Closer Look: ATL City Council Proposes Independent Office of Compliance; Economic Impact for Super Bowl 53; On the Rise Financial Center

(Left to right) Councilmember Jennifer Ide and Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore discuss proposed legislation to create an Office of Independent Compliance within the city.
(Left to right) Councilmember Jennifer Ide and Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore discuss proposed legislation to create an Office of Independent Compliance within the city.
Credit Anastaciah M. Ondieki / WABE

Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief on the upcoming winter weather, which has prompted many local school districts to announce they will be closed on Tuesday including Atlanta Public Schools. Dr. Meria Carstarphen joins us to talk about the district’s preparations. Plus, information about the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s plan to fly helicopters around Atlanta before and during Super Bowl Sunday. The helicopters, which will fly at low altitudes, will be used to measure naturally occurring radiation.
  • 6:30: It’s hard to predict exactly how much of an economic impact Super Bowl LIII will have on the city of Atlanta. Early estimates by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce puts the figure for the metro area at approximately $400 million. Will this estimate prove to be accurate? And who, exactly, will benefit? J.C. Bradbury, professor of economics at Kennesaw State University joins us to provide his analysis.
  • 23:42: Nearly one in four Atlanta residents are “unbanked” or “underbanked,” meaning without access to affordable and responsible banking, according to Invest Atlanta. In areas of the Westside, that number can rise to as high as 75 percent. Since 2017, On the Rise Financial Center has been working to address this problem by providing financial coaching services for the residents of the Vine City, English Avenue and Castleberry communities. The organization works in partnership with local credit unions to increase financial stability in the area, help families and individuals reduce debt and assist small businesses in accessing capital. We get a preview of Closer Look’s visit to On the Rise to see this work in action and to discuss the impact that these financial services can make.
  • 29:30: Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore and other Council members recently introduced legislation that could, in part, create an Office of Independent Compliance within the city. Moore, who authored the legislation, and Councilmember Jennifer Ide, its lead sponsor, join us in-studio to tell us more about the legislation and why it was introduced.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker. Anastaciah M. Ondieki contributed to this article.