Entries by Maria Saporta

Georgia Forward hopes new governor will adopt its vision

Macon, GA – Nothing like a hurricane to bring the state closer together.

Eight years ago, Georgia Forward launched its first forum to unify the state by convening leaders from every corner of Georgia.

It also happened to be a gubernatorial election year, and both candidates for governor – Nathan Deal and Roy Barnes – participated in the forum via a video teleconference.

Former Technology Association of Georgia CEO lands new leadership role

Tino J. Mantella, a veteran executive who led the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) from 2004 to 2016, will be the new president and CEO of the Turknett Leadership Group.

In his 12 years at the helm of TAG, Mantella grew the organization from fewer than 500 members to more than 36,000.

The Atlanta-based Turknett Leadership Group was founded by Bob and Lyn Turknett 30 years ago to help develop leaders through executive coaching, talent assessment and development, succession planning and cultural assessments.

Atlanta Police Foundation gets $2 million Coca-Cola pledge to fight crime

At the Atlanta Police Foundation’s Crime is Toast breakfast Tuesday morning, Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey announced that the company was making a $2 million gift to the foundation’s upcoming Vision Safe Atlanta campaign.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms also announced both she and Quincey had agreed to co-chair the Atlanta Police Foundation’s $35 million capital campaign, which will build at least one new @Promise Youth Center on the Southside along Metropolitan Avenue.

Metro Atlanta also wants ‘More MARTA’ – as transit gains favor

More MARTA started out as a vehicle to bring more transit to the City of Atlanta.

Now it’s turned in to a cry for More MARTA in metro Atlanta.

Although the More MARTA $11.5 billion project list was tied to voters in the City of Atlanta passing an additional half-penny MARTA sales tax to be invested within the city, the last two MARTA board meetings were filled with people who wanted “More MARTA” in their jurisdictions.

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley: ‘You can never stop listening’

A fascinating conversation between two public servants took place last week – thanks to ULI Atlanta. It was a conversation that should become a guiding platform for how Atlanta can evolve into a next generation city.

The conversation took place between former Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley Jr. – who has been described as the best mayor in the country, serving his city for 40 years; and Atlanta Planning Commissioner Tim Keane, who worked for Riley for eight years before coming to Atlanta.

Atlanta City Council flexes its muscle – as power shifts at City Hall

By Maria Saporta It’s a different day at Atlanta’s City Hall. Although it is still early in her administration, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is emerging as a far different kind of executive than her predecessor – Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. The most notable change is attitude. Bottoms is not the bully that Reed was. […]

UPS Foundation, Arthur Blank each drop $1 million for Hurricane Florence relief

Updated with info on donations and support from the Home Depot, the CDC Foundation, the Atlanta Humane Society and the TOUR Championship.

The UPS Foundation announced Monday that it will provide more than $1 million to help disaster relief and long-term recovery assistance to communities impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Eduardo Martinez, president of the UPS Foundation, made the announcement Monday morning at the VII Atlanta Global Health Summit: Health, Resilience & Natural Disasters at the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead.

Atlanta Committee for Progress facing leadership change

Duriya Farooqui, executive director of the Atlanta Committee for Progress, will be leaving at the end of her contract on Dec. 31.

ACP serves as a blue-ribbon cabinet of influential business and civic leaders to advise the mayor of the City of Atlanta. It was founded by former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, and it has remained in place during the Kasim Reed administration and during Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tenure.

City of Atlanta picks JFK deputy commissioner as new Hartsfield-Jackson GM

The City of Atlanta has selected John Selden, the deputy commissioner of New York City’s JFK Airport, to be the next general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Selden was one of the five finalists submitted to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms by her transition group’s airport general manager search committee, which was co-chaired by Carol Tomé, chief financial officer of the Home Depot Inc.; and Dave Abney, CEO of United Parcel Service Inc.

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr., preserving his teachings and saving Atlanta’s history

Sometimes we take for granted Atlanta’s living history as the home of civil rights.

That was reinforced to me on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 5 when the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation hosted a program featuring the documentary – King in the Wilderness – on the last three years of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life.

Norfolk Southern eyes moving HQ to downtown Atlanta’s Gulch

The Fortune 500 company looking to move its corporate headquarters to the Gulch in downtown Atlanta is Norfolk Southern Corp.

The railroad company ranked as No. 284 on the Fortune 500 list, currently is based in Norfolk, Va. It opened its current 21-story headquarters in Norfolk in 1988. The headquarters relocation could bring as many as 1,400 jobs to Atlanta.

Achieve Atlanta and APS receive $622,000 from Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a total of $622,000 in grants to Achieve Atlanta and the Atlanta Public Schools to support their efforts for college success.

One grant for $532,000 will go to the Network for School Improvement. That will enable Achieve Atlanta to work with the APS data team to build a technical platform that will allow students to identify good “match and fit” colleges while they are in high school.