2017 Mayor’s Annual State of the City Business Breakfast was held on the first Thursday of this month.
By Anna Kim
Kasim Reed, Mayor of the City of Atlanta, delivered his final State of the City Address on February 2nd, 2017 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Hosted by The Coca Cola Company, the event got off to a great start with the entrance of Mayor Kasim Reed, who was escorted by the Atlanta Police Department.
On that day, it was highly recognized that Mayor Kasim Reed dug his shovel into the ground and cut ribbons on countless projects that improve residents’ quality of life and promoted economic activity.
In actuality, since Kasim Reed was inaugurated in 2010 to become the 59th Mayor of Atlanta, he has increased core city services and transformed the City’s financial health during the worst recession in 80 years. The cash reserves have been increased from $7.4million to $153 million, and credit ratings of the city are the highest they've been in more than two decades.
How about the economic phase?
According to Mr. Reed’s speech, Atlanta owes its economic growth to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. In 2012, the $1.4 billion, 1.2 million square-foot Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal opened in 2015. The airport made history by becoming the first airport to serve 100 million passengers in a single year. This humongous airport is a global gateway, serving on average 284,000 guests daily and providing nonstop service to 150 domestic destinations and nearly 70 international destinations.
This infra construction helped to create more than 33,000 jobs through economic development and community revitalization programs. In 2016, the city added more than 7,700 jobs, bolstered in part by Midtown Atlanta’s rapidly growing technology center. In addition, 17 major companies moved their regional headquarters to Atlanta or announced a headquarters expansion in the city, such as NCR, Porsche, Merchants e-Solutions, GE Digital and Global Payments. These relocations and expansions of the leading businesses engendered 10,000 new jobs.
With all of these achievements, when was the best day as Mayor?
“One of the best days certainly would have been when we passed pension reform. Every time we opened a closed recreation center, or opened a pool that had been shuttered due to our poor financial condition. Those are some of the best days,” said Mr. Reed.
He is going to continue to contribute to shaping Atlanta in a dynamic way, and he will spare no effort in giving generous advice to the next dreamers for the City of Atlanta.
“When you wake up every day, you have the city as your canvas. To draw what you dream on the canvas, you should first get as much information as you can from people who have done good, solid work on a topic, and then build upon it. In the long run, you will be far better off, because your time is finite,” said Mr. Reed.”
Mr. Reed’s leadership will be also marked on the trajectory of what he has achieved.
“Under Mayor Reed’s leadership, the City of Atlanta has expanded its position as a global center for commerce, creating jobs and boosting economic growth,” said Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines. “Delta and the City of Atlanta have grown together over the decades thanks to our unique, historic partnership, and Mayor Reed’s vision and leadership has helped ensure that growth will continue for many years to come.”
Kasim Reed, Mayor of the City of Atlanta, delivers his final State of the City Address.
Hosted by The Coca Cola Company, the event gets off to a great start with the entrance of Mayor Kasim Reed, who is escorted by the Atlanta Police Department.
The Howard University Gospel Choir.