Few economists were hopeful about 2009. After the recession began in earnest in 2008, many just hoped that the U.S. could find a pathway that would lead it staggering toward recovery. 

A month after his January 2009 inauguration, new President Obama signed into law a $787 billion stimulus package aimed at creating jobs, widening benefits for the unemployed and helping states control revenue shortfalls. 

As the year came to a close, economists debated the effects of the stimulus, but despite signs of a nascent recovery, few disagreed that 2009 was a year to forget. 

Georgia had its share of low points. The state has more failed banks than any other and an unemployment rate that ended a full 3 percentage points higher than in 2008.

GlobalAtlanta‘s coverage often reflected the general effects of the downturn but also observed many acute disappointments affecting the international community in the state: 

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1. Chinese Investments Slow to Take Shape

2. Tragedy Mars Swedish Edays

3. Free Trade Agreements Go Nowhere

4. Atlanta Loses Key Delta Flights

As managing editor of Global Atlanta, Trevor has spent 15+ years reporting on Atlanta’s ties with the world. An avid traveler, he has undertaken trips to 30+ countries to uncover stories on the perils...