Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:
- 0:00: Rose gives a news brief about how today’s Board of Directors meeting for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, or MARTA, could include some discussion regarding Gwinnett County. This comes after the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners yesterday voted to approve a contract with the metro Atlanta public transit system. We hear more about this later in the program.
- In other news, today in a release, Gov. Nathan Deal touted the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Global Commerce Division, which helped create more than 27,000 jobs during the 2018 fiscal year. According to the governor’s office, that generated $5.56 billion in investments, and was “the result of a record-breaking 419 expansion or relocation projects throughout the state.” Deal went on to say that “these numbers reflect Georgia’s appeal to global job creators and translate to real economic growth in our communities and new job opportunities for families across the state.”
- 2:40: Yesterday, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners held a special meeting to vote on whether or not to approve a contract with MARTA, and whether the issue of joining the transit agency should be placed as a referendum on November’s ballot. The commission approved letting voters decide on the matter, but it will be during a special election in March 2019. The contract will now head to MARTA’s Board of Directors for final approval. What could this transit expansion mean for the county? We hear from Kirkland Carden, city councilman in Duluth representing Post 2.
- 24:03: Emory’s Proton Therapy Center is set to begin treating its first patients this December and construction on the project, which includes a 90-ton cyclotron, is almost complete. In part two of our visit to the center, we take a look at the technology behind the treatment and get a tour of the 90-ton cyclotron.
- 41:51: Although Gwinnett County voters will have the chance to approve mass transit expansion, they will have to wait until March. Some local political leaders take issue with the decision for that date, including Gabe Okoye, chairman for the Gwinnett County Democratic Party. Okoye joins us in studio to address his concerns and discuss the political implications of the vote.
Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Trevor Young.