Archive for April, 2018

New initiative to transform transportation jobs in Atlanta

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

A new collaborative will help transform transportation jobs in Atlanta.

The Department of City Planning announced that Atlanta is one of 22 communities selected to participate in the second cohort of the Transportation for America (T4America) Smart Cities Collaborative program. The Smart Cities Collaborative program will bring together multiple cities to collaborate on challenges related to implementing smart mobility policies and projects, and to explore how emerging technologies and new mobility options can improve urban transportation in the City of Atlanta.
Over the course of the year, members of the Department of City Planning will join other City agencies to tackle how emerging technologies and new mobility options are reshaping the use of the right-of-way and curb space, and to ensure people move  safely and efficiently throughout the City.

“There is emerging technology that would transform the mobility of our City and it’s important that we gain insight on how to scale and integrate new technologies with our partners,” said Commissioner Tim Keane, Department of City Planning.  “In the past year alone, there were notable updates to master plans for different districts as the City of Atlanta continues to grow. Along with the Access Strategy for City Design, major areas in Atlanta such as Downtown Atlanta and the Buckhead area updated their master plans.  The convergence of these updates creates a rare opportunity to ensure emerging technologies will be incorporated while implementing policies and projects that will prepare our streets for growth and increased mobility. The Smart Cities Collaborative will offer tools to leverage this opportunity effectively.

 “Whether electric scooters, new dockless bikesharing systems, curbside delivery or ridesourcing services, the pace of innovation is accelerating and these technologies and new mobility options are already on our streets and having a tangible impact in our communities.” said Russ Brooks, T4America’s Director of Smart Cities. “The City of Atlanta and our other participating cities are eager to work together and cooperate, not only to bring these new technologies to their communities, but also to ensure that they are directed toward solving their most pressing transportation challenges and helping them become more efficient, safe, and equitable places to live and work.”
The City of Atlanta was selected from a group of 50 cities that applied to be a part of the Collaborative this year. The inaugural cohort of cities tackled challenges related to automated vehicles, shared mobility and how to use data to manage complex transportation networks.
The Collaborative will hold its first meeting in Denver on April 16-17. Throughout the year Atlanta will participate in a variety of interactive workshops, both with the other cities and with industry-leading transportation experts. The participants will then receive direct technical assistance and share the results of their projects with the rest of the Collaborative to drive best practices across the country.

New initiative focuses on Atlanta tech jobs and youth

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

A new initiative is being built around youth and Atlanta tech jobs.

Students2Startups is an initiative of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Invest Atlanta and WorkSource Atlanta. Developed to help the city continue to build its tech talent pipeline, Students2Startups will subsidize high-potential students, including those from backgrounds underrepresented in the technology industry, for entrepreneurial-focused internships at Atlanta-based startup companies. In addition, this innovative initiative will support Atlanta startups by meeting some of their tech talent needs – helping to retain more of Atlanta’s top talent in the city.

“Students2Startups will connect more of our college and university students to a network of Atlanta’s seasoned entrepreneurs,” said Mayor Bottoms. “All too often, Atlanta’s next generation of innovators and job creators lack access to the financial resources and institutional knowledge needed to succeed in a 21st-century economy. Through mentorship programs like Students2Startups, the City aims to open doors of opportunity for our students and startups while reinforcing Atlanta’s reputation as a leading city for high-tech sector jobs and commerce.”

Startup companies often have limited budgets for the talent necessary to scale up in a swift and nimble manner. As a result, they often rely on unpaid interns, which can be financially challenging for students with limited resources. In addition, many students need assistance connecting to Atlanta’s startup ecosystem to help them develop entrepreneurial skills through experiential learning.

“As we continue nurturing Atlanta’s tech startups, an important driver of economic growth and competitiveness for the city, Students2Startups will build on the robust talent base in Atlanta while providing students access to invaluable, hands-on experience in our dynamic startup ecosystem,” said Dr. Eloisa Klementich, President and CEO of Invest Atlanta.

WorkSource Atlanta will subsidize internships for 14 students interested in technology-focused summer internships. Invest Atlanta will partner with Startup Atlanta to identify program participants and support ongoing program management.

“Students2Startups is an innovative program that will create meaningful career opportunities in Atlanta’s high-demand information technology sector,” said Audrey Lawrence, WorkSource Atlanta’s Interim Executive Director. “This program will help Atlanta build the strong and resilient IT workforce needed to compete regionally, nationally, and globally.”

Program puts spotlight on Atlanta jobs for incarcerated males

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

A program is reinventing the way the city helps incarcerated males look for Atlanta jobs.

The Department of Corrections (DOC), the Department of Watershed Management (DWM) and the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) have launched a new reentry program, Preparing Adult Offenders to Transition through Training and Therapy (PAT³).  The program focuses on the reentry needs of incarcerated males with children by providing job training and employment opportunities with the City of Atlanta.

“This reentry program will be critical to the success of our communities. Eliminating barriers to employment and providing resources for family reunification is the first step to lowering our City’s recidivism rates,” said Mayor Bottoms. “As we actively address concerns within the criminal justice system, it is imperative that we provide opportunities for individuals to reintegrate back into their communities as productive members of society.”

PAT3 is designed in a three-tiered process: state mandated vocational training, workforce development and employment. Upon completion of the vocational training phase, participants will become certified City employees in the Department of Watershed Management, which includes full health benefits. Earnings from this position will be saved in an account until the participants are officially released from the Atlanta City Detention Center– a state-recognized transitional center.

“A large percentage of inmates serving time in the GDC are from metro Atlanta and will most likely return to our communities upon release from incarceration,” said Chief Patrick Labat, Department of Corrections.  “This program offers participants a second chance, and we have taken it a step further by providing employment opportunities and other essential tools for these men to be productive in society.”

Program participants include detainees with 12 to18 months remaining in their respective sentences who are currently in the care and custody of the Georgia Department of Corrections and the Atlanta City Detention Center.  The goal of this program is to reduce recidivism by providing essential life skills including financial management, parenting classes, anger management, substance abuse prevention and workforce readiness.  The reentry counseling and classes will be facilitated by Urban League Greater Atlanta.

“The Atlanta Department of Watershed Management is proud to partner on this innovative reentry initiative,” said Commissioner Kishia L. Powell, Department of Watershed Management.  “We are honored Chief Labat created this program with Watershed Management in mind, to expand our community reach by serving as the primary employment provider for this program. We look forward to working side-by-side with the program participants as they prepare to transition back into society as full-fledged City employees.”

“The Georgia Department of Corrections has a history of collaborating with various state and community organizations to provide each releasing offender with the resources needed to maintain themselves in their community,” said Gregory C. Dozier, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Corrections. “Our partnership with the Atlanta DOC is definitely a way to support our mission.”