Archive for August, 2015

Grant to boost Atlanta startup jobs

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

A new competition grant has been awarded to help boost Atlanta jobs.

The SBA reviewed more than 100 applications, and applicants of both competitions were awarded priority points for being rural/non-metropolitan, high poverty, a Veterans Economic Community, and/or a Promise Zone.

The city was selected to receive a $50,000 Startup in a Day Competition grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Startup in a Day is an initiative designed to help cities and Native American communities streamline licensing, permitting and other requirements needed to start a business, with the goal that an entrepreneur can apply for everything necessary to begin a business within one day.

“Technology now makes it easy and inexpensive to create online license and permitting tools that meet SBA’s Startup in a Day challenge,” said Kristin Wilson, Interim Chief Operating Officer. “This grant will allow the City of Atlanta to increase efficiency and service delivery by providing local businesses with a single online interface to manage the permitting and application process.”
The City received the $50,000 grant through the “Start Small” competition.

This prize was awarded to 25 cities and two Native American tribes in order to help develop a streamlined, centralized business formation platform. The final prize of $250,000 was awarded to the city of Los Angeles, California, through the “Dream Big” competition. Los Angeles will use the prize money to create an open source solution that will be replicable and scalable on a broad basis.

Atlanta public affairs jobs created

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

By hiring a new employee, Atlanta public affairs jobs have been created.

The city hired Elizabeth Espy as Director of Public Affairs for the Atlanta Police Department effective immediately.

Espy, who has been serving as the Interim Director, will be in charge of managing the Department’s overall communication’s strategy which includes developing organizational messaging both internal and external, overseeing social media initiatives and responding to significant media issues.

Espy will supervise the Open Records Unit. Under her leadership, the backlog of more than 4,000 requests has been reduced to less than 200. Ms. Espy has already spearheaded the launch of the Atlanta Police Mobile App, facilitated national news stories on the Department and increased social media followers by more than 150%.

“In the five years Ms. Espy has been with the Atlanta Police Department, she has proven that she is a leader by leading the Public Affairs Unit on multiple occasions,” said Chief George Turner. “Her commitment to the Department and her ideas on improving our communication efforts are exactly what we need as we continue to engage our citizens and visitors.”

“I am honored to serve with such a progressive police department and a Chief who values effective and transparent communication,” said Elizabeth Espy. “My vision is to transform our communication efforts so that citizens are well informed in a multitude of ways so as to foster a sense of trust and engagement with the Atlanta Police Department.”

Espy started her own event planning firm and worked as television producer for 10 years where she earned an EMMY for her documentary on the East Lake Community.