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09 April 2018

Massive Job Fair For Atlanta Youth Scheduled for May 3rd at the Georgia World Congress Center

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™, a coalition of America’s leading companies and foundations, is joining forces with Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and more than 75 local leaders and service providers to host the Atlanta Opportunity Fair at the Georgia World Congress Center on May 3.

The day-long job and resource fair will launch an unprecedented long-term effort to bring jobs and economic opportunity to young people ages 16-24. Any youth interested in attending can now register for free at

Recruiters from more than 25 leading U.S. employers including FedEx, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Five Guys, HMSHost, Taco Bell, Arby’s and more plan to conduct more than 1,800 job interviews at the Atlanta Opportunity Fair for full-time and part-time entry-level positions available across the Atlanta metro area. The event will also feature dozens of free employment and education resources, including one-on-one resume and interview coaching; tips on business attire; opportunities for civic engagement such as voter registration and national service; resources to connect with mentors in the community; the chance to build an online profile with LinkedIn’s experts; and more.

“I am pleased that Atlanta has been selected to host the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™," Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a statement. "As we work to expand our economy, we must ensure that all our young people can realize their potential, especially those who face systemic barriers to access to employment and education.

"This initiative will strengthen our efforts to make sure that as Atlanta prospers, no one is left behind."

The May 3 Atlanta Opportunity Fair is the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative's seventh job and resource fair nationally. It is supported by the Schultz Family Foundation, in partnership with many of the region’s leading businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and civic leaders to employ thousands of Atlanta-area youth, accelerating the coalition’s efforts to achieve their ambitious goal.

"Our business community is eager to get involved and demonstrate how we’re producing a robust workforce through corporate engagement and community outreach,” said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

The Atlanta Opportunity Fair is expected to be the region’s largest-ever job fair aimed at employing and energizing Opportunity Youth. The following national and local leaders and organizations are working with employers to host the Atlanta Opportunity Fair: The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, The Center for Working Families, City of Atlanta, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Metro Atlanta eXchange for Workforce Solutions, Schultz Family Foundation, United Way and more.

28 March 2018

Atlanta Actively Recruiting Super Volunteers for the Super Bowl


That's the number of volunteers Atlanta needs to successfully stage Super Bowl LIII next February.

“We are looking for enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers to help us provide a warm welcome to more than one million visitors during Super Bowl Week,” said Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee Chief Operating Officer Brett Daniels. “The positive experience visiting fans will have will be in large part due to the interaction they have with our TEAM ATL volunteers. We look forward to showcasing the diversity, spirit and character of our region through this program.”

Beginning today, fans can visit to apply and begin the process of becoming part of TEAM ATL.

Interested participants are required to go through a formal application process including a background check and one-on-one interview to be conducted this summer. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old at the time of submission. The Host Committee will hold orientation and a kickoff event this fall and mandatory role-specific training later this year.

TEAM ATL volunteers must commit to work a minimum of three shifts ranging in length from four to six hours each. In addition to being in on the action, volunteers will receive a custom-designed uniform package including a jacket, polo, hat and scarf. Volunteer uniforms will be revealed later this year.

Volunteers will help the Host Committee and City of Atlanta by serving as city ambassadors at key areas such as airports, hotels and official Host Committee and NFL events. There will be no volunteer opportunities inside of Mercedes-Benz Stadium on gameday.

26 March 2018

Tickets Go On Sale, March 30, for Collective Soul and 3 Doors Down at Chastain Park, July 6

(All Aboard The Rock & Roll Express! 3 Doors Down And Collective Soul To Co-Headline Tour With Special Guest Soul Asylum)

3 Doors Down and Collective Soul are heading out on the Rock & Roll Express this summer.

The 36-city tour across North America kicks off July 6 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta.

Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, March 30 at 10am local time.

"It's going to be an exciting summer!," said Ed Roland of Collective Soul. "Not only are we going to be out with a great band, but also some great friends. I look forward to seeing everyone come out and rock with us, 3 Doors Down, and Soul Asylum."

Collective Soul rose to international fame in 1993 with the rock anthem "Shine." The multi-Platinum quintet has a catalog of #1 hits under their belts that has helped shape and define alternative rock. They've sold over 20 million records worldwide and continue to average over one million Spotify streams per month. They were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2009. The band's latest live album, LIVE, was released December 8, 2017 on Suretone Records.

Grammy Award®-nominated multi-Platinum Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down has been captivating audiences around the world for nearly two decades. With 20 million albums sold globally, their success has been fueled by hits including "Kryptonite," "When I'm Gone," "Here Without You," and "It's Not My Time."

Grammy Award®-winning rock band Soul Asylum will also join Collective Soul and 3 Doors Down on selected dates.

"Soul Asylum, Collective Soul and 3 Doors Down, that's a big night of hits!," said Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down. "I'm looking forward to hopping on the Rock & Roll Express this summer, gonna be fun!"

The tour is produced by Live Nation.

22 March 2018

Atlanta Planning 10-Day Festival Ahead of Super Bowl Week Next February

Party planning is already underway for Super Bowl LIII and the thousands of football fans coming to Atlanta next February.

The Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee announced a partnership with On Location Experiences, the official hospitality partner of the National Football League, to develop local events surrounding Super Bowl LIII.

(Image courtesy Atlanta Super Bowl LIII Host Committee.)
On Location Experiences produced A-List concerts, pre-game tailgates and post-game parties at Super Bowl LII last year. More than one million people enjoyed ten days of festivities in Minneapolis leading up to the big game. For Atlanta, On Location Experiences is planning more of the same with live music, food and interactive entertainment.

“We are thrilled to be working with the Host Committee as they plan this iconic event in such an extraordinary city," said On Location Experiences CEO John Collins. "The Super Bowl is one of the most anticipated sporting events in the world, and we look forward to developing unique experiences that are open to the public and available for everyone in Atlanta to enjoy."

20 March 2018

Georgia's Getting a Bigger Aquarium for a Bigger Fish...Sharks!

The largest aquarium in the United States is getting bigger.

Georgia Aquarium revealed expansion plans today for a new gallery featuring sharks --one of the most misunderstood species in the ocean-- to open in late fall of 2020. The project, Expansion 2020, is a major addition to the Western hemisphere’s largest aquarium featuring a shark habitat and redesigned entry.

(Sharks are coming to the Georgia Aquarium in 2020. Image courtesy Georgia Aquarium)
“We have always done things big, and 12 years after our opening we are still holding true to that,” said Joseph Handy, president and chief operating officer of Georgia Aquarium. “This new expansion will enhance our guests’ experience as soon as they enter the Aquarium and will spotlight an all-new gallery with awe-inspiring species of sharks. We can safely say, Georgia, you’re going to need a bigger aquarium!”

The saltwater gallery will feature stunning floor to ceiling acrylic windows to give guests an up-close and personal view of these majestic animals. Potential shark species under consideration include hammerheads, sand tiger sharks, and sandbar sharks.