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Showtime at the Buckhead Coalition

02/04/15

Showtime at the Buckhead Coalition

If Ted Turner and Sam Massell had the time or inclination, they could take their hit show on the road. The two brought the house down at the Jan. 28, 2015, annual meeting of the Buckhead Coalition, the high-powered organization of business and civic leaders. In what was billed as a “Keynote Conversation,” Massell, founder and president of the coalition and a former Atlanta mayor, played the straight man as he asked questions of Turner – business innovator, philanthropist and chairman of Turner Enterprises Inc. “What drives you to continue working?” Massell asked. “Why don’t you retire and just sit on the beach somewhere?” “You get sunburned if you sit on the beach,” Turner said, then elaborated. “Work to me never...

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Georgia Trend's Georgian of the Year Event

02/02/15

Georgia Trend's Georgian of the Year Event

The Georgian of the Year Luncheon is an annual event where we recognize the movers and shakers from across our state. This year's event, held Jan. 27 at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Atlanta, honored our Georgian of the Year, University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby; our Influential Hall of Fame inductees, Atlanta Community Food Bank Founder and Executive Director Bill Bolling and former Sen. Saxby Chambliss; the 100 Most Influential Georgians; and Notable Georgians. We couldn't put on such a fabulous event without our sponsors, AT&T, Georgia Power, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Kennesaw State University and Lockheed Martin. Thank you all! Nearly 400 people attended the luncheon – and we have photos from the event, including each of the recipients...

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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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