Tag Archives: Georgia

STAT OF THE WEEK: Atlanta’s Growth and Growing Pains

30 Jun

Atlanta led the nation in construction cost increases in the last year, according to CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (and my former employer). The city’s 3.8 percent spike more than doubled the national average.

Across the country, year-over-year construction spending during the first four months of 2016 increased 8.7 percent to $334.8 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce.

On the housing side of the equation, Atlanta magazine asked this week: “Can residential builders keep up with Atlanta’s fast-growing population?” In Brookhaven, with our neighbor’s current house expansion project, the contractor for which was my referral, 40 percent of the houses on our block have been totally redeveloped or expanded (18 and six, respectively) in the last nine years.

 

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STAT OF THE WEEK: The Big Peach Is Juiced!

4 Feb

ATL_downtown view• Atlanta again has topped the list of the country’s most in-demand moving destinations, according to Penske Truck Leasing Company. It’s the sixth year in a row that Georgia’s capital city has earned top honors, which are based on the compilation of requests for one-way moves in 2015.

• The news comes not long after Atlanta was named No. 1 on the “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2016” list and best of “The 10 Best Cities for Web Developers,” the latter “by a huge margin,” according to Sparefoot.

• Also, Atlanta was named a top 5 ‘market to watch’ in “Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2016,” an annual report put out by the Urban Land Institute and PwC.

The Soundtrack of My Youth

27 Sep

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, an Atlanta-based rock band and the soundtrack to my Roswell, Ga., youth, was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame this weekend.

Local bands that captivate during one’s formative years always hold a special place in a person’s musical memories. Somehow DNC went even beyond that level, with the bassist’s mother having been my mom’s long-time hair stylist and then the 30-year-old band providing me the opportunity for my debut rock video appearance!

[Don’t blink around the 3:44 mark!]

Pitch Perfect? A PR Test

28 Feb

My first successful (non-press release) media hit on the PR job started as a top 10 list pitch and resulted in a “7 Reasons Why” piece. So let’s call it a 70 percent conversion rate, right?

Below is the pitch and here is the media coverage end result.

No. 18 at The Oconee course at Reynolds Plantation

No. 18 at The Oconee course at Reynolds Plantation

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Top 10 Reasons Why Reynolds Plantation

Should Be Your Next Vacation Destination

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  1. It was good enough for The Ritz-Carlton and Jack Nicklaus golf.
  1. It’s pleasantly free of the gnats, alligators and traffic of your usual seaside destinations.
  1. Lake Oconee is Georgia’s second largest lake.
  1. It’s the only resort in Georgia with a Peter Burwash International tennis center and The Kingdom by Taylor Made golf instruction and club-fitting facility.
  1. It’s the only resort in the world with three-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Angel Sims on its health & wellness staff.
  1. Wanna see “King Kong’s Shed”? It’s here (and also known as the dry dock at Reynolds Plantation Marina).
  1. It’s good enough for head-coaching homeowners Bruce Aryans of the Arizona Cardinals, Miss. State’s Dan Mullen and U. of Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez.
  1. The numbers are in your favor: 19,000 acres of lake, 21+ miles of walking trails, a dozen restaurants, 6 golf courses, 4 marinas and now one Certified Master Chef (of only 68 total in the country).
  1. Reynolds Plantation has a knack for hosting: See the Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival, the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge, the 10th annual Linger Longer Invitational, the Golf Channel’s Big Break Invitational and more. Did I mention the Ritz-Carlton Lodge?
  1. It’s only 80 miles from Atlanta.

STAT OF THE WEEK: Are Georgians getting the business?

26 Sep

Are Georgia laborers getting worked? Jobbed? They’re certainly not getting enough work/jobs, at least according to employment figures released last week. The Peach State ranked worst nationally in unemployment for the month of August at 8.1 percent.

Meanwhile, the state has been ranked No. 1 for business climate three times since 4th quarter 2013 — by Site Selection magazine, CNBC and Area Development Online.

Into the Wild and Today Into Canada

25 Aug

If all goes well and according to plan, today my brother, brother-in-law, friend and I will be going over the Chilkoot Pass from Alaska into Canada. This will be my fourth time scaling the “Golden Stairs,” which is the most difficult part of the 33-mile Chilkoot Trail that offered quite a demanding deliverance to gold rushers of 1898 attempting to reach the Yukon Territory to stake their claims.

Just four Georgia boys enjoying the wilderness, the history, the camaraderie and a healthy resetting of the senses!

Going up the Chilkoot Pass in 1995

Going up the Chilkoot Pass in 1995

 

My Top 5 Favorite Mistakes

31 Jul

I’m the king of mistakes. Just ask my wife! [cue rimshot]

Not sure if it was a country song, a Sunday sermon or perhaps just a routine counting of my blessings, but I recently got to thinking about the missteps along life’s road and the good that can come from them — luck, character, patience, unanswered prayers, etc.

5. DOUBLE BREAKER: I was hitting my approach to the 3rd green at my father’s golf club and was quite sure I’d be trying again with a new ball as my shot was destined for the middle of the creek fronting the putting surface. Except luck, usually a stranger to my golf game, intervened. I watched in pleasant disbelief as my ball bounced off the bridge spanning the water hazard and then proceeded to carom off a pine toward the green.

4. SUMMERTIME BLUES: For the summer of ’94 all this college student wanted was to leave Georgia and Hotlanta behind for independence, adventure and a resort job out West. Instead I found myself working a poorly planned concessions stand at Tank Top Golf Club in Bremen, Ga., which was a brutal hour or so commute west of the city. I also had a hydroplaning accident and an interstate breakdown trying to get out to the job! The good man upstairs took pity and rewarded me with an Alaskan summer the next year and a Europe-Olympics-Bahamas season after that.

3. THE ROAD MORE TRAVELED: After getting my master’s degree in ’03 the last thing I wanted to do is return to Atlanta, but a job brought me back to town. And the new gig was where I met my beautiful wife.

1-2. SUGAR AND SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE: Hard to believe that for both of our beautiful babies I was rooting for a boy (Full Disclosure: the Lee name is still in doubt for the next generation). Now that I’ve learned to think pink and play princess there’s no going back!