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Mayor Kasim Reed Participates in 2014 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland

January 22, 2014

Mayor Kasim Reed announced today that he will participate in the 2014 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland from January 21-25, 2014. The theme of this year’s meeting is “The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business.” Mayor Reed joins more than 2,500 participants from almost 100 countries representing business, government, academia and civil society, including more than 30 heads of state or government and more than 1,500 business leaders. As the first Atlanta Mayor to participate in the World Economic Forum, Reed will speak on the ascendency of cities and the ways in which metropolitan regions drive economic, political, social, and cultural trends and public policy on a global scale.

“It is an honor to be invited to participate in the global problem-solving conversations that will take place in Davos,” said Mayor Reed. “Without question, the economic future of our nation and world is determined by the success of cities. I believe that mayors and government leaders are in a stronger position than ever before to leverage the positive impacts of urbanization and address the challenges that face us.”

At the forum, Mayor Reed will participate in six sessions, including:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Golden Triangle Partnerships: Bringing Together Business, Government and Civil Society to Create Shared Value

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Re-imagining Employment: International Business Council Exchange with Leaders from Sub-National Governments, Academic Institutions and other Civil Society Stakeholders

Thursday, January 23, 2014
Future of Urban Development: Mayors Guide to New Models for City Problem-Solving
Innovative solutions to common urban problems are emerging around the world, from mobile applications and “smart city” technologies, to radical new forms of governance and citizen engagement.

The Millennial Challenge: How Can the Public and Private Sectors Address the Youth Unemployment Crisis?

The Leadership, Trust and Performance Equation Project
In the wake of the economic crisis, public trust in business and government has been damaged. This session will present the progress of the Leadership, Trust and Performance Equation project, which has focused on understanding why there is a fundamental disconnect between how the public and business understand trust, and how a new model of trust-building could look.

Friday, January 24, 2014
Hyperconnected Travel & Transportation in Action
Building on an analysis of four possible scenarios of what the world of travel and transportation could look like in 2025, the Connected World project identified cross-industry solutions which will significantly change how we will travel and transport goods.

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Mayor Kasim Reed Participates in the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

August 28, 2013

Mayor Kasim Reed joined President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, President Jimmy Carter, members of the King family and other civil rights leaders today at the “Let Freedom Ring” Commemoration and Call to Action at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. The event honored the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

“Dr. King’s primary legacy will be as the remover of burdens and the healer of scars,” said Mayor Reed. “He gave an extraordinary gift to all people, regardless of race, ethnicity or class, and that is what we are celebrating today. Dr. King is a hero for all seasons and for all people — and he happens to be from the city of Atlanta.”

Atlanta has often been referred to as “the cradle of the civil rights movement.” From 1940-1970, local and national leaders in the city worked to increase African-American voting power, gain access to public facilities and institutions, and increase economic opportunities for the black community. With the support of churches, social institutions, political organizations, and businesses of Auburn Avenue, as well as the colleges and universities of the Atlanta University Center, the city helped lead the national movement for equal protection and opportunity under the law.

Since 1977, a number of Atlanta-based civil rights luminaries have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The award is the nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. Winners of the award who call Atlanta home include Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., former Ambassador Andrew Young, Congressman John Lewis, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Rev. C.T. Vivian and baseball legend Hank Aaron.

Mayor Reed and Atlanta Police Chief George Turner also met with President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday at the White House to discuss strategies to reduce youth violence.