Is one of Dunwoody's largest employers leaving for neighboring Sandy Springs? IHG is discussing a new location for its new headquarters. From BisNow:
IHG's New HQ is......still
unknown, but it appears InterContinential Hotel Group has added another site for
its potential HQ:
Ackerman & Co's Abernathy 400 development. (Instead of a Bachelor-style rose
ceremony, the winner will get a mint on their pillow.)
Sources tell us Ackerman—in a JV with HJ Russell
and Cousins Properties—is in talks with IHG about anchoring a 520k SF office development
at Abernathy Road/GA 400 site, a former MARTA park-and-ride. This comes months
after we reported here
that IHG was also eyeing
two other sites in Central Perimeter to build a HQ, including
Seven Oaks' Perimeter Summit. Sources say the conversation, which could see IHG
vacate its long-time home at Ravinia, is early
on and no LOI has been signed.
Central Perimeter Momentum
This morning at our Future of Central Perimeter
event, Ackerman's Kris
Miller trumpteted the 400 development, while staying
non-committal about specific tenants (including IGH). Our event was at the
Retreat at Perimeter Summit. Kris—second from left with DTZ's Chris White, City of
Sandy Springs Councilman Gabriel
Sterling, HJ Russell's Jerome
Russell and Cousins Properties' Bill Hollett—says a new office building
will soon make sense, assuming you can achieve
that $30-plus/SF rents. “I think the year of building stuff and
hoping they will come is gone,” he says. But prime space in Central Perimeter
now—what's left—is reaching as much as $28/SF, which means it's not far off for a
company to anchor fresh space.
Jerome predicts that by 2025, MARTA will
have extended farther north along Ga 400, further urbanizing Central
Perimeter. And Gabriel predicts Central Perimeter could actually surpass the City of
Atlanta with the number of corporate HQs. (Good news for tailors and tie
salesmen in the Central Perimeter.)
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I had the opportunity to watch live the School Super debate down at GPB yesterday. As expected, we heard candidates, "those with experience" in education, forming an alliance to push the agenda that the next school superintendent needs years of experience in public education. One candidate compared the job to heading the agriculture department in Georgia. He said something to the tune that we wouldn't put someone with no farming experience ahead of the state's agriculture. Of course we are growing kids, not onions here.
I might agree to vote for a former educator if past/current superintendents (with this experience) had Georgia ranked in the Top 10 in the USA. Of course that's not the case - we are nowhere near a Top 10 state in education. These educarats want nothing more than to keep things the way they are now. Keep the central offices of school districts fat and happy, starving the classroom. Buy cars for staff and build fancy central offices while students rot in trailers.
I first decided to support Nancy Jester after
she put the needs of the students and taxpayers of DeKalb County ahead of her
own interests. She uncovered fraud by the DeKalb County administration and
reported it to SACS. Her letter and the evidence she uncovered led SACS to put
DeKalb's accreditation on probation.
After that, Governor Nathan Deal had
the choice to remove all or none of the members who were on the BOE at the time
of the probation, and he rightly chose to remove them all. Nancy Jester's
action of reporting fraud led to the investigation, without which DeKalb
taxpayers would still be getting fleeced by the administration.
One member of the State Board of
Education who voted for the removal of all members told me that expressed
his wish to the Governor's Office that Nancy could be reappointed but
recognized the political reality.
For clarity, I wanted to resign from
the board in advance of the hearing in February, but refrained from doing so
because of the pending court case.
If the ruling had gone the
other way, the remaining board members would have remained on the board and
they would select my successor. I wanted to prevent that. I am more comfortable
with the Governor and his team selecting my replacement.
Additionally, it is a matter of
public record that I voted "no" on February 1st, to the hiring of the
attorney to pursue the board's legal challenges in the first place. I did not
support in any way, the filing of legal action and I expressed my opposition in
board meetings. Because the court has vacated their previous stay, the board
members subject to the Governor's executive order are now, no longer on the
board. Once the Governor appoints new members, the board will have a quorum and
be able to meet. At that point, the board will be able to make decisions
regarding the use of district resources.
So, for those of you who are hearing
smears about Nancy Jester's service on the DeKalb County Board of Education,
here are the relevant facts:
"During her service as a member of the DeKalb County Board of
Education, Nancy asked the tough questions that revealed the gross
mismanagement which even now is resulting in positive change for children in
"As an actuarial consultant
Nancy has the experience and knowledge to drill down into our state education
bureaucracy and make it work for our kids. As a mom she has a passion that in
my view is unrivaled to see that we achieve the goal of access to quality
education so every child in Georgia can realize their potential."