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Panama

November 19, 2013

Mayor Reed with Vice President BidenToday I’m in Panama with Sen. Isakson and Vice President Biden. We’re here to see first hand how the Panama Canal is being expanded to accommodate modern cargo ships and to discuss the importance of making sure the Port of Savannah is updated to meet these same standards.

The port deepening will be Georgia’s largest economic development project and the positive impact on Atlanta cannot be overstated. The project will fuel the state, region and city’s economic growth, strengthen our global competitiveness, and accelerate Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s expansion as a leading logistics and cargo hub.

Modernizing our infrastructure will ensure that Atlanta continues to attract more and better jobs, and further solidifies our role as a leader in creating economic opportunities for all. I am honored to be part of this delegation, and excited about what the future holds for Atlanta.

Atlanta Works

June 26, 2013

The word is out: Atlanta is a great place to work. We’ve all known this for some time, but recently this fact has been recognized in a number of ways.

First, the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) ranked the City of Atlanta as one of “Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” for the second year in a row.

“Profitability and stability is essential for businesses in today’s economic climate. Companies that recognize that their employees are the key to their success, achieve staying power. Our 2013 winners style their business standards to ensure employee satisfaction and they set standards for every business to aspire toward.” said Jennifer Kluge, NABR president. “We are very impressed by the commitment that they have demonstrated to their employees.”

On Monday, athenahealth, Inc. confirmed that they are relocating to a new office in Ponce City Market and bringing hundreds of new jobs to Atlanta. This is the culmination of months of hard work, and is a huge win for the city, our residents, and the Ponce de Leon corridor. The company’s commitment to our city continues Atlanta’s successful string of attracting major operations and headquarters of sought-after companies.

The next day, AT&T announced that they are opening a new innovation center in Midtown that will focus on home automation and security products, all things wireless, the “connected car,” and other consumer platforms, reinforcing, once again, why USA Today called the city “Hotlanta for tech startups.”

In the past month alone, the City has scored major wins with the relocation of PulteGroup’s headquarters, and large expansions by ExactTarget. This week, we can add athenahealth the AT&T Foundry innovation center to that list, reinforcing Atlanta as the technology capital of the Southeast

We all knew that Atlanta is home to some of the smartest, hardest working, most creative people in the country. We’re proud to know that the rest of the country has realized this, too.