Entries by David Pendered

Metro Atlanta leaders react to Amazon choosing region for HQ2 shortlist

Metro Atlanta’s civic, business and elected leadership were among those who on Thursday expressed some strong reactions after learning Thursday morning that Amazon had included the region in its short list of 20 regions where the company’s second headquarters would be located. Here is a collection of the responses:

Trump’s Haiti comments don’t resonate with Georgia’s history, modern aid programs

Whatever President Trump actually said about Haiti, the spirit of the comments doesn’t square in Georgia. Haitian soldiers sailed to defend Savannah during the Revolutionary War. On Monday, an Atlanta human rights leader who’s active in Haiti observed that Haiti’s modern woes stem from lingering resentment, and resulting poverty, over the outcome of Haiti’s revolution that overthrew the French in 1804.

Atlanta to settle case of family’s Labrador Retriever dog shot, killed by police in 2013

Atlanta plans to settle the case with a family whose dog was shot and killed by an Atlanta police officer on Nov. 10, 2013. The $25,000 settlement is a fraction of the $500,000 initially sought, but does come with the comfort of a recently approved training program for officers when they encounter animals.

City seeks to demolish four houses along BeltLine as market doesn’t warrant their upkeep

Crytocurrency doesn’t have a thing on real estate along the Atlanta BeltLine when it comes to the adrenalin rush of speculative investing. The city’s proposal to demolish four derelict houses reminds of that, along with the tatty condition of some dwellings in BeltLine neighborhoods that are supposed to be poised for a gold rush.

Georgia expanding cyber facility near Augusta as part of build-up by military, industry

Georgia’s role in enhancing the nation’s cyber security was underscored by the groundbreaking last week for the state’s second cyber range in Augusta. The expansion of the state’s footprint is underway as the U.S. Army is developing the Cyber Center of Excellence at nearby Fort Gordon and at least one industrial partner has built a cyber facility.

Former House leader takes reins of environmental affairs firm he’s served since 2012

Another page of Georgia’s environmental history is turning at the state Capitol. Joe Tanner, a former commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, is turning the keys to his lobbying and consulting firm over to former House Majority Leader Jerry Keen – who has lobbied for the firm’s clients since 2012.

Trump’s offshore drilling proposal eliminates 50-mile buffer between coastline, drill rigs

The continental waters off Georgia’s coast are to opened to drilling for oil and natural gas in leases to be signed in 2020, 2022, and 2024, under a draft proposal released Thursday by the Trump administration that would open most of the nation’s seabed to drilling. Environmental groups have announced their opposition to the plan.

Buckhead CID’s executive director refutes parts of story about Ga. 400 park project

Jim Durrett, executive director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District, strongly refuted Tuesday the notion that plans are afoot to tax condo owners in Buckhead to raise money for a planned park above Ga. 400, as reported in SaportaReport. Durrett also said the park’s financial model has been made public.