Legislation introduced by Atlanta City Councilmember Marci Collier Overstreet to create the city’s first-ever Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust passed out of the Finance/Executive Committee on Wednesday. “The city of Atlanta has worked tirelessly over the past 13 months to restore public trust. Efforts to ensure transparency in our business practices and accountability for compliance at every level of our organization is vital to our success as a city,” Overstreet said. “We are looking closely at where we are in terms of transparency, ethics, accountability and compliance as a city. This task force will use its expertise to elevate our accountability. I’d like to thank Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for her proactive approach to this legislation as well as her swift donation of pro bono services from Bloomberg.” The task force will consist of 10 appointees from the public and private sectors who are experienced in government, corporate ethics and/or compliance. The council and mayor will each get five appointees. The legislation could go before the full council at its Feb. 18 meeting.

SunTrust Banks will provide $5.46 million in New Market Tax Credits (NMTC) and other financing to Quest Communities to build the Nonprofit Center for Change, a mixed-use facility in the Vine City neighborhood. Quest Communities is a nonprofit with a mission to develop affordable housing and provide needs-based community services to enhance the quality of life for underserved individuals and families. The new mixed-use building will allow Quest Communities to partner with other nonprofits to increase access to healthy foods and critical complementary services to local residents. Building tenants will include a newly constructed Family Dollar, co-working space, fresh fruit and vegetable market, a financial resources center and the new administrative offices of Quest Communities, among others. The project will create 100 temporary full-time construction jobs and 23 permanent full-time jobs. Construction of the 26,000 square foot space is set to begin in early 2019 and is expected to be completed in early 2020.

LifeLine is presented with a $1 million donation from Petco.

Petco Foundation donated $1 million to LifeLine Animal Project at a surprise Valentine’s Day lunch event. LifeLine supporter and celebrity trainer Victoria Stilwell (star of CBS “Greatest American Dog” and Animal Planet’s “It’s me or the Dog”) dropped in the deliver the giant Valentine’s Day card with the donation check. LifeLine  has been managing DeKalb County Animal Services and Fulton County Animal Services since 2013 where they’ve increased adoptions by 300 percent.

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.