Category: Business & Economy

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

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

Additional Funds Secured For Savannah Harbor Project

It’s a Happy Thanksgiving in Savannah, as today the Army Corps of Engineers added $52 Million in additional funds to the project deepening Savannah’s harbor. From a press release: WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., David Perdue, R-Ga., and U.S. Representative Buddy Carter, R-Ga.-01, have secured additional federal funding to keep the Savannah Harbor

It’s the Economy, Stupid

This week’s Courier Herald column: The year was 1992. The economy had stalled following the economic uncertainty that had surrounded the Gulf War and the after effects of the savings & loan crisis. A President that had received a 90% job approval rating just a year earlier was struggling to remain competitive in his bid