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Reed to Lead Group of ATL’s Tech Leaders to Silicon Valley

During his annual State of the City breakfast this week, the Atlanta mayor voiced his commitment to elevating Atlanta’s reputation as the technology hub of the Southeast.

Kasim Reed. Courtesy City of Atlanta
Kasim Reed. Courtesy City of Atlanta
Patch Staff Report

Mayor Kasim Reed assured a roomful of business and civic leaders on Wednesday during his annual State of the City breakfast address that the City of Atlanta has thrived under his leadership in spite of difficult economic times, and outlined a vision that includes tackling a growing problem of repeat criminal offenders.

“Four years ago, I pledged to make the City of Atlanta a safer, stronger, more prosperous city,” said Reed. “Despite the most difficult financial realities we have faced in generations, we worked through the hardships and have set Atlanta on a fundamentally different path. Today, the city is experiencing record lows in violent crime, attracting businesses and jobs for our residents, and maintaining a strong fiscal foundation.”

During his address, Reed also voiced his commitment to elevating Atlanta’s reputation as the technology hub of the Southeast. Next week Reed will lead a delegation of Atlanta’s tech leaders to Silicon Valley in an effort to attract investment for promising Atlanta startups.

During his speech, Reed highlighted major accomplishments of his first term in office which effectively restored the financial foundation of the city and improved public safety. These included:

• Four years of balanced budgets – with no property tax increases – that resulted in growing the city’s cash reserves from $7.4 million in 2010 to $135 million dollars;
• Fulfilled commitment to providing the Atlanta Police Department with full complement of personnel by meeting long-standing goal of 2,000 officers;
• Continued development and expansion of the Atlanta BeltLine;
• Reopened 33 recreational centers and created four Centers of Hope that currently serve more than 1,000 Atlanta youth each week;
• Announced the launch of ATL311 Center, which provide residents with a single point-of-entry for requests and information.

“The business decisions that we make and the hard decisions that we make, affect real people’s lives that we have stewardship for,” stated Reed. “While we have accomplished much together, I look to moving our city forward.”

This year’s breakfast was sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company. Sandy Douglas, President of Coca-Cola North America served as host. 

Information in this story was supplied by the City of Atlanta and edited for publication.

Reality February 22, 2014 at 12:47 AM
What a joke. Reed actually thinks Atlanta is safer.Does he read about all of the gunpoint robberies in Buckhead, Midtown, East Atlanta? And he is holding a tech meeting, his own web page does not work so that citizens and businesses can pay bills timely. I hope he does expand tech so that he can eliminate a lot of jobs in City Hall of useless lazy staff sucking free healthcare and pensions form taxpayers, meanwhile they cannot even answer a phone call properly, let alone transfer the call, big challenge!

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