Georgia Trend - January 2010

Economy: The Georgia Picture

How will Georgia fare in 2010? I forecast state GDP to increase by about 1.5 percent, a lot better than the 4 percent decline estimated for 2009 but below my overall prediction for the U.S. Georgia will continue to suffer…

Politics: A Contact Sport

Chicago newsman Finley Peter Dunne has been dead for more than 70 years, but the phrase he coined still gives us the best analysis of the upcoming election year in Georgia: Politics ain’t beanbag. No, politics is not for the…

Georgian Of The Year: Smooth Sailing

Doug J. Marchand is sitting at his desk in front of a huge window on the second floor of the Georgia Ports Authority building located some 18 miles up the Savannah River from the Atlantic Ocean. He is framed by…

Organizations: Butler Street YMCA

An Atlanta First: The Atlanta police force was one of the first city government departments to be integrated in the 1960s by then-Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. Back then, however, integration didn’t mean black and white officers serving side by side,…

GreenRoom: January 2010

Clean air is often taken for granted – you can’t see it until it’s gone. By then the federal government may be punishing you for fouling it, which is what happened in the late ’90s, when Atlanta’s failure to meet…

The Water Brigade

Despite the heavy autumn rains that ended a two-year drought, Georgia still has water troubles. A federal judge’s ruling that Atlanta has no claim on Lake Lanier water and the three-year timeline imposed for reaching an agreement with Alabama and…

Political Notes: January 2010

Is Johnny safe? Sen. Johnny Isakson so far does not appear to have a credible Democratic or Republican primary challenger for his reelection campaign in 2010, a fact that prompted the online publication CQ Politics to declare the U.S. Senate…

Reinventing Young Harris College

"I can talk until people fall over in a dead faint when I’m excited about something, and I’m really excited about what we’re doing here.” Cathy Cox isn’t kidding. These days, Georgia’s former secretary of state finds herself with much…

Neely Young: One Georgia To Prevail

Georgia is in crisis over the use of its waterways and dams, thanks to a ruling by federal Judge Paul Magnuson last summer. His ruling declared that Army Corps of Engineers dams were not built for water supply. Congress intended…