Archives for October 2017

Invest Atlanta and Partners Showcase Atlanta FinTech at Money2020

The Invest Atlanta Economic Development team traveled to Las Vegas in October for Money 2020, the world’s largest payments and financial services innovation conference. Working with the state of Georgia, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and FinTech Atlanta, Invest Atlanta had an incredibly successful time in Las Vegas as the city, state, and region… Read more

Westside Community Builders Program Officially Launched

The first members of the Community Builders program gathered at a welcoming reception at the Invest Atlanta offices on October 26 to mark the official launch of the initiative. Invest Atlanta created the Community Builders program in response to growing interest from residents on the Westside to learn how to redevelop vacant, abandoned, and blighted… Read more

Invest Atlanta Joins 8th Annual APAB Citizen Engagement and Community Day

Invest Atlanta took an active role in the Atlanta Planning Advisory’s Citizen Engagement and Community Day, held at Zoo Atlanta on October 14. Dawn Luke, Senior Vice President of Community Development, shared information about community development and housing finance with the attendees. The annual event, now in its eighth year, aims to equip Atlanta residents with… Read more

Historic Atlanta Constitution Building Is Sold

The Invest Atlanta Board of Directors has approved the sale of the Atlanta Constitution building, which will be redeveloped into a mixed-used development with 34 affordable housing units. This historic structure has been vacant since the 1970’s. “This is a project that’s near and dear to all our hearts,” said Dawn Luke, Invest Atlanta’s Senior Vice President… Read more

Startups Pitch at Second Annual ATL Aviation Innovation Demo Day

Six startups from Atlanta, the United Kingdom, and France presented their innovations at the second annual ATL Aviation Innovation Demo Day. Held on October 13, 2017 at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the event featured startups delivering 7-minute pitches to representatives from the airport and several airlines. Invest Atlanta, the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs, and… Read more

CEO Message for October 2017: Supporting Financial Technology and Inclusion

It’s no secret that Atlanta has become a global destination for financial and payments technology, and our region has even earned the nickname “Transaction Alley.” Fintech companies in Georgia generate annual revenues of more than $72 billion, placing us third in the nation behind only New York and California, and employ more than 30,000 people.… Read more

Boys & Girls Club Breaks Ground on The Innovation & Expression Studio

On Tuesday, October 10, the John H. Harland Boys & Girls Club in the West End of Atlanta broke ground on their new creative arts hub: The Innovation and Expression Studio (TIES). The new 27,000 square-foot space will provide arts and innovation programming to more than 200 children and teens per day. Both current members… Read more

IA Grant Supports Housing for Homeless Women and Children

A $350,000 grant from the Housing Opportunity Fund will go to the City of Refuge to reimburse the organization for property being developed into supportive housing for homeless women and children. The Urban Residential Finance Authority board approved the grant in June, and the grant closed in September. The property, located directly across from the… Read more

Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative Celebrates Inaugural Graduating Class

The Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) recently celebrated the inaugural graduating class of 15 women entrepreneurs. In attendance were Mayor Kasim Reed, Theia Smith, Executive Director of WEI, and members of the WEI Advisory Board, including Invest Atlanta President and CEO Dr. Eloisa Klementich. As the only city-funded initiative of its kind in the nation, WEI is… Read more

New 20PLUS Homebuyer Incentive Launches at West Highlands Open House Tour

More than 100 attendees came to the West Highlands Open House, where they toured model homes for sale and learned about 20PLUS, the newest Invest Atlanta homebuyer incentive. The event, held on Saturday, September 30, showcased newly-constructed, affordable homes available for sale to prospective 20PLUS participants in West Highlands, an award-winning, Brock Built master planned community in… Read more

Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail Officially Opens

The Westside Trail, a new three-mile corridor on the Atlanta BeltLine, is now open and available for everyone to enjoy. The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at Gordon White Park on Friday, September 29. In attendance were Mayor Kasim Reed, Rep. John Lewis, Atlanta BeltLine Inc. President and CEO Brian McGowan, Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Executive Director… Read more

Two BRE Clients Open Office Expansions in the City of Atlanta

The Invest Atlanta Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) team saw two clients—GCI Graphics and Salesloft—open their brand-new office spaces in September. On Thursday, September 28, GCI Graphics cut the ribbon on their new 40,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art production facility in Atlanta Industrial Park. The additional room will provide the 25-year-old company with the ability to add… Read more