. Student media l9 Shane Greene Murphy Georgia's 2018 total gross state product was $602 billion for years Georgia as a state has had the highest credit rating by Standard & Poor's (AAA) and is one of only 15 states with a AAA rating If Georgia were a stand-alone country it would be the 28th largest economy in the world based on data from 2005; ? ? ? The native forest canopy is mainly oak redbud hickory poplar tuliptree pine and sweetgum with chestnut having been common decades before in what is now considered oak-hickory forest Traveling from the south the metro area is generally the first area in which autumn leaf color can be seen due to the different trees growing at the higher elevation and latitude Underneath the flowering dogwood is very common the black cherry are quite prolific with mulberry popping up sometimes as well Sourwood is also in its native range and is easily identified by the fact that it turns fiery red in early October much brighter and weeks earlier than most other trees (which usually peak in early November), Atlanta's larger combined statistical area (CSA) adds the Gainesville Georgia MSA Athens-Clarke County Georgia MSA and the LaGrange Thomaston Jefferson Calhoun and Cedartown micropolitan areas for a total 2012 population of 6,162,195 the CSA also abuts the Macon and Columbus MSAs the region is one of the metropolises of the Southeastern United States and is part of the emerging megalopolis known as Piedmont Atlantic MegaRegion along the I-85 Corridor.
Technology Square also known as "Tech Square" is located across the Downtown Connector and embedded in the city east of East Campus Opened in August 2003 at a cost of $179 million the district was built over run-down neighborhoods and has sparked a revitalization of the entire Midtown area Connected by the recently renovated Fifth Street Bridge it is a pedestrian-friendly area comprising Georgia Tech facilities and retail locations One complex contains the College of Business Building holding classrooms and office space for the Scheller College of Business as well as the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center and the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center the Scheller College of Business is also home to three large glass chandeliers made by Dale Chihuly This is one of the few locations of Chihuly's works found in the state of Georgia. Georgia Tech's East Campus and Central Campus as seen from an elevated point near Peachtree Street and North Avenue Bobby Dodd Stadium is in the foreground Tech Tower and Junior's Grill are in the background to the left and the Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center is in the background and to the right the Varsity is in the immediate foreground between the viewer and Bobby Dodd Stadium, Fort Stewart 14 See also D. Malaysia (35) 70/21 85/29 1.3 Steam power introduced As of 2010 the number of illegal immigrants living in Georgia more than doubled to 480,000 from January 2000 to January 2009 according to a federal report That gave Georgia the greatest percentage increase among the 10 states with the biggest illegal immigrant populations during those years. .