Metro Atlanta Restaurant Scores: Soiled Tableware, Rodents, Mold

ATLANTA, GA — There are signs of a bad restaurant that are pretty obvious: Nasty smells, grimy tables or unkempt employees are all red flags for a dining spot you want to avoid. But sometimes the problem is harder to spot, such as food stored at improper temperatures or unclean kitchen equipment.

And some commercial kitchens are spotless, with every safety rule followed, and customers well-cared for.
Do you know how clean your local coffee shop, restaurant or school kitchen is? Look through these recent food safety inspections from around the Atlanta area courtesy of Patch. Click on the links below to see details from recent inspection reports for area restaurants.

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2018 Best Places To Live: Atlanta Makes US News Rankings

ATLANTA, GA — While it has Southern charm, Atlanta is also a hub of job creation in the hunt for Amazon’s second headquarters, a transit hub and a sports mecca, all of which placed the metro high in a new ranking of cities. Affordability, the availability of jobs and quality of life are all things people consider when deciding where to move. U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Places to Live in the United States shows people are moving to the South, Western states and the Midwest. Atlanta came in at 47th place in the ranking of the country’s 125 largest metropolitan areas, while Augusta was ranked 76th.

Austin, Texas, was named the No. 1 best place to live for the second consecutive year. Colorado Springs, Colorado, took the No. 2 spot, bumping Denver, Colorado, to No. 3, and Des Moines, Iowa, came in at No. 4. Fayetteville, Arkansas, came in at No. 5 for the second year in a row. Rounding out the top 10 were Portland, Oregon; Huntsville, Alabama; Washington, D.C.; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Seattle, Washington.

"When deciding on a place to settle down, it’s important to understand that where a person lives can impact their well-being," Kim Castro, executive editor at U.S. News, said in a news release. "U.S. News created the Best Places to Live to highlight areas across the country that have the characteristics residents are looking for, including steady job growth and affordability. The top-ranked places are areas where citizens can feel the most fulfilled socially, physically and financially."

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To come up with the 2018 Best Places to Live ranking, U.S. News looked at data from the Census Bureau, FBI and Department of Labor. The various qualities residents look for — for example, the job market, affordability and quality of life — were weighted according to the results of the of a public survey in which 2,500 random internet users in 125 metro areas were asked where they would prefer to live.

Americans were less interested in the number of people moving in or out of a metro area and the strength of the job market than they were in overall quality of life and affordability.

Here’s what the publication had to say about life in Atlanta:

"Sure, the sweet tea abounds and it’s common to hear the occasional "y’all" in casual conversation, but Atlanta has long been redefining prevailing perceptions of the South and its so-called Southern charm.
Among the nation’s fastest-growing metro areas, the Georgia capital is attracting newcomers from around the country, and people are looking to this part of the country for culture and commerce like never before. If you learn about everything Atlanta has to offer, it’s easy to see why. Atlanta features award-winning restaurants and chefs, iconic locales that rival any across the country – including the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre, the CNN Center and the Western hemisphere’s largest indoor aquarium.
Although a sprawling, constantly developing area may mean construction sites at every turn, a dense tree canopy covers any unsightliness, and prompts Atlanta’s reputation as the "city in a forest." The Chattahoochee River that traverses the metro area, and Stone Mountain, the world’s largest chunk of exposed granite, located just northeast of the city proper, also offer a quick escape from any urban anxiety. And there’s still a sense of that Southern charm that pervades the dynamic metropolis. "I’m not used to people holding the door open for me," transplants often say."

Though its population didn’t grow as quickly in 2016 as it did in previous years, Austin ranked high on the desirability survey. Colorado Springs got high marks for quality of life and a booming job market, and the Gallup Sharecare Well-Being Index shows residents generally feel fulfilled socially, physically and financially, and U.S. News said its data shows high school students in Colorado Springs are sufficiently prepared for college and face a better job market than others did in recent years. Des Moines moved up five spots on the list because of a decent cost of living, quality of life and increased job prospects.

Several cities were newcomers to the top 10, including Portland, which saw the largest jump in desirability of all cities on the list. Though the quality of life, net migration and job market rankings in Minneapolis didn’t change, more survey respondents expressed a desire to move their than they have in previous years.

U.S. News said one of the biggest surprises was Huntsville, which has the second-largest research park in the country in Cummings Research Park, which houses several major employers, including Science Applications International Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp. and the University of Alabama, all of which offer jobs in the burgeoning science, technology, engineering and math fields. The U.S. Army also employs a number of residents at Redstone Arsenal, where NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center is located. Huntsville also boasts the highest value score out of all the places on the list.

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Eleven Georgia counties make Census list of nation’s fastest growing counties

Eleven of the nation’s 100 fastest-growing counties are in Georgia, the latest Census estimate shows. Seven of them are in Atlanta’s distant suburbs or the mountains, and two are close to Athens – which the AARP has cited as one of the best retirement cities for three consecutive years.

The shops and restaurants in downtown Dahlonega helped attract so many new residents to Lumpkin County that Lumpkin ranks as the nation’s 8th fastest growing county, according to the latest Census estimate. Credit: 10best.com

The population estimates show the pressures that may be mounting in these counties for more government and social services – water and sewer, transportation and transit, health care, schools and libraries, plus any number of services.

Consider the case of Gwinnett County.

Gwinnett was on the list of “fastest growing counties” through much of the 1980s. The growth rate has since declined, now that the population is so comparatively large. But it’s worth noting that Gwinnett’s population rose from 166,903 in 1980 to an estimated 920,260 in 2017.

The latest Census report measured estimated population growth from 2016 to 2017. The figures show these 100 counties had the fastest growth rate when the number of newcomers was compared to existing residents, according to a Census report dated March 22.

Some of the Georgia counties on the latest Census could fit into more than one category for the reasons people move there.

Dawson County, for instance, has long attracted folks who want to reside in the North Georgia mountains and close to outdoor amenities including Amicalola Falls State Park and part of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Dawson also is within commuting distance of metro Atlanta and Gainesville and housing prices are attractive – the median sales prices is $209,000, according to a report by real estate tracker trulia.com.

Barrow County could be viewed as another place with houses priced close to those of Dawson County, according to a report trulia.com. They’re within commuting distance of Gainesville and metro Atlanta.

Two counties close to Athens are on the latest Census list of fastest growing counties in the nation. Athens has been rated a top retirement city for three consecutive years by AARP. Credit: pinterest.com

Barrow also is close to Athens and the attractions related to the University of Georgia. The April 21, 2017 report by AARP gushed its approval of the town as a retirement destination:

“Athens, an artistic jewel of the American South, is known as a breeding ground for famed rock groups such as the B-52s and R.E.M. … At the center of this artistic melee is the University of Georgia (UGA). With more than 30,000 students, UGA is an influential ingredient in the Athens mix … Athens remains a truly fascinating blend of Mayberry R.F.D. and MTV. The effect is as irresistible as it is authentic.”

Here’s a by-the-numbers look at these fastest growing counties, the county seat and their rank on the national scale.

Metro Atlanta

14 – Jackson County, Jefferson. The population grew by 3.9 percent, or 2,541, from 64,978 to 67,519. 25 – Forsyth County, Cumming. The population grew by 3.6 percent, or 7,900, from 220,067 to 227,967. 92 – Paulding County, Dallas. The population grew by 2.6 percent, or 4,071, from 155,374 to 159,445.

North Georgia mountains

Amicalola Falls helps attract new residents to Dawson County, which ranks 38th on the Census list of the nation’s fastest growing counties. Credit: David Pendered
8 – Lumpkin County, Dahlonega. The population grew by 4.3 percent, or 1,345, from 31,528 to 32,873. 28 – Union County, Blairsville. The population grew by 3.5 percent, or 799, from 22,660 to 23,459. 38 – Dawson County, Dawsonville. The population grew by 3.2 percent, or 766, from 23,613 to 24,379. 65 – Pickens County, Jasper. The population grew by 2.9 percent, or 893, from 30,695 to 31,588.

Athens area

42 – Oconee County, Watkinsville. The population grew by 3.2 percent, or 1,162, from 36,866 to 38,028. 98 – Barrow County, Winder. The population grew by 2.6 percent, or 1,970, from 77,091 to 79,061.

Augusta area

75 – Columbia County, Appling. The population grew by 2.8 percent, or 4,128, from 147,451 to 151,579.

Savannah area

34 – Bryan County, Pembrook. Home to the Fort Stewart Army post, the county’s population grew by 3.4 percent, from 35,842 to 37,060.
Before it became an event space, the old Gwinnett County Courthouse served as the county courthouse. In 1978, ‘Hustler’ pornographer Larry Flynt and his lawyer were shot while walking from a restaurant to the courthouse, where Flynt was on trial for obscenity charges. Credit: atlantahomesguru.com

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Wings bounce back with road win in Atlanta

GWINNETT, GA– The Kalamazoo Wings got back into the win column after a wire-to-wire performance produced a 4-3 win against the Atlanta Gladiators on Wednesday at Infinite Energy Arena.

Skating through a tightly-contested first period, the Wings were on the receiving end of a generous bounce in the closing minutes and produced the opening

frame’s only tally. Kyle Blaney controlled the puck along the right wing side and went to rifle a backdoor pass, only to see it deflected off a defender’s stick. The re-directed puck sailed in the air, over the head of Dan Vladar, off his blocker and into the goal. It was Blaney’s 10th of the season and sent the Wings into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead.

Needing less than a minute of the second period to go ahead by two, Justin Taylor improved his team lead in goals with his 32nd of the season. As Danny Moynihan gained the Atlanta line, he fired a long shot to the goal which was kicked away by Vladar. The rebound landed straight to the tape of Taylor, who one-touched it into the back of the goal.

42 seconds later, Atlanta used a quick transition play to cut the Wings’ lead back to a single goal. Darby Llewelyn walked up the right wing and fired a rink-wide pass to Todd Skirving for a one-time tally.

Before the period came to a close, a costly turnover by Vladar gave Kalamazoo a two-goal lead. Vladar came out of his net to play the puck, but he turned it over directly to Scott Henegar, who twisted to his forehand and slid home his 11th of the season. Henegar’s late goal put Kalamazoo ahead by a 3-1 margin through the first forty minutes of the game.

Continuing their control of the game into the third period, the Wings finished off a glorious passing play in the attacking zone and went ahead by a game-high three goals. Ben Wilson moved in behind the net, dished to the wing for Josh Pitt, who threaded a backdoor feed to Brendan Bradley for a tap-in finish.

Four minutes later, Atlanta showed a flash of offensive firepower over the course of an eleven-second span. Derek Nesbitt finished off a nice passing play with a one-timer to start the scoring, and Llewelyn cashed in on a Kalamazoo turnover 11 seconds later to make it a one-goal game in the blink of an eye.

Kalamazoo settled down on the defensive end in the closing minutes and Michael Garteig made a series of late stops to keep the Wings ahead throughout the remainder of regulation.

Next: Kalamazoo @ Norfolk Admirals- Friday, March 30, 7 p.m., Norfolk Scope.

Broadcast information: Friday’s game will air on AM 590/FM 106.9 WKZO or online at http://player.listenlive.co/29131

Stats: https://www.echl.com/stats/game-center/15825

Single-game tickets are on sale! Tickets start as low as $10 and can be purchased at http://kwings.com/SingleGameTickets or at the Wings Event Center box office.

Wings Event Center, owned and operated by Greenleaf Hospitality Group, is home to the Kalamazoo Wings professional hockey team and a full entertainment venue offering concerts, sporting events, family shows and trade shows. Built in 1974, Wings Event Center values partnerships with the community to bring events and attractions that enrich the lives of residents in the Kalamazoo area.

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Atlanta Trying to Recover From SamSam Ransomware Without Paying Up

Atlanta Counting on Backups, Cloud to Recover from Ransomware Attack

NEWS ANALYSIS: The attack in Atlanta is only the latest in a series of similar ransomware attacks that have crippled medical facilities, city governments and other critical institutions.

The ransomware that has taken out many of the computers in the Atlanta, Ga. is well known by security researchers as the SamSam malware. It appears to be run by a single group of bad actors who use a common Bitcoin wallet and who are very effective at convincing their victims to pay up.

“SamSam is a ransomware controlled by a single threat group,” explained Keith Jarvis, a researcher with Secureworks Counter Threat Unit. “It’s unlike other ransomware that’s out there.” What makes SamSam different is in the way the attacks develop.

According to Jarvis, the attackers scan for open ports, typically a Windows RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) port, and then apply a brute force attack until they get in. A brute force attack means that they’ll constantly hit the port with credentials until one works. Once they succeed, they’re inside the system.

Once inside, they’ll examine the target network looking for important assets, such as servers containing significant data. “Once they’ve identified important assets they deploy ransomware to those specific machines,” Jarvis said.

Eugene Weiss, head of content security intelligence engineering for Barracuda Networks, explained what happens next. The SamSam malware looks for certain critical files. It encrypts them with AES 256-bit encryption, and asks for a Bitcoin to be sent to a Bitcoin wallet.”

Weiss said that there’s no guarantee that the SamSam threat actors will actually go through with their offer to decrypt the files once they’ve received their Bitcoins, but they may. Jarvis said that this particular set of threat actors will typically demonstrate that they are have control of critical files by decrypting a few of them.

Jarvis said that the attackers in the Atlanta case are asking for six Bitcoins, which comes out to about $51,000.00. But that could change once the victim indicates a willingness to pay. “Sometimes this actor will renegotiate the ransom even higher,” he said.

So far, it seems, the attacker running the SamSam ransomware have been decrypting the servers they’ve attacked after they’ve been paid. From their viewpoint this is important, because if they get the reputation of refusing to do so, nobody will pay the ransom.

The attackers only seem to be after the ransom. “We’ve never found any evidence that they’re interested in stealing any data,” Jarvis said. “Their MO is exclusively to get in there and spread ransomware.”

Atlanta city officials haven’t indicated whether they’re planning to pay the ransom, or try to regain control of their data systems without doing so. In Atlanta’s case, however, they appear to be in good position to recover.

According to reports from Atlanta, the city’s IT department had been careful in backing up their critical data. Furthermore the city has moved much of their critical services to the cloud. The city’s network also appears to have been properly segmented, so public safety and the airport were not affected.

So how did this happen? According to Sam Elliott, director of security product management with remote security services provider Bomgar in Atlanta, said it’s apparent that ‘there’s some pretty bad hygiene of open ports there,” he said. “What probably caused this is a port that should not have been open.”

Elliott said that there are indications that it was probably an public facing RDP port, although he said it could also have been an SMB port. He said that finding such ports is relatively easy using the Shodan network browser. Elliott said that what typically happens is that a port is opened for a specific purpose, such as for a support call, and then left open because someone forgot to close it.

Jarvis said that right now the city’s IT folks are deciding on the approach to take. “They’re going through the calculus of ‘can we recover’ without having to pay the ransom.”

Whether they can depends on whether the backups are saved properly. If they can, then they don’t need to pay the ransom. “If they backed up their data, that’s the only way to recover from a ransomware attack,” Weiss said.

Once the city recovers from the ransomware attack, the next step is what to do to keep it from happening again. Here’s what Jarvis recommends:

Turn off RDP. It should never be used on any public facing port and its use should be discouraged anywhere else on a network. Turn on two-factor authentication. Brute force credential attacks won’t work if two-factor authentication is in place. Perform regular audits of your external network for open remote access ports. You can use the Shodan browser for this. Have robust credentials. Weak credentials make a break-in easier and faster. Use whitelisting. That means keep a list of the sites on the internet where users are allowed to go, and a list of what sites can have access to your network.

Weiss adds a couple more suggestions:

Never allow Windows shares on the public network. Patch religiously. While you need to confirm that a patch will work, it’s critical to apply it promptly. The practice of delaying patches for months or forever is certain to cause problems. Finally, train your employees to recognize threats such as phishing emails. “It’s time that anyone who touches a computer ought to be trained about social engineering,” he said.

Following security best practices will help most organizations avoid ransomware, but those practices have to be more than just lip service.

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BeltLine elevates head of housing policy to cabinet level position

The Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. has elevated the position of housing director to a cabinet level position, underscoring BeltLine President and CEO Brian McGowan’s intention to sharpen the BeltLine’s effort to comply with City Hall’s mandate that the BeltLine develop 5,600 units of affordable housing along the corridor.

The Irwin Street Market is among many shops that have opened to serve residents moving into homes along the Atlanta BeltLine, most of which are not affordable to folks earning the salary of teachers. File/.Credit: David Pendered

Even at the C-suite level, the position faces a tough challenge to generate much interest from the private sector in building homes that are affordable to folks earning the salary of a school teacher.

Developers as far back as 2008 were seeking from ABI anywhere from $80,000 to $90,000 per affordable unit. The BeltLine was offering $40,000 and not many developers took the incentive, the BeltLine’s former housing director, James Alexander, said at a September 2016 meeting of the Regional Housing Forum, an affiliate of the Atlanta Regional Commission.

Vaughn was among the first BeltLine officials to acknowledge publicly that the urban redevelopment program was not meeting its mandate to establish affordable housing, along with the network of trails, mass transit and parks that are central to its mission. Fast-forward to the 2017 mayoral election, and the city’s dearth of affordable housing prompted then candidate, now mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms to issue the following announcement on Oct. 11:

“Keisha Lance Bottoms announces her plan to increase affordable housing, pledging to raise and commit $1 billion to expand affordability throughout Atlanta and stop the displacement of residents in gentrified communities, through the creation of the Atlanta Affordable Housing Initiative.”

In 2016, Alexander said 570 units of affordable housing had been built in the BeltLine corridor. The number of such units has increased to 822, the BeltLine stated March 16. That’s an increase of 44 percent.

In all, a total of 2,565 affordable units have been created “within walking distance” of the BeltLine in conjunction with Invest Atlanta, the city’s development arm; the Georgia Department of Community Affairs; and the Atlanta Housing Authority, according to the statement.

At the current rate of construction, it will take almost 90 years to develop the 5,600 units of affordable homes that are required by the City Hall legislation that established the BeltLine, according to the latest housing estimate, which Alexander provided in September 2016.

Dwayne Vaughn

The BeltLine quietly announced the elevation of the housing director to vice president status on March 16. That’s when it announced the hiring of Dwayne Vaughn, a longtime housing executive, to fill the newly created position of vice president of Housing Policy and Development.

The statement did not mention that the previous position had been ranked as a director of the Housing Policy and Development. The statement did observe that the new position will:

“[W]ork closely with the COO and executive team providing senior level leadership, innovation and focus to achieve ABI’s affordable workforce housing goals and initialives. He will work collaboratively with neighborhoods, city leaders, developers, housing providers and numerous other private and public stakeholders to help ensure that ABI’s housing efforts provide workforce families the opportunity to live and thrive within the Atlanta BeltLine’s impact areas.”

McGowan emphasized the notion of inclusion in the BeltLine’s housing program:

“Dwayne is an exceptional addition to ABI. He brings creativity and collaboration to the job as ABI continues to support Atlanta’s affordable housing leaders and prioritize Atlanta residents, equity, and inclusion in our housing efforts.”

Vaughn served most recently as executive director of the Mobile (Ala.) Housing Board, and its affiliates. Vaughn stepped down from that position in February 2017, according to a report in al.com.

While heading the MHA, Vaughn advocated for the authority to demolish and replace dilapidated housing structures rather than plow the money into maintaining failing buildings, according to the al.com report. Atlanta’s housing authority implemented this approach in the 1990s.

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Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. Recognized as one of Atlanta’s Best Places to Work in 2018 – Atlanta Business Chronicle

ATLANTA, March 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. (NYSE: APTS) (“PAC” or the “Company”) today announced that it has been recognized as one of Atlanta’s 2018 Top Workplaces by The Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC). 2018 marks the first year that PAC has been included in the AJC’s list of honorees, following another very strong year of growth and performance for PAC and its stockholders.

“Our success as an organization is driven largely by the depth and experience of our associates and our continued commitment to a healthy workplace culture that we have worked so hard to create,” said John A. Williams, Chief Executive Officer of PAC. Mr. Williams added, “It is truly an honor to be named among the 2018 Top Workplaces in Atlanta, and it is a great feeling knowing that our associates believe in and are committed to being the best real estate investment trust in the nation.”

The AJC Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by Energage LLC, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. The survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, such as overall happiness, management performance, workplace environment and career progression opportunities. The top 150 companies, grouped by size from small, medium and largest, were then ranked based on highest tabulated scores. There were more than 2,300 companies nominated or requested to participate in this year’s competition. PAC has no employees of its own; employees of Preferred Apartment Advisors, LLC, and its affiliates completed the survey and provide all personnel for PAC.

The AJC published the complete list of Top Workplaces on March 4, 2018. For more information, visit https://www.ajc.com/top-workplaces/.

About Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc.

Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. is a Maryland corporation formed primarily to acquire and operate multifamily properties in select targeted markets throughout the United States. As part of our business strategy, we may enter into forward purchase contracts or purchase options for to-be-built multifamily communities and we may make real estate related loans, provide deposit arrangements, or provide performance assurances, as may be necessary or appropriate, in connection with the development of multifamily communities and other properties. As a secondary strategy, we may acquire or originate senior mortgage loans, subordinate loans or real estate loans secured by interests in multifamily properties, membership or partnership interests in multifamily properties and other multifamily related assets and invest a lesser portion of our assets in other real estate related investments, including other income-producing property types, senior mortgage loans, subordinate loans or real estate loans secured by interests in other income-producing property types, membership or partnership interests in other income-producing property types as determined by our manager as appropriate for us. At December 31, 2017, the Company was the approximate 97.8% owner of Preferred Apartment Communities Operating Partnership, L.P., the Company’s operating partnership. Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, commencing with its tax year ended December 31, 2011. Learn more at www.pacapts.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may”, “trend”, “will”, “expects”, “plans”, “estimates”, “anticipates”, “projects”, “intends”, “believes”, “goals”, “objectives”, “outlook” and similar expressions. Because such statements include risks, uncertainties and contingencies, actual results may differ materially from the expectations, intentions, beliefs, plans or predictions of the future expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and contingencies include, but are not limited to, those disclosed in PAC’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. PAC undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as may be required by law.

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The SEC has declared effective the registration statement (including prospectus) filed by the Company for each of the offerings to which this communication may relate. Before you invest, you should read the final prospectus, and any prospectus supplements, forming a part of the registration statement and other documents the Company has filed with the SEC for more complete information about the Company and the offering to which this communication may relate. In particular, you should carefully read the risk factors described in the final prospectus and in any related prospectus supplement and in the documents incorporated by reference in the final prospectus and any related prospectus supplement to which this communication may relate. You may obtain these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, the Company or its dealer manager, Preferred Capital Securities, LLC, with respect to PAC’s mShares Redeemable Preferred Stock Offering and Series A Redeemable Preferred Stock and Warrant Unit Offering, and JonesTrading Institutional Services LLC, with respect to PAC’s ATM Common Stock Offering, will arrange to send you a prospectus if you request it by calling Leonard A. Silverstein at (770) 818-4100, 3284 Northside Parkway NW, Suite 150, Atlanta, Georgia 30327.

The ATM Common Stock Offering prospectus supplement, dated July 10, 2017, including a base prospectus, dated May 17, 2016, can be accessed through the following link:

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1481832/000148183217000110/atmprospectusspring2017.htm

The mShares Redeemable Preferred Stock Offering prospectus, dated January 19, 2017, can be accessed through the following link:

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1481832/000148183217000008/a424prospectus-mshares1.htm

The Series A Redeemable Preferred Stock and Warrant Unit Offering prospectus, dated March 16, 2017, can be accessed through the following link:

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1481832/000148183217000061/a424prospectus-15bseriesar.htm

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Business in Atlanta Apartments

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Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. Announces Acquisition of a 310-Unit Multifamily Community in Atlanta, Georgia – Atlanta Business Chronicle

ATLANTA, Feb. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. (NYSE: APTS) (“PAC” or the “Company”) today announced the acquisition of a 310-unit Class A multifamily community in the Atlanta, Georgia MSA constructed in 2016 called Green Park. “The acquisition of Green Park came through a real estate loan investment that PAC made over three years ago, the proceeds of which were used to partially fund the development of Green Park,” said Leonard A. Silverstein, the President and Chief Operating Officer for PAC. Mr. Silverstein added, “This acquisition further demonstrates the success of our unique real estate loan investment program, which continues to create a pipeline of attractive, off-market acquisition opportunities at contractual discounts, while providing compelling returns during construction.”

The Company financed the acquisition utilizing a non-recourse first mortgage loan provided by Allianz. KeyBank National Association placed the loan for the Company. The first mortgage loan is approximately $39.75 million, bears interest at a fixed rate of 4.09% per annum, has a ten-year term and amortizes based on a 30-year schedule. There are no loan guaranties provided by PAC or our operating partnership.

About Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc.

Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. is a Maryland corporation formed primarily to acquire and operate multifamily properties in select targeted markets throughout the United States. As part of our business strategy, we may enter into forward purchase contracts or purchase options for to-be-built multifamily communities and we may make real estate related loans, provide deposit arrangements, or provide performance assurances, as may be necessary or appropriate, in connection with the development of multifamily communities and other properties. As a secondary strategy, we may acquire or originate senior mortgage loans, subordinate loans or real estate loans secured by interests in multifamily properties, membership or partnership interests in multifamily properties and other multifamily related assets and invest a lesser portion of our assets in other real estate related investments, including other income-producing property types, senior mortgage loans, subordinate loans or real estate loans secured by interests in other income-producing property types, membership or partnership interests in other income-producing property types as determined by our manager as appropriate for us. At December 31, 2017, the Company was the approximate 97.8% owner of Preferred Apartment Communities Operating Partnership, L.P., the Company’s operating partnership. Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, commencing with its tax year ended December 31, 2011. Learn more at www.pacapts.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may”, “trend”, “will”, “expects”, “plans”, “estimates”, “anticipates”, “projects”, “intends”, “believes”, “goals”, “objectives”, “outlook” and similar expressions. Because such statements include risks, uncertainties and contingencies, actual results may differ materially from the expectations, intentions, beliefs, plans or predictions of the future expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and contingencies include, but are not limited to, those disclosed in PAC’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. PAC undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as may be required by law.

Additional Information

The SEC has declared effective the registration statement (including prospectus) filed by the Company for each of the offerings to which this communication may relate. Before you invest, you should read the final prospectus, and any prospectus supplements, forming a part of the registration statement and other documents the Company has filed with the SEC for more complete information about the Company and the offering to which this communication may relate. In particular, you should carefully read the risk factors described in the final prospectus and in any related prospectus supplement and in the documents incorporated by reference in the final prospectus and any related prospectus supplement to which this communication may relate. You may obtain these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, the Company or its dealer manager, Preferred Capital Securities, LLC, with respect to PAC’s mShares Redeemable Preferred Stock Offering and Series A Redeemable Preferred Stock and Warrant Unit Offering, and JonesTrading Institutional Services LLC, with respect to PAC’s ATM Common Stock Offering, will arrange to send you a prospectus if you request it by calling Leonard A. Silverstein at (770) 818-4100, 3284 Northside Parkway NW, Suite 150, Atlanta, Georgia 30327.

The ATM Common Stock Offering prospectus supplement, dated July 10, 2017, including a base prospectus, dated May 17, 2016, can be accessed through the following link:

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1481832/000148183217000110/atmprospectusspring2017.htm

The mShares Redeemable Preferred Stock Offering prospectus, dated January 19, 2017, can be accessed through the following link:

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1481832/000148183217000008/a424prospectus-mshares1.htm

The Series A Redeemable Preferred Stock and Warrant Unit Offering prospectus, dated March 16, 2017, can be accessed through the following link:

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1481832/000148183217000061/a424prospectus-15bseriesar.htm

SOURCE: Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc.

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