News Briefs: Congress Center expansion; WSB might be sold; Mayor studies leadership

A rendering of the expansion to Georgia World Congress Center.

The Georgia World Congress Center in Downtown will break ground July 31 on a new 100,000 square foot “Connector” between the existing convention halls B and C. Fentress Architects designed the space, which will mean the GWCC will have more than one million square feet of contiguous exhibit space.

In a surprise announcement, Cox Enterprises said July 24 it is considering sales or mergers of its 14 nationwide TV stations, including Atlanta’s flagship WSB-TV. The move also means an abrupt end to a plan to merge the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB, leaving the paper based in Dunwoody for now, but with its long-term future unclear. The AJC had announced plans to move to WSB’s building in Midtown. Read the full report at Reporter Newspapers.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is in New York this week with 40 other mayors from around the world  for the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. The mayors will study leadership, city-management practices and innovation with faculty from the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, as well as experts from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ global network.