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Jekyll Hosts Environmental Conference

08/26/14

Jekyll Hosts Environmental Conference

The Georgia Environmental Conference brought nearly 700 attendees and vendors to sunny Jekyll Island last week to attend lectures and panels on topics ranging from stormwater management to integrating minorities into sustainability culture. Georgia Trend’s Ben Young attended and brought back these highlights. All-star Panel Susan Catron of the Savannah Morning News moderated a panel of environmental all-stars. The panel, sponsored by the Georgia Brownfield Association, discussed Driving Economic Growth and Stewarding Environmental Resources. Economic development is extremely important to sustainability, says panelist Paul Morris, CEO of the Atlanta BeltLine. So far, the BeltLine has brought $100 million of investment to Atlanta. Bringing the environmental, social...

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Fast-tracking apps

08/22/14

Fast-tracking apps

AT&T is not the only business using its new Midtown Foundry to develop apps that can help make our lives more convenient. By hosting Hackathons, the company is opening up its facility and resources to developers who are looking to fast-track their own apps. Hackathons at AT&T are 24-hour coding challenges. Participants form teams to brainstorm and develop a mobile app and working prototype that they present to judges – prizes and food are essential ingredients of the events. The most recent Hackathon in June 2014 focused on home automation and solutions for people with disabilities – and drew more than 100 participants. Award-winners at that event included a hub that allows for the automation of home devices such as Nest thermostats from a single web...

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Downtown Development Showcase

08/19/14

Downtown Development Showcase

Georgia is home to a number of cities that have gotten it right when it comes to downtown development and revitalization. Three such cities – Moultrie, Thomasville and Valdosta – got to show off their impressive downtown areas to officials from across the state as part of the Georgia Municipal Association’s recent Heart and Soul of Georgia Tour. Take a look at some of the photos from these bustling Georgia towns, and read about different ways the cities have tackled downtown development in this month’s feature, Deep in the Heart and Soul of Georgia. – Karen Kirkpatrick Kennedy

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Driving the Dream

08/12/14

Driving the Dream

The High Museum's Dream Cars exhibit, open through Sept. 7 in Atlanta, features 17 innovative concept cars from across Europe and the U.S., including incredibly rare designs from Ferrari, Bugatti, GM and Porsche. To complement the exhibit, Table 1280, the Woodruff Arts Center’s restaurant, is featuring a selection of Dream Car-tails. Read about more drinks inspired by the car exhibit and other restaurants that are worth the drive in this month’s Art of the Meal column, Mind the Gap. – Karen Kirkpatrick Kennedy Bubble car: 1942 L’oeuf Electrique Courtesy of the Woodruff Arts Center

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Georgia’s Getting Greener

08/05/14

Georgia’s Getting Greener

Georgia’s environmental successes – from water conservation in Metro Atlanta and recycling across the carpet industry to solar farms that are becoming as common as peach orchards – are impressive and growing. Thanks to a variety of organizations across the state that measure, report on and educate about our collective environmental impact, we can all find more ways to reduce our footprint. Learn about the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District’s 19 conservation measures that are setting the standard for water conservation across the southeast. See how the work of Clean Cities-Atlanta – now Clean Cities-Georgia – has grown to ensure cleaner, healthier living throughout our state. And if you think this environmental focus...

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