I would try to go with a local nuc over a package if you can afford and source it. As far as AHB, I live and keep bees in Florida and the AHB issue is mainly contained to the southern area of the state. I think GA packages are probably safe without much AHB influence as well as Florida packages. Florida does test for AHB genetics in registered hives of breeders I believe. Research studies have actually shown that higher humidity and rainfall areas curb AHB population growth. I think the main issue with the more pure strains of AHB are mainly south Cali, and the Southwest US (TX, AZ, NM). Again, try to go with a local overwintered nuc if possible, not that much more in expense and probably a higher probability of success from a more cohesive starting unit.