Archives for November 2016

Startups Prepare for Takeoff at Airport Demo Day

Six startups from around the world had the opportunity to pitch their innovations to airport and airline representatives at what might be the first of many Aviation Innovation Demo Days. Held in November during the final week of the Atlanta-Toulouse Startup Exchange at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the event featured startups delivering their pitches to representatives… Read more

New Home for Westside Works Opens in Vine City

Quest Community Complex, a catalytic project that will have substantial impact toward creating successful outcomes for Atlanta’s Westside, held its grand opening celebration on October 10, 2016.  Invest Atlanta provided a $3.5 million grant for the project. As the new home to Westside Works, the contemporary 12,000 square-foot facility in Vine City will be a… Read more

Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative Nominates IA’s Dawn Luke to Board

Dawn Luke, Senior Vice President of Community Development for Invest Atlanta, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative (ALTC). A coalition of public, private, and community partners, the ALTC supports the creation of permanently affordable housing around the Atlanta BeltLine and throughout the City of Atlanta. The ALTC… Read more

CEO Message for November 2016

“Govern Like an Entrepreneur” was the topic I was privileged to present recently at TEDx Peachtree. I believe that by adopting an entrepreneurial mindset, governments have the potential to be even more impactful in creating dynamic cities. Invest Atlanta is committed to making Atlanta the most economically dynamic and competitive city in the world. Inherent… Read more

Inaugural FinTech Festival Brings Invest Atlanta to Singapore

Invest Atlanta Senior Vice President of Economic Development Kevin Johnson traveled to the inaugural Singapore FinTech Festival to seek foreign investment opportunities for Atlanta’s financial technology (FinTech) businesses. He was also there to explore possibilities for those businesses to expand abroad and to encourage foreign companies to look at Atlanta as a potential site for… Read more

Invest Atlanta Heavily Promotes Homeownership Incentives in October

Invest Atlanta’s Homeownership group was busy throughout the month of October briefing attendees of four Atlanta community events about available Down Payment Assistance incentives for home ownership and renovation. On October 8 at the Lifecycle Building Center (LBC), more than 60 prospective homebuyers attended the HOUSE RULES Home Renovation Education Workshop to learn about the… Read more

Rolling Out Magazine Names Klementich One of Top 25 Women of Atlanta

Invest Atlanta President and CEO Dr. Eloisa Klementich has been selected as one of Rolling Out Magazine’s Top 25 Women of Atlanta. Klementich and the other honorees were recognized at the 11th Annual Top 25 Women of Atlanta Awards Dinner on October 27. “This illustrious group of honorees consists of entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and civic… Read more

Invest Atlanta Co-Hosts Women’s Fitness and Empowerment Event

Invest Atlanta and the Atlanta Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) invited #PowerWomenSweat founder Amber Grimes to lead a networking, empowerment, and fitness event for women who contribute daily to the growth of Atlanta. Held on the final weekend of October in the Atlanta City Hall Atrium, the event recognized Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raised more… Read more

New UPS Facility Coming to South Atlanta

Mayor Kasim Reed and Governor Nathan Deal announced that United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS), a package delivery company, will create 1,250 jobs and invest more than $400 million to establish a regional sorting and distribution hub in Atlanta by the end of 2018. “I am very pleased to see that UPS, a Fortune 500 company… Read more

Georgia Named #1 State for Business for Fourth Consecutive Year

Site Selection, a leading economic development trade publication, has named Georgia the top state in which to do business for the fourth year in a row.  “Georgia’s top state business climate ranking is based on where corporate expansion projects are occurring and where investors say they want to commit their capital for the long term,”… Read more

Successful entrepreneurs recognized at IA’s Excellence in Small Business Awards

Invest Atlanta recognized thirteen local businesses for their role in strengthening Atlanta’s small business sector at the agency’s first small business awards luncheon. The award ceremony was held October 26 at The Commerce Club in Atlanta. All but one of the honorees have used Invest Atlanta loans to grow and sustain their businesses successfully over time. The… Read more

Anthem locates IT hub in Midtown Atlanta

Anthem, Inc., one of the largest health benefits companies in the U.S., is locating an information technology services hub at Bank of America Plaza in Midtown Atlanta that will create more than 1,800 jobs. The company will invest more than $20 million in Atlanta over the next six years. “I am excited that Anthem has… Read more