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Ga. Tech, Gwinnett Tech grant to help jobless

Ga. Tech, Gwinnett Tech grant to help jobless

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech and Gwinnett Technical College have won a $1.65 million grant to help enhance the state's health information technology field.

The grant will help create new jobs in the field and provide training for workers already employed in health information technology. The money will create a lab at Georgia Tech to test and evaluate cutting-edge software for health care providers.

It will also create a one-year certificate program housed at Gwinnett Technical College. The program will target veterans and unemployed or underemployed workers looking to work in software development, sales, customer service, medical billing or other jobs in the field.

The certificate program aims to graduate more than 400 trainees each year.

LOCAL PROFILE: Sawanda Spinks, President of Georgia Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation

LOCAL PROFILE: Sawanda Spinks, President of Georgia Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation

ATLANTA – Sawanda Spinks was eight-months-pregnant when she learned her first child would be born with hydrocephalus.

“I had never heard of it; I didn’t know what it was but when I heard the risks, I started crying; I couldn’t take listening to that”, she said.

Spinks had gone into the emergency room for a pulled muscle but when she left her life was changed, forever.

Hydrocephalus is a condition that affects 1-in-500 infants. The condition, also known as having “water on the brain”, happens when fluid accumulates on the brain and in the skull cavities.

As any first-time parent would Spinks visited countless specialists, searching for good news, before she would give birth to her son a month later; she heard none.

“Doctors didn’t give us much hope but they were doing their job, they’re supposed to tell you the worst case scenario”.   

“We heard it all.

Local Nonprofit presents "Market Rwanda" at Atlantic Station during Fashion Week Atlanta

Local Nonprofit presents "Market Rwanda"  at Atlantic Station during Fashion Week Atlanta

 One Hundred Dayswill bring Market Rwanda to participate with Atlanta's premier boutiques as they set up shop at Atlantic Station for this year's annual exclusive SHOP ATLANTA pop-up shop event in partnership with Fashion's Night Out  2011 September 8 - 11 at Atlantic Station.

MARKET RWANDA is a beautiful collection of handmade jewelry and home décor from Rwanda courtesy of One Hundred Days, a nonprofit organization whose mission to help build restoration in Rwanda. Over 16 years ago, Rwanda experienced one of the worst genocides in modern history that rocked the nation forever changing its landscape.

Metro Atlanta buildings go blue for prostate cancer

Metro Atlanta buildings go blue for prostate cancer

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta buildings have started turning blue this week and the skyline will eventually turn even bluer to bring awareness to prostate cancer.

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Georgia has the 11th highest death rate of prostate cancer in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.

This year, 241,000 new cases are expected across the nation.

The "Who do you wear blue for?" campaign will benefit the national Prostate Cancer Foundation and local prostate cancer coalitions, such as Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition.

FREEZE Cancer

FREEZE Cancer
Support Stick It 2 Cancer

Join the Stick It 2 Cancer team at Menchie’s (multiple locations – see below) as they help freeze cancer once & for all!

Menchie’s all across Atlanta will be donating 20% of all profits to the Stick It 2 Cancer team.  From 5pm to close you can support their fundraising efforts simply by enjoying some Fro Yo!

Can it get any easier?


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City of Atlanta Initiates First Comprehensive Downtown "Street Tree" Inventory

City of Atlanta Initiates First Comprehensive Downtown "Street Tree" Inventory

The City of Atlanta Department of Planning and Community Development and the Office of Parks has conducted the first comprehensive inventory of the city’s publicly-owned downtown trees.  The inventory included an assessment of the trees along streets, boulevards, parks, and public spaces in the downtown area.  The tree inventory will provide information about the species, size, quality, and condition of public trees in downtown Atlanta. 

Information from the inventory will help establish management priorities by:

  • identifying trees that need to be pruned or removed,
  • revealing any systemic problems with pests or disease,
  • identifying the distribution of tree species with size, height, and other characteristics, and
  • providing an up-to-date report on the overall condition of the trees. 

The inventory identified locations with sufficient space for planting trees, aiding in future planting efforts. 

Autism Benefit!

Autism Benefit!

Come out and show your support for the Autism benefit event!