Category: The Forum

Friday Facts: September 27, 2013

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “Many politicians of our time are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water until he had learnt to swim. If men are to wait for liberty till they become wise and good in slavery, they may indeed wait forever.” – Thomas Babington Macaulay (1825) “There is no art which one government sooner learns of another than that of draining money from the pockets of the people.” – Adam Smith (1776) Events October 11: Register now for the… View Article

Register Now for Ga. Legislative Policy Forum

EVENT INVITATION September 25, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Register Now for 4th Annual Ga. Legislative Policy Forum Atlanta – Registrations are being accepted for the fourth annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, a daylong event on Friday, October 11 that will bring national and state policy experts to the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel to discuss free-market solutions to Georgia’s challenges. The only forum of its kind in Georgia, the theme of the annual fall event hosted by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute is, “Wisdom, Justice and Innovation,” a step beyond the state motto of, “Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation.” It has been described by Georgia House Majority Whip Edward Lindsey… View Article

Atlanta’s Great Strides as a World Class IT Capital

Reprinted from the September 18 Atlanta Journal-Constitution By David Cummings DAVID CUMMINGSFounder and OwnerAtlanta Tech Village The digital economy is changing the world, and we’re just getting started.  Companies are launched every day with just an idea and an Internet connection.  Technology has affected nearly every area of business, and Georgia’s growth trajectory within the digital economy is very promising. Georgia’s strong information security cluster has stood out for years.  Our state continues to be among the top three in the U.S. for information security technology and is home to hundreds of such companies.  More than 25 percent of the worldwide security revenue market share is generated by companies right here in our home state, according to the Metro Chamber… View Article

The Path to Personalized Learning is Primarily Digital

Reprinted from the September 18 Atlanta Journal-Constitution By Bob Swiggum BOB SWIGGUMChief Information OfficerDepartment of Education Digital education is the use of technology to deliver instruction.  Technology allows teachers to shift away from requiring all students to learn at the same pace and with the same style.  Every one of us has been in a classroom, frustrated by the fact that some of our classmates seem to understand a topic with ease as we struggle with the concept.  Many of us also have had the experience of easily understanding a concept while some classmates lagged behind. For me, it was math.  The abstract nature of ninth-grade algebra was mystifying to me, but along came 10th grade geometry.  I outplaced my… View Article

New Network of Metro Atlanta Streets Could Connect Us

Reprinted from the September 17 Atlanta Journal-Constitution By Baruch Feigenbaum BARUCH FEIGENBAUMTransportation AnalystReason Foundation Atlanta’s mobility and congestion problems are well known.  It has the seventh-worth congestion in the country.  The area’s residents waste 51 hours a year sitting in traffic, and those delays cost the region $3.1 billion a year. Metro Atlanta agencies plan to spend $84 billion over the next 30 years on transportation.  Unfortunately, the transportation plans treat far too many prospects as stand-alone ventures intended to address single-problem spots. Atlanta needs a connected transportation network to fix today’s congestion and handle the demands of looming population growth.  Right now, Atlanta, with 7,500 lane miles, has one of the most underdeveloped surface street networks of any major… View Article

Friday Facts: September 20, 2013

It’s Friday! Quotes of Note “The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.” – Friedrich von Hayek “The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.” – H.L. Mencken Events October 11: Register now for the fourth annual Georgia Legislative Policy Forum, which takes place Friday, October 11, at the Renaissance Waverly Atlanta. Last year, hundreds of Georgia’s legislators, businesspeople and interested citizens attended to hear national policy experts discuss free-market solutions to Georgia’s challenges. Speakers include: Georgia Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias, Fred Cooper, Chairman of Cooper Capital, Florida House Health Appropriations Chair Rep. Matt Hudson, Carol Steckel,… View Article

Checking Up On Health: September 17, 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Benita DoddVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation First, the good news: Americans are living longer and healthier lives than ever before, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers analyzed government data collected over the past three decades and found that people today can expect to have two more years of healthy living than they could just a generation ago. The data also revealed that people are reporting fewer disease symptoms and less trouble with everyday activities such as standing and walking. This was true for all groups examined in the study: blacks, whites, females and males.” What we’re talking about in this… View Article

Friday Facts: September 13, 2013

It’s Friday! Google Glass: Now that we have your attention … Due to high demand, the Foundation is moving to a bigger room for the event, “Georgia’s Digital Economy,” we’re hosting with Google on Monday at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. Thanks to the bigger room, registration will be open through today. And yes, you can try out the Google Glass at the event! It’s free, but registration is required. Find information and registration at http://tinyurl.com/qzt6tzq. Quotes of Note “Milton Friedman said, ‘Only a crisis … produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around.’ The free-market movement lost the narrative war in 2008 because we didn’t… View Article

Checking Up On Health: September 10, 2013

Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd Benita DoddVice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Docs and their apps: The majority (51 percent) of physicians who own smartphones now use clinical apps in their daily work, according to a recent survey, fueling a surge in clinical apps on the market. According to Float Mobile Learning, it’s the third fastest-growing app category for both Apple’s iTunes Store and Google Play. Thousands are currently available for free on the iOS and Android platform, but the most popular are fairly consistent between both app stores: Top downloaded free clinical apps in the iTunes Store (iOS/ Apple), as of Aug. 25: 1) Epocrates 2) Micromedex Drug Information 3) Medscape… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION MEDIA ADVISORY September 9, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Foundation, Google Host Event: ‘Georgia’s Digital Economy’ Atlanta – The Georgia Public Policy Foundation and Google will co-host “Georgia’s Digital Economy,” a half-day conference at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta on Monday, September 16.  The 8-11:30 a.m. event will include breakfast and begins with demonstrations of Google products, including Google Glass, Chromebooks and Pixel.  Leaders in entrepreneurship, education and litigation will share their views on Georgia’s opportunities in the Digital Age, including where Georgia leads and lags in entrepreneurship, how patent trolls imperil innovation and how to personalize education in Georgia. Find the list of participating speakers and… View Article

I wanted to publicly say how much I appreciate Georgia Public Policy Foundation.  For those of you that will be entering the Legislature or are relatively new you may not quite yet appreciate how much we rely on Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s research and work.  As you know we’re a citizen’s legislature.  We have very little staff. They have been an invaluable, invaluable resource to us.  To put this [Forum] on and the regular programs that they do throughout the year make us better at what we do. (At the 2012 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum.)

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