Archive for April, 2015

Grant could create construction jobs in Atlanta

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

A new federal grant may help in constructing and enhancing parks and possibly creating construction jobs in Atlanta.

Atlanta has been has been selected by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis to receive a $280,000 federal grant to assist in constructing and enhancing parks and other outdoor recreation facilities.

The grant will allow the City of Atlanta, The Trust for Public Land and the Emerald Corridor Foundation, to collaborate with the community to create a new 9.2-acre community park adjacent to Proctor Creek in northwestern Atlanta.

Among other features to be determined, the planned park will include installing a 1,400-foot pedestrian and bike trail that will also provide the access to the park; three new adult fitness stations and three children’s play stations; benches; and unstructured spaces for picnicking and play. The City of Atlanta, along with funding partners, will continue conversations with the community to determine final features and design of the park.

“These eight projects are models of what we have been able to accomplish through the Land and Water Conservation Fund over the past half century,” Jewell said. “We are reinvesting revenues from offshore oil and gas development into parks and open spaces, giving back a portion of what we have taken from our lands and waters. These investments will bring badly needed outdoor spaces and recreational opportunities to urban areas where people, especially young people, will benefit from improved places for healthy outdoor activities.”

“The Trust for Public Land looks forward to working with the City and the Emerald Corridor Foundation to transform this unused space into Atlanta’s next great park in a neighborhood that needs more accessible public recreation,” said Curt Soper, Georgia/Alabama State Director for The Trust for Public Land.
“We are delighted to partner with the City of Atlanta and the Trust for Public Land in delivering a new park and recreation opportunities to the surrounding Proctor Creek community,” said Debra Edelson, Executive Director of the Emerald Corridor Foundation.

Housing project to create Atlanta construction jobs

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

A new housing project initiative should create Atlanta construction jobs.

The Department of Planning and Community Development’s (DPCD) Office of Housing contributed $300,000 in federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) program funds to help complete a new, affordable apartment project for low-income senior citizens.

HOME funds are awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to state and local agencies to fund a wide range of activities including building, buying, and rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership.

“The City of Atlanta takes the responsibility of meeting the demand for housing needs of our older residents very seriously,” said Terri M. Lee, DPCD Deputy Commissioner. “Over the past five years we have helped to construct three new senior housing projects citywide. This new development is a testament to the City’s vision to create affordable housing choices along the Atlanta BeltLine.”

“Mercy Housing has developed over 600 homes for seniors in metro Atlanta and we are proud to deliver another 70 with this development. The average income of our senior residents is between $12-19,000 a year. These service-enriched homes make it possible for our elderly neighbors to remain stable and independent in Atlanta’s vibrant neighborhoods,” said Tina Lowe, president of Mercy Housing Southeast.

New website makes it easier to find Atlanta jobs

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

The Atlanta Department of Procurement announced the launch of ATL Procurement, website developed to simplify the vendor registration process and make it easier for anyone interested in doing business with the City to quickly identify contract opportunities for Atlanta jobs.

Anyone with access to the internet can visit www.atlantaga.gov/procurement. Additional features of the website include:

User-friendly tools to search and browse City procurement opportunities;
Open data on purchasing and forecast to increase transparency and accessibility;
Google translate functionality, enabling the website to be viewed in many international languages;
An expanded FAQ section covering all major areas of the City procurement process;
An easy new way to receive automatic updates about current procurement opportunities; and
Easy navigation across all social media platforms.

“We are very excited to launch the Department of Procurement’s new website,” said Adam Smith, Chief Procurement Officer. “We believe that the new website will greatly enhance vendor access to useful information about how to do business with the City and provide helpful guidance to navigate through the procurement process.”

CfA is a national nonprofit that partners with local governments and citizens to foster civic innovation. The City of Atlanta was selected in 2014 as one of ten cities in the nation to collaborate with Code for America fellows to streamline the municipal court website, develop interactive web tools for the proposed infrastructure bond and redesign the Department of Procurement web page.

City looking to fill Atlanta firefighter jobs

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

The city announced it is seeking applications to fill Atlanta firefighter jobs.

The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department is accepting applications for its 2015 class of recruits.

Individuals applying for employment with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department must:

Be a U.S. citizen.
Be 18 years old or older.
Possess a valid U.S. driver’s license.
Have a high school diploma, GED or their equivalent as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Have an acceptable three-year driving record.
Successfully complete the Candidate Physical Ability Test, oral panel interview, ASSET examination, background investigation, Captain’s Interview, psychometric examination, polygraph examination, psychological evaluation, and a medical examination.

“If you have been thinking about a career in the fire service, now is your chance to join a dynamic, best-in-class operation,” said Interim Fire Chief Joel Baker. “The hard-working, professional men and women of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department are a primary reason that Atlanta is one of only 19 cities in North America with a fire rescue department that is accredited by the Center for Public Safety Excellence and has a Class One Insurance Services Office rating.”

The deadline to submit an application for the 2015 Recruit Class is April 20, 2015.

The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or gender.