Columbus

Power On

In 2018, when Facebook announced it was opening a massive data center in Newton County, bringing an initial investment of $750 million, it had a big request: to be powered 100% by renewable energy. Fortunately, Georgia was ready and the…

Organizations: Feeding the Valley

Before the pandemic, an estimated one in five Georgians was designated “food insecure.” Those numbers exploded by 35% in the time of COVID-19, says Frank Sheppard, president and CEO of Feeding the Valley, a Columbus-based nonprofit food bank that opened…

Bridging the Housing Gap

Consider two amounts: $994 and $19.11. The first is the fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Georgia. The second is the hourly wage a household would need to earn to afford that rent and utilities without exceeding 30% of…

2021 Economic Yearbook: West Central

As the world slowly grinds back toward a new normal, rural areas with solid infrastructure like the West Central Georgia region are well positioned for the post-pandemic economy. With ample space and an inexpensive cost of living, the area is…