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Final open house set for proposed East Metro CID


South DeKalb commercial and industrial property owners and the business community are invited to the final open house for the proposed East Metro DeKalb Community Improvement District (CID).


The open house, which is being hosted by the commercial and industrial property owners in the district, will be held on Thursday, April 24, 8 a.m. to noon and 4 to 8 p.m., at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur. 


In an effort to accommodate schedules, there will be one-hour rolling presentations made throughout the day. Those who attend will have an opportunity to ask questions as well as sign up in support of the CID.


Organizers plan by the end of April to submit the names of commercial property owners who sign up to the tax commissioner. The tax commissioner will verify property ownership in the proposed CID area. The DeKalb Board of Commissioners will vote on whether to approve the CID at its May 13 meeting.


“We’re about two weeks away from reaching what we need to form the new CID, in terms of property owners and property values. We have 166 property owners and $113 million in property values right...


DWD receives high marks for performance standards



DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May and the Board of Commissioners recently recognized DeKalb Workforce Development for exceeding its required performance targets for a tenth consecutive year. 


Since 2003, the department has surpassed standards set by the State of Georgia in training and placing youths and adults in high demand occupations. 


DeKalb Workforce Development has provided employment readiness services to more than 39,000 unduplicated adult and youth customers. The department placed 19,443 adults in unsubsidized full-time employment in addition to thousands of part-time and seasonal employment opportunities.


DWD has placed 3,007 youths in unsubsidized employment and or post –secondary employment opportunities. 


The department also has assisted participants at retaining employment at an average rate of 88.5 percent and contributed to the economic health of DeKalb  with participants receiving average annual wages of $57,643 after program completion.


DWD recognizes the important role employers play in workforce development and utilizes creative strategies to develop programs beneficial to the employer community.  For more information on DWD programs and services, jobseekers and employers may contact DWD at 404-687-3400.


GPTC welcomes Georgia Chamber of Commerce


Jabari Simama, president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), recently welcomed Chris Clark, president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.


During their discussion, Simama shared his vision for potential opportunity for collaboration between the college and the State Chamber of Commerce.  The two discussed the need to develop a highly-trained and professional workforce to ensure Georgia’s economic viability within a global economy.


GPTC, Simama said, is preparing students in the field of digital media production technology, one of the highest demanding industries in the state with regard to employment.  In 2013, GPTC established a digital media production technology program to prepare students for careers in film, music, animation and graphic design.


For Clark, the meeting was a chance to begin a dialogue with a college that serves four counties and over 21,000 credit and non-credit students.


“It was good to sit down and speak with Chris Clark about how we can potentially collaborate to get Georgians working in high-demand sectors in order to spur economic growth, investment and entrepreneurism in our State,” said Simama.  

Simama became Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s third president on Sept. 1, 2012.  He brings over 20 years of higher...


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