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$15 = $30 worth of fabulous costume jewelry from Swell Caroline

$15 = $30 worth of fabulous costume jewelry from Swell Caroline

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ACVB extends CEO's contract

ACVB extends CEO's contract

ATLANTA -- William Pate will remain at the helm of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau for at least a few more years.

The ACVB executive board voted Wednesday to extend Pate's contract until Dec. 31, 2015.

The new contract includes an increase in salary from $316,000 to $395,000 and a one-time bonus of $85,000 "for exceeding expectations," according to ACVB chairman Ben Shanley.

Other changes to the contract include a reinstatement of annual payments to the supplemental retirement plan and the removal of a $200,000 additional incentive.

"I am enjoying the industry and the people," said Pate, who became president and CEO in 2009. "More importantly, we're making an impact."

Before joining the ACVB, Pate was the chief marketing officer for BellSouth Corp.

Tracking programs created to bring jobs to Georgia

Tracking programs created to bring jobs to Georgia

ATLANTA -- With Georgia's unemployment rate remaining in double digits, 11Alive journalists are busy digging into three programs that promised to create jobs.

One of them is the federal stimulus program.

According to the state's Stimulus Accountability website, the federal government has granted Georgia approximately $3.2 billion in stimulus funds. Georgia's unemployment rate was around 8.8 percent just prior to the start of the stimulus program. Two years later, unemployment has risen to the current rate of 10.1 percent.

Where are the stimulus jobs?

In Paulding County, the stimulus program is getting mixed reviews.

Paulding County has received approximately $46 million in federal stimulus funds. The unemployment rate there was 6 percent in 2008 before the stimulus program. Unemployment in Paulding has risen to its current rate of 10.6 percent.

INMAN PARK: 'Loss Cat' artist settles dispute with Forever 21

INMAN PARK: 'Loss Cat' artist settles dispute with Forever 21

ATLANTA -- He's reluctant to say it himself, but Ronnie Land may be Atlanta's most successful pop artist.

"I haven't had a job since I lived here," he said from his Inman Park studio. "I never worked for anybody. And that, in itself, was one of those things that made me feel like I'm in the right place."

He moved to Atlanta from Florida 20 years ago, with a style honed in street art, laced with humor and urban accessibilty.

"(I) put stuff around town, like sort of anonymously, just trying to infiltrate my future home basically," Land said.

He began by making screen prints of his work on t-shirts, then "dumping" the shirts in bins that supply thrift stores. Within days, he'd see the shirts worn by young people in stylish in-town neighborhoods.

"(I was) just trying to get those unusual images out there," Land said.

City of Atlanta Initiates First Comprehensive Downtown "Street Tree" Inventory

City of Atlanta Initiates First Comprehensive Downtown "Street Tree" Inventory

The City of Atlanta Department of Planning and Community Development and the Office of Parks has conducted the first comprehensive inventory of the city’s publicly-owned downtown trees.  The inventory included an assessment of the trees along streets, boulevards, parks, and public spaces in the downtown area.  The tree inventory will provide information about the species, size, quality, and condition of public trees in downtown Atlanta. 

Information from the inventory will help establish management priorities by:

  • identifying trees that need to be pruned or removed,
  • revealing any systemic problems with pests or disease,
  • identifying the distribution of tree species with size, height, and other characteristics, and
  • providing an up-to-date report on the overall condition of the trees. 

The inventory identified locations with sufficient space for planting trees, aiding in future planting efforts. 

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