Westside Students Receive Early Holiday Surprise

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Invest Atlanta is living up to its long-term commitment to help stabilize Westside communities. The goal is to ensure current residents of neighborhoods like English Avenue, Vine City, and Castleberry Hill benefit from the new investments being made around the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

To date, Invest Atlanta has injected approximately $56 million into the transformation of streets, parks, vacant properties and community development in the Westside Tax Allocation District. But the organization’s commitment doesn’t stop there.

Invest Atlanta recently partnered with Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy, a new PreK-8 STEM neighborhood school led by Dr. Diamond Jack for children in the 30314 zip code. When the community development team first met with Dr. Jack, she spoke about her ongoing effort to provide all of Hollis’ 560 students two school uniforms. Upon hearing this, Invest Atlanta CEO Dr. Klementich put out a call for donations to her extensive network of local business contacts.

Portman Holdings, an Atlanta-based commercial real estate firm concentrating on urban development, quickly responded. They agreed to cover the entire $10,000 amount Hollis needed to give each student two uniforms, just in time for the holidays. To celebrate, Invest Atlanta staff attended the school’s Parent Involvement Day, where parents, teachers, and staff received information about IA’s homeownership and small business loan programs.

As these Westside partnerships grow, Invest Atlanta will continue to find opportunities to engage Atlanta’s robust business community in the revitalization of the city’s core neighborhoods.

In addition, Invest Atlanta staff continues to volunteer their time to improving the area. Over the past six months, they’ve participated in two neighborhood cleanups and helped secure in-kind donations of supplies, all in partnership with the Vine City Civic Association. Staff also took part in the Trunk or Treat festivities at Vine City Park, which provided them a fun opportunity to dress up and hand out candy to Westside youth.