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

Let’s Talk Midtown

Midtown Atlanta has been going through a real renaissance, with new high-rises, pop-up art, sustainable restaurants and boundaries that now stretch from Westside to Poncey Highlands. With growth projections for the city skewing toward walkable districts, it's an opportunity for Midtown, said Midtown Alliance President Kevin Green at the May 28 panel discussion, “Midtown Dialogues: The Urban Experience.”

Public art, an expanding Piedmont Park and public safety investments are reconnnecting neighborhoods, as more Atlantans choose to walk and bike around the city. “We have 300 acres of greenspace and several higher education institutions [SCAD-Atlanta, Georgia Tech], all in a 1.2-square-mile walkable district,” said Green. “The Midtown Alliance has built 15 miles of streetscapes and planted 900 trees in our first Special Public Interest District (SPI), and we even have a rotating boulder now on 10th and Peachtree.”

Chris Martorella, president of investment management for Integral Group, which has proposed the development of a 35-story residential building on 6th Street and Peachtree, told the gathering that “Midtown is Atlanta's best offering,” and that in terms of diverse housing stock, “other neighborhoods don't have the bones.”

“Not yet,” said Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, who represents District 2, another panelist.

The group also included Anne Dennington, executive director of Flux Projects, and Steve Simon, co-founder and partner of Fifth Group Restaurants. “Food is now entertainment for young people,” said Simon. Dennington added that Atlanta's arts community needs a more prosperous “ecosystem” similar to what has happened with its restaurant scene.  

By Ben Young

Pictured: Midtown Alliance President and CEO Kevin Green at the "Midtown Dialogues: The Urban Experience" panel May 28 at the W hotel