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2014

Saving an Island’s History

07/22/14

Saving an Island’s History

There’s a spot in Georgia where students and researchers can look back at life in our state from prehistory through the 1930s. The site, on Ossabaw Island, about 20 miles south of Savannah, contains the remnants of a prehistoric village, an antebellum plantation and a 1930s tenant farmer’s home. With signs of human occupation dating back 4,500 years, the site offers exposure to a wide range of archaeological features and techniques. The Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Dr. Victor Thompson of the University of Georgia just wrapped up a summer archaeological field school on the island. Open to both graduate and undergraduate students, the field school’s goal was to collect information and...

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Spotted in Georgia, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

07/18/14

Spotted in Georgia, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

A view leaving Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, International Terminal

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Georgia Conservancy Welcomes a New Leader

07/16/14

Georgia Conservancy Welcomes a New Leader

Congratulations to Robert Ramsay, new head of the Georgia Conservancy, an Atlanta nonprofit that has been advocating for environmental issues and developing strategic collaborations to preserve our natural resources since 1967. Ramsay has big shoes to fill – former Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard was the previous president and will remain active on environmental issues. A Toccoa native, Ramsay is a past president of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association and considered one of the best fly fishing guides in the world. He worked at the Nature Conservancy of Georgia prior to coming to Georgia Conservancy and graduated from the 2013 class of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership. Howard called him “the ideal choice” for the position. We look forward to...

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Take a New Look at Downtown Atlanta

07/11/14

Take a New Look at Downtown Atlanta

Been a while since you’ve gone to downtown Atlanta? You might be surprised with what you’ll now find. With the opening in June of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the re-opening of the Polaris restaurant in Atlanta, the area is booming with attractions, and summer’s a perfect time to take it all in. Grab the whole family and make a day – or two – of being a downtown tourist. Start at SkyView, Atlanta’s new Ferris wheel. From up top you can see all of downtown and a good bit of the surrounding metro area. From there, stroll over to Pemberton Place – you’ll see it from SkyView – where the Center for Civil and Human Rights is located alongside the World of Coke and the Georgia Aquarium. End your day...

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Spotted in Georgia, Silverbacks Park, Atlanta

07/09/14

Spotted in Georgia, Silverbacks Park, Atlanta

A generous sky view from the Atlanta Silverbacks field in Norcross, Georgia. 

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Macon’s Tattnall Square Park a National Leader

07/07/14

Macon’s Tattnall Square Park a National Leader

The College Hill Corridor area in Macon continues to receive accolades for its approach to development and community engagement. Most recently, Tattnall Square Park, located in the heart of the corridor, was named one of 12 Frontline Parks nationwide by the City Parks Alliance. “We selected Tattnall Square Park as a Frontline Park because it exemplifies the power of urban parks to build community and make our cities sustainable and vibrant,” says Catherine Nagel, executive director, City Parks Alliance. The park is one of the oldest urban parks in the country and second oldest in Georgia. As part of the College Hill Corridor, the park and its restoration, spearheaded by the Friends of Tattnall Square Park, are integral to the redevelopment efforts of...

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EV's Help Businesses Go Green

07/01/14

EV's Help Businesses Go Green

The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (MAC) presented a panel on electric vehicles at the Clean Tech Leadership Council lunch on June 13. According to panelists, the greatest surge in users may come as big area employers grow infrastructure and incentive programs Coca-Cola Co. transportation planner Eric Ganther says their average company employee drives a 90-minute commute. To help offset employee costs and make getting to work more convenient, the company now offers shuttles, bikes, MARTA/Express incentives, and 85 charging stations for 100 electric vehicle drivers, at no cost to employees – and a cost to Coke of only $.88 per vehicle per day. Richard Lowenthal, the founder and chief technical officer of ChargePoint, a company that manufactures charging stations and...

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Save Album 88

06/27/14

Save Album 88

In May, Georgia State University (GSU) and Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) announced a partnership to air GPB's news/talk programming on WRAS (Album 88 – GSU's student-run radio station) seven days a week, 10 hours a day beginning this month. The outcry against the plan from students, alumni and listeners in the 100,000-watt station's area, which reaches Metro Atlanta's 10 counties, was immediate. And while the deal is still in the works, the on-air date was moved from early June until June 29. Let's take a look at why so many people are against this arrangement. Album 88 is one of the brightest and rarest cultural offerings we have in the state – and a huge part of Atlanta's ability to attract and retain young talent. The resources Album...

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A Focus on the Human in Human Rights

06/23/14

A Focus on the Human in Human Rights

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” – Margaret Mead That quote is etched in the glass of the water feature outside the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights (NCCHR) in downtown Atlanta. It sets the stage perfectly for the stories that are told inside. The center includes not only personal accounts of the Civil Right's movement, but more importantly shows how that movement – born in Atlanta – continues to inspire people around the world. It is a museum that stays focused on the human in human rights with three distinct exhibits – Civil Rights, Human Rights and the personal papers of Martin Luther King Jr. As you tour the exhibits, you travel from Atlanta, through the South and...

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Sherman’s Necktie

06/17/14

Sherman’s Necktie

Two days before the Battle of Atlanta in July 1864, Gen. William T. Sherman ordered that railroad tracks be destroyed to disrupt the Confederacy’s transportation network. Under the cover of night, Union soldiers heated and twisted the rails, bending them around trees and telegraph poles. Left to cool, the now-useless rails became known as Sherman’s Neckties. In 2011, Stone Mountain unveiled a new work of public art that replicates one such necktie. It stands at the approximate location of the start of Sherman’s March to the Sea, near Shermantown, the historically African-American neighborhood named in honor of the night the general and his troops spent in the area before beginning their march in November 1964. To learn more about the Civil War in Georgia...

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Let's Talk Midtown

06/13/14

Let's Talk Midtown

Midtown Atlanta has been going through a real renaissance, with new high-rises, pop-up art, sustainable restaurants and boundaries that now stretch from Westside to Poncey Highlands. With growth projections for the city skewing toward walkable districts, it's an opportunity for Midtown, said Midtown Alliance President Kevin Green at the May 28 panel discussion, “Midtown Dialogues: The Urban Experience.” Public art, an expanding Piedmont Park and public safety investments are reconnnecting neighborhoods, as more Atlantans choose to walk and bike around the city. “We have 300 acres of greenspace and several higher education institutions [SCAD-Atlanta, Georgia Tech], all in a 1.2-square-mile walkable district,” said Green. “The Midtown Alliance has...

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High-Tech Scavengers in Columbus

06/10/14

High-Tech Scavengers in Columbus

Visitors to Columbus can channel the city’s namesake explorer by discovering hidden treasures. Instead of navigating by the stars, they use a handy GPS to locate 31 containers on the RiverWalk GeoTour. “It’s a high-tech scavenger hunt,” says Peter Bowden, president and CEO of the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau, noting that people from as far away as Europe and Hawaii have participated. Bowden says Columbus became the first city in the world to launch a geotour in May 2012, though others have since followed in its wake. Looking for ways to promote its whitewater course, Bowden says that “with limited marketing dollars, we couldn’t speak to a true international audience.” Groundspeak, an organization based in Seattle,...

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Step Back in Time

06/06/14

Step Back in Time

Visit Fairburn for a taste of the 16th century at the 29th annual Georgia Renaissance Festival. June 7 and 8 make up the last weekend of this year's event, which features skilled artisans, strolling minstrels, mead, turkey legs, jousting, Maypole dancing and more. Increasingly, it has become a "cosplay" event, with the visitors sometimes out-costuming the professionals. For more information see http://www.garenfest.com/

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Pack Your Cannons – Sherman’s Coming Again!

06/03/14

Pack Your Cannons – Sherman’s Coming Again!

One hundred fifty years ago this month, Union and Confederate forces faced off across Cobb County in battles large and small, including Kennesaw Mountain, one of the most important battles of the Atlanta Campaign. A number of commemorative events are happening in the Cobb area this month, and events continue in Georgia over the next year as the Civil War sesquicentennial winds down. Learn more about the Civil War in Georgia in this month’s feature stories. And find information about everything from reenactments, tours and ceremonies to musical performances, educational opportunities and lists of Civil War sites at the following websites. The Atlanta Campaign Atlanta History Center B*ATL Battle of Kennesaw Mountain 150th Anniversary Civil War Trust Civil...

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Spotted in Georgia, Peach Season!

05/30/14

Spotted in Georgia, Peach Season!

Have you had a peach today? Spotted at Jaemor Farms, Alto, Ga.

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BeltLine Receives International Award

05/27/14

BeltLine Receives International Award

Last week, the Atlanta BeltLine was awarded the Prix d ‘Excellence Award by the International Real Estate Federation for best environmental rehabilitation project in the world. The award highlighted the organization's work on the Historic Fourth Ward Park, which was once a barren, contaminated site, but today is a vibrant part of the community that craftily incorporates flood protection and stormwater overflow solutions; the 2.25-mile Eastside Trail, a former abandoned heavy freight rail corridor that is now a ribbon of parkland and trails; and the city's first public skatepark and nearby athletic fields, a hot gathering spot for skaters, athletes and families.  Congratulations to Atlanta’s BeltLine!

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Spotted in Georgia, Coca-Cola Sign

05/20/14

Spotted in Georgia, Coca-Cola Sign

Spotted in Atlanta, Georgia, proud home to Coca-Cola. 

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Spotted in Georgia, Tifton Mural

05/16/14

Spotted in Georgia, Tifton Mural

A beautiful mural in downtown Tifton, Georgia. 

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Record Store Day

05/14/14

Record Store Day

Record Store Day, started by Atlantan and owner of Little Five Points' Criminal Records Eric Levin, has become a tidal force in the music industry. Nearly every label, large and small, plans limited releases for the annual occasion to entice collectors of all stripes to venture out across the country and take their music gathering off line. Perhaps the economy has turned around – Criminal Records broke records (pardon the pun) with their biggest sale day in over 20 years at this year's RSD April 19. Shoppers waited patiently in line, in the rain, starting at 2:30 a.m. in anticipation of the more than 450 music releases created specifically for independent music stores for the special day. Both Criminal and neighboring Wax n' Facts had live music throughout...

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Spotted in Georgia, A Sunset

05/09/14

Spotted in Georgia, A Sunset

A sunset on any coast is beautiful, and this one on Georgia's coast at Jekyll Island is no exception. Read about the Jekyll Island community and their conservation and revitilzation efforts. In fact, read about our past coverage in Georgia Trend Magazine. 

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Historic Railroad Photo Contest

05/06/14

Historic Railroad Photo Contest

Know any cool railroad spots? The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Commission, in partnership with RailGA.com, is having a Historic Railroads of Georgia photography contest through May 25. Photos of historic buildings and structures associated with Georgia's many railroads, the network of which positioned our state to lead the rest of the south, are eligible. This is the contest's fifth year. Entries are featured in an online gallery, and will be shown on Thursday, May 29 at Rhodes Hall in Atlanta as part of the free Preservation Month Lecture Series.

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Neely Young Honored by Atlanta Press Club

04/29/14

Neely Young Honored by Atlanta Press Club

Georgia Trend Co-Editor-in-Chief and Publisher Neely Young received the Atlanta Press Club’s 2013 Award of Excellence for Commentary, at the Awards of Excellence reception last night.   He was honored for his columns “Shame On Us,” which addresses immigration reform, and “Hospitals Under Stress,” which makes the case for Medicaid expansion in Georgia. His son, Co-Editor-in-Chief and Publisher Ben Young, accepted the award on Neely’s behalf. Congratulations Neely!

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Blessing of the Fleet

04/25/14

Blessing of the Fleet

The Blessing of the Fleet in Darien, Ga., is an annual celebration in April of the start of the shrimping season. Events include a YMCA 5K, children's activities, a classic car show, art, food and drink vendors, and live entertainment. Darien's Blessing of the Fleet is the largest on the East Coast.   Photos by Neely Young are from the Marine Parade, and include Glenna Hounce, the fish princess.  

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Georgia Leaders Go Green for Earth Day

04/22/14

Georgia Leaders Go Green for Earth Day

Business and nonprofit leaders from Georgia and beyond gathered at the Georgia Aquarium last Wednesday, April 16, 2014, to celebrate Georgia’s environment and sustainable business practices at the Earth Day Leadership Breakfast, presented by EarthShare of Georgia. Now in its 12th year, the breakfast featured keynote speaker Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd, a University of Georgia professor and 2013 president of the American Meteorological Society. Environmental updates were presented by several environmental leaders, including Nature Conservancy Executive Director and 2013 100 Most Influential Georgian Deron Davis. The program also included displays from area environmental groups supported by EarthShare of Georgia and business networking. EarthShare of Georgia also honored and...

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Parks with Purpose

04/18/14

Parks with Purpose

In the May 2013 Sustainable Georgia we discussed green infrastructure planned by The Conservation Fund as a means of improving the Vine City/English Avenue neighborhood in West Atlanta. This month the neighborhood broke ground on Lindsey Street Park, the first ever park in the English Avenue neighborhood. On April 4, volunteers from the Blank Family of Businesses, as part of that organization's All-Associates Day, rolled up their sleeves and kicked off the next phase of this community-driven effort by clearing brush, debris and invasive species. Later this spring, neighborhood residents will begin construction on the park. “The park will be more than just a nice open space in the city, as you touched upon in your article,” says Ann Simonelli, media manager for...

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Contemporary Color

04/15/14

Contemporary Color

“Coloring,” a group show at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center features Bill Adams, Paul Stephen Benjamin, Rutherford Chang, Kate Shepherd and Anne Lindberg, whose work “taut green” is pictured. Read more about the ACAC's new redesign in this month's Sustainable Georgia.    

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Georgia Shrimp Under Siege

04/08/14

Georgia Shrimp Under Siege

Black gill is a fairly common disorder in the shrimp that live in the shoreline waters from Savannah to St. Marys. It is not a disease, but rather is caused by an organism entering the shrimp’s body. It tarnishes the look of the food, though it isn’t harmful to the humans who eat it. Scientists say shrimping is about a $20 million-a-year industry on Georgia’s coast, and they are hoping to find ways of reducing the threat of black gill.  Pictured: Inspecting and studying shrimp and other marine life on the research vessel Savannah. Learn more about black gill in this month’s Georgia Trend feature Savannah: Stretching Out. Photo credit: Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. 

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Savannah Music Festival

04/04/14

Savannah Music Festival

Robert Cray, Branford Marsalis, and Fatoumata Diawara (photo) are among the artists performing at Savannah Music Festival this weekend.  This is the 25th anniversary of the festival, which features 100 performances spread across the city over three weeks and includes jazz, classical, funk and world music. In honor of the anniversary, Oglethorpe Gallery is hosting “Sound and Vision,” a collection of photos from the SMF archives by Frank Stewart and Ayano Hisa.  Past performers at the SMF, the largest and certainly the most stylistically diverse music festival in Georgia, have included Amad Jamal, Kenny Barron, Maceo Parker, Bill Frisell, Marcus Roberts, Zakir Hussain, Eddie Palmieri, and Wayne Shorter.  Read more about Savannah in this...

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Abandoned, Not Forgotten

04/03/14

Abandoned, Not Forgotten

Driving down Ponce de Leon to get to downtown or Piedmont Park or simply to commute home towards Decatur, or maybe even to get a hot donut at the large and busy Krispy Kreme location, hundreds of people a day drive by an abandoned Kodak Building. Many people remember the day when we had to drop film off and days later we would get a package of pictures and negatives we would look through to see if there were a few redeemable pictures to paste into photo albums. Photo processing went to "Same Day" service and many of us found it as a luxury, or (nearly) an instantaneous gratification treat.  Kids today don't remember when the buildings like this held the memories of thousands of people, waiting to be picked up or mailed out. It's hard to teach the way we...

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Spotted in Georgia, March 2014, Lake Park, GA

04/01/14

Spotted in Georgia, March 2014, Lake Park, GA

Quail Branch Lodge in Lake Park, Georgia is located south of Valdosta. "Nestled in hundreds of acres of pines is one of Georgia's best kept secrets..."

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The 2014 Georgia Logistics Summit

03/26/14

The 2014 Georgia Logistics Summit

The 2014 Georgia Logistics Summit was held last week at the Georgia World Congress Center, alongside MODEX & Supply Chain and Transportation USA on adjacent levels (photo above). Together the shows bring in more than 20,000 people. Georgia Trend is a media partner for the Summit, which is hosted by the Georgia Department of Economic Development Center of Innovation for Logistics and brought 2,300 attendees this year, another record.   Family business panel, left to right: Vince Eget, Partner, Bennett Thrasher, LLP; Heidi Green, Managing Partner, Perdue Partners, LLC; Michael Golden, Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP; Rob Adams, Managing Director, EVE Partners, LLC. One breakout panel hosted by Arnall Golden Gregory discussed consolidation in the logistics...

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Spotted in Georgia, Stone Mountain Park, March 2014

03/21/14

Spotted in Georgia, Stone Mountain Park, March 2014

This picturesque scene is of the one hundred year old Grist Mill found at Stone Mountain Park. It was moved to this location from Ellijay, Georgia in 1965.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

03/17/14

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Georgia Trend!

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100th Anniversary of the Association of County Commissioners

03/14/14

100th Anniversary of the Association of County Commissioners

  Gwinnett County Commissioner Chairman Charlotte Nash, featured in Georgia Trend's 100th Anniversary of the Association of County Commissioners feature, giving her "State of the County" address, and on Memorial Day of last year.  

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Spotted in Georgia, Window Art February 2014

03/11/14

Spotted in Georgia, Window Art February 2014

A pop-up installation by Gina Somebody for Voyeur Designs at Paces Ferry Plaza, 3539 Northside Parkway Northwest, Atlanta, featuring nearly 75,000 feet of fluorescent yarn and string and 3,600 screws. Voyeur Designs is an Atlanta-based collaborative that creates site-specific sculptures in vacant retail spaces. Through blending art and design they transform empty storefronts into focal points for the developments they inhabit. The installations demand attention, promote the property and raise the bar in commercial real estate marketing. This particular piece is lit at night and it is a highly recommended sight to see.

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Spotted in Georgia, October 2013

03/06/14

Spotted in Georgia, October 2013

Little White Church spotted in Duluth, Georgia during the Walk for PKD around the square in Historic Duluth. Photo by Liz Henry

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Georgia Municipal Association 2014 Mayor's Day Conference

03/04/14

Georgia Municipal Association 2014 Mayor's Day Conference

In January, the Georgia Municipal Association hosted the 2014 Mayor's Day Conference in Atlanta. Keynote was Presentor Dr. James Johnson Jr. Director, Urban Investment Strategies Center, Frank Hawkins Kenan Insititute for Private Enterprise; William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is a demographics expert. Among the trends he discussed were the vanishing of men from the white collar workplace, the shortage in service industry employees needed to match the growing senior population, and the deficit of social services matching the needs of the working class. It was an eye opener. Georgia Trend Publisher Ben Young also spoke at the event, discussing Georgia Trend's February Hub Cities article....

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Longtime Georgia Trend Journalist Dies

02/28/14

Longtime Georgia Trend Journalist Dies

Fare thee well, Ed Lightsey - a great man who led life to the fullest and wrote wonderful pieces for Georgia Trend for nearly 20 years.

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The Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership 2014 Summit

02/25/14

The Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership 2014 Summit

The Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership held their 2014 Summit, New Ideas and Old Friends, at Cox Enterprises in Dunwoody last month. Each year some 30 Georgians are selected to attend monthly weekends at different parts of the state examining sustainability issues across Georgia's diverse geographic and economic spectrum. Judy Adler from the Turner Foundation announced the creation of the Barbara Gallo Scholarship, created in honor of the late IGEL leader to strengthen IGEL's recruitment ability to include those who may not otherwise be able to afford it, and an interactive session looked at both sides of the Savannah Harbor deepening, with both the Georgia Ports Authority and Southern Environmental Law Center moderating - two divergent views to say the least....

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Stay Connected to Georgia Trend

02/20/14

Stay Connected to Georgia Trend

It's easier than ever to stay connected to Georgia Trend Magazine and Georgia Trend Daily. The magazine and our popular daily newsletter will keep you informed with the news you need to know about living and working in Georgia. Subscribe here today! 

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Spotted in Georgia, January 30, 2014

02/18/14

Spotted in Georgia, January 30, 2014

This photo was taken near Blood Mountain, North Georgia on January 30, 2014 during a rare snow event in the South. Blood Mountain is the highest peak of the Appalachian Trail and the sixth tallest mountain in Georgia. It borders Lumpkin County. 

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Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Hosts Clean Tech Executive Forum

02/13/14

Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Hosts Clean Tech Executive Forum

The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce recently held Clean Tech Executive Forum at the American Cancer Society in Atlanta. The event was sponsored by Coca Cola, Cousins, Georgia Center for Innovation in Energy, Toto, and Nissan. Jay Shaver (photo), Senior Project Manager GE Digital Energy, said the energy business is booming. “We expect demand to grow by 75 percent by 2030,” he said. GE employs 30,000 and brings in $137 billion in revenue. Smartgrid technology  has made efficiency/sustainability the “fifth fuel,” and GE's Grid IQ Experience Center in Atlanta has had 10,000 visitors since opening in 2010. Explaining the “fifth fuel” concept, John Rossi, CEO of  Comverge, said that there are three points of leakage in the current...

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The Georgia Chamber of Commerce hosts "Eggs & Issues" Breakfast

01/17/14

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce hosts "Eggs & Issues" Breakfast

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce just concluded its three day gala with the annual “Eggs & Issues” Breakfast with remarks from Gov. Nathan Deal, House Speaker David Ralston and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. Public safety and the port deepening were high on the agenda, with the governor planning to expand life flight helicopter service to southwest Georgia, complete the Jimmy Deloach Parkway and provide more funding to make sure the Savannah Harbor will be deepened in time for new port traffic from the Panama Canal. “We’re ready to get this show on the road,” says Deal. Education and work force development were among other highlighted topics, with the governor pledging $5 million of this year’s budget to welding, health, diesel and information...

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