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Macon The Construction Education Foundation of
Georgia (CEFGA) has introduced its “Construction
Ready” initiative in Macon-Bibb County, offering a free
20-day construction education program that includes
training, credentialing and job placement services.
Through this program Middle Georgia residents who sign
up can earn up to eight industry credentials. Following
its completion, the goal is to connect with top local construction companies through a CEFGA job fair. The Construction Ready program, since starting in 2014, boasts a
97 percent job placement by the end of the training.
Savannah Georgia Southern University and the Sa-
Bartow County A collaboration between the Georgia
Power Co. and the Electric Power Research Institute has
resulted in the creation of the Ash Beneﬁcial Use Center (ABUC). Located at Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen in
Euharlee, the ABUC will test pilot project technologies to
ﬁnd more ways to recycle and reuse coal ash for commercial use, particularly in the construction industry. One
study of interest is how to better pull contaminants out
of coal ash ponds to be used in cement manufacturing.
Catoosa County There’s a lot of focus on the rural healthcare crisis, with hospitals closing and state officials
scrambling to ensure that all Georgians have access to
medical care. However, that trend has been bucked in
Northwest Georgia with CHI Memorial planning to
build a hospital in Catoosa County. It will include an intensive care unit (ICU), a full service emergency department, and operating rooms and procedural suites. State
Sen. Jeff Mullis, president and CEO of the Northwest
Georgia Joint Development Authority, says this is “a
signiﬁcant boost to our regional economic development.”
Groundbreaking is scheduled for the spring of 2022, with
a completion date of mid-2024.
Hall County The latest skirmish in the “Water Wars”
saga has once again been won by Georgia. A U.S. District
judge rejected complaints from Alabama officials that
Lake Lanier, near Gainesville, was not being managed
properly and harming waters downstream in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin. “We will continue to do conservation and water quality, and other
good work to protect Lake Lanier,” says Linda MacGregor,
water resources director for the city of Gainesville.
vannah Economic Development Authority seek to
leverage academic researchers, instructors, government,
companies, and investors to foster commercially viable
logistics technologies. Platform Strategies, headed by
Bart Gobeil, is tasked to establish the strategic vision
and goals for the Logistics Technology Innovation
Corporation (LTIC) and implement its strategic plan.
The LTIC combines the brain power of Georgia Southern, Savannah State University and a venture ﬁrm to
spur scientiﬁc research, education, workforce opportunities and economic development along a technology
corridor created by the state in 2019.
Statesboro The ﬁlm industry is creating a tangible beneﬁt for the Statesboro Bulloch County Airport in the
form of a $500,000 payday that goes toward construction
of a new corporate jet hanger. Producers for the Korean War-era ﬁlm “Devotion” used one of the airport’s
back runways to create a model of the superstructure
of the aircraft carrier USS Leyte and ﬁlm scenes “on
deck” involving aircraft. The unexpected windfall allows
the airport to complete plans for a new hangar, which
county officials say will increase their ability to house
and service the planes. More corporate jets mean more
hangar fees and more fuel sales, paying dividends for the
South Georgia airport for decades to come.
Valdosta COVID-19 accelerated the advancement of online learning, and now one Georgia school is going all the
way— offering the state’s ﬁrst ever fully-online undergraduate degree. Valdosta State University is launching
an E-degree program that will offer eight different degrees in subjects including business and criminal justice.
If successful, the University System of Georgia will look
to expand the program, which hopes to enroll 300 to 400
students by the end of the next academic year.
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