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Falcons tap Legends Global for new stadium ticket sales

Falcons tap Legends Global for new stadium ticket sales

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons have selected Legends Global Sales to oversee premium and season ticket sales at the team's new stadium scheduled to open by the beginning of the 2017 NFL season.

"Legends has a proven ability to tailor stadium seating options and amenities to serve the needs and desires of the local market," Falcons EVP - Chief Marketing & Revenue Officer Jim Smith said in a statement. "We look forward to partnering with the group as we work to finalize our offerings and begin the new stadium sales process later this year."

The Falcons said New York City-based LGS "will be responsible for all aspects of the sales strategy and execution for luxury suites, as well as for premium club seat and season ticket sales, including staffing, training, product creation and marketing."

New Hyatt House hotel under construction downtown

ATLANTA -- Construction has begun on a new Hyatt House hotel near the Georgia Aquarium.

A joint venture between Ameripark CEOChip Patterson and Rhode Island-based TPG Hospitality on Jan. 2 announced work has started on the 150-room hotel at Ivan Allen Boulevard and Luckie Street.

Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported plans for the project in August.

It will be Georgia's second Hyatt House, an extended-stay brand from Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. The first is near the Cobb Galleria.

"The Hyatt House brand is an exciting and modern hotel concept designed to meet the stringent demands of the extended stay consumer," Brett Lasher, vice president of real estate and development for Hyatt, said in a statement. "We believe strongly that Hyatt House at Georgia Aquarium will be an outstanding and preferred addition to the area's hospitality offerings."

The hotel should open in 16 months, according to an announcement.

Grocery is the #1 holiday purchase! Research shows where consumers are spending this holiday season

Grocery is the #1 holiday purchase! Research shows where consumers are spending this holiday season

With all the hype and Black Friday campouts at Best Buys and Toys R Us, you'd guess that the majority of holiday shopping budgets go to purchases like electronics, toys and clothing. But according to new research, the biggest share what comes out of your holiday wallet actually goes to ... groceries and restaurants.

New data from Card-Linked Marketing leader Cardlytics -- collected from millions of U.S. households over the past two years -- shows what consumers actually spend their money on during the holiday season.  When it comes to holiday shopping Americans are spending 24% of their budget on groceries followed by restaurants and apparel.  Toy purchases are actually at the bottom of the list.

The Top 10 Share of Wallet (see link/attached for graphics and pie charts for 2011 and 2012 holiday spending):

1. Groceries - 24%

You'll soon be able to pay for parking with your phone

ATLANTA -- Beginning next year you'll be able to pay for parking in Atlanta by phone.

An agreement between Duncan Solutions, the City of Atlanta's parking management company, and Parkmobile USA, a local integrated-solutions technology firm, will give Atlanta drivers the convenience of making cash-less parking payments using smart phones, cell phones, or the Parkmobile website.

To use the new pay-by-cell system, customers will need to register at www.parkmobile.com and download the free Parkmobile application onto their Android, Blackberry, iPhone, or Windows smartphones.

Once registered, customers can immediately start using the system with their registered mobile phone, the internet, or by calling Parkmobile's toll-free number (877-727-5714) to pay for parking. 

A 35-cent user fee will be charged each time a customer uses the Parkmobile payment system. 

Savvy Awards In Atlanta

ConnTV's Conn Jackson hosted the first annual TAG Savvy Awards where he caught up with keynote speaker Luke Davies from LinkedIn, Be Remedy's CEO Blake Canterbury and more! Hear their take on social media amongst Georgia professionals.

Deal would lower earnings target for Georgia Power

ATLANTA (AP) - A preliminary agreement calls for Georgia Power to accept a lower return on shareholder investments and ditch a proposal to charge special rates for rooftop solar power.

The Southern Co. subsidiary reached a tentative deal Monday with Georgia utility regulators to set its rates through 2016. The agreement must still be approved by the elected members of the Public Service Commission.

The agreement would lower the return that Georgia Power shareholders get when they invest in the electricity system. It would decline to 10.95 percent from 11.15 percent.

Utility officials also agreed to drop a proposal to charge special fees against solar power users. Georgia Power had said that its customers using solar power were not paying their fair share of the cost of running the electrical grid.

PNC and Ford invest in economic exhibit at Children's Museum of Atlanta

PNC and Ford invest in economic exhibit at Children's Museum of Atlanta

ATLANTA -– Families aren’t the only ones investing their time in The Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s newest economic traveling exhibit. The PNC Foundation and Ford Motor Company Fund have teamed up as official presenters for Moneyville, which will be featured at The Museum through Jan. 12, 2014. The exhibit’s central focus on building financial literacy aligns with both companies’ emphasis to support families and serves as an opportunity to educate them about money, credit and other economic issues.

"Research shows that the earlier we introduce children to math, reading and other school readiness skills, the more likely they are to succeed in elementary school," said Eddie Meyers, PNC regional president, Greater Georgia. "This collaboration with The Children's Museum of Atlanta will ensure that preschoolers have access to an exceptional learning experience from one of the region's finest educational institutions."