CAU receives $206,500 grant from Chevron
ATLANTA–The Chevron Corp. has awarded Clark Atlanta University (CAU) a $206,500 grant to provide scholarships and support for CAU business and engineering students. The grant marks the second Chevron has awarded the university over the last year.
“Our relationship with Chevron is significant on many fronts, and we are grateful for the opportunity to invite Chevron executives to campus to have a personal exchange with the students who are the benefactors of such good corporate citizenship,” said Henry W. Taylor, CAU’s vice president for Institutional Advancement and University Relations.
Taylor announced the grant during a luncheon and reminded students that there are people who are making sacrifices for them to ensure a future filled with possibilities, and the importance of giving back when they are in a position to do so.
Joe Laymon, Chevron’s vice president of Human Resources, Medical and Security, said Chevron hopes to mine CAU for future employees.
“If there is a degree offered here at Clark Atlanta University, more than likely Chevron will hire in that discipline. From engineering, supply chain management, marketing, security and much more, the skills that students are learning at CAU can successfully translate to the corporate arena,” said Laymon, who sits on CAU’’s board of director.
Selected CAU students participated in the luncheon and gave their reflections about their matriculation. KeAndra Goodman, a dual degree engineering student in the class of 2017, said that she initially had no plans to attend a Historically Black College or University, but after visiting CAU, she realized “this is where I could inherit my culture and make a difference.”
MBA student Keith Edmonds, class of 2014, said he chose Clark Atlanta for its geographic location, proximity to some of the largest corporations, and from the advice of his family. Edmonds serves as graduate president of the Student Government Association and was a championship team member in the recent National Black MBA/Chrysler Case Competition.
Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company’s success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of its employees and their application of the most innovative technologies in the world. Chevron is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. The company explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, CA.
More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.
MARTA welcomes new board member
Freda Hardage, a registered nurse and longtime medical executive, has been appointed to serve on the MARTA Board of Directors representing Fulton County.
Following the recent resignation of Board member Adam Orkin, the Fulton County Commission selected ardage to complete the remainder of his four-year term, which expires December 31, 2014.
Hardage currently serves as the director of Northside Hospital’s Alpharetta Medical Campus and Foundation Services for all of its campuses.
She is director of the Alpharetta Medical Campus and Foundation Services.
The North Fulton resident is also the 2014 incoming Chairman for the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, is a member The Windward Rotary Club, serves on the Local School Advisory Council for State Bridge Crossing Elementary and is President Emeritus for The Drake House, an emergency housing facility for homeless mothers.
Hardage will be one of the three Fulton County representatives on the MARTA Board of Directors, a 12-member body that sets policy for the transit agency.
Moody’s improves DeKalb’s credit rating
DECATUR –Moody’s Investor Services has improved DeKalb County’s general obligation (GO) debt. Moody’s reaffirmed the Aa3 rating to DeKalb’s GO bonds, and improved the outlook for DeKalb County from “negative” to “stable.”
The new rating means DeKalb taxpayers will save in interest charges.
“DeKalb County has maintained a prudent reserve, reduced staff and cut expenses,” said Interim CEO Lee May. “DeKalb is serious about fiscal responsibility and we will continue to budget responsibly while meeting the needs of our residents.”
Lee, Interim Presiding Officer Sharon Barnes Sutton, and Commissioner Larry Johnson, who oversees the Board of Commissioners’ Finance, Audit and Budget Committee recently traveled to New York to meet with Moody’s representatives regarding DeKalb’s credit rating.
“The important thing is the taxpayers of DeKalb will save a lot of money in interest charges due to the change in Moody’s rating,” said Barnes Sutton.
Said Johnson: “The upgrade from Moody’s is the payoff of responsible budgeting during some very harsh global economic realities. DeKalb has proven that it is worth the opportunity over the long term,” said Johnson.
Moody’s summarizes its decision in its report:
“The stable outlook acknowledges the county’s improved financial position, which is projected to remain below formal targeted levels through fiscal 2016, and reflects Moody’s expectation that the county’s financial position will continue to improve … The outlook also reflects the recent stabilization in the tax base following several years of declines,” according to the report.
Moody’s also said “… the outlook acknowledges the revenue enhancements, expenditure reductions and improved transparency practices implemented by the county in efforts to regain structural balance and meet stated reserve targets.”
Simultaneously, Moody’s reaffirmed its previous credit rating for DeKalb’s water and sewer revenue refunding bonds as Aa3, outlook stable.
NFP sets “Shakers and Stirrers” for relaxed networking
Networking For Professionals will host “Shakers and Stirrers” on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6 – 8 p.m., at Twisted Taco, 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta.
Attendees can make quality business connections and mingle with other business professionals. The next day, NFP will email you the list of confirmed attendees to help you follow up with your new contacts. Only those who sign up in advance online will receive the list of attendees.
Simmy Ahluwalia, a social media expert who has his own social-networking company called Atlanta Social Events, will host the networking event. He has planned, organized and hosted hundreds of social events around Metro Atlanta. Ahluwalia will share tips on social and mobile media, and how to stay on top of the latest marketing technologies.
Participants can enjoy complimentary appetizers and drink specials at a cash bar. The cost to attend is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. If you register in advance, you can bring a friend for free. For more information or to register, visit www.networkingforprofessionals.com or call 1-800-732-1637.
Conyers Chamber gives crash course on Health Care Reform
The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce will host “Health Care Reform University,” on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7:45 a.m. – 12 p.m., at Rockdale Medical Center, 1412 Milstead Ave., N.E. Conyers.
Organizers say if you are looking for clarity in the midst of all the confusion surrounding the complex world of Health Care Reform, the “Health Care Reform University” may be for you. Co-sponsored by Rockdale Medical Center and the Chamber, HCRU is a four-hour, in-depth training program designed to help businesses understand the details of the law, the impact of the law’s provisions on employers and employees. HCRU will also address a number of compliance issues as you close 2013 and move into 2014.
Tony L. Wilson, of the NUVISION Financial Corporation, will facilitate the session. Wilson has nearly 20 years of experience with the insurance industry, working with groups of all sizes in employee benefits design, implementation and administration. Wilson is a certified Federally Facilitated Marketplace broker and can assist individuals and businesses with the Exchange.
The cost to attend is $25. Participants meet in the hospital’s East Tower Classroom Number Two. 770-483-7049.
Gwinnett Chamber welcomes Sen. David Shafer
The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce will host a legislative preview with guest speaker State Sen. David Shafer on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., at Sonesta at Gwinnett Place, 1175 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth.
This annual event provides attendees with the opportunity to gain insight into the legislative calendar and to network with Gwinnett’s legislators. Georgia State Senator and President Pro Tempore David Shafer will be discussing the upcoming session and what he sees on the horizon for 2014 at the event.
Shafer was first elected to the Georgia State Senate in 2002. He represents Senate District 48, which includes portions of Fulton and Gwinnett counties. Previously, Shafer served as chairman of the Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee and as an Administrative Floor Leader for Gov. Sonny Perdue.
Participants will meet in the downstairs ballroom. The cost to attend is $55. For more information or to register, call 678-957-4958
BBA welcomes Gas South CEO
The Buckhead Business Association will host a business networking breakfast on Thursday, Dec. 12, 7:30 a.m., at the City Club of Buckhead, 3343 Peachtree Road, N.E., Suite 1850, Atlanta.
This month the BBA welcomes Kevin Greiner, President and CEO of Gas South, an Atlanta-based natural gas provider serving more than 250,000 residential, business, and governmental customers throughout the state of Georgia.
This month’s business networking breakfast will celebrate the holiday season with Christmas classic songs and decorations. Business and civic leaders, as well as local authors, entertainers and other representatives have been invited.
The cost to attend is $20. Price includes breakfast and validated parking. For more information or to register, call Jenn Thomas at 404-467-7607.