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Tech Companies Gather at Curiosity Lab for Daylong Forum



Connected Cities Tour at Peachtree Corners' T-Mobile 5G Center at The Curiosity Lab.

Peachtree Corners’ adeptness at collaborating with industry giants drew conference away from Georgia Tech.

Giants in the network technology industry and all the other components that it touches have known for decades about the talent and knowledge at Atlanta’s Georgia Institute of Technology. What more people are being made aware of, however, is similar brilliance right here in Peachtree Corners. That’s why Dense Networks is bringing its Connected Cities Tour to Peachtree Corners T-Mobile 5G Center at The Curiosity Lab.

Connected Cities Tours are part of the Dense Networks Social Think Tank which brings together experts from the tech, academic, government, enterprise and legal sectors to discuss the business models, technology architectures and action plans that are enabling cities, cars, buildings and things to utilize smart technology.

Titled “Getting to Smart,” the daylong event will focus on 5G, IoT, broadband, cloud and the use cases they are enabling. It’s scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 28. Admission is free, but registration is required.

Peter Murray, Dense Networks

“We purposely didn’t want this workshop in Atlanta,” Peter Murray, executive director of Dense Networks told Peachtree Corners Magazine. “We deliberately sought Peachtree Corners because it is doing the right stuff the right way.”

Murray said the last conference was held at Georgia Tech, but he was excited about moving it to this new venue. He said that the Orlando area where his company is based is a heavy user of autonomous shuttles.

“There aren’t many places you can find them,” he said. “And we use Beep, just like the system at Technology Park.”

Meet PAUL, y’all

Part of the workshop, a component of the Smart Cities Council Infrastructure Innovation Forum, will include demonstrations and a ride in the autonomous shuttle that loops Technology Parkway.

Named PAUL (Piloting Autonomous Use Locally), the shuttles, which can seat eight people, operate daily from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the city’s Technology Parkway-Curiosity Lab route with stops at Hampton Inn, City Hall, City Hall (South), Technology Parkway (South), Innovation Center, Research Drive and Anderby Brewing on weekdays, except holidays.

As the first location where autonomous shuttles from two different OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) interact on the same public roadway doing connected vehicle testing and other things over a 5G wireless network, Murray said The Curiosity Lab in Peachtree Corners is a great example of how to build an innovation ecosystem.

Speakers will discuss how 5G is enabling innovation across many sectors, from transportation to education to city operations.

Besides the shuttle demonstrations, “we will also discuss broadband funding and solutions with demonstrations of 5G and IoT in the afternoon,” added Murray.

When asked who should attend the forum, Murray said it’s targeted at folks in education, government, broadband and network technology, but even the curious are welcomed.

“We identify how complex technologies like 5G, IoT, AI and cyber are transforming cities, transportation, public safety and real estate,” he said.

Brandon Branham, chief technology officer of the city of Peachtree Corners will be among speakers.

Register here.

Arlinda Smith Broady is part of the Boomerang Generation of Blacks that moved back to the South after their ancestors moved North. With approximately three decades of journalism experience (she doesn't look it), she's worked in tiny, minority-based newsrooms to major metropolitans. At every endeavor she brings professionalism, passion, pluck, and the desire to spread the news to the people.

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Waramaug Hospitality Acquires Atlanta Marriott Peachtree Corners



Waramaug Hospitality, a privately held investment firm focused on select-service and full-service hotels, announced on Aug. 23, it acquired the Atlanta Marriott Peachtree Corners. 

The 222-room Atlanta Marriott Peachtree Corners features a fitness center, indoor pool and outdoor fire pit seating area. All meeting and event spaces are equipped for various events, from industry conferences to happy hours and lifecycle events. 

“As the second full-service Marriott Hotel and 16th Marriott-branded property in our portfolio, said Ferit Ferhangil, Principal of Waramaug Hospitality, “we see tremendous revenue growth opportunities for this asset in a thriving market.”

The property, which will now be managed by Aimbridge Hospitality, is located within Technology Park, a regional technology and innovation hub. The 500-acre campus is a destination for technology innovation in the Southeast and home to over 2,300 businesses ranging from tech startups to Fortune 500 companies.

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AJC names Cornerstone Christian Academy the Top Small Workplace in Metro Atlanta



For the 13th consecutive year, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Energage have released their list of Top Workplaces in metro Atlanta. On August 10, Cornerstone Christian Academy, based in Peachtree Corners, was named the #1 Small Workplace in the metro area for 2023.

The honorees were determined based on employee feedback gathered from a third-party, anonymous survey. The survey measured multiple factors critical to the success of any organization. Of nearly 8,000 companies that applied, only 332 businesses were chosen to participate.

Colin Creel, Headmaster at Cornerstone, stated, “We were extremely humbled to hear that we were not only named on the list, but ranked first among small companies. I am very thankful our staff has received this public validation of the amazing work that occurs here at Cornerstone. Our staff deserves all of the accolades they are receiving; Cornerstone is a very special place because of them.”

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Premier Racquet Sports: A Holistic Approach to Tennis Pro Shops



Claude Badowski behind a racket stringer

Calling all racquet sport lovers! Premier Racquet Sports, a tennis pro shop, recently opened on March 15 in Peachtree Corners off Spalding Drive.

This is Premier Racquet Sports’ second location in Atlanta, the other being in Dunwoody. However, this pro shop brings something unique and special to the competition wherever it lands. 

Founded by Corey Matney, with partners Claude Badowski and Bobby McMahan, Premier Racquet Sports is a shop with an emphasis on a community-driven approach to the racquet sports industry. 

In an industry where it can be overwhelming and daunting to adventure into the realm of pro shops, Premier Racquet Sports aims to break the status quo by making tennis available to all. 

“Our goal is anyone who comes in, whether you’ve never played tennis before, never played pickleball before, or you are basically a professional, you will have time spent with you explaining what’s the best kind of choice for you,” said Badowski. “Learning about customers as a person and trying to really build a relationship makes it so that we can help people long term rather than just transact with them.” 

Some of the many pickleball paddles and tennis rackets offered in
Some of the many pickleball paddles and tennis rackets offered in store

More than a business

Matney began stringing rackets in high school to be able to afford tennis lessons and eventually went into college playing Division I tennis. Not only did a passion for the sport drive him to create Premier Racquet Sports, Matney also found an intense need for a friendly business based in the racquet industry. 

“…to be able to offer the community high-level technical services and be able to have everyone feel like they’re getting the same treatment that a professional tennis player would when they come into a tennis shop, and meet their needs,” said Matney. 

As a long-term tennis player, Matney found that service at pro shops could feel impersonal, furthering his drive to create a pro shop that was more than just a shop. 

One way the shop has accomplished this objective is through occasions such as demo days, events where the shop will demo rackets and bags while also running free tennis drills.   

“It’s a great chance for people to talk to us about what’s the best racket for them and what’s the best string for them to hit with it,” said Badowski. “They get to feel the difference, because there’s hundreds of rackets out there and thousands of string and string combinations. It’s very rare for people to be able to try them all and get instant feedback …they can feel the difference.”

Additionally, Premier Racquet Sports will have their next demo day on July 14. This event will feature all Wilson products as well as Wilson’s new racket called the Shift. 

Group of people smiling for picture
Community members celebrate the grand opening of Premier Racquet Sports in March

In-store action

However, this level of care and concern extends beyond their demo days. By walking into Premier Racquet Sports, customers are making their choice of supporting a business that keeps their clients in high regards.

“All of us enjoy being able to help players explore and go down the pathway of finding the right equipment for them,” said Matney. “This is mostly stringing, but also rackets, shoes or any portion of the necessary tennis items; just being able to have that connection to the player and have them know that we are a sounding base for their questions and will help them find what they need.”

Premier Racquet Sports prides itself on its collection of all things tennis. Within their store, they carry all major brands, rackets, shoes, grips and over 250 varieties of string. They claim to be able to have anything a player may desire shipped to their store within two days, too. 

Welcome Premier Racquet Sports to the Peachtree Corners community by stopping by, whether you are a tennis expert or a novice.

Learn more about Premier Racquet Sports here.

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