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

The growth of digital entertainment and media

6:03 pm Apr. 14, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Contributions of the film and television industry to our region’s economy have been well-publicized, but there’s a related sector that’s showing promising growth — digital entertainment. Today’s lead column shines light on this budding creative cluster. Elsewhere, advocates of the propane industry extol the benefits of using the fuel residentially and commercially. The third column notes the importance of creating a consistent brand, identity and

Sustainable Georgia

5:01 pm Apr. 7, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

We hear the terms “sustainability” and “sustainable” used interchangeably in private and public sectors. What, exactly, do they mean to our region’s well-being? The lead column highlights area efforts to create economic practices that balance and renew the environment and its resources. The companion essay implores companies and organizations to use better available data in their green initiatives. The third write-up offers consumer tips on residential solar

The rise of Georgia solar

10:22 am Mar. 25, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgia’s solar energy future looks bright as the state’s clean energy sector attracts record-setting private investment and creates jobs. Today, two advocates for renewable energy address the topic, while I compile a list of pros and cons associated with the implementation of sun-kissed energy.

Investing in our solar system

By Phyllis Cuttino

Phyllis Cuttino directs the Clean Energy Initiative at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

A clean energy leader


Poultry: A key Georgia export

11:09 am Mar. 18, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

U.S. poultry exports enjoyed a record year in 2014, but an industry executive suggests this year may present a more challenging global market in the demand for chicken products, including Georgia’s. The other column looks at the relationship between Georgia Tech and Liberia in the technology sector. The third column notes the important connection between our forests and drinking water.

Volatile poultry market affects Georgia

By James H. Sumner