Georgia Trend - February 2008

The Economy’s “R” Word

The “R” word, recession, has been used to characterize the U.S. economy for 2008. Yet for Georgia, two economic forecasters, Robert Sumichrast and Albert Niemi, predict sub-par growth rather than an outright recession. Before we get to their observations, I…

Georgia's Power Women

A few years before she became governor of Texas, Ann Richards gave the keynote address at the 1988 Democratic National Convention in Atlanta. She began by wryly noting the historic scarcity of women at the podium. “But if you give…

Courtesy, Civility, Payback

On my way to an afternoon meeting one hot and hazy day last summer, I was feeling pretty good – virtuous even. Traffic had been light on I-85 and the downtown connector, and I had just a few blocks left…

Dublin/Laurens County: A New Image

Bonita Williams has spent the last half of her 65 years painfully watching Dublin’s Southside neighborhood, where she grew up, slowly lose the businesses, shops and homes so prominent in her memories of childhood. “When I was growing up in…

Up In The Air - 2008

Last year, Delta’s successful emergence from bankruptcy eliminated one of the headwinds restraining Georgia economic growth, but in 2008 high fuel costs and a possible merger cloud the outlook for Atlanta’s largest employer. Meanwhile, other airlines, especially AirTran, will continue…

Franklin County: Fishing For Business

When banker Bruce Knighton looks south from Lavonia, he sees change coming up Interstate 85. In counties to the south, subdivisions and big box stores are spreading, changing what was once rural and isolated into something entirely new and different.…

Where The Art Is

A small – but high quality – gallery in Highlands, NC, found an unlikely arts patron in longtime Atlanta attorney and businessman Bob Fisher. After 25 years practicing law (five years at King & Spalding and another 20 years in…

Doing It Old-School

If you’ve been going to the Georgia coast for a long time, you’re probably a little awed by the changes there in the last few years. Once characterized by fried seafood palaces, ’50s motels and small beach bungalows, even stuck-in-a-time-warp…