Business Industry

Bridging the Housing Gap

Consider two amounts: $994 and $19.11. The first is the fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Georgia. The second is the hourly wage a household would need to earn to afford that rent and utilities without exceeding 30% of…

A World of Opportunities

The past few years have been tough on many in the Georgia trade community. Georgia’s agricultural exporters were hit with back-to-back hurricanes in 2017 and 2018, and federal trade policy and messaging from the previous administration was often confusing. Then…

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,…

Ramping Up the Tech

Just over a year ago colleges and universities around the state were forced to quickly adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to a brief shutdown and altered – perhaps forever – the delivery of instruction. The 22 colleges in…

Four for the Future

Creating a branding campaign for Washington County with the buy-in of its eight communities. Helping aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs in downtown Macon craft business plans and secure loans. Seeding a farm-to-school program in Barrow County. Resolving a flooding problem in…

2021 Industry Outlook

While the COVID-19 pandemic seriously damaged Georgia’s economy last year, the state fared better than the nation, and many forces are at work that will sustain economic recovery throughout 2021. In fact, the forecast calls for Georgia’s inflation-adjusted gross domestic…