Westside Provisions District 
Expands with the Opening of SWOOX Curated Consignment

Owned by interior designer Kelly Wolf-Anthony and curated interior designer Jenn Balcos, SWOOX Curated Consignment specializes in high-style consignment furniture, home accessories, art, lighting and jewelry as well as full-service interior design services. Balcos sources high quality, one-of-a-kind pieces that are no longer needed from catalog photo shoots, interior designers and large estate downsizing. In addition, the store features local artists and jewelry designers, offering their talented work at a below retail cost.

In their temporary retail space at Westside Provisions District, SWOOX includes furniture from brands such as Baker, Dennis & Leen, Formations, Jan Showers and Verellen; artwork from Aaron Whitehouse, Patricia Wolf, Stephanie Wheeler and Todd Alexander; jewelry that will be available only at the new store location from artists Connie & Jack and Skrap Monkey; and more. With items ranging in price from $3 to $20,000 for rare art, SWOOX at Westside Provisions District will offer options for every budget.

Mayor Kasim Reed Announces Creative Industries Fund

Mayor Kasim Reed announced the new Creative Industries Fund, a joint project between the Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment and Invest Atlanta to assist independent content creators and creative entrepreneurs in Atlanta. The program offers loans with low interest rates and flexible repayment terms for local creative entrepreneurs to use for production, post-production, distribution, marketing outreach, touring, prototype development, product development and sales and attraction for their creative projects.

Together, Atlanta and Georgia have established world-class infrastructure for the film, television and entertainment industries. As a result, the state of Georgia was the No. 1 location in the world for film and TV production in 2016. Film and television production in Georgia generated more than $6 billion in economic impact in 2015. In the time since Reed took office in 2010, the industry has grown from $250 million per year to $9.5 billion, representing a growth of 2,000 percent. 

Applications for the Creative Industries Fund are open to independent content creators and creative entrepreneurs operating within Atlanta who plan to create within the city, independent content creators and creative entrepreneurs registered as a business within the city, and independent record and management companies operating within the city, as well as their talent located within the city. 

Applications for the fund will be made through Invest Atlanta; a new Creative Industries Advisory Board will review the applications and make funding decisions. Awards will be made through Invest Atlanta.

Atlanta Family Suprised with Fully Furnished Home

In December, Atlanta-based Aaron’s Inc., a leading provider of lease-purchase solutions, and its divisions Aaron’s and Progressive Leasing, surprised single mom, first-time homeowner and Atlanta resident Catherine Echols and her children with rooms of furniture to fill their new home as part of the Homes for the Holidays program sponsored by former NFL star Warrick Dunn.

Echols’ home was the 159th presentation by Warrick Dunn Charities’ Homes for the Holidays program, which assists single parents in becoming first-time homeowners. In partnership with Aaron’s and Habitat for Humanity affiliates, WDC provides the materials necessary for long-term stability and the provisions required to make a meaningful impact on the parents and their families. 

Echols works at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport where she recently earned a promotion for her hard work. She supports her two young children, ages 4 and 1. She is the youngest member of her family and the first to achieve the dream of homeownership.

To date, WDC and its sponsors have rewarded 159 single parents and over 420 children and dependents with first-time homeownership in 15 cities across the nation.

APS Superintendent Recommends Skye Duckett for Chief Human Resources Officer

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen recommended to the Atlanta Board of Education the appointment of Skye Duckett to the position of chief human resources officer.

Current APS Chief Human Resources Officer Pam Hall, who served in this role for the past 3 1/2 years and has enjoyed a 40-year career in education, resigned effective December 31. She is leaving to address critical family obligations.

Duckett has been serving in the role of deputy chief human resources officer at APS since 2014. 

Duckett holds a master’s degree in management from Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s degree in administrative leadership. Before joining APS, she was the assistant director of administrative staffing at Austin Independent School District in Austin, Texas, serving 86,000 students and 12,000 employees. She has also worked as the director of human resources and employee benefits at Texarkana Independent School District in Texarkana, Texas.

Competing in the inaugural CapTech National Food Fight, the Atlanta office of CapTech, a national IT management consulting firm, raised $1,620 for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The CapTech Food Fight is a friendly competition among the consulting firm’s eight office locations. The check presentation took place at the food bank on December 15.

CapTech’s National Food Fight raised more than $40,000 for local food banks across the country this year. Over a two-week period in November, CapTechers in the Denver office competed in the friendly rivalry against other CapTech markets to raise the most funds per capita for local food banks. The Food Fight started as a local competition in 2013 at the company’s headquarters in Richmond, Virginia, and was expanded companywide this year with enthusiasm and excitement.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank works with more than 600 partners to distribute 59 million meals every year to more than 775,000 hungry neighbors across metro Atlanta and north Georgia. To learn more about donating or volunteering, visit ACFB.org

Broad Street Pedestrian 
Plaza Completed

Mayor Kasim Reed held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in December to celebrate the completion of the Broad Street Pedestrian Plaza.

The Broad Street Pedestrian Plaza is a newly converted wood decking system designed to create an outdoor social setting with seating for the adjacent restaurants and spaces for special events. The new plaza represents a $500,000 investment in Atlanta’s Downtown corridor and will establish Broad Street as a vibrant town square that’s comfortable, attractive and accessible.

The Broad Street Pedestrian Plaza meets ADA accessibility requirements and maintains access to existing utilities and stormwater infrastructure. It features a quickly assembled and fully adjustable pedestal decking system. Integrated and detached furniture elements will be added to enhance the experience and enjoyment of the new space.

In 2015, Reed closed Broad Street to vehicular traffic with the goal to encourage the growth of pedestrian activity and revitalize the storefront market in the area.