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.


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.


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