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EarthCraft Community of the Year named

Allen Wilson Community, the Decatur Housing Authority’s $28.3 million redevelopment of the former Allen Wilson Terrace Public Housing project in Decatur, has been named 2014 EarthCraft Community of the Year by Southface and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (GAHBA).
The award was presented to Doug Faust, executive director of the Decatur Housing Authority (DHA), by David Ellis, executive vice president of GAHBA, and Scott Lee, director of residential green building services at Southface, at the recent EarthCraft Celebration of Excellence.
The three-phase redevelopment at 1450 Commerce Drive in the heart of Decatur, includes 191 units of high-quality, environmentally friendly housing for low-income families and seniors, along with onsite amenities such as an equipped playground, a community garden, laundry facility and half-mile landscaped walking trail.
“The Decatur Housing Authority and our Board of Commissioners are honored to receive this recognition for our efforts to develop quality affordable housing along with our partners, especially the City of Decatur,” Faust said. “We developed this community to meet the current and future needs of our residents while responding positively to the surrounding neighborhood. The community’s energy efficiency achieved through DHA’s commitment to meet or exceed the EarthCraft Multifamily and Communities standards will improve the quality of lives of our residents for years to come through energy cost savings and reduced environmental impact.”

Dearborn Park supporters to meet

Midway Woods Neighborhood Association and Friends of Dearborn Park will meet to discuss how to improve the park.
The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 3, 7:30 to 9 p.m., at Columbia Presbyterian Church, 711 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur.
For more information, contact Rick Baggentoss, the group’s environmental chairman, at environmental@midwaywoodsneighborhood.com. To see some of the ideas that will be discussed, visit the Midway Woods Neighborhood Association’s website at www.midwaywoodsneighborhood.com.

Stone Mountain

Village to host Christmas parade

Stone Mountain Village will hold its annual Christmas parade and fireworks event Nov. 28 from 4‒8 p.m. The event will include children activities, marshmallow roasting, hot chocolate and fireworks. All restaurants, shops and art galleries will be open for shopping. For more information, visit City of Stone Mountain Downtown Development Authority’s Facebook page.

Woman’s Club to host Christmas Home Tour

Homes for the Holidays, the annual Christmas Home Tour of the GFWC Stone Mountain Woman’s Club, will be held Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets for the event includes lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Stone Mountain First United Methodist Church Family Life Center, located at 5312 West Mountain Street. The church sanctuary will also be open the day of the tour for anyone who wishes to visit. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from any member of the Stone Mountain Woman’s Club or at ART Station or the Old Post Office Emporium in Stone Mountain. The day of the tour, tickets will also be available in the church’s Family Life Center or any home on the Tour. For more information, contact Elizabeth Wells at dandewells@bellsouth.net, (770) 822-9947 or (404) 630-9925.



Group in need of donations

Blessings On Wheels will help the Chapter of Women in NAACP (WIN) in raising funds to purchase turkeys for needy families in the South DeKalb area. The goal is to purchase 500 turkeys. Turkeys are $15 each and will be distributed at South DeKalb Mall on Nov. 22. To make a donation, visit www.gofundme.com/NAACP-WIN, or contact Keischa Robinson at keischa4383@gmail.com or (404) 820-6341 to make arrangements.

Twenty-two DeKalb groups honored with $1,000 grants

Twenty-two DeKalb County nonprofits were honored in October by Wells Fargo team members with $1,000 Days of Giving donations.
Wells Fargo also announced that its Atlanta-area employees gave or pledged $1.8 million this fall in the United Way and Community Support campaign–24 percent more than last year.
In all, 240 groups are receiving $1,000 checks at a series of community breakfasts across Atlanta.
Wells Fargo Area President Scott Asher said, “To some, a $1,000 grant may seem small, but we know each of these great groups will be able to make a huge difference with this. And collectively this will have a major impact in our community.”
With the program in its sixth year, giving across Georgia will exceed $1.5 million this fall. All the groups were selected by frontline team members in bank offices in the Atlanta area for the work they are doing locally.
“We are doing our best to be a great local bank, and this is a cornerstone of our local giving and volunteerism,” said Robert Dobbs, business banking area manager.
The following DeKalb groups received $1,000 grants: Be the Match Foundation, Busineighbor Inc., Center for Pan Asian Community Services Inc., Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Chris Kids, Community Health Charities, DDD Foundation, Decatur Arts Alliance, DeKalb Initiative for Children & Families, Friends of Refugees, George West Mental Health Foundation/Skyland Trail, International Rescue Committee, Jerusalem House, KIDDS Dance Project, Our House, Poverty is Real, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Speak Life Worldwide, The Empty Stocking Fund, Women’s Resource Center, Young People Matter, and Youth V.I.B.E.



Acuity Brands expands in DeKalb County

Acuity Brands Inc. and DeKalb County, one of Georgia’s Innovation Crescent’s 15-member counties, announced a corporate relocation which will represent a more than $16 million investment and 700 new jobs for DeKalb and Rockdale counties. Acuity Brands is one of the world’s leading providers of lighting solutions, and its expansion is further evidence of the region’s appeal as a global destination for industry.
“Acuity Brands’ decision to establish their engineering and technology center in south DeKalb affirms our efforts to target innovative, high-growth companies and speaks to our attractive economic development ecosystem that includes a desirable quality of place, highly-skilled workers and a business-friendly environment,” said Ernest Gilchrist, director of business development and recruitment for the Development Authority of DeKalb County, and Innovation Crescent board member and secretary.
DeKalb will receive 250 engineers at Acuity’s Decatur location. 
“Acuity Brands wants to create a ‘Google-esque’ state-of-the-art research and technology center in an area where ideas and creativity flourish, and that’s exactly what happens here in DeKalb County and Georgia’s Innovation Crescent,” Gilchrist said.
Acuity Brands will expand into the Panola Industrial Park area. The company employs approximately 7,000 associates worldwide with fiscal 2014 sales of $2.4 billion. The DeKalb County location, a former production facility for Acuity Brands’ Lithonia Lighting emergency lighting products, will function primarily as a research and product development facility.



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