What We’re Reading: Monday, June 23rd

Well first, we are checking out these Flagpole photos from Athfest this weekend.  Hope you got a chance to check it out.  ABH caught some good shots too.

Flagpole also reports on the increase in chain businesses that are opening downtown.  As Athens has spent significant time considering the Downtown Master Plan, this is another piece worth thinking about.

ABH reports on the coming implementation of new Community Platform software, a program designed to help non-profits pool together information to understand the needs of the Athens community. Community Connection Executive Director Fenwick Broyard says, “This will help us become more effective, efficient and intentional about how we direct our resources towards overcoming the challenges associated with persistent poverty.”  Check out the report for the details.

ABH reports that the Port of Savannah is booming again this year.  The port is on the verge of shattering another record for cargo volume as the economy recovers.  That is good news for Georgia in anticipation of the deepening of the Savannah harbor between now and 2016.

President Obama is hosting a summit today encouraging employers to consider policies that are more flexible and friendly to working families.  The President published this op-ed with Huffington Post, the White House Council of Economic Advisors published this report on family and work, and Vox has an overview of how fathers are more involved with their kids and why that is important.

World Cup Bonus:  The last second goal by Portugal that sealed a 2-2 draw and prevented the U.S. from clinching a birth in the next round of the World Cup felt like a punch in the gut to American soccer fans.  But hope isn’t lost for the Americans as they can earn a ticket to round two Thursday when they hit the pitch against Germany.  Check out the scenarios for the U.S. to advance and see Jeff Shultz from AJC consider whether America’s newfound passion for soccer is here to stay.

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