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Georgia 400 Trail (PATH 400) Project Wins American Transportation Award

ATLANTA, GA – The Georgia Department of Transportation’s (Georgia DOT) $9.2 million Georgia 400 Trail (PATH 400) project received the Quality of Life/Community Development, Small Category Award Tuesday at the 2018 SASHTO Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas. The Georgia DOT partnered with the PATH Foundation and Livable Buckhead to develop the 5.2-mile bikeable and walkable greenway through the heart of Atlanta’s north side. The partnership resulted in cost efficiencies and design innovations.

“The PATH converted unused right of way property into something functional and beautiful, offering wonderful health and recreation benefits to the community,” said Meg Pirkle, Georgia DOT’s chief engineer. “We are proud to have helped make this vision a reality”

The 11th Annual America’s Transportation Awards are sponsored by AASHTO, Socrata, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes transportation projects in three categories: Quality of Life/Community Development, Best Use of Technology and Innovation, and Operations Excellence. Project categories are broken down by size: small (less than $25 million), medium (between $25 and $200 million) and large (more than $200 million).

Georgia DOT built the PATH on the right-of-way of GA 400 and the public land adjacent to Metro Atlanta Regional Transit Authority (MARTA). The PATH reclaims what was a highway-only corridor and creates a multimodal trail by turning underutilized gray infrastructure into a useable green space. It connects neighborhoods, offices and retail locations and provides users with an easy way to explore, exercise, commute and engage.

Georgia DOT worked with the Atlanta Police Department to install security cameras at every major point of entry to the PATH. These cameras tie into the City of Atlanta’s state-of-the-art Video Integration Center, providing enhanced safety of pedestrians and cyclists using the PATH.

For more information on the award, or to see other winning projects, please visit: https://news.transportation.org/Pages/NewsReleaseDetail.aspx?NewsReleaseID=1510.

Deal: Instacart to Create More than 400 Jobs in Atlanta Area

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Instacart, a technology-driven, nationwide on-demand grocery delivery service, will create more than 400 jobs and invest $40 million in a Customer Experience Center (CEC) in the Atlanta area throughout the next 24 months.

 “Georgia’s reputation for innovation and our business-friendly environment continue to attract companies powered by technology like Instacart,” said Deal. “As one of the nation’s fastest-growing grocery delivery companies, Instacart will benefit from our skilled workforce and logistics infrastructure as the company extends its reach to a growing consumer base. We look forward to the results of this new partnership and appreciate Instacart’s investment here in the No. 1 state in which to do business.”

Instacart has introduced same-day delivery in more than 240 markets across North America since its launch in 2012, and now covers over 60 percent of U.S. households. Instacart’s technology enables the delivery of fresh groceries and everyday essentials in as little as one hour.

“We are excited to launch our world class CEC here in Atlanta, as the new office will be a key asset in our mission to redefine the customer experience and develop support services for new Instacart products,” said Nick Friedrich, Instacart head of customer operations. “On behalf of everyone at the company, I would like to thank Gov. Nathan Deal and his fantastic staff for welcoming us with open arms. We look forward to harnessing the skills, leadership, and talent in Atlanta while contributing to the bustling community and economy.”

Headquartered in San Francisco, Instacart expanded from 30 markets to more than 190 markets in 2017. The company partners with seven of the eight largest grocers in North America.

“Instacart’s technology is innovating not only how businesses interact with customers, but also how people live their daily lives,” said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “We are pleased to welcome them to our ecosystem and to watch their continued growth in the midst of our thriving innovation community.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Project Manager Laura Pemberton represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Georgia Power.

“We are excited to welcome Instacart to Georgia,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Instacart is joining the ranks of many innovative companies that are choosing Georgia to grow their company. Instacart is redefining the way we live, and we know they will find success here.”

View open positions at Instacart’s Atlanta office here.

About Instacart

Instacart helps people cross grocery shopping off their to-do lists with just a few clicks. Customers use the Instacart website or app to fill their virtual shopping cart with items from their favorite, local stores and Instacart connects them with shoppers who handpick the items and deliver them straight to their door. Founded in San Francisco in 2012, Instacart has quickly scaled to more than 240 markets and partnered with retailers across North America, including popular national chains as well as local, regional grocers. By combining a personal touch with cutting-edge technology, Instacart offers customers a simple solution to save time and eat fresh food from the most trusted grocery brands. Instacart is the only grocery service that can meet today’s on-demand lifestyle by delivering in as little as one hour. First delivery is free at www.instacart.com.

Deal: Pandora To Create 250 Jobs in Fulton County

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Pandora, the largest music streaming service in the U.S., will expand its presence and create 250 jobs in Atlanta over the next three years.

 “Pandora’s investment in Atlanta is a testament to the value of our highly skilled workforce and business-friendly environment for attracting innovative companies,” said Deal. “With this expansion, Pandora will benefit from the strategic resources available to digital leaders operating in Georgia, as well as close proximity to our vibrant arts and entertainment communities. We appreciate Pandora’s ongoing commitment here in Georgia and look forward to strengthening our partnership as the company continues to grow and create meaningful employment opportunities for our citizens.”

Pandora plans to hire for positions in product and engineering, sales, client services, legal and human resources.

“Atlanta has been home to a wide array of top artists who have both defined and defied genres,” said Pandora CEO Roger Lynch. “This rich music history, combined with Atlanta’s diverse talent, dynamic startup culture, and extensive higher education community, make it the right place to grow our team. We look forward to expanding our presence in Atlanta and becoming a bigger part of the local community.”

“Like Pandora, Atlanta sits at the nexus of music and technology,” said Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “We are a premier destination for some of the world’s most talented musical artists and producers, as well as tech talent. I trust this combination will be beneficial to Pandora as it stays at the forefront of music technology and am pleased to welcome many new Pandora employees to Atlanta.”

“Pandora is a household name and trailblazer in the music streaming industry,” said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “We’re thrilled that they are expanding their presence in our region. Pandora should feel right at home in metro Atlanta, where our technology ecosystem is thriving and cultivating the latest innovations in digital media and entertainment.”

“When a leading technology company like Pandora commits to hundreds of jobs in Fulton County, it speaks to the strength of our talent base, our high quality of life and attractiveness for economic investment,” said Fulton County Chairman Robb Pitts.

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Project Manager Laura Pemberton represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Development Authority of Fulton County and Georgia Power.

“Atlanta places Pandora at the ideal intersection of culture, technology and a diverse workforce,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Georgia has been long known for its robust entertainment and technology sectors, and we look forward to welcoming a company that is invested in both the entertainment and technology world.”

View open positions in Pandora’s Atlanta office here.

About Pandora

Pandora is the world’s most powerful music discovery platform – a place where artists find their fans and listeners find music they love. We are driven by a single purpose: unleashing the infinite power of music by connecting artists and fans, whether through earbuds, car speakers, live on stage or anywhere fans want to experience it. Our team of highly trained musicologists analyze hundreds of attributes for each recording which powers our proprietary Music Genome Project®, delivering billions of hours of personalized music tailored to the tastes of each music listener, full of discovery, making artist/fan connections at unprecedented scale. Founded by musicians, Pandora empowers artists with valuable data and tools to help grow their careers and connect with their fans. For more information, visit www.pandora.com.