Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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ATLANTA – District 2 Councilmember Kwanza Hall recently returned from Los Angeles, where he and seven other city councilmembers from across the country were recognized for their innovative, community-based initiatives.  The W.K. Kellogg Foundation recognized Hall for his Year of Boulevard initiative, which he launched in January 2012.

The Foundation’s week-long Empowerment Congress Leadership Institute brought together delegations led by councilmembers from eight cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Newark, Oakland, Nashville, and Denver.

“I was honored to be invited to attend this week-long institute,” said Hall. “The opportunity to network with my peers from urban areas across the country was invaluable.”

Hall led a six-member Atlanta delegation, which included Dagmar Epsten, CEO of The Epsten Group; Darrell Glasco, Founder of Emergonomics; Harold Barnette, community development consultant and previous chair of NPU-M; Jesse Clark, Executive Director of the Historic District Development Corporation; and Jay Tribby, PhD, Chief of Staff to Hall.

Throughout the week, the delegations were introduced to the work of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ Empowerment Congress.  The Empowerment Congress seeks to educate, engage, and empower citizens about the work of government.  Ridley-Thomas began the initiative 21 years ago when first elected as a Los Angeles city councilmember.

Through panels, site visits, and interactions with community leaders, the delegations gained valuable knowledge to take home and apply to their respective communities.

Hall’s Year of Boulevard initiative aims to improve public safety and increase opportunities for families in District 2’s Boulevard corridor, which has the highest concentration of poverty in the southeastern United States.