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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.

Concerns over potential redlining raised in study of spotty recovery of home prices in metro Atlanta

Signs of the discriminatory lending practice called redlining have reemerged in metro Atlanta, according to a new analysis of home sale prices.

Georgia Tech Professor Dan Immergluck reached this conclusion in his study that determines the extent of the uneven recovery of home prices in metro Atlanta.
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Atlanta Fed: Modest growth in Atlanta, across southeast U.S.

A new round of economic reports indicates Atlanta and the rest of the southeast continue on a trajectory of “modest” growth.

Two new reports from Atlanta Federal Reserve portray the region’s economy in relatively good terms. These reports join the muddled mix that shows the foreclosure rate has fallen, while the number of workers in metro Atlanta has decreased and the number of unemployed has increased since the spring.
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BeltLine’s Bellwood Quarry to be propelled by city committee

One of the more photogenic parks planned for the Atlanta BeltLine is also the largest, and plans for moving it forward may be starting to shape.

The old Bellwood Quarry is soon to be the sole subject of a redevelopment review committee to be formed by the Atlanta City Council, according to legislation led by Councilmember Michael Julian Bond. The council is slated to approve the proposal as part of the consent agenda on Oct. 20.

Of political note, Bond omitted council President Ceasar Mitchell, or his designee, from the committee. The council president often is represented on committees with purview over topics of citywide or regional interest, such as the BeltLine.
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Atlanta’s jobs program should teach skills film industry needs to help locals get work, councilmember says

Atlanta’s workforce training program should help residents learn the skills needed to get jobs in Atlanta’s film industry, an Atlanta councilmember with a unique perspective said Tuesday.

“The movie industry is hot in the city of Atlanta,” Atlanta Councilmember Joyce Sheperd said in a meeting of the council’s Community Development and Human Resources Committee.
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To educate Georgians, regents expand distance learning, request $212.7 million in campus construction

Georgia’s Board of Regents have expanded an aggressive, two-pronged plan to create an additional 250,000 college graduates by 2025.

The goal is to propel Georgia’s population toward the type of education necessary to attract quality employers, as well as to manage civic and cultural responsibilities.
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Atlanta “showing signs” of economic recovery, credit outlook improved, says report with regional implications

The city of Atlanta is “showing signs” that it is rebounding from the recession, according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service.

Among the signs Moody’s identifies: The tax base is inching up; foreclosures are down to pre-recession levels; the unemployment rate is still stuck above 10 percent, but city officials attributed it to people moving here to look for work rather than to locals unable to find a job.

The report could be a guide in gauging the economy in other parts of the region, though Moody’s did examine only the city of Atlanta in order to rate the credit of a $60 million bond package Atlanta plans to sell Oct. 28.
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Gator seasons ends with 13-footer from Lake Blackshear in headlines

At some point in the battle with the alligator, the hunters probably stopped thinking about the record book.

Which may be just as well. Because the alligator they killed after a four-hour fight last week was nearly a foot shorter than the record-setting lizard taken last year.

But the alligator that hunters took Oct. 2 from Lake Blackshear did measure 13 feet and weigh in at 660 pounds, according to media reports. The beast took six bullets to kill before it could be dragged to a small boat and motored ashore.
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Proctor Creek area, other Atlanta brownfields, to be assessed by city

Atlanta is about to embark on another assessment of brownfields that are located in strategic locations the city seeks to prime for redevelopment.

The first site on the list is the Proctor Creek watershed area. The new Falcons stadium is in the Proctor Creek basin, which also encompasses a portion of a planned $30 million urban renewal program to be funded by Atlanta and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.

The city has allocated $392,000 for the project. Proposals are due Nov. 5. The first report is due April 30, 2015 and the federal funding for the project expires Sept. 30, 2016, according to the request for proposals.
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Golden Radish Award highlights farm-to-school program in Atlanta, six other metro school districts

Atlanta Public Schools has won a top state award for its efforts to serve students locally produced, farm-fresh food.

Atlanta was among seven school districts in metro Atlanta recognized by Georgia Organics in an event Monday at the state Capitol. Georgia Organics presented its Golden Radish Awards to school districts it determined are doing an outstanding job in providing farm-to-school foods.

Atlanta’s recognition was especially poignant. The district accepted a Golden Radish Award for trying to improve the quality of food served to pupils, even as court testimony continued a few blocks away in the trial over the cheating scandal.
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Georgia’s university system noted for cost-cutting efforts, but budget requested from Legislature still rising

A New York credit rating agency has named Georgia as the state to watch for its efforts to control the spiraling cost of higher education.

Moody’s Investors Service highlighted Georgia’s consolidation of universities as an example of a state’s attempt to improve the fiscal efficiency of its university system. Georgia was the only state singled out. Moody’s report stands in contrast to the current debate over post-secondary education in Georgia’s gubernatorial campaign. Continue reading

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