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Arielle Kass

Business reporter

Arielle Kass covers housing and money for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Prior to that, she covered retail business, including Home Depot and UPS. Arielle joined The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2010. Previously, she was a banking reporter in Cleveland, Ohio. Arielle is a graduate of Emory University, where she studied journalism and creative writing.

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Atlanta Mayor Reed: better transportation reduces income inequality

4:44 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Improved transportation options in metro Atlanta will help reduce income inequality in the region, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Friday.By creating new jobs through construction, and improving access to existing jobs, transportation can have a profound impact on improving the middle class, he said.“When you’re moving transportation and infrastructure projects, ...
Speeds rising on metro Atlanta highways

2:31 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

There’s the posted speed limit. And then there’s how fast people go. While the two are usually miles (per hour) apart, the state Department of Transportation hopes to bring them together when it raises speed limits in some areas. The increase will put limits as high as 70 miles per ...
Preserving Simpsonwood was never a certainty
April 24, 2014 - Peachtree Corners - Simpsonwood is a Christian adult and family retreat center surrounded by 227 acres of woodlands along the Chattahoochee River. The site of “Miss Ludie” Simpson’s family farm, she gave the land to the United Methodist Church in the 1970’s. Arguments in fight over Simpsonwood, one of the largest undeveloped tracts along the Chattahoochee in metro Atlanta, took place in Gwinnett County Superior Court Thursday. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

8:20 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

Ludie Simpson has been dead for nearly 40 years, but her presence is still strongly felt in western Gwinnett County.In 1973, the Norcross teacher gave 227 acres of riverfront property in Gwinnett to the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. But Simpson’s gift came with a condition: The ...
NCR move to Midtown part of race for talent

7:07 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

NCR plans to build a $260 million Midtown Atlanta headquarters — an investment the city hopes will provide a continuing economic boost through the company’s new presence intown. The 130-year-old company, based since 2009 in Gwinnett County, is emphasizing software and services, instead of the hardware it’s long made, such ...
Officials say they learned from metro Atlanta’s 2014 winter storms
February 12, 2014, Atlanta: An SUV makes its way South on the Connector South of Downtown Atlanta early Wednesday morning February 12, 2014 as an ice storm moves through the Metro leaving a thick layer of slush on roadways.  BEN GRAY / BGRAY@AJC.COM

Updated: 5:10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Despite assurances from metro Atlanta leaders that they are better prepared to handle severe winter weather, the Georgia Department of Transportation was taken by surprise by Friday’s icy commute.It took GDOT more than two hours after 5 a.m. reports of slippery roads on I-20 to arrive with trucks to treat ...
Movie studio seems likely in Gwinnett
Jim Jacoby plans to turn 114 acres of the OFS optic fiber manufacturing site, formerly operated by Lucent, into a massive complex for making movies and TV shows. The Atlanta Media Campus and Studios will include a film school, housing, hotel and other amenities if Jacoby’s dream comes true.

Updated: 2:03 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015

It might have become a FedEx distribution facility, a giant shopping center with a Bass Pro Shop, or a casino.The possibilities — along with the contracts — to remake a near-vacant fiber optics manufacturer on I-85 have seemed nearly endless over the last decade. But the “industrial slum” that’s long ...
Gwinnett approves raises for employees, expanded services

5:44 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

Gwinnett County employees will get a raise and residents will see some services restored after commissioners agreed to approve millions of dollars in new spending Tuesday.As part of the county’s $1.4 billion budget, Gwinnett employees will get a 4 percent pay raise in 2015. Aside from a 3 percent market ...
Does Snellville mayor have the right to fire those she hires?

4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

Georgia Supreme Court justices, listening to arguments Tuesday on whether Snellville’s mayor has the authority to fire the city attorney, questioned why more than 100 years of case law that say people can terminate those they appoint would not apply.Mayor Kelly Kautz has been locked in a dispute with members ...
Snellville argues before Ga. Supreme Court on who can fire attorney

12:49 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

In oral arguments before the Georgia Supreme Court Tuesday, attorneys made the case for two Snellville factions who want the right to fire the city attorney — the mayor and the city council.Lester Tate, representing Mayor Kelly Kautz, told justices earlier courts had erred in giving the power to fire ...
Snellville fighting to go before state’s highest court

6:42 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, 2015

Snellville officials will take their bureaucratic infighting all the way to the state Supreme Court on Tuesday, when justices are expected to hear arguments about who has the right to fire the city attorney.Lawyers for Snellville mayor Kelly Kautz contend the court’s decision in the matter could have broad implications ...

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