CAP &ADIDPresent“A New View” of Downtown at Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration
Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) hosted their 2024 Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration on January 31st at the recently opened Signia by Hilton Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center.
The signature event highlighted the organization’s recent accomplishments, ranging from street-level enhancements like bike lanes and sidewalks to continued progress on the larger-than-life infrastructure project known as The Stitch.
Over 750 attendees were welcomed by Dr. Brian Davis, CAP Board Chairman and President and CEO of the Georgia Aquarium. Mayor Andre Dickens gave remarks, and attendees were served an elegant 3-course lunch highlighting the new hotel’s culinary offerings. CAP’s 2024-25 Board of Directors and Executive Committee were also installed. Click here to view the full list of CAP’s Board of Directors.
CAP and ADID President A.J. Robinson then delivered his keynote address, reflecting on Downtown Atlanta’s continued evolution from simply a business hub into a more vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood. “It’s rapidly becoming a diverse community buzzing with residents and students, providing a unique blend of entertainment and art, and blossoming at the intersection of culture and trade,” Robinson said.
Robinson also touched on the upcoming 2026 World Cup and how Atlanta can get ready to host the international soccer community. “Collaboration is particularly important in these preparations,” Robinson noted, adding it will take both public and private partners to make the multi-day event a success.
During the program, Georgia-Pacific was presented with the Dan & TallySweat Award, which was accepted by Curly Dossman, Georgia-Pacific's Vice President of Community Relations. The Marcus Downtown Economic Impact Award went to Craig Jones, ADID’s longtime board chair. Warner Bros. Discovery presented the Downtown Community Leadership Award to Bem Joiner, co-founder of Atlanta Influences Everything.
CAP & ADID Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Ball delivered the annual ADID update, reflecting upon a successful year of placemaking activities and other initiatives. Ball also encouraged attendees to provide feedback on the Stitch at Stitch.MySocialPinpoint.com.
ADID award winners—Lorne Coleman, William Lawson, Rodney Wolfe,APD Officers Ayesha Abdul-Hakeem and Ariel McDonald—were also recognized for their outstanding work.
The 2024 CAP/ADID Annual Meeting was made possible through the generous support of Gold Level sponsors PNC Bank, Georgia Power, and The Coca-Cola Company; Silver Level sponsors Georgia-Pacific, Selig Enterprises, and Signia by Hilton Atlanta; and Bronze Level sponsors Atlanta Business Chronicle, Grady Health System, H. J. Russell & Co., Jacobs, and Rough Draft Atlanta.