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Closing Comments from the 6.28.2022 BOC Meeting

Good afternoon, everyone:

I will start my comments today by congratulating my friend Tharon Johnson for five years in business as CEO of Paramount Consulting. The company hosted a wonderful celebration on June 14 that I was honored to attend.

Tharon Johnson and Commissioner Bradshaw at the Paramount Consulting Reception
Tharon Johnson and Commissioner Bradshaw at the Paramount Consulting Reception

For any new business to remain in business for five years is an accomplishment and is therefore a testament to Tharon’s business acumen and hard work. I wish him many more years of success in the future.

On June 18 it was a pleasure to join my fellow National Council of Negro Women DeKalb Section members for their annual Signature Tea with A "Hat-Titude". It was a wonderful event at the Lithonia Rose Garden and I want to commend our President Derrica Williams for her leadership and for hosting such a lovely event.

Derrica Williams and Commissioner Bradshaw
Commissioner Bradshaw at NCNW DeKalb Section's Signature Tea with a "Hat-Titude" event with Derrica Williams
At NCNW DeKalb Section's Signature Tea with a "Hat-Titude" event with Derrica Williams

The event also afforded me the opportunity to convert my membership in this outstanding organization to that of Life Member, and more importantly, to rock a cool hat myself. Seriously, it was a delightful event in a beautiful setting and I was very honored to attend.

June 18 was also the day that we celebrated Juneteenth all over DeKalb County. I was able to attend and speak at events in Tucker, Clarkston, and Stone Mountain. I think we all understand the significance of this date in American history. And I want to thank and commend the leadership of these respective cities for celebrating this day of freedom.

Commissioner Bradshaw speaking at the 2022 Juneteenth Jubilee with CEO Michael Thurmond and Commissioner Robert Patrick
Commissioner Bradshaw speaking at the 2022 Juneteenth Jubilee with CEO Michael Thurmond and Commissioner Robert Patrick
Celebrating Juneteenth in Tucker with Councilwoman Virginia Rece, in  Clarkston with Mayor Beverly H. Burks and Councilwoman Debra Johnson, and  Stone Mountain with Councilwoman Chakira Johnson
Celebrating Juneteenth in Tucker with Councilwoman Virginia Rece, in Clarkston with Mayor Beverly H. Burks and Councilwoman Debra Johnson, and Stone Mountain with Councilwoman Chakira Johnson

I would also like to take this opportunity to commend and thank my friend and esteemed colleague Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson for having the foresight to lead the push for the recognition of Juneteenth here in DeKalb County. In fact, we did it before the federal government, making DeKalb a trailblazer once again.

Later that day I attended a wonderful fellowship cook out at Wade Walker Park under the pavilion near the tennis courts which was hosted by my friend Former State Representative Earnest “Coach” Williams. I can report that the company was great and the food was excellent. Also, even though I have not played competitive tennis in many years, one of these days I will return to hit tennis balls with the crew.

Earnest "Coach" Williams and Commissioner Bradshaw at Wade Walker Park
Earnest "Coach" Williams and Commissioner Bradshaw at Wade Walker Park

On June 24 we hosted a bus tour of the Memorial Drive Corridor for some of the major commercial property owners. This is a part of our continued drive to stand up a potential Community Improvement District (CID) on the corridor which is a component of our overall drive to Revitalize the Memorial Drive Corridor.

Memorial Drive Corridor Revitalization Tour gets underway
Memorial Drive Corridor Revitalization Tour gets underway
Commissioner Bradshaw hosts a discussion with commercial property owners after concluding the Memorial Drive Corridor Revitalization Tour
Commissioner Bradshaw hosts a discussion with commercial property owners after concluding the Memorial Drive Corridor Revitalization Tour

The tour was very successful and underscores the unlimited potential of the area. I want to thank Larry Washington from our Planning Department, Malaika Rivers from Lexicon Strategies, and my Chief of Staff Alesia Brooks for the planning and the execution of the tour. I will continue to keep you all posted on our progress as the situation develops.

If you have any questions or concerns, you may call my office at 404-371-4749 or visit my website at commissionerbradshaw.com. As always, I will conclude my remarks by thanking the citizens of District 4 and DeKalb County for affording me this opportunity to serve. It is indeed an honor.










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