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Commissioners Approve Funding to Level Up Program

By a unanimous vote, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners approved the $120,000 in funding to start the Project Level Up, an endeavor to be administered by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Public Defender, Atlanta Judicial Circuit. The program seeks to reduce arrests and violence involving juvenile offenders by intervening in the lives of these young people.

“Our hope is that a program like this one can help address both the crime that plagues so many of our communities and the need for viable opportunities for our young people as an alternative to the streets,” says Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts. “Our hope is that this will yield tangible results in each of these areas.” 

“I am pleased that the District Attorney’s Project Level Up Juvenile Recidivism Intervention Program was approved unanimously today with my colleagues voting in favor of releasing the funding that I set aside for this program. Project Level Up is a program that will be used to combat the juvenile crime epidemic in Fulton County,” says Fulton County District 4 Commissioner Natalie Hall. “I am excited to see this program begin to help support the lives of our young people and their families” 

Project Level Up is an intervention program which would provide juvenile repeat offenders with three or more arrests with an aftercare program, mentoring opportunities, and family intervention.   If a young person is identified for participation in Level Up, the offender is assigned a caseworker and provided with services to aid the young person in staying away from a life of crime. If the juvenile graduates from Level Up, the charges currently pending against the offender would be dismissed. The funding approved would pay for the salaries of 4 staffers through the end of 2019 as the program is developed and planned.  

The Fulton County Division of Youth and Community Services and the Public Defender’s Office are among the agencies that would support family intervention efforts while several area houses of worship have pledged support for mentoring efforts for the at-risk young people targeted by the program. Among the organizations that have pledged to assist in aftercare, efforts are the Atlanta Police Foundation, the @ Promise Center, the YMCA, Boys, and Girls Club, as well as other community partners.

Ponce De Leon Branch Library to be renamed in Honor of Commissioner Joan P. Garner

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to rename a branch of the Fulton County Library System in memory of the late Fulton County Commissioner Joan P. Garner. The branch is located at 980 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE,  

Atlanta, GA 30306 and the name change will go into effect upon the branch’s reopening following renovations. At the time of her death, Ms. Garner was serving as the Commissioner representing District 4.

“We are proud to provide our beloved colleague with this lasting tribute at a facility that means so much to our community,” says Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts. “Our hope is that her legacy lives on through this honor.”

“I believe this is a fitting tribute to my mentor, friend, and boss, the late Commissioner Joan P. Garner,” says Fulton County District 4 Commissioner Natalie Hall. “The Joan P. Garner Library will be a public reminder of her lifelong activism and heroic leadership fighting against social injustice and fighting for human, civil, and LGBTQ rights in Fulton County.”

“I think it’s honorable that a facility be named after an honorable person such as Joan,” says Fulton County District 5 Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington, Jr. “I am proud that it will be a library in my district.”

A noted activist on behalf of the LGBTQ community and advocate for those battling HIV/AIDS, Joan P. Garner joined the Board of Commissioner in 2011, representing a district that served primarily areas of the City of Atlanta. She worked tirelessly to fight against health disparities and co-founded the Fulton County Task Force on HIV/AIDS as she championed numerous other health initiatives. At the time of her death, Commissioner Garner served as Third Vice President of ACCG – Georgia’s County Association and was the past Chair of the National Association of Counties’ Healthy Counties Initiative Advisory Board, Chair of NACo’s Medicaid and Indigent Care Subcommittee, and as Chair of the Health Policy Committee.  

“We are pleased to honor the late Commissioner Joan P. Garner with this fitting tribute,” said Library Director, Gabriel Morley.   “Commissioner Garner was a steadfast library supporter who worked to ensure residents throughout Fulton County were able to enjoy state of the art library facilities, through her support of the Library Bond Program. We look forward to re-opening the Ponce Library as the Joan P. Garner Library and celebrating her legacy with our patrons.”

Commissioner Hall Named Vice Chair of National Association of Counties (NACo) Human Services & Education Steering Committee

At the organization’s most recent national meeting, the National Association of Counties (NACo) commenced a presidential appointment to Fulton County District 4 Commissioner Natalie Hall as Vice-Chair of the Human Services & Education Steering Committee. The committee addresses children’s issues, foster care,  public assistance, and income support, services to senior citizens and individuals with disabilities, immigration policy, social services, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education as well as the impact of each of these issues on localities.

“I am pleased to serve with colleagues from all over our country to address these key issues facing our communities,” says Fulton County District 4 Commissioner Natalie Hall. “Together, this group can assist one another in confronting these challenges.”

Commissioner Hall joins colleagues from Ohio, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Colorado, each of whom represents major metropolitan areas with experience in providing social services. Each NACo policy steering committee reviews and makes recommendations on federal policy issues and legislation in a selected subject matter area. The committee members are appointed by state associations and serve one-year terms. New committee appointments go into effect in August.

The committee assists counties in efforts to administer and fund ongoing projects to strengthen communities as well as protecting and enhancing families. As human services and health expenditures are significant parts of county budgets, NACo supports a wide-ranging array of services for families, children, individuals with disabilities and the elderly. The Human Services and Education Committee of the National Association of Counties (NACo) exists to support counties in this work passing along recommendations regarding issues to NACo’s Board of Directors as it considers the organization’s overall federal priorities.

“I am pleased to serve with colleagues from all over our country to address these key issues facing our communities,” says Fulton County District 4 Commissioner Natalie Hall. “Together, this group can assist one another in confronting these challenges.”

Commissioner Hall joins colleagues from Ohio, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Colorado, each of whom represents major metropolitan areas with experience in providing social services. Each NACo policy steering committee reviews and makes recommendations on federal policy issues and legislation in a selected subject matter area. The committee members are appointed by state associations and serve one-year terms. New committee appointments go into effect in August.

The committee assists counties in efforts to administer and fund ongoing projects to strengthen communities as well as protecting and enhancing families. As human services and health expenditures are significant parts of county budgets, NACo supports a wide-ranging array of services for families, children, individuals with disabilities and the elderly. The Human Services and Education Committee of the National Association of Counties (NACo) exists to support counties in this work passing along recommendations regarding issues to NACo’s Board of Directors as it considers the organization’s overall federal priorities.

At the organization’s most recent national meeting, the National Association of Counties (NACo) commenced a presidential appointment to Fulton County District 4 Commissioner Natalie Hall as Vice-Chair of the Human Services & Education Steering Committee. The committee addresses children’s issues, foster care,  public assistance, and income support, services to senior citizens and individuals with disabilities, immigration policy, social services, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education as well as the impact of each of these issues on localities.

For more information on the National Association of Counties (NACo) Human Services and Education Committee, click here.

Commissioner Natalie Hall appointed to serve on the Atlanta City Detention Center Task Force

Fulton County Commissioner Natalie Hall, District 4, has been appointed to serve as an ex officio Committee Member of the Atlanta Detention Center Task Force (ACDC) by the City of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. As a member, she will be charged with evaluating the repurposing of the Atlanta City Detention Center that would benefit the entire community and serve as a Center for Equity – equipping residents with the tools they need to succeed.

“I am proud that Mayor Bottoms has appointed me to serve on this very important Task Force,” stated Commissioner Natalie Hall, District 4. “The Detention Center is located in my District, and I recognize the importance of ensuring that the facility is maintained and used as a place that will positively benefit my constituents.”

Commissioner Hall joins 13 other ex officio members who will bring their trusted insight, expertise, and government service to the Task Force. Commissioner Hall also stated that she supports Mayor Bottoms’ vision to put this underutilized facility to more productive use as a multi-faceted use center for wellness and healing, skills-building, economic mobility, and crime prevention for people, families, and communities impacted by the history of over-incarceration.

The panel members reflect a cross section of residents from various areas of the community including government, business, education, and entertainment; each of whom is invested in constructive solutions for what should be done with the facility. The first meeting of the Atlanta Detention Center Task Force is scheduled for Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at 4 p.m. in the Atlanta City Hall in the Old Council Chambers on the 3rd Floor of Atlanta City Hall Tower, 68 Mitchell Street SW; Atlanta, GA 30303.

For more information, please contact the Office of Fulton County Commissioner Natalie Hall, District 4 at 404-612-8226.

Fulton Commissioner Natalie Hall Selected for National County Leadership Institute

Fulton County District 4 Commissioner Natalie Hall is one of a select group of county leaders nationwide who will participate in the 16th Annual County Leadership Institute. NACo’s 2019 County Leadership Institute is restricted in size with a maximum of 30 participants allowed in the Leadership class. The National Association of Counties (NACo) allows for just one nomination per state. Commissioner Hall was nominated by Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) Executive Director Dave Wills to represent the state of Georgia.

CLI is a rigorous program, developed by the National Association of Counties (NACo) and Cambridge Leadership Associates, which equips county officials with practical leadership strategies as they explore innovative approaches to address key issues facing their counties and constituents.

CLI helps county leaders develop their approach toward solving complex challenges. It provides tools to encourage innovation and creativity, resources for invigorating organizational culture, and best practices in effective communication, collaboration, and decision-making. This year’s program focuses on the demands of personal leadership in the modern era of government. As one of the selected participants, Commissioner Hall will participate in NACo’s 2019 County Leadership Institute in Washington, DC from June 9 through 13.

“I am honored to be among those selected for this program, and look forward to bringing back innovative ideas and approaches to serve my constituents and Fulton County residents countywide,” said Commissioner Hall.

Matthew Chase, NACo’s Executive Director, said, “County officials often address similar issues and can learn a great deal from one another. The County Leadership Institute fosters peer-to-peer learning and encourages common-sense solutions to challenges that counties and residents face every day.”

“My nomination of Fulton County Commissioner Natalie Hall for inclusion in the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) 2019 County Leadership Institute was predicated upon my observation of her commitment to learning as much as possible, as quickly as possible through the courses offered by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG),” said ACCG Executive Director Dave Wills. “In addition to engaging in educational courses offered by ACCG, Commissioner Hall successfully advocated for the inclusion of Fulton County staff in educational courses. Her commitment to continued education and training confirmed for me that she would be a great candidate to participate in NACo’s County Leadership Institute.”

Natalie Hall is Fulton County Commissioner of District 4 which encompasses the heart of Atlanta, downtown, Midtown, Old 4th Ward, and neighborhoods west of downtown Atlanta to Fulton Industrial Boulevard. The unique attribute about this district is that it’s completely inside of the City of Atlanta. Since joining the Board of Commissioners in 2017, Commissioner Hall has focused on testing, treatment, and education for HIV/AIDS, workforce training and employment opportunities, affordable housing, mental and behavioral health, seniors, youth, and civic engagement. Earlier this year, she became a Certified County Commissioner through the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia through the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Commissioner Hall is appointed to a number of NACo boards and committees such as the Healthy Counties Initiative Advisory Board, Information Technology Standing Committee, Resilient Counties Advisory Board and the Large Urban Caucus Steering Committee.

Commissioner Natalie Hall to Lead Atlanta’s Juneteenth Parade

ATLANTA – Fulton County District 4 Commissioner Natalie Hall will serve as the official Grand Marshal for the Juneteenth Atlanta Parade and Music Festival on Saturday, June 15, 2019. The parade will leave from Mozley Park at 1565 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30314 at 10 a.m. and travel east of Martin Luther King Drive to the Home Depot Backyard at Mercedes-Benz Stadium at 1 Backyard Way. This year’s Juneteenth will be celebrated on the June 14th through the 16th weekend. The three-day family-friendly event will include a variety of family activities, musical guests, and cultural cuisines. The event will also include a number of physical activities such as yoga, meditation, and martial arts. Several Fulton County agencies and departments will participate by activating presentations and letting residents know about the programs and services available to them, including but not limited to the Fulton County Department of Senior Services, the Fulton County Library and the Fulton County Arts and Culture.

Commissioner Hall invites all Fulton County residents to join her for this important celebration. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when the last African American slaves held in Confederate states were freed. Juneteenth has been observed for 154 years, since June 19, 1866. The event is sponsored by the Association for the Study of African American History and Community Aid and Development.


To learn more, including how to participate in the parade, go to http://www.juneteenthatl.com

Commissioner Hall gives proclamation in honor of Washington Park centennial

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Atlanta’s historic Washington Park, Fulton County District 4 Commissioner Natalie Hall presented the Conservancy at Historic Washington Park with a proclamation celebrating the centennial. The proclamation was awarded to the Conservancy during the recent Washington Park Jamboree which included a jazz concert and community celebration.   The Jamboree was sponsored by Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond, Atlanta City Councilmember Antonio Brown and the Historic Washington Park Conservancy and included presentations from the Fulton County Library System, the Fulton County Board of Health and the Fulton Fresh mobile farmers market.  

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Click here to see Washington Park Jamboree event photos

Fulton Commissioner Natalie Hall Earns County Commissioner Certification

Through a great partnership between the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and The Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia, Commissioner Natalie Hall received her Certified County Commissioner Certification at the 2019 ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy Leadership Luncheon in Savannah, GA. She completed nine (9) core classes which included County Government 101, County Government Law, County Government Finance, Ethics, Economic Development, Human Resources, Public Safety, and Public Health, Property Appraisal and Taxation and Leadership Institute.

Commissioner Hall was elected to her position in 2017. She introduced legislation, which was adopted by the Board of Commissioners in 2018, for other county officials to complete the same coursework. “County Commissioners consider a vast array of complex policy matters,” said Commissioner Hall. “The more I know, the more I can do for my constituents.”

Natalie Hall is Fulton County Commissioner of District 4, which encompasses the heart of Atlanta, downtown, Midtown, Old 4th Ward, and neighborhoods west of downtown Atlanta to Fulton Industrial Boulevard. The unique attribute about this district is that it’s completely inside of the City of Atlanta. Since joining the Board of Commissioners in 2017, Commissioner Hall has focused on testing, treatment, and education for HIV/AIDS, workforce training and employment opportunities, affordable housing, mental and behavioral health, seniors, youth, and civic engagement.

Commissioner Hall is a member of the following policy committees through the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG): Revenue and Finance, Economic Development and Transportation, and Federal.

Commissioner Hall is also a member of the Fulton County Board of the Health, the Atlanta Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) Governing Council, and has been appointed to a number of NACo boards and committees such as the Healthy Counties Initiative Advisory Board, Information Technology Standing Committee, Resilient Counties Advisory Board and the Large Urban Caucus Steering Committee.

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