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Atlanta Braves Provide Phase III Transportation Update

March 27, 2017

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The Atlanta Braves joined their partners in unveiling several key transportation updates during the final of three briefings focused on traveling to SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta, including the pilot of a new technology from Uber, the team’s official ridesharing partner. At Monday’s morning briefing, the Braves and their partners also shared a sneak peek of the updated Ballpark app, an overview of the collaborative approach to real-time transportation management between the Braves, Cobb County and other partners, a look at the new routes for the Cumberland Circulator and an update of the total number of parking spaces the team has under its control.

“By working hand in hand with our partners, we have been able to develop a detailed, comprehensive approach to getting to SunTrust Park,” said Mike Plant, president, development for the Braves. “Many elements of this approach are fundamentally different than the fan’s experience at Turner Field. From our partnerships with Uber and Waze to our request that all fans buy their parking in advance, these new tactics deliver a greater suite of choices for our fans. With our exhibition game against the New York Yankees on March 31, it’s important for us to let our fans know how they can access and best utilize these new transportation and parking strategies to provide them with the best experience possible.”

As they’ve done on two previous occasions, the Braves and their partners – Cobb County Department of Transportation, Cobb County Police Department and Kimley-Horn – offered an overview of the collaborative approach to transportation management. More than $1 billion has spent on infrastructure investments in the area as the Braves seek to utilize the 14 access points to the ballpark to distribute traffic across a broader area, while minimizing the impact on everyday commuters in the region.

During Monday’s briefing, Uber announced the pilot of a new technology that makes the pick-up experience faster and more efficient at SunTrust Park.

Riders leaving SunTrust Park will be directed to the Uber Zone, which is located steps from the ballpark along Windy Ridge Parkway, through in-app messaging and physical signage.  At the Uber Zone, fans will open their Uber app, set their destination and request a car as usual. Instead of having to navigate to find a specific car and driver, riders will see a personalized PIN code in their app and can simply give it to the next available driver in the Uber Zone.

“Braves fans across metro Atlanta can count on Uber for a reliable ride to and from SunTrust Park,” said Uber Atlanta General Manager Luke Marklin.  “As part of our effort to help fans get home as quickly as possible, we are piloting a technology that makes it easier to find your ride when so many people are leaving a game at the same time.”

Braves officials also spoke to the evolution of the game day travel experience at SunTrust Park, one which encourages fans to make a plan in advance of their trip to the ballpark. That plan can be summarized through three key steps, all of which can be achieved through the updated Ballpark app:

Buy your ticket in advance: The Braves are the first Major League Baseball team to transition completely to a system of paperless tickets. Whether they are eyeing a game a few months down the road or a few hours beforehand, fans will be able to easily use the Ballpark app to buy their tickets. They’ll also be able to secure tickets by visiting or calling the Braves ticket office at 404-577-9100.

Buy your parking in advance: With more than 14,000 spaces dispersed around the ballpark, fans are strongly encouraged to purchase their parking in advance. Doing so will enable them to save money through a discounted advance purchase, as well as receive customized directions directly to their parking lot. The majority of game day lots will require pre-payment, though some will accept credit card payment on site.

Trust Waze to get you to the ballpark: An official partner of the Braves, Waze will be receiving real-time information from Cobb County that will better inform fans traveling to the game than other smartphone map apps. Integrated into the Ballpark app, Waze will provide detailed directions to individual parking lots to help spread traffic out across a broader area, while also receiving official updates on traffic conditions around the ballpark.

The Cobb County Transportation Management Plan outlines Cobb County’s strategic approach to managing vehicular and pedestrian access to SunTrust Park. Lt. J.D. Lorens of the Cobb County Police Department focused on how the Operations Center will put that plan into action, coordinating multiple agencies and resources to monitor traffic conditions and using real-time data to respond to any situations that might arise.

“All of the key decision-makers will be working in concert, monitoring what the travel conditions are for fans and commuters,” Lorens said. “This enables us to move quickly, using the most up-to-date data to respond to changing conditions in real-time.”

Cobb County DOT offered additional details on the Cumberland Circulator, which launches three initial routes on March 31. The Circulator will provide high-frequency service along convenient accessible routes in the Cumberland area, helping to reduce congestion, enhance existing transit service, increase mobility and promote economic activity.

The Braves also announced they would be able to offer more than 14,000 parking spaces owned or leased by the organization for game day. This is already 5,000 more spaces than were available at Turner Field, all serving a ballpark that features roughly 8,000 fewer seats. Additionally, Cobb County and the City of Smyrna have issued independent parking permits for several operators in the area, bringing more than 1,200 additional parking spots into play.

For more information, please visit

Beth Marshall, 404-614-1336 or
Sheri Kell, Cobb County, 770-528-2485 or
Bryan Harris, Jackson Spalding, 678-491-9447 or

KSU Center to Have Free Open House for Professional Investigator Program

March 27, 2017

Professional Investigator

A free open house for Kennesaw State University’s Professional Investigator certificate program will be held on March 30 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at KSU Center Law Library, 3333 Busbee Drive in Kennesaw. This professional certificate program is offered by KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education.

“The escalation of crime, lack of law enforcement resources and the need for internal investigations in litigation and corporate security make this a booming and rewarding field,” said Jennifer Henderson, program manager for the professional investigator certificate program.

Program Instructor Tripp Mitchell possesses more than 20 years of investigative management experience. He will be on hand to discuss program specifics and answer questions for prospective students. Mitchell will also review career opportunities, course topics, applicable skills to be gained from the program and the state licensure. The program exceeds the state education requirements mandated by The Georgia State Board of Private Detectives to take the State Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies Georgia State Licensing Exam.

“This class was definitely a building block for me to be able to go out and do what I am going to do,” said Erinn Warren, program graduate. “I want to do a type of work that’s going to help people. Private investigating definitely has those pathways no matter what type of investigating you want to do.”

All attendees will receive a coupon for a $150 discount on course registration. For more information, contact Jennifer Henderson, Professional Investigator program manager, by calling 470-578-6765 or visiting


The Georgia Symphony Orchestra To Announce 2017-2018 Season New Artistic Leadership

March 24, 2017

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra (GSO) enthusiastically announces the 2017-2018 season of programming under the artistic leadership of Music Director, Timothy Verville. The 67th season begins the second year for Maestro Verville, who was chosen from an international pool of candidates in 2016.

Music Director Timothy Verville is presented by the Robert W. Hagan Foundation. The GSO’s 2017-2018 season marks a period of continued growth guided by community involvement. As a reflection of this, the orchestra, GSO Jazz ensemble, and the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra will each add an additional performance next season. This growth also includes new partnerships with the Morehouse College Glee Club, and the Uzee Brown Society of Choraliers.

The American Series of music also continues in its second year. This multiyear, multi-ensemble initiative highlights the music of American composers throughout all the ensembles under the GSO umbrella. Concerts of American music presented this season include the GSO, GSO Jazz, and the Georgia Youth Symphony. Notable premieres include the world premier of N. E. Wheeler’s Moonlight Waltz, and the Georgia premieres of Daniel Bernard Roumain’s Human Songs and Stories and William Grant Still’s And They Lynched Him on a Tree.
Other orchestral highlights include Cleveland Piano Competition winner Stanislav Khristenko performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto for Left Hand, selections from Haydn’s The Creation conducted by GSO Chorus Director Bryan Black, the GSO’s beloved Holiday Pops performances, and the Sensory Friendly concert presented in partnership with Autism Speaks. Full 2017-2018 season programatic information for all GSO ensembles can be found on the Media Information Page including links to imagery for publication:
The Georgia Symphony Orchestra is in residence at the Marietta Performing Arts Center and performs around the metropolitan Atlanta/North Georgia region. GSO Jazz concerts are performed at the Earl Smith Strand Theater. The 2017-2018 season is the organization’s 67th year of performing live orchestral music.
About the Georgia Symphony Orchestra:
The Georgia Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1951, and brings music to over 15,000 people annually. Its mission is to engage and enrich diverse audiences through the presentation of music at the highest artistic level and to provide programs and education that instill a lifelong appreciation for the arts. The GSO organization also includes the GSO Chorus, GSO Jazz! and the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Reggie Pope II of JE Dunn Construction Elected Board Chairman for Orange Bag Initiative

March 23, 2017

Reggie Pope JE Dunn Construction

Reggie Pope II, CPA, Senior Regional Risk Manager for JE Dunn Construction, has been elected board chair of Orange Duffel Bag Initiative (ODBI)

ODBI, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization (, provides high school and college students who are homeless or in foster care with advocacy and executive level coaching programs proven to help them achieve education success.

“I am grateful for the support of JE Dunn Construction and honored to accept this responsibility with an organization dedicated to removing barriers and offering hope and opportunity to deserving teens,” said Pope. “ODBI’s board is passionately engaged and actively working to expand our positive impact in the lives of those in need.”

A Certified Public Accountant, Pope joined Orange Duffel Bag Initiative in 2013, seeking, he says, “to be part of a great charitable organization that is making a real difference in the community it serves.” In 2015, he became ODBI treasurer. In January 2017, he was elected to a three-year term as board chairman.

Pope inaugurated ODBI’s annual golf event, which has generated more than $100,000 to date. Since its inception in 2010, ODBI has served more than 700 teens and young adults.

Prior to joining JE Dunn Construction in 2008, Pope worked as a director for AT&T Wireless (now Cingular Wireless) and for Verizon Wireless.


 About JE Dunn
JE Dunn Construction, founded in 1924, is one of the largest general building contractors in the United States, providing construction management and self-perform services through 21 offices nationwide. JE Dunn’s Atlanta office, established in 1985 and recognized for leadership in both green and lean construction practices and for community philanthropy, services an array of market sectors including healthcare, higher education, K-12, commercial, mission critical, and aviation. Atlanta is also headquarters for JE Dunn’s East Region. The Atlanta office’s portfolio includes Drew Charter Senior Academy, AMLI’s 3464 and Arts Center apartment communities, Square on 5th student housing, and renovation projects for Delta Air Lines and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The JE Dunn organization is employee and family owned, and today is represented by three generations of the Dunn family in its day-to-day operations.

Ivy Lane to Present 2nd Annual Outdoor Fashion Show

March 23, 2017

On April 15, 2017, Ivy Lane will present its 2nd Annual Outdoor Fashion Show located in the Highland Shopping Plaza parking lot.

This year 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and we’ll see the funds being used here locally in our schools with the SOS programs (Sources Of Strength) in Pope, Sprayberry, Lassiter, & Walton High Schools.

Tickets are $25 and are sold in-store and online! Your ticket includes a swag bag, t-shirt, coupons from local businesses, lunch, drinks, live music, participation in the live auction, and much more! We are having two shows at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and each show will seat 200 guests (400 total). We are auctioning off beach and mountain house rentals as well as some other exciting prizes.

Raffle tickets are only $1 and are being sold now in-store. Businesses can still sponsor or donate raffle prizes up until the day of the event! We have over 40 models and each one has a story or connection with the AFSP.

For more information about event details and tickets, visit or contact Ali Estella at


LAZ Parking to Host Hiring Open House for Future SunTrust Park Part-Time Employees

March 22, 2017

Open House Event 3.25.17

LAZ Parking has been awarded with the parking operation for the new SunTrust Braves Stadium and is seeking new part-time employees. LAZ Parking is hosting a hiring open house on Saturday, March 25 at the DoubleTree Suites in Smyrna in hopes to hire 200 people from the ages of 18 to 70.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. The company is looking for employees specifically for the cashier, valet and traffic director positions and hopes to fill these positions as soon as possible.

Come dressed to impress since interviews will be conducted on the spot. Hope to see you there!

For more information about the event, contact Cora Wilke at or (404) 266-9391.

Georgia Trade School Announces Gift to Construction Program at Kennesaw Mountain High School

March 22, 2017

Kennesaw Mountain Donation

Georgia Trade School, the nation’s premier independent welding school, is pleased to announce a gift of tools and equipment to the Construction Program at Kennesaw Mountain High School.

This gift was based on a wish list created for the Cobb Workforce Partnership by Kennesaw Mountain High School Teacher Jeremy Whitaker.

“I just wanted to you THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all the amazing tools you donated to our program at KMHS!  We have ALREADY put them to good use!  You made my semester when I say the door open and you walk in with that flatbed cart full of tools!  I was in complete shock!  You guys are such a blessing to our program and to our community as well!  It is a pleasure to have such an amazing partnership with Ga Trade School!  You guys are a shining example of what industry partnership looks like!”- Kennesaw Mountain High School Teacher Jeremy Whitaker

“Your generosity is incredible and we can’t begin to thank you enough.”- Dr. Mark Trachtenbroit, Principal Kennesaw Mountain High School

About Georgia Trade School
Georgia Trade School’s founders and staff are industry experts who delight in seeing their students develop and succeed. Our graduates build iconic projects from Navy Destroyers and Coast Guard ships to international airports to NFL and Major League Baseball Stadiums, including the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and SunTrust Park. Students from across the country travel to our North Atlanta facility to change their lives and help rebuild America!