Archive for September, 2018

Funding creates tourism jobs in Atlanta

Friday, September 28th, 2018

A new round of funding is going towards creating more tourism jobs in Atlanta.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Tourism division announced today that it has awarded $116,744 in product development grants to 16 new and expanding tourism projects across the state.

“We are thrilled to announce this new round of funding for communities that have participated in our Tourism Product Development Resource Team program,” said Kevin Langston, Deputy Commissioner of Tourism for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “The grant recipients reflect a variety of exciting and creative tourism projects that will attract and serve visitors throughout the state.”

Since its inception, Georgia Tourism’s Product Development team has served 60 counties, cities, private for-profits and non-profits throughout the state in areas ranging from agritourism to downtown development.

Recipients of the Cycle I 2018 Tourism Product Development Resource Team Grant Funding Program include:

  • Athens Downtown Development Authority—Wild Rumpus Parade & Spectacle
  • Brooks County Development Authority—A Camellia City Festival: Winter in the Garden Event
  • Chattooga County—Paradise Gardens Foundation Air BnB
  • City of Cuthbert—The Magic of Murals
  • City of Darien—Kumbaya Book and Marketing Materials
  • City of Kingston—The City of Kingston Heritage Tourism Project
  • City of Stockbridge—Green Front Café Identification Project
  • City of Toccoa—Downtown Wayfinding Signage: Phase II
  • Dublin Downtown Development Authority—Telfair Street Building Renovation (Gallery, DIY Painting Event Space & Youth Arts Outreach Program)
  • Eatonton Putnam Downtown Development Authority—Briar Patch Pocket Parks Phase 3
  • Liberty County Development Authority—Dorchester Kiosks – telling MLK, Jr.’s connection to Dorchester
  • Pike County Board of Commissioners—Pike County Map
  • Sandersville School Building Authority—Fall Movie Series

Atlanta is top place for business, jobs

Friday, September 28th, 2018

Atlanta is one of the top places in the United States for job creation and businesses, according to a facility planning publication.

Georgia has been named the No. 1 state for business for the fifth year in a row by Area Development, a corporate site selection and facility planning publication. Deal was joined by Area Development publisher and president Dennis J. Shea to make the announcement at the 2018 State of the Ports Address in Savannah.

“I am proud that Georgia has once again been named the top state for business by Area Development, as this coveted distinction reflects the resilience and strength of our pro-business environment,” said Deal. “We are committed to investing in our workforce and transportation infrastructure so that companies looking to relocate or expand will have Georgia on their mind today and in the future. Thanks to our low-tax structure, technology infrastructure and gateways to global commerce, including our expansive ports system, Georgia is the home of leading manufacturers, innovative technology companies, film companies, growing small businesses, international firms and industries of all kinds.

“Behind this ranking are hundreds of thousands of jobs for Georgia families and billions of dollars of meaningful investment in our communities. As we celebrate the successes of this past year and look toward a new year of promise and opportunity, I’m looking forward to the relocations, expansions, improvements and hard work that will keep Georgia No. 1 in every respect. I’m confident that our highly skilled workforce and collaborative economic development initiatives will ensure that Georgia remains the best place for businesses of all industries and sizes to find opportunity in the years to come.”

In addition to being named the top state for business, Georgia ranked first among the states for workforce development programs and cooperative and responsive state government. Among the other nine categories examined in the survey, Georgia ranked in the top five spots in each category.

Projects to create Atlanta jobs

Friday, September 28th, 2018

Invest Atlanta initiative is busy creating more Atlanta jobs.

About 15 resolutions to provide more affordable housing, as well as create new jobs and bring additional investment to Atlanta’s communities.

The actions taken by the board will result in 502 affordable housing units, 522 new full-time jobs, and $277 million worth of economic investment to our City.

“The actions of the Invest Atlanta Board demonstrates our strong commitment to achieving the goals of our One Atlanta vision: affordable housing; equitable job growth; and protecting our legacy residents and the neighborhoods they helped to build,” said Mayor Bottoms.

Major projects the board approved include:

272 Affordable Multi-Family Units at The Villages of East Lake: The Urban Residential Finance Authority (URFA) board approved the preservation and renovation of 272 affordable housing units at the Villages of East Lake. The passage of an inducement resolution will provide $43 million in tax-exempt bond financing and extend affordability at the development for 30 years. 272 of the development’s 542 units will be reserved for those earning 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) or below.

196 Affordable Senior Housing Units at Peachtree Road Senior Tower: The URFA board approved an inducement resolution to support $16 million in tax-exempt bond financing for the acquisition and rehabilitation of Peachtree Senior Tower, an existing public housing tower serving seniors and young disabled individuals. The 196 units will be available to those earning an AMI of 60 percent or less, and RAD project-based vouchers will enable tenants to pay no more than 30 percent of their income on rent.

34 Affordable Multi-Family Units at 143 Alabama: A $2 million Westside TAD grant approved by the Atlanta Development Authority (ADA) board will support the renovation of the historic Atlanta Constitution building at 143 Alabama Steet. The developer, Pope & Land, is renovating this historic building into office space and ground-floor retail. Working with Place Properties, the developer will also build 112 new residential units, 34 of which will be income-restricted to households earning 80 percent of AMI.

Chattahoochee Land Swap: The ADA board approved a fair market exchange of land with Chattahoochee Trails, LLC for the assemblage of the Chattahoochee River Greenway and a proposed mixed-income housing and retail development. The development team has agreed to a minimum of 20 percent workforce housing targeting residents earning between 60 to 120 percent of AMI. Housing will range from apartments for rent to townhomes for sale.

500 Jobs at New Starbucks Office: The ADA board approved an Economic Opportunity Fund grant of up to $250,000 to support the creation of a satellite office for Starbucks Corporation in the City of Atlanta. This was a competitive project that Invest Atlanta, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber, and Georgia Power worked on in partnership. The company will create an estimated 500 fulltime jobs, with a total expected investment of around $16 million and an economic impact of $190 million.

Georgia Aquarium Expansion: The ADA board approved a $7.5 million Westside TAD grant that will support The Georgia Aquarium as they seek to develop a 68,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility to house a one-of-a-kind predator exhibit, which will display aquatic life not presently available to visitors. The $108 million total capital investment will add a dynamic new architectural element to Downtown Atlanta, while adding 22 fulltime employees and 20 part-time employees. Currently, the Georgia Aquarium generates $5.5 million in sales tax, and the expansion will generate an additional $1.3 million.