Jannine Miller

Getting from A to B

The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics (COI) holds its 2015 Logistics Summit at the Georgia World Congress Center March 31 and April 1. Thousands are expected to attend, learn and share new logistics trends and technologies. The themes for this year are e-commerce, intermodal and perishables. I caught up with Jannine Miller, the center’s new director and a member of Georgia Trend’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2011. She’s enthusiastic about next week’s summit, and shared some of the things she’s most looking forward to. Georgia continues to see more intermodal shipping, Miller says, with

Main Street

Main Street USA

It’s hard to find anyone in the South who hasn’t watched — or at least heard of — The Andy Griffith Show. We all know that when somebody says, “That town was just like Mayberry,” they mean it was charming and filled with nice, hardworking folks and safe. While the Georgia Main Street program doesn’t aim to bring back the past, it does aim to bring more charm to our small towns, give our hardworking folks better places to work and make our downtowns safe — and fun — to visit. This year, the spotlight will be on Georgia’s Main

Georgia Museum of Art

Southern Culture

After months of hibernation it feels good to get out and partake in some local culture — whether indoors or out, art is best seen in natural light. A number of new shows happen to feature this writer’s favorite style: abstract painting. Chaos and Metamorphosis pretty much sums up this genre, so it’s fitting that it’s the title of a show of works by Italian artist Piero Lerda. Weaving weird symbols and recurring images into his colorful mixed-media collages, he strikes a tone at once funny and intriguing. His works are on view at the Georgia Museum of Art at


40 Under 40 Nominations Now Open

Each year Georgia Trend honors 40 of the state’s best and brightest under the age of 40. Whether you know someone who’s making a difference on the national stage or is a mover and shaker in his or her corner of the state, if they are under 40 years old as of Oct. 1, 2015, we want to hear about them. The ideal candidate is someone who is successful in his or her profession and is passionate about community service. There are a few cases in which a day job alone is enough of a qualification, but the state is


Capitol Events

The Garden Club of Georgia and the Georgia Water Coalition joined several other environmental groups in Atlanta on Feb. 18, for Capitol Conservation Day. Some 150 gathered at the Capitol after a breakfast briefing on environmental issues at Central Presbyterian Church, across the street from the Statehouse. The current legislative session includes a mixed bag of environmental policy in the works. Senate Bill 101 would clarify and sustain Georgia’s buffer rules for rivers and streams, but some groups are concerned the bill has too many loopholes in its current state. Clarification of Georgia’s buffer rules have been sorely needed for

A Focus on the Human in Human Rights

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” – Margaret Mead

That quote is etched in the glass of the water feature outside the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights(NCCHR) in downtown Atlanta. It sets the stage perfectly for the stories that are told inside. The center includes not only personal accounts of the Civil Right's movement, but more importantly shows how that movement – born in Atlanta – continues to inspire people around the world.

It is a museum that stays focused on the human in human rights with three distinct exhibits – Civil Rights, Human Rights and the personal papers of Martin Luther King Jr. As you tour the exhibits, you travel from Atlanta, through the South and around the world meeting people who have put themselves in harms way for their beliefs, their character traits and their efforts to make this world a more just place for everyone.

The center adds another wonderful attraction for international visitors,” says William Pate, CEO of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, who points out that the Martin Luther King Center is the No. 1 attraction for international visitors to Atlanta. “And by connecting those with the Streetcar, we've really got the whole package.”

The NCCHR's package also includes a portion of Morehouse College's Martin Luther King Jr. collection, containing some of King's personal papers, which offer visitors a chance to get a feel for King as a man, says Terrie Rouse, the center's COO.

His report card from Crozer Theological Seminary, on display, reminds visitors of King's early and ordinary struggles, especially the C+ he received in public speaking – a grade that with hindsight is nearly impossible to believe. “I think maybe that inspired him to get better,” Rouse says.

Be inspired yourself by a visit to the thought-provoking and uplifting National Center for Civil and Human Rights, which opened today, Monday, June 23.

National Center for Civil and Human Rights
The Water Feature at National Center for Civil and Human Rights
By Karen Kirkpatrick Kennedy
Image Credit: Karen Kirkpatrick Kennedy