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Thought Leadership Views From Peachtree

A New Look and a Call to Action

By Jim Durrett, President of the Buckhead Coalition and Executive Director of the Buckhead CID

I am excited to unveil the results of a rebranding initiative to better communicate the Buckhead Coalition’s mission and improve engagement with the community. The strategic initiative has taken place over the past several months and involved key stakeholders, Coalition members and business leaders in the Atlanta region. The feedback and process have resulted in the creation of a new look and renewed focus across multiple digital and social platforms, including a completely redesigned website, www.TheBuckheadCoalition.com

I shared our new logo and redesigned website at our quarterly membership meeting last week. The newly launched website serves as a hub, featuring multiple points of interaction to showcase the Coalition’s 125 members and to educate and inform businesses, civic leaders, and the greater Atlanta community on the Coalition’s key initiatives around public safety, homelessness, and the effort to get out the vote. 

And speaking of voting, are you prepared to make an informed choice in the upcoming Atlanta elections?

If you live in the City of Atlanta, you have an important task coming up: Selecting the next Mayor, City Council President and the City Council members that will represent your neighborhood.  Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 2, and early voting begins on Monday, Oct. 12.

Get to know the top mayoral candidates a bit better on October 14 when the Buckhead Business Association and Livable Buckhead co-host a mayoral candidate forum with the support of the Buckhead Coalition and the Buckhead Community Improvement District. Top candidates will be given the opportunity to share their perspectives on issues of importance to Buckhead. The event takes place at the Chastain Horse Park beginning at 7:15 a.m. Reservations are required and tickets can be purchased here.  

If you can’t join the October 14th event, I urge you to avail yourself of many excellent resources to learn more about the candidates and the issues. The Buckhead Coalition is a member of the Committee For A Better Atlanta (CBA), a nonpartisan business coalition that includes Atlanta’s top business and civic organizations. CBA’s mission is to inform political candidates and citizens on issues critical to the successful future of our city.

CBA evaluates candidates’ preparedness for office based on written questionnaires and in-person interviews. Candidates were asked questions regarding their positions related to the CBA Policy Platform, which addresses critical issues in the areas of Public Safety, Economic Development and Recovery, Affordable Housing, Ethics/Transparency, Transportation, City Leadership and Sustainability, among others.

Twelve of the 14 candidates for Atlanta Mayor participated in the CBA process. Five mayoral candidates scored “Excellent” or “Well-Qualified,” as did four of the five candidates for City Council President. Eighty percent of City Council races are contested. Full questionnaires and scores for participating candidates can be seen at CBAtl.org

Here is additional information to help you in this important task as a citizen of Atlanta:

So, do your civic duty. Get informed and vote!


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