Q&A with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger

Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a former state representative and business owner from Johns Creek, faced a daunting task soon after he took office in January of 2019: Implementing a new statewide voting system mandated by the General Assembly…

Features

Basketball Business

College basketball players and coaches have one goal – playing in the NCAA tournament that culminates in the Final Four championship tournament. This year, that long and winding road leads to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, where the Men’s Final Four…

Rural Renaissance

The needs and projected growth of Georgia’s rural communities are quite different from their urban counterparts. While large and small metro areas are currently adding residents, rural parts of the state are seeing populations level off or decline. The Georgia…

CyberKnife® M6 —Reimagining Cancer Treatment

Imagine battling cancer not once, but twice. It’s a daunting prospect for anyone, but that was the situation facing Fernandina Beach, Florida resident, Phil Whitaker. In 2016, Whitaker was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He sought treatment from board-certified radiation oncologist…

2020 Georgia Trustees

One of the things that sets Georgia apart from other states, so the anecdotal evidence says, is the dedication of business leaders to making the state more than a great place to do business, but also a great place for…

Shifting Sands

We are proud to present the Georgia Trend 2020 Legislative Guide, our indispensable guide to lawmakers convening in Atlanta to hash out the state’s laws and finances. This will be Georgia’s 156th session of the General Assembly, which is one…

Our State

Macon/Bibb County: Middle Georgia’s Gem

What’s the best thing about Macon? That can be a difficult question to answer in a city with so much to offer. There’s 17,000 years of history to explore at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park, the musical legacy of the…

Douglasville/Douglas County: Welcoming Disrupter

Douglas County, just west of Atlanta, has been busy establishing itself as an outlier, one that is thinking ahead and coloring outside the lines. Over the past 10 years, they’ve welcomed companies like McMaster-Carr, Gordon Food Service and Google to…

Waycross/Ware County: Investing for the Future

In Waycross and Ware County, its not just “location, location, location.” It’s also “logistics, logistics, logistics.” “Our No. 1 strength is that we are a logistical hub for our region. We have access to rail, to our airport, easy routes…

Upfront

Organizations: Community Helping Place

Around 30 years ago, a group of Lumpkin County churches banded together to form a food pantry. Since then, their efforts have grown into a sprawling Dahlonega nonprofit called Community Helping Place (CHP), which lives up to its name by…

Sustainable Georgia Roundup

Greener Blue Birds: School bus manufacturer Blue Bird Corp., based in Fort Valley, has more than 100 electric buses on order from school districts throughout the nation. The company’s electric buses have already hit the pavement in California, North Dakota…

Political Notes

New Transportation Planner: Jannine Miller is Gov. Brian Kemp’s choice for the position of state planning director at the Georgia Department of Transportation. Miller most recently was a senior advisor to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao; before that,…

Trendsetters: Sleep Pod Startup

"Necessity is the mother of invention,” as the saying goes. A perfect example of the proverb is the mother-daughter team who invented a product that helps babies, toddlers and their parents sleep better when traveling. SlumberPod, the brainchild of Lou…

Economic Development Around the State

Record Setting: Georgia set a record in 2019, when more than 165,000 new businesses were formed – the first time new business formation surpassed 150,000 in a calendar year. The state was also recently ranked No. 1 for workforce development…

Opinion

From the Publisher: Broadband Needs

As the 2020 legislative session wraps up, many are anxious to see how Georgia’s broadband funding for rural areas turns out. There is hope for action. But that hope is in the face of declining budget revenues partially due to…

Business Casual: Leveling the Field

The promise of free public education is one of the best things we have going – K-12 schooling for every child, complete with good teachers, well-maintained facilities, meaningful curriculum and all the support needed so students can take full advantage…

Economy: Atlanta Ascending

This year, Atlanta can expect continued economic expansion, underpinned by business development, an educated workforce, innovation, above-average population growth and the housing recovery. The pace of job growth, however, will slow sharply, reflecting external factors such as the trade war,…

At Issue: What Lies Ahead?

The Georgia Republican Party’s majority in the state legislature is very much tied to its ability to hold onto a critical mass of suburban Atlanta votes in this November’s election. By that, I mean holding onto enough seats in the…

Downtime

Georgia Fare: Spring Takes Flight

The best part of spring: Feeling young, whether you actually are or not. But time does go by more quickly as you pile on the years. And especially in the restaurant world, a few years is a long time. Take…

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