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The Downtown Westin Celebrates Grand Re-Opening and New Guest Spaces upon Fixing its damaged Windows

Atlanta, GA--  The Westin Hotel, which was damaged in a rare metro Atlanta tornado, announced its grand re-opening and held a ribbon cutting ceremony with Councilman Kwanza Hall to showcase its new meeting space for its guests. 

As the Westin Peachtree Plaza celebrates its grand re-opening after a multi-million dollar window replacement project, it also is boasting about additional meeting space for hotel guests.  Guests can access an additional 65,000 square feet of meeting space through a seventh story bridge connecting the hotel to 200 Peachtree, in the former Macy’s space.  The two buildings offer a total of 145,000 square feet of meeting space.

Details: 45-story, $200 Million 'Eye' in Works for Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Downtown Atlanta could become the new home of a 45-story Atlanta Eye, a replica of London's, Atlanta Business Chronicle reports.

Bernie Marcus is pushing the $200 million project which could be within sight of his Georgia Aquarium, an attraction credited with keeping Centennial Park as a serious downtown attraction.

Project leaders met with dozens of Atlanta business representatives Tuesday. Atlanta law firm McKenna, Long, & Aldridge will reportedly spearhead the project.

Merlin Entertainment, the operator of London's iconic wheel, was rumored to be scouting downtown real estate.

What remains to be seen is whether the political and financial will exists to back such an ambitiout project and where it will go.

11Alive's Ted Hall interviewed Atlanta Business Chronicle reporter Maria Saporta Thursday.

Contractors/Construction Trade Show at the Atlanta Civic Center on 11/16

Atlanta, GA--  On Tuesday, November 16, 2010, the Georgia Black Constructors Association (GBCA) will present the GA Primes & Subs Constructor Trade Expo. The Trade Expo will be held at the Atlanta Civic Center, 395 Piedmont Avenue, Piedmont Room, Atlanta, Georgia. The event will begin at 9:00am and will conclude at 2:00pm.

Atlanta City Council to hold its Fall Retreat on Friday 11/12 at Hands on Atlanta

Atlanta, GA--  The Atlanta City Council will hold its fall retreat from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday, November 12th at Hands on Atlanta, 600 Means Street, Suite 100, Atlanta, Ga. 30318.

Prior to the retreat the City Council will gather at Gordon Bierch Restaurant, 3242 Peachtree Road N.W. at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11th for dinner and to hear from economist Jeffrey Humphrey, Director  of the Simon S. Selig, Jr. Center for Economic Growth  at the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.  Humphrey will speak about local and national economic trends.

AD Execs with The One Club to Give Morehouse and Spelman Students a Free "Creative Boot Camp"

Atlanta, GA--  The One Club, the world’s foremost non-profit organization devoted to promoting creative excellence in the advertising industry, is bringing its Creative Boot Camp to Atlanta, Georgia for the first time. Working with students from Morehouse, Clark and Spelman Universities, this 4 day event will take place November 11th -14th at the Marketing Leadership Center on the Morehouse campus. Led by creative directors and designers from across the US as well as Atlanta’s own agencies such as BBDO, Brunner Works and JWT, this four-day workshop introduces students to the art of concepting and building a campaign for a real client from the ground up.

Social Media Atlanta 2010 Continues until Nov. 14. Two Events being held at our 11Alive Studios

Atlanta, GA--  Social Media Atlanta 2010, a weeklong series of events designed to celebrate the diversity of culture, business and people engaged in social media, is set for November 8-14, 2010. The series of free events is open to anyone interested in learning about social media and will be held at locations around the city including the Fox Theatre, Newell Rubbermaid, Emory University, Georgia College & State University, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, SCAD Atlanta, The Hub Atlanta and Georgia Aquarium. 

2 of the special events, including a panel discussion on "the Democratization of the Media" and a "Mommy Blog Off" competition, are even being hosted by 11Alive at our NBC Studios.

Believe It or Not: Ripley's Mulling Downtown Spot?

ATLANTA -- In the days after the 1996 Olympics, one could only wonder what might happen to downtown's Centennial Olympic Park. The area, blighted and filled with warehouses for years, was in limbo after the Olympiad's close. Now it has become home to some of the city's signature attractions: the World of Coca Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, and the CNN Center to name a few.

It appears the downtown area is only going to swell with tourist attractions.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports a source familiar with downtown development who said Ripley's is looking into downtown Atlanta real estate.

Central Atlanta Progress could not confirm whether Ripley's, the popular museum operator, was looking into putting a location downtown. But Robinson said another company, Merlin Entertainment, was recently inquiring about downtown property. The group operates international attractions from Legolands to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museums.