A Rediscovery of Downtown Showcased at CAP/ADID’S 2018 Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration

March 29,2018

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A Rediscovery of Downtown Showcased at 
CAP/ADID’S 2018 Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration
More than 700 in attendance at CAP’s pinnacle event

ATLANTA (March 29, 2018) - Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) hosted their 2018 Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration today at the Georgia World Congress Center’s Sidney Marcus Auditorium. 

Themed Rediscover Downtown, CAP’s signature event highlighted the organization’s recent accomplishments, which range from the Downtown Atlanta Master Plan community engagement effort to Woodruff Park improvements.   

After a networking breakfast, attendees were welcomed by CAP Board Chair Rich McKay, who installed CAP’s 2018 leadership, including its Executive Committee. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms took the stage to greet attendees, sharing words of appreciation for the business community and lauding Shirley Franklin for her legacy as former Mayor of Atlanta.

CAP/ADID President A.J. Robinson then delivered his keynote address, highlighting why now, more than ever, people are rediscovering their love for Downtown Atlanta’s vibrancy, history, authenticity, accessibility, and vitality.

“It’s tempting to say that Downtown is experiencing a ‘renaissance’ or ‘revitalization,’” Robinson said. “Rather, what I think is occurring is a true rediscovery of Downtown and its historic role in the ecosystem of Atlanta.”

Following these remarks, former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin was presented with the 2018 Dan Sweat Award, and the Marcus Downtown Economic Impact Award was given to Grady Health System. Turner Broadcasting System’s Senior Vice President of Real Estate, Lisa Harris, presented the Turner Community Leadership Award to Mary Ann Hearn of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau.

ADID Chair Craig Jones delivered the annual ADID update, sharing that, “So much has changed in the post-Olympic era, which means that our role here is more relevant than ever.” ADID award winners—Rozlyn Smith, Charlie Smith, and Atlanta Police Department Zone 5 Officer Erickie T. Godfrey, Sr.—were also recognized.

Attendees were sent home with CAP/ADID’s 2017 Annual Report that captures the year’s key projects, as well as its members and board. 

The 2018 CAP/ADID Annual Meeting was presented by Delta Air Lines and made possible through the generous support of Gold Level sponsors Jones Lang LaSalle, NCR Corporation, Selig Enterprises, Troutman Sanders, and Active Productions and Design. Silver Level sponsors include Alston & Bird LLP, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Cooper Carry, Cox Enterprises, Georgia-Pacific, Georgia’s Own Credit Union, Jacobs, Legacy Ventures, PNC Financial Services Group, Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP, and SunTrust Bank. Bronze Level sponsors are Bank of America, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, The Integral Group LLC, Jones Day, Novare Group, Outfront Media, Silverman Construction Program Management Inc., and tvsdesign.

For a full list of CAP’s 2018 Leadership roster, visit atlantadowntown.com/cap-board.

A media kit for the 2018 CAP Annual Meeting is available online. This press release, along with the official CAP leadership slate, 2017 Annual Report and the award winners’ photos and tribute videos are available now. Additional assets, including photos from the event, will be available shortly after the conclusion of the event. 

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About Central Atlanta Progress / Atlanta Downtown Improvement District: Central Atlanta Progress, Inc., is a Downtown business association with approximately 240 members. Its mission is to champion a vibrant community with strong leadership and sustainable infrastructure that is safe, livable, diverse, economically viable, accessible, clean, hospitable and entertaining. The Atlanta Downtown Improvement District is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable corporation created by CAP to make Downtown safer, cleaner and more hospitable.