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Saying Good-bye to Two Georgia Giants

11/18/14

Saying Good-bye to Two Georgia Giants

   Carl Sanders Georgia lost two men this week whose important contributions to the state will continue to be felt for decades to come. Businessman Herman Russell passed away Saturday, Nov. 15. He was 83. Former Gov. Carl Sanders died Sunday, Nov. 16. He was 89. A lifelong Atlantan, businessman, philanthropist and Civil Rights leader Herman Russell turned a small plastering firm into one of the most successful African-American-owned real estate development and construction companies in the country, breaking racial and economic barriers along the way. H.J. Russell & Co. is responsible for much of the city’s skyline, from the Georgia-Pacific headquarters to the Georgia Dome. The company is also a partner in the joint venture to build the $1.3-billion...

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REACH for the Stars

11/14/14

REACH for the Stars

Georgia's push to produce 250,000 more college graduates – that's above and beyond current graduation levels – by the year 2020 stems from a recent projection that more than 60 percent of jobs in Georgia will require a college certificate, associate's or bachelor's degree. Currently, only 42 percent of young adults in the state are prepared. Complete College Georgia (CCG) is the program Gov. Nathan Deal announced in 2011 to help the state achieve that goal. One component of CCG is REACH, a needs-based scholarship program that targets middle schoolers. “When they're in middle school, they sign a contract to maintain a certain grade point average, to remain crime-, drug- and behavior issue-free, and meet with a volunteer mentor until they graduate...

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State of the Metro Atlanta Region

11/11/14

State of the Metro Atlanta Region

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) State of the Region Address brought transportation back to the forefront of local issues with the results of a new survey that showed support for transit in all 10 Metro Atlanta counties. According to the region-wide poll, 92 percent of those surveyed favor improving public transit across the region, up from 88 percent in 2013. Transit displaced the economy as residents’ biggest concern. Respondents are more upbeat about the economy, with 43 percent rating job opportunities excellent or good, up from 36 percent last year. While only 1 percent of the region is considered walkable, a walkable area is the most coveted place to live, according to the survey. Also, arts and culture emerged as factors equally as vital as transportation...

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Politics: A Running Game

11/07/14

Politics: A Running Game

  The election Tuesday sent a clear signal that Georgia is still a red state, echoing broad cross-country sentiment tied to global crises and our nation's seeming inability to handle them. It reminded me of the 1994 midterms when President Bill Clinton saw both the House and Senate go red. You can't blame politicians for playing against a president in the midterms; however, it's a populist ploy that perpetuates partisanship.   I hope the GOP can become more united and less extremist in its governing with control of both chambers, for the sake of the business community at least. I expect more gridlock with the president but less far-right pandering. I seem to remember the Clinton era as prosperous in spite of the whole Monica-gate GOP obsession that...

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Election Results

11/05/14

Election Results

The elephants stampede! And not just here in Georgia. Across the country voter discontent resulted in a larger herd for both the U.S. Senate and House. There was good news for transit advocates in Metro Atlanta. Voters in Clayton County passed the 1 cent sales tax that means MARTA will be expanding there. Now, the results of the statewide and house elections in the Peach State.  – Karen Kirkpatrick   U.S. Senator David Perdue (R) 53% Michelle Nunn (D) 45% Amanda Swafford (L) 2% Governor Nathan Deal (R) 53% Jason Carter (D) 45% Andrew Hunt (L) 2% Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle (R) 58% Connie Stokes (D) 42% Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) 57% Doreen Carter (D)...

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