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  • 06/05/17--03:14: Georgia Trend reader survey
  • What do you think about Georgia Trend’s June issue? Now through Friday, June 16, tell us what you liked best, what you didn’t and what you’d like to see more of in the pages of Georgia Trend. Your participation in this brief survey – just 10 questions – will help us deliver the stories and news to help you, our readers, learn more about the broad and diverse state we live and do business in, run your business well and thrive in your career. Georgia is constantly changing and evolving, and while we do our best to keep our finger on the pulse –

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    Last weekend, Atlanta’s own Red Brick Brewing Co. launched its new Whale Shark Wheat beer with a fun-filled event in partnership with the Georgia Aquarium. The launch party celebrated both partners’ commitment to sustainability and conservation of aquatic animals and included complimentary tastings, food and music. Proceeds from sales of the “whale of an ale” will support the Georgia Aquarium’s worldwide research and conservation efforts. Photos from the event courtesy of Georgia Trend.

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    The MacArthur Foundation, one of the nation’s largest independent philanthropies, recently awarded a $1 million grant to the Atlanta-based Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) to “encourage public discourse and support leadership on climate solutions.” The grant, part of $19 million donated to organizations across the county, is the largest single award in PSE’s history. In addition, PSE is the only organization focusing on climate change effects on vulnerable populations and communities of color to receive a donation of this significance from the foundation. The MacArthur grant will assist in building PSE’s “Just Energy” portfolio, which works with other Atlanta organizations

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    Recently, state and county officials convened in downtown Atlanta to honor the centennial founding of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, now known as the ACCG, and what is today the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). The group attended the dedication of a historical marker erected by the Georgia Historical Society near the site of the former Kimball House Hotel, where ACCG’s original 135 county commissioners met to create the first state highway department, now the GDOT. During the past 100 years, the two organizations have collaborated to advance transportation throughout our state, which has resulted in Georgia having the nation’s 10th

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    During Manufacturing Appreciation Week, Gov. Nathan Deal announced three companies chosen as the state’s 2017 Manufacturers of the Year. Flowery Branch-based King’s Hawaiian Bakery East, makers of sweet dinner rolls, was selected in the category of 500 or more employees; Great Dane Trailers in Statesboro, which produces refrigerated trailers, won the 150-to-500-employee category; and Newnan’s Grenzebach Corp., an international high-tech company, took the top award in the category of 150 or fewer employees. “We honor these winners for their excellence and for their contributions to our state’s economy and their local communities,” said Deal. He noted that Georgia is home

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    Thrill seekers and nature buffs with a taste for adventure now have a new way to appreciate the beauty of Unicoi State Park near Helen. The park has added a Level 2 zipline course with eight ziplines that are 500 to 2,000 feet in length at a height of 50 to 100 feet above the ground. The new Level 2 course joins the tamer Level 1 course, giving Unicoi the largest zipline canopy tour and aerial adventure park in North Georgia. The zipline tours provide breathtaking views of the park’s 1,029 wilderness acres and 54-acre Unicoi Lake. Those who prefer

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  • 06/19/17--03:29: Farm-fresh meal delivery
  • Anyone with a Facebook account has seen ads for Blue Apron or Hello Fresh, those national meal delivery companies that seem to have unlimited advertising budgets. What if you’re a Georgia company that does the same thing? Do those ads make it easier or harder to do business? “With Blue Apron and Hello Fresh, I’m so thankful that they did come into the marketplace,” says Stephanie Wright, co-owner of Dinner A’Fare, a meal delivery company out of Suwanee, “because previous to them, advertising was very challenging for us. Not only did we have to advertise who we are, but we

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    The Southern 75 cocktail, a French 75 laced with mint and peach bitters, is available at The Federal — a classic French bistro in Midtown Atlanta. Learn more about the drink and the restaurant in this month’s Georgia Fare review, “Compounded Interest.” Photo courtesy of

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    More than a quality-of-life endeavor, the arts — both commercial and nonprofit — are an enterprise with a large impact on Georgia’s economy — $62.5 million annually and 200,000 jobs. Hear what Executive Director of the Georgia Council for the Arts Karen Paty says about the creative industries and read more about their economic impact in this month’s Georgia Trend feature “Artful Endeavors.”   Photo and video of Karen Paty courtesy of

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    Twenty-four businesses from 15 counties recently received GLOBE (Georgia Launching Opportunities By Exporting) Awards at the 2017 Go Global reception. The Georgia Department of Economic Development-led awards program recognizes companies that entered a new international market in the previous year. This year’s winners, most of which are small businesses, collectively expanded into 129 new markets in 2016. Along with the awards presentation, the fourth annual Go Global reception offered opportunities for Georgia companies to network with representatives from international markets, including Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Columbia, Europe, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Congratulations to the 2017

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  • 07/03/17--04:09: Happy Independence Day!
  • We at Georgia Trend wish you and yours a safe and happy 4th!

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    The Windsor Hotel is a c. 1890’s beauty in Americus, in Southwest Georgia. It’s a great spot if you’re planning a trip to Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village and Discovery Center, Maranatha Baptist Church (where Jimmy Carter teaches Sunday School) in Plains or Providence Canyon in Lumpkin.

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    Who do you think is the state’s most effective lawyer? Now through Friday, July 28, 2017, you can tell us. Georgia Trend magazine’s annual Legal Elite listing will highlight the state’s most effective lawyers in 16 different practice areas. The list of the state’s Legal Elite, as chosen by their peers, will appear in the December 2017 issue. Any attorney who lives and works in Georgia and is a member of the Georgia bar is eligible to nominate a peer. You cannot nominate yourself, but you can nominate attorneys in your own firm, as long as you put forward an equal or greater number of

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    Savannah’s easy sipping vibe recently received a unique counterpoint with the opening of the American Prohibition Museum in the downtown City Market. Exhibits in the new museum examine all facets of prohibition, from the organizations behind the early 1900s campaigns to ban booze to the illicit alcohol trade. Georgia’s role in prohibition is also featured, including the state’s voluntary vote to go dry in all counties by 1908, well before passage of the 18th Amendment. During Prohibition, Georgia had the dubious honor of operating more moonshine stills than any other state and the American Prohibition Museum now houses the country’s largest

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    For one Georgia school district, the days of on-site school nurses have evolved into high-tech, long-distance healthcare. Beginning in August, Montgomery County elementary and middle schools will pilot a complete telemedicine solution at no cost to the schools. 24/7 Kid Doc, Inc., will operate a proprietary telemedicine system that allows pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners to remotely examine and diagnose children at their schools in real time, enabling faster treatment for ailments and increasing convenience for parents. Students’ remote examination by 24/7 Kid Doc medical professionals will be billed through their private health insurance or Medicaid provider much like a

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  • 07/12/17--04:07: Athens invests in tourism
  • The Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Classic Center multi-use conference venue and The Classic Center Cultural Foundation have joined forces to award $15,000 in Athens Local Product Development Grants to three organizations. Receiving the awards are The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, art-house theatre Ciné and Athens Popfest, a four-day summer music festival. The one-to-one matching grant program is new this year and is designed to help organizations develop tourism products and experiences that will attract visitors to Athens-Clarke County. The botanical garden will use its funds to present a Garden Travel exhibit in January, while Ciné is working on

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  • 07/14/17--03:19: Georgia Trend wins awards
  • It’s awards season and the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Alliance of Area Business Publishers (AABP) have recognized Georgia Trend Editor-at-Large Susan Percy and Publisher Emeritus Neely Young with awards for excellence in journalism. Percy took Gold in the AABP’s Best Bylined Commentary category for a collection of her 2016 Business Casual columns, including: “Looking Good,” June 2016 “A $20-million Toast,” November 2016 “Let’s Keep it Simple,” December 2016 In recognizing Percy, the AABP said: “Ms. Percy’s columns consistently grapple with difficult political and economic issues – religious discrimination, sexual harassment, education and health care – in a

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  • 07/17/17--03:21: Georgia Restaurant Week
  • Looking for a new place to take a date or your spouse or good friends? The Georgia Restaurant Association has some deals for you! Today through Sunday, July 23 is Georgia Restaurant Week. It’s a great time to check out those bucket-list restaurants you’ve been meaning to try. Georgia Restaurant Week allows locals and visitors alike to explore dining options throughout the state for a set price and experience the local products in Georgia’s restaurants. A complete list of participating restaurants and their restaurant-week deals can be found here. Bon appétit!

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    It’s hard to live in Georgia and not be familiar with Habitat for Humanity – especially after the recent story about President Jimmy Carter (age 92) collapsing at a Habitat build (he’s okay). But, what’s not as well known is Habitat for Humanity International’s Global Village and Discovery Center in Americus, a museum where visitors can see examples of both the types of houses Habitat builds around the world and the types of structures (it’s hard to call them houses) they replace. It’s an opportunity for people to “experience Habitat’s mission through sight and touch,” says Jennifer Harris, manager of

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    Rockdale County’s new Costley Mill Park features 77 acres of natural beauty along the banks of Big Haynes Creek. The park, which was privately owned until last month, opens to the public next spring.   Photos: Rockdale County

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