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

Future farmers look to the sky

12:52 pm Nov. 19, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Some day, Georgia farmers will use aerial drones as routinely as tractors and mechanical cotton harvesters. Likewise for other industries in our region. Today a state official outlines how Georgia is preparing itself to capitalize on drone use, a practice expected to add jobs and have an economic impact across multiple sectors. Another guest writer deals with an emerging investment concept: crowdfunding. And a third writer talks

Re-imagine Memorial Drive

12:17 pm Nov. 12, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today, an Atlanta city councilwoman writes about efforts to retool a state road that links downtown Atlanta with Stone Mountain. Georgia Tech students studying urban design are working with residents, business owners and others to “imagine a new Memorial Drive.” Another guest writer highlights an emerging sliver of southwest Gwinnett County as a new regional hub of the entertainment industry. Finally, a veterans advocate sees employment opportunities

Seeking more diversity in technology

8:43 am Nov. 5, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today, an entrepreneur/software architect addresses the race and gender disparity in the tech world; a recent Atlanta conference focused on the under-representation of minorities in the innovation economy. The other column highlights an “empowerment conference” for black youth that addressed police interaction and domestic violence, among other topics.

Few minorities in tech industry

By Hank Williams

Recently, Morehouse College and Georgia Tech hosted Platform Summit 2014 to explore diversity in

Domestic oil drilling: Time to open the spigot?

10:41 am Oct. 29, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today’s topic: domestic oil drilling. A policy analyst suggests that domestic drilling could lower consumer gasoline prices and advocates for its expansion. Meanwhile, a Georgia environmentalist says offshore development would endanger our coasts and sensitive protected areas. The third column deals with anonymous spending in political campaigns.

Protect nature, fill gas tanks

By Anastasia Swearingen

For decades, a key argument against the energy industry was that domestic drilling doesn’t affect

New clean water rules: Clarity or hardship?

10:04 am Oct. 22, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today, we offer polar views of the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule the government says clarifies which streams and waterways are shielded from development under the Clean Water Act. A Georgia environmentalist says the rule defines what bodies of water already are under federal jurisdiction in the Clean Water Act without restricting farmers and others. Our state agriculture commissioner, meanwhile, worries about the potential impact to Georgia’s leading

Will photo IDs for food stamps prevent fraud?

5:10 pm Oct. 15, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgia officials say it will cost nearly $8 million to create food stamp cards that include recipients’ photographs. A state lawmaker who co-sponsored legislation to allow the IDs says it would be well spent money to curb the resell of benefits meant to help feed families. But a policy analyst contends such fraud is minuscule and calls food stamp photos an “untested hypothesis.”

IDs fight food stamp fraud


Full speed ahead, to the future

1:50 pm Oct. 8, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgia’s maritime leader says the Port of Savannah is poised to surpass New York as the busiest seaport on the East Coast. Today, our top port executive outlines what’s being done to ensure the port — which is experiencing record-setting growth in container movement — does just that in the coming years. In the other essays, read about a series of regional “Community Conversations” taking place to