23 May 2015

Lil Jon, GRiZ, and Dada Life Among First Artists Announced for 2015 Imagine Music Festival

The inaugural edition of Imagine Music Festival welcomed electronic dance music (or EDM as it is known to the well initiated) to Georgia's capital city.

Imagine, the Labor Day weekend event conceived by the award-winning Iris Promotion, brought 15,000 people to Historic Fourth Ward Park and the Masquerade Music Park in midtown Atlanta.

2014's Imagine Music Festival featured three stages, showcasing an eclectic mix of over five dozen local, national, and international artists.

With the experiences of year one firmly under their belt, Iris is raising the stakes, bringing even bigger names to Imagine this Labor Day Weekend.

Atlanta superstar Lil Jon, along with GRiZ and Dada Life, are all booked for Imagine 2015.

The first artist announcement took place at another Georgia-favorite -- the CounterPoint Music and Arts Festival.

Ticket sales are going fast for the 2015 Imagine Festival, according to festival organizers, even though the two-day event is still months away.

Tickets to the 2015 Imagine Music Festival can be purchased at www.imaginefestival.com.

22 May 2015

4th Annual Georgia Gives Day Set for 12 November 2015

The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) announced today that the fourth annual Georgia Gives Day will take place on Thursday, 12 November 2015. This state-wide online fundraiser will drive awareness and donations for participating nonprofits across Georgia, encouraging residents to come together for a 24-hour day of giving.

Since the inaugural event in 2012, Georgia Gives Day has brought nearly 30,000 donors to more than 2,000 participating organizations, raising more than $5.1 million to support the nonprofits' individual causes. Donors can give directly to nonprofits on Georgia Gives Day—or any day of the year—by searching for and selecting an organization, cause or locale on GAgives.org.

"During Georgia Gives Day 2014, we were able to raise more money than the first two years combined due to continued support from our nonprofits and corporate partners, and increased engagement from Georgia residents," said Karen Beavor, president and CEO of GCN. "We hope to continue building on that momentum and look forward to reaching new heights in 2015."

Georgia Gives Day 2015 will once again feature popular prize competitions throughout the day, such as last year's Power Hours, Golden Tickets and leaderboards, adding excitement and incentives to donate on Nov. 12. Stay tuned for more information this summer related to competitions and Georgia Gives Day initiatives, which are made possible through the generous support of GCN's corporate and foundation funding partners.

Georgia Gives Day has proven to be a popular way for nonprofits to engage with both current and new constituents. According to a survey of all donors who participated in Georgia Gives Day 2014, 9 percent made their first-ever donation to a nonprofit, 15 percent gave to a new nonprofit, and 20 percent donated more than they budgeted to give on Georgia Gives Day.

All nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) designation are invited to participate free of charge and may register on www.GAgives.org by 1 October 2015. Learn more by visiting www.GAgives.org.

21 May 2015

Atlanta's World of Coke Celebrates 25 Years with Special Memorial Day Sale - 2 Passes for $25

The World of Coca-Cola turns 25 this year.

(The World of Coke celebrates 25 years in Atlanta with a special Memorial Day deal -- 2 Passes for $25, Sunday, 24 May 2015. Image courtesy Coca-Cola.)
Since first opening its doors at Underground Atlanta in 1990, before moving across from the Georgia Aquarium at Pemberton Place in 2007, the World of Coca-Cola has welcomed 23 million guests from six continents, more than 80 countries, all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

The Atlanta attraction showcases the history of the world's most famous beverage brand at the dynamic, multimedia home of the 129-year-old secret formula for Coca-Cola. Visitors get closer than ever before to the vault containing the secret recipe, view more than 1,200 never-before-displayed artifacts, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the bottling process.

“We are so proud to call Atlanta home for 25 years, create moments of happiness for millions of guests and bolster tourism in Atlanta,” said Russell Jacobs, General Manager of Retail and Attractions for The Coca-Cola Company. "The attraction has positively impacted the tourism industry in its hometown city and state, with a $28.9 million total annual impact on Atlanta’s economy and an annual impact on Georgia’s economy of $35.8 million."

To celebrate 25 years in Atlanta, the World of Coke is inviting everyone to enjoy a special anniversary offer this Memorial Day weekend. All day Sunday, 24 May 2015, guests can enjoy two general admission tickets for $25, a savings of 20 percent. These specially priced tickets can be purchased at walk-up ticket windows beginning at 9AM on 24 May. The tickets will not be available online, and will only be valid for admission Sunday.

But the deals don't end there!

2015 also marks the 100th anniversary of the iconic Coca-Cola contour bottle.

Those interested in learning more about the contour bottle can also take advantage of a special offer to visit the High Museum’s exhibit The Coca-Cola Bottle: An American Icon at 100. Both attractions are offering a bounce-back promotion, so anyone with a ticket to the World of Coca-Cola or High Museum can receive $3 off general admission to the other attraction. The offer is available 24 May through June 19 at walk-up ticket windows only.

20 May 2015

Airport West Community Improvement District Hires Program and Safety Directors

The Airport West Community Improvement District (AWCID) is still in its infancy, but they are moving forward with break-neck speed towards fulfilling their purpose.

The AWCID has hired Jon Antoine and Kirsten Berry to serve in the newly created posts of Public Safety Director and Program Director.

Antoine is responsible for all AWCID-related public safety matters, including security patrols, community security task force efforts and coordination between businesses and area law enforcement. Berry will lead all AWCID projects and coordinate efforts with the appropriate agencies and departments across all government levels.

AWCID Executive Director Gerald McDowell said increasing service demands and long-range program development strategies necessitated the two new hires. He said Antoine and Berry demonstrated strong capabilities to address areas most in need of support.

“We experienced a growing need for skilled experts on public safety matters and representation to various government and regulating agencies,” McDowell said. “We are fortunate to have found these resourceful assets with the proven experience to advance the CID’s plans. Our commercial property owners will be well served with these new leadership additions.”

Antoine has more than 20 year of law enforcement experience with the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office, Clayton County Sheriff’s Office and Clayton County Police Department. He received his master’s degree in public administration from Columbus State University, bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Saint Leo University and law enforcement training in multiple states.

Berry has years of experience as a senior transportation planner and project manager in the private sector, and she will utilize her experience in project planning, as well as management and economic impact studies to meet the needs of the AWCID. She graduated with a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Georgia Institute of Technology and she is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Atlanta City Council Member Tells South Fulton Citizens, You Were Misled About Annexation

Annexation into the City of Atlanta is a contentious debate dividing residents in unincorporated south Fulton County.

Proponents and opponents of Atlanta annexation have made their voices heard at every level of government; state, county and now, city.

At the Tuesday, 18 May 2015 Atlanta City Council meeting, municipal representatives heard from both sides.

"Those of us who have submitted the petitions did so because we did not want to be a part of the city of South Fulton," Sandtown resident John Davis said.

On 2 April 2015, petitions were received from the Sandtown, Loch Lomond, and South Oaks communities requesting annexation into the Atlanta. The petitions, which by law must contain both 60% of the private property owners and 60% of the registered voters in the affected area, are currently pending before the Atlanta City Council.

South Fulton Residents Bring the Annexation Debate to Atlanta's City Council

19 May 2015

Georgia Sending Fewer Delegates to 2016 Democratic National Convention

The puzzle pieces for the 2016 presidential contest are slowly being put into place.

White House hopefuls are launching their campaigns, while state and national political parties are finalizing plans on how a presidential nominee will be selected.

On 27 April 2015, the Democratic Party of Georgia released its delegate selection plan for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. This 54-page plan establishes the rules governing how an individual can attend the Democrats' presidential nominating convention in Philadelphia.

According to the document, Georgia is allocated 64 delegates from the fourteen congressional districts, 34 state-wide delegates, and 15 so-called "super delegates." The total number of National Convention delegates from the State of Georgia is 113.

Four years ago, in 2012, Georgia sent 124 delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

The Democratic Party of Georgia is currently taking public comment over the next 30 days before the delegate selection plan is officially submitted to the Democratic National Committee. Interested parties have may comment, by emailing DNC2016@georgiademocrat.org or sending a letter to PO Box 20442, Atlanta, GA 3032