Archive for December, 2016

Is the city embracing diversity for Atlanta first responder jobs?

Friday, December 30th, 2016

The city may be having a better outlook when it comes to diversity and Atlanta first responder jobs.

Results from the First Responder Workforce Diversity study, conducted for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Chief Evaluation Office by Coffey Consulting and their partners American Institutes for Research, were released in an effort to identify promising practices that first responder agencies and organizations can leverage to increase the diversity of their workforces.

The research team visited five first responder departments and training sites to identify and document promising practices and strategies that promote racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in the recruitment, training, hiring, and retention of individuals in first responder occupations.

The sites included two police departments (Atlanta Police Department and Dallas Police Department), one fire department (San Francisco Fire Department), and two third-party training providers (Bay Area Youth EMT program and Camp Fully Involved).

The report’s executive summary states: “Public citizens and officials have placed a renewed focus on improving agencies’ relations with their local communities by ensuring that first responders reflect the populations they serve.

The potential benefits of increasing diversity and moving toward greater representation could also provide more secure and rewarding employment opportunities to historically underrepresented populations, thus having implications for local economic and workforce development.”

The department has also awarded an additional $5.5 million to help youth between the ages of 16 to 21 who are at risk of dropping out of public or alternative high school gain skills to serve their communities in justice careers. Six non-profit organizations received funding for pilot programs that provide at risk youth mentoring and career exploration in justice and emergency services, including police officers, firefighters, lawyers, and paramedics. This is the second set of grants awarded for the “Pathways to Justice Careers” initiative, which was first announced in April 2016.

UPS creates warehouse jobs in Atlanta

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

UPS is busy creating more warehouse jobs in Atlanta.

The package delivery company will create 1,250 jobs and invest more than $400 million to establish a regional sorting and distribution hub in Atlanta by the end of 2018.

“Georgia demonstrates an enduring commitment to industry leaders and job creators. With this investment, UPS will use Georgia’s location, transportation infrastructure and logistics sector to reach customers more quickly and more efficiently. UPS is already making a substantial economic impact in the Atlanta area and we look forward to the company’s continued success.”

UPS will create supervision, administrative and warehouse positions for the new sorting and distribution hub.

“We are excited that UPS has decided to expand its operations in the city of Atlanta with this major distribution center,” said Invest Atlanta President and CEO Dr. Eloisa Klementich. “This new facility represents a significant economic investment in the southside of Atlanta that will provide residents access to new jobs across a spectrum of skill levels. Invest Atlanta looks forward to working with the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency and UPS to build a pipeline of qualified professionals for these positions.”

“I am pleased that our county leaders had the foresight to realize the value of this land and work closely with UPS to make this exciting project happen,” said John Eaves, chairman of the Fulton County Commission. “The benefits it will bring in terms of jobs and investment are immeasurable. This is a huge shot in the arm and yet another example of the economic engine that Fulton County has become.”

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Director of Existing Industry and Regional Recruitment Lindsay Martin represented the Global Commerce division throughout this project in partnership with Invest Atlanta and Fulton County.

Deal will create Atlanta construction jobs

Friday, December 9th, 2016

A new deal will probably create more Atlanta construction jobs.

Atlanta and the Atlanta Hawks have reached an agreement on key terms for the $192.5 million renovation of Philips Arena, subject to approval by the Atlanta City Council and the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFRCA).

The deal terms will ensure that the Atlanta Hawks remain in the City of Atlanta for decades to come and will maintain the downtown facility as a world-class, state-of-the-art venue for sports and entertainment events. Specifically:

  • The public contribution for arena renovations is capped at $142.5 million, of which $110 million will come from a series of bonds backed by the recently expanded car rental tax collected at the CONRAC (Car Rental Facility) at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and other facilities throughout the City. An additional $12.5 million will come from the City’s proceeds of the $30 million sale of Turner Field to Georgia State University and Carter and approximately $20 million in proceeds from the liquidation of other underutilized City assets. No money from the City’s general fund will be used on this project.
  • The Atlanta Hawks will contribute $50 million to the renovations of the arena. The team and the arena operator will execute an extension of the lease and operating agreement for the facility. Under this extension, the arena operator will make lease payments of $5.9 million to the City throughout the term of the agreement.
  • To promote full and equal business opportunities in connection with the renovations of the arena, the Atlanta Hawks have agreed to develop an Equal Business Opportunity Plan that will ensure at least 31 percent participation by women and minority business enterprises.
  • The agreement includes a break-up clause that would require the Atlanta Hawks to pay up to $200 million should the team leave the City prior to 2046.
  • The ongoing capital repairs and maintenance costs of Philips Arena will be covered by a facility charge on tickets to be introduced by the Administration for consideration by the appropriate levying entity.
  • No property taxes or new taxes of any kind would be paid by or levied on City of Atlanta residents or businesses to fund renovations of the arena. The City of Atlanta will not serve as a backstop for this debt associated with the renovations of the arena and this agreement will not affect the city’s bond capacity or credit capacity.

Facility to create warehouse jobs in Atlanta

Friday, December 9th, 2016

A new UPS facility will create more warehouse jobs in Atlanta.

United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS), a package delivery company, will create 1,250 jobs and invest more than $400 million to establish a regional sorting and distribution hub in Atlanta by the end of 2018.

“I am very pleased to see that UPS, a Fortune 500 company and mainstay in Atlanta for many years, will plant deeper roots in our city with this new hub of operations,” said Mayor Reed. “This investment in southwest Atlanta will not only create 1,250 new jobs, but strengthen our position as an international hub for logistics supported by the world’s busiest passenger airport and the many global companies who call Atlanta home.”

UPS will create supervision, administrative and warehouse positions for the new sorting and distribution hub.

“Georgia demonstrates an enduring commitment to industry leaders and job creators. With this investment, UPS will use Georgia’s location, transportation infrastructure and logistics sector to reach customers more quickly and more efficiently. UPS is already making a substantial economic impact in the Atlanta area and we look forward to the company’s continued success,” said Governor Deal.

UPS employs more than 14,000 Georgia residents in package delivery operations, ground freight, aircraft operations, data center management and contract logistics. Product and technology development, global transportation network planning and other corporate staffs are based in metro Atlanta.

“UPS has proudly made its global headquarters in Atlanta for more than two decades,” said David Abney, UPS chairman and CEO. “This strategic capital investment will feature state-of-the-art technology. When combined with the strong transportation connections and talented labor pool that Atlanta provides, UPS is building flexibility to meet the growing needs of our customers and our business in Georgia, and around the world.”

Hotel to create retail jobs in Atlanta

Friday, December 9th, 2016

A new lease will lead to a hotel, which will create retail jobs in Atlanta.

A new ground lease was approved to build a mixed-use development at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).

The first phase of the development will consist of an 11 story, 440 room four-star hotel. In addition, the development will include 80,000 feet of conference and meeting space and 60,000 square-feet of Class A office space. Total cost of the development is estimated at more than $350 million.

“Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s busiest passenger airport, and one of the region’s most important economic generators,” said Mayor Reed. “With this partnership, Hartsfield-Jackson will soon have a world-class hotel worthy of the world’s leading airport. We are making investments today to secure the future of the airport and create long-term economic and business growth.”

The design stage is expected to begin next year and the construction is slated to commence by early 2018.

Visitors to the iconic new hotel will have direct access to 750 parking spaces and the SkyTrain which travels from ATL to the nearby Rental Car Center. A restaurant is planned in the main lobby and a skybar that overlooks the runway will be constructed on the hotel’s tenth floor.

Majestic Realty Company and Carter are currently in discussions with Intercontinental Hotel Group to serve as the hotel operator for the four-star facility. The hotel will be built directly west of the domestic terminal on what is currently the 10-acre West Economy Lot, and visitors will have direct access to the domestic terminal through a new plaza.

Two additional hotels are planned to be built in the second phase of development on land located 13 acres just west of the phase one site.