, R-Gainesville, talked about the passage of House Bill 1013, which requires insurance companies to “ensure parity between mental health care and physical health care.”

Dec. 9, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Warnock returns to U.S. Senate with busy agenda, high expectations

Tia Mitchell reports, after he stepped off a plane from Atlanta and walked through one of Washington’s busy airports Wednesday, passers-by reportedly cheered and applauded newly reelected U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock. The rock star treatment continued at the Capitol, where Majority Leader Chuck Schumer greeted Warnock on the front steps to welcome him back.

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Georgia Trend Daily - Dec. 8, 2022

Dec. 8, 2022 Capitol Beat News Georgia Power completes key testing milestone at Plant Vogtle Dave Williams reports that Georgia Power has completed cold hydro testing for the second of two additional nuclear reactors being built at Plant Vogtle, confirming…

Georgia Trend Daily - Dec. 7, 2022

Dec. 7, 2022 The Current Warnock prevails over Walker for full US Senate term from Georgia Crain Nelson reports that Raphael Warnock is returning to the U.S. Senate. Propelled by a large turnout that sustained his lead from early voting,…

Georgia Trend Daily - Dec. 6, 2022

Dec. 6, 2022 German Robotics Company to Locate Headquarters, Manufacturing in Cherokee County Staff reports that Gov. Kemp announced on Monday that Becker Robotic Equipment, a global cable and robotic machinery manufacturer specializing in individualized robotic equipment, will build…

Georgia Trend Daily - Dec. 5, 2022

Dec. 5, 2022 With CHIPS Act Passed, SKC Boosts Georgia Semiconductor Packaging Investment to $600M Trevor Williams reports that semiconductors have flooded the news in recent months as chip shortages have brought about long lead times on products from…

Georgia Trend Daily - Dec. 2, 2022

Dec. 2, 2022 Gov. Kemp and TCSG Announce New College and Career Academies Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp on Thursday announced that the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) approved grants totaling $6…

Georgia Trend Daily - Dec. 1, 2022

Dec. 1, 2022 Albany Herald Adel to debut cannabis facility Malia Thomas reports that the Adel-Cook County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the city’s new medical cannabis dispensary. Trulieve Cannabis Corp, one of the leading cannabis…

Georgia Trend Daily - Nov. 30, 2022

Nov. 30, 2022 Georgia Water Coalition 2022 Dirty Dozen report celebrates 50 years of the Clean Water Act’s impact on Georgia’s Water Staff reports, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Georgia’s leading water advocacy organizations…

Georgia Trend Daily - Nov. 29, 2022

Nov. 28, 2022 Gov. Kemp Announces Second Term Senior Staff Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp on Monday announced the following senior staff appointees for his second term: Current Chief of Staff Trey Kilpatrick, Executive Counsel David Dove,…

Georgia Trend Daily - Nov. 28, 2022

Nov. 28, 2022 Georgia Recorder Georgia Power’s long campaign for state approval to sign off on a 12% rate hike nears final showdown Stanley Dunlap reports that the final several weeks of Georgia Power’s $2.9 billion rate case will determine…

Georgia Trend Daily - Nov. 25, 2022

Nov. 25, 2022 Second Global Automotive Supplier for Hyundai Metaplant To Create 1,500 Jobs Staff reports that Gov. Kemp announced on Wednesday that Hyundai Mobis, one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, plans to invest $926 million in an…

Georgia Trend Daily - Nov. 23, 2022

Nov. 23, 2022 Georgia-born EXIM Chair: U.S. Returns to the Export Credit Game in New Era of Global Competition Trevor Williams reports that the U.S. is back in the game when it comes to financing the sales of American…

Georgia Trend Daily - Nov. 22, 2022

Nov. 22, 2022 The Center Square Texas company plans new facility outside Athens T.A. DeFeo reports that Texas-based millwork manufacturer plans to spend millions on a new facility outside Athens, and Georgia taxpayers will cover the cost of workforce training.…

Georgia Trend Daily - Nov. 21, 2022

Nov. 21, 2022 Georgia Recorder Saga of proposed mine at Okefenokee Swamp’s edge still mired in legal challenges, regulatory reviews Stanley Dunlap reports that the Southern Environmental Law Center is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for removing federal…

Georgia Trend Daily - Nov. 18, 2022

Nov. 18, 2022 The Center Square Georgia officials tout unemployment rate that is lower than national average T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia officials said Thursday the state’s October unemployment rate remained lower than the national rate, news that follows a…

Georgia Trend Daily - Nov. 17, 2022

Nov. 17, 2022 Capitol Beat Georgia House Speaker Ralston dies following extended illness Dave Williams reports that Georgia House Speaker David Ralston died Wednesday at the age of 68, just two days after the House Republican Caucus nominated a new…

Georgia Trend Daily - Nov. 16, 2022

Nov. 16, 2022 Governor Kemp and TCSG Announce Historic Apprenticeship Investment Staff reports that Gov. Kemp and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) on Tuesday announced $1 million in awards for the inaugural Registered Apprenticeships program as part…

Georgia Trend Daily- Nov. 15, 2022

Nov. 15, 2022 Covington News Covington lands innovative commuter aircraft maker's first factory Tom Spigolon reports that a Silicon Valley-based aerospace company says it will create 1,000 jobs in Covington in its first manufacturing facility for commuter and cargo-carrying aircraft…

Georgia Trend Daily - Nov. 14, 2022

Nov. 14, 2022 Newnan Times-Herald Battery manufacturing facility to Invest $2.57B in Coweta County Clay Neely reports, a stunning $2.57 billion investment from a Norwegian battery developer aims to create more than 700 new jobs over the next six years…

Georgia Trend Daily - Nov. 11, 2022

Nov. 11, 2022 Norma Precision Inc. to Create 600 Jobs, Invest $60 Million in Bryan County Staff reports that Gov. Kemp yesterday announced that Beretta Holding S.A., through its subsidiary Norma Precision Inc., will expand its footprint in Georgia…

Georgia Trend Daily - Nov. 10, 2022

Nov. 10, 2022 Georgia Recorder Georgia’s short runoff election turnaround to spark frenzied ground game to capture U.S. Senate prize Ross Williams reports that Herschel Walker and Sen. Raphael Warnock may be enjoying a break from their hectic campaign schedules…

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