Downtown's Big Year

March 24, 2014

Central Atlanta Progress Marks 73 Years at Annual Meeting

At its 73rd Annual Meeting, Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District celebrated Downtown’s big year and launched their 2014 fundraising campaign to attract new support for the organization.With the theme -- BE Downtown -- the campaign is built upon the city’s top executives, elected officials and community partners, CAP’s leadership showcased the myriad of exciting accomplishments that will come to fruition in 2014.

The lively event featured a “movie trailer” promoting Downtown’s Big Year, which highlighted some of the exciting openings, events and projects happening in 2014.  The Atlanta Streetcar, the Downtown Pop Up Retail program, the Downtown Daffodil Project, the College Football Hall of Fame and the Center for Civil and Human Rights were just a few of the “stars” featured in the video.  The full printed list of more than 80 happenings was presented to attendees as a take-away item.  The “living” list is available on the CAP/ADID website:

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Take the Clean Car Challenge

February 10, 2014

Deputy Chief Joe Spillane, Field Operations Division, and Major Wayne Whitmire, Zone 5 Commander, addressed the Town Hall Meeting today about safety in Downtown, reinforcing the fact that Downtown is one of the safest places in Atlanta.  During this reporting period for 2013, there was a slight increase in Larcenies From Autos, which is our main crime problem in Downtown.  In comparing numbers, 2012 was an abnormally low incident year, bringing attention to any increases.  Incidents are still significantly lower than previous years for the most part.  

There are a number of police tactics and strategies in place to address Larceny from Autos this year: special details targeting Larcenies from Auto; increased walking beat officers and visibility; apply predictive policing; Video Integration Center surveillance camera system; as well as collaborations and partnerships with other public safety agencies and Downtown security and property management partners. 

One program we are focusing on this year is to introduce a New Clean Car Campaign Challenge to reduce Larcenies from Autos by 100.  The original program was introduced in 2009, and was extremely effective in educating the Downtown daily constituency, deterring and dramatically reducing the number of Larcenies From Autos.  Our new challenge will continue to reach out to our Downtown constituency, but will also reach out to our 13 million annual convention, special event and tourist visitors to inform them about good practices for safety, and not leaving any items in the car.  There was also an increase in Robberies and Aggravated Assaults in this six-month period. 

The robberies are often resulting from a shoplifting, where the offender resisted or fled when apprehended.  This is peculiar to Georgia law.  Often these cases can also be related to a drug buy gone bad, where someone put themselves into the circumstances conducive to this offense occurring. 

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Town Hall Rescheduled

January 29, 2014

The Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District Town Hall Meeting scheduled for 1/30/14 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, 2/5/14 at Georgia State University, 100 Auburn Avenue Auditorium.

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52 Places to Go in 2014 - NYTimes

January 13, 2014

40. Downtown Atlanta - A revitalized city center welcomes new museums and streetcars.

Atlanta plans several ribbon cuttings in 2014, but the main event is the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, scheduled to open in May next to the Centennial Olympic Park and the Georgia Aquarium Downtown. The 42,000-square-foot, environmentally friendly museum will feature permanent galleries devoted to domestic and international rights struggles and will house the Martin Luther King Jr. papers owned by Morehouse College. By midyear, visitors will be able to take the new Atlanta Streetcar on a 2.7-mile loop that will link the park to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and other stops. Another parkside attraction, the 94,000-square-foot College Football Hall of Fame, is expected to open in time for fall kickoff of the N.C.A.A. season

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SunTrust Receives Downtown Economic Impact Award

December 12, 2013

During the December 11th CAP Board of Director’s meeting, Mike Hurst, SunTrust’s Director of Corporate Real Estate, accepted the 2013 Downtown Economic Impact Award on behalf of SunTrust for its efforts in securing a historic lease transaction with The Coca-Cola Company in the SunTrust Plaza/Gardens complex in Downtown Atlanta. This move is the largest corporate relocation to Downtown in more than two decades.  Now in its fifth year, CAP’s Downtown Economic Impact Award recognizes a company or project that has stimulated revitalization efforts that strengthen and advance the community at large and leaves an overall positive mark on the neighborhood.

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