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“At the September 2011 meeting of the Georgia Research Alliance, Gov. Nathan Deal told the prestigious group of business leaders and university presidents that he had just returned from the Southern Governors’ Association annual meeting where the focus was on innovation. At SGA, Deal questioned why Silicon Valley and Boston were attracting research, development, venture capital the innovation jobs. He was told it was all about quality of life.”

Saba Long: Low rankings in Atlanta region’s upward mobility expose serious issues
“A new study showcasing the possibility of upward mobility in America’s 50 largest cities is stirring much debate nationally about the health and wealth of our metropolitan economies. Atlanta was ranked dead last, with Charlotte just above us in 49th place.”

 Airlines explore ways of better passenger boarding to save costs

 Report says TSA misconduct up 26% in three years
CNN reports that some of the most serious violations include: Employees sleeping on the job, letting family and friends go without being screened, leaving work without permission and stealing.
Source: CNN

Aflac’s sales slow down in Japan ‘significantly’
However, second-quarter operating profit is still slightly up to $759 million.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Runway extension a priority at Richard B. Russell Airport in Floyd County
Airport officials say they need a 7,000 foot runway and the lack of one could have cost it two potential industrial prospects several years ago.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Southern Co. shareholders take hit as huge losses announced
Southern Co. shareholders will absorb $450 million in losses incurred while building a new coal-fired power plant in Mississippi, raising the total write-offs on the construction project to nearly $1 billion, utility officials said Tuesday.


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