Atlanta Forward: Regional economy

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.

This year, Georgia moved from fourth to first place in a trade publication’s ranking of states with the best business climate.

Today, the commissioner of an economic development agency explains why.

Meanwhile, the founder of a non-profit challenges leaders to address the region’s economic inequities.

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