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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.

Development eyed for Sweet Auburn corridor

ATLANTA -- More development is being eyed for the MLK Historic District near Downtown Atlanta, in an area full of history.

Community leaders are slated to meet Thursday to discuss plans and the potential for the area.

"We need hotels, restaurants, new grease traps, new facades," said Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall. "Need to make it something we're all proud of. It's Atlanta's great history, Georgia's great history, the nation's -- the world's history."

There is some urgency to the process, since the Atlanta Streetcar is under construction and should be running along Auburn Avenue by the middle of next year.

There is worry among members of the community that new visitors drawn to the Sweet Auburn/MLK area would be turned off by the boarded up doors and windows and vacant lots in the area.

Railroad nixes passenger trains at 'Gulch' Terminal

ATLANTA -- Less than a year ago, there was a lot of buzz surrounding Atlanta's "gulch," a blighted area near the CNN Center and the Georgia Dome.

For more than two decades, planners have been dreaming of a new, modern transportation hub there.

Last July, President Obama, along with Mayor Kasim Reed promised to fast track the project that could become the city's "Grand Central Station."

"This is another block in our future. The multi-modal system is going to bring more transit and greater connectivity and give us more energy as the economic center of the South," Reed said.

But now those plans are hitting a big speed bump. Money is going out the door, but the "dream" terminal may be stalled on the tracks.

After spending millions of dollars on engineering and design studies, there is a new twist for the multi-modal passenger terminal (MMPT) in "The Gulch."

It could be missing a major element -- passenger trains.

Springmont students share business ideas

Springmont students share business ideas

New business ideas sometimes come when we least expect them and from unexpected sources. Twelve students, ages six to 13, are getting a jump start on creating their new business as part of The Springmont School's ClubPreneur program.

Springmont's Marketing Director Andrea Horton teaches the steps needed to start a business, including identifying the need, researching the competition, determining pricing and generating buzz for the product or service.

Each student delivers a presentation outlining their business strategy. The concepts recently presented included a lemonade stand with distinctive flavors, a cleaning service, a workout video that allows viewers to earn coins to play a special video game, and custom-designed cases to accessorize your IPhone, IPad, IPodTouch or similar device.