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First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Consumers knew better deals were coming on Black Friday and held back on spending until the end of November, according to First Data's latest SpendTrend report.

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The privately held Sandy Springs-based electronic payments company reported year-over-year dollar volume growth was up 7.3 percent in November, down from October's 9.4 percent jump.

Dollar volume growth was 8.1 percent, while transaction growth was 6.1 percent in November.

"Keep It INtown with Kwanza Hall" encourages residents to shop local

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Atlanta - District 2 Councilmember Kwanza Hall has just launched a new campaign to "Keep it INtown" and encourage Atlanta to shop and buy local.

He recently released his first episode in a series of tv segments that will be shown on the Atlanta City Channel 26.

13 Metro Atlanta communities receive transportation grants

13 Metro Atlanta communities receive transportation grants

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Regional Commission recently awarded $34 million in grants to help 13 Metro Atlanta communities build innovative transportation projects.

Each project includes pedestrian and bicycle improvements to encourage residents to find "greener" ways of getting from place to place, and to make these neighborhoods more livable and supportive of transit.

The money was given through the ARC's Livable Center Initiative, which is funded with federal transportation dollars.

"LCI has helped communities across Metro Atlanta re-tool and redesign over the years, creating more plans that attract residents and businesses alike," said Doug Hooker, executive director of ARC. "This program is a model for others around the country and has helped to create or finalize many of our region's most innovative and livable communities."

College and Career Motivation Week kickoff at B.E.S.T. Academy

College and Career Motivation Week kickoff at B.E.S.T. Academy

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools' annual College and Career Motivation Week began at 10 a.m. Monday with a ceremony at B.E.S.T. Academy on the city's west side.

All Atlanta high schools celebrate the week with special themed programs, such as Dress for Success and College Spirit. The week of activities is aimed at getting students excited about applying for college and focused on their futures in school and the workforce.

Additional programs include a career awareness session featuring professionals and industry experts who will share their real-life success stories with APS high school students.

For more information, visit www.atlanta.k12.ga.us.

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Revenue stamped its approval on $50 million in donations under the Georgia Scholarship Tax Credit Program.

The program lets people and businesses get tax credit for donations to scholarships for Georgia children to attend private schools.

Fifty million dollars is the most allowed under the program. In 2012, the statewide cap on donations will increase by the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index until 2018.

Individuals can donate up to $1,000, while married couples have a donation cap of $2,500. Corporations can donate up to 75 percent of their state income tax liability.

The American Federation for Children estimated more than 6,000 students last year got scholarships to attend private schools through the program.

Atlanta Restaurants Provide Traditional Thanksgiving Fare and Black Friday Escape

Atlanta Restaurants Provide Traditional Thanksgiving Fare and Black Friday Escape

 

With Thanksgiving less than a month away, there are two important choices to be made. Atlantans must decide whether to cook or to make reservations, and whether to shop Black Friday or to leave the bargain hunting to others. Whichever decision wins out, the city’s dining scene has something for everyone.

Atkins Park Tavern in Virginia-Highland and Atkins Park Tavern in Smyrna are offering guests Thanksgiving menus that will certainly leave them giving thanks for the chef. At both restaurants, the meal is $20 for adults, $15 for young adults and $8 for children 10 and under (tax and gratuity not included). Patrons can start celebrating the holiday at 5 p.m.

D.B.A. Barbeque and SweetWater Brewery team up to host an event to benefit Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

D.B.A. Barbeque and SweetWater Brewery team up to host an event to benefit Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

On Sunday, November 6th stop by D.B.A Barbecue as they join forces with SweetWater Brewing Co. to raise money for the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.  This is a great cause that helps protect and restore the Chattahoochee River Basin.

Press Release - Dip into D.B.A. Barbecue anytime on Sunday, November 6th when they join forces with SweetWater Brewing Company for a daylong tap takeover to help raise funds for a great cause.  In addition to stocking their "tap tackle box" full of frosty SweetWater brews including 420, IPA, Sch'Wheat, Georgia Brown, Festive Ale, Ghoulash and Crank Tank, D.B.A. Barbecue will be giving away pint glasses, brewery passes, and lots of other great loot.

Of course, the Falcons game will be on at 1 p.m. and Danny "Mudcat" Dudeck is stopping by to give diners and drinkers a special live blues performance from 5 to 8 p.m.