President's Message

Welcome to the City of Atlanta - where vision becomes reality.

From our early days as the end of the Western and Atlantic railroad, until present day, the City of Atlanta has been led by a vision of a brighter future. Throughout our history that vision has been the mission of the Atlanta City Council. Each member of your city council endeavors to make Atlanta a place where people enjoy visiting and many strive to make their next home.

The work of your Atlanta City Council can be seen throughout the city. While we are home to more than 15 of the Fortune 500 companies, we are also focused on creating opportunities for small business growth. That is why we have made efforts to educate minority small business owners about the city’s Equal Opportunity Business Program that promotes equal opportunity for all small businesses operating within the city.

We understand the importance of developing leaders at every level of city government; so, we worked with the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute to administer a 10-month Community Leadership Institute for citizens serving on Atlanta’s Neighborhood Planning Units. This impactful program ensures that these community leaders have the knowledge and skills they need to work with elected officials, city government offices, and other community and business leaders, on moving the city forward.

And our city is definitely moving forward!

Investments in projects like the Atlanta BeltLine are paying off. Several historic communities are seeing renewed interest by residents and businesses alike. Once blighted neighborhoods now have an influx of new home owners, restaurants, and other positive indicators of a community on the rise.

Amid our focus on community development and business growth, we have also kept our eye on public safety. Thus, we have seen the installation of over 5,000 high-tech cameras to act as a force multiplier for the Atlanta Police Department (APD). We have also taken other steps towards developing safer communities, such as fostering communication between our college and university police departments and the APD. We understand that sustainable growth requires safe communities.

But, we cannot realize the vision of a city always poised for growth without you. So, I invite you to get involved and share your ideas on how to make it a reality!


Ceasar C. Mitchell