Atlanta Beltline Receives National Award

2/7/2014, 12:19 p.m.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented Mayor Kasim Reed this week with the Overall Excellence Award for Smart Growth Achievement ...
The Atlanta Beltline, one of this year’s award winners. Photo by Christoper T. Martin, courtesy of Atlanta Beltline.

ATLANTA - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented Mayor Kasim Reed this week with the Overall Excellence Award for Smart Growth Achievement for the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail and Historic Fourth Ward Park.

“This prestigious national recognition for the Atlanta BeltLine is an affirmation of the investments we are making to create a more economically vibrant, prosperous and sustainable city,” Reed said. “The success and impact of the Atlanta BeltLine is a story of national significance with a three to one return on investment to date.”

EPA’s National Award for Smart Growth Achievement is given for creative, sustainable initiatives that help protect the health and the environment of our communities, while also strengthening local economies. The Overall Excellence Award is the highest national honor bestowed by the EPA.

“The Atlanta BeltLine has become a national model for smart growth by turning what was once an abandoned rail corridor into a vibrant community space, where healthy living is encouraged, culture is cultivated, the environment is better protected and economic development is taking place,” EPA Regional Administrator Heather McTeer Toney said.

The 17-acre Historic Fourth Ward Park, which opened in 2011, transformed a barren, contaminated site north of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthplace into a vision for sustainable redevelopment.

For more information on the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement, visit http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/awards.htm.


Cosmopolitan A.M.E. Church on Vine Street in Atlanta

Cosmopolitan A.M.E. Church’s 145th Anniversary

Cosmopolitan A.M.E. Church will be celebrating its 145th Anniversary at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 9 at 170 Vine Street N.W Atlanta, GA 30314.

At 10:30 a.m., the guest preacher will be Rev. Leslie White, pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church in San Diego, Calif. At 3 p.m., the guest preacher will be the Honorable Bishop Preston Warren Williams, Presiding Prelate of the Sixth Episcopal District.

Cosmopolitan A.M.E. Church invites the public to take part in the celebration. For additional information, contact Sister Valerie Weaver, the Church Administrator, at 404-525-0168. Bruce L. Francis is the pastor.

South Metro Development Outlook Conference

The 2014 SMDO Conference will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 19, at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park. Registration is currently open, and sponsorships are still available.

Now in its 12th year, the SMDO Conference convenes professionals with an interest in fostering smart growth in the southern crescent, and highlights the City of Atlanta and the following seven counties: Clayton, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Henry, Spalding and South Fulton. SMDO consistently features highly acclaimed speakers providing invaluable information relevant to South Metro’s continued growth and today’s ever-changing economy. Other program participants include elected officials from the seven-county region. 

For information regarding sponsorship opportunities contact 404-684-7031. To register, visit http://smdoconference.com.

“The Business of Relations” connection forum

National Black MBA Association Atlanta chapter presents its February connection forum “The Business of Relationships” from 6 to 8 p.m. Mon., Feb. 24 at Georgia Power Auditorium (241 Ralph McGill Blvd NE Atlanta, GA 30308). There will be a panel of relationship experts and life strategists, presenting an interactive, inspiring and helpful evening of tips, tools and scenarios to help you handle your business life by managing your personal life.