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That the Atlanta Falcons have a new downtown stadium in the pipeline is all but certain, following an 8-1 Invest Atlanta vote Thursday in favor of the $1 billion project — the stadium's last political hurdle. Invest Atlanta will issue about $200 million in bonds to finance the public contribution for the retractable-roof coliseum. Said Mayor Kasim Reed: "This really is about being the best version of ourselves." [Atlanta Business Chronicle]