Ivory Lee Young, Jr. is currently serving his fourth term as the District 3 Councilmember on the Atlanta City Council where his strong leadership and collaborative problem-solving skills has resulted in adopting policy that has long-term positive impact on this city. He currently serves on the Committee on Council, Public Safety and Legal Administration, and Community Development/Human Services Committee. During his tenure, he has served as a member of most of the Council committees including serving as Chair and/or Co-Chair.
With support from Mayor Reed’s Administration through the Department of Planning successfully completed “Westside Revive.” This unprecedented initiative created redevelopment plans for neighborhoods that have not benefited from traditional economic opportunities. This integrated the voices of the community with a professional planning team that captured a comprehensive vision aimed at stimulating economic growth throughout the district and improve the overall quality of life. It is important that plans promote balanced and smart growth for current and future residents.
- Councilmember Young’s active role in the redevelopment of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive corridor resulting in more than $65 million for the completion of the Historic Westside Village project that served as a catalyst for continued investments.
- He consistently seeks opportunities to help senior citizens and underserved families through philanthropic initiatives funded by private donors. Over the years he has hosted senior citizen activities, provided food, toys, school supplies, and other services throughout the community.
- Supported funding of police and fire equipment to enhance public safety throughout the district including infrastructure improvements and cameras.
- Legislatively supported the creation of the Atlanta Citizens Review Board (ACRB) and abolished the Disorderly Conduct 6 (DC) statue that unfairly profiled citizens in underserved neighborhoods.
- Continues to lobby at the state level for enhanced tools to combat blight across the city through code enforcement.
Infrastructure improvements, the creation of greenspace, environmental compliance, senior citizen and low-income housing opportunities and rehabilitation continue to be a critical focus and commitment for the residents of this great district.
Young earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Hampton University (Hampton, VA.), is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., an active member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and former Vice-President of the Atlanta Chapter. He resides in historic Vine City with his wife Shalise, their children and grandchildren.
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