Cultivating New Crops

When people think about Georgia agriculture, peaches, peanuts and pecans come to mind. While the state is a leading producer of these staples, new crops and technologies have emerged in the past 10 years that could help Georgia farmers diversify…

Features

Optimism Among the Challenges: Q&A with Richard Woods

The traditional school year ended abruptly in March for Georgia’s 1.7 million public school students, as the COVID-19 crisis prompted a move to distance learning – a challenge in a state that has 212 school systems covering urban, rural and…

Fundamentally Strong

By most measures, 2020 was shaping up to be a banner year for international trade in Georgia. The state was coming off another record-breaking year in trade and exports, celebrating an all-time high of $41.2 billion in exports and $143.3…

New Silver Linings Playbook

A newsletter written by the Georgia Bankers Association (GBA) in January 2020 offered its members a rosy update. More than 200 banks were doing business in the state (160 of them Georgia-based). Ninety-six percent of the banks were profitable with…

Helping to Provide Reliable Power During Uncertain Times

As communities across Georgia are faced with many uncertainties during the COVID-19 pandemic, an organization that maintains the state’s electric grid is working to ensure power remains reliable and affordable during this time. A not-for-profit cooperative owned by 38 Electric…

Our State

Sandersville|Washington County: A Lot to Offer

For more than 50 years, the city of Sandersville and Washington County have been associated with one mineral – kaolin, a white aluminosilicate clay that is mined by various companies along the well-named Kaolin Road and processed for an amazingly…

Thomasville|Thomas County: A Rising Tide

Following a record year of $190 million in new investment and nearly 800 new manufacturing jobs, economic development prospects in Thomas County waned this spring, understandably. But county leaders are optimistic things are on the upswing as some of the…

Upfront

Organizations: Project SHARE

What seems like small change can make a big difference. For every dollar that customers of Georgia Power donate through their monthly utility bill, the power company will contribute $1.50 to Project SHARE, an emergency fund for individuals and families…

Sustainable Georgia Roundup

Happy Trails: Twelve construction and rehabilitation projects on trails around the state are receiving grants from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Recreational Trails Program (RTP). Nearly $2.5 million in RTP funding will support improved outdoor access for nonmotorized and…

Political Notes: The Ups, Downs and In-betweens

Dealing Justice: A task force led by former Gov. Nathan Deal is recommending a broad range of changes to the federal criminal justice system. These include independent oversight for federal prisons, elimination of mandatory minimum sentences and provisions for inmates…

Trendsetters: Protecting Deliveries

Before the coronavirus upended normal life, residential package theft was at an all-time high. An estimated 1.7 million packages were going missing each day. That’s a daily loss of $25 million. And with more people receiving home deliveries during the…

Economic Development Around the State

Bainbridge Manufacturing: A-1 Roof Trusses is investing $17 million into a new manufacturing facility in Decatur County, creating 130 jobs. The 150,000-square-foot building is the company’s first outside of its Florida headquarters. Athens Biotech: Biotechnology company RWDC Industries, which was…

Opinion

From the Publisher: Addressing Hunger

Georgia is an agriculture state, and even as we focus on new crops and technologies in this month’s issue, it’s hard to look away from the big picture. The agriculture industry is being affected as much or more than other…

Business Casual: Protests and Protesters

The distance from my living room couch to Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park is just under seven miles, but it felt both nearer and farther away as I sat there watching TV coverage of the first night of the local protests…

Economy: Automation Acceleration

As we look ahead to life and work after a pandemic, one legacy of COVID-19 will surely be the accelerated adoption of automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies that facilitate remote work and social distancing. In addition to making…

At Issue: Valuable Education

For almost 50 years, the Georgia state legislature has required public colleges and universities to educate their students in American and Georgia government, and in American and Georgia history. This requirement has been met through two general education (core) courses,…

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