The bottom line of a nuanced report on Georgia’s shrinking middle class is that the divide between the wealthy and low income is becoming ever more stark and could create wide-reaching impacts, according to the authors at Georgia State University.
Metro Atlanta ranked 10th in the nation in the proportion of jobs created by start-up companies in 2014, according to a Census report that was overlooked initially, and then overshadowed by another report showing an increase in real household income.
The growth of Georgia’s economy will be measurably impacted by the strained economies of trade partners who last year purchased nearly $40 billion in Georgia-made goods, Georgia State University’s top economist observed Wednesday.
The Atlanta Fed released Wednesday an anecdotal report of economic activity that shows the South remains a bit of an outlier in relation to the rest of the nation. The differences were both positive and less than positive as the Federal Reserve is likely to consider a rate hike next week.
By Guest Columnist JOHN MATTHEWS, a retired city planner who specialized in urban growth policy and a retired instructor at both Georgia State’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and at Georgia Tech
Metropolitan Atlanta is seeing the creation of an increasing number of local governments; there are many new cities and more are sure to come. There is additional movement to allow creation of new small school districts tied to the new cities.
Georgia has created a position, paid with public/private funds, to recruit and retain hunters and shooters. The purpose is to maintain and grow the level of funding for conservation and law enforcement on state land, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.
If we can get the City, the BeltLine and APS all working in concert to promote quality development in marginal Atlanta neighborhoods, an economic renaissance could be in our future.
The bottom line is that multi-use trails have a greater economic return on investments than stand-alone parks. Trails also are a way to provide greater equity by offering greater access to green space that connects diverse neighborhoods.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s work during two trade missions, one to Brazil and one to Mexico, helped convince Brazil’s largest credit card processor to select Atlanta for the corporate headquarters of a financial services division.
Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee is using the second anniversary of the Atlanta Braves announcement of their move to Cobb County to talk up the economic benefits Cobb will receive and is already receiving.
Who says the thrill is gone? If the owners of the SkyView Ferris wheel in downtown Atlanta have their way, the thrill is just beginning.
The owners plan to open a few new rides by next June, pending state and local approval.
A rendering of SkyTower at night (Special: SkyView)
The three new rides would offer people a variety of experiences. SkyDrop will strap people in a seated ride, elevate to 225 feet and drop in a free fall to the bottom in 4.6 seconds.
SkyShot will strap two people back to back and vault riders more than 200 feet into the air — ending with either a free-fall descent or one with somersaults.
The third ride — SkyTwist — is for people of all ages who want to enjoy the view without the adrenaline rush. Passengers will ride in a glass-enclosed gondola that will twist its way to the top of SkyTower – and circle around before making a gradual descent.
The SkyView Ferris wheel is so popular the owners have signed a 20-year lease for the land below SkyView and the proposed SkyTower — where two parking lots will become an urban amusement park.
Todd Schneider, a co-owner of SkyView, says of the nearly half a million people who have ridden the Ferris wheel each of the two years it’s been in business — half are from out of town while the other half live in metro Atlanta.
He says the rides are giving people in the suburbs a reason to visit downtown — adding to the area’s vitality.
There are differing opinions about using two prime blocks overlooking Centennial Olympic Park for amusement rides. Does it make our downtown feel like a carnival? Or does it add new life to the city — especially during evenings and weekends.
I believe the latter is true. SkyView and the proposed SkyTower add excitement and fun to our city — two key ingredients essential to a healthy downtown.
Sluggish economic growth reported Wednesday by the Atlanta district of the Federal Reserve adds to the notion that the central bank won’t raise interest rates at a meeting this month, and perhaps not at its final meeting of the year, in December.
Georgia’s ports are on a roll, and the Georgia Ports Authority has drawn up a $1.4 billion plan to expand port facilities over the next decade in order to cement Georgia ports as the primary ones to serve the entire Southeast U.S., the authority’s executive director, Curtis Foltz, said Thursday.
Florida is bracing for a slowdown in the film industry because the state Legislature voted in June to stop funding tax incentives. Georgia is winning some of the business, and the shift underscores Gov. Nathan Deal’s trade mission to Hollywood in May, and to England in January.