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High Museum’s Michael Shapiro stepping down in July after 15 years

By Maria Saporta

After 15 years as director of the High Museum of Atlanta, Michael Shapiro, will be stepping down from that position at the end of July.

Shapiro has been a major force in the growth of the Museum’s collections, endowment, membership and international collaborations over the past two decades that he has served in leadership positions at the High. He also oversaw the the expansion of the campus by architect Renzo Piano.
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Georgia Trust unveils its 2015 list of the 10 ‘Places in Peril’ in the state

By Maria Saporta

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation released today its 2015 list of 10 “Places in Peril” in the state.

Sites on the list varied from a hospital to a City Hall to a County Courthouse to fanciful Victorian houses to a Federal Road-Trading Path that travels through 14 Georgia counties.

“This is the Trust’s tenth annual ‘Places in Peril’ list,” said Mark C. McDonald, president and CEO of the Trust. “We hope the list will continue to bring preservation solutions to Georgia’s imperiled historic resources by highlighting ten representative sites.” Continue reading

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Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin disbands team’s biz ambassadors

By Maria Saporta

The Atlanta Hawks organization has disbanded its “board of ambassadors” — a one-year-old coalition of business and civic leaders aimed at generating community support for the city’s professional basketball team.

The group – which included about three dozen leaders from all walks of life – was hoping to build stronger bridges between the business community and the Atlanta Hawks.
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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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