Column: Effort launched to make metro Atlanta a ‘welcoming region’

As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Feb. 2, 2018

The national nonprofit Welcoming Americawould like for metro Atlanta to become a “welcoming region,” one that would embrace people of all races and ethnicities.

The nonprofit, which is based in Decatur, so far has reached agreements with 103 cities around the country that are now welcoming cities, including five in our region: Atlanta, Brookhaven, Clarkston, Decatur and Norcross.

“We want to be the first welcoming region in the country,” said David Lubell, the founder and executive director of Welcoming America. “We are moving forward with the One Region Initiative – trying to bring cities and counties together.”

Welcoming America’s David Lubell with Atlanta’s Michelle Maziar, Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst, Norcross Mayor Craig Newton, Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett and Brookhaven Councilmember Joe Ebbia (Photo by Maria Saporta)

Lubell declared that goal at the first-ever “State of Latinos” conference held Jan. 29 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta and sponsored by the Latin American Association.

Lubell moderated a panel that included Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett, Brookhaven Mayor John Ernstand Norcross Mayor Craig Newtonas well as Michelle Maziar, director of the city of Atlanta’s “Welcoming Atlanta” initiative — all welcoming cities.

But now Lubell said the organization is beginning conversations with counties as well as other cities — and he’s convinced those designations will improve the region’s economy.

“We can do it,” Lubell said of metro Atlanta becoming a welcoming region. “From an economic development standpoint, it makes a lot of sense. Amazon wants to move to a region that no matter where their employees are from, they will feel welcomed and included all over the metro Atlanta region.”

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has provided financial support for the initiative, and it is working with other regional entities on the “One Region” initiative.

Welcoming America has hired Jordyne Krumroy, Atlanta regional manager for the initiative, to help bring the coalition together.

Krumroy said a 50-member bipartisan Steering Committee is being formed with a variety of stakeholders — elected officials, nonprofit directors, police, business owners, chambers of commerce, consulates, university representatives, lawyers etc. — from across the region.

The committee, scheduled to meet for the first time on March 1, will spend the next four months to work on a plan to turn metro Atlanta into a more welcoming region. The regional plan will be released in August, and then there will be a targeted effort to get more municipalities and counties to sign on and develop programs to serve their immigrant populations.

Georgia ACT’s new leader

The nonprofit Georgia Advancing Communities Together has named Bambie Hayes-Brown as its new president and CEO.

Bambie Hayes-Brown

Hayes-Brown, a native of Cordele, Ga., comes to Georgia ACT after having served as executive director for the Crisp Area Habitat for Humanity Inc., in which she increased mortgage collections by 63 percent and implemented the first Brush with Kindness Home Preservation Program and the first home-build in Dooly County.
Georgia ACT is a statewide membership organization with the mission to build and support a statewide network of trained professionals engaged in housing and community development serving families with limited housing choice. Georgia ACT is an advocate for affordable housing and works to increase the capacity of nonprofit housing and community development organizations.

Rainbow Village names new CEO

Melanie Connerhas joined the Duluth-based nonprofit Rainbow Village as its new CEO.

Melanie Conner

Conner was the former housing coordinator for Gov. Nathan Deal’s Office of Transition, Support and Reentry. Rainbow Village, founded in 1991, is dedicated to breaking the cycles of homelessness, poverty and domestic violence among families with children.

Conner is succeeding Rev. Nancy Yancey, who announced last June that she would be retiring from the organization at the end of 2017 after spending 24 years in the role.

“God’s been working in both of our lives to put us in this place,” Yancey said in a statement. “Melanie is a perfect fit, and I could not be happier. No one wants her to be more successful than I do. I want to be remembered as the second best CEO.”

Conner has had a colorful career that also included eight years at the Coca-Cola Co., a journalism degree from Georgia State University, a Master of Divinity in Christian Education from the Interdenominational Theological Center and a Master of Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Capella University.

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Additional Information About 5841 Castle Ct, Norcross, GA 30093

5841 Castle Ct, Norcross, GA 30093
5841 Castle Ct, Norcross, GA 30093
Bedrooms Upper: 3
Baths Full Upper: 2
Breakfast Room
Fenced Yard Garden Area Porch Screen Porch Workshop Lot Size: 1/3 – 1/2 Acre

*School data provided by National Center for Education Statistics, Pitney Bowes, and GreatSchools. Intended for reference only. GreatSchools Ratings compare a school’s test performance to statewide results. To verify enrollment eligibility, contact the school or district directly.

Year Taxes Land Additions Total Assessment 2017 Price Not Available $12,000 + $48,840 = $60,840 2016 $1,616 $10,400 + $38,480 = $48,880 2015 $1,458 $8,000 + $33,040 = $41,040

The price and tax history data displayed is obtained from public records and/or MLS feeds from the local jurisdiction. Contact your REALTOR® directly in order to obtain the most up-to-date information available.

5841 Castle Ct, Norcross, GA 30093
5841 Castle Ct, Norcross, GA 30093
Upper Bedrooms: 3
Baths Full: 2
Dining Room Desc: Separate Dng Rm
Fenced Yard Front Porch Garden Area Patio Lot Dimensions: .49 ACRES W/LAKEVIEW Approximate Lot Size: 1/3 to 1/2 Acre

*School data provided by National Center for Education Statistics, Pitney Bowes, and GreatSchools. Intended for reference only. GreatSchools Ratings compare a school’s test performance to statewide results. To verify enrollment eligibility, contact the school or district directly.

Year Taxes Land Additions Total Assessment 2017 Price Not Available $12,000 + $48,840 = $60,840 2016 $1,616 $10,400 + $38,480 = $48,880 2015 $1,458 $8,000 + $33,040 = $41,040

The price and tax history data displayed is obtained from public records and/or MLS feeds from the local jurisdiction. Contact your REALTOR® directly in order to obtain the most up-to-date information available.

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Immucor Announces FDA Clearance for Echo Lumena(TM); Next Generation, Fully Automated Instrument Powers Smaller to Mid-Volume Labs

NORCROSS, Ga., April 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Immucor, Inc., a global leader in transfusion and transplantation diagnostics, today announced that its next generation, fully automated Echo® instrument, Echo LumenaTM, has received FDA clearance in the United States to best match donor-patient blood. Echo Lumena, designed for the small to mid-volume laboratory segment, is Immucor’s fifth generation immunohematology instrument and brings brilliant performance and clearer test results with the smallest benchtop footprint and the fastest type and screen turnaround time on the global market.

Together with its fully automated sibling, NEO® (currently available in the US for larger volume testing settings), Echo Lumena and NEO offer a total standardized workflow solution for any laboratory. When combined with our innovative data management solution, ImmuLINK, laboratories are able to combine serology and molecular immunohematology results into one view, greatly improving a laboratory’s productivity. “Whether conducting five or 500 type and screens per day, every lab shares a critical goal to accurately pinpoint the best possible compatible blood match for anyone that needs it, when and where they need it. When our automation solution is combined with the sensitivity of Capture® technology to identify antibodies sooner than alternative technologies, it truly means laboratorians can be confident in the results they are producing for physicians and their patients,” said Keith Chaitoff, Immucor’s Chief Marketing Officer.

Christie Otis, Senior Transfusion Franchise Director, said “Immucor has been innovating transfusion medicine for more than 30 years. We are excited to build on the international success of the Echo Lumena launch by bringing our latest innovation to the vast number of US laboratories that will benefit from the accuracy, flexibility and performance available in the newest generation of blood bank automation.”

Echo Lumena builds on Immucor’s heritage of blood banking automation leadership and proven Capture® technology. The Echo family has been helping small to mid-sized laboratories automate high quality transfusion medicine since 2007 and has a footprint of more than 1,500 placements worldwide. New capabilities for the improved Echo Lumena system include:

[Accuracy]Complementing highly sensitive Capture technology, the Echo Lumena’s enhanced reader module provides clearer, real-time results and easy on-screen verification. Hardware and software upgrades also power assay algorithm modifications that improve performance;[Flexibility] More process and reagent controls represent best-in-class technology to maximize safety and security with market-leading specificity and sensitivity. Plus load STAT samples at all times;[Performance] Improved software functionalities including an updated Microsoft Operating System and security updates.

Built-in Integration for Data Management and Support
Echo Lumena and all Immucor transfusion solutions integrate with the Company’s comprehensive data management software solution, ImmuLINK®, to aggregate all serology and molecular test results, generating a single report with a complete donor or patient testing history. Echo Lumena also includes a bi-directional interface with blud_directSM, Immucor’s 24/7 remote diagnostics and instrument support solution.

Echo Lumena is part of Immucor’s commitment to immunohematology automation. Immucor’s innovative technologies provide high-quality, high-performance and scalable solutions to meet the operational needs of blood banks, donor centers and labs, regardless of size or volume. Immucor’s total solution extends beyond instrumentation to include serology, molecular and platelet specialty products. Echo Lumena along with the next generation of our high volume NEO instrument, the NEO Iris™, are both CE marked for use in Europe. Clinical trials for NEO Iris are in progress in the United States.

Request a Demonstration
To schedule a demonstration of Echo Lumena, NEO or any Immucor solution, Immucor clients may contact their Blood Bank Business Manager or call us at 855.IMMUCOR (855.466.8267). For more information about Immucor products or to learn the regulatory status of our products in your country, please contact your local Immucor representative or visit www.immucor.com.

About Immucor
Founded in 1982, Immucor is a global leader in transfusion and transplantation diagnostics that facilitate patient-donor compatibility. Our mission is to ensure that patients in need of blood, organs or stem cells get the right match that is safe, accessible and affordable. With the right match, we can transform a life together. For more information on Immucor, visit www.immucor.com.

Michele Howard – 770.441.2051

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