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Immigrant contributions to the U.S. Economy

A new SBA Office of Advocacy sponsored report by Robert W. Fairlie examines the contributions of immigrants to the U.S. economy. Some of its findings are:

    Immigrants are nearly 30 percent more likely to start a business than are nonimmigrants, and they represent 16.7 percent of all new business owners in the United States.

    Immigrant business owners make significant contributions to business income, generating $67 billion of the $577 billion in U.S. business income, as estimated from 2000 U.S. Census data. They generate nearly one-quarter of all business income in California—nearly $20 billion—and nearly one-fifth of business income in New York, Florida, and New Jersey.

    Nearly 30 percent of all business owners in California are immigrants, compared with about 12.5 percent of the population of U.S. business owners.

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

Public Meeting Set for Master Plan of Mabry Park

Cobb County, GA--  (submitted by Cobb Recreation)  There will be a public meeting Thursday, March 17th from 7:00pm-8:30pm to receive public input for a Master Plan for the future Mabry Park in northeast Cobb. The meeting will be held at Garrison Mill Elementary School, 4111 Wesley Chapel Road, Marietta. The Mabry Park property is located near the intersection of Wesley Chapel and Sandy Plains Roads. For information regarding the meeting, contact Tom Bill at (770) 528-8807 or by email at tom.bills@cobbcounty.org.

Early Voting for the Special Election Available Now through March 11

Early Voting for the Special Election Available Now through March 11

Cobb County, GA--  (submitted by Cobb Communications)  Early voting for the March 15 special election began today and runs through March 11 at the Elections Office in the West Park Government Center, 736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta.

Cobb voters will decide whether to approve a Special Local Option Sales Tax designed to raise more than $492 million for public improvements throughout the county. The one-cent sales tax would provide for the immediate needs of parks and recreation, transportation, county facilities, public safety and municipal improvements. If voters agree, the new SPLOST will focus on revitalizing and preserving the county’s infrastructure, including existing parks, roads, bridges, school zones, libraries, senior facilities and other essential public features.

No reason is required and registered voters may vote in person 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

Cobb County Commissioners Vote in Mableton Form-Based Code

Cobb County Commissioners Vote in Mableton Form-Based Code

MABLETON, GA -- The Mableton Redevelopment Form-Based Code was the hot topic at the Cobb County Board of Commissioners' meeting Tuesday evening.

The regularly scheduled meeting covered an array of county zoning and code details listed in the full Cobb County Commissioner Meeting Agenda section of the Cobb County Web site.