On January 2, 2018, the Honorable Keisha Lance Bottoms was sworn in as the City of Atlanta’s 60th Mayor. She delivered an important and inspirational address at the ceremony, and I urge everyone to read it in its entirety here.
Importantly, Mayor Bottoms delivered a message of inclusion, a call for all of us to “put aside race and division and geography and politics, and invest in becoming One Atlanta.” To do that, she promised to focus on many of the critical issues facing our city, including transparency, education, public safety, and transit.
And she also spoke in support of the mission on which Invest Atlanta will remain focused on over the next few years: increasing prosperity through our economic development efforts, while also steadfastly working to improve equity and affordability. In fact, she called for a total $1 billion in public and private investment to use toward housing affordability, and the creation of commissions focused solely on the issues of economic development and workforce training.
I speak for everyone at Invest Atlanta when I say our organization is excited to begin work on these issues under the leadership of Mayor Bottoms, our new Board Chair. Together, I know we can continue to create the “Atlanta magic” that has helped make our city one of the most vibrant and dynamic in the world.