Colombia open for business; Atlantans confront world cyberthreats

8:01 am Feb. 18, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Colombia has often been associated with violence, crime and drug cartels. Today, though, the country sits poised to expand its global reach to Georgia and beyond thanks to social, political and economic reforms, says its ambassador to the United States. In another essay, Metro Atlanta Chamber executives write about the region’s role thwarting cybersecurity threats and local participation in an upcoming conference on the topic in Israel.

Colombia:

Angel investors spur growth

12:22 pm Feb. 11, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Legislation that would renew Georgia’s angel investors tax credit is under consideration at the Gold Dome. Last week, the state House of Representatives introduced a measure to renew the credit for another five years, a move vital to local start-ups seeking investor money, writes the president of the Technology Association of Georgia. Elsewhere, a policy analyst questions transportation funding as currently outlined in the 2016 state budget.

Angel

Gas prices plunge; return of the guzzler?

10:27 am Feb. 4, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Auto sales are going gangbusters, thanks in part to drastic declines in gas pump prices. Fuel-efficient vehicles, however, aren’t necessarily drawing consumers to car lots. It’s gas guzzlers — big trucks, SUVs and such. Today, an environmental lobbyist suggests we forego the Chevy Suburban for a Volt, while a research fellow says, buy whatever floats your fancy.

Think twice before buying that SUV

By Mark Reynolds

People filling their cars

City on the move

11:51 am Jan. 28, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Several reports show small-business owners are bullish about the economy, with expectations to hire and boost revenue in 2015. Today, the state director for a small-business advocacy group throws some what-ifs into those feel-good predictions, citing unknown variables such as policy decisions at the Gold Dome and White House. Elsewhere, a business owner talks about contemporary office culture, while an executive highlights Atlanta’s economic strides in 2014.

Hiring

Companies, consumers battle cybercriminals

12:33 pm Jan. 14, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

A bank executive implores Atlanta to utilize its businesses, technology centers and research institutions to lead the nation in combating cyberattacks, and suggests how to fight what he deems a threat to our regional economy. A companion essay continues the conversation and offers consumer tips on personal identity theft prevention. The third essay notes the local uptick of women in technology.

Prevent cybercrime

By Christopher Torie

Cybercrime is today’s version

Efficiencies pay dividends; high-tech wood

11:33 am Dec. 31, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today’s topics deal with energy building codes and the rebirth of our state’s pulp and paper industry. Executives for an alliance that promotes energy efficiency touts its benefits as an economic driver, notably in construction. Meanwhile, the president of a technical association says researchers are developing new uses for paper and wood-based products that appeal to manufacturers.

Energy codes equal efficiency

By Mandy Mahoney, Judy Knight and Lauren Westmoreland

Multiple generations in 21st Century

7:01 am Dec. 24, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

They work side by side — baby boomers, millennials and generation Xers. It’s the workplace of the 21st century, disparately rich with personalities, communication styles and ideas of work values. Today, a Georgia Tech engineer offers ways to get them all on the same page and focused on goals. Another guest writer asks millennials to step up and serve. The third author shares his job-hunting experience.

Change yourself,

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

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.

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