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Atlanta’s Arby’s announces expansion to Egypt

Atlanta-based fast food chain Arby’s will open 50 restaurants in Egypt beginning next year. The company reached an agreement with Egyptian restaurant operator and promoter of international brands, Vantage Egypt for Tourism and Entertainment, to introduce the Arby’s brand in Egypt. “We are excited to welcome Vantage Egypt in to the Arby’s family and look forward to working with...


Atlanta Gulch project could include nine high-rises, new streets

Atlanta Gulch project could include nine high-rises, new streets

A Los Angeles developer wants to fill 27 acres of downtown Atlanta’s Gulch with new streets and high-rises that would fundamentally alter the landscape of the city’s core. CIM Group filed documents this month with regional planners detailing what would be the largest single development downtown since Portman’s Peachtree Center started in the 1960s. CIM wants to build more than...
Exclusive: Mammoth Gulch project would reshape downtown Atlanta

Exclusive: Mammoth Gulch project would reshape downtown Atlanta

The development team planning a mini-city in downtown Atlanta’s Gulch envisions a network of streets and skyscrapers that stretches from CNN Center to the Richard B. Russell Federal Courthouse, documents reviewed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution show. Documents included in a transportation plan for the 27-acre site detail what would be the largest single development downtown since Portman&rsquo...
Decision on fate of Plant Vogtle might come by the end of the month

Decision on fate of Plant Vogtle might come by the end of the month

Recent corporate tax reforms passed by the Senate and the House could prompt a decision on the fate of embattled nuclear power plant Vogtle by the end of this year. The decision on Vogtle was initially set for February but in letter exchanges this week between the CEO of Georgia Power Paul Bowers and the chairman of the Georgia Public Service Commission, Stan Wise, the outcome may come faster than...
Delta cancels 625 flights amid storm

Delta cancels 625 flights amid storm

Airlines have canceled hundreds of flights scheduled for Friday amid a winter storm in Atlanta. Delta Air Lines said it canceled about 625 flights Friday. The Atlanta-based airline is thinning its operation due to the impact of the storm, including the need to de-ice planes. Delta normally operates about 950 departures a day from Atlanta. Southwest Airlines, the second-largest carrier at...
These metro Atlanta companies are making big hires this December

These metro Atlanta companies are making big hires this December

Looking for a job this December? Plenty of companies are making big hires in metro Atlanta for a wide variety of positions. Whether you'd like to help open a new restaurant or have experience with technology, check out the following companies that have lots of openings this December: The popular restaurant South City Kitchen is opening its fourth location at Avalon in Alpharetta and is hiring...
Here's what your astrological sign says about your career path

Here's what your astrological sign says about your career path

Whether you're thriving in your career or constantly struggling to come to terms with your workplace situation, maybe you were born this way. Just like Meyer's Brigg personality tests or any number of other workplace prognosticators, your zodiac sign may influence your career values and motivations. Horoscope astrology is based on the idea that our identities and the events that shape our lives...
Ga. business initiative encourages corporate generosity

Ga. business initiative encourages corporate generosity

“By celebrating all the ways companies are being generous and raising awareness about the value of giving back, others will want to join in,” said the CEO of Jackson Healthcare, Richard L. Jackson in a statement. Through the program, businesses share best practices and learn from each other. “We want business leaders across the state to know that if they are giving back...
Feeling crafty this holiday season? 5 artsy ideas that can bring in cash

Feeling crafty this holiday season? 5 artsy ideas that can bring in cash

The most wonderful time of the year could be a wonderful time for your wallet as well.  If you're a pro at arts and crafts, the Christmas season opens up opportunities to showcase your talents and develop a lucrative holiday business. "Christmas is one of the busiest times for me as a graphic designer," said Tonya Wright, an award-winning, Georgia-based creative consultant and owner...
Griffin woman files complaint against Walmart for anti-pregnancy bias

Griffin woman files complaint against Walmart for anti-pregnancy bias

A Griffin woman has filed legal action against Walmart for company managers’ treatment of her, charging them with discrimination against pregnant workers. In a filing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Atlanta, Whitney Tomlinson, 30, a single mother, is asking for an unspecified amount of money from the Arkansas-based retail giant, as well as for orders that would compel different...
Delta adds checked bag fee to lowest fares to Europe

Delta adds checked bag fee to lowest fares to Europe

Delta is adding a first checked bag fee for its lowest-priced seats on flights to Europe and North Africa, sold under the “basic economy” label. The new checked baggage fee takes effect for trans-Atlantic basic economy tickets purchased starting Dec. 6 for flights April 10, 2018 or later. The first checked bag fee for basic economy fares on trans-Atlantic flights is $60, while the...
Atlanta-based GE Power to cut 12,000 jobs worldwide

Atlanta-based GE Power to cut 12,000 jobs worldwide

The Atlanta-based power division of General Electric said Thursday it is cutting its global workforce by 12,000 as part of corporate restructuring by the industrial giant and amid weak demand for coal and gas turbines. GE Power said the cuts will affect “both professional and production employees,” according to a news release. GE announced plans to cut $3.5 billion this year and next...
Kempner: A $5.2 billion reason Georgia politicians should listen now

Kempner: A $5.2 billion reason Georgia politicians should listen now

This one should be hard for Georgia Power to squirm out of. Unless elected state leaders willfully close their ears, as they’ve done in the past. Experts for the state just filed written testimony that amounts to 140 pages of incriminations against Georgia Power and its contractor over the nuclear expansion of Plant Vogtle. The experts’ conclusion: massive costs on Vogtle are unreasonable...
Does birth order affect you in the workplace?

Does birth order affect you in the workplace?

Want a better relationship with your boss, or at least a better understanding? Quit trying to figure out her favorite latte and start evaluating her birth order. There really is some science behind birth order's affect on all manner of relationships, according to Real Simple, and workplace success and interaction is one of the areas susceptible to birth order's influence. In a lot of cases, notes...
Delta strikes joint venture deal with Canadian carrier WestJet

Delta strikes joint venture deal with Canadian carrier WestJet

Delta Air Lines announced Wednesday it has struck an agreement for a joint venture with Canadian carrier WestJet. The deal, if approved by the companies’ boards and regulatory authorities, would deepen a partnership between the two carriers. WestJet and Atlanta-based Delta have had a code-share marketing partnership since 2012, and have agreed to a preliminary memorandum of understanding for...
7 temp holiday jobs to flip into full-time fun

7 temp holiday jobs to flip into full-time fun

Some holiday gigs require treating naughty shoppers nice. Others demand that you bring joy to the world in the midst of melancholy weather. If you're up for the challenge of fast-paced, unpredictable seasonal work with a good attitude and work ethic, you might set yourself up for a potentially permanent position. Package handlers: Across the nation this time of year, UPS hires a barrage of part-time ...
Atlanta tech companies worry that tax bill undermines research

Atlanta tech companies worry that tax bill undermines research

Congress still needs to meld different editions of a proposed tax overhaul, but one version is causing worry among metro Atlanta’s technology companies. A combination of clauses in the bill passed by the Senate virtually eliminate much of the current tax incentives for research. The bill sets a new, lower tax rate — and then does not permit companies to reduce it by claiming tax breaks...
Package delayed? You’re not alone. Some UPS shipments are late amid a crush of holiday orders

Package delayed? You’re not alone. Some UPS shipments are late amid a crush of holiday orders

Some UPS packages have been delayed amid a crush of orders from online sales the week after Thanksgiving, the shipping giant acknowledged Tuesday. Sandy Spring-based UPS said some packages are taking an additional one to two days in transit, a situation expected to last through Wednesday, said company spokesman Steve Gaut. The company expects to handle a total of 750 million packages over...
5 unique side gigs you’ll probably enjoy more than your day job

5 unique side gigs you’ll probably enjoy more than your day job

Whether you're looking to make some extra money or want to pursue another career, side gigs can help you reach your goals. They can help you broaden your skills and experience while giving your budget a nice infusion of cash. Ideally, a side gig won't feel like drudgery but will instead be something you'll look forward to doing. If you're in an unfamiliar city, you probably don't know your way...
John Lewis tribute wall planned for Hartsfield-Jackson

John Lewis tribute wall planned for Hartsfield-Jackson

Atlanta officials plan to install a John Lewis tribute wall at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Atlanta city councilmember Andre Dickens discussed the project at the city council’s meeting Monday. Hartsfield-Jackson International, the Atlanta City Council and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed plan for a wall to pay tribute to the civil rights icon and U.S. Representative on a wall near the domestic...
PSC staff says cancel Vogtle if project remains ‘uneconomic’

PSC staff says cancel Vogtle if project remains ‘uneconomic’

Analysts appointed by the Georgia Public Service Commission to evaluate progress at plant Vogtle in Augusta say the project should be cancelled as Georgia Power failed to manage it in a “reasonable manner.” “Completion of the project is no longer economic given the additional costs and schedule delays,” the analysts said in written testimony to commissioners. They recommended...
City council approves ATL airport concessions worker retention measure

City council approves ATL airport concessions worker retention measure

The Atlanta City Council approved a measure to require new airport concessionaires to retain workers of previous firms. Labor union UNITE HERE has pushed for worker retention ordinances in other cities, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration worked with the union on the ordinance the city council approved Monday. The ordinance establishes an airport service contractor worker retention...
Home building continues, but Atlanta’s growth slowing, expert says

Home building continues, but Atlanta’s growth slowing, expert says

The steady pace of job creation used to mean a parallel surge in home construction, but the housing market has new rules, said one of the area’s highest-profile analysts. The coming year will see an unspectacular increase in the number of permits for new homes in metro Atlanta, said John Hunt, the principal of MarketNsight and president of data firm ViaSearch. Hunt was speaking Monday at his...
UPS buys company to build customs brokerage business

UPS buys company to build customs brokerage business

UPS announced it is acquiring trade management firm Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services to build the shipping giant’s customs brokerage business. Sandy Spring-based UPS said it made the acquisition Nov. 30. Sandler & Travis Travel Advisory Services has 750 employees who specialize in trade, with most of them based outside the United States. UPS International president Jim Barber said the...
Next phase starts in Savannah River deepening

Next phase starts in Savannah River deepening

Crews have started a new phase in the deepening of the Savannah River, the nearly $1 billion project to allow bigger ships to pass with fewer restrictions to the state’s bustling main port. The Army Corps of Engineers said work started last week on the final segment of dredging in the river’s outer channel. The corps Monday news release said contractor Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. will...
What happened when North Carolina cut taxes like the GOP plans to for the country

What happened when North Carolina cut taxes like the GOP plans to for the country

BURLINGTON, NC — For a peek into a world after a massive tax cut, visit North Carolina and ride along with factory owner Eric Henry. Conservative groups have hailed North Carolina as a model of a tax overhaul since it began slashing state corporate and individual tax rates four years ago. And one of the effort's main architects, Thom Tillis, is now in the U.S. Senate, where early Saturday...
Atlanta ethics office investigates airport conflict of interest issue

Atlanta ethics office investigates airport conflict of interest issue

Hartsfield-Jackson International awarded a lucrative contract and contract extensions to a concessionaire that’s in a partnership with the wife of an airport executive. The city of Atlanta’s ethics office is conducting a preliminary investigation into the matter involving airport executive Cortez Carter, according to ethics officer Jabu Sengova. Carter was placed on paid administrative...
Wes Moss: Use this checklist to learn if you can retire in 2018

Wes Moss: Use this checklist to learn if you can retire in 2018

Hard to believe, but we’re heading around the corner from 2017 into 2018. As the new year approaches, you’re likely considering new financial goals, like a revised budget, a better investment strategy, or even the big R – retirement. If checking out of your career and into the post-work portion of life is on your New Year’s to-do list, it’s important to really assess...
Kempner: It’s not a new toothpaste. Georgia city adopts a brand name

Kempner: It’s not a new toothpaste. Georgia city adopts a brand name

A city is not a brand of toothpaste. But there are times when it gets treated like one. Leaders and residents of a new Georgia city on the south side of metro Atlanta spent weeks coming up with a new name for their community of nearly 90,000 people. It was an exercise in Branding 101, with a clear feeling that money and business might be on the line. They wanted a name that would attract employers...
Tax package: Atlanta businesses want cuts, fret about other impacts

Tax package: Atlanta businesses want cuts, fret about other impacts

As Congress wrangles its way toward what could be dramatic change in the nation’s tax structure, Atlanta-area businesses await with a range of hopes — and worries. Pretty much everybody likes getting a tax cut, but an Atlanta Journal-Constitution sampling of entrepreneurs and executives showed that other provisions raise concerns about the legislation chilling the region’s all-important...
Georgia Power CEO: Pitch for Amazon HQ2 about showing Atlanta’s ‘heart’

Georgia Power CEO: Pitch for Amazon HQ2 about showing Atlanta’s ‘heart’

If you had the opportunity to show Amazon around Atlanta as it hunts for a site for its second headquarters and 50,000 jobs — where would you take the e-commerce giant? For Paul Bowers, CEO of Georgia Power, such a visit wouldn’t just entail tours of land and shimmering glass office towers that might be suitable for HQ2. To sell the Seattle behemoth on metro Atlanta, Bowers said in a recent...
Atlanta weighs airport concessions worker retention measure

Atlanta weighs airport concessions worker retention measure

City of Atlanta officials are proposing a measure that would require new airport concessionaires to retain workers of previous firms. Labor union UNITE HERE has pushed for worker retention ordinances in other cities, and Atlanta officials worked with the union on the ordinance being considered by the Atlanta City Council. On Wednesday, the Atlanta City Council finance committee voted unanimously in...
Winners picked for Atlanta airport shop contracts but no approvals yet

Winners picked for Atlanta airport shop contracts but no approvals yet

Several companies have been selected for lucrative contracts running retail shops at the world’s busiest airport, though the city has not yet moved the deals forward for approval amid controversy surrounding the contracting process. Atlanta procurement officials earlier this year said they planned to get the contracts, which are worth tens of millions of dollars, finalized before Mayor...
New filings for huge project in Atlanta’s Gulch, a possible Amazon site

New filings for huge project in Atlanta’s Gulch, a possible Amazon site

A proposal for a mammoth downtown Atlanta project that closely matches the criteria laid out for Amazon’s new North American headquarters took another step forward Wednesday. An affiliate of Los Angeles-based developer CIM Group, which was co-founded by Richard Ressler, the brother of Atlanta Hawks lead owner Tony Ressler, submitted Wednesday a development of regional impact application...
9 secrets you should keep to yourself at work

9 secrets you should keep to yourself at work

While the Harvey Weinstein scandal (among others) may usher in the healthy policy of bringing workplace harassment into the public eye, other workplace situations are better kept secret. Even if you work in a place that feels safe, with colleagues who are friends and an "all in it together" workplace vibe, you shouldn't share certain personal information, noted management and organization...
Kempner: About those UGA football tickets you didn’t know you paid for

Kempner: About those UGA football tickets you didn’t know you paid for

I’m betting you didn’t realize this, but you helped strangers buy some really great season tickets to Georgia football, Duke basketball and Ohio State Buckeyes games. Hopefully you won’t have to do it again next year. I’m a big fan of college sports. But I don’t expect the federal government and taxpayers to help me pay for the best seats at games. (I’m too cheap...
Winners picked for lucrative Atlanta airport shop contracts, but no approvals yet

Winners picked for lucrative Atlanta airport shop contracts, but no approvals yet

Several companies have been selected for lucrative contracts running retail shops at the world’s busiest airport, though the city has not yet moved the deals forward for approval amid controversy surrounding the contracting process. The city of Atlanta’s procurement department wrote notification letters this month for the contracts for retail shops. The biggest contracts would go...
Delta passenger upset after being mistaken for human trafficking victim

Delta passenger upset after being mistaken for human trafficking victim

A Delta Air Lines passenger is upset after being mistaken for a human trafficking victim. Lawrenceville resident Stephanie Ung and her friend were returning from a birthday trip in Cancun and coming home to family on Thanksgiving when they were stopped and questioned by officials after the flight. Her brother Henry Ung described the incident in a Facebook post alleging racial discrimination. Stephanie...
State moves forward with Georgia World Congress Center hotel plan

State moves forward with Georgia World Congress Center hotel plan

The board that governs the Georgia World Congress Center voted Tuesday to pursue a pre-development agreement with a Boston company for a hotel at the downtown convention center, an important step as the state agency crafts plans for the 1,010-room high-rise. The vote sets the framework for negotiations between Georgia World Congress Center Authority and Drew Co., the authority’s private...
Atlanta home prices up, but not at the pace of most big cities

Atlanta home prices up, but not at the pace of most big cities

A drop in the number of lower-cost homes available in metro Atlanta could push builders to focus more on the market for first-time buyers next year, though a much-watched national report predicted Tuesday that area prices will continue to rise. Atlanta has a reputation as being affordable, and its prices aren’t increasing as quickly as many other regions, according to the S&P CoreLogic...
Arby’s to buy Buffalo Wild Wings in huge restaurant deal

Arby’s to buy Buffalo Wild Wings in huge restaurant deal

Fast food giant Arby’s Restaurant Group is getting into the sit-down casual dining business, announcing a deal Tuesday to acquire the Buffalo Wild Wings chain in a nearly $3 billion transaction. Sandy Springs-based Arby’s, backed by the Roark Capital Group private equity firm, said it would buy the sports bar and wings chain for $157 per share in cash and assume debt as part of the...
Hartsfield-Jackson Thanksgiving crowds fail to set record at world’s busiest airport

Hartsfield-Jackson Thanksgiving crowds fail to set record at world’s busiest airport

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport officials were girding for unprecedented crowds over the busy Thanksgiving travel period. Airport and Transportation Security Administration officials were expecting an eye-popping 97,000 passengers to pass through security checkpoints at the Atlanta airport on Sunday, up nearly 20 percent year-over-year. Well, the record forecast turned out to be a real...
More delays for Hartsfield-Jackson restaurant contracts

More delays for Hartsfield-Jackson restaurant contracts

A long-delayed plan for a new food court at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is being further bogged down by contracting issues. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport started the contracting process for a collection of new restaurants at the center of Concourse C in January 2015. But today, nearly three years later, there is no food court there. Where those restaurants should be is...
Atlanta gas prices have dropped, but don’t get too used to it

Atlanta gas prices have dropped, but don’t get too used to it

Yes, the traffic was horrible. You burned a lot of gas, just sitting and listening to your spouse complain about your family. But at least the gas you were burning wasn’t five bucks a gallon — you got through the Thanksgiving holiday with the third lowest gas prices since 2008. You probably won’t be so lucky at Christmas. A wind is coming from afar that soon will be pushing pump...
Strong Ga. economy, consumer confidence to boost 2017 holiday shopping

Strong Ga. economy, consumer confidence to boost 2017 holiday shopping

Local and national economic experts expect the next four weeks of holiday sales to be among the strongest in years as the American economy chugs along after a long period of slow growth. But it might not be enough to save your local Macy’s or Toys “R” Us. With lower unemployment, a surging stock market and rising consumer confidence, consumers are willing to spend at a...
Small business: struggling, surviving and the money stays local

Small business: struggling, surviving and the money stays local

The door opens to the enticing scents of spice, soap and candles drawing the customer into close quarters with a wash of colors, a chaos of crafts from designer flasks to risque posters. HomeGrown in downtown Decatur was open early, its wares from 110 local artists ready for holiday shoppers. But in the era of massive stores of brick-and-mortar battling the everywhere-retail on the internet &ndash...
Atlanta airport official on leave after conflict of interest concerns

Atlanta airport official on leave after conflict of interest concerns

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has placed a high-ranking official at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on leave for possible conflict of interest – news that was immediately turned into political ammunition in the campaign to pick his successor. The action was taken against Cortez Carter, deputy general manager at the airport, whose wife owns a company that does business in Washington with...
Georgia lawmaker pushes for Amazon to collect more taxes from shoppers

Georgia lawmaker pushes for Amazon to collect more taxes from shoppers

Amazon began collecting sales tax on items it sells in Georgia four years ago after a push from state lawmakers. Now, state leaders in Georgia and throughout the country are setting their sights on the mega-retailer again — this time, to collect taxes from the third-party merchants that sell through its site. The extra tax dollars would be a boon to state governments, but would end...
Mayor Reed puts airport exec on leave amid concerns over contracts

Mayor Reed puts airport exec on leave amid concerns over contracts

A high-ranking official at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has been placed on administrative leave after the mayor’s office learned that his wife is doing business with an airport subcontractor. A spokeswoman for Mayor Kasim Reed said Friday that the action was taken against Cortez Carter, deputy general manager at the airport, whose wife owns a company that does business in Washington...
Growth in tech jobs contributing to rise in Atlanta office rents

Growth in tech jobs contributing to rise in Atlanta office rents

The Atlanta area saw some of the largest increases in office rents on a percentage basis in North America over the past two years, and one report said the region’s boom in high-tech jobs has played a role in that. Metro Atlanta ranked third among the Top 30 tech markets in overall office rent growth, with rates increasing nearly 18 percent from the middle of 2015 to mid-2017, according to a...
Metro Atlanta home prices jump 10.3 percent since last year

Metro Atlanta home prices jump 10.3 percent since last year

The median sales price of a home sold in metro Atlanta last month jumped 10.3 percent from the same month last year, according to a report by Re/Max Georgia. The region’s real estate market slowed as it typically does in the autumn, the number of sales falling from September this year. Compared to a year ago, sales were essentially flat – just 1 percent higher than October of 2016. During...
Lawsuit charges Equifax failure is already costing consumers

Lawsuit charges Equifax failure is already costing consumers

Consumers from across the country have joined in a class action lawsuit against Equifax, arguing that the company’s failure to protect their data earlier this year has already led to misuse of the information. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, alleges that data taken from Equifax has been used in a series of frauds, from attempts at identity theft, false applications for mortgages...
Hartsfield-Jackson to reduce land for hotel, give rent discount

Hartsfield-Jackson to reduce land for hotel, give rent discount

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will give a $500,000 annual discount on rent to the developers of a hotel next to the terminal, as a concession for reducing the amount of space for the hotel by a couple of acres. The airport on Monday got Atlanta City Council approval for an amendment to its 50-year lease with Majestic Carter Atlanta Mixed Use LLC for the massive “Airport City&rdquo...
UPS mechanics union takes out ads to turn up heat in contract talks

UPS mechanics union takes out ads to turn up heat in contract talks

The Teamsters union representing UPS aircraft mechanics is taking out ads amid heated labor contract talks with management. The national advertising campaign running in the Seattle Times and editions of USA Today in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other areas, as well as on Facebook and Instagram, says: “What every American should know before they ship with UPS during the holidays...
Atlanta’s Equifax faces bumpy road, but expected to survive

Atlanta’s Equifax faces bumpy road, but expected to survive

Equifax is nearing the end of an embarrassing, awful year. Since announcing in September that hackers had accessed its data on more than 145 million consumers, the Atlanta-based company has been dealing with sustained backlash. And there’s more to come as the credit reporting agency steers through a slew of obstacles, from the costs of placating consumers to the threats of legal actions. But...
CBS, PBS fire Charlie Rose following allegations of unwanted sexual advances

CBS, PBS fire Charlie Rose following allegations of unwanted sexual advances

CBS said Tuesday that it has fired Charlie Rose "effective immediately," following an extensive Washington Post report that detailed alleged unwanted sexual advances toward women by the 75-year-old broadcaster. His firing was announced by CBS News president David Rhodes, who wrote in a midday memo to the network's staff that the action "followed the revelation yesterday of extremely...
Kempner: Confessions on the laziest, most-popular Christmas gift idea

Kempner: Confessions on the laziest, most-popular Christmas gift idea

Year after year, we return to the holiday season and ponder what special gifts would bring joy to friends and loved ones. And, once again, most Americans somehow arrive at the same answer: a plastic card. Or, increasingly, a digital equivalent of one. Gift cards are pretty much the easiest, fastest gift to give on the face of the Earth. (I know: unless you count a smile.) They refuse to give way to...
City sells Civic Center to Atlanta Housing Authority for redevelopment

City sells Civic Center to Atlanta Housing Authority for redevelopment

The Atlanta Housing Authority has closed on its purchase of the Civic Center property, a key step in a planned $300 million-plus redevelopment of the aging performing arts center into a mixed-use, mixed-income development. Mayor Kasim Reed and Catherine Buell, the CEO of AHA, said 30 percent of future housing units will be designated as affordable. The project also will include office space, retail...
The Justice Department is suing AT&T to block its $85 billion bid for Time Warner

The Justice Department is suing AT&T to block its $85 billion bid for Time Warner

The Department of Justice is suing to block AT&T's $85 billion bid for entertainment conglomerate Time Warner, setting the stage for one of the biggest antitrust cases to hit Washington in decades. The suit is fraught with legal and political risks for both sides. Several Democrats have expressed concern that antitrust officials could be seeking to block the deal because the Trump administration has...
Hotel and park to transform Georgia Dome site

Hotel and park to transform Georgia Dome site

The implosion of the Georgia Dome sets the stage for an overhaul of the Georgia World Congress Center campus that, coupled with planned future development in downtown Atlanta, could dramatically change the face of south and west downtown. In about a year, crews are expected to convert the old dome site into the Home Depot Backyard, a 13-acre green space that will be a community park most of the...
Business stories of the week: Amazon, 2018 priorities, Phipps Plaza

Business stories of the week: Amazon, 2018 priorities, Phipps Plaza

The week had no shortage of business headlines among Atlanta area companies – or perhaps companies that want to become Atlanta area companies. From the Amazon second headquarters search to major development projects, here are some of the big business headlines you might have missed from the past week. Georgia and Atlanta area economic development officials like to fancy the Atlanta region...
More job cuts coming to Atlanta as part of Coca-Cola restructuring

More job cuts coming to Atlanta as part of Coca-Cola restructuring

Atlanta-based Coca-Cola plans to cut an additional 179 jobs in its hometown as part of a broader restructuring the beverage giant announced earlier this year. In filings with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Workforce Division, Coke identified layoffs at three corporate offices in the city effective by the end of December. The layoffs are part of a plan to cut about...
Atlanta’s Phipps Plaza makeover plan shifts into overdrive

Atlanta’s Phipps Plaza makeover plan shifts into overdrive

The reinvention of Phipps Plaza into a mixed-use entertainment and shopping complex has been in the works for more than a decade. But the announcement Tuesday of a $200 million-plus expansion, including a flagship Nobu hotel and restaurant, will take that the makeover to a new level, officials with mall owner Simon hope. In Nobu, Phipps will add a world-renowned luxury lodging and food brand...
4 of the best ways to turn your home into a cash cow

4 of the best ways to turn your home into a cash cow

Your house is a large expense with many associated costs like a mortgage payment, insurance, maintenance and more. It provides a roof over your head, of course, but since it usually costs you money each month, why not put it to work for you and earn some cash in the process? The following are four ways your house can make you money: If you're planning to be out of town for a few days or don't mind...
6 things to know about working for Uber

6 things to know about working for Uber

Uber has been making headlines in recent months for everything from a new CEO to industry regulation. But if you want to work as a driver for the service that revolutionized the taxi-transport industry, there is more important information about Uber you'll want to check out. Here are six things you need to know about Uber before working for them as a driver: Uber has its own system for estimating...
Kempner: Arthur Blank only cautiously bets on soccer fans in Gwinnett

Kempner: Arthur Blank only cautiously bets on soccer fans in Gwinnett

Atlanta United proved that a shockingly large number of metro Atlantans are willing — anxious even — to pay good money to go wild at pro soccer games. But a top official for owner Arthur Blank is toning down expectations as they press their luck and dig deeper into the world’s most popular sport. The organization, which also owns the Atlanta Falcons, is poised to test the market...
Traveling during the holidays? Navigate Atlanta's airport like a pro with our guide

Traveling during the holidays? Navigate Atlanta's airport like a pro with our guide

It’s time for the holiday rush at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Check out the latest developments for travelers, so you can navigate the Atlanta airport like a pro. Road construction. The airport has launched a $6 billion plan to modernize the terminal and expand the airport. Watch for road closures outside the domestic terminal. The airport is installing a giant canopy over...
Wes Moss: Why $500,000 is a key figure in retirement planning

Wes Moss: Why $500,000 is a key figure in retirement planning

Fear mongering surrounds the topic of retirement. To hear many “experts” tell it, a solid, happy retirement is almost, if not completely, out of reach. Suze Orman recently said that everyone (everyone) should work until they’re at least 70 years old. Legg Mason released a study stating that if you don’t have at least $2.5 million socked away, you shouldn’t retire...
Metro Atlanta Chamber announces 2018 priorities

Metro Atlanta Chamber announces 2018 priorities

The Metro Atlanta Chamber on Thursday unveiled its priorities for 2018, a slate of initiatives that include new job recruitment strategies, workforce development, an emphasis on economic mobility and a new digital platform to recruit young professionals to move and start their careers in the region. During a lunchtime gala on the field of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, chamber leaders announced three...
Kempner: How a big, fat tax break from D.C. might curb generosity

Kempner: How a big, fat tax break from D.C. might curb generosity

One big item in Republican tax plans would make figuring out our individual income taxes a little less crazy. But it comes at a price. So here’s a basic question millions of Americans may soon face, one that highlights the link between behavior and money: Will we donate less to charities if it’s harder to get a tax break for doing so? Nonprofit leaders are nervous. In fact, they fear they...
Atlanta job growth slowing, says forecaster

Atlanta job growth slowing, says forecaster

Job growth in Atlanta will slow next year and in 2019, but the unemployment rate should remain below 5 percent, according to a report released Wednesday by Georgia State’s Economic Forecasting Center. The metro area will add about 51,900 jobs in 2018, compared to about 68,900 by the end of this year and more than 90,000 in 2016, said center director Rajeev Dhawan. All of the state’s metro...
Mattress Firm sues Atlanta’s Colliers and execs

Mattress Firm sues Atlanta’s Colliers and execs

A national retail mattress chain has sued an Atlanta-based commercial real estate broker for an alleged scheme of fraud and kickbacks. Mattress Firm, a 3,500-store chain, charged Colliers International’s Atlanta office, a former senior vice president and two former executives in the office, with inflating rents paid by the company stores, as well as “bribes, high-priced gifts and kickbacks...
Atlanta-based Home Depot grows without adding stores

Atlanta-based Home Depot grows without adding stores

The days of building a business by opening scores of stores each year are gone. But unlike many of the chains making up retail – from Belk to Kmart, from Macy’s to Kohl’s – Home Depot isn’t closing bunches of them while struggling to stay profitable. Instead, the $95 billion-a-year company has turned to efficiency and strategy for growth. Retail losses and store shutterings...
5 ways to get the most out of your health insurance plan

5 ways to get the most out of your health insurance plan

Health insurance has a large impact on your finances, so it pays to get the most out of your plan. Understanding its ins and outs can be confusing, but it's worth your time to check on benefits you could be losing out on or mistakes that could cost you money. Here are five ways to ensure you're getting the most out of your health insurance: When it's time to renew your health care coverage, consumer...
$4 million forest walk is now most popular artwork at Hartsfield-Jackson

$4 million forest walk is now most popular artwork at Hartsfield-Jackson

A massive $4.1 million art installation that simulates a walk through a forest in an underground walkway at Hartsfield-Jackson International has quickly become the most popular artwork at the world’s busiest airport. The 450-foot art installation titled “Flight Paths” was installed last year in the underground passenger walkway and between Concourses A and B. It came...
Phipps Plaza in Buckhead is about to get a major makeover

Phipps Plaza in Buckhead is about to get a major makeover

The tony Phipps Plaza mall in Buckhead is about to get another makeover. Developer Simon told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday that it will build a new luxury hotel, office tower, a fitness center and add new restaurants to the Atlanta stalwart of luxury shopping. Malls across the country have been under pressure from the rise of e-commerce. The makeover is part of Simon’s more than...
Nobu hotel and office tower to headline major Phipps Plaza expansion

Nobu hotel and office tower to headline major Phipps Plaza expansion

Phipps Plaza, Atlanta’s shopping playground for the upper crust, is about to undergo yet another transformation as the owners of the Buckhead mall attempt to re-energize the space with a new luxury hotel, restaurants, an office tower and fitness complex. Owner and developer Simon told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution it will begin construction in the summer on a 150-room Nobu hotel and ...
Belk at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead to close

Belk at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead to close

UPDATED:  Phipps Plaza owner Simon said late Monday the company plans to add a hotel, office tower, major fitness complex and restaurants to the complex. To read the full story, click here.  ORIGINAL POST BELOW: The Belk department store at Phipps Plaza is expected to close this summer as the owners of the Buckhead mall embark on some form of re-development at the site. Details of the future...
Come clean: The truth about energy-efficient washers and dryers

Come clean: The truth about energy-efficient washers and dryers

The average American family washes and dries about 300 loads of laundry each year, according to Energy Star. So, you may think it would be wise to replace washers and dryers with newer models. Yet dryers can last longer than washers since dryers have not changed much in recent years. Instead, they can be maintained just by cleaning the lint tray before or after every use. However, the story&rsquo...
Mercedes USA HQ in Sandy Springs speeds toward March grand opening

Mercedes USA HQ in Sandy Springs speeds toward March grand opening

It’s been a whirlwind 22 months for Mercedes-Benz USA since it announced its move from New Jersey to metro Atlanta. The company relocated and hired hundreds of employees. The German luxury carmaker opened a temporary office in Dunwoody. And then in September of last year, the company broke ground on its new home near Abernathy Road and Ga. 400 in Sandy Springs. On Monday at a hard...
Atlanta’s housing market rebounds from the recession

Atlanta’s housing market rebounds from the recession

Ten years after the housing boom was reaching its peak, the market now looks “suspiciously similar” to the moment just before the disastrous burst of the bubble – but it’s really not the same, says a report issued today. And while some metros in this country are seeing the same kind of double-digit price hikes that preceded the crash, Atlanta’s market shows more restraint...
5 car maintenance services you should never skip

5 car maintenance services you should never skip

Forget or ignore your car's maintenance needs at your peril, warns auto authority AAA.  The agency’s data showed that skipped maintenance caused literally millions of breakdowns each year and that consumers who don't keep up with maintenance ultimately pay higher repair costs. "Repair facilities estimate drivers can save an average of one hundred dollars per visit simply by properly...
Vogtle delays and cost overruns not our fault, Georgia Power CEO says

Vogtle delays and cost overruns not our fault, Georgia Power CEO says

Years of delays and billions of cost overruns at Plant Vogtle cannot be blamed on any mistakes made by Georgia Power, the company’s chief executive said in an interview Friday. In a meeting with reporters at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Paul Bowers cited other factors, including bankruptcy of the main contractor, as well as actions and requirements imposed by the Nuclear Regulatory...
Will lawsuits spell doom for Gwinnett’s massive movie studio project?

Will lawsuits spell doom for Gwinnett’s massive movie studio project?

Four years after its announcement, the project that boasted of bringing the Southeast’s largest movie studio to Gwinnett County appears to be in danger of never getting off the ground. For months now, the owner of the site off I-85 near Norcross — fiber optic company OFS — has been quarreling in the courtroom with the supposed movie studio developer, Jacoby Development Inc....
Cox Media Group names new leaders for Atlanta market

Cox Media Group names new leaders for Atlanta market

Cox Media Group on Friday announced four new members of its leadership team in Atlanta who will direct a plan to knit together its local print, web, radio and television operations. In Atlanta, CMG owns The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and radio and television properties, including WSB-TV and News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB radio. By combining operations of its media operations, CMG plans to leverage its...
5 keys to a promotion, according to this international economics expert

5 keys to a promotion, according to this international economics expert

Dumb luck or a friend in high places are pretty rare reasons for promotions. In today's fast-paced global economy, positioning yourself for a promotion is a matter of following some straightforward strategies, according to World Economic Forum behavioral science and education expert Soulamia Gourani. Based on her long experience as a TED Talks mentor and working with corporate clients and leaders...
5 ways to ensure you're getting the best mortgage rate

5 ways to ensure you're getting the best mortgage rate

When you're buying a home, getting the best possible mortgage rate can have a positive effect on your finances for years to come. Depending on how large your mortgage is and how long you stay in your home, it can save you thousands of dollars over the life of the loan. The following are five ways to ensure that you're getting the best mortgage rate possible: A 30-year fixed rate is the standard loan...
Hartsfield-Jackson will rebid some contracts for retail shops

Hartsfield-Jackson will rebid some contracts for retail shops

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will rebid some of its controversial concessions contracts after finding that too many companies were disqualified, a snag expected to delay those contracts until the next mayoral administration. City officials had hoped to move forward on the lucrative contracts before Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s term ends, while candidates running to be the...
Alpharetta-based Halyard selling units for $710 million

Alpharetta-based Halyard selling units for $710 million

An Alpharetta-based medical technology company, which had a $100 million judgment issued against it earlier this year, is selling the part of its business that was targeted in that suit. Halyard Health is selling its surgical and infection prevention business to Virginia-based Owens & Minor for $710 million, a deal to be completed early next year, the company announced earlier this month. The...
Uber, Lyft frustrations at Hartsfield-Jackson continue

Uber, Lyft frustrations at Hartsfield-Jackson continue

For months, Uber and Lyft users at Hartsfield-Jackson International have voiced their frustrations when trying to catch rides home during the busiest periods at the airport’s new ride-share pickup zones. Hartsfield-Jackson officials say they plan to have fixes to address some of those issues by Nov. 15. Among the problems: The new ride-share pickup areas are a lengthy walk from the terminal...
Straight talk: 13 things never to say in your job interview

Straight talk: 13 things never to say in your job interview

Job interviews can be stressful, especially if you are new to the job market or have had a hard time securing a job. Thankfully, many resources are available to assist job seekers with their resumes and mock interviews, from LinkedIn to your local department of labor. Though serving up a clean, impressive resume helps, you may not realize the power of your words during a job interview. Those...
Kempner: New trust issues arise between CNN and President Trump?

Kempner: New trust issues arise between CNN and President Trump?

We always knew there were trust issues between Donald Trump and CNN. Now, some people are looking for the president’s fingerprints on action that could undercut the network. News outlets reported that the U.S. Department of Justice told AT&T it will try to block the company’s purchase of Time Warner unless AT&T makes a brutal move, such as selling off Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting...
Atlanta top Southern city for people on the move, study says

Atlanta top Southern city for people on the move, study says

Among large metros, Atlanta ranks fifth in the nation as a destination for Americans on the move and highest in the South, according to a report released Wednesday by a national real estate brokerage company. But the metro area with the biggest increase in interest — as measured by Redfin database searches — is Nashville. There were five southern cities in the top ten destinations &ndash...
Is an energy-efficient dishwasher worth the money?

Is an energy-efficient dishwasher worth the money?

Are you in the market for a new dishwasher? If so, you’ve probably considered an energy-efficient one. Costing an average of $550, according to lifehacker.com, newer dishwashers generally use 5.8 gallons of water per cycle instead of 10 gallons per cycle like some older models, even if you have a working older dishwasher there could be savings you’re missing out on. Before investing...
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