Georgia Conservancy Releases Annual Impact Report

 Continuing the “green” theme from this week, the Georgia Conservancy released its annual impact report this week. Fresh off naming Governor Deal as the state’s Distinguished Conservationist at their major fundraiser in October, the report is a breakdown of what the group has accomplished over the last year and what’s ahead.

Robert Ramsay, president of the Georgia Conservancy, opened the report with a note about a peculiar natural event that attracted the attention of millions of people. “For one day in August 2017 it seemed like the entire nation descended upon a narrow strip of America from coast to coast to experience a once-in-a-generation opportunity. A total solar eclipse brought together millions of strangers to witness one of the planet’s greatest natural phenomena. As I sat watching the jaw-dropping solar eclipse in my hometown of Toccoa, Georgia, it was a reminder of the beautiful power of the natural world to bring together people from all walks of life and from all political persuasions,” said Ramsay.

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Atlanta Mayoral Greenspace Forum: Runoff Edition

 The first thing one notices in a forum during the runoff period is just quite how powerful a difference it makes when there are only two people on stage instead of ten. During the general election, it was rare for any forum to allow candidates to speak for more than a minute or two. Several of the general election forums did limit the number of candidates on stage, usually six, but this still meant, with moderator time included, that it might be 15 minutes between turns for a candidate.

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One Week To Go in Atlanta Mayoral Runoff

 With one week to go in the Atlanta mayoral race runoff, there’s still plenty of time for developments. Early voting starts today and turnout could end up being a big factor. The last mayoral runoff, in 2009 between Kasim Reed and current candidate Mary Norwood, was decided by 850 votes, out of a total of more than 77,000.

The election this year garnered more than 96,000 votes, with Bottoms getting just over 25,000 and Norwood just over 20,000. It is likely to a close race again this year and candidates will be focused this week on getting out their supporters. Part of this effort may involve support from their recent endorsements, including those of their former rivals in the mayor’s race. City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, who finished sixth in the election, endorsed Norwood last week.

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DeKalb Entertainment Commission Looks to Help Accelerate Industry

 The DeKalb Entertainment Commission officially launched last month with a red-carpet gala that included hundreds of Georgia entertainment leaders and professionals. The Commission is a division of Decide DeKalb, the Development Authority for DeKalb County and hopes to stimulate continued economic growth in film, television, music and digital entertainment.

The film industry is one of Georgia’s fastest growing, with an economic impact of $9.5 billion in FY 2017. Music and digital entertainment contributed an additional $5.7 billion. More than 30,000 workers are employed in the industry. The Commission is aiming to provide a “collaborative, supportive infrastructure” to accelerate the growth and success of the industry.

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Georgia Dome: 1992-2017

 The Dome debuted in August of 1992 as the Falcons won a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. MC Hammer performed a pre-game concert (one of the few items the Georgia Dome may have outlived was MC Hammer’s career) and John Denver sang the national anthem. Twenty-five years later, the Georgia Dome secured its place on every “9 short-lived sports venues” list likely put together.

It was a brisk morning in Atlanta, hovering in the 40s, as fans, VIPs and the curious (and one strategically placed MARTA bus) lined up on Ivan Allen Boulevard for some prime outside (and free) viewing of the implosion. Downtown hotel rooms were booked up and picked early.

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