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Closing Comments from the 11.16.21 BOC Meeting

Good Afternoon Everyone:

Today I will begin my comments by announcing two food distribution events in my district for this Saturday, November 20th at 10am. My office is thrilled to have partnered with Pastor Jerome E. King and the Outreach Ministry of the Potter’s House Community Development Center Inc at Mount Moriah Baptist Church to host a Thanksgiving food distribution in time for the holiday. This event will also address a big need in District 4, which is to get more people vaccinated. COVID vaccines, third shots, and boosters are available for ages 12 and up. Flu shots will be available on site as well. $100 gift cards will also be available for those who get the COVID vaccine while supplies last, so get there early. This is a drive through event, so come with an empty trunk. Also, DJ Sugabear while be playing great music to entertain you while you wait in line. My office has also partnered with Pastor Kenneth Samuel and his Community Outreach Ministry at Victory for the World Church to host at Turkey and Food Distribution event at Freedom Middle School. More information about both of these events will be available across our communications platforms.

It was amazing to join the Memorial Drive Event Boosters for a wonderful fellowship event at The Atrium on Memorial Drive on November 9th. The event boosters are one of the Community Actions Groups that was formed after BOC adoption of the Memorial Drive Revitalization Plan last September. I was overjoyed to see so many people who were in attendance to embrace this initiative. As I said in my remarks that evening, a major element that has been missing from previous attempts to revitalize Memorial Drive is what I call sustained citizen engagement. Therefore, I could not be prouder of these citizens for taking on these important leadership roles to help continue to push this initiative forward. In particular, I want to commend and thank group Chair, Shanta Lana Hereford for her leadership in organizing that evening’s event, as well as all the committee members who assisted in that effort. I also want to thank Atrium Owner Terry Brantley for allowing the event to take place in his beautiful space. I look forward to more great things regarding Memorial Drive in the future.

Over the weekend, I was able to attend the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) Reconnect Conference in Savannah, GA. It was indeed great to reconnect with fellow commissioners from around the state and share our experiences, which in many ways are very similar. I also enjoyed the opportunity to continue my development in this role by taking training classes on The Benefits of Land Use & Planning and Managing Growth. Even after nearly five years in office, I know that there is still much for me to learn. And the ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy affords us that opportunity, for which I am appreciative. Also, during the conference it was great to spend some time catching up with my friend, former student, and Cobb County Chairwoman, Lisa Cupid. When she was a graduate student sitting in the class that I taught at Georgia State University all those years ago, I could tell that she was headed for greatness. I know that Lisa is in public service for the right reasons. And I could not be prouder of the job she is doing as Chair of the third largest county in the State of Georgia. I wish her continues success in that role.

If you need any information or assistance you may call my office at 404-371-4749 or visit my website at l will close today by once again, thanking the citizens of District 4 for affording me this opportunity to serve. It is indeed an honor.

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