Civic Groups BBA Luncheon crowd

Published on February 17th, 2016 |

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City’s chief bicycle officer to address Buckhead Business Assn. Feb. 18

Atlanta’s Chief Bicycle Officer Becky Katz, reportedly the first chief bicycle officer of any major U.S. city, will address the breakfast meeting of the Buckhead Business Association (BBA) at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday (Feb. 18) at The City Club of Buckhead.

Atlanta's Chief Bicycle Officer Betsy Katz is shown speaking Wednesday, Feb. 17, at a Commercial Realtors forum on transportation.

Atlanta’s Chief Bicycle Officer Betsy Katz is shown speaking Wednesday, Feb. 17, at a Commercial Realtors forum on transportation.

Katz joined the administration of Mayor Kasim Reed in October 2015. She is responsible for a wide range of activities related to bicycle transportation, including planning bicycle projects, public outreach, grant writing and the implementation of the city’s bike share program.

Previously, Katz was the visioning and grants project manager at Park Pride, where she collaborated with communities to re-envision their greenspaces. In that role, she led public meetings, created conceptual master plans for parks and authored project books. She oversaw $600,000 a year in capital improvements in parks to throughout the city of Atlanta and DeKalb County.

She is a passionate Southwest Atlanta resident, community advocate and bicyclist.

Before moving to Atlanta, she studied environmental engineering at Cornell University and went on to complete her masters in environmental engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. Her academic research focused on community oriented engineering design.

The following week, Georgia State University President Dr. Mark Becker will give the keynote address during the BBA’s Annual Luncheon., scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, at Flourish, the new special events facility by Legendary Events at 3143 Maple Drive,

During the luncheon the civic organization will also honor local businesses for their roles in transforming the Buckhead community.

The business organization’s Thursday breakfast meetings at the City Club of Buckhead, suite 1850, 3343 Peachtree Road, feature a business, political or civic leader as a speaker. Topics usually include leading issues within the Buckhead community and Atlanta as a whole. Tickets for members are $10 in advance and $12 at the door; non-member tickets are $20.

For more information, visit buckheadbusiness.

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