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2006 Cities of Excellence - Suwanee

2006 Cities of Excellence - Suwanee

Suwanee mayor Nick Masino, whose city won a Trendsetter Award in the Hearing Voices category for small cities, says he is no politician. Yet he has been enjoying a political life that's the dream of most elected officials - running for office with no opposition.

February 2006

Georgia Aquarium: The Wow Factor

Atlanta's just-opened Georgia Aquarium is to most aquariums what Home Depot is to most hardware stores - vastly larger, far different from the norm and filled with a huge and diverse inventory.

January 2006

Spreading the Job Wealth

Hot job prospects are in evidence throughout the state, as demographic shifts and changes in the economy help brighten the employment picture

January 2006

Georgia Catches Up

Inflation-adjusted gross state product will increase by 3.2 percent, better than the 3 percent we expect for 2005 when the final numbers are in. Better news: The pace of job growth will nearly double from 0.7 percent in 2005 to 1.3 percent in 2006.

January 2006

Setting Records

So many ships and so much cargo pass through Georgia's deepwater ports at Brunswick and Savannah - with so much efficiency - that business has increased by 150 percent in the past decade and will likely do the same in the next 10 years.

December 2005

The National Picture

Despite the effects of damaging hurricanes, I expect the nation's economic expansion to continue, but with a moderate slowdown in the pace of growth.

December 2005

More Goods, Fewer Workers

In 2006, most retailers will see both top- and bottom-line growth, but job-seekers should look to other sectors of the economy.

November 2005

Finding Solutions

When business owners and civic leaders come together to address common problems, the answer is often a community improvement district. Gwinnett County is about to get the largest one in Georgia.

November 2005
A Farm Family Portrait

A Farm Family Portrait

The Williams dairy farm is forward-looking, technologically sophisticated, micro-managed and consistently profitable. Such success is increasingly rare, as soaring land values and production costs are putting the necessary economies of scale well beyond reach of the average farmer.

August 2005
Trading Partners

Trading Partners

Georgia ranks 11th among states in exports, sending $19.6 billion worth of goods throughout the Western Hemisphere and beyond. State officials say companies that export create and retain twice as many jobs as domestic-market companies. One advocate says international trade is simply the state's future.

April 2005
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