Robert Welsh (City Council District 1 Candidate)
10/9/2013, 12:13 p.m.
Campaign Web Site: robertwelsh.nationbuilder.com
City of Residence: Atlanta
How have you served your district and the city best in the past?: I managed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for the GA Department of Human Services. Boardmember of 303 Community Coalition that fights against vacant houses. I’m also a boardmember of Peoplestown Revitalization Corporation, First Church CDC, and the GSU-Institute of Public Health, Center for Excellence for Health Disparities Research. I am active in community affairs, reunions,
cleanups and local school affairs, including creation of an early
learning development center in my neighborhood
If elected, what issues will you give highest priority to?: Creating economic opportunity and jobs across my district and south Atlanta. Aggressively solving the vacant/abandoned homes problem by attracting, incentivizing and educating families with tax abatements, financial literacy, and down payment assistance. Enhanced public safety. We need proactive solutions such as a social impact bond, network of CCTV cameras, additional street lighting and more visible police. Promoting connectivity and sharing between neighborhoods. The success of one neighborhood can provide a blueprint for others to succeed.
Level of Education: Masters Degree in Public Administration
Name: Robert Welsh
Office Sought: Atlanta City Councilmember District One
Political Experience: Democrat
Prior Office(s) Held: N/A
Profession: Budget Manager
What do you plan to accomplish during your term in office?: Bring grocery store(s) to alleviate District 1 “food deserts” and encourage other businesses and developers to bring smart growth to south Atlanta, including jobs and training opportunities.
Work with City Council, Mayor, business, non-profits, and other governmental entities to create a social impact bond to improve at risk neighborhoods and populations. Tackle vacant property problem via a “Welcome Home Atlanta” program to recruit working families to re-locate to Atlanta neighborhoods via a range of home ownership incentives.
What is your vision for the future of Atlanta?: My vision for Atlanta is a city filled with choice neighborhoods and economically/culturally diverse populations, safe streets, and the best schools in the Southeast. But this cannot happen until we as a city commit to start rebuilding our distressed neighborhoods and stabilizing the lives of the people within. Increased economic diversity and opportunity could dramatically change the trajectory of where we are now in my district and so much of south Atlanta. Let’s get started.
What specific strengths do you bring to the position you seek?: I know how to manage public funds. (Budget Manager for DBHDD) I know how to create jobs. Director of ARRA for Georgia DHS. I know how to solve problems. (Analyst for the Senate Budget Office & GBPI) I ‘m committed to communities. (Board Member, Peoplestown Revitalization Corporation; 303 Community Coalition; First Church CDC, Neighborhood Nexus)