Lawmakers start search for solutions for ailing rural Georgia

Lawmakers start search for solutions for ailing rural Georgia

A newly created committee of Georgia lawmakers has begun a two-year search for solutions to the economic woes plaguing rural Georgia even as metro Atlanta’s recovery from the Great Recession continues picking up steam. “Your zip code or county of residence should not dictate your lot in life,” Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, told members of the House Rural Development Council Monday at its kickoff meeting in Tifton, Ga. “Moving to the big city should not, cannot be the only way…

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Church’s Chicken expanding in six states

Church's Chicken expanding in six states

Atlanta-based Church’s Chicken says it’s planning to expand in six states. Church’s Chicken said it’s signed a “multi-year, development deal with Goalz Restaurant Group LLC to develop 20 Church’s Chicken restaurants per year in six states.” The expansion includes Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina. “This development deal will substantially grow the number of guests who can enjoy our signature quality food and great chicken experiences,” said Tony Moralejo,…






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Pratt Industries opens new Atlanta recycling facility

Pratt Industries opens new Atlanta recycling facility

Conyers, Ga.-based Pratt Industries has opened a new recycling facility on Atlanta’s westside, the industry publication Waste Today reports. The 80,000-square-foot facility in the Fulton Industrial corridor replaces a smaller facility in East Point that the company opened in 2007. The facility can recycle various grades of paper, plastic, and metal, as well as other materials. “Pratt and the Atlanta market have grown together since the company chose Conyers as its corporate headquarters more…






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Viewpoint: Financial CHOICE Act will unleash economic potential

Viewpoint: Financial CHOICE Act will unleash economic potential

Growing up as the son of a construction superintendent meant my summer breaks were spent on a job site carrying lumber, pushing wheelbarrows full of concrete, or one of the many other tasks of a construction laborer. When my father decided to leave the company where he worked for many years and set out on his own, his dependency on my help increased. During my last two years of high school, I worked most every weekend and some evenings after school. Often, I would leave a rigorous football practice…






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Premier Exhibitions, operator of Titanic and Bodies shows, putting itself up for sale

Premier Exhibitions, operator of Titanic and Bodies shows, putting itself up for sale

Premier Exhibitions Inc. (OTC: PRXIQ), operator of shows including Titanic and Bodies, is up for sale. The Atlanta-based company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June 2016, reported May 19 that it has reached an agreement with its creditors for a complete sale transaction that will be implemented through the marketing and sale of the common shares in its RMS Titanic Inc. subsidiary or its entire artifact collection, and the operations of the company and its subsidiaries. “The Company and…






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Savannah moving ahead with 55-acre, $41.5M Canal District plan (SLIDESHOW)

Savannah moving ahead with 55-acre, $41

The city of Savannah is moving ahead with a $41.5 million plan to redevelop 55 acres of city owned land around the planned new arena west of downtown. The Savannah City Council was presented with a revised plan and an estimated $41.5 million price tag for the project this week. The proposed Canal District around the planned arena west of downtown is expected to feature a 55-acre park with lakes, walking and biking paths, and athletic fields, said urban designer Christian Sottile of Sottile & Sottile.…






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Q&A: Don McCollister, Claire Pearson of The Ormewoods talk Atlanta Intown Songwriters, Eddie Owen, new record

Q&A: Don McCollister, Claire Pearson of The Ormewoods talk Atlanta Intown Songwriters, Eddie Owen, new record

Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Phil W. Hudson recently sat down with The Ormewoods. The folk duo consists of two-time Grammy Award-winning producer Don McCollister (Sister Hazel, Third Day, Jennifer Nettles) and indie chart topper Claire Pearson, who co-founded Atlanta Intown Songwriters. The band recently released “The Bedroom Sessions” with its track “Year of Mercy” landing a nomination for Best Folk Song of 2016 by the American Songwriting Awards. Atlanta Business Chronicle: Don, how…






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I-85 bridge contractor C.W. Matthews lands resurfacing work

I-85 bridge contractor C.W

The highway contractor that just rebuilt the Interstate 85 bridge over Piedmont Road is going to be doing some major resurfacing work nearby. The Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded a $29.8 million joint contract to Marietta, Ga.-based C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. Inc. and E.R. Snell Contractor Inc. of Snellville, Ga., to resurface a 7.2-mile stretch of I-85 from Clairmont Road/Shallowford Road in DeKalb County to the Jimmy Carter Boulevard interchange in Gwinnett County. The contract…






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Atlanta United’s head of business operations Ann Rodriguez to depart in summer

Atlanta United's head of business operations Ann Rodriguez to depart in summer

Atlanta United Vice President of Business Operations Ann Rodriguez will leave the club this summer nearly two years after taking the job. Rodriguez joined United in June of 2015 and has overseen business operations for the club for the past two years. She is credited with helping establish the team’s brand identity, sales and marketing initiatives and highly successful merchandising efforts. United is in its first Major League Soccer season and has established new records for season ticket sales…






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Rodney Cook Sr. Park in Atlanta’s Historic Vine City breaks ground (SLIDESHOW)

Rodney Cook Sr

Work on Rodney Cook Sr. Park in Atlanta’s Historic Vine City is now underway. On May 19, Ambassador Andrew Young, Mayor Kasim Reed, The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) co-founder Arthur Blank, National Monuments Foundation President Rodney Cook Jr., The Trust for Public Land Georgia State Director George Dusenbury and other dignitaries broke ground on the $45 million, 16-acre park. Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported the park will feature a stormwater retention pond, a splash-pad, a playground,…






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