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Thomas Wheatley
Aug 1, 2022 - News

Climate change challenges Georgia peaches

Illustration of a peach with a bikini tan line.
Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Heat is changing Georgia's farming landscape, making it more challenging to grow cash crops — and calling cards — like peaches and blueberries, WABE's Sam Gringlas reports.

Why it matters: Georgia agriculture employs one of every 10 residents and contributes more than $70 billion to the state's economy.

Emma Hurt
Jul 28, 2022 - Business

Warnock applauds semiconductor package passage

Kia opened its first American manufacturing facility in West Point, Ga. in 2010. Photo: Dave Martin/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A massive bipartisan package to jump-start the nation's domestic semiconductor industry could reach the president's desk by the end of the week.

Why it matters: Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo called the chip shortage "a national emergency."

Thomas Wheatley
Jul 20, 2022 - News

Hypersonic jets could fly Atlantans to London in 90 minutes

A rendering of a windowless sleek black hypersonic plane flying away from California and over the Pacific Ocean
Rendering: Courtesy of Hermeus

The average flight from Atlanta to London takes just over eight hours. And that doesn’t include the time spent traveling to the airport and going through security.

  • Hermeus, a Doraville-based startup building hypersonic jets, is betting you'll be able to make the trip in 90 minutes in the next nine years.

Remember when... the feds sued Coca-Cola over caffeine?

Illustration of an instant photo of the Atlanta skyline.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Welcome to "Remember when...," a semi-regular Throwback Thursday feature where we revisit the largely forgotten strange, uplifting, pivotal or baffling moments from Atlanta’s history.

In the early 1900s, Harvey Washington Wiley was on a crusade to save the country from a menace: soft drinks and brain tonics that contained additives ranging from lithium to cocaine to, yes, caffeine.

Emma Hurt
May 6, 2022 - Business

Rivian's Georgia incentive package under the microscope

David Perdue at a Rivian opposition press conference
David Perdue speaks out against the Rivian incentive package in Rutledge Tuesday. Photo: John Bazemore/AP

​​Lost in the swirl of this week’s news cycle were the details of the state’s incentive package to seal the deal with Rivian.

Metro Atlanta's office rents are... up

Illustration of a set of office chairs gradually moving up
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Offices in metro Atlanta posted record rents in the first quarter of this year as companies flocked to newer buildings with fancy amenities, according to Cushman & Wakefield.

Why it matters: Sure, work from home has become popular and has changed the way we do our jobs — but companies still want a place where workers can collaborate.

Thomas Wheatley
Apr 26, 2022 - News

Atlanta business travel is still below pre-pandemic levels

Illustration of briefcase in an airplane seat with a safety belt on.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The business traveler — a once-familiar sight in Atlanta's corporate hubs — is slowly returning to metro Atlanta, but not at pre-pandemic levels.

Why it matters: Atlanta is a convention hotspot, and parts of the metro region — particularly downtown — have relied on that steady stream of people to book hotel rooms, eat in restaurants and visit attractions.

Kristal Dixon
Apr 13, 2022 - Business

Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson reclaims title of world's busiest airport

Data: Airports Council International; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

After falling to second place last year, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is back to being the world’s busiest airport.

  • The rankings, released this week by Airports Council International, are based on 2021 passenger traffic.

Why it matters: An increase in airport traffic helped Atlanta rebound from its 2020 ranking of No. 2 during the height of pandemic-induced pandemic restrictions.

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