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Published on September 14th, 2015 |


Invest Atlanta CEO, tribute to Julian Bond on NCA agenda for Sept. 16

Craig J. Richard, CEO of Invest Atlanta (formerly the Atlanta Development Authority), will be the speaker at the Northwest Community Alliance’s meeting at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at the Northside Park Baptist Church, 1877 Howell Mill Road in southwest Buckhead.

Craig J. Richard

Craig J. Richard

The meeting will be starting at 6:45pm on Sept. 16 in order to provide time for a tribute to recently deceased civil rights leader Julian Bond.

“We want to acknowledge a giant who made a difference, and who really helped shape the direction of this country,” said NCA chairman Michael Koblentz. “We want to afford anyone the opportunity to share some thoughts about this legendary civil rights leader before we begin our regular program,” Koblentz added.

The Invest Atlanta CEO position is very important and a national search was conducted to find a successor to Brian McGowan, previous Invest Atlanta CEO and previous NCA guest speaker. The agency’s purpose is “to strengthen Atlanta’s economy and global competitiveness in order to create increased opportunity and prosperity…”

Richard was most recently the CEO of Greater Louisville Inc, that city’s chamber of commerce. He has also been senior vice president of economic development for Greater Houston Partnership and economic development director for the Dallas Regional Chamber.

Invest Atlanta is comprised of the Urban Finance Authority, Downtown Development Authority and the Atlanta Economic Renaissance Corporation. Subsidiaries include the Atlanta BeltLine.”

Invest Atlanta has recently been in the news for refusing to fund the extension of Moores Mill Road in northwest Atlanta in order to facilitate the redevelopment of the Moores Mill Shopping Center by South Carolina developer the Edens Company despite repeated efforts by Dist. 9 Atlanta City Councilwoman Felicia Moore.

Mayor Kasim Reed often travels the world or to other American cities—accompanied by Atlanta’s key business leaders and often the CEO of Invest Atlanta—it is to attract business to Atlanta. It takes a concerted effort and Atlanta’s housing affordability, labor pool, environment, culture, quality of life and other factors are used to try to secure corporations and talent to this city.

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