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Keith Parker

In his new job at Goodwill, Keith Parker is focused on income inequality

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on January 5, 2018

When Keith Parker was a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University, he would buy his clothing and furniture from Goodwill.

That sparked his affinity for Goodwill — he has been a regular donor since graduating from college, and he has served on the boards of the Goodwill of San Antonio and Goodwill of North Georgia.

Proctor Creek Greenway Monday, on its official opening day. Credit: Kelly Jordan

Proctor Creek Greenway opens, an amenity with a little anxiety

Official Atlanta got out the big blue scissors on Monday morning, this time to cut the ribbon on some three new miles of multiuse trail along Proctor Creek. It was a morning to celebrate a creek and trail as scenic as anything in North Georgia. But not far from the surface were worries about the flip side of fancy new public works in an area that’s long been bypassed by prosperity.

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Cook Park

Column: Trust for Public Land reaches fundraising goal for Westside park

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Dec. 22, 2017

The Trust for Public Land has reached its $12.7 million goal to build out the Rodney Cook Sr. Park in Vine City, with the hope that it will be open in time for the Super Bowl in February 2019.

George Dusenbury, state director of the Trust for Public Land, said the grand vision for the park appealed to both the community and the philanthropic community.

Enough already: GRTA, SRTA, MARTA, GDOT, ARC…and now….the ATL

Nearly 20 years ago, key business and government leaders heralded the creation of a new transportation authority that would tackle metro Atlanta’s traffic problems by expanding transit.

And so the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority – GRTA – was born.

At the time, there was one naysayer – the late Harry West, the longtime executive director of the Atlanta Regional Commission.

MARTA (always) Matters. So Now What?

By Lyle V. Harris

We told you so. Or at least we tried.
Remember when MARTA was mostly treated as a punchline and a punching bag for anti-transit haters? I sure do.
About eight years ago, my former MARTA colleagues and I brainstormed a public awareness campaign to counter the trash-talking naysayers by extolling the untold virtues of the buses, trains and dedicated MARTA employees who help to keep the Atlanta region moving forward.  

MARTA selects another Parker to be its next CEO

MARTA’s Board of Directors Thursday selected Jeffrey A. Parker as its choice to be the agency’s next general manager and CEO.

Parker, who worked at MARTA as senior director of transportation operations from 2005 to 2008, currently is vice president of HNTB Corp., an infrastructure solutions firm that has worked closely with MARTA over the years.