According to the latest annual population estimates from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), the City of Atlanta added 7,900 residents between April 2015 and April 2016. The city added just 4,800 residents the year before, and 4,100 the year before that. In 2013, it added only 1,200. The growth, according to ARC, can be attributed to a surge of multi-family housing units. The 10-county Atlanta region’s population grew at a faster rate than at any time since the Great Recession, increasing by 1.6 percent, compared to 1.4 percent (60,300) a year earlier and 1.2 percent (52,700) in 2014. The Atlanta region is now home to 4,401,800 people, more than that of 24 states. The population increase is being fueled by strong employment growth. The 29-county Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) region added nearly 77,000 jobs between May 2015 and May 2016, the third-highest total among the largest metros in the nation.

PGA TOUR officials have announced the the season-ending TOUR Championship will keep the golf tournament at  East Lake Golf Club through 2020. This years TOUR Championship begins on Sept. 25. Thanks to event and branding partners  Coca-Cola and Southern Company, the final three hours of the broadcast, including the entire back nine featuring the final groups, will air free of national commercials, allowing shot-by-shot viewing as the final FedExCup Playoffs event draws to an end on NBC.  The agreement secures Coca-Cola and Southern Company together as partners through 2020, as well.

WMLB AM1690 Voice of the Arts will launch a new weekly talk show hosted by journalist Neha Negandhi, called “Seen from the INside” on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. with kick-off guest musician and philanthropist CeeLo Green. The weekly radio program focuses on social impact through foundations and philanthropic work by Hollywood insiders, athletes, musicians and more. The 30-minute program will air every Wednesday at 7 p.m. and will be rebroadcast on Sundays at 6 p.m.  “The goal with Seen from the INside is to inspire others to join the service train by listening to familiar voices that help and uplift communities,” said Negandhi. “By focusing on famous leader’s foundations or philanthropy work, we hope to motivate and encourage others to serve their communities and neighborhoods.”

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.