No word out of Invest Atlanta meeting on review involving related nonprofit

By Maggie Lee

The board of Atlanta’s development agency has held its first meeting since setting up an internal review of an agency-linked nonprofit, but there’s no word yet on any findings or any report.

A photo of the Invest Atlanta logo on a wall

Federal prosecutors are also asking questions about Partners for Prosperity, a nonprofit headquartered at Invest Atlanta. Invest Atlanta’s president and CEO, Eloisa Klementich, is CFO of the nonprofit.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported that the nonprofit sent the city $40,000 city to cover the cost of a controversial and expensive 2017 trip by then-Mayor Kasim Reed and some staff to South Africa.

The feds requested records related to Klementich and the nonprofit in a broad April subpoena to Atlanta City Hall. Prosecutors have for more than a year been looking into spending and procurement under the former mayor’s administration, and four people have been sent to prison.

About a month ago, the board of Invest Atlanta voted to set up an ad-hoc committee of their own members to “review” Partners for Progress.

At a Thursday meeting, the IA board met in a closed executive session.

After about 90 minutes, the public waiting outside, which consisted of two reporters, was informed by Vice President for Marketing and Communications Matt Fogt that the meeting had ended on the other side of the doors.

After voting to close their executive session discussion, the board  immediately voted to end their full meeting, he said.

The board made that second vote without re-opening the doors to the public.

Fogt said that the board took no action between voting to end their executive session and voting to end their full board meeting. Had there been activity in the closed session that required a report to the board, it would have happened in that interval, he said.

Maggie Lee is a freelance reporter who's been covering Georgia and metro Atlanta government and politics since 2008.

2 replies
  1. Chris Johnston says:

    InvestAtlanta has its wagons in a circle. They thought they would have 8 years under Mayor Bottoms like they had under Mayor Reed. They were wrong.Report

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  2. Alice Brown Pickett says:

    Apparently they do have extra time. They simply closed the meeting. They will figure a way out. We elected a person who may want the best, but cannot cross the hard line of going against the people that helped you win the election.Report

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