Georgia’s major initiative to ease traffic congestion along I-75/I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties is to open this weekend. The Northwest Corridor Express Lanes are slated to open mid-day Saturday, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday.
Atlanta received more federal tax credits to spur development in the round of awards announced Tuesday than it did in the previous round, awarded in 2016. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms heralded the latest award as one of the largest in the country.
By Guest Columnist TAIFA S. BUTLER, executive director of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
You’ve no doubt heard many times Georgia is the No. 1 place to do business, but what if the state can also be the top place to settle and raise a family? That is the audacious vision the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute unveiled at its Jan. 25 policy conference under the banner “People-Powered Prosperity.”
Georgia needs a people-first strategy to build a stronger, more inclusive economy.
By Guest Columnist PAM TATUM, CEO of Quality Care for Children
No doubt the City of Atlanta has a lot going for it. The new mayor will take charge of a vibrant city with a reputation as a great place to do business – a city with a growing population that’s a major destination for young college grads. But with all Atlanta has going for it, it may not be the best place for young people to start a family and educate their children.
The latest report on jobs and wages in the Southeast continues to tell the story of a tight labor market, but one that’s not tight enough to drive up wages, according to the Federal Reserve’s economic report.
The NAFTA talks slated to conclude Monday have transpired as an array of Georgia voices have sought to be heard: The Georgia Chamber of Commerce and five local chambers; small farmers seeking protection from competitors based in the U.S. and Mexico; and Sonny Perdue, a former Georgia governor now serving as U.S. agriculture secre
Metro Atlanta commuters can find solace in a factoid nestled in a report released Thursday by the Georgia Ports Authority. Some 50,000 trucks a year are to be removed from the region’s highways once an inland port served by rail opens next year in Chatsworth, officials say.
Metro Atlanta and Georgia have always been obsessed with economic development – attracting new companies to town or getting existing companies to expand.
So when Amazon says it wants to locate its second headquarters in a place with transit, it is sending a message loud and clear to our state and local officials that metro Atlanta needs to expand its regional transit system.
Hurricane Irma isn’t helping the Port of Savannah as huge ships come and go. The good news is that largest ship ever to call on the East Coast departed Sunday from Savannah. The not-so-good news is that a large vessel is due to arrive Friday at 2 p.m. – just 10 hours before the port is to close.
Gov. Nathan Deal’s trade mission to Hollywood in 2015 evidently continues to reap benefits. Deal announced the film industry generated $9.5 billion of economic impact for the fiscal year that ended June 30. That’s up from the $7 billion in economic impact for the previous fiscal year.
Cuba and Alabama signed a deal Thursday to explore opportunities to grow trade between the state port in Mobile and Cuba. A similar deal planned for two ports in Florida was cancelled following threats by Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott to cut state funding to any state port that signed a deal with Cuba.
Atlanta, host of the 2019 Super Bowl, can take heart in a report issued Thursday by Moody’s Investor Service. Moody’s predicted that the Super Bowl in Houston will raise tax revenues that are pledged to repay bonds issued to build NRG Stadium.
Although President-elect Trump has shaken global commerce with his call for revamping U.S. trade agreements, an economist who specializes in infrastructure says Georgia has no reason to change its investment strategy at state-owned seaports.
Cyber Monday is expected to launch a record-high e-commerce penetration this holiday season, even as the retail industry tries to protect its legacy malls with new concepts such as one being tested by the owner of Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square.
A new $110 million movie and TV studio for filming and editing productions is moving forward with plans to open in Covington in 2017, according to Georgia planning documents. Evidently, the company sees a great need to keep its cards close to the chest.
The once-behemoth Rural Georgia is slumping to its knees. The region that once controlled the governor’s office, state House and Senate, and the highway department is bleeding jobs as health care is becoming scarce, according to accounts in two recent reports.
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.
A new chapter is about to begin in the process of deepening the Savannah Harbor to accommodate massive ships that are arriving from the expanded Panama Canal. It involves updating the maps of shoals that are based on data collected before World War II.
In hopes of attracting a piece of the thriving internet business, Fulton County’s Board of Commissioners has put a referendum on the Nov. 8 ballot to ask voters if they want to provide a tax exemption on all goods stored in warehouses that are to be sent to internet shoppers.