As your Council President, I make a daily commitment to leave no one behind as our city grows and prospers. I have started a Back-to-Business program that provides over 1,000 small and medium businesses with the opportunity to learn and grow within the city and throughout the state. I have helped create initiatives to increase small businesses and minority and veteran owned businesses. I also have implemented inclusionary polices to foster job creation and skills building in underserved communities in the city and been a champion for legislation requiring employers to pay employees a livable wage.
Atlanta continues to top the list as having the biggest income gap between the city’s rich and poor. Atlanta’s economy has grown dramatically in the last couple of years, but far too many residents find themselves on the outside of the city’s growth.
Our most economically vulnerable residents are often forced to fend for themselves when it comes to getting the training and resources they need and connecting with existing opportunities. As your Mayor, I will work with nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses to find solutions to solve the city’s increasing income inequality problem.
As a practicing real estate and finance attorney, I understand the value of Tax Allocation Districts (TADs) and the economic support they provide to our communities all across Atlanta. In fact, as a member of City Council I created four of the city’s ten TADs to spur revitalization in underdeveloped communities.
I am pleased to report that my campaign has been endorsed by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), which is the largest city of Atlanta workers union!
Caring for the well-being of our residents must be a high priority for the next administration. With your help, I will make Atlanta a clean, green and thriving city, by implementing 21st century cost savings principals to increase the city’s solar power and renewable energy.
While new development is a good indicator of a strong local economy and will always be welcomed in our city, we must send a strong message to developers that Atlanta and its people are not for sale! Development should not be encouraged at the expense of our residents.
In 2016, Atlanta was ranked the top 8 out of 30 best cities for small business entrepreneurs for retail, scientific services, healthcare and construction by Small Biz Trends. Atlanta’s small businesses should see City Hall as a partner and not a barrier to their growth.
Atlanta has a serious blight problem, and our residents are rightly concerned. Vacant and abandoned properties are huge barriers for economic development in our city. Through partnerships with state legislators, the Atlanta Housing Authority, Habitat for Humanity, the Land Bank Authority, and Invest Atlanta, I will turn blighted properties into beacons of light for the community.
Atlanta currently has unequal access to quality medical centers because most of our hospitals are located in midtown and downtown, which is not always the most convenient options for seniors and residents without transportation.
The Professional Association of City Employees (P.A.C.E.) formally announced its endorsement of Ceasar Mitchell for Mayor of Atlanta. The P.A.C.E. executive board unanimously voted to endorse Ceasar Mitchell because of his record advocating for and implementing policies that benefit working families.
Atlanta continues to top the list as having the widest gap between its wealthiest and poorest residents in the United States. We must attack poverty head on by providing real support programs for job training and providing assistance to our most vulnerable residents.
According to a 2016 Study conducted by WalletHub, Atlanta ranks as the 4th neediest city among 150 cities. In the absence of more affordable housing options or transitional housing, many of our neediest residents take to the street for shelter.