The SNCTF committee was created by the City of Atlanta in 2017 (17-O-1080 and 17-R-3853) with appointment of its 11 committee members being finalized in December 2017 (17-R-4751). The purpose of the committee is to provide guidance and oversight of the fund created by 17-O-1080, which was passed after the sale of Turner Field and surrounding properties. The fund is to support projects and activities that benefit the Atlanta neighborhoods of Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Summerhill and the portion of Grant Park comprised of the named streets in the Turner Field Neighborhoods Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) study. A total of $5 million was initially designated by the city (17-R-3853) with additional funds to be contributed, per the schedule described in 17-O-1080, from the sale or lease of City-owned properties in the above-named communities.
Per city legislation, the following community residents were appointed to the committee for three-year terms by the mayor or city council. Specifically, the chair is appointed by the mayor and the vice-chair is appointed by the city council president:
Member Name Neighborhood
Semaj Blaine Summerhill
Sherise Brown Peoplestown
Mary D. Gay Summerhill
John Helton, Chair Summerhill
David Holder Mechanicsville
Rick Hudson Grant Park
Ann Marie Shields Pittsburgh
Travis Parks, Vice Chair Peoplestown
Dr. Jane H. Ridley Mechanicsville
Elsie Lee Sullivan Mechanicsville
The authorizing ordinance (17-O-1080) states, “…these funds to be used solely to fund economic and community development initiatives, such as affordable housing and job training…” The committee has established a process to accept proposals for such initiatives, evaluate them based on set criteria consistent with the law, make awards and monitor the work of the recipients. Transparency, accountability and productive use of the funds are critical elements of the award process.
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