Articles from the Atlanta Business Chronicle

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Column: Kelly Dolan leaving Atlanta Women’s Foundation as Kari Brown Love to step up July 1

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Feb. 10, 2017

Kelly Dolan, a veteran nonprofit leader in Atlanta who has been executive director of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation for the past four years, is moving back to Chicago to be near her aging parents.

The foundation’s board has named Kari Brown Love, vice president of development and communications, as Dolan’s successor. The transition of leadership will occur at the beginning of the nonprofit’s fiscal year on July 1.

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Houston set high bar for Atlanta’s Super Bowl

By Maria Saporta and Amy Wenk
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Feb. 10, 2017

The pressure is on — not only on the Atlanta Falcons to make a return trip to the Super Bowl — next time bringing home a win.

The pressure also is on Atlanta — to deliver a successful 2019 Super Bowl — one at least as good as the one that Houston hosted the first weekend in February.

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Column: CAP to honor Andrew Young, George Turner at March meeting

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Feb. 3, 2017

Central Atlanta Progress, the downtown business organization, will pay tribute to two distinguished Atlantans at its annual breakfast meeting on March 14 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young will receive the prestigious Dan Sweat Award.

And retired Atlanta Police Chief George Turner will receive the annual Turner Downtown Community Leadership Award.

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Reed looks to secure his legacy in final year as mayor

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Feb. 3, 2017

As Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed faces his last year in office, he looks to continue the city’s growth by completing several deals and also hopes to secure his legacy as a fiscally-responsible city leader.

Reed sat down with the editorial staff of Atlanta Business Chronicle on Jan. 31 to preview his State of the City address scheduled for Feb. 2.

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Column: John Moeller named CEO of Lutheran Services of Georgia

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Jan. 27, 2017

Nonprofit leader John Moeller will be the new CEO of Lutheran Services of Georgia, a statewide organization serving vulnerable populations, beginning Feb. 15.

Moeller has been president and CEO of Action Ministries since 2011, and his last day with the Atlanta nonprofit will be Feb. 14.

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Georgia entertainment venues fear impact of casinos

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Jan. 27, 2017

Some of Georgia’s top entertainment venues are banding together to speak out about the potential downside of casino gambling if it becomes legal in the state.

The Georgia Arts and Culture Venues Coalition, which includes 16 facilities such as the Fox Theatre and Woodruff Arts Center, says casino resorts could add unfair competition in the market when it comes to booking top musical performers, Broadway shows, comedians and other acts.

The coalition is vocalizing its concerns just as Georgia legislators, for the second year in a row, are proposing to legalize casino gambling in the state. Bills spelling out the details were expected to be introduced into the Georgia House of Representatives and Senate on Jan. 25.

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Column: Gala event to salute Hank Aaron’s life and accomplishments

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Jan. 20, 2017

Atlanta will be throwing a spectacular party for one of its favorite sons – baseball legend Hank Aaron.

On the evening of Feb. 3, the Atlanta community – along with the region’s top companies – will be holding “A Salute to the Life and Times of Henry Aaron” at the Delta Flight Museum.

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GE Energy’s Russell Stokes powers up in Atlanta

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Jan. 20, 2017

When it comes to General Electric Co. and Atlanta, history is repeating itself.

In October 2015, Russell Stokes became president and CEO of Atlanta-based GE Energy Connections– becoming the highest-ranking GE executive in the state.

After just a year being in town, Stokes got tapped to become future chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber– a position he will assume in 2019.

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Underground developer asks Atlanta Mayor to ‘stick with us’

By Maria Saporta
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Jan.6, 2017

For four years, South Carolina-based WRS Realty has been pursuing a deal to buy Underground Atlanta – becoming the sole bidder to buy the property from the City of Atlanta.

But now, WRS has until the end of January to close on the sale of Underground, a transaction that has been delayed several times because of the complexities involved in the deal.

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Column: Task Force for Global Health takes No. 2 spot on Forbes charities list

By Maria Saporta As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Dec. 30, 2016 The Task Force for Global Health, based in downtown Decatur, is the second-largest nonprofit in the United States, according to Forbes Magazine’s 2016 list of the largest U.S. charities. The Task Force ranked second only to United Way Worldwide, which had […]

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Talks turning lemons to lemonade at Turner Field

By Maria Saporta
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Dec. 30, 2016

After decades of feeling burned by the false promise of new development, Turner Field community leaders have reason to be wary.

This time could be different.

With the sale of the Atlanta Braves’ former ballpark underway, community members say they are forging a closer relationship with the biggest players behind Turner Field’s planned redevelopment, Georgia State University and Atlanta developer Carter.

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Column: Four regional organizations join to help region’s schools

By Maria Saporta
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Dec. 16, 2016

A collaboration among Atlanta’s four regional organizations – Learn4Life – is going where no other group has gone in the region.

It is working with the eight school systems in the five-county region to figure how to have the most strategic impact on the educational outcomes among the region’s students.

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Atlanta nonprofit First Step Staffing putting hundreds of homeless people to work

By Maria Saporta
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Dec. 16, 2016

For Greg Block, finding jobs for the homeless has become the fight of his life — literally.

Block, 50, started First Step Staffing, a nonprofit employment agency, in 2006. After a career running businesses and a four-year stint with the CIA, Block wanted to dedicate himself to making life better for the least among us.

“When I first started First Step, I wanted to figure out how can you connect homeless men and women with income and get them out of homelessness,” Block said in a recent interview. The question he sought to answer was how one could build a sustainable organization that could fund itself through business revenue.

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Column: Cox’s John Dyer takes helm of Atlanta Committee for Progress

By Maria Saporta
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on De. 9, 2016

The highly influential Atlanta Committee for Progress has a new chairman – John Dyer, president and CEO of Cox Enterprises and a 38-year veteran of the privately-held company.

Dyer is succeeding Paul Bowers, president and CEO of the Georgia Power Co., who chaired his last ACP meeting on Dec. 1.

The organization, which includes many of the top business leaders in metro Atlanta, was formed to serve as a high-powered kitchen cabinet for former Mayor Shirley Franklin, and the ACP was embraced by Mayor Kasim Reed during his administration.

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YMCA plans new Westside HQ, adding to area’s revitalization

By Maria Saporta
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on De. 9, 2016

The YMCA of Metro Atlanta, the oldest nonprofit in Atlanta, will be establishing its new home on the Westside about one block west of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The YMCA, founded in 1858, has been located in the Robert W. Woodruff Volunteer Center (also known as the United Way building) for more than 40 years. United Way of Greater Atlanta has decided to sell the office tower, which has led to its tenants needing to find new quarters.

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Column: Metro Chamber unveils new strategic plan, 2017 leaders

By Maria Saporta
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Nov. 25, 2016

The Metro Atlanta Chamber, which will hold its 157th annual meeting Nov. 30 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, is unveiling its new strategic pillars as well as its 2017 leaders.

Jeff Sprecher, chairman and CEO of Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), will succeed SunTrust Banks executive Jenner Wood, who served as the 2016 MAC chairman.