Central Atlanta Progress Marks 73 Years at Annual Meeting
More than 1,000 in attendance to celebrate Downtown’s Big Year
At its 73rd Annual Meeting, Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) celebrated Downtown’s big year and launched their 2014 fundraising campaign to attract new support for the organization. With the theme — BE Downtown — the campaign is built upon five programmatic areas of CAP’s work: Public Policy, Economic Development, Infrastructure, Sustainability and Marketing & Tourism. Before a packed auditorium of the city’s top executives, elected officials and community partners, CAP’s leadership showcased the myriad of exciting accomplishments that will come to fruition in 2014.
The lively event featured a “movie trailer” promoting Downtown’s Big Year, which highlighted some of the exciting openings, events and projects happening in 2014.
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The Atlanta Streetcar, the Downtown Pop Up Retail program, the Downtown Daffodil Project, the College Football Hall of Fame and the Center for Civil and Human Rights were just a few of the “stars” featured in the video. The full printed list of more than 80 happenings was presented to attendees as a take-away item. The “living” list is available on the CAP/ADID website: www.atlantadowntown.com
“There’s a new Downtown narrative unfolding and gaining real momentum,” said A.J. Robinson, President of Central Atlanta Progress. Adding, “Today’s Downtown is a dynamic, youthful and diverse intown neighborhood that is the most visible part of the city and the region.”
Egbert Perry, CAP Board Chairman for the past three years, began the meeting by welcoming guests and installing CAP’s new leadership. Perry introduced incoming Chairman Dave Stockert, President and CEO of Post Properties, Inc. and led CAP members in approval of the 2014 slate of Board and Executive Committee members.
The full agenda also included remarks from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the presentation of two prestigious awards. AJ Robinson and Tally Sweat presented the Dan Sweat Award to Phil Kent, CEO of Turner Broadcasting for the past 10 years. Dr. Charles Gardner, Senior Pastor of the Atlanta First United Methodist Church, received the Turner Downtown Community Leadership Award from John Kampfe, Turner Broadcasting’s Chief Financial Officer.
Other event highlights include never- before- seen footage and reveals from five of Downtown’s newest and coming attractions, including footage inside Coca-Cola Technology Plaza at SunTrust Gardens Plaza. John Stephenson, President and CEO of the College Football Hall of Fame announced that there would be a football field for private events inside the attraction. Doug Shipman, Executive Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, revealed the center’s new logo and its official name.