Georgia Trend - January 2008

2008 Hall Of Fame: Lasting Influence

Places in Georgia Trend’s Most Influential Georgians Hall of Fame are reserved for individuals whose achievements and accomplishments ensure them a permanent place on any roster of prominent and powerful Georgians. The 2008 honorees are baseball legend Hank Aaron, former…

Elberton/Elbert County: Powered By Water

The rest of Georgia may be struggling through an epic, headline-making drought, but visionary planning and engineering some 25 years ago has produced an enviable oasis in one northeast Georgia community. Elberton, a town of 4,700, is awash in water…

GreenRoom: January 2008

• Georgia’s access to Lake Lanier for drinking water has been challenged by Alabama and Florida; nearly a quarter of the federal reservoir that has been permitted to Georgia is at stake. A 2003 decision ruled in favor of shifting…

High Tide At Sea Island

“I feel like I’ve been in the construction business these last six years,” says Bill Jones III of the near-finished, $500 million restoration and expansion of his Sea Island Resorts. “I’m looking forward to getting back to the hospitality business.”…

Political RoundUp: January 2008

It’s growing: Enrollment in Georgia’s public colleges increased by more than 10,000 students this academic year to an all-time high of 270,022. That’s a 3.9 percent increase over the enrollment for fall 2006. “Our new strategic plan indicates we should…

Time For A Strong Leader

Once criticized for being a “do-nothing governor,” Sonny Perdue has recently risen like a phoenix to become the leader he was meant to be. For this he has been chosen as “Georgian of the Year” by our magazine. In our…

Mike Garrett: Powering Up

Georgia Power Company, a subsidiary of the Southern Company, provides electrical power to some 2.25 million customers in 155 counties in the state. The firm, which earned $787 million in 2006, formally requested a $406 million rate increase from the…

We're Not The Enemy

On a family vacation to Florida when I was a kid, I struck up a conversation with a girl about my age from south Georgia. We got along pretty well until she called me a Yankee, which took me completely…

Teaming Up

Like an American flag planted into the lunar surface, the shiny slab of black granite seems oddly out of place amid the hardwoods and rolling hills in a pristine patch of Canton in Cherokee County. It bears the inscription “The…