Technology in Georgia: Predictions for 2015

1:47 pm Dec. 17, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

What will be the region’s top technology trends for 2015? As the new year looms, two corporate executives outline trends that could further transform our robust technology/innovation scene, as well as new-age marketing and branding practices that strive to humanize relationships between consumers and brands.

Georgia helps blaze a high-tech trail

By Frank Green

Ten years ago, when someone pictured the vital companies headquartered in Atlanta, those that came to

MARTA expansion

3:00 pm Dec. 15, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

MARTA is proposing a light rail line to serve the busy Clifton Road Corridor, home to Emory University, the CDC and the Atlanta VA hospital, among others. At a recent information session for residents, citizens were cautiously receptive to the project, which would run from the Lindbergh MARTA rail station southeast along Clifton to the Avondale station. If anything, the consensus wanted to see more tunneling near

DeKalb’s wannabe cities

4:26 pm Dec. 11, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Two DeKalb County communities are fighting a border war in order to get approval from the Legislature to proceed with incorporation. “If the people in this room want something to happen, they’d better get their act together and come up with a map that we can approve, ” Rep. Mark Hamilton, R-Cumming, said at a public hearing. If the General Assembly and Gov. Nathan Deal rule favorably

Local Muslim-Americans condemn terrorism

8:42 am Dec. 11, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Last week, the Kennesaw City Council rejected a zoning request to open a Muslim prayer center in a strip shopping center. Some protesters said it would be used to teach Sharia law. Suffice it to say, Muslims generally have an image issue. A guest writer notes efforts by moderate Muslims here and abroad to educate the public about Islam and condemn violence and terrorist acts. The other

Haiti: Open for business

4:14 pm Dec. 9, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

“Haiti is open for business.” That was the election platform of Haiti President Michel Martelly and serves as a slogan for his administration. The local consular general of Haiti writes about efforts to capitalize economically on ties between his homeland and metro Atlanta, home to a sizable, spread-out Haitian population. Meanwhile, I interview a compatriot and founder of an area nonprofit working to transform the Caribbean country.

MARTA, northern suburbs and streetcar

2:27 pm Dec. 8, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The mayor of Sandy Springs today expands on recent comments following the departure of World Pay for Atlanta. He writes of the need to take advantage of MARTA’s presence, because young workers value public transportation. Also, the developer of Avalon in Alpharetta urges the region’s leaders to bring MARTA farther north in Fulton County. Finally, the chief operating officer of the Atlanta Streetcar weighs in on the


11:57 pm Dec. 6, 2014

AP Photo

Narrowing our era’s Great Gulf

Andre Jackson, for the Editorial Board

“And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you

Legalizing marijuana in Georgia

3:56 pm Dec. 4, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Legal marijuana may be coming to Georgia next year, at least in some form. The leading bill expected to be filed in the General Assembly will allow Georgians to use cannabis oil to reduce the seizures that accompany epilepsy and other illnesses. But a state senator is taking a broader approach. He’s filed legislation that would expand access to multiple forms of medical marijuana. He also calls

Should terminally ill have a “right to die”?

10:24 am Dec. 4, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

In November, Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old terminally ill woman, took her own life under Oregon’s Death with Dignity law. Lawmakers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Wyoming are considering similar bills. Where does this region stands as it relates to the right to end one’s life? Expect lobbying efforts for a Georgia law during the 2015 General Assembly, writes the state president of an aid-in-dying advocacy group. Meanwhile,

Southern manners matter

9:56 am Dec. 3, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today, a veteran real estate executive offers a metro Atlanta housing and construction forecast that takes in to account the holiday season and other variables that may influence supply and demand in 2015. And just what kind of impact do you think Southern hospitality has on business recruitment and economic growth here and across the region? Well, plenty, writes a Chattanooga executive who specializes in mergers and