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Woodruff Arts campaign slips, but is upright

The tough economy took its toll in the Woodruff Arts Center’s annual corporate campaign. But the damage was less thanit could have been. After……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on June 26, 2009

Agreement will send 1,000 more kids to camp

For many children with disabilities and illnesses, the highlight of their year is when they are able to spend a week or two at……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on June 19, 2009

NCR will be great corporate citizen in Atlanta

Winning a high-profile Fortune 500 company headquarters always bodes well for any community. So there is much celebration over NCR Corp.’s decision to relocate……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on June 12, 2009

Buckhead CID chief leaving after 10 years

The Buckhead Community Improvement District is losing its first and only executive – Scotty Greene – who is stepping down Sept. 1 after 10……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on June 5, 2009

Entrepreneur leading United Way

When Ann Stallard got the call that she was the choice to be the new chair of United Way of America, her reaction was:……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on June 5, 2009

Blank’s a champion for children

If it has to do with children in Georgia, chances are that Stephanie Blank is somehow involved. Blank, a philanthropist who is married to……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on May 29, 2009

Column: Effort launched to aid struggling arts groups

During the current recession, arts and cultural organizations are particularly vulnerable. Now the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, part of The Community Foundation for Greater……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on May 29, 2009

Parking companies at odds over $105M airport contract

The bidding for the lucrative parking contract at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is embroiled in controversy with the losing companies upset at how the……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta and J. Scott Trubey on May 22, 2009

Column: Health museum gets new trustees, leadership

A year ago, at the BIO International Convention in San Diego, the National Health Museum announced it had selected Atlanta as its new home,……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on May 22, 2009

Frustration surfaces on regional leaders’ trip
…The theme for metro Atlantans during the 2009 LINK trip to Minneapolis-St. Paul was frustration. Once again, regional leaders took a trip to……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on May 15, 2009

LINK trip shows region lags Twin Cities
…Initially, it’s hard to see the similarities between the Minneapolis-St. Paul region and metro Atlanta. After all, Atlanta is one of……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on May 15, 2009

Sears rehab shows the way
Atlantans got a possible peek at the future when they toured the old Sears building in Minneapolis….  
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on May 15, 2009

Column: Grant will help CCCS better serve Hispanics

A $908,000 grant from the Goizueta Foundation to the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Atlanta Inc. (CCCS) will expand financial services to metro……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on May 8, 2009

Black leaders unhappy about Delta Air Lines’ diversity

Top Atlanta civil rights leaders are voicing concern about Delta Air Lines Inc.’s commitment to diversity – be it in the number of executives,……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta and J. Scott Trubey on May 8, 2009

Column: BeltLine Partnership re-energizes fundraising

Call it a midterm celebration. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership threw a party at the Park Tavern on April 27 to reinvigorate its $60 million……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on May 1, 2009

Column: David Ratcliffe: Corporate America is on trial

Corporate executives in the country need to re-establish a reputation of integrity with their various constituencies. That was the message David Ratcliffe , CEO……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on April 24, 2009

Underground gaming killed by Gov. Perdue

The roll of the dice for casino gaming in downtown Atlanta has come up snake eyes. A half-billion-dollar pitch for a Georgia Lottery-based casino……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by J. Scott Trubey and Maria Saporta on April 24, 2009

 
The Insider: Turner honored for environmentalism

More than 400 people attended Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2009 Environmental Awards on April 9 at the Georgia Aquarium. At the lunch event, Laura……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on April 20, 2009

Column: Gifts to make foreclosures affordable housing 

Two major gifts from the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation will help local nonprofits acquire and rehab foreclosed homes in an effort to provide affordable……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on April 17, 2009

Emory wins national ‘Cancer Center’ status

After more than two decades of trying, Emory University will announce April 13 that it has won designation as a National Cancer Institute (NCI)……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Urvaksh Karkaria and Maria Saporta on April 10, 2009

Column: Woodruff donation helps to lift Atlanta Ballet

The Atlanta Ballet enjoyed two positive developments in the last few days. First, longtime Atlanta business and arts leader Virginia Hepner agreed to take……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on April 10, 2009

Column: Dogwood Festival adds events to raise revenue

For the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, 2009 will be a pivotal year. First, the 73-year-old festival will celebrate its return to its longtime home Piedmont……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on April 3, 2009

Borders back in Atlanta mayor’s race

Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders will run for mayor after all. According to people who have been urging her to reconsider a mayoral……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on March 27, 2009

Column: BofA’s Milton Jones: No brokers need to call

Midtown Atlanta is one of the most special communities in the region, Milton Jones , president of the Georgia market for Bank of America,……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on March 27, 2009

Column: City may finally be catching the green wave

A national movement to green our cities is coming to Atlanta. On March 17, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin released a study showing the city……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on March 20, 2009

Dan DuPree now Reynolds Cos. CEO

Dan DuPree, former president of Cousins Properties Inc. and most recently vice chairman, will become CEO of the Reynolds Cos. on March 23. DuPree……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on March 17, 2009

Column: United Way optimistic it will reach $82M goal

Atlanta’s United Way is counting its dollars hoping it can announce that it’s reached its $82 million goal at its “Campaign Appreciation” event on……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on March 13, 2009

New plan for symphony hall

A master planning effort by the Woodruff Arts Center has figured out a way to locate a new symphony hall at the corner of……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on March 13, 2009

Column: Ga. Power power exec Judy Anderson retiring

Sometimes, but far too rarely, someone reaches out to you and effortlessly changes your life. For me, that someone is Judy Anderson, who
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on March 6, 2009

‘Triple bottom line’ is his goal

For Pierre Ferrari, business is his bully pulpit. Or if he were a doctor, he would say: “First, do no harm.” Yet for Ferrari,……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on February 27, 2009

Column: Award caps incredible career for CCE’s Palmer

The Atlanta Business League spotlighted the top 100 black women of influence at its 14th annual Women of Vision breakfast Feb. 24. Yet it……

Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on February 27, 2009

Major new shows coming to the High Museum

The High Museum of Art is not slowing down because of the economic downturn. If anything, the High might use this time to bolster……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on February 20, 2009

Column: Atlanta’s newest park gets its own board

Atlanta’s newest up-and-coming park now has its own conservancy with an official board. The new park – to be known as the Historic Fourth……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on February 20, 2009

Circus having ‘best year we’ve ever had’

The recession is refusing to enter the three rings of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as it performs in Atlanta from……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on February 13, 2009

Cost, 6th runway key to airport talks

Future capital projects at the Atlanta airport, including a potential sixth runway, are on the table as Delta Air Lines Inc. and city officials……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by J. Scott Trubey and Maria Saporta on February 13, 2009

Column: AGL CEO takes chair of BeltLine Partnership

After nearly four years at the helm of the BeltLine Partnership, Ray Weeks Jr. is stepping down as chairman but he remains committed to……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on February 13, 2009

Column: Macy’s cuts its last connection to Rich’s

For most of the 20th century, two department stores dominated the Atlanta market – Rich’s and Davison’s. Now the last remnants of the corporate……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on February 6, 2009

Allen sells out of Ivan Allen

The family connection to the historic Ivan Allen Workspace business is no more. Louise Allen Moore, the great-granddaughter of the company’s founder, has sold……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on February 6, 2009

BIO convention may not deliver an industry boost

Georgia leaders are counting on the prestigious BIO 2009 convention coming to Atlanta in May to put the state on the map as an……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on January 30, 2009

Column: Buckhead Coalition banking on Jim Miller

As he takes over as chairman of the Buckhead Coalition, Jim Miller is not letting the economy dampen his hopes for the future. Miller,……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on January 30, 2009

Column: Coke’s CFO well prepared to help Boy Scouts

When he was growing up, Gary Fayard was a Boy Scout. Then both of Fayard’s sons became Boy Scouts. That partly explains why Fayard,……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on January 23, 2009

Delta and city start talks over airport dispute

City officials and Delta Air Lines Inc. executives met Jan. 21 to start hashing out a dispute that erupted publicly Jan. 17. Delta and……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by J. Scott Trubey and Maria Saporta on January 23, 2009

It could be lights out for some nonprofits in ’09

Some Atlanta nonprofit groups are in danger of going under as they are asked to deliver more services even as their budgets are cut……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta and John Manasso on January 23, 2009

ATL United Way pres. at inauguration

Milton Little, president of United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, made the inauguration a family affair. They drove to Washington, D.C. and stopped in Chattanooga,……

Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on January 20, 2009

Column: ATL chamber weighs shift in priorities

The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce has a strong brand of calling on the best minds in town to take on the toughest issues……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on January 16, 2009

Column: State hopes May meeting will boost biotech

The Georgia Research Alliance sees the upcoming international biotechnology conference coming to Atlanta in mid-May as a way to boost the industry in the……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on January 16, 2009

Column: Garrett would like to unify ‘the two Georgias’

When Georgia Power Co. President Mike Garrett becomes chairman of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce at its annual meeting on Jan. 12, he will……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on January 9, 2009

Fed chief sees a grand future for city

When Dennis Lockhart returned to Atlanta in March 2007 to become president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, he felt like Rip Van……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on January 9, 2009

Column: PATH working to link three downtown parks

For eight years, the PATH Foundation has been trying to find a way to get to Centennial Olympic Park – proposing several possible routes…….
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on January 2, 2009

Economy’s tide turns against Sea Island

Georgia’s most luxurious and world-renowned resort, Sea Island, is on rocky footing following a massive redevelopment and expansion of the resort that cost more……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on December 19, 2008

Planning over, transit board ready to move

For those who dream of having a regional transit system to help address metro Atlanta’s mobility problems, a key step is due to happen……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on December 12, 2008

Column: Center for Civil & Human Rights names 23 to board

A high-powered and diverse group of 23 leaders is joining the board of the proposed Center for Civil &Human Rights. The board is being……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on December 12, 2008

United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta to launch “Critical Needs” fund

The economic recession is increasing the social needs of the greater Atlanta community. That’s why the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta will announce Wednesday……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on December 9, 2008

Column: Wells to lead Atlanta Committee for Progress

SunTrust Banks Inc. CEO James Wells will be the new chairman of Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin’s high-level business cabinet — the Atlanta Committee for……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on December 8, 2008

Griffin Bell prepares for his final chapter

One of Atlanta’s legendary leaders – Judge Griffin Bell – knows his days are numbered. So he’s especially grateful for every day he’s still……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on December 5, 2008

Column: Leaders launch $100M fundraiser for Grady

Grady Hospital still needs more help from its friends. So say top Atlanta business and civic leaders who are launching an effort to raise……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on December 5, 2008

Column: Arts Center campaign team upbeat, optimistic

Georgia Power Co. President Mike Garrett has a tough job this year as chairman of the Woodruff Arts Center corporate campaign. The goal, which……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on November 28, 2008

Column: Ft. Mac redevelopment takes a significant step

The authority planning the redevelopment of Fort McPherson awarded the Matrix Design Group Inc. consulting team a contract to develop a business plan for……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on November 21, 2008

Metro Chamber picks Linginfelter for ’10

The second time may be the charm. Bill Linginfelter, area president for Regions Bank in North Georgia, was tapped Thursday to be chairman of……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on November 20, 2008

Study: GA needs $100B for transportation

A gap of about $100 billion exists to fulfill Georgia’s transportation needs in the next 20 years, according to the first part of a……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on November 18, 2008

Column: Isdell shares six lessons for a culture of ethics

An especially thoughtful Neville Isdell shared his views on ethics and corporate responsibility as he received the 2008 Ethics Advocate Award from Georgia State……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on November 14, 2008

Business not using green energy credit

A Georgia tax credit meant to encourage the use of alternative energy is going largely unused. “Clean energy” tax credits to promote more sustainable……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on November 14, 2008

Franklin: Obama’s victory will be good for Atlanta

Georgia may not have gone for Barack Obama in his successful presidential campaign. But Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin says we shouldn’t underestimate the role……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on November 7, 2008

Column: Woodruff helping CCCS aid ailing families

In her 17 years at the Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS), Suzanne Boas has never seen economic conditions that have hurt so many families…….
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on November 7, 2008

Three CEOs share their views on the economy

The downturn in the economy has hurt some companies more than others. At Leadership Atlanta’s CEO breakfast Nov. 28, three top-level executives shared their……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on October 31, 2008

Column: Women execs shine, but in fewer board seats

Women supporting women is the theme in Atlanta this week. CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) handed a check to the Atlanta Women’s Foundation on……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on October 31, 2008

Loftin leaves Regional Business Coalition

Stephen Loftin, executive director of the Regional Business Coalition for the past four years, is leaving the organization to become executive director of the……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on October 28, 2008

Ratajczak: ‘Of course it’s a recession’

If anyone was hoping to hear good news at the Atlanta Rotary Club’s lunch today, economist Don Ratajczak quickly changed that thought. Ratajczak, former……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on October 27, 2008

Column: Transportation plan could bring progress

As Sonny Deriso sees it, we are on the eve of real progress in addressing the region’s transportation problems. Deriso has been on the……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on October 24, 2008

Post CEO: Company is a survivor

It is a rough economy and an even tougher housing market, but Post Properties Inc. ‘s executives told shareholders at the company’s Oct. 16……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on October 24, 2008

Column: Neighborhood group adjusts to economic crisis

Until a few months ago, Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership Inc. (ANDP) focused its efforts on helping build mixed-income communities where nurses, public safety workers……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on October 17, 2008

Ga. senators discuss economic stabilization

The two U.S. senators from Georgia briefed the executive committee of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Thursday morning about the economic stabilization initiatives……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on October 16, 2008

Historic Fourth Ward Park on its way

…High-profile business journalist Maria Saporta has joined Atlanta Business Chronicle as a columnist. She will occasionally file……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Contributing Writer on October 15, 2008

Olens talks metro vs. state, transportation

…High-profile business journalist Maria Saporta has joined Atlanta Business Chronicle as a columnist. She will occasionally file……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on October 15, 2008

Column: Philly, Minneapolis leaders share view of city

We can learn so much when we see how others see us. This time, the people seeing us were two city delegations – one……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on October 10, 2008

J. Mack Robinson ‘devastated’ by Wachovia debacle

…State University’s business school was named after him in 1998. – Maria Saporta “I am devastated by what has happened to Wachovia Bank. It was……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on October 3, 2008

Deal-making did in Wachovia

The die was cast for Wachovia Corp. in 2001 when it joined forces with First Union Corp. and its then-CEO, Ken Thompson. From that……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta and Joe Rauch on October 3, 2008

Southern Co. CEO Ratcliffe talks about thankfulness, blessings

Life goes better when you begin your day with prayer. That was the message Southern Co. CEO David Ratcliffe imparted this morning in his……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on October 2, 2008

Georgia losing lead in research
Georgia’s technology economic development leaders now have hard evidence that the competition is tough and getting tougher. At a recent meeting of the public-private……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on September 26, 2008

Column: Commerce Club’s historic role could change

Three generations of Stephen Lutz ‘s family have been members of the Commerce Club , the prestigious downtown business club where Atlanta’s power structure……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on September 26, 2008

Georgia also behind in creating renewable energy

When it comes to research investment, many states are spending millions on technology to develop renewable energy. But Georgia is not one of the……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on September 26, 2008

Atlanta biz leaders discuss philanthropy

When Walter Driver, chairman of Goldman, Sachs & Co.’s Southeast division, organized a panel on philanthropy several months ago, little did he know that……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on September 25, 2008

Column: City a leader in national volunteer movement

A bipartisan national volunteer movement is under way, and Atlanta’s fingerprints are all over it. The ServiceNation summit in New York last week brought……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on September 19, 2008

Builder’s bankruptcy was ‘greatest learning experience’

Not everyone can declare personal bankruptcy and actually appreciate the experience. Then again, not everyone is Stephen Macauley, one of metro Atlanta’s top home……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on September 19, 2008

CBS’ Greenfield talks McCain vs. Obama

…High-profile business journalist Maria Saporta has joined Atlanta Business Chronicle as a columnist. She will occasionally file……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on September 17, 2008

Column: Wanted: Strong candidates for mayor, governor

If the Atlanta business community were to put out an ad, it might read: Wanted: a strong candidate for mayor. And then it could……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on September 12, 2008

‘World is Flat’ author Friedman promotes ‘Hot, Flat and Crowded’ in Atlanta

…High-profile business journalist Maria Saporta has joined Atlanta Business Chronicle as a columnist. She will occasionally file……
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Maria Saporta on September 10, 2008

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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