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Accomplishments

A snapshot of legislation authored, introduced or sponsored by Kwanza Hall.

  • Honors & Awards
    • Hope Atlanta Centurion Award
    • Georgia State University Pioneer Award, For Leadership Promoting Arts and Culture in Downtown Atlanta
    • Georgia Trend Magazine’s “40 under 40”
    • Creative Loafing “Best Local Political Figure”
    • Atlanta’s Park Pride Honor for Governmental Leadership in Parks and Greenspace Advocacy
    • Voted one of the 100 most influential Atlantans
    • American Institute of Architects (Atlanta Chapter) created the “Kwanza Hall Award for Civic Leadership in Architectural Design”
    • W.K. Kellogg Foundation recognized Kwanza’s “Year of Boulevard” initiative
  • Public Safety & Justice Reform
    • Sponsored legislation to increase public safety through security cameras, Mini Police Precincts and Police Body cameras.
    • Sponsored and passed Ban-The-Box legislation in 2014 and Pre-Arrest Diversion Program in 2015. Kwanza sponsored this legislation to create a partnership between the City, Fulton County, our courts, our police and the best in class social service providers. For the next year in some Downtown, Midtown and Old Fourth Ward neighborhoods, officers will be able to offer someone with a low-level offense access to mental health services and housing, rather than having jail as the only option.
    • Clean Car Campaign
    • School Cross Guards
    • Retired officer program
  • Education & Workforce Development
    • City-APS Joint Committee
    • Yo! Boulevard Education Partnerships
    • Disposition of APS Real Estate Assets
    • Ponce City Market Construction Training Program
    • Innovation Districts - Incentive packages for: NCR, Athena Health, Honeywell, Anthem
  • Affordable Housing
    • Supported Inman Park Aging in Place Initiative - helps guide Inman Park’s transformation into a Lifelong Community by incorporating the needs of older residents into all aspects of community planning, development, and living.
    • Convened Old Fourth Ward neighbors and created a master plan that included preserving affordable housing.In December 2017, Bedford Pines and surrounding neighborhoods celebrated the opening of City Lights Phase I, which created 87 affordable housing units for seniors. Soon Wingate will break ground on Phase II, which will add an additional 96 units for families.
    • Tiny Houses
    • Carriage House, Accessory Dwelling & R5 Initiative
    • Beltline Workforce Housing Overlay
  • Transportation
    • Supported and passed a multitude of traffic and congestion mitigation measures via intersection and right-of way improvements as well as the MARTA & TSPLOST “S” Concept. The S concept includes linking the BeltLine light rail to the new Armour Yard station, the Downtown streetcar and other Intown transit facilities.
    • Sponsored bike lanes and bike share initiatives to promote city-wide accessibility​
    • Intersection, traffic & right-of-way improvements
  • Homelessness
    • Hired Homeless via First Step Staffing and Next Step Staffing
    • Partnership with GeorgiaWorks
    • Homeless Street Beautification teams
    • BOMA three year partnership for renovations of Genesis Shelter, Trinity House and Atlanta Recovery Center -St. Joseph’s Mercy Care Facility
    • National and international homeless service providers site visits
    • Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency and Cafe 458
    • Advocacy for small footprint facilities
  • Economic Development
    • Supported the Ponce City Market Construction Training Program: a program to train and put people who live in the Old Fourth Ward Community to work.
    • Supported Beltline Workforce Housing Overlay: intended to support a diverse workforce and ensure the Atlanta BeltLine’s economic, cultural, and health benefits accrue to people of all income levels.
    • Supported the development of Ponce City Market, Krog Street Market, Food Trucks and the Beltline.​
  • Global Competitiveness
    • OECD + Resilient Cities Designation
    • Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils
    • Trade Missions (China, Cuba, Brazil, South Africa)
    • SwissNEXT Transportation Leadership Initiative
    • French Foreign Affairs Ministry Leadership Program
    • UK Global Entrepreneurship Congress
    • US Department of State Entrepreneurship & Innovation Exchange
  • Green Accomplishments
    • For the last 15 years Kwanza has been working tirelessly to preserve, maintain and build our parks and green spaces. 
    • 2011 Park Pride Inspiration Award for government leadership
    • Sponsored creation of MLK Jr Playground, adjacent to Hope-Hill
    • Elementary School (for years, neighbors complained about lack of playground for students)
    • Sponsored two dog parks: Renaissance Park, Freedom Barkway (Donated $10K from D2 office budget to each)
    • Helped create TLW/Urban Farm in MLK Historic District; w MailChimp, we sponsor annual Urban Farming Summer Camps for Boulevard kids
    • Sponsored Neighborhood Jazz Series in Historic O4W Park
    • Sponsored legislation created City’s first skateboard park
    • Sponsored City’s first eco-friendly playground at North Ave/Freedom Parkway
    • Sponsored first rooftop soccer event
    • Sponsored MOU for Woodruff Park
    • Kwanza is committed to continuing to expand his green initiatives for the City of Atlanta. As Mayor, one piece of green space that Kwanza will convert into usable space is the Prison Farm. His goal is to make it a productive asset for all Atlantans to enjoy.
Read Why I’m Running

Meet Kwanza Hall

Over 14 years of public service. Elected to Atlanta Public School Board District One and AtLanta City Council District Two.

Portrait

Platform and Values

Public Safety & Justice Reform

For all Atlantans to feel safe, we need to spend our public safety dollars wisely. We need to continue to build a strong network of cooperation between law enforcement and the communities they protect.

Safety First

Strengthen the Atlanta Police Force by Focusing on Retention, Professional and Personal Development and Shared Success.

Modernize APD Training Facilities.

My Administration will work with the leadership of APD and invest in the state of the art training facilities in order to give the City’s police force every possible advantage in carrying out their mission to protect and serve.

Affirm Commitment to 21st Century Policing.

Make further investments in technology to help make data more useful and usable. I will focus on new policy to provide as much transparency and accountability for video footage collected through the network of street cameras and body-worn cameras.

Transportation

Atlanta is a vibrant city and all of our communities deserve every opportunity to clean environment and accessible transportation.

Better Roads For Every Neighborhood.

Invest in easing traffic, filling potholes, fixing roads and providing efficient public transportation that’s convenient for every neighborhood.

Streetcar Reform

Turning Streetcar operations over to MARTA, and expand light rail in dedicated right-of-way lanes, not in the middle of traffic.

Expand Transit Access

Work with MARTA's Board and management to expand bus services and the Streetcar's areas of service outward from the Beltline to various key points in downtown Atlanta.

Multi-Modal Transit Stations

Greyhound, Megabus, MARTA, Amtrak, and future commuter trains like the proposed Clayton Commuter Rail must all have in common, centrally located and accessible stations in our city.

Education & Workforce

The opportunities our children receive at a young age help determine their futures and I’m committed to creating a bridge towards success.

Office of Neighborhoods, Non-Profits & Faith

Create an Office of Neighborhoods, Non-Profits and Faith to streamline additional resources to vital community services like education, senior services, affordable housing and public safety.

Strengthen Public Education

Strengthen Public Education for all by offering college credit for community service, and increasing summer programs and more job training for young people.

Inclusive Economic Development

Stand up for Atlanta Entrepreneurs by increasing available capital for women and minority owned small neighborhood businesses, and make economic development a top priority

About The Election

THE 2017 City of Atlanta Mayoral Election Will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 within the City of Atlanta in both Fulton and DeKalb Counties. The polls will be open from 7:00 am - 8:00 pm.

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