Archive for March, 2015

City fills Atlanta law enforcement jobs

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

The city is excited to announce that they have filled Atlanta law enforcement jobs.

Atlanta is welcoming 40 new police officers to their ranks.

The graduation of Class 238 was held at North Atlanta High School, 4111 Northside Pkwy, NW, on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Three awards were given out to include Valedictorian, Physical Fitness, and Firearms.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Mr. Rob Baskin, President & General Manager of Weber Shandwick, Atlanta. Mr. Baskin directs a team of consumer, corporate, B2B, foodservice and public affairs specialists.

Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, he had 15-year tenure at The Coca-Cola Company where he was Director of Corporate Communications, Director of International Media Relations, Director of U.S. Public Relations, and Director of Marketing Communications.

Baskin earned a BA in Political Science and an MA in Journalism from The Ohio State University. He serves on the Boards of the Atlanta Police Foundation, the Georgia Council on Economic Education, and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

Class 238 consists of 32 men and 8 women. Ten people have military experience and 21 are college graduates.

This class is reflective of the citizens we protect with African-American, Caucasian, Hispanic, and Asian ethnicities represented.

More than 20 of the graduates moved to Atlanta specifically to join this Department.

Tax exemptions to boost IT jobs in Atlanta

Monday, March 9th, 2015

The amendment of the Occupation Tax Ordinance to provide a tax exemption for new and emerging technology business will help boost IT jobs in Atlanta.

The amendment provides an exemption for businesses from paying the city’s license fee for those classified as high technology, life sciences and intellectual property. The amendment passed unanimously by the Atlanta City Council on Feb. 26, 2015.

Passage of this ordinance follows models found in Philadelphia, Washington D.C, New York City and Austin who have programs that exempt certain fees, including license fees, for startups.

“This continues Invest Atlanta’s efforts at retaining entrepreneurs, encouraging investment and catalyzing the Atlanta entrepreneurial eco-system,” said Invest Atlanta CEO Craig J. Richard. “When businesses think about Atlanta today they see a place of opportunity and an environment ripe with the right location and workforce to make them successful.”

“Entrepreneurs coming to Atlanta have told us that the best thing we can do to support them is to make it easy for them to conduct business in the City,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “Fostering this type of environment now will pay dividends for us well into the future as we continue to position Atlanta as a destination for technology and innovation.”

The Technology Association of Georgia noted that Georgia’s technology sector led the state’s employment recovery, generating nearly 16,000 jobs over the past two years – more than any other sector – to reach 263,000 workers. Technology jobs represented more than 20 percent of all new jobs created over a two year period. In 2012, the technology sector saw increasing numbers of workers and higher wages which pumped $2 billion of new payroll spending into Georgia’s economy.

Sporting goods store creates Atlanta retail jobs

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

The opening of a Dick’s Sporting Goods store will create more Atlanta retail jobs.

The sporting goods retailer will open its 19th store in Georgia and 607th store nationwide on Friday, March 13.

Dick’s Grand opening celebration will run through March 15.

The first 100 people in line will be eligible for a free Reebok Play Dry T-shirt. Guests can get a chance to open the Dick’s Sporting Good Gift Locker.

Atlanta Braves MVP Dale Murphy will be making an appearance.

“We look forward to opening our new Dick’s Sporting Goods in the Marietta community,” said Lauren Hobart, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Dick’s Sporting Goods. “We want to serve athletes of all ages in Marietta by providing the equipment they need to help them excel.”

“The location will feature Nike and Under Armour shops, athletic and outdoor apparel and footwear and the latest gear for team sports, fitness, camping, hunting, and fishing.