This week, voters in Fulton County approved tax increases that will go towards road improvements and expand MARTA's rail and bus system. The half-penny tax will be used to expand MARTA's heavy rail and bus lines. Running them more frequently to more places. It will also go toward light rail, meaning a possible expansion of the Atlanta streetcar. It would also give a boost to the tech available to travelers. Like Wi-Fi on vehicles and streetlights that can adjust to the public transportation traffic for faster travel times. Unincorporated Fulton and 13 cities outside of Atlanta will divide $570 million over the next 5 years. READ MORE

You can also keep tabs on all of MARTA's improvements through their updated website. Atlanta-based Nebo agency helped re-launch the site with more tools to help riders get from point A to point B. Knowing that most of their users will access the site on the go, the site is also mobile friendly, allows users to plan future trips, and connects them to entertainment and dining options along their route. READ MORE

And delivery giant UPS plans to invest $400 million dollars into a new facility in Atlanta’s West Side and create more than 12000 new jobs. The new facility will cover more than a million square feet and process more than 100-thousand packages per hour. When it opens at the end of 2018, it will be the third largest processing facility for UPS. READ MORE

Georgia has a newly formed brain trust for the states' virtual reality industry. Atlanta-based trick 3D studios partnered with the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Greenlight Insights to form Georgia VR. The group aims to position Georgia as a leader in the industry and Trick 3D founder Chad Eichoff says the state is primed to do just that with our thriving tech and creative communities. Representatives working in AR and VRr will strategize promote the state's strengths the along with support from the Georgia department of economic development, the city of Atlanta, Georgia based Fortune 1000 companies and area colleges and universities. READ MORE

This week’s Deal Flow Wrap-Up starts off with Earthlink's one billion dollar merger with Windstream. The deal means a couple of losses. First, Earthlink's headquarters will no longer be in Atlanta. The combined company will be based out of Little Rock, where Windstream is located. The deal also means Earthlink will now go by the name Windstream. The merger is expected to go through in the first part of next year. READ MORE

ATDC announced this week that Signature Company, Partpic has been acquired. A global retailers has reportedly bought out the Atlanta startup. Partpic allows people to find and identify replacement parts by taking a picture with their phones or tablets.
The startup has gained a lot of traction since launching in 2013, from raising $1.5 million in seed funding to a meet and greet with president Obama during White House demo day. READ MORE

Atlanta-based Atomized has raised $2.5 million dollars in seed funding. The marketing software company allows companies to track campaigns across social media platforms and adjust as needed to increase engagement. Angel investors going in on that funding round include executives from Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat. Atomized plans to put the funds towards marketing. READ MORE

Delta Skymiles members can now earn more miles while they sleep. Delta has teamed up with AirBnB offer their customers the ability to earn miles when they book a stay with AirBnB. They're calling it the freedom to "fly global, live local". Customers will earn one mile per dollar spent on qualifying stays, new AirBnB guest will earn up to one-thousand miles and 25 dollars off their first stay, and AirBnB hosts can earn up to 25,000 bonus miles. READ MORE

And here's a shout out to IOT tech company, Thing Tech. The Atlanta-based company was named a top innovator by the technology wireless forum, which highlights the top innovative companies in the south east. Thing tech allows companies real time tracking of assets and people in the field service, fleet management, public transportation and construction industries. Earlier this year, Fulton County contracted thing tech for their fleet and asset management. READ MORE

Women in technology celebrated this year's women of the year this week. The awards gala recognized the achievements of Georgia’s top female technology and business leaders and the positive impact they have made in their community. Congratulations to this year's winners were:

  • Large Category - Tracy Garner, AT&T Vice President of Internet and Entertainment Field Services
  • Medium Category - Jill Gostin, Principal Research Scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Small Category - Tricia Dempsey, President, Agile
  • Non-Profit Category - Errika Mallett, Vice President of Membership, IT Senior Management Forum

The internet of things industry is booming. By the end of 2020, we're expected to have about 200 billion smart objects, that’s about 26 per person on earth. On today's Remote Access 3Ci President Rob MacLane sits down with Banyan Hills Technologies CEO, Steve Latham, about how his company is helping businesses bridge the gap into the IOT landscape and manage their device networks.

Everyday people are arranging face-to-face contact after connecting online over the phone. But that can sometimes lead to very dangerous situations. It's the potential for these meet-ups to turn dangerous that captured the attention of this week’s guest, Andrew Gowasack, CEO and Co-Founder of Trust Stamp.

On this week's Elevator Pitch, learn how Steppingblocks is helping students on track to the right career, before they waste their time and money on the wrong job choice.