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Areas ARM Atlanta Joint Venture Reaches Out To Community

Areas ARM Atlanta JV helped celebrate the new concessions program at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) by keeping its promise to help the city of Atlanta.

During the airport’s community reception and VIP tour, the Areas ARM team presented a $20,000 check to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed for the Atlanta Workforce Development Board to provide scholarships for aspiring Atlanta students with an interest in business careers.

The team also gave an update on its college-credit intern program for students at the Atlanta University Center. Three 10-week intern sessions have been held at the AU Center since the winter semester of 2009, giving students classroom instruction, college credit and on-the-job problem-solving projects; interns receive a $1,000 stipend. Thirteen students have participated in the program and one intern joined ARM as an employee following graduation. 

“The students have provided our team with fresh ideas to re-think and examine procedures and practices,” says ARM President Bob Crews.

An ARM managing partner, Bill Swift, developed the program curriculum and provides classroom instruction during the 10-week program. 

 “The interns are inquisitive, thoughtful and thought provoking,” Swift says. “It has been a pleasure to work with and challenge them to identify new and better ways to operate in a venue, the airport, which serves travelers and visitors from around the world.”     

The JV’s community outreach also extends to a program with George A. Towns Elementary School in Northwest Atlanta.

 “Thus far, at Towns Elementary, our team has provided financial support for student incentives,” says Debi Crews, an ARM managing partner. “However, we are very excited about the 2010 fall semester, when Areas ARM Atlanta will sponsor a reading contest for students in grades K-6.”

The Areas ARM Atlanta Joint Venture operates retail concessions at ATL on Concourses B, C and D. 

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