Founder’s Day: Atlanta Mayor Reed Announces Two Partnerships with Georgia Tech
City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed spoke at the 2011 Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts Founder’s Day awards luncheon March 15 announcing that the City will partner with Georgia Tech on a Westside Communities Alliance and on celebrating the upcoming 50th anniversary of Ivan Allen Jr.’s election as Mayor of Atlanta.
Mayor Reed announced the City’s commitment to the Westside Communities Alliance, a new initiative spearheaded by Ivan Allen College Dean Jacqueline J. Royster and College of Architecture Dean Alan Balfour. The initiative is designed to engage a broad coalition of civic, business, and community partners in cohesive efforts to create and sustain improvements in the distressed Westside neighborhoods which are located near Georgia Tech and include English Avenue, Home Park, Vine City, and Centennial Park. Mayor Reed designated as his liaison to the Alliance his Chief Services Officer for the City of Atlanta, Amy Phuong, who is an alumna of the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and a former president of the Georgia Tech Student Government Association President. Mayor Reed said that the has charged Phuong with building “a robust community engagement.”
Mayor Reed also announced that the city will partner with the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and Georgia Tech in marking the 50th anniversary of Ivan Allen Jr.’s election to Mayor of Atlanta which will occur in January 2012. Mayor Reed said that Mayor Allen’s “acts of social courage created the Atlanta that was too busy to hate and shaped our openness and willingness to embrace other cultures and races. It fast tracked the city’s social progress and economic development and set Atlanta apart. It put us on the path we’re on.” Mayor Reed spoke directly to the Allen family who were present at the luncheon saying that “you should carry in your heart” the affection that so many Atlantans have for Ivan Allen Jr. and his father, Ivan Allen Sr.
Mayor Reed congratulated Senator Nunn as the inaugural recipient of the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage, praising him as “a true global statesman” whose “work helps to ensure the security of our nation and the security of the world. It also sends an important message to the nation and the world that an individual of his stature and intellect comes from our own Georgia Tech and the State of Georgia.” Mayor Reed thanked the Senator for his dedication through the years to work on behalf of Atlanta and Georgia saying that he is “an exemplar and represents the best of us who have the ability to hold public office.”
Mayor Reed’s announcements were a highlight of the two-days of events on March 14-15 celebrating the 2011 Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts Founder’s Day and Georgia Tech’s inaugural presentation of the new Allen Prize. Marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ivan Allen Jr., the events focused on ongoing global challenges and celebrated the Ivan Allen Jr. legacy of conscientious and socially courageous leadership.
Photo: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed
Videos of Founder's Day Luncheon including remarks by Mayor Reed and the Honorable Sam Nunn, as well as videos of the Allen Prize Symposium including remarks by Admiral James G. Stavridis and the Ivan Allen College Cross-College Research Roundtable are being posted to the Ivan Allen College website. The Founder's Day schedule and programs are also available on the website. If the segment you are interested in have not yet been posted, please check back. http://www.iac.gatech.edu/news-and-events/annual-founders-day/videos.
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