Discussion on Atlanta's economy, schools, transportation, leadership, quality of life

Millenials, social corporate responsibility and charitable giving

10:48 am Dec. 16, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Millennials, a formidable economic segment that tends to get generalized as being self-absorbed and non-caring, are more attuned to corporate social responsibility than some may realize. Our lead column dissects a recent Aflac survey which shows Atlanta millennialS prefer to spend their money with companies and brands with definitive charitable strategies. The companion column outlines ways individuals can plan and budget for philanthropy.

Social responsibility’s good for business


Will religious liberty law ding our economy?

11:38 am Dec. 9, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

We offer differing views on whether a Ga. religious liberty law would ding our economy.

Preserve Georgia’s economic reputation

Thomas J. Cunningham

As the General Assembly considers the Religious Freedom Restoration Act next year, legislators should enter this debate with their eyes wide open. Based on the experience in Indiana – which passed a nearly identical bill earlier this year – we can safely predict that Georgia would suffer a

Exports and Morocco

9:37 am Dec. 2, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

A business leader speaks to Georgia’s exports and ways to boost same. And a Georgia congressman writes on U.S. ties with Morocco.

Challenge for local companies on exports

By Jen Yun
When people think of exports, they often think of tangible products – perhaps luxury items like cars or agricultural items like peanuts. What they do not often consider are services. Services such as legal, financial, architectural, IT and healthcare

Our reality: A more digital future

8:35 pm Nov. 10, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Let’s peer in to our technological future and see what awaits us. Top experts recently gathered at Georgia Tech to do just that, and surmised we must embrace computational literacy if we are to comprehend devices that allow the blind to see and the deaf to hear. Today, a Tech dean writes about the new generation of computing and its effect on the fabric of our lives.


12:37 pm Nov. 3, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgia has more timberland for commercial use than any other state in the nation – over 24 million acres. Today, an executive for an advocate agency highlights the value the state’s forest lands provides citizens and stresses the importance of maintaining certain provisions in the country’s tax code to ensure future economic contributions. Authors of the other column explain the Human Needs Index, a new tool to

Expansion of Georgia’s “other” port

12:57 pm Oct. 28, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

The state has an ambitious capital improvement plan of nearly $155 million over the next 10 years for the Port of Brunswick – a testament to the automotive tonnage and bulk cargo that pass through its terminals. The Georgia Ports Authority’s executive director explains the infrastructure upgrades in today’s lead column. In the second essay, a state agency head touts the economic benefits of early child care

9:33 am Oct. 21, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

The former General Motors plant in Doraville is slated to become the home of a major movie studio, part of a massive commercial, business and residential project known as The Assembly. Doraville’s mayor couldn’t be happier about the development and touts its economic benefits in today’s lead column. The companion piece addresses the state’s booming film industry and what private property owners should weigh when approached by

Reforming Georgia’s tax code

3:05 pm Oct. 14, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgians of varied economic stripes might benefit from state tax reform, but in what form? Earlier this year, a state representative presented a bill that would shift the tax burden toward more consumption taxes and lower personal income and corporate taxes. He writes about misconceptions around that proposal. Meanwhile, a policy analyst suggests alternatives to such a tax shift and champions creation of a state Earned Income

Building unified communities: Gwinnett and DeKalb

10:08 am Oct. 8, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

They covet the same thing — more peace, understanding, civic engagement and equal footing for all residents in their respective communities. One is a nonprofit that serves the immigrant and refugee population; the other, a newly formed alliance of Gwinnett County residents whose name says it all. The writer of the first essay invites us to participate in Saturday’s 11th annual TEA (Together Empowering All) Walk along

Reauthorize the Export-Import Bank?

6:10 pm Oct. 6, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

The Export-Import Bank closed its doors to new business this summer, but congressional attempts are afoot to reauthorize the government agency that finances some exports of U.S. companies. Supporters of the bank, including the writer of today’s lead column, say it’s necessary for firms in Georgia and elsewhere to compete globally. The author of the companion column, however, calls the bank “corporate welfare” and rebuffs its reauthorization.