Guest Columns

Guest Columns

Historically Black Colleges and Universities are a strategic investment

By Guest Columnist JUSTINE BOYD, UNCF’s regional development director in Atlanta

Education is being called by many the civil rights issue of today.

“We are a country lurching backwards on the issue of education,”said Freedom Summer organizer Bob Moses, who is known for leading the historic voter registration drive in Mississippi in the 1960s.
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Atlanta – a tale of two cities – rich thrive as poor continue to struggle

By Guest Columnist TANYA EGINS, executive director
of Cool Girls, Inc.

In the last year, Site Selection Magazine, Area Development Magazine and CNBC named Georgia the #1 state for doing business.

The Metro Atlanta Chamber boasts of 16 Fortune 500 companies in the region. Many other substantial companies, with thousands of well-paid jobs, have headquarters here.
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Ferguson can be a catalyst to create more opportunities for young blacks

By Guest Columnist NANCY FLAKE JOHNSON, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta

In the aftermath of the protest rallies and reactions here in Atlanta, across our nation, and indeed throughout the world, in response to the St. Louis County Grand Jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, we have to ask the question: “Where do we go from here?”
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Atlanta – a city built by dreamers – should welcome Tyler Perry Studios

By Guest Columnist JOHN AHMANN, principal of Ahmann Inc., a public policy consulting firm and an Atlanta dreamer

I love Atlanta.  Born at Grady Hospital, and growing up in Druid Hills/Candler Park area at a time many were leaving the City, to now witness the ascendant trajectory of the City with its influx of population and businesses, is energizing and deeply gratifying because the hard work of so many leaders through the years has been validated.
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Now it’s up to U.S. Supreme Court to find a fair tristate water solution

By Guest Columnist SALLY BETHEA, founding executive director of the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper who is retiring at the end of the year

The second of Bethea’s two-part series about water issues in the Atlanta region. Last week: fixing Atlanta’s sewer system.

Twenty-five years of gridlock among Georgia, Alabama, and Florida over the allocation of water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) river basin among competing interests can be summed up in three words: litigation, negotiation, study.
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Chattahoochee River – clearer waters after 20 years – more work to do

By Guest Columnist SALLY BETHEA, founding executive director of the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper who is retiring at the end of the year

This is the first of Bethea’s two-part series about water issues in the Atlanta region. Next week: the tri-state water conflict.

Thirty years ago, the city of Atlanta’s sewer system was so overloaded that any significant amount of rain sent raw sewage into city creeks – leaving toilet paper hanging in trees and human waste festering in stagnant pools.
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Southface – finding an energy efficient way to employ veterans in Georgia

By Guest Columnist JOHN KANE, a residential technical trainer for Southface and a veteran who spent eight years in the U.S. Navy

The most recent employment numbers show that opportunities are improving across the nation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the September 2014 national unemployment rate of 5.9 percent is the lowest it has been since the beginning of the Great Recession.

However, this downward trend is not distributed equally across the states. Georgia has the highest unemployment rate of any state in the nation, tipping the scales at 7.9 percent.
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DeKalb’s ‘Clash of the Titans’ – Robert James versus Burrell Ellis – must end

By Guest Columnist ALLEN MOYE, a lifelong resident of DeKalb County who recently retired as a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s office and the Fulton County District Attorney’s office

District Attorney Robert James has to make a difficult decision about what to do with a case that seemed so promising during the investigation, but, in court, against talented opposition, did not live up to the promise.
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Measuring great teachers – the third piece of our education puzzle

By Guest Columnist DANA RICKMAN, director of policy and research for the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education 

All families want their children to be taught by a great teacher. They intuitively understand what an entire body of academic research tells us: a child’s education depends largely on the quality of his or her teacher. Families know who those teachers are.
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Cultivating and managing a global diverse workforce for AGCO

By Guest Columnist LUCINDA B. SMITH, senior vice president of global business services for AGCO

U.S. businesses and their global reach have grown tremendously over the past 30 years creating a need for an expanded global workforce.

Today many global companies are focused, not just on their day-to-day business operations, they are also focused on finding the best ways to manage their global workforce.
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