No word out of Invest Atlanta meeting on review involving related nonprofitInvest Atlanta, the city's development authority, is looking to find foreign nationals who will invest in Atlanta developments in exchange for U.S. residency. File/Credit: Maggie Lee
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.
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.