May 2018 Features

  • Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Announces One Atlanta: The Mayor’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

    May 24, 2018

    Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announces the establishment of the first-ever Mayor’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, known as One Atlanta.

  • Georgia Banks & Industry Groups Applaud Dodd-Frank Rollback

    May 24, 2018

    Georgia-based community banks, regional banks, and industry groups are applauding the significant rollback of Dodd-Frank Act regulations. As a member of the Senate Banking Committee, U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) helped craft the bipartisan rollback plan, which included three of his provisions. The rollback plan now heads to President Trump’s desk to become law.

  • Georgia DOT Restricts Construction-Related Closures Statewide During Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

    May 24, 2018

    To ease Memorial Day weekend traffic congestion, the Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures from Friday, May 25th through Tuesday, May 29th on Interstate Highways, and limiting lane closures on state routes that directly serve major tourist and recreation centers.

  • What’ll Ya Have? The Varsity Celebrates 90 Years of Fast, Fresh and Fun-Filled Dining Experiences in Atlanta

    May 23, 2018

    The Varsity, Atlanta’s iconic family-owned and operated restaurant, will celebrate its 90th anniversary later this month. As part of the festivities, the restaurant is selling commemorative merchandise, including limited edition cups that will allow guests to enjoy unlimited refills on soft drinks and $0.90 refills on Frosted Orange, vanilla and chocolate milkshakes through December 31st.

  • Community Foundation Reaches $1.1B, Issues $100M in Grants in 2017

    May 23, 2018

    The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has reached $1.1 billion in assets, as revealed in the 2017 Annual Report. In 2017 the Foundation also awarded $100 million in grants to nonprofit organizations.

  • Southern Company Announces Sale of Certain Florida Assets to NextEra Energy

    May 22, 2018

    Southern Company today announced that it has entered into agreements to sell Gulf Power Company, Florida City Gas and the entities holding Southern Power's interests in Plant Oleander and Plant Stanton to NextEra Energy for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $6.475 billion. Net of debt, this reflects an equity value of approximately $5.075 billion.

  • Zillow: Federal Tax Cut Will Inject Nearly $40B into the Housing Market

    May 21, 2018

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted at the end of last year could result in tens of billions of dollars being reinvested into the housing market, according to the Zillow Housing Aspirations Report. This is despite the fact that legislation expressly limited a number of longstanding tax benefits for homeowners.

  • Sonny Deriso to Helm Georgia Historical Society Board

    May 18, 2018

    The Georgia Historical Society Board of Curators has elected Walter M. “Sonny” Deriso (Atlanta/Albany) as the new Board Chairman. Deriso is the Chairman and a director of Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. and Atlantic Capital Bank, a position he has held since their founding in October 2006. Deriso succeeds Vince Dooley, who will complete a two year term as chairman on June 30th.

  • Ponce City Market: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Atlanta’s Largest Building

    May 18, 2018

    Ponce City Market, the vibrant community hub located in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward district, is the subject of Ponce City Market: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Atlanta’s Largest Building, a new book detailing the structure’s rich history and national significance.

  • Ed Bastian Announces $500,000 Sponsorship, Honored as 'CEO of Year' at Annual Atlanta Business League Luncheon

    May 17, 2018

    Delta CEO Ed Bastian was honored with the Herman J. Russell CEO of the Year Award by the Atlanta Business League Tuesday, recognized for his commitment to the community and his role in supporting minority businesses and entrepreneurs.

  • Financial Technology Report Shows Georgia Leads as Global FinTech Hub

    May 17, 2018

    The Technology Association of Georgia, the state's leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia's technology industry, has unveiled its 2018 State of Georgia's FinTech Ecosystem Report.

  • Piedmont Healthcare Partners with PerfectServe to Standardize After-Hours Communications Across all Physician Practices

    May 16, 2018

    Piedmont Healthcare, one of Georgia's fastest-growing health systems, has begun deployment of the PerfectServe clinical communication and collaboration solution, replacing each practice's after hours answering service with an enterprise-wide, standardized communication platform. These physician locations include close to 100 primary care, heart and other specialty services supporting Piedmont's 11 hospitals, serving nearly two million patients.

  • GSU's Robinson College to Offer First In-Person Blockchain Strategy Boot Camp in the U.S.

    May 16, 2018

    Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business is partnering with blockchain strategy firm Intuit Factory to offer Blockchain Strategy Boot Camp, a four-day executive education program that will equip digital transformation leaders and entrepreneurs with a solid understanding of blockchain technologies.

  • Dentons Appoints Atlanta Policy Professionals to Global and Local Leadership Posts

    May 15, 2018

    Dentons, the world's largest law firm, announces the elevation of members of its award-winning Public Policy practice to leadership positions. Eric Tanenblatt has been named chair of Dentons' Global Public Policy and Regulation practice. Edward Lindsey, former Republican Majority Whip in the Georgia General Assembly, will head the Firm's Georgia State Government Affairs team.

  • GDOT Commissioner: Georgia Well-Positioned for Infrastructure Plan

    May 15, 2018

    This week is National Infrastructure Week. There will be events across the nation to bring awareness to the criticality of infrastructure conditions and the need for investment. The Georgia Department of Transportation is focused on improving both the state of good repair of our infrastructure and investing in mobility enhancements to our transportation network in order to facilitate growth and improve the quality of life for all Georgians.

  • Atlanta's State Bank to Merge with Houston's Cadence Bank in $1.4B Deal

    May 14, 2018

    Cadence Bancorporation and State Bank Financial Corporation jointly announced the entry into a definitive merger agreement in a stock-for-stock transaction, creating a combined organization with $16 billion in assets, $12 billion in loans, $13 billion in deposits and approximately 100 branches serving Texas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi, based on the companies’ balance sheets as of March 31, 2018.

  • ACG Atlanta Announces 40 Fastest-­Growing Companies in Georgia

    May 14, 2018

    The Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, a global professional organization with the mission of Driving Middle-­Market Growth, announced the 2018 Georgia Fast 40, recognizing the top 40 fastest-­growing middle-­market companies in Georgia.

  • Metro Atlanta Chamber and Georgia Transportation Alliance Kick Off Infrastructure Week 2018

    May 14, 2018

    The Metro Atlanta Chamber and Georgia Transportation Alliance kick off Infrastructure Week 2018 with a special event – “#TimeToBuild: Our Future. Our Infrastructure.”

  • New Initiative Will Drive Atlanta's Reputation as The Center For Global Health

    May 11, 2018

    The Metro Atlanta Chamber, Georgia Global Health Alliance and Deloitte announced the launch of Global Health ATL as a collaborative initiative designed to drive Atlanta's reputation as the "center for global health." The initiative's priorities are to create a health innovation hub in the heart of metro Atlanta and drive impact in areas such as disease eradication, economic development and disaster response.

  • Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Announces Opening of Proctor Creek Greenway

    May 09, 2018

    Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the opening of the first three miles of the Proctor Creek Greenway. Through a $3.6 million investment from TSPLOST funding and a $160,000 investment from the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, the complete seven-mile stretch will feature 400 acres of greenspace and 50 acres of linear park.

  • Former Attorney General Sally Yates Joins King & Spalding

    May 09, 2018

    King & Spalding announced that former Acting Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates has returned to the firm as a partner on the Special Matters & Government Investigations team. Her global practice will be based primarily in Washington, DC and Atlanta.

  • Atlanta Jazz Festival Celebrates 41 Years in Piedmont Park

    May 08, 2018

    The Atlanta Jazz Festival will kick off its 41st year of free jazz concerts in Piedmont Park over Memorial Day Weekend, May 26th and 27th. The Atlanta Jazz Festival is renowned for discovering new, up-and-coming artists and introducing them to the Atlanta music scene.

  • Clayton State University Launches $12,000 Online MBA

    May 08, 2018

    Clayton State University’s College of Business is entering the online MBA market with a new $12,705, fully-online Master of Business Administration program starting in the fall of 2018. Students can earn the degree in as little as 12 months.

  • Georgia’s 2017 Tourism Economic Impact Tops $63M, Breaks Records

    May 08, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced that 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 Home Depot Co-founder: Profits are Not the Only Measure of Success

    May 07, 2018

    American businesses are giving and doing more than ever before, like the hundreds of companies that have pledged bonuses, raises, new or expanded benefits, or price reductions since December, when Congress retooled the federal tax code for the first time in 30 years. Those responses are tremendous—they could mean a family’s first vacation or provide hope of paying down medical expenses or debt—but understand that business need not rely on unexpected windfalls before realizing the benefits of giving back.