Archive for May, 2018

Atlanta hospitality jobs grow

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

The number of Atlanta hospitality jobs are growing, according to recent statistics.

The state’s tourism industry generated a record-breaking $63.1 billion in economic impact in 2017, for an increase of 3.8 percent over last year, according to the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics.

“The tourism industry contributes significantly to the growth and prosperity of Georgia’s economy,” said Deal. “During National Travel and Tourism Week, we’re celebrating the continued success of this vital industry and the more than 460,000 jobs created by tourist expenditures. Last year, a record number of visitors traveled to Georgia to explore our mountains, coastline, thriving cities and small towns. The continued growth of the tourism industry provides meaningful employment opportunities for families, strengthens our local communities and reaffirms our status as a world-class tourism destination.”

In 2017, visitor spending in Georgia generated more than $3.3 billion in state and local tax revenue. According to the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics, Georgia’s total tourism demand is 39 percent higher than its pre-recession level in 2008.

“Georgia’s tourism industry is the foundation for being able to offer our citizens access to a thriving quality of life with unique destinations, experiences, events and cultural opportunities,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Congratulations to our Georgia Tourism team as well as the tourism industry professionals across the state for making Georgia a top travel destination.”

“Tourism’s astounding growth as one of the top industries in our state is a testament to our tourism industry professionals who work tirelessly to promote their destinations and create new opportunities to entice visitors to come back,” said GDEcD Deputy Commissioner for Tourism Kevin Langston. “National Travel and Tourism Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the strength of this industry, the impact it has on our economy and the excitement of what the future of this industry holds.”

Collaborative affects Atlanta transportation jobs

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

A new collaborative will have a far-reaching impact on Atlanta transportation jobs.

 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.

City celebrates healthcare jobs in Atlanta

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

One city is showing their appreciation for healthcare jobs in Atlanta.

The Department of Corrections (DOC) is celebrating National Correctional Officers, Nurses and Employees Week, May 5 – May 11, 2018.  Each year, the first full week in May is recognized as National Correctional Officers, Nurses and Employees Week. During this week, people pay tribute to the contributions of correctional officers, nurses and other civilian personnel who work in jails, prisons and community corrections across the country.

“Each May we participate in this national observance to honor our profession and recognize excellence among our staff,” said Chief Patrick Labat. “The Atlanta City Detention Center operates 24-hours-a-day, year-round, making it difficult to fellowship outside the facility.  Corrections week offers a well-deserved opportunity for staff and their families to be celebrated for their dedication and service to the City of Atlanta.”

This week-long observance will culminate with the 2018 Correctional Officer Awards, on May 11 where Chief Labat will name the Officer of the Year. New City of Atlanta Chief Operating Officer, Richard Cox will serve as the guest speaker.

The DOC kicked off its celebration with a four-mile run/walk led by Chief Labat, the Department of Corrections’ Command Staff, and the VIPER Team at the Atlanta BeltLine East Trail.  Other events planned for the week include professional development training sessions for staff, worship service at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church, a memorial tribute in honor of fallen officers, a retirees’ luncheon, health & wellness fair for City employees, kickball tournament, cookout celebrating seniors and more.