SunTrust to double its investment in community to $300 million

As it prepares to merge with BB&T, Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks will double its investment in the Atlanta community each year over the next three years.“It has been $50 million for the last three years,” said Bill Rogers, SunTrust’s chairman and CEO, in an extensive interview on Tuesday. “We are going to double that amount. It will be  $100 million a year for next three years for a total of $300 million.”

Andrew Young on HOPE Global Forum: 'This is free enterprise at its best'

The 2019 HOPE Global Forum, once again, showed capitalism at its best.

The forum, held at Atlanta Hyatt Regency from May 29 to 31, brought together what has become one of the most diverse gatherings of business leaders and the general public.

The 2,000 attendees literally came from all walks of life from many different corners of the world.

And the messages were powerful.

Connected to the past

Near the core of the Georgia State campus sits a Victorian structure that seems a bit out of place. Amid the multi-story buildings that line the street, it stands out in its uniqueness. With a gabled roof and turreted facade, what is today the home of the University’s Baptist Student Union resembles none of the other buildings in the neighborhood.

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MomoCon 2019 by Kelly Jordan

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The ATL by Kelly Jordan

'Rocketman' – a jukebox version of Elton John, who deserves more

Going in, you already know that last year’s unexpected hit, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” would be either the best thing or the worst thing to happen to “Rocketman,” the new Elton John movie.The parallels are so strong: similar time frames, similar problems (being gay in a pre-woke world), similar storylines (success is more likely to bring cocaine than happiness).

It's time to complete DeKalb Avenue

By Guest Columnist STEPHANIE STUCKEY, director of sustainability services at Southface

Public spaces create a sense of place and belonging in a city.  Our streets, sidewalks, and greenspaces – and the neighborhood shops and restaurants along the way — are what connects neighbors to each other and builds community.  For too long, Atlanta’s shared spaces have been dominated by roads designed to move vehicular traffic quickly and massive heat islands of parking lots. Cars and asphalt jungles foster isolation, not togetherness.

Atlanta preparing bid for 2026 World Cup

Atlanta is beginning to prepare its official bid to host the semi-final matches of the 2026 World Cup later this summer, according to Dan Corso, president of the Atlanta Sports Council.

Corso was one of the guests who spoke to the board of the Georgia Department of Economic Development at SunTrust Park on Wednesday afternoon scheduled before a game of the Atlanta Braves.