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    1. Which Atlanta companies made Fortune’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” for 2017?

      Four Atlanta companies are on Fortune’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” list for 2017.

      Fortune surveys top executives and directors across all industries to rank the 10 companies they most admire in nine areas such as innovation, people management and financial soundness, as well as an overall reputation. The magazine’s editors compile the data and publish an annual list of the top 50 Most Admired Companies.

      Making the list from Atlanta (with ranking):

      No. 16 -- The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE:…

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    2. Georgia cyber center moving forward in Augusta

      Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Feb. 15 cleared the way for work to begin on the new Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center in Augusta, Ga. The center will be built on a 17-acre site on the Savannah River. "Ground for the cyber center will be broken soon, and Deal said he wants the new center open in 18 months, almost unheard of for a state project," The Augusta Chronicle reported.

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    3. The Rise of AI Makes Emotional Intelligence More Important

      The Rise of AI Makes Emotional Intelligence More Important

      The booming growth of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), like most transformational technologies, is both exciting and scary. It’s exciting to consider all the ways our lives may improve, from managing our calendars to making medical diagnoses, but it’s scary to consider the social and personal implications — and particularly the implications for our careers. As machine learning continues to grow, we all need to develop new skills in order to differentiate ourselves.

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    4. AICPA Recognizes Assurance-Related Research | CPA Practice Advisor

      AICPA Recognizes Assurance-Related Research | CPA Practice Advisor

      The American Institute of CPAs’ Assurance Research Advisory Group (ARAG) has announced two awards for funding and/or access to accounting firm personnel for research that addresses assurance topics of interest to the CPA profession. ARAG, a group of practitioners and academics formed in collaboration with the American Accounting Association, issued a request for proposals last July.

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    5. Tennessee Leads U.S. for Small Business Job Growth

      Tennessee and Georgia are leading the country in job growth among small businesses, according to employment data compiled by one of the nation's biggest payroll processors. Tennessee was the No. 1 state for small business employment growth in January, rising nearly 4.2 percent last month, according to the monthly Paychex -- IHS Small Business Jobs Index released Tuesday. Paychex, which processes about one of every 11 employee pay checks in the United States, ranked Georgia No.

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    6. Higher Ed Fundraising Hits Another Record

      Higher Ed Fundraising Hits Another Record

      Charitable giving to American colleges and universities reached the $41 billion mark in 2016, eclipsing 2015’s record of $40.3 billion. The sum represents a 0.4 percent increase adjusted for inflation. Foundation and corporate giving were primary drivers of the increase.

      Foundational giving increased by 6 percent adjusted for inflation to $12.45 billion while corporate giving increased by 13.3 percent adjusted for inflation to $6.60 billion.

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    7. Redesigning Care for High-Cost, High-Risk Patients

      Redesigning Care for High-Cost, High-Risk Patients

      Amid the political uncertainties that continue to cloud the future of U.S. health care, one thing hasn’t changed: Patients, clinicians, health plans, payers, and policy makers are still striving to achieve better outcomes at lower costs. Given the heavy financial burden that health care is imposing on the country, the top priority should be fundamentally changing the way we care for high-cost, high-risk patients.

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    8. New Tax Scams Popping Up: IRS Warns of Email & Phone Schemes

      The IRS is warning taxpayers to watch out for fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information. These “phishing” schemes continue to be on the annual IRS list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for the 2017 filing season. The IRS saw a big spike in phishing and malware incidents during the 2016 tax season. New and evolving phishing schemes have already been seen this month as scam artists work to confuse taxpayers during filing season.

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    9. 5 Key Decisions Startups Must Make About Sales Tax

      As I reflect on the type of sales tax consulting projects I’ve completed over the past 30 years, most of them fall into what I would call the “clean-up a mess” category. That is, I was hired to fix tax problems, resolve material tax liabilities, protest audit tax assessments, and to file refund claims for overpaid tax. In working with these companies, I’d eventually hear the statement, “if only someone had told us we needed to collect tax (or whatever), we would have done it”.

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    10. Georgia’s top 10 stock gainers in January 2017 (SLIDESHOW)

      What do an Internet Service Provider, school bus builder and agricultural equipment maker have in common? They are all Georgia companies and had the best stock performance among their Peach State peers in January 2017. See the top 10 in the attached slideshow. Topping the list is Atlanta-based EarthLink Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK), whose stock grew 14 percent to $6.41 a share last month. The ISP hasn’t reported its annual or fourth-quarter earnings yet, but in the third quarter it reported its…

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    11. Orbitz: Pats fans to outnumber Falcons fans at Super Bowl LI

      Atlanta Falcons fans heading to Houston for Super Bowl LI are going to be in the minority for the big game. Orbitz.com data shows more New England Patriots fans will be in Houston on Sunday, Feb. 8. Despite the longer distance and pricier airfare from Boston -- $790 average vs. $465 from Atlanta -- nearly twice as many bookings on Orbitz.com have been made from the Patriots’ hometown, compared to Atlanta. Airfare to Houston for Super Bowl weekend is averaging $500 for a roundtrip ticket. From…

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      1. We're certainly seeing a good increase in million-dollar gifts and above as well, at least reaching last year's total but most likely the trend suggests that we will surpass last year.
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      2. The strong pace of job growth continued in November as the unemployment rate held at its lowest level since April 2008 and labor force participation ticked up.
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