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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Georgia Newsletter for Sunday March 15, 2020 ( 31 items )  

American Federation for Children: Georgia Senate Passes Special Needs Expansion With Bipartisan Vote
WASHINGTON, March 12 -- The American Federation for Children issued the following statement by Georgia Government Affairs Advisor Jamie Lord: The Georgia Senate passed SB 386 yesterday by a bipartisan vote of 33-22, expanding the special needs scholarship program to reduce barriers for students with special needs who have been unable to access the current Georgia Special Needs Scholarship. It now heads to the House for consideration. "After advocating for the passage of the Georgia Special Nee  more

American Society of Civil Engineers: Atkinson Elevated to Fellow
RESTON, Virginia, March 13 -- The American Society of Civil Engineers issued the following news: Anita Bandela Atkinson, P.E., F.ASCE, vice president and board member of Patterson & Dewar Engineers Inc., has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction. Atkinson leads the Engineering and Surveying division at P&D, headquartered in Norcross, Georgia. Her success at growing the civil department led to her most recent promotion, in which she leads the combined civil engineering, electrical   more

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers to Award More Than $153,000 to Fund 34 Undergraduate Projects
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 11 -- The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers issued the following news release: ASHRAE announced that a total of $153,000 will be awarded for the 2020-21 Society Year to fund 34 projects through ASHRAE Undergraduate Program Equipment Grants. The ASHRAE Undergraduate Program Equipment Grants provides grants to engineering, technical and architectural schools worldwide. Its goal is to increase student knowledge, learning and awarenes  more

Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation: McPhee To Retire From Blank Foundation in 2020
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 12 -- The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation issued the following news release: Penelope (Penny) McPhee, who has served as president of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation (AMBFF) since 2004, announced that she will retire from the foundation at the end of 2020. McPhee will remain president until her successor is selected and assumes the leadership role. A nationwide search, overseen by Blank and members of his family, will begin immediately. As the Blank Foundation ce  more

Beyond Sports Women's Collegiate All-Star Game Presented by the WBCA Canceled
LILBURN, Georgia, March 13 -- The Women's Basketball Coaches Association issued the following news release: With the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and their families in mind, as well as the current information provided about COVID-19 by health authorities, the All-Star Committee has decided to cancel the 2020 Beyond Sports Women's Collegiate All-Star Game presented by the WBCA. The committee followed the guidance, recommendation and leadership from the WBCA and Beyond Spor  more

Beyond Sports, WBCA Announce 18 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball All-Stars
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 11 -- The Women's Basketball Coaches Association issued the following news release: Beyond Sports and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced 18 of the 20 NCAA Division III senior women's basketball players selected to participate in the second annual Beyond Sports Women's Collegiate All-Star Game presented by the WBCA. The all-stars were chosen by a committee of head women's basketball coaches of NCAA Division III programs, who are also members of the WBCA  more

CARE Prepares COVID-19 Response Working Closely With Vulnerable Communities
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 13 -- CARE issued the following news release: CARE is deeply concerned by the continuing global spread of the novel coronavirus and the resulting COVID-19 disease. CARE is committed to working closely with health officials in the countries and regions where the organization is operational to ensure the safety and security of CARE staff and programs. "CARE is undergoing a contingency planning process that will position us to respond rapidly as needed in the countries whe  more

Cayla Petree Named 2020 United States Marine Corps/WBCA Two-Year College National Coach of the Year
LILBURN, Georgia, March 12 -- The Women's Basketball Coaches Association issued the following news release: Cayla Petree, head coach at South Plains College in Texas, has been named the 2020 United States Marine Corps/WBCA Two-Year College National Coach of the Year, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced. Petree will be presented with the Pat Summitt Trophy, named for the late legendary University of Tennessee coach and awarded annually to the United States Marine Corps/WBCA Nat  more

Colorado's Boyle Earns NABC Guardians of the Game Award for Advocacy
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, March 11 -- The National Association of Basketball Coaches issued the following news release: Having demonstrated a passion for the stewardship of men's college basketball, University of Colorado head coach Tad Boyle has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 NABC Guardians of the Game Award for Advocacy presented by CoPeace. Boyle will receive the award on Sunday, April 5 in Atlanta at the AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show at the Sidney Marcus Auditorium a  more

Council on American-Islamic Relations: Civil Rights Groups Condemn Georgia Legislators' Effort to Protect Unconstitutional 'Israel Boycott' Law at Behest of Israeli Consulate in Atlanta
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 13 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following news release: The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia), CAIR Legal Defense Fund, and the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund condemned a last-minute attempt by two state legislators, Rep. Deborah Silcox and Rep. Michael Wilensky, to salvage Georgia's anti-free speech Israel boycott at the behest of the Israeli consulate in Atlanta. The groups are also asking Georgi  more

Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal Issues Research Articles in February 2020 Edition
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 9 -- Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, a peer-reviewed journal from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published research articles, including the following topics, in its February 2020 edition: * Characteristics of Patients with Acute Flaccid Myelitis, United States, 2015-2018 * Illness Severity in Hospitalized Influenza Patients by Virus Type and Subtype, Spain, 2010-2017 * Exposure to Ebola Virus and Risk for Infection with Malaria Parasites, Rural G  more

Environment Georgia: Coal Ash Bills Need Action on Crossover Day
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 13 -- Environment Georgia issued the following news release: Time is running out to move important coal ash legislation at the Georgia General Assembly. March 12th or 'Crossover Day' is the deadline for a bill to pass out of the chamber in which it was introduced. "We call on the Georgia House to step up for Georgia's waterways this Crossover day," said Jennette Gayer, Director of Environment Georgia and a chair of the Georgia Water Coalition's (GWC) Coal Ash Committee.  more

Environment Georgia: Record Number of Coal Ash Bills 'Crossover' in the Legislature
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 13 -- Environment Georgia issued the following news release: Three pieces of legislation dealing with coal ash passed out of the Georgia House early on 'Crossover Day,' the deadline for a bill to pass out of the chamber in which it was introduced. "We know coal ash ponds around our state are leaching coal ash toxins so it is good to see the Georogia House pass three bills addressing the coal ash problem pass on Crossover Day," said Jennette Gayer, Director of Environmen  more

Georgia Chamber Hosts Conference Call on COVID-19
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 14 -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: The Georgia Chamber hosted a member-wide press conference that drew 1,000 participants to hear national and state experts in healthcare, business and the chamber industry share the latest information regarding COVID-19. Georgia businesses and local communities were encouraged to follow the leadership of Governor Kemp and his teams while continuing to make fact-based decisions related to individual o  more

Georgia Chamber of Commerce: Chamber-Hosted Conference Call
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 11 -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: The Georgia Chamber is encouraging businesses and communities to make fact-based decisions and stay informed on COVID19. To read our Business Intelligence Bulletin addressing COVID19 and view a brief video message from President & CEO Chris Clark, please CLICK HERE (https://www.gachamber.com/business-intelligence-bulletin-covid19-update/). As we move forward, the Georgia Chamber - in partnership wi  more

Georgia Chamber Updates Businesses and Local Communities on COVID-19
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 12 -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: The Georgia Chamber is supporting a fact-based approach to the COVID-19 public health and economic challenge, emphasizing hard data, to keep the Georgia economy moving. "We encourage elected officials, local school systems, governments and businesses to follow the lead of Governor Brian Kemp," said Georgia Chamber Chairman and Delta EVP Peter Carter. "His coordinated, steady-handed engagement is an  more

Jobs With Justice National Conference, March on Georgia State Capitol, CANCELLED Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 14 -- Jobs with Justice issued the following news release: * * * - JWJ forced to cancel organized march on Georgia Capitol - but demands for worker justice remain in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic * * * On Friday, March 13th, as part of Jobs With Justice's national conference, hundreds of workers from across the nation planned to march on the Georgia Capitol Dome to demand justice for voters, people of color, immigrants, and all working people across the South. How  more

La Jolla's Terri Bamford Named 2020 Wilson Sporting Goods/WBCA High School National Coach of the Year
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 10 -- The Women's Basketball Coaches Association issued the following news release: Terri Bamford, head coach at La Jolla Country Day School in California, has been named the 2020 Wilson Sporting Goods/WBCA High School National Coach of the Year, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced. Bamford will be presented with the Pat Summitt Trophy, named for the late legendary University of Tennessee coach and awarded annually to the WBCA National Coach of the Year  more

Lawsuit Reform Essential to Georgia Business Growth
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 11 -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce issued the following news release: For well over a century, the Georgia Chamber has been a fierce champion for free enterprise and job creation in all 159 counties of our state. We work to improve our business climate, help companies expand and create jobs, improve the skills of Georgians so they can move from poverty to prosperity and promote the potential of rural communities every day while tackling the toughest problems facing ou  more

MHI: Hiring Qualified Workers Continues to Be Biggest Supply Chain Challenge as Firms Struggle to Embrace a Digital Mindset
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 12 -- MHI, a material handling, logistics and supply chain business, issued the following news release on March 11: MHI announces the release of the seventh in a series of MHI Annual Industry Reports developed in collaboration with Deloitte. The 2020 MHI Annual Industry Report, titled "Embracing the Digital Mindset: Connecting Data, Talent and Technology in Digital Supply Chains" provides new insights into trends and technologies that are having a dramatic business impac  more

National Association of Working Women: #MeToo Comes to the Georgia Capitol
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, March 13 -- The National Association of Working Women, 9to5, issued the following testimony: Georgia HB 1211, introduced March 5th, is a bi-partisan effort to extend protections against workplace sexual harassment to women who work for employers of less than 15 people. 9to5 Executive Director Leng Leng Chancey spoke in support of this bill in House Committee. Here is her testimony: My name is Leng Leng Chancey and I am the National Executive Director of 9to5, National Ass  more

Player of the Year Felmas Koranga Headlines 2020 WBCA Two-Year College Coaches' All-America Team
LILBURN, Georgia, March 12 -- The Women's Basketball Coaches Association issued the following news release: Felmas Koranga of Tyler Junior College in Texas is the 2020 WBCA Two-Year College Player of the Year and headlines the 2020 WBCA Two-Year College Coaches' All-America team, announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Koranga is leading Tyler with 19.0 points and 13.1 rebounds per game this season. The 6-1 forward from Rift Valley, Kenya, has started in 31 games and tallied 2  more

Player of the Year Paige Bueckers of Hopkins High School Headlines 2020 WBCA High School Coaches' All-American Team
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 10 -- The Women's Basketball Coaches Association issued the following news release: Paige Bueckers of Hopkins High School in Minnesota is the 2020 WBCA High School Player of the Year and headlines the 2020 WBCA High School Coaches' All-America team, announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Bueckers, the No. 1 high school recruit according to ESPN, is leading fourth-ranked Hopkins (27-0) with 21.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 9.4 assists and 5.4 steals per game   more

Preventing Chronic Disease Journal Issues Research Articles in March 2020 Edition
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 13 -- Preventing Chronic Disease, a journal from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that says it disseminates public health findings, innovations and practices on chronic disease prevention, published research articles on the following topics in its March 2020 edition: * Measurement of Nutrition Environments in Grocery Stores, Convenience Stores, and Restaurants in the Lower Mississippi Delta * Relationship Between Polypharmacy and Quality of Life Among Peop  more

Southern Regional Education Board: Math for Elementary Students and Their Teachers
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 13 -- The Southern Regional Education Board issued the following news release: * * * - How to improve math instruction for young students * * * SREB's Early Math Matters: Factoring in Teacher Knowledge and Practice shows why math is so critical for young students and recommends ways to improve math instruction in elementary schools. Why Early Matters: The Snowball Effect Students who finish fifth grade without mastering key math concepts have difficulty keeping up i  more

Technology Association of Georgia Taps Arketi Group to Build New, Interactive Website
ATLANTA, Georgia, March 7 -- The Technology Association of Georgia issued the following news: The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) has launched a new, intuitive, user-friendly website that was designed and built by high-tech B2B public relations and digital marketing agency Arketi Group. With more than 30,000-plus members, TAG, the state's largest technology industry association, now sports a fresh new online look. The updated, streamlined website (https://www.tagonline.org) features gr  more

Training Session Prepares Farmers Union Members to Respond to Farm Stress
WASHINGTON, March 12 -- The National Farmers Union issued the following news release: As part of the organization's broader initiative to address a growing farm stress crisis, National Farmers Union (NFU) last week hosted a two-day, in-person session to train community mental health advocates across the country. More than 30 Farmers Union members from 19 states completed the training, which was held in conjunction with NFU's 118th Anniversary Convention in Savannah, Georgia. The program's curr  more

University of Delaware Awarded $7,000 USPOULTRY Foundation Student Recruiting Grant
TUCKER, Georgia, March 10 -- The U.S. Poultry Foundation issued the following news release: The USPOULTRY Foundation awarded a $7,000 student recruiting grant to the University of Delaware. The grant was made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from Valley Proteins and was presented by Barbara Jenkins, executive director of the USPOULTRY Foundation, to Robert Alphin, senior instructor and laboratory manager for the university's Department of Animal and Food Sciences. A portion of t  more

UUSC Values in Action: Defeating an Immigrant Detention Center in Marietta, Georgia
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 11 -- The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee issued the following news: How a coalition of UUs, allies and activists helped prevent the opening of a new migrant child detention center in Georgia. Helen Hobson, a member of the Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Marietta, Georgia, wrote a personal account of her congregation's successful advocacy against the building of an immigrant detention center. On December 11, 2019, a diverse group of UUs,  more

WD-40 Brand Partners With Habitat for Humanity to Give Back to Communities
AMERICUS, Georgia, March 10 -- Habitat for Humanity International issued the following news: As part of WD-40 Company's ongoing effort to make things better than they are, WD-40(R) Brand will donate 50 cents to Habitat for Humanity International for every 12 oz. can of WD-40(R) Smart Straw(R) sold at participating Lowe's Home Improvement stores between now and April 30, 2020. WD-40 Brand will donate up to $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity to assist the organization in its mission to bring people  more

Women's Basketball Coaches Association Announces 2020 Assistant Coaches of the Year
LILBURN, Georgia, March 13 -- The Women's Basketball Coaches Association issued the following news release: The Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced today the 2020 Assistant Coaches of the Year in all six WBCA membership divisions. The WBCA Assistant Coach of the Year award is presented to one associate head coach or assistant coach in each membership division who demonstrates commitment to their program, their student-athletes and their head coach; their impact coaching on court;   more