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Owner of Simon Property Group recognized by CDP for climate change disclosure

Owner of Simon Property Group recognized by CDP for climate change disclosure

ATLANTA -- Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG), the world’s leading retail real estate company, recently announced two awards recognizing its commitment to sustainability issues.

Atlanta-area Simon properties include Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, Northlake Mall, Phipps Plaza and Town Center at Cobb.

For the second consecutive year, SPG has been recognized by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) with inclusion in its select Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI). Yet again in 2012, SPG was the only real estate company to be awarded the CDLI distinction.

APICS (Atlanta Association for Operations Management) announces new board members and fall slate

APICS (Atlanta Association for Operations Management) announces new board members and fall slate

APICS (The Association for Operations Management) has announced two additions to their board of directors and several upcoming events. Greg Lutkauskas of The West Logistics Group and Marisol Martinez of OPTI Medical Systems have joined the Board.  Fall events begin with Andrew Downard of Newell Rubbermaid keynoting on September 17 and an intensive, customer-focused, supply chain management workshop on October 18.

Recognized as the leading professional services organization in the field of Operations and Supply Chain Management for Metro Atlanta, APICS has been serving Atlanta and North Georgia since 1964.  It is also one of the nation’s largest APICS chapters with more than 600 members.  The chapter provides operations and supply chain management education, fosters best practice sharing, networking, and professional development opportunities for its members.

New APICS Board Members

Gas South ad campaign good for everybody?

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Even if you haven't received one, chances are you've heard about the ads local governments are sending to residents, to help Gas South attract new customers.

The letters show up on government letterhead, often signed by local leaders, encouraging residents to switch their service. Residents are promised a two cent per therm discount on the company's regular rate. In exchange, the government gets $12 for each new residential account activated, $24 for each commercial customer.

Gas South says the campaign has added up to nearly $4 million in savings to customers and $5 million in payments to local governments.

"It's great for customers because they receive discounted rates, and it's great for their communities because we provide funding for projects," said Gas South CEO Kevin Greiner.

New stores for Kennesaw Shoppers at Town Center at Cobb

New stores for Kennesaw Shoppers at Town Center at Cobb

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Town Center at Cobb recently announced that it will soon welcome Macrobatix and Hot Dog Heaven & Chargrilled Burgers. These new offerings will add to the mall’s already impressive roster of shopping options, joining the recently opened Yogli Mogli, Teavana and T-Mobile stores. Progress also continues on Belk and Forever 21, both undergoing extensive interior renovations and scheduled to open later this year.

“Our goal is to continually provide the best mix of stores for our shoppers,” said John “JD” DiCioccio, general mall manager for Town Center at Cobb.

Mike Mansfield Awards Dinner Gala Honors 2 JASG Members

Mike Mansfield Awards Dinner Gala Honors 2 JASG Members

The Japan-America Society of Georgia (JASG), recently honored two outstanding leaders in the Japan-Georgia relationship at the Mike Mansfield Awards Dinner Gala at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta hotel in Buckhead.

The 2012 Mansfield Awards Winners: Mr. Alex Gregory, Chairman of the Board, president & CEO of YKK Corporation of America and Mr. Tom Yamamoto, Senior Advisor of Murata Electronics North America.

Bank of America pulling ATMs out of shopping malls, gas stations

ATLANTA -- Brian Moynihan's pruning shears have turned to Bank of America's ATM network.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank recently ended its deal to operate ATMs in Simon mall properties and Valero gas stations, according to Bloomberg's BusinessWeek. That means BofA cash machines at Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza, Northlake Mall, Town Center at Cobb, Discover Mills, Mall of Georgia and North Georgia Premium Outlets - all Simon properties - will be removed.

Bank of America is metro Atlanta's third largest bank with $19.5 billion in local deposits and 145 branches.