Author: Joe Earle

Cox donates former downtown headquarters to city of Atlanta

Sandy Springs-headquartered Cox Enterprises, Inc. has donated to the city of Atlanta its former downtown Atlanta headquarters building, which also was the former home for Dunwoody-based The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC). The building, located at 72 Marietta Street, sits on a six-acre parcel in the heart of downtown, which is valued at approximately $50 million. “We’re thrilled to accept this generous gift from Cox Enterprises,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said in a press release. “The former AJC property occupies a unique location in the heart of downtown Atlanta, near City Hall, Centennial Olympic Park, and the proposed multi-modal passenger terminal.” The city’s proposed plans for the location include office space, fire and police officers’ training, a multi-use auditorium for public gatherings, gallery space for public art exhibitions formerly at City Hall East and warehouse and parking space. “It will help save the city money by reducing our current expenditures on building leases,” Reed said. Earlier this year, the AJC completed its move to 223 Perimeter Center Parkway. Following the company’s print productions moving to Gwinnett, the AJC occupied less than 30 percent of its former facility at 72 Marietta Street. The parent company, Cox Enterprises, relocated years ago the Perimeter area and is now headquartered at 6205 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. In Atlanta, Cox Enterprises owns and operates The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mundo Hispánico, Padres & Hijos, WSB-TV Channel 2, News/Talk AM 750...

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Singer Cody Simpson to appear at Ridgeview

Teenage Australian pop star Cody Simpson is to perform a free lunchtime concert at Ridgeview Charter School in Sandy Springs on Nov. 10. The school is one of 20 in the country that will host performances by the 13-year-old as part of a program called High School Nation. Ridgeview Principal Karen Cox said Simpson would meet with students in the school’s music program and then perform during each of the school’s three lunch periods. “We don’t do a lot of things that cause a lot of disruption, but this is a young man that has a nice message about staying in school and following your dreams,” Cox said. Simpson’s first single, “iYiY (featuring Flo Rida)” has been successful on Radio Disney. Asked if Simpson is popular with Ridgeview students, Cox said simply, “Oh my gosh,...

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Brookhaven facility opens renovated, expanded center

Skyland Trail, a non-profit treatment facility for adults with mental illness, formally opens a renovated and expanded treatment facility on Nov. 12. Officials of the non-profit facility will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Dorothy C. Fuqua Center, 1961 North Druid Hills Road in Brookhaven, which contains a training and education center and a computer learning center. Renovations and additions to the facility were financed through Skyland Trail’s capital campaign, launched in 2005, which raised $11.7 million for capital enhancements and programming, the non-profit facility said in a press release on Nov. 8. “We are very excited with the expansion and state-of-the-art improvements to our facility,” Skyland Trail President/CEO Beth Finnerty said in the release. “These additions will allow us to better serve adults with mental illness who come to Skyland Trail for treatment. By providing them with the facilities to train them for successful careers in the community, we are giving our clients more hope for the...

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Buckhead visitors, residents have something to text about

The Buckhead Coalition is giving visitors and residents something to text about—a mobile information campaign for Buckhead, making it one of the first communities in the nation to employ text messaging coupled with mobile Web marketing technology. “We wanted our visitors and residents to have instant access to comprehensive information about Buckhead, anytime, anywhere, at their convenience,” said Coalition President Sam Massell. “Everyone today has a mobile phone, and with the recent explosion in the use of text messaging and mobile Web, adopting a mobile strategy was a logical solution.” The texting party receives detailed, useful information about Buckhead’s tourism, shopping, dining, transportation, recreation and history. Here’s how it works: Text BUCKHEADINFO to 99699 and within seconds, you’ll receive a text message containing a link to the Buckhead TextSite (https://mobilezen.com/BuckheadInfo). Click on the link and learn everything you need to know about Buckhead. The new TextSite works just like any website, and is viewable on any mobile phone or desktop computer with Internet access. Those requesting information via text-message do not pay any additional text message fees outside of their normal phone plan. To promote the new program, the Buckhead Coalition will encourage visitors and residents to Text BUCKHEADINFO to 99699 through the use of traditional media such as radio spots, magazines, brochures and bus advertising. Simultaneously with the launch of the Text BUCKHEADINFO to 99699 campaign, The Buckhead...

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