Leading the Way

Women are leading Georgia businesses in record numbers, from ascending to the C-suite to building their own companies to taking the torch from previous generations of family-owned companies. According to the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), an estimated 42% of…

Features

Economic First Responders

Hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires – it’s not uncommon for businesses to have contingency plans in place for disasters like these. But a pandemic? Turns out, banks were prepared for that, too. “Contingency plans are required by the regulators. They’re updated annually,…

Trees of Life

Next time you open a cereal box or retrieve a cardboard package from your front porch or pass a building under construction or check your cell phone or even take a breath, pause and consider that trees made it possible.…

Relay Race for Justice

Nathaniel Smith never planned for the Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) to become an organization, much less one funded by some of the big-name entities in philanthropy (like the Kresge and MacArthur foundations). But after working at the Atlanta Neighborhood…

2021 TravelBlazers

Georgia is home to a seemingly endless list of top tourism attractions, from well-known destinations like the Georgia Aquarium and College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta to Savannah’s River Street, the Okefenokee Swamp in South Georgia and Anna Ruby…

Our State

Thomson | McDuffie County: Community of Contrasts

Cows and robots. Agriculture and technology. The rural past and the technologic future. Contrasts keep coming up in McDuffie County, a farming-heavy community to the west of Augusta/Richmond County. Its roots are decidedly rural, but its residents are looking ahead…

Upfront

Organizations: Hispanic Alliance Georgia

An estimated 41.3% of Gainesville’s population is Hispanic. Hall County’s Latinos, mostly Mexican with growing numbers of Salvadoran and Nicaraguan immigrants, are the largest minority living below the poverty line, in neighborhoods where 50% – or more – are in…

Political Notes: Ups, Downs and In-betweens

New Laws: Almost lost in the response and reaction to Georgia’s controversial new voting bill were some wide-ranging bipartisan measures passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Brian Kemp that take effect July 1. HB 146 provides three…

Economic Development Around the State

Braselton Auto Parts: Korean auto parts maker Duckyang is investing $10 million to open its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Jackson County. The 230,000-square-foot facility will create 285 jobs in Braselton. Cartersville Cryogenics: IC Biomedical, which makes cryogenic freezers to…

Opinion

From the Publisher: Children in Need

I’ve seen a lot of headlines about the spike in pets finding forever homes during the pandemic. Unfortunately the same can’t be said about children and youth. The pandemic has created additional challenges for already-overburdened child protective services and aggravated…

State of Mind: A Shot in the Arm

The trajectory of the COVID-19 vaccines from need to done deal was a near-miraculous achievement. In less than a year, the global scientific community developed and tested the vaccines, and business and governmental entities effected their production and distribution –…

Economy: Atlanta Rising

As we come out of the pandemic, Metro Atlanta’s economy is poised for a jobs-filled recovery. From peak to trough, Metro Atlanta lost 13.6% of its jobs to the COVID-19 recession. But unlike the jobless recoveries that followed the last…

Downtime

Peach Plate: Gone Fishing

On a corner of Memorial Dr. in Atlanta is an obscure sign that simply says “GD.” From the street, you can see a bustling patio with casual tables and live pop and jazz music (on the weekend). An indoor-outdoor bar…

Catching Up With … Michael T. Dunham

The Associated General Contractors of Georgia is a trade association representing commercial construction. The industry is a mainstay of the economy, responsible for nearly 200,000 jobs in 2020. Here are highlights from an interview with the CEO. Q: What’s the…

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