Georgia Trend - June 2009

GreenRoom: June 2009

Georgia’s knight in shining armor this spring proved to be none other than the Atlanta Regional Commission, which saved thousands of commuters one day a week of driving by giving MARTA $25 million to continue full-week operations. The legislature not…

Political RoundUp: June 2009

No dealings with Darfur: Even though the General Assembly was a failure when it came to adopting a transportation tax method, lawmakers were on the ball when it came to foreign policy. They passed, and Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into…

DeKalb County: Dawn Of A New Day

It was time for a change in sprawling DeKalb County – and the man who’s now at its helm, newly elected county CEO Burrell Ellis, is under no illusions that restructuring county government, closing a $60 million budget gap and…

Unreliable Lawmakers

“Our Georgia state legislature is an embarrassment, completely unreliable.” This was a comment I made during the annual LINK trip last month to Minneapolis-St. Paul. Every spring for the last 14 years, Metro Atlanta area community leaders have visited other…

Columbus: A New Economy

There’s a swarm of activity in west central Georgia. The hum of automated manufacturing lines, heavy machinery and futuristic processing systems is heating up the climate, in anticipation of some 30,000 newcomers converging on two gigantic developments: the opening of…

A World Gone Mad?

Sign of the times, perhaps, but everybody seems to be mad about something – the economy, the stock market, the unemployment rate, the auto industry. Or mad at somebody – Bernie Madoff and the greedy AIG bonus-snatchers, most recently. Once…

Legislator And Road Warrior

One of the hottest seats in the Georgia House of Representatives during this year’s session belonged to Rep. Vance Smith, Republican from the 129th District. No surprise, considering that Smith chaired the House Transportation Committee, and transportation funding and governance…