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ARC Awards $100,000 to Milton, Cobb County

ARC Awards $100,000 to Milton, Cobb County

ATLANTA -- Through its award-winning Livable Centers Initiative (LCI), the Atlanta Regional Commission is giving grant money to several local governments.

These grants will help the communities create new quality growth plans in certain locations or fund the implementation of a previously-awarded LCI study to enhance the livability of the areas.

The recipients for grants to fund new LCI study areas are the City of Milton and Cobb County, at $100,000 each.

"LCI has helped communities across Metro Atlanta re-tool and redesign over the years, creating more places that attract residents and businesses alike," said Tad Leithead, ARC chairman.

City of Milton Annual Report Available for Download

City of Milton Annual Report Available for Download

MILTON, GA -- The 2010 City of Milton Annual Report is now available through the city's Web site.

It can also be downloaded by clicking here.

This 61-page compendium of Milton's successful calendar year includes full breakdowns of initiatives by department, a recap of each board and committee work cycle, highlights of local volunteerism and awards won, and much more.

It also features a beautiful cover created by photographer Alise Cua and pages of full-color photographs by local shutterbugs and the city communications department.

Milton elected to go electronic with its annual report for the first time in 2010.

New Book Features Local Professionals

New Book Features Local Professionals

MILTON, GA -- Women in Technology, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides advocacy, leadership development, mentoring, networking and technology education for professional women, has recently published its first book, Climb.

Co-edited by Milton resident Sandy Hofmann, Climb features essays from 60 women in Metro Atlanta's technology community.

Contributing authors include a number of people living in Milton and the surrounding communities. Myra McElhaney, Ginger Ackerman, Mary Carol Alexander, Tricia Dempsey, Josette Fleszar, Kelly Gay, Shawn Grover, Joan Herbig, Kasie Scott Palmer and Cindy Tierney are among those authors.

For more information, email Sandy Hofmann.

Milton Shows Financial "Excellence"

MILTON, GA -- The City of Milton and its Finance Department have again been recognized for excellence, this time in producing the Fiscal Year 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

For the second straight year, the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada has awarded the City of Milton the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. It is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, according to the Chicago-based GFOA.

Attainment of the certificate represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management -- especially when received two years in a row.

In addition, the city's Finance Department again received an award recognizing Financial Reporting Achievement.

Big Lots Brings Its Values to Alpharetta

ALPHARETTA, GA -- Big Lots, the nation's largest broadline closeout retailer, has announced that it will open its newest store on Friday, Oct. 22 in Alpharetta.

The new store is located in the Stonewood Shopping Center (670 North Main Street, Alpharetta, 30009). It is one of 80 new Big Lots that the company plans to open nationwide in 2010.

The Alpharetta Big Lots boasts 22,500 square feet of retail space filled with extreme value items that typically sell for 20% to 40% less than discount stores and up to 70% below traditional retailers.

"At Big Lots, our easy-to-shop stores and extreme brand name deals have been big hits with customers for more than 40 years, and we are thrilled to bring that same successful concept to a new group of shoppers," said Rob Claxton, senior vice-president of marketing for Big Lots.

The grand opening on Oct. 22 will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a ribbon cutting.

County Jobs for Fulton Residents

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved the county’s first Job Source Policy, at its September 15 meeting.  By enacting this policy, the county will create a pool of employable Fulton county residents who would be eligible to fill jobs created by certain projects funded by the County.

“The Board of Commissioner feels that it is our responsibility to try and help the citizens of Fulton County as much as we can during these hard economic times. This policy will help to provide stable economic opportunities for families throughout the County” stated Fulton County Chairman John H. Eaves.

This policy will apply to all contracts procured through the Department of Purchasing & Contract Compliance valued in excess of $200,000.

New Social Media Brand Ambassadors Practice from Mastermind Lets Brands Engage with Consumers

New Social Media Brand Ambassadors Practice from Mastermind Lets Brands Engage with Consumers

Atlanta-based Mastermind, a leading social, mobile, digital and promotion agency, this week launched an innovative Social Media Brand Ambassador practice designed to allow brands to actively engage customers, promote their products, and respond quickly to inquiries and complaints.  The agency will recruit ambassadors nationwide and engage them on behalf of clients to promote discussion and raise the level of social media conversation for specific brands.

Potential ambassadors will be chosen from a range of demographic groups, interest areas, and geographic regions.  Those interested in applying should go to www.mastermindmarketing.com.