The air was ripe for the Metro Atlanta Equity Atlas launch. Several critical dialogues took place around the city :
1. Late October with Eco Districts, a self-defined area that is committed to achieving ambitious sustainability performance goals while tracking results over time
2.Operation Hope’s Global Summit
3.CNN Dialogues about Food Insecurity
On November 19, 2013 more than 200 people with folks representing various sectors like academia, business community, community based organizations, political officials, foundations etc. This red carpet affair took place in the heart of Southwest Atlanta at the Loft at Castleberry Hill. Attendees enjoyed group photo opportunities, lively conversation and marveled at the Atlas maps on display around the room. The program speakers were a reflection of the collaborative effort of The MAEA with remarks provided by NeighborWorks America, Enterprise Community Partners, The Annie Casey Foundation and Georgia Department of Public Health. The highlight of the evening was when MAEA Co-Chair, Dr. Kelly Hill, revealed The MAEA website to the audience, emphasizing the 8 topic areas, the ease of use and navigation of the site and sharing the instructional video. Dr. Hill briefly walked the audience through The MAEA report pointing out startling facts about Atlanta in terms of Demographics, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health, Housing, Public Safety and Transportation. Nathaniel Smith delivered a heartfelt call to action which I hope you will embrace as well. The MAEA is a here so the real work starts NOW. We need YOU to use The MAEA and be a part of the change you want to see in your community!