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South Georgia Harnesses the Sun

09/19/14

South Georgia Harnesses the Sun

Atlanta-based Hannah Solar, a full-service design-build solar integrator, has invested big in south Georgia. Hannah is building two solar farms with nearly 7,000 panels generating 1 megawatt of power, or enough to power 400 homes, in Oglethorpe, as part of Georgia Power's Advanced Solar Initiative.  The panels are installed on 5 acres leased from Chase Family Farms, and are the next phase in a series of collaborations between Hannah and south Georgia agricultural communities, including Bainbridge and Vidalia. "South Georgia's agricultural community has always understood the importance of solar power," says Pete Marte, Hannah CEO. For more on solar and other alternative energy use in Georgia, see this month's Georgia Trend article,...

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Spotted in Georgia: Stone Mountain Covered Bridge

09/17/14

Spotted in Georgia: Stone Mountain Covered Bridge

When you visit Stone Mountain Park, you can see more than a giant rock and enormous carving. You can also see this beautiful pine and cedar covered bridge that leads to Indian Island. The more than 100-year-old bridge was moved to Stone Mountain Park from Athens, Ga., in 1969.

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Growing Gwinnett’s Newest City

09/10/14

Growing Gwinnett’s Newest City

Peachtree Corners, Gwinnett County’s newest city (incorporated in 2012) is creating a central business district. Last night, Sept. 8, local leaders invited residents and the business community to an open house to add their two cents on this new area that will also serve as the heart of the city. Citizens were asked to weigh in on issues including redeveloping aging strip malls, incorporating walking and biking paths into the new district, and creating safe ways for pedestrians to cross Peachtree Parkway. The open house was part of the Livable Cities Initiative study Peachtree Corners started in the spring thanks in large part to a $96,000 grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission. The study will help the city develop a walkable, connected downtown core and create a...

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Share your vision for a better Metro Atlanta

09/05/14

Share your vision for a better Metro Atlanta

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) recently reported that Atlanta grew by 52,700 people between April 1, 2013 and April 1, 2014, a sign that the growth that once overwhelmed the 10-county metro region is returning. All of the counties in the region experienced growth, with Gwinnett, Fulton and Cobb taking the top three spots. “Because the Atlanta region is an attractive place for employers and employees, we tend to attract people from all over the country, creating more in-migration than out-migration,” says Mike Alexander, manager of ARC’s Research & Analytics Division. While not as robust as the growth during the boom years of the 1990s and early 2000s, this growth is greater than last year’s, and puts the region’s total population at...

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More than Just Football

09/02/14

More than Just Football

For many Georgians, classes may have officially started in August, but September is still the month often associated with back to school. In Athens, back to school means a flurry of folks coming to town to enjoy football, the bustling music scene, craft-brewed beer, a wide range of downtown restaurants and – oh, yes – a new year of classes and campus activities. Nobody is busier in the fall than University of Georgia President Jere Morehead. Learn about the Top Dawg’s big plans for the university’s future in this month’s feature, Expecting Excellence.

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