Atlanta Forward: Regional economy

Credit: Paul Lachine/NewsArt

Credit: Paul Lachine/NewsArt

Today's moderator: Rick Badie

Rick Badie joined The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as an education reporter in 1997. A South Georgia native, he's covered the region's immigrant communities, was a feature obituary writer and opinion columnist for the AJC's Gwinnett edition.

What if Georgia companies did more business with each other? That's the purpose of the state chamber's Georgia2Georgia initiative. A chamber executive writes that its 2014 campaign goal is to get participants to do 2 percent more business with other area companies. Meanwhile, the head of a local company that specializes in agricultural machinery notes the global importance of modernizing Africa's farm economy.

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