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Last week, the Atlanta City Council passed an ordinance to increase
the freeport exemption for
manufacturers and distributors to 100 percent.
The inventory tax
exemption increase will remove the tax for certain classes of goods
destined for shipment outside of the state, equaling exemptions in
surrounding counties and cities.
The move will help the
City retain manufacturing jobs while building the tax base and
attracting new investment.
According to Invest Atlanta,
the official economic development authority for the City, manufacturing firms generate nearly
$6 billion in sales each year, accounting for more than 10 percent of
all sales in the City of Atlanta.
They employ more than 35,000 people,
than 6 percent of the City’s workforce. The average wage for these
middle class jobs is more than $76,000 per year.
New business, stronger investment and
job growth spurred by the amended freeport exemption will improve the
City’s competitive position by attracting and retaining manufacturing
“Manufacturing is an
important economic driver for the City, with great growth potential if
the right incentives
exist,” said Mayor Kasim Reed in a news release. “By eliminating the inventory tax for
manufacturers, we will be able to better grow our industrial sector, and
attract new investment in the City, which will create new jobs and help
us continue to strengthen our economy.”
Georgia is one of only 14 states with
an inventory tax. Previously, the City offered a 20 percent inventory
tax exemption on raw material, work-in-process and finished goods
inventory. The annual
revenue from those taxes was approximately $2 million.
Since 2000, Atlanta has lost nearly
4,700 manufacturing industry jobs according to a study by the Georgia
Institute of Technology.
“In the last five years, dozens of
manufacturing and logistics companies made the decision to locate just
outside of the City’s borders because surrounding cities had a more
favorable tax climate
related to inventory,” said Invest Atlanta President and CEO Brian P. McGowan in the release.
“Increasing the freeport exemption is critical to our
economic competitiveness, especially at a time when the United States is
seeing an increase in manufacturing and Atlanta
is perfectly positioned to be a major east coast logistics center. This
will create more jobs for our residents and more tax revenue for the
City of Atlanta.”
The ordinance will go into effect Jan. 1, 2015.
- This report was prepared by Invest Atlanta and edited for publication.
Was a photo taken by President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister
David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt
inappropriate or just a case of three world leaders being human?
The “selfie” has created a storm of controversy on the internet, particularly on Twitter where the hashtag #ObamaSelfie has generated a flurry of tweets — many of them highly critical of President Obama’s decision to participate in the photo.
of world leaders were present for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in
Johannesburg earlier this week. During the service, Thorning-Schmidt
appeared to have initiated the selfie which shows her flanked by Cameron
and Obama, all three wearing wide grins.
The trio has been forced to defend their actions with Downing Street playing down the criticism. According to the Daily Mail,
a spokesman for the British Prime Minister responded by saying, “I
think what the PM would say about yesterday is it was very much a
celebration of Nelson Mandela and his life and his achievements.”
the United States, the “selfie seen ’round the world” was countered
with a White House release of 24 photos from the event — none of which
show the selfie or Obama’s conversation with Thorning-Schmidt, though
she is shown in the background of one of the photos.
As for the man who took the photo of the “selfie” moment – Roberto Schmidt – the Washington Post reports
he defended the three saying, “At the time, I thought the world leaders
were simply acting like human beings, like me and you. I doubt anyone
could have remained totally stony faced for the duration of the
ceremony, while tens of thousands of people were celebrating in the
stadium. For me, the behaviour of these leaders in snapping a selfie
seems perfectly natural.”
Was the “selfie” a perfectly natural
activity at the memorial service or totally inappropriate? Leave a
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will add two gluten-free items to its pastry repertoire by
the end of the year. A smart move when you consider that market
researchers say nearly one third of Americans are cutting, or altogether
eliminating, their gluten intake.
However, a gluten-free lifestyle is a medical necessity for
a fraction of its participants. Celiac disease, which causes damage to the
small intestine, afflicts only 1 percent of the population. Certainly others
have a gluten sensitivity, but many Americans give up the gluten in an attempt
to shed some pounds.
Ian Marber thinks gluten has been popularly exiled “because
it’s so prevalent. If you make any adjustment to your diet, say you stop eating
foods with the letter ‘l’ in them, you may well lose weight, simply because
you’re making far better food choices than you were previously.”
According to Susan Bowerman, assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human
Nutrition, “It used to be that a gluten-free diet almost
assured weight loss, because there were very few alternatives except for fruits
and vegetables.” But increasingly, we have donuts and other snacks as
gluten-free cinnamon-sugar doughnut from Dunkin’ Donuts will contain 320
calories, while their regular sugar raised
donut has 230 calories. At this rate, it’ll take gluten-free
dieters twice the willpower to slim down as they’re forced to resist regular
goodies in addition to their now-available gluten-free counterparts.
Their wallets may lighten up, though. The price of
gluten-free products is “significantly
higher,” than their standard equivalents. One market
research firm concluded that the gluten-free market was $4.2
billion dollars in the United States alone last year and predicts it will
balloon to $6.6 billion in 2017.
Ian Marber isn’t opposed to a gluten-free diet on principle:
“If it makes you happy, do it! By buying that expensive stuff, you’ll certainly
be making someone else very happy.”
Do you think a
gluten-free diet is a healthy choice or a fad? Tell us in the comments or in a
“It’s A RIA RIOT!” will feature live music,
DJs, performance art and food from local eateries including El Myr
Tickets are $20 the tickets will benefit Pell’s
The holidays consume so much of our brains this time of year, especially since this season feels rushed thanks to a late Thanksgiving. That means something has to fall through the cracks and it’s probably your daily cooking routine. Maybe you’re sleepwalking through breakfast because you’re up late wrapping presents, or dinners are a mess because you have to run to yet another holiday event at your kid’s school. Either way, a little help is in order.
Muffin tin meals are the perfect fix for this time of year when it feels like we’re just getting by between the holidays. Put some extra mileage on your muffin tin or cupcake pan by making complete meals in it that are portable, easy to freeze in bulk and make life easier. Serve at breakfast, lunch or dinner throughout the week. Before you know it, your muffin tin will join the workhorse ranks of your crock pot.
While practically anything’s possible in a muffin tin, you don’t have to stretch your imagination at all—just make your go-to recipes like meatloaf with mashed potatoes and peas, or stew. About half an hour in the kitchen this weekend will save you hours next week. Not to mention how good you’ll feel knowing the kids got healthy home cooked meals when you haven’t touched your oven in days.
Here’s a simple muffin tin recipe how-to that will inspire some time-saving meals:
Step 1: Choose Your Filling
You can put practically anything into a muffin tin as long as the ingredients work well together. Ground chicken, beef and pork are particularly easy to pair with vegetables and herbs. If it’s the first time your making a muffin tin meal, choose your family’s favorite meatloaf recipe to start.
Jazz up breakfast muffins (like the pumpkin versions pictured above) with ham or bacon. Or consider making a classic ham, egg and cheese mini meal with potato.
Step 2: Make the Shell
Make a traditional pie crust or buy a ready-made version for your shell. If you have more time on your hands, get creative and layer thinly-sliced potatoes in the tin. Feeling a little short on time? You can skip to step 3.
Step 3: Prep Your Muffin Tin Pan
First spray the pan with non-stick cooking spray and dust with flour. Next, if you’re not using a food crust, skip to Step 4.
If you are working with pie crust, use a circle-shaped cookie cutter or drinking glass to make your mini shells. Then, place in the muffin tin pan.
If you want to go the distance and make a few meals at once but you’re short on muffin tins, you can add on with ramekins and tart molds.
Step 4: Add Your Fillings
Muffin tin meals are the perfect opportunity to pack your child’s meal with some non-negotiable vegetables (this means good riddance to questions like, “How many more bites do I have to take?”).
Ground beef mixed with fresh sage and breadcrumbs pairs well with broccoli. Layer spinach into mini lasagnas. Or mix up peas, carrots and mashed potatoes to dollop on top of meatloaf.
Tip: If you start with frozen vegetables, let them defrost and drain the excess water before adding them to the mix.
Step 5: Add an Egg Base
If meat is your base, skip to Step 6. Otherwise, all quiches require a base of eggs beaten with milk or heavy cream. If you’re making a vegetable muffin tin meal, this base is especially important—with or without a pastry shell.
Step 6: Top it Off With Pie Crust…
Decide if you want to add a pie crust topping to your meal….
…Or Shredded Cheese
If you opt for cheese, add it toward the end of your cooking cycle, which depends on your filling, so it doesn’t burn. If you went with a pie crust topping, brush it with some milk for a beautiful color.
…Or Leave it Uncovered
Or leave your mini muffin tin meal to cook without a topping.
Step 7: Bake Away!
Depending on your oven, bake at 350 to 375 degrees F. The cook time depends on your ingredients, but vegetables can cook as quickly as 25 minutes.
Step 8: Enjoy!
Enjoy the all-in-one meals you’ve made over the course of the week. Send kids to school with one or two for lunch, or enjoy them at breakfast and dinner.
This article is part of Mix It Up, an editorial series created in collaboration with AOL’s Kitchen Daily and Huffington Post. It is dedicated to making the lives of mothers easier through articles, videos and slideshows focused on simple and creative solutions to everyday challenges. From healthy recipes to exciting ideas for a more balanced lifestyle, this section aims to become a resource for moms everywhere.
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By Patch Editor
After no one won the Mega Millions drawing on Tuesday, the
jackpot for Friday surged to an estimated $400 million, the second-largest
jackpot in the game’s history.
If one ticket hits all six numbers, the winner will have the
choice of being paid in 30 annual payments, or taking about $216.4 million
before takes in a one-time cash payout.
The jackpot, which began rolling Oct.
4, has rolled 20 times. The odds of winning the jackpot are one in 259 million.
Georgians have won lots of great prizes,
including two winning tickets worth $5,000 that were sold in Norcross from the
Dec. 10 drawing, according to a Georgia Lottery news release. Another two
winning tickets worth $5,000 were sold in Pelham and Lawrenceville.
One lucky Georgia Lottery player won a $10,000 prize.
The winning ticket was purchased in Gainesville.
Adam Bednar contributed to this article.
Each Thursday in December, Patch is highlighting a local GoFundMe
campaign in the area.
Today’s focus is on “Sundance Bound,”
a page created by Rhonda Nicole Burnam, a creative writer trying to get
to the Sundance Film Festival. Excerpts from the fund-raising page:
“During my journey I have written a few short stories,
screenplays and stageplays. My ultimate goal is to write a screenplay that will
be premiered at The Sundance Film Festival. Some of you probably have heard me
say many times “I’m going to Sundance.”
“Well, on October 31, 2013, I received one of many
hopeful phone calls that will ignite my dreams to reality. A rep from
Sundance Film Festival called regarding my application and that I’m a
likely candidate to work the upcoming festival.
“The Sundance Film Festival is January 15-26, 2014 in Park
City, Utah. This is a little over two months from now! After doing some
research and crunching numbers it will cost approximately $3000 to make this
Check out the GoFundMe page for further information.
other crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter, GoFundMe focuses more on
helping people fund community or personal goals. GoFundMe is a Patch
Do you know a project in the area that deserves funding? Let us know
in the comments, in a blog post, or head over to GoFundMe.com to start
Today’s Midtown Pic of the Day is of the backside of the Crum Forster
building that is in the process of being transformed into Georgia Tech’s
24-story High Performance
Computing Center for Modeling and Simulation.
half-decade long fight for the Crum
Forster building came to a conclusion earlier in the year when the Georgia Tech Foundation and the City of
Atlanta and its Board of Zoning Adjustment came to an agreement in
Fulton County Superior Court as to what Georgia Tech could do with the
Historic building at 771 Spring Street.
Much to the dismay
of a large group of preservationists and private citizens who believed the City
bypassed its own preservation regulations, the go ahead was given for Tech to remove the
back two-thirds of the building that was constructed in 1928 and is a part of
The front portion of
the building will be incorporated into the design of the computing center. The
695,000 square-foot private and public development project is looked upon to
help support the economic development of Atlanta and the state through job creation,
new tax revenues and a technology cluster.
rear portion of the building was demolished this past fall. According to the
project’s website, a developer will be selected in 2014 with construction
slated to begin the following year.