Georgia Trend - January 2009

Georgian Of The Year: Saxby Chambliss

It was a long, punishing campaign that generated far more heat than light. Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss and his Democratic challenger Jim Martin slugged and slogged their way through an extended battle characterized by negative ads, celebrity appearances and money…

Hall Of Fame: Lasting Influence

Spurgeon Richardson Former President/CEO Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau Atlanta Age: 67 For more than 17 years Spurgeon Richardson led the ACVB, and the hospitality and tourism industry soared. Millions of business travelers and tourists flocked to Atlanta, landing at…

Where The Jobs Are 2009

Difficult but not impossible is the way Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond describes the outlook for Georgians seeking work in 2009, even though the current downturn is expected to continue for many months. The numbers are sobering. The state shed some…

Staff Of Life

It’s midmorning and Flowers Foods CEO George Deese is near the end of a 30-minute meeting when he’s gently reminded by one of his executives that he has a plane to catch. Rising from his chair, Deese announces he is…

Greenroom: January 2009

Cobb County voted to spend $40 million on new parklands in the November election. The county has proven a good land steward, investing $37 million in about 400 acres over the last year, and voters approved the new bond two-to-one.…

Green Harvest

There’s an energy harvest in Georgia as utility companies look to the state’s abundant forests for a clean fuel stock to satisfy a growing appetite for electricity and lessen reliance on coal-fired plants that spew harmful greenhouse gases, such as…

Political RoundUp: January 2009

Making changes: For the first time in six years, a new president pro tem will lead the state Senate when the General Assembly convenes a new session this month. Sen. Eric Johnson (R-Savannah) stepped down after six years in the…

Giving Back

Sure it’s a tough time, but Bill Young, Jr., chairman of the University of Georgia Foundation, is optimistic. “We’re looking at things over the long haul,” he says. The foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, was created by alumni in 1937…

Neely Young: Cicero's Lament

“The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again…