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2015 Economic Forecast

12/17/14

2015 Economic Forecast

The University of Georgia's Terry College of Business unveiled the 2015 Economic Outlook Friday, Dec. 12, at a luncheon at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta. Douglas Handler, chief U.S. economist for IHS Global Insights, spoke about the national outlook, and Benjamin Ayers, dean of the Terry College, presented the Georgia forecast. In a break from recent tradition, there was pretty good news all the way around. Handler not only offered a fairly upbeat national forecast, he made the audience laugh out loud – an unexpected treat! Here are a few of the highlights on the countrywide front. 2015 will be a noticeably better year than 2014, but still won't be a really good year. The federal deficit is under control, a good thing, Handler says, but it...

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The Power is Yours

12/12/14

The Power is Yours

The Captain Planet Foundation threw a star-studded 2014 Benefit Gala Dec. 5 honoring renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall as well as Georgians Dr. Marshall Shepherd, director of the University of Georgia’s Atmospheric Sciences Program, and 12-year-old Carter Ries and his sister Olivia, 10, founders of One More Generation (OMG). Other stars attending included Ted Turner, Jane Fonda, Larry King and CNN Anchor and Event Co-Chair Natalie Allen. Captain Planet Foundation Executive Director Leesa Carter described the environmental organization’s success with reaching children, including the expansion of the Project Learning Garden program, which, in partnership with Pratt Industries, is now available to any school in the country for just $1,000; and...

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Spotted in Georgia, El Taco, Virginia Highlands

12/09/14

Spotted in Georgia, El Taco, Virginia Highlands

The Virginia Highland website: "Historic Virginia Highland is Atlanta's most popular neighborhood for shopping, dining and nightlife. Developed in the early 1900's, it consists of seven distinct commercial "villages" alternating with short, walkable blocks of charming bungalow homes. The neighborhood's name derives from the intersection of Virginia and Highland Avenues. Locals and tourists alike mingle for brunch at charming sidewalk cafes, cocktails at lively night spots, and innovative cuisine at progressive restaurants and bistros. Discovering the unexpected is part of the attraction where you may find world- famous musical entertainment at a tiny nightclub, an opening-night party at an art gallery or a gathering of...

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MAC's Annual Meeting

12/05/14

MAC's Annual Meeting

A big helping of optimism was served up along with lunch at Tuesday’s (Dec. 2) annual meeting of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Transportation may be the chamber’s No. 1 issue for 2015, but outgoing chair Richard Anderson, Delta’s CEO, cautioned against too much negativity.   “Let’s level-set where we are,” he said in a pre-meeting press availability. “Atlanta competes with Houston, Dallas – and Charlotte, to a lesser degree. I’ll match our traffic against traffic in Houston and Dallas any day. I’m a Texan, so I can say that. We have work that we have to do. … But let’s understand where we are in the context of overall infrastructure. We compete very well in the competitive set of Southeastern...

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Georgia Writers Inducted into Hall of Fame

12/02/14

Georgia Writers Inducted into Hall of Fame

‚ÄčThe Georgia Writers Hall of Fame hosted induction events and a ceremony in early November to honor 2014 inductees Olive Anne Burns, Mary Hood and Alfred Uhry. The hall of fame, housed at the University of Georgia, inducts writers – both living and posthumously – who are either native Georgians or have produced a significant work while in the state or about Georgia.   Highlights of this year's events included a staged reading of Uhry's play The Last Night of Ballyhoo and a program featuring Hood and Uhry.   Following the ceremony, the judges sequestered themselves to select the inductees for next year. The 2015 Georgia Writers Hall of Fame inductees are Taylor Branch, Janisse Ray, Paul Hemphill...

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