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Atlanta City Council authorizes agreement for mayor's One Atlanta initiative

Gené Hunter

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(ATLANTA, Ga.) During a remote special meeting on Monday, the Atlanta City Council authorized an agreement for community benefit funds.

The funds and legislation were approved for mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms’ One Atlanta initiative. The initiative and funds used would continue over a five-year period with an option to renew for an additional five years.

The legislation is in partnership with Invest Atlanta and is aimed at providing management responsibilities for economic development, affordable housing and workforce development programs across the metro Atlanta area.

Funds used for the programs are not to exceed approximately $23.6 million.

The mayor’s One Atlanta initiative was adopted by the Council earlier this year. The ordinance ratified the mayor’s executive order directing the chief financial officer to allocate $33.5 million from the Community Benefits Funds derived from the City’s Gulch Development agreement.

The One Atlanta initiative aims to provide the following for the city and residents:

  • A safe and welcoming city
  • World-class employees, infrastructure and services
  • An ethical, transparent and fiscally responsible government
  • Thriving neighborhoods, communities, and businesses
  • Residents who are equipped for success

Those agenda items will be executed by the Mayor’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion which was established at the start of Bottoms’ term.

Within the program’s first year, One Atlanta worked to review and implement new policies over the following critical areas:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • Economic Development
  • Health Disparities
  • Homelessness
  • LGBTQ Affairs
  • Workforce Development
  • 2020 Census: ATL Counts

One Atlanta is charged with ensuring more equitable access to economic and workforce development opportunities across the city and developing equity champions across citywide departments.

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