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Atlanta BeltLine Partnership names Chuck Meadows its new leader

By Maria Saporta

The private, fund-raising arm for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership has named Atlanta native Chuck Meadows as its new executive director.

Meadows, who served as vice president of public policy for the Metro Atlanta Chamber, where he worked for seven years until this past August when he became co-founder and president of Jim Adams LLC, an urban agriculture social enterprise. He now will become board chairman of Jim Adams.
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Friends and family shed tears, share laughter at Herman Russell’s service

By Maria Saporta

With an ample mix of tears and laughter – friends, family and associates said good-bye to Herman J. Russell at a Celebration of Life service at Saint Philip AME Church in DeKalb County for two-and-a-half hours on Saturday.

The church was filled with a Who’s Who of Atlanta and so many people who had felt personally moved or touched by Russell and his family by blood or by business or by human bonds.
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Genuine Parts moving its home base to Wildwood Office Park and away from new Braves stadium in Cobb

By Maria Saporta

Genuine Parts, one of Atlanta’s Fortune 500 companies, will be moving to a new headquarters building at Wildwood Office Park next to its existing Operational Support Facility, according to its CEO Thomas Gallagher.

Genuine Parts, best known for its NAPA stores, has been headquartered at Circle 75 since 1979, but it just so happens that its headquarters is next door to the new Atlanta Braves stadium and development. Continue reading

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Mayor Kasim Reed announces pick of Craig Richard as Invest Atlanta’s CEO

By Maria Saporta

Hours after a mysterious executive session of the Invest Atlanta board, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s office sent out a release Thursday afternoon naming Craig Richard as the new president and CEO of the economic development agency.

Richard, who was one of three finalists for the post, has served as CEO and president of Greater Louisville Inc., where he developed their strategic plan and coordinated 32 projects that created 3,854 jobs and $571 million in capital investment.
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Former Metro Chamber President Sam Williams joining GSU faculty

By Maria Saporta

Former Metro Atlanta Chamber President Sam Williams is joining the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.

Williams, who retired as Atlanta Chamber president at the end of last year after 17 years at the helm, will be involved in helping the university connect with the broader civic and business community. He will start teaching in January.
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Legendary Atlanta business leader Herman J. Russell passes away

Update: Herman Russell’s wake will be held. at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Friday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22 at St. Philip AME Church at 240 Candler Rd SE.

By Maria Saporta

My personal tribute to Herman Russell.

Nationally prominent business leader Herman J. Russell, 83, passed away Saturday morning after a brief illness. Continue reading

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Hundreds attend ground-breaking of Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail

By Maria Saporta

As a crowd of 500 people gathered for the ground-breaking of the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail – a three-mile corridor that has received $43 million and will take two years to build.

While giving the invocation, Gerald Durley, pastor emeritus of Providence Baptist Church, summed up the sentiment of many in the audience.
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Local architectural organizations forming Regional Archive Program

By Maria Saporta

A collaboration of several architectural and design groups will seek to preserve the archives of Atlanta’s built environment.

The Architecture and Design Center is teaming up with Georgia and Atlanta chapters of the American Institute of Architects as well as Georgia Tech to initiate the Regional Archive Program.
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Aaron’s Inc. names John W. Robinson III its new chief executive officer

By Maria Saporta

After a tumultuous period for the Atlanta-based company, Aaron’s Inc. has named a new CEO — John W. Robinson III.

Aaron’s, a lease-to-own retailer specializing in the sales and leasing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, had been searching for a CEO since the retirement of Ronald W. Allen in August after he lost confidence of major shareholders and board members because of poor financial results.
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ARC’s second Metro Atlanta Speaks poll shows stronger transit support

By Maria Saporta

Support for transit in metro Atlanta is strong and getting stronger – plus that support exists in each of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s 10 metro counties.

That was one of the major findings in ARC’s second annual Metro Atlanta Speaks public opinion poll released Friday at its State of the Region breakfast.
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