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Atlanta ranks 10th in population increase, U.S. Census Bureau reports

Among the U.S. cities with the biggest jump in population, Atlanta ranked 10th last year, according to a newly released report by the U.S. Census Bureau. The city saw an influx of 13,323 new residents between July 2016 and July 2017, translating to about 36 people moving in each day. Nationally, at the top of the list, San Antonio registered the largest population gain — with more than 24,200...


Housing crunch will grow if Atlanta lands Amazon’s HQ2

Housing crunch will grow if Atlanta lands Amazon’s HQ2

If Atlanta wins Amazon’s second headquarters, the region will get wealthier, but the demand for homes will soar and the gap between haves and have-nots will also likely surge. According to housing experts and economists, the metro area would get a flood of well-paid and mostly young professionals within a short time. In general, companies move in and out of a region and nobody really notices...
Kempner: Why Amazon might want you more than money

Kempner: Why Amazon might want you more than money

In Amazon’s decision about where to put its second headquarters, nothing matters more than people. Specifically, people who will help delight customers and ultimately make money. The company wants incentives from whatever community it picks for HQ2 (hopefully, Atlanta). And it cares deeply about issues, such as traffic and transit, a vibrant community, welcoming folks, costs of living,...
Why Atlanta’s shot at Amazon HQ2 is better than expected

Why Atlanta’s shot at Amazon HQ2 is better than expected

Atlanta’s odds of luring Amazon’s second headquarters look better than I had expected before I visited the company’s Seattle hometown. It was Amazon employees — most of them rank and file, none of whom believed they had any inside knowledge — who made me think Atlanta has a real chance. And I don’t mean like in the movie “Dumb and Dumber,” where the...
Hartsfield-Jackson canopy construction moving to next phase

Hartsfield-Jackson canopy construction moving to next phase

The final piece of steel has been placed for the construction of one of the massive curbside canopies at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. It took eight months to erect the steel structure for the canopy over the Terminal North curbside. Construction crews placed an American flag on top of the structure Tuesday evening to mark the completion of the steelwork. The next step is to install the ...
Phone scams on the rise, Georgia Power says

Phone scams on the rise, Georgia Power says

Reports of fraudulent activity targeting Georgia Power customers are on the rise. The company said scammers, posing as Georgia Power employees have been defrauding residential customers and businesses threatening disconnection if bill payments are not made immediately. The scammers allegedly attempt the scams in person, over the phone or online. Georgia Power warns customers to be wary of...
Paulding commissioner candidates headed to runoff as second airport issue looms large

Paulding commissioner candidates headed to runoff as second airport issue looms large

Candidates for two seats on the Paulding County commission are headed for a runoff as a debate over a proposed second commercial airport in metro Atlanta looms large in campaigns. At issue is a plan announced in 2013 to commercialize Paulding County’s airport and attract airline flights. Lawsuits filed by the county and residents challenging the commercialization have halted the plan. But some...
Georgia economy tightly tied to global factors, says GSU forecaster

Georgia economy tightly tied to global factors, says GSU forecaster

The economic trajectory of Georgia is now pretty much the same as the national track, making the state’s growth sensitive to the same big factors – especially trade and interest rates, according to a high-profile forecaster. Job growth will continue – albeit more slowly than in the past several years – but after nearly nine years of expansion, the economy could be tipped ...
NORAD military plane exercise planned over metro Atlanta Thursday

NORAD military plane exercise planned over metro Atlanta Thursday

Military plane exercises planned for Thursday morning could bring some low-flying aircraft over metro Atlanta. Weather permitting, the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region plans to conduct aircraft training flights in the greater Atlanta area from approximately 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Some portions of the flights will be at about 3,500 feet “and may be visible from...
PSC races headed to November without runoffs

PSC races headed to November without runoffs

All three Georgia races for the Public Service Commission (PSC) will head directly to the November general election without runoffs. Incumbent Tricia Pridemore narrowly beat her Republican opponent John Hitchins to win her party nomination for the District 5 Public Service Commission race. Pridemore, who was appointed in November by Governor Nathan Deal, was in a tight race against Hitchins,...
Hartsfield-Jackson expects 1.7 million passengers over Memorial Day weekend

Hartsfield-Jackson expects 1.7 million passengers over Memorial Day weekend

About 1.7 million passengers will fill the terminals and concourses at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport over the Memorial Day weekend, marking the start of the busy summer travel season. Hartsfield-Jackson International general manager Roosevelt Council said the airport is adding guest relations staff and K9 units, and opening security checkpoints early for the holiday weekend...
Equitable no more: Downtown Atlanta tower’s landmark sign to go digital

Equitable no more: Downtown Atlanta tower’s landmark sign to go digital

The 32-story building at 100 Peachtree Street has occupied part of Atlanta’s skyline since the 1960s. But soon, major changes are coming to the skyscraper known most recently as the Equitable Building, including removal of the insurance company’s glowing sign, a fixture in the city since 1968. On Tuesday, owner Zeller Realty Group unveiled renderings featuring a 174-foot digital sign that...
Metro Atlanta home sales crimped by record shortage of listings

Metro Atlanta home sales crimped by record shortage of listings

Metro Atlanta’s incredible, shrinking inventory is at it again: the number of homes listed for sale continued to fall in April, according to a report issued by Re/Max of Georgia. That supply of homes on the market represented just 1.9 months of sales, compared to the six or seven months of supply that is typical in a healthy real estate market. It was also a drop of 27 percent from the inventory...
Report: This is the hottest (little-known) career in America right now

Report: This is the hottest (little-known) career in America right now

The hottest job in America may be one you've never heard of, but demand for people who can fulfill the roll is very high – as is its starting pay. If you're qualified to be a data scientist, according to Bloomberg, you may find companies fighting for your services. Andrew Gardner, a senior machine learning manager in Atlanta at Symantec Corp., an IT security firm, works to fill roles at...
Atlanta man in legal tussle with ambitious housing start-up

Atlanta man in legal tussle with ambitious housing start-up

The real estate industry is replete with tech-savvy start-up companies aiming to disrupt a massive market, but sometimes the disruptors get disrupted. Take the case of Divvy Homes vs. Matthew Cardinale. Friday, a judge in Fulton County Superior Court will consider whether to break the contract between the company and a frustrated wannabe homeowner. The San Francisco-based company and Cardinale, 37...
Atlanta City Council approves $130 million generators for Hartsfield-Jackson

Atlanta City Council approves $130 million generators for Hartsfield-Jackson

The Atlanta City Council on Monday approved $130 million for airport generators in the wake of a massive blackout in December. The generators would power the entire airport in the event of another full outage, according to officials at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Short-term financing will pay for the generators, which will ultimately be covered by airline rent payments...
Knock is one of the ambitious entries in Atlanta real estate

Knock is one of the ambitious entries in Atlanta real estate

Knock, Inc., a venture-backed start-up, has plans to disrupt the housing market, and it has picked Atlanta as one of its first two targets. The San Francisco-based company, which actually set up shop in Atlanta more than a year ago has moved to boost its profile in recent months, working with homeowners who wants to sell their property, then buy another. The company handles transactions at a customer&rsquo...
7 of the most popular jobs for 2018 college grads

7 of the most popular jobs for 2018 college grads

It's the ultimate accessory for that fancy diploma they just placed in your hands. Not a frame, no. How about a job to go with it? Pay attention, anxious parents, recent grads and anyone currently in the process of choosing a college major who would like to earn a healthy income post-graduation. According to LinkedIn, the 2018 college graduating class will be applying for certain jobs in record...
First job salaries for college grads up 5.2 percent from 2017

First job salaries for college grads up 5.2 percent from 2017

College graduates entering the job market for the first time are in for some good news. » RELATED: Atlanta among top 3 best places to start a career, study finds According to the latest numbers from payroll processor ADP, which tracks about 20 percent of the labor force, average pay for new entrants ages 24 and younger increased by 5.2 percent in March compared to their counterparts...
Delta opens pop-up lounge for middle-seat passengers in Boston

Delta opens pop-up lounge for middle-seat passengers in Boston

Delta Air Lines passengers stuck in the middle seat are getting special treatment at a pop-up lounge at the Boston airport Monday. Two Atlanta-based companies, Delta and Coca-Cola, are partnering to open the pop-up “Middle Seat Lounge” at Boston Logan International Airport for the day.  Those with a Delta boarding pass showing a middle seat assignment can enter the lounge near...
Getting girls fired up about welding

Getting girls fired up about welding

As a high school student in Texas, Bria Sativa Aguayo walked past the all-male welding class on the way to her cosmetology class. “I never looked in. I wasn’t even curious,” she says. “It didn’t seem something that I, as a girl, would ever do.” Twenty-five years later, Aguayo, 43, is now teaching welding and pushing to get more girls interested in the high-paying...
Class action lawsuit filed against SunTrust over recent data breach

Class action lawsuit filed against SunTrust over recent data breach

A class action lawsuit has been filed against SunTrust Bank, over the data breach  that left information for 1.5 million of its customers exposed. The complaint filed at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia said the Atlanta-based company failed to secure and safeguard customers personal and highly private information, and for failing to provide timely, accurate and...
Chick-fil-A to offer $1.35 million in scholarships in Atlanta

Chick-fil-A to offer $1.35 million in scholarships in Atlanta

Chick-fil-A will award $1.35 million in educational scholarships to 543 of its employees in Atlanta this year. The Atlanta-based company announced a $5.7 million increase in scholarship funds to its employees this year, bringing to $14.5 million the amount to be disbursed to employees across the nation. The funds will help approximately 5,700 employees pay for their college education. According...
Seattle’s message to Atlanta about Amazon HQ2: ‘Be prepared for growth’

Seattle’s message to Atlanta about Amazon HQ2: ‘Be prepared for growth’

SEATTLE — Travis Nguyen sees both the good and the bad with Amazon. Nguyen works in an auto repair shop in the shadow of Amazon’s Day 1 tower, where CEO Jeff Bezos keeps his office. Amazon has helped make Seattle more diverse and created tens of thousands of jobs, Nguyen said, and Washington state’s tech industry produces many times more. But with Seattle’s explosive tech boom...
5 things Atlantans need to know about Amazon’s HQ1 amid our HQ2 bid

5 things Atlantans need to know about Amazon’s HQ1 amid our HQ2 bid

SEATTLE - To get a sense of how big Amazon’s second headquarters will be, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution went to Seattle to see the first. The e-commerce and technology giant is massive here. The company is the largest employer in downtown Seattle, with more than 45,000 workers. The company says HQ2 will ultimately have more than 50,000 workers and grow to become an equal to the original...
HD Supply: showy building, aggressive growth

HD Supply: showy building, aggressive growth

For a $5.1 billion-a-year company, HD Supply has been a little obscure, but that may be changing. So far this year, the Atlanta-based company – spun off from Home Depot – has plopped down $380 million to buy Hartford-based A.H. Harris, moved into a brand new $100 million headquarters that overlooks I-75, and is looking to add hundreds of employees. The company&rsquo...
Hartsfield-Jackson: $130 million generators will provide full backup

Hartsfield-Jackson: $130 million generators will provide full backup

In an effort to avoid a repeat of the massive Atlanta airport power outage that halted travel at the world’s largest airline hub in December, Hartsfield-Jackson International plans to spend $130 million on about 20 generators. The generators will supply enough juice to power the entire airport, according to Hartsfield-Jackson officials. They say the equipment will be paid for...
Bill aims to fight sexual harassment on flights

Bill aims to fight sexual harassment on flights

A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., aims to fight sexual harassment on airline flights, an issue flight attendants say is common. In a survey by the Association of Flight Attendants union, 68 percent of flight attendants said they had experienced sexual harassment in their careers. More than one-third said they had experienced verbal sexual harassment and 18 percent said they...
7 tips for males who manage or mentor females

7 tips for males who manage or mentor females

It's a sensitive time in this #MeToo era. As Peter J. Strauss described it in Forbes, "Over the past few months, there has been an important and long overdue national conversation surrounding the topics of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior in the workplace."  And while the movement has generated massive positive change, "some of the fallout from the ongoing discussion...
Cybersecurity a major issue for Georgia PSC candidate

Cybersecurity a major issue for Georgia PSC candidate

Johnny White is one of the three Democratic candidates in the District 3 primary race for the Public Service Commission. In a previous story covering PSC primary races, White’s issues were not included. White, an IT professional is running his campaign around cybersecurity, protecting ratepayers data from breaches and Vogtle. He said rate payers should receive refunds for money they have paid...
Taco Mac is returning to Marietta, Woodstock soon

Taco Mac is returning to Marietta, Woodstock soon

Like a phoenix, what were once Taco Macs in Marietta and Woodstock are being born anew. Because of new ownership, the eateries that were Morgan's Sports Grill will on May 30 rejoin the Taco Mac chain, which has nearly 30 locations. Here’s what happened, according to the chain: These two locations opened in 1998 and were run under a management agreement in which Taco Mac ran them on behalf of...
First back-to-back job loss for Georgia since 2010

First back-to-back job loss for Georgia since 2010

After a pretty good start to the year, Georgia’s economy lost 2,800 jobs in April, according to a report Thursday from the state Department of Labor. The disappointing news follows a job loss in March. Monthly data is notoriously uneven and even two months do not make a trend, but the back-to-back monthly downers are the first in nearly eight years. So far in 2018, the state has added...
How Amazon could revolutionize downtown Atlanta’s grittiest spot

How Amazon could revolutionize downtown Atlanta’s grittiest spot

Cristian Ospina told me he really likes Castleberry Hill, his cool Atlanta neighborhood, just south of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. But as he walks the few blocks to a MARTA station in adjacent south downtown Atlanta, he passes what I’ve called one of the the scraggliest, most forgotten parts of downtown, where oases of promise are surrounded by neglect. Ospina’s simple advice for newcomers...
DOT seeks public comments on emotional support animals, service animals on flights

DOT seeks public comments on emotional support animals, service animals on flights

The controversial issue of service animals on airline flights is getting attention from the federal government. The U.S. Department of Transportation is taking public comments as it considers changing regulations of service animals and emotional support animals on flights. The move comes in the wake of high-profile incidents involving animals on flights, including the mauling of a passenger...
Ga. Watchdogs seek more evidence of ex parte conversations on Vogtle

Ga. Watchdogs seek more evidence of ex parte conversations on Vogtle

Three Georgia watchdog groups have filed a joint motion in Fulton County superior court seeking additional evidence of alleged conversations between Georgia Power and regulators at the Public Service Commission in the days leading up to the vote on the expansion of Plant Vogtle. Georgia Watch, Georgia Interfaith Power and Light, and the Partnership for Southern Equity are seeking help from the...
Delta adding flights to Italy

Delta adding flights to Italy

Delta Air Lines is adding flights from Atlanta to Italy this summer. Atlanta-based Delta will operate summer seasonal flights from Atlanta to Milan and to Venice. Delta will also launch a second daily nonstop flight from Atlanta to Rome starting next week.
Georgia Power introduces incentives to aid hiring efforts at Vogtle

Georgia Power introduces incentives to aid hiring efforts at Vogtle

Georgia Power is still holding job fairs to recruit skilled workers to help in the construction of the nation’s only new nuclear plant. The utility reported earlier that Bechtel corp., the company hired to oversee construction at Plant Vogtle, was having difficulty recruiting skilled craftsmen. In a report presented to the Public Service Commission, “attracting and retaining the necessary...
Plan for SunTrust to open branch, ATMs at Hartsfield-Jackson under review

Plan for SunTrust to open branch, ATMs at Hartsfield-Jackson under review

A measure that would allow SunTrust to open a bank branch in the domestic terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson International and put ATMs around the airport is on hold after a city council committee vote. The city council transportation committee questioned whether the airport should be considering a bank branch, or whether ATMs would suffice. The airport invited banks to compete for the lease...
Atlanta Gas Light customers to get $16 million in bill credits

Atlanta Gas Light customers to get $16 million in bill credits

The Public Service Commission has approved $16 million in credits to customers within the Atlanta Gas Light delivery area. The credits which will show up in customer bills in July and October stem from savings from the recent tax cuts, a statement from the PSC said. The new law lowered the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. Residential customers will receive credits totaling $8.62 that...
SunTrust plans to open branch, ATMs at Hartsfield-Jackson

SunTrust plans to open branch, ATMs at Hartsfield-Jackson

Hartsfield-Jackson International is seeking Atlanta City Council approval for SunTrust Bank to open a bank branch in the domestic terminal and put ATMs around the airport. If approved, the SunTrust branch would replace the Wells Fargo branch that closed at Hartsfield-Jackson last August. The SunTrust bank at the airport would open about 6 to 9 months after approval from the city. SunTrust would also...
Delta plans more international flights in wake of U.S.-Emirates deal

Delta plans more international flights in wake of U.S.-Emirates deal

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said the airline is planning to launch more international flights after the U.S. and United Arab Emirates reached a deal to resolve a long-standing dispute over airline competition. “We’re going to have the opportunity to, once again, go back into parts of the world that we’ve been run out of,” Bastian said. Delta had contended some airlines...
Atlanta’s Home Depot: higher profits in not adding stores

Atlanta’s Home Depot: higher profits in not adding stores

Home Depot opened just one store last quarter – and the lack of expansion is actually good for profits. With 2,285 retail locations, Atlanta-based Home Depot now has 90 percent of the U.S. population within 10 miles of a store, which means it does not need to spend money and resources to the costly process of finding, planning, building and staffing new outlets. “During the downturn ...
A barista refused to serve a man for 'being really racist' to a Muslim. Her bosses backed her.

A barista refused to serve a man for 'being really racist' to a Muslim. Her bosses backed her.

Kathleen "Amina" Deady stood in front of a pastry counter in Riverside, California, holding a key fob and wearing a veil across her face. Only her eyes peeked through the veil. In Islam, it is called a niqab, though the man standing in front of Deady at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on Friday had other words for it. » Muslims in America, by the numbers "Is this Halloween or something?"...
Atlanta-based Porsche has record U.S. sales in April

Atlanta-based Porsche has record U.S. sales in April

Porsche Cars North America, Inc. announced the company recorded an all-time sales month in April for the United States market. The German carmaker sold 5,570 vehicles, surpassing the previous all-time high of 5,555 cars recorded last November. It also marks a 0.7 percent gain over April 2017, another record month for the company. Retail sales for January through April were up 7 percent from a year...
AAA: Nearly 42 million will travel over Memorial Day

AAA: Nearly 42 million will travel over Memorial Day

AAA said it expects more 41.5 million Americans to travel over Memorial Day weekend, up nearly 5 percent over last year. Of those, 3.1 million will travel by air, up 6.8 percent, according to the auto club. That includes more than 100,000 in Georgia who plan to fly over the holiday weekend. Memorial Day marks the start of the busy summer travel season. The vast majority of travelers over Memorial...
Hartsfield-Jackson to spend $130 million on generators in wake of outage

Hartsfield-Jackson to spend $130 million on generators in wake of outage

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport plans to spend $130 million on power generators in the wake of a massive December power outage that disrupted operations. A measure to be considered by the Atlanta City Council seeks approval of financing, including $130 million for the installation of generators. Airport officials had previously considered temporary portable generators, but Hartsfield-Jackson...
Atlanta home sales: Prices up, listings down in April

Atlanta home sales: Prices up, listings down in April

Metro Atlanta home prices in April were up 8.7 percent from a year ago, according to a report from the Atlanta Realtors Association. The median price of a home sold in the 11-county region tracked by the Realtors during the month was $274,000. A year ago, the median sales price was $252,000. The April price at least partly reflected the monthly increase in homes listed for sale – the larger...
Kempner: How this selfie sensation from Cobb took 49 years to graduate

Kempner: How this selfie sensation from Cobb took 49 years to graduate

Larry Johnson is a grandfatherly looking Cobb County guy whose college graduation selfie went viral. “My goal was to graduate before I reached 100 years of age. I made it with 33 years to spare,” he tweeted just before his Georgia State University ceremony began Thursday. It took him 49 years to graduate. Johnson, 66, started taking classes at Georgia State in the fall of 1969. Over the...
Plant Vogtle, rural broadband and renewables dominate Georgia PSC race

Plant Vogtle, rural broadband and renewables dominate Georgia PSC race

The five-member body’s roles and decisions affect the daily lives of Georgia residents, yet rarely attract public interest. Set out among the roles of the PSC on the commission’s website is the “authority to set rates, require long-range energy plans, provide for the safety of natural gas pipelines and protect underground utility systems from damage,” all while “ensuring...
VA workers accused of taking gifts to push Marietta firm’s products

VA workers accused of taking gifts to push Marietta firm’s products

A biopharma company run by one of Georgia’s most successful and politically-connected businessmen showered gifts on three Department of Veterans Affairs workers, leading them to commit health care fraud by stocking the company’s products, a federal indictment alleges. While no one working for Parker “Pete” Petit’s MiMedx Group has been criminally accused, the charges...
5 recent times Waffle House got attention for all the wrong reasons

5 recent times Waffle House got attention for all the wrong reasons

Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. tweeted Thursday to “Stay out of Waffle House until the corporate office commits” to a discussion on racism and employee training. The restaurant chain has been at the center of several recent controversies. A video surfaced this week of a North Carolina man being choked and slammed by a police officer outside of a Waffle...
Wes Moss: How the retail life cycle is hitting stocks

Wes Moss: How the retail life cycle is hitting stocks

I’ve noticed something about my shopping habits — I’m spending less money in big-box stores and buying more stuff from smaller outfits that specialize in just one or two product lines. Based on data from the retail marketplace, I’m not alone. It appears that we are in what might be called the decentralizing phase of the retail life cycle. When we get most of what we need from...
As soft drink popularity grows, how are Coke and Pepsi doing?

As soft drink popularity grows, how are Coke and Pepsi doing?

The U.S beverage industry increased sales by $2.1 billion in 2017, with carbonated soft drinks and bottled water leading the way. A newly released annual report by industry publication Beverage Digest showed retail sales jumped to $135.7 billion last year. The report noted a shift in strategy by beverage companies, with a focus on increasing how much money they make rather than how many items they...
Natural gas prices low, offer Atlanta consumers chance to lock in

Natural gas prices low, offer Atlanta consumers chance to lock in

For consumers in Georgia’s $8.5 billion natural gas market, this may be a good time to think about “locking in” a price. Among the 14 natural gas marketers in the state, there is a range of prices. Because natural gas is a commodity, the price rises and falls through the year, sometimes dramatically. Residents can flow with the highs and lows of the market throughout the...
Atlanta airport police to get body cameras

Atlanta airport police to get body cameras

Atlanta Police Department officers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will soon be outfitted with body cameras. It will be the first time officers at the world’s busiest airport have been outfitted with body cameras. Millions of travelers from around the country and the world pass through the Atlanta airport. According to Hartsfield-Jackson, only uniformed officers will wear the...
Kempner: Atlanta needs a no-weaseling-out guarantee from Amazon

Kempner: Atlanta needs a no-weaseling-out guarantee from Amazon

Georgia officials trying to attract 50,000 jobs and Amazon’s second headquarters to Atlanta should feel queasy about a mess brewing in Seattle. It highlights the hardball tactics of the remarkable company in which we’d be deeply financially invested. And it points to extra precautions we should take if we are to get Amazon’s HQ2. Politically left-of-left Seattle is where Amazon has...
Atlanta airport restaurant spaces remain empty amid contract delays

Atlanta airport restaurant spaces remain empty amid contract delays

At Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, contracting for new restaurants and shops has been delayed since last year amid political turmoil at Atlanta City Hall. With contracting in a holding pattern, the future of more than 100 of those businesses at the world’s busiest airport is unclear. For passengers, it means a longer wait for new restaurant locations and fewer options for...
Georgia PSC election war chests helped by Georgia Power, affiliates

Georgia PSC election war chests helped by Georgia Power, affiliates

As the primary season approaches, records show incumbent to the Public Service Commission (PSC) Tricia Pridemore, who was appointed to fill an unexpired term in February, received significant financial support from people and companies associated with entities regulated by the PSC. A review of campaign finance records filed through March showed associates of Georgia Power, Southern Company and law...
5 Atlanta companies with great benefits for dads

5 Atlanta companies with great benefits for dads

Forget about that "My First Father's Day" tie. What Atlanta's new dads really need is solid paternity leave, provided as a matter-of-fact benefit. Right now, that gift is not going to come through the legislative process. The U.S. is the sole developed country among 41 nations that doesn't provide paid parental leave, according to the Pew Research Center. And while Forbes recently...
Atlanta-based Equifax gives feds the numbers: How bad was the breach?

Atlanta-based Equifax gives feds the numbers: How bad was the breach?

Equifax this week filed documents with Congress and federal regulators detailing the breadth of the massive data breach the company suffered last year. While the outlines of the hacking were known, the filing was an attempt to pin down the number of files accessed in various categories. According to the Equifax statements filed by the Atlanta-based company with the Securities and Exchange...
13 of the best jobs that start at $15 per hour or more

13 of the best jobs that start at $15 per hour or more

Since the days in 2012 and 2013 when workers walked off their jobs to call on the nation's fast food chains to raise their pay to $15 per hour, that figure has stuck as the baseline for a living wage. Cities nationwide, including big old Seattle and tiny Clarkston, Georgia, have passed legislation mandating all pay be increased to that $15 wage. Though the amount has inspired ...
These metro Atlanta companies are making big hires this May

These metro Atlanta companies are making big hires this May

Companies throughout the metro Atlanta area are ramping up hiring this May, so if you're looking for a new job, now may be the time to succeed. In addition to salary and benefits, some also offer perks like free admission to Six Flags or a signing bonus of up to $3,000. Check out the following Atlanta companies that are making big hires in May: The music streaming service Pandora is expanding its...
Sally Yates back to King & Spalding, 15 months after Trump’s firing

Sally Yates back to King & Spalding, 15 months after Trump’s firing

Sally Yates has become a partner in King & Spalding, the high-powered Atlanta-based law firm where she started her legal career. Yates, a 27-year veteran of the Department of Justice who made national news when she was fired for refusing to defend the Trump Administration’s travel ban, will be based in Washington as part of the firm’s “special matters team,” the firm announced...
Atlanta-based Inspire Brands to add 200 jobs, move office

Atlanta-based Inspire Brands to add 200 jobs, move office

Inspire Brands, now one of the nation’s largest restaurant companies, is adding 200 jobs in a dramatic expansion of its Atlanta headquarters. The company also plans to move its offices. Inspire — founded by Paul Brown, former chief executive officer of Arby’s Restaurant Group, and Neal Aronson, founder and managing partner of Roark Capital — has a portfolio that includes...
Federal bill would regulate U.S. airline seat size

Federal bill would regulate U.S. airline seat size

The Federal Aviation Administration would be required to set minimum seat sizes on airlines if a bill passed by the U.S. House becomes law. Legislation called the SEAT Act, introduced by U.S. Rep Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), was included in a broader FAA reauthorization bill passed by the U.S. House last month. It is awaiting action by the Senate. The bill...
Hartsfield-Jackson gets approval to buy two electric buses for $1.5 million

Hartsfield-Jackson gets approval to buy two electric buses for $1.5 million

The Atlanta City Council voted to approve funding for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to buy two electric buses worth $1.5 million. The buses made by electric vehicle manufacturer BYD would join a fleet of “terminal-to-terminal” shuttles used to transport passengers between the international terminal and domestic terminal. The 13-2 vote came after some council members raised question...
Kempner: Price of an ugly incident? Waffle House, Starbucks heartburn

Kempner: Price of an ugly incident? Waffle House, Starbucks heartburn

It doesn’t look like a threatened national boycott and sit-ins of Waffle House are getting big traction. The largest local sit-in drew about 20 people on Sunday to one metro Atlanta Waffle House, according to an organizer for the Alliance for Black Lives. But the Georgia-based restaurant chain had already endured a social media hurricane over the incident that sparked the protest calls. A black...
Airline baggage fees: How much did Delta, Southwest collect in 2017?

Airline baggage fees: How much did Delta, Southwest collect in 2017?

Airline baggage fees bring in billions of dollars annually. With most major carriers charging passengers fees for baggage, U.S. airlines racked up more than $4.5 billion in bag fee revenue in 2017. That’s up from nearly $4.2 billion in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. For the most part, the biggest airlines brought in the most in bag fee revenue. American...
Former Atlanta Brave Tom Glavine joins Delta’s jet drag charity event

Former Atlanta Brave Tom Glavine joins Delta’s jet drag charity event

Teams of Delta Air Lines employees dragged a Boeing 757 for charity during an annual event at the airline’s headquarters near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Friday. About 107 teams of 20 employees each raised funds for the American Cancer Society to compete to see who could pull the 167,000-pound jet 20 feet the fastest. Also competing was a team of Delta Medallion-level frequent...
Atlanta area restaurants look forward to Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day

Atlanta area restaurants look forward to Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day

Cinco de Mayo might not be until Saturday, but for some, the celebration started Thursday night – along with the profits. The festival, originally a commemoration of a Mexican army triumph over the French in 1862, has come to be something of an Americanized excuse to party – which means it is often a pretty good business day for restaurants. But the timing matters. “When ...
Kempner: New CEO of forgotten Krystal aims at partiers, fans of tiny

Kempner: New CEO of forgotten Krystal aims at partiers, fans of tiny

In the pantheon of fast-food burgers, the Krystal’s offerings were always undersized. That was part of their appeal, often for a late-night party crowd or anyone looking for speedy hand-to-mouth food consumption in the South. Thin on meat (an eighth of an inch thick, according to my ruler), heavy on white bread, square and, most importantly, tiny, Krystal burgers didn’t follow the crowd...
Scana to provide lower rates to low income natural gas customers

Scana to provide lower rates to low income natural gas customers

The Public Service Commission has extended the contract for SCANA energy to continue providing natural gas at lower rates to customers in the Atlanta Gas Light distribution area. Under the two year extended contract which starts in September and ends in August 2020, Scana will also provide the service to credit challenged customers struggling to keep up with their natural gas bills. “The...
Georgia small business lending at an all-time high

Georgia small business lending at an all-time high

Lending for small businesses is at an all-time high in Georgia, yet some still struggle to access credit. In many cases, the explanation is pretty simple, according to Drew Tonsmeire, the area director at the UGA Small Business Development Center at Kennesaw State University. “It’s really not the size, but the age of the business,” he said. The older a business is, the more there...
Hartsfield-Jackson plans ‘traveler’s oasis’ locations

Hartsfield-Jackson plans ‘traveler’s oasis’ locations

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport plans to open “traveler’s oasis” locations on two concourses. The Atlanta airport is inviting companies to submit proposals for the traveler’s oasis personal services locations on Concourses T and B.  The locations would offer services such as massage therapy, nail services, sleep pods, an oxygen bar or yoga or mediation space...
9 of the highest-paid doctors in America, per LinkedIn

9 of the highest-paid doctors in America, per LinkedIn

Doctors are often thought of as a highly-paid professionals, and, while that's true, some specialties pay better than others.  LinkedIn gathered data from its salary tool and shared it with Business Insider, which reported the top highest-paid doctors in America. The figures are self-reported based on information from LinkedIn's verified users over the past year. Base median salary information...
Paulding airport developer wants to know if Delta backs opposition

Paulding airport developer wants to know if Delta backs opposition

A company seeking to develop a second commercial airport in metro Atlanta is trying to find out: Was a resolution approved by Paulding County commissioners to halt the commercialization of their tiny airport actually drafted by Delta Air Lines? And is Atlanta-based Delta secretly funding a grassroots organization that organized residents and helped to elect commissioners to fight the airport commercialization?...
Atlanta likely to be second commercial market for Verizon’s 5G network

Atlanta likely to be second commercial market for Verizon’s 5G network

Atlanta will likely be the second market in the nation for Verizon Wireless to launch its commercial high speed 5G network. Last year Verizon announced Sacramento, California as the first market where the company would launch the new technology, with the commercial launch set for mid 2018. Both cities were among 11 markets chosen by the company to conduct pilot tests of the technology last year. The...
Instacart adds 400 jobs in metro Atlanta; Walmart joins fray

Instacart adds 400 jobs in metro Atlanta; Walmart joins fray

Instacart will add more than 400 jobs in metro Atlanta as part of a $40 million investment and a ramping up of the battle for grocery delivery that pits it against Walmart. The jobs will be part of a “Customer Experience Center” that the San Francisco-based company plans to build over the next two years, according to a statement issued Tuesday by Gov. Nathan Deal. Work at the...
Bargain-hunting for Atlanta housing: Maybe the data helps

Bargain-hunting for Atlanta housing: Maybe the data helps

Getting the best deal for a home is often a challenge, especially for first-time homebuyers struggling to put together a down payment. Metro Atlanta is seen now a sellers’ market – especially in the most popular areas – where prospective purchasers can end up bidding against each other. Wannabe buyers can find themselves traipsing through open houses across metro Atlanta or...
Atlanta audit points to city’s awarding of Hartsfield-Jackson contracts

Atlanta audit points to city’s awarding of Hartsfield-Jackson contracts

Contracts for airfield repairs, general contractors and a closed circuit television system at the world’s busiest airport may have been incorrectly awarded, according to documents from a City of Atlanta audit. For the three contracts, the companies’ bids or proposals appeared to be missing documents or information, which could have disqualified them from winning, according to...
Delta CEO Ed Bastian made $13.2 million in 2017

Delta CEO Ed Bastian made $13.2 million in 2017

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian made $13.2 million last year, according to company documents filed Friday afternoon. Bastian’s total compensation in 2017 included an $800,004 salary, $6.7 million in stock awards, $3.3 million in stock options, $2.1 million in incentives, and other compensation including retirement contributions, tax reimbursement and other perks, according to an annual filing...
Kempner: Atlanta officials travel well, but how does that fix blight?

Kempner: Atlanta officials travel well, but how does that fix blight?

Tina Arnold is quitting after more than a decade as a volunteer leader fighting blight in her Atlanta neighborhood. She said she’s burned out and has received no help from the city despite her pleas. So imagine how she felt when she heard the latest funny business involving former Mayor Kasim Reed and associates. Particularly this one: a nonprofit created by the city’s business recruitment...
Pay for Delta CEO Ed Bastian totals $13.2 million

Pay for Delta CEO Ed Bastian totals $13.2 million

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian made $13.2 million last year, according to company documents filed Friday afternoon. Bastian’s total compensation in 2017 included an $800,004 salary, $6.7 million in stock awards, $3.3 million in stock options, $2.1 million in incentives, and other compensation including retirement contributions, tax reimbursement and other perks, according to an annual filing...
Search for Hartsfield-Jackson manager continues amid City Hall shakeup

Search for Hartsfield-Jackson manager continues amid City Hall shakeup

The search for a general manager of the world’s busiest airport continues amid a City Hall shakeup. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued a press release Friday afternoon saying the search for an airport general manager and five other cabinet positions with the city is still underway. For most of those positions, there are leaders or interim leaders in the roles today. Current Hartsfield-Jackson...
Report: Scammer changed postal address for UPS headquarters

Report: Scammer changed postal address for UPS headquarters

Federal court papers describe a scheme in which the mailing address for the corporate headquarters of shipping giant UPS was changed to a small apartment in the Chicago area, the Chicago Tribune reported this week. UPS is based in Sandy Springs, with 745,000 square feet of office space at its headquarters campus. But mail destined for the headquarters was diverted to “Apartment L2&rdquo...
Porsche grows jobs and profits in first quarter of 2018

Porsche grows jobs and profits in first quarter of 2018

Porsche added over 2,000 jobs to its global workforce by the end of March as the company announced high profit margins in its first quarter results. The sports car manufacturergrew its worldwide workforce by 7 percent to over 30,000 workers, according to a statement released Friday. The company also increased its workforce in Atlanta, home of the company’s North American headquarters, by 2.9...
Pain at the pump: Metro Atlanta gas prices on the rise

Pain at the pump: Metro Atlanta gas prices on the rise

With Atlanta gas prices rising to their highest level since the hurricane-propelled spikes of mid-2017, there is a growing chance of hitting $3 a gallon. The average price of regular gas in the region on Friday was $2.76 a gallon, four cents a gallon below the national average, according to Gas Buddy’s AtlantaGasPrices web site. “I underestimated how quickly crude oil inventories...
Diet Coke re-brand a positive for Coca-Cola company

Diet Coke re-brand a positive for Coca-Cola company

Carbonated soft drinks drove Coca-Cola’s first quarter results, even as market trends shift, showing consumers trending towards healthier less sugary drinks. The company, which has lately been expanding its portfolio to include a variety of healthier alternatives in response to market trends, has also been actively engaging in rebranding strategies for its core products. The company’s...
Housing: GSU study says Harbour targeted black areas of Atlanta

Housing: GSU study says Harbour targeted black areas of Atlanta

A predatory – but lucrative -- lending practice with a “notorious” history has again been used in Atlanta and a number of other cities where the targets have been black neighborhoods, according to a study released Thursday by a Georgia State University expert.  Companies like Dallas-based Harbour Portfolio used the housing crisis a decade ago as a path to buying super-cheap...
Survey says... Americans sure do work a lot -- when they aren’t sleeping

Survey says... Americans sure do work a lot -- when they aren’t sleeping

Stop worrying about trying to keep up with the Joneses, Mr. or Mrs. (or Ms.) Average American. Turns out they’re doing the same stuff as the Smiths. And the Johnsons. And the ... well, you get the idea. Thanks to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, we know that the Joneses, et. al., spend their days working. And working. And working some more.  And then they go to sleep. Check out the...
UPS offering retirement buyouts to management

UPS offering retirement buyouts to management

Sandy Springs-based UPS said it is offering buyouts to some of its management employees who are eligible for retirement. The company said a “select group of non-operations, retirement-eligible U.S. management employees” have been told they are eligible for a voluntary retirement plan, with a financial buyout to retire. To be eligible, management and support staff at the company’s...
Delta brings beehives to headquarters near Hartsfield-Jackson

Delta brings beehives to headquarters near Hartsfield-Jackson

As part of its effort to be a more environmentally responsible company, Delta Air Lines will add a new group of worker bees to its Atlanta-based headquarters. Queen bees and male drones are coming, too. Delta is the first of a group of metro Atlanta companies to install beehives through a partnership with Bee Downtown as the airline seeks to “be an environmentally sustainable, responsible...
Metro Atlanta jobless rate dips to 11-year low

Metro Atlanta jobless rate dips to 11-year low

Metro Atlanta had only modest job growth last month, but the unemployment rate fell to 4 percent – its lowest level in March since 2007. The region added 7,300 jobs during the month, less than half the average expansion for March during the previous five years, according to a report Thursday from the Georgia Department of Labor. The region continued to account for most of the jobs...
Kempner: When the gas station comes to you, why have a gas station?

Kempner: When the gas station comes to you, why have a gas station?

Well, this is bad timing. Now, that we have gas stations and convenience stores all over the place, are we on the verge of no longer needing so many?  Forget hopes for electric cars for a moment. We’re talking about drivers of gasoline-powered vehicles no longer having to hustle to the gas station. Because the station soon may be coming to them. A host of startup delivery companies are...
Treatment of Delta passenger in wheelchair under scrutiny

Treatment of Delta passenger in wheelchair under scrutiny

The treatment of a Delta Air Lines passenger in a wheelchair has come under scrutiny. The passenger, Maria Saliagas, has multiple sclerosis and flew from Atlanta to Amsterdam earlier this month with her husband, according to their son Nathan Saliagas. They were connecting in Amsterdam on their way to Athens, Greece. Upon landing in Amsterdam, they waited for an aisle wheelchair. Then, ...
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