Archive for June, 2018

Improvement program to create construction jobs in Atlanta

Friday, June 29th, 2018

A new infrastructure improvement program may create construction jobs in Atlanta.

The city has appointed has Thomas Weyandt, Jr., as the Interim General Manager of Renew Atlanta, a position responsible for the Renew Bond and TSPLOST – an infrastructure improvement program for the City of Atlanta. Renew Atlanta, a $250 million program is the first major investment in Atlanta’s aboveground infrastructure in more than a decade.

The TSPLOST took effect on April 1, 2017, and will generate approximately $300 million over a five-year period to fund significant and expansive transportation projects citywide.

Weyandt, a former Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the City of Atlanta, has more than 40 years of experience in economic development, policy research and regional planning industries. During his time as deputy COO, he served as the primary liaison to City of Atlanta transportation agency partners and coordinated all activities between the departments of public works, planning and community development. During his tenure with the Atlanta Regional Commission as the Director of Comprehensive Planning, Weyandt managed a 68-member staff in all physical planning activities, focusing on regional transportation, soci-economic research and a number of environmental concerns.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Tom back to the City of Atlanta,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Atlanta is seeing tremendous infrastructure growth, and having a person with Tom’s experience is essential to our progression. I look forward to the continued success of this program under his leadership.”

“I am pleased to be returning to serve the City of Atlanta in these vital and highly successful programs,” said Weyandt. “The investments being made in our transportation system will be positive impacts on our community for years to come.”

Weyandt is a frequent lecturer on planning for local universities, has served on the United Way of Metro Atlanta board of directors and is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta.

Weyandt earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Georgetown University and also attended the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and Germany where he studied at the East Europe Institute.


City celebrates nursing jobs in Atlanta

Friday, June 29th, 2018

As Nurse’s week draws to a close, the city has been busy celebrating nursing jobs in Atlanta.

The Department of Corrections (DOC) is celebrating National Correctional Officers, Nurses and Employees Week.

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.

City hires for leadership jobs in Atlanta

Friday, June 29th, 2018

The city is busy hiring for leadership jobs in Atlanta.

Three key appointments have been made to Atlanta’s leadership team. Jon Keen, a veteran of the United States Army and manager of public sector teams for Deloitte Consulting, has been named Deputy Chief Operating Officer. Interim Director of Constituent Service, Curtis Bailey has been appointed to the permanent position, and long-time Atlanta news anchor and reporter Keith Whitney has been named Director of Communications.

“As we continue to focus on governing the city of Atlanta in a way that is efficient, effective and transparent, we are fortunate that Jon, Curtis and Keith have agreed to join our Administration’s leadership team,” commented Mayor Bottoms. “Jon’s experience in business and the military has given him the management, strategic planning and communication skills necessary to work successfully across City operations. I am also proud to have Curtis in this critical position for the Administration. He is a devoted public servant and his understanding of the Atlanta community will allow him to continue to provide the support our neighborhoods and residents need and deserve.”

“I am truly excited that Keith Whitney has agreed to serve our Administration. Over the past 25 years, he has built a reputation as one of Atlanta’s most highly regarded and trustworthy reporters and he will bring that same level of integrity to the City,” she continued.

Jon Keen is currently a manager with Deloitte Consulting, where he works with the company’s public sector team to identify new opportunities in the areas of strategy, innovation, digital transformation, analytics and marketing. Prior to that, he was a research and consulting fellow at the Roy and Lily Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where he consulted with local governments seeking to improve efficiency and service.  Jon served in both Italy and Afghanistan as a Captain in the United States Army and is currently president of the alumni board for Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.