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Groundbreakers 2018

NCR Midtown HQ

NCR has moved 1,700 employees from various metro-area offices into its new headquarters in Midtown. Citing transit and proximity to Atlanta’s universities, NCR hopes the campus will become the focal point of Atlanta’s “Silicon Valley of the East.”
Groundbreakers 2018

BitPay

As cryptocurrencies continue to gain traction, local startup Bitpay has stepped in to encourage mainstream acceptance. They provide payment processing of Bitcoin for online retailers.
Chief Bicycle Officer

Chief Bicycle Officer

Atlanta’s new Chief Bicycle Officer will be a full-time planner, engineer, and advocate for the city’s pedal-friendly goals, which include plans to double the length of protected bike lanes (from 30 to 60 miles).

Culturally Relevant Computing Lab

Students who want to join Kinnis Gosha’s computing lab at Morehouse College can’t just work on their own projects; they must agree to be ambassadors for science and technology on campus and in the community.

Massive Open Online Courses

MOOCs (massive open online courses) are free classes offered by universities hoping to provide the general public with access to top professors.

Global Village Project

With girls under siege in many countries, it’s not surprising that some refugee girls come to America with gaps in learning—and limited literacy even in their own languages.
Groundbreakers 2018

Tech Alpharetta

With more than 600 technology companies already calling Alpharetta home, the city actively fosters innovation. Growing from an advisory board of tech leaders in 2012, Tech Alpharetta has expanded into a full-service incubator through its Innovation Center.

MUST Ministries

As unemployment surged during the Great Recession, Marietta-based MUST Ministries responded with nuts-and-bolts job training. MUST is the only nonprofit of its type to have alliances with OSHA and the National Safety Council for certification for specialized jobs like forklift operation.

Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Kids in Need

Kids from lower-income families face a host of struggles at school. Not having supplies to complete assignments is one of the most basic challenges.
Groundbreakers

Fox Theatre Institute

Forty years after activists rallied to save the Fox Theatre from demolition, the Fox Theatre Institute is sharing the love with money and restoration support for other historic venues across Georgia.

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