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Stan Wise resigns from Georgia PSC, says unsure of new Plant Vogtle completion dates

Wise, who has served with 11 different commissioners during his tenure, has been the commission’s chair since January 2017. “I salute my colleagues for what they’ve done. We’ve left this state better than we found it,” said Wise in his final remarks. During his last year as chairman, Wise presided over heated debates surrounding Georgia’s controversial nuclear plant...


Winn-Dixie, once iconic grocery chain, takes another hit

Winn-Dixie, once iconic grocery chain, takes another hit

The supermarket chain that operates Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo stores could close as many as 200 stores as part of a possible bankruptcy plan, according to news first reported by Bloomberg. Reuters reported that sources familiar with the potential bankruptcy filing said the company would close at least 100 stores. Winn-Dixie operates close to 500 stores throughout Georgia and four other states in the...
Atlanta homebuilder sells out: Deeper pockets may mean faster growth

Atlanta homebuilder sells out: Deeper pockets may mean faster growth

An aggressive Atlanta homebuilder is selling itself to a Japanese-based company, seeing deeper pockets as the only sure way to grow. FrontDoor Communities, is being acquired by Virginia-based Stanley Martin Communities in a deal whose financial details have not been announced. But Stanley Martin itself sold a controlling interest a year ago to Daiwa House USA, a subsidiary of the leading housing and...
Atlanta home prices up nearly 10 percent in a year

Atlanta home prices up nearly 10 percent in a year

Metro Atlanta home prices jumped 9.9 percent on average during the past year, while the supply of homes for sale crashed to what might be record lows, according to the latest report from the Atlanta Realtors Association. The median sales price last month was $245,000, up from $223,000 in January of last year, the monthly report said. Part of what’s driving the increase is the worsening mismatch...
Hartsfield-Jackson spa plans roiled by dispute with minority partner

Hartsfield-Jackson spa plans roiled by dispute with minority partner

The XpresSpa locations at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport are touted as oases of relaxation, where passengers and off-duty employees can leave behind the grind and relax with a massage or manicure. But, beneath the facade of tranquility, is a nasty, years-long business dispute that has cost the city of Atlanta more than $800,000 in legal fees, according to one estimate. The conflict, between...
Bill limiting Georgia Power profits would not apply to Vogtle delays

Bill limiting Georgia Power profits would not apply to Vogtle delays

A newly proposed Senate Bill that would have limited charges on Georgia Power customer bills for the Vogtle nuclear expansion project has been amended, to apply only to future nuclear projects. The amended version of Senate Bill 355, which received unanimous support from members of the Regulated Industries and Utilities committee Thursday, will target projects commissioned after January 1, 2018. The...
6 house upgrades to do now for a better listing price later

6 house upgrades to do now for a better listing price later

Whether you want to flip your house in a few months or you just want to use your remodel money wisely, the most beneficial home upgrades are not a matter of chance. And they "aren't particularly sexy," according to Bank Rate's Holden Lewis.  Except for a minor kitchen remodel, according to Remodeling magazine's 2018 Cost vs. Value Report, you'll gain the highest returns from...
S.F. company’s new idea: Lease homes to potential Atlanta buyers

S.F. company’s new idea: Lease homes to potential Atlanta buyers

It’s not a unique idea: leasing a home as a stepping stone to buying it. What seems new to metro Atlanta is the approach taken – and the customers targeted – by a San Francisco-based company with big ambitions in a massive market and deep pockets from venture capital backers. For starters, the renter builds equity every month. “We take someone who is three years away from having...
Atlanta construction sector upbeat, survey says

Atlanta construction sector upbeat, survey says

It’s an upbeat time for the metro Atlanta construction industry, according to a survey of local companies. Revenues and profits have been rising and the biggest problem for the sector has been finding and hiring the right workers, said Tom Jollay, co-leader for the construction practice at Bennett Thrasher, an Atlanta-based accounting and consulting firm which conducted the survey with ...
Renderings show planned new look of Underground Atlanta

Renderings show planned new look of Underground Atlanta

The team behind the redevelopment of Underground Atlanta released new concept renderings for part of the project. The renderings released by WRS show plans for the new Kenny’s Alley, the mall’s former food court and Alabama Street, which are current under construction. The rendering are of what is known as Block 3 of the development. South Carolina-based WRS acquired the downtown mall...
Coca-Cola announces dividend increases for shareholders

Coca-Cola announces dividend increases for shareholders

Coca-Cola has announced a 5.4 percent dividend increase for its shareholders to be effective early April. The increase approved by the company’s Board of Directors will raise the annual dividend from last year’s $1.48 to $1.56 per share. Coca-Cola says the increase will be applicable to shareowners on record as of March 15, 2018. The company attributes the dividend increase to increased...
Atlanta board approves tax incentives for Pullman Yard, Spoke projects

Atlanta board approves tax incentives for Pullman Yard, Spoke projects

The board of the city of Atlanta’s economic development agency on Thursday approved tax breaks for two projects east of downtown that proponents say will help transform surrounding neighborhoods. The Invest Atlanta board approved a nearly $6 million tax break for the redevelopment of the historic Pratt-Pullman Yard into a creative arts campus. The board also approved a nearly $2.1 million tax...
Pressure mounts on Apple to activate FM chip on smartphones

Pressure mounts on Apple to activate FM chip on smartphones

A radio battle has been brewing, but it doesn’t involve the hottest DJ or shock jock. Government agencies and consumer advocates in the radio industry are continuing to apply pressure on Apple to activate the FM chip in its iPhones. They say having access to millions of iPhone users is a public safety matter because radio broadcasts keep people informed in the event of local emergencies. Apple...
North Fulton: New Chick-fil-A to reopen at Northridge

North Fulton: New Chick-fil-A to reopen at Northridge

Chick-fil-A is set to open a newly refurbished restaurant on Roswell Road on Wednesday. The restaurant, which will feature a drive-through canopy, larger kitchen and two outdoor patios, will have a grand opening celebration that will include a community road-trip, book donations, and free meals. The first 100 people to arrive at the Northridge location will take part in the road-trip and receive free...
Delta CEO defends Georgia jet fuel tax cut proposal

Delta CEO defends Georgia jet fuel tax cut proposal

Amid heated debate over a proposed jet fuel tax exemption, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian made his case for the measure that would benefit airlines in Georgia. House Ways and Means Chairman Jay Powell, R-Camilla has said eliminating the state tax and most local taxes would amount to a break of about $50 million for all airlines and cargo companies, the AJC’s James Salzer has reported...
‘Black Panther’ an $84 million economic impact blockbuster for Georgia

‘Black Panther’ an $84 million economic impact blockbuster for Georgia

After months of critical accolades, headlines over record-setting early ticket sales, and talk that this is the Marvel movie to beat, the world is waiting to see just how much cash “Black Panther” will pull in this weekend when it hits movie screens. But for the Atlanta and Georgia businesses that took part in the production of the film, it’s already a blockbuster for the Peach...
Delta pays out $1.1 billion in profit sharing

Delta pays out $1.1 billion in profit sharing

Delta Air Lines paid out $1.1 billion in profit sharing bonuses to employees on Wednesday, which it called a record for any company. Atlanta-based Delta makes the payouts every year on Valentine’s Day to its employees, and paid out a similar total last year. This year, it amounts to an average bonus of about 10 percent of a Delta employee’s annual pay. It’s the fourth year in...
Southern Co. taps former U.S. Energy Secretary to its board

Southern Co. taps former U.S. Energy Secretary to its board

Ernest Moniz, the former U.S. Secretary of Energy under President Barack Obama, has been appointed independent director at the nation’s second-largest utility company. The board of Southern Company announced Tuesday that Moniz, currently the CEO and co-chair of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, will serve on the board effective next month. Moniz will serve on several of the board’s committees...
Kempner: What if ‘the-customer-is-always-right’ is wrong?

Kempner: What if ‘the-customer-is-always-right’ is wrong?

Just how much abuse do employers expect their workers to take from customers? I’ve seen recent accounts of people supposedly being pretty awful to fellow humans on the job. Like the male business customer who allegedly went on a racist rant against a female employee at an AutoZone store in South Georgia. Supposedly a manager later told the employee to suck it up, then put her out of...
Delta pays out $1.1 billion in profit sharing bonuses to employees

Delta pays out $1.1 billion in profit sharing bonuses to employees

Delta Air Lines is paying out $1.1 billion in profit sharing bonuses to employees on Wednesday. Atlanta-based Delta makes the profit-sharing payouts every year on Valentine’s Day to its more than 80,000 employees, and paid out a similar total last year. The company reported nearly $3.6 billion in net income for 2017.
7 mistakes first-time bosses make and how to avoid them

7 mistakes first-time bosses make and how to avoid them

Kudos! You've moved up the corporate ladder and are on top of your career. That's right: You're now the boss. However, managing a department, division or corporation doesn't mean it's time to lean back in your office chair and prop up your feet. Yet, this type of lax approach to leadership is often seen in executive positions across various industries and unfortunately ends in employee turnover. The...
NCR’s Midtown Atlanta HQ features amenities, quirks of Silicon Valley firms

NCR’s Midtown Atlanta HQ features amenities, quirks of Silicon Valley firms

NCR, the maker of cash registers and ATMs, spent the better part of a decade trying to remake itself into a modern tech and software giant. But no move it’s made — including relocating nearly a decade ago from Ohio to metro Atlanta — reflects the physical transformation of the financial technology giant quite like its gleaming new campus in Midtown Atlanta. On Tuesday, NCR leadership ...
Buyers pay a hefty new home premium in Atlanta

Buyers pay a hefty new home premium in Atlanta

It’s no secret that home prices in Atlanta have been rising. It’s also pretty well-known that new homes tend to fetch a premium over resales — they pretty much always have. But that gap has surged in the past few years for the median sales prices of new homes versus resale. In 2017 the price difference for a new home vs. a resale home grew to a pretty impressive $101,200 or 54 percent...
PSC decision on Georgia Power’s Vogtle challenged in court

PSC decision on Georgia Power’s Vogtle challenged in court

Three groups opposed to the expansion of Plant Vogtle have filed a lawsuit in Fulton County Superior court against the Public Service Commission, challenging the decision by state regulators to approve Georgia Power’s new cost estimates for the embattled nuclear plant. The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), Partnership for Southern Equity, and Georgia Interfaith Power and Light argued...
7 ways to avoid talking politics at work

7 ways to avoid talking politics at work

Remember when the presidential election was over and everyone breathed a sigh of relief, thinking we could all go back to talking about sports and kids, not politics? Of course, that's not what happened at all: Contentious political conversations abound everywhere, from Facebook to daycare to the corner bar. But when they spring up in the workplace, awkward can become inappropriate. "No good...
Analysis: Employers who don't offer paid sick leave are making flu season worse

Analysis: Employers who don't offer paid sick leave are making flu season worse

This winter's flu season is shaping up to be a nasty one, with flu-related hospitalization rates outpacing anything seen in recent years, according to the CDC. This year's vaccine is less effective against the strain of virus making the rounds. But there's another factor that gives aggressive viruses like this one an extra punch in the United States: lack of access to paid sick time. According to...
Flowers imported for Valentine’s Day inspected at Hartsfield-Jackson

Flowers imported for Valentine’s Day inspected at Hartsfield-Jackson

As millions of flowers are shipped to the United States from South America, Central America and other locations leading up to Valentine’s Day, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agricultural inspectors at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport are responsible for inspecting a sampling of the stems for insects and disease. On Monday morning, inspectors handled a shipment from Ecuador...
Atlanta not among leaders in millennial education

Atlanta not among leaders in millennial education

When it comes to the percentage of millennials who have college degrees, metro Atlanta ranks in the top third of the country, according to a new study. The study, released Monday by the Brookings Institution, shows 39 percent of Atlantans between the ages of 25 and 34 have graduated from college or achieved higher degrees. Metro Atlanta placed 27th among 100 American metro areas, according to...
Wes Moss: Stock market roller coaster is back

Wes Moss: Stock market roller coaster is back

As most of us know from the flood of news coming out of Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average recently took a 1,600-point tumble — the largest single-day drop in Dow history. The volatility persisted throughout the week with both dramatic ups and downs. Such swift, sharp, unforeseen corrections strike fear into the hearts of all investors. But now is the time for us all to take a deep...
Kempner: Another reason for health hope? Three rich titans make a leap

Kempner: Another reason for health hope? Three rich titans make a leap

Now that we’ve had time to ponder the initially wonderful-sounding idea of Amazon and two powerful friends fixing health care, it’s become clear that … yeah, it still sounds great. Not “great” as in they’ll definitely succeed in some sweeping way. They may not at all. Just “great” as in, for most of us, there’s far more potential upside than downside...
American mobility declines, but Atlanta’s still a popular destination

American mobility declines, but Atlanta’s still a popular destination

Americans aren’t moving as much as they used to. But, when they do, metro Atlanta remains a prime destination. Atlanta is near or at the top of the charts as a place that footloose Americans are targeting, according to Penske Truck Rentals and several other companies that track such things. Many of those newcomers are the kind of young professionals the area needs, said Kate Atwood, executive...
DOT investigating tarmac delays during Hartsfield-Jackson outage

DOT investigating tarmac delays during Hartsfield-Jackson outage

The U.S. Department of Transportation is investigating nearly 100 tarmac delays that lasted for hours during the massive power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson International in December — including some planes stuck on the tarmac for more than seven hours. There were at least 96 flights stuck on the tarmac for more than three hours during the Dec. 17 blackout, according to the U.S. Bureau of...
Amid Amazon competition, UPS still sees opportunity for growth

Amid Amazon competition, UPS still sees opportunity for growth

Amazon’s plans for its own delivery service for businesses could transform the competitive landscape for Sandy Springs-based UPS. UPS said it still has plenty of opportunity for growth as e-commerce expands. The shipping giant said it “continues to support Amazon and many other customers,” and declined to comment on Amazon’s business strategies or decisions on their use...
Equifax lambasted again in new Senate report

Equifax lambasted again in new Senate report

Equifax this week endured yet another public battering – this time in a report issued by a high-profile critic of the financial services industry. The company has been under fire since revealing in early September that the personal information of more than 145 million Americans had been compromised in a data breach. According to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), the Atlanta-based, consumer...
Delta employees putting on purple with new uniform rollout

Delta employees putting on purple with new uniform rollout

2018 might become known as the year Delta Air Lines went purple. Thousands of employees at Atlanta-based Delta are getting fitted over the next few months for a new collection of Zac Posen-designed uniforms that features a shade the airline calls “Passport Plum.” The dark purple is a stark contrast from the trademark colors the airline has been known for: red and blue, which are common...
Huge adaptive reuse project Works at Chattahoochee has a new look

Huge adaptive reuse project Works at Chattahoochee has a new look

The developer planning a massive project to convert old Atlanta warehouses near the Topgolf complex into a mix of offices, apartments and boutiques, has released new renderings for the project.  Atlanta-based Selig Development announced the Works at Chattahoochee project in August. The 80-acre development ultimately involves the redevelopment of more than three dozen brick warehouses, as...
How to recover when you’ve majorly messed up at work

How to recover when you’ve majorly messed up at work

To err is human and every human's workday is full of the easily-corrected, quickly forgotten type of mistakes. But when you screw up big time on the job, you're facing a much more difficult challenge. "If we make mistakes in our personal lives, we can cope by working through it with the people closest to us," noted LinkedIn influencer Ilya Pozin, founder of Ciplex. "But if we make...
Character traits you wouldn't believe give you an edge in your career

Character traits you wouldn't believe give you an edge in your career

Are you one of those anal-retentive employees? It's OK. Be honest with your professional self. Maybe you constantly bug co-workers about due dates as if they didn't already know or are a super stickler for how team members use company supplies. And that's not always a bad thing, right?  The crisis communicator. This personality always freaks out about office events like deadlines, new hires,...
Kempner: Not Amazon; another big ‘A’ bets on bringing Atlanta HQ jobs

Kempner: Not Amazon; another big ‘A’ bets on bringing Atlanta HQ jobs

When locals dream of recruiting hot employers to Atlanta, hearts flutter over landing cutting-edge tech companies such as Amazon or luxury global brands, like when Mercedes-Benz’s chose Sandy Springs for its North American headquarters. But it’s time to appreciate things at a more gut level. Such as a chicken sandwich combo, a pecan waffle or a basket of wings. Metro Atlanta...
Wild days on Wall Street: Volatility rules

Wild days on Wall Street: Volatility rules

Two days of plummeting stock prices were reversed on Tuesday as the market bounced off a bad start and finished with a big gain. From huge losses to big wins, the common thread is volatility and most analysts say the antidote to roller-coaster nausea is perspective: the stock market matters, but it is not the same as the economy, we are not in a recession and the immediate trigger was actually...
Stock market drops again at opening today

Stock market drops again at opening today

 Tuesday morning started with Wall Street investors continuing to race down the streets of fear, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing more than 500 points in the opening moments of trading. Traders then snapped up some values and the market loss ebbed. Five minutes after opening, the Dow was still down more than 260 points.  Volatility appears to be the new normal: By 9:45 a.m.,...
Consumer protection bureau chief reportedly dials back Equifax probe  

Consumer protection bureau chief reportedly dials back Equifax probe  

The newly appointed head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has reportedly steered the agency away from a full investigation of Atlanta-based Equifax for its failure to protect Americans’ data. Mick Mulvaney, named by President Trump in November to lead the bureau, has decided against taking the legal steps needed for an investigation, according to Reuters, which cites three unnamed...
Georgia lawmaker criticizes cleanup delays at Superfund site

Georgia lawmaker criticizes cleanup delays at Superfund site

A Georgia congressman is blaming Environmental Protection Agency red tape for delays in cleaning up a Superfund site in Brunswick. The 760 acres — which, starting in the early 1920s, was home to several chemical production facilities and a power generating company — still sits polluted with harmful chemicals, more than two decades after the EPA declared it a Superfund site, said U.S. Rep...
Sandy Springs-based Arby’s gets Buffalo Wild Wings, vows more additions

Sandy Springs-based Arby’s gets Buffalo Wild Wings, vows more additions

Fast food giant Arby’s Restaurant Group is completing its nearly $3 billion acquisition of Buffalo Wild Wings, creating a new company — and vowing to pursue other “strategic additions” — in the process. Sandy Springs-based Arby’s said on Monday it completed the deal that was first announced in November. Backed by the Roark Capital Group private equity firm...
Georgia Ports want to more than double container capacity by 2028

Georgia Ports want to more than double container capacity by 2028

The state agency that runs the bustling ports in Savannah and Brunswick, seeing continued growth in ocean-bound cargo, is forming a master plan for a 10-year, $2.3 billion expansion of its capacity. At a conference Monday in Sea Island, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch said investments the agency plans will allow the harbors to accommodate 10 million twenty-foot-equivalent units...
9 signs your company is going to close - and ways to save yourself

9 signs your company is going to close - and ways to save yourself

While there's something to be said for the "nose to the grindstone, ignore the gossips" approach at work, there is one time you want to avoid that strategy: when your company is about to go bust. Few places, whether they're large businesses or tiny mom and pops, are eager to share the news that they might be going under. So it's up to you, the employee, to shake off any denial and watch...
Jobs initiative aimed at young people in Atlanta

Jobs initiative aimed at young people in Atlanta

A coalition of companies has announced a plan aimed at helping young people enter the work force. Representatives of the 50 companies, known as The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, came to Atlanta this week to join with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in announcing a job fair May 3 aimed at 16- to 24-year-olds in the city. “As we work to expand our economy, we must ensure that...
Homeless fill Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport atrium overnight

Homeless fill Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport atrium overnight

Atlanta airport officials like to boast that Hartsfield-Jackson International is the world’s busiest and most efficient airport, with a terminal that always looks “opening day fresh.” But over the past few months, the airport’s domestic terminal has become more known for being filled with homeless people overnight and into the early morning hours. For years, there have periodically...
Georgia PSC commissioners stick to Plant Vogtle decision

Georgia PSC commissioners stick to Plant Vogtle decision

Despite objections from a consumer advocacy group, the state Public Service Commission will let stand its decision to allow Georgia Power to finish two half-built nuclear reactors. The commissioners declined to reconsider their order on embattled Plant Vogtle, dismissing a petition by Georgia Watch, which had challenged some components of the regulators’ decision. In December, the five commissioners ...
Survey says... America hates Equifax

Survey says... America hates Equifax

If the current network TV trend of bringing back classic shows updated for the present continues, you might be watching “Everybody Hates Equifax” soon. Equifax is the No. 1 most hated company in America, according to a survey posted Jan. 22 on 247wallst.com. It’s just one more insult to the injuries recently sustained by the Atlanta-based credit reporting agency, which announced...
Kempner: Coke softly crosses the ‘them’ gender line in Super Bowl ad

Kempner: Coke softly crosses the ‘them’ gender line in Super Bowl ad

Coke, the like-to-teach-the-world-to-sing beverage giant, has a new Super Bowl 2018 commercial in which one of the people is highlighted as a “them.” That’s a pronoun sometimes preferred by some people who don’t identify with traditional gender definitions. Except that the company doesn’t say all that. Coca-Cola is intentionally not-overt on that point, even as it produced...
These metro Atlanta companies are making big hires this February

These metro Atlanta companies are making big hires this February

In the market for a new job? You'll find plenty of openings in metro Atlanta this February. Whether you'd like to work at a charter school, help a new restaurant location get up and running or get a jump start on spring home improvement jobs, available openings fit a variety of skills, education levels and experience. » RELATED: Why employers aren't looking at your resume (and never will)...
Impact of immigration on Georgia economy: not huge, but wide

Impact of immigration on Georgia economy: not huge, but wide

Georgia may not be one of the states with the highest percentage of immigrants, but their economic impact here is stronger than average, according to a report issued Thursday. Overall, the state ranks 20th in the country in terms of the impact of immigrants, using 19 metrics, according to WalletHub, consumer credit and data company. With immigration getting so much national attention, the...
UPS tallies toll of holiday shipping overload, plans expansion

UPS tallies toll of holiday shipping overload, plans expansion

UPS said holiday shipping struggles took a $125 million toll on its financial results after its system was overloaded with packages in the week after Thanksgiving. The rush of packages led to some delayed shipments and frustrated consumers early in the crucial peak shipping season. The Sandy Springs-based shipping giant handled 12 million more packages than it had planned during the holiday...
Streaming music service Pandora to shift workers to Atlanta

Streaming music service Pandora to shift workers to Atlanta

Music streaming service Pandora said this week it plans to move an unspecified number of workers to Atlanta as part of a broader restructuring of its business. The Oakland, Calif.-based company said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing it will cut 5 percent of its workforce as part the restructuring plan, which it expects will result in about $45 million in annual cost savings. The changes...
Amazon HQ2 bidding war may set a bad precedent, critics say

Amazon HQ2 bidding war may set a bad precedent, critics say

Amazon’s search for a second headquarters uncorked what could become the biggest ever bidding war for jobs among states and cities in North America. Many critics fear it also could set a dangerous precedent. Companies for years have pitted communities against one another to wring tax breaks and other perks, a dance that was typically done in secret. But Amazon’s public auction for its...
Buying, selling  a home in metro Atlanta may just be a click away

Buying, selling  a home in metro Atlanta may just be a click away

Technology has forever changed many of the ways we conduct business. We don’t shop the way our parents did. We don’t catch rides the way we did a decade ago. And now, the way we buy and sell real estate may only require a computer or cellphone. Two companies operating in metro Atlanta are hoping to lead that change. “The key takeaway is that we are trying to revolutionize the way...
Georgia Power customers to pay $139 million less toward Vogtle

Georgia Power customers to pay $139 million less toward Vogtle

Georgia Power customers will soon see a small reduction in their monthly bills, now that they’ll be paying $139 million less toward the expansion of Plant Vogtle this year. The utility company said customers will pay $2.70 a month less, starting in April. Georgia Power attributes the savings to recent federal tax changes that lowered the corporate tax rate, meaning not as much is needed from...
AGCO turns to wearable technology to help workers build tractors

AGCO turns to wearable technology to help workers build tractors

At the AGCO tractor factory in Jackson, Minn., assembly workers don’t have to carry around work manuals to guide them through their tasks. They also don’t have to rely on memory. Inside their safety glasses, factory employees have access to wearable computers, which are voice-activated and can pull up parts lists, assembly directions and other instructions “hands-free.” Duluth-based...
Delta lauds U.S. deal requiring financial disclosures by Qatar Airways

Delta lauds U.S. deal requiring financial disclosures by Qatar Airways

The State Department will require Qatar Airways to disclose more about its finances, a move that comes after years of complaints from Delta and other major U.S. carriers that the Middle Eastern airline operates with an unfair advantage. Delta, American and United airlines had raised concerns about what they call unfair subsidies from Qatar’s government to its state-run airline. That, the big...
Atlanta home prices up, but not as fast as most big metros

Atlanta home prices up, but not as fast as most big metros

Metro Atlanta home prices held flat last month, while still up modestly from last year, according to a nationally watched report issued Tuesday. However, the increase was still strong enough to add to concerns about metro Atlanta’s affordability – especially for first-time homebuyers. With strong demand for homes meeting a shrinking supply of homes for sale, the price of the average home...
Lanier Islands new partners could include Buffett’s Margaritaville

Lanier Islands new partners could include Buffett’s Margaritaville

Lake Lanier could soon get an infusion of Margaritaville. The family that operates the Lanier Islands resort said Tuesday it has reached a partnership with a Knoxville development group that plans to take over management of LanierWorld and bring with it singer Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville brand. Details about future upgrades at the sprawling Hall County resort were few, but in a news release...
Hartsfield-Jackson has most firearms caught at TSA checkpoints

Hartsfield-Jackson has most firearms caught at TSA checkpoints

A record 245 guns were seized at security checkpoints at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport last year — and 222 of those guns were loaded. That again put the Atlanta airport in the No. 1 position in the nation for the number of guns caught at airport security checkpoints. While Hartsfield-Jackson handles the most passengers in the world, it does not have the most passengers going through...
Hartsfield-Jackson still world’s busiest, in spite of traffic decline

Hartsfield-Jackson still world’s busiest, in spite of traffic decline

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport handled 103.9 million passengers in 2017, down from the previous year after a tumultuous December when an airline outage and massive snowstorm caused thousands of flight cancellations. It's the 20th year in a row that Hartsfield-Jackson has been the busiest airport in the world, though in the past Chicago O'Hare has surpassed Atlanta in the number...
Letter urges Amazon HQ2 finalists to avoid bidding war

Letter urges Amazon HQ2 finalists to avoid bidding war

Dozens of economists, urbanists and policy advisers are calling on the finalists for Amazon’s second headquarters to prevent the recruitment from devolving into a bidding war over incentives. The hunt for HQ2 and its promise of 50,000 jobs already prompted leaders in states such as New Jersey and Maryland to offer multibillion-dollar packages of tax breaks and other perks. Georgia&rsquo...
Kempner: Why a daring grandpa sold his Georgia winery and golf resort

Kempner: Why a daring grandpa sold his Georgia winery and golf resort

It sounds French, but it isn’t. Chateau Elan, the brainchild of a pharmaceutical baron from West Virginia, started as a Georgia winery before Georgia wineries were cool or even taken seriously. It grew into a sprawling resort along I-85 at the edge of Gwinnett County, with big-time golf courses, hotels, restaurants, convention space and a spa. The winery itself is supposed to look like...
Metro Atlanta home prices up in 2017 — but lack of listings got worse

Metro Atlanta home prices up in 2017 — but lack of listings got worse

Metro Atlanta’s housing market its fifth consecutive year of solid gains last year, but the shrinking supply in homes for sale has continued to drop into the red zone, according to a report by Re/Max. The median sales price of a ho me sold last year was $239,000 – up 6 percent from 2016. Rising prices are likely to push buyers – especially first-time buyers — deeper into the...
Gwinnett-based WestRock Company acquires Kapstone for $4.9 billion

Gwinnett-based WestRock Company acquires Kapstone for $4.9 billion

Georgia Paper manufacturer WestRock Company announced Monday that it had acquired KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation of Illinois for a total enterprise value of $4.9 billion. In a joint statement, the two companies said WestRock would assume $1.36 billion in KapStone’s net debt as part of the deal. That debt will be refinanced as part of the closing transaction, expected to take place...
7 ways to break out of a rut at your job

7 ways to break out of a rut at your job

As the old saying goes, "If you keep on doing what you're doing, you keep on getting what you've got." Never are the words more true than when you've gotten into a career rut. It's so easy to keep repeating the same motions on the job, and continue to get the same negative results, whether they're poor performance reviews, missed opportunities or the plain old "I hate my job" condition...
Kempner: Pay bonus boom isn’t because the boss just wants to be nice

Kempner: Pay bonus boom isn’t because the boss just wants to be nice

Just a few weeks into Republicans’ delivery of hefty federal tax cuts for businesses, the impacts keep piling up for employees. Most of it looks quite nice, as hundreds of thousands of Home Depot hourly workers are finding out with “one-time tax reform” bonuses of up to $1,000. But there’s also the potential for pain, because some companies will use their tax savings for...
15 buzzwords to win over employers on paper, in person

15 buzzwords to win over employers on paper, in person

Take telling ownership of your cover letter, resume and portfolio captions by using visual descriptors that assert you're the best candidate for open positions. That said, you must know exactly what to say, how to say it, and actually provide sound evidence to support your skill claims to attract employers and earn a follow-up interview. Analyzed says to employers you put in-depth thought into...
Senior living pitched for sprawling riverside property in Gwinnett

Senior living pitched for sprawling riverside property in Gwinnett

A long-vacant, Chattahoochee-fronting tract in Gwinnett County may soon be reborn as a sprawling retirement community, newly filed documents revealed. The 100-acre property off East Jones Bridge Road in Peachtree Corners most recently served as the campus for financial services company Fiserv, which moved to Alpharetta in 2015. Before that, it hosted a headquarters for Simmons Mattresses. A group...
Wes Moss: When financial analysts fight, what can we learn?

Wes Moss: When financial analysts fight, what can we learn?

The Dow Jones has already blown through several new round numbers in 2018, and investors are right to feel on edge. Folks are likely wondering whether this run-up will continue, and most importantly, where we are headed next. That’s been the central question for investors ever since, well, ever since the beginning of time. And ever since that question was first asked, there’s been...
Terminal missing from plans to redevelop downtown Atlanta’s Gulch

Terminal missing from plans to redevelop downtown Atlanta’s Gulch

The redevelopment of downtown Atlanta’s weedy tangle of parking lots and railbeds known as the Gulch may be closer to reality than ever, but the grand vision for a new central transit terminal there appears to be all but dead. At least for now. Representatives for the California development team planning a mini-city stretching between MARTA’s Five Points station and Philips Arena said...
Metro Atlanta job growth for 2017: solid growth, sputtering finish

Metro Atlanta job growth for 2017: solid growth, sputtering finish

The metro Atlanta economy basically broke even in December, but even if it was an uninspiring end to the year, 2017 was a good one for job growth. The region’s economy finished with 55,600 more jobs than a year earlier, including 1,200 added last month, according to the monthly report from the state Labor Department. “This is a very good year for the Atlanta area,” said Mark Butler...
Home Depot and Walmart join list of bonus-givers

Home Depot and Walmart join list of bonus-givers

Home Depot on Thursday joined the parade of companies announcing a one-time cash bonus for many of its employees. The hardware giant, the largest company by revenues based in Georgia, will pay up to $1,000 to each nonsalaried worker – the vast majority of employees – in addition to the company’s ongoing bonuses, according to a statement. The company, like others before it, linked...
Designers discuss plans for redevelopment of downtown Atlanta’s Gulch

Designers discuss plans for redevelopment of downtown Atlanta’s Gulch

Representatives of a California development team planning a redevelopment of 27 acres of downtown Atlanta’s Gulch pitched design concepts Thursday they say would create a vibrant and mix of offices, shopping, restaurants and residents over what is today an empty morass of parking. Representatives for CIM Group presented what they called a design concept with private streets and expected...
Trump tariff on solar imports gets mixed reaction in Georgia

Trump tariff on solar imports gets mixed reaction in Georgia

The decision this week by president Trump to impose a 30 percent tariff on solar panel imports has been met with mixed reactions in Georgia. The determination pits solar panel manufacturers, who say without the tariff they can’t compete against cheaper solar cells and modules being imported from China, against solar panel installation companies that say the tariff will result in more job losses...
Coke comes in 29th globally for its internet presence

Coke comes in 29th globally for its internet presence

Coca-Cola has ranked 29th globally as an online player, according to a London-based international internet consultancy. The Bowen Craggs Index of Online Excellence measures how well companies are performing online, taking into account a range of communication channels, including websites, mobile applications and social media. Coca-Cola, a globally iconic brand, is also one the largest employers within...
January gas prices in Atlanta highest in five years (and likely going up)

January gas prices in Atlanta highest in five years (and likely going up)

Atlanta gas prices generally slide through the winter, falling to their yearly lows when the weather is cold and people are driving the least. Not this time. Instead, the price of fossil fuel mobility is the highest it has been in January since 2013. The average price for regular gasoline in metro Atlanta on Wednesday was $2.46 a gallon, 24 cents higher than a year ago, according to GasBuddy, which...
Kempner: Cobb-based convenience chain gets fancy with own wine, chefs

Kempner: Cobb-based convenience chain gets fancy with own wine, chefs

For $8.99, a metro Atlanta-based chain of convenience stores will sell you it’s own private-label bottle of wine, Sequins & Sawdust. What is happening in the land of beef jerky and air fresheners? Big changes: pushing to get healthier foods, experimenting with delivery to customer homes, stressing self-service, creating ways to look special, and, if that’s not enough, now facing the lurking...
Experts (well, some) predict Amazon will pick Atlanta

Experts (well, some) predict Amazon will pick Atlanta

A company that specializes in comparing communities, making lists of best and worst, has surveyed the various bets on Amazon’s new headquarters and predicted a Georgia choice. Seattle-based Amazon recently narrowed its list of potential cities for its second headquarters from several hundred down to 20 – Atlanta and 19 other metro areas in the United States and Canada. The prize will...
Facebook said to be interested in Atlanta area data center complex

Facebook said to be interested in Atlanta area data center complex

Social media giant Facebook is said to be pursuing a deal for a massive data center complex at a sprawling industrial park east of Atlanta. The California-based Fortune 500 company is said to be behind plans for the data center complex at Stanton Springs, near the Shire pharmaceutical plant along I-20 near Social Circle. A person familiar with the matter, who was not authorized to comment because...
French automaker to open North American HQ in Atlanta

French automaker to open North American HQ in Atlanta

The Atlanta area claimed another headquarters for a foreign automaker on Tuesday when the French parent company of Peugeot and Citroën announced it will locate its North American base of operations in the region. Groupe PSA will join Germany’s Mercedes-Benz USA and Porsche Cars North America among the major European brands to call the Atlanta area home. But unlike the German rivals...
Georgia state senator prepares bill requiring internet ‘neutrality’

Georgia state senator prepares bill requiring internet ‘neutrality’

When the Federal Communications Commission voted to toss out “net neutrality,” consumer advocates howled that the change would limit consumer choices and hurt small businesses. Since then, scores of Congress members have said they support the idea of re-instating the rule but discussion of the idea has been largely sidetracked as lawmakers were distracted by other things – like...
Power still out in Puerto Rico; Southern Company sends more crews

Power still out in Puerto Rico; Southern Company sends more crews

Southern Company has deployed line workers and support staff to Puerto Rico to help restore power to the area ravaged by Hurricane Maria. Drawn from Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power and Mississippi Power companites, the crews are part of an industry effort comprising 1,500 workers, said the company in a written statement. Those workers will join another 4,000 to restore the island’s...
Coca-Cola aims to recycle all of its packages by 2030

Coca-Cola aims to recycle all of its packages by 2030

Coca-Cola has embarked on a global initiative to collect and recycle every bottle or can it sells by 2030. The company also aims to modify its packaging to constitute 50% of recyclable material by 2030. The announcement by the soft-drink company is part of a campaign dubbed “World Without Waste” that aims to recycle all plastic, aluminium and glass packages the company makes. The campaign...
Georgia small business most vulnerable to shutdown, study says

Georgia small business most vulnerable to shutdown, study says

If the government shutdown continues, the impact on Georgia will be worst among small businesses who need federal help, according to a quick survey by a Washington, D.C.-based data research company. Georgia has the highest average small business loan size of all states: $459,133, according to WalletHub, a Washington, D.C.-based company offering consumer credit scores and credit reports In terms of...
Is Atlanta really a contender for Amazon HQ?

Is Atlanta really a contender for Amazon HQ?

If metro Atlanta wins Amazon’s second headquarters and its promise of 50,000 jobs, it likely will be on the strength of its workforce, globally connected airport, ease of doing business and the capacity of Georgia Tech and other research universities to pump out talent. But the Atlanta area will have to tangle with Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles for brain power, overcome cities like Austin...
No gas, no heat; Georgia customers put up in hotels by Infinite Energy 

No gas, no heat; Georgia customers put up in hotels by Infinite Energy 

  Infinite Energy put up some Georgia families in hotels this week, when they could not get natural gas service connected to a number of customers because of the cold. Infinite Energy relies on crews from AGL to do the hands-on installations and those crews were temporarily held back because of icy or uncertain road conditions. “When AGL did not want to send the crews out because of unsafe...
Top tips for selling your old stuff on eBay (and actually making cash)

Top tips for selling your old stuff on eBay (and actually making cash)

Too much clutter, too little money, too many gifts you didn't like... an eBay auction is one of the simplest solutions to all three issues. If your trash might be someone else's treasure, an eBay business is simple to start and accessible to just about anyone. "It has low start-up costs and it can be started out of your home," noted the New Life Auctions blog, written by sellers who...
After mauling, Delta tightens emotional support animal restrictions

After mauling, Delta tightens emotional support animal restrictions

In the wake of a horrific mauling of a Delta passenger by another traveler’s emotional support dog last year, Delta is tightening restrictions on emotional support animals in flight. To travel with an emotional support animal, starting March 1 Delta Air Lines will require a “confirmation of animal training” form signed by the passenger indicating the animal can behave and proof...
Kempner: Amazon, thanks for sort of picking Atlanta, but …

Kempner: Amazon, thanks for sort of picking Atlanta, but …

Amazon, it’s not that we’re ungrateful for Atlanta being one of your Top 20 choices for your second headquarters and 50,000 delicious jobs. We’ll hold off celebrating or feeling like we’ve gotten some kind of affirmation until we figure out if you just like us a good bit or really love us. Yes, we do think we are all that. With 20 communities still in the running, this short...
Atlanta survives the first cut in Amazon’s HQ2 sweepstakes

Atlanta survives the first cut in Amazon’s HQ2 sweepstakes

Amazon narrowed its list of potential communities for its massive second headquarters on Thursday to a final grouping that includes Atlanta and 19 others in the U.S. and Canada, setting off a battle royale for a project promising prestige and 50,000 high-paying jobs. Georgia and metro Atlanta leaders hailed the news, while noting much work remains to hone the pitch for the project known as HQ2...
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