Georgia Trend - December 2007

The Global Minimum

In a previous column I mentioned the wild idea that a worldwide minimum wage would be the most logical way to truly create a “flat world” economically. The area of West Georgia and East Alabama provides a dramatic example of…

2007 Georgia's Legal Elite

Lawyers' Lawyers For the fifth year, we present Georgia Trend’s roster of the state’s Legal Elite – attorneys selected by their peers as the most effective in 10 different practice areas. To compile the list, Georgia Trend mailed ballots to…

Road Stories

At 74, Wayne Shackelford just won’t slow down. Immediately following his retirement from Geor-gia’s Department of Transportation (DOT), where he served as commissioner from November 1991 until May 2000, Shackelford became senior vice president for business development at Gresham, Smith…

Southwest Georgia: Creative Economics

An expanded self-image can be a marvelous economic fertilizer. Throughout Southwest Georgia, cities and counties are striving for a “creative economy.” While not abandoning traditional models – that is, courting relocation-prospect companies with tax breaks and land deals – some…

Waycross/Ware County: Phoenix Rising

The citizens of Ware County certainly don’t need a poet to remind them April is the cruelest month. This past April, locals saw the eruption of wildfires that quickly spread through drought-dried timberland, threatening 1,800 buildings. The fires destroyed and…

Championing Private Enterprise

At age 77 and still recovering from a near fatal accident, Michael Howard Mescon remains a highly sought-after speaker. But you cannot get him for money alone. He will not speak anywhere unless he is in close proximity to a…

Absolutely Fabulous

Has the resurrection begun? A few short years ago, it might have been noted as a sign of the impending apocalypse: Reversing the long march of the last few decades, a successful, acclaimed restaurant moves from a popular, well-trafficked mall…