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Work Session Scheduled Thursday to Discuss Invest Atlanta’s Strategic Plan

Post Date:08/13/2019 5:09 PM

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Council Communications
Atlanta City Hall
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Atlanta, GA 30303

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August 13, 2019 

Work Session Scheduled Thursday to Discuss Invest Atlanta’s Strategic Plan 

ATLANTA — Members of the City Council’s Community Development and Human Services and Finance and Executive committees will hold a work session Thursday, August 15 to discuss the creation of an economic mobility strategy for the city of Atlanta that will address the creation and attraction of middle-wage jobs, building wealth in underserved communities, and small business development.

The work session will be held at 10:30 a.m. in Committee Room No. 1 at Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave., SW.

The development of the strategy focuses on Invest Atlanta’s programs and initiatives and is being developed in partnership with Bloomberg Associates, Enterprise, APD Urban Planning Management, and the Urban League of Greater Atlanta. During the work session, Invest Atlanta and the project partners will speak about the strategy’s direction and status of the team’s work.

"Atlanta has the highest income inequality of any city in the United States," Post 2 At-Large Council member Matt Westmoreland said. "As we begin the first week of a new school year, an even harsher truth is that 80 percent of our African-American children live in high-poverty communities. This conversation is an opportunity to begin holding ourselves accountable to the difficult, complex work of ending intergenerational poverty. I look forward to the work of building a strategic plan with objectives, desired outcomes and, most importantly, specific metrics."

On Aug. 5, the Council approved legislation renewing the City’s intergovernmental agreement with Invest Atlanta until May 1, 2020 (Legislative Reference No. 19-R-3452). The resolution combined different intergovernmental agreements into one that covers Invest Atlanta’s role in economic development and redevelopment services, as well as sustaining and expanding affordable housing.

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The Atlanta City Council is the chief policy-making body for the City of Atlanta. It acts by considering and enacting all laws that govern the City. The council also approves the operating and capital budgets for the City as recommended by the mayor, and it continually monitors revenues and expenditures for local government operations. The Atlanta City Council reviews and has final say on many land-use and zoning matters. Major economic development projects for the City also fall under the council’s consideration.

The Atlanta City Council is comprised of 12 districts and three at-large posts. Council representatives include: Council President: Felicia A. Moore; District 1: Carla Smith; District 2: Amir Farokhi; District 3: Antonio Brown; District 4: Cleta Winslow; District 5: Natalyn Mosby Archibong; District 6: Jennifer N. Ide; District 7: Howard Shook; District 8: J.P. Matzigkeit; District 9: Dustin Hillis; District 10: Andrea L. Boone; District 11: Marci Collier Overstreet; District 12: Joyce M. Sheperd; Post 1 At-Large: Michael Julian Bond; Post 2 At-Large: Matt Westmoreland; and Post 3 At-Large: Andre Dickens.

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