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

High-Tech Scavengers in Columbus

Visitors to Columbus can channel the city’s namesake explorer by discovering hidden treasures. Instead of navigating by the stars, they use a handy GPS to locate 31 containers on the RiverWalk GeoTour.

“It’s a high-tech scavenger hunt,” says Peter Bowden, president and CEO of the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau, noting that people from as far away as Europe and Hawaii have participated.

Bowden says Columbus became the first city in the world to launch a geotour in May 2012, though others have since followed in its wake.

Looking for ways to promote its whitewater course, Bowden says that “with limited marketing dollars, we couldn’t speak to a true international audience.”

Groundspeak, an organization based in Seattle, put Columbus on the map through geocaching. Some 6 million devotees worldwide search for more than 2.3 million caches by going online to get GPS coordinates. They then log their finds, share their experiences and win prizes.

Shelby Guest, executive vice president of the CVB, met one young couple who had taken several geotours. “They said, ‘We love this sport because we’re able to get out and see parts of the city that we never knew existed,’” she says.

Each container tells a story about the area, such as the old Bibb Mill, the former dam on the Chattahoochee or the 1996 Olympic softball competition. They also reveal a letter of the alphabet. All 31 spell out a secret phrase, but we can’t tell you what it says.

You’ll have to discover that yourself. And discover more about what's happening in Columbus in this month's area focus

By Karen Rosen
Screenshot courtesy of the Columbus Convention and Visitor’s Bureau