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SPANX to relocate HQ to Buckhead Atlanta

SPANX to relocate HQ to Buckhead Atlanta

ATLANTA -- SPANX, the $1 billion women's undergarment and apparel company based in Atlanta, is relocating its headquarters to Buckhead Atlanta.

Its expanded world headquarters is just one feature. Buckhead Atlanta, a large mixed-use project at Peachtree and Pharr roads that hasn't had an anchor tenant, will also house a flagship SPANX store. SPANX's headquarters will be on three floors, and the company is getting signage rights. The headquarters will open onto a rooftop garden terrace with additional balconies.

SPANX will lease 86,000 square feet of office space initially, with an option to expand up to 112,000 square feet. The company plans to relocate from the 3344 Peachtree tower to Buckhead Atlanta in November 2014.

"Like the SPANX brand, the Buckhead Atlanta space is innovative and unique," SPANX Founder Sara Blakely said. "We're also thrilled to offer hometown fans a way to experience the magic of SPANX at our first [flagship] store."

Local nonprofits gain grant to help domestic violence victims in Georgia

Local nonprofits gain grant to help domestic violence victims in Georgia

ATLANTA -- The Judicial Council of Georgia Domestic Violence Committee awarded a grant on Friday that will go towards the work of nine nonprofit organizations in and near Atlanta. 

The grant of almost $1.6 million will help bring legal services to around 4,500 people with low income around Georgia who have suffered from domestic violence and are working to bounce back. A spokeswoman for the Judicial Council reported that the funds are given each year to develop domestic violence training and legal services for victims.

According to the spokeswoman, not included are divorces, deportations and other matters which are not related with the victim's safety, along with economic security. 

CEO chosen for Atlanta BeltLine development firm

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. Board of Directors has named transportation and development consultant Paul Morris as its CEO.

Officials said Wednesday that Morris has nearly 30 years of international experience in positions related to transportation, urban redevelopment, natural resource management, public parks and more.

Before being named Atlanta BeltLine CEO, Morris served as deputy secretary for the North Carolina Department of Transportation and did consulting work for an investment firm before that.

City officials say the Atlanta BeltLine is a redevelopment project that will create a network of public parks and multi-use trails along a 22-mile railroad corridor that encircles many of the city's neighborhoods.

Metro Atlanta Chamber president Sam Williams retires

ATLANTA - Metro Atlanta Chamber president Sam Williams announced his retirement on Tuesday. According to a release, he told the Chamber's executive committee he will retire at the end of 2013 or when a replacement is hired.

Williams has served as the Chamber's president since December 1996, and had been at the forefront of a number of initiatives, including helping the city meet the standards of the Clean Water Act, to helping to attract more high tech, logistics and bioscience firms to Metro Atlanta.

At 68, Williams has served three years beyond the commitment he made in 1996 to serve until age 65. At the encouragement of the Chamber's executive committee, Williams has agreed to extend his contract until the end of the year, or until a replacement can be hired in 2014.

Pamela Byrd to discuss finding your path

Pamela Byrd to discuss finding your path

ATLANTA -- Learn more about the 3 Keys to Becoming a Confident Woman and the Logistics of Life.

Pamela is an advocate for human potential with an unwavering commitment to assisting women in their quest toward achieving something more. She has a distinct gift for helping others to uncover their value and regain their warrior status to move toward achieving their life’s goals. 

Pamela provides several backdrops for helping women to uncover their value.  She conducts boundary development seminars and journaling workshops throughout the Atlanta area, facilitates virtual Journaling Groups and weaves journal writing into every aspect of her coaching as a form of self-reflection, discovery and empowerment.

Carol's Daughter launches new hair salon concept in Atlanta

Carol's Daughter launches new hair salon concept in Atlanta

Get ready naturalistas, Carol's Daughter launches its first hair salon, Mirror, a new concept in educational hair care. Mirror, located in the Carol's Daughter Lenox Square Mall Store in Atlanta, focuses on getting clients hair to its healthiest state via series of mandatory consultation tests, evaluations, teachings, and in-salon and at-home regimens. Founder Lisa Price, partnered with legendary healthy hair expert Robin D. Groover from Atlanta, for the salon. Groover will bring 20 years of hands-on experience to Lisa's desire to spread her healthy hair message.

Building company PulteGroup to settle headquarters in Buckhead

ATLANTA -- PulteGroup will relocate its corporate headquarters to Buckhead from Michigan, bringing hundreds of jobs to the city.

"I am pleased to welcome PulteGroup to the City of Atlanta," Mayor Reed said. "This corporate relocation, which is rare for a company regularly ranked on the Fortune 500 list, will bring more than 300 jobs to the city. It will solidify our strength as a leading city for business, from transnational and national corporations to entrepreneurial start-ups. Creating jobs and fostering business investment has been a top priority of my administration, and I look forward to working with Richard J. Dugas, Jr., PulteGroup Chairman, President and CEO and his team, as the company and its employees transition to their new corporate headquarters in Atlanta."

PulteGroup builds and develops homes in 28 states. The company decided to make the move based on a trend of increasing investments outside of Michigan and Midwest markets.