Commissioner Hall to host Youth Conference for graduating male seniors

The Empowering Young Men To Excel Youth Conference is designed to promote unity and encouragement to continue to advance and excel academically and professionally.

Empowering Young Men To Excel is a 1-day experience for graduating young men which will include life-changing presentations and workshops; promoting their enrichment in healthy lifestyles, marketable skills, well-balanced relationships, and successful careers beyond their graduation. This endeavor is part of a greater effort by Fulton County agencies to prepare our young men for the challenges of the world. This effort is all about fostering opportunities to develop young men into successful citizens and become assets to their community.

The Empowering Young Men to Excel experience will include:

  • Keynote Speaker – Thomas W. Dortch Jr., Chairman of the Board for 100 Black Men of America
  • Interactive Workshops
  • Panel Discussions
  • Industry Exhibitors

Citizens University 2019 Registration Opens

Registration for Fulton County Citizens University 2019 begins February 19, 2019, and closes March 15, 2019. The 10 weeks of interactive training begin Thursday, April 11, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. and continues weekly each Thursday until graduation on June 28. The program teaches participants how County government operates, the services provided and how tax dollars are spent. County leaders provide first-hand information and conduct exercises designed to help class members understand the budgeting process and how the County makes decisions regarding services provided to the community.

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners initiated Citizens University in 2004 to strengthen the relationship between citizens and their government. The executive sponsor is Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts.

How can citizens benefit from participating in Citizens University? Knowledge is power, and citizen engagement is a direct link between County government and the community. By graduating from Citizens University, class members can return to their communities to inform friends and neighbors of how their County Government operates while promoting, strengthening and serving as advocates for positive community development.

The registration fee is 45 dollars, which helps cover the cost of course materials, a graduation ceremony, a diploma, and a class shirt. Class size is limited to 30 participants to ensure excellent one-on-one experiences and a quality-learning environment. Classes are held at various County facilities including the Government Center. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 15.

Classes are held every Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. To graduate, students are required to earn a minimum of 200 credits. They earn 20 credits for each class they attend for the entire session.

For more information, citizens can call 404-612-8300 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Citizens in need of reasonable accommodations due to a disability including communications in an alternative format should contact the Disability Liaison in the Department of External Affairs at (404) 612-8300. For Georgia Relay Access, dial 711. Body copy. One space after periods.

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Board of Commissioners Approves 2019 Budget

By a 4 to 3 vote, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners passed the 2019 fiscal year budget during their January 23 meeting.

“The budget adopted by the Board addresses many of the major issues affecting our citizens while maintaining our fund balance and lowering the millage rate,” said Chairman Robb Pitts. “This budget also includes approximately $13.5 million for employee pay for performance bonuses and a 3% mid-year cost of living increase.”

The $1.1 billion budget, including $719 million in the General Fund, includes a number of enhancements to key Fulton County programs.

These include funding in the following areas:

  • $4 million behavioral health services, including $620,000 for Grady Hospital to increase capacity at its Medication-Assisted Treatment Clinic for opioid addiction; and expansion of core behavioral health services.
  • $1.1 million for expansion of the Pre-Arrest Diversion Program;
  • $3.4 million for Senior Services, as well as $2 million for facility upgrades to senior centers.
  • $1.5 million for public health services, including enhanced resources for HIV/AIDS testing and treatment.
  • $2 million for youth programming in the Department of Community Services;
  • $1.3 million for arts programming, including $300,000 for the Johns Creek Arts Center, $250,000 for the National Black Arts Festival, increases to the Living Out Loud Senior Arts Initiative, and increases to the Contracts for Services Program
  • $5.7 million for the Justice Reinvestment Investment, in addition to $2 million to assist the Fulton County District Attorney and Solicitor General reduce caseloads in an effort to comply with the American Bar Association;
  • $420,000 for the Juvenile Court for a Youth Crime Prevention Program;
  • $250,000 for a feasibility study for an updated Fulton County Animal Shelter;
  • $1.3 million for security improvements, including equipment and personnel, as well as $1.0 million for Continuity of Operations and $600,000 for Emergency Management personnel and operations;
  • $600,000 for expansion of digital library materials;
  • $500,000 for facilities updates for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office
  • $2.4 million for economic development and workforce development activities, including $1 million for workforce development at Fort MacPherson, expanded industry relations programs, film outreach and more;
  • $1.5 million for Cybersecurity updates and $4.1 million for updated computers, software, and hardware;
  • $3.2 million for continued updates in technology to support ongoing improvements to the property tax system.

The 2019 General Fund budget takes into consideration a projected reduction in the millage rate and a slight reallocation of resources across departments and agencies in order to provide resources to the priorities outlined by the Board.

FGTV’s Highlighted Story: 2019 Fulton County Budget Approved

Did your favorite county service or program get approved in the 2019 Fulton County Budget? Here’s the rundown in this FGTV story. 

Construction Ready is looking for Fulton residents

Construction Ready at Westside Works is a four-week, boot camp-style training program that helps place you into full-time, living wage career with construction companies throughout metro Atlanta. The program’s graduation and placement rates consistently exceed 95%. The retention rate at 90 days is 89% and retention rate at one year is 70%.

For more information on this program, click here

Commissioner Hall joins Mayor Keisha Bottoms, Arthur Blank, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for the unveiling of John F. Kennedy Park

Commissioner Hall joins NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, partners of #OneAtlanta, and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for the official unveiling of the John F. Kennedy Park in her District 4 community. The NFL Foundation made a $1 million contribution for the renovated park, which cost a total of $2.4 million. Other contributors were the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Additional support was provided by Atlanta-based partners – the Chick-fil-A Foundation, Park Pride, Primerica, and WXIA. The John F. Kennedy Park is located adjacent to the Hollis Innovation Academy, and it is central to the Westside neighborhoods. The students now have a field for athletic, exercise and outdoor activities.  The renovated John F. Kennedy Park will give children an opportunity to spend “more time away from technology and more time outside,” Blank said, before adding it also would be good for adults to spend more time away from technology.

John F. Kennedy Park

Address: 225 James P. Brawley Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30314

Phone: (404) 215-2823



Arthur Blank on new Westside park: ‘It is a great moment for our city


City of Atlanta Announces New Warming Center Activation Protocol and Criteria

The city of Atlanta has integrated new warming centers for the upcoming winter temperatures. It is important that the new criteria considered has been released and reaches those in need.

“Effective immediately, the City of Atlanta will expedite resources and assistance to those seeking shelter from inclement weather,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

City officials will be on a constant evaluation of capacities to provide the necessary services as the winter progresses.

Please see the shelter information and locations below:

Capacity at 40 degrees

Capacity at 35 degrees

Capacity at 32 degrees

Men – 30

Women – 10

Youth – 100

Families – 23

Total: 163 beds

Men – 125

Women – 64

Youth – 100

Families – 23

Total: 312 beds

Men – 225

Women – 100

Youth – 100

Families – 33

Total: 458 beds





Activation Criteria

Salvation Army 400 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313 30 men, 10 women, and 3 families 40 degrees and below; 5 pm for referral and regular entry at 9 pm
Solomon’s Temple 2836 Springdale Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30315 20 families (women and children) 40 degrees and below, entry at 4 pm
Gateway Center / Evolution 275 Pryor St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303 35 men and 10 women 35 degrees and below; entry at 7:30 pm
Atlanta Mission – The Shepard’s Inn 165 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313 50 men 35 degrees and below; entry at 8am-10am
Atlanta Mission – My Sister’s House 921 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 10 women 35 degrees and below; entry at 8:15 am
Trinity – Action Ministries 265 Washington St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303 9 women 35 degrees and below; entry at 8 pm
City of Refuge 1300 Joseph E. Boone Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30314 5 women 35 degrees and below; entry at 4:30 pm
City Baptist Rescue Mission 316 Peters St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313 10 men 35 degrees and below; entry at 4:30 pm
Donna Center 866 Warner Street SW, Atlanta 30310 20 women 35 degrees and below; entry at 4 pm
Covenant House 1559 Johnson Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 100 youth ages 18-24 40 degrees and below; 24/7
City of Atlanta – Old Adamsville 3404 Delmar Ln NW, Atlanta, GA 30331 100 men, 35 women, 10 families 32 degrees and below; entry at 6 pm

Shelter and outreach partners include:

Gateway Center, Salvation Army, Solomon’s Temple, Atlanta Mission, Action Ministries, City of Refuge, City Baptist Rescue Mission, Donna Center, Covenant House, Georgia Works, Intown Collaborative Ministries, HOPE Atlanta, and Fulton County.

Youth Commission Application

Fulton County needs future young leaders who want to serve their commission districts on behalf of their peers and learn how to influence public policy.   Applications for service on the 2018-2019 Youth Commission are now available until May  25, 2018.

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