Georgia Trend - September 2009

The Big Toe From Cairo

Drive along Georgia Highway 84 East between Bainbridge and Cairo and you’re sure to see the large green and white sign proclaiming this stretch of road to be “Bobby Walden Highway.” Yes, it refers to that Bobby Walden, the one…

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…

Clipped Wings

Prospects for producers of aerospace products are deteriorating rapidly, and the abrupt reversal of fortunes is somewhat surprising. After all, when the economic downturn began there was a huge backlog of orders for aircraft, and the U.S. government’s defense budget…

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…

The Road Ahead

Vance Smith is the kind of guy who could crack jokes in the middle of a hurricane. On a recent summer morning as I sat down to chat with him in the Department of Trans-portation headquarters in Atlanta, he was…

Lake Oconee: Lake Life

It’s late on a still and sweltering afternoon at Lake Oconee, but a small sailboat has found just enough breeze to move it slowly toward shore and into the lengthening shadows. Nearby, a handful of Jet Ski riders are crisscrossing…