May 7, 2021

Supersonic Jet Startup Hermeus Secures ‘ITP’ Factory

Trevor Williams reports that Hermeus, an Atlanta aerospace startup looking to disrupt global air travel by building jets that can travel at five times the speed of sound, has found a local home for its future manufacturing operations. The 110,000-square-foot facility sits at 3960 DeKalb Technology Parkway, just south of the intersection of interstates 285 and 85, a tangle of roads and overpasses known as Spaghetti Junction.


May 7, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

From the Publisher: Election Fraud?

Ben Young writes, there’s been a lot of talk about voting fraud recently. In all my years of reporting I don’t think I’ve ever covered a case. In doing some research on it, I found that the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank tracks cases of voting fraud by state, and listed 20 documented cases in Georgia from 1997 to 2018.


May 7, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

How push to electrify could benefit Georgia bus firm

Tamar Hallerman reports that Blue Bird engineered its first-generation electric bus in 1994 with an eye toward the Atlanta Olympics. The model, which utilized lead acid batteries, was designed to ferry athletes and spectators to athletic events.


May 7, 2021 Saporta Report

Coca-Cola grants $35 million in honor of its 135th birthday

Maria Saporta reports that in honor of its 135th birthday, the Coca-Cola Foundation announced Thursday morning $35 million in new grants – including a $20 million fund to stop the spread of Covide-19. The remaining $15 million will support local environmental and community organizations in the United States and Canada.


May 7, 2021 Emory University

USDA awards Emory-Conservation Fund partnership, the Working Farms Fund, $4.8 million

Staff reports that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $4.8 million to the Working Farms Fund to boost support for next-generation farmers in Georgia and create a more resilient food system across metro Atlanta. The Working Farms Fund, an initiative supported by a first-of-its-kind partnership between The Conservation Fund and Emory University, acquires and permanently protects farmland, helping farmers who would not have the means to purchase the land at full market price.


May 7, 2021 Savannah Morning News

Savannah State removes interim title, names Ballard-Washington president

Barbara Augsdorfer reports that Savannah State University has promoted interim president Kimberly Ballard-Washington to the permanent position, the University System of Georgia announced Thursday. Ballard-Washington is the sole finalist for the position she inherited after taking over for president Cheryl Dozier upon her retirement in 2019.


May 7, 2021 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI

Dems eye rural voters for 2022 victories

Riley Bunch reports that while Atlanta’s suburbs made headlines for delivering Georgia for President Joe Biden, rural voters helped narrow crucial GOP margins statewide and Democrats are hoping they’ll do it again. The 2020 election in Georgia made major impacts at the federal level with U.S. Sens. Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock securing the upper chamber for the Democrats.


May 7, 2021 WABE 90.1

Report: Ga. Lawmakers Should Put More Money Toward Pre-K Program

Martha Dalton reports that a new analysis of Georgia’s public Pre-Kindergarten program shows several providers would benefit from more state funding. The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI) surveyed 38% of the state’s Pre-K directors.


May 7, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Georgia college athletes set to earn compensation in Kemp-signed bill

Beau Evans reports that Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation Thursday allowing student athletes at Georgia colleges, universities and technical colleges to receive compensation for the use of their name, image and likeness. The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Chuck Martin, R-Alpharetta, came as schools and the NCAA reckon with a growing push to permit certain kinds of financial benefits for college athletes who are often the focus of lucrative advertising campaigns and video games.


May 7, 2021 Newnan Times-Herald

Ferguson introduces bill to spark rural broadband internet

Staff reports that Rep. Drew Ferguson, R-West Point, introduced the Connect America Now Act in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday. The bill is intended to expand broadband internet into rural areas.


May 7, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Why Keisha Bottoms isn’t running for election – and who might jump in now

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report, in the span of two years, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has gone from one of President Joe Biden’s most prominent surrogates — important enough to get vetted as a potential VP pick — to abandoning what once was considered a shoo-in re-election bid. How did Bottoms go from turning down a Cabinet post to turning down a chance at a second term?


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Georgia Trend Daily - May 6, 2021

May 6, 2021 Newnan Times-Herald President Biden declares state of emergency for Georgia, offers federal assistance Clay Neely reports that Wednesday evening, President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency for Georgia and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and…

Georgia Trend Daily - May 5, 2021

May 5, 2021 WTOC 11 Army Corps of Engineers says dissolved oxygen injection system successful Staff reports that the Army Corps of Engineers says the dissolved oxygen system in the Savannah River has passed another major test. The system is…

Georgia Trend Daily - May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021 Merck to License Emory Antiviral Drug to Combat India’s COVID-19 Surge Trevor Williams reports that antiviral drug discovered at Emory University could soon be put to use combating the COVID-19 surge in India through a partnership…

Georgia Trend Daily - May 3, 2021

May 3, 2021 Brazilian Tech, Ag Firms Find Fertile Ground in Georgia Trevor Williams reports, Brazilian tech entrepreneur Raphael de Albuquerque was looking for an office in the U.S., metro Atlanta wasn’t initially on the radar. New York, Silicon…

Georgia Trend Daily - April 30, 2021

April 30, 2021 Capitol Beat News Initial unemployment claims in Georgia continue to fall Dave Williams reports that first-time unemployment claims in Georgia fell last week, mirroring a nationwide trend as more Americans thrown out of work by the coronavirus…

Georgia Trend Daily - April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021 WGXA TV 'Building the ecosystem': Middle Georgia Innovation Project prepares for the future Erin Wise reports that moving Middle Georgia into the future as a key player -- that's what the Middle Georgia Innovation Project is aimed at…

Georgia Trend Daily - April 28, 2021

April 28, 2021 Gov. Kemp Applauds Bimbo QSR for Establishing Valdosta Food Processing Facility Staff reports, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Bimbo QSR, a subsidiary of Mexican multinational company Grupo Bimbo, will invest more than $25 million in…

Georgia Trend Daily - April 27, 2021

April 27, 2021 The Current The Tide: Census shows Georgia gained weight, but not representation Susan Catron reports that the first 2020 Census numbers are in. There are 331,449,291 Americans and 10,711,906 of them live in Georgia. The first data…

Georgia Trend Daily - April 26, 2021

April 26, 2021 Metro Atlanta CEO Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Loses Title of ‘Busiest’ for Passengers in the World After 22 Years Staff reports that Airports Council International (ACI) released its preliminary world airport traffic rankings today, listing Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International…

Georgia Trend Daily - April 23, 2021

April 23, 2021 Georgia Dept. of Labor Jobs Increase Over the Month in Every MSA Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced today that the number of jobs and employment numbers were up in every metropolitan statistical…

Georgia Trend Daily - April 22, 2021

April 22, 2021 GPB American Lung Association Report Says Air In Georgia Cities Unhealthy Jill Nolin reports that about four in 10 people nationally are breathing unhealthy air in spite of progress made in curbing pollution, including slight gains here…

Georgia Trend Daily - April 21, 2021

April 21, 2021 Montreal Tech Firm Enters Atlanta With Waiting Room App Trevor Williams reports that when A.M. Abbassi traveled to an artificial intelligence conference in Vancouver, it was far from clear that the journey would lead him ultimately…

Georgia Trend Daily - April 20, 2021

April 20, 2021 Dalton Daily Citizen-News, CNHI State ag industry eyes Congress for workforce reform Riley Bunch reports that a bill that would overhaul Georgia’s farm worker industry is making its way through Congress with bipartisan support. Both employers and…

Georgia Trend Daily - April 19, 2021

April 19, 2021 Gainesville Times Gov. Kemp to tour SK Innovation plant in Commerce on Monday Jeff Gill reports that Gov. Brian Kemp is set to visit the SK Innovation plant in Commerce Monday, April 19. He will tour the…

Georgia Trend Daily - April 16, 2021

April 16, 2021 Georgia Ports Authority GPA’s March container trade leaps 48 percent Staff reports that the Port of Savannah handled an all-time record of nearly 500,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units in March, an increase of more than 48 percent,…

Georgia Trend Daily - April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021 Capitol Beat News Oconee County ranks tops in Georgia for small businesses Dave Williams reports that Oconee County has the highest concentration of small businesses in Georgia, according to a new study from a New York-based financial…

Georgia Trend Daily - April 14, 2021

April 14, 2021 Gov. Kemp: $8.43 Billion, 24,000+ Jobs from Economic Development Projects During First Three Quarters of Fiscal Year Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), today announced…

Georgia Trend Daily - April 13, 2021

April 13, 2021 Capitol Beat News Georgia traffic, internet needs highlighted in Biden infrastructure plan Beau Evans reports that White House officials highlighted sluggish highway traffic, slow bus travel and spotty rural internet service in Georgia Monday as part of…

Georgia Trend Daily - April 12, 2021

April 12, 2021 Capitol Beat News Georgia tax revenues show modest March increase after February spike Dave Williams reports that tax collections in Georgia rose a modest 3.7% last month, as the state Department of Revenue accelerated the processing of…

Georgia Trend Daily - April 9, 2021

April 9, 2021 Rome News-Tribune Ga. utility official talks power, pipeline and broadband with local leaders Doug Walker reports that the kind of across-the-grid power failure that paralyzed Texas during a snowstorm this winter is unlikely to happen in Georgia.…

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