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Following the advice of a few folks I trust, we have decided to take this weekly news article to the next level. Starting a week ago, we will be recording a monthly podcast on all things economic development here in the metro area. 

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Unlike the Oakland A’s version of moneyball, the Atlanta Braves are actually making money. And judging from their recently released 2018 earnings, they are making a ton of it. 

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The Rotary Club of Roswell is one of the metro area’s most productive, attended and awarded clubs of its kind. And last week it hosted former Fannie Mae Chairman Egbert Perry as its guest speaker, who took the opportunity to talk directly about helping those in poverty by building developmen…

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A who’s who of North Fulton developers gathered last week to talk about the mixed-use concept and how it has played out in Alpharetta and Sandy Springs. It was a glimpse into some of the great development minds that have helped to shape one of the most economically successful suburbs in the …

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I work hard to maintain a positive outlook on things, constantly reminding myself how lucky I am to live not only in the best country on the planet, but also in one of the best parts of the best country on the planet. But every now and again, something comes up that allows me to get perturbe…

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All right my fellow Atlantans, get on your best behavior. The world is watching. We are the center of the entertainment universe as the Super Bowl has officially rolled into town. 

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Contrary to my friends who scoff and make fun of them, I’m a big believer in New Year’s resolutions. And it being mid-January, I’m knee-deep in mine. 

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The tumbling stock market has brought with it one last hurrah to capture low mortgage interest rates. If you were thinking about taking cash out of your home and refinancing — or if you were on the fence about buying, now would be the time. 

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As most of you know, the stock market has been throwing temper tantrums lately. Historic losses followed by historic gains, followed by historic losses. What you may not know is this volatility is being driven mostly by computers. 

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“People are better than thoughts, they are just harder to control.” 

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For the first nine years growing out of the disaster of 2008, we had weak economies but ended each year with experts predicting wild success in the year ahead. We ended last year and started this year with an economy hitting full stride, and yet we are heading into 2019 with investors freaki…

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I’m not sure humankind has ever witnessed something so impactful to human existence, change so drastically in such a short time, as the computer. 

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With several large projects under construction, including the State Farm mega-campus near Perimeter Mall, Dunwoody seemed poised to cash in on an influx of demand from developers who are ready to build large-scale, mixed-use projects there. 

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Thanksgiving is over, and the cages holding Christmas back have come crashing down. The lights will go up, and the credit cards will get worked. 

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While big news in our state is focused on not getting Amazon and political awkwardness, progress on the ground keeps marching forward. Plans were filed with the state for a massive redevelopment of the 145-acre campus of the Fort McPherson property in downtown Atlanta. 

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Atlanta officials are not missing a beat after finding out our city will not be the new home of Amazon’s glorified HQ2. Earlier this week, city officials moved forward on a project that will both help land the headquarters of a shipping company that’s been around a little longer, and will tr…

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Metro Atlantans have been groaning the last few years about the lack of affordable housing. Well folks, at least for the time being, it seems folks in other big cities have more to groan about. 

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When the Braves announced they were leaving Turner Field and downtown Atlanta, and Cobb County voted to issue more than $376 million in bonds to help build a new stadium, Atlantans sour about the deal decried Cobb officials as fiscal fools, and Cobb voters eventually showed up at the polls t…

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Sandy Springs has put together a task force charged with coming up with a residential and retail strategy for the north end of its city – namely that stretch of Ga. 9 that runs from Abernathy Road north to Roswell’s southern border on the river. 

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I know, I know. Football season just kicked off, and I’m writing an article on baseball. But a lot of people don’t pay attention to sports as much except when it’s football season. So I’m using football’s magnetism to advocate for the purity of baseball!

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If this is the calm before the storm in terms of new companies moving in and new office buildings going up, then it’s going to be some storm. 

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People often don’t associate nature with revenue. But I just read an op-ed that shows how green can generate green.

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When you average an annual job growth of nearly 80,000 jobs over five years, you’re going to need a place to put everyone. And developers in Metro Atlanta seem happy to oblige.

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Our economy made the transition earlier this year to full recovery from the near economic collapse in 2008. The Federal Reserve and other economic policy makers have switched strategy from one meant to stoke growth to one meant to manage growth. In some ways, our economy is out on its own ag…

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Mortgage interest rates had been working hard since late 2016. They climbed from a historic low of under 3.5 percent for a 30-year fixed mortgage, to their current spot at 4.69 percent, according to Mortgage News Daily. But it appears that this summer, even they needed a break.

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Some of you know that last week I declared this summer the Summer of Leisure. As such, it was of great interest to me to learn that our metro area was ranked the 11th best city in the U.S. for a staycation.

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In North Fulton, there is plenty of evidence to show that we are among the best in the state at taking care of our best and brightest. In US News’ annual Best High Schools list, 7 of the top 10 public high schools in Georgia are in North Futon. What is less talked about are the efforts to he…

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Today Alpharetta is known far and wide for its posh commercial districts, its stately gated communities and its thriving tech industry. But 38 years ago, the business climate there was a very different deal.

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The national news is finally starting to report what we in the real estate industry have known for about two years now: inventory levels are historically low, they are driving home prices up, and because homebuilders are having trouble finding labor and inexpensive land, it appears the probl…

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I've put a lot of very serious thought on this subject, poured over numerous data-sets, and I've found out something to be true: a lot of good comes out of funny.

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It should be no secret that homebuilders are having trouble keeping up with the demand in the market right now. So it appears that homebuyers thirsty for newly built homes are finding what they want in recently built homes.

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Suburban development in Atlanta is undergoing a renaissance, with outlying cities reshaping their downtown districts and developing other high-density nodes throughout their landscape. While most residents are thrilled, is it possible that these cool, entertainment-filled, walkable districts…

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It’s no secret that every economic player in the U.S. and abroad was shaken to his and her financial core by the financial collapse in 2008. Well, after 10 years of relatively cautious stewarding by our business leaders, Federal Reserve governors and federal regulators, our economy seems to …

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For at least three years now, inventory in the under-$400,000 market here in Atlanta has been at record lows, and buyers have been fighting each other for good deals. The result is a sharpened artform that many agents have crafted to be ‘the one’ chosen from the many.

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There is a word I have not said since Feb. 5 early this year, a topic I have run away from discussing. A reality I have tried to push out of my memory. As football season is descending upon us, I’m having to come to grips with that fact that denial ain’t a river in Egypt.

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In last week’s article I talked about how amazed I was at Buckhead’s proposed park over Ga. 400. And I was – until an architect friend of mine told me of his recent trip to Dubai.

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I have to admit, when I first read about the idea of building a park over Ga. 400 in Buckhead, I took it as seriously as I would a story about colonizing Mars. Then last week I read the Buckhead CID is building the launch pad.