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Atlanta Public Schools

City of Atlanta

Dekalb County

Fulton County

Georgia Department of Transportation

Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council

SBA 8(a)


 

Atlanta Public Schools

The Atlanta City Council began the process that led to the establishment of the Atlanta Public Schools in 1869. Three years later the first APS school - Ivy Street opened its doors to provide the city's youth with the educational tools needed to meet the challenges of society.

Today under the leadership of its 15th appointed superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall's mission for APS remains the same for its 51000 students. By focusing on student success APS is striving to prepare every child for the future through effective and innovative teaching that meets the needs of the individual learner while engaging families teacher & students.

The APS policy-making body is the nine-member Atlanta Board of Education composed of six district representatives and three at-large representatives all of whom are elected. The day-to-day administration of the school district is the responsibility of the superintendent who is appointed by the board.

APS has an active enrollment of 91000 students attending a total of 85 schools: 52 elementary (K-5)three of which operate on a year-round calendar; 16 middle (6-8) 10 High (9-12) and 7 charter schools. The school system also supports two alternative schools for middle and/or high school students to community schools and a learning center.

APS schools are organized into ten vertical K-12 clusters composed of one high school and its feeder elementary and middle schools. Each of the alternative schools relates to a high school while the community schools and adult learning center are extensions of regular high school programs.

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City of Atlanta

Atlanta was founded in 1837 as the end of the Western & Atlantic railroad line (it was first named Marthasville in honor of the then-governor's daughter, nick-named Terminus for its rail locationand then changed soon after to Atlantathe feminine of Atlantic -- as in the railroad). Today the fast-growing city remains a transportation hubnot just for the country but also for the world: Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport is one of the nations busiest in daily passenger flights. Direct flights to Europe South America and Asia have made metro Atlanta easily accessible to the more than 1 000 international businesses that operate here and the more than 50 countries that have representation in the city through consulates

Atlanta is the Capital city of the southeast a city of the future with strong ties to its past. The old in new Atlanta is the soul of the city the heritage that enhances the quality of life in a contemporary city. In the turbulent 60's Atlanta was the city too- busy-to-hate. And today in the 21st Century Atlanta is the city not too busy to care.

For more than four decades Atlanta has been linked to the civil rights movement. As the Civil Rights Leaders moved forward they were the visionaries who saw a new south a new Atlanta. They believed in peace. They made monumental sacrifices for that peace. Because of them Atlanta became a fast-paced modern city which opened its doors to the 1996 Olympics.

Die-hard Southerners view Atlanta as the heart of the Old Confederacy; Atlanta has become the best example of the New South, a fast-paced modern city proud of its heritage.

In the past two decades Atlanta has experienced unprecedented growth -- the official city population remains steady at about 42000, but the metro population has grown in the past decade by nearly 40% from 2.9 million to 4.1 million people. A good measure of this growth is the ever-changing downtown skyline along with skyscrapers constructed in the Midtown, Buckhead and outer perimeter (fringing I-285) business districts.



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Dekalb County

DeKalb County has a rich and colorful history a diverse legacy still reflected in the cultural expression of the county today. Dating back to 1822 the county was named in honor of Johann DeKalb, a peasant mercenary who fought for the colonies in the Revolutionary War under the name 'Baron Jean deKalb.'

Mills and ginneries were vital to the county's early growth. This heritage lives on in the names of various DeKalb roads that once led to these mills such as Browns Mill Evans Mill and Henderson Mill.

The county's previous courthouse was built in 1917 at a cost of $10,000. DeKalb's present courthouse was built in 1965 at a cost of $3.5 million while the old facility has been renovated and serves as the headquarters for the DeKalb Historical Society. DeKalb County is Georgia's most culturally enriched county with a wonderful blend of different ethnic groups and cultures. The richness of life that these diverse groups of people bring to DeKalb transcends every facet of the county from shopping and retail venues to a reflection of the community's very heart and soul.

Reflecting its people DeKalb enjoys an exciting diverse and talented cultural arts community an outstanding public school system and excellent higher education facilities.

DeKalb County offers a hospitable business and industrial climate unmatched shopping and retail centers dynamic and stimulating economic development programs and a solid transportation infrastructure.

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Fulton County

Fulton County is a government entity that serves 800,000 citizens including the State Capital Atlanta. Fulton County was formed from Dekalb County in 1853, and then consolidated with Milton and Campbell Counties in 1932. Thatís why it has such a strange, elongated shape.

Fulton County lies in north-central Georgia in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The warm southern climate produces plentiful hardwood and pine forests, making the area a beautiful place to live.

Fulton County encompasses 529 square miles, and stretches over 70 miles from one end to the other. North Fulton includes the cities of Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Roswell, and Mountain Park. South Fulton includes the suburban cities of College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Palmetto and Union City. The City of Atlanta lies between them.

The Chattahoochee River, the source of drinking water for most of Fulton County, is one of the smallest water sources in the country relative to the size of the population it supports. The Chattahoochee runs out into the north Georgia mountains, bringing with it plentiful trout.

Fulton Counties Contract Compliance establishes policies and procedures to ensure equal opportunity for all businesses wishing to do business in Fulton County. Contract Compliance also promotes and administers activities and procedures for outreach that afford equal business opportunities for small business enterprises. The program is designed to build a bridge between the majority business community, other state federal and county agencies and the small, minority and female business community.

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Georgia Department of Transportation

The State Highway Department was created on August 16, 1916 by an act of the Legislature. The Department of Transportation (GDOT) was created in 1972 by former Governor Jimmy Carter.

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans constructs, maintains and improves the stateís road and bridges; provides planning and financial support for other modes of transportation, such as mass transit and airports; provides airport and air safety planning; and provides air travel to state departments. The Department also provides administrative support to the State Tollway Authority and the Georgia Rail Passenger Authority.

The Georgia Department of Transportation provides a safe seamless and sustainable transportation system that supports Georgiaís economy and is sensitive to its citizens and environment.

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Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council

Celebrating 30 Years of Partnering Corporations and Minority Business in the State of Georgia!

The mission of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (GMSDC) is to foster and expand mutually beneficial economic opportunities between certified minority business enterprises (MBEs), corporations, and government entities within the State of Georgia; and to help build a stronger, more equitable society by supporting and promoting minority business development.

GMSDC is a non-profit organization established in 1976 as a regional office of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. As one of the largest of 39 Councils nationwide with the largest number of certified and ethnically mixed MBEs in the Southeast region, GMSDC is comprised of a network of corporate members and certified minority business enterprises.

GMSDC serves as a credible, one-stop source for identifying and accessing qualified minority suppliers. For minority entrepreneurs the council represents opportunities to enhance the business and competitive infrastructure while providing increase exposure to significant business prospects.

The core activities that define GMSDC are:

MBE Certification

Minority Business Development

Corporate and MBE Matching

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SBA 8(a)

Small Business Administration's 8(a) BD Program, named for a section for the Small Business Act, is a business development program created to help small disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market. SBA's 8(a) Business Development program is intended to help small businesses be successful for the future. Companies just starting or in a growth stage, can benefit from the wide-range of services that offer-support for government contractors, access to capital, management and technical assistance, and export assistance-just to name a few. They accomplish this goal by building community-based small businesses, which in turn revitalizes neighborhoods, creates jobs and encourages economic growth. SBA uses a number of assistance intervention tools, ranging from contract support to low-interest loans for site acquisition, construction, and the purchase of new or upgraded equipment.

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