Archive for July, 2015

Project to create Atlanta construction jobs

Friday, July 31st, 2015

A new infrastructure bond project will most likely create Atlanta construction jobs.

Crews have begun preparation to resurface Lynhurst Drive at Cascade Road SW for the first Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond project.

In addition to resurfacing the full street, Public Works crews will install pedestrian street lights at the entrance of Lynhurst Drive at Cascade Road SW and Lynhurst Drive at Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, will repair ADA ramps and install new sidewalks. Because of increased traffic flow on the street, the City will also add a left turn phase to the traffic signal on Cascade Road eastbound to Lynhurst Drive.

“More than eight out of ten voters approved the infrastructure bond to renew Atlanta in March of this year,” said Mayor Reed. “We’re starting in Southwest Atlanta, but soon residents and visitors will see projects underway across Atlanta. We will build and repair bridges, fix roads and sidewalks, build more than 30 miles of new bicycle lanes, and synchronize traffic signals. Together, we will renew Atlanta.”

“I have been a champion for infrastructure projects in my district for years,” said Councilmember C.T. Martin, who joined Mayor Reed at the event today. “I am proud that the first project of the infrastructure bond broke ground in Southwest Atlanta.”

“The City is excited to kick off the Renew Atlanta infrastructure bond with this important project,” said Commissioner Richard Mendoza. “We have an aggressive schedule for projects across Atlanta to ensure our residents and visitors see results quickly. As we work to make key improvements, upgrades and repairs across the city, we will take every opportunity to make the impact of this infrastructure bond extend farther.”

Job creation in Atlanta exceeds goal

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

The number of jobs in Atlanta is exceeding its goal, according to InvestAtlanta.

Mayor Kasim Reed and Invest Atlanta said that agency surpassed its job creation goals for 2015. From January to June, the City of Atlanta and Invest Atlanta worked to win 28 business relocations and expansions which contributed to the creation of 6,320 jobs, exceeding the 6,100 job creation goal for the year.

Major business wins that have promoted job creation in Atlanta this year include Kaiser Permanente, NCR, Sage and Worldpay. As of June 2015, the total economic impact generated exceeds $2.275 billion.

Total community development projects from January to June increased nearly four times over the number of projects during the same time in 2014. As of June 2015, 19 community development projects closed with $38 million in investment from Invest Atlanta compared to five projects closed with an investment of $10 million in the same time frame last year. Total capital investment in 2015 was $110 million ($93 million in 2014).

“Key to this success is that companies seeking to make solid business decisions that positively impact growth have chosen Atlanta. And because they do, our returns are a huge win for all Atlantans. For every $1 Invest Atlanta disburses in order to catalyze growth, we have returned nearly $13 in private, capital investment made by companies that are creating jobs in our city. More tax revenue means more police and firemen can be hired, and more parks and libraries can be established for all Atlantans. Just last year, tax revenue to the city from capital investment was $10 for every $1 of the City’s allocation to Invest Atlanta,” said Craig Richard, president and CEO of Invest Atlanta. “All indicators show that we are winning on that front and you don’t have to look far past the number of company relocations and expansions to understand that.”

“Atlanta’s business climate is in the best shape it has been in since the Great Recession,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “The year 2014 was a banner year for our city, and 2015 looks to be an even stronger year for job creation and our economy. By recruiting new business headquarters and corporate expansions, we will ensure that Atlanta remains the dominant economy of the Southeast.”

Company creates healthcare jobs in Atlanta

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

WellStar Health System has opened an outpatient surgical center, a move that will create healthcare jobs in Atlanta.

WellStar opened an Outpatient Surgery Center at the WellStar East Cobb Health Park.

The 162,000-square-foot WellStar East Cobb Health Park opened in September 2014, bringing primary and specialty physician offices together with diagnostics, laboratory services, rehabilitation therapy, urgent care, a retail pharmacy, and now, an Outpatient Surgery Center.

The surgical center includes 20 private, prep/recovery rooms, three operating room suites and three procedure rooms. The center also provides onsite pathology support, a private patient discharge elevator and covered pick-up area separate from the Health Park’s main entrance.

The health park’s physician mix includes family physicians, internal medicine, pediatrics and OB/GYN services. Specialty areas include cardiology, pulmonology, ENT, neurosurgery, pain management, chiropractic care, vascular surgery, general surgery, allergy/asthma, endocrinology, urology and orthopedics. Rheumatology will be added in August.

“Since WellStar first opened a health park in Acworth three years ago, our community has embraced the health park concept and the convenience it provides,” said Candice Saunders, president & CEO of WellStar Health System. “Over the next decade, we expect to see outpatient services continue to grow. WellStar will continue to meet the healthcare needs of our communities through innovative solutions and world-class healthcare.”

“The WellStar East Cobb Health Park is truly a one-stop-shop for all outpatient medical services,” said Joe Brywczynski, senior vice president of health parks administration. “With the addition of the Outpatient Surgery Center, we will be better able to serve our community and bring them the leading service and exceptional experience they have grown to expect from WellStar.”