Archive for April, 2016

City focuses on women law enforcement jobs in Atlanta

Friday, April 8th, 2016

The city is busy celebrating women who have law enforcement jobs in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Police Department celebrated the dynamic accomplishments of women who serve in law enforcement during the 3rd Annual Women’s History Month Luncheon.

The theme for this year’s event was, Women in Blue Lights- Honoring Women Behind the Badge. WSB-TV reporter Tyisha Fernandes served as the mistress of ceremonies.

The event recognized retired women who have made their mark on the Atlanta Police Department as well as sworn and civilian employees who currently serve.

Award Recipients

• Pioneer Award Recipients: Sgt. J.Y. Sturdivant, Retired Major Henrietta Smith, Retired Sgt. Phyllis Hayes, Retired Civilian Amanda Burns, and Retired Crime Prevention Inspector Gladys Mayes

• Female Rookie of the Year, Officer Amanda Wortham

• Civilian Female Employee of the Year, Inspector Selena Swoope

• Sworn Supervisor, Sgt. Cheree Herbert and Sgt. Justina Collins

• Civilian Female Supervisor of the Year, Ms. Darlene Jackson

• Civilian Female Administrator of the Year, Ms. Charlene Minor

• Answering the Call, 911 Dispatcher Ms. Sonja Thompson

• Women in Blue Lights, Off. Ashley Gibson and Inv. Summer Benton

• Crime Fighter Award, Investigator Darline Scott and Investigator Lakea Gaither

• Sister-in-Law Award, Investigator Katie Riester & Officer Karmen Williams

• Legal Eagle Award, City Attorney Cathy Hampton

Construction creates Atlanta jobs

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Renovations to the Georgia-Pacific building are creating Atlanta jobs.

A resolution has been approved to issue up to $150,000,000 in lease purchase revenue bonds to finance major renovations to the Georgia-Pacific building in downtown Atlanta. Georgia-Pacific will reconfigure 23 floors of its headquarters building. The company cited the ability to acquire, reconstruct and install the improvements as a major factor in its decision to maintain 2,600 employees in Atlanta and add up to 600 new jobs.

The average salary for Georgia-Pacific’s new jobs is approximately $100,000 per year. Additionally, the renovations will allow the building to accommodate up to 700 additional jobs through leases with other companies, supporting the acceleration of commercial and residential density in downtown Atlanta. The new, open-concept design is an important part of Georgia-Pacific’s plan to attract and retain new talent in Atlanta.

“Business retention and expansion is an important focus for Invest Atlanta. We work to make sure our home-town companies are healthy and strong and continue to grow as our economy grows,” said Dr. Eloisa Klementich, CEcD, President and CEO of Invest Atlanta. “Furthermore, we are proud to support business growth in the heart of downtown Atlanta.”

The Georgia-Pacific building is 52 stories high and was completed in 1982; for the next five years it was the tallest building in Atlanta. The building sits on the Atlanta Streetcar route and is MARTA accessible through the Peachtree Center station. Since plans for the Atlanta Streetcar route were announced, more than $2 billion in new investment has occurred within a five minute walk, including the new Post apartment development alongside Centennial Olympic Park.

“Georgia-Pacific is a vital part of the Atlanta skyline and the Atlanta business community,” said Mayor Reed. “Through the support of Invest Atlanta, this major employer is able to maintain its headquarters in downtown Atlanta and add up to 600 new, well-paying jobs. The renovations will modernize the company’s offices, making Georgia-Pacific more attractive to younger, tech-savvy workers, and will also support our goals of making Atlanta a top-tier city for sustainability through water and energy conservation efforts.”