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RNC, DNC= Jobs?

Tampa Bay and Charlotte: two cities shining brightly in the American spotlight. Tampa, for hosting the Republican National Convention (RNC) going on now and Charlotte, which will be hosting the Democratic National Convention (DNC) next week.

Beyond the bright lights and speeches lies the formation of the number one metric that these politicians and policy-makers promise to create: Jobs.

To local businesspeople and those looking to add to the local job numbers, the conventions are a potential gold mine.

Tampa and Charlotte both are hoping to make favorable and promising impressions to their guests. And make no mistake about it, businesspeople, the ones that make the big and final decisions, will be amongst those guests. So Tampa and Charlotte, respectively, are looking to make great gains from those decision-makers.

The story goes a little something like this: Let's just say local business leaders and economic developers in Tampa, find out whose going to be in town for the big conve…

Atlanta's Olympic Remnants

16 years ago Atlanta was London. For 17 days in the summer of 1996, Atlanta was the center of the world.

For as many who may forget, Atlanta does have an Olympic legacy although the untouched remnants of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games may be hard to see.

Atlanta's Olympic Stadium, the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies and track and field events, morphed into Turner Field immediately after the games. The Olympic flame, famously lit by Muhammad Ali, now rests in a parking lot right behind the Varsity and next to Apache Cafe (where I was privileged to play keys with the talented Leslie Mack). Other than Centennial Olympic Park, there are hardly any traces of Atlanta's glorious summer of 1996.

This is not necessarily a bad thing. Think about it: What else do you do with an Olympic stadium and gigantic torch after all the metals are won?

Atlanta's Olympic story is unique in large part because the city raised all of its Olympic funds privately- no one was taxed. Howe…

Hello 23

I am abundantly blessed to see my 23rd birthday!!! It's like starting a new year. I woke up to a phone call by one of my closest brothers who also has the same birthday, plus many text messages and facebook notificiations. The feeling is great!

Before I look ahead, I also consider it important to look in retrospect to what I accomplished at 22. For those who know the difference between boasting and testifying, you know where I'm coming from here.

In no specific order, at 22 I...
Met 2 governors (Bill Haslam-TN; Nathan Deal-GA)Got my first direct taste of public policy (July 31 Transportation Referendum)Started writing my first bookTaught adult Bible study at my church for 3 consecutive weeksAssisted with coordinating C.OUR.AGE (Youth worship night at my church)Was Best Man in my brother's wedding (and new sister)Met with the mayors of 3 key economic cities in the Southeast USAssisted in planning Chattanooga's very first GigTank and GigPrizeHelped create over 101 jobs in m…

TSPLOST Fails

Yesterday (July 31, 2012), voters made their voices heard loud and clear. The TSPLOST did not pass.

All counties in Georgia were given the chance to vote. I placed emphasis on the Atlanta and Northwest Georgia regions. What upsets me here is the fact that there may not be a statewide solution to Atlanta's traffic woes and a constructive means for creating jobs across the state while improving its infrastructure for a long time.

On Monday morning (July 30, 2012), I witnessed history with my own eyes as Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (Democrat) and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal (Republican) held a joint press conference at the State Capitol voicing the importance of a "yes" vote for the transportation referendum.

Now, today on August 1, 2012, that energy and vigor has been slapped in the face by dismay. Governor Deal stated earlier that he would not support a similar transportation measure like it.

In my opinion there are four factors as to why the referendum did not pass:
Voter mist…