Georgia Trend - April 2021

2021 Economic Yearbook: Metro Atlanta

On the one hand, The Battery Atlanta was getting battered by COVID-19. With no baseball fans boosting the bottom line, the Cobb County mixed-use development saw revenue plunge 40% in the second quarter of 2020. But the restaurants dotting the…

2021 Economic Yearbook: Northwest

When life hands you lemons … make protective gear. That was the mantra of many business owners throughout Northwest Georgia last spring when COVID-19 threatened their livelihoods as well as the health and lives of those around them. “We had…

2021 Economic Yearbook: Northeast

In a year full of twists, the state’s Northeast counties held steady with the automotive, distribution and manufacturing sectors keeping employment up. More than 2,575 jobs were created through $2.03 billion in investments in the region, according to the Georgia…

2021 Economic Yearbook: Central

The heart of Georgia will play a major role in the recovery of the Peach State, which will exceed the national average in employment growth and inflation-adjusted Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2021, according to the Georgia Economic Outlook. The…

2021 Economic Yearbook: West Central

As the world slowly grinds back toward a new normal, rural areas with solid infrastructure like the West Central Georgia region are well positioned for the post-pandemic economy. With ample space and an inexpensive cost of living, the area is…

2021 Economic Yearbook: Southwest

Southwest Georgia is on the rise. Throughout this largely rural region, local economies are emerging from a pandemic pause and gearing up for expansion. Manufacturing and other sectors have been largely unscathed. Many continued to produce products and some found…

2021 Economic Yearbook: Southeast

Even in the shadow of a global pandemic, you can find some good economic news. In Southeast Georgia, most industry was deemed essential and avoided last year’s shutdowns, while the skyrocketing growth in e-commerce presented opportunities for the state’s ports…

Coping with COVID

COVID-19 hit like a lightning strike, darkening businesses and causing everyone from office workers to schoolchildren to shelter at home. While the infection risks soon became clear, the deeper ramifications – not just on health and livelihoods but on emotional…