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Grounds breaks on project to bring 40 affordable townhomes to East Lake

By Mark Lannaman In late March Mayor Andre Dickens joined Atlanta Land Trust (ALT) in a groundbreaking ceremony for a project in East Lake that will bring 40 affordable townhomes over its lifetime.  The Trust at East Lake will be “permanently affordable” according to the ALT. This is made possible by the two-acre land donation […]

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Corazón a Corazón celebrates its one-year anniversary and looks towards new venue

By Mark Lannaman Corazón a Corazón — Heart to Heart in English — is an Atlanta-based open-mic and poetry slam group that just celebrated its one-year anniversary at the Mexican coffee shop Cafexito. Leo Rodriguez, creator of Corazón a Corazón, said he created the group for a specific purpose — to give space for those […]

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Tech Exposure Day a success at Mercedes Benz

Mercedes Benz Stadium recently hosted Tech Exposure day (TEXD) which saw over 3000 students participate and attend along with a plethora of companies and nonprofits. The event saw over 50 similarly aligned organizations, companies and community partners represent themselves at Tech Village within the stadium. The March 2 event was hosted by CodeHouse, a national […]

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First Latino Day held at Georgia State Capitol building

On Monday, Feb. 27, 13 local organizations came together to hold the first Latino Day at the Georgia state capitol. According to a press release by the Georgia-based Latino community empowerment organization GALEO, the event featured “a press conference, community educational sessions, advocacy activities and networking with policymakers and legislative leadership.” Carla Romero, a community […]

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Fulton County Board of Commissioners approves budget for reparations research task force

What is believed to be the nation’s first-ever county-led reparations research task force has just received funding in Fulton County. The Fulton County Board of Commissioners executive session on Jan. 18 approved the overall county budget in a vote of 4-3, which included funding for the task force. The budget was approved for $250,000 after […]

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Partnership for Inclusive Innovation looking to continue momentum into 2023

The Partnership for Inclusive Innovation (PIN) is headed into 2023 hoping to continue solidifying Georgia as a center for innovation. PIN came out of a task force led by Georgia’s Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan who was looking to position Georgia as the tech capital of the East Coast.It is described as a “foundation crossed with […]

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Atlanta Region Transit Link Authority calls for special board of directors meeting

The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) elected new executive director Jannine Miller at a specially-called board meeting on Thursday, Nov. 5. ATL, along with the State Road & Tollway Authority (SRTA) and Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) were previously served by interim-director Heather Aquino of the Georgia Regional Transit Authority. Chris Thomilson previously headed the […]

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Cincinnati’s revitalization effort, and how Atlanta could be headed the same way

On a recent trip to Cincinnati, I got to visit the Over-the-Rhine (OTR) — the city’s most popular Downtown district vibrant with shops, restaurants, people and more. It was fun enjoying relatively walkable streets and amenities. It even reminded me of parts of Atlanta. Which kind of  has me worried. The brief time I spent […]

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Georgia Public Service Commission allows Georgia Power to hold off on net metering expansion

The popular Georgia Power net metering program will not expand in Georgia in 2023. The tri-annual Georgia Power Integrated Resource plan hearings before the Georgia Public Commission — not to be confused with the tri-annual Rate Case — encompassed a few topics including expanding or starting a new net metering program, where homeowners with rooftop […]

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Georgia Tech developing climate action plan

By Mark Lannaman The Georgia Institute of Technology, known colloquially as Georgia Tech, is in the midst of planning its future — and is making sure climate action is at the forefront. To prioritize this, Georgia Tech’s Sustainability Next Task Force, created in 2021, is developing the school’s Sustainability Next Plan. The Sustainability Next Plan […]

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AFSC launches new series to teach people how to protect themselves from eviction

By Mark Lannaman The American Friends and Service Committee (AFSC) launched its training series titled “How to Defend Your Home” on Thursday, Oct. 27.  The series is intended to help renters learn the best practices, techniques and the rights tenants have when facing eviction. The free training workshop comes with a newly released manual from […]