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Column: Woodruff Arts Center reorganizing its fundraising

By Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on August 22, 2014

Until now, the Woodruff Arts Center Corporate Campaign was only one of several campaigns underway each year at the arts complex.

At any given time, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Alliance Theatre, the High Museum of Art and Arts for Learning (formerly Young Audiences) would be out in the community knocking on often the same doors as the top business leaders, who were raising money for the annual corporate campaign. Continue reading

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Friendship envisions a ‘Downtown West’ around new Falcons stadium

By Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on August 22, 2014

Friendship Baptist Church envisions turning the community around the new Atlanta Falcons stadium into a revitalized “Downtown West.”

Friendship is partnering with a well-known national development firm to plan the revitalization of at least 22 acres around the new stadium.

The St. Louis firm of McCormack Baron Salazar is partnering with Friendship to plan the development of Downtown West — which will include affordable and market-rate housing, and retail as well as a number of community amenities – including a new Friendship Baptist Church.
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Column: Sarah Kirsch to lead Urban Land Institute’s Atlanta district

By Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on August 15, 2014

The Atlanta district of the Urban Land Institute has picked a new executive director – Sarah Kirsch– who has been serving in an interim capacity since June.

As an Atlanta native, Kirsch is looking forward to the opportunity to help empower the local development community into creating a more sustainable and resilient region.
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Kickoff nears for Atlanta’s College Football Hall of Fame downtown

By Amy Wenk and Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on August 15, 2014

Atlanta’s futility at winning championships recently earned it the title of the nation’s most miserable sports town.

But, with the College Football Hall of Fame set to open Aug. 23, Atlanta is vying for a much more prestigious title — College Football Capital.

“I think it solidifies it,” said Barrett Sallee, Bleacher Report’s lead SEC football writer. “If there’s a better option [than Atlanta], I’d love to know where it is.”
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Column: Helene Gayle, Muhtar Kent to enter GSU’s Business Hall of Fame

By Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on August 8, 2014

Two high-profile Atlanta leaders will be inducted into the Business Hall of Fame of Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business on Sept. 18.

Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE, the international poverty-fighting organization, and Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Co., will bring the number inductees to 81.
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Big entertainment and movie studio project eyed for Civic Center site

By Maria Saporta and Douglas Sams
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on August 8, 2014

Film and television studios surrounded by a performing arts center, a hotel, and a mix of residential, office and retail could transform the downtown Civic Center property into a regional tourist destination.
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Column: Nonprofits’ merger will help metro Atlanta’s refugee community

By Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on August 1, 2014

The latest merger of two nonprofit organizations will provide better coordinated services to Atlanta’s refugee community and help them become successful members of the community.

Those two nonprofits – Refugee Family Services (RFS) and Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta (RRISA) – are holding the annual “Red, White and New” celebration on Aug. 1, when they will announce the new name of the combined organization.
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Column: Smyrna’s Vinings Bank named one of nation’s best

By Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on July 25, 2014

It’s always nice to be called the “best of the best.”

That’s just what has happened to Smyrna-based Vinings Bank. The Independent Community Bankers of America named Vinings Bank as one of the top performing community banks in the country with assets between $150 million and $300 million.
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Column: Charles Shapiro to lead World Affairs Council of Atlanta

By Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on July 18, 2014

After conducting an international search, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta has selected Ambassador Charles Shapiro, a career foreign service officer, to be its new president.

Shapiro, who will start Sept. 15, was selected by the council’s board in collaboration with Georgia State University.
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Coca-Cola Foundation shifts focus of its local charitable giving

By Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on July 18, 2014

The Coca-Cola Foundation’s local giving is being adjusted to fit with the company’s strategic priorities.

For decades, The Coca-Cola Co. had emphasized education as its top giving priority. Although education is still important, the company’s giving and business strategy is now targeting water, women and well-being, according to Lisa Borders, who has been president of the Coca-Cola Foundation since 2013.
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