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Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Marietta, Ga., has been awarded a $9.67 million task order under a previously awarded Air Force contract. The $9,671,233 task order resulted from a sole-source acquisition, the Department of Defense said. It is for C‐5 aircraft sustainment engineering services. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; Marietta, Ga.; and Palmdale, Calif. It is expected to be complete by January 2019. A combination of fiscal 2018 transportation working capital funds; and operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $9,671,233 were being obligated at the time of award, which was Jan. 25. The contract work will be managed by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Warner-Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics' Marietta campus also won a $7.6 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for C-5 contractor logistics support services, the DOD said Feb. 8. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and has a workforce of 25,000. It builds military aircraft used by the United States and more than 70 other countries. The C-5 Galaxy is one of the largest aircraft in the world and the largest airlifter in the Air Force inventory. The aircraft can carry a fully equipped combat-ready military unit to any point in the world on short notice and then provide the supplies required to help sustain the fighting force.Source Article...

Atlanta readers dropped nearly 150 comments on our Hack Your City request this Monday, and we’ve highlighted the best in the original comment thread. Here’s a grab-bag of useful and clever highlights about the city that locals don’t call Hotlanta. Each Monday on Hack Your City, we ask readers for your best tips on a city: driving tips, restaurant recs, things to do, and any other advice for visitors and locals. Then on Thursday, we present the best comments. We’re working our way around the U.S. and around the globe. Stephen gives the basic tourist rundown: If you want to be a tourist, stay somewhere in midtown. There are plenty of novel places to see: World of Coca-Cola, GA Aquarium, CNN Center, Centennial Park (built for the 1996 Olympics), Piedmont Park, High Museum of Art, Little 5 Points, Atlantic Station, umpteen microbreweries, The Varsity, Georgia Tech, Botanical Gardens. There are at least a dozen others. Reader waerlogga offers a pithy binary: If the weather is crap try the High. If the weather is great enjoy a hike . I love learning the basic ways people describe the boundaries of their city: uptown/downtown, east side/west side. Jasnah Kholin’s 8-point city guide includes one such description: When people talk about the perimeter, they are referring to I285 which circles Atlanta. Some people might say ITP or OTP and what they mean is that x is inside the perimeter (ITP) or outside the perimeter (OTP). I’ve only ever heard this from people who relocated here though, not from people who grew up here. There is a weird sort of pride for being “ITP”, but there are great experiences and food to be had outside the city proper. Atlanta’s size is a matter of opinion. For example, Von Clyderdale says: Somebody from Peachtree City once told me they were from Atlanta and I almost fought them. Pandalulz warns about all the Peachtrees: If a place has Peachtree in the address, absolutely triple verify whether it is Peachtree, East Peachtree, West Peachtree, Street, Road, Circle, Highway, Trail, NW, SW, NE, SE, etc. Google maps is guaranteed to pick the wrong one every single time. Reader ksfowler gives this poetic neighborhood assessment: The idea of Buckhead is much better than the reality of Buckhead. Several commenters referenced Krog Street Market, and ksfowler has a rec there too: Atlanta has great food, but if you eat just one thing, it should be either the Philly or the Cheeseburger at Fred’s in Krog Street Market. I’ve traveled across 4 continents in the last 3 years, and the cheeseburger at Fred’s is one of the best I’ve ever had. While you’re there, grab a beer at Hop City. Bill has an “eat this not that” for BBQ: For some reason Fat Matt’s Rib Shack gets a lot of attention. George Clooney’s character namechecked it in Up In the Air to supposedly prove he knew where the best things are in the places he travels, but he’s wrong.It’s not gross food or anything, it’s just unremarkable BBQ.You want Fox Bros for something traditional, Heirloom for something a little different (but don’t plan to eat there, they have no seating). Reader nuxi recommends a whole suburb full of Korean BBQ: Duluth, GA is know as the Seoul of the South, it’s the American capital of Korean barbecue, one of the greatest cuisines in existence. Breakers is supposed to be the best, I haven’t been there though. Iron Age is a good starter place for gringos. 678 is good and uses real fire rather than electric pans but there’s no brisket in the Unlimited menus. JM BBQ is the best place I’ve been to, lots of sauce options, good unlimited menu & sides and not as crowded as Iron Age. A few readers warned people not to eat at Varsity. As jegrouchy put it: Varsity is the most overrated greaseball-fast food in history. Brohio216 says dress for the humidity: Light, breathable fabrics. Listen y’all...

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CF Real Estate Services (CF) has acquired The Office Apartments, located in Downtown Atlanta. Originally built as the Suntrust headquarters, The Office was transformed in 2016 into a 327 unit, 20 story, luxury highrise with panoramic views of the city and expansive 12’ to 17’ ceiling heights. Located in a dense urban setting, The Office is connected to 7.2M square feet of office space through the skywalk system, two food courts and MARTA. The Office is situated in close proximity to the Turner Field redevelopment, Mercedes Benz Stadium, Phillips Arena renovation and Underground Atlanta. Interior amenities include Wireless entertainment systems with built-in speakers, quartz countertops, custom kitchen islands, washer/dryers, stainless steel appliances, microwaves & wine/beverage coolers. CF has plans to undergo a full rebrand of the asset to further differentiate this as a distinctly sophisticated choice in the Downtown market. Brett Finkelstein, CEO, CF Real Estate Services states: “The Office represents a fantastic opportunity for us to participate in the continued transformation of Downtown Atlanta at a basis well below current replacement cost.” CF Real Estate Services (CF) is an award-winning, multifamily real estate company with properties across the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Central, and Midwest regions of the United States. With decades of industry experience, the company has evolved into a leading provider of multifamily services that includes property management, asset management, and consulting.Source Article...

Duluth, GA, January 4, 2017 (PRESS RELEASE) – A self-described "community of transformation," Metro Atlanta-based Rainbow Village is undergoing an exciting transformation of its own. After 24 years in the role of CEO, Reverend Nancy Yancey announced in June 2017 that she would be retiring at the end of the year from the Georgia organization dedicated to breaking the cycles of homelessness, poverty and domestic violence among families with children. The search began to fill some very big shoes, as Yancey played an integral role in Rainbow Village's evolution from Rainbow House in Norcross – an outreach ministry of Christ Episcopal Church that could house two homeless families at a time – to a 501(c)3 nonprofit in Duluth that boasts a sprawling all-inclusive campus of five apartment buildings that can house up to 30 families. That search led to Melanie Conner – former housing coordinator for Governor's Office of Transition, Support and Reentry. In her role as housing coordinator for three years, Conner was involved with the Georgia Prisoner Re-entry Initiative and the Healing Communities program – a model for local community involvement to assist returning citizens as they seek to restore relationships with their families, communities, and – when possible – the victims of their crimes. Conner believes this experience makes her well-suited for her new position at Rainbow Village – where she'll be able to continue working with families in need of support, just for a different audience in a new location. Rainbow Village does not mark the first time Conner has served at the helm of a nonprofit organization. Prior to joining the Governor's Office, she served as Executive Director for Zion Hill Community Development Corporation for 11 years. Dedicated to "changing lives and serving with love," Zion Hill is dedicated to promoting the revitalization and redevelopment of selected areas in Metropolitan Atlanta, and to empower citizens through economic, residential, social, and educational programs. As a happy coincidence, Rainbow Village also empowers its Villagers through programs that include childcare and early education, youth programs, life skills education classes, counseling and more. Yancey had this to say about Conner, "God's been working in both of our lives to put us in this place. Melanie is a perfect fit and I could not be happier. No one wants her to be more successful than I do. I want to be remembered as the SECOND best CEO." Subscribe In addition to a colorful career that includes an eight-year turn in the corporate realm at The Coca-Cola Company, Conner boasts a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Georgia State University, a Master of Divinity in Christian Education from Interdenominational Theological Center and a Master of Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Capella University. With regard to what this next new chapter in her life will hold, Conner said, "I have visited a lot of nonprofit organizations over the years, there's something different here… something special. Rainbow Village strives for excellence just as I do in my own life. I don't believe I can fill Nancy's shoes, I can just do the best job that I can do and make Nancy proud. There is always room for improvement. Nancy has done a phenomenal job and has given me a strong, firm foundation to build upon. Now it's my job to ask 'how do we get to the next level?' Under her watch, Rainbow Village has won so many awards, has achieved such a presence in the community, and has transformed so many lives. When it's my time to leave Rainbow Village, I hope to leave with the same satisfaction that I have served the Lord in an equally amazing way." To learn more about Rainbow Village and ways to show support for the families it serves, please visit www.rainbowvillage.org. About Rainbow Village: Established in 1991 and based in Duluth, Georgia, Rainbow Village is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization devoted to breaking the cycles of homelessness, poverty and domestic violence. Committed to serving as a "community of transformation", Rainbow Village applies a holistic, two-generational approach to serving homeless families with children. With the goal of helping families achieve emotional stability and financial independence, Rainbow Village provides housing, early childhood education and after-school care, child and youth programming, financial planning, career counseling, workforce readiness, mental health counseling, community events and more. Rainbow Village accepts applications from homeless families with minor children throughout Georgia. To learn more about Rainbow Village, register as a volunteer or make a donation, visit www.rainbowvillage.org.Source Article...