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MARTA’s big win in Clayton to impact Atlanta region on micro, macro levels

By Maria Saporta

As the votes in Clayton County began flowing like a landslide in MARTA’s favor Tuesday night, Dr. Lawanda Falami could hardly contain her excitement.

“No more Mama pool for me,” said Falami, who has lived in Clayton County for 40 years. She proceeded to put her hand up in the air to high five anyone who would high five her back.

Clayton County, south of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, has been without transit ever since 2010 when the economically-challenged county decided to no longer subsidize its C-Tran bus service.
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Atlanta emerging as a human rights hub with a focus on women issues

By Maria Saporta

A new central theme for Atlanta is emerging — showcasing the role of women and human rights around the world.

Take three different globally significant events occurring in Atlanta within a two-week period.

The first one has already happened. More than 700 women from more than 30 countries were in Atlanta from Oct. 29 to Oct. 31 to attend the International Women’s Forum.
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Charles Shapiro: U.S. should tap economic potential in Latin America

By Maria Saporta

The United States could find great return by focusing more of its attention on developing economic ties with Latin America in addition to its regular relations with China, Russia and Europe.

That was the underlying message that Charles Shapiro, the new president of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, shared Monday with the Rotary Club of Atlanta.

Shapiro began his new role at the World Affairs Council in September after a long career in the foreign service where he held numerous positions, including as the U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela. Continue reading

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Doug Allen (1947-2014) taught students to see buildings ‘as part of a landscape over both time and history’

By Maria Saporta

For nearly 40 years, Doug Allen played a pivotal role in Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture – a trained landscape architect who joined the faculty in 1977 – later becoming a key member of the administration.

Allen, born in 1947 at Emory University Hospital, died on Oct. 26 from brain cancer.

During his life, the impact and influence Allen had on his students, colleagues, friends, the college and the community was deep and broad.
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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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