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Turner Field Community Conversation Follow-Up

Posted on Friday, June 19, 2015

Turner Field Community Conversation Follow-Up

By: Malloy Peterson, Senior Vice President, Carter

On Tuesday, June 2nd, Carter hosted a Community Conversation on the redevelopment of Turner Field with its proposed development team partners.  We sincerely appreciated getting the opportunity to garner input from over 150 area residents.  As a follow-up from that meeting, we would like to share with you this open letter to the community. As always, we look forward to hearing from you.   

June 19, 2015

Dear Turner Field Area Residents:

On behalf of our project team, we would like to follow-up with you about our June 2 community conversation concerning the potential redevelopment of Turner Field. We extend a sincere thank-you to the 150 residents who attended the meeting and openly shared their opinions about this historic redevelopment opportunity.  As we stated at the meeting, we are seeking to actively engage with the community in an inclusive and transparent planning process which prioritizes and maximizes opportunities to provide benefits to the area at several levels.

While we have spent many months following this opportunity and engaging with small groups in the community, our team initiated our first real planning effort in early June.  After the community conversation, we commenced a three-day design charrette, which included representatives from each of the proposed development team partners, over 18 architects from seven firms, elected officials, civic/neighborhood leaders and stakeholders.  The primary goal of this exercise was to begin to examine what was possible on the site from a design perspective.  That activity allowed us to advance several potential plans which we would like to further explore in the days and months to come.

We are eager to share the results of these sessions with residents of the adjacent neighborhoods in a comfortable and appropriate manner to seek input and feedback now and at future junctures.  We plan to participate in the LCI process and work collaboratively with a spirit of complementing skill sets and shared mutual interests.

We would also like to meet with any neighborhood association, group of neighbors or individuals at convenient locations to continue this dialogue, share ideas and collaborate on this planning initiative. We welcome any suggestions from your organization around other transparent ways in which we could collaborate. We support a public, competitive RFP process for the acquisition of the site and stand ready to meet with any and all residents to ensure that all ideas are heard.

Our team is extremely excited about the potential for numerous community benefits that will arise out of our community engagement framework. We have various ideas ranging from education programs, workforce training, and youth sports to senior programs and beyond. This element of our overall development will be crucial to how we ultimately define success.  We strongly believe that significant community collaboration is the only way to bring about transformational change. Two weeks ago we received great ideas from the community. Now, we look forward to continuing our dialogue for many years to come.  We would like to hear from you.  Please feel free to reach out to us with comments at input@carterusa.com.

This opportunity is bigger than all of us. If we join hands and work together we can change this historic part of our community forever. 

Yours very truly,

R. Scott Taylor, Jr.


 

Inaugural Grow Georgia Summit Provides Food for Thought

Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2015

Inaugural Grow Georgia Summit Provides Food for Thought

By: Malloy Peterson, Senior Vice President, Carter


Last Thursday, June 11, Carter co-sponsored the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s first Grow Georgia Summit, a half-day panel discussion focused on how Atlanta and Georgia compete with other regional powerhouses - specifically Charlotte, Dallas and Nashville - for economic development opportunities.  Carter’s six decades of experience developing within Atlanta and some the nation’s largest and most competitive urban cores has provided us with a wealth of information and perspective on how states and regions compete over corporate relocations and retentions.  As such, joining with the Atlanta Business Chronicle to launch this initiative and further this conversation was a perfect fit for us.  

Last week’s event commenced with a panel of Business Chronicle editors from Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, and Nashville who provided a SWOT analysis of their respective cities.  Not surprisingly, airports factored as key strengths for Atlanta, Dallas and Charlotte, while business-friendly governments were cited in Atlanta, Dallas and Nashville.  Common weaknesses among all cities included a lack of infrastructure investment which has led to increased congestion.  Weak public school systems were also cited in Atlanta and Nashville, while Charlotte noted higher education as a weakness.  

The emergence of the Southeast United States as an auto production and supplier hub was presented as an opportunity in Atlanta, Charlotte and Nashville.  But each market also discussed growth opportunities in target industries with Atlanta touting solar and film, Charlotte - manufacturing and financial services, Dallas – data centers and insurance and Nashville – technology.  In the way of threats, editors from Atlanta, Charlotte and Nashville mentioned initiatives by current state legislatures which could directly or indirectly affect recruiting efforts.  

At the conclusion of the SWOT analysis, there was vibrant discussion about the impact of aggressive incentives versus an absence of the income tax in the race to lure corporate relocations.  The overwhelming response from the panel was that incentives clearly rule the day.  States without income taxes cited having higher property and consumption taxes.  The panel also agreed that these were historically good times for the South in general but warned against getting too comfortable in our winning ways.

An Atlanta and Georgia-centric panel convened afterward to discuss data behind our local competitive position.  From the outset, there was a strong focus on investing in small businesses, the entrepreneurial class and community and technical colleges to ensure long-term growth attracts millennials, and creates a ready workforce.  The panel also warned Atlanta to wean itself off of its dependence on population growth and suggested focusing more on exporting goods and services for long-term sustainability.  

The take-aways were many, but the event left many unanswered questions as well.  Luckily, the Chronicle will revisit the topic, with Carter as co-sponsor, at a second event on Friday, November 13.  

For Carter, one quote resonated with us, summarizing the strong link between commercial real estate and economic development.  As Craig Richards, CEO of Invest Atlanta said, “Place making is really at the core of innovation economies."  When the two work hand-in-hand, a community experiences a synergy where the sum of the whole is truly greater than the parts.  

For more on Carter’s history of place making, visit  www.carterusa.com or check us out on social media at      

For more on recent economic development wins for these cities, check out: Grow Georgia Summit - Recent economic development news 


Inside Carter | Meet Carla Thomas

Posted on Tuesday, May 05, 2015


Every month we'll profile a different member of the Carter team, giving you a little glimpse inside the personalities that make our company so robust and unique. This week we are getting to know: Carla Thomas, Accountant. If you missed our last Inside Carter post, click here.

1. With unlimited funds, where would you go on your dream vacation?
Bora Bora.

2. What is one of your favorite quotes? 
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.” – Bernard M. Baruch.

3. What is your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
Riding Roller Coasters.

4. If you could have a superpower for one day, what would it be?
I dream of Jeanie powers where I wish for things, fold my arms and blink and it’s done.

5. What would you recommend someone do or see who has never been to Atlanta before?
Go to a sporting event but only when the team is winning.

6. If you could choose any career other than the one you have, what would it be?
A criminal attorney.

7. If you could pick up one random skill or hobby, what would you choose? 
Sewing. I would save lots of money on alteration!!!!!!

8. What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The people. I really have lots of fun everyday laughing and joking with my co-workers.

9. What is one guilty hobby or habit you have that few people know about?
I usually eat Haagen Dazs (Vanilla Swiss Almond) ice cream almost every night around 2 am.

10. What professional field are you simply not cut out for?
Medical.

Inside Carter | Meet Jimmy Barry

Posted on Friday, April 03, 2015


Every month we'll profile a different member of the Carter team, giving you a little glimpse inside the personalities that make our company so robust and unique. This week we are getting to know: Jimmy Barry, Senior Vice President. If you missed our last Inside Carter post, click here.

1. With unlimited funds, where would you go on your dream vacation?
Tour all around Europe.

2. What is one of your favorite quotes? 
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt.

3. What is your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
Duck Hunting.

4. If you could have a superpower for one day, what would it be?
To Fly.

5. What would you recommend someone do or see who has never been to Atlanta before?
Go see a Bulldogs football game in Athens.

6. If you could choose any career other than the one you have, what would it be?
Be an operator and own several chic-fil-a restaurants. It is a great company.

7. If you could pick up one random skill or hobby, what would you choose? 
I’d like to speak Spanish fluently as I think it would be useful in many ways.

8. What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I like the creativity in developing office buildings. Creating something permanent, functional, valuable, that contributes to the community and is timeless.

9. If you could have lunch with a famous person – dead or alive – who would it be and why?
John Daly.

10. What professional field are you simply not cut out for?
Anything where I have to sit behind a desk all the time!

Inside Carter | Meet Johnnie Jackson

Posted on Wednesday, March 04, 2015


Every month we'll profile a different member of the Carter team, giving you a little glimpse inside the personalities that make our company so robust and unique. This week we are getting to know: Johnnie Jackson, Senior Network and Desktop Support Technician. If you missed our last Inside Carter post, click here.

1. With unlimited funds, where would you go on your dream vacation?
Bora Bora and Tahiti.

2. What is one of your favorite quotes? 
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men ” – Frederick Douglass.

3. What is your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
Indoor: Practicing Martial Arts & Outdoor: shooting.

4. If you could have a superpower for one day, what would it be?
To heal people’s Body, Mind and Soul.

5. What would you recommend someone do or see who has never been to Atlanta before?
The Bodies Exhibit.

6. If you could choose any career other than the one you have, what would it be?
A Radiologist.

7. If you could pick up one random skill or hobby, what would you choose? 
A Salesman.

8. What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The great work environment and the talented people I work with. I’m able to use my skills and knowledge as well as push myself into unfamiliar territory. I have the freedom to express my ideas and concerns along with a great management staff that allows me the flexibility and support needed to grow in my position.

9. If you could have lunch with a famous person – dead or alive – who would it be and why?
Fredrick Douglass: What encouraged his self-education in the 1800’s.

10. What professional field are you simply not cut out for?
Medical Surgery.

Inside Carter | Meet Corneshia Hill

Posted on Friday, February 06, 2015


Every month we'll profile a different member of the Carter team, giving you a little glimpse inside the personalities that make our company so robust and unique. This week we are getting to know: Corneshia Hill, Property Administrator. If you missed our last Inside Carter post, click here.

1. With unlimited funds, where would you go on your dream vacation?
With unlimited funds I’d probably be like Oprah and give out vacations to the people around me. You get a vacation, you get a vacation, and you get a vacation. Once I felt like I’ve done enough of that, I’d probably take myself to Bora Bora for two weeks. It’s very exhausting giving away free things.

2. What is one of your favorite quotes? 
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." – Maya Angelou

3. What is your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
One of my favorite outdoor activities is fishing. My Dad used to take me as a child and in the summer time I usually try to go at least one or twice per year. My favorite indoor activity would have to be playing video games. I have an Xbox, PS3, & PS4 with all of the games that goes with them.

4. If you could have a superpower for one day, what would it be?
My superpower would likely be mindreading. I’m a pretty nosey (inquisitive) person and I always want to know what people are truly thinking.

5. What would you recommend someone do or see who has never been to Atlanta before?
I’ve lived in Atlanta for 6 years now and I really haven’t experienced much- I know that’s pretty shameful, but I would have to say going to a Braves Game. There is nothing like being in the mix with Braves Fans. They really know how to have a good time regardless if the Braves win or lose.

6. If you could choose any career other than the one you have, what would it be?
I would probably choose to be a Philanthropist. I really enjoy helping people and making a difference. I think it’s important to provide a better way of living for those who are less fortunate. As Maya Angelo once said: Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.

7. If you could pick up one random skill or hobby, what would you choose? 
I really like horses so I would have to say horse riding. It looks pretty fun and people seem like they enjoy it a lot.

8. What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is bidding different maintenance contracts. I really look forward to working with different vendors, getting the best price for the job, and seeing the end results of how the project turns out.

9. If you could have lunch with a famous person – dead or alive – who would it be and why?
I would really like to sit down and have a conversation with Rosa Parks. I would like to know what gave her the inner courage on that day to be defiant in the face of hatred and racism.

10. What professional field are you simply not cut out for?
My Mother always wanted me to be a teacher, however, children require two things I lack: a lot of time and patience.
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Inside Carter | Meet Ceia White

Posted on Tuesday, December 02, 2014


Every month we'll profile a different member of the Carter team, giving you a little glimpse inside the personalities that make our company so robust and unique. This week we are getting to know: Ceia White, Records Administrator. If you missed our last Inside Carter post, click here.

1. With unlimited funds, where would you go on your dream vacation?
The entire Caribbean Region

2. What is one of your favorite quotes? 
“Give, and it will be given unto you“ - Luke 6:38

3. What is your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
Shooting Pool (Indoor) / Ladies Kickball (outdoor)

4. If you could have a superpower for one day, what would it be?
Time Travel – To explore the past Empires and Dynasties and future events.

5. What would you recommend someone do or see who has never been to Atlanta before?
Enjoy lunch at the Sun Dial Restaurant Bar & View; to see Georgia in all its Glory.

6. If you could choose any career other than the one you have, what would it be?
International Law/Lawyer

7. If you could pick up one random skill or hobby, what would you choose? 
Carpentry – I have a lot of GREAT ideas for homebuilding.

8. What is the most rewarding part of your job?
To witness us go from a paper Company to a paperless electronic database is very rewarding. As well as working alongside some of the best in the Real Estate Industry. Simply put the level of integrity and leadership skills at Carter is second to none and I’m happy to be a part of the TEAM!

9. If you could have lunch with a famous person – dead or alive – who would it be and why?
Deepak Chopra – Because of his expertise in the Mind and Heart.

10. What professional field are you simply not cut out for?
Any Medical Surgeon Practice. My stomach just couldn’t handle it.

Inside Carter | Meet Monica Moss

Posted on Tuesday, November 04, 2014


Every month we'll profile a different member of the Carter team, giving you a little glimpse inside the personalities that make our company so robust and unique. This week we are getting to know: Monica Moss, Property Administrator. If you missed our last Inside Carter post, click here.

1. With unlimited funds, where would you go on your dream vacation?
As a former international flight attendant, I have been very fortunate to have traveled all over the world. I will say of all the places I have been, the one place I would love to have an extended stay is Italy. I would take some of those unlimited funds to really take in the culture, museums, arts, shopping (shoes & handbags), and most importantly the cuisine. I am smiling from ear to ear thinking about the homemade pastas, sauces, breads, wines, and my favorite gelato.

2. What is one of your favorite quotes? 
“For I know the plans I have for you,“ declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.“ – Jeremiah 29:11. This is actually a bible verse and not really a quote, but my daughter and I quote it daily as part of our daily affirmations and assurances. It is definitely my favorite and a constant personal reminder.

3. What is your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
My favorite indoor activity is enjoying Friday Night Slumber Parties with my daughter Madison Grayce. After a long week of work and school, it brings me joy to grab a couple movies from the Red Box, order a pizza, grab some ice cream, make a big pallet in the middle of the floor and enjoy the innocent laughter of my 5 year old.

4. If you could have a superpower for one day, what would it be?
If I could have a superpower for one day, not only would I choose the superpower, I would also choose the day. I would have the Power of Flight on a Friday to fly high above Atlanta rush hour traffic. It takes super human control to deal with it each week.

5. What would you recommend someone do or see who has never been to Atlanta before?
Being and Atlanta native, “Grady Baby”, I would have to recommend Piedmont Park. I have so many memories there. I love attending all of the festivals, concerts, and just taking a day to bike ride and picnic.

6. If you could choose any career other than the one you have, what would it be?
I would probably be a firefighter for several reasons. I am a bit of a thrill seeker. I have always been impressed that they are running towards danger when everyone else is running in the opposite direction. I am very envious of their work schedule of 24 hours on and 48 hours off, which equates to working 8 or 9 days per month. I am a huge fan of uniforms and secretly I think I would be cute in the boots and suspenders.

7. If you could pick up one random skill or hobby, what would you choose? 
It would have to be the ability to dance. I love to dance but I’m not very good at it. As a joke, my friends often suggest that I should dance to the rhythm and beat and not the “words” of a song.

8. What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is working as a team member to accomplish a common goal. I am human enough to know that I am not an expert on everything. I love the fact that I have team members that I can turn to who can point me in the right direction when I have questions. I always enjoy gaining the trust of my team members to also utilize my strengths when needed.

9. If you could have lunch with a famous person – dead or alive – who would it be and why?
That is easy; John Legend hands down. I am a HUGE fan. I would probably spend most of the lunch trying to convince him to sing all of my favorite songs.

10. What professional field are you simply not cut out for?
I am not cut out to do any type of work that involves animals. I am one of the most scared humans alive when it comes to animals. I could never be a veterinarian or zookeeper.

Inside Carter | Promotions

Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

“We are excited for the opportunity to promote these seven hard-working and deserving individuals, who share the ability to understand our business and make contributions at a high level,” said Scott Taylor, president of Carter. “Carter is fortunate to have Matt, Renee, Lindsey, Jacole, Michael, Jack and Lauren on our team and playing such a big role in our future.”

Matt Delicata, vice president, will focus on identifying, underwriting and due diligence for prospective investments. In his prior role as director, he provided analysis on opportunistic real estate investments. 


Renee Carter,
senior property manager, will oversee operations and management of a 29-building nationwide portfolio of data centers and medical office buildings valued at $663M. 


Lauren Cottingham,
senior project manager, will be responsible for monitoring design and construction for a variety of projects for educational institutions. 


Jacole Todd,
human resources director, will lead human resource strategy and delivery for Carter, providing direction on organizational development and management. She had served as human resources manager since 2012. 


Michael Benton,
director of information technology, will oversee day-to-day IT operations at Carter as well as the strategic planning for the company’s IT infrastructure and services. Since joining the firm in 2006, he has served Carter as database and system administrator. 


Jack Dellecker,
senior development associate, joined Carter’s development team in early 2014 as an intern. In his new role, he will provide comprehensive market analysis and thorough underwriting to assist Carter in the acquisition of all asset classes within Carter’s portfolio. 


Lauren Guilbeau,
human resources coordinator, will be responsible for administration and support for all human resources department programs, including recruiting, associate communications, state and federal compliance, and more. 


Inside Carter | Meet TP Bullock

Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Every month we'll profile a different member of the Carter team, giving you a little glimpse inside the personalities that make our company so robust and unique. This week we are getting to know: TP Bullock, Vice President of Construction & Design. If you missed our last Inside Carter post, click here.

1. With unlimited funds, where would you go on your dream vacation?
I have always wanted to go to New Zealand and Australia. I love to be outdoors and New Zealand in particular is known for pioneering outdoor adventure sports, but also has incredible fly-fishing on some unbelievable rivers, which is one of my biggest passions.

2. What is one of your favorite quotes? 
“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run” – Babe Ruth

3. What is your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
I love to fish and hunt, whenever I have free time I try to be outdoors either fishing or hunting with friends, some of my favorite memories come from those times.

4. If you could have a superpower for one day, what would it be?
I don’t know if you would consider it a superpower but I think that being able to time travel would be awesome, I would love to go back in time and see the what the world was really like, instead of just reading about it in history books.

5. What would you recommend someone do or see who has never been to Atlanta before?
I was born and raised in Atlanta and I always feel like people who don’t know Atlanta have very distorted views about our city. This city actually has a lot to offer and there is so much to do that even I don’t feel like I have seen or done everything. If I had to tell someone one thing to do in Atlanta, I would tell them to go to the DeKalb County Farmers Market in Decatur on a Sunday afternoon, if you get lost in the madness of that place for a few hours you can really see just how diverse and crazy Atlanta can be.

6. If you could choose any career other than the one you have, what would it be?
If I could go do anything I would probably live out west and be a flyfishing guide, although I don’t know if I could call that a career.

7. If you could pick up one random skill or hobby, what would you choose? 
Golf, I have never had the time to figure out how to hit the ball straight but have always enjoyed playing so it would be fun if I could play well.

8. What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The feeling you get when you finally open a building. I am always impressed by all the work and effort that goes into the process of putting a deal together, designing, and then building a project. When it all comes together at the end and the space opens, and you can see people using what you helped to create it is an unbelievably rewarding feeling.

9. If you could have lunch with a famous person – dead or alive – who would it be and why?
Bo Jackson, I have grown up an Auburn fan and went to school there, Bo is not only the best athlete to ever play at Auburn but in my opinion was also probably one of the best athletes ever. He has an incredible story and overcame so much adversity in life to be where he is, it is pretty remarkable. ESPN did a 30 for 30 episode a couple of years ago on him that is worth watching, people often think of what he did as an athlete but don’t know about him as a person and what he has done for his community.

10. What professional field are you simply not cut out for?
Being a doctor, I hate even going to the doctor so I know I could never be one.