Georgia Trend - September 2009

Greenroom: September 2009

More stimulus money is flowing into Georgia, this time to finance water and sewer improvements; $40.5 million of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is part of $91.5 million approved by the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA) for upgrades…

Political Notes: September 2009

No fringe candidates here: The election to replace Nathan Deal as Georgia’s 9th District congressman (he’s running for governor next year) has attracted four very credible candidates. State Sen. Lee Hawkins (R-Gainesville) was the latest person to jump into the…

Neely Young: Georgia’s “Fix-It” List

The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Com-merce recently released a detailed study that proposes a shift in focus for future economic development. Called “The New Economy,” the report was issued by a task force made up of leaders from business and…

Cell Division

James Trussell was 37 in 2003, when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, but he’d been experiencing the symptoms for several years – the rigidity in his body, the tremors in his hands. Because he was young, and it’s an…

Hospital Economics

Jeff Marshall hates the term “for-profit.” Hates it. “It’s a twist of words, a nuance to make ‘not-for-profit’ seem somehow more – I don’t know – community friendly,” says Marshall, a cardiologist and president of NGTC Health Properties, a partnership…

Searching For The New Normal

Northwest Georgia, hit especially hard by the recession, has a strong manufacturing tradition, thanks largely to the carpet industry. It has felt the pain of a diminished housing market as well as the effects of an economy that lacks diversification.…

A Firm Foundation

John Crawford and Traycee Martin were conducting a tour of the new athletic facility on the campus of Valdosta State University (VSU) when their visitor asked the formal name of the 42,000-square-foot building. Crawford, CEO of the VSU Foun-dation, smiled…

Livingston, I presume?

Even as Atlanta’s business community continues to reel from the economic downturn, the city’s downtown restaurants seem to be pushing their chips to the center of the table and announcing, “All in.” Some already had planned renovations – or lush…