Major Accomplishments Highlights

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Fiscal Year 2013

New Stadium: Negotiated multiple agreements to develop and fund a successor facility to the Georgia Dome including a Funding Agreement, Bond Proceeds Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding.  The agreements among multiple parties including the Atlanta Falcons, Georgia World Congress Center Authority and Invest Atlanta provide for neighborhood funding and infrastructure improvements.

Department of Labor Settlement: Settled a dispute with the U.S. Department of Labor regarding $11.3 Million Dollars of disallowed costs and expenditures from Welfare to Work and Workforce Investment Act grants to the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency.  The USDOL determined that all costs were properly supported and reduced the disallowed costs to $0.

Consent Decree Amendment: Secured an amendment to the 1999 federal wastewater consent decree that allows City to spread $446 Million Dollars of required sewer repairs and improvements over an additional and unprecedented 13-year period.  Allows flexibility for the City to improve long-term financial health of water/sewer system, relieve the ratepayer burden and prioritize infrastructure improvements.

Airport Procurement Litigation: Resolved legal challenges to over Three Billion Dollars of airport food and beverage concessions procurements related to the new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal.  The international terminal’s gross revenue from May 2012 to March 2013 included concessions and facility rental revenue of approximately $50,520,109.   As of March 2013, approximately 1,600 permanent jobs have been created as a result of the opening of the international terminal.  Additional jobs and revenue will be created as concessions locations complete construction and open for business.

Hollingsworth v. City of Atlanta: Won a jury trial in a $1,000,000 claim arising from an alleged fall.

Watershed Billing Litigation: Resolved lawsuit involving overdue water/sewer bills of an apartment complex resulting in a payment of approximately $500,000 to the City and repair of infrastructure.

City of Atlanta Local Government Seminar: Developed and sponsored, along with the City of Atlanta Ethics Office, a seminar on Local Government Law for Atlanta City Council members, attorneys and other city staff.  Presenters from the Law Department educated attendees on subjects including open records, open meetings, contract compliance and immigration law enforcement in public contracting.  the seminar was approved by the state bar of Georgia for continuing legal education credit.

Camp Legal Defense Fund, Inc. v. City of Atlanta: Prevailed against the Coalition for the Abolition of Marijuana Prohibition Legal Defense Fund (“CAMP”) in its attempt to force the city to allow CAMP to have the Great Atlanta Pot Festival in Freedom Park. The Federal Court found that the city’s actions were lawful and did not discriminate against CAMP because of its message.

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