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Industry Insights and Trends

(Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta) -- The BIE was created to measure the year-ahead inflationary sentiments of businesses in the Sixth District. It also helps inform the Feds view of the sources of cost changes and provides insight into the factors driving business' pricing decisions.

( -- Multinational transportation company to invest $5.5 million in Gwinnett County expansion.

[] -- Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms are expected to formally announce a completed deal to relocate the headquarters of railroad giant Norfolk Southern to Atlanta, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

( -- To attract millennial talent, employers need to provide an experience—and it doesn’t have to be in a creative office space.

( -- Municipalities that realize the old retail is probably not coming back can play a key role in fostering adaptive reuse.

(Metro Atlanta Chamber) -- U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced a $184 million federal INFRA grant to Georgia to help finance 17 miles of express lanes along GA 400 in Fulton and Forsyth Counties.

 (Hypepotamus) -- The global Telehealth market, which was about $3.1 billion in 2016, is expected to reach over $18 billion by 2024. 

May 11, 2018

(Atlanta Business Chronicle) -- The city of Forest Park is using state tax incentives programs to encourage revitalization and commercial development in blighted, high-poverty areas.

(BisNow) – A web company that matches homeowners to contractors has found its new home in Buckhead.

(Georgia Trend) -- Georgia’s film industry spurs big plans beyond production.

(ClickZ) - Beyond Millennials, Centennials or any age demographic for that matter, the consumer every brand needs to pay attention to the group I call “Generation-C.”

(BISNOW) - Landlords are saying farewell to Sears and hello to Dave & Buster’s.

(Jacksonville Business Journal) – The Port of Savannah handled more than 4 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) last year for the first time ever – an increase of 11 percent over 2016.

( - Social media giant Facebook is said to be pursuing a deal for a massive data center complex at a sprawling industrial park east of Atlanta.

( -- Amazon narrowed its list of potential cities for its massive second headquarters to a final grouping that includes Atlanta and 19 other metro areas in the U.S. and Canada.

( - Fuelled by technology, shopping is evolving in ways we couldn’t have anticipated even a few years ago.

(WSJ) -- From VPNs to mesh networks, efforts to find an alternative route to internet access are gaining ground in Silicon Valley.

(Forbes) -- Does a co-working space amount to anything more than a collection of desks, a good WiFi connection and communal area where coffee is made and consumed?

(Marietta Daily Journal) -- This bill is a first of many steps that may lead to Dobbins becoming a joint-use runway.

(Forbes) -- “Now is the time to invest while we have the strength in the business,” says Home Depot CEO Craig Menear.

(Hypepotamus) -- Coinsource has placed 18 of its bitcoin ATMs in Atlanta which, along with 2 in Athens, add 20 new units to Georgia’s current bitcoin ATM network.

(Bisnow) -- Earlier this year, State Farm's headquarters in Central Perimeter shattered Atlanta's office sale price record at more than $450 per square foot. It likely will not stand for much longer.

( -- With both Congress and the main US regulatory agencies addressing the confusion surrounding High Volatility Commercial Real Estate Loans (HVCRE), hopefully there will be some relief for banks and their CRE borrowers.

(Bisnow) -- How can an office campus from the late 1970s compete against the newest office towers in Atlanta's skyline for tech firms? One Atlanta landlord is hoping 100-gigabit internet speeds is the answer.

(Innovation Management) -- Three principles to navigate the blurring lines of retail, content, and new product development to simultaneously solve for consumer and commercial needs.

(Site Selection) -- What Governor Nathan Deal says is behind the five consecutive Top Business Climate rankings.

(SpaceFinders Atlanta) -- Considering a corporate relocation or expansion in metro Atlanta or greater Georgia?  If you haven’t, maybe you should. Here is why.

(Bisnow) -- Across the country, retailers are imposing restriction on everything from the hours Whole Foods can use a loading dock to preventing it from selling Amazon goods such as electronics and toys in an effort to protect their own sales.

(Commerical Observer) -- In the US, LIBOR will be replaced by the Broad Treasury Financing Rate (BTFR), a transaction-based index overseen by the Alternative Reference Rate Committee that should be less prone to manipulation than LIBOR.

(The Wall Street Journal) -- If there’s a price crash in the cryptocurrency, it could hit the tech sector—and more.

(Forbes) -- Flexport, which launched in San Francisco four years ago -- and opened a new office in Atlanta in August -- is one of the 25 companies on Forbes’s 2017 list of next billion-dollar startups.

(Wall Street Journal) -- As patients increasingly seek cheaper and more convenient care, some of the largest U.S. hospital operators are investing in surgery centers, emergency rooms and urgent care clinics.

(Area Development) -- The top-ranked states have committed to adding value as economic development leaders and problem-solvers, characteristics that are recognized by consultants to industry.

(SpaceFinders Atlanta) -- The world's busiest airport shuttles nearly 104 million passengers annually and is a key economic driver for the region.

(Fashion Network) -- The National Retail Federation urges Congress to pass a law allowing states to require online merchants to collect sales tax rather than leaving the issue to state courts’ discretion.

(MarketWatch) -- MarketWatch applied screens to whittle down possible metro areas. Atlanta is among them.

Georgia's Craft Beer Scene, By-the-Numbers

(SpaceFinders Atlanta) -- A snapshot of the craft beer industry in Georgia, including the number of craft breweries and craft beer production volume.

(National Real Estate Investor) -- Atlanta among the seven markets that saw senior housing inventory gains of more than 10%.

(Fast Company) -- The company’s new Creative Spaces offers a model for companies to give their employees spaces–and the freedom–to collaborate, think, and relax as they see fit.

(ClickZ) -- Hundreds of retailers have filed for bankruptcy already this year, a more than 100% rise year-over-year compared to 2016.

( – The in-store shopping experience is evolving as brick-and-mortar stores battle the rise of online shopping.

The “northern arc” tends to foster a different type of tech startup than the areas inside the Perimeter.

(Crain’s Atlanta) -- Chad Eikhoff, founder of TRICK 3D, on why Georgia is the perfect fertile ground to build an ecosystem for virtual reality.

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