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Investment bankers hired to sell Atlanta Hawks – at least half of team

By Maria Saporta

At long last, the Atlanta Hawks have retained an investment banking team to sell the team.

The only problem is no one is exactly sure how much of the team is for sale.

Bruce Levenson, the managing partner of the Atlanta Hawks who represented an ownership group with 50.1 percent interest in the team, is definitely selling that share.
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City faces ‘distinct’ choices among three finalists for Invest Atlanta CEO

By Maria Saporta

The City of Atlanta has three distinct choices when it comes to selecting a new CEO for its economic development arm – Invest Atlanta.

“We have narrowed down the search for President and CEO of Invest Atlanta to three results-oriented professionals who have extensive experience in economic development and job creation,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, in a statement. “All three candidates have the leadership abilities to continue the important work of the agency by creating jobs and opportunity for the people of Atlanta.”
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King Center to honor Bill Clinton at 2015 Salute to Greatness dinner

By Maria Saporta

The King Center is on track to have another stellar fund-raising event at its annual Salute to Greatness dinner on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 when it will honor former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton, founder of the Clinton Global Initiative and the Clinton Foundation, will receive the Salute to Greatness Award – traditionally the King Center’s highest honor.
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AIA Georgia has new executive director – David Southerland

By Maria Saporta

The Georgia Association of the American Institute of Architects has a new executive director.

David L. Southerland, who has a strong nonprofit background in transportation, sustainability and community design, joined AIA Georgia on Oct. 14.
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City seeks proposals to redevelop Atlanta Civic Center

By Douglas Sams and Maria Saporta

City officials are seeking proposals to redevelop the 20-acre Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, with goals of turning the campus into the heart of a “24-hour urban environment” featuring a mix of housing, stores, offices and film and TV studios.

The city’s economic development arm, Invest Atlanta, issued the request for proposals, or RFP. It plans to pick a finalist to buy and redevelop the Civic Center in December. It wants to reach an agreement to sell the site by next April.
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Tanya Egins named new executive director of Cool Girls

By Maria Saporta

Cool Girls has named a new executive director – Tanya Egins, succeeding Sandy Welfare, who is stepping down after five years of leading the organization. Welfare volunteered for Cool Girls for more than 20 years, and she will continue to serve as a mentor to a “cool girl.”

Egins has served as deputy director of Cool Girls since 2010.
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CARE President Helene Gayle to step down as its CEO by July 1, 2015

By Maria Saporta

After serving as president and CEO of CARE since April 2006, Helene Gayle has informed her colleagues that will be stepping down on July 1, 2015 – at the end of the international organization’s fiscal year.

Gayle wrote an email to her staff late last week explaining that she wanted to give the board enough time to begin a search “and avoid any long lapses in leadership for CARE.”
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APC-GPB debates get 100 percent participation from candidates running statewide; now it’s up to viewers to watch – next 3 Sundays: 6 to 8 p.m.

By Maria Saporta

We did it!

The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series has successfully received confirmation from every candidate it has invited to participate in its general election debates.

It is the first time for as long as I can remember that we have had 100 percent participation from every candidate – a welcome and rewarding development for our debate series.

As we were in the early stages of our general election debate planning, we issued a 100 percent participation challenge.
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Atlanta Summit leaders thrilled 2014 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi

By Maria Saporta

Organizers of the 2015 Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Atlanta next November were celebrating today’s news that Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India were awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

Both of the globally-respected human rights activists will be invited to be part of the 2015 Summit in Atlanta.

“We have been celebrating this,” Mohammad Bhuiyan, CEO of the Atlanta Summit Organization for the Nobel Peace Laureates. “This is a great decision by the committee.”
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Georgia Tech’s graduate planning program ranked No. 5 nationally

By Maria Saporta

Georgia Tech’s Master of City and Regional Planning is building its national stature.

Planetizen, an online publication that caters to urban and regional planning professionals has just released its top schools for urban planners.

Georgia Tech has climbed from No. 8 to No. 5 in the country since the last edition was published in 2012.
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