Q&A: Harold Melton Chief Justice, Georgia Supreme Court

Harold Melton had a singular but rock-solid preparation for his role as Georgia’s top jurist, with 11 years in the state attorney general’s office; a stint as former-Gov. Sonny Perdue’s executive counsel, including work on the team attempting to negotiate…

Features

The Global Trade Puzzle

Record-breaking. That is how the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) described the state of global trade in Georgia one year ago, when the most recent numbers had just come in. The value of Georgia exports exceeded $37.2 billion in…

Creative Collaboration

Over the past 12 months, North Fulton County’s community improvement districts (CIDs) have accomplished some amazing things. They’ve revamped MARTA stations, turning cold concrete into vibrant, colorful spaces. They’ve overhauled major thoroughfares, making them safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. And…

Next-generation Makers

Engineering education in Georgia has existed since before the Civil War, and over the years our universities have developed specialized programs to meet the evolving needs of industries. Today, four of the state’s public engineering schools – Georgia Tech, Kennesaw…

Our State

Valdosta | Lowndes County: Well-rounded Region

Maintaining strong relationships with existing industry and taking calculated proactive steps to attract new business is the formula for success in Lowndes County, which straddles I-75 just north of the Florida line. Expansions and newcomers are both on the list…

Macon | Bibb County: Big Momentum

Macon and Bibb County are commanding year-round attention these days, branching out from the cherry trees that bloom every spring and draw thousands of visitors. The city, which is Georgia’s fourth largest and located about 85 miles south of Atlanta,…

Upfront

Sustainable Georgia Roundup

River Land Saved: The Ocmulgee Land Trust, a Macon nonprofit, last year preserved nearly 1,000 acres along the Ocmulgee River – the most since the group was formed in 2004. Musician Chuck Leavell, a keyboard player for The Rolling Stones…

Organizations: Dress for Success Atlanta

So much depends on a good first, and second, impression. Dress for Success Atlanta has been helping women make a good impression and advance their career goals since 1997. “Our mission is to help unemployed and underemployed women to achieve…

Political Notes: The Up's, Down's, and In-between's

Two for Isakson: Georgia’s senior U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson remains the only senator to chair two committees; he was re-elected by his colleagues to the chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Senate Select Committee on Ethics…

Trendsetters: brrr°

At Atlanta-based brrr°, cool has become really hot. That’s because the textile technology company has figured out how to create yarn and fabric that can reduce skin temperature by two to three degrees, and national brands are jumping at the…

Economic Development Around the State

Job Growth: Georgia’s economy will add 334,000 jobs over the next five years according to CareerBuilder.com, many of them in film (the fastest growth of new higher-paying jobs in the region), information technology and healthcare. And according to WalletHub, Atlanta…

Opinion

From The Publisher: Taking on Healthcare Reform

I hope new momentum to support rural Georgia will bring true change in our approach to finally tackling our healthcare problems. Healthcare reform is a confusing issue, but the reality is that access to care is a huge problem in…

Business Casual: Don’t Mess This Up

Right at the top of the list of good things Georgia has going for it is a booming film and entertainment industry – worth about $9.5 billion a year. The industry produces good jobs, it attracts tourists and it brings…

Economy: Brunswick Benefits

In Brunswick, the leisure and hospitality industry, the Port of Brunswick, the housing recovery and the in-migration of more new full- and part-time residents will power economic expansion in 2019. Employment will rise by 1.2 percent, or 500 jobs, well…

At Issue: Affording College

One of the keys to Georgia’s future will be how successful we are in assuring broad access to high-quality college education. We are one of many states facing a mounting challenge of controlling costs at public institutions while maintaining, actually…

Downtime

Georgia Fare: Tiny Lou’s Dancing Queen

The menu states “Above Where the Ladies Dance,” below the rendering of the restaurant’s curvaceous and exotically clad namesake. According to the legend, Tiny Lou (who performed at the Clermont Hotel in the 1950s) had once “refused to dance with…

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