Articles from the Atlanta Business Chronicle

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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.

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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.