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Atlanta Police crack down on street vendors

ATLANTA -- 100,000 people are expected to come to Atlanta every day this weekend, with thousands of them passing 5 Points and the Underground. 

It's a hot spot for street vendors selling everything from t-shirts to fresh fruit to souvenirs.  But now they are gone.

It's a crackdown by Atlanta Police enforcing a city ordinance (Section 138.15-Obstructing sidewalks) that prohibits street vending.

The push started last December when a Judge threw out a city plan for street vendors to get licenses from a single company. 

It picked up speed last week, just before opening day of the Braves and the upcoming Final Four Weekend.

Vendors who stay in business face stiff fines and jail time.

"The city is going to take a look at other major cities and how they handle public property vending. Look at best practices, what works and what doesn't work," said Carlos Campos of the Atlanta Police Department.

Final Four weekend could net Atlanta $70M

ATLANTA -- The City of Atlanta is about a week away from an economic windfall. 

Downtown Atlanta will play host to the NCAA Final Four, the championship basketball games for NCAA Divisions II and III and three days of free concerts at Centennial Olympic Park. 

More than 100,000 are expected -- and it's anticipated that they will spend some $70 million over the course of the weekend.

The last time the Final Four was played at the Georgia Dome in 2007, some 75,000 people jammed the city, spending about $53 million.

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"We're going to be crowded. It will be the place to be," said Hard Rock Cafe general manager Michael Ward. "Both bars cranking and open late at night. We have 400 seats so we are expecting to be full out for three or four nights straight."

Waffle House opens in Centennial Park

ATLANTA (Atlanta Business Chronicle) -- Waffle House on Monday opened its newest location across from the Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park.

The day also just happened to be International Waffle Day (not to be confused with National Waffle Day, which falls in August on the anniversary of the first waffle iron patent).

PHOTOS | New Waffle House opens in Centennial Park

The restaurant - dubbed "Unit 1996" in a nod to the year Atlanta hosted the Summer Olympic Games - is on Centennial Olympic Park Drive between Andrew Young International Boulevard and Luckie Street. 

The site is at the western end of the Atlanta Streetcar line, which will connect Centennial Olympic Park with the King Center on Auburn Avenue.

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

On the heels of a successful campaign launch for "I Am Not Yours!"- a campaign committed to taking a stand against child sexual exploitation, Jasmine Guy has been making her case in national media with the likes of 

JP Morgan Chase, Brookings Institution start Global Cities Initiative in Atlanta

JP Morgan Chase, Brookings Institution start Global Cities Initiative in Atlanta

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Metro Atlanta leaders will seek to grow the region's global business opportunities through a new initiative kicked off Wednesday by JP Morgan Chase and the Brookings Institution.

The Global Cities Initiative, which is part of a five-year, $10 million multi-city effort ultimately will forge new city-to-city partnerships to create trade and economic relationships to prosper from the growing urbanization of the world's population. 

Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed said the initiative takes advantage of growing businesses through exporting and by recognizing that the "Made in USA" brand is becoming increasingly valuable in the world. 

The two-day conference, held at the Academy of Medicine on the Georgia Tech Campus, will lead to a new Metropolitan Export Plan for Atlanta. 

Registration opens for upcoming media training

Registration opens for upcoming media training

To be as impactful as possible in today’s fast-paced, media-driven business environment, executives must understand how to work with media to their best advantage, and how to leverage that to most effectively represent their company in interviews.

On March 22, 2013, Mitch’s Media Match (www.mitchsmediamatch.com), a service that connects Atlanta reporters with local sources and experts, will offer a media training session to maximize your company’s opportunities for success and growth.  

“Media training is often an expense that growing companies with tight budgets feel they can’t afford, but such training is vital to helping a business prosper,” says Atlanta media relations expert Mitch Leff, who for more than 20 years has worked successfully with Atlanta media.  “Atlanta is an influential media market and there’s no more effective way to market your company than a well-placed interview.”

China accuses Coca-Cola of misusing GPS equipment

China accuses Coca-Cola of misusing GPS equipment

BEIJING -- Chinese authorities say they are investigating whether Coca-Cola Co. employees improperly used location-finding technology in violation of the country's restrictions on map-making.

Coca-Cola says it's cooperating with investigators. It says some of its bottling plants use mapping and location technology that is widely available commercially in China to improve the efficiency of deliveries.

Authorities in the southwestern province of Yunnan said Coca-Cola employees were found last month improperly using handheld global positioning system devices. It says that was one of 21 similar cases.

China's government tightly controls map-making activities due to both national security concerns and political sensitivities about its borders.