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Mayor Kasim Reed Announces Winter Weather Response Plan

January 22, 2016

Mayor Kasim Reed announced a plan this morning to close City of Atlanta government offices, including Parks and Recreation facilities and the Municipal Court, at 11 a.m. in response to expected severe winter weather.

The City of Atlanta has been coordinating closely with local and state agencies, including the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency, Atlanta Public Schools, and the Fulton and Dekalb County School Districts. All State of Georgia government offices will close at 12 p.m. noon today, followed by Fulton County government offices closing at 1:30 p.m.

Atlanta Public Schools will dismiss students using a staggered release, with elementary schools students dismissed at 11 a.m., high school students dismissed at 12 p.m., and middle school students dismissed at 1 p.m. Fulton and Dekalb County schools will also dismiss students using a staggered release, closing all schools two hours early.

Mayor Reed asked private employers in the City of Atlanta to release employees at 2 p.m. today, allowing flexibility for employees with students in the Atlanta Public Schools system. Additionally, Mayor Reed advised all City of Atlanta residents to be home by 4 p.m., and once safe at home remain there to allow city and state agencies to treat and clear roads.

The Department of Public Works plans to begin pre-treating priority bridges and priority routes
And operate on 12-hour continual shifts until weather conditions have subsided. The Department of Public Works has nine (9) brine trucks and 23 sand spreaders available for use with approximately 3,000 tons of salt mixture for the city’s 200 center line miles of priority route roadways including 40 bridges, 6 hospitals, and 16 precincts in the Atlanta Police Department.

The City of Atlanta Office of Constituent Services and Department of Parks and Recreation will open the emergency overflow shelter at the Old Adamsville Recreation Center at 5 p.m. today. Capacity limitations at Old Adamsville allows for 100 individuals (men, women and children). Pets are not allowed at the shelter. The address at Old Adamsville Emergency Shelter is 3404 Delmar Lane, Atlanta, GA 30331. For more information, please contact the Office of Constituent Services at 404-330-6023.

Residents and motorists should prepare for winter weather conditions, following these safety tips:

• Plan ahead and allow extra time to reach destinations.
• Make sure you have the proper emergency equipment in your car and home such as extra batteries for cell phones and chains for vehicle tires.
• When driving in icy road conditions, the shortest route is not always the safest. Consider less hilly routes in route planning.
• Slow down! Remember, the faster you are going the longer it takes to stop.

To report icy road conditions inside the City of Atlanta, please call 311. To report downed trees or limbs, please call the Department of Parks at 404-546-6813 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. After hours emergencies should be reported to 911.

Residents should also stay tuned to City of Atlanta Government Access Channel 26 for updates on weather conditions, or the City’s Twitter account at www.twitter.com/CityofAtlanta.

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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