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W H O ’S R I S I N G A N D S I N K I N G I N G E O R G I A B U S I N E S S A N D P O L I T I C S
Georgia has again secured the highest possible Triple
A bond rating from the three main credit rating agencies, which allows it to secure the lowest possible interest costs when issuing general obligation bonds.
Agency reports highlighted Georgia’s “conservative
debt management,” “strong governance framework” and
“well-diversified and broad-based economic growth” as
reasons for the perfect rating. For the work done by
state officials in helping drive Georgia’s economy, our
state as a whole is Rising…
The Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport,
eight miles outside of The Hostess City, had a banner
2018. Approximately 2,799,526 passengers travelled
through it last year, up 336,645 from the previous year.
Delta and American increased flights, and Las Vegasbased Allegiant began working on a $50 million investment to establish its new base of operations at the airport. With millions of more dollars in developments on
the way, Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport’s
future is Rising…
Cobb County officials are proud of SunTrust Park and
the surrounding Battery— and in 2021 they’ll get to show
it off to the world. Major League Baseball’s 2021 All-Star
Game will be played there, showcasing facilities that
Atlanta Braves officials call “the best in baseball.” The
game joins the list of recent high-profile sporting events
to take place in metro Atlanta, including a Super Bowl,
Final Four, and college football national championship.
Promising to draw tens of thousands of baseball fans and
the eyes of millions more across the globe, the All-Star
Game has the Braves’ ship Rising…
Home security provider SafeWise has ranked the Peach
State’s top 50 safest cities based on violent and property
crime totals. Senoia, home of the hit show The Walking
Dead, rates as the safest city with no violent crimes and
a low property crime rate. Several Atlanta suburbs also
scored high, including John’s Creek, Milton and
Peachtree City. Georgia’s overall crime rate remains
slightly over the national average, but for these safe cities
the ship is Rising…
DeKalb County has suffered corruption scandals in
recent years, so it wasn’t exactly a shock that former
County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton was
arrested by the FBI on charges of bribery and extortion.
The FBI had been investigating Sutton for more than
four years even though she lost a race for her seat in
2017. It could be some prison time for Sutton, whose
ship is clearly Sinking…
Maj. Gen. Neil S. Hersey is the new Fort Gordon
commander, previously having been commandant of
the U.S. Army Cyber School there. He will oversee the
move of the U.S. Army Cyber Command to Gordon and
will work closely with industry leaders and neighboring
academic institutions. These are exciting times for
Augusta and Fort Gordon, and with Hersey at the
helm their ship is Rising…
Former Augusta National Golf Club chairman Billy
Payne has received no shortage of honors, but this latest recognition is among the best. He has been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame for his contributions to the sport, joining Augusta National co-founders
Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts. Already a legend
in his home state, Payne is receiving well-earned recognition from the global golf community, which has his
ship once again Rising…
Former state senator and gubernatorial candidate
Michael Williams accepted a plea after pleading guilty
to several counts of fraud. Williams falsely reported that
some $300,000 in computers had been stolen from his
Gainesville campaign HQ. As a first offender he avoids
jail time, with a sentence of four years of probation, 120
hours of community service and a $5,000 fine. Whatever
was left of his political aspirations are Sunk…
Hurricanes have been rough on Georgians but for
Glynn County there is some good news. The Federal
Emergency Management Agency determined that the
coastal county has increased its system level in the
National Flood Insurance Program. That will result
in a five percent discount on flood insurance policy premiums, a must for homeowners. The upgrade is a result
of impressive field verifications by the county, as well
as successful outreach and education programs. For
county officials, keeping their citizens safe while saving
them money on their insurance premiums sees their
ships Rising…
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