Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge Reaches Milestone Energy Savings

July 22, 2014

Invest Atlanta to provide up to $2.6 million in Westside TAD funds in support of challenge

Nearly 200 buildings accounting for 70 million total square feet in Buckhead, Downtown and Midtown have accepted the challenge to reduce energy and water consumption by 20% by year 2020 and today we can say with pride, “We’re nearly half way there!”

On June 19 over 200 property managers, building owners and other Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (Atlanta BBC) stakeholders gathered to celebrate the remarkable achievement of 9% energy savings among participants. A national leader in the Better Buildings Challenge, the Atlanta BBC has shown early success with water consumption as well and as of December 31, 2013 buildings enrolled in the program have saved over 33 million gallons of water. 

“Atlanta is on the path to become one of the nation’s most environmentally sustainable cities,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “Our commitment to invest in long-term water and energy conservation solutions gives Atlanta a competitive edge and enhances the City’s economic vitality.”

To help Atlanta reach its goal, Invest Atlanta is offering financial resources for building owners interested in implementing energy efficiency projects as part of the Atlanta BBC. The Westside Tax Allocation District will provide up to $2.6 million to fund energy savings projects aiming to create and retain jobs, improve the existing building stock and strengthen the competitiveness of the Downtown submarket. This is the second round of Invest Atlanta funding to support the Challenge.  The first round committed $5.4 million in Westside TAD funds to projects.

Building owners will receive up to 40 percent of the cost of substantive building upgrades. Eligible projects must be at least 10,000 sq. feet with a minimum total project cost of $1.25 million. Applicants must also provide evidence of ownership of the building and the property has to be located within the Westside TAD which includes the western portion of Downtown and the neighborhoods of Vine City, English Avenue and Castleberry Hill.  Projects will be evaluated based on job creation, private investment, vacancy rates, building attraction and reduction in energy and water consumption. Funding preference will be given to Atlanta BBC participants who have previously completed an investment grade Energy Audit Report.

Applications are available on Invest Atlanta’s website at

Applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on July 31, 2014.

Related Tag: Sustainability


Downtown Restaurant Week Returns August 9-17

July 2, 2014

Downtown Atlanta’s highly anticipated Restaurant Week returns for its 12th year Saturday, August 9, through Sunday, August 17, 2014. During this nine-day culinary event, top chefs offer diners signature menus at exceptional prices. Presented by Central Atlanta Progress, the annual Restaurant Week event gives Atlantans the opportunity to indulge in Downtown’s finest dining hot spots

Related Tag: Restaurants


Steak Week

April 21, 2014

This summer, from June 9th through June 15th, Central Atlanta Progress and Creative Loafing are excited to present the 2014 Downtown Steak Week.  The first of its kind in the city of Atlanta, restaurants participating in Downtown Steak Week will feature specialty “steak” dishes that showcase their talent and one-of-a-kind attributes! 

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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:

Related Tag: Economic Development


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. 

Related Tag: Members


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