Please consider this your invitation to participate in the monthly community engagement meeting for Pittsburgh Yards, www.pittsburghyards.com. We will continue our group conversations about encouraging local hiring, supporting the success of local entrepreneurs, incorporating environmental sustainability and integrating community history and art within the site.
Join us as we discuss the past year and the progress made at Pittsburgh Yards. We want to hear feedback from the community so please come prepared with your reflections about all that’s happened at Pittsburgh Yards in 2019. Our holiday party will take place after the short agenda and like last year, we will provide the main food items and would like to ask the community to bring any desserts to share.
6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Pittman Park Community Center
950 Garibaldi St SW
Atlanta, GA 30310
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site is grateful for the many partners who worked with us to support children’s healthy development and educational success, foster a more inclusive economy and promote thriving communities across the city.
Highlights from 2019 include:
- Curbing Violence
The Neighborhood Planning Unit V (NPU-V) Community Safety Committee — a volunteer group comprised of residents and representatives from local nonprofits, health care providers, law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders — sought funds to implement Cure Violence, a public-health approach to address shootings. More than $530,000 has been raised, with another $370,000 needed to fully launch in 2020.
CHRIS 180, a local nonprofit, is leading the work. In the months ahead, the organization will begin training and hiring residents to intervene and ensure retaliation doesn’t occur following a shooting in the community.
- Strengthening Black Entrepreneurship
The Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative (AWBI) — a nonprofit supported by the Casey Foundation and nearly 60 other stakeholders from multiple sectors — committed $3.9 million to expand business opportunities for African American entrepreneurs living in rapidly gentrifying areas along the city’s BeltLine.
These funds will support technical assistance and flexible financing options, including loans, guarantees and grants, for business owners as well as worker-owned cooperatives.
- Shaping the Future of Pittsburgh Yards
With 90% of phase-one construction complete, Atlanta’s Pittsburgh Yardsis on track for an early 2020 opening. Within the next decade, the developer, in partnership with local residents, plans to transform the 31-acre site into a commercial, recreational and community hub that offers living-wage employment, long-term career and entrepreneurship opportunities.
Community members have taken the lead in shaping many design and architectural elements at Pittsburgh Yards, including names for building spaces and surrounding streets, the site’s visual identity and criteria for use of the public green space.
Hiring residents and contracting with local businesses owned by women and people of color remain key priorities for the project.
- Driving Community-Led Workforce Development
This summer, the Casey Foundation awarded $350,000 in combined grants to four local partnerships helping residents in Southwest Atlanta strengthen their employment skills and find family-sustaining jobs that align with their career goals and interests.
The grant recipients are providing a variety of services — including entrepreneurial coaching, industry-specific skills training and job-placement support — to help Atlantans of color fully contribute to, and benefit from, the city’s growing economy.
These are just some of the many innovative approaches local leaders are using to ensure all residents have the support and resources needed to reach their full potential. Many more examples, including Atlanta Public Schools’ adoption of a new equity policy, are highlighted in the Foundation’s Changing the Odds: Progress and Promise in Atlanta, released earlier this year.
We will continue supporting this important work in 2020 so that together we can establish more equitable pathways to education, housing, careers and wealth.
Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site
Good morning and Happy Holidays!
As the year wraps up, I just wanted to say thank you for your support of Per Scholas this year through your referrals! Through your assistance, Per Scholas is able to achieve its mission of providing no-cost technical training, career development, and job placement for talented individuals from underrepresented populations in the tech industry.
2019 is coming swiftly to a close, but our 2020 calendar is out and courses are filling up just as quickly! I have attached the start dates and locations for our first quarter offerings. Here is a brief description of each course:
The IT Fundamentals – A+ Course is a 15 week course that prepares eligible students to sit for and pass the CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ and A+ certification exams while integrating applied learning strategies to improve test taking skills. This course covers hardware, software, coding, security, networking, troubleshooting for mobile devices, printers, and computers, and more.
The Network Support Course is a 15 week course that prepares students to sit for and pass the CompTIA A+ and Net+ certification exams. This course covers hardware, software, installation, configuration, maintenance, network detection, troubleshooting for mobile devices, printers, and computers, and more.
If you have any students interested in being considered for either of our courses, follow these steps:
- Send me an email with the student’s name and TABE scores (if applicable)
- Have the student complete an application (www.perscholas.org/apply)
After a preliminary application screening, the student should:
- Register for an information session using this link.
- Study for the TABE exam using these materials (if applicable)
If the student is interested in one of the January courses, they must attend either the December 5th or December 11th information session.
Feel free to reach out to me with any questions!
Housing Justice League is hiring for a part-time Communications and Volunteer Coordinator position! You can read about the job in detail at housingjusticeleague.org/
If you wish to apply please send your resume and cover letter in PDF format to housingjusticeleagueatl@gmail.
Please find attached an item that will appear on your December NPU agendas for a VOTE. The item will be heard by Zoning Review Board January 2 or January 9, 2019. If you have questions regarding this legislation, please contact me via email or at the number below.
Z-19-115 AN ORDINANCE BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARLA SMITH TO REZONE CERTAIN PROPERTIES FROM THE MRC-3-C (MIXED RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL-SECTOR 3- CONDITIONAL) ZONING DISTRICT TO THE MRC-3-C (MIXED RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL-SECTOR 3- CONDITIONAL FOR A CHANGE OF CONDITIONS).