Friday, February 19, 2010

Mayor Reed Discusses Business Development, Job Growth with U.S. Sec. of Commerce Gary Locke and Prominent Atlanta Business Leaders

Mayor Kasim Reed hosted United States Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and more than two dozen Atlanta business leaders Friday at City Hall for a roundtable discussion on economic development opportunities and ways to improve Atlanta’s position as a market for international trade and commerce.

Mayor Reed and Secretary Locke discussed how city government can partner with federal agencies to help small businesses thrive in Atlanta. Job creation is a major focus of both Mayor Reed’s administration and the administration of President Barack Obama.

“Getting our citizens back to work is one of my top priorities as Mayor. Equally, it is vital to nurture our city and state relationships at the federal level to enable us to compete for available dollars. And the meeting we held today was a necessary step towards that goal,” said Mayor Kasim Reed.
Mayor Reed, Secretary Locke and the business leaders also discussed other issues of economic importance to the City and plans for the fourth Americas Competitiveness Forum on November 14-16, 2010, co-hosted by the City of Atlanta and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

As a hub of private enterprise and an engine of growth for our region, the City of Atlanta is uniquely positioned to host ACF 2010. The forum’s outcomes help formulate public policies that expand opportunities for entrepreneurs and foster job creation in Atlanta and the State of Georgia. The 2010 ACF is expected to attract more than 1,000 leaders from 34 nations, including Presidents and Vice Presidents, US Cabinet members, government ministers, business executives, academics, as well as representatives from the region’s Competitiveness Councils, trade organizations, non-governmental organizations and international representatives.

Earlier in the day, the two leaders viewed a special collection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s papers at the Robert W. Woodruff Library at the Atlanta University Center in honor of Black History Month.
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