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Grab a Bite at the Krog Street Market

11/25/14

Grab a Bite at the Krog Street Market

The Atlanta BeltLine is spurring development all along the corridor, from restaurants, retail and residential buildings to massive redevelopment projects like Ponce City Market. In Inman Park, the Krog Street Market, set within a 1920s warehouse facility, is bustling with activity as construction crews finish and restaurants and retail tenants hang up their shingles. The team behind The General Muir, selected as one of Georgia Trend’s 2014 Silver Spoon winners, is opening up not one, but two concepts in Krog Street Market – sandwich stall Fred’s Meat & Bread and Yalla, a Middle Eastern food stall featuring shawarma, kebabs, falafel and fresh-baked pita and laffa. It will join recently opened Craft Izakaya, Spice Road Chicken and The Luminary from former Top...

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Atlanta's Own Urban Statesman

11/21/14

Atlanta's Own Urban Statesman

Sam Williams, former CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, launched his new book Monday, Nov. 17, with a star-studded panel including Tom Bell, chairman of Mesa Capital Partners and former CEO of Cousins Properties; Pete Correll, chairman of the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation Board and Atlanta Equity, and chairman emeritus of Georgia Pacific; and Michael Russell, CEO of H.J. Russell & Co. Williams' book, The CEO as Urban Statesman, published by Mercer University Press, covers his experiences with Atlanta leaders and his observations of ways leaders in other cities like Chicago and Oklahoma City have overcome adversity and bad circumstances with vision and tenacity. He also describes in detail how he and the three panelists – all Grady board members...

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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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