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National Black MBA Association addresses Atlanta’s biggest issues

Photo credit: National Black MBA Association Facebook page

John Eaves (Photo credit: National Black MBA Association Facebook page)

The National Black MBA Association held a stellar meeting at the Georgia-Pacific Auditorium on Jan 25.

Four of Atlanta’s most important leaders in transportation, county government, education and city government addressed the crowd about the city’s biggest issues. Those key speakers included Keith Parker, general manager and CEO of MARTA; John Eaves, chairman of Fulton County;  Courtney English, chairman of Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education; and Ceasar Mitchell, president of Atlanta City Council. The gentlemen also answered questions and provided solutions.

Parker informed attendees that MARTA buses will be seeing major improvements in the near future to make trips more enjoyable. The transportation system is expected to incorporate more frequent service in its routes, including more frequent evening service. He announced that there will be new vehicles with Wi-Fi, healthy snacks, and innovative restrooms.

Photo credit: National Black MBA Association Facebook page

Attendees (Photo credit: National Black MBA Association Facebook page)

When it comes to education in the city, English has been working diligently to implement programs that continue the trend of rising graduation rates and plummeting dropout numbers. For example, the Dropout Prevention and Recovery Program resulted in a 2015 graduation rate of 71.5 percent, 12.4 percent higher than in 2014, according to a NBMBAA newsletter. Now, the APS is working with Georgia State to develop a five-year, $7.5 million plan to prevent police injustice by improving police officers’ training when dealing with youth.

The APS is also hiring for teachers, as well as professionals in IT, project management, and operations. Opportunities to join local governance councils for schools and PTOs/PTAs are also open.

Commissioner Eaves discussed issues concerning health care, education, and justice. He’s currently fighting to get a business model approved that will fund the Grady Health System, courts, and jails. He’s also working closely with county school officials to close the gap of education inequality. Additionally, Eaves acknowledges that traffic congestion needs to be mitigated. Expanding the MARTA Referendum to extend infrastructure is one way to fix the problem, as well as continuing to rework roadway logistics.

Photo credit: National Black MBA Association Facebook page

Q-and-A (Photo credit: National Black MBA Association Facebook page)

Affordable housing has been of the utmost importance to Mitchell, and he expressed that he is closely connected with the city of Atlanta, Invest Atlanta, and other developments to ensure that affordable housing is available for residents of all income levels. He also promised a closer connection with APS in 2016 and announced that the school system and the city of Atlanta have reached an agreement in their financial dispute regarding BeltLine TAD. Lastly, Mitchell mentioned the expansion of the Equal Opportunity Business Program, which will link small, minority, female, and disadvantaged businesses with more of the city’s business opportunities.

It was also announced that the NBMBAA national headquarters will relocate to Atlanta beginning in spring 2016.

To begin a job search with APS or view the latest initiative, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us.

To learn about how to get registered with Fulton County Government for business needs and contracts awarded by the city and county government, visit www.fultoncountyga.gov.

Visit the NBMBAA Facebook page to view the BeltLine TAD agreement press release. To learn more about the Equal Opportunity Business Program, visit www.atlantabacktobusiness.com.




7 Comments

  1. Beelzebub on February 8, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Give these N*GGERS a broom and mop to clean up after the superior white man.

  2. Nigg_Newton on February 8, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    What about better roads, schools, and more jobs!

    You know the things that matter to most people, and not the HOMELESS, low income or underemployed.

    Just doing this is wasting taxpayer funds.

    • Likewaterforchoc on February 9, 2016 at 10:20 am

      Wouldn’t more jobs serve the underemployed you speak of? You are such a full of sh!t CAC it’s no wonder your tongue isn’t brown which more than likely has you posing as a black person.

      • Nigg_Newton on February 9, 2016 at 11:41 am

        My point, is …Instead of teaching these BLACKS to do better with less and get organized. As of now, they are only kicking the can down the road…

        Sorry if you don’t like the TRUTH…but it is the TRUTH!

        • Likewaterforchoc on February 9, 2016 at 1:15 pm

          Why do you keep insisting that you are always telling the “truth”? Do you even know the concept of job creation or underemployment. “These blacks”…further proof that you are just a racist white troll. And why are you “upvoting” your own comments?

          • Nigg_Newton on February 9, 2016 at 4:07 pm

            Sir,

            I say truth, because what I say is nothing but TRUTH! My explanations on this blog are correct. I hold a PhD., from Columbia University, class of 2014.

            Nothing I have said is false or not able to be backed with facts based on this blog/article. Now if you have something better to add. Please write to the blogger and let them tell, The National Black MBA Association, Keith Parker, general manager and CEO of MARTA; John Eaves, chairman of Fulton County; Courtney English, chairman of Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education; and Ceasar Mitchell, president of Atlanta City Council. It’s clear they don’t have the answer.

            Have a nice day CLOWN!



          • Likewaterforchoc on February 10, 2016 at 11:13 am

            Not a PhD from the “white man’s” institution? ***gasp!*** Do you make these things up as you go along? From reading most of your incendiary commentary on this and other sites, I would have guessed you have about a GED-level education. Studies show that most trolls are losers irl and I expect that you’re no different. Explanations? You offer nothing but useless biased racist and classist bs sound bites.Traffic is Atlanta is a amongst the worst in the country and is a damn nightmare. Hell, the roads would be in better shape if it were not for so much traffic. Expanding MARTA rail lines at least to exit 12 on North 400 would be a tremendous help. I’m fortunate to live close enough to park and ride to work. Also, cops actually NEED training to deal with mentally ill people (which a lot of homeless are). Most of those people should be committed and not thrown in jail. And better schools? Public schools educate the “low income” you’re complaining about.