Articles from the Atlanta Business Chronicle

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Southern Co. facing ‘pivotal decision’ on Plant Vogtle

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on April 7, 2017

When Southern Co. turned 100 years old in 2011, the Atlanta-based energy giant commissioned a company history entitled “Big Bets: Decisions and Leaders that Shaped Southern Co.”

The printed synopsis on the book jacket puts it this way: “Big bets are pivotal decisions leaders make when the stakes are high — decisions that forge a successful path or retrieve a lost cause at a critical crossroads. Big bets can determine a company’s destiny or reshape its future.”

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Fernbank Museum’s Susan Neugent retiring after 20 years as CEO

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 31, 2017

After 20 years as president and CEO of the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Susan Neugent will be retiring at the end of May.

Neugent, the longest-serving CEO among Atlanta’s major arts and cultural attractions, will be passing the baton to Jennifer Grant Warner, who has been with Fernbank for 18 years – currently serving as its executive vice president and chief programming officer.

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Work to begin in May on $45 million Rodney Cook Sr. Park on Atlanta’s Westside

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 31, 2017

Work will soon begin on a grand new $45 million park on Atlanta’s Westside.

A final design for the 16-acre Rodney Cook Sr. Park in the historic Vine City community shows a park that will have something for everyone.

It will have a large pond that will be hold storm water in the event of a major flood. It will have a splash-pad, a playground, a great lawn with a natural amphitheater, a performance plaza, a picnic pavilion, courts for multi-use sports, a fitness area, a boardwalk, an overlook and terraced pools.

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Column: David Martin retiring from Georgia Council on Economic Education

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 24, 2017

David Martin, executive director of the Georgia Council on Economic Education since 1982, will be retire on June 30.

Mike Raymer, the associate director and chief program officer, has been tapped to succeed Martin starting July 1 – running the organization that has helped train tens of thousands of Georgia teachers by strengthening their ability to teach students economics since its founding in 1972.

The Georgia Council helps teachers at both public and independent schools across the state, and Martinhas been coordinating the efforts of 12 college and university-based Centers of Economic Education.

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Mayor Reed still pushing Atlanta arts tax

By Dave Williams and Maria Saporta
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 24, 2017

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said he remains confident Georgia lawmakers will approve his plan for an arts tax in the city, even though time is running out on the 2017 legislative session.

Reed unveiled a proposal in late January asking Atlanta voters for a tenth-of-a-penny increase in the city sales tax to provide a dedicated stream of funding for the arts. But with just three days remaining in the session including March 24, no bill had been introduced and the deadline for doing so had come and gone.

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Column: Agnes Scott wins ACE ‘transformation’ award

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 17, 2017

Agnes Scott College received a prestigious honor on March 12 when the American Council on Education (ACE) gave it the 2017 Award for Institutional Transformation.

Agnes Scott received the award for institutions with student populations of 5,000 or less while Brandman University of Irving, Calif., received the award for institutions with more than 5,000 students. The award of $10,000 is given by ACE and Fidelity Investments.

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Health care bill could harm CDC, Atlanta

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 17, 2017

The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could lose nearly $1 billion in annual funding under the Republican proposal to replace Obamacare.

Such a move would hit Georgia especially hard because it would translate into local job cuts as well as impact multiple relationships the CDC has with universities and public health organizations.

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Column: Cristo Rey surpasses goal, raises $30 million for downtown school

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 10, 2017

The Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School must be receiving help from above. The unique high school has been able to exceed its $25 million fundraising by more than $5 million.

It’s an amazing story considering that in December, Cristo Rey was $2 million shy of its $25 million goal. The final amount raised was more than $30.23 million.

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Column: Families First CEO Anderson stepping down, interim CEO named

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 3, 2017

After eight years at the helm of Families First, CEO Kim Anderson is planning to step down on May 1. She will serve as a consultant to the organization through Aug. 31.

The Families First board has appointed Dr. MiShawna Moore, the nonprofit’s chief program officer, as its interim CEO. The organization plans to conduct a nationwide search for Anderson’s successor.

“On behalf of Atlanta’s families and children, we are incredibly grateful for Kim’s years of service,” said Marybeth Leamer, chair of the Families First board who is also executive vice president of Cox Enterprises. “She has transformed the organization through her leadership and vision, gaining the trust of philanthropy, corporations and community. We know her passion for service will continue to change lives by furthering the hard work required to break cycles of generational poverty, in Atlanta and beyond.”

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Center for Civil and Human Rights faces monumental issue

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 3, 2017

A proposed “comfort women” memorial at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta has set a potentially explosive rift within the city’s business and international circles.

The memorial of an Asian woman sit- ting in a chair next to an empty chair was proposed by the Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force, a diverse group of leaders from the Atlanta and Asian-American communities.

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Column: John Lewis honored at Hyatt celebration

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Feb. 24, 2017

The Hyatt Regency Atlanta, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in May, honored Congressman John Lewis at its annual Heritage Celebration on Feb. 20.

Peter McMahon, the Hyatt’s general manager, said it was an opportunity to “honor a living legend” on the eve of his Feb. 21 birthday. (See related photos on Page 6A, The Insider.)

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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.