Newsbriefs April 16

by Laura Turner

Atlanta Conducts Housing Inventory

Atlanta's Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) is conducting a comprehensive housing inventory study and analysis to provide critical information on the economic challenges and opportunities regarding housing stock in neighborhoods throughout the city.

The study is scheduled to be completed by fall. The analysis will be conducted in two phases.

In the first, officials will assess Atlanta's current residential stock. The second phase concludes with strategic recommendations for city leaders and key stakeholders to seek and attract investment opportunities in various neighborhoods.

DPCD's Office of Housing is leading the project with the support of Enterprise Community Partners Inc. and the Fulton County/City of Atlanta Land Bank Authority. The primary purpose of the study is to review the current dynamics impacting neighborhoods.

Other objectives of the study include: identifying unmet housing needs, providing a market analysis for housing development, determining future housing trends and ways to implement them in areas of greatest need and creating housing recommendations that will allow for strategic investment based on empirical data.

"With this comprehensive review of each neighborhood we will be better able to work with all stakeholders and identify plans that have the highest and most valuable impact," said DPCD Commissioner James E. Shelby.

A contractor is collecting, presenting and making recommendations to the city based on demographic data. The contractor is gathering and cataloging housing types, foreclosure data and inventories of commercial developments and other key information for the purpose of creating a data set that identifies specific and unique neighborhood characteristics.

 Sonji Jacobs, director, mayor's office of communications, at (404) 330-6558 or

Newark Launches Jobs Connect

To complement job creation initiatives being implemented by the city, its workforce development agency, NewarkWORKS, and Brick City Development Corporation, Newark, N.J., has launched Newark Jobs Connect, a platform that will distribute more than 35,000 available openings across the digital landscape and match job seekers with employers.

"By using Newark Jobs Connect, the City of Newark is providing local employers of all sizes with no-cost access to the same cutting-edge recruitment tools that Fortune 500 companies are using today," said Mayor Cory A. Booker. "Residents of Newark will directly benefit by hearing about available jobs before anyone else and Newark employers will be able to reach qualified local candidates fast and first."

"Dozens of construction projects are under way, representing more than $700 million in new development and nearly 2 million square feet of new or renovated space. This investment will create over 3,000 construction jobs and 3,000 permanent jobs. In the face of a global downturn, Mayor Booker has led the City of Newark into the biggest single year economic boom the city has seen in decades," added Deputy Mayor for Economic and Housing Development Adam Zipkin.

The technology delivers relevant job listings to job seekers via their preferred medium - Facebook, Twitter, e-mail or mobile.
The platform, called TweetMyJobs, will also deliver analytics to city officials. The data will provide them with hyper-local insights that can help steer key strategic decisions to foster future job growth and enhance relations among government, employers and citizens.

 Director of Communications Anne Torres at (973) 733-6368 or