Jan. 28, 2022 Covington News

Rivian responds to environmental criticism from residents near site

David Clemson reports, facing a rash of criticism from some of its prospective new neighbors, Rivian Inc. said it’s proud of its environmental record and will extend care to the site of its new Georgia plant. The company intends to build an automotive plant on nearly 2,000 acres in Morgan and Walton counties.

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Jan. 28, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Influential Georgians honored

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that nearly 400 of the state’s movers and shakers and their guests attended Georgia Trend’s annual luncheon this week honoring the magazine’s 2022 Georgian of the Year, Hall of Fame inductee, 100 Most Influential Georgians (MIGs) and Notable Georgians. Held at the Georgia Aquarium, the event was a high-energy reunion after being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jan. 28, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Home Depot: Decker to replace Menear as CEO in March

Michael E. Kanell reports that Home Depot said Thursday that Edward (Ted) Decker will become chief executive on March 1, succeeding Craig Menear. Decker, 58, has been president and chief operating officer of the giant retailer since October of 2020. He has been with the Georgia-based company since 2000.

Jan. 28, 2022 Saporta Report

Cityhood efforts, development authorities need more transparency, lawmakers say

John Ruch reports that more transparency is needed for Georgia’s cityhood movements and development authorities — but not for the General Assembly itself, two state lawmakers said at a Jan. 27 open-government event. State Reps. Todd Jones (R-South Forsyth) and Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur) joined Cobb County Commission Chairwoman Lisa Cupid at the virtual “legislative breakfast” of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation (GFAF), a nonprofit educational organization.

Jan. 28, 2022 Marietta Daily Journal

Georgia House passes East Cobb cityhood bill

Chart Riggall reports that Georgia’s House of Representatives voted 98-63 Thursday to pass Republican State Rep. Matt Dollar’s bill creating a new city of East Cobb. The bill now awaits passage by the Senate and signature by Gov. Brian Kemp to put a referendum before voters on May 24.

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Jan. 28, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Nominations for Georgia’s 500 Most Influential Leaders – Last Chance!

Nominations are open now through January 31, 2022 for the premiere edition of Georgia Trend’s Georgia 500. It will publish next Fall and will be an engaging look at Georgia’s most powerful people across major industries and organizations.

Jan. 28, 2022 Georgia Health News

Georgia bill aims to limit profits of Medicaid managed-care plans

Andy Miller and Rebecca Grapevine report that Georgia lawmakers will consider a bill that could force the state’s Medicaid managed-care insurers to repay millions of dollars if their spending on medical care doesn’t reach a certain threshold. The bipartisan bill, introduced Jan. 26 by the powerful Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, a Republican, is focused on improving the state’s mental health care system.

Jan. 28, 2022 Valdosta Daily News

Riot response, social media censorship among Ga. Senate Republican priorities

Asia Ashley reports that Georgia Senate Republicans plan to push legislation against lenient riot response and social media censorship as part of its priorities this legislative session. While the Republican Caucus said it plans to support legislation for constitutional carry and mental health reform, members introduced their top four priorities during a press conference Tuesday: safety, security, students and workers — dubbed the #Fighting4.

Jan. 28, 2022 Georgia Recorder

House bill to extend ‘free speech’ areas campus-wide spurs First Amendment debate

Ross Williams reports that on Tuesday, Matthew Wiersema strapped his GoPro to his chest, grabbed his megaphone and came to downtown Atlanta next to the Georgia State University campus with a large sign bearing an image of what appeared to be a bloody, mangled fetus. Wiersema is a street preacher with a mission to outlaw abortion in the United States.

Jan. 28, 2022 The Center Square

Georgia lawmakers push plan for new school-choice program

Nyamekye Daniel reports that a bipartisan group of Georgia lawmakers is sponsoring a bill to create a new state-funded scholarship program that would allow parents to select education options for their children. House Bill 999, dubbed the Georgia Educational Freedom Act, would provide $6,000 for Georgia students each year in scholarship accounts to attend approved private schools of their choice.

Jan. 28, 2022 WABE 90.1

Georgia educators push back against bill restricting how race is taught in classrooms

Jim Burress reports that the head of Georgia’s largest educators’ organization says the group will lobby against a series of GOP-pushed bills that would restrict the way teachers can discuss race, and racism, in classrooms. One Senate bill – SB 377 – would prohibit K-12 schools and higher institutions from teaching “divisive concepts,” an indirect reference to critical race theory.

Jan. 28, 2022 Gwinnett Daily Post

Georgia Senate committee approves Sen.Clint Dixon’s bill calling for nonpartisan Gwinnett school board elections, sends it to full chamber

Curt Yeomans reports that State Sen. Clint Dixon’s legislation to switch the Gwinnett school board to nonpartisan elections is heading to the full Georgia Senate for a vote. The Senate’s State and Local Government Operations Committee took up Senate Bill 369 on Thursday morning and passed it on a 4-2 party-line vote.

Jan. 28, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Bill to target gaps in criminal justice data reporting

Dave Williams reports that Republicans in the Georgia Senate will introduce legislation next week aimed at plugging significant gaps in the state’s criminal justice database. A bill sponsored by Sen. Bo Hatchett, R-Cornelia, would modernize the current system with input from the various criminal justice agencies involved in implementing the proposed changes.

Jan. 28, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

New polls trigger new GOP battle in Georgia governor race

Greg Bluestein reports that two of the first public polls since former U.S. Sen. David Perdue launched a primary challenge against Gov. Brian Kemp have triggered a new round of attacks between the rival Republican campaigns. The polls from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Quinnipiac University, both released within a day of each other, each put Kemp in better standing than his primary challenger.



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Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 27, 2022

Jan. 27, 2022 Georgia.gov Gov. Kemp: Titan Steel Door to Invest $11 Million to Expand Georgia Operations, Create Over 90 Jobs in Hart County Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced that Titan Steel Door will invest more…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 26, 2022

Jan. 26, 2022 Georgia Ports Authority GPA tops 5.5M TEUs, 650K units in 2021 Staff reports that the Port of Savannah moved a record 5.6 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in Calendar Year 2021, growing volumes by a million TEUs,…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 25, 2022

Jan. 25, 2022 GlobalAtlanta.com How a French Firm in Atlanta Helps Corporates Embrace Transparency, Compliance  Trevor Williams reports that as general manager of Labrador U.S., a France-based communications agency with U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, Nneoma Njoku helps public firms embrace…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 24, 2022

Jan. 24, 2022 Savannah Morning News SEDA recaps record-breaking year; installs St. Joseph's/Candler's Paul Hinchey as chairman Staff reports that the year 2021 was a record-breaking one for the Savannah Economic Development Authority, marked by the highest number of new projects, prospect…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 21, 2022

Jan. 21, 2022 The Center Square Georgia's unemployment rate hits new low Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia’s unemployment rate dropped for the 12th consecutive month to 2.6%, another record-breaking low for the state, Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced. Butler…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 20, 2022

Jan. 20, 2022 Georgia.gov December Net Tax Revenues Up 24.3 Percent Staff reports that the State of Georgia’s net tax collections in December totaled $2.98 billion, for an increase of $582.9 million, or 24.3 percent, compared to December 2020 when…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 19, 2022

Jan. 19, 2022 The Center Square State economist expects Georgia's revenue bump to level Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia’s current economic boost is short-lived, state economist Jeffrey Dorfman warned Tuesday. Dorfman said the state’s revenue growth will flatten later this…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 18, 2022

Jan. 18, 2022 Saporta Report Electric vehicle, plastic recycling plants join coal ash, Okefenokee Swamp as concerns David Pendered reports that two big state-endorsed economic development projects are running into early opposition, indicating they could be set to join coal…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 17, 2022

Jan. 17, 2022 Augusta Chronicle Industrial batteries, more EV chargers and higher rates: Georgia's new year in power Abraham Kenmore reports that even with expanding electrical generation and storage – and new ways to use it –  Georgia Public Service vice chairman…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 14, 2022

Jan. 14, 2022 Fox 5 Atlanta Delta: 8,000 employees contracted COVID-19 over past 4 weeks Kelly Hays reports that Delta Air Lines said Thursday that 8,000 employees — or nearly 11% of its workforce — have contracted COVID-19 over the…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 13, 2022

Jan. 13, 2022 Brunswick News Economist predicts positive forecast for state in 2022 Gordon Jackson reports that Ben Ayers, dean of the University of Georgia Terry College of Business, had to address the topic on everyone’s mind Wednesday during his…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 12, 2022

Jan. 12, 2022 Georgia.gov Gov. Kemp Announces GEER II Funding to Support Education Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced the recipients of Round 1 of the second installment of the Governors Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER II), amounting…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 11, 2022

Jan. 11, 2022 Clayton News-Daily, Gwinnett Daily Post Georgia Bulldogs beat Alabama for first national championship since 1980 Alan Cole reports, it was not so long ago Kirby Smart would have been the one making the crucial interception. Before he…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 10, 2022

Jan. 10, 2022 Capitol Beat News Georgia voting rights groups suing over new congressional map Dave Williams reports that voting rights organizations and a group of Georgia voters filed a federal lawsuit Friday challenging new congressional district lines the Republican-controlled…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 7, 2022

Jan. 7, 2022 Capitol Beat News Johnny Isakson celebrated as compassionate bipartisan Dave Williams reports, former U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson was remembered Thursday as a bipartisan leader in partisan times who believed in doing the right thing regardless of politics.…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 6, 2022

Jan. 6, 2022 Georgia.gov Gov. Kemp: Battery Resourcers to Open North America’s Largest Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Facility in Georgia, Create 150 Jobs Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp yesterday announced that Battery Resourcers, a lithium-ion battery recycling and engineered…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 5, 2022

Jan. 5, 2022 Saporta Report Okefenokee Swamp mining proposal could be affected by Supreme Court ruling David Pendered reports that the proposal to mine sand near the Okefenokee Swamp could be affected by a groundbreaking ruling on water rights issued…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 4, 2022

Jan. 4, 2022 Georgia Health News Covid hospitalizations soar in Atlanta area; Northside wins a round in court vs. Anthem Andy Miller reports that the state last week reported daily totals of new Covid cases that shattered previous records, with…

Georgia Trend Daily - Jan. 3, 2022

Jan. 3, 2022 Georgia Recorder Wild Hog Supper, other legislative events to tee up state lawmakers’ 2022 return Stanley Dunlap reports that the signature January events that usually mark the start of a new Georgia legislative session are set to…

Georgia Trend Daily - Dec. 30, 2021

Dec. 30, 2021 Decaturish Six metro Atlanta healthcare systems plead for public’s help as COVID-19 cases surge Dan Whisenhunt reports, as Atlanta’s healthcare infrastructure sways under the strain of thousands of new COVID-19 cases, six metro Atlanta healthcare systems are…

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