July 30, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Plant Vogtle project encounters new delays, higher costs

Dave Williams reports that Georgia Power’s nuclear expansion at Plant Vogtle is being delayed again due to “productivity challenges” and additional time needing for testing and quality assurance, the Atlanta-based utility announced Thursday. Under the new schedule, the first of two new nuclear reactors being built at the plant south of August isn’t expected to go into service until the second quarter of next year.

 

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Candice Dyer reports that an estimated 41.3% of Gainesville’s population is Hispanic. Hall County’s Latinos, mostly Mexican with growing numbers of Salvadoran and Nicaraguan immigrants, are the largest minority living below the poverty line, in neighborhoods where 50% – or more – are in poverty.

 

July 30, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jobless claims in Georgia drop to 16-month low

Michael E. Kanell reports that economists say it was the steepest, deepest and shortest recession on record. During the first two months of the pandemic, Georgia’s economy hemorrhaged more than 600,000 jobs.

 

July 30, 2021 GlobalAtlanta.com

Atlanta Ranked Top U.S. Tech Hub, No. 8 Global Startup Ecosystem

Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta was ranked No. 1 tech hub in the U.S. by Business Facilities magazine, but perhaps an even more promising indicator of its status as a rising global player was buried in the site-selection title’s annual report.

 

July 30, 2021 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb Energy Center receives $5 million federal relief grant

Chart Riggall reports, closed for nearly 18 months due to the pandemic, the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center has received a $5 million federal grant, providing a financial boost to one of Cobb’s largest entertainment venues.

 

July 30, 2021 Augusta Chronicle

PureCycle to build plastics recycling plant in Augusta, bringing 80 jobs

Joe Hotchkiss reports that the announced construction of a $440 million plastic recycling plant in Augusta is expected to bring at least 80 jobs. The PureCycle Technologies facility will sit on 200 acres in Augusta Corporate Park off Mike Padgett Highway, less than a mile from where Starbucks Corp. produces whole-bean, ground-bean and instant coffee products.

 

July 30, 2021 WABE 90.1

‘Subsidized By The Low Wages Of Teachers,’ Ga. Childcare Staffing Shortage Worsened By Pandemic

Martha Dalton reports that Georgia childcare centers are struggling to hire and keep staff members. Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) has distributed $165 million in stabilization grants to childcare providers, which has helped many of them stay open. However, low wages are keeping many workers away.

 

July 30, 2021 New York Times

Georgia Republicans edge toward a takeover of elections in Fulton County, the state’s largest.

Nick Corasaniti reports that Republicans in Georgia’s General Assembly have requested a performance review of the top election official in Fulton County, the first step in a possible takeover of the county’s electoral process that could give the Republican-led legislature more control over an area with the largest concentration of Democratic voters in the state.

 

July 30, 2021 GPB

Georgians Urge Transparency In Redistricting Process, Demand End To Backroom Deals

David Armstrong, Sherry Liang and Stephen Fowler report, as the once-a-decade process of redrawing Georgia’s legislative and congressional districts gets underway, government accountability groups and members of the public are raising concerns about backroom deals and maps drawn in private, calling on lawmakers to increase transparency and public input in the process.

 

July 30, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Metro Atlanta: Get ready for a decade of road construction

David Wickert reports that the reconstruction of one of metro Atlanta’s busiest highway interchanges will be finished by the end of this year. But a new era of road building has just begun. With proceeds from a 2015 gas tax increase, the Georgia Department of Transportation will spend billions of dollars over the next decade to expand the region’s highways.

 

 

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Georgia Trend Daily - July 29, 2021

July 29, 2021 The Center Square Georgia ranked 37th in nationwide prosperity index Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia is the 37th most prosperous state in the country, according to the 2021 United States Prosperity Index. The index created by London-based think-tank…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 28, 2021

July 28, 2021 The Center Square Delta Airlines announces the hiring of more than 2K employees in Georgia Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia's largest private employer has announced the hiring of more than 2,000 employees since January, bolstering the state's…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 27, 2021

July 27, 2021 The Center Square Georgia's bond obligations amount to $2,027 per person Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia has the 16th-lowest bonded obligations per capita at $2,027 per person, according to a recent report from the American Legislative Exchange…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 26, 2021

July 26, 2021 University of Georgia Grass in the Olympic Stadium developed by UGA-Tifton Leigh Beeson reports that the Summer Olympics may be in Japan this year, but Team USA was on home turf when they took the field for…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 23, 2021

July 23, 2021 GPB ‘I Need To Be Able To Vote’: Probation Law Opens New Pool Of Voters Riley Bunch reports that after more than a decade of being barred from the ballot box, Macon resident Frances Jones can finally…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 22, 2021

July 22, 2021 Georgia.org Georgia Film Records Blockbuster Year Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced today that the film industry recorded a blockbuster year in Georgia. During fiscal year 2021, the film and television industry…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 21, 2021

July 21, 2021 Georgia Recorder Kemp names Verda Colvin to fill Georgia Supreme Court seat Stanley Dunlap reports that Gov. Brian Kemp picked a Georgia Court of Appeals judge to become his newest appointee to the state Supreme Court, making…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 20, 2021

July 20, 2021 Saporta Report Chattahoochee RiverLands’ pilot project in Cobb receives Woodruff gift Maria Saporta reports that the Chattahoochee Riverlands initiative is moving forward with a pilot project in Cobb County thanks to a $9 million gift from the…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021 GlobalAtlanta.com Trade Leads: Brazil, China Seek Georgia Defense, Food Products  Trevor Williams reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development is fielding inquiries from Brazil and China that could provide an easy entree into the markets for…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 16, 2021

July 16, 2021 Georgia Dept. of Labor Unemployment Rate Drops to 4 Percent in June Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced that Georgia's unemployment rate dropped another 0.1 percentage point to reach 4 percent in June,…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 15, 2021

July 15, 2021 GPB Georgia Leaders Share Vision For Transforming Mental Health, Substance Use Care Ellen Eldridge reports, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgians struggled with access to mental health care and substance use disorder treatment. The state ranks 51st…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 14, 2021

July 14, 2021 Capitol Beat News Transportation agencies pick route for Atlanta-to-Charlotte high-speed rail line Dave Williams reports that Federal and Georgia transportation planners are looking to run a high-speed rail line connecting Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., via Athens. The…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 13, 2021

July 13, 2021 Georgia.gov June Net Tax Revenues Up 29.1 Percent, FY 2021 Up 13.5 Percent Staff reports, the State of Georgia’s June net tax collections totaled $2.5 billion for an increase of $563.1 million, or 29.1 percent, compared to…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 12, 2021

July 12, 2021 The Center Square Lumber demand drives Georgia home prices higher Nyamekye Daniel reports that a spike in lumber prices has compounded the state's housing crisis, Georgia housing advocates said. The price of lumber increased by 300% this…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 9, 2021

July 9, 2021 Georgia Recorder State OKs Spaceport Camden, few ways now for opponents to defuse it Stanley Dunlap reports that the reality of rockets one day launching off coastal Georgia got a big boost Thursday after the state agency…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 8, 2021

July 8, 2021 Georgia.gov Gov. Kemp Announces Purple Innovation to More Than Double Company Workforce in McDonough, Creating 500 Jobs Staff reports that on Wednesday, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced Purple Innovation, Inc. (“Purple”), a comfort technology company known for…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 7, 2021

July 7, 2021 Valdosta Daily Times S.Ga. counties under state of emergency; Elsa now a hurricane Amanda M. Usher reports that several South Georgia counties are under a state of emergency as the region prepares for possible impact from Elsa…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 6, 2021

July 6, 2021 Brunswick News Sea turtle nesting numbers indicate continued population recovery Lauren McDonald reports that nesting season for loggerhead sea turtles is in full swing, and the number of nests on Georgia’s beaches this summer indicate a continued…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 2, 2021

July 2, 2021 Georgia.gov Gov. Kemp Announces Amcor, Inc. Expanding InFlex Manufacturing Operations to Bacon County, Creating 100 Jobs Staff reports that on Thursday, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that InFlex, a subsidiary of Georgia-based plastics manufacturing leader Amcor, Inc.,…

Georgia Trend Daily - July 1, 2021

July 1, 2021 Georgia.gov Gov. Kemp Announces Pregis to Open Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Henry County, Creating 150 Jobs Staff reports that on Wednesday, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Pregis, a leading manufacturer of protective packaging, will expand its…

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