Archive for June, 2017

Program to build Atlanta trade jobs

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

A new program will boost Atlanta trade jobs.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Workforce division has launched a new brand for Georgia’s skilled trade education initiative Trade Five, formerly known as Go Build Georgia.

“One of the state’s greatest economic development assets is our workforce,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson. “It is critically important that we provide companies who locate or expand in Georgia access to a reliable workforce. Our Trade Five initiative educates future workers about in-demand skilled trade careers, and supplies employers with a young, talented workforce to meet their business needs.”

“Trade Five, Skills for Higher Earning” was announced during the Champions Breakfast at the annual Skills USA Georgia State Leadership and Skills Conference/Career Expo being held at the Georgia International Convention Center.

This initiative, launched in 2012 by Governor Deal, is designed to dispel the misconceptions that jobs within the skilled trades are “dirty” and unattractive, but rather promote the lucrative, lasting career opportunities that exist within these key industries across the State.

“We’ve heard from countless employers about a need for a young, educated and skilled workforce to meet the demands of business,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Deputy Commissioner Ben Hames. “We are excited to continue the good work of promoting opportunities within the skilled trades through our very own Trade Five initiative.”

As an effort to promote skilled trade education across the state, Trade Five launched a grant and scholarship program in early 2016. The Trade Five Grant program is a $500 grant, awarded to Georgia high schools who seeks financial support for the enhancement of their skilled trade education efforts. The Trade Five Scholarship program is a $1,000 scholarship, awarded each year to graduating Georgia high school seniors who will be attending a Technical College System of Georgia institution to study a skilled trade-related program.

Tourism jobs in Atlanta climb

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

The tourism industry is growing, and this is evident in the fact that tourism jobs in Atlanta are growing.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development said that the state’s tourism industry generated a record-breaking $61.1 billion in business sales including direct, indirect and induced impact in 2016, up 3.5 percent, according to the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics.

“Georgia’s tourism industry impact has shattered records once again. Not only do we welcome millions of visitors each year, but tourism supports employment across multiple industry sectors, employing an estimated 450,000 Georgians statewide,” said Governor Deal. “Congratulations to Georgia’s tourism industry professionals – it’s our people, our destinations and our world famous southern hospitality that keeps people coming back year after year.”

According to the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics, Georgia’s total tourism demand now stands 34 percent higher than its pre-recession level in 2008. Visitor spending generated more than $3.2 billion in state and local tax revenue in Georgia. In addition, every Georgia household would need to be taxed an additional $900 per year to replace the tourism taxes received as a result of the industry’s tax contribution.

“Tourism continues to be one of our state’s leading industries, even outpacing the average growth rate nationwide of 2.1 percent,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “These record-setting numbers have a positive impact across the state, impacting every community and household in Georgia by spurring job creation, attracting investment, and providing residents with an improved quality of life.”

Tourism organizations are holding events this week to celebrate what the tourism industry means to communities in Georgia. Nationally, hundreds of cities, states and travel-related businesses are recognizing the annual National Travel and Tourism Week, to be held May 7-13, 2017. Designated by Congress and established by presidential proclamation in 1983, National Tourism Week celebrates the value and scope of the nation’s $2.3 trillion travel and tourism industry, and the economic and social contributions it brings to Georgia. This year’s theme shines a spotlight on the power of travel by recognizing the millions of people who keep this industry strong, the “Faces of Travel.”

Grocery retailer to create distribution jobs in Atlanta

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Lidl’s is opening some new stores and will create more distribution jobs in Atlanta.

Lidl’s will create 250 jobs and invest $100 million over the next five years in a new regional headquarters and distribution center in Cartersville.

“Lidl’s commitment to locate in Georgia speaks to our business-friendly climate and robust workforce,” said Deal. “Georgia is a gateway to the Southeastern market and beyond, providing innovative retail leaders such as Lidl the logistics infrastructure needed to support a growing customer base. We value Lidl’s investment and share in the company’s vision for future growth.”

Lidl opened its first 10 stores in the U.S. on June 15. By next summer, Lidl plans to open up to 100 stores along the East Coast and create 5,000 total jobs.

“We thank Governor Nathan Deal and leaders in Bartow Country for their support of our operations in Georgia,” said Brendan Proctor, president and CEO of Lidl US. “We are excited to be part of the community in Cartersville, which has a vibrant workforce and offers a central location for our distribution network. This facility will be an important part of Lidl’s efficient infrastructure that will allow us to deliver outstanding quality goods to our customers at the lowest possible prices.”

The Cartersville facility will be the company’s fourth regional headquarters and distribution center. The other centers are in Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland.

“I’m extremely pleased to welcome Lidl to Cartersville and into our diverse family of industries,” said Cartersville Mayor Matt Santini. “Their investment in our community is greatly appreciated as are the quality jobs that come along with it. Our city and county work together to provide an atmosphere that is conducive for quality businesses to locate and thrive, and this latest project is no exception. We are also grateful to our local JDA team and the state of Georgia Economic Development team for their partnership in bringing Lidl to Cartersville.”


Community development departments focus on Atlanta jobs

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

One city department that focuses on Atlanta jobs will be renamed, according to local officials.

Atlanta City Council has approved for the Department of Planning and Community Development to be renamed the Department of City Planning.

The name change comes as a result of an internal reorganization and several improvements conducted to ensure efficient city planning, a streamlined permitting process and best-in-class customer service.

“Our department is committed to high quality, sustainable and equitable growth and development in Atlanta,” said Tim Keane, Commissioner of the Department of City Planning. “As the diverse communities that define and give Atlanta its distinguishing character grow and sustain, we’re progressing with them. We wanted to simplify the name while also being representative of our progression and commitment to improving all aspects of planning for the City of Atlanta.”

Following the reorganization, the department encompasses the following divisions to guide effective measures of planning, design review, construction plan approval, code compliance and housing assistance:

  • Office of Buildings
  • Office of Zoning and Development
  • Office of Housing and Community Development
  • Office of Mobility Planning
  • Office of Design

For the past two years, the Department has worked diligently to enhance the services offered by the City of Atlanta’s Department of City Planning, with a targeted focus on the permitting process.

The Department established a Technical Advisory Committee made up of industry leaders to offer their expertise, a certification process to increase staff’s technical capacity and knowledge, and created a combination inspection program which improves customer service.

The Department of City Planning works closely with Neighborhood Planning Units, independent community organizations and developers to provide policy guidance and assistance to support growth in the community.

Expansion creates information solutions jobs in Atlanta

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

The expansion of Equifax will create more information solutions jobs in Atlanta.

Equifax will bring more than 800 jobs to the City of Atlanta and expand its workforce to nearly 3,000 over the next five years. During an unveiling ceremony of Equifax’s new office space at One Atlantic Center in Midtown Atlanta, Mayor Reed joined Equifax Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard F. Smith and Chief Global Operations Officer Andy Bodea, as well as Invest Atlanta President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Eloisa Klementich, Georgia State Senator Brandon Beach and Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson.

“I want to congratulate Equifax for its ongoing success and expansion,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “Equifax is a company with deep, established roots in our great city, and has redefined itself as a front-runner in the FinTech space. The organization’s commitment to the city’s growth trajectory has also helped further establish Atlanta as one of the leading technology and innovation hub in the world.”

With its close proximity to the Georgia Institute of Technology campus, the new office space spans five floors in the 50-story iconic skyscraper.

It serves as an extension of the company’s operations and joins the other Equifax metro Atlanta locations. Currently, Equifax employs more than 2,200 workers.

The expansion is expected to generate over $62 million of economic impact for the City of Atlanta as a result of a $17 million investment by Equifax in the project, which was also supported by the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

“It’s a very exciting day for us as we continue to expand our presence in the Atlanta metro area and reaffirm our commitment to the growth of our great city,” said Andy Bodea, Chief Global Operations Officer at Equifax. “These new offices are both a testament to the strength of our operations as well as to the vitality of the FinTech community in Atlanta, a growth engine in the U.S. We remain committed to drive innovation in all areas of our business and investing in the best talent to ensure we continue to deliver value to customers and consumers.”

Construction jobs in Atlanta continue

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

A recent order made construction jobs in Atlanta on transportation routes grind to a halt, but this has now been lifted.

Atlanta announced that the executive order suspending non-emergency construction activity while the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) conduct repairs to the impacted sections of Interstate 85 has been lifted.

On April 10, Mayor Kasim Reed issued the executive order to mitigate traffic congestion and to preserve access for first responders and to hospitals.

Following the order, the Atlanta City Council approved a resolution requiring that the moratorium and work time restriction end upon the reopening of Interstate 85. The Interstate 85 bridge will reopen Monday, May 15, 2017.

The City of Atlanta will also remove “No Thru Traffic” signage posted in designated areas near the bridge. In addition, the City of Atlanta Office of Buildings will resume accepting new construction permits.

“I want to thank our GDOT partners for working around the clock to repair and open Interstate 85 way ahead of schedule,” said Mayor Reed. “I also want to thank our residents, visitors and public employees for their patience during a time when normal travel routes throughout the city had to be adjusted.”

The City of Atlanta continues to encourage residents, visitors and public employees to consider taking transit, such as MARTA and the Atlanta Streetcar, whenever possible.