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Free trade agreements benefit Ga. firms

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Steve Ansul/NewsArt

Moderated by Rick Badie

A transatlantic trade agreement between the U.S. and European Union may bode well for Georgia businesses that seek global expansion. Today, two guest writers outline potential economic benefits for both sides of the Atlantic if the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations are successful. Elsewhere, a policy analyst writes about the importance of free trade agreements. Finally, a regional economic official writes about the “LINK” delegation’s trip to Philadelphia.

Trade agreement unlocks doors

By Danny Lopez and David Abney

The United States and the European Union are the two biggest economies in the world. Together, they account for about around a third of global economic output and 40 percent of trade. That means the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the EU and U.S. will be unprecedented in scale, scope and ambition. It represents an opportunity for the largest bilateral trade agreement …

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Mayor Kasim Reed: Global engagement vital to the city

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Paul Lachine/NewsArt

Moderated by Rick Badie

Atlanta may not be a super city, but it has been ranked as a desirable “second-tier” city by a real estate services firm that monitors international global real estate investment. Today, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed touts the importance of global economic engagement, while a financial executive says the region is being “rediscovered” by international investors.

Global engagement boost city’s standing

By Kasim Reed

Former Mayor Andrew Young, who arguably did more than any mayor to place Atlanta on a global stage, recently wrote the city had moved beyond being the “next great international city” to a “global powerhouse.”

I couldn’t agree more. Atlanta has a unique opportunity to solidify its position as the business and cultural center of the South via global engagement.

We have the tools to achieve this objective. We are home to the nation’s third-highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies, the world’s …

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Africa Atlanta 2014: Commerce, culture and heritage

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Illustration by Chris Van Es

Moderated by Rick Badie

Atlanta and the state look to strengthen social and economic relationships with Africa. Because of that, various leaders collaborated to organize Africa Atlanta 2014, a year-long, citywide observance of cross-cultural ties between the two regions. Today, a Georgia Tech dean who founded the initiative explains its purpose, while a trade executive sheds light on potential business opportunities with the continent. Elsewhere, an Emory University official touts the benefits of that campus’ efforts to “go green.”

Africa offers opportunities for Georgia firms

By Donald Nay

Over the past decade, U.S. trade with sub-Saharan Africa has nearly doubled. Last year, U.S. exports to the region topped $24 billion. According to the International Monetary Fund, the region is home to seven of the 10 fastest-growing economies.

As the second-fastest growing region in the world, the sub-Sahara is outpacing global average growth …

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Federal minimum wage: $7.25 or $10.10?

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Jon Krause/NewsArt

Moderated by Rick Badie

Whether to raise the minimum wage remains a divisive political issue. President Barack Obama wants the federal hourly rate raised from $7.25 to $10.10. Today, a small-business proponent says a wage increase would hurt employers, while the founder of a liberal advocacy group offers an opposing view. Meanwhile, the head of a nonprofit wants the federal government to do more contract work with small businesses.

Support pro-growth policies

By Kyle Jackson

The debate over raising the minimum wage isn’t about policy. It’s about politics and playing to people’s emotions rather than good economic sense.

The argument in favor of raising the minimum wage comes down to this: You can’t raise a family on $7.25 an hour. If you were a politician, it would be awfully tempting to try to win votes by telling voters you think they deserve a 39-percent pay raise.

The truth, though, is that raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour …

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Congress: Act on Immigration Reform

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President Barack Obama says Congress will pass a comprehensive immigration reform measure before he leaves office in 2017. Businesses that need workers can’t wait that long, notes the president of a Georgia-based poultry-processing plant, so Congress must act now. Meanwhile, an executive for a nonpartisan public-interest group says there’s a surplus of idle workers, but employers prefer foreigners who work for less. Finally, a Gainesville attorney outlines the path to citizenship, or lack thereof, for Mexicans.

Congress: Act on Immigration Reform

By Tom Hensley

Immigration reform is too important to put off another year.

We are a chicken producer and processor in northeast Georgia. We have about 4,700 full-time employees and help sustain jobs in a broad range of businesses in the local economy. A significant number of our processing plant folks are Mexican or Central American. Few U.S. workers apply for these jobs. Those who do don’t stay long. …

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Transatlantic Trade Agreement

Moderated by Rick Badie

The prospect of a Transatlantic Trade Agreement between the United States and the European Union might provide additional export opportunities for Georgia businesses. Today, an international chamber official touts the economic benefits of the trade agreement now under negotiation, while a local chamber executive highlights the 2014 Atlanta Science Festival.

Trade agreement grows jobs

By Martina Stellmaszek

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a trade agreement being negotiated between the European Union (EU) and the United States. The negotiations began in July 2013 and will continue in 2014. If the agreement passes, it will remove trade barriers, create jobs and potentially affect millions of people on both sides of the Atlantic.

The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States helps to promote the economic and business interests of entities that work to develop and/or preserve ties between this region and the …

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The rebirth of Fort McPherson

Moderated by Rick Badie

Some say redevelopment of the Fort McPherson Army complex, which closed in 2005, could be Atlanta’s Next Big Thing. An official with a state authority charged to oversee the rebirth of the 486-acre complex offers an update on what’s transpired so far. Meanwhile, a real estate executive questions the snail’s pace of progress in comparison to a tech-focused project in New York City.

Base to become a vibrant community

By Jack C. Sprott

Atlanta was 50 years young when Fort McPherson was established in 1885 on five tracts of land several miles south of town. The location was rural and disconnected from the economic activities of the railroad hub to the north.

Over the past 129 years, the city of Atlanta has expanded its boundaries. Expressways and heavy rail now serve the local transportation needs of our citizens. Fort McPherson is no longer isolated. This historic 486-acre property is completely within the city limits, on a MARTA line and just four …

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Clean Technology

Moderated by Rick Badie

Metro Atlanta strives to be a global industry leader in clean technology. A Metro Atlanta Chamber official writes about that organization’s push to recruit green companies here and spur job growth. Meanwhile, an adviser to a clean-tech entrepreneurial program heralds our region’s emerging start-up sector in the field. Also the executive director for All About Disabilities, writes about state funding support to help employ young people with disabilities.

Clean tech’s a growing sector

By Carol Jordan

Much has been written, and deservedly so, on Atlanta as an emerging hub for technology startups.

Most of the light on start-ups – from the news media, investors and economic developers – shines on entrepreneurs with perceived potential to scale large and fast with their mobile/digital/Internet apps.

Little attention, however, has so far been directed to the products, services and technologies emerging from the small but growing clean technology sector …

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How lucrative is Georgia’s renowned musical moxie?

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgia’s film’s industry has become an economic blockbuster with an impact of $3.3 billion in 2013, according to the the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office. Could the state’s renowned musical moxie — a palette of hip-hop, country and rock — prove just as lucrative? That’s the subject for today.

Market Georgia music

By Ben Harbin

Last fall, the House music industry study committee and I set out to examine the music industry in Georgia and explore strategies to grow it. We knew the names of many Georgia artists, and a 2011 study showed the industry had a $3.77 billion economic impact and supported 20,000 jobs. But until we visited Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Macon and Savannah and heard testimony from more than 100 individuals, we had no idea how expansive “Georgia music” really is.

The committee heard from artists, composers and producers who create content that is performed,streamed and licensed for use in movies, …

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South Georgia’s economy is going crazy over nuts

Moderated by Rick Badie

Call us the Goober State. Peanuts, an economic engine in rural South Georgia, represent a value that exceeds $2 billion. Today’s topics deal with record crop yields, a slight decline in exports to China, and the potential for growth due in part to health-conscious consumers.

Nuts: The economic health of Georgia

By Don Koehler

In our developed economy, most of us find ourselves taking our needs and wants for granted. Save a weather disruption, we never worry about our food supply and, frankly, the supply of anything. We are fortunate to live in a state with a strong and growing economy.

In rural South Georgia, one of the drivers fueling Georgia’s economic engine resides beneath the ground.

In 2012, Georgia farmers produced more than half of the U.S. peanut crop, up from 45 percent. These amazing little peas are a legume, like a pea. Geographically, they are grown below a line from Augusta to Macon to Columbus. Once the farmer harvests his crop, they …

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