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  • January 31, 2022 2:46 PM | Anonymous

    Invest Atlanta is the official economic development authority for the City of Atlanta. Its purpose is to strengthen Atlanta’s economy and global competitiveness to create increased opportunity and prosperity for the people of Atlanta.

    With equity front and center, Invest Atlanta supports businesses through economic development incentives, small business loans, workforce solutions, connections to institutions around the city, and other robust programs designed to give all businesses the opportunity to succeed.

    Meet with the Business Expansion & Retention Team to learn more about how Invest Atlanta can support your business!

    Meet with the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Team to learn more about how Invest Atlanta can support your startup!

    Feb. 15th at 11:30 am: Bookkeeping & Tax Credits with Saurav Bhandari, CPA of Arbo
    Feb. 22nd at 11:30 am: Hiring with Ariel Lopez of Knac
    Mar. 1st at 11:30 am: Cybersecurity with Nick Santora of Curricula
    Mar. 8th at 11:20 am: Fundraising with Graham Gintz

     of Knightley

    Mayor Dickens announces $20 million Wells Fargo "Open for Business" donation

    Feb. 1st: Plywood People's "Path" Program Begins
    Path is an interactive six-week online course designed to help problem solvers decide which direction to take with their idea. Path is offered four times during the year. The next cohort begins in February 1st, 2022!

    Feb. 3rd: Final Deadline to Apply to Emory's "Startup Launch" Program
    The program helps early-stage founder teams to rapidly develop their ideas and move their startup forward. Each team must include at least one Emory student, alumnus/a, or faculty or staff member, while other team members may be from the community at large. The program is free of charge.

    Feb. 6th: Deadline to Apply to Atlanta Inno's "Inno Madness" Competition
    Nominate a local startup (private, tech-enabled businesses or companies who support innovation.The Inno team will assemble brackets of private, fast-growing, tech-enabled local businesses based on nominations. In the end, only one company will be chosen as Inno Madness Winner. 


    Feb. 9th: Deadline to Apply to Women of Color Grant Program
    The Fearless Fund and Tory Burch Foundation in partnership with The Cru will award up to 150 deserving women of color-owned small businesses $10,000- $20,000. In addition, recipients will be awarded access to a peer network to help you continue to build and grow their business.

    Feb. 11th: Deadline to Apply to Cisco 2022 Global Problem Solver Challenge
    The Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2022 is a worldwide search for early-stage technology-enabled solutions and services that can enable economic development and/or benefit society and/or the environment.

    Feb. 14th: Deadline to Apply to Department of City Planning's "Public Kiosk" Program
    Applications are now open for businesses to apply to operate downtown Atlanta brick-and-mortar kiosks. This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, while contributing to a more vibrant and pedestrian-friendly public realm in downtown.

    Feb. 17th: Deadline to Apply to Department of City Planning's "Love Our Places: Bike Parking" Program
    The City of Atlanta Department of City Planning’s Love Our Places program is looking to partner with an artist with each bike parking location selected during a previous call to develop and implement custom art for each award location.

    Feb. 21st: Deadline to Apply to SHRM's "WorkplaceTech Accelerator" Program
    The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), through SHRMLabs, is launching an inaugural 8-week virtual program that is designed to scale up early-stage, growth driven startups dedicated to elevating HR and solving today's most pressing workplace challenges.


    Feb. 22nd: Deadline to Apply to Partnership for Inclusive Innovation (PIN)'s Innovate for All Grant Fund
    Innovate for All funds and supports projects that help empower and sustain a statewide network of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship resources to create economic opportunities for Georgia’s rural, suburban, and urban centers, with a focus on the people and places that are often overlooked as hubs of innovation.

    April 1st: Deadline to Apply to Endeavor's "Scale Up Atlanta" Program
    This 7-month non-dilutive program equips Atlanta’s fastest-growing, highest potential Black founders with the resources and confidence to take their business to the next level. Selected entrepreneurs will participate in monthly programming and receive hyper-curated mentorship and services for the dynamic challenges of scaling up: a time commitment of 3+ hours per month, from May to November 2022.

    April 6th: Deadline to Apply to Techstars Atlanta in Partnership with Cox Enterprises
    This program is located in the epicenter of startup activity in the Southeast U.S., helping entrepreneurs build meaningful companies and enduring brands.

    Rolling: Goodie Nation's "Intentionally Good" Program Application
    Intentionally Good is a relationship and growth program from Goodie Nation that increases the competitiveness of tech-focused social entrepreneurs and diverse founders (Black, Latinx, and Women) for endorsements, pilots and strategic partnerships, and funding through professional development, warm introductions, and mental health sessions. 


    Rolling: Waitlist Open for Zane Access™ Capital Readiness Cohort
    Designed to meet the unique needs of underrepresented founders, the 10-week immersive course prepares underrepresented founding teams to successfully raise capital by providing them with networks and mentors to help them champion their story and use their own powerful, unique voice and brand.

    Rolling: Panoramic Ventures' Startup Showdown Application
    Startup Showdown offers early-stage startups the chance to pitch investors and increase their visibility among an expanded investor network. All semifinalists benefit from Mentor Day, where they will refine their pitch in front of experienced founders and other tech executives. Five finalists are selected to compete on stage in front of a panel of guest investor judges where we invest $120,000 in exchange for 7% of your company.

    Rolling: Applications for theClubhou.se "Make Startups" Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program
    This program offers classes beginning every couple of months in a variety of locations, meets once or twice a week, and is followed by six months of weekly mentoring which completes the full Make Startups Certificate of Entrepreneurship. The program is free if you qualify for funding through Atlanta's Workforce Development. Please add "Zane Access" in the section "where you heard about the program".

    Rolling: QuickBooks Restaurant Relief Initiative in partnership with the Georgia Restaurant Association Foundation
    Through the QuickBooks Restaurant Relief Initiative, restaurants with an annual net revenue of less than $250,000 can apply for a $5,000 grant to cover payroll and operating expenses to help employ and retain staff.




  • January 28, 2022 10:46 AM | Anonymous

    January 27, 2022

    Cheshire Bridge Design/Build Procurement Underway

    Prospective contractor bids due on February 1, 2022

    With demolition complete, the City of Atlanta Department of Transportation (ATLDOT) is currently accepting bids for the design and rebuild of the Cheshire Bridge over South Fork Peachtree Creek. Bids from prospective contractors are due on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.

     

    The bridge has been closed to all modes of transportation since August 2021, when a fire severely compromised its safety and efficacy. Demolition was completed in December 2021.

     

    Next steps toward construction include bid evaluation, contractor recommendation, and contract execution. ATLDOT will share additional information as the procurement process moves forward.


    ATLDOT reminds the public that pedestrians are restricted from entering the bridge construction zone until the demolition and rebuild are complete. For your safety, please do not enter the creek bed, sloping, and fenced off bridge areas on either side of the creek. 

    Cheshire Bridge Rebuild updates are available on the ATLDOT website (atldot.atlantaga.gov). Stay engaged with ATLDOT on our Twitter feed @ATLDOT, ATLDOT Facebook page, Instagram channel @ATL.DOT, and NextDoor platforms.

  • January 17, 2022 2:54 PM | Anonymous

    SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES

    January 18: Free Intro to Google Analytics | Online Class

    January 18: Business Bookkeeping Basics

    January 20: 10 Key Steps to Grow Your Solo Business

    Jan. 24th: The Center for Micro-Entrepreneurial Training

    The Center for Micro-Entrepreneurial Training is conducting a FREE 5-day virtual training. This immersive training is for women and minority entrepreneurs who have limited knowledge about managing, building, or starting a new business. It is designed to give the fundamental foundation to meet the challenges and risks that an entrepreneur will face.

    January 26: Small Business Access to Capital

    January 28: PITCH PRACTICE

    Jan. 31st: Deadline to Apply to Georgia State's Main Street Entrepreneurs Seed Fund

    Georgia State University undergraduate students, graduate students, recent alumni, and Georgia State community entrepreneurs are welcomed to apply to the 3rd cohort of the Main Street Entrepreneurs Seed Fund! The Main Street program aims to support diverse entrepreneurs and foster inclusive entrepreneurship.


    Feb. 11th: Cisco 2022 Global Problem Solver Challenge

    The Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2022 is a worldwide search for early-stage technology-enabled solutions and services that can enable economic development and/or benefit society and/or the environment.


    Rolling: Waitlist Open for Zane Access™ Capital Readiness Cohort

    Designed to meet the unique needs of underrepresented founders, the 10-week immersive course prepares underrepresented founding teams to successfully raise capital by providing them with networks and mentors to help them champion their story and use their own powerful, unique voice and brand.


    Rolling: Panoramic Ventures' Startup Showdown Application

    Startup Showdown offers early-stage startups the chance to pitch investors and increase their visibility among an expanded investor network. All semifinalists benefit from Mentor Day, where they will refine their pitch in front of experienced founders and other tech executives. Five finalists are selected to compete on stage in front of a panel of guest investor judges where we invest $120,000 in exchange for 7% of your company.


    Rolling: Applications for theClubhou.se "Make Startups" Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program

    This program offers classes beginning every couple of months in a variety of locations, meets once or twice a week, and is followed by six months of weekly mentoring which completes the full Make Startups Certificate of Entrepreneurship. The program is free if you qualify for funding through Atlanta's Workforce Development. Please add "Zane Access" in the section "where you heard about the program".


    Rolling: QuickBooks Restaurant Relief Initiative in partnership with the Georgia Restaurant Association Foundation

    Through the QuickBooks Restaurant Relief Initiative, restaurants with an annual net revenue of less than $250,000 can apply for a $5,000 grant to cover payroll and operating expenses to help employ and retain staff.



  • December 01, 2021 4:50 PM | Anonymous
  • December 01, 2021 4:47 PM | Anonymous

    Cheshire Bridge Demolition is Complete!


    Bridge Access Remains Restricted Until Rebuild Is Finished


    The City of Atlanta Department of Transportation (ATLDOT) is pleased to announce demolition of the Cheshire Bridge over South Fork Peachtree Creek has been completed as scheduled.

     

    The bridge has been closed to all modes of transportation since August 2021, when a fire severely compromised its safety and efficacy. Demolition work began nearly four (4) weeks ago and has steadily progressed without major obstacles. Crews will continue to remove demolition debris from the area through the end of the week.

     

    Currently, the procurement process is underway, with the bridge rebuild estimated to begin in the first quarter of 2022.


    ATLDOT reminds the public that pedestrians are restricted from entering the bridge construction zone until the demolition and rebuild are complete. For your safety, please do not enter the creek bed, sloping, and fenced off bridge areas on either side of the creek. 

    Cheshire Bridge Rebuild updates are available on the ATLDOT website (atldot.atlantaga.gov). Stay engaged with ATLDOT on our Twitter feed @ATLDOT, ATLDOT Facebook page, Instagram channel @ATL.DOT, and NextDoor platforms.

    Sincerely,


    Communications Team

    Atlanta Department of Transportation


  • November 08, 2021 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    Public input is essential to the success of ATL Zoning 2.0. We’ll be working closely with Atlanta’s residents, businesses, and property owners to explore, draft, test, and refine the new Zoning Ordinance and Official Zoning Map well before the official adoption process begins.

    The process includes thirteen rounds of public meetings and workshops, not including the official adoption process.  The Atlanta Zoning Ordinance Rewrite’s public process starts with Idea Labs. Idea Labs are opportunities for planning and zoning experts to share ideas that might be appropriate to incorporate into the new Zoning Ordinance. Ideas presented are all subject to refinement as the new Zoning Ordinance is discussed and vetted through the public process.

    MORE INFORMATION

    Idea Labs 2: Coding after COVID-19 / Sustainability

    VIRTUAL ON ZOOM

    Tuesday, November 9, 2021

    6:00 pm-8:00 pm

    REGISTER HERE  This Idea Lab will explore how COVID-19 has changed cities and how they can be more environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable.

    Idea Labs 3: Urban Ecology / Coding for Mobility and Access

    Tuesday, November 16, 2021

    6:00 pm-8:00 pm

    REGISTER HERE This Idea Lab will examine how zoning can affect how we move around, access daily needs, and embrace Atlanta’s natural systems.

    Idea Labs 4: Coding for Place / Unlocking Residual Space

    Idea Labs 4: Coding for Place / Unlocking Residual Space

    Tuesday, December 14, 2021

    6:00 pm-8:00 pm

    REGISTER HERE: This Idea Lab will examine how zoning can be tailored to Atlanta’s unique neighborhoods and make better use of space within them.


  • November 08, 2021 10:34 AM | Anonymous

    Cheshire Bridge Demolition to Begin Week of November 8th
    All Bridge Access Restricted Through End of Construction

    ATLANTA—The City of Atlanta Department of Transportation (ATLDOT) announced utility relocation work is complete on the fire-damaged Cheshire Bridge over South Fork Peachtree Creek, clearing the way for demolition work to begin the week of November 8th.

    The bridge was closed to traffic after a fire severely compromised its safety and efficacy in August of this year. A demolition contractor was selected in late September and vendors have been working to move power, water, gas, cable and phone lines off the bridge and around the construction zone.

    Final preparations are scheduled to be completed by Sunday, November 7th. Investigative demolition work—as well as bridge sidewalk and overhang removal—will then take place, with major demolition scheduled to begin later that same week.

    “We are grateful for the patience and continued support of the local community in the face of the tremendous inconvenience caused by the Cheshire Bridge closure,” said ATLDOT Commissioner Josh Rowan. “Issues encountered during the utility relocation process have delayed the start of demolition, but work should progress well from this point.”

    The designated contractor will work seven days a week on a 24-hour-a-day schedule to complete the demolition. This aggressive schedule will ensure the safety of the public, while preparing the bridge for construction in 2022.

    “We are currently preparing a bid package for design and construction and expect to have a contractor on board soon after demolition is complete,” Rowan said. “We remain committed to getting the bridge demolished and replaced as safely and quickly as possible.” 

    About ATLDOT:  The Atlanta Department of Transportation serves as both the coordinating agency for all transportation matters within the city government and as the point of contact for residents and external agencies. ATLDOT’s goal is to provide a safer, more equitable and more sustainable transportation network throughout the city.


  • November 08, 2021 10:33 AM | Anonymous

    Southbound Armour Traffic Gains Lane to Westbound Monroe Dr. Next Week as Roundabout Work Continues              


    ATLANTA – Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) contractors will switch the existing traffic patterns at the intersection of Monroe Drive and Armour Drive next week as construction of the Monroe-Armour Roundabout continues at the intersection in the City of Atlanta, Fulton County.  When the project is complete, the single lane roundabout will enhance driver and pedestrian safety and improve mobility through this busy intersection.


    Weather and on-site conditions permitting, construction will move to Stage 2, with these traffic shifts in place between Monday, November 8 and Friday, November 12:

    • Two lanes of traffic will be able to travel southbound on Armour Drive from under the SR 13/Buford Connector bridge to the Monroe Drive intersection for access to westbound (right turn) access onto Monroe. This additional space was created by widening Armour Drive in Stage 1. This week, crews are scheduled to restripe Armour for the two travel lanes.
    • Monroe Drive traffic lanes will be shifted north so that crews can begin widening the southern lane.  Once the traffic shift is achieved, flaggers will be on-site to help direct drivers through the area.
    Stage 2 construction plans are estimated to take place from now until early winter 2022, including widening the Monroe section of the project, implementing the new lane shift with the temporary traffic signal adjusted to maximize travel through the area and beginning to install lighting at the intersection.  

    These closures are needed to provide safety for drivers and workers. Drivers should expect traffic delays related to this construction next week and are advised to alter their travel routes and/or allow additional time for travel to/from destinations near the project area.   
    To minimize delays in the area, several measures have already been implemented, including:  
    • Timing of traffic signals at the intersections of Armor Drive at Monroe Drive and at the SR 13/ Buford Spring Connector ramp have been adjusted to maximize traffic flow. 
    • Traffic control measures including temporary barriers, flaggers, on-site message boards and signage alert approaching drivers to choose alternate travel routes and/or allow additional travel time through the area.
    • “Don’t Block the Box” signage has been installed at Armour Drive at SR 13/ Buford Spring Connector to prevent vehicles from blocking the intersection.
    • Work hours are limited to daytime (9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.) during the week and overnights (8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m.) Friday through Monday morning to avoid traffic impacts during peak travel times.  
    Once complete, features of the new Monroe-Armour Roundabout will reduce delays and improve travel through the intersection, including:
    • On Armour Drive southbound, a new right turn lane and left turn lane;
    • On Monroe Drive westbound, a shared right turn and through lane;
    • On Monroe Drive eastbound, a shared left turn and through lane; and
    • The existing right-turn only lane on the SR 13 exit ramp to the intersection will be converted to a shared left and right turn lane.
    • In addition, sidewalks, curb and gutter and a bus stop will be constructed.
    The $1.6 million project is scheduled for completion in April 2022, weather and on-site conditions permitting.  

    Message boards and signage will advise drivers to slow their speed through the area.  Motorists are advised to expect some traffic delays, exercise caution, and reduce their speed while traveling through work zones. Before heading out, get real-time information on work status and traffic conditions. Call 511, visit 511ga.org, or download the Georgia 511 app. 


  • September 15, 2021 10:34 PM | Anonymous

    Read the presentation with all the project details

    Contact Info: 

    Akara Tan, GDOT Project Manager

    Work Cell: (404) 809-0098

    Email: atan@dot.ga.gov



    Akara Tan, Construction Project Manager

    Project Email: Armour-MonroeRoundabout@dot.ga.gov

    (this email connects to GDOT project staff including the project manager)



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