Mayor Kasim Reed: 30 Highlights to Date
June 9, 2012
1. Recruited 615 new police officers; bringing the force to 1,959 officers, just 41 officers short of the Mayor’s goal of 2000 officers.
2. Re-opened every closed city of Atlanta recreation center as a safe haven for young people, including 7 outdoor pools.
3. Increased the city’s reserves from $7.6 million to more than $94 million.
4. Successfully initiated a series of sweeping reforms to address the city’s $1.5 billion unfunded pension liability.
5. 2012 Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Louis E. Martin Great America Award recipient.
6. Governing Magazine Public Official of the Year 2011.
7. Mayor Reed was named to “The Grio 100: History Makers in the Making.”
8. Won a $9 million S.A.F.E.R. grant from the federal government and hired 75 new firefighters.
9. Launched the groundbreaking and construction of the Atlanta Street car with federal funding of more than $46 million.
10. Opened the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal on May 16, 2012 on Mayor Reed’s stated time and budget.
11. Negotiated a 13-year extension to Atlanta’s federal consent decree.
12. Passed the reauthorization of the Municipal Option Sales Tax with 86% support, netting approximately $100 million per year for Atlanta’s Watershed Department for the next four years.
13. Succeeded in selling City Hall East for approximately $27 million.
14. Hosted the “Forever Young” Senior Citizens Ball; enables 4,000 of Atlanta’s seniors to remain healthy, active, and informed.
15. Host the Senior Fair and Older Atlantans Month; welcomes over 1,200 senior citizens to City Hall for entertainment, educational, and health services.
16. Awarded the Bloomberg Philanthropic Grant for over $3 million to launch the Innovation Delivery Team aimed at reducing street homelessness and improving customer service for the city of Atlanta.
17. Completely eradicated the backlog of over 5,500 code complaint violations and rolled the Code Enforcement Division into the Police Department.
18. Launched two pilot programs for the Centers of Hope, focused on academic, character development, and fitness.
19. Launched the “See Something/Say Something” campaign, the “Clean Car “ campaign, and “Smart 911”.
20. Launched the public private partnership with TweetMyJobs to immediately connect local businesses that are hiring with city residents seeking employment.
21. Restructured the Atlanta Development Authority to Invest Atlanta.
22. Reformed building permitting legislation to allow registered applicants to receive a permit within 10 business days.
23. Over 103,000 adults, dislocated workers, and youth customers were served through employment and training activities at Atlanta Workforce Development Agency’s (AWDA) One Stop Center.
24. AWDA received over 9.5 million dollars in funding from the Georgia Department of Labor – Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS), Atlanta Housing Authority, Seagram’s Pursuit of Excellence, Seedco, and corporate donations for the Mayor’s Youth Program for high school seniors.
25. Named Chairman of the Transportation and Communications Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors .
26. Working with federal and state officials on the deepening of the Savannah River for the expansion of the port.
27. Launched “Empower to Change Sustainability” initiative that helped reduced electricity consumption by 10%.
28. Featured on national programs such as “Meet the Press” and the “Charlie Rose Show.”
29. Hosted Faith-Based Partnership and Quarterly Roundtables with clergy.
30. Atlanta’s felony crimes are at the lowest they have been since 1969.