Kemp: Georgia economy bouncing back

Like the rest of the country, Georgia has faced many challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But there is at least one area where Georgia has exceeded other states — economic development and job creation. 

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New Fulton Co. Sheriff Hits the Ground Running 

The new sheriff of Georgia’s most populous county, where the capital city of Atlanta is located, is quite a contrast to that city’s mayor.  Just days after being sworn in, Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat announced that buying the Atlanta City Detention Center would be a great idea to keep Atlanta and Fulton County safer. 

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Lawmakers don’t show their hands at Eggs & Issues

In a normal year the Georgia Chamber’s “Eggs and Issues” program serves as a bellwether for the legislative session ahead.  This year, gone fully virtual, the program was a bit muted as lawmakers kept their cards close to the vest, perhaps unsurprising given the current political climate.

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Lt. Gov. Causes Stir by Firing Several Committee Chairs

Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan yesterday announced the slate of 2021 state Senate committee chairs, and the biggest news were the names not included on the list. In fact, some GOP insiders InsiderAdvantage interviewed note that Duncan’s purge has now made him big political enemies within his own Republican Party.

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USG begins search for new chancellor 

The University System of Georgia will begin a search soon for a new chancellor after Steve Wrigley announced plans Tuesday to retire July 1, 2021. Dr. Wrigley has served as the 13th chancellor of the University System since 2017, overseeing 26 public colleges and universities with a $9.8 billion annual budget, 48,000 faculty and staff and more than 341,000 students. 

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Fulton Co. GOP Chair: Remove Elections Official

Fulton County Republican Party Chairman Trey Kelly is condemning “an explicit conflict of interest in the county’s elections office involving top elections official Ralph Jones Sr. and his son.”  In a letter to Fulton County Commission Chairman Rob Pitts, he calls for firing senior Jones since Ralph Jr. identifies himself on his social media accounts as communications director for the campaign of Democratic Senator-elect Raphael Warnock. 

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Say Whose Names? 

On the October 25, 2020 installment of FOX 5’s Georgia Gang, politicians were implored to remember the name of Secoriea Turner, an eight-year-old child gunned down in what was basically a criminal gang uprising in Atlanta. Disturbingly, almost no one seems to be demanding that any one chant Secoriea Turner’s name on command. 

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Bouncing Back

Gov. Brian Kemp and the Georgia Department of Economic Development Thursday announced that some 16,000 jobs have been created in the state in the first half of fiscal year 2021, totaling nearly $6 billion in new investments.  This represents a 40% increase in new jobs created over the first half of 2020, a great sign that the state’s economy is on the rise after an obvious dip in much of last year.  The main industries creating jobs are food processing, manufacturing, and logistics and distribution.  Great work in trying times has the GDEcD team RISING…

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