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

Ireland’s Atlanta connection

4:00 pm Mar. 13, 2015

Bringing in the green

By Enda Kenny

I am delighted to be paying a first visit as Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland to the city of Atlanta. St. Patrick’s Day is a time of year when we celebrate with our global family of Irish people and people of Irish descent all over the world. And we know this constituency to be strong and vibrant in Georgia, where almost a million residents claim

Soaring rent rates

8:36 am Mar. 11, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today’s renters are paying higher rates to keep a roof over their heads. Renters in metro Atlanta paid an average $77 more in January than a year earlier. A real estate executive analyzes the local rent-supply market and whether increases will continue to climb or stabilize. Elsewhere, an economist explains his firm’s recent analysis of our region’s home loan data, which showed a lag of black and

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.


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.