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SOCIAL ADVOCACY/NONPROFIT/COVID-19 RELIEF


Nonprofit helps homeless transgender women across Georgia (Project Q) The new Trans Housing Coalition has placed more than 30 homeless transgender women in housing. Along with finding permanent housing for those in need, they have also raised almost $2.9 million to disperse for rental payments and other housing assistance. 

WarnerMedia brings an apprenticeship program to Georgia (MDJ Online) Non-profit The Amazing Stories Foundation has partnered with the media company for a film and TV apprenticeship program offered in East Point, GA, for adults 24 and up. The program will train diverse emerging talent and take advantage of the state's thriving entertainment industry. 

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms helping longtime homeowners in Atlanta (11 Alive) The Atlanta mayor has created the Gulch Housing Trust Fund to help longtime homeowners offset increasing property taxes that have resulted from gentrification in Atlanta. 

Shopify teams with nonprofit to create one million new Black-owned businesses nationwide by 2030 (Atlanta Business Chronicle) An Atlanta-based nonprofit, Operation Hope has teamed up with the global commerce company, Shopify to provide $130 million worth of resources and tools in effort to increase the number of Black entrepreneurs across the country.  

JEWISH COMMUNITY


Jewish Abilities Alliance changes application date for grant awards (Atlanta Jewish Times) The foundation that provides services and inclusions initiatives has awarded more than $25,000 to 23 Atlanta agencies through their grant awards. The application for grants up to $1,500 per project has been changed to Nov. 16. 

Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta to host mental health event with Mayim Bialik (PR Newswire) The well-known Big Bang Theory actress, doctor, and neuroscience author, Mayim Bialik has partnered the Jewish organization to speak at a special fundraiser to address teenage mental health in the time of COVID.  

Georgia College opens Hillel house (Front Page GCSU) Georgia College’s Hillel has been on campus for 12 years but just recently added a house, walking distance to campus. The house will serve as a physical safe space for Jewish students in Milledgeville. 

HOSPITALITY / FOOD & BEVERAGE


Atlantan diners are tipping more overall during the pandemic (Eater Atlanta). According to a recent poll, 66% of responders said they are tipping more overall than before the pandemic to relieve and support service industry workers. According to some, adding a tip to takeout orders has been a practice some people have newly adopted since the shutdown.    

Universal Music Group to launch experiential hotel in Atlanta (Blooloop) A collection of music-based hotels by Universal will be built in three major cities, including Atlanta. The hotels will be designed with inspiration from the community and promote social justice and education through music.  

The future of food halls in Atlanta (Atlanta Magazine) Halls like ones at Ponce City Market and Krog Street have been hit hard by the pandemic and dining restrictions. Food stall entrepreneurs have to cut labor costs by limiting menu items. According to food show hosts and the Gansevoort Market owners, a food court in Manhattan, they expect food halls to eventually fully recover.  

REAL ESTATE/BUSINESS


Atlanta honors women business leaders (Atlanta Business Chronicle) Atlanta Business Chronicle’s awards “Women Who Mean Business” to honor women who have made a difference in their careers and influenced others in the Atlanta business community. 

Dunkin Donuts announces a new Atlanta production facility (Office of the Governor). The beloved coffee company is investing in a $10 million start-of-the-art production facility that will provide products and goods to Dunkin’ restaurants across the Atlanta area.    

Beltline steel plant to be converted into housing (Atlanta Business Chronicle) A 20th - century steel plant located on the eastside trail of the Atlanta Beltline will be torn down and developed into townhomes and condos according to the developer's proposal. 

ARTS


Online photography exhibit at Jackson Fine Art (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Photography from Andrea Torres Balaguer will be displayed through Jackson Fine Arts' virtual viewing room through November 5. Her mystery and moody photography aesthetic push typical boundaries found in the medium.  

The forgotten history of the women who shaped American landscapes (NY Times) Women have been the designers and creative minds behind many famous gardens, parks, and public spaces throughout the nation. Take a journey through the stories of famous women landscape architects' contributions, including highlights of some Georgia-based designers.  

Artist from Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2020 debuts exhibition at High Museum of Art (Arts Atl) Julie Mehretu has comprised an exhibition of over 70 drawings, paintings, and prints, that will be on display at the High through January 31. Her art includes powerful expression through the language of abstraction, fragmentation, and formation.  

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