General Assembly vs. The General Assembly

The entrepreneur school opens days after the same-named Georgia lawmakers convene

This month, a school for entrepreneurs called General Assembly opens in Ponce City Market—days after Georgia lawmakers of the same collective name convene under the Gold Dome. One General Assembly offers tech-focused courses, such as digital marketing and web development. The other is likely to propose many things that’ll never happen.

Illustration by Antony Hare
Illustration by Antony Hare

General Assembly
Founded 2011 in New York City
Opened for business in Atlanta 2015
Affiliations 13 cities, including London, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles
Chambers 6 (classrooms at PCM)
Informative ratio 8:1 (student to teacher)
Payscale Course fees range from $2,500 to $11,500; some drop-in classes are free
Ominous jargon Python (programming language)
Notable alums Larry Buchanan, who creates New Yorker infographics; Benji Lanyado, whose Interactive Stories is used by the Guardian

The General Assembly
Founded 1777 in Savannah
Opened for business in Atlanta
1868—when the legislature and capital located here
236 members represent 180 House and 56 Senate districts
Informative ratio
4:1 (bills introduced vs. bills passed in 2014)
Lawmakers earn about $17,000 a year—plus $173 per diem
Ominous jargon
Sine Die (the last day of the session)
Notable alums
Jimmy Carter, state senator in the 1960s, elected U.S. president in 1976; Hugh Gillis, farmer and timber grower, served 56 years

On the calendar: The Georgia General Assembly kicks off the 2015 session on January 12.

This article originally appeared in our January 2014 issue.