SAN DIEGO – Atlanta and San Diego share more than Top 5 rankings in the competitive convention business. Both favor architecture designed by Atlanta architech John Portman’s company, and both have litigated over the use of the hotel/motel tax to fund public projects.
By Guest Columnist BILL IDE, a partner with Dentons and a former president of the American Bar Association
“Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,” reads Emma Lazarus’ sonnet written for the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France and the most iconic and universally-recognized symbol of the United States.
A large bell hangs in the clock tower overlooking the campus of Morris Brown College. Its inscription reads, in part, “Dedicated to the Education of Youth, Without Regard to Sex, Race or Color.” Today, its largely empty campus stands as a testament to a proud past, a challenging present, and an uncertain future, not only for this one institution but for all historically black colleges.
On Oct. 23, 1983, suicide bombers detonated truck bombs outside two barracks buildings housing U.S. and French peacekeeping forces in Beirut, killing a total of 307 people, including themselves. It’s important to remember the relative calm with which that was handled, especially after what has been one of the most unseemly episodes of politically induced hysteria in a long time.
Oglethorpe University began its career as a liberal arts and sciences university in 1835 in the community of Midway, Georgia, not too far from, what at that time, was the state’s capital, Milledgeville. The Civil War interrupted Oglethorpe’s progression and the university closed its doors in 1862.
After spending a few days in downtown Detroit, I’m reminded of Atlanta’s adolescence.
I’ve spent the past few days walking all over Detroit’s downtown and using its convenient people mover to get one from destination to the next. (It’s worth noting the automated trains come every three to four minutes.)
Although the City of Atlanta has an agreement to sell the 19-acre Civic Center property to Houston-based Weingarten Realty Investors, the plans for the project are subject to change. In a brief interview, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed made it clear he still hopes the project will evolve beyond the current plans. “That story is not over yet," Reed said.
Another major corporate partner has joined the effort to help revitalize Atlanta's westside neighborhoods. Dentons, the world's largest law firm that acquired Atlanta-based McKenna Long Aldridge, has announced that it will provide up to $375,000 in legal and public policy council over the next three years.
The Sixth Annual Turkey Giveaway on Wednesday was a family affair for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Reed was joined by his wife - Sarah-Elizabeth Reed, and their daughter - Maria Kristan Reed, who is now 17 months old. But the real star of the day was rapper and actor - T.I., who has been participating in a City of Atlanta Turkey Giveaway for many years.
There’s one major reason Georgia State University is viewed as a front-runner in the effort to redevelop Turner Field – GSU has been implementing a vision to redevelop its neighborhood into a walkable community since the 1990s.
The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation has awarded $10 million towards the rejuvenation of Centennial Olympic Park. A $25 million fundraising campaign to improve the park will launch in January, 2016 ─ all in an effort to mark the 20th anniversary of Atlanta's hosting the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
By Maria Saporta As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on November 20, 2015
Junior Achievement of Georgia and Atlanta Business Chronicle have selected Paul Bowers, president and CEO of Georgia Power, and Larry Gellerstedt III, president and CEO of Cousins Properties, to be inducted into the JA Atlanta Business Hall of Fame on Feb. 27, 2016.
Bowers and Gellerstedt will join the list of 87 Atlantans recognized for their significant contributions to Atlanta’s civic and economic vibrancy.
The JA Atlanta Business Hall of Fame, a black-tie gala to benefit JA of Georgia, was established in 1989 to honor dynamic business and civic leaders who have shaped Atlanta into the city it is today.