Georgia Trend - September 2008

A Failure Of Leadership

If your only source of information about Georgia’s public schools was the news releases distributed by the office of state school Supt. Kathy Cox, you’d think that our kids are surely being educated in the best of all possible worlds.…

GreenRoom: September 2008

• Georgia’s Board of Natural Resources plans to buy 1,564 acres linking two state-owned natural areas, Zahnd Natural Area and Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wild-life Management Area, near Look-out Mountain in Walker County. The state’s Land Conservation Pro-gram helped pay the $8.3…

The Sky Is Not The Limit

For 10 years, Ben DeCosta has been general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest. The city of Atlanta-owned airport is home to Delta Air Lines, on track to become the world’s largest carrier when its merger with…

Political RoundUp: September 2008

Golden opportunity: You can add the name of state Sen. Tim Golden (D-Valdosta) to the list of possible Democratic candidates for governor. Golden got the word out that he’s giving serious consideration to the race, although he might not announce…

Homegrown: Georgia’s Winning Wines

In the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead’s elegant, empty Dining Room, staffer Michael Lueptow is in his shirt sleeves, methodically opening, sorting and numbering 30 wines from a dozen Georgia winemakers into three categories – whites, reds and desserts. Upstairs, a few Georgia…

Can The Speaker Survive?

Glenn Richardson, speaker of Georgia’s House of Representatives, is being challenged for his leadership post by House member David Ralston, a Republican from Blue Ridge. The challenge from within the GOP majority will be decided after the November elections and…

Surgery Goes Robotic

When Ken Baxley was diagnosed with a mitral valve defect last January, he wasn’t sure which frightened him more: the prospect of having his chest opened on the operating table to repair the leaking valve in his heart or the…

Water Lessons, Water Plans

Last April a group of 100 or so Metro Atlanta leaders went to school in Denver, where they saw a thriving metro region confronting familiar challenges of rapid growth. These Atlantans, part of the 12th annual LINK (Leadership, Innovation, Networking,…

Trend Radar: September 2008

Putting the Cart Before the Horsepower: A flood of new developments and products has electrified Georgia’s transportation industry. Last summer when Augusta golf cart manufacturer Club Car rolled out its first street-legal electric vehicle, the event seemed to symbolize the…