Techstars Atlanta picks its 10 startups for 2020 class

Techstars Atlanta unveiled 10 startups entering its 2020 class, and this year’s group is unique in that the companies have a little more consumer focus than last year’s and they come from both inside and outside the Southeast. “I visited about 10 of the largest startup cities in the Southeast and met with more than 1,000 founders,” Dave Payne, managing director of Techstars Atlanta in Partnership with Cox Enterprises, wrote in a blog post. “And yet, despite this geographic focus, four…

Automotive Minute: Toyota’s new 4Runner elicits a visceral nostalgic reaction

Driving the freshest version of the Toyota 4Runner is like taking a step back in time. There’s plenty that will make you think, “Is this really a 2020?” While the automaker has done its best to keep up with an aging platform and design shifts by the rest of the crowd, even the Jeep Wrangler has a sleeker interior at this point. Still, it makes you yearn a bit for the days when trucks were trucks – when SUV meant body-on-frame and buyers understood what that meant. That’s not to say that the newest…

Atlanta’s Focus Brands adds sales chief role as part of C-Suite changes

Atlanta-based Focus Brands has made a few changes to its C-Suite. The global hospitality brand franchisor said it added Brian Krause to its executive leadership team as chief development officer and appointed Tim Muir as the company’s first chief sales officer. Focus is an affiliate of private equity firm Roark Capital Group. Krause most recently served as chief development officer of Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, a brand Roark bought in September. His responsibilities include driving strategic…

TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club to be played without fans

The TOUR Championship will be played without fans in attendance for the first time in 33 years. The PGA Tour has made the decision to not have fans at the rest of its events for the remainder of the season in response to the increase of Covid-19 cases across the nation. This includes the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club, which crowns the FedEx Cup champion. “A lot of decisions went into but honestly we’re just trying to focus on the health and safety of everyone involved,” TOUR…

Here are the 63 Georgia arts organizations that will receive a CARES Act ‘Resiliency Grant’

Of the 171 organizations that submitted applications for Georgia’s “Resiliency Grant,” 63 were awarded funding. And more than one-third of those winners are located in Fulton County. The Georgia Council for the Arts, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, released the names of the Georgia arts organizations that will receive a one-time competitive grant funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The GCA is a State Arts Agency and was…

Atlanta Braves not changing name, still discussing ‘Tomahawk Chop’

The Atlanta Braves will not be changing their name. The Braves informed season ticket holders of the decision in a letter sent on Sunday and also said that the Tomahawk Chop is still being discussed about its use at future Braves’ games. “Through our conversations, changing the name of the Braves is not under consideration or deemed necessary,” the letter said. “We have great respect and reverence for our name and the Native American communities that have held meaningful relationships…