Georgia Trend - June 2008

Nothing To Be Done

There always has been a zany, schizoid – dare we say, nutty? – quality about the Georgia General Assembly. Our duly elected lawmakers have a habit of making speeches and casting votes that seem to contradict what they were doing…

Hero's Quest

Put yourself in Garrett Gravesen’s polished, square-toed loafers: You’re 28, a handsome, rail-thin 6’, and in only five years have far exceeded the University of Georgia’s great expectations for its youngest-ever student body president and one of its business school’s…

Recycling Revolution

Every time she arrives at the grocery store checkout counter Judy Gordon is given the same choice we all get: paper or plastic. And she always chooses neither. “If I had to choose, I guess I’d go with paper because…

Reviving Jekyll

When the Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) announced last year that it had formed a partnership with Linger Longer Commun-ities, a Georgia resort developer, to revitalize the island’s aging infrastructure and tourist attractions, a cacophony of protests arose. From public meetings…

All Real Estate Is Local

Despite some tough times, brought on by the subprime mortgage crisis, residential real estate is strong in Columbus, on the coast and in Atlanta’s high-end market – and looking better in north Georgia. Georgia Trend invited six industry representatives to…

Liquid Gold

The path to enlightenment for Freddy Bensch and Kevin McNerney began with 10 cases of liquid gold. The two were students at the University of Colorado at the time, studying environmental conservation and accounting, and working part time at a…

Columbus: Seismic Shift

From its vantage point on the Alabama border, Columbus sits on what some say is about to become one of the hottest spots in the state. It’s been a long time coming, but a flood of jobs, residents, and assorted…

Douglas County: Continued Success

Twenty minutes to downtown Atlanta, 15 minutes to the airport, second lowest property taxes in the metro area. The question isn’t why is Douglas County booming, the question is, why hasn’t it been booming for decades? No one seems to…