Category: Business & Economy

Perdue, Abrams, and the Federal Debt Concern in Georgia

Senator David Perdue and Republican members of the Georgia congressional delegation are sounding the alarm about the federal debt, despite a muted response at present from most in Washington. The University of Georgia, Selig Center for Economic Growth lists large federal deficits as a leading threat to Georgia’s economy. Only a rare few are talking

GA Film Industry Ready For The Next Level

This week’s Courier Herald column: The easiest way to kill success is to take it for granted.  The growth in Georgia’s entertainment industry has been an unqualified success.  Georgia’s leaders are taking steps to quantify where the industry currently stands in the state, as well as to prepare to anchor the industry for years to

Enacted Spending Bill Includes Trade Relief for Georgia Businesses

Federal spending bill meant to avert another government shutdown expands the business exemption process for China tariffs. Business reliant on one of the lion-share of Chinese goods subjected to U.S. tariffs will soon be able to petition the U.S. Trade Representative for an exemption from the additional duties. Several businesses across Georgia are expected to

Agriculture Relief Badly Needed. “Enough is Enough.”

Hurricane Michael moved through southwest Georgia on October 10th and 11th in 2018, causing more than $2.5 billion in losses to the state’s agriculture industry. The state government passed disaster relief initiatives during a special legislative session in November but are still waiting on the federal government to send additional aid. On Friday, Governor Brian

Cox Sells Majority Stake in TV Stations

Cox Enterprises reached a deal with Apollo Management Group, an international investment firm, to sell a majority stake in Cox Media Group. Cox Media Group owns 14 television stations, including WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. The acquisition follows a nationwide consolidation trend for television stations and comes as regulators at the Federal Communications Commission debate loosening

Kia Puts West Point On World Stage

This week’s Courier Herald column: One of the unexpected highlights of Atlanta’s Super Bowl was an ad by Kia announcing its new full size Telluride SUV.  While the vehicle was shown, it was the people of West Point Georgia that were featured, and the divide between rural and urban America highlighted. “We’re not famous” the

Georgia’s Television Taxes Need Updating

This week’s Courier Herald column: When it comes to my television watching habits, I’m still a bit old school.  I’ve yet to “cut the cord”.  My television signal comes to me over traditional cable.  Except it’s not, really. It’s actually a service that piggybacks off of my broadband internet system.  It’s relatively new technology available

Real Talk: Why the State Can’t Just Takeover the Hartsfield Jackson Airport.

In December, the Senate Study Committee released its findings regarding a potential takeover of the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. The Senators supported a state takeover, citing management structural issues with a city managed airport, a federal bribery scandal engulfing Atlanta and a Federal Aviation Authority probe into Atlanta’s misuse of airport funds. Now, those Senators are gearing