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About David Pendered

David Pendered, Managing Editor, is an Atlanta journalist with nearly 30 years experience reporting on the region’s urban affairs, from Atlanta City Hall to the state Capitol. Since 2008, he has written for print and digital publications, and advised on media and governmental affairs. Previously, he spent more than 26 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and won awards for his coverage of schools and urban development. David graduated from North Carolina State University and was a Western Knight Center Fellow. David was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina and is married to a fifth-generation Atlantan.

Atlanta could clear $10 million from sale of Underground Atlanta

Atlanta could clear about $10 million from the sale of Underground Atlanta if the deal goes through as expected.

Atlanta owes about $15.5 million on the loan it took out to develop Underground Atlanta, according to EMMA, an official repository of information on city securities. The sale price has been estimated at $25.75 million.
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Georgia’s jobs of future call for teamwork, technical skills: Employers

The No. 1 attribute that business leaders say will they want in their employees is the ability to collaborate, according to a report to Gov. Nathan Deal on high demand careers.

The report also states the top five careers of the future in Georgia will be mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, welder, machinist, and computer numerical control operator, according to the report.
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Atlanta seeks ideas to cash in on public domain in busy parts of city

Atlanta city officials are to meet Tuesday with vendors to begin the process of monetizing the public space in order to generate up to $5 million a year.

The idea is for Atlanta to collect fees for allowing private companies to install “amenities” in commercial areas. Boston is cited as one example of the concept, for its $21 million, 20-year contract for advertising on street furniture.
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Gov. Deal creates water czar for water supply, litigation

Gov. Nathan Deal has established a water czar to focus the state’s efforts on water supply and litigation.

Although water supply wasn’t much of an issue during the recent gubernatorial campaign, Deal established the position just a month after the election and on the eve of the 2015 legislative session – during which Deal may ask lawmakers to provide additional money for dams and other water projects.
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GRTA’s new executive director knows Xpress buses from passenger’s seat

Just minutes after he was named GRTA’s executive director, Chris Tomlinson was busy Wednesday talking about potential synergy between GRTA and the state agency that oversees managed lanes.

“We’ll roll out incentives to get more people to take advantage of transit,” Tomlinson said. “We hope to shift people out of vehicles, especially at the peaks, and take advantage of what transit providers already are doing.”
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MARTA’s labor contract targets absenteeism, as suggested by KPMG

MARTA’s latest contract negotiation with its labor union could help MARTA curb personnel costs by reducing absenteeism and the overtime costs it creates.

Absent workers represent one of the main categories where MARTA could cut costs, according to the management audit conducted in 2012 by the consulting firm KPMG. MARTA covers for absent workers by approving overtime pay for their replacements.
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Mayor Reed appoints Dan Halpern to serve on Airport West CID board

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has appointed Dan Halpern, a politically influential Atlanta businessman whom Reed previously placed on the board of the Atlanta Housing Authority, to represent Atlanta on the board of the Airport West Community Improvement District.

This CID was formed earlier this year to promote a region west of the airport. The CID’s board approved in June an annual budget of $1.6 million to fund various planned improvements.
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Genuine Parts’ new HQ fuels optimism of commercial developers

The corporate headquarters that Cousins Properties is developing for Genuine Parts Co. in Cobb County exemplifies the optimism within the commercial industry that’s cited in the Atlanta Fed’s latest “beige book.”

The 150,000 square foot building is a boon to the region’s construction-related industries. Cousins has developed the concept and site solutions. HKS Architects and Hendrick Interior Design is handling the design.
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Tech’s study of Memorial Drive produces a number of solutions

Memorial Drive has the potential to become a visually interesting and vibrant corridor along its section from Oakland Cemetery east to the Atlanta city limit, at Candler Road in DeKalb County.

At least, that’s the opinion of a group of Georgia Tech students who have spent their fall semester analyzing Memorial Drive. On Wednesday, they unveiled a report they and their professor think is so well developed that parts of it are ready to be implemented.
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Data security at Atlanta’s airport remains in question: City audit

Atlanta’s airport has not kept pace with concerns raised about cyber security, according to a new city audit.

The laundry list of unresolved issues includes former airport contractors having access to computer systems regarding the airport; and network issues at the airport so critical that the report said specifically that it did not name them for fear the issues would be made public.
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