6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Moderated by journalist Maria Saporta, this year’s Vision for Atlanta panel discussion will feature Atlanta’s 2017 mayoral candidates. The annual program offers a captivating discussion on issues such as community development, historic preservation, design excellence, affordability and sustainability.
Register now to attend the highly-anticipated discussion. The event will include networking, beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Attendance is $10 for students; $25 for AIA members; and $35 for the general public.
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Participating candidates include:
Peter Aman has an unparalleled depth of experience inside and outside City Hall, and has served as a trusted adviser first to Mayor Shirley Franklin helping to save taxpayers millions of dollars. In 2010, he took a leave of absence as a partner at Bain and Company to join the administration of Mayor Kasim Reed as chief operating officer of the City of Atlanta, where he helped build a better-trained and larger police department with the latest technology, improved fire response times, guided the city to a financially-sound operating position and focused on improving neighborhoods, from parks to recreation centers.
John Eaves, PhD
As the chairman of the Fulton County Commission, John H. Eaves, Ph.D. has led Fulton County to pass the regions boldest transportation plan, transformed the criminal justice system, presided over the resurrection of Grady Memorial Hospital, improved conditions at the Fulton County Jail which lifted a decade of federal supervision, lowered its business and property taxes, and piloted initiatives to eliminate HIV/AIDS in metro Atlanta. Re-elected as Fulton County chairman in 2014 with 63 percent of the vote, he is running for mayor to continue fighting for what’s important to you and your families every day.
Vincent Fort has been the Georgia Senate’s leading fighter for progressive values for the past two decades. He led the fight with Governor Roy Barnes to pass the nation’s toughest law against predatory lenders, and he has worked with activists and experts to reform local law enforcement practices. Senator Fort was the first Georgia legislator to sponsor a bill to create a state hate crimes law. He currently serves as the Minority Whip of the Georgia Senate, the second highest ranking position in the Democratic Caucus. Senator Fort has represented parts of the City of Atlanta and south Fulton County since 1996.
The Honorable Kwanza Hall represents some of the most dynamic neighborhoods in the heart of Atlanta, including Downtown, Midtown, the Old Fourth Ward, Poncey-Highland, Inman Park and Candler Park. A councilmember of the Atlanta City Council for three terms, he has been recognized for leadership in many arenas, including economic inclusion, workforce development, urban design, greenspace advocacy, and arts and culture. In 2013, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation recognized his “Year of Boulevard” initiative as one of the ten best community-driven initiatives led by elected municipal officials across the United States.
Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell has served the Atlanta community for over 15 years, first serving two terms in the Council Post 1, a citywide council seat. Through the years, Mitchell has been a visionary leader and public servant, whose unwavering dedication to creating a better Atlanta is reflected in his commitment to initiatives targeting child safety, community policing, economic development, education and more. Professionally, Mitchell is an attorney with the global law firm of DLA Piper, LLP, specializing in commercial real estate, project finance and public sector transactions.
Mary Norwood transforms ideas into action. She brings 30+ years of leadership and success in the media business, community organizations and politics to create innovative solutions for Atlanta’s most critical issues. Her top mayoral priority is government transparency: a forensic audit of all funds; rebuild the budget from the ground up; post all checks online and overhaul the contract bidding process. An independent voice, Norwood will significantly improve how responsive and accountable Atlanta government is to businesses, neighborhoods and all citizens.
As a past senior advisor to the Mayor of Atlanta, Michael Sterling provided guidance on criminal justice and labor policy, advised our city’s elected leaders on judicial and commission appointments, and helped manage local, state and federal relationships for the City of Atlanta. Among his numerous accomplishments, he served as our city’s liaison to the United States Conference of Mayors, led the effort on behalf of the City of Atlanta to reauthorize a one percent Municipal Option Sales Tax, and helped the city to establish its first Office of Entertainment to support the thriving film and recording industries.
As president of the Atlanta City Council, the first woman to hold that position, Cathy championed the Atlanta BeltLine. Among the accomplishments of this small business owner and non-profit organization executive includes the “Dirty Dozen” pilot program to fix the worst code violations in the city, her Energy Conservation program cutting emissions at city facilities, the passage of the comprehensive civil rights bill in the state of Georgia, and the overseeing of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as the Chair of the Transportation Committee.
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