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Atlanta Community Food Bank receives $1 million grant

01/28/15

Atlanta Community Food Bank receives $1 million grant

The incubation model is moving into the social services sector with a $1,090,000 grant from the James M. Cox Foundation to the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB). The grant will establish and incubate the Food Well Alliance, which in turn will expand access to locally grown food and help build healthier, sustainable communities.     “The Atlanta Community Food Bank has a reputation for building successful partnerships to address complex problems,” said Jamie Kennedy, trustee of the Cox Foundation, in a press release. “This grant ... provides the resources and leadership needed to bolster the local food movement and community gardening in Atlanta.”     Food Well Alliance will build on relationships and...

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Building Opportunity in Metro Atlanta

01/23/15

Building Opportunity in Metro Atlanta

The Atlanta Regional Commission hosted a packed house Wednesday, Jan. 21, for Building Opportunity: A Conversation on Poverty and Transportation in Metro Atlanta. The program title is a mouthful and so is the subject, which revealed that sprawl has acccelerated the region's poverty problem by pushing the poor into inaccessible areas. There are additional difficulties of using transit in the city and much ingrained mistrust that must be overcome to cultivate an inclusive vision to realize the region's potential.   Rebecca Burns, deputy editor of Atlanta magazine and author of the article "Sprawled Out in Atlanta," opened the program with a presentation showing how poverty has shifted from the inner city to the suburbs as younger and older...

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Ports Progress

01/21/15

Ports Progress

The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project may be the biggest story to come out of the Georgia Ports in the last year, but it’s not the only one. As that project gets underway, the ports continue to grow and set records for containers handled. In November, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) announced that its terminals in Brunswick and Savannah moved 2.79 million tons of freight in October 2014 – a record. In addition, October saw the most containers ever moved by intermodal rail – 31,238. “GPA's ability to handle record volumes with speed and efficiency is a powerful tool for economic development in the Southeastern U.S.,” says GPA Board Chairman James Walters. It takes people and space to move all of that freight. To accommodate the growing demand,...

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 This Month in Georgia History

01/19/15

This Month in Georgia History

As we at Georgia Trend celebrate 30 years covering business, politics and economic development across this great state, we’re taking a look back at some of the events that brought us to where we are today. With the holidays behind us, it always feels like January’s a little slower. But that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been some big news in Januarys past. Take a look: Jan. 23, 1986: Ray Charles and James Brown are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jan. 17, 1991: Eastern Air Lines shuts down. Jan. 12, 1993: Flash floods hit Southeast Georgia, causing $10 million in damages. Jan. 13, 1994: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt’s book that put Savannah on the national map, is...

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Eggs & Issues Update

01/16/15

Eggs & Issues Update

Gov. Nathan Deal laid out his vision for ensuring our state stays No. 1 in the nation for business at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues Breakfast held at the Georgia World Congress Center Jan. 13. As University System of Georgia colleges continue to consolidate, Deal aims at nothing short of a change of culture for high school and higher education by collaborating more closely with target industries. Dubbed the High Demand Career Initiative, it includes plans to change the name of Georgia’s Technical College System to the Georgia Career College System, as well as an expansion of a program that fully funds “tuition for students in our technical colleges pursuing a degree in certain strategic industries,” says Deal. These industries, nearly...

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