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Atlanta mayor, French officials to sign agreement

Atlanta mayor, French officials to sign agreement

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and French officials plan to sign a memorandum of understanding aimed at creating a favorable environment for international companies around the airports in Atlanta and Paris.

Jean-Claude Detilleux from the Paris region's development office and Elisabeth Le Masson from Paris' airports plan to join the mayor Monday at Atlanta City Hall for the signing.

The memorandum has three main objectives: to promote the areas around the airports for companies looking to locate in the two countries; to jointly seek companies in emerging countries that want to expand internationally; to initiate and ultimately create an international network of airport areas.

Pascal Le Deunff, consul general of France in Atlanta, says the new agreement aims to boost international business exchanges and foreign investments.

Atlanta named early partner in energy program

Atlanta named early partner in energy program

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the city is one of three selected to be early partners in President Obama's Better Buildings Challenge.

Authorities said Atlanta aims to reduce energy consumption in the downtown district by 20 percent over the next decade as part of the program.

Reed said in a statement that more than two million square feet of building space in Atlanta would be improved as a part of the effort.

The other two cities named as early partners of the Better Buildings Challenge are Los Angeles and Seattle.

Are You Stale?

Are You Stale?

 

Have you ever bitten into something that’s stale? There is nothing worse than having your mouth set on eating a chip, a cracker, a fry, or a piece of bread, only to realize that it has become stale, flavorless and cold.

Believe it or not, it happens like that in life, too. We get so caught up in trying to balance career, family and finances that we don’t realize we’ve evolved into a “flavorless” existence. Think about it, prior to adult responsibilities, we had hunger and ambition. We had zeal and imagination that dared us to be greater than people’s expectations… even our own. We had dreams of entrepreneurship, writing books, starting non-profits, singing, acting, etc… but where did they go? Have our fresh ideas, thoughts and desires become so stale that they’re lost for good?

Save 20% at great Atlanta restaurants throughout the month of July

Save 20% at great Atlanta restaurants throughout the month of July

Atlanta --  The first annual Dinner & A Cause Card benefiting the “Children of Conservation” project is now available.  The card costs only $50 and offers holders a 20% discount at great Atlanta restaurants while contributing 100% of the profits to the education of children and protection of wildlife in third world countries.  Giving Never Tasted So Good!  

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

ATLANTA (AP) -- As many parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration take effect, a Latino community group is organizing "a day without immigrants" to protest the measure.

The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights is calling for a day of non-compliance, asking businesses to close and community members to stay home and not work or shop Friday.

Alan Conner, owner of Dakota Blue restaurant in Grant Park, said he thinks the law is unjust and planned to close for lunch Friday in solidarity.

But some urge caution. Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, says skipping work without authorization could cost people jobs in a tough economic climate.

Groups are also organizing a "march for justice" on Saturday at the state Capitol to protest the law.

(The Associated Press)

Fulton unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in May

Fulton unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in May

ATLANTA -- The unemployment rate in Metro Atlanta rose to 9.7 percent in May 2011, according to Georgia labor commissioner Mark Butler.

This is up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.6 percent in April.

Butler said the rate rose for two reasons. More than 21,000 new job seekers entered the labor force, but only about 15,000 of them found jobs. Also, Atlanta had a net loss of 900 jobs; an increase of 1,100 jobs in manufacturing and construction was offset by a loss of 2,000 service-related jobs.

The lowest area unemployment rate, at 7.2 percent, was recorded in Metro Athens, while the highest was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region in the Dublin area, at 12 percent.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 10.1 percent.

May marked the 46th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent, up from 9 percent in April.

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Kicks-Off Global Volunteer Month in June

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Kicks-Off Global Volunteer Month in June

ATLANTA, GA, June 14, 2011 – For the entire month of June, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney  will encourage, recognize and reward employees for volunteering in their local community. All its  employees in Atlanta, close to 400, are encouraged to get out, volunteer their time and help their community.

On the first day of the month, employees from Petra Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney spent the day stocking the food pantry and preparing food to be donated at the Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM) on Peachtree Road. BCM provides emergency assistance to families and individuals in crisis. The organization places special emphasis on preventing homelessness through education and the provision of food, clothing and financial assistance with rent and utilities.

“We are proud to be associated with a firm that puts so much emphasis and value on giving back,” said Jim Easterling, senior vice president of Petra Wealth Management Group.