Mayor’s Office of Communications
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 07/17/12
Mayor Kasim Reed Joins Atlanta Business League
for Transportation Referendum Endorsement
ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed joined Leona Barr-Davenport and Thomas Dortch Jr. of the Atlanta Business League today for the 79-year-old business association’s official endorsement of the Regional Transportation Referendum on July 31, 2012.
“I am tired of folks rooting against this region, especially when those on the other side of the debate haven’t put up a solution to our traffic and connectivity issues,” said Mayor Reed. “So I applaud the Atlanta Business League, which represents African-American business in our region, for really stepping up and supporting this referendum. They understand that if we don’t improve our competitive edge with job creation and wage growth, we won’t deal with our infrastructure issues or recover the thousands of jobs we have lost in this region since 2007.”
Fulton County Chairman John Eaves; Michael Russell, CEO of H.J. Russell & Co.; and Nancy Flake Johnson, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, also joined Mayor Reed and the league for the announcement.
If the Regional Transportation Referendum passes on July 31, it is estimated that more than $7.2 billion will be invested over a 10-year period across the 10-county Atlanta metropolitan region with 15 percent going directly to municipalities. In addition to regional projects, the City of Atlanta is expected to receive more than $9 million every year for 10 years, or about $94 million total, dedicated for local projects.
“The reality is the potential financial and economic impact for our communities is huge,” said Thomas W. Dortch Jr., board chair for the Atlanta Business League. “We want our stakeholders to understand why the TIA vote is critical, how it will affect their day-to-day lives and the black community as a whole, and how we will benefit if the TIA Referendum passes.”
The Atlanta Business League was established in 1933 as an affiliate of the National Business League, which was founded by Dr. Booker T. Washington. The league fosters the growth, creation and development of successful business enterprises owned, operated and managed by African Americans in metropolitan Atlanta.
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