For me, it is important to remember that success comes from knowing where you want to go and having a plan to get there. Invest Atlanta’s plan is rooted in our mission and vision and guided by four objectives to help make Atlanta the most economically dynamic and competitive city in the world:
But a plan is only as good as the ability and commitment of the team. So we strive to build new capabilities within our organization that support our business excellence ethos.
I am pleased to announce and welcome Keith Millner, our new executive vice president and chief operating officer. He is uniquely suited for this role and will help to drive our customer and program delivery plans.
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Year-to-date as of January 2017
On January 25, Invest Atlanta provided more than 100 Westside residents the latest updates on all the Community Improvement Fund (CIF) projects happening in their communities. Invest Atlanta staff, including Vice President of Planning & Strategic Initiatives Jennifer Fine, presented at the Westside Community Benefits Plan Committee meeting.
The committee meets periodically to update communities around the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium on the implementation of the Westside Community Benefits plan. Members include Councilmembers Kwanza Hall (D-2), Ivory Young (D-3), Cleta Winslow (D-4), Michael Bond (Post-1), and Ceasar Mitchell (Council President). Community stakeholders also participate, as do representatives from the Mayor’s office, key city departments and agencies, Invest Atlanta and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.
Invest Atlanta has committed $15 million to the CIF and leverages these funds in coordination with public and private partners to address critical areas of need in the English Avenue, Vine City, and Castleberry Hill neighborhoods. The fund focuses on these six key areas:
Learn more about Invest Atlanta’s work on the Westside here.
Earlier in January, Invest Atlanta staff also convened the Westside TAD Neighborhood Advisory Board, a body comprised of representatives from neighborhood and civic associations in English Avenue and Vine City. The board’s role is to make recommendations to Invest Atlanta on projects that could receive TAD funding. The homeownership team also hosted a workshop on January 27 with Westside Works graduates to help prepare them for the home buying process. The workshop covered how to secure a mortgage loan, as well as Invest Atlanta’s first-time homebuyer incentives.
At a future community meeting, Invest Atlanta plans to discuss strategies to retain residents through diverse housing models.
WEI Entrepreneurs Showcased at IA Demo Days
Invest Atlanta’s Business and Retention (BRE) team recently hosted two Demo Days for the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative’s inaugural participants.
Critical Repair Work Begins on Five Westside Homes
Five homes in the Vine City and English Avenue neighborhoods will receive repairs as part of an Invest Atlanta owner-occupied home rehabilitation pilot program.
Keith Ivory Millner Named Invest Atlanta’s EVP and COO
Invest Atlanta President and CEO Dr. Eloisa Klementich announced that Keith Ivory Millner has joined Invest Atlanta as the agency’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.