Feb. 26, 2021 Georgia Health News

Kemp adds educators, other groups to COVID vaccination list

Andy Miller reports that Gov. Brian Kemp, as expected, is adding educators to the state’s COVID vaccine priority list. But the governor also is expanding eligibility for other groups: adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers; and parents of children with complex medical conditions.

 

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Feb. 26, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

$552 million coming to help Georgians with rent, utilities

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will soon be distributing $552 million to help landlords and tenants who are behind on rent and utility payments. The funds come from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program appropriated to help offset financial burdens resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Feb. 26, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Forecaster sees Georgia economy about to surge

Michael E. Kanell reports that the state’s economy will surge this spring as more people are vaccinated against COVID-19, though a sustained recovery won’t come until next year, according to a report Thursday from the Georgia State Economic Forecasting Center. The pace of growth this quarter, which ends March 31, will be a solid 3.2%, said center director Rajeev Dhawan.

 

Feb. 26, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Initial unemployment claims in Georgia continue downward slide

Dave Williams reports that first-time unemployment claims fell again in Georgia last week, mirroring a decline in jobless claims nationwide as more and more businesses shut down by the coronavirus pandemic reopen. Georgians filed 25,447 initial unemployment claims last week, a decrease of 1,085 from the previous week, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.

 

Feb. 26, 2021 Brunswick News

Camden officials optimistic of spaceport approval

Gordon Jackson reports that Camden County Administrator Steve Howard believes spaceport skeptics will be proven wrong. Howard, confident the county will be awarded a spaceport license in the coming weeks, said the county has successfully shown the Federal Aviation Administration that a small launch vehicle can be safely launched from the site.

 

Feb. 26, 2021 Savannah Morning News

New I-95 interchange to increase economic development in Richmond Hill

Steve Scholar reports that the recently opened Belfast Keller I-95 interchange is going to be the gateway to increased economic development, residential housing and industrial growth in what will likely become the new face of Richmond Hill. Local government and private officials expect the residential portion of the development to begin as early as next month.

 

Feb. 26, 2021 Atlanta Business Chronicle

New distribution center planned on I-85 in Suwanee

David Allison reports that a new distribution center is planned on Interstate 85 in Suwanee. The new 332,500-square-foot development would be located on 26.5 acres on Sawmill Drive near Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, just west of and adjacent to I-85.

 

Feb. 26, 2021 GlobalAtlanta.com

Atlanta Braves Great Andruw Jones to Launch Cannabis Farm, Extraction Facility in Georgia 

Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta Braves great Andruw Jones is working on setting up a cannabis farm and extraction facility to produce low-dose THC oil in Georgia. Fytiko Farms Georgia is co-owned by the Curaçao native, a centerfielder who won 10 straight Gold Glove awards, and local attorney Humberto Izquierdo Jr.

 

Feb. 26, 2021 WABE 90.1

Georgia Democrats Vow To Challenge Voting Bills They Say Are ‘Born Of Prejudice And Fear’

Emil Moffat reports, as Georgia Republican lawmakers continue to advance legislation that would remake the state’s voting laws, opponents are pushing back – both inside and outside the Capitol. Despite barricades surrounding the state Capitol building, dozens of protesters got as close as they could Thursday morning to wave signs, chant and make speeches.

 

Feb. 26, 2021 The Center Square

Probation reform bill to streamline early termination process advances from Georgia Senate

Nyamekye Daniel reports that the Georgia Senate has approved a bill that makes it easier for Georgians on probation to seek early termination of their sentence. Senate Bill 105 would simplify the process for early termination for people who have served at least three years on probation and met certain requirements.

 

Feb. 26, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Ga. House schools panel passes voucher plan that could cost $250M

Ross Williams reports that a scaled-back version of Woodstock Republican state Rep. Wes Cantrell’s school voucher bill narrowly passed the House Education committee Thursday despite resistance from Democrats and representatives of Georgia teacher groups. The bill, which passed out of committee 12-10, would create an education savings account using state money, which participating families could tap for private school tuition, home schooling or other educational expenses.

 

Feb. 26, 2021 Clayton Crescent

HB 62: Ban private funds for elections boards and superintendents

Staff reports that House Bill 62, if passed, would prevent elections boards and superintendents from accepting private funding. This bill came out of the House Special Committee on Elections Integrity and was listed under House Second Readers on January 14.

 

Feb. 26, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Georgia sports betting backers switch to constitutional amendment

Dave Williams reports that legislation to legalize online sports betting in Georgia gained momentum in the state Senate Thursday just as it appeared to get sidetracked in the Georgia House of Representatives. A Senate committee passed a constitutional amendment that would put sports betting on the statewide ballot next year for Georgia voters to decide.

 

Feb. 26, 2021 GPB

President’s COVID-19 Relief Bill Means Millions In Direct Aid To Georgia Cities

Ellen Eldridge reports that on Friday, the U.S. House is expected to vote on a nearly $2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill including direct payments to those making less than $75,000 a year, help for small business and money for local governments. GPB’s Ellen Eldridge reports that’s good news for many towns and cities in Georgia.

 

Feb. 26, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia delegation splits along party lines on LGBTQ protections in Equality Act

Tia Mitchell reports, every Democrat in the U.S. House, including all six from Georgia, voted in favor of a bill to extend federal civil rights protections to the LGBTQ community. The Equality Act passed on a mostly party-line vote with just three Republicans in favor.

 

 

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Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 25, 2021

Feb. 25, 2021 North Georgia News United Community Bank relocates headquarters to Greenville, SC Shawn Jarrard reports, citing growth, United Community Bank has moved its corporate headquarters from Union County, Georgia, to Greenville, South Carolina, more than 70 years after…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 24, 2021

Feb. 24, 2021 Savannah Morning News Savannah Gateway Industrial Hub officially opens in Effingham Staff reports that Savannah Gateway Industrial Hub has announced dual project milestones that mark the park’s official opening in Effingham County. A&R Logistics’ new global export…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 23, 2021

Feb. 23, 2021 Law.com|Daily Report Online Who Killed the Oysters? Where Does the Water Go? Lawyers in Florida-Georgia Water Fight Field SCOTUS Questions Katheryn Tucker reports that lawyers for Georgia and Florida argued before the U.S. Supreme Monday morning in…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 22, 2021

Feb. 22, 2021 The Center Square Georgia to provide more than $550M in rental, utility assistance Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia will provide $552 million in rent and utility assistance to landlords and tenants, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Friday. The…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 19, 2021

Feb. 19, 2021 WABE 90.1 Florida And Georgia Head To The Supreme Court — Again — In Fight Over Water Molly Samuel and Rob Diaz de Villegas report that on Monday, attorneys for Florida and Georgia will appear before the…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 18, 2021

Feb. 18, 2021 WABE 90.1 Republicans In Georgia Senate Begin Moving Bills That Would Revamp Election Process Christopher Alston and Emil Moffatt report that Georgia lawmakers voted along party lines Wednesday morning to move several pieces of legislation one step…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 17, 2021

Feb. 17, 2021 Rome News-Tribune Integrated Fiber Solutions to expand Rome plant over next five years Doug Walker reports that Integrated Fiber Solutions announced a $30.2 million expansion of their plant in Rome, including the addition of approximately 40 employees…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 16, 2021

Feb. 16, 2021 Georgia.gov Georgia a top-10 exporting state for the first time Dave Williams reports that Georgia was ranked among the nation’s 10 top exporting states last year for the first time, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday. Georgia businesses…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 15, 2021

Feb. 15, 2021 WABE 90.1 Microsoft Expansion Bolsters Georgia’s ‘Technology Capital’ Aspirations Emil Moffat reports that Microsoft became the latest tech company to announce an expansion in Georgia as it unveiled plans last week for a major hub in metro…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 12, 2021

Feb. 12, 2021 WABE 90.1 Microsoft President Announces Plans To Make ‘Significant Investment’ In Atlanta Grace Walker reports, calling it a “significant investment,” Microsoft President Brad Smith announced plans to make the Douglas and Fulton county region the site of…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 11, 2021

Feb. 11, 2021 Georgia.gov Freshly Inc. to Open First Southeastern U.S. Facility in Austell, Creating 250 Jobs Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced on Wednesday that fresh-prepared meal delivery service Freshly Inc. is investing $3.2 million in opening…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 10, 2021

Feb. 10, 2021 AccessWDUN Kemp: January tax collections rise 7.5% Staff reports that the State of Georgia’s net tax collections for January totaled $2.53 billion, for an increase of $175.6 million over January 2020, according to numbers released Tuesday by…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 9, 2021

Feb. 9, 2021 Georgia.gov Duncan, Ralston Announce EMC Partnership to Expand Broadband in Rural Middle Georgia;Central Georgia EMC, Southern Rivers Energy and Conexon expand broadband to 80,000 EMC members across 18 counties Staff reports that efforts to provide broadband in…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 8, 2021

Feb. 8, 2021 Clayton News-Daily Georgia to celebrate 300th anniversary of founding Staff reports, this year celebrates the tricentennial of a turning point in North American colonial history. Three centuries ago, British soldiers established their first fort on land that…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 5, 2021

Feb. 5, 2021 Capitol Beat News Initial unemployment claims down again in Georgia Dave Williams reports that first-time unemployment claims in Georgia continued to decline last week, as the state Department of Labor worked to implement system changes allowing benefits…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 4, 2021

Feb. 4, 2021 Georgia.gov KB Autosys to Open Company’s First U.S. Automotive Manufacturing Facility in Meriwether County, Create 180 Jobs Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp on Wednesday announced that KB Autosys, a brake pad supplier, will invest $38…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 3, 2021

Feb. 3, 2021 University of Georgia Georgia Ag Forecast: 2021 offers opportunity for ‘rural to shine’ Josh Paine reports that the pandemic has put a strain on all sectors of the economy, and the agricultural and food industries were no…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 2, 2021

Feb. 2, 2021 Capitol Beat News Georgia film industry bouncing back nicely from COVID-19 hiatus Dave Williams reports that Georgia’s film industry has recovered from the coronavirus pandemic and then some. Film and TV producers currently are working on 37…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 1, 2021

  Feb. 1, 2021 Cartersville Daily Tribune $300M sorting facility planned for LakePoint Parkway James Swift reports that the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) documents indicate Atlanta-based TPA Ventures, LLC filed a developments of regional impact (DRI) application last…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 29, 2021

Jan. 29, 2021 Capitol Beat News Initial jobless claims down in Georgia as labor department warns of tax fraud Dave Williams reports that first-time unemployment claims in Georgia fell by 7,896 last week to 28,016, reflecting a weekly decline at…

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