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Kessel Stelling

Column: Chamber asks legislators to help protect Georgia’s brand

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Jan. 12, 2018

The Georgia Chamber of Commercewill ask elected officials and people running for office to take an oath that doctors usually take – first, do no harm.

The coming year will be especially sensitive for Georgia’s business climate. Not only is the state in a fierce competition to lure the Amazon HQ2 to Georgia. It also will be a year when Georgians will elect a new governor, lieutenant governor and a host of statewide cabinet positions.

at City Hall on Tuesday, at the announcement of the Civic Center sale closing. Credit: Maggie Lee

Atlanta Housing Authority’s recent actions need further scrutiny

Recent actions by the Atlanta Housing Authority need to be viewed through a magnifying glass.

Despite owning hundreds of acres of land, AHA is spending millions of dollars to buy more land from the City of Atlanta, another public entity.

AHA couches these land deals as helping fulfill its goal to develop more affordable housing in the City of Atlanta. But over the past eight years, AHA has not developed any new housing units on its significant land holdings.

Greensferry sewer tunnel

Atlanta’s state agenda not approved by city council, including planned sales tax extension for water, sewer

Atlanta doesn’t have a state legislative agenda that’s been approved by the Atlanta City Council. That’s because then Mayor Kasim Reed didn’t present a proposed agenda to the council last autumn amid the buzz over the general and run-off elections, according to two members of the administration who spoke at Wednesday’s meeting of the city council’s Finance/Executive Committee.