Archive for January, 2018

Atlanta recreation jobs created

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

An expansion of a park may create more Atlanta recreation jobs.

Atlanta has signed Letters of Intent with two property owners to purchase the property located at the corner of Piedmont Road and Monroe Drive for the historic expansion of Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Joining Mayor Reed for the announcement was Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Amy Phuong, Chief Operating Officer Dan Gordon, Chief of Staff Candace L. Byrd, as well as Piedmont Park Conservancy President and CEO Mark Banta and President and CEO of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens Mary Pat Matheson.

“It is fitting that for my final announcement as the 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta, that I had the honor of announcing an historic expansion of Piedmont Park,” said Mayor Reed. “Piedmont Park is our city’s crown jewel, and my friends Mary Pat Matheson and Mark Banta shared my belief that this moment represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to purchase the land needed to expand this beautiful park. I want to thank Mary Pat and Mark for their partnership in this effort, and everyone who made this agreement possible. This expansion will create a new gateway to the park, and will fundamentally transform the area at Monroe and Piedmont. Words cannot express my happiness and my gratitude.”

The purchase of this land will enable the City to create an enhanced landscape that will serve as a gateway entrance to Piedmont Park. As the City moves forward with this project, the Department of Parks and Recreation will host a community engagement process to incorporate public feedback in the park design. The expansion project will include a connection to the Atlanta BeltLine, improved pedestrian trails and access to Piedmont Park, additional open greenspace and forested land.

“I was honored to stand by Mayor Reed today to make this historic announcement. Over the past eight years of his Administration, I believe Mayor Reed has set a new standard for parks and greenspace expansion. He should be honored as one of the greatest parks Mayors our city has ever had, and it has been a tremendous privilege to carry out his vision,” said Commissioner Phuong.

The City will contribute $20 million to the initial acquisition. Carol Tomé, CFO of The Home Depot and a member of the Atlanta Committee for Progress, has volunteered to lead the philanthropic effort raise up to $80 million in private funds to acquire all the remaining property and fund the park design and construction.

An anonymous philanthropist contributed $2 million to support the initial $20 million acquisition. In addition to the gift, the City will leverage various sources, including but not limited to Park Impact Fees, TSPLOST funds and Watershed funds to fund the acquisition. The City will also take on the current leases and utilize the net operating income from generated from those leases.

Company creates manufacturing jobs in Atlanta

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

One company is busy creating manufacturing jobs in Atlanta.

Groupe PSA, a French multinational manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles, will locate its new North American headquarters in Atlanta.

“I am very pleased that PSA Groupe has selected Atlanta for its North American headquarters and look forward to working with the company’s executive leadership to grow their operations here,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Atlanta’s automotive sector continues to expand, and the city is now home to three leading European automotive company headquarters, including PSA Groupe, Mercedes-Benz USA and Porsche Cars North America. Automotive companies are attracted to Atlanta’s highly skilled workforce, a strong research and technology community, and easy access to Europe and points across the world through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.”

With its five world-renowned brands, Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall Motors, as well as its mobility application brand called Free2Move, Groupe PSA is one of the largest car manufacturers in the world, and the second largest in Europe.

“We are thrilled that Groupe PSA, the second-largest carmaker in Europe and one of the top mobility providers in the world, has picked Atlanta for its new North American home,” said Governor Deal. “Groupe PSA joins a growing family of innovative automotive manufacturers and suppliers operating here in Georgia. This announcement is a great win for our state and yet another testament to the strength of our business environment and infrastructure.”

“We looked at every aspect of the Atlanta community and found it to be the most suitable location for us,” said Larry Dominique, president of PSA North America. “While the overall business environment, standard of living and university system played an important part in our decision, our unique needs in terms of technology, mobility innovation and car culture ultimately identified Atlanta as our perfect choice.”

In October 2017, Groupe PSA launched Free2Move, a smartphone-based mobility aggregation platform positioned to meet changing customer demands, in North America. They will begin operations in Seattle, and will add more providers and roll out to new cities.

Focus is on Atlanta jobs for women entreprenuers

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

A city initiative is drawing attention to Atlanta jobs for women.

The City of Atlanta Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) announced its 2018-19 cohort of 15 entrepreneurs. As the nation’s only city-funded incubator for women business owners, WEI provides an ecosystem of educational resources, access to funding assistance and mentorship to women business owners.

“I am proud of the results that have been achieved through our Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative. These inspirational women are helping foster economic growth in Atlanta, and are worthy of our admiration and support,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “With support from WEI, I am confident their journeys will continue to be successful and will serve as motivation for other aspiring women entrepreneurs to pursue their own dreams.”

With businesses ranging from innovative information technology solutions to niche retail products, the group of promising, Atlanta-based woman entrepreneurs will participate in WEI’s 15-month program, which is housed in a unique workspace in downtown Atlanta’s iconic Flatiron Building, the city’s oldest standing skyscraper. The WEI program is designed to foster their growth and sustainability through business education, financial literacy, access to mentors and consultants, and peer-to-peer networking.

Chosen from more than 100 applicants, the 2018-19 class is comprised of the following entrepreneurs:

  • Terri-Nichelle Bradley of Brown Toy Box, which exposes and inspires minority children to enrichment activities and career opportunities;
  • Jennifer Graham of Civic Dinners, a civic engagement platform that uses technology to bring diverse voices to the table for conversations that matter;
  • Margaret Lee of Designstyles for LivN, which provides design, build and management services in new construction and renovation for commercial and residential properties;
  • Ellen Hunter of Impactive, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform enabling international non-profits to report on their projects and impact in the global poverty and humanitarian aid sectors;
  • Stefanie Jewitt of Activvely, a social-pairing mobile app that connects individuals with platonic recreational fitness buddies;
  • Kelli F. Kelley of Kelley Brand Communications, a digital marketing firm focused on fully integrated communication strategies designed to connect, inspire and engage;
  • Amber Lewter of Love Acumen, a relationship platform providing information and implementation strategies for working professionals seeking more successful personal and professional relationships;
  • Justina Olatunde Davis of Omodé Play and Create, a technology platform that provides enrichment education to children, through activities such as language immersion, coding, music and martial arts;
  • LaNiesha Butler of ScrapSports, a digital platform for sports scrapbooking, where memories are preserved, triumphs are celebrated, and unique experiences are shared;
  • Shayla McNair of SHAY· LATTE COFFEE (SLC), a premium, nutrient-rich coffee beverage delivering a refreshingly exotic taste along with health benefits and sustained energy;
  • Eva Jane Bunkley of The Makeup Bullet, a patented beauty tool targeting makeup artists that seeks to disrupt the traditional tools used for makeup application and cosmetics;
  • Jamine Moton of The Skylar Firm, a private security company aimed at disrupting the security culture by changing how customers are engaged, procured, managed and represented by the officers they call on to protect them;
  • Kara Brown of SmithBrown Marketing, which offers a wide range of marketing, sales and branding services for small- and medium-sized enterprises;
  • Katie Culp of tulipcake EMBROIDERY, a garment-decorating resource that creates custom patches and clothing for the Southeast’s film industry; and
  • Marilyn D. Jackson of Undergrid Networks (UGN), a technology engineering firm guiding businesses around the globe in developing solutions based on Blockchain, artificial intelligence, and data innovation.