Georgia Trend - March 2010

Politics: Still An Optimist

Not since the days of the WPA and the CCC has the landscape been this bleak for working people in Georgia. The state’s unemployment rate inched above 10 percent in June and has been hovering around that double-digit level ever…

2010 Power Women: Change Agents

Renee Lewis Glover Atlanta President and CEO Atlanta Housing Authority When Renee Glover came to the Atlanta Housing Authority in 1994, the city had a larger percentage of its citizens living in public housing than any other major American city.…

Barrow County: Fortunate Location

A few years ago the folks in Barrow County were seeing nothing but growth coming at them, as the next stop on Metro Atlanta’s fast-moving expansion. Homebuilders were working overtime and companies were following their employees in search of better…

Heavy Metal

Forget the iron bars. That bleak, defining image of jail – and the files, hacksaws and clanging metal cups that go with it – no longer holds in sleek, modern cell design. “We had one client request the bars awhile…

Macon/Bibb County: Protecting Investments

Standing in front of a jury delivering a summation is routine business for Lonzy Edwards, an experienced Macon trial lawyer, but when he rose to speak to an apprehensive crowd of 300 South Bibb County residents last April, he found…

Matters Of The Heart

It got to where Paul Smith couldn’t feed his dogs without losing his breath or feeling chest pains. Couldn’t hunt, couldn’t even take a bath. The exertion was killing him. “I was living, but just living, wasn’t much functioning to…

Hart County: Center Of Opportunity

Just south of Hartwell is a monument to the Center of the World. The designation by the Cherokee Indian Tribe was prophetic, as Hart County’s particular geography makes it a midpoint between Atlanta and Greenville, SC, and easily accessible to…

Emphasis On The Practical

In two decades as a Savannah resident, Linda Bleicken never saw Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU) in her future. As a professor and provost at the much larger Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, she was happy where she was and…