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Atlanta-based SunTrust says data on 1.5 million customers tapped

Atlanta-based SunTrust on Friday said it feared that a now-former employee had wrongly accessed basic information about 1.5 million customers. The company became aware in late February that the person – an employee at the time – had access to confidential information including names, addresses, phone numbers and some account balances. However, the pool of data that had been accessed did...


2 African-American men arrested at Starbucks say they feared for their lives

2 African-American men arrested at Starbucks say they feared for their lives

Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn't use the restroom because he wasn't a paying customer. He thought nothing of it when he and his business partner, Donte Robinson, were approached at their table and were asked if they needed help. The 23-year-old entrepreneurs declined, explaining they were just waiting for a business meeting. A few minutes later...
Kempner: Ignore call from boss? Georgia shifts on distracted driving

Kempner: Ignore call from boss? Georgia shifts on distracted driving

Georgia’s new distracted driving rules are confusing and watered down, but they give Georgians a legal excuse not to work in their cars and to ignore calls from bosses and customers. Some workaholics won’t take the hint. Not when they spend all that time brewing in Atlanta’s traffic. Not when plenty of employees and business owners have learned that the virtual office is everywhere...
Delta plane returns to Hartsfield-Jackson due to smoking engine

Delta plane returns to Hartsfield-Jackson due to smoking engine

A plane returned to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after takeoff Wednesday evening due to a smoking engine. Delta Air Lines Flight 30 from Atlanta to London Heathrow departed at around 5:51 p.m. The incident occurred shortly after 6 p.m., according to the Atlanta airport. As the plane was ascending, pilots received an indicator warning of a problem with the right engine. They shut that...
Georgia business: Women lag in participation in the booming construction industry

Georgia business: Women lag in participation in the booming construction industry

The last five years have been great for the construction industry with spending at an all-time high of close to $1.3 trillion. The industry’s growth places a high demand for a skilled workforce and further reveals a gap in the number of men and women working in construction. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, women represent only 9 percent of the total labor force in...
Atlanta mayor: Hartsfield-Jackson manager search to continue into June

Atlanta mayor: Hartsfield-Jackson manager search to continue into June

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said the search for a new manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will continue into coming months. The mayor last week asked her entire cabinet, including the airport’s current general manager Roosevelt Council, to submit their resignations, and said she would later decide which resignations she would accept. The mayor’s office...
Home Depot ramping up hiring for tech jobs

Home Depot ramping up hiring for tech jobs

Home Depot has announced plans to hire 1,000 techies — several hundred of them in Atlanta — in a dramatic expansion of its technology muscle. The surge of hiring adds to a technology workforce currently at 2,800, according to Paul Mayer, manager of the company’s tech communications. The hiring will be spread among Atlanta, Dallas and Austin, said Paul Mayer, manager of technology...
Southwest engine failure: One passenger dead

Southwest engine failure: One passenger dead

After an engine failure on a Southwest Airlines flight that left one passenger dead, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said there had been no indications of any issues with the plane. The flight took off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport bound for Dallas Love Field, but diverted to Philadelphia after an engine blew and took out a window. The Boeing 737-700 landed at around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday...
Atlanta airport news: Concessionaire to hold job fairs

Atlanta airport news: Concessionaire to hold job fairs

Airport concessionaire Hojeij Branded Foods is holding two job fairs at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The first job fair will be Wednesday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Atlanta airport’s domestic terminal atrium on the third floor above the food court, at the employment center. The second job fair will be held in the same location at the airport on Wednesday,...
Home Depot sued for mismanaging retirement fund accounts

Home Depot sued for mismanaging retirement fund accounts

A suit filed in federal court against Home Depot charges that the hardware giant permitted mismanagement of retirement funds affecting more than 200,000 people and costing their accounts at least $140 million. The complaint against the $100 billion-a-year, Atlanta-based company was filed last week in U.S. District Court in Atlanta by attorneys for Jaime Pizarro and Craig Smith. But...
UPS aircraft mechanics union plans to ask Trump for help in contract talks

UPS aircraft mechanics union plans to ask Trump for help in contract talks

The union representing aircraft mechanics at UPS. after reaching what they say is an impasse in contract talks with management, has drafted a letter to President Donald Trump seeking his help. “After listening to you speak about hardworking Americans, we were hopeful that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would give us needed financial relief,” Teamsters Local 2727 wrote in the letter...
Delta flight cancellations continue Monday in New York

Delta flight cancellations continue Monday in New York

Delta Air Lines has canceled hundreds of flights over the last few days due to storms that hit the Midwest over the weekend and New York on Monday. Atlanta-based Delta said it expected to cancel more than 150 flights throughout the day Monday due to thunderstorms with heavy rain and wind in the New York area. The airline waived certain change fees for passengers with flights booked to, from...
Hartsfield-Jackson food finds: Eating at the world’s busiest airport

Hartsfield-Jackson food finds: Eating at the world’s busiest airport

There are more than 100 food and beverage outlets at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport -- including sit-down restaurants, food courts, fast food and local eateries. Yet when you’re getting ready to catch a flight, it can still be difficult to find something you want to eat. Airport concessions contracting is big business, bringing in more than $345 million in revenue a...
Number of Atlanta home sales drops hard from 2017

Number of Atlanta home sales drops hard from 2017

Home sales last month in metro Atlanta dropped more than 10 percent from a year ago, according to a report from the Atlanta Realtors Association. Despite continued growth in the economy, the usual surge of March home sales fell 549 short of the level reached during the same month of 2017, the report concluded, using data for an 11-county area compiled by First Multiple Listing Service. Meanwhile...
6 most impressive benefits offered to Amazon employees

6 most impressive benefits offered to Amazon employees

As Atlanta and 19 other cities strive to become the site of Amazon's next headquarters, aka "HQ2," an important question needs answering: What's in it for potential employees? After all, HQ2 could bring 50,000 new jobs to the chosen city. According to business publications like Business Insider and Fairygodboss, those employees would be in good hands. Though Amazon does...
The world’s busiest airports, in pictures

The world’s busiest airports, in pictures

Airports Council international this week released its preliminary ranking of the world’s busiest airports for 2017. You may already be familiar with some of the airports in the top 10. Below are images of the airports that handle the most passengers in the world. How many do you recognize?
Rents up in most of metro Atlanta, still competitive with other cities

Rents up in most of metro Atlanta, still competitive with other cities

Cathy Janelle loves renting. She and her dog, Bella, live in Alpharetta, where she gratefully surrendered the responsibility she had in years past as a homeowner. “If anything minor goes wrong, I call the office and before I hang up the phone, maintenance is at my door,” she said. “And there are so many amenities. Everybody should live here.” Rents for a two-bedroom at Northwinds...
What’s left of Trump's merchandising empire? Not much

What’s left of Trump's merchandising empire? Not much

Before he ran for office, Donald Trump made millions by selling his name to adorn other people's products. There was Trump deodorant. Trump ties. Trump steaks. Trump underwear. Trump furniture. At one time, there was even a Trump-branded urine test. Now, almost all of them are gone. In 2015, Trump listed 19 companies that were paying him to produce or distribute Trump-branded...
Georgia Power launches new solar partnership with corporations

Georgia Power launches new solar partnership with corporations

Growing corporate demand for renewable energy in Georgia is contributing to growth in the state’s solar industry, as major companies turn to cost-effective, carbon-free energy options to meet their energy needs. To meet the demand, Georgia Power has launched an initiative to supply solar power directly to commercial and industrial customers in the state through the Commercial & Industrial Renewable...
Delta-NRA flap: CEO says 75 percent of emails are in support of airline 

Delta-NRA flap: CEO says 75 percent of emails are in support of airline 

Since Delta Air Lines ended a group discount for NRA members and sparked a firestorm, Delta CEO Ed Bastian said he has received “tens of thousands” of e-mails on both sides of the issue. Bastian made the remarks on CNBC on Thursday morning, where he said the majority of the e-mails he received were in support of Delta’s move.  “I’d say 75 percent...
Hartsfield-Jackson holds ‘Big Bird’ airplane disaster drill

Hartsfield-Jackson holds ‘Big Bird’ airplane disaster drill

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport held a mass casualty emergency response drill on Thursday simulating an airplane disaster. The exercise, which the Atlanta airport calls “Big Bird,” is required by the Federal Aviation Administration every three years. Volunteers act as victims, with makeup to show injuries. Firefighters practice extinguishing an airplane fire, and those...
Gwinnett factory a showcase for changes in auto sector and the economy

Gwinnett factory a showcase for changes in auto sector and the economy

The smell of oil gives way slowly to the scent of heated plastic as visitors make their way from the tool room into the maze of assembly lines that make up the Lund International factory. Depending on what kind of auto accessory is being made, the sounds in the 219,000 square-foot Lawrenceville building also change: hissing, then banging, warning sirens and then a sort of quiet upon entering the room...
Higher fuel costs, storms drive down Delta profit

Higher fuel costs, storms drive down Delta profit

Higher fuel costs and storms that drove flight cancellations caused Delta Air Lines’ profit to decline in the first quarter of the year. Atlanta-based Delta reported record revenue for the quarter, with operating revenue at  more than $9.9 billion. But that was offset by a 20 percent year-over-year increase in fuel expense and a $44 million toll from severe winter weather. The storms included...
Kempner: Will the Amazon-Trump spat cost you? Beware, online shoppers

Kempner: Will the Amazon-Trump spat cost you? Beware, online shoppers

President Trump pointedly accused Amazon of not paying enough in taxes. That’s an interesting call for our president, who apparently didn’t pay federal income taxes for years and boasted about “brilliantly” working tax laws as a private citizen. If the president is trying to highlight unfairness in our tax systems, he’s right. He’s just off on the target. The...
Hartsfield-Jackson general manager weighs future

Hartsfield-Jackson general manager weighs future

With Hartsfield-Jackson’s general manager among the city of Atlanta leaders submitting their resignations after the mayor asked all cabinet members to do so, the future for the leadership of the world’s busiest airport remains in the balance. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms had already launched a search for the position of general manager of the Atlanta airport and several other cabinet...
Children with autism take on world’s busiest airport

Children with autism take on world’s busiest airport

Hartsfield-Jackson International hosted an airport “rehearsal” Wednesday for 40 families with autism to practice moving through the airport, boarding and being in the airplane cabin. The program is aimed at reducing stress when flying for families that have a child with autism and raising awareness for airport, airline and Transportation Security Administration workers...
5 high-paying jobs you can snag in Georgia with a high school diploma

5 high-paying jobs you can snag in Georgia with a high school diploma

Even in a state full of students racking up increased college debt, a four-year degree still gives Americans a 12 percent to 14 percent return on investment, according to Ohio State professor of educational studies Matthew Mayhew. But are there ways to get a high-paying job without all that debt and a high school diploma? The Bureau of Labor Statistics' short answer is ‘sure...
Georgia’s tax burden low nationally, middle of the pack in the South

Georgia’s tax burden low nationally, middle of the pack in the South

Death, taxes and whining: some things are unavoidable. But despite the special pain you feel as you write out the check to the Internal Revenue Service this year, you can console yourself – at least a little – with the knowledge that the tax burden you bear for being in Georgia is less onerous than the weight you’d carry in most other states, according to a ranking released...
Atlanta mayor asks for resignations of entire cabinet, including Hartsfield-Jackson leader

Atlanta mayor asks for resignations of entire cabinet, including Hartsfield-Jackson leader

Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Roosevelt Council is among those who complied when the mayor of Atlanta asked for the resignations of her entire cabinet Monday. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in a statement said she asked for the resignations, “and after further assessment will determine which resignations I will accept.” Council was named interim general manager...
Income inequality greater among minority women

Income inequality greater among minority women

The gender wage gap in Georgia isn’t as wide as in much of the nation, yet women in the state still earn 18 percent less than men. Data shows Georgia ranks 17th in the gender pay gap, slightly above the median wage gap of 20 percent. The pay inequality nationwide is especially worse among minority groups, with Latina, African-American and Native American women, as well as those with disabilities...
UPS flight dispatchers ramp up pressure in contract talks

UPS flight dispatchers ramp up pressure in contract talks

Flight dispatchers at UPS are ramping up pressure in contract talks by taking a vote saying they would be willing to strike. However, the flight dispatchers don’t yet have the legal authority to strike under the Railway Labor Act that governs their negotiations. Instead, a strike vote is intended to turn up the heat in labor talks. UPS management said the vote is “simply a show of solidarity...
Delta No. 2 in airline quality ranking, nearing top spot

Delta No. 2 in airline quality ranking, nearing top spot

Delta Air Lines remained in the No. 2 spot in an annual ranking of airlines, but came in close behind No. 1-ranked Alaska Airlines. The Airline Quality Rating by researchers at Wichita State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University showed that Alaska Airlines “barely edged out” Atlanta-based Delta for the No. 1 spot, according to the study released Monday. It was the...
Hartsfield-Jackson still world’s busiest in global ranking

Hartsfield-Jackson still world’s busiest in global ranking

A global ranking of airlines released Monday confirmed that Hartsfield-Jackson International remains the world’s busiest airport, in spite of a slight decline in passengers. Airports Council International’s ranking of the busiest airports measured by flights and passenger counts kept the Atlanta airport in the No. 1 spot with 103.9 million passengers in 2017, down 0.3 percent from...
One easy click to check if Cambridge Analytica has your Facebook data

One easy click to check if Cambridge Analytica has your Facebook data

Get ready to find out if your Facebook data has been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The 87 million users who might have had their data shared with Cambridge Analytica will get a detailed message on their news feeds. Facebook says most of the affected users (more than 70 million) are in the U.S., though there are more than a million each in the Philippines, Indonesia and the U.K. If you...
Wes Moss: Figure out your ‘Rich Ratio’ to help plan for retirement

Wes Moss: Figure out your ‘Rich Ratio’ to help plan for retirement

There are myriad philosophies on how to achieve financial stability and ensure a happy retirement. Some are more complex than others, and most have their merits. But all these strategies are based on the same assumption — that you are living within (or below) your means. This is the crux of wealth building. Imagine you are hiking a beautiful mountain pass. Your destination is just a little way...
In wake of cyber security breach, Delta launches credit monitoring site

In wake of cyber security breach, Delta launches credit monitoring site

In the wake of a cyber security breach that may have exposed several hundred thousand customers, Delta Air Lines has launched a credit monitoring enrollment site for customers who could be affected. The website at https://delta.allclearid.com allows people who may have been affected to enroll in AllClear fraud alerts with credit monitoring. Delta says it partnered with AllClear ID to offer free...
Consumer report: Mortgage balances high among home buyers

Consumer report: Mortgage balances high among home buyers

Economic stability and job security among active home buyers are fueling growth in the real estate market as demand outpaces inventory. Bill Murray, president of the Atlanta Realtors association says buyers are able to pay the higher rates due to incomes supported by a stabilizing job market. According to a new Equifax National Consumer credit trends report, outstanding first mortgage balances in...
Metro Atlanta added 500 jobs in solar in 2017, report says

Metro Atlanta added 500 jobs in solar in 2017, report says

Metro Atlanta added 500 new jobs in the solar industry in 2017, despite a nationwide tank in the solar market fueled by low sales and anxiety related to a trade dispute involving Chinese products. The state solar job growth stood at 10 percent, continuing a three-year streak. Newly released data from the Solar Foundation shows Georgia now ranks 15th nationwide in solar energy generation, with a total...
New development in Sandy Springs pushes business prospects high

New development in Sandy Springs pushes business prospects high

Now that the construction dust from the City Springs Center is subsiding, business owners are hoping the massive project with keep them in the black. Ladell Williams, a supervisor at Phidippides Sports Center on Sandy Springs Circle, said she hopes people moving into the newly-constructed apartments or those visiting city hall will patronize the shop. “We hope this will be an extension of their...
Fingerprints, facial scans becoming more commonplace at airports

Fingerprints, facial scans becoming more commonplace at airports

Travelers navigating through a busy airport have become accustomed to a hectic juggle of IDs and boarding passes while lugging bags through security checkpoints and boarding. Recently, companies including Atlanta-based Delta Air lines have been gradually adding technology to streamline the process and replace IDs and boarding passes with fingerprints and facial scans. Delta’s latest move along...
Delta says cyber security breach may have exposed several hundred thousand customers

Delta says cyber security breach may have exposed several hundred thousand customers

Delta Air Lines said a cyber security breach involving an online chat service “potentially exposed several hundred thousand customers.” Atlanta-based Delta disclosed the estimate on a web page at delta.com/response it rolled out Thursday on the cyber incident for customers. Delta said it will offer free credit monitoring for customers who were affected. The airline said it is contacting...
Many worry about changes an Amazon headquarters could usher in

Many worry about changes an Amazon headquarters could usher in

At a recent conference, Chuck Day stewed as he listened to an Amazon official describe a plan to disrupt the restaurant equipment industry. Soon, the Amazon executive told the audience, restaurants will be able to order everything they need by browsing the company’s website and clicking. For some, it was a promise for more efficiency. But for Day, whose restaurant supply business relies on personal...
These metro Atlanta companies are making big hires this April

These metro Atlanta companies are making big hires this April

Spring is a time for change and renewal, so why not start the season by looking for a new job this April? Metro Atlanta companies and other employers have a variety of openings, from summer recreation-based positions to engineering jobs. » RELATED: Why employers aren't looking at your resume (and never will) Check out the following metro Atlanta companies that are making big hires this...
Delta says online chat cyber security breach put some customer payment info at risk

Delta says online chat cyber security breach put some customer payment info at risk

Delta Air Lines said Tuesday that a cyber security breach involving an online chat service it uses put some customer payment information at risk. Atlanta-based Delta said it was notified of the “cyber incident” March 28 by online chat service provider [24]7.ai. From Sept. 26 to Oct. 12, 2017, “certain customer payment information” for clients of the online chat service...
11 Atlanta companies with cool, rare perks

11 Atlanta companies with cool, rare perks

Who doesn't like freebies, especially on the job? No, not paper towels, pens and paper. We're talking real cha-ching. From earning college coursework credit to discounted cars, these Atlanta companies appreciate their employees so much they're willing to give exclusive, in-house service perks to help team members save money and develop personally and professionally. This privately held, Germany-based...
Delta’s ‘basic economy’ bare bones fare concept spreads

Delta’s ‘basic economy’ bare bones fare concept spreads

It has been six years since Delta Air Lines rolled out its first “basic economy” air fares. Atlanta-based Delta launched the fares -- which do not allow advance seat assignments, upgrades or ticket changes, even for a fee -- in markets where it competed with ultra low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines. In the years since, Delta has expanded basic economy to much of its route network, and...
PSC approves $330 million in refunds for Georgia Power customers

PSC approves $330 million in refunds for Georgia Power customers

The Georgia Public Service Commission approved $330 million in refunds to Georgia Power customers. The action is a result of President Trump’s tax overhaul, officials said. Residential customers using at least 1,000 kilowatt hours per month will receive bill credits totaling about $70 between 2018 to 2020. Customers will see a reduction of $27 in their October bills. The PSC says the remaining...
Executive search for Hartsfield-Jackson general manager role continues

Executive search for Hartsfield-Jackson general manager role continues

An executive search for the position of general manager of the world’s busiest airport continues, according to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Shortly after she took office in January, Bottoms announced search committees for several “key cabinet positions,” including the role of general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. “ The mayor made a key...
Atlanta airport: Hartsfield-Jackson to add more de-icing pads

Atlanta airport: Hartsfield-Jackson to add more de-icing pads

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport plans to build more de-icing pads to reduce flight cancellations during snowstorms. The Atlanta airport plans to build a $50 million south de-icing facility with space for five large planes to be de-iced at once. When it is finished, the airport will have space for about 20 planes to be de-iced at a time, according to Hartsfield-Jackson interim...
6 high-paying jobs you can get in Atlanta with an associate degree

6 high-paying jobs you can get in Atlanta with an associate degree

More money, less school? If that's your goal, certain careers and paths of study are for you. Hot jobs in Georgia that only require an associate degree and still pay top dollar are out there. Be forewarned, though: Some of the salaries are so appealing you might start dreaming of switching to one of these high-paying fields even if you've already earned a bachelor's or attained higher levels of education...
Don't make it rain: 10 money-saving tips on shower gifts 

Don't make it rain: 10 money-saving tips on shower gifts 

If April showers bring May flowers, June weddings bring even more showers. And it doesn't just seem like more babies are born in the summer; that's a fact, according to CDC figures. That raft of July and August births makes spring and summer baby shower boom time, too. Lots of celebrating means lots of presents, and if you're on the giving end, you might feel some pressure. "Since it's opened...
Kempner: Big land for big Atlanta dreams is opening up on westside

Kempner: Big land for big Atlanta dreams is opening up on westside

A chunk of railroad land that stretches across more than three miles of west Atlanta is going up for sale. It could be developed for more apartments and homes, which I’m told is the most likely demand for it. Or big thinkers could find a more valuable use. This is a city that hungers to think big, after all. CSX’s Tilford Yard isn’t just any old piece of land. It will likely continue...
Hartsfield-Jackson turns Wi-Fi back on, more than a week after Atlanta cyberattack

Hartsfield-Jackson turns Wi-Fi back on, more than a week after Atlanta cyberattack

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport turned its wi-fi back on late Monday afternoon, more than a week after it turned it off due to a cyber attack on the city of Atlanta. The world’s busiest airport switched on its free wi-fi at around 5:30 p.m. Monday. The airport took down the wireless Internet service more than 10 days ago, with spokesman Reese McCranie saying at the time: ...
New China tariffs may impact Georgia’s agricultural exports

New China tariffs may impact Georgia’s agricultural exports

State officials say it’s unclear new tariffs issued by China on 128 U.S. products may affect some of Georgia’s top agricultural exports.The tariffs announced on Monday would generate an additional 15 percent tax increase on Georgia’s fresh or dried nuts, peaches and nectarines, and fresh and dried fruit.
Hate checking emails after work? NY law would allow you to say ‘enough’

Hate checking emails after work? NY law would allow you to say ‘enough’

New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr. introduced a bill last month that would make it illegal for employers to force employees to respond to emails or instant messages after work hours. » RELATED: Here are all the winners from AJC’s 2018 Top Workplaces awards The “Disconnecting From Work” legislation would fine employers at companies with 10 or more employees...
Sold! 9 simple steps to saving for your first home

Sold! 9 simple steps to saving for your first home

You're probably not trying to purchase a million dollar dream house as a first-time buyer, but coming up with the funds for your first home can make even a modest house seem out of reach. "The top challenge for would-be homebuyers is the down payment requirement," The Mortgage Reports blog reported, citing a study from Trulia. "Over half of potential buyers claimed saving...
Goldman Sachs joins Georgia Tech venture group to aid startups

Goldman Sachs joins Georgia Tech venture group to aid startups

Global investment bank Goldman Sachs has joined a growth accelerator and venture capital fund based at Georgia Tech that’s aimed at promising early-stage companies. The Engage Ventures program announced that Goldman Sachs will be the 11th corporate member of its board, agreeing to provide funding, resources and time to help new companies progress from the creation stage to where they&rsquo...
Despite falling demand, carbonated drinks dominate beverage market

Despite falling demand, carbonated drinks dominate beverage market

Health awareness is driving the global demand for packaged water high, as sales for carbonated soft drinks continue to decline. According to a study by California-based market research company Grand View Research and Consulting, packaged water sales are expected to reach $470 billion by 2025. Despite the surge in bottled water sales, due in part to growing demand for healthier alternatives devoid...
Georgia Power announces placement of reactor vessel on Vogtle 4

Georgia Power announces placement of reactor vessel on Vogtle 4

Georgia Power announced that the recent placement of the nuclear reactor vessel inside one of the two units under construction at Plant Vogtle is a sign of progress in the beleaguered project. The nuclear reactor vessel will serve as the heat source, producing steam for power generation once the unit comes online. The latest milestone in construction at the site follows the pouring of 2,400 cubic...
Amazon tours Atlanta in its second headquarters search

Amazon tours Atlanta in its second headquarters search

A delegation from Amazon toured sites in metro Atlanta this week as part of the e-commerce giant’s search for a second headquarters location, multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Amazon officials met with state and local government and business leaders on Thursday and Friday. The two-day visit offered coveted face-to-face access to Amazon...
7 fastest-growing, well-paying Georgia jobs that don't require a four-year degree

7 fastest-growing, well-paying Georgia jobs that don't require a four-year degree

Looking for a new career in Georgia? While you might assume you need a four-year degree to compete for in-demand jobs with good pay, that's not necessarily true. There are a number of professions that fit these criteria and require only an associate degree or, in some cases, only a high school diploma or the equivalent. They range from health care professions to the auto repair field, and when an...
Studies underway for downtown Atlanta deck park over the Connector

Studies underway for downtown Atlanta deck park over the Connector

The business coalition behind a proposed park over the Downtown Connector said studies to determine the feasibility of the ambitious project are progressing. A.J. Robinson, president and CEO of Central Atlanta Progress, said Thursday the studies include pre-engineering work to determine costs for “The Stitch,” and an analysis of potential public and private funding sources. The Stitch...
Metro Atlanta jobs: strongest February hiring since 2011

Metro Atlanta jobs: strongest February hiring since 2011

Metro Atlanta last month cranked up the strongest February for hiring in seven years, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The region’s economy added 20,800 jobs, the third-best showing of the past two decades, as virtually all the economic metrics saw improvement, according to Mark Butler, the state’s labor commissioner. “It’s good to see we picked up this year right where...
Delta CEO on NRA debate: ‘You’ve got to stand up for what you believe in’ 

Delta CEO on NRA debate: ‘You’ve got to stand up for what you believe in’ 

During an appearance at a conference in Atlanta on Wednesday, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian weighed in on the flap last month over the carrier’s discontinuation of an NRA discount. “You’ve got to stand up for what you believe in, and people want to hear what your company is in today’s society more than ever,” Bastian said during remarks at a Hope Global Forum...
5 side hustles you can do from the comfort of your home

5 side hustles you can do from the comfort of your home

It's not all working in your pajamas, sleeping late and eating cereal at all hours, but part-time work from home can help you earn money while you watch the kids. Plus, you'll avoid a commute and earn great experience you can take into the world for a later career.  One of Entrepreneur's "55 ideas for starting a home-based business for less than $5,000," a business plan service...
Watchdog group questions legality of Ga. PSC commissioner’s deleted texts

Watchdog group questions legality of Ga. PSC commissioner’s deleted texts

A watchdog group has lodged a formal complaint with the state against a Public Service Commissioner, claiming he deleted text messages in violation of Georgia’s Open Records Act. In the complaint against Tim Echols, the commission vice chairman, William Perry, executive director of Georgia Ethics Watchdogs wants the state attorney general to investigate Echols’ actions. The complaint follows...
Embattled Equifax names new CEO

Embattled Equifax names new CEO

Equifax Inc. named Mark Begor as the new chief executive officer on Wednesday, filling the slot held by an interim appointment since the retirement of Rick Smith in the wake of the company’s massive data breach. Begor, who will officially take over April 16, has been a top executive in the private equity firm of Warburg Pincus since 2016. Before that, he was with General Electric Co. for 35...
Kempner: What will replace all those Toys R Us stores in metro Atlanta?

Kempner: What will replace all those Toys R Us stores in metro Atlanta?

Liquidation sales at Toys R Us offer another reason to doubt the survival chances for any and all stores you walk into rather than visit online. But the end of the greatest store of my childhood isn’t the whole story. We’re again about to witness a tantalizing test of brick-and-mortar’s future: seeing what happens to hundreds of soon-to-be-empty Toys R Us stores once the bankrupt...
Lawsuit claims Facebook allowed housing advertisers to discriminate

Lawsuit claims Facebook allowed housing advertisers to discriminate

Have you ever posted photos on Facebook of your kids at soccer practice? Have you talked about being a stay-at-home mom, a disabled veteran or the single parent of a toddler? Have you ever "liked" Telemundo or written about learning English as a second language? If any of the above are true, advertisers on Facebook may have been able to target you — or exclude you — from seeing...
College not the only way to a good life, blue collar skills in demand

College not the only way to a good life, blue collar skills in demand

With a subdued but steady hum, the 5,000-pound forklift zipped backwards, slid to a stop, glided forward again and turned down the warehouse aisle between racks of boxes that stretched more than a hundred yards in both directions and rose 70 feet toward the ceiling. The machine – this one, a variety known as an order picker – eased to a halt and its two long, steel blades began climbing...
Some college-bound are passing up chances, construction CEO says

Some college-bound are passing up chances, construction CEO says

Historically, workers without a college education are not only paid less than those with degrees, but they also have a consistently higher unemployment rate. That is still true. Yet if young people avoid modest-paying blue collar work, they can inadvertently choke off the pipeline that leads to high-paying management jobs. Not having a degree doesn’t mean that you can’t have a career and...
Hartsfield-Jackson job fair draws thousands

Hartsfield-Jackson job fair draws thousands

A Hartsfield-Jackson International job fair attracted more than 2,200 job seekers Tuesday, with more than 60 employers at the airport hiring. Brentavious Carreker, of College Park, works as a chef but went to the job fair at the Georgia International Convention Center near the airport in search of “better opportunities and getting more money.” Joyce Simpson, a retired postal worker who...
Atlanta Business: Ex-US Attorney becomes partner at King & Spalding

Atlanta Business: Ex-US Attorney becomes partner at King & Spalding

John Horn, a former U.S. Attorney, has joined King & Spalding as a partner, the firm announced Tuesday. Horn, who had previously worked for the Atlanta-based firm, became U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia in 2015, succeeding Sally Yates, who left to become Deputy U.S. Attorney General under President Barack Obama. “John is a superb lawyer and leader who is naturally collaborative...
$127M Savannah port rail hub to tap into Midwest, get trucks off roads

$127M Savannah port rail hub to tap into Midwest, get trucks off roads

Across a highway from the gates to the Port of Savannah, crews have cleared trees and driven pilings into the sandy soil to support bridges and a lattice of future rail lines. Though the construction site is only a few hundred feet from where cranes load and offload freight from giant cargo ships, Georgia Ports Authority officials said the project’s reach will stretch for thousands of miles...
Metro Atlanta home prices climb faster than nation’s, says Case Shiller

Metro Atlanta home prices climb faster than nation’s, says Case Shiller

Metro Atlanta home prices rose 6.5 percent during the past year, outpacing the national average and increasingly squeezing first-time homebuyers, according to a high-profile analysis issued Tuesday. Atlanta’s average home price increase was the 11th fastest growing of the 20 largest metro areas and was stronger than the national pace of 6.2 percent, according to the monthly report from S&P CoreLogic...
Meet this requirement if you want to become a Delta Air Lines flight attendant 

Meet this requirement if you want to become a Delta Air Lines flight attendant 

Traveling around the world, experiencing new cultures and meeting fascinating people are just a few of the perks Delta Air Lines’ flight attendants enjoy. But the job definitely has its demands. Employees must have a certain level of flexibility and be ready work evenings, weekends and holidays.   Also, the competition for the position is stiff. In 2012, Bloomberg reported that the airline...
Atlanta airport: Hartsfield-Jackson holding job fair

Atlanta airport: Hartsfield-Jackson holding job fair

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is hosting a job fair Tuesday at the Georgia International Convention Center. About 2,200 job seekers have registered for the event running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 27. Walk-ins are also accepted. More than 60 employers at the world’s busiest airport are hiring for more than 1,000 jobs, according to Hartsfield-Jackson. Delta explains why...
Savannah port launches $126M ‘mega rail’ project

Savannah port launches $126M ‘mega rail’ project

Savannah —- The Georgia Ports Authority on Tuesday broke ground on one of its largest-ever expansion projects, a new rail hub that officials say will connect the fast-growing Savannah port to Memphis, Chicago and other cities in the Midwest. The $126.7 million Mason Mega Rail Terminal project is expected to eventually take some 200,000 big rig trucks off the state’s freeways – even...
Atlanta rent growth among nation’s fastest

Atlanta rent growth among nation’s fastest

Metro Atlanta rent increases are the fifth-highest in the nation, yet the region remains relatively more affordable to renters than most of the hottest markets, according to a series of reports. Rents in the area are up 4.4 percent, with the median rent of $1,394 for all types of rentals, according to Zillow, a Seattle-based real estate data company. Four metros grew faster, including Sacramento,...
Qatar Airways puts Airbus A350 on Atlanta-Doha route

Qatar Airways puts Airbus A350 on Atlanta-Doha route

Qatar Airways has begun flying the wide-body Airbus A350 into Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, soon after Delta Air Lines put the A350 on its Atlanta-Seoul route. Qatar operates flights from Atlanta to Doha. When it launched the route in 2016 it brought the super-jumbo Airbus A380 jet for the inaugural flight, but subsequently used the 777 for regular service...
These Georgia companies were named Black Enterprise's 'best companies for diversity'

These Georgia companies were named Black Enterprise's 'best companies for diversity'

Companies that strive for innovation and sustaining growth often have diversity and inclusiveness at the top of the list. "As a global company with 454,000 employees who live and work in more than 220 countries and territories, UPS's values are rooted in the diversity and inclusion that thrives inside and outside our walls," said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and UPS...
Atlanta cyber attack: Hartsfield-Jackson wi-fi still down

Atlanta cyber attack: Hartsfield-Jackson wi-fi still down

Wi-fi is still down at the world’s busiest airport, four days after Hartsfield-Jackson International officials took down the wireless Internet access due to a cyber attack on Atlanta city government. Some tools on the airport’s website are also still down, such as security wait times and flight information. “While we aren’t directly affected by the cyberattack...
Delta Sky Club members can now enter clubs using their fingerprints

Delta Sky Club members can now enter clubs using their fingerprints

Delta Air Lines will give members of its Sky Clubs the option of using their fingerprints to get into all of its U.S. airport lounges starting this week, instead of showing a boarding pass or club membership card.  The new program, which has been tested at the Concourse B Sky Club in Atlanta since September 2017 and at Washington Reagan airport, is part of a Delta partnership with ...
Wes Moss: Happy retirement without millions in the bank

Wes Moss: Happy retirement without millions in the bank

Here’s a question for you. What’s the No. 1 thing people want from their retirement? Got your answer? If you said financial security, that’s a great guess, as building a nest egg is a top objective when it comes to retirement planning. But I would argue that the correct answer is happiness. While money can’t buy happiness, it does give you more options on how to spend your...
How Delta’s new flagship aircraft, the Airbus A350, stacks up

How Delta’s new flagship aircraft, the Airbus A350, stacks up

Delta Air Lines just launched the Airbus A350 on flights out of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The carrier on March 24 began using its new flagship aircraft on an Atlanta-Seoul route.  But how does the A350 compare to Delta’s recently retired Queen of the Skies, the Boeing 747, or to its international workhorse known as the “Triple Seven”? Find out by fllipping through...
10 things to know about Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

10 things to know about Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

You’ve flown out of Hartsfield-Jackson International for a vacation. You pick up your relatives there when they visit for the holidays. Perhaps you connect through Atlanta regularly, or maybe you fly out of ATL every week for business trips. Whichever kind of traveler you are, there are always more tips and tricks to learn about the Atlanta airport. Get some ideas to improve your next trip ...
With airport wi-fi taken down after cyber attack, Hartsfield-Jackson plans diagnostic scans

With airport wi-fi taken down after cyber attack, Hartsfield-Jackson plans diagnostic scans

With wi-fi at the world’s busiest airport taken down after a cyber attack on the city of Atlanta, Hartsfield-Jackson International officials say they plan to conduct diagnostic scans Saturday. “Our goal is to conduct diagnostic scans and searches to ascertain the status of the system today,” said Hartsfield-Jackson spokesman Andrew Gobeil in a written statement. &ldquo...
Suit charging Harbour with deceit and racist practices gets go-ahead

Suit charging Harbour with deceit and racist practices gets go-ahead

A federal judge has given the go-ahead to a suit accusing a Texas firm of targeting minorities as it preyed on would-be homebuyers in Atlanta. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Story denied Harbour Portfolio’s motions to dismiss the suit brought by 17 plaintiffs. The plaintiffs say they were misled by Harbour Portfolio and associated companies into thinking they were becoming owners when...
Hartsfield-Jackson takes down wi-fi after city of Atlanta cyber attack

Hartsfield-Jackson takes down wi-fi after city of Atlanta cyber attack

Hartsfield-Jackson International has taken down the wi-fi at the world’s busiest airport after a cyber attack on the city of Atlanta, and its website is spotty. The Atlanta airport’s website said after the cyber attack that security wait times and flight information may not be accurate, advising passengers to check with their airline for information. READ: City Hall employees told...
Kempner: Georgia entrepreneur was wrong about bullet jewelry

Kempner: Georgia entrepreneur was wrong about bullet jewelry

Heather Abbott was dubious when her husband wanted them to create and sell earrings using bullet casings. Because, well, spent bullets as a fashion statement? Really? It became the launchpad for what the Georgia couple says is a million-dollar-a-year business their website describes as “the leader in bullet and shotgun shell style.” I was at a recent awards ceremony where the Georgia Department...
NCR CEO steps down citing health concerns

NCR CEO steps down citing health concerns

Bill Nuti, the president and CEO of Atlanta-based financial technology company NCR plans to step down citing health reasons, part of a shakeup of executive roles the company announced Thursday. Nuti, who is based in New York, will remain in his role until a new chief executive is found. He will transition into a consulting role and carry the title of chairman emeritus, according to a news release...
Become a rent-a-friend? 6 under-the-radar ways to make some extra cash

Become a rent-a-friend? 6 under-the-radar ways to make some extra cash

Need some extra cash or an ongoing side hustle? It can pay (literally) to get a little creative. In fact, in today's inventive economy, it can pay even more if you go beyond "creative" and into the realm of pretty weird. Still, as long as they're legal (and the following suggestions are), what does it hurt to bring home the bucks in an odd fashion? It's fairly random, because it's not guaranteed...
Georgia job growth surprises with strength last month

Georgia job growth surprises with strength last month

Last month was a surprisingly strong one for job growth, as the state’s economy added 18,300 jobs, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That hiring represented more than twice as much as the February average during the previous five years and it followed a job loss in January, when the economy typically sheds workers, according to Mark Butler, the state’s labor commissioner. &ldquo...
Atlanta business: NCR to shuffle leadership after CEO steps down for health reasons

Atlanta business: NCR to shuffle leadership after CEO steps down for health reasons

Atlanta-based financial technology company NCR said Thursday that Bill Nuti, the company’s chairman and CEO, plans to step down for health reasons, and another senior executive also announced he is departing the company. Nuti, who is based in New York, will remain in his role until a new CEO is found and will carry the title of chairman emeritus while serving in a consulting role, according...
Kempner: These Atlanta restaurants are dropping dollars

Kempner: These Atlanta restaurants are dropping dollars

Allison Hill wants success for the Neapolitan pizza chain she’s helping launch in Atlanta. She just doesn’t want cash. Patrons at The Local Pizzaiolo on Atlanta’s Westside can pay by credit, debit or plastic cash cards, but not with the legal tender of the United States. Some nearby restaurants also recently put in place policies to not accept cash from customers. Expect...
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