Archive for February, 2011

Ashram Wellness just opened it’s doors in Oakhurst in the former Nectar space. Stop by and take advantage of their opening specials:

  • One free yoga class
  • 10% off when you schedule a massage this week

For more information and a complete class schedule visit www.ashramwellness.com.

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We need your help!

For the fourth year, Decatur will host a water station for the Publix (was ING) Georgia Marathon on Sunday morning, March 20.  Once again, we will provide water, Gatorade and encouragement to 3,000+ marathon participants as they pass through Decatur at the halfway point in their 26.2 mile personal challenge. Fifteen veterans have volunteered to return to staff the water station, most for the fourth year.  But we need another 20 to do the job.  We set up on Clairemont across from the Holiday Inn with Mr. Entertainer and Decatur DJ, Doug Aholt, providing the soundtrack! The music alone is worth it.  We arrive at 6:00AM and are finished about 10:30AM.  If you are up for a unique Sunday morning experience and for helping to show Decatur’s hospitality to these marathoners, please join us.  Volunteer sign-up instructions follow.  Sign up as soon as possible so we will know that we will have a full crew. If you have trouble signing up, email water station coordinator, Michael Harbin, at mharbin9@gmail.com or call 404.405.3618.

 Sign-up Instructions:

1.     Access the Group Volunteer Registration Page directly from the following link: http://www.doitsports.com/volunteer/join-protected-group.tcl?event_id=174848.

2.       Once on the group page, select “City of Decatur” from the drop down menu and use “cd11” as the password.  Complete the online registration form. You will receive a confirmation email indicating you have signed up.

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As the weather turns warmer and everyone starts their spring cleaning, you may realize that your kids have outgrown all of their clothes over the winter. Rather than talking yourself into visiting the dreaded mall this weekend, head on over to Kid’s Used Clothes (and Stuff) Sale!  

A huge sale of kids’ used clothes and other children’s merchandise will be held Friday, March 4th from 9a.m. to 4:00p.m. and Saturday, March 5th from 8a.m. to 2:00p.m. Shoppers will find incredible bargains on an enormous selection of high-quality clothes (size newborn through juniors) plus toys, books, sports equipment, kids’ furniture, baby supplies, accessories, maternity items, and much more. Merchandise from 150 sellers!  At Saturday’s leftover sale, most items will be HALF PRICE. 

The sale is located at 300 East Ponce de Leon Avenue at Decatur First United Methodist Church in downtown Decatur at the corner of E. Ponce de Leon Avenue and Commerce Drive(you’ll see signs). For more information or to become a seller, check out the  website  or  call 404-378-4434

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After a few little showers this morning, the weekend is shaping up to be beautiful. So, get outside and take advantage of all that Decatur has to offer.

Here are just a few ideas…

  • Visit the Decatur Farmer’s Market from 10am-1pm on Saturday for all of your culinary needs
  • The Oakhurst Community Garden presents the Chicks in the City Symposium tomorrow  (go here for more info)
  • The Oakhurst Wine Crawl is Saturday from 4-7pm (go here for that info)

I hope you have a fantastic weekend! If you are out and about in Decatur this weekend, take a pic and send it to me! I would love to know how you spent your weekend~ katie.abel@decaturga.com

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CCP Games Relocating to Decatur

For the past few months we’ve been telling everyone that a large tenant is coming to Decatur – a tenant that fits in perfectly with our city’s growing creative business sector. We’ve been waiting until the Governor’s office made the official announcement and that day has come! For details about the company and a better understanding of why we’re so excited to welcome CCP to Decatur, I’ve included the full press release in this post:

City of Decatur Wins Global Company

DECATUR, GA—City of Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd announced today that CCP Games, the Reykjavik, Iceland-based digital entertainment developer, is relocating its CCP North America headquarters to 250 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue in the City of Decatur.  The company is expected to create 150 new jobs over three years, bringing the global software company’s staff total to 300 by 2013.  They will occupy 40,000 square feet of office space in the city’s downtown business district.

“CCP Games will be one of our largest private sector employers and is a perfect fit for our downtown business district.  They join a growing number of creative businesses relocating to our city because of our vibrant downtown business district and the high quality of life we offer,” stated Mayor Floyd.

The company is the developer of EVE Online, a science fiction-based massively multiplayer online game, which was published in 2003.  Through this expansion, CCP North America will support the needs of its growing company and create an economic ripple effect that will benefit the region for years to come.  The City of Decatur was selected because of its commitment to becoming a location for industries of the future and nurturing creative lifestyles.

“CCP outlined a list of requirements for their location including a safe, urban environment with a variety of restaurants and pubs that would be attractive to a younger work force,” said Peggy Merriss, Decatur City Manager.   “We had all of the amenities they listed and we are excited that they made the decision to join the Decatur business community.”

“Decatur offers the perfect blend of big city accessibility with a hometown feel that we were looking for,” said Mike Tinney, President of CCP North America. “Georgia’s financial climate combined with Decatur’s social climate provide the ideal conditions for continued growth.”

An economic market analysis conducted for the city last fall as part of their current strategic planning process identified the need for the city to focus attention on attracting new commercial office tenants to diversify the city’s job base and attract higher paying jobs to the city.  The report specifically targeted creative industries as an ideal fit because of the city’s reputation as a thriving small city with a business environment that encourages collaboration, supports small businesses and nurtures creative energy.

“The CCP decision to relocate to the City of Decatur is the type of announcement that every city wants to make.  I have enjoyed getting to know the owners of CCP and look forward to welcoming all of their employees to our city.  We believe they will be the catalyst that brings other creative businesses to our city and we look forward to a long, prosperous future together,” said Mayor Floyd.

“This project came together because everyone including the property owner, the State of Georgia, DeKalb County and the City of Decatur worked together to keep this company in Georgia and make this announcement possible,” said Sheila Hunt, the chair of the Decatur Downtown Development Authority.  “We began working on this project with the property owner and their leasing agents a year ago.  It was a team effort and we are grateful for all of the support we received to make this deal work,” she added.  The Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the DeKalb County Development Authority, Georgia Power and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce assisted the company with this relocation and supported the city’s efforts to bring CCP to the City of Decatur.

About CCP Games
CCP is widely recognized as an industry-leading pioneer of the single-server persistent universe architecture as the developer and publisher of EVE Online, the critically acclaimed, science fiction-based massively multiplayer online game (MMOG). Utilizing a cross-discipline approach combining cutting-edge technology and artistic excellence, CCP is dedicated to providing vibrant, compelling products that transcend the boundaries of conventional MMOs and facilitate social networking through virtual worlds. Privately held and founded in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1997, CCP’s international reach now spans the globe with offices in Atlanta, Shanghai and Newcastle as well as a base of operations in London. More information about CCP is available at the company’s website, www.ccpgames.com.

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The 10th Annual Oakhurst Wine Crawl is this Saturday, Feb. 26th from 4-7pm with over 20 businesses participating and wine from all around the world. The Furbus will be back in service
again for the exciting trip to our businesses on College Ave. Tickets are available at the Universal Joint, Karvarna, and Steinbeck’s.
Tickets in advance will be $25 and day of sales will be $30. Limited number of
tickets available. Remember all proceeds go to the Oakhurst Neighborhood
Association and our community!

The word on the street is that these tickets are close to selling out- run over to Oakhurst for lunch and pick them up today!!!

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This press release came to me from Cheryl at Active Living…

Clairemont Elementary has been selected by GDOT ‘s Safe Routes to School Resource Center to be the featured school for the second annual Georgia Walk to School Day event on March 2, 2011. Based on the success of last year’s event, this year the Resource Center has selected a school to showcase.  This recognition will highlight Clairemont’s 6-year commitment to the SRTS program and their countless successes in transforming student commuting behavior. Though Clairemont was one of Georgia’s first SRTS programs, their process can be adopted by any school that is looking to increase their walking and biking population.

After arriving at school on GA Walk to School Day, students will gather in the auditorium for the morning assembly.  Highlights of the assembly include student-made videos of their experiences walking and biking to school, words of encouragement from  Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd, and representatives from the Georgia Department of Transportation and the GA SRTS Resource Center.

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It’s been a while since we posted a video clip on here. To help  get you through your Wednesday morning, check out this short clip of the mayor talking about the creation of the Environmental Sustainability Board:

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The Nalley Tree Campaign inaugural tree planting will take place this Friday, Feb. 18, (Georgia’s Arbor Day) at 11 a.m. at Decatur Cemetery. At this inaugural planting, Mayor Bill Floyd will speak on the Nalley Tree Campaign, Georgia Arbor Day and the Decatur Cemetery construction initiative. Additionally, members of Trees Atlanta will assist in the inaugural planting.

Please come out and join us- the weather is going to be beautiful!

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The City of Decatur has been awarded the designation of Tree City USA!  We join the ranks of 132 Georgia communities with this distinction.  The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters in order to recognize successful community forestry programs. Decatur’s application was developed and coordinated by city staff with assistance from the Environmental Sustainability Board. 

To qualify as a Tree City USA, a town or city must meet four standards. Click HERE to read Decatur’s application and see how we meet these standards.

  1. A Tree Board or Department
  2. A Tree Care Ordinance
  3. A Community Forestry Program With an Annual Budget of at Least $2 Per Capita
  4. An Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation

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