Yearly Archives: 2015


“As usual, we are seeing the end-of-the-year rush to fund the government, which leaves us scrambling to find a fix for issues that should have already been dealt with. In the new year I hope to see smaller, more focused bills that don’t come to us the last legislative week of the year.”

The Atlanta Board of REALTORS® Releases November 2015 Statistics on Housing Market

The Atlanta Board of REALTORS® (ABR), the largest association of its kind in Georgia, released its November 2015 Market Brief on residential housing statistics for 11 area counties in metro-Atlanta. Market Brief, now compiled by First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS), provides the only regionally focused synopsis of monthly sales and home prices for single family residential properties.

Mayor Kasim Reed, City of Atlanta Department of Planning and Community Development and Partners...

Mayor Kasim Reed and the Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) joined officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Invest Atlanta and the Atlanta Housing Authority yesterday to begin work on the Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant. To kick off redevelopment efforts, HUD representatives conducted a site visit to the City of Atlanta to host strategic planning sessions with leading partners, service providers and community members.

Rep. Tom Graves Votes to Modernize Energy Infrastructure, Create Jobs

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act (H.R. 8), which would modernize energy infrastructure and update obsolete energy policies

Georgia Department of Community Affairs awards $25.8 million in tax credits to develop workforce...

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced today it will award $25.8 million federal housing tax credits to construct or rehabilitate 33 affordable rental housing properties located throughout the state. The developments include affordable housing for working families, housing for Georgia seniors and housing for persons with disabilities, and were selected from 75 applications in the annual competition.

Mayor Kasim Reed Participates in McKinsey & Company’s Global Infrastructure Initiative

The City of Atlanta announced today that Mayor Kasim Reed participated in McKinsey & Company’s Global Infrastructure Initiative (GII) in San Francisco. The Global Infrastructure Initiative was created as a vehicle to help unlock the recurring infrastructure bottlenecks, explore new frontiers, and drive change in the industry

Eight Georgia communities honored for promoting affordable housing and project innovation

The panel of experts considered the following criteria in making their recommendations for awards: measurable benefits to affordable housing in Georgia; the degree to which the project or innovation can be replicated; how well the project or innovation responds to the identified need or opportunity; and cost-effectiveness.

Mayor Kasim Reed and United Way of Greater Atlanta Announce Final Push to House...

Mayor Reed also called on the Atlanta community to support the #DayfortheBrave campaign, which raises funds for the Welcome Home Kit initiative. This initiative bundles donations for security deposits, utility deposits and home furnishings for veterans moving into their new apartments. The Welcome Home Kits consist of key items to successfully house veterans, such as landlord engagement assistance, housing navigation, and security and utility deposits, as well as furnishings to transform an empty apartment into a home.

The Atlanta Board of REALTORS® Releases October 2015 Statistics on Housing Market

The ABR Market Brief is designed to offer an overview of the Atlanta residential market by providing a synopsis of sales and home prices, and covers 11 counties: Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Fayette, Henry and Paulding. Numbers in the reports are updated each month to reflect any additional recordings from the previous month. Each month, the numbers reported for the previous month are updated to reflect additional recordings.

City of Atlanta Launches Public Website for Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Program

The City of Atlanta today launched a new website for the public to learn about and follow the progress of the Renew Atlanta infrastructure bond program, The Renew Atlanta program was approved by more than eight in ten voters in a special election held earlier this year. Over five years, the City of Atlanta plans to complete more than two hundred transportation and municipal facility projects, including major repairs and upgrades from an infrastructure maintenance backlog of nearly $900 million.


Isakson thanked Ray for her military service, as well as volunteers at Ray’s home, where Rebuilding Together Atlanta and Fifth Third Bank have been performing work to complete several home projects that have gone unfinished since the passing of Ray’s husband in 2014, including painting the interior and exterior of the home, installing trim and base molding, and repairing flooring in the home.

Surface Transportation Bill Clears U.S. House, Includes Woodall Legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation to authorize, fund, and reform the nation’s transportation programs and infrastructure projects. H.R. 22, the “DRIVE Act,” provides 3 years of guaranteed funding and includes a provision ensuring that funding can be extended to 6 years as budget offsets are agreed upon.

Surface Transportation Bill Clears Committee, Includes Woodall Legislation

The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee passed H.R. 3763, the “Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015,” clearing the last major hurdle prior to moving the bill to the House Floor. Included in the bill is language from Rep. Woodall’s H.R. 3739, the “VETOPPS Act.” Previously introduced as a standalone bill, the bipartisan measure is now set to advance as part of the long-anticipated surface transportation legislation


Mayor Kasim Reed Advances $380 Million in New Transportation Infrastructure Spending...

Mayor Kasim Reed announced today that the Atlanta City Council has voted 13 to 1 to approve a measure to put a special local option sales tax (TSPLOST) referendum on the November ballot to fund transportation related infrastructure projects throughout the City of Atlanta. The ballot referendum will ask Atlanta voters to authorize a 0.4 percent sales tax increase for a five-year period. The TSPLOST is projected to generate approximately $260 million, which will be leveraged to generate additional matching funds.


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