Author: Anna Bentley

Four for the Future

From apprenticeships and downtown revitalization to leadership and student development, the University of Georgia’s (UGA) Public Service and Outreach (PSO) division has helped with projects in communities around the state that bring solutions to pressing problems, especially where local expertise…

100 Most Influential Georgians: Visionary Forces

“There are no secrets to success,” said former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. “It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” His description could apply to the individuals included in Georgia Trend’s 22nd annual listing…

Banking on Breakthroughs

Labor Day weekend was a bit of a blur for Dr. Jorge Cortes. As the rest of the country celebrated the end of summer, he and his family trekked more than 900 miles for a new beginning, driving 14 hours…

Help Wanted

At a business summit in LaGrange earlier this year, Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler posed a question to the roughly 100 leaders in attendance: How many of you are currently hiring? About 90 percent of the group raised their hands,…

Strong Competition

In the mid-’90s, John McNair and his wife, Lisa, found themselves in a tough spot. They had just bought a business and had relocated from Delaware to Pennsylvania for the opportunity. Between their new business, their new house and their…

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…