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    1. Falcons make Forbes list of most valuable teams

      The Atlanta Falcons are one of the sports world’s 50 most valuable teams, according to Forbes. Forbes ranks the Falcons No. 33 on its 2017 list of The World’s Most Valuable Sports Teams. Forbes says the team is worth $2.13 billion, a 27 percent increase in the past year. No other Atlanta team made the list, which is dominated by football and soccer teams, as well as teams from the largest American cities, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The top five teams on the list are the Dallas…

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    2. ​Georgia No. 8 best state to start a business

      If you’re looking for a place to start and grow your business, the Peach State is fertile ground. According to a new report from the personal-finance website WalletHub, Georgia is the No. 8 best state to start a business. To determine the best cities to start a company, WalletHub compared the 50 U.S. states across 20 key indicators of startup success. The data set ranges from financing accessibility to availability of human capital to office-space affordability. Here is how Gerogia stacked up…

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    3. Exclusive: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl breaks economic impact as College Football Playoff Semifinal

      The ninth-oldest bowl game in the country's first run as a College Football Playoff Semifinal generated a record economic impact to the Atlanta economy of more than $61.96 million, up from $41.8 million last year. Atlanta-based Peach Bowl Inc., operator of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, reported the game between No. 1 ranked Alabama and No. 4 ranked Washington also provided $4.7 million in direct state and local tax revenue collected within metro Atlanta.

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    4. Accenture study: Atlanta No. 12 U.S. city for 2017 college graduates

      A new study by Accenture says Atlanta is the No. 12 U.S. city for where 2017's college graduates would prefer to start their career. The No. 1 ranked city was New York. Rounding out the top 10 are Chicago, southern California, Washington D.C., Seattle, Boston, San Francisco, Miami, Denver, and Houston and Austin tied at 10. Atlanta was No. 12, with Charlotte, N.C., No. 13; Raleigh-Durham, N.C., No. 14 and Minneapolis-St. Paul No. 15.

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    5. Atlanta ranks No. 17 for Hispanic-owned enterprise

      Hispanic and Latino community’s contributions to the U.S. economy are growing.

      Not only is this demographic expected to make up a third of the U.S. population by 2050 — translating into immense buying power — this group is also creating businesses at 15 times the national rate, according to a study released in 2105 by Geoscape, a provider of business intelligence technology, data and analytics, and published in partnership with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

      To see where Hispanic…

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    6. Gov. Deal signs two tax credit bills

      Gov. Nathan Deal signed two bills Tuesday expanding tax credits offered to Georgia's film and gaming industries and giving Atlanta's Woodruff Arts Center a tax break to help finance renovation of the Alliance Theatre. House Bill 199 will provide a 20 percent tax credit for post-production companies with at least a $250,000 payroll in Georgia. The companies must also spend at least $500,000 per tax year to qualify. While the state has offered generous tax credits to the film industry since 2008,…

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    7. Atlanta airport world's busiest for 19th straight year

      Atlanta's airport served almost 104.2 million passengers last year, making it the world's busiest for the 19th consecutive year, according to a leading industry group.

      That represented a 2.6 percent increase over 2015, when Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport became the first to break the 100-million mark for passengers in a single year.

      "We’ll take a moment to recognize this milestone,” Airport General Manager Roosevelt Council Jr. said. “After that, we will move forward and…

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    8. Analysis: New tax breaks would cost Georgia $483M

      The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute has done the math on a series of tax breaks the General Assembly passed during the recent legislative session. Added together, 10 bills would reduce state tax revenues by $483 million over five years, according to an analysis the public policy research organization released Wednesday. The biggest impact by far would come from legislation lowering taxes on leased vehicles, which would cost the state almost $227 million in lost revenue. The bill also would…

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    9. Cumberland CID plans $5M ‘Urban Gateway Park’ south of SunTrust Park

      The Cumberland Community Improvement District has issued a request for qualifications for a company to create a $5 million “Urban Gateway Park” south of SunTrust Park, the new home of the Atlanta Braves.

      The RFQ issued March 17 seeks qualified consulting firms to work on rehabilitating the southernmost unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA), known as the Paces Mill/Palisades Unit, in south Cobb County, Ga.

      “The secluded park unit is easily accessible, but is tucked…

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    10. What are Atlanta’s real estate hotspots of 2017?

      Cobb County residents may be concerned about rising property taxes but SunTrust Park is likely one of the main reasons home prices in Smyrna are rising.

      According to RE/MAX Georgia, Metro Atlanta’s real-estate market continues to make substantial gains, with home sales and prices showing no signs of slowing down. The company recently surveyed its brokers and analyzed data provided by the local Metro Atlanta First Multiple Listing Service to determine what cities will be most in demand in 2017.…

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    11. Four Georgia companies make Fortune ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’

      If you’re looking for a job in Georgia where the employees are happiest, you have four options.

      The 2017 Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For” list includes three companies in Atlanta and one in Columbus, Ga. Check them out below and click on the company name to read Fortune’s review.

      No. 56 -- Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta No. 63 -- Delta Air Lines Inc.(NYSE: DAL) No. 65 -- Alston & Bird No. 91 -- Aflac Inc.(NYSE: AFL)

      Rankings are based on employee ratings of their workplace…

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    12. Place Properties/H. J. Russell to develop $51 million MARTA King Memorial Station project

      MARTA tapped Place Properties/H. J. Russell & Co. to develop the $51.3 million King Memorial Station Transit Oriented Development (TOD). The development will include about 400 apartments units (with 20 percent earmarked as affordable housing) and 10,000 square feet of retail space. The project breaks ground later in 2017. The multi-story modular project is the first of its kind in Atlanta to be co-located with a transit hub, MARTA says.

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    13. UGA: Hispanic buying power in U.S. soars to $1.4 trillion

      Hispanic buying power in the United States in 2016 was larger than the gross domestic product of Mexico, according to a new report from The University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.

      The school’s latest Multicultural Economy Report estimates the nation’s total buying power reached $13.9 trillion in 2016 and predicts it will hit $16.6 trillion by 2021, with minority groups making the fastest gains.

      Hispanic buying power grew from $495 billion in 2000 to $1.4 trillion in 2016, according…

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    14. Georgia’s creative industries generate $62.5 billion economic impact

      Arts in Georgia can mean big business.

      In fact, the Peach State’s creative industries generated $62.5 billion in total economic impact in 2015, the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) reported Feb. 22.

      Additionally, the creative industries in Georgia represent a combined $37 billion in revenue and employ an estimated 200,000 Georgians statewide, making up 5 percent of employment in the state.

      Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner…

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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. Atlanta airport gets biometric security screening option today

      Atlanta airport travelers get the option of paying for biometric screening and cutting down security line time at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s south terminal starting today. The biometric screening services will be offered by All Clear Inc., dba as CLEAR, under a contract with the city of Atlanta. Instead of waiting for an officer to review an ID and boarding pass, CLEAR members verify their identities by pressing a finger to a touch pad or looking into a retinal scanner.…

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    20. Report: Nearly 30 GA data breaches affected at least 1.26 million records

      Nearly 30 data breaches affecting at least 1.26 million records and some nationally recognized companies were reported in Georgia last year. Aflac (NYSE: AFL), Intercontinental Hotels Group (NYSE: IHG), the Atlanta Falcons, Kroger (NYSE: KR) and Equifax (NYSE: EFX) were among companies in the Peach State affected by data breaches compiled in the 2016 report by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout. The breaches are among 1,093 nationwide in 2016. The ITRC and CyberScout said…

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    21. Trump to name former Gov. Sonny Perdue agriculture secretary

      President-elect Donald Trump picked another Georgian to fill his last open Cabinet position. Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is expected to head up the Agriculture Department, according to NPR. In the position of agriculture secretary, Perdue would lead programs that some Republicans have eyed cutting, like food for the poor, financial assistance for farmers and new school lunch standards. Perdue was governor from 2003 to 2011. He was once a member of the Democratic party, then switched to the…

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    22. $15 million public-private Atlanta venture fund launched

      Local government is getting in on the tech accelerator action. The City is collaborating with Georgia Tech and 10 Atlanta corporations to launch Engage, a "mentorship-driven" accelerator program and $15 million venture fund. Engage is open to startups across the country, with a focus placed on mentoring and market access strategies, according to the City. Applications will be available in early 2017, with programming scheduled to begin in the spring.

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    23. Atlanta job market looking strong for 2017

      Two major personal finance websites are betting on Atlanta to be a red-hot market for job seekers in 2017.

      A new report from WalletHub ranked Atlanta the No. 25 best city for jobs out of 150 of the most populated U.S. cities. Atlanta had a total score of 58.6, had a “Job Market” rank of No. 25 and a “Socioeconomic Environment” rank of No. 45.

      WalletHub’s analysts compared the cities across 23 indicators of job-market strength ranging from “job opportunities” and “employment growth”…

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    24. State tax credits that encourage and reward growing businesses

      State tax credits and incentives are big business and often create a mutually-beneficial relationship between the providers and recipients of the incentives.

      These incentives can spur growth in traditionally underrepresented industries, such as enticing technology companies to relocate high-paying jobs and highly-educated personnel, or establishing data centers to increase a state’s presence in the cloud computing era.

      Other incentives may be focused on manufacturing, providing incentives to…

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