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MAC's Annual Meeting

12/05/14

MAC's Annual Meeting

A big helping of optimism was served up along with lunch at Tuesday’s (Dec. 2) annual meeting of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Transportation may be the chamber’s No. 1 issue for 2015, but outgoing chair Richard Anderson, Delta’s CEO, cautioned against too much negativity.   “Let’s level-set where we are,” he said in a pre-meeting press availability. “Atlanta competes with Houston, Dallas – and Charlotte, to a lesser degree. I’ll match our traffic against traffic in Houston and Dallas any day. I’m a Texan, so I can say that. We have work that we have to do. … But let’s understand where we are in the context of overall infrastructure. We compete very well in the competitive set of Southeastern...

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Georgia Writers Inducted into Hall of Fame

12/02/14

Georgia Writers Inducted into Hall of Fame

‚ÄčThe Georgia Writers Hall of Fame hosted induction events and a ceremony in early November to honor 2014 inductees Olive Anne Burns, Mary Hood and Alfred Uhry. The hall of fame, housed at the University of Georgia, inducts writers – both living and posthumously – who are either native Georgians or have produced a significant work while in the state or about Georgia.   Highlights of this year's events included a staged reading of Uhry's play The Last Night of Ballyhoo and a program featuring Hood and Uhry.   Following the ceremony, the judges sequestered themselves to select the inductees for next year. The 2015 Georgia Writers Hall of Fame inductees are Taylor Branch, Janisse Ray, Paul Hemphill...

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Grab a Bite at the Krog Street Market

11/25/14

Grab a Bite at the Krog Street Market

The Atlanta BeltLine is spurring development all along the corridor, from restaurants, retail and residential buildings to massive redevelopment projects like Ponce City Market. In Inman Park, the Krog Street Market, set within a 1920s warehouse facility, is bustling with activity as construction crews finish and restaurants and retail tenants hang up their shingles. The team behind The General Muir, selected as one of Georgia Trend’s 2014 Silver Spoon winners, is opening up not one, but two concepts in Krog Street Market – sandwich stall Fred’s Meat & Bread and Yalla, a Middle Eastern food stall featuring shawarma, kebabs, falafel and fresh-baked pita and laffa. It will join recently opened Craft Izakaya, Spice Road Chicken and The Luminary from former Top...

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Atlanta's Own Urban Statesman

11/21/14

Atlanta's Own Urban Statesman

Sam Williams, former CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, launched his new book Monday, Nov. 17, with a star-studded panel including Tom Bell, chairman of Mesa Capital Partners and former CEO of Cousins Properties; Pete Correll, chairman of the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation Board and Atlanta Equity, and chairman emeritus of Georgia Pacific; and Michael Russell, CEO of H.J. Russell & Co. Williams' book, The CEO as Urban Statesman, published by Mercer University Press, covers his experiences with Atlanta leaders and his observations of ways leaders in other cities like Chicago and Oklahoma City have overcome adversity and bad circumstances with vision and tenacity. He also describes in detail how he and the three panelists – all Grady board members...

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Saying Good-bye to Two Georgia Giants

11/18/14

Saying Good-bye to Two Georgia Giants

   Carl Sanders Georgia lost two men this week whose important contributions to the state will continue to be felt for decades to come. Businessman Herman Russell passed away Saturday, Nov. 15. He was 83. Former Gov. Carl Sanders died Sunday, Nov. 16. He was 89. A lifelong Atlantan, businessman, philanthropist and Civil Rights leader Herman Russell turned a small plastering firm into one of the most successful African-American-owned real estate development and construction companies in the country, breaking racial and economic barriers along the way. H.J. Russell & Co. is responsible for much of the city’s skyline, from the Georgia-Pacific headquarters to the Georgia Dome. The company is also a partner in the joint venture to build the $1.3-billion...

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