“Let’s Grow Fulton,” That was the theme of the 2016 State of the County address presented by Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves on April 28.
“It will come as no surprise when I tell you that the State of our County is strong,” Eaves told a crowd of 300 at the Loudermilk Center in downtown Atlanta. “It is on solid footing. And it is in better shape now than it has been.”
The Chairman thanked members of the County Commission for their dedication, support and service which has made Fulton County stronger, leaner and better. However, he promised to do more to improve several areas including public health and safety and economic opportunity.
During his address, Eaves said he plans to create a council of government and business leaders to seek ways to attract venture capital to create more technology jobs. The goal is to make Fulton County more attractive for investments in technology companies and to make South Fulton a destination for economic ingenuity.
In addition to the technology task force, the Chairman unveiled plans to create a Cyber Security Council. It will include some of the foremost experts in the field to help the county and residents protect themselves from cyber thieves.
Transportation is also one of Eaves’ top priorities and he recounted how he worked tirelessly with the County’s 14 mayors to reach agreement on a proposed three-quarter penny sales tax that will be on the November ballot. If approved, the tax could generate up to $600 million for transportation improvements in areas outside the city of Atlanta.
“Let’s spend these next few years together, moving forcefully to the bright future that State of the County speech is ours for the taking,” Eaves said in closing. “Join with me my friends and Let’s Grow Fulton.”
To view the Chairman’s speech, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRE7ry2gTt8