Wednesday, February 13, 2013
City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell praises President Barack Obama for his
continued commitment to job creation and other priorities during State of the
– Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell said continued growth in the
American economy will take bipartisan support for the economic plan laid out by
President Barack Obama during tonight’s State of the Union address.
President Mitchell attended this evening’s address as a special guest of U.S.
Senator Johnny Isakson.
am pleased that President Obama focused on one of the most important issues on
the minds of Americans, and that’s job creation,” Mitchell said. “Under
this administration, we have made tremendous gains in reducing unemployment, but
more has to be done to bring our economy back to where we stood prior to the
largest economic downturn since the Great Depression. As local, state and
national leaders, we must be willing to reach across party lines to accelerate
the growth of America’s middle class.”
said job creation has been a continued focus in Atlanta.
Obama’s plan for keeping our economy on the right track is going to take
public and private partnerships that mirror what we have initiated in
Atlanta,” Mitchell said.
the late 1990s, city leaders have established Tax Allocation Districts that have
attracted significant private investment, new businesses and jobs.
an effort to boost Atlanta’s local economy by providing more job opportunities
for the city’s under and unemployed, the City Council recently required that
50 percent of all entry-level construction jobs created by city contracts be
filled with trained residents and apprentices listed in the city’s first
source registry, a move that further stimulates the local economy.
the President stated, ‘it’s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter
government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth,’”
Mitchell said. “In cities and towns across this nation, if workers are
provided with the right opportunities, the American people and our innovative
spirit will drive our economy forward in the 21st Century. As does our
President, I also believe it is our generation’s task and obligation to
reignite what has always been the true engine of America’s economic growth –
a rising, thriving middle class.”
State of the Union address also focused on rebuilding the nation’s
infrastructure, education, clean energy and gun violence.
am extremely passionate about gun safety,” Mitchell said. “Too many of our
young people and criminals are gaining access to guns, and we are beyond the
tipping point for addressing the issue. I agree that every American impacted by
gun violence deserves a vote in Washington on commonsense reform – like
background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a
part of a post State of the Union swing through the South, President Obama will
visit metro Atlanta on Thursday, February 14 to address pre-kindergarten
Obama touted his support for universal pre-K during his speech Tuesday night.
dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven
dollars later on – by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even
reducing violent crime,” he said. “In states that make it a priority to
educate our youngest children, like Georgia or Oklahoma, studies show students
grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate high school,
hold a job, and form more stable families of their own.”
agreed with President Obama’s assessment.
particularly access to early childhood education, is vital to the future success
of our youth and our economy,” Mitchell said. “I think Georgia should be
proud of the investment we have made in our pre-K programs. As President Obama
pointed out, our investment stands as a model for other states to follow.”
outlets requesting post-interviews of Council President
Mitchell’s reaction to Tuesday’s State of the Union address should contact
Mechelle Brown at 404-330-6052 or Dexter Chambers at 404-330-6309 or