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May 29, 2015 WABE

Ga. Women-Owned Business Statistic Not All Good News

Lisa Hagen reports that Gov. Nathan Deal recently tweeted a headline that read “Georgia sees fastest growth in number of women-owned firms since 1997.” That may be true, but it’s not the whole picture. In 1997, around 145,000 Georgia businesses were owned by women. Today? That number is up 132 percent. That rate of growth landed Georgia a No. 1 spot in the latest American Express funded report on women-owned businesses.


May 29, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Effingham County: Picture Perfect

Karen Rosen reports that Barbara Prosser sees a bright red chassis in the automotive learning amphitheater of the Effingham College and Career Academy and envisions a Model A Roadster emblazoned with the school emblem. “It can be used for parades or to advertise out front,” says Prosser, CEO of the charter school. The academy itself is already a vehicle for bringing industry to Effingham County, whose county seat, Springfield, is not quite 30 miles northwest of Savannah.


May 29, 2015 Macon Telegraph

$50 million hotel, retail development planned for downtown Macon

Linda S. Morris reports that a proposed new $50 million commercial development in downtown Macon -- the largest in decades -- would encompass nearly a whole block. The mixed-use development would include at least one hotel with about 120 rooms, apartments with 120 to 140 units, retail shops, a restaurant and a multi-level parking garage with about 575 spaces. It would be built in the block bounded by Poplar, Second, Plum and First streets, except for a corner lot at Plum and First.


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May 29, 2015 Saporta Report

Midtown to benefit from $314 million bond deal Atlanta provided NCR to build, equip campus   

David Pendered reports that Midtown took a major step Thursday in its evolution into a hub of high tech business when Atlanta's development arm approved the issuance of up to $314 million in bonds to help fund the construction and equipping of the future global headquarters of NCR Corp. Atlanta’s development officials view NCR as a potential transformer of the city’s residential and business communities.


May 29, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta scores professional lacrosse team

Phil W. Hudson reports that the Minnesota Swarm has Georgia on its mind. Stan L. Hall, executive director of the Gwinnett Sports Commission, confirmed to Atlanta Business Chronicle late Thursday the team is moving to Georgia. “We are really excited about the guys from Minnesota moving our way,” Hall said.


May 29, 2015 CNBC

God exists! Equifax admits in quirky court case

Dan Mangan reports that now even God has a Equifax credit score. The credit reporting giant Equifax has reportedly settled a bizarre case in which it was accused of denying a New York man named "God" entry into its credit database because it refused to recognize his legal name. Equifax's original stance had led the man, Brooklyn jewelry dealer God Gazarov, to being denied one car loan, and and then being charged a higher rate of interest on a loan because he was deemed as having no credit history, according to the New York Post. 


May 29, 2015 GBP

Savannah Port Expansion Project Officially Underway

Gabrielle Ware reports that Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is officially underway. Lt. General Thomas Bostik, the commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made that announcement Thursday at the Georgia Ports Authority headquarters near Savannah. “We were very fortunate that we were able to get funding and approval for the funding to move forward this year and great work is already started.”  


May 29, 2015

Kubota to expand Gainesville operations

Phil Bolton reports that Osaka, Japan-based Kubota Corp.’s two U.S. subsidiaries announced on May 26 that they will build a new manufacturing plant and expand existing operations in Gainesville. Kubota Manufacturing of America Corp. is to locate a new plant on 180 acres at the Gateway Industrial Centre three miles from its existing facility. Kubota Tractor Corp. (KTC), the California based marketer and distributor of Kubota products, also was named in the announcement.    


May 29, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Little St. Simons Island gets protection from future development

Mary Landers reports that former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry M. "Hank" Paulson Jr. and his wife, Wendy, have placed their privately owned Georgia barrier island, Little St. Simons, in a permanent conservation easement with The Nature Conservancy. That means that no development will happen on the island, and wildlife and critical habitat will be preserved there. “Hank and I have cherished the hope since our first visit that Little St. Simons Island would be protected in perpetuity,” Wendy Paulson said in a statement released by The Nature Conservancy on Thursday. 


May 29, 2015 Georgia CEO

Southern Co. Teams With Tesla on Powerwall

Staff reports that Thomas A. Fanning, chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company, spoke today at the annual meeting of stockholders about the importance of innovation and delivering the full energy portfolio to meet the needs of customers. During the meeting, Fanning announced that Southern Company has reached an agreement with Tesla to test commercial-scale battery storage. Bringing together two companies with a shared commitment to innovation, the agreement will provide for the examination of potential applications for the energy storage technology in helping meet customers' energy needs.


May 29, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Georgia transportation commissioner discusses state's needs, funding

Meg Mirshak reports that Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry sat down Thursday with The Augusta Chronicle to answer questions about the state’s crumbling transportation system. Since McMurry was appointed by the state transportation board in late January, the Georgia Legislature passed House Bill 170, a tax increase that will bring in nearly $1 billion a year for transportation. He spoke about the funding bill, critical and future needs for Georgia’s infrastructure, the Augusta region’s 1 percent transportation sales tax and other issues.


May 29, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald, Morris News Service

Georgia Republicans in Congress blast EPA water rule

Walter C. Jones reports that a federal rule governing bodies of water is coming under criticism from Georgia’s Republican congressional members, who call it an overreach of federal authority that will lead to regulation of nearly all private property with ponds, creeks, wetlands and even ditches. Sen. Johnny Isakson describes the regulations finalized Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Division and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a tool for environmental groups to halt development they oppose.





May 28, 2015 Gainesville Times

New federal water rule addresses health of streams, other wetlands

Jeff Gill reports that federal officials rolled out new clean water regulations Wednesday focusing largely on the health of streams and other wetlands that help feed into primary drinking sources. “For the water in the rivers and lakes in our communities that flow to our drinking water to be clean, the streams and wetlands that feed them need to be clean too,” said Gina McCarthy, Environmental Protection Agency administrator.


May 28, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Home Sweet Home

Jeffrey Humphries reports that once a mainstay of Georgia’s economy, the real estate market has struggled since 2007. Now, as foreclosures decrease and sales prices increase, there is considerable optimism throughout the industry. In most areas of the state, home prices began to rise in the second quarter of 2012, and that upturn will be sustained through 2015, albeit more slowly, as prices reach levels high enough to prompt more homeowners to put their homes on the market.


May 28, 2015 UGA

UGA Athletic Association giving $1 million for experiential learning

Claude Felton reports that the University of Georgia Athletic Association will establish a $1 million endowment to support the university's new experiential learning initiative. The association's board of directors approved the contribution during its spring meeting. "The athletic association has a strong track record of supporting the university's most important academic initiatives," said President Jere W. Morehead, who also serves as chair of the board, "and none is more relevant to the institution right now than this initiative designed to further enhance student learning at UGA."


May 28, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

5 facts behind metro Atlanta’s falling unemployment rate

Henry Unger reports that 


May 28, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Losing the Volvo plant hurt, but there's far better news for Georgia

Mark Elliot writes, there were two headline events for the state of Georgia in the past several weeks. One was positive, and the other was not. To start with the “not positive” news, Georgia has lost the Volvo plant to South CarolinaThe good news is that Georgia was ranked No. 5 among states where companies want to do business. This ranking was far better for us than the bad news of losing the Volvo plant. In the end, it was net gain for the state and for Atlanta real estate.


May 28, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Caesarstone offically opens in Richmond Hill

Jamie Parker reports that business leaders, lawmakers, state, city and county officials and hundreds more were on hand in Richmond Hill as Caesarstone, the first new industry to locate in the city in 35 years, officially opened Wednesday. The Israeli-based manufacturer of quartz surfaces that are marketed worldwide spent approximately $130 million on its first U.S. plant in south Bryan County.


May 28, 2015 Independent Mail

‘Project Hummingbird' could bring 200 jobs to Stephens County

Charlie Bauder reports that Toccoa and Stephens County officials are courting a new industry. On Tuesday, the Stephens County Development Authority, Toccoa City Commission and Stephens County Commission all unanimously approved a project agreement for what they are calling “Project Hummingbird.”  The identity of “Project Hummingbird” has not been released. Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin said it is a potential new project to the community that would construct a new building.


May 28, 2015 Saporta Report, WABE

Fortune 500 Has No Female CEO From Georgia – Yet   

Maria Saporta reports that few people have even heard of the company Veritiv. But by next year, it will become one of Atlanta’s best-known companies. That’s because it will have the first woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company based in Georgia. When the company eventually is included on the Fortune 500 list in 2016, it likely will be ranked near No. 300 – thanks to its sales of about $9.3 billion a year.


May 28, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post

Flooring company picks Lawrenceville to house window treatment division

Curt Yeomans reports that an Athens-based flooring company is eyeing Lawrenceville as the ideal place to continue its expansion in north Georgia. Dalton Carpet One and the Gwinnett Chamber announced on Wednesday that the company will open a 10,800-square-foot faciity at 1665 Lakes Parkway, Suite 116, in Lawrenceville to add a new store and home for its newly-created Window Treatment Division.


May 28, 2015 Augusta Chronicle 

Augusta color plant nears operational readiness

Tim Rausch reports that about three months until start up, Huntsman Corp. gave Augusta business and city leaders a trolley tour of its color pigment plant in south Augusta on Wednesday. bout three months until start up, Huntsman Corp. gave Augusta business and city leaders a trolley tour of its color pigment plant in south Augusta on Wednesday.    


May 28, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb Transportation plan includes bus rapid transit

Hilary Butschek reports that commissioners voted 5-0 Tuesday to approve a plan that recommends spending $5.3 billion on transportation projects, including a bus rapid transit system. Commissioners approved the Cobb Comprehensive Transportation Plan, last updated in 2008, which plans for growth and transportation needs in the county for the next 25 years, said Faye DiMassimo, the county’s transportation director. 


May 28, 2015 Georgia Health News

Legislator: Waiver plan still requires legislative OK

Andy Miller reports that State Rep. Jason Spencer has fought the Affordable Care Act as hard as anyone in the Georgia General Assembly.Spencer, a Woodbine Republican, was a driving force behind passage of a bill that requires legislative approval for expansion of Medicaid in Georgia under the 2010 federal health care law. He also pushed legislation that forbids Georgia from running its own insurance exchange under the ACA. (Georgia, like most states, has a federally run exchange.)


May 28, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Why Nikki Haley wants to know where Nathan Deal is. All the time.

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal’s secretive overseas mission in January caused quite a bit of panic in South Carolina. At the time, the two states were locked in a brutal fight over a $500 million Volvo plant. Deal’s office wouldn’t comment on his whereabouts, aside to say he was on an economic development mission. (He was in England to court Jaguar Land Rover executives).



May 27, 2015 GPB

Rejected By Georgia, Pipeline Could Be Easily Approved In South Carolina

Emily Jones reports that an energy company could have an easier time moving ahead with a proposed gas pipeline in South Carolina than in Georgia, The State newspaper of Columbia reports. The Georgia Department of Transportation has denied energy company Kinder Morgan permission to condemn private land to make way for the Palmetto Pipeline. Company officials have said they’ll appeal the decision.


May 27, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia Chamber 100th Anniversary

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Augusta native and Grammy-winner Amy Grant rocked the Georgia Capitol for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s 100th Anniversary Gala, April 25. More than 700 attendees were also treated to a keynote address by Gov. Nathan Deal, cuisine from Chef Gary Mennie and a custom gold carpet, complete with the chamber’s 100th anniversary logo, designed by Beaulieu of America. Grant opened with a spirited version of Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi. Two more galas are planned in Savannah and Macon later in the year.


May 27, 2015 WABE

Atlanta Start-Up Changing How Nonprofits Fund Rebuilding

Shelby Lin Erdman reports that Atlanta-based start-up is changing the model and approach for helping disaster victims rebuild destroyed homes. New Story is similar to one of the largest nonprofit house building organizations, Georgia-based Habitat for Humanity, in that it builds homes for families who can’t afford to, but the similarity ends there.


May 27, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta home prices up in March, but increase slows

Michael Kanell reports that 


May 27, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

AIG plans jobs consolidation in Sandy Springs

Douglas Sams reports that American International Group Inc. plans to carry out a consolidation of its local offices that could end up relocating at least 200 jobs to Sandy Springs. The plans follows the insurance giant’s decision last year to close its Alpharetta office, resulting in about 400 job cuts. Under former chief executive Robert Benmosche, who died earlier this year, AIG trimmed its global workforce and sharpened its focus.


May 27, 2015 Saporta Report

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership closes out $12.5 million campaign for Westside Trail   

Maria Saporta reports that a gift of nearly $600,000 from Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson and his wife, Susan, helped close out the $12.5 million campaign to fund the Atlanta BeltLine's Westside Trail. The private fundraising campaign was crucial in securing an $18 million TIGER V grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which is accelerating construction on the Westside Trail by two to three years.


May 27, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal

Numerex named to TAG Top 40 list

Staff reports that the Technology Association of Georgia, the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, earlier this year, announced Cumberland-based Numerex Corp. as one of its Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia. TAG recently recognized the awardees at the 2015 Georgia Technology Summit at the Cobb Galleria Centre in the Cumberland area.


May 27, 2015 Georgia CEO

Georgia’s Huddle House Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Strong Growth Spurt

Staff reports that Huddle House celebrated its 50th anniversary with one of the chain's strongest years of growth ever, signing 21 new franchise agreements, opening eight new restaurants, completing 41 remodels and adding four new company operated restaurants through the acquisition of existing locations. In addition, as the 2014-2015 fiscal year closed on May 2, Huddle House recorded its 17th consecutive month of positive same store sales increases.


May 27, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Sara Blakely No. 91 on Forbes’ ‘The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ list

Staff reports that a 44-year-old Atlanta billionaire who revolutionized the shapewear industry is among the 100 most powerful women in the world, according to Forbes. Spanx Inc. founder Sara Blakely is No. 91 on Forbes’ “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” list for 2015. That’s up from No. 93 in 2014. The women are ranked by money, media momentum, spheres of influence and impact, the magazine said.


May 27, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Buddy Carter, Rick Allen hit by Americans for Prosperity ads on Export-Import bank

Daniel Malloy reports that the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity is launching radio and Internet advertisements urging a pair of Georgia Republican freshmen to oppose an extension of the Export-Import Bank as its authority expires June 30. AFP, which is part of the network funded by the billionaire Koch Brothers, is putting radio ads up in Augusta and Savannah, along with digital ads targeting Reps. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler; and Rick Allen, R-Evans.



May 26, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta real estate firms seeing more agent interest

Jenna Martin reports that Katie May always hoped to pursue a career in real estate, but it wasn’t until late 2013 that she took the leap and got her real estate license. The Augusta native, who had worked in sales about 10 years, is now an agent with Century 21 Larry Miller Realty. 


May 26, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Advocates

Kevin Hogencamp reports that Lindsay Thomas says he remembers the first time he became aware of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s existence. It was early 1983 and Thomas, then a Wayne County banker, had just been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. A contingent of state business leaders trekked to Washington, D.C., exclusively to visit with Thomas and his Georgia colleagues at the Capitol. They were there to ensure that ample consideration was given to the state’s businesses and industries as federal legislators chewed over policy and appropriations.


May 26, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Apartment sticker shock: Metro Atlantans facing higher rents

Christopher Seward reports that if you’re a renter, you should realize by now you’re in the same boat as many metro Atlantans who are looking to buy a home and finding prices much higher than they were last year. Rents for a two-bedroom apartment are up nearly 11 percent in Sandy Springs in Fulton County and more than 9 percent in Smyrna and Marietta in Cobb County, according to a new analysis by Apartment List.


May 26, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Massive 345.9-acre development goes before Gwinnett officials

Carla Caldwell reports that the Gwinnett County Commission will consider Tuesday whether to allow a developer to build a 345.9-acre mixed-use community on Loganville Highway, just south of Grayson, Ga.. Plans call for more than 600 houses, townhomes and villas and 569,616 square feet of retail space. Grayson Investment Partners LLC and developer David Bowen are proposing the development.


May 26, 2015 Georgia Health News

Cancer survivors teaming up to help others

Andy Miller reports that fourteen years ago, corporate executive Angie Patterson had breast cancer, undergoing a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation treatment. That yearlong process was harrowing, but she calls it “an enlightening time.” Patterson, now 58, discovered as a patient that she “had a real passion to help others diagnosed with cancer.’’ 


May 26, 2015 WABE

Many Atlanta Restaurants Take Trans Fats Off The Menu

Molly Samuel reports that the FDA is about to decide how to regulate trans fat, which clogs arteries. “The problem with trans fat is it kills,” said Jim O’Hara with the advocacy organization the Center for Science in the Public Interest. “Trans needs to be eliminated even more.” Many restaurants have already phased out trans fat, but not all.


May 26, 2015 Saporta Report

Georgia Research Alliance – 25 years of partnerships between academia, business and government

Maria Saporta reports, it was June 6 (D-Day), 1990. The Georgia Research Alliance was holding its first board meeting with Larry Gellerstedt Jr. chairing the meeting in the “war room” at the former offices of Central Atlanta Progress in the Hurt Building. An “iconic” photo memorializing that historic first meeting adorned the cover of the workbooks of GRA members attending the board meeting May 21 at the Commerce Club to celebrate the organization’s 25-year anniversary.


May 26, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Coca-Cola, Speedway Motorsports extend partnership through 2020

Carla Caldwell reports that Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) has extended a contract with Speedway Motorsports that ensures Coke products will be the “official drink” at the racing company’s facilities through 2020. The renewal also includes title sponsorship of the Coca-Cola 600, the longest continuous sponsorship of any race in NASCAR, at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. said in a prepared statement.


May 26, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald, Morris News Service 

Georgia education colleges will be measured on how well the teachers they graduate perform

Walter C. Jones reports that a new evaluation system will, for the first time, measure teacher-prep programs on how well their graduates actually do, which is keeping state regulators and college deans busy preparing for the change. For generations, colleges could retain their permit to produce teachers even if those they graduated were lousy once they got in the classroom, pretty much just as long as the college maintained its accreditation.


May 26, 2015 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service

GOP may embrace green policies

Walter C. Jones reports that an essay shared among College Republicans on the eve of last week's Georgia Republican convention in Athens has cast light on growing support within the party for positions traditionally associated with Democratic environmentalists.   The essay, by a University of Georgia junior, with the too appropriate name Stephen Greenway, calls for the party to back protection of the environment. He notes that Republicans were among the first environmentalists when Republican President Theodore Roosevelt established the National Park System.  



May 25, 2015 Rome News Tribune

Georgia, Alabama still battling over water

Doug Walker reports that a tussle over water at the state line that has kept Georgia and Alabama at loggerheads for decades shows no sign of being resolved by the publication this month of a new master water control manual for the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin. The signatures were barely dry before the state of Alabama opted to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Georgia didn’t even wait, filing a complaint in federal court in November 2014 after the draft environmental impact statement was released.


May 25, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Good Neighbors - Good Business

Ellen Berman reports that credit unions, it seems, are having a moment. According to the Credit Union National Association, loans have increased 10.2 percent – the most since 2005 – and membership grew 3.6 percent in 2014. That may not sound like much, but it’s the biggest jump in members that the industry has seen in 20 years. As credit unions continue to grow in popularity, these not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperatives are having a bigger impact on the communities they serve. Giving back is a major priority. 


May 25, 2015 Chattanooga Times Free Press 

Light rail possible for Chattanooga, but bullet train to Atlanta unlikely, Berke says

Louis Brogdon reports that Chattanooga is exploring the possibility of building light commuter rail throughout the city. But Mayor Andy Berke says a 17-year-old plan to connect the Scenic City to Atlanta with a bullet train is likely stopped in its tracks. Speaking with Times Free Press reporters and editors last week, Berke said that while a high-speed rail along Interstate 75 might be neat, he doubts there is money or political will to build it.


May 25, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

WSJ: Southern Co. loses backer on delayed $6.2B Miss. coal-fired power plant

Carla Caldwell reports that Southern Company (NYSE: SO) has lost a backer on its delayed $6.2 billion coal-fired power plant in Kemper County, Miss. - and has notified regulators in that state it may have to raise customer rates by 41 percent to pay for the project, The Wall Street Journal is reporting. The integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) project was originally estimated to cost $5 billion. The project is delayed by two years and is now expected to go into service in 2016.


May 25, 2015 WABE

Georgians Could Save $617 Million By Eating Less Salt

Molly Samuel reports that Georgians could save more than $600 million a year in healthcare costs by eating less sodium. That's according to a recent report from the advocacy organization Center for Science in the Public Interest. Nation-wide, the savings could be as high as $24 billion a year. Too much sodium can cause heart disease and stroke. People eat about a teaspoon and a half of salt a day. That’s half a teaspoon more than is recommended. It makes a big difference, said Jim O’Hara, director of health promotion policy with the group.


May 25, 2015 Georgia Health News

Smoking rate declining in Georgia

Andy Miller reports that Georgia’s smoking rate is showing a steady decline, a new CDC report said Thursday. The state’s rate of adult cigarette smoking fell from 21.2 percent in 2011 to 20.4 in 2012, then fell to 18.8 percent in 2013. Georgia’s smoking percentage is lower than other Southern states except for Florida, at 16.8 percent, and Texas, at 15.9 percent. 


May 25, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

Clydesdales ready to gallop for public at farm in Bishop

Chris Starrs reports that when  Michigan natives Shannon and Mark Martin established Classic City Clydesdales in 2011, their original intent was to breed the majestic draft horses, which are perhaps best known for their ubiquitous appearances in Budweiser commercials. Now with some 50 horses on their Bishop farm, the Martins are taking Classic City Clydesdales a big canter further by opening their property — beginning June 1 — to the public for trail rides, carriage service and farm tours.


May 25, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Solar energy heats up in Georgia

Mary Landers reports that from Augusta’s Fort Gordon to beach homes on Tybee, solar energy is booming in Georgia. In Chatham, the Solarize program has flipped the switch on panels at four homes over the past few weeks and three more under construction. It has contracts on 35 installations in all and expects more before Friday's signing deadline, said Grant Tallon, program managers for Atlanta-based Hannah Solar, the selected installer.


May 25, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post

Peachtree Corners considering incubator for small businesses

Curt Yeomans reports that Peachtree Corners officials believe a proposed business incubation center could help the city become the womb that produces many successful small businesses int he southwest corner of Gwinnett County. The city is working with Georgia Tech's Enterprise Innovation Institute to investigate whether a business incubator would work in the city. The study looks at whether there is an interest from potential business owners to participate int he program and whether the Peachtree Corners community will support it.



May 25, 2015 GPB

What's The Takeaway From The State GOP Convention For Georgia Voters?

Staff reports that last week, Political Rewind was broadcast live from the Georgia Republican Party convention in Athens. This week, Political Rewind is all about the implications of the convention for Georgia voters. How will Georgia voters respond in the primaries? What impact will the GOP’s exclusion of an anti-discrimination clause in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act resolution have on the push for religious liberty legislation in Georgia? How will presidential hopefuls Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Chris Christie fare in Georgia? And how will the crowded pool of candidates play out in Georgia with the state’s increased importance during GOP primary season?


May 25, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

State lawmaker wants hearing on campus rape prosecutions

Jim Galloway and Daniel Malloy report that State Rep. Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, says he’ll conduct hearings on how Georgia universities and colleges deal with accusations of rape, with an eye toward prohibiting the secretive, on-campus prosecutions. Ehrhart, who chairs a House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees university spending, said he was provoked by a recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution article on campus rape trials.




May 22, 2015 WABE

Georgia Trails Summit Hopes To Connect State's Pathways

Staff reports that the state of Georgia has a varied environment – from mountains, forests and swamps to beaches, bogs and the urban jungle. A series of trails wind through the various terrain. Now a group of trail enthusiasts is working to try and connect these pathways throughout the state. The second annual Georgia Trails Summit will convene in Athens next month to address that effort and other issues.


May 22, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Better times ahead

John W. McCurry reports that back in 2008, no one, it seemed, was building new houses, and few were investing in commercial construction. The floor covering industry, once the mighty economic engine of Northwest Georgia, was sputtering to a standstill. Plants closed, people lost jobs, and some wondered if the region would ever regain the worldwide clout it once enjoyed.


May 22, 2015 GPB

No Easy Fix For Augusta VA Hospital

Staff reports that Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta serves tens of thousands of veterans in eastern Georgia and western South Carolina. It was one of the first VA centers in the country accused of delayed care and long waits for appointments. At least three patients from the hospital’s gastrointestinal clinic died because their procedures didn’t happen quick enough.


May 22, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Google to help more Atlantans get online

Matt Kempner reports that 


May 22, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia transportation bond money going to bridge projects

Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Department of Transportation is putting virtually all $100 million in bonds for surface projects approved by the General Assembly this year into repairing or replacing 25 aging bridges across the state. The State Transportation Board adopted a resolution Thursday authorizing the sale of $111.5 million in bonds representing the DOT’s total bond package for fiscal 2016.


May 22, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Janke steps aside as candidate for Aflac chief financial officer

Tony Adams reports that Ken Janke, the Aflac executive who appeared to be in line to become chief financial officer, has bowed out of the running for the key position with the supplemental insurer headquartered in Columbus. Aflac Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dan Amos broke the news Thursday during a briefing in New York with financial analysts who follow the company. He said Janke, who turned 57 in April, had requested that his name be withdrawn from any succession planning for the job.


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May 22, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Georgia’s jobless rate remains unchanged at 6.3 percent

Staff reports that state labor officials say Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is at 6.3 percent, which is unchanged from the previous month. The Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday announced the April jobless rate. It is down from 7.3 percent from a year ago.


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May 22, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Economist say Georgia must work to stay competitive

Jenna Martin reports that after a gradual seven-year climb out of the recession, Georgia’s future economic development will see fierce competition from surrounding states, economist Roger Tutterow said Thursday. Tutterow was joined by Georgia Budget and Policy Institute Executive Director Taifa Smith Butler as guest speakers at the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce’s post-legislative breakfast.


May 22, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Big Apple chomps on Ted’s Atlanta legacy

Matt Kempner reports, they 


May 22, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta lands sponsorship with CONCACAF to become “Official Airline of the 2015 Gold Cup”

Phil W. Hudson reports that the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) reported May 21 Delta Air Lines Inc. will sponsor the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The agreement designates Atlanta-based Delta (NYSE: DAL) as the Official Airline of the 2015 Gold Cup, throughout CONCACAF territory including the United States and Canada, as well as Mexico, Central America and the rest of Latin America.


May 22, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Barry Loudermilk apologizes for NYC safety comment after Peter King diss

Daniel Malloy reports that the Gaffe Circle of Life is now complete. First, Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, asserted that he felt safer in Israel than in New York or Chicago. Then, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., fired back. From Buzzfeed: “People from outside of New York, certainly from the South or the West — they seem to have this compulsion to look upon New York as this high-crime den of evil,” said King. “The fact is, if we’re going to single an area out for being dangerous, Atlanta would come far ahead of New York.”



May 21, 2015 WABE

Georgia Negotiates Over Developmental Disability Transfers

Michelle Wirth reports that Georgia is in negotiations with the federal government over a 2010 settlement reached with the U.S. Justice Department. By June 30, the state was supposed to move all people with developmental disabilities out of state-run hospitals and into community settings. But the state is not going to meet to that deadline.


May 21, 2015 Georgia Historical Society

Georgia Historical Society and Office of the Governor to Induct Muhtar Kent and James H. “Jimmy” Blanchard as the Newest Georgia Trustees

Staff reports that the Georgia Historical Society announced today that Muhtar Kent,  Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company and James H. “Jimmy” Blanchard, Retired Chairman of the Board and CEO of Synovus will be the 2016 Georgia Trustees.  The announcement was made at a press conference in Savannah where the Trustees will be inducted by Governor Nathan Deal on February 13, 2016. “Muhtar Kent and Jimmy Blanchard are exemplary models of what it means to be Georgia Trustees,” said W. Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society. “Their commitment to the Trustees motto “not for self but for others” has been an important part of their service and success.”


May 21, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Gulfstream signs renewable fuel contract

Staff reports that Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and its fuel supplier, World Fuel Services Inc., have finalized a three-year agreement that provides Gulfstream with a consistent supply of renewable fuels for its daily flight operations in Savannah. The fuel is a 30/70 blend of low-carbon, drop-in renewable fuel and Jet-A. It provides the same performance as conventional, petroleum-based jet fuel and requires no changes to factory-standard engines or aircraft.


May 21, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta debuts comical new in-flight safety video

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that 


May 21, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Online travel group says Delta is cutting off flight info

David Allison reports that a group of online travel websites claims Delta Air Lines Inc. and other airlines are cutting off price and schedule data from the sites, reducing travelers' ability to comparison shop for tickets. A May 19 report prepared for the Travel Technology Association says "some airlines are attempting to restrict access to their fare and schedule information, reduce the ability of consumers to easily compare prices, and drive travelers to their own websites, which do not offer price comparisons with other airlines."


May 21, 2015 Newnan Times-Herald

Certificate of Need ordered for Newnan Behavioral Hospital

Clay Neely reports that Superior Court Judge Emory Palmer has ordered the Georgia Department of Community Health to award a Certificate of Need to Vest Newnan, which wants to build a psychiatric and substance abuse hospital here. “The Court reverses any findings by the Department concluding that Vest’s application was not consistent with the Department’s rules of the CON statute,” Palmer said in his conclusion. “The Court … reverses the Department’s final agency decision, and orders the Department to award a CON to Vest for its 60-bed psychiatric and substance abuse hospital.”


May 21, 2015 Georgia CEO

ACG Atlanta Announces the 40 Fastest-Growing Companies

Staff reports that ACG Atlanta, the Atlanta Chapter of The Association for Corporate Growth, a global professional organization with the mission of Driving Middle-Market Growth® with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and private investment, today announced the 2015 Georgia Fast 40, representing the top 40 fastest-growing middle-market companies in Georgia. “We are very impressed with the caliber of companies that are being honored this year,” stated Dan Bauer, ACG Atlanta Chapter President. “


May 21, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post

Developers preparing to build Sugarloaf Market in Duluth

Curt Yeomans reports that a sprawling 31-acre patch of dirt will soon be a new hub of commerce at the intersection of the Sugarloaf and Peachtree Industrial business corridors in Duluth. Construction is beginning on Fuqua Development and the Worthing Companies' 75,000-square-foot Sugarloaf Market project. The mixed-use development will bring 330 luxury apartments, a grocery store, restaurants and several other businesses to the undeveloped intersection which is near residential neighborhoods and busy shopping areas. 


May 21, 2015 Saporta Report

GSU art professor helps resculpt Alaska’s plastic ocean trash for CDC museum art 

Michelle Hiskey reports that beach season begins Memorial Day weekend, as our ocean waves and winds fill with toys, inflatables, boogie boards, food containers—everything plastic. The persistence of marine debris, carried by enormous ocean currents, inspired the provocative sculptures and assemblages at the odd museum in CDC headquarters. If you swim in the ocean or admire its immense power, seek out “Gyre: The Plastic Ocean” before it closes June 16 at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum.


May 21, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

MetLife, Lincoln file updated plans for mixed-use project along Georgia 400

Douglas Sams reports that insurance giant MetLife Inc. and developer Lincoln Property Co. have tweaked their plans for a large mixed-use project along Georgia 400 to include more office space. MetLife and Lincoln recently filed those updated plans with the state. The project has been in the works for more than five years. The new proposals would include 751,500 square feet of office space, 75,100 square feet of retail, about 31,000 square feet of restaurants, 414 apartments, 25 condos and a 200-room hotel.


May 21, 2015 Waycross Journal-Herald   

Waycross Is To File Suit Next Week To Nullify Nimmer’s De-Annexation  

John Scott Cooper reports that the issue of the de-annexation of all Pierce County properties previously part of Waycross to take effect July 1 apparently is headed to court with litigation to begin next week. City Attorney Rick Currie further discussed with city officials Monday the status of House Bill 523 written by Rep. Chad Nimmer that will push the City of Waycross boundary out of Pierce County as of July 1. The Waycross administration says Nimmer put his bill through the House without notifying them. City officials found out about the legislation after it was passed and signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal.


May 21, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Nathan Deal backtracks on ‘religious liberty’ demand

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal is hedging on his earlier insistence that “religious liberty” legislation include an anti-discrimination clause. The governor said Wednesday the legislation may not need such language if the rest of it replicates the federal version that Congress passed in 1993 and carries President Bill Clinton’s signature. The remarks came after Georgia Republican Party delegates passed a resolution urging lawmakers to support a version of the legislation without the anti-discrimination clause.



May 20, 2015 WABE

Ga. Denies Pipeline Company's Request To Use Private Land

Molly Samuel reports that Georgia will not permit the energy company Kinder Morgan to use eminent domain to build a pipeline along the Savannah River, then down the coast to Florida. "I find that there is substantial evidence showing that the pipeline would not constitute a public convenience and necessity," Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry wrote in the final decision, released Tuesday morning.


May 20, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Perimeter Area: Business Bull's-eye

Randy Southerland reports that Central Perimeter on the northern arc of Atlanta’s I-285 ring has long been the epicenter of the region’s office market. It was here, across both Fulton and DeKalb counties, that big corporations migrated to be close to the northern suburbs where executives like to live, as well as the main highways that connect the rest of the city. It was once a place of midrise office towers and corporate campuses that you could only get to by car.


May 20, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Gulfstream G500 completes first flight

Staff reports that Gulfstream Aerospace announced this week that the all new Gulfstream G500 has successfully completed its first flight. The G500 is part of Savannah-based Gulfstream’s new family of aircraft — the G500 and G600 — and the first of the two to begin flight tests.


May 20, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Rotary considering proposal to co-host Nobel Peace Laureate Summit with City of Atlanta

Maria Saporta reports that Atlanta’s quest to host the 2015 Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates has taken yet another twist, falling just short of a final decision. The last week could be described as one where the Summit moved two steps closer and one step back with receiving a final green light to move forward from all the necessary players.


May 20, 2015 Cherokee Tribune

Times-Journal to purchase Ledger-News

Erika Neldner reports that Cherokee Ledger-News, as of next Wednesday, will be under new ownership. Times-Journal Inc., the parent company of the Marietta Daily Journal and the Cherokee Tribune, along with Lakeside Publishing will finalize the deal May 27. The Cherokee Ledger-News will remain a free, weekly publication that is mailed to its subscribers.


May 20, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald, Morris News Services

Regents approve tuition installment plan

Walter C. Jones reports that tuition may be rising many times faster than the overall inflation rate, but now students and parents will be able to pay it in installments. The Board of Regents voted Tuesday to extends its three-year test of the pay-plan beyond Georgia Tech to all of the public schools in the University System of Georgia. 


May 20, 2015 Georgia Health News

WellStar expanding reach in LaGrange Hospital deal

Andy Miller reports that Marietta-based WellStar is planning to add another hospital system to its fold, one that’s outside its current geographical sweet spot. West Georgia Health in LaGrange announced Tuesday that it has signed a letter of intent to join WellStar Health System, which dominates the northwest Atlanta suburbs. The CEO of West Georgia, Jerry Fulks, cited the changes rampant in health care payments — many of which were ignited by the Affordable Care Act — for his system’s yearlong pursuit of a partner. 


Marietta-based WellStar is planning to add another hospital system to its fold, one that’s outside its current geographical sweet spot.

West Georgia Health in LaGrange announced Tuesday that it has signed a letter of intent to join WellStar Health System, which dominates the northwest Atlanta suburbs.

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May 20, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post

County preparing to roll out wireless emergency alerts

Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County officials will roll out a new wireless alert system later this year which will send messages to residents cell phones during emergencies. County Emergency Management Director Greg Swanson told county commissioners on Tuesday the system will be similar to the sever weather warnings and Amber alerts residents already receive on their phones. Federal and state emergency officials will let the county use the system for non-weather situtions, such as fire, police and hazardous materials warnings.


May 20, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Data startup CloudTags raises $2M

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta data startup CloudTags has raised $2 million from Idea Fund Partners, Alerion Ventures and Knoll Ventures. CloudTags helps retailers personalize the shopping experience and attract customers into brick-and-mortar stores. As shopping increasingly shifts online, retailers seek innovative ways to lure consumers into physical stores — which typically generate a higher shopping order.


May 20, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Tom Graves passes his first spending bill as a ‘cardinal’

Daniel Malloy reports that the U.S. House on Tuesday easily cleared Rep. Tom Graves’ $3.3 billion spending bill covering the legislative branch. Graves, the conservative Republican from Ranger, worked with Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a liberal who is most often seen attacking top Republicans on TV. Though she ended up voting against the bill, Wasserman Schultz even had kind words for Graves on the floor ahead of the easy 357-67 vote.



May 19, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Container volume grew by nearly 26 percent over same month last year

Mary Carr Mayle reports that the Georgia Ports Authority continues to break its own records, with tonnage, containers and autos at an all-time high for April. "And this is on top of unbelieveable numbers last year," GPA executive director Curtis Foltz told his board Monday, adding that the port expects to wrap up the fiscal year June 30 close to a half-million containers higher than the year before.


May 19, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Masters of change

Anna Bentley reports that “If we go back 20 or 30 years ago, career prospects meant climbing the career ladder in one organization,” says Harley E. Ryan Jr., associate dean for curriculum and teaching at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University (GSU). “Nowadays, the director of our Career Management Center likens it to climbing a rock wall. That means you zig and you zag. That means you have to cross boundaries.”


May 19, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

New development coming to North Columbus

Tony Adams reports that commercial development that will include a new Keller Williams real-estate office, a corporate headquarters for Childcare Network and a Southern States Bank branch is planned for 6059 Veterans Parkway in north Columbus. There also will be small strip shopping center on the nearly 5-acre tract, with Dunkin Donuts already interested in the site.


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May 19, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia sees fastest growth in number of women-owned firms since 1997

Phil W. Hudson reports that women entrepreneurs now own 30 percent of all enterprises in the United States and have started, on average, 887 net new firms per day last year, according to the 2015 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express OPEN. The payment card issuer for New York-based American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) reported the start-up rate among women-owned firms shows that business creation has recovered from the recession.


May 19, 2015 WABE

Georgia Property Owners Fight Fuel Pipeline Plan

Molly Samuel reports that a fight is raging over a pipeline on the Georgia coast. If it’s built, it would carry gasoline and diesel through Savannah, Georgia, to Jacksonville, Florida. And the company that would build it wants to take over private land to do it. Eddie Reddick owns a tree farm near the South Carolina border, and he is mad. “This tree’ll eventually die,” he says, pulling on the crooked trunk of a young pine tree.


May 19, 2015 Athens Banner Herald

St. Mary's purchase of Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center nears completion, new name announced

Staff reports that Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center in Lavonia will be renamed St. Mary's Sacred Heart Hospital and Jeff English, vice president of human resources and support services for St. Mary's will be its interim president when the acquisition process is completed on or around June 1.


May 19, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

University Hospital, MCG partner to add 12 more residency positions

Tom Corwin reports that the University System of Georgia Board of Regents is scheduled to vote on $800,000 to establish 12 family medicine slots at University Hospital in partnership with the Medical College of Georgia. 


May 19, 2015

Japan to honor founder of Macon's Cherry Blossom Festival

Phil Bolton reports that an unanticipated snow storm didn’t stop the first official Macon International Cherry Blossom Festival in the spring of 1983, and the annual event has grown from a three-day festival to a month-long celebration that attracts annually hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Middle Georgia city. Carolyn Crayton, the founder and the former president and CEO of the festival, is to be honored by the Japanese government in Atlanta on June 24.


May 19, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Gulfstream G500 takes off in first flight

Phil W. Hudson reports that Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s all-new Gulfstream G500 successfully completed its first flight May 18. The G500 is part of Gulfstream’s new family of clean-sheet aircraft, the G500 and G600, and the first of the two to begin flight tests.


May 19, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Convention leftovers: The split between the GOP base and the Legislature

Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy report that as a last act before they headed for the exits on Saturday, delegates to the state Republican party convention in Athens passed a package of resolutions that in essence chided the GOP-controlled Legislature. There was the endorsement of SB 129, the religious liberty bill, of course. And a resolution endorsing another measure authored by state Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, endorsing the denial of drivers licenses to illegal immigrants offered temporary sanctuary by the Obama administration.



May 18, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Volvo: How Savannah lost it

Mary Carr Mayle reports that it was late on Friday afternoon, May 8, and the mood in the board room at the Savannah Economic Development Authority could not have been more somber. A trio of executives from Volvo Cars had just left the building after telling Trip Tollison and Anna Chafin that the site they proposed for Volvo’s first U.S. manufacturing plant had been eliminated from the competition, leaving a South Carolina site as the only remaining contender.


May 18, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia's other creative industries

Anna Bentley reports that it's hard living in the shadows of a great success – even more so when you’re a powerhouse in your own right. Just ask Georgia’s lesser-celebrated, yet equally booming animation, video game development and television commercial/support service industries. While a lot of attention has been given to the explosion of the state’s film and television industries, these areas have been steadily expanding just out of the spotlight, growing year over year. 


May 18, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coke selling bottling territories to two bottlers

Leon Stafford reports that 


May 18, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Power starts work on large solar projects at Fort Gordon, Fort Stewart

Carla Caldwell reports that Georgia Power has started construction on new solar projects at Georgia Army bases Fort Gordon near Augusta and Fort Stewart near Savannah. Georgia Power and the U.S. Army announced the Georgia 3x30 solar project in 2014. Work started last week, Georgia Power says.


May 18, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Jobs remain competitive in Augusta for new graduates

Jenna Martin reports that just days after graduating from Georgia Regents University, Sophia Viller embarked on her professional career. Viller started her new job at Textron Specialized Vehicles on Monday, using her newly-minted accounting degree to help the company’s consumer division as a channel development coordinator. Viller said she stayed on top of the job search as graduation approached and was offered the job at Textron about two weeks ago, ahead of her commencement.


May 18, 2015 Georgia Health News

Breaking down drinking patterns in Georgia

Judi Kanne reports that Georgia has lower rates of heavy drinking and binge drinking than the national average, a recently released study found.The study, published last month in the American Journal of Public Health, found that just 6.9 percent of Georgians are heavy drinkers, versus a national rate of 8.2 percent. Heavy drinking is defined as exceeding an average of one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men over the past month.


May 18, 2015 Georgia Times-Union

Waycross to lose land it annexed in Pierce County as result of bill city wasn't aware of

Terry Dickson reports that City Attorney Rick Currie was checking recently to find whether a House bill had passed changing the name of the City Court to Municipal Court. The search revealed that Waycross had gotten something it hadn't asked for. The House had adopted a bill introduced by State Rep. Chad Nimmer, R-Blackshear, that will on July 1 push the Waycross city limit back to the Satilla River, in effect de-annexing land in Pierce County that was taken into the city in the 1980s.


May 18, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

This month in Georgia history – May edition

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, as we we at Georgia Trend celebrate 30 years of 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. May in Georgia marks the start of summer – even if the calendar doesn’t agree. Kids get out of school, temps climb into the high 80s on a regular basis and some people struggle a little harder to keep up with work as the great outdoors beckons. Despite the distractions, there have been some important May events in Georgia history.


May 18, 2015 Saporta Report

Local designers win Atlanta Bridgescape competition   

Maria Saporta reports that winners of a design competition to retrofit and enhance two of Atlanta’s bridges over the Downtown Connector were announced Friday at the AIA national convention that is meeting in town this week. The two winning designs – one for the 10th Street bridge in Midtown and the other for the Courtland-McGill bridge in downtown – were selected “blindly” by a panel of design professionals.


May 18, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Georgia State breaks ground on new dorm

Dave Williams reports that Georgia State University broke ground this week on a student housing and dining hall complex, the first project being built through a statewide privatization program approved last year. The new complex at the intersection of Piedmont and John Wesley Dobbs avenues, due to be completed by the fall of 2016, will house about 1,100 students.


May 18, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

As they push ‘religious liberty’ bill, Georgia Republicans elect first gay state officer

Jim Galloway reports that Georgia Republican position on gay rights has just gotten a little more nuanced. On Saturday, the second and final day of their statewide convention, Georgia Republicans loudly endorsed a religious liberty bill, which many supporters say is needed to offset a coming U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. Convention approval was not unexpected, but the lack of debate was. The resolution was one of many approved en masse and without discussion, by a large majority, as 2,000 delegates and alternates walked out the door.




May 15, 2015 GPB

Group Says It Has Plan To End 'Water Wars'

Staff reports that a private group says they've reached an agreement to end the decades–old water war between Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. At issue is who has rights to the water in Lake Lanier. ACF Stakeholders calls itself a grassroots organization dedicated to finding a solution to the long–running dispute. Members include everyone from local governments in Metro Atlanta to the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. 


May 15, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: Keeping the faith

Susan Percy writes, fortunately, most people living in the South these days have no memory of the “white only” signs on water fountains and restrooms that once were commonplace. And the idea of complicated and humiliating registration procedures (counting jellybeans in a jar or naming all the counties in your state, for instance) for African Americans seeking to exercise their Constitutional right to vote seem as distant as horse-and-buggy transportation, if considerably less benign.


May 15, 2015 Georgia Health News

State studying design for Medicaid waiver plan

Andy Miller reports that the state’s main health agency says it’s analyzing a new plan to cover more uninsured Georgians through a special Medicaid “waiver’’ program. Gov. Nathan Deal “has asked us to work on it,’’ Clyde Reese, commissioner of the state Department of Community Health, said Thursday. The plan for a Medicaid waiver was generated by Grady Health System as an alternative to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, a step that has been firmly rejected by Deal and state legislative leaders. 


May 15, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Study: Delta still stingy with mileage award flights

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that an 


May 15, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Ocwen to sell $45 billion in mortgage servicing rights to Chase

Staff reports that Ocwen Financial Corp. will sell mortgage servicing rights for 266,000 Fannie Mae loans worth $45 billion to Chase. “Buying this prime servicing book will improve the quality of our servicing portfolio and will help drive a stronger and less volatile mortgage business,” said Chase Mortgage Banking CEO Kevin Watters. “We expect the portfolio, in addition to lower delinquency rates overall, will help improve the value of our business.”


May 15, 2015 WABE

Atlanta's Bike Share Program Looks To Reach Out To Minorities

Candace Wheeler reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed recently announced that the city would launch its first bike share program this year. That’s a big deal for cyclists around the city, including minorities who make up the fastest-growing population on bikes in the last decade. So as Atlanta gets ready for bike share, will minority communities see the benefits?


May 15, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Tybee officials delay plastic bag ban

Kelly Quimby reports that Tybee Island officials took heed of scores of emails, letters and public comments Thursday and voted to delay a proposal to ban plastic bags citywide. The council was poised to hold a second reading of an ordinance that would have prohibited retailers from distributing non-reusable and non-recyclable plastic bags to customers at checkout. Instead, the council unanimously voted to bring the second reading back in 120 days.


May 15, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta stays at No. 2 in J.D. Power’s annual airline satisfaction study

Staff reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. landed once again at second place in the J.D. Power 2015 North America Airline Satisfaction study. Atlanta-based Delta (NYSE: DAL) scored a 709 in the study, above the airline average of 691 and just below No. 1 Alaska Airlines’ 719. Delta also ranked No. 2 in the 2014 study.


May 15, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

State GOP convention gets under way in Athens

Jim Thompson reports that speeches will be the order of the day today as the Georgia Republican Party's two-day biennial state convention gets under way in Athens, with two formally declared presidential candidates and a likely GOP contender headlining the bill at the Classic Center in downtown Athens. Festivities for the early arrivals among the 3,500 people expected for the GOP convention Thursday evening, with a welcome party sponsored by Georgia Republican Party Chairman John Padgett and state Sen. Bill Cowsert, R-Athens, in the Atrium at the Classic Center.


May 15, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Johnny Isakson signs onto medical marijuana oil bill in Senate

Daniel Malloy reports that a group of U.S. senators introduced a medical marijuana bill Wednesday that seeks to do what Georgia’s did to legalize epilepsy treatments with hemp oil at the federal level. It’s different from a House version we told you about recently because it allows the Food and Drug Administration more leeway to regulate the cannabidiol products, thus earning the support of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.




May 14, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Critics slam latest pipeline filing

Mary Landers reports, in eleventh-hour effort to show its Palmetto Pipeline is needed in Georgia, energy giant Kinder Morgan last week filed an addendum to its needs application with the Georgia Department of Transportation. But critics say the Houston-based company still hasn’t convinced them it merits the authority to condemn property along the petroleum pipeline’s proposed 210-mile route through the Peach State.


May 14, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Deadline for 40-under-40 nominations is May 15

Staff reports that each year since 1997, we recognize 40 young Georgians under the age of 40. These individuals, chosen from a statewide pool of candidates, represent the best and brightest in business, government, non-profits, education, politics, media, healthcare and the arts. We welcome your nominations. The nomination period will close Friday, May 15, 2015 (we will not accept nominations after that dates).


May 14, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta announces $5 billion stock buyback, increased dividend

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that 


May 14, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola, UPS, Home Depot among most powerful brands of 2015

Phil W. Hudson reports that the Coca-Cola Co. was once again named the most powerful brand by Tenet Partners. Three Atlanta-based companies landed on the New York-based marketing and advertising company’s eighth annual list: The Coca-Cola Co. held onto No. 1 once again, while United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) dropped 12 spots to No. 34 and The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) fell one spot to No. 51.


May 14, 2015 Georgia Health News

Gwinnett, metro Atlanta top exchange enrollment

Andy Miller reports that Gwinnett County, in suburban Atlanta, had by far the highest enrollment among Georgia counties in the state’s 2015 health insurance exchange, said a report released Wednesday. The exchange enrollment of 73,839 in Gwinnett is more than 14,000 higher than in the second-place finisher, neighboring Fulton County, even though Fulton is the only Georgia county with a higher overall population than Gwinnett’s.


May 14, 2015 Gainesville Times

Major companies moving away from antimicrobial use in chickens

Frank Reddy reports that Nick Ball says putting antibiotics in poultry is “putting bandaids over bulletholes.” The Clermont farmer — a manager at Wauka Meadows Farm — doesn’t give antibiotics to his chickens and takes what he feels is a “back to basics” approach to livestock farming in order to harvest healthier meat.


May 14, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Perry being considered by company with more than 100 jobs

Mike Stucka reports that a site in Perry could soon be a finalist for a manufacturer that would bring more than 100 jobs. Angie Gheesling, executive director of the Houston County Development Authority, told The Telegraph on Wednesday that a recent site review went well. Perry was one of six semifinalists being considered for the first North American location of an international manufacturing company, whose name has not been made public.


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May 14, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Jenkins County adding 100 jobs with plant expansion

Jenna Martin reports that an aluminum manufacturing facility in Jenkins County expects to add 100 new jobs as it expands existing operations there over the next three years, according to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.  Deal announced Wednesday that MI Metals in Millen will invest about $2 million to expand its fabrication and metal extrusion production facility by 120,000 square feet to better reach its Southeastern customers.


May 14, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Former Spanx executives launch fashion tech company designed to keep you cool

Ellie Hensley reports that two former Spanx Inc. executives want you to keep your cool. Last year, Mary-Cathryn Kolb and Tosha Hays left their jobs at Spanx. In May 2015, they launched Atlanta-based Brrr!, which makes accessories, home goods and clothing made of fabric designed to stay cool.


May 14, 2015 Gainesville Times

Tri-state group OKs water management plan for basin

Jeff Gill reports that a private tri-state water group has settled in six years what remains a thorny issue for Georgia, Florida and Alabama after 20 years — the sharing of waters in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin. The ACF Stakeholders’ 56-member governing board unanimously agreed on a water management plan for the basin Wednesday, a decision made after two days of mostly closed meetings in Apalachicola, Fla.


May 14, 2015 Rome News Tribune

GDOL to help TiDra and Aerotek recruit workers in Calhoun and Rome next week

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Labor will help two staffing companies, TiDra and Aerotek, recruit more than 80 workers for manufacturing plants located in Calhoun on Monday, May 18TiDra will be hiring about 80 workers for a textile manufacturer. The recruitment will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gordon County Agricultural Service Center, 1282 Highway 53 Spur S.W., Calhoun.


May 14, 2015 National Journal

Georgia: 2016's New Campaign Battleground

Adam Wollner reports that Georgia is usually an afterthought when it comes to presidential primary politics. Lacking the prominent position on the calendar of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, and the fertile fundraising ground of New York, California, and Texas, most past candidates have largely bypassed Georgia as they sketched out their paths to the nomination. This time around, White House hopefuls are paying much closer attention to Georgia, thanks to its central role in the burgeoning Southern regional primary—or the "SEC primary," as its boosters call it—on March 1.




May 13, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Israeli company chooses Savannah

Israeli manufacturer Bram Industries Ltd. has chosen Savannah as the site for its first manufacturing plant in the United States. The company made the announcement at Tuesday's meeting of the Savannah Economic Development Authority board. The facility will bring a capital investment of $3 million and 60 new jobs to its facility at 300 Telfair Road in the Georgia Commerce Center.


May 13, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Albany/Dougherty County: Putting on a new face

K. K. Snyder reports that there’s Only One Albany. That’s the mantra floating around town these days, a loaded attempt by local leadership to rebrand the Southwest Georgia city of Albany and surrounding Dougherty County. The slogan is everywhere, splashed across television, billboards and magazine pages, and local leaders are hoping the message reaches both citizens and visitors alike.


May 13, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Yik Yak’s frat-bro founders shrug off growing pains

Sean Sposito reports that the 


May 13, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Novelis profit spikes 42% to $148 million in fiscal 2015

Staff reports that Atlanta-based aluminum rolling and recycling company Novelis reported a surge in annual profit in fiscal 2015, as it grew automotive shipments 28 percent and took advantage of new automotive finishing capacity in the United States and China. Revenue rose 14 percent to $11.1 billion, while profit jumped 42 percent to $148 million.


May 13, 2015 WABE

UGA Stem Cell Work Aims To Save Southeast Asia’s Big Cats 

Shelby Lin Erdman reports that the Sumatran tiger once roamed vast stretches of the jungle on the Southeast Asian island of Sumatra in Indonesia. Now the big cat is classified as critically endangered – on the brink of extinction. The clouded leopard is in a similar battle for its life. The smallest of South Asia’s big cats, it once claimed a vast territory that stretched from the Himalayan foothills to the forests of the mainland into China.


May 13, 2015

Georgia to hire new China rep as competitive pressures grow

Trevor Williams reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development is in the process of hiring a new representative for its investment office in Qingdao, China, as the state seeks to up its game in wooing Chinese investment. The department decided not to renew the contract of Seth Jacobs, its most recent China rep, nearly two years after Mr. Jacobs made arrangements to open the office and paved the way for a high-level delegation led by Gov. Nathan Deal in August 2013.    


May 13, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post

Planners proposing overhaul, expansion of Gwinnett Center

Curt Yeomans reports that a new Marriott hotel may be the beginning of a major overhaul of the Gwinnett Center. Consultants from Rosser International presented several ideas which have been proposed for inclusion in a new master plan for the center on Tuesday during a meeting with county commissioners.


May 13, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

SRS expanding biomass power plant

Meg Mirshak reports that a new boiler at Savannah River Site's biomass power-generating plant will help prevent a loss of steam and electricity production during extreme cold weather. The U.S. Energy Depart­ment and Ameresco, a renewable energy company, broke ground Monday on an expansion of the original biomass generation facility that began operations in 2012. The heating plant uses wood chips and shredded rubber tires as fuel to power SRS operations.


May 13, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta MLS name to be unveiled before July CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals

Phil W. Hudson reports that it looks like MLS Atlanta could have a team name as early as this summer. MLS Atlanta and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank intends to reveal his club’s name before the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Gold Cup semifinals this July, Atlanta Business Chronicle has learned.


May 13, 2015 Georgia Times-Union

Governor signs bill providing tax credits for historic restorations

Walter C. Jones reports that developers who rehab historic property will now be able to claim more tax credits after Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation into law Tuesday that was the Savannah City Council's top goal. House Bill 308 introduced by Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, and cosponsored by the local delegation, was designed to benefit Richard Kessler who is restoring a former Savannah Electric Power Co. generating plant on River Street and converting it into a luxury hotel. Kessler estimated hiring hundreds of workers, and civic leaders hope the project will spark additional economic development in the area. 


May 13, 2015

Deal issues 2015 veto statements 

Staff reports, SB 76  Senate Bill 76 would allow motorcycle and bicycle operators to enter an intersection without providing a definitive regard to the traffic signal in instances where the lightweight nature of their vehicle will not activate a traffic-control device. While I am sympathetic to the concerns and causes of motorcyclists and bicyclists, this legislation does not provide an adequate solution and presents a confusing exception to motorists. 


May 13, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Jeb Bush, Scott Walker heading to Atlanta for cattle call to rival Iowa straw poll

Daniel Malloy reports that the August gathering put on by the conservative RedState blog in Atlanta is turning into a certified 2016 Republican presidential cattle call — and an attempt to knock the famed Iowa straw poll down a peg. Erick Erickson, the WSB Radio host and founder of RedState, revealed today that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and businesswoman Carly Fiorina will address the crowd of activists Aug. 7-8.



May 12, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post

Georgia revenues up 15 percent in April

Curt Yeomans reports that Georgia's net revenues in April were up 15 percent from a year ago largely because of tax increases, Gov Nathan Deal's office announced on Monday. The state collected $1.93 billion last month, putting fiscal year-to-date revenue collections at $15.78 billion. The year-to-date totals are also up by 7.1 percent from last year.


May 12, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economic Development: May 2015

Christy Simo reports, Shine On: Wells Lighting is opening its first North American headquarters in Millen, representing a $30-million investment and creating 200 jobs. The South Korea-based company will locate in an existing 92,000-square-foot building.


May 12, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

GA construction workers to participate in safety stand down

Staff reports that 


May 12, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

DTZ buying Cushman & Wakefield, ushering in more big changes for Atlanta

Douglas Sams reports that DTZ, backed by global investment giant TPG Capital, plans to buy Cushman & Wakefield in a reportedly $2 billion deal— the latest in a series of high-profile moves ushering in sweeping changes across Atlanta’s commercial real estate landscape. DTZ entered the Atlanta market last year with ambitions to build one of the city’s top brokerages, though it didn’t have much name recognition locally.


May 12, 2015 WABE

How New Trade Partnership Could Impact Georgia Businesses

Staff reports that Professor of international business at Georgia State University, David Bruce, explained past U.S. trade pacts and explained how the TPP could impact Georgia businesses. President Barack Obama visited the headquarters of Nike in Oregon last week to raise support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, also known as the TPP.


May 12, 2015 Georgia CEO

AGL Resources Employees Celebrate Commitment to Local Communities 

Staff reports that one of the nation's largest natural gas distribution companies, AGL Resources and its family of companies touch the lives of more than 4.5 million customers in 1,100 communities each day. While the company demonstrates its responsibility as a community partner year-round through various volunteer initiatives, employees collectively will focus their energy on making a positive difference in their communities during the company's second Volunteer Week.


May 12, 2015 Georgia Health News

Where you're born can shorten your life

Andy Miller reports that children born just a few miles apart in Atlanta can have life expectancies that vary by more than 10 years, an analysis shows. A child born in the 30305 ZIP Code in the affluent Buckhead district can be expected to live to age 84, according to a map recently created by Virginia Commonwealth University researchers. But across I-75 in northwest Atlanta, a child in the 30318 ZIP Code would have an average life expectancy of 72 years. 


hildren born just a few miles apart in Atlanta can have life expectancies that vary by more than 10 years, an analysis shows.

A child born in the 30305 ZIP Code in the affluent Buckhead district can be expected to live to age 84, according to a map recently created by Virginia Commonwealth University researchers.

But across I-75 in northwest Atlanta, a child in the 30318 ZIP Code would have an average life expectancy of 72 years.

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May 12, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Gwinnett, Jacoby Development continue talks about OFS redevelopment

Ellie Hensley reports that Jacoby’s studio project could look to Gwinnett County for support. Atlanta developer Jim Jacoby and his Jacoby Development Inc. have faced financing issues for the proposed “Atlanta Media Complex” in Norcross, but Gwinnett County may be looking for a way to lend a hand. Jacoby’s adaptive reuse project would turn most of the Optical Fiber Solutions plant (OFS) into at least seven sound stages with production support space, a film school, student housing, and what the developer calls the largest studio backlot in the country.


May 12, 2015

Deal signs 2016 budget        

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today signed into law the bill establishing next year’s $21.8 billion state budget, which will keep Georgia moving forward in education, public safety, economic development, health care and other key areas.  “Our decisions on what to fund each year carry a great deal of weight,” Deal said. “I commend the General Assembly for working with me to produce a balanced budget that reflects the needs of our agencies and the people of this great state.”


May 12, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Peake falls short in bid to become Georgia House majority leader

Philip Ramati reports that State Rep. Allen Peake fell short Monday in his bid to become Georgia House Majority Leader. Peake, R-Macon, lost to state Rep. Jon Burns of Newington. Though final vote totals weren’t announced publicly, the winner needed 58 of the 114 Republican Party caucus members who cast a vote. Peake said he was disappointed with the outcome.


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May 12, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Report: State Rep. Mark Hamilton to leave Legislature

Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway report that we haven’t been able to confirm it independently, but reports that state Rep. Mark Hamilton, R-Cumming, chairman of the House Industry and Labor Committee, will resign from the Legislature to take an out-of-state job. Not all Democrats will miss him. Hamilton was the force behind HB 194, the measure to sharply curtail early voting in Georgia. The bill was stalled this year because of the need for Democratic cooperation on HB 170, the transportation funding bill. Certainly, there are plenty of GOP lawmakers who will eagerly take up that flag in 2016.




May 11, 2015 GPB

The Delicate Charter School Transition

Michael Caputo reports that the way that the state of Georgia calculates charter school enrollment, it would initially appear as though it has exploded. Georgia Department of Education information shows that it has doubled in the last three school years. But the real growth lies with traditional school districts that have decided to operate like a system of charter schools.


May 11, 2015 Georgia Trend  

Georgia's Other Creative Industries

Anna Bentley reports that it's hard living in the shadows of a great success – even more so when you’re a powerhouse in your own right. Just ask Georgia’s lesser-celebrated, yet equally booming animation, video game development and television commercial/support service industries. While a lot of attention has been given to the explosion of the state’s film and television industries, these areas have been steadily expanding just out of the spotlight, growing year over year. 


May 11, 2015 Georgia Times-Union

Opening of processing mill in Pierce County clear signal mining company will be around a long time, officials say

Terry Dickson reports that Southern Ionics announced last week the opening of a dry mill in Pierce County to process the zircon ore it is mining in Charlton County, a signal the company will be in Southeast Georgia for years to come, officials said. Former congressman Lindsay Thomas, a Screven resident who works as a consultant for Southern Ionics, said the company examined sites in several counties before choosing a site in Offerman near the Pierce-Wayne County line. The site has all the components Southern Ionics needs, Thomas said, rail and highway access, water and an abundant supply of natural gas.  


May 11, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Chinese cabinet company opens U.S. HQ in Gwinnett

Carla Caldwell reports that U.S. Go Goal Cabinets Inc. has opened its U.S. headquarters in Peachtree Corners, Ga. The company is a subsidiary of China-based Roc Furniture Industrial Co. Ltd. U.S. Go Goal Cabinets manufactures and sells kitchen cabinets to retail and wholesale markets. “Gwinnett County will be an ideal location for us to grow our business, being centrally located in the Southeast,” Ellis Zheng, president of U.S. Go Goal Cabinets Inc., said in a prepared statement. “We are excited to join the impressive list of other companies who found a new home in this community and we are confident that this location will allow us to enjoy great success.”


May 11, 2015 WABE

Georgia No. 1 For Guns Used In Out-Of-State Crimes

Lisa Hagen reports that tens of thousands of New York City police mourned the death of fellow officer Brian Moore Friday morning. He was shot last weekend on a street in Queens. Investigators since have traced the gun used to kill Moore back to a 2011 pawn shop burglary in Perry, Georgia. Georgia tops the list as a source of guns used in crimes in other states. In 2013, more than 3,000 guns originally purchased legally in Georgia were confiscated outside the state by police, according to data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Florida is a very close second.


May 11, 2015 Athens Banner Herald

Brewer optimistic about beer law change

Kelsey Cochran reports that a new law that allows breweries to sell their beer to customers to take home isn’t ideal, but Athens brewers are optimistic about even the smallest change to what they call the state’s antiquated regulations. Georgia Senate Bill 63, initially referred to as the Beer Jobs Bill, was passed in March and signed this week by Gov. Nathan Deal. It’s headed to the state Department of Revenue, where officials will write regulations around the language of the law.


May 11, 2015 Georgia Health News

Grady outlines plan to transform care for uninsured

Andy Miller reports that Grady Health System realized it couldn’t count on Medicaid expansion anytime soon, so it went looking for a different path. Expansion, already implemented in a number of other states, would have extended coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income Georgians – turning them into paying patients. By doing that, it would have helped Atlanta’s Grady Memorial and other hospitals offset deep federal cuts looming from the Affordable Care Act. 


Grady Health System realized it couldn’t count on Medicaid expansion anytime soon, so it went looking for a different path.

Expansion, already implemented in a number of other states, would have extended coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income Georgians – turning them into paying patients. By doing that, it would have helped Atlanta’s Grady Memorial and other hospitals offset deep federal cuts looming from the Affordable Care Act.

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May 11, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett considered a model for treating, reusing water

Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County pumps about 33 million gallons of clean, treated water into Lake Lanier every day. It is water that has been used in homes and businesses in the county. Although it originally came from Lake Lanier, it has been through a lot in its trip to residents' home. It has been used as toilet water and drinking water. People have bathed in it. It has even been used to wash bacteria off food slated for consumption.


May 11, 2015 Marietta Daily Post

Newell Rubbermaid shows strong 1Q results

Staff reports that Newell Rubbermaid, which has offices at 1600 Wilson Way SE in Smyrna, announced its first quarter 2015 financial results. “We’ve had a strong start to the year with first quarter core sales growth of 4.7 percent and normalized earnings per share growth of 5.9 percent,” said Michael Polk, president and CEO. “Our Win Bigger businesses of Writing, Commercial Products and Tools grew over seven percent as a result of strong innovation, increased advertising investment and great sales execution. All five global business segments grew core sales, including North American core sales growth of five percent and net sales growth of over 11 percent, our best result in many years.


May 11, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Charity thrift stores in Middle Georgia extend life of donated goods, help people they serve

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Linda S. Morris reports that once something is donated to a nonprofit thrift store in Middle Georgia -- such as jeans that don’t fit, a suit that’s out of style or a table with a few too many dings -- people might not think much about what happens to it. Nonprofits can get the most bang for the buck by selling such items in their thrift stores. But even some things that can’t be sold in the stores, like torn or badly stained clothing, still are useful. And some organizations will repair or repurpose donated items.


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May 11, 2015 Saporta Report

Fort McPherson – Atlanta’s greatest (missed) opportunity

Maria Saporta reports that a city stands and falls on the decisions and vision of her leaders. All too rarely, a city has an opportunity to make a decision that will set its future course for generations to come. Fort McPherson is such an opportunity for Atlanta. The now-closed U.S. Army base is a jewel of 488 acres – nearly three times the size of all of Atlantic Station. It has some of the most beautiful historic buildings and tree-lined green spaces that can be found anywhere in Atlanta.


May 11, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Nathan Deal on Medicaid waiver: More would be insured, but it’s still not an expansion

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal shed a little more light on what Georgia officials are seeking with a special Medicaid waiver that will be used to conduct what they’re calling an experiment — and not an expansion. Deal said in an interview that the waiver would “explore the possibilities of covering people who are now uninsured,” including some of the estimated 650,000 people who would be covered if Georgia expanded the Medicaid program. The charge is being led by Grady Memorial Hospital, which is working with struggling rural hospitals and other healthcare facilities around the state to craft the plan.




May 8, 2015 WABE

Georgia School Systems To Decide On Operating Models

Michelle Wirth reports that all Georgia school systems face a deadline next month. They have to decide how they want to run their schools, and they get three choices from the state. The first choice for school systems is the "status quo," which means they have to follow all state mandates unless there are extenuating circumstances like a natural disaster. So far, only the Burke County school system has decided to do so.


May 8, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Political notes - May 2015

Susan Percy reports that supporters of Senate Bill 129, named by its backers the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” lost this year’s round in the General Assembly, but will undoubtedly be back in 2016. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Joshua McKoon (R-Columbus), was stuck in the House Judicial Committee after moderate Republicans, notably Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-Brookhaven), inserted a “non-discrimination” clause to ensure the measure would not permit discrimination against gay or transgender Georgians.


May 8, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Southern Co. pursues use of drones to assess damage to power lines

Christopher Seward reports that 


May 8, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Chief Executive magazine: Georgia 5th best state for business in 2015

David Allison reports that Chief Executive magazine today released its 11th annual survey of the best states for business, with Georgia coming in at No. 5. In 2015, Texas remained the best state for business for the 11th year in row, followed by Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. Ranking dead last is California. One CEO told the publication, "California and Oregon are essentially anti-business, whereas Texas and Tennessee do everything possible to make business comfortable and more successful."


May 8, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

Today's UGA graduates heading out into good job market

Lee Shearer reports that it's pretty much graduation all day Friday on the University of Georgia campus but the fireworks won’t come until after dark. Candidates for graduate degrees get their degrees in a 10 a.m. ceremony in Stegeman Coliseum. The graduation exercises for undergraduates begin at 7 p.m. at Sanford Stadium, where Amy Robach of “Good Morning America” delivers the commencement address. As for the past several years, fireworks will erupt over Sanford Stadium after the undergraduates receive their degrees.


May 8, 2015 Emory News

Gates Foundation names Emory Global Health Institute lead partner in child health network

Holly Korschun reports that at its Global Partners Forum in Seattle today, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a new global health surveillance network aimed at preventing childhood mortality in developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia. The Emory Global Health Institute, which houses the U.S. office of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI), will be the lead partner in the new network. The Gates Foundation plans an initial commitment of up to $75 million for the initiative.


May 8, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Magellan Midstream buys Atlanta petroleum terminal for $55M

David Allison reports that one of the country's top petroleum pipeline companies has expanded in Atlanta. Tulsa, Okla.-based Magellan Midstream Partners L.P. (NYSE: MMP) said that on May 1 it acquired a refined petroleum products terminal in Atlanta for $55 million. "Atlanta is an attractive market for us, and its location complements our existing Southeast terminals business, which has seen sizable volume growth over the last few years," CEO Michael Mears told analysts on May 5.


May 8, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Last pipeline hearing draws crowd

Tracey McManus reports that a hearing at Augusta Technical College's Burke County campus, attended by about 400, was the last chance for public comment before the May 19 deadline for DOT to respond to Kinder Morgan's application. On the same day Gov. Nathan Deal announced he would fight in court a petroleum pipeline being proposed to run 210 miles through Georgia, dozens of residents attended a public hearing in Waynesboro to voice the same opposition.


May 8, 2015 Georgia Health News

Will Gov. Deal veto new agency for seniors?

Andy Miller reports that Gov. Nathan Deal has held signing ceremonies across the state in recent days for a variety of bills passed by the General Assembly. But one bill that passed overwhelmingly in the Legislature may not get a ceremony — or a signature. In fact, it’s expected to get a veto. House Bill 86 would move the current Division of Aging Services out of the Department of Human Services and create a new state agency. The proposed Adult and Aging Services Agency would be attached to the Department of Community Health, the state agency that also handles Medicaid.

But one bill that passed overwhelmingly in the Legislature may not get a ceremony — or a signature. In fact, it’s expected to get a veto.

House Bill 86 would move the current Division of Aging Services out of the Department of Human Services and create a new state agency. The proposed Adult and Aging Services Agency would be attached to the Department of Community Health, the state agency that also handles Medicaid.

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But one bill that passed overwhelmingly in the Legislature may not get a ceremony — or a signature. In fact, it’s expected to get a veto.

House Bill 86 would move the current Division of Aging Services out of the Department of Human Services and create a new state agency. The proposed Adult and Aging Services Agency would be attached to the Department of Community Health, the state agency that also handles Medicaid.

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May 8, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Georgia’s governor won’t support Palmetto Pipeline plan

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal said the state intends to fight a company’s plans to build a $1 billion fuel pipeline from Florida through Georgia to South Carolina. “It’s one of those issues that’s very controversial, and up to this point in time, the state has had very little input,” said Deal. “We should not, at this point in time, agree to the process.” That means the pipeline’s fate will likely be hashed out in court, he said.



May 7, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Porsche’s U.S. headquarters in Atlanta grand opening set for Thursday

Phil W. Hudson reports that Porsche Cars North America Inc. is revved up for the grand opening of its U.S. headquarters – One Porsche Drive – in Atlanta. The facility is near the northeast corner of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The new headquarters is expected to house 400 employees -- 100 of which will be new to Georgia.


May 7, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

The Only Thing

Neely Young writes, “Land is the only thing in the world that amounts to anything, for ‘tis the only thing in this world that lasts.” In this quote from Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell’s novel about Georgia during the Civil War, Gerald O’Hara expresses this philosophy to his daughter Scarlett. Georgia’s land is responsible for much of the wealth that has been created for the people in our great state. Georgia has five geologic provinces that contribute in different ways, including Valley and Ridge, Appalachian Plateau, Blue Ridge, Piedmont and Coastal Plain.


May 7, 2015 WABE

MARTA Looking For Developers To Create Walkable Communities

John Lorinc reports that MARTA announced this week that it is looking for developers who want to build housing near its Arts Center in Midtown and Oakland City station near the old Fort McPherson base. The goal for the Arts Center property is in line with Atlanta's current building trend.


May 7, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Job market improving for college graduates

Jarel Davis reports that long hours spent in the classroom and hitting the books will lead to a better payoff this year for many college graduates, who will have an easier time finding jobs than other recent classes. A number of national labor and economic reports show that businesses are likely to hire more graduates as the economy improves and older workers retire. The outlook is good news for graduates, who are leaving school with some of the highest debt loads ever.


May 7, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Loudermilk Cos. unveils plans for Buckhead Village office building

Staff reports that a redevelopment wave continues to sweep over the Buckhead Village. Atlanta’s The Loudermilk Cos. has unveiled its proposal for a 12-story tower in the Village at 359 East Paces Ferry. The project would redevelop an aging office building that stands on the site.


May 7, 2015 Georgia Health News

Patient safety scores for hospitals get an update

Andy Miller reports that one in four Georgia hospitals received an “A’’ grade in patient safety from the nonprofit Leapfrog Group, the same percentage as six months ago. Two hospitals in the state got an “F’’ grade under Leapfrog’s “Hospital Safety Score,” updated from the fall. Leapfrog, which was founded by employers, said last week that nationally, hospitals have made significant improvements on several surgical safety processes, as well as in implementing computerized medication prescribing systems.


May 7, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Former Blue Cross worker pleads to ID theft, filing $494,000 in false tax returns

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Tim Chitwood reports that a former Blue Cross-Blue Shield worker accused of using customers’ personal information to file more than 180 false tax returns worth nearly half a million dollars pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court. Danielle Wallace, 36, pleaded guilty to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and filing false tax returns, authorities said. She faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million for wire fraud, a mandatory two years in prison for aggravated identity theft, and up to five years plus a $250,000 fine for filing false tax returns, according to U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.


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May 7, 2015

The High to face new challenges as Shapiro prepares to exit

Phil Bolton and Ralitsa Vassileva report that on July 31, Michael Shapiro will leave his post as director of the High Museum of Atlanta where he has worked for 20 years at a time when museums are under increasing financial pressures and are forced to adopt new strategies for remaining relevant. In a recent Global Atlanta interview, Dr. Shapiro cited a study showing that museums are among America's most trusted institutions, but also spoke of their challenges of finding new modes for generating revenue. 


May 7, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Award-winning Historic Preservation in Georgia

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, just when you think every building in Savannah that needed preserving has been preserved, a c. late-1800s cotton warehouse transforms into an award-winning boutique hotel. The Cotton Sail Hotel, which overlooks the river in Savannah’s historic district, recently received the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Excellence in Rehabilitation Award.


May 7, 2015

Deal: Schools statewide awarded $25 million technology grant

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today announced 136 local education authorities (LEAs) will be awarded more than $25.3 million from the second round of the Connections for Classrooms grant program, a collaborative funding effort between the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), the Georgia Department of Education and the One Georgia Authority to help ensure classrooms across the state have the high-speed broadband access required for digital and blended learning. 


May 7, 2015 GPB

How Transparent Will Death Row Clemency Be?

Grant Blankenship reports, Georgia has just passed into law rules that dramatically increase transparency into last ditch efforts by inmates on death row to save their own lives. Or maybe it hasn’t. The processes in question are clemency proceedings in which defense attorneys argue before the State Board of Pardons and Parole that the inmate has changed since conviction to the point that they don’t deserve to die.


May 7, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

The two trade fights about to roil Republicans — here and in D.C.

Jim Galloway reports, in Washington, two arguments over trade are about to roil the party of business and tea partyers. Each scrap will feature a Georgia Republican. Both U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and Rep. Buddy Carter risk stirring up the most uncompromising elements of the GOP base in 2016, when both will be on the ballot. Last weekend, Isakson was tapped to deliver the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s weekly address. Under normal circumstances, the chore is a predictable one. 




May 6, 2015 Columbus Ledger Enquirer

1 billion and counting: TSYS marks card production milestone

Tony Adams reports that naturally, having been in business more than 30 years, TSYS has racked up its share of milestones. On Tuesday, the high-tech firm’s card and statement production facility in north Columbus marked yet another major feat — 1 billion credit and debit cards manufactured since 1993.


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May 6, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

The Goodwill Guides

Candice Dyer reports that during his 2006 tour of Iraq as a Marine, Jim Long sustained injuries to his neck, spine, leg and brain. Back home, he quickly got his feet wet in a pastime that helped his recovery. “I had never fly-fished before,” he says, “but tying the flies helps with motor skills, and the other aspects of it are low-impact forms of exercise that feel good to my legs. What really helps, though, is being in nature. It keeps my mind active and off any bad thoughts.”


May 6, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Top economic development groups: Atlanta misses list

Staff reports that 


May 6, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia among worst states for working moms

Phil W. Hudson reports that although women now comprise roughly half of the American workforce, they still earn about three-quarters as much as men do and have far less upward mobility, as evidenced by the fact that less than 5 percent of Fortune 500 companies have female chief executives, according to But, what makes those statistics even more disturbing for Georgia mothers is that the Peach State was ranked as the No. 7 worst state for working moms, according to WalletHub.


May 6, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Outlook ‘looking up’ for Warner Robins area economy says Mercer professor

Linda S. Morris reports that the first words by a speaker at a Warner Robins chamber event Tuesday were positive about the local economy. “The news is good,” said Susan Gilbert, who became dean of Mercer University’s Stetson School of Business and Economics in 2013. “Based on a survey of roughly 160 businesses in Middle Georgia, things are looking up.” Gilbert was the keynote speaker at the Robins Regional Chamber’s Outlook Annual Membership Meeting and Economic Forecast 2015 meeting held at the Middle Georgia Conference Center and attended by 100 people.


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May 6, 2015 Rome New Tribune

Unveiled Rome Tennis Center of Georgia plans show 51-court facility set to be finished by June 2016

Jeremy Stewart reports that the final designs are in for what is now called the Rome Tennis Center of Georgia, and those involved say they hope it will provide a unique visitor experience and boost the local economy. Elected officials and local media got a complete look at plans for the facility at a meeting Monday afternoon where documents referred to it by the new name.


May 6, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Business plans need freshening as economy grows

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Diana Morrison knows all about the importance of spring cleaning. Not the wall-washing, rug-beating kind — but the keeping-your-business-fresh kind that’s infinitely more difficult than scrubbing floors. “Most of us took a beating in the recession that started in 2008 and 2009,” said Morrison, the founder and owner of Advertising Specialty Services, who spoke to a group of small-business owners and operators Tuesday at the Savannah Chamber Small Business Council’s monthly SMART lunch at the Savannah Morning News.


May 6, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Duke Energy grabs 7.5% stake in proposed Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline

Phil W. Hudson reports that Duke Energy Corp. bought a 7.5-percent ownership stake in the proposed and previously announced $3-billion Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline that will traverse Georgia, Alabama and Florida. The Charlotte, N.C.-based company (NYSE: DUK) reported its commercial power business unit will invest approximately $225 million in the approximately 500-mile underground pipeline – from Tallapoosa County, Ala., to Osceola County, Fla. – during the next seven years.


May 6, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Pipeline hearing set for Thursday in Waynesboro

Tracey McManus reports that final public hearing before the Georgia Department of Transportation is expected to make a decision on an application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity is scheduled in Waynesboro. Pipeline hearing set for Thursday in Waynesboro


May 6, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Barry Loudermilk gets up-close view of Middle East security concerns

Daniel Malloy reports that as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria claimed credit for an attack in Texas, U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, was in the midst of an overseas trip looking into how to thwart foreign fighters from entering and exiting the U.S. There is no concrete evidence for ISIS claims about Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, who were killed by a security guard when they assaulted a Mohammed cartoon drawing contest outside Dallas. In a phone interview from Turkey, Loudermilk said they seem to have been “lone wolf” attackers, but they could have trained overseas.



May 5, 2015 Saporta Report

Leadership Atlanta names 83 to 2016 class

Maria Saporta reports that Leadership Atlanta has selected another high-level group of people to be part of its upcoming 2016 class – with 83 leaders from education, law, business, religion, nonprofits, technology, media, healthcare, politics and government. They all share a common desire – to move Atlanta forward by delving into some of the city’s thorniest issues. “We are thrilled to welcome one of our largest, most diverse classes ever,” said Pat Upshaw-Monteith, Leadership Atlanta’s president and CEO.


May 5, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia’s Legal Elite Nominations Open

Karen Kirkpatrick writes, who do you think is the state’s most effective lawyer? Starting today, May 1, 2015, and through Friday, July 31, 2015, you can tell us. Georgia Trend magazine’s annual Legal Elite listing will highlight the state’s most effective lawyers in 14 different practice areas. The list of the state’s Legal Elite, as chosen by their peers, will appear in the December 2015 issue.


May 5 ,2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Carmike Cinemas posts profit with spring-summer blockbusters on way

Tony Adams reports that movie-theater company Carmike Cinemas saw its operating revenue climb in the first quarter as it added more theaters and screens in its circuit, while also pushing the average concession sales per customer higher. It added up to $391,000 in net income, or 2 cents per share, for the Columbus-based motion-picture exhibitor in the January-March period. That’s improved from a $3.2 million loss, or 14 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2014.


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May 5, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Magazine: Coca-Cola, UPS among ‘100 Best Corporate Citizens’ 

Carla Caldwell reports that Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s annual list of “100 Best Corporate Citizens,” includes Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) and United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS). The program audits and ranks Russell 1000 companies across seven corporate and social responsibility initiatives: environmental activity, climate change, human rights, employee relations, corporate governance, philanthropy and financial performance.


May 5, 2015 Georgia Times-Union

Gov. Nathan Deal signs transportation bill that will raise gas price 6 cents a gallon, put $5 tax on hotel rooms

Walter C. Jones reports that Gov. Nathan Deal hailed a transportation-funding bill Monday as having a broad effect as he signed it into law. "It will have a positive impact on every portion of our state as it makes Georgians safer and more efficient," he said. The bill will boost the tax on gasoline by 6 cents per gallon starting in July, an amount to be adjusted every time vehicle mileage improves. It will also add a $5 nightly tax on hotel rooms, levy a $200 annual tax on electric vehicles and remove the $5,000 tax credit for buying one.


May 5, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald 

Small businesses a huge part of Georgia economy

Ed Morales reports that it was the day marking Athens’ inaugural Small Business Week, but during Monday’s kickoff breakfast, more than one person had a small correction they wanted to make to the week’s name. “I agree with Doc (Eldridge), I’d like to take the word ‘small’ out of small business,” said Mary Ellen McClanahan, director of the Entrepreneur & Small Business Development division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “Because it’s huge for the number of people who are in them.”


May 5, 2015 UGA

Blueberry research focuses on gentler methods of harvesting tiny fruit

Mike Wooten reports that getting more blueberries from the field to the grocery store, without hurting their quality, is the focus of a new nationwide research project led by a faculty member in the University of Georgia College of Engineering. Changying "Charlie" Li, an associate professor who specializes in sensor technology, is leading a four-year study designed to identify ways to improve the efficiency of the nation's blueberry harvest. 


May 5, 2015

Emory program exposes Russian law profs to U.S. trial techniques

Phil Bolton reports that Emory's School of Law is hosting a delegation of Russian law professors this week as part of an experiential learning exchange program introducing them to various trial techniques. The law professors are from the URAL State University in Yekaterinburg on the border of Asia and Europe and are sponsored by the U.S. Russian Foundation for Economic Advancement.


May 5, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Tyson Foods to close Georgia chicken plant, cut 190 jobs

David Allison reports that Tyson Foods Inc. reported May 4 it will close a chicken plant in Buena Vista, Ga. According to the company, about 190 people will lose their jobs. Arkansas-based Tyson (NYSE: TSN) said the closure is part of its ongoing efforts to increase efficiencies in its chicken business. Buena Vista is near Columbus, Ga.


May 5, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Dark horse presidential candidate kicks off campaign with march out of Savannah

Kelly Quimby reports that unlike his competitors in the race, U.S. presidential candidate Jeff Sherman didn’t announce his intent to run for the country’s highest office in front of national news networks’ cameras, surrounded by cheering supporters and flush with fundraising dollars. Instead, with walking stick in hand, the Maryland Republican on Monday morning began his campaign for the presidency by taking the first steps of what will become a 200-mile trek from Savannah to Atlanta.


May 5, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Barney Frank says he’s the reason Sam Nunn never became secretary of state

Jim Galloway, Daniel Malloy and Greg Bluestein report that former Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank, the first openly gay member of Congress, said ‘twas he who sank Sam Nunn’s chance of becoming secretary of state under President Bill Clinton. The 1996 move, Frank said, was a pivotal display of gay-and-lesbian clout on the presidential scene. Frank made the remarks during an interview with Bill Nigut on GPB’s “Two-Way Street,” broadcast over the weekend. The congressman is making the rounds, plugging his autobiography: “Frank: My Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same Sex Marriage.”



May 4, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Strawberries kick off season for on-the-farm markets in Middle Georgia

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Linda S. Morris reports that four years ago Neely South and husband Marcus South decided to diversify at their 600-acre farm in Upson County. They have 14 houses of Purdue chickens and about 150 head of beef cattle. But they wanted to add something different. They planted 13,000 strawberries on an acre and opened to the public Sweet South Strawberry Farm at 955 W. Moores Crossing Road, Thomaston. They also sell strawberry ice cream and strawberry shortcake.


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May 4, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Billion-dollar buzz

Susan Percy reports that the first hires have already been made for the Haering manufacturing facility under construction in Hartwell, and the new employees are in Germany for training. The company, which makes precision automotive parts, will invest $54 million in Hart County over the next five years and expects to create 800 jobs in the next 10 years.


May 4, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

‘Deadpool’ screenwriters plan ‘New Coke’ movie

Christopher Seward reports that the 


May 4, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta budget hits $590 million

Dave Williams reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is proposing a fiscal 2016 general fund budget of $590.5 million, a 4 percent increase over the city’s current spending plan. A major portion of the $22.5 million in additional spending is $13 million in debt service to cover the first year of the $250 million infrastructure bond Atlanta voters approved overwhelmingly in March.


May 4, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Officials feel pipeline pressure

May 19 deadline is approaching for the Georgia Department of Transportation to grant a gasoline pipeline company the right to condemn property across 210 miles of Georgia — but landowners, lawmakers and local governments along the route are still seeking answers to questions as fundamental as where the pipeline will run and how it will benefit Georgians. Savannah provides an example.


May 4, 2015 WABE

Ga. Parole Board Reforms Add Transparency To Secretive Agency

Jonathan Shapiro reports that the state Board of Pardons and Paroles, which has long operated out of public view, is to become more transparent under a bill signed into law Friday by Gov. Nathan Deal. Relatives of 1991 murder victim Keith Evans are still seeking answers about why the board commuted the death sentence of Evan’s killer last July.  “Basically I feel like we were slapped in the face,” said Evans' sister Angela DeCoursey. “To once again relive all the events and get no explanation, no reasoning … that’s not right.”


May 4, 2015

From Hooters to Cinnabon and beyond: Kat Cole shares secrets to 'exporting deliciousness'

Trevor Williams reports that it wasn’t until after she had helped establish Hooters franchises all over the world that Kat Cole learned one of her most valuable business lessons. And, like many others before, it came from an unexpected place: rural East Africa.  While on a humanitarian mission, she heard a team member ask why they’d passed a small Ethiopian village for a larger one to help more people, yet didn’t extend that logic to an even bigger locale. The leader's response has colored her leadership style and impacted the way she’s approached translating American brands in places as diverse as China, Australia and Saudi Arabia: “You have to find the things that are small enough to change but big enough to matter.”    


 May 4, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Intense growth in Columbia County outpacing needed roadway projects   

Jenna Martin reports that a slew of commercial projects off I-20's Grovetown exit is causing concern among nearby residents that already congested roadways are about to get worse. With growth comes growing pains. And the Grovetown corridor off Interstate 20 is no exception. 


May 4, 2015 Saporta Report

Fort McPherson-Tyler Perry deal not in the city’s best interest   

Maria Saporta reports that before Fort McPherson and its 488 acres of beautiful rolling hills, historic houses and officers quarters, a golf course, a post office, several office buildings and a lake ever went on the market, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed gave movie mogul Tyler Perry a private tour. Don’t move Tyler Perry Studios to Douglas County, the mayor pleaded with Perry in early 2014. Move it to Fort McPherson. Since then, whenever there’s been an obstacle in negotiations between Tyler Perry and the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority (MILRA), Reed has let authority members know to give Perry what he wants.


May 4, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia manufacturing declines in April

Phil W. Hudson reports that manufacturing in Georgia fell another point to 59.5 in April, but is still higher than the national average of 51.5, according to the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) released today by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business. Georgia manufacturers reported a drop in new orders to 60 points and a drop in production to 67.5 points. While each dropped five points from March, a reading above 50 indicates expanding activity.


May 4, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

What you should know about Georgia’s new transportation bill

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Nathan Deal is set to sign a measure into law Monday that will bring in about $1 billion a year for transportation needs across Georgia. Here are a few things you should know about the bill: 1. It won’t put you in the fast lane. The new revenue that House Bill 170 will raise isn’t enough to build new rail lines or large-scale highway improvements, and it won’t raise funds for mass transit. 






May 1, 2015 Georgia Health News

State's air quality better, but still worrisome

Andy Miller reports that new report shows some improvements in ozone levels in metro Atlanta and in Macon, though both areas still have significant air quality problems. The American Lung Association’s “State of the Air 2015” report, released Wednesday, gave a failing grade on ozone to six Georgia counties: Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale. All are in metro Atlanta.


May 1, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Flight Commander

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, stop just a minute and picture a major U.S. defense contractor. Bombers, fighter jets, wing assemblies, all constructed and tested in a huge facility in the South. Now, imagine the general manager of that plant – maybe a retired Air Force member or a former pilot or engineer, probably male. You’d be wrong on all counts at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. (LMAC) in Marietta, where the vice president and general manager, who is known as a brilliant strategist, a big-picture thinker, a change agent and any other superlative you can conjure, is also a woman. 


May 1, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Well-known airport mural’s time passes

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that for 


May 1, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Dutch banking software company Backbase chooses Atlanta for HQ

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Backbase, a Dutch banking software company, has picked Atlanta for its North American headquarters — a move that will create up to 150 jobs over the next few years. Backbase develops digital banking software that enables banks and credit unions to deliver their services such as account overview, wire-transfer, person-to-person payments, remote check deposit and bill-pay via mobile applications and web portals.


May 1, 2015 Augusta Chronicle, Morris News Service

Delta deal shouldn't affect Volvo: Deal

Walter C. Jones reports that Volvo Cars and other industrial prospects shouldn’t be afraid of losing tax breaks as political retribution just because Delta Air Lines lost its fuel sales-tax exemption, Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday. Georgia is competing with South Carolina as the two finalists for Volvo’s first American assembly plant, budgeted at $500 million. As the state was wooing the carmaker this spring, the Legislature stripped the airline’s exemption at the suggestion of a Rep. Earl Ehrhart, R-Sandy Springs, who urged his colleagues to make an example of CEO Richard Anderson who headed the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce that called for raising taxes for road improvements.


May 1, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post

German auto part manufacturer opening U.S. facility in Suwanee

Curt Yeomans reports that aGerman car part manufacturer is coming to Gwinnett County. The Gwinnett Chamber announced on Thursday that GEIGER Automotive will open a 48,000-square foot manufacturing operations facility in Suwanee. Plastic automotive components used in engine compartment powertrain applications will be manufactured at the facility.


May 1, 2015 WABE

Frontier Adds 6 New Flights From Atlanta, Fares Start At $19

Jim Burress reports that Frontier Airlines announced Thursday it’s adding six new non-stop flights from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. That makes the Denver-based carrier the third largest airline serving Atlanta. Frontier will now fly non-stop to major cities like New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Also in the mix are New Orleans, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Delta-stronghold Cincinnati. 


May 1, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Atlanta expected to welcome 50 million visitors in 2015

Amy Wenk reports that Atlanta is solidifying itself as a top destination in the country. Domestic visitation in the city is expected to reach 50 million visitors in 2015, said William Pate, president and CEO of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, during the group’s annual meeting on April 30. The city welcomed about 48 million domestic visitors in 2014, a six percent increase from 2013.


May 1, 2015

ACS' CEO brings global grid expertise to keeping the lights on 

Phil Bolton reports that Advanced Control Systems’ new CEO seems to have a knack for perfect timing whether it’s in developing his career or in enabling real-time control of the electric grid. The April 7 announcement of his appointment to lead the Norcross-based global provider of smart grid automation was followed by the company’s announcement on April 8 that it had been selected to install its latest outage management system at an electrical facility in southwestern Ontario.    


May 1, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta Regional sees more revenue from private jets during Masters

Meg Mirshak reports that revenue from private jets landing during Masters Week at Augusta Regional Airport rose significantly this year, according to an airport report that also showed several safety incidents, including a costly repair to a top-of-the line French-made aircraft. Ramp fee revenue totaled $876,345, an 80 percent increase from 2014, according to the report given the Augusta Aviation Commission at its monthly meeting Thursday. Flight operations at the general aviation terminal totaled 2,844 from April 5 to April 13 – the nine days surrounding the Masters Tournament.


May 1, 2015 Saporta Report

GDOT to name firm that will widen Ga. 400 in Forsyth County, a job that factored in transportation debate 

David Pendered reports that the state Department of Transportation expects to announce Friday the name of the company that will widen Ga. 400 in Forsyth County, a project that was central to the debate over the transportation funding bill the Legislature approved this year. Throughout the debate, lawmakers made sure they did not create any funding mechanism that would have the effect of penalizing Forsyth County residents – who voted by a 2:1 margin in November to approve a transportation bond referendum that will add $121 a year to the tax bill of a home valued at $250,000.


May 1, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Johnny Isakson’s supporters form super PAC for his re-election bid

Greg Bluestein reports that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s supporters have formed a super PAC to help his campaign for a third term – and send a message to any would-be challengers. The Revitalize America PAC has so far only raised $12,500 to help the Georgia Republican fend off any challengers, but that sum is sure to grow as the November 2016 vote nears. Democrats are struggling to find a star candidate to run against the two-term incumbent, and many of the top candidates in last year’s race have already bowed out.




April 30, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Gulfstream 'off to a very good start' in 2015

Mary Carr Mayle reports that General Dynamics, parent company of Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace, on Wednesday reported a strong first quarter, with earnings, revenue and margins beating both Wall Street’s and the company’s own expectations. On the heels of an extremely strong fourth quarter in 2014, Gulfstream delivered fewer planes in the first quarter of this year, with sales down $17 million — less than 1 percent — from the first quarter of 2014 and $132 million from the fourth quarter 2014.


April 30, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sustainable Georgia - Gaining some green

Ben Young writes, clean-energy firms have exploded in Georgia, providing more than twice as many full-time jobs in 2014 than in 2013, according to the 2014 Georgia Clean Energy Industry Census recently published by Southface. Today, 678 clean energy firms provide 19,633 full-time jobs in the Peach State – almost the same as the number of active physicians working here. 


April 30, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Delta sets sights on “high-value customers”

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that 


April 30, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Aflac first-quarter profit decreases to $663 million

Staff reports that Aflac Inc. (NYSE: AFL) continued to battle the weaker yen/dollar exchange rate in the first quarter of 2015, posting lower revenue and profit. The Columbus, Ga.-based insurance company reported revenue for the period was down 7.3 percent to $5.22 billion. Profit dropped 9.4 percent to $663 million, or $1.51 a share.


April 30, 2015 Saporta Report

Warren Buffett entertains Coca-Cola shareholders at annual meeting   

Maria Saporta reports, when it comes to annual meetings, the greatest show in Atlanta is the Coca-Cola Co. – and the 2015 meeting did not disappoint. Early in the meeting at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent introduced a special video. Multi-billionaire Warren Buffett appeared on screen with a ukulele and began to sing: “I would to buy the world a Coke.” And then he looked into the camera and quipped:  “Of course, I guess I could buy the world a Coke, but I’m not sure my shareholders would go for that.”


April 30, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Chick-fil-A says “no evidence of a compromise” regarding potential data breach

Phil W. Hudson reports that Chick-fil-A Inc. completed its investigation to determine whether any compromise of its payment systems had occurred and reported "there was no evidence of a compromise of Chick-fil-A’s systems." In December 2014, the Atlanta-based chicken chain confirmed it was investigating reports of potential unusual activity involving payment cards used at its restaurants after it received the initial report from its payment industry contacts late on Dec. 19.


April 30, 2015 Georgia Health News

Autism coverage becomes law with signing

Andy Miller reports that just a month ago, the latest attempt to require autism coverage in Georgia insurance policies appeared dead. Autism legislation was stuck in the House Insurance Committee in the waning days of the 2015 General Assembly session. Similar bills that had been proposed in previous years had stalled and ultimately failed.


April 30, 2015 Georgia Times-Union, Morris News Service 

Gov. Deal takes on critics in fiery press club talk

Walter C. Jones reports that Gov. Nathan Deal expressed disappointment Wednesday with a former chairman of the Board of Regents who criticized him for meddling in the selection of the current University System of Georgia chancellor and University of Georgia president.  The governor charged that Dink NeSmith of Athens should have been “man enough” to reject Deal’s recommendations in both cases if he disagreed. 


April 30, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Volvo watch: The latest in Georgia’s bid for the auto plant

Greg Bluestein reports that it could be getting down to crunch time in the battle for a new Volvo manufacturing plant. South Carolina’s The State newspaper reported Wednesday that Gov. Nikki Haley and another top state official took private planes on a secretive recruiting trip near Volvo’s North American headquarters. Gov. Nathan Deal and his top aide made the same journey on Tuesday.










April 29, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Record card volume propels TSYS to $77.8 million profit in first quarter

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Tony Adams reports that the TSYS credit-card and payment machine, firing on virtually all cylinders, resulted in a profit of $77.8 million in the first quarter, an increase of nearly 58 percent from $49.3 million in the same period of 2014. For investors, that translated to earnings per share of 42 cents, a 60 percent boost from 26 cents per share in the quarter a year ago. That was seven pennies above the 35 cents per share Wall Street analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial had been expecting from the global high-tech firm.


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April 29, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

40 Under 40 Nominations Close May 15

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, do you know someone who’s making a difference in Georgia? Each year Georgia Trend honors 40 of the state’s best and brightest under the age of 40. Whether you know someone who’s making lives better on the national stage or is a mover and shaker in his or her corner of the state, if they are under 40 years old as of Oct. 1, 2015, we want to hear about them.


April 29, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Braves stadium hotel: 16 floors, 260 rooms, 50-50 partnership

Tim Tucker reports that the 


April 29, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Falcons seeking $850 million construction loan for new stadium

Amy Wenk reports that Atlanta Falcons soon expect to secure an $850 million construction loan to help finance the team’s new $1.5 billion stadium. “We have received verbal and written commitments in excess of what we need,” Elliott McCabe, managing director with Bank of America Corp.’s (NYSE: BAC) sports finance and advisory group, said during an April 28 meeting of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA).


April 29, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald, Morris News Service

Impact of hotel tax hardest outside Atlanta

Walter C. Jones reports that new tax on hotel and motel stays will drain away more than $200 million in business from the lodging industry, and the biggest impact will be outside of Atlanta, according to industry economists. Lawmakers voted to add a tax of $5 per night to vacation and business travelers to raise money for road repairs as part of a transportation-funding bill passed during this year’s legislative session.


April 29, 2015 Georgia CEO

U.S. Army Awards GC&E $850 Million Contract 

Staff reports that GC&E Systems Group, Inc. announced that it received a contract from the U.S. Army to provide Command, Control, Communications, Computer, and Information Management (C4IM) services to U.S. Army installations nationwide. With a contract ceiling value of $850 million, the Information Management Communications Services 3 (IMCS 3) contract provides diverse Information Technology, Administrative Telephone, Telephone Switching, Land Mobile Radio, and Video Teleconferencing related services to Army installations across the US.


April 29, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Second Self Beer Co. becomes fourth Georgia brewery to use evercan

Phil W. Hudson reports that Second Self Beer Co. will start using Novelis’ evercan for its Thai Wheat and Red Hop Rye brews. The Atlanta-based brewery becomes Georgia’s fourth brewery – following Red Hare Brewing Co., Red Brick Brewing Co. and Southbound Brewing Co. – to use the high-recycled content aluminum can sheet produced by Atlanta-based Novelis Inc.


April 29, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Aflac posts earnings of $663 million in first quarter

Chuck Williams reports that Columbus-based supplemental insurance company Aflac reported first-quarter earnings on Tuesday that met the expectations of industry analysts. Aflac reported net earnings of $663 million or $1.51 per diluted share for the quarter. That compares to net earnings of $732 million or $1.60 per share for the first quarter of 2014. The company’s revenue fell 7.3 percent compared with the first quarter of 2014.


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April 29, 2015 Saporta Report

Atlanta region launching public art initiative modeled after Philly’s

Maria Saporta reports that on last year’s LINK trip, Atlanta leaders were mesmerized by Jane Golden’s story how she was able to spark social change through public art in the City of Philadelphia. They were so captivated by Golden and Philadelphia’s Public Murals program that they raised $75,000 on the spot to try to replicate a similar program in Atlanta. Penelope McPhee, president of the Arthur M. Blank Foundation, also pledged to bring Golden to Atlanta so she could deliver the message to other people at home.


April 29, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Erick Erickson endorses Alex Johnson in Georgia GOP chairmanship race

Jim Galloway reports that this  weekend, we told you about the race for chairman of the state Republican party, and the two different visions that incumbent John Padgett and challenger Alex Johnson of DeKalb County of what the GOP should be. Erick Erickson, the WSB Radio provocateur, has now weighed in.  Suffice it to say that Erickson expresses concern of how monied interests are taking control of the Republican agenda.




April 28, 2015 New York Times

Hoping to Resuscitate a Portion of the City’s Heart

Richard Fausset reports that there was a time in the 1960s when Underground Atlanta, a 12-acre complex of viaducts and storefronts in the heart of downtown, was billed as this city’s answer to Bourbon Street. In the 1980s, it was reimagined as a tourist-friendly “festival marketplace” full of novelty retailers angling to attract out-of-town conventioneers. When that idea faltered, there was talk of turning it into a casino.


April 28, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

2015 Industry Outlook

Jeffrey Humphreys writes, as we become fully ensconced in 2015, the road ahead is looking good for most of Georgia's economic sectors. The Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business conducts research on economic, demographic and social issues to determine the state of affairs for the state's primary industries. While a strong U.S. dollar means exports won't grow much across industry sectors, barring unforeseen circumstances, the future of Georgia's economy looks bright indeed.


April 28, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Downtown street could be renamed for Ted Turner

Katie Leslie reports that 


April 28, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia No. 12 most expensive for car insurance

Phil W. Hudson reports that Georgia is the No. 12 most expensive state for car insurance with a rate 2.9 percent higher than the national average, according to a new report from The website found Dekalb County (15 percent above the Georgia average) has the most expensive car insurance in the Peach State, while Lowndes County (21 percent below the Georgia average) has the cheapest.


April 28, 2015 Rome News Tribune

Cartersville-based Phoenix Air has become Ebola go-to company

Doug Walker reports that just about the time everyone thought the Ebola crisis in Africa was dying down, Phoenix Air Group Inc. in Cartersville got a call that led to seven trans­ports over the course of eight days. The trips put more than 77,000 miles on the trio of Phoenix aircraft, enough to circle the globe three times.


April 28, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post

Residents, developer face off at public forum on proposed Loganville Highway development

Curt Yeomans reports that passions ran high Thursday night as residents squared off with a developer who wants to build a 345.9-acre mixed use community on Loganville Highway. The show down took place at a public forum that was hosted by the county's Planning Commission. Officials hoped to use the meeting as a chance to gauge public sentiment on the proposal, which includes hundreds of houses, town homes and villas and 569,616 square feet of retail space to an area just south of Grayson.

April 28, 2015 Georgia Health News

Macon hospital to pay $20 million in billing case

Andy Miller reports that a Macon hospital has agreed to pay $20 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by overcharging Medicare on patient admissions. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Georgia said that from 2004 to 2008, the Medical Center of Central Georgia billed Medicare for inpatient services when the billing should have been for less costly outpatient or observation services.


April 28, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal

Omni to be “flagship hotel” for new Braves SunTrust Park complex

Ricky Leroux reports that the Atlanta Braves are expected to announce a deal with Dallas-based Omni Hotels and Resorts today for the 150 to 300 room hotel planned for its $452 million mixed-use development, according to a source involved in the deal. A news conference has been set by the Braves for 11 a.m. and promises a “major announcement” regarding its development being built adjacent to SunTrust Park. “It’s definitely Omni,” the source, who asked  to remain anonymous,  told the the MDJ.


April 28, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

CryoLife resolves FDA’s warning letter issues

Staff reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has resolved CryoLife Inc.’s warning letter issues from 2013. The Kennesaw, Ga.-based implantable biological medical device and cardiovascular tissue processing company said Monday it has “successfully implemented corrective actions put in place following the warning letter it received from the FDA.”


April 28, 2015 WABE 

Ga. Printing Store Refuses To Print Gay Wedding Invitations

Tasnim Shamma reports that a local franchise of AlphaGraphics in Suwanee refused to print wedding invitations for­ a same-sex couple looking to get married this summer. Executives at AlphaGraphics' national headquarters quickly apologized and offered to print them for free. The owner of the store didn’t really break any rules, according to Tanya Washington, a law professor at Georgia State.


April 28, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

David Perdue’s first Senate speech calls for greater ‘sense of urgency’

Daniel Malloy reports that freshman U.S. Sen. David Perdue’s first speech on the floor this evening laid out priorities for the fiscal battles that he said inspired his turn from businessman to senator, while launching an attack on the Obama administration’s foreign policy and use of power domestically. “I rise today because I believe our republic is in grave danger,” Perdue said. “We need to create a new beginning by dealing with the very real crisis of leadership we face today. It’s why I ran for the Senate in the first place, because we need a new perspective in Washington.”



April 27, 2015 Georgia Health News

Grady settles with state in overbilling case

Andy Miller reports that Grady Health System has agreed to pay $2.95 million to settle charges that it improperly billed Medicaid for treatment to neonatal intensive care (NICU) patients, the Georgia attorney general announced Thursday. The state of Georgia alleged that Grady inflated billings for certain services provided to these NICU patients, resulting in either unjustified or inflated payments from Medicaid.


April 27, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Partnership Gwinnett reaches campaign goal

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, congratulations to Partnership Gwinnett, Gwinnett County’s economic and community development organization, for raising $1.8 million from private-sector investors in its 2014 campaign. These funds are in support of its five-year economic growth strategy to recruit, retain and help expand businesses, attract, educate and retain workforce talent, and improve quality of life for county residents.


April 27, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta developer plans to add 6 stories to high rise

Staff reports that a 


April 27, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Cox Communications moves up to No. 17 on DiversityInc’s ‘Top 50 Companies for Diversity’

Staff reports that DiversityInc’s 2015 “ Top 50 Companies for Diversity” list includes one Atlanta company -- Cox Communications. Cox moved to No. 17 from its No. 18 ranking in 2014. The company also ranked No. 9 on DiversityInc’s Top 10 Companies for Diversity Councils. The magazine praised Cox, saying its commitment to diversity “permeates the entire organization.”


April 27, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

Manufacturer of the year, Noramco seeks to raise its profile in Athens

Chris Starrs reports that sometimes the shy wallflower at the dance becomes the belle of the ball. It's a transformation that plays out in various aspects of life, even in the business world. As an example, Noramco Inc. of Athens, like some other large manufacturing plants, plays a key role in the community, but goes virtually unknown in the area. That’s now changing.


April 27, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus-area housing market likely to see sales increase in 2015

Tony Adams reports that the Columbus-area housing market, coming off a year of price appreciation and steadying sales on both sides of the Chattahoochee River, looks poised for more of the same in 2015. That's the general expectation of real-estate veterans who weathered an overall sliding market through the Great Recession, but now are banking on the slow but steady recovery to continue this year and into 2016.


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April 27, 2015 Rome News-Tribune

15-county regional commission embarked on plan to optimize technology use in Northwest Georgia

Jeremy Stewart reports that the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission is moving forward with a program to identify and expand the 15-county region’s digital resources for business, industry and educationThe board developed a Digital Region 1 plan last summer through a consulting firm as a blueprint for making the most of existing infrastructure by investing in software and the area workforce.


April 27, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

When Coca-Cola almost lost its flavor

Phil W. Hudson reports that nearly 30 years ago, The Coca-Cola Co. made what is considered to be one of the biggest blunders in the history of the 129-year old beverage behemoth. The Atlanta-based company (NYSE: KO) introduced reformulated Coca-Cola or “New Coke” on April 23, 1985, marking the first formula change in 99 years. The company reported it didn’t intend to cause the “firestorm of consumer protest that ensued” but rather tried to “re-energize its Coca-Cola brand and the cola category in its largest market, the United States.”


April 27, 2015 GPB

Georgia Relief Agencies Respond To Nepal Earthquake

Bradley George reports that two Georgia-based agencies are on the ground in Nepal, following Saturday’s 7.9 magnitude earthquake. Atlanta-based CARE had 150 staff in country before the quake. Now, it’s bringing in additional staff to help more than 75,000 Nepalese with everything from temporary shelter to water purification. “More than 40,000 people are getting treatment in hospital, but there is no room inside the hospitals,” Santosh Sharma, CARE’s emergency response coordinator in Kathmandu said in a statement.


April 27, 2015 WABE

Gov. Nathan Deal Talks Gay Marriage, Transportation And More

Denis O'Hayer reports, in n a wide-ranging interview with Denis O'Hayer on "A Closer Look," Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said the state would implement any decision the U.S. Supreme Court reaches on gay marriage – even if the court throws out same-sex marriage bans like the one in the Georgia Constitution.  The Governor also defended his Opportunity School District plan, under which the state would take control of up to 20 failing schools per year.  SB 133 outlines how the plan would operate; SR 287 is the constitutional amendment that would give it legal effect – if voters approve the plan.


April 27, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

A new debate for Georgia Republicans: What’s a party for?

Jim Galloway reports that in his farewell message, George Washington counseled against political parties, even as they formed around him. Benjamin Disraeli praised party machinery as a means of reining in power-crazed or corrupt leaders, but in the next breath he confessed that they have “a tendency to warp the intelligence.” Vladimir Lenin, of course, believed that a party of disciplined true believers could serve as the vanguard of revolution. And for a while, he was right.




April 24, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Anxiety fading as a profitable Synovus gathers the shareholder faithful

Tony Adams reports that it's been a long road back from the brink of a financial crisis, a journey that at times angered shareholders of Synovus Financial Corp,, prompting some to be more vocal than others. On Thursday, Julie Werner, a Warner Robins, Ga., resident and investor of Synovus stock since the late 1990s, was back once again at the regional bank’s annual meeting podium, asking questions of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kessel Stelling.


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April 24, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Sports Desk: Masters Memories

Loran Smith writes, historically, The Masters has had enough high drama to warrant it being described as the classic sporting event – the ultimate in championship praise – but there is more to excite than the competition itself. If you’ve ever been there, you know what I’m talking about. The heart-thumping birdies and the costly bogeys, the come-from-behind finishes, the history and the traditions remind us that the Masters is an elite event that brings us back year after year with the keenest anticipation. 


April 24, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Local CEO discusses $2.1 billion deal as stock soars

Matt Kempner reports that f


April 24, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Bio teams with Innovation Crescent to promote Georgia’s life sciences sector

Staff reports that the Innovation Crescent Regional Partnership and Georgia Bio on Thursday agreed formally to work together to promote Georgia’s life science industry. The ICRP will serve as one of Georgia Bio’s economic development partners and Georgia Bio will support the ICRP in marketing the region to recruit, retain and expand life science companies in the state, the organizations said in a joint announcement.


April 24, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Cox to present free computers to Middle Georgia families

Staff reports that Cox Communications will present 70 Middle Georgia families with a free refurbished desktop computer Thursday at the Cox Capitol Theater in downtown Macon. In order to receive the computer, families had to show a commitment to their student’s education during the months of February and March by signing up for the Connect2Compete program, according to a news release. Connect2Compete is a K12 program run by EveryoneOn, a national, not-for-profit organization that connects low income families with reduced price high speed Internet, reduced priced computers and free digital training.


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April 24, 2015 Georgia Health News

Grady settles with state in overbilling case

Andy Miller reports that Grady Health System has agreed to pay $2.95 million to settle charges that it improperly billed Medicaid for treatment to neonatal intensive care (NICU) patients, the Georgia attorney general announced Thursday. The state of Georgia alleged that Grady inflated billings for certain services provided to these NICU patients, resulting in either unjustified or inflated payments from Medicaid.


April 24, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Second round of renovations starting soon at Partridge Inn

Jenna Martin reports that the second phase of construction at the historic Wal­ton Way hotel will begin May 4. Once completed, it will leave the bar, restaurant and front lobby entirely revamped with modern furnishings.


April 24, 2015 GPB

National Park Tourism In Georgia Generates Economic Benefit

Staff reports that a report released by the National Park Services shows that visitors to State Parks in Georgia spent $378 million in the state in 2014. The visitor spending supported over 6,000 jobs in the state and cumulatively benefited to the state economy of $531.7 million. According to the report, park visitors spent the most money on lodging. Other expenses accounted for included food, beverages, gas, admissions and souvenirs. 


April 24, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

"King" and "Queen" towers sold in a nearly $500 million deal

Douglas Sams reports that the “King” and “Queen” towers overlooking the Atlanta Perimeter have sold to Stamford, Conn.-based Building and Land Technology, a nearly $500 million deal that continues to show a resurgence of confidence in the region’s office market. Building and Land Technology (BLT) announced today that it had closed on the more than 2-million-square-foot Concourse Corporate Center development, which includes the “King and Queen” towers. 


April 24, 2015 Albany Herald

Georgia bald eagles reach some record numbers

Staff reports that four decades after bald eagles almost disappeared from Georgia, some of the American symbol’s numbers have reached all-time highs in the Peach State, Department of Natural Resources officials said Thursday. According to preliminary results of aerial surveys done in January and March, officials with the Georgia DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section counted 210 occupied nesting territories, 166 successful nests and 270 young fledged. 


April 24, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal

Officials: Transportation bill could come up short $100M

Hilary Butschek reports that leaders in the county and state transportation departments said Thursday the widely reported $900 million number the state transportation bill was expected to collect every year may turn out to be $100 million off. The Transportation Funding Act of 2015, House Bill 170, approved by the Georgia General Assembly this year, was expected to bring in an annual $900 million to spend on improving roadways in the state. However, Kathy Zahul, a district engineer with the Georgia Department of Transportation, said at the Cobb Chamber’s Smyrna Area Council meeting Thursday, the predicted revenue the bill could bring in for the state is still in flux and could end up being lower than the original estimate.



April 24, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Sally Yates’ Deputy A.G. nomination clears committee

Daniel Malloy reports that former Atlanta U.S. Attorney Sally Q. Yates cleared an important milestone on her way to the No. 2 job at the U.S. Department of Justice. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 18-2 to clear Yates’ nomination, as chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, declared Yates to be a less controversial choice than Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch. Among the yes votes was Georgia Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue.




April 23, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

United Community Bank merging with S.C.’s Palmetto Bank

Christopher Seward reports that 


April 23, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Four for the future

Jerry Grillo and Lindsay Thomas Jr. report that, as Georgia continues to gain a solid economic foothold in these post-recession years, communities across the state are finding that by partnering together, a positive vision can lead to concrete change citizens are eager to support. For the third year in a row, the University of Georgia’s Public Service and Outreach (PSO) division and Georgia Trend magazine have recognized four communities that have worked across public-private sectors and nonprofit boundaries on challenging issues to improve the quality of life for their citizens.


April 23, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Hawks sold to Ares’ Ressler for $850 million, group includes Sara Blakely and Grant Hill

Phil W. Hudson and Jacques Couret report the Atlanta Hawks have a new owner -- a group led by Ares Management LP’s billionaire co-founder Tony Ressler, a person familiar with the matter told Atlanta Business ChronicleRessler’s group paid nearly $850 million, Atlanta Business Chronicle has learned. The price is the second-most ever paid for a National Basketball Association team behind Steve Ballmer’s $2 billion purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers.


April 23, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post 

Proposed $70 million hotel for Gwinnett Center closer to reality

Curt Yeomans reports that the Gwinnett Center is one step closer to gaining a 300-room, full-service Marriott hotel. The Gwinnett County Convention and Visititors Bureau's Board of Directors unananimously agreed to recommend approval of a proposed ground lease for a five-acre site at the center. Approval of the lease by commissioners would clear the way for construction of a headquarters hotel. County commissioners are expected to vote at their April 28 public hearing.


April 23, 2015 UGA

UGA, Food Bank of Northeast Georgia partner to increase access to local food, jobs

J. Merritt Melancon reports that the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia's food hub, housed in its Rabun County facility, will be the first in the country to leverage a regional food bank's supply chain to help farmers aggregate and preserve their produce. In partnership with University of Georgia Extension, the organizations will join forces to increase access to local food and local jobs. UGA Extension will provide food hub farmers with business and technical training needed to make the most of the new distribution system.


April  23 2015 Georgia Health News

Georgia fires back on nursing home payments

Andy Miller reports that the commissioner of Georgia’s Medicaid agency has written a sharply worded defense of nursing home payments now deemed improper by the federal government. A federal ruling saying Georgia should return more than $100 million in nursing home payments “is factually and legally incorrect,’’ Clyde Reese, commissioner of the Department of Community Health, wrote in a February letter to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) official in Atlanta.


April 23, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

ARRIS acquiring British tech company for $2.1 billion

Christopher Seward reports that 


April 23, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

NCR considering strategic alternatives including sale of company

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that technology giant NCR Corp. (NYSE:NCR) is considering "strategic alternatives" as the Duluth-based technology giant pivots from hardware to software and services. NCR is considering options including the spinoff or sale of assets, or a return of cash to investors through a dividend or share buyback, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. A full sale of the company is also on the table, but some of the people cautioned that is a less-likely outcome.


April 23, 2015 WABE

Ga. League Of Women Voters Oppose Restricting Early Voting

Staff reports that former Secretary of State and former New York Senator Hillary Clinton, who just announced her second bid for the White House, is not the first woman to run for President of the United States. The League of Women Voters knows that fact firsthand. They have played a key role over the years, both in securing women’s right to vote, and encouraging women of all political stripes to run for public office. Karlise Grier is Vice President of Voter Services for the League of Women Voters of Atlanta-Fulton County.  The League monitors Georgia legislation and issues weekly reports during the legislative session.


April 23, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Sam Olens and the rapidly changing landscape of gay marriage

Jim Galloway reports that on Wednesday, Attorney General Sam Olens indicated that, should the U.S. Supreme Court rule the way many suspect it will this summer, Georgia’s formal, legal antipathy to same-sex unions will vanish as quickly as the flick of a light switch. High court arguments are scheduled for next week. A decision could come in late June. Georgia’s 2004 constitutional ban on gay marriage, which Olens is currently defending in federal court, will stand or fall with it.



April 22, 2015 Georgia Times-Union

Clear-cutting by St. Simons developers spurs call for more stringent tree ordinance

Mike Morrison reports that developers' clear cutting of old growth trees on St. Simons island upset residents and sewed the seeds for a stronger tree ordinance. The island's old live oaks and other indigenous trees need protecting, residents argue, and the Glynn County Commission is looking for ways to accommodate them. But some commissioners expressed reluctance during a work session Tuesday at doing anything that would interfere with private property rights "If the property belongs to me, by God, I'll cut down every tree on it if I want to," Commissioner Richard Strickland said.  


April 22, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Spotted in Georgia: Oakland Cemetery

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery is a peaceful, lovely spot no matter what time of year, but especially beautiful in the spring when flowers and flowering trees pay tribute to those who have passed and those who grieve. The grounds are an example of a garden cemetery of the 19th century, featuring winding paths and an abundance of greenery. Buried in the cemetery are notable Georgians Margaret Mitchell, Bobby Jones, and others including business leaders, Civil War soldiers and Civil Rights heroes. 


April 22, 2015

Deal signs Opportunity School District, education reform into law        

Staff reports that Gov. Nathan Deal today signed legislation that would implement an Opportunity School District (OSD) to turn around failing schools. This law provides the framework for how the OSD would work should voters approve a constitutional amendment in 2016.  "By signing the Opportunity School District bill, we are promising better days ahead for students trapped in failing schools,” Deal said. "The power of positive change now rests in the hands of Georgia’s voters, and I know they share my belief that every child can learn and should have access to a high-quality education that prepares them for the workforce or for college.


April 22, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post

GSMST again tops Georgia schools in national rankings

Keith Farner reports that the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology should make room for more hardware. The Lawrenceville charter school remained on top of a ranking by the Washington Post's list of "most challenging" high schools across the country. GSMST was named the top school in Georgia on the list, 10th in the South and 26th in the country out of 2,300 schools.


April 22, 2015 GPB

Pipeline Hearing Draws Overflow Crowd, Mostly Opposed To Palmetto

Sarah McCammon reports that hundreds of coastal Georgia residents turned out Tuesday night in Richmond Hill for the first official public hearing on the Palmetto Pipeline proposal - most to say they don't want it here. The Houston-based energy company Kinder Morgan wants to build the 360-mile pipeline to carry oil and gas through South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. As a first step, the Georgia Department of Transportation is considering a request for a certificate that would allow the company to use eminent domain to acquire land.  


April 22, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Shepherd Center partners with Craig Hospital, Kindred Healthcare

Ellie Hensley reports that Atlanta-based Shepherd Center and Englewood, Colo.-based Craig Hospital, two of the nation’s leading rehabilitation hospitals, have teamed up with health care services company Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND). The goal of the partnership is to improve patient care across the health continuum by sharing their services. Gary Ulicny, president and CEO of the Shepherd Center, said it was a “win-win.”


April 22, 2015 Macon Telegraph

New, large development proposed for north Macon

Linda S. Morris reports that a new 314,000-square-foot development with a mix of big box and smaller retailers, restaurants and a hotel is planned off Macon’s Bass Road. The project with a proposed name of North Macon Promenade is the second large retail development recently planned for the same general area. The latest development would be built on a portion of a 38-acre site at 1625 Bass Road and 200 Starcadia Circle.

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April 22, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Update: Synovus reports $51.4 million profit in first quarter, up 12 percent

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Tony Adams reports that, doing what Synovus Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kessel Stelling has often called basic blocking and tackling — a football term — the Southeast regional bank reported a profit Tuesday of $51.4 million in the first quarter of this year, or 38 cents per share. That’s up 12 percent from common stock net income of $45.9 million, or 33 cents per share, recorded in the January-March period of 2014.


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April 22, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia-Pacific sues Aldi, 2 tissue makers over Angel Soft ‘imitation’

Christopher Seward reports that 


April 22, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

India's "Tractor Queen" buys another $18M of AGCO shares

David Allison reports that one of the best known women entrepreneurs in India is once again plowing millions of dollars into the stock of U.S. agricultural equipment maker AGCO Corp. Mallika Srinivasan, who Forbes described in 2012 as " the tractor queen" of India, has in recent weeks bought nearly 400,000 shares of AGCO (NYSE: AGCO) at a total cost of $18.6 million.


April 22, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Johnny Isakson will vote ‘no’ on Loretta Lynch for A.G.

Daniel Malloy reports that Georgia Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson will vote against confirming Loretta Lynch for Attorney General. Lynch’s nomination is finally expected to hit the floor in the coming days, after Senate leaders announced an agreement this morning on a human trafficking bill. Isakson’s delegation mate, Sen. David Perdue, also opposes Lynch and voted against her nomination in committee in February.



April 21, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Morehouse School of Medicine gets $1.2M grant

Ellie Hensley reports that Morehouse School of Medicine received $1.2 million in grant funding and in-kind support by the United Health Foundation and Optum. The funds will support Morehouse School of Medicine’s (MSM) Patient-Centered Medical Home and Neighborhood Project, which provides primary care and various community engagement programs to help improve health in and around Atlanta’s East Point area.


April 21, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive

Savannah - Room to Grow

Kevin Hogencamp reports that on the heels of the most successful year in Georgia seaport history, and after two painstaking decades of planning and politicking, Savannah’s harbor expansion is becoming a delectable reality in 2015. Indeed, the major sectors of Chatham County’s economy – ports and logistics, manufacturing, tourism, healthcare and government – advanced in 2014, largely in record-breaking fashion, says Trip Tollison, the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) president and CEO.


April 21, 2015 Georgia Times-Union

Westin on Jekyll Island opens with Monday ribbon-cutting

Terry Dickson reports that the builders and operators of the new $41 million Westin hotel ceremonially cut a ribbon Monday marking the opening of the island's second new hotel in four decades. The new hotel with its 187 guest rooms and 13 suites is close to the centerpieces of revitalization on Jekyll Island. A short walk through a new retail center leads to the fairly new and increasingly popular convention center, and the beach and the Atlantic Ocean are just out the front door. 


April 21, 2015 Brunswick News

Jekyll Island faces disappearing beaches, again

Donna Stillinger reports that with new hotels and retail shopping spaces opening on Jekyll Island, more tourists will be drawn to the island for fun in the sun.  Because of future crowds, erosion on the north end of the island is becoming a greater concern to those in charge of managing the state park. There’s even talk by at least one expert about looking at a beach nourishment project. At a Jekyll Island Authority board meeting Monday, Kevin Bodge from Olsen Coastal Engineering said the island is getting smaller.


April 21, 2015 Saporta Report

Savannah port to handle more freight, but how will roads, rails handle extra load? 

David Pendered reports that one aspect of the Savannah Harbor deepening project has received scant attention: How is all that additional freight to get in and out of the port? New York’s answer to its growing volume is six-hour traffic jams at its terminals. Curtis Foltz doesn’t expect Savannah to follow New York’s lead. But Foltz, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority, sees road and rail access to the port as an important issue the state and federal governments can’t afford to ignore.


April 21, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

CNN boosts political reporting with 40 new hires

Staff reports that CNN has hired nearly 40 political reporters in time for the 2016 election cycle in a attempt to bolster ratings, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood reporter said new hires include “ABC News’ Jeff Zeleny, Washington Post alum Nia-Malika Henderson, the L.A. Times’ Maeve Reston and Wall Street Journal veteran Sara Murray.”


April 21, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

UGA's Grady College honors distinguished alumni

Staff reports that the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication continued its centennial celebration Saturday night with a gala recognizing some of the school's most distinguished graduates. Among those honored Saturday at the Classic Center in downtown Athens were four Grady graduates who received Alumni Awards, which Dean Charles Davis said "serve as a vivid reminder of the excellence of our graduates. From the boardroom to the classroom, Grady graduates lead."


April 21, 2015 Cherokee Tribune

Rising stars: Universal Alloy named Boeing's Supplier of the Year

Michelle Babcock reports that a Canton-based corporation that builds airplane components earned a Supplier of the Year award from the Boeing aircraft manufacturing company, based on quality, on-time delivery, support, cost and the corporation’s ability to work with changing customer needs. Universal Alloy Corporation manufactures several components used to build airplanes, from the wings to the cabin floors, and officials said they were proud to earn the honor of being one of the 15 suppliers of the year for Boeing.


April 21, 2015 Georgia Health News

Feds want $100 million back in Medicaid flap

Federal officials want Georgia Medicaid to return more than $100 million in payments made to nursing homes. The feds say these payments were not permitted under the program’s regulations. The payments were made in fiscal years 2010 and 2011. But the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also asked Georgia to return any similarly inappropriate payments for more recent fiscal years as well.


April 21, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

​Another sign that ‘religious liberty’ is making a comeback in Georgia

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia’s “religious liberty” effort got a ringing endorsement from the Republican base over the weekend. GOP activists gathered over the weekend for Congressional District gatherings across the state, and grassroots organizers in 11 of the 14 districts adopted resolutions embracing the stalled legislation. State Sen. Josh McKoon, the Columbus Republican who championed the legislation, noted that the resolution that passed in each district specifically called for the House to pass the legislation, Senate Bill 129, without any amendment. He said it was a “loud and clear message” that activists wanted that the Republican base wants action on the controversial legislation.





April 20, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Braves development team talks mixed-use plans

J. Scott Trubey reports that top decision-makers for the Atlanta Braves new ballpark and mixed-use development shared some of their ingredients for what they say will be a winning complex Thursday at an event for real estate professionals near the future SunTrust Park. There will be high-end retailers on par with J.Crew, Anthropologie and lululemon, but not ultra-luxury brands such as Gucci. Some will be new merchants never before seen in metro Atlanta. 


April 20, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Creating Opportunities

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that re-shoring isn’t a word that has been bandied about much in the United States over the past 20 years. In fact, as manufacturers moved production overseas, the word heard most often was off-shoring. All that is changing, however, as labor costs rise in China and manufacturing goes increasingly high-tech. Many companies are finding that it makes financial sense to bring production back home, and they are often moving to the Southeast, thanks to our history of manufacturing, a lower cost of living and the availability of skilled labor.


April 20, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Michelle Nunn to become next CEO of CARE

Maria Saporta reports that the next president and chief executive officer of CARE will be Atlanta’s own Michelle Nunn, who will begin her new job July 1. Nunn will succeed Helene Gayle, who has been CARE’s president and CEO since 2006.


April 20, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald

Watkinsville bakery's products coming to Whole Foods

Chris Starrs report that Kiki's Bakery in Watkinsville will commemorate its first anniversary with a pair of milestone events. Kirsten "Kiki" Bradford said earlier this week that on Saturday, April 25, the popular bakery will host Customer Appreciation Day. The bakery's other breakthrough occurance will come next month when three of the bakery's most popular items will find their way into the 33 Whole Foods stores in six Southeastern states. 


April 20, 2015 Georgia Times-Union

South Carolina-to-Jacksonville pipeline could use old eminent domain laws to take needed land

Mary Landers reports that energy giant Kinder Morgan plans to build its Palmetto Pipeline across 210 miles of Georgia to tie into an existing pipeline and bring gasoline and diesel from the Gulf Coast and ethanol from South Carolina to terminals in North Augusta, S.C., Richmond Hill, Ga., and Jacksonville. Petroleum pipelines have a peculiar past in Georgia. Their history was built on support of national defense in World War II and altered in the 1990s by angry and influential plantation owners. Now, a new chapter that's unfolded with a series of bureaucratic missteps is testing a 20-year-old Georgia law for only the second time.   


April 20, 2015 GPB

Beer/TV Studio Sets Up Shop In Gwinnett

Staff reports that Gwinnett County is now home to what county and state economic developers say is the largest television production studio under one roof in the United States: 690,000 square feet. Eagle Rock Studios Atlanta Tuesday announced the grand opening of four new sound stages in a former warehouse for Kraft Foods. 


April 20, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Aaron’s “spying” lawsuit moves forward

Leon Stafford reports that a 


April 20, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Amazon’s cloud biz blows into Atlanta

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta is about to land another technology whale. Internet services juggernaut (Nasdaq: AMZN) is expected to expand its cloud computing services business in Atlanta with a new office that would accommodate up to 200 people. Seattle-based Amazon, which did not return calls and emails, will join several West Coast companies including Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) and Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) who have put engineering and sales outposts in Atlanta, lured by the city’s low cost of living and abundant skilled talent.


April 20, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

30 Years of Music in Our Schools Month

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that the image of musician as slacker should now be a thing of the past. After all, studies show that kids who play music do better in other classes at school and have improved test scores. To celebrate the importance of music education, 30 years ago March was declared national Music in Our Schools Month. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Music in Our Schools Month, last month, Savannah Friends of Music, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support, sponsor and promote classical music programs and music education in the greater Savannah area, sponsored several events in area schools.


April 20, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Michelle Nunn named as head of Atlanta-based CARE

Jim Galloway reports that former U.S. senate candidate Michelle Nunn has been named president and CEO of CARE USA, the 70-year-old, Atlanta-based relief agency, the organization announced Sunday. Nunn replaces Helene Gayle, who is stepping down after nearly a decade at the helm of an organization that reported a 90-country reach and annual operating revenues of $410 million in 2013.




April 17, 2015 WABE

Georgia Introduces New Drought Rule

Molly Samuels reports that California will start to enforce new water restrictions in response to the drought that’s dragged on for four years. Georgia isn’t in a drought now, but state officials are preparing for the next one. Earlier this week, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources released updates to its drought rule that would dictate how droughts get declared and what happens when they do.


April 17, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Organizations: Wholesome Wave Georgia

Candice Dyer reports that estimated 30 percent of Georgians reside in “food deserts,” with little or no access to fresh groceries. When the only fare available is high in calories and low in nutrition, obesity rates soar and health suffers. Enter Wholesome Wave Georgia (WWG), a nonprofit that increases the availability of wholesome, locally grown food in a way that helps consumers, farmers and the economy. The group, based in Atlanta, doubles each dollar spent with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, more commonly known as “food stamps”) at farmers markets across the state, so shoppers increase their buying power with fruits and veggies while growers also reap rewards.


April 17, 2015 Greater Dalton Chamber 

Brian Anderson Resigns as President & CEO of the Greater Dalton Chamber 

Staff reports that the Board of Directors of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce announced today that President & CEO Brian Anderson has resigned to accept the same position with the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber. Anderson has been the President & CEO of the Dalton Chamber since 2008. He will join the Greater Columbus Chamber in early June. "Although we are disappointed to lose Brian as our President & CEO, he has given fully of himself in leading our Chamber and our community.  I am confident he will be just as successful in Columbus.  We wish he and Heather our best in Columbus," said Robert Smalley of McCamy, Phillips, Tuggle & Fordham, LLP, and Chairman of the Greater Dalton Chamber Executive Board.


April 17, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Southern Co. expands solar power portfolio

Christopher Seward reports that 


April 17, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Acuity Brands adds to the fold with ByteLight acquisition

Staff reports that Acuity Brands Inc. bought ByteLight Inc., a Boston-based maker of indoor location software for LED lighting. Financial terms were not disclosed. Atlanta-based Acuity (NYSE: AYI) said ByteLight pioneered the use of Visible Light Communication and Bluetooth low energy technologies in combination with smart-phone Apps and Cloud services to transform LED lighting into indoor location waypoints.


April 17, 2015 Georgia Health News

Chief of nursing home groups steps down

Andy Miller reports that Jon Howell has resigned as president and CEO of the state’s powerful nursing home association, the group announced Thursday. The Georgia Health Care Association said Howell offered his resignation “to preserve the unity of the statewide association.” A spokesman for GHCA, Dan Curran, told Georgia Health News that there was “a difference of opinion on an internal policy matter.”


April 17, 2015 Albany Herald

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital consolidating surgical services to main campus

Jennifer Parks reports that Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital officials have announced that they will began taking steps toward refocusing the Phoebe North facility, starting with the temporary consolidation of surgical services while further evaluation is done concerning the hospital’s future. Phoebe officials say health care delivery, and the needs of the Southwest Georgia community, have changed over the five years since the acquisition of Phoebe North, formerly Palmyra Medical Center. Inpatient utilization has fallen, not just at Phoebe, but throughout all hospitals, Phoebe officials said.


April 17, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Fort Benning holds groundbreaking for $75 million solar panel farm

Ben Wright reports that a groundbreaking ceremony will be held Friday at Fort Benning on Georgia Power plans to build a $75 million solar panel farm, one of the largest renewable solar power projects in the state. The event is set for 9 a.m. at the Uchee Creek Campground with officials from the post, Georgia Power and the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives. The solar project at Fort Benning and two other installations in the state will provide a 30-megawatt, alternating current, solar photovoltaic array on each post, said Dave Foster, an Army spokesman at the Pentagon.


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April 17, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Virginia-based company buys solar facility in Twiggs County

Linda S. Morris reports that a Virginia-based company has acquired a 20-megawatt solar facility in Twiggs County. Dominion Resources Inc. has bought the Richland Solar Center near Jeffersonville from HelioSage Energy, according to a news release. The facility, which has a 20-year power purchase agreement and interconnection agreements with Georgia Power, is expected to enter service in 2015. An engineering, procurement and construction contract has also been signed.

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April 17, 2015 Brunswick News

Hotel could take the place of the county's old detention center

Donna Stillinger reports that a new waterfront hotel could be coming to downtown Brunswick. Glynn County commission chairman Dale Provenzano told commissioners Thursday night that a developer has made inquiry into using the former detention center at 1812 Newcastle Street as part of a two to three-story hotel.


April 17, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Benfield to head Atlanta Office of Sustainability

Dave Williams reports that former Georgia Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield has been appointed director of Atlanta’s Office of Sustainability, Mayor Kasim Reed announced Thursday. Benfield, a longtime environmental advocate, succeeds Denise Quarles, who is leaving city government for the private sector.


April 17, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Silver Airlines to launch nonstop service between Savannah and Orlando

Mary Carr Mayle reports that Florida-based Silver Airways announced Thursday it will begin daily nonstop flights between Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport and Orlando International Airport on June 23. According to the airline’s website, flights begin at $99 one way. “We are thrilled to be bringing the airline of choice for Florida and the Bahamas to the Southeast,” said Silver Airways CEO Sami Teittinen. “We look forward to providing customers with our convenient and much-needed flights linking Savannah-Hilton Head and Orlando, as well as one-stop connections to other Silver Airways destinations in Florida and the Bahamas.”


April 17, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Governor signs bill making medical marijuana legal in Georgia

Greg Bluestein reports that 






April 16, 2015 WABE

Delta Sees Record Profit, Slower International Traffic

Jim Burress reports that Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines posted on Wednesday a record profit for the first three months of the year. Net income climbed to $746 million. After special items, Delta posted a profit of 45 cents per share, beating analysts' expectations. “The business on the whole is performing quite well," said Delta CEO Richard Anderson on an investor conference call. 


April 16, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Economic Development - April 2015

Christy Simo reports that a $200-million, 50-MW biomass plant will soon power Procter & Gamble’s facility in Albany. Developed in partnership with Constellation, the plant will supply 100 percent of the steam needed to run the P&G facility and up to 70 percent of the total energy used to make its Bounty paper towels and Charmin toilet tissue. The facility will provide up to 500 construction jobs and 50 to 70 permanent jobs once it is operating in 2017.


April 16, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Rallies in metro Atlanta, U.S. highlight pay gaps

David Markiewicz reports that l


April 16, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Kaiser Permanente to put "IT campus" in Midtown Atlanta; create 900 jobs

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente will plant a $20 million "information technology campus" in Midtown Atlanta — a project that will create about 900 jobs. In December, Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported that the health care provider and medical insurer was scouting Atlanta buildings for the 150,000 square-foot project. In March, the Chronicle reported Kaiser had zeroed in on Midtown's Pershing Point Plaza.


April 16, 2015

Georgia Ports record March could indicate 'Market Shift'

Trevor Williams reports that maybe he didn’t want to rub it in, but Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz didn’t point the finger at West Coast ports when describing the factors that led to a record March for the Port of Savannah’s container terminal. In his view, it wasn’t attributable only to the nine-month labor dispute that caused backlogs forcing shippers to find alternate routes for their cargo. It was a confluence of factors, including the challenge ports in Virginia and New York had in handling that displaced demand, combined with the recovery of the U.S. economy in general and the growth of manufacturing activity in the Southeast in particular.  


April 16, 2015 Saporta Report 

KSU’s school of culinary sustainability to be named for chief of Georgia Aquarium   

David Pendered reports that the burgeoning degree program of culinary sustainability at Kennesaw State University will be housed in a school named for Michael Leven, the president/CEO of the Georgia Aquarium who made a $5 million commitment to the program, the state Board of Regents decided Wednesday. “It is an honor for me to associate my name with Kennesaw State,” Leven said in a statement released by KSU.


April 16, 2015 Georgia Health News

Wellness now the watchword at many workplaces

Rebekah Ryan reports that Michael Tribbett’s blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol level were soaring when he signed up for free wellness classes offered at work. But Tribbett, a maintenance worker at a poultry processing facility, came away from the classes filled with energy and new resolve. “I’m not ready to die yet, I’m ready to live,” said Tribbett, 60, who works for Fieldale Farms Corp. in Cornelia. Fieldale Farms, which also has operations in Gainesville, is one of the largest independent poultry producers in the world. The company has nearly 5,000 employees.


April 16, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta plans to cut back international flying

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that 


April 16, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia’s unemployment rate at 6.3 percent in March

Carla Caldwell reports that Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for March was 6.3 percent, unchanged from February, matching its lowest level since July 2008, the Georgia Department of Labor said early Thursday. The rate was 7.3 percent a year ago.


April 16, 2015 Macon Telegraph 

Georgia Power pulls plug on Plant Branch on Lake Sinclair

Liz Fabian reports that with its smokestacks rising up from the shores of Lake Sinclair, Plant Harllee Branch was once the shining star of Georgia Power’s electricity industry. What became the state’s first million-kilowatt power plant in 1969 is sputtering out of existence.


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April 16, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Craft brewers fall victim to the ‘Baptist-bootlegger’ connection

Jim Galloway reports that in Georgia, you can buy apples where they grow apples, and onions where they grow onions. You can buy rugs where they make rugs, and newspapers where they make newspapers. Sometimes, you can even buy laws where they make laws. But under no circumstances can you buy beer where they make beer.




April 15, 2015 Georgia Health News

Medicaid care coordination put back on hold

Andy Miller reports that the state has shelved its attempt to coordinate care of Medicaid beneficiaries who are elderly or disabled. The Georgia Department of Community Health said Tuesday that it was not proceeding “at this time’’ with soliciting bids from potential vendors to operate the program. The agency’s statement, made in an email to GHN, follows the General Assembly’s removal of $12 million in state funds, intended for the startup of the program, from the fiscal 2016 budget proposed by Gov. Nathan Deal.


April 15, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

South Metro: Start your engines!

Randy Southerland reports that the motto for South Metro Atlanta in recent years could very well be “Lights! Camera! Action!” With the emphasis on action. It’s true the Southside has attracted more than its share of film crews and film studios, but the action can also be found in nearly every aspect of the economy and economic development. Not only is the region – which includes the southern end of Fulton, along with Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry and Spalding counties – coming back from the recession, but it’s finally coming into its own.


April 15, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

UMCOR moving HQ to Atlanta

Ellie Hensley reports that the United Methodist Committee on Relief will move its headquarters from New York to Atlanta by October 2016. UMCOR is a not-for-profit international humanitarian aid organization that focuses on hunger, disasters and peace. In 2013, UMCOR’s total revenue was $79 million, which would make it 19th on Atlanta Business Chronicle’s List of top nonprofits.


April 15, 2015 Georgia CEO 

Electronic Signature Company, AssureSign, Acquires 3PV; Relocates Headquarters to Atlanta

Staff reports that electronic signature company, AssureSign, today announced the acquisition of Third Party Verification, Inc. (3PV), an industry leader in third party verification (TPV) software, making AssureSign the first electronic signature software provider to offer verbal signature services. 3PV’s technology is currently used by telecommunications, utilities, service and insurance providers to secure verbal authorizations for transactions. The move accelerates AssureSign’s expansion of its services and its technology infrastructure as a response to increased business and customer demand for electronic and verbal signature capabilities.


April 15, 2015 WABE 

Georgia University System Approves Tuition Hikes

Elly Yu reports that tuition will go up again for Georgia’s public colleges and universities starting this fall. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the increases Tuesday. Students at Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia will pay 9 percent more in tuition, or about $400 per semester.


April 15, 2015 Macon Telegraph

478 Bibb Fund awards micro-grant to small business in downtown Macon

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Linda S. Morris reports that the owners of GeorgiaPallet recently were awarded a micro-grant from the 478 Bibb Fund, a group supporting new businesses. Mollie Davis and Andrew Eck, co-owners of GeorgiaPallent were awarded $2,000 after submitting plans to launch a website and expand their creative services, according to a news release.


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April 15, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

PrimeRevenue rings up $80M in funding, plans to add 100 jobs

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Atlanta-based PrimeRevenue Inc. has raised $80 million in a financing round led by private equity firm BBH Capital Partners. The supply chain finance firm plans to add about 100 jobs in the next several months. Created in 2003, PrimeRevenue enables suppliers of global Fortune 1000 companies, such as Volvo, Lowe’s Companies Inc. (NYSE: LOW) and Whirlpool Corp. (NYSE: WHR), to get paid faster, freeing up cash flow to make payroll and invest back into the business.


April 15, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Favorite places in Georgia

Karen Kirkpatrick writes, what started as one of those Facebook quizzes – you know the ones, “What breed of dog would you be?” or “Which Harry Potter character are you?” – evolved into a game of “What’s your favorite place in Georgia?” It’s a question that set our editor-at-large Susan Percy to thinking, which always results in a good column. She came up with her top 10, but managed to overlook a couple of my favorite Georgia spots.


April 15, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

A deeper look at Georgia’s fast-changing electorate

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia’s electorate is morphing even faster than some experts predicted, according to a new analysis projecting the state’s demographic evolution through 2060. “I sometimes feel like Georgia flies under the radar,” said Ruy Teixeira of the Center for American Progress. “But things are changing there so quickly.” The analysis was done by the Center for American Progress, the American Enterprise Institute and William H. Frey from the Brookings Institute as part of a report on the demographic evolution of the American electorate. It shows that Georgia could become a majority-minority state in 2025 and that minorities could outnumber whites among eligible voters by 2036.



April 14, 2015 Georgia Health News

2 more hospitals closing baby delivery units

Andy Miller reports that Dr. Roslyn Banks-Jackson worries about what will happen to many women of Emanuel County when the local hospital shuts its labor and delivery unit. She’s the only ob/gyn currently practicing in the east-central Georgia county. And the practice, Emanuel OB/GYN Clinic, owned by the hospital, will soon be closing as well. Many of her low-income patients have no transportation, and they either walk or have to get rides from friends or relatives to get to their appointments.


April 14, 2015 Georgia Trend

Georgia View: An SEC we can agree on

Bill Crane writes,  there is yet another SEC in the formation stages, one I think most all Georgians will support. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is the leading catalyst and primary proponent of moving up the date and staging of Georgia’s presidential preference primary along with a passel of other Southern states to Tuesday, March 1, 2016.


April 14, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coke gets soccer, Pepsi gets basketball in new sponsorships

Leon Stafford reports that 


April 14, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

AT&T launches "gigabit" Internet service in metro Atlanta

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) said Monday it has launched ultra-fast Internet service — also known as gigabit Internet — in Atlanta. Dubbed GigaPower, the service will be available to subscribers of AT&T's U-verse television service in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Decatur and Newnan. With its launch Monday, AT&T beat out Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), which has announced plans to light up metro Atlanta with gigabit Internet. Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) has also said it is expanding gibgabit Internet service to business customers in metro Atlanta.


April 14, 2015 WABE

Ga. DACA Students File Supreme Court Appeal Over In-State Tuition

Elly Yu reports that a group of undocumented students has filed an appeal this week with the Georgia Supreme Court, challenging Georgia’s in-state tuition policy after losing their case in lower courts. In 2010, the Board of Regents adopted a policy that requires students to be “lawfully present” in Georgia to receive in-state tuition. A spokesman for the Board of Regents said in an email the policy was adopted to mirror a new state law.


April 14, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta homes sales and prices are climbing

Michael Kanell reports that m


April 14, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

New Falcons stadium cost ‘rises up’ -- again -- another $100 million

Maria Saporta reports that Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank does not know how to say “No,” and that is costing him another $100 million. During a panel discussion at the Rotary Club of Atlanta Monday on the rejuvenation of the westside neighborhoods, Blank let it slip out that he views the “$1.5 billion stadium” as an incredible investment.


April 14, 2015 Georgia CEO

Bauerfeind USA to Relocate and Expand in Midtown

Staff reports that orthopedic technology company Bauerfeind USA will relocate its headquarters to Midtown and expand. Bauerfeind, a subsidiary of Germany based Bauerfeind AG, develops orthoses, medical compression stockings and orthopedic supports used by athletes and others.


April 14, 2015 Marietta Daily Journal

Georgia Rep. Ehrhart responds to critics calling for his ouster

Hilary Butschek reports that twice this month prominent voices have called for state Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs) to be voted out of office.
 Ehrhart comes up for re-election in 2016, and Maria Saporta, editor of The Saporta Report, wrote Sunday he should be booted from office because he was disrespectful to Delta CEO Richard Anderson. Kennesaw Councilwoman Cris Eaton-Welsh also called for voters to oust Ehrhart two weeks ago after comments he made on the House floor about local control.



April 14, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider

Water wars chief shields Florida-Georgia settlement talks from a ‘relentless and ruthless media’

Greg Bluestein reports that the quiet efforts underway between Georgia and Florida to hash out a settlement over water rights are about to get more secretive. The attorney overseeing the latest round of litigation between the two states issued an order Monday that prevents the public from accessing records involving ongoing settlement negotiations between the two states. Ralph Lancaster’s order comes days after the Atlanta Journal-Constitution revealed that Gov. Nathan Deal had arranged hush-hush meetings with his counterparts in Alabama and Florida to potentially hash out the decades-old water wars dispute.











April 13, 2015 Georgia Times-Union

Georgia, Florida among top 10 in ranking of economic momentum 

Staff reports that new report ranks Georgia and Florida among the best performing states in terms of economic momentum, outpacing both the rest of the country and other states in the South. The Index of State Economic Momentum released Thursday is compiled by Federal Funds Information for States, a Washington-based clearinghouse for policymakers. The Index of State Economic Momentum released Thursday is compiled by Federal Funds Information for States, a Washington-based clearinghouse for policymakers.


April 13, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Creating Opportunities

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that the growing need for skilled labor led Georgia Southern University (GSU) to add a manufacturing engineering degree program in its College of Engineering and Information Technology. It’s just one way the university is responding to the needs of industry. It’s also part of Georgia Southern’s DNA to anticipate the needs of area businesses and provide the educated workforce required.


April 13, 2015 Saporta Report

Delta Air Lines treated so badly by 2015 state legislature – we all should worry 

Maria Saporta reports, imagine if a Fortune 100 company were considering relocating its headquarters to metro Atlanta, and that company would employ 33,000 people in Georgia and generate $300 million a year in state and local taxes and fees. Just imagine how our elected leaders and economic developers would drool and fall all over themselves offering incentives to offer that company. Now consider this. Delta Air Lines is a Fortune 100 company that is the top private employer in Georgia – providing jobs for 33,000 people statewide.


April 13, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Feds to probe fraud in union drive, Delta says

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that a


April 13, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Department of Banking and Finance issues cease and desist order to Yale Mortgage Funding

Phil W. Hudson reports that Yale Mortgage Funding LLC was issued a cease and desist order by the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance April 8. The Georgia Department of Banking and Finance reported it issued the order after it obtained evidence that Miami Beach, Fla.-based Yale Mortgage Funding engaged in residential mortgage lending activities without a license or under an applicable exemption in violation of O.C.G.A. § 7-1-1002.


April 13, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

This month in Georgia history 

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that as we at Georgia Trend celebrate 30 years of 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. It may seem like the only news worth covering this April is the pollen count  6,000 and climbing  but there have been some important April events in our state’s past. 


April 13, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Veterans court provides former military a second chance

Wesley Brown reports that with more men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with mental and physical scars, courts exclusively for veterans are becoming widely popular on a national scale and Augusta is on the frontline of that trend. ith more men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with mental and physical scars, courts exclusively for veterans are becoming widely popular on a national scale and Augusta is on the frontline of that trend.  


April 13, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Coca-Cola scores 4-year MLS, U.S. Soccer deal

Phil W. Hudson reports that the Coca-Cola Co. inked a 4-year sponsorship deal with Major League Soccer and the United States Soccer Federation. The Atlanta-based beverage behemoth (NYSE: KO) replaces New York-based PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE: PEP) as the official non-alcoholic beverage of MLS and the official governing body of U.S. soccer.


April 13, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The race for Kasim Reed’s job begins: Cathy Woolard, Margaret Kaiser say they’re in

Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim  Galloway report that this morning, we were the first to report that former city council president Cathy Woolard, who currently spends a great deal of time at the state Capitol battling “religious liberty” bills, has committed herself to the 2017 race for mayor of Atlanta. Within hours, state Rep. Margaret Kaiser confirmed to our AJC colleague Katie Leslie that she, too,  intends to join the race to follow Kasim Reed into the office. So more than two years out, we’ve got two candidates. At least three other potential candidates seriously mulling the contest:  Current City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, Councilman Kwanza Hall,  and former Reed deputy Peter Aman.





April 10, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta slams new U.S. DOT ruling as 'draconian,' 'extreme,' 'impermissible,' 'arbitrary and capricious,' and 'plainly unlawful'

David Allison reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. is slamming a new federal rule imposing a strict flight requirement on Delta's route between Tokyo and Seattle. Delta (NYSE: DAL) on April 6 told the U.S. Department of Transportation that the DOT's just-imposed requirement on Delta's Tokyo to Seattle route is "draconian," "extreme," "impermissible," "arbitrary and capricious," and "plainly unlawful."


April 10, 2015 Savannah Morning News

Federal open house discusses seismic exploration off Atlantic coast, Savannah

Corey Dickson reports that an effort to mitigate public concerns about the use of seismic exploration off the Atlantic coast in the search for oil and gas, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management held a pair of open house sessions Thursday in Savannah. an effort to mitigate public concerns about the use of seismic exploration off the Atlantic coast in the search for oil and gas, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management held a pair of open house sessions Thursday in Savannah.


April 10, 2015 WABE

Grady High’s Journalism Program Wins Triple Crown Of Awards

Rose Scott and Denis O'Hayer report that young journalists at Grady High School have something to crow about. The journalism program at the Atlanta public school won a 2015 Columbia Scholastic Press Association's (CSPA) Gold Crown Award for its student newspaper The Southerner and its pop culture magazine Nexus.


April 10, 2015 Georgia Health News

Teen suicide gets new priority in Georgia

Andy Miller reports that he was a solid student, loved sports, and was active in a youth group. But Jason Flatt, who lived in suburban Nashville, used his father’s gun to commit suicide at age 16. Since his 1997 death, his father, Clark Flatt, has helped raise awareness of youth suicide, including among educators. He created the nonprofit Jason Foundation, which works to prevent teenage suicide. The General Assembly recently passed a bill that would make Georgia the 14th state to pass the Jason Flatt Act.


April 10, 2015 Georgia CEO

New Mountain Capital Buying Zep Inc. for $692M, Taking Private

Staff reports that Zep Inc., a leading consumable chemical packaged goods company that manufactures a wide variety of high-performance maintenance and cleaning chemicals, and New Mountain Capital, a leading growth-oriented private equity firm, today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which a fund managed by New Mountain Capital, L.L.C. will acquire all outstanding shares of Zep Inc. common stock for $20.05 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $692 million, including net debt.


April 10, 2015 UGA

Video game-like software increases academic performance in low-achieving students

Molly Berg reports that low-achieving students who were allowed to teach a virtual class performed better in their own courses, according to a new University of Georgia study. The students taught a virtual class through tutoring software, which increased the low-achieving college students' motivation and engagement in the classroom. Students in the study were more likely to feel enjoyment-and less anger and boredom-after teaching reading assignments to avatars through virtual tutoring software created by ChanMin Kim, an assistant professor in the UGA College of Education, and her former doctoral student, Seung Won Park.


April 10, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta's rent isn't as expensive for millennials as these cities

Adam Carlson reports that 


April 10, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

$46M proposed to remake Centennial Olympic Park

Amy Wenk and Maria Saporta report that Centennial Olympic Park nears its 20th birthday, an effort is underway to raise $46.5 million to enhance downtown’s premier gathering space, one of the most catalytic legacies from the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. The Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA), the state agency that oversees the park as part of its 220-acre campus, is exploring the feasibility of the capital campaign to fund major improvements to the 21-acre green space.


April 10, 2015 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

St. Francis, amid financial trouble, enters talks with Tennessee's Community Health Systems

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Tony Adams reports that St. Francis Hospital said Thursday it has begun “exclusive discussions” with a subsidiary of Franklin, Tenn-based Community Health Systems, with an agreement of some sort between the two expected in the “near future.” The development, announced late Thursday afternoon by Richard Bradley, chairman of the St. Francis Board of Trustees, could lead to a full or partial acquisition by Community Health Systems or an operating agreement. The Tennessee health-care system is a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange.

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April 10, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Tyrone Brooks’ farewell to the Legislature: ‘WE SHALL OVERCOME’

Greg Bluestein reports that State Rep. Tyrone Brooks’ 35 year career in the state Legislature came to an abrupt end Thursday just before he pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges. Our AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin has the backstory on the 30 charges of wire, tax and mail fraud related to his work with a pair of charities. Brooks had hinted that this session might be his last, but he made certain of it with the letter delivered Thursday to Deal’s office.




April 9, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta VA reduces wait times for patients

Wesley Brown and Sandy Hodson report that Dr. Ladi Kukoyi, the acting chief of staff at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center, admits scheduling data has not always been a “friend” to the Augusta hospital. That’s why he said it was “very encouraging” to see the turnaround achieved in wait-time statistics at the Augusta VA. A review of five months of wait-time data at 940 VA facilities by The Associated Press found Augusta’s veteran hospital has improved significantly since Congress gave the agency an additional $16.3 billion last August to hire more staff, extend clinic hours and expand scheduling programs to see more patients.


April 9, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Business Casual: Georgia places on my mind

Susan Percy writes, I was intrigued by a question posed by a friend. His question was simply, “What are your favorite places in Georgia?”  I’ve come up with 10, happily mixing large geographical areas like cities, with very small specific sites. It’s a fun exercise, and I invite you to come up with your own list. In the meantime, here is mine.


April 9, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Development at Glenridge Hall, Mercedes HQ outlined

J. Scott Trubey reports that h


April 9, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola partners with Dubai for consumer awareness campaign

Phil W. Hudson reports that the Coca-Cola Co. partnered with the Department of Economic Development in Dubai to place a consumer awareness logo on hundreds of thousands of Coca-Cola cans and delivery trucks. AGL Coca-Cola, a producer and distributer of Atlanta-based Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) products in the United Arab Emirates, placed the consumer awareness logo on its 355 millilitre cans to mark Consumer Rights Day.


April 9, 2015 Cherokee Tribune

Jones Building sold: Commissioners approve $1.77M deal on Canton landmark

Jessicah Peters reports that county-owned building in the heart of Canton is one step closer to having a new owner after the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners voted to approve the sale of the historic structure. The Jones Building, which has sat empty since 2008, grabbed the attention of film producer and Canton resident Sue Ann Taylor. She submitted an offer to purchase the building for $1.77 million, and commissioners expressed an eagerness to sell it Tuesday.


April 9, 2015 Brunswick News

Cumberland tourism improving

Gordon Jackson reports that after a long, cold and snowy winter, Fred Opalinski was basking in the warm sun Tuesday while waiting to board the ferry to Cumberland Island National Seashore. The Reading, Pa., native said he was looking forward to his first visit to Georgia’s barrier island. “We have had a brutal winter,” Opalinski said. “Even last week, they were forecasting snow.” Luckily, Opalinski’s reservations for the ferry ride were made online three weeks ago for what is the busiest time of year for tourism on Cumberland Island and for St. Marys businesses that depend on their business.


April 9, 2015 Gainesville Times

Mountain Fresh Creamery sees extensive growth in four years

Kristen Oliver reports that residents of Northeast Georgia want fresh, local dairy products. Scott Glover and his wife, Jennifer Glover, owners of Mountain Fresh Creamery in Clermont, can attest. “Folks know that our milk and our dairy products come from right here,” Scott Glover said. “…And our community wants that local product.” Glover is a fourth-generation dairy farmer. He and his wife started Glo-Crest Dairy in 2000, when they began building their herd. In July 2011, they started the creamery.


April 9, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

AT&T to pay $25M after data breach exposes 280,000 cellphone customers

Staff reports that AT&T Inc. will pay $25 million to settle a Federal Communications Commission investigation over three data breaches that exposed the personal information of about 280,000 customers. The violations happened at AT&T’s (NYSE: T) call centers in Mexico, Colombia, and the Philippines. The data breaches involved the unauthorized disclosure of customers’ names, full or partial Social Security numbers, and unauthorized access to protected account-related data, known as customer proprietary network information (CPNI).


April 9, 2015 WABE

Health Disparities Still A Focus For Former Surgeon General 

Staff reports that former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher is still focused on eliminating health disparities. Satcher, now the director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine, was the 16th surgeon general of the United States and the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Appointed by former President Bill Clinton and sworn in on Feb. 13, 1998, he served a four year term as U.S. surgeon general.


April 9, 2015 Saporta Report

Wonya Lucas to be new CEO of Public Broadcasting Atlanta   

Maria Saporta reports that Wonya Lucas will be the new president and CEO of Public Broadcasting Atlanta – the entity that oversees WABE-90.1 FM and -Channel-30. Lucas, an Atlanta native, will succeed Milton Clipper, who has been in that position since 1994. She was selected from a national search assisted by BoardWalk Consulting that ended up with 20 prospective candidates. Lucas has spent most of her career in the media and broadcasting industry, working for eight years at CNN and Turner Broadcasting System before going to the Weather Channel, where she served as executive vice president and general manager.


April 9, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

Nathan Deal hints support for legalizing fireworks sales in Georgia

Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy report that most of this legislative session’s most significant bills already have Gov. Nathan Deal’s stamp of approval. But the governor is hinting he may also support a proposal that has sparked years of debate under the Gold Dome. Georgia lawmakers gave final approval last month to a measure that would legalize the sale of consumer fireworks in Georgia. House Bill 110 would let Georgians buy bottle rockets, Roman candles and other launchers in Georgia.




April 8, 2015

Deal: March revenues up 9 percent         

Staff reports that Gov Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia’s net tax revenues for March totaled $1.43 billion, an increase of $118.5 million, or 9 percent, compared to March 2014. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $13.85 billion for an increase of $794.8 million, or 6.1 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year, when net tax revenues totaled $13.05 billion through nine months. Year-to-date gross tax collections, before refunds and distributions to local governments, totaled $19.2 billion, which was an increase of $1.08 billion, or 6 percent, compared to the year-to-date total of $18.12 billion in March 2014.


April 8, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

LatestTrends’ New Look

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that LatestTrends, Georgia Trend‘s blog, has a new look. We listened to you, our readers, and redesigned LatestTrends with you in mind. The improved format has more photos, easier navigation and a place for reader comments. The flexibility means we’ll be able to provide more news, polls and information on topics such as sustainability, conferences, politics and the economy. If you had the previous LatestTrends blog bookmarked on your computer, tablet or phone, please update to the new location:


April 8, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Board of advisors created for Peabody Awards program

Staff reports that the 


April 8, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Tybee Island ranks as No. 6 most expensive spring destination in U.S.

Phil W. Hudson reports that if you’re looking for a last-minute Spring Break destination, Tybee Island, Ga., may not be the place to go if you're on a tight budget. Tybee Island ranks as the No. 6 most expensive destination for travelers in the United States this spring, according to the latest survey from The survey compared all U.S. destinations based on their cost of lodging during the month of April 2015.


April 8, 2015 Savannah Morning News

International delegates visit Liberty County industries

Staff reports that Liberty County Development Authority recently welcomed two business delegations as part of a World Trade Center Savannah event that coincided with the Savannah Music Festival. Representatives included Canadian and United Kingdom consuls, who specialize in trade and business development, as well as a Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce.


April 8, 2015 Athens Banner Herald

UGA's TV Station Set to Change Hands

Lee Shearer reports that the University of Georgia's TV station will get new call letters and new family-friendly programming when it changes hands later this year, said the president of the Maryland company that agreed to buy WUGA-TV. The new call letters will be WGTA, for "Greenville to Atlanta," two cities within the TV station's broadcast range, said Patricia Lane, president of Marquee Broadcasting of Brookville, Md., and co-owner of Marquee with her husband Brian Lane.


April 8, 2015 Georgia Health News

A historic goodbye at Good News Clinics

Andy Miller reports that Hall County in northeast Georgia, traditionally known as the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains, has a high uninsured rate. One of every four Hall residents has no health insurance, slightly higher than the state average. But for many years now, a free health clinic has been giving thousands of these people primary care and medicines, as well as linking them to medical specialists when necessary. The Good News Clinics in Gainesville is the biggest free clinic in Georgia. Its executive director, Cheryl Christian, who guided its growth spurt, recently announced her retirement.


April 8, 2015 Georgia CEO

TechSquare Labs Announces 25K sq. ft. of Coworking, Startup, & Corporate Innovation Lab Space 

Staff reports that TechSquare Labs announced 25,000-square-feet of coworking space and corporate innovation labs at Technology Square in Midtown Atlanta near Georgia Tech. The group purchased the 15,000-square-foot building at 859 Spring Street that was formerly an Office Depot and the group leased 10,000-square-feet within the Square On Fifth apartment building at 848 Spring Street. Both spaces are currently pre-leasing and will be open this summer. “When you just have your laptop and a dream, you need a place to go,” said Paul Judge, cofounder of TechSquare Labs. “Too many people leave Atlanta or give up on their dream at the earliest stage because they do not have a place to go to be around other dreamers and doers. We started TechSquare Labs to fix that.”


April 8, 2015 UGA

UGA to host 2015 Georgia Water Resources Conference

Sandi Martin reports that the University of Georgia will host the 2015 Georgia Water Resources Conference, a biennial forum to discuss issues facing the state's water resources, on April 28-29 at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center. The conference was spurred by a 1984 statewide water forum led by Georgia State University and formed with funding from the Georgia Water Research Institute at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Held every other year since 1989, the open forum is a vital way for scientists, policymakers, students and other stakeholders to discuss the state's water resources, current water policies, research and water management.


April 8, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Energy regulators stand by schedule for ruling on Plant Vogtle overruns

Dave Williams reports that Georgia Power Co. has withdrawn its request that state energy regulators certify a higher price tag for the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion amid assurances it may be able to recoup those additional costs later. The Atlanta-based utility asked the Georgia Public Service Commission in February to certify Georgia Power’s share in the $14.5 billion project at $5 billion, not including financing costs. Georgia Power was expecting to invest $4.4 billion in the construction of two additional nuclear reactors at the plant south of Augusta before delays set back the completion schedule.


April 8, 2015 Saporta Report

U.S. needs national strategy for seaports, says GPA director   

David Pendered reports that when Curtis Foltz looks to the future, the head of the Georgia Ports Authority sees a day when ports around the nation won’t be able handle the demand for moving freight. “Generally speaking, our ports are falling way behind in terms of modernizing, capacity, velocity, and utilizing capital,” said Foltz, GPA’s executive director since 2010 and head of the nation’s fourth largest, and fastest growing, container port. Foltz’s concerns go far beyond the disruption caused by recent labor strife at West Coast ports.


April 8, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A feud is born in the Senate

Jim Galloway reports that feuds are important things at the state Capitol, so it is often necessary to note when and how they arise. In the aftermath of the 2015 session of the General Assembly, state Sen. Bill Heath, R-Bremen, has posted an usually harsh criticism of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. We have seen such things ricochet around the House – witness state Rep. David Stover, R-Newnan, and his Facebook entries. But in the Senate, such polemics have been rare. Until now. On an unofficial website, Heath titles his treatise “Chicago” – a slur usually reserved for Democrats. 




April 7, 2015 Rome News Tribune 

Southeastern Mills Inc. acquires The Original Louisiana Brand Hot Sauce

Staff reports that Rome-based Southeastern Mills Inc. announced Monday it has purchased The Original Louisiana Brand Hot Sauce from Bruce Foods Corp. The acquisition includes all of the brands and intellectual property related to the hot sauce business, as well as the company’s facilities in New Iberia, Louisiana. “Hot sauces and bold flavors are rapidly growing in popularity and the Original Louisiana hot sauce products have helped drive that growth,” said Linda Owens, president of Southeastern Mills.


April 7, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Georgia Logistics Summit

Ben Young reports, no April fooling, it was a good day at the Georgia Logistics Summit, Wednesday, April 1. The legislature had passed a transportation bill at midnight the night before, and Gov. Nathan Deal enthusiastically touted Georgia’s bright logistics future. Industry leaders expressed optimism as well. “It’s a big step forward,” Curtis Foltz, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority, said about the transportation bill’s passage. “It’s fantastic that it passed and speaks volumes that we’re serious about growth in the south,” added Charles Tarbutton, president of the Georgia Railroad Association.


April 7, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald 

Doctor's orders: Researchers at UGA analyze how physician advice influences weight loss

Kelsey Cochran reports that new research out of the University of Georgia shows just how much doctor’s orders matter in weight loss, with the revelation that patients who received personalized advice from their physician to lose weight proved more successful than those who weren’t advised to do so. Joshua Berning, an assistant professor of agricultural and applied economics in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, analyzed national data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and found that female patients told to lose weight dropped 10 pounds over a one-year period. Male patients lost 12 pounds during the same time frame.


April 7, 2015 WABE 

After Solar Power Bill Passes, Ga. Companies Prepare To Grow

Jonathan Shapiro reports that there's good news for those considering installing solar panels. The Georgia Legislature recently passed a bill that would make it easier for homeowners to secure financing and install solar panels with little to no upfront costs. Atlanta-based Hannah Solar has always focused on commercial and industrial-scale projects. Now CEO Pete Marte expects residential installations to become a bigger part of the business.


April 7, 2015 Newnan Times-Herald

Georgia settles in food stamp lawsuit

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that Georgia Department of Human Services has agreed to a settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed by Georgians who were incorrectly denied food stamps. The lawsuit was originally filed in March 2014, and it received class action status last week, on March 23. The suit was filed by attorneys with the National Center for Law and Economic Justice. Under the settlement, the state will pay retroactive benefits to Georgians who were incorrectly denied and later were approved, and will also pay one month’s worth of food stamp benefits to Georgians who were incorrectly denied and have not yet reapplied.


April 7, 2015 New York Times

Transgender Woman Cites Attacks and Abuse in Men’s Prison

Deborah Sontag reports that before she fell on hard times and got into trouble with the law, Ashley Diamond had a wardrobe of wigs named after her favorite divas. “Darling, hand me Aretha” or Mariah or Madonna, she would say to her younger sister when they glammed up to go out on the town. Ms. Diamond, 36, had lived openly and outspokenly as a transgender woman since adolescence, much of that time defying the norms in this conservative Southern city. But on the day she arrived at a Georgia prison intake center in 2012, the deliberate defeminizing of Ms. Diamond began. Ordered to strip alongside male inmates, she froze but ultimately removed her long hair and the Hannah Montana pajamas in which she had been taken into custody, she said.


April 7, 2015 Savannah Morning News, Morris News Service 

Resolution urges pipeline cooperation

Walter C. Jones reports that Georgia lawmakers, despite their rush to complete the 2015 legislative session on Thursday, passed a resolution urging the state’s utilities to share their right-of-way territory. Rep. Jon Burns, chairman of the House Game, Fish & Parks Committee, said he introduced House Resolution 885 with the proposed Palmetto Pipeline project in mind. It’s a planned $1 billion pipeline to link North Augusta, S.C., with Jacksonville designed to transport 167,000 barrels of refined petroleum daily. It would essentially parallel the Savannah River, cutting a path across Southeast Georgia.

April 7, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Delta plans Atlanta flights to Medellin, Cartagena

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that 


April 7, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Raytheon gives $5 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Staff reports that defense contractor Raytheon Co. pledged $5 million to Atlanta-based Boys & Girls Clubs of America to create technology centers and support for after-school science, technology, engineering and math programming to children of military families. Waltham, Mass.-based Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America will start Centers of Innovation at BGCA-affiliated youth centers on U.S. military installations.


April 7, 2015 Wall Street Journal

At the Weather Channel, Gloomy Skies Linger

Shaline Ramachandran and Suzanne Vranica report that the storm clouds are gathering over the Weather Channel. The TV network, known for its round-the-clock forecasts and tracking of big weather events like hurricanes and blizzards, is facing a major threat to its core business—the fees it collects from pay-TV providers that carry its channel.


April 7, 2015 Macon Telegraph 

Companies looking to expand eyeing Bibb County

Linda S. Morris reports that eleven new projects have been brought to the Macon Economic Development Commission since last month. The projects include some companies looking to build and others planning to expand existing buildings in Bibb County, said commission Senior Vice President Pat Topping during Monday’s Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority meeting. The potential projects are at the beginning stage when company representatives are looking at various locations to potentially expand or locate new buildings.


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April 7, 2015 Saporta Report 

Atlanta’s sustainability proposal revives debate over carrots, sticks 

David Pendered reports that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s cabinet may characterize it as a fairly “innocuous” proposal, but the administration’s effort to create Atlanta’s first mandatory sustainability program for commercial buildings has sparked a fairly lively debate. Reed’s administration has pushed back vigorously against some critics who said at a recent Atlanta City Council committee meeting that they were blindsided by the pace at which the proposal moved through the legislative process. The city’s sustainability director penned a response that details the proposal and was published March 27 in


April 7, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

State settles whistleblower complaint against top Nathan Deal ally

Greg Bluestein reports that the state of Georgia has settled another whistleblower complaint that involved damaging accusations about a top official. Georgia agreed to pay $480,000 to MaryTherese Grabowski, who filed a lawsuit in 2014 alleging that she was forced from her job as a spokeswoman at the Georgia National Guard after she said she refused to cover for then-Adjutant General Jim Butterworth’s “unethical and inappropriate conduct.”



April 6, 2015 Georgia CEO

Emory and WellStar Health System to Begin Design Work on New, Unified Health System

Staff reports that Executive Committee of the Emory University Board of Trustees and the WellStar Health System Board of Trustees have each approved a resolution to begin the design process for a new, unified health system.  The new health system would be formed by combining Emory Healthcare, an entity owned by Emory University, and WellStar Health System into a new system.  The goal is to provide world-class healthcare to patients through the integration of education, discovery, and healthcare delivery.


April 6, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

A helping hand

Mary Anne Dunkin reports that when Debra Light of Winder was diagnosed with lung cancer for the second time in October 2014, she knew she was in for a struggle – not only physically and emotionally, but also financially. Surgery to remove the tumor on her lung was $117,000, and the biopsy was more than $9,000. She does not know yet how much the cost of radiation and chemotherapy will be or how much of the costs her insurance will cover.


April 6, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Delta improves domestic partner health benefits

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that 


April 6, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

OneWater Marine buys American Boat Brokers

Phil W. Hudson reports that OneWater Marine Holdings LLC bought American Boat Brokers for an undisclosed sum. Atlanta-based OneWater Marine reported Larry Sosnow, former owner of Buford, Ga.-based American Boat Brokers will continue to operate American Boat Brokers as a division of OneWater Marine. “American Boat Brokers is the largest reseller of used and consignment boats in the state of Georgia which perfectly compliments Singleton Marine’s four Georgia new boat stores and the Used Boat Super Center already in our dealership portfolio,” Austin Singleton, CEO of OneWater Marine Holdings, said in a statement.


April 6, 2015 WABE

Ga. Bicycling Bill Passes Legislature, Moves On To Gov. Deal

Michelle Wirth reports, if you own a motorcycle or bicycle you could soon have a shorter wait at some stoplights. A bill passed by the state legislature yesterday allows riders to make their way through some intersections before a red light changes. Whether you’re on your Harley or your Schwinn you still have to come to a complete stop at an intersection. But if you think your bike isn’t triggering the stoplight … you can go through the light as long there are no other vehicles within 500 feet.


April 6, 2015 Macon Telegraph

Warm Springs provides visitors with unique history lesson

Philip Ramati reports that when Franklin Delano Roosevelt first came to Warm Springs in 1924, it was simply for the waters. No one could have predicted the transformative effect he would have on the town, nor how the town would impact Roosevelt’s national policies during the New Deal. But visitors to this small town of just over 400 people in the western part of Georgia easily become immersed in the Roosevelt legacy with a visit to the Little White House, the home FDR built there, which is now a museum.


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April 6, 2015 Gwinnett Daily Post

Local company bringing fresh take on pet food to Gwinnett

Katie Morris reports, local USDA Grade A chicken, carrots, broccoli butternut squash, green kale, coconut oil, milled flax seed. These ingredients sound like everything you need to prepare a healthy, gourmet meal. Except the wholesome feast isn't for you, its for your furry friend. These are some of the ingredients Allprovide uses to make its Chicken with Vegetables Enhances Formula dog food.  

April 6, 2015 Augusta Chronicle

Masters Week big money generator for Augusta area restaurants

Jenna Martin reports that for most in the local restaurant industry, Masters Week is hands down the biggest revenue generator of the year.  Any given night during the week beats out Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and other traditionally busy dining-out holidays at Chuck Baldwin’s French Market Grille in Surrey Center. “We’re open Monday through Saturday,” Baldwin said. “Our sales for that six-day period would be the same that we do for the entire month of September.”


April 6, 2015

Georgia Gwinnett College students encouraged to be global leaders

Phil Bolton reports, having just traveled for 22 hours from Nigeria where she had witnessed the country’s dramatic presidential election to Lawrenceville in Gwinnett County, it wasn’t surprising that she admitted being somewhat unsure of what time zone she was in. Robin R. Sanders, former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria and the Republic of the Congo, was standing in front of a conference hall full of Georgia Gwinnett College students. It was 11 a.m., April 2.  


April 6, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution   

New state budget will keep construction crews busy in Metro Atlanta    

James Salzer reports that n


April 6, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

QTS files plans for 360,000 square foot data center near downtown Atlanta

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that data center operator Quality Technology Services is plowing ahead with a major expansion near downtown Atlanta. The Overland Park, Kan.-based company (QTS) has filed plans with the city to build a 360,000 square foot data center at 1025 Jefferson St. Data centers, which can be as large as shopping malls, are stacked floor-to-ceiling with computer servers and other hardware that power websites, crunch data and store information. Demand for such facilities is being driven as the workforce becomes more mobile and corporate America shifts from desktop-based enterprise software to cloud-based applications.


April 6, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

The art, and limitations, of a transportation deal

Jim Galloway reports that the first rule of deal-making is to understand what you truly need out of the encounter. State Rep. Calvin Smyre was interested in the basics: The removal of a pair of 40-year-old handcuffs on MARTA that date back to the days of Lester Maddox, and state recognition of the legitimacy and need for transit in metro Atlanta.“Not just on the money side, but on the definition side,” Smyre said. That’s right. The Columbus Democrat wanted commuter rail included in the state’s legal definition of transportation.




April 3, 2015 Savannah Morning News

PortSide: 3PLs keep up with mercurial world of logistics

Mary Carr Mayle reports that while logistics has been around almost since the dawn of civilization, the term itself is slightly younger — the Oxford English Dictionary traces the earliest use of the word to an article published in 1898. Much younger still is the term “third party logistics,” most often abbreviated as 3PL. Defined as a company that works with shippers to manage logistics operations, the 3PL began to emerge in the 1980s. Today, 3PLs are essential to most shipping operations, encompassing elements of warehousing, transportation management software, freight rate negotiation, in-depth reporting, forecasting, freight bill auditing and much more.


April 3, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Neely Young: Quiet leadership, Long Shadow

Neely Young writes, the definition of leadership is the ability to take on the duties or act of leading; it is the art of directing and guiding; it is the ship that leads the way. This is the first in a series of columns on leaders in specific communities in Georgia. The state’s third largest city, Augusta, could be named the “Quiet Community.” Its leadership is collaborative and somewhat elusive, because no one person stands out in the crowd.


April 3, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia State facility projects on tracks

Doug Roberson reports that 


April 3, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Amazon’s Prime Now expands to Atlanta

Carla Caldwell reports that Inc. is expanding Prime Now to Atlanta beginning Thursday. The service offers Amazon’s Prime members one-hour delivery on tens of thousands of daily essentials through a mobile app, the company said. Prime Now is launching in select Atlanta zip codes and will expand quickly to more zip codes within the city, Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) said in a press release.


April 3, 2015 Athens Banner-Herald 

UGA will sell its TV station, WUGA-TV, to Maryland company

Lee Shearer reports that the University of Georgia is selling its television station to a Maryland company. Marquee Broadcasting will pay the university $2.5 million for WUGA-TV and plans to convert the station back to what it originally was, a commercial station. The sale frees the university from what had become a continuing money drain, and will expand viewing options for people in the station’s viewing area, says the buyer.


April 3, 2015 Valdosta Daily Times

VSU President to step down

Staff reports that Valdosta State University President William McKinney has resigned. McKinney confirmed his resignation Thursday afternoon. In a prepared statement the president said, “Today, I tendered my resignation as VSU’s president to Chancellor (Hank) Huckaby, and that resignation will be effective July 1, 2015. It is time for a new leader.”


April 3, 2015 Georgia Health News

Emory, Aetna create lastest ACO care model

Andy Miller reports that Emory Healthcare and Aetna are teaming up in a collaboration known as an “accountable care organization’’ (ACO), which aims to enhance patient care and reduce costs. ACOs are networks of hospitals and doctors — and sometimes insurers — that arose as a central feature of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Medical providers in ACOs typically are rewarded based on the quality of care they provide. Under a special Medicare program, the organizations get paid more for keeping their patients healthy and out of the hospital. Several ACOs have been formed in Georgia.


April 3, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Movie studio to anchor GM redevelopment

Maria Saporta and Ellie Hensley report that Metro Atlanta’s newest movie studio will be the first major project at the site of the former GM plant in Doraville — a development that now has a new name — “Assembly.” The Integral Group, which acquired the GM site last year, is partnering with Capstone South Properties to develop “Third Rail Studios” on a six-acre section of the 165-acre development.


April 3, 2015 Augusta Chronicle, Morris News Service

Georgia working to convince Volvo to build plant here

Walter C. Jones reports that Gov. Nathan Deal's legislative package showed part of his negotiating tactics to woo Volvo Cars to build its American plant in the Savannah area.  Company executives have said they will reveal the location in the next 30 days, following Monday’s formal announcement of the carmaker’s plans for its first American factory and confirming rumors that have circulated within the industry for weeks. 


April 3, 2015 Marietta Daily J0urnal

SESSION’S END: Analyst — Transportation, cannabis stand out as successes

Phillip Clements reports that the time the Georgia Legislature came to an end, many of the year’s biggest bills had already passed, such as a transportation funding bill and a bill legalizing cannabis oil for certain medical ailments. Thursday was Sine Die, the final day of the legislative session, and Kerwin Swint, chair of the department of political science and international affairs at Kennesaw State University, said he would consider it a successful session. I would say the transportation bill is probably the best single indicator of that, because that was a tough thing going in,” Swint said.



April 3, 2015 Atlanta Journal Constitution - Political Insider

Georgia leaders pull the plug on ‘religious liberty’ bill

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia’s bid for a “religious liberty” measure has been on life support for days, but leaders pulled the plug on the legislation with just a few hours left in the legislative session. Gov. Nathan Deal, who has repeatedly said he would support legislation that mirrored the 1993 law, signaled the debate has become too toxic. He said in an interview that supporters ensure that anti-discrimination language is in the measure next year if they want to earn his signature.





April 2, 2015 WABE 

Delta Pursues $1.5B Partnership With AeroMexico 

Jim Burress reports that Delta Air Lines is asking the U.S. government for antitrust immunity so it can pursue a partnership with AeroMexico. The Atlanta-based carrier says Mexico is its most popular international destination, which is one reason the airline cites for pursuing a new $1.5 billion joint venture with the Mexican carrier.


April 2, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Macon’s Tubman Museum

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, take a look at the new home of Macon’s Tubman Museum, the largest museum in the Southeast dedicated to educating people about the art, history and culture of African Americans. Named for Harriet Tubman, who led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom, the Tubman Musuem’s new home is scheduled to open in June.


April 2, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Southern Co. plans Energy Innovation Center at Georgia Tech’s Technology Square

Christopher Seward reports that Southern Co. will open an Energy Innovation Center at Georgia Tech’s Technology Square in Midtown to develop ideas for electricity use. Southern said it will seek partnerships with universities in the Southeast to develop and test ideas. Employees’ ideas will be among the first tested as part of a companywide competition. The parent of Georgia Power and other utilities in the Southeast will join a growing number of major corporations that are setting up shop at the Midtown technology hub.


April 2, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

SalesLoft raises $10M in venture capital, will add 50 jobs

Urvaksh Karkaria reports that Software startup SalesLoft has raised $10.15 million in a Series A round led by Emergence Capital, a Silicon Valley venture firm that was an early investor in The investment values Atlanta-based SalesLoft at about $40 million, according to multiple sources. SalesLoft enables sales reps to create targeted lists of prospects on the Internet. 


April 2, 2015 Cherokee Tribune

Cherokee unemployment drops to 4.9 percent

Michelle Babcock reports that  with seasonal summer jobs still on the horizon, local experts say Cherokee County’s economy is in good shape going into the second quarter of the year. Cherokee County’s unemployment rate fell slightly from 5 percent in January to 4.9 percent in February, and is down from 5.6 percent from February last year, seasonally unadjusted figures from the Department of Labor show.


April 2, 2015 Georgia Heath News

Settlement ends long fight over Phoebe merger

Andy Miller reports that the Federal Trade Commission and a South Georgia health system have reached a settlement in a four-year hospital antitrust case that drew national attention and was the subject of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Under the agreement, Phoebe Putney Health System will not have to jettison the former Palmyra Medical Center, which it acquired in 2011 for $195 million. Palmyra was Phoebe’s sole hospital competitor in the Albany market. It now operates as Phoebe North.


April 2, 2015 Athens Banner Herald 

Business survival will depend on diversity, Thurmond says

Lee Shearer reports that more diverse University of Georgia will serve the economic interests of its students, DeKalb County School Superintendent Michael Thurmond told a UGA audience Wednesday. The white race is a majority of the United States now, but demographers say that will change in less than 30 years. “We’re all going to be minority,” said Thurmond, in Athens Friday to deliver the 15th annual Mary Frances Early lecture, named for the first African American to graduate from UGA.


April 2, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Mobinteg chooses Atlanta for North American HQ

Phil W. Hudson reports that Lisbon, Portugal-based mobile integration and app platform company Mobinteg will put its U.S. and North American headquarters in Atlanta. The company said the Atlanta location will serve its client base in the U.S. in financial services, energy, and mobile applications. “Atlanta gives us a unique presence in the U.S.,” Fernando Pinto, founder and CEO of Mobinteg, said in a statement. “Atlanta is a transportation hub, offers a low cost of living in an international and metropolitan city and has a great business environment.”


April 2, 2015 Augusta Chronicle 

Augusta-based vodka brand spreading across state

Jenna Martin reports that when Yuri Kato set out to build her peach-flavored vodka brand, she had no idea it would take her to Augusta. Kato wanted to align her business with Georgia’s birthplace of peach culture. After four years of research into the history of Georgia peaches, she found herself in Augusta – once home to Fruit­land Nurseries, which was among the largest horticulture sites in the Southeast from 1858 to 1918. Through her research, Kato discovered that Belgian horticulturist and nursery owner Prosper Julius Alphon­so Berckmans, dubbed the “father of peach culture,” put Georgia peaches on the map in the late 1800s and served as a central agricultural figure across the South. The nursery grounds now serve as Au­gusta National Golf Club.


April 2, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

No matter what happens to SB 129, religious liberty fight will rage on

Jim Galloway writes, it is worth remembering that decades ago, before Jerry Falwell brought them into the GOP fold, Southern Baptists were a standoffish people. As a denomination, they kept themselves separate. Baptists eschewed not just politics, but most ecumenical alliances – because of the compromise that collaboration could require. They personified the unscriptural phrase, “I’d rather be right than president.” And while today Southern Baptists are major players in national Republican politics, at bottom they haven’t changed much.




April 1, 2015 Newnan Times-Herald

Plant Yates to shut down coal units by mid-April

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that Georgia Power Plant Yates will officially stop burning coal no later than April 15. Units 1-5 have already stopped being used for “normal operational dispatch,” said John O’Brien, senior communications specialist for Georgia Power. However, the units are still available to produce power – if needed – until April 15, the compliance date for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Rule. According to O’Brien, Georgia Power began work earlier this month preparing units 1-5 for permanent retirement.


April 1, 2015 Georgia Trend - Exclusive!

Heading in the right direction

Susan Percy reports that in little more than two years, Keith Parker has overseen a turnaround in the metro region’s 35-year-old transit system – and not a minute too soon. In recent years, MARTA was perennially referred to as “beleaguered” or “troubled,” as though such descriptions were part of its name. No more. MARTA is on the upswing, with stable finances, improving service and increased ridership – up 9.4 percent in 2014 over the previous year.


April 1, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Metro Atlanta home prices march higher

J. Scott Trubey reports that 


April 1, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle 

Southern Power to buy its first wind project

Staff reports that Southern Power will buy a 299-megawatt Kay Wind facility in Oklahoma from Apex Clean Energy for an undisclosed sum. The purchase is expected to close in late 2015, when the project is finished. The facility will be the Atlanta-based Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) unit’s largest renewable electric generating plant and first wind project.


April 1, 2015 Emory University 

Physicist's research of glassy materials nets NSF CAREER award

Carol Clark reports that Emory physics professor Justin Burton received a $625,000 award from the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. The five-year CAREER grants, among the NSF’s most prestigious awards, support scientists who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research integrated with excellence in education.


April 1, 2015 Georgia CEO 

AT&T Will Focus on Use Cases to Market Connected Cars, Smart Homes & Digital Lifestyle

Staff reports that AT&T Mobility has bet big on moving into new areas like connected cars, smart homes and the Internet of Things, banking on them to drive revenue growth for years to come. However, the company is still working on how best to market this connected lifestyle to consumers. The current goal, according to several AT&T executives who spoke to FierceWireless here at the company's headquarters, is to show specific use cases to consumers. That will let AT&T make high-concept terms like digital home automation more concrete and palatable for consumers.


April 1, 2015 Macon Telegraph 

Prospects dimming for MAGE Solar in Dublin

Maggie Lee reports that “Project Megan” was supposed to mean 350 new jobs for Laurens County -- in a factory worth $30 million -- by the end of this year. When Project Megan was inked in 2010, Laurens County and the city of Dublin dropped the code name and announced they had lured German manufacturer MAGE Solar to town. Then-Gov. Sonny Perdue said he expected the solar panel factory to be successful for years to come. The city, county and state rolled out tax breaks and other lures.


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April 1, 2015 GPB

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Increases Oversight Of Vogtle Plant

Staff reports that Nuclear Regulatory Commission is increasing its oversight of the Vogtle nuclear power plant in southeast Georgia after a violation related to the company's failure to use the proper shipping container for radioactive waste. The Vogtle plant is located about 26 miles southeast of Augusta. The NRC says employees at the plant loaded radioactive waste into a container approved and tested for waste with lower radiation levels, but not for the material that was actually loaded.


April 1, 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle

14 Georgia companies make Forbes’ first ‘America’s Best Employers’ list

Staff reports that Forbes named flooring manufacturer Shaw Industries Group Inc. the best employer in Georgia and one of the best in the nation in the inaugural “America’s Best Employers” list. The Dalton, Ga., company has 22,500 employees and recently added 70 new jobs in Georgia. Click for the Georgia companies that made the list of the 500 best employers with ranking.


April 1, 2015 Savannah Morning News 

Official hearing set for pipeline

Mary Landers reports that after sending Georgians to “open houses” that fell short of the legal requirement of a hearing, the Georgia Department of Transportation has scheduled a true public hearing regarding the proposed Palmetto Pipeline. The hearing will be April 21 in Richmond Hill. “At this time, only one hearing has been scheduled, and only one is required,” DOT spokeswoman Karlene Barron wrote in an email. 


April 1, 2015 WABE 

Lawmakers Strike Transportation Deal, Open Door For MARTA Expansion

Jonathan Shapiro reports that just before midnight Tuesday, Georgia lawmakers put the finishing touches on a major bill aimed at fixing the state’s crumbling network of roads and bridges.


April 1, 2015 Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Political Insider 

‘Volvo hunt’ could add more intrigue to ‘religious liberty’ debate

Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway report that timing is everything in politics. Last year, the effort to pass “religious liberty” legislation stalled when lawmakers in Georgia saw the wringer that Arizona was being put through on the same issue. Sunday’s disastrous interview of Indiana’s Mike Pence on ABC’s “This Week” – in which the governor was asked six times whether the new law allowed discrimination against gays and lesbians – has likewise sent a shiver up Capital spines.







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