Georgia’s economic rebound

3:38 pm Sep. 1, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

When the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta studies the region’s economy, he sees a balanced portfolio that’s experiencing solid, steady expansion on multiple fronts. Here’s his take on the metro area’s continuing recovery. The companion essay encourages Georgia businesses to map out their exporting niche.

A resilient region moving past recession

By Dennis Lockhart

Over the last eight years, I’ve witnessed big swings in

Georgia: Movies and music

3:57 pm Aug. 25, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Most of us know about Georgia’s booming TV and film industry, buoyed by a preponderance of idyllic locations, low production costs and tax incentives that welcome producers. Today, the president of SCAD offers three “main acts” the state should attend to in order to keep the cameras, lights and action afloat. Meanwhile, a music advocate wants more attention given to growing that industry, something she considers a

Agritourism – Ga.’s growing economic sector

5:32 pm Aug. 18, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

You may not know it, but when you pick your own pumpkins, blueberries and apples, enjoy a wine tasting or some other farm-related activity, you contribute to agritourism, a growing economic sector in the state. A state official explains the concept and its growth, while a Young Harris vineyard owner does likewise for our region’s burgeoning wine industry.

Get out to a farm

By Cynthia Norton

Was that a hint

A “rooftop revolution?”

4:37 pm Aug. 11, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

The new Clean Power Plan, regardless of your thoughts on it, could affect the current and future energy economy in our state. What could be the potential impact in Georgia? Today’s guest columnists present dueling views. The lead writer considers the landmark measure a “viable option” for the environment and the economy. The companion piece derides extensive regulations and argues that Georgia, already on a path of

Seaport News

10:10 am Aug. 5, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Chalk up another record year for the Georgia Ports Authority. The total volume of goods handled by the ports increased nearly 8 percent from last year and there was a double-digit increase in the number of container units handled at the Port of Savannah. An executive says to expect more businesses to utilize our seaports and notes steps that have been, or will be, taken to make

Time to tax soda?

5:20 pm Jul. 28, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Sweet tea, peach cobbler and soft drinks. No matter the product, many Southerners love sugar. We’re also often fat and unhealthy, reasons proponents like our lead columnist favor a tax on sodas and other sugary drinks. Today’s companion piece offers an opposing view that questions the efficacy of beverage taxes and suggests alternative measures to curbing obesity and disease.

Tax sodas for public good

By Jim O’Hara

These days

Atlanta’s green movement

9:57 am Jul. 23, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Atlanta’s going green. The concept of energy-efficient buildings and sustainability measures has taken hold across the city. The writer of today’s lead column cites the Atlanta market as a leader in the green real estate movement, but suggests more should be done to bring small and medium-sized businesses into the mix. The second column explains sustainability efforts at Emory University that resulted in naming it the

Atlanta’s Lustre

6:15 pm Jun. 23, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Two years ago, a noted economist wondered in print if Atlanta was another Detroit, a place where “the American dream seems to be dying, where the children of the poor have great difficulty climbing the economic ladder.” Earlier this year, AJC reporters Dan Chapman, Jeff Ernsthausen and Michael Kanell compared Atlanta to Charlotte and the Dallas-Fort Worth market in a series of articles that found our city

Payroll debit cards arrive in Georgia

4:03 am Jun. 17, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

This year, Georgia joined states that have established laws that regulate and permit the use of payroll cards to pay employees. It’s sorta like a bank debit card that gives workers access to their earnings. Our law allows workers to opt out of using a payroll card if they prefer direct deposit or a paper check. Today, a labor attorney discusses this payment option by advising employers

Ghana and Georgia

8:40 am Jun. 3, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Cultural ties link Ghanaians with African-Americans. So does the growing promise of two-way trade. Our lead column highlights current and potential business investment opportunities between this region and the West African country. The second column explores “Internet bullying” and outlines what businesses can do to manage and protect their online reputations.

Building economic ties with Ghana

By Matilda Arhin and Cynthia L. Blandford

Ghana has been on our minds a