Archive for September, 2015

City hires for COO jobs in Atlanta

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

The city has secured a key hire for COO jobs in Atlanta.

Dan Gordon has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer of the City of Atlanta, a position that encompasses oversight and executive management for the city’s operating departments including Aviation, Fire, Police, Corrections, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, Planning and Community Development, Public Works, and Watershed Management.

“I am pleased to have Dan Gordon join the Administration as Chief Operating Officer,” said Mayor Reed. “He brings to us a wealth of senior leadership and operating experience, and I am confident he will enhance our Administration’s focus on strengthening public safety, balancing the city’s budget and building its reserves, and improving customer service. His appointment marks an important step forward in continuing our city’s success.”

“It is an honor to serve the City of Atlanta in this capacity,” said Dan Gordon. “I look forward to working with our talented staff to provide the highest level of service, efficiency and results. I would like to thank Mayor Reed for this opportunity, and I am determined to see Atlanta continue to thrive.”

Prior to joining the City of Atlanta, Gordon held several senior operating positions including serving as an executive at The Arthur M. Blank Family of Businesses. There, he co-founded and ran the Atlanta Falcons Physical Therapy Centers, a world-class healthcare business for Arthur Blank. In 2013, Dan was recruited to serve as the Chief Operating Officer of Extremity Healthcare Inc., where he realized substantial savings by simplifying processes, renegotiating contracts and finding innovative ways to operate more efficiently. During his tenure at The Home Depot, Gordon played a key role in numerous operational and acquisition strategies ranging from startup concepts to multi-billion dollar initiatives.

Partnership to boost Atlanta tech jobs

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

A new partnership looks like it will boost Atlanta tech jobs.

The City of Atlanta, Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology will be founding members of the MetroLab Network, to research, develop and deploy new technologies to address challenges in the nation’s urban areas.
The MetroLab Network will provide the opportunity to share successes, address challenges and build shared platforms for experimentation and data between cities and universities necessary to increase the tangible results of new innovations.

“As an urban research university, Georgia State is deeply entrenched in Atlanta’s success and in the success of cities around the world,” said Georgia State President Mark Becker. “We welcome the opportunity to work closely with the City of Atlanta and Georgia Tech to find creative solutions to critical societal issues.”

“For years, various disciplines within Georgia Tech have helped cities throughout the state to develop potential solutions to infrastructure challenges,” said Georgia Tech President G. P. “Bud” Peterson. “For example, our Center for Urban Innovation supports interdisciplinary research on urban sustainability and partners with other groups. The Metro Lab Network allows us to take this work to a new level as we collaborate and leverage expertise in the smart cities effort,” he said.

Participation in the MetroLab Network will require city/university partners to develop a memorandum of understanding between home metro partners, designate representatives responsible for maintaining the collaboration with the MetroLab Network and host research, development and deployment projects.

City hires for Atlanta agricultural jobs

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

The city has secured a key hire forAtlanta agricultural jobs.

The city will hire its first Urban Agriculture Director, a full-time technical resource and advocate dedicated to expanding Atlanta residents’ access to local, healthy food options.

The Director will be responsible for a wide range of activities related to urban agriculture in the City of Atlanta, including agricultural policy development and the conversion of brownfields into urban gardens.

The Director will also work with community organizations and various City departments to improve growers’ access to public and private land, facilitate the permitting process, obtain necessary zoning permits, support local initiatives, manage code compliance, and address other issues to advance urban agriculture in Atlanta.

“The City of Atlanta is uniquely positioned to be a leader in the urban agriculture movement,” said Mayor Reed. “The Director of Urban Agriculture will work to improve the city’s health and wellness by eliminating food deserts and providing our residents with access to the healthy food options that they deserve.”

“The City is going to benefit from a central leverage point and advocate for addressing the many nutritional challenges that urban areas face,” said Bill Bolling, Director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. “This position is an example of Mayor Reed’s commitment to helping families meet their nutritional needs while also improving the overall health of our community.”

Company creates executive jobs in Atlanta

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

The city’s streetcar is under new management and has secured a hire for executive jobs in Atlanta.

Keith Jones has been named Interim Executive Director. Jones comes to Atlanta from the URS Corporation, formerly United Research Services, and has previously served as the CEO and General Manager of the Central Arkansas Transit Authority. Jones will serve on an interim basis while a national search is conducted for a permanent replacement.
Jones has 40 years of experience in transit and transportation. While leading the Central Arkansas Transit Authority, he directed the implementation of the first two phases of the River Rail Streetcar project. River Rail celebrated its 10th year of operation in 2014, and Jones has been credited for its role in generating more than $900 million in new investment along the 3.5-mile route. He also managed the design and construction of the streetcar operations and maintenance facility, the bus operations and maintenance facility and the River Cities Travel Center.

“The City of Atlanta is pleased to welcome Keith Jones to our Atlanta Streetcar team. His wealth of experience and industry knowledge makes him a valued member of our leadership team,” said Kristin Wilson, Interim Chief Operating Officer. “The Atlanta Streetcar is committed to being a national leader in the transit industry, and I am confident that with two new leaders in place, the Streetcar will continue to provide riders with a safe, comfortable and convenient experience.”
“I am excited to continue the progress of the Atlanta Streetcar and look forward to working with the team to further develop its existing system,” said Jones. “I am fortunate to join such a respected city that prides itself on constructing and operating the best streetcar system in the United States.”

Jones also served as president of the eight-state South West Transit Association. He was the Director of Statewide Planning for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and Director of Transportation Planning for Metroplan, the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Little Rock area. He has also worked for the St. Louis MPO. In 2004, the Community Transportation Association of America named Mr. Jones outstanding transportation manager of the year.