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Novare files plans for new Midtown high-rise

ATLANTA -- Developers have filed plans for the third Midtown apartment tower in less than a year.

Novare Group and Batson-Cook Development have applied with the city of Atlanta for a permit to build the project at 100 6th Street behind the existing 36-story Viewpoint condo tower.

The project would redevelop the site of the old Loca Luna and McCray's Sixth Street Tavern.

Novare Group and Batson-Cook Development Co. presented the project to the Midtown Alliance earlier this year. In a press release, the developers said the new 23-story 320-unit high-rise would be finished by no later than 2014.

Novare, led by developer Jim Borders, is best known for his condo towers that dot Peachtree from Buckhead through Midtown, including Viewpoint. But overbuilding of intown condos, much tighter mortgage-lending and a shift toward a preference for renting have pushed demand in favor of apartments.

A college football championship in Atlanta?

ATLANTA - A BCS playoff system of sorts appears to be on the way.

A bracket system not unlike that used for the NCAA Basketball Tournament - but on a much smaller scale - may be on the way for a true college football playoff system as soon as 2014.

The traditional power conference commissioners - the SEC, Big 12, Pac 12, Big 10, plus the athletic director of independent Notre Dame, have apparently agreed to rotate the national semifinals among the four current BCS bowl games - the Rose, Orange, Sugar and Fiesta bowls.

Let's say, for example, the upcoming preseason ranking -- #1, LSU; #2, USC; #3 Alabama and #4, Oregon - would become the four teams selected under this proposal. There is not a consensus on how the four teams would be selected, and the method still has to be approved by the BCS presidential oversight committee which meets in five days.

Fulton County Workforce Investment Board to Elect Officers during June 21 Quarterly Meeting

Fulton County Workforce Investment Board to Elect Officers during June 21 Quarterly Meeting

The Fulton County Workforce Preparation and Employment System –Workforce Investment Act Board (FCWPES-WIA) will meet Thursday, June 21, 2012, beginning at 9:30 A.M.  The meeting will be held in Seminar Room 205, Sections A & B of the Cleveland L. Dennard Conference Center at Atlanta Technical College located at 1560 Metropolitan Parkway SW in Atlanta, GA 30310.  The Board will elect officers for the program year, which begins July 1, 2012

The FCWPES-WIA Board oversees activities related to providing an environment that supports a skilled and trained workforce and to creating innovative programs that serve the changing needs of employers and the business community.

Georgia Tech receives $50M gift

Georgia Tech receives $50M gift

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Tech says it has received a $50 million gift from an alumnus that will be the single largest cash gift in school history when it's completed in 2013.

Georgia Tech officials on Monday announced the gift from Ernest Scheller Jr., a 1952 graduate. The school said the College of Management is being renamed the Ernest Scheller Jr. College of Business in his honor.

School officials say the donation is already being used to increase faculty during a time when budgets have been cut. The funds will be used to add nine endowed faculty chairs and professorships as well as 43 undergraduate and graduate scholarships.

Dean of the College of Business Steve Salbu says the donation will help the school stay competitive in tough economic times.

Sanders Financial Management Chairman Emily Sanders Leads Panel at Atlanta Women’s Leadership Forum

Sanders Financial Management Chairman Emily Sanders Leads Panel at Atlanta Women’s Leadership Forum

Emily Sanders, Chairman and CEO of Sanders Financial Management, moderated a panel at the 14th Annual Women’s Leadership Forum, held May 4, 2012, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta. Sanders, consistently ranked one of the top women in wealth management nationwide, led a discussion on “Developing Relationships That Support Entrepreneurial Success.”

The Women’s Leadership Forum is presented by Atlanta Business Chronicle, in partnership with the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.

The experts on the panel included:

Atlanta gets nation's first heart valve center

ATLANTA - The Piedmont Heart Institute says it has received a $20 million grant from the Marcus Foundation to establish the nation's first heart valve reference center at Atlanta's Piedmont Hospital.

"Atlanta is the perfect place for this unique center and Piedmont Heart Institute is the organization that will make it happen," said Bernie Marcus, philanthropist and one of Atlanta's biggest ambassadors. "We have an international airport, a great hospitality industry and excellent medical expertise. My goal is to enhance the latter and provide our experts with new tools and capabilities needed to help more people across the country."

Michael Outlaw Receives Promotion at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Atlanta

Michael Outlaw Receives Promotion at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Atlanta

ATLANTA, May 1, 2012– Morgan Stanley Smith Barney announced today that Michael Outlaw has been promoted to Managing Director in the firm’s Wealth Management office in Atlanta. 

Michael, who has been with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and its predecessor firms, since 1996, is a native of Charleston, SC. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Queens College and holds an M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina. Michael currently lives in Atlanta.

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, a global leader in wealth management, provides access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, credit and lending, cash management, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust services.  For more information, contact 404-266-6594.