March 2018 Features

  • Mercedes-Benz USA Celebrates Grand Opening of New Headquarters

    March 16, 2018

    Mercedes-Benz USA held the official grand opening of its new headquarters in Sandy Springs, 14 miles outside of the heart of Atlanta. Among the distinguished guests joining Dietmar Exler, MBUSA president and CEO, were Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia; Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor of Atlanta; Axel Harries, Daimler vice president sales Mercedes-Benz Cars and product management Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars; and Rusty Paul, Mayor of Sandy Springs.

  • Georgia Congressional Delegation Pushes Georgia as Home to U.S. Army Futures Command

    March 16, 2018

    U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., joined the entire Georgia congressional delegation in urging the Pentagon to consider Georgia as home to the new Futures Command of the U.S. Army.

  • The Arthur M. Blank Foundation and Turner Invest in Atlanta's High School Students

    March 15, 2018

    Atlanta nonprofit re:imagine/ATL just announced their commitment to the future of talented teens through the creation of the re:imagine/ATL Alliance, a coalition of organizations joining together to build a creative economic pipeline that will support Georgia's budding film and digital media industry.

  • Georgia’s Chief Turnaround Office and the Synergy Around Rural Georgia

    March 15, 2018

    The schools and districts that make-up Cohort I of the turnaround focus (as outlined in HB 338) are primarily focused in rural, Southwest Georgia. While the turnaround team would love to take credit for the synergy of this rural focus, it was a force brewing well before the establishment of the Turnaround Office.

  • Georgia House Speaker David Ralston: A Call to Action for “Building a Stronger America”

    March 14, 2018

    From the world’s busiest airport to the fastest growing container port in America, Georgia leads the nation in moving people and goods. That didn’t happen by accident. On the contrary, for generations, Georgians have invested in the infrastructure necessary to facilitate our forward momentum.

  • ATL UTD Dominates Home Opener in Front of Record-Breaking Crowd

    March 13, 2018

    Atlanta United returned to their electric attacking ways to earn their first win of the season in front of yet another record-breaking crowd Sunday, topping D.C. United 3-1 in their 2018 home debut.

  • Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. Seeking Qualifications for Northeast Trail Design and Engineering

    March 12, 2018

    Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. is seeking statements of qualifications from firms interested in designing and engineering the Northeast Trail. The Northeast Trail is the segment of Atlanta BeltLine corridor between Monroe Drive and MARTA’s Lindbergh Station. Design will be done in coordination with ongoing Georgia Power work between Westminster Drive and Mayson Street.

  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Announces Project Teams for Replacement Hospital and Support Building

    March 12, 2018

    Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has announced the team of architects and consulting partners for its new campus and replacement hospital at North Druid Hills and I-85. Children’s has also engaged industry-leading consultants for its support office building, planned at the northern side of the campus along the I-85 frontage road.

  • Governor Signs $25.4B Amended FY 2018 Budget

    March 12, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal signed the Amended FY 2018 budget at a signing ceremony in Polk County, authorizing $25.4 billion in spending for the current fiscal year. The state appropriations within HB 683 are based upon a 2.7 percent growth in general fund revenues over FY 2017 collections. This additional funding will address growth needs in education and human services, provide additional funding to local governments and school systems, and support statewide economic development efforts.

  • MARTA Hires Veteran Atlanta Transit Executive Jeffrey Parker to be New CEO

    March 09, 2018

    The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) named Atlanta transit executive Jeffrey A. Parker as the sole finalist in its search for a permanent General Manager and CEO. State law requires a 14-day waiting period before the MARTA Board of Directors can vote to confirm his selection and extend an official offer of employment.

  • TAG Announces Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia

    March 09, 2018

    The Technology Association of Georgia announced the Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia. These companies were selected from the Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies for showing the highest degree of innovation, the broadest scope and financial impact of their innovations, and the greatest effect of such innovation in promoting Georgia's technology industry throughout the U.S. and globally.

  • Facebook to Invest $750M in Stanton Springs Data Center

    March 08, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Facebook will create at least 100 full-time jobs and invest $750 million in a new data center in Stanton Springs over the next five years. New jobs will include positions in engineering and management, as well as opportunities for data center technicians.

  • Georgia-based Mark Spain Real Estate Begins Southeast Expansion

    March 08, 2018

    Mark Spain Real Estate, headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., and with five offices in Georgia, has launched an extensive expansion plan that will take it well beyond the borders of Georgia. Its first out-of-state offices have recently opened in Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • U.S. Special Forces Partners With Grady Health System to Train Combat Medics

    March 07, 2018

    Grady Memorial Hospital is the only civilian hospital in the country that has formed a partnership with the U.S. Army Special Forces to provide additional, formal instruction and preparation for its Green Beret Special Operations Combat Medics.

  • AG Chris Carr Kicks Off 7th Annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy

    March 06, 2018

    Attorney General Chris Carr announced that registration is open for the 7th Annual Legal Food Frenzy, a statewide food and fund drive competition among Georgia’s lawyers to help end hunger. The 2018 competition will take place April 16 – April 27, 2018 and is done in partnership with the Office of the Attorney General, the State Bar of Georgia, the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia and the Georgia Food Bank Association.

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO: Can the Government Nationalize a Business?

    March 05, 2018

    Is the federal government allowed to take over and run a private business in an emergency? That is the fundamental question at the heart of a case brought by Starr International Company against the federal government.

  • Experts Think Amazon Will Choose Atlanta or Northern Virginia as its Second Headquarters

    March 02, 2018

    Experts expect Amazon to choose either Northern Virginia or Atlanta for its new headquarters, according to the 2018 Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey. Austin and Denver were also commonly cited by experts as strong contenders.

  • More Startups Join Engage Ventures

    March 02, 2018

    Eight additional technology startups will go through an early-stage venture fund created by Georgia Tech and 10 leading global corporations. The Engage Ventures growth program differs from other accelerators in that it targets later stage complanies and helps them develop and execute go-to-market strategies.

  • Philanthropy Can Help Atlanta Become a "City Too Busy to Hate"

    March 01, 2018

    Metro Atlanta is home to the largest charitable sector in the South, and has grown and thrived on a reputation of prosperity and inclusiveness. But this belies a growing gentrification and criminalization problem that has marginalized the region's underserved populations. National and Southern foundations and wealthy donors need to support the Metro Atlanta communities' grassroots activism to make the city's reputation a reality.

  • Urban Creek Partners Plans to Expand West Midtown with Quarry Yards

    March 01, 2018

    Mark Teixeira, former Atlanta Braves first baseman and MLB All-Star, along with Urban Creek Partners Jimmy Barry and Joel Bowman, unveiled plans for Quarry Yards. This one-of-a-kind 70-acre mixed-use development, adjacent to the Bankhead MARTA Station on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, will transform the Grove Park neighborhood and create a lifestyle community connected to nature, fitness and innovation. The development’s 27-acre, $400 million first phase is expected to break ground by the end of 2018.

  • Savannah Harbor Expansion Project on Schedule, Reaches Crucial Milestone

    March 01, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed outer harbor dredging at the Port of Savannah, marking the midpoint of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.