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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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Jekyll Hosts Environmental Conference

08/26/14

Jekyll Hosts Environmental Conference

The Georgia Environmental Conference brought nearly 700 attendees and vendors to sunny Jekyll Island last week to attend lectures and panels on topics ranging from stormwater management to integrating minorities into sustainability culture. Georgia Trend’s Ben Young attended and brought back these highlights. All-star Panel Susan Catron of the Savannah Morning News moderated a panel of environmental all-stars. The panel, sponsored by the Georgia Brownfield Association, discussed Driving Economic Growth and Stewarding Environmental Resources. Economic development is extremely important to sustainability, says panelist Paul Morris, CEO of the Atlanta BeltLine. So far, the BeltLine has brought $100 million of investment to Atlanta. Bringing the environmental, social...

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Fast-tracking apps

08/22/14

Fast-tracking apps

AT&T is not the only business using its new Midtown Foundry to develop apps that can help make our lives more convenient. By hosting Hackathons, the company is opening up its facility and resources to developers who are looking to fast-track their own apps. Hackathons at AT&T are 24-hour coding challenges. Participants form teams to brainstorm and develop a mobile app and working prototype that they present to judges – prizes and food are essential ingredients of the events. The most recent Hackathon in June 2014 focused on home automation and solutions for people with disabilities – and drew more than 100 participants. Award-winners at that event included a hub that allows for the automation of home devices such as Nest thermostats from a single web...

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Downtown Development Showcase

08/19/14

Downtown Development Showcase

Georgia is home to a number of cities that have gotten it right when it comes to downtown development and revitalization. Three such cities – Moultrie, Thomasville and Valdosta – got to show off their impressive downtown areas to officials from across the state as part of the Georgia Municipal Association’s recent Heart and Soul of Georgia Tour. Take a look at some of the photos from these bustling Georgia towns, and read about different ways the cities have tackled downtown development in this month’s feature, Deep in the Heart and Soul of Georgia. – Karen Kirkpatrick Kennedy

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