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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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Column: Philanthropy Day awards to honor Tom Chapman, Alvin Sugarman

By Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on July 11, 2014

Two longtime Atlanta leaders will be honored for their contributions over the years at the 32nd Annual National Philanthropy Day awards on Oct. 28 at the Georgia Aquarium.

Tom Chapman, retired CEO of Equifax; will be honored as “Philanthropist of the Year.” And Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, rabbi emeritus of the Temple, will be honored as “Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year.”
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Column: Atlanta Women’s Foundation completes rebranding

By Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on July 4, 2014

In its annual giving program, the Atlanta Women’s Foundation in June awarded $410,000 to 18 organizations serving metro Atlanta women and girls.
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Roberto Goizueta’s legacy lives on in Atlanta through family foundation

By Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on July 4, 2014

Upon walking into the new offices of The Goizueta Foundation off Northside Parkway, one is immediately enveloped with the presence of the late Roberto Goizueta, the legendary CEO of The Coca-Cola Co.
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City’s script for Fort McPherson’s future is still being written

By Maria Saporta and Amy Wenk
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on July 4, 2014

Filmmaker Tyler Perry’s plans to turn most of Fort McPherson into a movie studio would rewrite the script for the idyllic 488-acre property located halfway between downtown Atlanta and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
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Column: Mark Banta named CEO of Piedmont Park Conservancy

By Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on June 27, 2014

The Piedmont Park Conservancy board has selected Mark Banta as its new president and CEO to run the 25-year-old organization starting July 1.

Banta, who has been serving as the Conservancy’s chief operating officer since January, spent 16 years (from 1996 to 2012) as the general manager of Centennial Olympic Park.
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