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Column: Atlanta Ballet on firm footing, has record ticket sales

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

Stability is a word that defines the Atlanta Ballet

Arturo Jacobus, who has served as the Atlanta Ballet’s executive director since December 2009, has signed on for another five-year contract — this time for the more aptly titled role of president and CEO.
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Column: John Williams says Cobb school board ‘kicked’ him ‘in the ass’

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

Goodbye Cobb County. For the first time in 40 years, John Williams— the legendary apartment developer and metro power broker — will not be based in Cobb County.

Williams signed a lease on March 28 to move his current company — Preferred Apartment Communities — from the One Overton Park building where he has been for 10 years to the Medici building on Northside Drive in the city of Atlanta.
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Top Georgia CEOs hope to stop social legislation that hurts business

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

At the March board meeting of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, 2014 Chairman Richard Anderson issued a call to action.

“We are going to have to step up as a business community and take a much more active role in stopping this social legislation that doesn’t help us in the global marketplace,” Anderson, the CEO of Delta Air Lines Inc., told the top- tier group of business leaders meeting behind closed doors.
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Atlanta Hawks eye railroad gulch near Philips Arena for new attraction

By Douglas Sams and Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on April 4, 2014

The Atlanta Hawks aren’t sitting on the bench as the city’s other pro teams try to lure more fans with new stadiums and entertainment venues.
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Column: Snow days delay Civil Rights Center opening a couple of weeks

By Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 28, 2014

The opening date for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights has slipped a few weeks with a soft opening now planned for May 30 and a grand public opening on June 23.

Originally plans had been to have the new attraction open on May 22 before the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
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Column: Leadership transition under way at Piedmont Park Conservancy

By Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 21, 2014

The Piedmont Park Conservancy is experiencing a transition in leadership with the departure of its CEO, Yvette Bowden, who left in mid-January to pursue other opportunities.
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Third church central to community accepting Falcons stadium road plan

By Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 21, 2014

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank wants to build a world-class football stadium for the city, yet he believes that revitalizing the surrounding communities is an even more important calling.

But now the stadium project is literally at a crossroads, threatening to poison the relationship between the Falcons, the city and the community for years, if not decades, to come.
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Column: Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Hala Moddelmog makes staff moves

By Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 14, 2014

Less than three months since she’s been in her new role, Metro Atlanta Chamber President and CEO Hala Moddelmog is beginning to put her team in place.

A series of staff moves are being announced on Friday, March 14, to help the business organization emphasize its strategic focus areas.
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Column: ‘Old friends’ raise $6.8 million for Marcus Jewish Community Center

By Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 7, 2014

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta could adopt the song “Old Friends” by Simon & Garfunkel as its soundtrack.

It is the “old friends” who have come together to raise $6.8 million of the Center’s $7.5 million campaign since November 2012 to reinvest in the 52-acre facility that serves about 55,000 individuals a year.
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New Atlanta Braves stadium project in Cobb ‘ahead of schedule’

By Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 7, 2014

The Atlanta Braves are so convinced they will meet their ambitious schedule of building a new stadium in Cobb by April 2017 that they have no Plan B.

“We have not thought about it,” said Mike Plant, executive vice president of business operations for the Atlanta Braves. “A hundred percent of our focus is building that stadium and playing there in April 2017. We are going to do what we said we are going to do. We said we are going to build a great ballpark and destination.”

On Nov. 11, 2013, the Atlanta Braves shocked both the city of Atlanta and the metro area when the baseball team announced it would be building a new $672 million ballpark in Cobb County with $300 million of it in public funds.
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