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This Month in Georgia History, March 2015

03/06/15

This Month in Georgia History, March 2015

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. March is known for coming in like a lion and out like a lamb – an observation that seems all to true as we remember some of the March happenings that have shaped our state. March 1, 1992 Construction is completed on the $214-million Georgia Dome in Atlanta, at the time the largest cable-supported fabric roof in the world. March 20, 1994 Author, newspaper columnist and humorist Lewis Grizzard dies in Atlanta at age 47. March 21, 1994: Conyers native Holly Hunter wins a Best Actress Oscar for her role in The Piano. March...

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Georgia Grown, Georgia Served

03/03/15

Georgia Grown, Georgia Served

Think the chef at your favorite restaurant sits around dreaming up exotic dishes that will land her a spot on Hell's Kitchen or Top Chef? Think again. These days, many restaurant chefs are saying no to the exotic and focusing on Georgia Grown fresh ingredients instead. The Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) recently named four 2015 Georgia Grown Executive Chefs to its growing roster of chefs who are committed to using local ingredients and products and helping educate consumers on the importance of eating locally sourced food. The four chefs for 2015 are: Chef Matthew Basford of Canoe in Atlanta, Chef Cathy Conway of Avalon Catering in Atlanta, Chef Jay Swift of 4th & Swift in Atlanta and Chef John Syzmanski of The Kroger Co....

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Selma Hero Honored in Atlanta

02/27/15

Selma Hero Honored in Atlanta

On the 50th anniversary of the March on Selma, and in the middle of Black History Month, a local hero has been honored whose activism helped change the nation. The Hyatt Regency Atlanta honored Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian with its 2015 Crystal Customer Award for his decades of work championing equality. Dr. Vivian, a hero of the Civil Rights era, participated in the march on Selma, Ala., with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others in 1965, which led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a breakthrough in Civil Rights, months later. The award was presented to Dr. Vivian at the 13th Annual Heritage Celebration held at the Hyatt Feb. 17 at a ceremony that also included keynote speaker Xernona Clayton, founder, president, and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation Inc.; and special...

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High-tech Jobs Moving into Augusta

02/25/15

High-tech Jobs Moving into Augusta

When the U.S. Army announced that its Cyber Command headquarters would relocate from the Washington, D.C., area to Fort Gordon in Augusta, it was assumed that related companies and businesses that wanted to provide services to the Army would follow. Though Cyber Command's relocation will not be complete until 2019, defense contractors and IT firms are already beginning to move into the area. In November, for example, Unisys announced that it would add 700 jobs in downtown Augusta over the next five years to provide services to the Army. But that's just one reason to make the move. Another is the opportunity to take advantage of the high-caliber talent that musters out of the Army in the Augusta area each year. “We found the labor market in Augusta ideally suited for...

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Forging Alliances to Grow Our Economy

02/23/15

Forging Alliances to Grow Our Economy

The Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) has been at the eye of the development storm in Georgia for 25 years. In its unique position as facilitator and sponsor of cutting-edge high-tech and bio-tech research, the GRA brings together academia, business and government to create high-paying, high-value jobs in the state. Learn more about this powerhouse economic generator in Georgia Trend's February article, “Where Science and Commerce Intersect.” – Karen Kirkpatrick

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