2017 Award Winners

Each year at the Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration, CAP/ADID honors the leaders and institutions that have had an indelible impact on Downtown Atlanta.

This year, we are proud to honor Ambassador Andrew Young, retired Atlanta Police Chief George Turner and Georgia State University.

The Dan Sweat Award

This prestigious award is given in memory of Dan Sweat, past CAP President, who led the organization and Downtown Atlanta through very tumultuous times in the business and political environment of this City's growth.  Known for his ability to rise above and go beyond his position, Sweat was a dogged competitor to foes and friends alike when it came to the issue of "doing the right thing" for Downtown.

The award, designed to honor his heritage and accomplishments, is given to business and/or organizational leaders who have exhibited those traits and become quiet, effective leaders beyond the scope of their positions in the community.  If a key phrase captures Dan's spirit and the standards on which this award and its past recipients have been based, it would be the ability to become "larger than self" in the pursuit of "doing the right thing for Downtown Atlanta."

The 2017 Dan Sweat Award will be given to Ambassador Andrew Young.

Andrew Young Jr. Biography

Diplomat, Educator, Civil Rights Activist, Mayor, U.S. Representative, Pastor

Andrew Jackson Young Jr., known as Andrew Young Jr., was born in New Orleans, La on March 12, 1932. After graduating from Howard University, Young chose to study at Connecticut's Hartford Theological Seminary and became an ordained minister in 1955. A colleague and friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Young coordinated desegregation efforts throughout the South, eventually becoming the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's executive director and later executive vice president. During this time, he helped draw up the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 

Young was elected to the House of Representatives in 1972, the first African American to represent Georgia in Congress since Reconstruction. When President Jimmy Carter was in office, he chose Young to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. While ambassador, Young advocated for human rights on a global scale, such as sanctions to oppose rule by apartheid in South Africa. Young was elected as Atlanta's mayor in 1981 and was successful in his campaign for Atlanta to host the Olympic Games in 1996.

The author of multiple books and the leader of the equality and economic justice consulting firm Good Works International, Young remains an esteemed civil rights activist. He has received accolades that include the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Springarn Medal. Morehouse College named the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership in his honor, and Young has taught at Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.

The Turner Community Leadership Award

Established in 2003, the award was designed to recognize those in our community who step forward and do good work on Downtown's behalf. Recipients of this award rarely ever show up on the normal radar screen in the corporate and organizational leadership world.  But just because they are out of sight, does not mean the value of service and dedication is any less. Recipients seek and find that delicate balance where neighbor and neighborhood needs intersect with overall broader community needs.

The 2017 Turner Community Leadership Award will be given to retired Atlanta Police Chief George Turner.

George Turner Biography

Retired Police Chief, Atlanta Police Department

George N. Turner was the 23rd Chief of Police for the City of Atlanta from 2010-2016. Highly respected throughout the Atlanta community, Chief Turner’s resilience and leadership qualities continue to instill accountability in the effective delivery of police services. He worked his way up the ladder, serving as former Mayor Andrew Young’s driver on a security detail, overseeing APD’s human resources department, leading the recruitment unit and commanding the Zone 1 precinct in northwest Atlanta. Chief Turner has received numerous commendations and awards from the Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his work on protective details with the various Presidents and high-level officials. He has also worked closely with the State of Georgia and other local law enforcement agencies on a wide array of special assignments and details. 

Born at Grady Memorial Hospital and raised in Perry Homes, Turner’s ties to his hometown run deep. Chief Turner was educated in the Atlanta Public Schools and attended Clark Atlanta University. He holds a Bachelors of Art degree from Saint Leo University in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Public Administration from Columbus State University. He completed the United States Secret Service Academy, Small Detail Training, Police Executive Research Forum (Senior Management Institute) and Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, Command College. He is married to Cathy Turner for 34 years and they are the parents of four adult children and 7 grandchildren. 

The Marcus Downtown Economic Impact Award

In 2008, CAP introduced the Downtown Economic Impact Award to recognize an individual, company or project that has stimulated revitalization efforts that strengthen and advance the community at large. Criteria include a project or significant effort that has left a positive mark on Downtown Atlanta, one that increases rental rates, occupancy, and/or sales per square foot in the space and/or nearby properties. In honor of the significant contributions to Downtown made by Bernie Marcus, the award was renamed in 2016.

The 2017 Marcus Downtown Economic Impact Award will be given to Georgia State University.

About Georgia State

An Enterprising Public Research University

Georgia State University, an enterprising public research university, transforms the lives of students, advances the frontiers of knowledge and strengthens the workforce of the future. The university provides an outstanding education and exceptional support for students from all backgrounds. Georgia State readies students for professional pursuits, educates future leaders, and prepares citizens for lifelong learning. With one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation, the university enrolls more than 50,000 students in undergraduate, graduate, associate, professional and certificate programs.

As one of the Southeast’s premier public research institutions, Georgia State generates an annual economic impact on metro Atlanta of $2.45 billion and ranks among the nation’s top 100 public universities to award doctoral degrees. The university offers more than 250 degree programs in 100 fields of study, and students may enroll part-time or full-time in day or evening classes.

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