Mayor Reed Launches "Forward Atlanta"

March 30,2011

As the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement, the City of Atlanta has a long tradition of service and philanthropy. We also have a strong history of corporate engagement with partners such The Coca-Cola Company, Turner Broadcasting Systems, Delta Air Lines, and The Home Depot. Nonprofits such as Hands On Atlanta and The United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta have helped to mobilize volunteers and civic efforts for decades.

Atlanta’s secret formula for successful civic engagement resides in the passion and pride of its residents. Many decide to move and build their lives here because of the city’s first-rate colleges and universities, its opportunities for professional growth, and its safe and diverse neighborhoods. Atlanta continues to thrive from the dedication of our citizens and their commitment to make our city better each and every day.

As part of the Cities of Service coalition, I am honored that our city received a Cities of Service Leadership Grant to connect and strengthen relationships between the Office of the Mayor and the philanthropic community. Using the Cities of Service model, we have created our own high-impact, citywide service plan. We will build upon our existing foundation and harness the energy of our citizens to meet our
city’s greatest needs: to develop our youth and beautify our communities. We will impact those areas by continually mobilizing citizens to serve.

My Administration will continue to lead by example and make city government accessible to support the civic good – yet we can always do more. I urge every citizen to empower the generation behind us to achieve greater feats and realize bolder dreams. Whether by mentoring our youth or by beautifying our neighborhoods, every citizen can serve and shape the Atlanta they imagine.

Together, we will move Atlanta forward.

Kasim Reed
Mayor, City of Atlanta

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