Archive for October, 2018

Startup finalists showcase Atlanta jobs

Monday, October 29th, 2018

A number of new startup finalists will put the spotlight on Atlanta jobs.

The mayor’s Office of International Affairs and Invest Atlanta, along with international partner Metropole Toulouse, have selected the final eight companies for the 2018 Atlanta International Startup Exchange. The one-week international residency will provide Atlanta-based companies a platform for global expansion in France. Four Toulouse-based companies will also travel to Atlanta as part of the program.

“The International Startup Exchange provides businesses in Atlanta with unique opportunities and resources to increase their global presence and achieve sustainable growth,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “It is important to build and maintain productive relationships with our growing international community as the City continues to attract new residents and investments from around the globe.”

Representatives from ThingTech, Loupe LLC, TC Poly, and Blind Tiger Communications will travel to Toulouse on September 30, 2018 through October 7 during the EmTech Conference. During the week, the startups will meet with French entrepreneurs, European decision makers, investors, and executives in their respective sectors.

“In today’s global economy, it is vital for startups to gain early access to international markets,” said Dr. Eloisa Klementich, President and CEO of Invest Atlanta. “In fact, companies exporting beyond our borders grow 20 percent faster and are less likely to go out of business. Through the International Startup Exchange, the City of Atlanta is giving our startups the chance to tap into new customers and funding opportunities. Atlanta is a global city, and part of that means hosting international startups, so they can see all of our city’s assets as they look to grow and expand.”

Four Toulouse-based startups, Geotrend, VUF, Pixstart, and VYFE, will travel to Atlanta during VentureAtlanta, which will take place October 15-19, 2018. The visiting startups will connect with local startup ecosystems, gain access to international conferences and engage with investors, business leaders and potential clients. Atlanta and Toulouse partnered for the exchange based on the strength of their existing relationships and shared growing industries.

“Sister cities Toulouse and Atlanta are ideal partners in this startup exchange. Toulouse is the home of Airbus, and Atlanta has the world’s busiest airport. Atlanta is rich in Fortune 500 companies, and Toulouse has world-renowned research institutions. It is our pleasure to welcome the Toulouse startups each year and watch them expand their global reach using the connections they make while here,” said Louis de Corail, French Consul General in Atlanta.

Officials discuss Atlanta water workforce jobs

Monday, October 29th, 2018

A recent meeting focused on creating more sustainable Atlanta water workforce jobs.

At the  Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference, speaking to an audience of 200 water utility leaders and executives from across the nation, Mayor Bottoms discussed the Administration’s efforts to address water workforce needs, equity and affordability challenges.

“The City of Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management (DWM) safely supplies clean drinking water to 1.2 million customers and maintains daily economic activity exceeding $250M each day,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Given the scope and responsibilities of DWM and the multitude of job opportunities that exist in the water sector, it is essential that we partner with organizations like the Water Environment Federation, federal agencies and strategic partners to highlight the importance of funding water infrastructure at a higher level to strengthen the economy and put more people to work in well-paying, long-term jobs.”

Mayor Bottoms also spoke to the importance of building a world-class pipeline of talent.

“Currently, Atlanta has more than 1,400 hardworking, dedicated full-time water professionals,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Our workforce is culturally diverse, as the water sector provides well-paying jobs in every community in Atlanta—which in turn spurs economic growth across our city. We are seeing a growing need for additional talent and must continue to focus on understanding, attracting and retaining the next generation.”

To meet workforce needs, the City of Atlanta has created the Young Leadership Forum, where younger staff members meet bi-weekly to discuss career growth and take part in Toastmasters presentations and other leadership training opportunities. The City also has a co-op partnership with Georgia Tech’s Department of Engineering, which gives engineering majors the ability to receive on-the-job training.

Mayor Bottoms is also creating unique opportunities for low-level offenders to gain job training while incarcerated through the Department of Watershed Management’s partnership with the Department of Corrections and the State of Georgia. Following the release of each participant and full completion of the rigorous program, these individuals can gain full-time employment with the City of Atlanta – creating a new pipeline of qualified employees as well as a new outlook for numerous families throughout the City and State.

Pay increase to affect Atlanta law enforcement jobs

Monday, October 29th, 2018

A pay increase from the city will bolster Atlanta law enforcement jobs.

The mayor signed legislation authorizing an unprecedented 30 percent pay increase for police officers as part of a focused and sustained effort to strengthen and support the men and women of the Atlanta Police Department and make Atlanta the safest big city in America.

“This is an historic step to improving public safety in our city,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Our police officers have a starting salary lower than our neighboring communities.  I hope that this increase in pay will not only help recruit and retain officers, but assure the public that safety is and always will be a top priority.”

The pay raise will come in two phases.  By January 2019, the City will budget an additional $10 million towards compensation for patrolling police and senior police officers. By July 2019, those officers will be brought fully to the competitive benchmark identified within the recent Mercer compensation study.

These increases will be in addition to the initial increase in compensation of 3.1% included in Mayor Bottoms’ first budget introduced earlier this year. The Administration has also committed to reviewing public safety compensation every two years going forward to ensure the department remains competitive.

The Atlanta Police Foundation commissioned a comprehensive market assessment in order to form base pay recommendations for APD’s police ranks. Once the study was complete, Mayor Bottoms convened a series of priority meetings APD, the Atlanta Police Foundation, City of Atlanta officials and other key stakeholders to develop the proposal approved today.

“On behalf of the citizens of Atlanta, I want to thank Chief Erica Shields and the men and women who have been called to service through public safety.  These brave individuals serve as an inspiration and role model for us all and we owe them nothing short of our full support,” concluded Mayor Bottoms.