Downtown Atlanta Entering New “Golden Era”

March 12,2019

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Downtown Atlanta Entering New “Golden Era”

CAP/ADID Leadership Celebrates a Redefined Downtown at Annual Meeting


ATLANTA (March 12, 2019) - Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) hosted their 2019 Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration today at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Themed Downtown Redefined, CAP’s signature event highlighted the organization’s recent accomplishments, which range from a new brand identity and website to reaching key milestones for signature projects like The Stitch and Arts & Entertainment Atlanta.   

After a networking breakfast, attendees were welcomed by CAP Board Chair Rich McKay and City of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. CAP/ADID President A.J. Robinson then delivered his keynote address, sharing his belief that Downtown Atlanta has entered a new “golden era” of economic prosperity and community support.

“For decades, Downtown was an island unto itself, cut off from Midtown and Buckhead by the Connector,” Robinson said. “Now, the market is the healthiest it’s ever been, and there’s a confidence in what we offer that is inspiring investment in long dormant neighborhoods.”

During the program, former Metro Atlanta Chamber and Central Atlanta Progress President Sam Williams was presented with the 2019 Dan Sweat Award, and the Marcus Downtown Economic Impact Award was given to Georgia Aquarium. Turner Broadcasting System’s Vice President and Global Human Resources Officer, Angela Santone, presented the Turner Community Leadership Award to Vince Smith, inaugural Executive Director of the Gateway Center.

ADID Board Member Harry Anderson delivered the annual ADID update, reflecting, in particular, on the role of the organization during Super Bowl LIII. “ADID played a key role in the event by providing enhanced public safety and cleanliness support,” said Anderson, “as well as serving as the primary private sector coordinator for public safety efforts.”

 ADID award winners—Bryant Garrott, Milton Owens Jr., and Atlanta Police Officer Tony Worthem—were also recognized.

Attendees were sent home with CAP/ADID’s 2018 Annual Report that captures the year’s key projects, as well as its member organizations and Board of Directors.

The 2019 CAP/ADID Annual Meeting was presented by Delta Air Lines and made possible through the generous support of Gold Level sponsors PNC Financial Services Group, Selig Enterprises, and Troutman Sanders. Silver Level sponsors include Legacy Ventures, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Alston & Bird LLP, IKE Smart City, CallRail, SunTrust Bank, HOK, Georgia-Pacific, Jacobs, tvsdesign, and Balfour Beatty. Bronze Level sponsors are Jones Day, The Integral Group LLC, McGuireWoods Consulting, My Friend’s Nephew, Dentons, Bixon Hughes Goodman LLP, Silverman Construction Program Management Inc., Novare Group, Pond & Company, Bisnow Atlanta, and Lionstar Films.

A media kit for the 2019 CAP Annual Meeting is available online. This press release, along with the official CAP leadership slate, 2018 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.


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.

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