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 being

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

China’s New Normal

10:21 am May. 28, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

China, with its dynamic energy, boasts the world’s fastest-growing economy as well as its second-largest. A guest essay suggests the country stands ready to conduct business with our region, a potential benefit for job creators and investors in Georgia. A companion write-up shines light on the country’s smoking habits and efforts to combat its people’s deadly smoking addictions.

China’s new normal could be a boon for Georgia businesses


Transaction Alley

9:02 pm May. 19, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgia’s financial transaction industry dominates that particular field so handily some in the business call it “Transaction Alley.” Today an advocate says future industry growth could stall unless the state produces a skilled, trained workforce for job vacancies. Elsewhere, writers opine on the “sharing economy” and the 40th anniversary of an advocacy agency for minority-owned supplier businesses.

Building Georgia’s tech workforce

By H. West Richards

H. West Richards

Atlanta’s tech start-up scene

6:37 pm May. 12, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

A tech entrepreneur with nearly three decades as an innovator explains why he chooses Atlanta over Silicon Valley and other notable start-up hubs to nurture his career. The other essay explains the importance of social media marketing for growing businesses. Elsewhere, we continue the discussion of the Fair Tax, which today’s writer says fails to add up numbers-wise.

A seasoned secret for tech startups

By Chris Poelma

With no shortage

National debt and the FairTax

9:47 pm May. 5, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Republicans and Democrats must rein in a growing national debt, writes Georgia’s junior senator. It’s an issue that’s reached a “tipping point” in need of fixes, he says, proposing the FairTax as an option that he writes would allow the economy to create jobs and thrive. Two companion essays deal with federal fiscal spending in 2016 and tax provisions on timber, a vital economic sector for the

The Minimum Wage Debate

9:30 pm Apr. 28, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

The Fight for $15 labor movement has a home in Atlanta. Today, a veteran home-care provider explains why she has joined fast-food workers and other low-wage earners in the fight for a $15 hourly pay rate. A companion essay says a Georgia wage increase to $10.10 an hour, phased in over three years, would boost the state’s economy. The third column is a compilation of comments from

Minority-owned firms seek state contracts

10:12 pm Apr. 21, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

The issue of minority participation, or a noticeable lack of it, in state contracts came to light during legislative discussion of the $1 billion spending measure to fund transportation fixes. The Georgia Chamber president and CEO pledged to work with lawmakers to boost such participation in state contracting. Today, he writes an essay that outlines ways the issue is already being addressed. Other guest writers weigh in