Archives for May 2016

NALHFA Elects Dawn Luke to Its Board of Directors

Dawn Luke, Senior Vice President of Community Development at Invest Atlanta, has been elected by the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA) to its Board of Directors. NALHFA, a 34-year-old national association of professionals who help finance affordable housing at the local level in support of broader community development goals, tabbed Luke for… Read more

Panelists to ponder housing affordability in Atlanta

In March, Invest Atlanta’s Dawn Luke joined a group of real estate developers and housing development advocates to discuss the state of housing affordability in Atlanta at the Urban Land Institute’s annual Young Leaders Group panel event. At Affording Atlanta, which was held at The Garage collaboration space in Tech Square, Luke and the other panel… Read more

High Performance Computing Center to Transform Tech Square

CODA, a collaborative development anchored by a high-performance computing center and partially underwritten by $15 million in tax incentives approved by Invest Atlanta, will begin construction this year on a 2-acre site at Tech Square in Midtown Atlanta. It’s expected to open by the end of 2018. The 755,000-sq. ft., $360-million mixed-use complex will bring… Read more

Councilman Dickens Cites Invest Atlanta For Help on Affordable Housing Ordinance

Atlanta City Councilman Andre Dickens has recognized Invest Atlanta and a host of other public- and private-sector groups and individuals for the part they played in helping to shape the Affordable Housing Ordinance that the City Council overwhelmingly approved on May 16. The ordinance, which Dickens authored, requires all leased multi-family residential properties that obtain… Read more

CEO Message for May 2016

If we want to attract and retain innovators and entrepreneurs, then we have to be innovative and entrepreneurial. In this spirit, Invest Atlanta recently hosted a roundtable where millennials who live and work in Atlanta expressed a preference for home ownership over rent, single-family homes instead of condominiums, and self-employment over traditional work for an… Read more

IA Employees Join in Earth Day Cleanup on Westside

Employees of Invest Atlanta, which has contributed $3 million to assemble land and remove blight in the Westside Tax Allocation District (TAD) neighborhoods, joined NPU-L community leaders and residents in an Earth Day cleanup of those neighborhoods last month. Among other things, IA workers donned protective double gloves in order to safely pick up items… Read more

Millennials Want to Own Homes, Work for Themselves

If the feedback from FLASH FOCUS, a focus group event, hosted by Invest Atlanta last month is any indication, millennials in Atlanta would rather own than rent their home, live in single-family homes instead of condominiums, and run their own businesses instead of work for employers. That was the consensus among 18-to-33-year-old Atlantans who are living,… Read more

Invest Atlanta Efforts Pivotal in Growth of Local FinTech Community

Invest Atlanta is a supporter of Atlanta’s burgeoning FinTech community - one of the largest in the U.S. – through incentives, permitting assistance, and helping to bring key industry collaborators to the city. FinTech, or financial technology that leverages financial services transactions, has made Georgia into what has become known as Transaction Alley, because 70… Read more

Keysight Technologies bringing facility to Tech Square

Invest Atlanta was a key member of the public-private sector team that worked to make the Keysight expansion into Atlanta a reality. Other partners in the effort included the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Global Commerce Division, the City of Atlanta, Georgia Tech, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Power. The $14-million project… Read more