Archive for June, 2016

New carrier creates airline jobs in Atlanta

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

The newest Turkish carrier is busy creating airline jobs in Atlanta.

Atlanta will welcome a new international carrier, Turkish Airlines, to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The inaugural non-stop flight from Istanbul arrived in Atlanta on May 16.

The new route from Atlanta will be the carrier’s second gateway in the southeastern U.S. following the launch of its nonstop service in October 2015 from Miami International Airport.

“We are pleased to welcome Turkish Airlines as the newest carrier to Atlanta, solidifying Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport not only as the world’s busiest airport, but also the gateway to the world,” said Mayor Reed. “The new route will open business and tourism opportunities to a vast array of global destinations and further advance Atlanta’s tourism industry.”

With Atlanta being the ninth U.S. gateway for Turkish Airlines, momentum continues for the carrier as it expands its presence in the U.S. providing one-stop connections to 287 destinations and 113 countries through its Istanbul hub.

“Turkish Airlines has become one of the world’s premier airlines, constantly adding to its network and making significant strategic investments that continually enhance its range and product offer,” said Ilker Ayci. “This significant launch reinforces Turkish Airlines as a global leader in aviation with an internationally known brand helping passengers widen their world.”

The Reed Administration played a pivotal role, in conjunction with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, in bringing the Istanbul direct flight to Atlanta. Mayor Reed’s Chief of Staff Candace Byrd traveled to Istanbul to meet with Turkish Airlines’ executive team in January 2014.

“We are thrilled to welcome Turkish Airlines to Atlanta,” said Miguel Southwell, General Manager for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. “These daily flights will open up business and leisure opportunities for thousands of new customers from both sides of the Atlantic.”

Program focuses on energy jobs in Atlanta

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

A new initiative is putting the spotlight on energy jobs in Atlanta.

Atlanta has chosen to partner with the United States Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Clean Energy in Low Income Communities Accelerator, a program which aims to lower energy bills in low income communities through expanded installation of energy efficient appliances and distributed renewables. As a partner, the City of Atlanta will work to support clean energy adoption for low-income communities citywide.

The Better Buildings Clean Energy in Low Income Communities Accelerator supports President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan with a goal to accelerate investment in home energy efficiency improvement projects across the country.

The program will encourage the development of innovative partnerships which will allow for best practices and funding models to be incorporated by agencies and local government.

“Thanks to a dedicated drive to actively create and share the best energy efficiency solutions, Better Buildings partners have dramatically cut their energy waste and saved more than a billion dollars since the Better Buildings initiative was launched five years ago,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. “As the initiative continues to grow, we are moving the nation forward by reducing energy costs and carbon emissions through energy efficiency.”

The City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, through the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, has partnered with businesses and non-profit organizations to implement a voluntary program to reduce energy and water consumption in buildings by 20 percent by the year 2020.

Since 2011, Atlanta has led the way for cities participating in the Better Buildings Challenge by committing nearly 104 million square feet of building space across more than 420 buildings which strive to improve energy and water efficiency. In addition, the City’s first ever solar program, Solar Atlanta, will install solar panels on the roofs of 28 municipal buildings all across the city to ensure that solar energy is afforded to all residents.


Design studio boosts Atlanta jobs

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

The opening of a new design studio is boosting Atlanta jobs.

The Atlanta City Studio is the first pop-up urban design laboratory focused on shaping the future of city neighborhoods.

The event provided the public with its first opportunity to meet the City Studio project team and experience the space, which includes rotating exhibits about Atlanta neighborhoods and innovative urban design concepts.

The studio will also serve as a way to connect Atlanta’s diverse communities.

The Atlanta City Studio will remain at Ponce City Market for six months, after which it will relocate twice per year so residents across the City can experience the interactive and innovative concept.

It is designed to serve as a space for incubation and collaboration where visitors, residents, design professionals and curious urbanists can connect. The pop-up space be staffed by a team of City planners, architects and transportation professionals and will host lectures, book talks, film series, open forums, urban art presentations and other neighborhood and design components.

“This is as much about people as it is design,” said Department of Planning and Community Development Commissioner Tim Keane. “The Atlanta City Studio will help manage the design elements of our changing city experiences, and community engagement and involvement will be an integral part of this process.”

“At Jamestown, we are constantly looking for ways to improve the fabric of the cities we invest in with project like Ponce City Market that reinvigorate neighborhoods and provide opportunities for jobs and community,” said Matt Bronfman, CEO of Jamestown LP. “Working with the City of Atlanta has always been crucial to the success of Ponce City Market and we are excited to continue that partnership.”